Wednesday, September 22, 2004

why spelunkers of the collective unconscious?

Reality is where you start from. -FEB

I was watching cartoons one Saturday morning in 1987 with a couple of enthusiastic children, 8 and 11 years old. One of their favorites came thundering on, with a rousing chorus of "Inhumanoids, inhumanoids, the evil that lies within!" During the episode, a team of well-equipped spelunkers descended into the bowels of an eerie cavern, presumably with the intent of blowing up some hideous monster. One of the explorers turned to his nearest companion and said something along the lines of, "Did you know that in almost every society, there is a myth of an underworld, a cavern where the dead dwell?" His friend replies, "Really? Must be a part of the collective unconscious." The first man says, "Must be... But I don't really think about stuff like that much, do you?" The second man replies, "Nahhh. Me neither." And they go back to blowing things up.

"No, YOU'RE in trouble. You don't even know what your dreams mean."
Said by an aborigine to a whitefella in the movie, The Last Wave

Monday, September 20, 2004

ye olde SCU link list

this is even more out of date and incomplete and in need of expansion than the bibliography. so many web pages, so little time... of course, anything not currently live may possibly be found at archive.org!

Please feel free to link to us at http://www.unconscious.net/
and submit your link to us...

Dream Links
Get your dreams interpreted and more at Myths-Dreams-Symbols
Australian Aboriginal Art

Visionary Links
Co-Masonry - Masonry for Men and Women
Association for Consciousness Exploration (A.C.E.)
The Mushroom Speaks
Erowid Sacred Mushroom Vault
Robert Anton Wilson
Participate in Pronoia, the antidote to paranoia
Experience LEVITY
Evolve in the Deoxyribonucleic Autonomous Zone
Be confused by HyperDiscordia
Principia Discordia
Make Your Own Conspiracy Theory
The Web of Conspiracy
Rumors Rumors Rumors - Conspiracy Theories
Centre for Conspiracy Culture
The Aleister Crowley Foundation
Blavatsky Net

Jungian Links
The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
TCG's Jung Page
The Jung Page
Carl Jung Anthology
C. G. Jung, Analytical Psychology, and Culture

Theoretical Links
Chaos Theory
Make your own Fractals with the Fractal Microscope
Holographic Universe
Grand Unified Theory
String Theory: The Theory of Everything
Superstrings and fundamental theory
Quantum Physics
Game Theory

Alchemical and Philosophical Links
The Alchemy Web Site
Visit ancient Alexandria
Be encouraged by Mythopoeia
Learn about Renaissance Science
and remarkable historical figures like Giordano Bruno

Churchy Links (Resources and Religious and Spiritual Communities)
Non-Profit Resource Center
Non-Profit Incorporators Home Page
Unitarian Universalist Association
CUUPS - Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, Inc.
Church Administration Materials (Christian site with general info)

Misc. Links of Interest
Synchronize your clock at National Institute of Standards and Technology Time and Frequency Division
Experience the esoteric wisdom and beauty of Obsidian magazine
Receive a compliment from The Surrealist Compliment Generator
Get your free astrological chart
or try a tarot or i ching reading
Fantasize at Ancient Sites
Take the quiz and find out if you're a Real Vampire

suggested bibliography

this is both old & incomplete & I will expand it gradually.

DREAMS

Chatwin, Bruce. The Songlines.
Crowley, John. Little, Big.
Crowley, John. Engine Summer.
Crowley, John. Love and Sleep.
Eco, Umberto. The Island of the Day Before.

VISIONS
LeGuin, Ursula K. Always Coming Home
Wilson, Robert Anton and Shea, Robert. The Illuminatus Trilogy.

SYNCHRONICITY/COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS
Campbell, Joseph. The Hero's Journey.
Graves, Robert. The White Goddess.
Hesse, Hermann. Journey to the East.
Hesse, Hermann. Demian.
Hesse, Hermann. Narcissus and Goldmund.
Hesse, Hermann. Steppenwolf.
Highwater, Jamake. The Language of Vision: Meditations on Myth and Metaphor.

THEORIES OF EVERYTHING
Feyman, Richard. QED.

ALCHEMY
Eco, Umberto. Foucault's Pendulum.
Crowley, John. Aegypt.

MYSTERY/CHURCH
Adler, Margot. Drawing Down the Moon.
Heinlein, Robert. Stranger in A Strange Land.
Sturgeon, Theodore. Godbody.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

topic 1 - dreams

We are such stuff as dreams are made on,
and our little life is rounded with a sleep. ~ Shakespeare

Everyone has had anxiety dreams, wish fulfillment dreams, nightmares. Perhaps less universal but still common are wet dreams, prophetic dreams, dreams from which we awaken though layers into consciousness, screaming, crying or laughing.

There are dreams specific to one's culture, recognized by everyone - the dream in which your muscles won't obey and you can not run, the dream of forgetting to dress before going out into the world.

Sleep disorders notwithstanding, everyone sleeps, everyone dreams. If we are divided by differences in our conscious states, perhaps we can find common ground in our dreamings.

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world forever, it seems.
~Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy

This website is dedicated to exploring this common ground, through the archive of the Dream Repository (yet to come...?) and global discussions on this website...

Please join us -- and help to make the world a safer place for "the lovers, the dreamers and me." And if you have related writings or artwork of your own that you would like to have appear at this site, please drop me an email!

We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers --
thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses.
Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams.
~ Peter S. Beagle

Bonus Topic: Dream interpretation:

Whatever parts of our minds sleep by day and awaken by night communicate to us through our dreams. I found a scrap of paper in an apartment I used to live in, on which someone had written, "... I wonder if nightmares aren't what we have every night and the calm, smooth pictures are what our minds turn them into if the terror doesn't wake us up." At the time I myself was waking exhausted morning after morning from dreams in which I was doing hard labor, as if I'd volunteered in some imaginary Peace Corps, and spent night after night digging ditches and building houses.

Then there is the possibility that we are receiving communications from external as well as internal sources. If we share a dream with a loved one who is lying next to us, that doesn't seem so unbelievable. But what if the loved one is miles away? Is there a nocturnal meeting-ground we unconsciously travel to... Can we discover truths revealed in a symbolic dream language and bring our discoveries back with us into the light of day?

Can that be true that loves the night?
The darkness is the nurse of light.
Can that be true that mocks at forms?
Truth rides abroad in shapeless storms.
~ from The Shadows by George MacDonald

There are hundreds of dream-interpretation sites out there, and I don't want to re-invent the wheel, so as I explore, I will add the best links to my link page.

What I will post here is dream-inspired writings and art, that attempt to make sense of dreams through artistic interpretation. Please email us if you would like to contribute. And please don't think that because the art you see here is "pretty" that we won't accept darker visions. We need both the dark and the light, so to speak...

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wildflower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
William Blake ~ Auguries of Innocence


topic 2 - conspiracies

Conspiracies, Secret Societies, Mad Geniuses and More...

It is my unprovable belief that you can get to absolutely every interesting link on the internet from some link in this website... Which is not to say that I am promoting all of the above, nor even all of the below. These links are simply here because they are interesting, and hey! I 'm Interested in Things.

You can't afford NOT to know about...

Conspiracy Theory: The proponents of conspiracy theory hold that all historical events mask the designs of tricksters, plotters, and evil 'unidentified' forces. Their opponents suggest the opposite, that conspiracy and deception do not exist. Both are sadly mistaken.
(Norman Davies: Europe - A History)

Magic Mushrooms: Terence McKenna contends that hallucinogenic fungi inspired our primate forbears to develop language, boot-strapping us up the evolutionary ladder to the brink of self-realization, and that this humble mushroom is nowready and waiting for us to complete our ontological correspondence course, if we would only tear ourselves away from smack, crack, coke, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, sugar, cocoa, uppers, downers and all the other badsubstances we are addicted to. He believes that hallucinogenic-plant gnosis is the lost key to our intellectual, moral and spiritual development as a race; that all subsequent drug abuse is merely an attempt to satisfy our primeval urge for psychedelic union with nature ('an itch we cannot scratch'); and that cataclysmic change or certain extinction awaits us. His theory states: 'No perception without hallucination.' (from A psychedelic trip up the ladder of evolution)

Association for Consciousness Exploration (A.C.E.)
Their website is under construction... but I believe that Timothy Leary was among their founders. They run annual festivals, including Starwood.

Discordians: the PRINCIPIA DISCORDIA is the work of a time-travelling anthropologist from the 23rd Century. He is currently passing among us as a computer specialist, bon vivant and philosopher named Gregory Hill. He has also translated several volumes of Etruscan erotic poetry, under another pen-name, and in the 18th Century was the mysterious Man in Black who gave Jefferson the design for the Great Seal of the United States. Click Here for more info.

Robert Anton Wilson: Robert Anton Wilson is the coauthor, with Robert Shea, of the underground classic The Illuminatus! Trilogy, inspired in part by the Principia Discordia.

The Illuminati: Illuminati of Bavaria. This order was first called the Order of Perfectibilists, and was a fairly shortlived, meteoric, controversial society formed May 1, 1776, in Bavaria, by Adam Weishaupt, aided by Baron von Knigge and others, suppressed in 1784, and entirely disappeared by the close of the century. It was not primarily Masonic, and evidently not founded by any Masonic authority, though it pirated or paraphrased Masonic rituals and at one time or another had a number of prominent Freemasons in the group. Freemasonry has received a great many denunciations from several sources by reason of the aberrations of the Illuminati, and the enemies of Freemasonry encouraged the idea that Illuminism and Freemasonry were the same. (from an FAQ)

Free-Masonry: Freemasonry is an ancient fraternity which groups under its banners men of every race, of every nationality and of every religion. Wishing to do away with all cause for division and strife, Freemasons continually seek the means which will help all human beings to unite and become as one in the cause of the good of the whole. Masonic orders are divided into several rites which, though they may differ, spring from the same goal. That common goal is the reunion of Man with his Divine Source. (from Co-Masonry - Masonry for Men and Women)

Co-Masonry:American Co-Masonry is a Masonic order which works the Scottish Rite from the 1st through the 33rd Degree plus some Degrees of the York Rite. That which distinguishes the American Co-Masonic Order from other masonic workings is that, instead of admitting only men to its ranks, it admits women on an equal footing. It is sovereign and does not depend upon any foreign rulership or control. American Co-Masonry proclaims equal rights for both sexes and absolute freedom in the search for truth; the utmost tolerance is required of all members. (from Co-Masonry - Masonry for Men and Women)

Madame Blavatsky: Madame Blavatsky was born in Russia in 1831 and lived till 1891. She is the pioneer esotericist of our age.

What She Did:

Launched the Theosophical Movement calling her message Theosophy.
First introduced knowledge of eastern religions to the West - including the ideas of karma and reincarnation.
First showed that all major religions are derived from one original religious philosophy.
Demonstrated that the ancient wisdom was still known.
Presented a portion of that ancient wisdom.
Performed phenomena not explainable by "known" laws of science.
Gave the logical basis for morality and brotherhood.
Required that the first objective of the Theosophical Movement be Universal Brotherhood without regard to race, creed, sex, caste, or color. (from Blavatsky Net)

Aleister Crowley: Aleister Crowley was an outrageously libeled and slandered man in his time. He was variously called 'monster,' 'degenerate,' traitor,' 'evil,' 'criminal,' 'pornographer,' 'devil worshiper,' and on without end. But he has also been called, by people who knew him and by those who have studied his works, 'genius,' 'prophet of the New Aeon,' 'the greatest occultist of this century,' 'one of the finest poets of the 20th century,' etc. Crowley was a mystic, a magickian, a scholar, a poet, a climber of mountains and probably a true prophet. He certainly became a 'legend in his own time' and will probably attain real recognition only after we of lesser minds have had a chance to digest what he taught and the world has had a chance to catch up to the vision he had.' From the book jacket of 'The Legend of Aleister Crowley' by PR Stephensen and Israel Regardie (1972 edition. Now reprinted by Falcon Press).

topic 3 - synchronicity

No dream related site would be complete without a few Jungian references. Carl Gustav Jung, among his many deeds, gave us a language for discussing the meaning of dreams. Since I use these terms freely throughout the site, I've borrowed a few definitions to help out newcomers to his terminology.

I can't bring up Jung without mentioning Joseph Campbell, whose books popularized and expanded some of Jung's basic concepts, and whose thoughts are also influential on this website.

Whatever ground wasn't covered by Campbell was probably covered by Robert Graves, especially in his book on poetic inspiration and the nature of truth, The White Goddess.

If you enjoy Jung's theories, and can weed through his sexism to find inspiration, you would probably enjoy Herman Hesse's books. Hesse was strongly influenced by Jung and makes reference as well to eastern mysticism, alchemy and buddhism in his books.

Check out our suggested bibliography for books by the aforementioned authors.

As we find and create more dream-related Jungian resources,
we will post them here.

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Anima: Latin, fem., "soul." The unconscious, feminine side of a man's personality.

Animus: Latin, masc., "soul." The unconscious, masculine side of a woman's personality.

Archetype: Appears in consciousness as a universal and recurring image, pattern or motif representing a typical human experience. Archetypal images come from the collective unconscious and are the basic content of religions, mythologies, legends and art. They also emerge from the collective unconscious in individuals through dreams and visions. The encounter with an archetypal image evokes a strong emotional reaction, conveying a sense of divine or transpersonal power which transcends the ego.

Collective Unconscious: The deepest layer of the unconscious, which is ordinarily inaccessible to awareness. Its nature is suprapersonal, universal and non-individual. Its manifestations are experienced as alien to the ego, numinous or divine. The contents of the collective unconscious are the archetypes and their specific symbolic representations, i.e., archetypal images.

Shadow: An unconscious part of the personality containing characteristics and weaknesses which one's self-esteem will not permit one to recognize as one's own. It is generally the first layer of the unconscious to be encountered in psychological analysis and is personified in dreams by dark and dubious figures of the same sex as the dreamer.

Symbol: The best possible expression for something essentially unknown. Symbolic or nonlinear thinking is holistic, right-brain oriented; it is complementary to logical, linear, left-brain thinking.

Synchronicity: A term coined by Jung for a postulated "acausal connecting principle" to explain the occurrence of meaningful coincidence, i.e., whenever an inner psychic happening (dream, vision, premonition) is accompanied by a corresponding outer physical event which could not have been causally connected with the former. Most cases of extrasensory perception are considered to be examples of synchronicity.

Unconscious: That portion of the psyche which is outside conscious awareness. The unconscious expresses itself in dreams, fantasies, obsessive pre occupations, slips of the tongue and accidents of all kinds. Jung distinguishes two layers of the unconscious: the personal unconscious derived from one's own experience, and the collective unconscious containing the universal pat terns and images called archetypes.

(from Glossary of Jungian Terms ~ Compiled by Daryl Sharp, Publisher of Inner City Books)

Bonus Topic: Dreamtime:

It's always helpful to those of us suffering from the "boxed-in Western mind" syndrome, to remember that all of our rational analysis is nothing more than one cultural and linguistic model to represent our experience of reality. Unfortunately for us, such models often define our experience instead of merely reflecting it, and may leave us feeling spiritually impoverished. For instance, the state that Americans label as a form of schizophrenia bears a striking resemblance to what Haitians believe to be possession by a sacred spirit, or lwa, and is viewed as a positive, not a negative experience.

For a non-Western version of reality and interpretation of the significance of dreams, look to the Australian aboriginal viewpoint. Here are a few important terms:

Dreamtime: The "Dreamtime", the mythological past, was the time when spirit ancestors travelled thoughout the land, giving it it's physical form, and setting down the rules to be followed by the Aboriginals. Beings such as the "Fertility Mother," the Great Rainbow Serpent, human and animal totemic spirits, and even sky-heroes, survive in stories and ceremonies that have been passed down from generation to generation in song, dance and art. In age-old ceremonies Aboriginal men enacted the lives and activities of these creators of the physical world, it's human and animal inhabitants, plant life, and tribal customs. For Aborigines, the natural landscape has its own beautiful spirit that will never change, and in Dreamtime, they share this spirit with the land.

Songlines: Songlines, or Yiri in the Walpiri language, are tracks across the landscape created by Mythical Aboriginal ancestors when they rose out of the dark Earth and travelled, creating mountains, valleys, waterholes - all the physical features of the land. They are ceremonial songs which pass on these stories. As the ancestors underwent various adventures, the laws for living, and hunting skills were established. The songs, and the stories which make up the content of the paintings, are intertwined. The land was literally "sung" into existence.

Walkabout: Aborigines wandered for food, hunting and gathering. These wanderings are called "walkabouts." Beyond the need for gathering food, the walkabout has a spiritual meaning. When the Aborigine is on a walkabout, the land reflects a sacred geography, and the trip becomes a Dream Journey, connecting the travelers to the Dreamtime. Because the Dreamtime creatures became features of the landscape themselves, the land is a sacred dimension in Aboriginal life. To get a spiritual message, the people regularly traverse tribal territory on sacred pathways. Because the Aborigines have no written language, these pathways are passed down from one generation to the next in songs, called songlines. While on a walkabout, or Dream Journey, the Aborigine is connected to the eternal moment of creation in the present, which is more a state of mind than any particular place. The Dream Journey is the Aboriginal path to spiritual renewal because the people and the land are inseperable. These are a people in deep harmony with nature.

(definitions from DreamTime, SongLines)

As we find and create more dreamtime resources,
we will post them here.

Bonus Topic: Theories of Everything!

Theories of Everything

Here are some definitions of scientific and mathematical models of reality... That I may refer to in other areas of this website. Enjoy!

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Chaos Theory: Formally, chaos theory is defined as the study of complex nonlinear dynamic systems. Complex implies just that, nonlinear implies recursion and higher mathematical algorithms, and dynamic implies nonconstant and nonperiodic. Thus chaos theory is, very generally, the study of forever changing complex systems based on mathematical concepts of recursion, whether in the form of a recursive process or a set of differential equations modeling a physical system. (from Chaos Theory)

Fractal: A fractal is an extremely irregular curve or shape, any part of which is similar in shape to a larger or smaller part when magnified or reduced to the same size. Take a fern. Its forking branches recreate themselves on an ever tinier scale as you look from the entire plant to each leaf blade, and then to its leaflets and their sub leaflets. There are almost limitless examples of fractals in nature. (from Lori Valigra - Special to The Christian Science Monitor)

Game Theory: Game theory is a branch of mathematical analysis developed to study decision making in conflict situations. Such a situation exists when two or more decision makers who have different objectives act on the same system or share the same resources.There are two person and multiperson games. (from Game Theory)

Grand Unified Theory: The theory which will unify the strong, weak, and electromagnetic forces is called the "Grand Unified Theory."

The Holographic Nature of Reality: Under certain circumstances subatomic particles such as electrons are able to instantaneously communicate with each other regardless of the distance separating them. It doesn't matter whether they are 10 feet or 10 billion miles apart.
Somehow each particle always seems to know what the other is doing. The problem with this feat is that it violates Einstein's long-held tenet that no communication can travel faster than the speed of light.

This phenomemon lead to the theory proposed by University of London physicist David Bohm, that objective reality does not exist, that despite its apparent solidity the universe is at heart a phantasm, a gigantic and splendidly detailed hologram. The "whole in every part" nature of a hologram provides us with an entirely new way of understanding organization and order. If we try to take apart something constructed holographically, we will not get the pieces of which it is made, we will only get smaller wholes.

This insight suggested to Bohm another way of understanding Aspect's discovery. Bohm believes the reason subatomic particles are able to remain in contact with one another regardless of the distance separating them is not because they are sending some sort of mysterious signal back and forth, but because their separateness is an illusion. He argues that at some deeper level of reality such particles are not individual entities, but are actually extensions of the same fundamental something.

In a holographic universe, even time and space could no longer be viewed as fundamentals. Because concepts such as location break down in a universe in which nothing is truly separate from anything else, time and three-dimensional space, would also have to be viewed as projections of this deeper order. At its deeper level reality is a sort of superhologram in which the past, present, and future all exist simultaneously. This suggests that given the proper tools it might even be possible to someday reach into the superholographic level of reality and pluck out scenes from the long-forgotten past.

What else the superhologram contains is an open-ended question. Allowing, for the sake of argument, that the superhologram is the matrix that has given birth to everything in our universe, at the very least it contains every subatomic particle that has been or will be -- every configuration of matter and energy that is possible, from snowflakes to quasars, from blue whales to gamma rays. It must be seen as a sort of cosmic storehouse of "All That Is." (from Holographic Universe)

String Theory: The Theory of Everything: In this theory, everything in the universe -- all particles and forces and perhaps space-time itself -- consists of fantastically small strings under immense tension, vibrating and spinning in a ten-dimensional superspace. The ten dimensions are mathematically necessary to avoid tachyons (faster-than-light particles) and ghosts (particles produced with negative probability)....Unfortunately, superstrings theory is very difficult to calculate with and has yet to yield testable predictions. (Professor John Lindner, PhD, Professor of Physics at the University Wooster)

Quantum Physics: Quantum physics is a branch of science that deals with discrete, indivisible units of energy called quanta as described by the Quantum Theory. There are five main ideas represented in Quantum Theory:

1.Energy is not continuous, but comes in small but discrete units.
2.The elementary particles behave both like particles and like waves.
3.The movement of these particles is inherently random.
4.It is physically impossible to know both the position and the momentum of a particle at the same time.
The more precisely one is known, the less precise the measurement of the other is.
5.The atomic world is nothing like the world we live in.

While at a glance this may seem like just another strange theory, it contains many clues as to the fundamental nature of the universe and is more important then even relativity in the grand scheme of things (if any one thing at that level could be said to be more important then anything else). Furthermore, it describes the nature of the universe as being much different then the world we see. As Niels Bohr said, "Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it." (from Quantum Physics)

As we find and create more theoretical resources, we will post them here!

topic 4 - alchemy

Alchemy: The science of decomposing and recomposing things, as well as of changing their essential nature and raising it higher -- transmuting them into each other. While chemistry deals with lifeless matter, alchemy employs life as a factor, and deals with higher forces of nature and the conditions of matter under which they operate. In its lowest aspects, it deals with physical substances, but in its highest aspect it teaches the regeneration of the spiritual man, the purification of mind, will and thought, and the ennobling of all the faculties of the human soul.

Transmutation of Metals: The goal of the alchemists; especially the transmutation of...baser elements into gold.

Transmutation of the Body: The supreme goal of alchemy, the restoration of man to the state of beauty, perfection and physical immortality.

[Pursuit of these goals was also known as The Great Work.]
(definitions from the Dictionary of Mysticism, ed. Frank Gaynor)

These seem like quotes appropriate to the quest for human exaltation...

There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or in your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.
Martha Graham ~ as quoted in Dance to the Piper

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us: It's in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Nelson Mandela ~ Inaugural Speech, 1994

Bonus content: Divination:

"Gentlemen...I invite you to go and measure that [lottery] kiosk. You will see that the length of the counter is one hundred and forty-nine centimeters -- in other words one-hundred-billionth of the distance between the earth and the sun. The height at the rear, one hundred and seventy-six centimeters, divided by the width of the window, fifty-six centimeters, is 3.14. The height at the front is nineteen centimeters, equal, in other words, to the number of years of the Greek lunar cycle...With numbers you can do anything you like."

from Foucault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco

For this section I wrote a first draft of a paper about the art and imagery of the Tarot... here it is if you are curious.

topic 5 - mystery churches

Think where man's glory most begins and ends
And say my glory was I had such friends. ~ W.B. Yeats

I still want to found a Human Divinity Church or a Mystery Church.
Anyone want to co-found this with me?
Special thanks to the 8 people who originally expressed interest in this.

-postfuturist
SCU Editor-in-Chief


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The fundamental tenets of the HDC
and of all Mystery Churches were (and are) as follows:

Every human being holds the innate spark of divinity within.

Human perception is inherently limited.
Our understanding of the mysteries of existence is incomplete.
There is beauty in the mystery.

Celebrate the mystery of human divinity!


"If ever you want to touch the hand and the heart of God Almighty,
you can do it through the body of someone you love.
Anytime. Anywhere. Without no middleman."
from Godbody, by Theodore Sturgeon

It is not our purpose to become each other;
it is to recognize each other, to learn
to see the other and honor him for what he is.
~ Hermann Hesse


Here's the original Mystery Church content:

Believe it or not, all you have to do to found a church is to get together a few like-minded friends and decide you have one. If you want to incorporate as a legal, non-profit, religious institution, there is some paperwork and a few fees, but it's not as hard as you might think. We will keep links on the links page with information on how to do this.

If you want to start your own mystery church, celebrating the mystery of human divinity or whatever other mystery of creation that takes your fancy, feel free! Whether you wish to gather together to honor the mystery of *the fractal geometry of cauliflower or the mystery of *really bad candy, we just ask that you let us know about it, for our own edification. At some point when we become legally incorporated, we will post our info here, but we don't want to take on other "chapters" - that's too much like an organized religion. We prefer the decentralized approach, but are happy to share our experience with anyone. Please, email us.

(*these two sites are not affiliated with us, they're just nifty and you should look at them.)

Here's a few examples of unorthodox churches
and spiritual communities on the web. For more, go to our links page.

Church of All Worlds
The mission of the Church of All Worlds is to evolve a network of information, mythology and experience that provides a context and stimulus for re-awakening Gaea, and re-uniting her children through tribal community dedicated to responsible stewardship and evolving consciousness.

CoGWeb, the WWW home page of the Covenant of the Goddess
An international organization of cooperating, autonomous Wiccan congregations and solitary practitioners.

Spiritual Emergence Network (SEN)
In Step with a Changing Paradigm: SEN's mission is to support the emergence of spirit in all its forms. They operate an information and referral service, answering calls, letters and E-mail from an international population. They assist in the cooperative effort, on behalf of both laypeople and clinicians, to connect those in transformational crisis with educated and compassionate helpers who are committed to facilitating the integration of numinous experiences. Through their own resources, those of their regional coordinators, and their member providers, they offer information and provide referrals in the caller's geographic area.

Findhorn Foundation

An international community and developing eco-village of about 350 people, living, studying and working together in the northeast of Scotland. The community was founded in 1962 by Eileen Caddy, Peter Caddy and Dorothy Maclean in a caravan park a mile from the seaside village of Findhorn. "While we have no formal doctrine or creed, we honour and recognise all the major world religions, believing that there are many paths to God. Our focus is on learning to bring spiritual principles into our daily lives through our work, the way we relate to each other, and how we express our caring and concern for the Earth."

Damanhur
Damanhur is a Federation of Communities located in northern Italy, with its own social, political and economic structure, based on the practical application of a spiritual philosophy. Damanhur lies in Valchiusella, a valley at the foothills of the Italian Alps, next to the Gran Paradiso National Park. Their Temple of Mankind was built underground during the last 16 years in the heart of the mountain under the supervision of artists and specialized technicians. It is composed of several rooms on 5 different levels connected by hundreds of meters of corridors. Its global volume is over 4,000 cubic meters, developing underground for over 30 meters, the equivalent of an eleven floor building. The work has been realised totally by hand, the only mechanical instrument used was the pneumatic hammer. The group of artists that created the structure's decorations utilised techniques that have almost disappeared, such as glass and stone mosaic, stained and cathedral glass, frescos, marquetry, embossed copper, marble and stone sculpture. The total surface of the painted and frescoed areas is now over 400 square meters, the mosaics cover over 300 square meters of walls and floors. The Temple is an alchemic laboratory and a place for meditation, it is a collective work of art, a metaphor of Damanhur's way to the building of oneself.


If you have built castles in the air, your works need not be lost;
that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau ~ Walden