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Disciples of the Mysterium, by Michael Tsarion.

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Disciples of the Mysterium


(Martin Heidegger and the Question of Being)

Introduction
There have been a thousand holocausts, which have occurred in a thousand ways and will recur, both
by fire and by water and by many other means - (Priests of Egypt to Solon)
Ancient sages believed that humanity had been cut off from the source and meaning of life. There is not a single ancient
race or aboriginal culture that did not speak of a prehistoric age of gold, wise magi, dragon-slaying heroes, and high
civilizations that eventually fell into oblivion due to moral declination and misuse of technological power. The elders
and shaman make no bones about it. In their estimation man has fallen from a great height and lost his way morally and
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and shaman make no bones about it. In their estimation man has fallen from a great height and lost his way morally and
spiritually. The world's many myths and legends even go so far as to tell us why man became disconnected and unsane.
They preserve information that speaks of terrible celestial and terrestrial cataclysms that devastated the Earth and shook
the consciousness of human beings to its foundations.
Regrettably, obscure myths and legends do not interest most mainstream academics. Their strange accounts have not
preoccupied the vast majority of prestigious western philosophers, regardless of whether they were Rationalists or
Empiricists. Evidently, erudite scholars have more on their minds than a prehistoric age of chaos and confusion. They
are not inclined to spend time considering how human consciousness was affected and altered after an age when men
witnessed not only fire and ice raining from blackened skies, but the universal annihilation of millions of Earth
creatures.
We cannot blame the intelligentsia for disregarding prehistoric upheavals and their effect on consciousness. After all,
until very recently, the vast majority of people adamantly believed the entire creation to be a mere four thousand or so
years old. Most "civilized" academic philosophers were ardent Christians or Deists. The antiquity of the planet was not
a major intellectual concern for them, and neither was the lifestyle of miserable savages and semi-savages who, in the
opinion of most moderns, eked out an existence before the gleaming angel of the Lord appeared unto Mary.
However, in our estimation, academic philosophers might have profited enormously by paying attention to the sagas of
antiquity; given that they were preoccupied with the mysteries of human consciousness, and given that it was Plato's
own father Solon, who, after hearing the dread testimony of Egyptian priests, brought to Athens and the West the legend
of lost Atlantis, the continent supposedly destroyed in a frightful cataclysm.
...there occurred portentous earthquakes and floods, and one grievous day and night befell them, when
the whole body of your warriors was swallowed up by the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like
manner was swallowed up by the sea and vanished; wherefore also the ocean at that spot has now
become impassable and unsearchable, being blocked up by the shoal mud which the island created as it
settled down - Plato (Timaeus)
It was not to be. Despite Plato's intriguing accounts of his father's conversations with Egyptian adepts, western clerics
and patrons of knowledge paid only fleeting attention to the matter of prehistoric wreck and ruin. It had a similar
significance for them as any fantastic bedtime story has for a dozing infant. From Plato's time onward, the message of
tribal storytellers and medicine men has habitually been ridiculed and rejected by the vast majority of the western
world's academics and laymen. The very few savants of science who have offered evidence to corroborate the
declarations of "primitive" storytellers, such as psychologist Julian Jaynes - author of Origins of Consciousness in the
Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind - have also found mainstream academics dismissive toward their revolutionary
findings.
Loud is the claim of the nineteenth century to pre-eminence in civilization over the ancients, and still
more clamorous that of the churches and their sycophants that Christianity has redeemed the world
from barbarism and idolatry. How little both are warrantedThe light of Christianity has only served
to show how much more hypocrisy and vice its teachings have begotten in the world since its advent,
and how immensely superior were the ancients over us in every point of honor Madame Helena
Petrovna Blavatsky
Moderns have the opposite view to the ancients. For the most part,
today's academics and laymen believe that, in the past, man was

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today's academics and laymen believe that, in the past, man was
primitive and irrational. They believe, and have been well taught to
believe, that modern man is moving toward greater understanding about
himself and the world as time progresses. Give us time, they say. Wait
and watch. Tomorrow a perfect world will come into being - bright,
clean, safe, just, and indestructible.
Modern man contents himself by envisioning a future in which all
human dilemmas and predicaments will be solved, and when the great
questions of Existence will be answered. Most moderns are basically
utopians, convinced that man can, and one day will, inherit a perfect
civilization. They believe in a vision articulated by the character Arthur
Jensen, in the movie Network:

Julian Jaynes
The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children
will live, Mr. Beale, to see that perfect world in which there's no war or famine, oppression or brutality
- one vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in
which all men will hold a share of stock, all necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom
amused.
It is some vision. However, as the movie points out, the price for the establishment of this glowing future utopia may be,
and probably will be, the end of individuality.
To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism,
loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas - Dr. G. Brock Chisholm
(psychiatrist and co-founder of the World Federation of Mental Health)
In any case, we cannot but wonder at the conspicuous difference of opinion that exists between the ancient elders and
people of the modern world over the question of man's past. It is certainly not easy to reconcile the two disparate world
views. It would seem that every human being is divided and classified by their ideas and prejudices regarding the
problem of the past.
Man is perfect at his origin, a divine being who has degenerated into what we are - R. A. Schwaller de
Lubicz (Egyptian Miracle)
Fallen, Lost and Imperfect
primeval man was the truest model and representative of man, and that all human progress since,
though upward in some things, has been in the main an unceasing deteriorationAll the world that
came next after primeval man honored and even worshipped their first fathers as very gods of light,
knowledge and greatness - Joseph A. Seiss (Gospel of the Stars)
There is, however, a secondary question that arises in our minds after we hear about the strange perspectives of the
elders. If they are correct, and if men have lost their way, it implies that they were once connected to and rooted in the
real. It implies that man once stood at the font of all knowledge, the altar of truth. This is, indeed, what the ancient
myths and legends report. They repeatedly emphasize that men fell from a state of spiritual, mental, and moral
perfection:
Then she added a prophecy in which she foretold the approaching end of the Divine Age and the
beginning of a new one, in which the summers would be flowerless, the cows milk less and women
shameless and men strengthless, in which there will be trees without fruit and seas without fish, when
old men would give false judgments and legislators make unjust laws, when warriors would betray one
another and men would be thieves and there would be no more virtue in the world - (Prophesy of Badb,
War Queen of Ireland)

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Then saw she wade in heavy streams, men foul murderers and perjurers, and them who others wives
seduce to sin, brothers slay brothers; sisters children shed each others blood. Hard is the world,
sensual sin grows huge. These are the sword-ages, axe-ages, shields are cleft in twain, storm ages,
murder-ages till the world falls dead (The Norse Volupso, "The Wise-Womans Prophecy")
Given that men were once intimately connected to Truth, and in direct communion with the source of life, it is logical
to ask how that state can again be reached and realized. Can it be reached via technology and science, or, as so many
philosophers believed, by the exercise of reason? And we might question whether modern man is moving toward that
communion and rapport or further away from it?
Tea and Taoism
There was something formless yet complete, that existed before heaven and earth, without sound,
without substance, dependent on nothing, unchanging, all-pervading, unfailing, One may think of it is as
the Mother of all things under heaven - Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)
In the far east, the refrain of the sages is identical, although the moral and spiritual declination is framed and
communicated differently. The ancient Taoists were, for example, dedicated to the veneration of their "ancestors." They
speak of man's loss of virtue and loss of communion with the Tao, a Numina that must, according to the sages, remain
unexplained. It is, they maintain, unnameable and unknowable. This sounds rather contradictory until we realize the
profound wisdom that lies behind such ambiguous and poetic declarations.
Pythagoras was said to have been the first man to call himself a philosopher; in fact, the world is
indebted to him for the word philosopher. Before that time the wise men had called themselves sages,
which was interpreted to mean those who know. Pythagoras was more modest. He coined the word
philosopher, which he defined as one who is attempting to find out - Manly Palmer Hall
Taoist sages refuse to direct a seeker toward the Tao. They merely ask us to
seek it out for ourselves. They emphasize that man is the microcosm of the
universe that he erroneously believes exists solely outside of his own being. The
sages know that the Tao is a way or path, and not a goal or achievement in any
accepted sense. The Taoist confines himself purely to apophatic and
deconstructive critiques. His job is to Socratically point out the flaws in all
systems that are not rooted in Tao. In other words, although we may not be able,
through logic and argument, to prove what a thing is, we can discern what it is
not. In short, the Taoist is a student of human folly.
The first result of this illusion is that our attitude to the world
outside us is largely hostile. We are forever conquering
nature, space, mountains, deserts, bacteria, and insects instead
of learning to cooperate with them in a harmonious order Alan
Watts
The fool who persists in his folly will become wise William
Blake
Lao Tzu (600-427 BC), the
Taoist sage and author of the
Tao Te Ching
When we study the history of religion and philosophy, we commonly come across ambiguous references to the great
Numina to which men were once directly connected. Indeed, whether this Numina be referred to as god, spirit, mind,
life force, chi, or Tao, etc, it is always described as a great mystery. In philosophical terms, it is the "ground" of the
world and of life.
The valley spirit never dies. It is called "the mysterious female." The gate of the mysterious female is
called "the root of heaven and earth." It is there within us all the while; Draw upon it as you will, it
never runs dry - Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)
What we understand from a close reading of the great Tao Te Ching - "The Book of the Way and its Virtue" - is that the
Tao is mysterious and everlasting. It is the root and gateway of all Existence. It might loosely be considered feminine in
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Tao is mysterious and everlasting. It is the root and gateway of all Existence. It might loosely be considered feminine in
nature, although translators emphasize that it is a matter of personal choice as to whether the Tao is rendered feminine
or masculine, since the Chinese script of author Lao Tzu does not specify gender.
Tao was the original name of The Fundamental Laws of Nature. The term was once used by all the
peoples of the ancient world, included the Americas - Gene D. Matlock
The Taoist sage understands the nature of the Tao/Numina. But as we said, he neither explains its nature nor directs
people to it. He knows that the Numina which speaks to him comes and goes according to its own desire, and is not
summoned or directed by prayers or willpower. The Tao is transcendent and imminent, active and passive, strong and
weak. In ambiguous words, the Taoists tell us of the Tao and the sages awakened to its presence:
The Pure Men of old acted without calculation, not seeking to secure results. They laid no plans.
Therefore, failing, they had no cause for regret; succeeding, no cause for congratulation. And thus they
could scale great heights without fear...They did not know what it was to love life and hate death. They
did not rejoice in birth, nor strive to put off dissolution. Quickly come, and quickly go - Chuang Tzu
Ultimately, the Taoist is the Tao. He is himself Existence and Truth. Although this may sound heretical, it is nonetheless
true. How long, we wonder, will it take for a man to understand that there is no enlightenment outside himself. How
much time will pass before man realizes once and for all that there is no spiritual illumination or social perfection
waiting for him in the future?
The plain fact is that unawakened men can never, regardless of how they try, build anything solvent and holistic. Only
the awakened man can live perfectly and authentically and know all there is to know about himself and the world.
However, such a Being cannot and will not live his life in an environment constructed and inhabited by unsane men
transfixed by false ideas about Existence. He naturally prefers to live separately and alone, away from "civilized"
communities and institutions. Their ways are not his ways. Their problems are not his problems, and their satori is not
his satori. He remains profoundly unmutual and negative.
Everything understood by the term co-operation is in some sense an evil - William Godwin
...a "sannyasin"...a solitary being, a wanderer, absolutely happy in his aloneness. If somebody walks by
his side it is okay, it is good. If somebody leaves it is also okay, it is good. He never waits for anybody,
and he never looks back. Alone, he is whole - Osho (Love, Freedom and Aloneness)
Alas, I can see that you do not know what it means to be alone. Wherever there have been powerful
societies, governments, religions, or public opinions - in short, wherever there was any kind of tyranny,
it has hated the lonely philosopher; for philosophy opens up a refuge for man where no tyranny can
reach: the cave of inwardness, the labyrinth of the breast; and that annoys all tyrants - Fredrick
Nietzsche
A Mysterium is Born
That which is created by mind, is more real than matter Charles Baudelaire
The Age of Catastrophe caused the ego of man to take birth. The ego arose like a ghost from the grave of a shattered
consciousness. However, not only was the ego born from the flames of chaos, it was itself wounded by the trauma that
fragmented man's ancestral psyche. The trauma that brought ruin to one form of consciousness, and crisis to the
subsequent form, has not been healed. It remains a memory within the subconscious, and lies at the root of the peculiar
psychological traits - the masochism, sadism, and psychopathic tendencies - found in the vast majority of human beings.
The pain and scarring caused by ancestral trauma is the reason why the ego is so characteristically rigid and defensive.
In fact, the ego's very existence is due to its capacity for exclusivity, autonomy, and differentiation. These tendencies,
however, do not exist merely because the ego seeks to differentiate itself from the so-called "Id," or unconscious. They
exist because the ancestral psyche experienced trauma and fragmentation, which in turn caused the ego to "contract"
and "armor" itself. The destabilization eventually caused the ego to gradually section itself off from the rest of
consciousness. It also caused the ego to develop an irrational antipathy toward Nature. Therefore, since the Age of
Catastrophe, the traumatized ego has been wary of and hostile toward Nature. This fact has not been given the attention
and thought it deserves. In short, the defensiveness of the ego complex is a direct result of psychic insecurity caused by
elemental chaos.
What is more, the repressed antipathy felt by the ego toward Nature increases over time. One might say that the fear of
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Nature has, in Jungian parlance, become an "archetypal" idea. Man may not be consciously aware of his antipathy
toward the natural world, but he does experience the consequences of it. In fact, man's well-recorded search for
"meaning" - together with his "spiritual" ardor and aspiration - is an effect of his repressed antipathy and even
animosity toward Nature and her processes. Man's search for the "essence" or "mystery" of life is his irrational method
of regaining paradise, that is, the communion with "Allness" that was tragically lost in ages past.
The difficulty of egoic existence is that humanity has been gradually losing contact with reality. After all, animosity
toward Nature is ultimately animosity toward the real. And reality includes man's physical body. Ergo, existentially and
psychologically speaking, western man is largely estranged not only from Nature - his true creator - but from his
physicality. In other words, he has become a mental and ultimately technological creature. Losing touch with his body
and world causes man to lose touch with Existence, as the sages and philosophers of antiquity defined it. Instead of
being attentive to his Existence, man has become infatuated with essence and mystery. In fact, as a few Existential
philosophers and psychologists state, man has altogether lost interest in the significance of Existence. Since the dawn of
history, he has been preoccupied with the "mystery" of life, rather than life itself. Simply put, man is infatuated with
mystery, not Being.
Till now man has been up against Nature. From now he will be up against his own nature - Dennis
Gabor
In Latin, the term great mystery is translated Mysterium Magnum and, as in the east, western philosophers and
theologians generally regard the Mysterium in an abstract manner.
In other words, the great mystery of the philosophers cannot be seen
sensually. It is not hiding among the trees, behind the clouds, or
skulking in a cave waiting to be trapped and put on display by some
intrepid "Indiana Jones" type. In fact, depending upon which
tradition a person comes from, the great Mysterium can be defined as
god, spirit, essence, higher consciousness, nirvana, purpose or life
meaning, physical excellence, intellectual supremacy, global peace,
utopia, and so on. It apparently means different things to different
people. Evidently, it is one idea in the heads of many.
A review of religion shows us that the Mysterium has been given
many insignias. The Mysterium is the reason for most people's lives,
and the goal for which they seek. Every race and culture has
cherished hieroglyphs to exemplify it.

Pharaoh Akhenaton - Disciple of the


Mysterium.
For the ancient Pharaoh Akhenaton it was the solar disk, for Christians it is the cross or Bible, for Muslims the Koran,
and for Jews it was and still is the Torah and Temple of Solomon.
Religious man's search for the Mysterium preoccupies his every thought. It determines his life, actions, and vision of
the future, and apparently sets him aside from other human beings. His quest, determination, level of self-knowledge,
depth of understanding, and vision of himself and others, are based on his everlasting journey and where it leads him.
The Mysterium of religious men is not, however, the same thing as the Tao. This is because it is a mental construct and
not born from Nature. In fact, the curious thing to always remember when we deal with philosophical questions, is that
the human mind is not responsible for creating humanity or the world. Very few people in the world give this fact the
thought it deserves. Nevertheless, it is axiomatic that our bodies and minds are the creation of Nature and the world.
Mind is born of Nature and bred by the world. Mind deludes itself and imagines itself superior to Nature. It imagines
that Nature is separate and distinct from itself. This is of course nonsense. If it were true, it follows that we would have
little to learn from Nature. If our minds came into the world knowing everything there was to know, Nature would not
have much to teach us. And yet, we have learned everything from Nature. This is the fact, and it goes for the individual
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have much to teach us. And yet, we have learned everything from Nature. This is the fact, and it goes for the individual
and the whole of humankind through time.
It is, therefore, axiomatic that mind is not all-knowing. From the instant a man is born he learns. Learning is equivalent
to life. To not learn is to not grow, mature, and exist in a state of harmony with the world. Therefore, mind is
metaphysically or ontologically subservient to Nature. Mind is compelled to learn from Nature and Existence, and to
never be able to know everything there is to know about Nature and Existence.
The fallacy that mind created Nature does not infect the Taoist. He knows that the Tao is not the product of mind but of
Nature. In fact, Tao may simply be a name for the creative power of Nature, a power that scientists and theologians are
desperate to understand and control. However, the Taoist maintains that science will never understand the workings of
the Tao, and we might question why they make this assertion.
The Mysterium is not the Tao. It is not the Numina. It is a simulacra of the Numina that lies concealed behind the
faade of the mind-made Mysterium, concealed from man by his own mental architecture and cacophony. Like allencompassing, concentrically-arranged, spherical veils around the mind of man, the Numina exists on the outside, and
the Mysterium on the inside nearest man. As man expands or inflates the scope and size of the Mysterium, the size and
scope of the Numina likewise inflates. Thus, man is never nearer to the Numina regardless of what he does or how long
his seeking and ardor continues. His very activity ensures that the Numina ever remains beyond his reach. His seeking
pushes the sought away. Of this predicament and fiasco man was long ago alerted. Force begets force, warned the
Taoists.
If our knowledge were represented by the radius of a circle, as we increase our knowledge the circle
becomes larger. What is beyond the circle is the unknown, so that the more we know, the more that is
unknown and it goes on that way - Bear Heart
A lot of questions about the nature of the human world can be answered, and a lot of mysteries explained, once we
realize that the Mysterium is a phantasm with the same date of birth as the ego. In fact, the original Mysterium is the
ego, that is, a man's wholly unrealistic sense of identity. The Mysterium, like the ego, is an abstraction created by the
mind of man, or more correctly, by the broken mind of man. It is a symptom of mans bicamerality.
The change to a more hostile stance toward nature began between five and ten thousand years ago and
became more destructive and less accountable with the progress of civilization...In hindsight this change
has been explained in terms of necessity or as the decline of ancient gods. But more likely it was
irrational (though not unlogical) and unconscious, a kind of failure in some fundamental dimension of
human existence, an irrationality beyond mistakenness, a kind of madness - Paul Shepard (A Kind of
Madness)
The presence and influence of the Mysterium causes the mind-body dilemma that
has preoccupied and confounded so many philosophers throughout the ages.
Dualism arises because man has been unable to decide whether the world is
fundamentally physical or mental. Does the world exist beyond human
perceptions, or is it there due to a mental projection? This question, which is a
main one asked by philosophers, has never been satisfactorily resolved. Actually,
the question to ask is why the dualism arose in the first place. Why does the mind
question whether the world is physical or mental? Why can't the mind decide and
resolve the problem simply and affirmatively? Is it because man's understanding
is itself split? Is it because man's perspective on life is not singular but divided?
Is man eternally doomed to flit between two exclusive perspectives when he
views reality? It would appear so. Man does indeed view reality dualistically, and
it is the presence of the Mysterium that causes the dilemma.

Man has the mask of the Mysterium over his face. And the mask has two eye sockets to see through. But over these
sockets are dissimilar colored lenses. If man opens an eye and looks through a socket of the mask, he sees reality in one
color, so to speak. When he looks through the other eye, reality appears to be colored differently. Either way, his vision
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color, so to speak. When he looks through the other eye, reality appears to be colored differently. Either way, his vision
is distorted. Even if both eyes are open his vision is not substantially improved. He cannot see reality as it truly is as
long as he dons the mask of the Mysterium. To see what reality as it is, and to see what he himself as he is, the mask
must be removed and cast to the ground.

The Self-Begotten Mind


Religion is the universal compulsive neurosis of mankind Sigmund Freud
The false and fantastic notion that man created himself appears in the cosmologies of certain races. For instance, the
chief progenitor god of the ancient Egyptians, Atum Ra, allegedly conjured himself into being parthenogenically.
Ancient pyramid texts report that Atum arose from the primordial abyss, masturbated semen into his own hand, and
gave himself birth. He is described as "self-born" or "self-begotten." Like Jehovah, Atum was "I am that I am," the
"Alpha and Omega."
Atum created by his masturbation in Heliopolis. He put his phallus in his fist, to excite desire thereby.
The twins were born, Shu and Tefnut Pyramid Text (Utterance 527)
Of course, the story is no more logical than that of Adam giving birth to Eve in the Garden of Eden. Nevertheless, the
self-begotten gods clearly represent the all too human delusion that all things are brought into being by mind. In truth,
the great Mysterium sought by the mind of man is the mind's own creation. Once this is understood, many illusions are
dispelled.
The thought that the male can create living beings by himself with his mouth, through his word, out of
his spirit is the most unnatural fantasy conceivable; it denies all experience, all reality, every natural
condition. It disregards all the laws of nature in order to attain the one goal of presenting the male as
the perfect being per se, who possesses the ability life appears to have denied him, the ability to give
birth - Erich Fromm
The idea that man's mind is creator of all came about due to trauma. Once, long ago, as the ancient sagas relate, the
consciousness of human beings was truly whole. It experienced Allness and interacted directly and profoundly with
Nature - the Numina. After the Age of Catastrophe, and as a result of it, man's consciousness suffered severe trauma.
Consciousness fragmented and what we now know as the "ego" took birth. An instant later, the ego's evil twin - the
Mysterium also arose from the flames of chaos. The Mysterium and ego were both born from trauma, and both have at
their foundation a deep abiding distrust - one might even say - antipathy toward Nature. We believe that consciousness
cannot be completely fathomed without an understanding of this particular form of psychic antipathy, and go so far as to
say that this primal predisposition is the reason for human pathology.
The ego is the ghost that rose from the grave of the self. It was all that remained of a consciousness that was once
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unadulterated and whole. Modern man's sense of identity is for the most part merely ego-identity. Man's ego is not,
however, the totality of his being. Knowing this explains a great deal and answers many perplexing questions about life
and existence.
Inasmuch as the ego is only the centrum of my field of consciousness, it is not identical with the totality
of my psyche, being merely a complex among other complexes. Hence I discriminate between the ego
and the Self, since the ego is only the subject of my consciousness, while the Self is the subject of my
totality: hence it also includes the unconscious psyche. In this sense the Self would be an (ideal) factor
which embraces and includes the ego Carl Jung
It may be difficult for us to understand how primeval shell-shock caused the human ego and aberrational Mysterium to
come into being. We rarely entertain the idea that the self is identical to Nature, or that what we think of as Nature is
the self. On the contrary, the ego serves as our identity. Strangely, we don't find it contradictory that everyone else on
earth entertains the same idea.
In the Origins of Consciousness and the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Julian Jaynes argued that
self-consciousness emerged even more recently at the time of the Bronze Age, some five thousand
years ago. According to Jaynes, there was no sense of I before this period. It was their first
experience of the thinking minds internal monologue, Jaynes speculates, that ancient peoples attributed
to hearing the voice of god, or being addressed by spirits - Gregg D. Jacobs (The Ancestral Mind)
The thinking of all men is traumatized and autistic, not the thinking of one or two men. All mankind suffered the shellshock and fallout of the Age of Catastrophe. Otherwise, the derangement we find in the human mind would not be
widespread. The perplexing idioms of man's world, and of his societies, are explained when we realize how man's
present consciousness came into being.
When humans genuflect before murderous leaders and wrathful gods; when they
murder, maim, and mutilate in the name of some cause or deity, and tear out the
hearts of victims atop blood-drenched pyramids, it is because their actions and
behavior is directed by aberrant thinking. It is because they are under the influence
of a deeply embedded compulsion. They are, as it were, Mysterium-possessed. As
we said, the Mysterium came into being at the same time as the ego, and was an
after-effect of the same trauma that gave rise to the ego. It is the basis of human
neurosis.
It is from within, out of the mind of man that all evil emerges (Mark 7:21-23)

The Mysterium runs in a similar way to a computer program, one that is almost impossible to turn off, uninstall or
delete. Man's world certainly affects his mind, and his mind affects the world in which he lives. The world changes
because of thinking. However, if man's thinking is Mysterium-possessed, the world will take on a abhorrent
complexion, as it has done. The Mysterium infects the world of man as it infects his mind. It is, so to speak, the poison
in the blood of the mind.
man does not possess creative powers, he is possessed by them Carl Jung
Reality is Triality
The Tao gives birth to One. One gives birth to Two. Two gives birth to Three. Three gives birth to all
things Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)
The philosophy of Taoists can be rightly regarded as dialectical monism. Strictly speaking, however, Taoists are not
monists or dualists but trialists. They revere the number three, and see it as the true symbol or emblem of the Tao.
Interestingly, in Hebrew, the number three is named daleth, meaning "doorway," "portal," or "entrance," and in Greek it
is named delta, which means "mouth" or "opening."

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Threeness was much more important to Taoists than Oneness. This is because there is no such thing as Oneness.
Oneness is an abstraction. It exists as an idea in man's mind, but not in reality. The world does not have only one stone,
oak, river, sea, star, or mountain. There is not only a single deer, eagle, woman, or man. Things may certainly have
unique qualities, such as the snowflake and tree leaf, but Oneness does not exist in the world of Nature. Twoness is not
an abstraction, and neither is Threeness. They exist. There are two orbs in the sky, and two peaks on the mountain.
There are three rivers flowing into the lake, and three crows upon the branch. If one raven exists, we can be sure that
other ravens exist. If a lotus exists, we can be sure that there are other lotus plants somewhere. Philosophically
speaking, a single thing does not exist. Man thinks otherwise because of his capacity for subjective thought. However,
as has now been proven by Julian Jaynes, man's sense of himself as a distinct entity - a subjective self - is a late
historical phenomenon.
Jaynes has suggested that human consciousness has changed its character even in historical times, the
ego as we know it was not really in existence, except under extreme stress. And then it presented itself
almost as an exterior intrusion into consciousness, like the voice of a god Terrence McKenna
Self-awareness, reason, and imagination have disrupted the harmony that characterizes animal
existence. Their emergence has made man into an anomaly, the freak of the universe. He is part of
nature, subject to her physical laws and unable to change them, yet he transcends nature. He is set
apart while being a part; he is homeless, yet chained to the home he shares with all creatures. Cast into
this world at an accidental place and time, he is forced out of it accidentally and against his will. Being
aware of himself, he realizes his powerlessness and the limitations of his existence. He is never free
from the dichotomy of his existence: he cannot rid himself of his mind, even if he would want to; he
cannot rid himself of his body as long as he is alive and his body makes him want to be alive Erich
Fromm (Anatomy of Human Destructiveness)
Each human being is an expression of Threeness. Each child is born from a male and a female, a man and woman.
Therefore, a newborn child is the amalgam of his two parents as well as being himself. He is an expression of
Threeness. And it is Nature, not men, that decide on how birth takes place. Nature has ordained it that a liaison between
one man and one woman creates a new human being. Therefore, life itself, as well as the creative intelligence of Nature,
is symbolized by the number Three. The Taoist's symbolized the Tao/Nature/Man by a symbol known as the Tomoe, a
figure strikingly similar to the triskellion found on the most prominent ancient temple sites in Ireland.

Taoist Tomoe

Druidic Triskellion

There are tears and there is laughter, and there is neither. Being and non-Being; I
and Not I; Man and Nature, and the marriage of both in a third. Each frond of the
Tomoe is Three in One: Tao, Nature, Man, or, alternatively, Being, Thinking,
Time.
In the language of the philosopher Martin Heidegger, nothing Exists alone.
Everything stands in relation to that which is beside and around it. A flower's
petals flutter in the wind while other leaves around the flower remain still, ergo we
notice the petals. An acorn has soil to germinate in, hence we have an oak. The
limbs and muscles of a mountain goat are supple and strong because of the
steepness of mountain sides. The hawk's eyesight is superb because a mouse moves
under cover of grass. A hammer was created because of the peculiar properties of
wood, a pedal because of the shape of a foot. The needle implies the existence of
thread, that implies the existence of wear, that implies the existence of garments,
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that implies the existence of people, and so on. Every particular thing that exists is
entangled with everything else around it. Each thing is in special and intimate
relationship with everything else in the world. There is no subject or object, no this
and that. Each thing "knows" or "recognizes" another thing without being a subject
per se. The Beingness (Existence) of one thing links it intimately with the
Beingness of every other thing. And Being predates the thinking, conceiving
subject. A man must Exist before he can think. Therefore, when it comes to
understanding and relatedness, thought is one stage too late.

The Aryan Trimurti (Creator, Sustainer, Destroyer)


We have erroneous ideas about number. We habitually but falsely associate Allness with Oneness, and erroneously
consider Oneness to exist. Lets look at the one to nine sequence with their common interpretations:
One - birth, beginnings, self, god
Two - division, duality, separation, opposites
Three - creativity, growth, pregnancy, abundance
Four - structure, order, discipline, practicality
Five - experience, learning, understanding, expansion, man/woman
Six - sexuality, harmony, unification
Seven - subjectivity, self-analysis, introversion, religion
Eight - achievement, success, extroversion, conquest
Nine - mastery, refinement, precision, humanity, completion
On the face of it, the number 1 appears to represent wholeness and selfhood. It is the monad that arises from
nothingness. In this sense, it suffices as a significator for god. It suggests strength and allness. However, as we said,
Oneness is an abstraction. It is not experienced sensually. In other words, it does not exist outside of man's mind. It is,
therefore, a Mysterium. To speak of mankind coming to Oneness is therefore illusionary. To speak of god as "one," or
of "one truth," and so on, is to speak only of illusions. Today, we hear a great many people speaking of "Oneness." The
term is synonymous with globalism and multiculturalism. It is a new talismanic word encapsulating the ideology of
those seeking to establish the so-called New World Order. However, the Oneness of the globalists and New Agers is
not a holistic wholeness. It is merely the amalgamation of broken shards. In short, Oneness does not serve as a true and
authentic significator for allness or selfhood. On the contrary, it is a affirmation of separation and a gateway to
Mysteria. A man's sense of selfhood, then, is simply separateness not wholeness or allness. Oneness is merely division
disguised as unity.
What is the fall? If it is unity become duality, is it not God who is fallen? - Charles Baudelaire
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Interestingly, every human being has a personal sense of identity. Everyone thinks of themselves as unique. However,
sociologically speaking, it is odd that each person contains an idea of their own uniqueness. It seems contradictory to
say "everyone is unique." Does this statement make philosophical sense? Is it true or the product of self-delusion? If
Oneness is an illusionary idea, then identity and individuality as we think of them are also illusions.
Till the false is seen as the false, truth is not J. Krishnamurti
The philosopher Georg Wilhelm Fredrich Hegel considered the problem of identity and individualism, and concluded
that a man is deluded to think of himself as unique. First of all, man is born from man. He is the child of male and
female parents. He is not self-begotten. Secondly, man's thoughts are not his own. He may believe he thinks for
himself, and that his ideas are his own, but they are not. The content of one man's consciousness is the content of every
man's consciousness. The German philosopher emphasized that a man cannot think of himself - of his own identity without thinking of others. Thought of oneself implies thought of other people, because, as philosophers such as Hegel,
Marx, Habermas, and Wittgenstein and many others emphasized, a man's vision of himself is largely based upon how he
is regarded by those around him. Man is always conscious of how he is viewed by his fellows. In psychological
parlance, a man's "persona" is entirely based on approval ratings. It is based on fitting in and being liked. According to
Hegel, personal identity is a working fallacy. It is an illusion because thought of oneself is automatically and necessarily
thought of and about others. Hegelians would stress that every man's body is the body of his fellows. The components of
one human body are found in every human body, given that a body is not abnormal in form. Additionally, human cells
do not work according to an individual self-generated program of action. They work together in conformity to a general
program of activity.
Twoness has been defined as a numeral of division and separation, and also relationship. Some thinkers interpret
Twoness as signifying primal scission, that is, the moment when god divided his own being in order to experience his
own nature more completely. Two represents god (or thought) contemplating or experiencing his own nature. Of
course, we may rightly be puzzled as to where bizarre ideas of this kind come from. After all, logically, god must be
the creator of his opposite, which means that he experiences himself by way of another part of himself. In this case,
conceptually speaking, the number two can be said to represent two expressions of the same phenomenon. To become
whole, Oneness reaches out to the "other," seeking to merge with someone or something else in order to experience
itself fully, thus confirming that Oneness is hardly Allness. If Oneness was complete, it would not seek to find or know
itself by way of something or someone separate from itself. Therefore, Twoness confirms the inherent separateness of
Oneness. In this sense, creation as we know it should be more correctly signified by Twoness. Twoness signifies god
and the creation he brings into being. In other words, to all intents and purposes, Twoness seems to be a creation or
extension of Oneness, and whatever Oneness creates must surely be part of itself, which implies that Oneness is greater
than Twoness. It implies that Oneness came into being before Twoness. It is difficult for the mind to see it any other
way.
However, if that which god reaches out to, in order to know himself, is created by his own hand, so to speak, then the
creation is certainly not separate from the creator. In this case, we may question how god sets about realizing his own
nature via that which is ultimately himself? Obviously, the answer is that he cannot do so. The paradox is simply solved
once man realizes that the creation he sees around him is not an extension of god. It is not part of god, nor is it created
by him. Nature has its own existence. We need not think of Nature as part of a supernatural god, or as a "creation" at
all. After all, it is illogical to say that the creation into which god descends to know himself, is in fact a part of himself.
If this be so, then god simply seeks to know himself as himself, which makes no sense. Why manifest Creation simply
to know what is already known and experience what is already experienced? Where is the magnificence, wonder, and
progress in that?
Twoness is either a part of Oneness, or it is not. If it is part of Oneness, then Oneness and Twoness are essentially the
same thing. If Oneness seeks to "know" itself through contact with Twoness, then logically Twoness must be altogether
different in nature than Oneness. It cannot have arisen from Oneness as many have erroneously speculated. However,
the problem is resolved once we realize that the problem is not with Twoness but with Oneness. Indeed, there is no such
thing as Oneness. Twoness and Threeness exist. Oneness does not.

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Threeness is geometrically expressed by the triangle, a shape that serves to divide inner space from outer space. Thus
Threeness represents both wholeness and separation. Moreover, Threeness can be experienced, because as we said,
every child born is an expression of Threeness.

Inner space, outer space

Cube and Hexagram within the Triangle


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Pythagorean Tetractys
The central diagram above shows the cube and square within the triangle. (The cube is born from six triangles.)
Therefore, metaphysically speaking, we can see that Threeness gives "birth" to its opposite, something which Oneness
cannot accomplish, since Oneness does not exist. Threeness is, therefore, the gateway of birth and true insignia of
Creation.
In the Christian canon, Yahweh is doctrinally defined as a Holy Trinity - God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
He is three in one.

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The Christian Trinity. Oneness is an


abstraction, whereas Threeness is real.
Christian theologians were compelled to coopt the tripartite delineation of the pagans
(Taoists, Hindus, Amenists, and Druids).

Three triangular pyramids. Why?

Newgrange Tumulus
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The triskellion or three interlocking spirals can be found etched into the
great stones at Newgrange Tumulus in County Meath, Ireland.
Newgrange cairn lies near to two other similar cairns (Knowth and
Dowth) that form a giant earthwork-triskellion when viewed from the
air. The three spirals also exist at the back of the innermost chamber or
sanctum at Newgrange. Clearly, the Megalithic Irish, like the Eastern
Taoists, revered the number three. This is because the number is the
gateway to the real, a portal to the Numina, the perfect expression of
the Tao, or creative intelligence of Nature.

Threeness, then, is the true significator for wholeness and allness. It is the gateway to the Numina, which is why the
Taoists employed the Tomoe to symbolize the nature of the Tao, or true way.

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Oneness may not exist, but uniqueness does. However, uniqueness is not bestowed upon us externally. It is not
attributed by someone or something else. It is a state of consciousness. If we truly come to understand the existential
significance of our lives and Beingness, we can rightly say we live and experience life uniquely. But to justly proclaim
uniqueness we must have a deep and reverent relationship with ourselves and the world. If that rapport is dulled or
dampened, taken casually and flippantly, and if we merely function passively and carelessly, there can be no authentic
declaration of personal uniqueness.
The number three is the number of man. All men are born from two parents. So has it been ordained by Nature.
Therefore, Nature regards every man she brings into being as an expression of Threeness. What is more, from a
psychological point of view, man is also defined by the number three. This is because a man can be himself as he truly
is; as he imagines himself to be; and as other people view him.
The man who chooses to exist in conformity to his own distorted image of himself, or as others perceive him to be,
lives inauthentically. He will not be Tomoe. He will not be Tao. He will be the schizoid man, fallen and lost in the
world of shadows.
the sick individual finds himself at home with all other similarly sick individuals. The whole culture is
geared to this kind of pathology. The result is that the average individual does not experience the
separateness and isolation the fully schizophrenic person feels. He feels at ease among those who suffer
from the same deformation; in fact, it is the fully sane person who feels isolated in the insane society
and he may suffer so much from the incapacity to communicate that it is he who may become psychotic
Erich Fromm (Anatomy of Human Destructiveness)

Why Something Rather Than Nothing?


Primitive man was not a hundredth part so likely to be the victim of hallucinations or diseased
subjectivity as a modern man Gerald Massey
It can be said then, that historic mans search for meaning prevents him from discovering meaning. Mind examines the
Mysterium created by mind. Therefore, mind can know nothing more than itself. It cannot hope to know anything true
and absolute about Nature and the world. And man has not learned anything true about the world he occupies. He has
been getting further and further away from the place of understanding. As time passes, he will further estrange himself.
His reasoning and tautological philosophical excursions will lead him only to the vales of confusion.
Of course, our point is most iconoclastic. On the face of it, man has been assiduously seeking for answers to the great
questions posed by his own mind. Every religion of the world, and every school of the mysteries apparently seeks for
"meaning," and to find out why there is "something instead of nothing." That is what each profess. Actually, they have
not provided answers or important insights into the true questions of philosophy. They have simply created a
Mysterium - an essence, god, or over-arching quest, and then, like Don Quixote, gone in search of it, zealously seeking
to understand the nature of the windmills they have conjured in their own delirium.

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Trying to understand the Mysterium preoccupies thinking men. For centuries it has driven them to great physical and
mental feats. Every cathedral on the planet, such as those at Salisbury, Cologne, and Chartres, were raised in praise of
the Mysterium. However, this form of endeavor, be it rational, idealist, pragmatic, pluralist, monist, or relativist in
complexion, is inauthentic. It cannot arrive at truth or provide answers to the dilemmas of existence. This is because the
endeavor does not address Being, which is the prime datum and "ground" of philosophy.
This Logos holds always, but humans always prove unable to understand it, both before hearing it and
when they have first heard it. For though all things come to be in accordance with this Logos, humans
are like the inexperienced when they experience such words and deeds as I set out, distinguishing each
in accordance with its nature and saying how it is. But other people fail to notice what they do when
awake, just as they forget what they do while asleep - Heraclitus (535-475)

In his metaphysics, Plato's divides reality into two modes, the true and
the apparent. The latter mode is perceived by the five senses and the
former by the reason. Moreover, for Plato, reality of either mode is
ultimately composed of unchanging Forms. When men are sufficiently
moral and rational enough, they come into contact with these
unchanging, eternal, antetypes. Instead of seeing the world of constant
flux and change as natural, good, and real, Plato chose to posit the
existence of an unseen, unchanging reality behind apparent reality. He
never questioned whether his search for large, over-arching, immutable
values and philosophical solutions, was born from insecurity and
uncertainty brought on by primal psychic disequilibrium. Plato's quest
was Mysterium in action.

The War Against Oneself


Terry Kellog believes that abusive behaviors - whether we direct them towards ourselves, other people,
or other species - are not natural to human beings. People enact such behavior because, something
unnatural has happened to them. I and they have become deranged - Chellis Glendenning
What is man able to do that animals cannot do? He is capable of observing and analysing the world around him, and
capable of observing and analysing his own thoughts. He can think about himself in relation to the world. He can
observe his own process of thinking. He can think about thought. Apparently, animals cannot think about the future or
about their own being. They exist in this moment only and are not aware of what they might be or become in the future.
Animals have memories of the past and do have great intelligence. However, they are not able to question whether there
is a "meaning" to their Existence. This is the human being's province.

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And because thinking about thought and reality is the province of human beings, we might ask if this special capacity
has always been available to humanity. When did it begin? According to the findings of psychologist Julian Jaynes, it
came into being recently. It is a concomitant of man's subjectivity, which was not always in existence. It was, in our
opinion, the result of the terrible Age of Catastrophe, and is a result of the same trauma that formed the ego. In other
words, man's subjectivity has a date of birth. As we said above, philosophers would have profited had they gave ancient
cataclysm the consideration it deserves.
We reproduce catastrophe because we ourselves are traumatized both as a species and individually,
beginning at birth. Because we are wounded, we have put up psychic defences against reality and have
become so cut off from direct participation in the multidimensional wilderness in which we are
embedded, that all we can do is to navigate our way cautiously through a humanly designed day-to-day
substitute world of symbols - a world of dollars, minutes, numbers, images and words that are
constantly being manipulated to wring the most possible profit from every conceivable circumstance.
The body and spirit both rebel - David Watson (The Pathology of Civilization)
With man's subjectivity came the ability to think about thought. However, the capacity for subjective cognition brings
about serious problems. Firstly, because subjectivity is the state of man's ego, man is able to choose what to do and
think. He is free to direct his own actions. He can choose whether to do this or that, and can decide whether his actions
are wrong or right, good or bad. Man acts, but unlike an animal he must accept responsibility for his actions, and, if
needs be, live with guilt. In other words, man must pay a heavy price for being conscious. Secondly, subjectivity means
that not everything in consciousness falls under the dominion of the hierarchically-arranged and hierarchicallystructured ego. What exists in the darkened landscape that stretches around and beyond the ego's ithyphallic ivory
control tower is considered by the ego to be potentially threatening. In other words, the content of man's own
unconscious is considered a threat to the suzerainty of the ego. This means that most human beings are subconsciously
threatened by aspects of their own selves. Perhaps, when this monumental travesty is given the thought it deserves, we
can understand why, for millennia, a state of chaos and decay has persisted on Earth.

A diagram simplifying the Freudian schemata of the anatomy of


consciousness. Freud's book titles, and the names of his psychological
complexes (Id, Ego, Super Ego, etc), were deliberately mistranslated to give
his theories a materialist-reductionist complexion. Freud's understanding of
consciousness was far deeper and more "spiritually" intoned than most
readers of his work guess. Freud was despised by the APA (American
Psychiatric Association), who saw to it that his theories and image were
drastically skewed to suit their own materialist ideology. Here for more
information.
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Thirdly, the ego is threatened by the phenomena of the external world. Fourthly, because the ego gives a man his
subjective sense, he can set the parameters of how reality is registered. He can filter, censor, and distort whatever his
senses perceive. In the end, the ideas formed by ego-consciousness about reality become more real than reality. As time
goes by people lose all interest in the real as the real. Under the auspices of the ego, human beings are incarcerated
within mental prisons. It is only a matter of time before they completely lose all sense of concern, not only for Nature,
but for their own mortal Existence.
Fifthly, man's subjective ego-consciousness developed a conception of itself as distinct from the earth, moon, sun, and
stars. There was self-awareness, so to speak. From its remote tower, the ego looked out over Nature in order to find its
reflection there, but could no longer discern it. This is because Nature contains or "reflects" back the self of man, not the
ego of man. And so, search as it might, the ego cannot find its own visage in the phenomena of the world. Primitive
man could see his own reflection in Nature because he did not have the same level of subjectivity as his descendents.
He and Nature were one. Historical man, on the other hand, subconsciously feels abandoned by Nature. Of course, it is
the other way around. Man has abandoned Nature by uprooting himself and living in the tower built by his ego.
While granting that we do not have much direct knowledge of mans psyche before the beginning of the
Neolithic period, there aregood reasons to assume that the most primitive menwere not
characterized by destructiveness of sadism. In fact, the negative qualities that are commonly attributed
to human nature become more powerful and widespread as civilization developed - Erich Fromm
(Anatomy of Human Destructiveness)
Man has been at war with Nature for millennia, and has armed with himself with religion and science to forcibly
implant his image - his contorted image - onto Nature. Like Don Quixote, he has ridden out to battle against Nature's
four elements and impenetrable secrets, hoping to bring Nature to her knees in submission. All the while it is man's
blood that flows out. It is his arms that weaken with his fruitless combat. Man is simply destroying himself. His only
hope is to throw down the sword.
Jehovahs injunction is all-encompassing: no likeness of anything. Why would drawing a bird in flight
or a fish leaping in sunlight represent a threat to Him? The second commandment forbids Israelites
from conveying any iconic information: no illustrations, no colorful drawings, and no art. So far as we
know, there had never before existed a culture that forbade representative art. Why should a prohibition
against making images be the second most important rule for righteous living?According to the Ten
Commandments, art, therefore, is more dangerous than murder Leonard Shlain (The Alphabet Versus
the Goddess)
Rene Descartes: Disciple of the Mysterium
The mind is the greatest slayer of the real Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
One philosopher who asked many important questions about the human
mind was Frenchman Rene Descartes. In his masterpiece entitled

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mind was Frenchman Rene Descartes. In his masterpiece entitled


Meditations on First Philosophy, he set about questioning his own
existence. His path to truth was pure scepticism. He chose to except
nothing as "self-evident," but inclined to doubt everything he thought he
knew about his mind, body, and world. After a long process of doubt and
questioning, Descartes decided that the very doubting process proved his
existence. If he could doubt, then he could think, and if he could think, he
must exist. Descartes' maxim was cogito ergo sum, "I think therefore I
am."
However, what if Descartes kind of thinking was flawed? Would that still
mean he existed? Or would it mean, given his own bent of philosophical
reasoning, that he did not in fact exist, that is, he could not be sure of his
existence? If his existence is proven by his capacity to think, we are
probably meant to assume that the kind of thought is immaterial.

We are to take it that Descartes trusted in his own existence regardless of whether his thinking was flawed or not. But
wait! Does this not seem rather contradictory? After all, Descartes relies on thinking as proof of his existence. But if his
thinking about life, or anything, was flawed, then how can his thought be relied upon as a proof for existence?
Descartes, it seems, was not to bothered about that kind of quandary. What did bother him was whether he could be
certain about the world in which he existed. He conceived of the world as something extraneous to him. It was there,
but perhaps he could be deceived about it. His five senses revealed a world around him full of things which look real
enough. But a candle looks pretty solid until it turns to wax. Is the liquid wax the same thing as the solid candle? No it
is not. So apparently, the senses can be deceived. This worried Descartes no end. Finally, his mind was put at rest. The
answer was simple. Descartes believed he could trust his impressions of the world because that world was created by
God, and God would never play silly games with his mind. God would not deceive him or lead him astray, and so the
world was as it appears sensually. Problem solved. Now Descartes could be sure of his own existence and of the world
in which he lived.
To Descartes, the world was separate from the body, as was the mind. Mind, body, and world were separate, and God
was, yet again, outside the world and mind of man. It did not occur to Descartes the Deist, that God was made of mind human mind. He believed in the Mysterium that his own mind had created and never bothered to question it. As far as
he was concerned, God was the creator of man and world.
All Bibles or sacred codes have been the causes of the following errorsthat man has two real existing
principlesa Body and a Soul - William Blake (The Marriage of Heaven and Hell)
The notion that man has a body distinct from his soul is to be expunged - ibid
If Descartes' thinking was not true thinking, then, by his own standards, his existence is not proven. His understanding
of his existence was flawed. Indeed, mans understanding of his own existence is flawed. Descartes chose to believe in
a God (a Mysterium) who would never lead him astray when it came to the his perception and understanding of the
physical world. Therefore, his vision of himself and of reality was distorted from point go. He chose to trust a
Mysterium instead of himself. Doing so creates a contradiction, because the God in whom Descartes chose to believe,
was an image fashioned by his own mind. God is believed in by many people, but each person's relationship to their
God - or Mysterium - is exclusive. After all, who is to say that Descartes God is God, or that he acts in the way
Descartes imagined? Descartes idea of God is not determined by reality or things seen and experienced. It is a mental
abstraction that Descartes admits is separate from body and world.
The Haunted Mind
The world is my idea Schopenhauer
Mans consciousness is hindered from direct rapport with Nature by its own ideas about Nature. The communion that
once existed is blocked by man's infatuation with the future and the Mysterium. Mans mind has, in fact, become
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once existed is blocked by man's infatuation with the future and the Mysterium. Mans mind has, in fact, become
haunted or possessed by the Mysterium. Mind has theories about the world. Those theories rest upon the minds false
concept of itself and its own thinking. A distorted mirror cannot reflect reality as it really is. This is the problem that
underlines Cartesian Dualism, modern scientific "Uncertainty," and the mechanistic view of men who believe Nature is
imperfect and dumb.
Until the rise of Existential philosophy, most thinkers and theologians have been preoccupied with the Mysterium.
Philosophers of the west have been seeking God, truth, perfection, enlightenment, social justice, social harmony, peace
of mind, and so on, for over two thousand years. They haven't found what they sought. We might ask why?
Of course, failing in one's quest is not a pleasant experience. No one likes to be wrong, especially to the degree of
wrongness experienced by high-brow thinkers and theologians. However, as we can see from a study of history, when
one school, college, cult, or sect fails, another one springs up to grab the baton. The race for answers and medals for
excellence begins all over again. The succeeding school believes it will not make the same mistakes as the previous
school which failed to avail the answers to life's mysteries. But what happens when the zealous sons have not correctly
defined the mistakes of their fathers? What happens when, because of their misdiagnosis, they contract the same disease
that infected their forebears?
When one school fails, another rises. When it also founders, yet another springs into action. On and on it goes. In the
end, the merit of one school lies in their ability to critique the methods and findings of the previous school. Years are
spent arguing over irrelevant minutiae. It is a case of Tweedledum versus Tweedledee. A case of opposames. This
cacophony of voices, theories, belief systems, metaphysical speculations and ideologies, obscures the true philosophical
adventure that has to do with Existence and Being.

Rationalists/Idealists

Wilhelm von Leibniz


(16461716)

Immanuel Kant
(17241804)

George Hegel
(17701831)

Empiricists

John Locke
(16321704)
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Bishop George Berkeley


(16851753)

David Hume
(17111766)
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Waiting For Civilization


What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of understanding Werner
Heisenberg
We can see then that men create versions of reality. Minds create ideas, which inspire goals, which compel actions.
Man's actions change the world he lives in. However, the world man changes, changes him. His mind was Nature-born,
not mind-born.
Primordial man's mind took instruction directly from Nature. What mind once learned from Nature has been repressed.
It makes up the content of what psychoanalysts refer to as the "unconscious" mind, and what poet William Blake
preferred to term "Imagination."
The Eternal Body of Man is the Imagination - William Blake
...the imagination rises from the mind's abyss and seeks more expanded senses than the five making up
that abyss - ibid
Man has developed consciousness slowly and laboriously, in a process that took untold ages to reach
the civilized stateAnd this evolution is far from complete, for large areas of the human mind are still
shrouded in darkness. What we call the psyche is by no means identical with our consciousness and
its contents - Carl Gustav Jung (Approaching the Unconscious)
The id is that very protohuman psychic core that our evolution has spent millions of years molding to fit
the planetary environment. Its seeming unruliness deserves a deeper understanding...the id conserves
from its long maturing processour treasury of ecological intelligence. Its intractability stems from its
deeply ingrained resistance to all social forms that endanger the harmony of the human and the natural;
its untamed selfishness represents a bond between psyche and cosmos whose distant origins reach
back to the initial conditions of the Big Bang. Just as there is a wisdom of the body which often has a
better sense of health than medical science, so too there may be a wisdom of the id that knows what
sanity is better than any school of psychiatry whose standard of normality is essentially a defense of
misconceived social necessity - Theodore Roszak (Voice of the Earth)
Man's senses provide him with raw data about the world.
That data is taken in and processed by mental faculties.
That data must pass the rational and critical censors and
then be rejected, organized, or stored away. The process
goes on continually. Eventually, however, the mind
acquires a lot of mental furniture, so to speak. This
furniture must be organized and arranged. Once this job is
done, the arrangement is difficult to rearrange. It becomes
quite fixed and rigid. In the end, men might not want their
mental arrangement to be challenged and changed. They
may project onto the world their own fixed paradigms of
how things should be, and make the world conform to their
own psychic content. As a result, man eventually ceases
learning from the world.

He prevents Nature from shaping him truly. He becomes unnatural and existentially inauthentic. This is what we find
happening today.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world Arthur Schopenhauer
Man hath weaved out a net and this net thrown upon the Heavens, and now they are his own - John
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Man hath weaved out a net and this net thrown upon the Heavens, and now they are his own - John
Donne
After all, if men allowed Nature to organically work its miracles upon their minds, they would not be so similar in
kind. There is no sameness in Nature. Every star, atom, leaf, and snowflake is different and unique. If man allowed
Nature to shape him, there would be no societies or civilizations as we know them. There would be no cities where man
can hide or walls between man and Nature. This is subconsciously understood by men, which is why they defend
themselves against Nature's organic processes. Man defends himself against the power of Nature, and also goes on the
attack against Nature, his true Creator.
The industrial city might be seen as the collective body armor of our culture, a pathological effort to
distance us from close contact with the natural continuum from which we evolve Theodore Roszak
(Voice of the Earth)
Technology Versus Nature
In your own bosom you bear your Heaven and Earth; and all you behold, though it appears without, it is
within William Blake
To successfully subordinate and emasculate Nature, man has become technological and mechanistic. His mind is hard,
fixed, and unmutable, and his behavior toward the world has become defensive and threatening. He threatens Nature
because he erroneously thinks of himself as being threatened by Nature. And, in a way, he is. Nature is mutable,
spontaneous, and negentropic, or self-sustaining. It is not plugged in to a wall socket and does not run on a battery
somewhere.
Most importantly, Nature does not need man to exist. This is a fact that
makes man feel rather small and insignificant. His technological ardor
arose because of his subconscious rivalry toward Nature, which
apparently does not require his services. Technology is man's way of
bringing Nature into submission.
When we look around at the world man has made for himself, we see its
regularity. Everything he establishes is as fixed, rigid, and hierarchical as
his own consciousness, and just as toxic.
...man is everywhere a disturbing agent. Wherever he
plants his foot, the harmonies of Nature are turned to
discords George P. Marsh (The Earth As Modified By
Human Action, 1907)
The anti-Idealist, anti-Deist poet William Blake deeply understood the
subconscious rivalry that man feels toward Nature. He knew that the
human mind ardently sought to usurp Nature's dominion and reshape
Nature in mind's twisted image. Blake knew this because he could see
the unnaturalness of man's inventions all around him.

Urizen, as described by poet William


Blake in The Four Zoas and other
works.
He knew that the effluence of the inorganic "satanic mills" were not going to be confined to man's ugly, injusticeridden cities and towns. In his iconography, Blake pictorialized the human mind as a giant who sought to measure the
creation and bring everything under the control of reason. Blake named his giant Urizen, a name based on the word
"reason."
Blake lived when Britain was at war with Napoleon and when there was an official embargo against literature from
abroad. This included religious and mystical works. However, according to author and Druid Ross Nichols, Blake
managed to read the works of the seventeenth century German mystic Jakob Boehme, and may have had access to
various hermetic texts. Certainly, Blake's writings strongly resemble Gnostic conceptions of the creation and nature of
human consciousness. In his masterly work entitled The Secret Teachings of all Ages, occultist Manly Palmer Hall
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summarizes Gnostic cosmology:


Out of the pleroma was individualized the Demiurgus, the immortal mortal, to whom we are responsible
for our physical existence and the suffering we must go through in connection with it
It was affirmed by the Gnostic Christians that the redemption of humanity was assured through the
descent of Nous (Universal Mind), who was a great spiritual being superior to the Demiurgus and who,
entering into the constitution of man, conferred conscious immortality upon the Demiurgic fabrications
Martin Heidegger: Disciple of the Numina
...when the doors of perception are cleansed, everything appears to man as it is, infinite - William Blake
The only modern philosopher to deal correctly with the questions of Being and Existence, was Martin Heidegger. He
was born in Germany in the year 1889, and spent most of his life in the Black Forest, in the south-western region of the
country.
Heidegger was born eleven years before the death of Frederick Nietzsche,
and thirty four years after the death of Danish philosopher Soren
Kierkegaard. Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Arthur Schopenhauer, were,
generally speaking, in the same tradition as Heidegger, as were Edmund
Husserl, Franz Brentano, Jean Paul Sartre, and Albert Camus. However,
Heidegger went into the question of Existence much more deeply than his
contemporaries and predecessors. In the year 1927, when he was thirty eight,
he published his ideas in his treatise entitled Sein und Zeit, or "Being and
Time."
Heidegger was of the opinion that most of the worlds philosophical
speculations and theories have little to nothing to do with true philosophy.
The impasses created by Rationalists and Idealists, such as Descartes, Locke,
Berkeley, Hegel, Kant, and other philosophers, as well as the conundrums
ostensibly resolved by Immanuel Kant, proved this beyond all doubt.

Heidegger at his desk.


In other words, philosophy had, since the time of Plato and Aristotle, gone fearfully wrong. Heidegger was more
forgiving to the pre-Socratic philosophers, but his critique of every theorist since their day was adamant and
irrevocable. The world's philosophers had been interested in many things, but not Being. And by not being interested in
the question of Being, or, as Heidegger termed it, "Dasein," they were haunted and possessed by their own brand of
Mysteria. They each sought essences, forms, truths, archetypes, gods, and utopias, but failed to find and bequeath them
to the world.
Millennia of philosophizing about the soul had resulted in no certitude about it, while those who
pretended to know it, the priests, held power or influenced it, and corrupted politics as a result. Princes
were rendered ineffective by their own or their subjects' opinions about the salvation of their souls,
while men slaughtered each other wholesale because of differences of such opinion. The care of the soul
crippled men in the conduct of their lives Alan Bloom (Closing of the American Mind)
Yes, the philosophers pursued their own versions of the Mysterium and came up
relatively empty. In the end, shortly before the birth of Heidegger, the Idealists and
Rationalists had to give up the ghost. By the time Immanuel Kant and William
James appeared on the scene, philosophers of calibre came to realize that the pursuit
of essences was futile. Kant argued that the mind of man could not know all there
was to know, and James concluded that reality was whatever each person believed it
to be. Kant introduced his theories of "transcendental idealism," and posited the
existence of a "noumenon" that was completely beyond human senses and reason,
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existence of a "noumenon" that was completely beyond human senses and reason,
utterly unseeable and unknowable. That shut the Idealist up for a while. Kant also
surmised that the mind's content was not as real as that which the senses
experienced. In his Prolegomena, he wrote:

All knowledge of things merely from pure understanding or pure reason is nothing but sheer illusion,
and only in experience is there truth
With these words Kant ostensibly ground the juggernaut of Idealists and Rationalists to a halt. Their god was simply an
necessary idea. Nothing more, nothing less. For all his perspicacity, Kant did the unthinkable and endorsed the
existence, albeit for practical purposes, of god. Everyone has an idea of god, and that is a necessary and good thing,
stated Kant. Man needs god to give him security and happiness. One could not prove god's existence, but that did not
matter. The idea of god had monumental importance, and that was the main thing. So Kant coaxed the world to believe
in god who probably did not exist, and schmoozed the world into using reason even though reason was limited. He
pacified the Empiricists who were delighted to hear him coyly declare god to be a figment of men's minds, and that
reason was not going to lead man to absolute truths about mind and world. He pacified the Rationalists and Idealists by
proving that the mind was not born tabula rasa, or a blank slate after all. Man did have innate ideas that were not
"learned" from physical, sensual experience. Man had an inherent sense of time and space, and if two innate categories
of conscious existed, it followed that there could be more.
Kant was one smart cookie. He was the diplomat of philosophers, the ambassador who reconciled antagonistic schools
and ideas. He certainly criticized the Church, but not its essential dogma and doctrine. Apparently, he could not free the
world from their Mysteria. Perhaps he too needed it. One way or another, after all is said and done, Kant's ideas had
little impact on the real issue besetting man. After all his exhaustive efforts, the Mysterium still loomed as large and
foreboding as ever. As the French philosopher Voltaire commented: "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to
invent him." Few men have expressed the predicament of mankind more succinctly.
Along with this idea over reason and God, Kant places thought over religion and nature, i.e. the idea of
religion being natural or naturalistic. Kant saw reason as natural, and as some part of Christianity is
based on reason and morality, as Kant points out, this is major in the scriptures, it is inevitable that
Christianity is 'natural.' However, it is not 'naturalistic' in the sense that the religion does include
supernatural or transcendent belief. Aside from this, a key point is that Kant saw that the Bible should
be seen as a source of natural morality no matter whether there is/was any truth behind the
supernatural factor. Meaning that it is not necessary to know whether the supernatural part of
Christianity has any truth to abide by and use the core Christian moral code - (Wikipedia Online
Encyclopedia. Entry on Immanuel Kant)
Philosophy was never the same after Kant's revelations. Everyone smiled and shook hands. The bridge between the
paradigms had been constructed and it stood strong and brightly lit until Heidegger appeared on the scene with the bad
news.
Tea and Existentialism
All that we are is the result of what we have thought - (The Dhammapada)
Heidegger emphasized that the Idealists were mistaken in their inquiries into Existence. They did not deal with
Existence itself, but with essences, that is, what supposedly lies behind reality and at the root of everything that Exists.
Heidegger asserted that Existence was essence. And he was right. After all, how can a beam of light, a swan or panther
have an "essence?" Plato sought for the forms or archetypes that supposedly exist behind physical phenomena. He
could not explain them, or give a good account of what they are or where they are to be located. He did not realize that
they were unreal objects of mind, not Nature. They were simply beautiful but arbitrary abstractions. The Christian
theologians, such as Thomas Aquinas, sought to prove the existence of God, whom they believed had created the
universe. Of course, their God was yet again, a Mysterium, a phantasm concocted by their own minds. The only person
who can be sure of the Existence of a God conjured by their own mind, is the owner of that mind. One does not have to
be a member of Mensa to work that out.

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Soren Kierkegaard
(18131855)

Arthur Schopenhauer
(17881860)

Franz Brentano
(18381917)

Frederick Nietzsche
(18441900)

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Edmund Husserl
(18591938)

Jean Paul Sartre


(19051980)

In Heidegger's philosophy, essences and abstractions are dispensed with, along with gods, paths, metaphysical
speculations, and tautological theological ideologies. His decision to dispense with previous theological and
philosophical systems does not make Heidegger an atheist. Nor does it mean that atheists and positivists are right. From
Heidegger's point of view, the Materialism of the atheists and atomists is just as misconceived as the essences of
Idealists. They are Mysteria of a different sort, but Mysteria nonetheless. Such philosophies ignore the important
question of Being, and are therefore unfounded.
For Heidegger, Being was the key to philosophy. Although men share it, most of them escape from it. They run here
and there, into religion, idealism, metaphysics, science and technology, or whatever distracts them from facing the
significance of Dasein, or their actual undeniable presence in the world. The philosophers were after power not truth.
Their philosophy was in its own way aggressive and acquisitive. It was a means for attaining control over ideas and
minds. It was born from a desire to know and understand what can never be transparent to mind. This is because Nature
made mind, not the other way around. Therefore the mind can never work out or fathom the truth about the origin of
Nature's negentropic systems. In attempting to scientifically and philosophically scrutinize Nature, the high-brow
thinkers of history simply reinforced the subject-object dichotomy. They did not experience life, they spectated and
thought about it in a way that was ultimately distorted and limited.
Technology...the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it - Max Frisch
Martin Heidegger follows in Nietzsches footsteps as a pivotal figure in the Wests attempt to grapple
with its growing unease regarding metaphysics. Like his predecessor, he is critical of metaphysical
attempts to predicate truth on the unchanging essence of things. Nietzsche sees philosophy as the means
through which the subject attempts to assert control over the world and impose limitations on the
limitless Katrin Froese (Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Taoist Thought)
Reality, for Heidegger, is not something to be probed and analysed. It is something to be wondered at and awed. As
Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote: "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced."
Being is not to be escaped from or ignored. Indeed, as Heidegger
pointed out repeatedly, there can be no thought without thought of
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Being. In other words, man knows he exists. He knows he lives


and breathes but chooses to live in forgetfulness of the wonder of
his own life. The man who fully realizes that Existence exists and
happens, becomes truly philosophical and alive. Being matters to
him. It matters because it is older than thought and cannot,
therefore, be known by way of thought alone. Before a man can
think, he must Exist. Or as Heidegger would put it, in order to
Exist man must turn his thought to Existence or Being and
consciously allow his thought to be directed by Being (as it is
already directed), and collude in the process as directed. Existence
must matter for man. He must care for Being, his own Being that
is, rather than that of god or humanity.
Being is only Being for Dasein Heidegger
Thinking is of time, but Being is not confined by time. Thinking
becomes liberated and timeless when directed by Being, and when
the nature of Being is contemplated. In one sense, Being and
thought (time) are rooted in the same soil - the Tao or Numina.
Man thinks about that which gives rise to his
thought, i.e., Being. Thinking provides a door
through which Being enters to present itself to
the mind of man. Being is not, however,
simply an object of thought. It has given rise to
thought, that is, thought it is the child of Being,
of Existence.
Heidegger pointed out that man is aware of the many separate objects and individuals around him. He is also aware of
the larger world of things that exist together in a totality. He is aware of particulars and the multiplicity of things that
make up the world. Additionally, humans as a species are uniquely aware that Existence happens. The Existing man
must know he Exists. And he must be able to marvel at the fact of his Existence. The man who contemplates that
Existence exists, is Dasein - the Authentic Man. To know that Existence exists, and to know that Existence occurs, is to
think truly and authentically. That kind of thinking is ultimately gratitude. In German the words for thought (denken)
and thanks (danken) derive from the same root. According to Heidegger, it is Being that compels man to think. Being
is the origin of thought and Being directs the truly thinking man to attend to the fact of his Existence. Thought is not
something man does. Rather, thought is something that happens to man.
Heidegger insists that thinking is a kind of attunement, and he denies that the world lies prostrate
before the philosopher who simply discloses its secrets. All things that are part of Being can only expose
themselves in relation to others things, so the concept of a self-identical substance is thrown into
question. Different aspects of an objects being are revealed in different circumstances. A flowers
whiteness can only be exposed against a dark background. The lightness of its leaves becomes evident
when they flutter about in the wind - Karin Froese (Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Taoist Thought)
Man is not only a spectator of the world, he is part of it. Man and his world are made from the same stuff. In order to be
able to think about the world, the world must be accessible to thought. In other words, thought and the world are not
separate, and the subject and object are definitely less dissimilar than Rationalist philosophers insisted. After all,
Heidegger asked, what propels thought? What propels interest in an object? What directs the so-called "subject" toward
an object? The Rationalist would say that mind does the trick, but Heidegger disagrees. Surely it is the object that
invites observation and analysis. The object we perceive commands the attention of our thought and cannot be passive
in the way commonly imagined. Therefore, according to Heidegger, there is no strict difference or division between
apparent subjects and objects. They are in deep relationship with one another. This relationship is a fact of Dasein or
Being-in-the-World.
Every seeking gets guided beforehand by what is sought Heidegger (Being and Time)

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Being, Thought, Time. Thought is the child of Being or


Existence. Thought contemplates that which brought it
into Existence. Thought contemplates Existence and
becomes true thought by so doing. It becomes Dasein.
What it contemplates is itself. No subject, no object, no
spectator or fixed laws of observation and analysis.
Change is the only law.

The Thrice Dead


Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses
of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars: and they pass by
themselves without wondering - St. Augustine of Hippo
Shortly before the time of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger, the Idealist schools foundered. Atheism,
Agnosticism, and Existentialism predominated. "God is dead," declared Nietzsche. In other words, man had to finally
realize that the Mysterium of theologians, Rationalists, and Idealists did not exist, or, as Kant had problematically
theorized, could never be known.
The man for whom the Mysterium is dead does not necessarily awaken to the
question of Being and Existence. He resides in a wasteland, derelict and
vagrant, without a meaning for his Existence. He is left with nothing but
himself and the world of Nature. And he appears to not want the latter, which
he believes operates like a mechanism without consciousness. Rather, he craves
a new updated Mysterium, even though he knows that the original version was
an illusion. All that matters is that the Mysterium, in whatever guise, keeps
man warm. It soothes his fears and gives him purpose. The problem of the
Mysterium then, is merely one of version control.
Oh the destroyed or never finished temple! How can we adore a
god who takes such pleasure in ruins! - Rainer Maria Rilke

Nietzsche, a Mysterium-free zone.


What Being was for Heidegger,
Nature was to him.
Atheism and materialism are results and expressions of mans dissatisfaction and exhaustion, not his achievement. They
are marks of his existential failure. The technological man, as opposed to the poetic man, is the least interested in
Being. He is thrice dead. He once died to Being/Dasein/Numina, and then dies to the Mysterium of his own
manufacture. He eventually erects a new altar to an even more hideous Mysterium and re-incarcerates himself in a
technological sepulchre in order to, yet again, slam the door leading to the temple of Being. Three deaths for man, three
deaths for mankind.
What good the science that destroys itself? What purpose in awakening every morning for a wearisome
daily struggle to reach the evening in a state of exhaustion, to reach the agony of such an empty life?
As long as cerebral intelligence governs the world, it will be dominated by beings of inferior mentality,
for mans life will be but struggle of force and power, struggle of vanity, struggle of wealth, struggle for
an existence whose aim is warpedBut man is not a beast; he is animated. Man is an epitome of the
cosmos, a creature housing the divine spark. Man is not an evolved amphibian, an animal form that
became what we are. Man is perfect at his origin, a divine being who has degenerated into what we are
R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (Egyptian Miracle)

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Tea with Das Man


Beware the barrenness of a busy life Socrates
Heidegger referred to the inauthentic man as Das Man. He is alienated and alone, but haunted by the Mysterium
conjured by his mind. Heidegger did not agree that man's existential dilemmas were caused by a religious falling off or
even by moral decline. The reason for man's plight went far deeper than that, and was not of concern to most thinkers.
Man's plight was rooted in his lack of attention to the question of Being and inattention to the profundity of his own
Existence. Man must care about Being, said Heidegger. From an existential point of view, it is by way of his Sorge or
"care" of Being that man truly comes alive. It alone allows men to know themselves and the world around them.
Man is not the lord of beings. Man is the shepherd of Being. Man loses nothing in this "less;" rather, he
gains in that he attains the truth of Being. He gains the essential poverty of the shepherd, whose dignity
consists in being called by Being itself into the preservation of Being's truth - Heidegger
We might ask then, what is mans occupation and state given that Being/Existence/Dasein/Numina is not his concern?
Das Man is dead. His mind is not focused on truth. He is not involved
directly with anything, not even his own Existence. He is "thrown into the
world," but has no relationship with it. He has a relationship only with his
inadequate and perverse ideas about the world. And these ideas are based
entirely on the presence of the Mysterium, whether it be god, or some other
mental abstraction such as Oneness, world peace, brotherhood of man,
wealth, fame, power, and so on.
Because Das Man has no true, deep, or real rapport with the world,
everything he sees or interacts with remains undisclosed to him. The nature
of things remains concealed. It is as if, Heidegger says, the objects of the
world lie asleep. Hence, man is alienated and vagrant. What he sees are his
ideas about what he sees, and not what actually exists. But his myopia is not,
as Bishop Berkeley ridiculously postulated - because the world does not exist
beyond our perception of it - but because the world is distorted by human
minds. As Madame Blavatsky said, "Mind is the slayer of the real."

This is a condition diagnosed by the Vedic sages, who, thousands of years ago, wrote that Maya was not, as most
believed, illusion, but that the ideas man had about Maya, or Prakriti (Nature), were illusionary. This certainly puts a
new spin on the rhetoric of the world's priesthoods, be they of the eastern or western hemispheres.
The real Maya or illusion is not in the natural forms, but in the minds propensity to conceive or project
forms created by its own inventiveness, but which do not agree with the truth extant or potential in
nature - Alvin Boyd Kuhn (The Ultimate Canon of Knowledge)
The poet William Blake was preoccupied with the state of consciousness of inexistent or inauthentic men. He lamented
their artifice and warned the world of their increasing dominion. He beautifully described how the perverse mind
destroys and then justifies its necrophiliac acts. Blake emphasized that man does not accuse himself, or his own sadism,
but chooses instead to paradoxically accuse natural beauty for bringing about it own destruction. Meditating on Blake's
insights allows us to see just how deeply the perversity within a Mysterium-possessed mind goes:
O Rose thou are sick
The invisible worm
That flies in the night
In the howling storm
Has found out thy bed of crimson joy
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy
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Does thy life destroy


William Blake
(The Sick Rose)
It is not only Nature that suffers violation at the hands of the Mysterium-possessed man. Man himself is violated. His
own thinking is prostituted by the Mysterium. This is because thinking has another more natural orientation. Thought's
true object is the Numina and Dasein. It is Being and Existence that matter. The truly thinking mind understands that
mind is not the creation of mind but of Nature. This means, of course, that mind and Nature are one and the same, or, as
the Taoists taught, two expressions of the same thing, the third thing, or Tao.
Technology: The New Mysterium
When we lose the fundamentals, we supplant them with increasingly inferior values which we pretend
are the true values Taoist Saying
Once man is forced to admit the unthinkable and compelled to abandon his futile Mysterium-directed endeavors, he
changes, but not for the better. Where one Mysterium existed, another rises in its place. Man refuses to inhabit the
Mysterium-free space even when given the chance to do so. He perversely conjures yet another Mysterium to replace
the one he outgrew or lost, and does so primarily out of habit. As long as man is dominated by his ego, he will remain
under the control of one Mysterium or another. As we have emphasized, the ego and Mysterium took birth together.
The Mysterium can be likened to a computer program that continues to run in the background long after a man believes
it has been terminated and deleted. Existentially, man has learned through the ages to enjoy the meagre comforts
provided by his self-incarceration. Even when the door to his damp dark cell is thrown open by the wind, he refuses to
vacate. He has learned to adore the silence of the cemetery rather than the silence of the temple.
Humankind cannot bear very much reality - T. S. Eliot
The Mysterium-haunted man seeks his object in a similar manner as the pilot of a jumbo jet seeks his far off
destination. The jet is the vehicle invented to cover the distance between the traveler and his goal. What happens,
however, when the destination is found to not exist, or when the charts fly out the window? What is man without his
search for the meaning that is no meaning? What does he become? Is he not condemned to fly round and round
aimlessly, and condemned to maintain the plane in which he is trapped, that marvel of technological invention that has
no destination? This is the present situation and predicament of men who are, existentially speaking, on autopilot.
Technological man, like the religious man, probes into what exists to find the Essence. He grabs the baton left by
theologians. The difference, however, is that technological mans Mysterium has become Nature, or more correctly, a
perverse understanding of Nature.

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Technological man also probes into himself, and is fascinated as to how his brain functions and body "ticks." He pays
little attention to the god of the theologians, but he is Mysterium-haunted nonetheless. A perverse conception of Nature
and Body have become his new Mysterium. It is the raison d'etre behind everything modern man thinks, does, and
wishes to build. Infected by his new Mysterium, modern man seeks to know the secrets of brain and body. He probes,
investigates, and experiments, but gets no nearer to the truth of life and Existence.
Death is no longer symbolically expressed by unpleasant-smelling faeces or corpses. Its symbols are
now clean, shining machinesBut the reality behind this antiseptic faade becomes increasingly visible.
Man, in the name of progress, is transforming the world into a stinking and poisonous placeHe
pollutes the air, the water, the soil, the animals and himself. He is doing this to a degree that has
made it doubtful whether the earth will still be liveable within a hundred years from now Erich
Fromm
Man becomes technological in his thought and behavior because technology simulates the lost presence. As a clock in
the cage of a hamster comforts that creature, so the whir and buzz of mans engines and computers keeps him warm and
secure in his social cage. And as man progresses he becomes more and more reliant on technology. As he moves
further away from the Temple of the Numina, his sense of vacancy expands. As a result we find mans life-space and
consciousness cluttered with more and more stuff. Man's thinking is technological rather than philosophical, as
Heidegger would define it. It was never wholesome, productive, and sane, just preoccupied with decorating the prison
and adding more furniture to fill the existential void. As Christ said: It is easier for a rich man to pass through the eye
of a needle than to enter the kingdom of heaven.
The possessed character of our financial and industrial magnates...is psychologically evident from the
very fact that they are at the mercy of a suprapersonal factor - "work," "power," "money," or whatever
they like to call it - which, in the telling phrase, "consumes" them - Erich Neumann
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? - (Mark 8:36)

Movies such as Zardoz, Dune, Solaris, Vanilla Sky, Being There, Paris Texas,
Frankenstein, American Beauty, and Fearless, contain many Existentialist and Taoist
elements, as well as philosophical speculations on the relationship between conscious and
unconscious hemispheres.

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If technological man's insight and direction remains as it is today, the future will
inevitably see the creation of the Being-less man. The wildest dream of Dr. Frankenstein
will become reality, and the world of science will finally give birth to the perfect
machine-man. The creature will walk, talk, and think. He will be have a higher degree of
physical and mental perfection than humans. His eyesight will be exceptional, his speed
formidable, and his durability and strength insurmountable. He will be a marvel, and
eventually more of his kind will be conceived to populate tomorrow's Global Village. The
post-human creature will be exceptional in practically every way and will outsmart and
outperform his inventors. He will not, however, Exist.
Tea and Slavery
every man shares the responsibility and the guilt of the society to which he belongs Henrik Ibsen
Heidegger's analysis of the history of philosophy explains why Materialism, Atheism, Pragmatism, Logical Positivism,
and technological scientism came into being after the age of Idealists and Rationalists. One Mysterium burned to death
and another was born from its ashes. Under the shadow of the new Mysterium, technological man took birth. His life's
purpose was explicated by the theologian John Calvin whose teachings erased from man's mind any deep sense or
quality of selfhood. Steeped in his "Work Ethic" man did not have to be overly preoccupied with the nature or
orientation of his mind, because the engineers of the Calvinist-Behaviorist societal model assured him that mind did not
exist. What a relief for technological man to know that his sole purpose was simply to serve his brothers while ignoring
what went on inside his own head and heart. Hail the New Mysterium that sets men free!
Anyone who is forced from his own course, either through not understanding himself, or through
external imposition, comes into conflict with the order of the Universe, and suffers accordingly Aleister Crowley (Magick in Theory and Practice)
The Calvinist-Behaviorist model alleviates man's existential anxiety. It allows him to doubt and neglect the true
significance of thought and Existence. It gives him the panacea he needs to reduce the inner tension that arises if and
when the true Spirit of Rebellion awakens to trouble him. By losing himself in his societal and domestic roles, man
assuages his inner angst. Questions of life and death, mortality and meaning, Being and Existence become insignificant.
Being accepted by his brothers, and being rewarded for services rendered and work well done, becomes Das Man's
raison d'etre. Encouraging his sons and daughters to live as he lives - to forget about selfhood, to ignore antisocial
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impulses, to labor mechanically and repetitively within the social hive, and to replace one Mysterium with another
equally contrived and false - is all that matters.
Freedom is the last thing he wants. He functions...according to the principle of pleasure in non freedom.
To be sentenced to life long freedom is a worse fate than life long slavery. To put it another way: a man
is always searching for someone or something to enslave him, for only as a slave does he feel secure Esther Vilar (The Manipulated Man)
Throughout history, with every step they have taken, men have moved further and further away from the Numina. Man
has become increasingly existentially estranged and psychically delinquent because his thinking continues to avoid the
question of Being. As a result of his new and improved Mysterium, the world of Nature suffers ever worsening
desecration. This is because man's technology is as morbid as he is himself. With his instruments and machines man
seeks to dominate Nature, and yet, at the same time, to win her back. He behaves toward Nature as most rapists do
toward their victims - to love and destroy at the same time.
The same derangement exists in the religious mind. The dogmas
of theologians - regardless of whether they are orthodox or
alternative in type - seek to explain and know the unknowable.
They seek to penetrate the "great mystery." However, the
mystery of life is only, as the Taoists knew, unknowable because
of the perverse state of mans understanding and consciousness.
It is man's toxic thinking that serves to keep the truth well
beyond his grasp.
The few precepts in favor of animals that we
encounter in the Bible have been interpreted by
most of the outstanding religious thinkers, Paul,
Thomas Aquinas, and Luther, as pertaining only
to the moral education of man, and in no wise to
any obligation of man to ward other creatures.
Only mans soul can be saved; animals have but
the right to sufferPope Pius IX did not permit a
society for the prevention of cruelty to animals to
be founded in Rome because, as he declared,
theology teaches that man owes no duty to any
animal - Max Horkheimer (Eclipse of Reason)
John Calvin (1509-1564), the French-born
psychopath. Calvinism is the backbone of the
so-called "Work Ethic," the form of
Collectivism that leads straight to the Global
Village. Here for more information.
Religious and technological Disciples of the Mysterium inhabit a flat world. They are part of a definable spectrum of
insanity, and can be measured as being either farther away or nearer in proximity to the beginning or end of the
spectrum. None are closer to Dasein. None are exorcized and sane. Scientists are Disciples of the Mysterium as are
theologians. They are not objective and do not deal with physical facts as they pretend and claim. This much was
conclusively proven by Scottish philosopher David Hume, in his masterpiece An Enquiry Concerning Human
Understanding, published in 1748. The average scientist's standpoint may be anti-religious, but the inquiries of science
are not rooted in true questions of Existence and Being. Scientists remain spectators, that is, subjects outside and apart
from the world of Nature they scrutinize. Although science professes to seek truth, it is in the end merely an opposing
school to that which previously exhausted itself seeking non-existent "forms" and "essences."
Despite superficial differences the scientist and theologian are
still bed-fellows.

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still bed-fellows.
No final and wrapped-up, all inclusive theory of
reality will ever be perfected. The nature of all
language, the forms of logic, the duality of
matter beneath the surface we observe, the
power of rules to generate new structures, the
limits of knowledge, the special character of
complex as opposed to simple systems, all point
to this conclusion. In this respect, science and
art, philosophy and politics, history and
psychology, meet on common ground, so that
the barriers between cultures break down under
the recognition that all are incomplete and
always will be; that no single discipline, no
school of thought has a monopoly on the truth.
The truth has itself become more difficult to
define as a result of the last half-century of
discoveries in what used to be known as the
exact sciences, making them richer, but not
necessarily more exact and disturbing them to
their foundations - Jeremy Campbell
(Grammatical Man)

Fundamentally, there is little difference between the thinking that brought religion into being and the thinking that
brought scientism into being. Science is ostensibly preferable to theology because it apparently seeks to reveal Nature's
secret ordinances so we might discover what lies behind the material world. But the attempt to know and understand the
world is doomed to failure because man has projected his Mysterium onto the world. His perverse idea about Nature
stands between him and a clear, direct communion with Nature. In other words, Nature remains undisclosed to the
inauthentic man.
And that seals the matter, for unless Nature does give forth its secrets on its own
terms, no man on earth will ever "crack" Nature's code. The mind that seeks to know
Nature's secrets must be natural, that is, sanitary and sane. When the self of a man is
awakened, Nature's voice will be heard. When the ego is in charge, the voice remains
silent and the phenomena of Nature remain objects of the mind, rather than becoming
the mind itself. They are thought about, but are never truly known.
The great German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach understood that theology had
wholly failed to explain the meaning of life. He finally rejected theology and said: "I
can bring myself to study no more. I long to take nature to my heart, that nature
before whose depth the faint-hearted theologian shrinks back..." Feuerbach concluded
that god is simply human, that is, a projection of the human mind.
Ludwig Feuerbach (18041872), the German
philosopher and
anthropologist.
To be sure, science has for the most part accepted that there is no theologically-posited Mysterium. It has, however,
conjured its own Mysterium in the place of the one discarded. Science studies a dead world without meaning. Well, as
we have seen, Descartes trusted that God existed and would not deceive him. Scientists do not believe in God, honest or
otherwise, but are still left with the problem of being deceived as to what they see. This is because they analyze reality
using concepts and systems that are not empirical. Mathematics, logic, and so on, by which men of science seek to
comprehend the mysteries of Nature, are mental constructs unconnected to the phenomena found in Nature. Scientism is
their new Mysterium.
Fascinated alike by scientific phenomena and by the erroneous conclusions he draws from them, man
has ended by being submerged by his own creations; he will not realize that a traditional message is
situated on quite a different plane or how much more real that plane is, and he allows himself to be
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situated on quite a different plane or how much more real that plane is, and he allows himself to be
dazzled all the more readily since scientism provides him with all the excuses he wants in order to justify
his own attachment to the world of appearance and to his ego and his consequent flight from the
presence of the Absolute - Frithjof Schuon
Nature is not working on the scientist. It is debarred. The scientist is not going to have his fixed ideas about the world
altered by anything. He has imposed his understanding and perverse notions onto the world. As a result of this activity,
there is absolutely no communion whatsoever with Nature as it is. It is as if man walks about dead in the world. And, it
goes without saying that dead men will deaden the world if given the chance to do so. As poet William Wordsworth
wrote "...our meddling intellect mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things: we murder to dissect."
The astronautical image of man-and it is nothing but the quintessence of urban-industrial societys
pursuit of the wholly controlled, wholly artificial environment - amounts to a spiritual revolution. This is
man as he has never lived before; it draws the line through human history that almost assumes the
dimensions of an evolutionary turning point. So it has been identified by Teilhard de Chardin, who has
given us the concept of the noosphere, a level of existence that is to be permanently dominated by
human intellect and planning, and which our species must now adapt if it is to fulfill its destiny Theodore Roszak (Where the Wasteland Ends)
Technical Ecstasy
I am not denying that great gains have resulted from the evolution of civilized society. But these gains
have been made at the price of enormous losses, whose extent we have scarcely begun to estimate - Carl
Jung (Approaching the Unconscious)
The average scientist fails to understand that man changes by Existing. He is not the same being one day to the next and
neither is the world around him. Neither man nor the universe in which he lives is static. Nevertheless, for the most
part, men of science, like theologians and Rationalists of old, seek a fixed hierarchical systematization of reality.
Science views the world with prejudice and an intent to mend, "improve," and invent. Moreover, as far as orthodox
science is concerned, a right understanding of reality and a right relationship with the world is to come in the future. It
is something attained in time, after ages of gradual mental and social progress and improvement. So, the scientist
zealously works toward the bright tomorrow in which men of his sort will attain their full understanding of reality. This
idea of progress is, however, based on a totalitarian mindset and agenda. It implies a hierarchical organization of
knowledge and experience, and of matter itself. It maintains its status quo via overt and covert suppression of dissent
and open domination and war. It is also a collectivist notion, since no one person living at any particular time in history
can hope to be there at the end when the final scientific revelation occurs. The nirvana of scientists ostensibly occurs in
an indistinct future arrived at by way of a road laid by innumerable men. The improbable final "revelations" of science
are, therefore, not those of the individual but the multitude. In this respect, science is as disingenuous and collectivist as
religion. Like the tower of Babel, the grotesque edifice of the scientist will rise no higher than that once erected by
theologians before crashing heavily to the ground.
The reasons why social scientists have not considered the question of the optimal social conditions for
mans growth a matter of primary concern can be easily discerned if one recognizes the sad fact that,
with a few outstanding exceptions, social scientists are essentially apologists for and not critics of the
existing social system - Erich Fromm (The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness)
The promises and glowing future visions of scientists may look good on paper and make effective propaganda goading
men into "hive-think." We must, however, never cease inquiring how a deeply and inherently flawed consciousness can
attain true understanding just because time elapses. The mind that seeks to discover a systematic and fixed knowledge
about the world it inhabits, is not directly participating in reality and will never know anything more than its own ideas
about reality. Such a "phenomenological" mind simply abstracts certain principles from reality and organizes them
according to its own warped predisposition. The data of the world is modified and arranged by the existing and preexisting content of the conscious, preconscious, and unconscious hemispheres of mind (the conscious and preconscious
hemispheres programmed during this life, the unconscious by programming that is age old). The new data is, therefore,
drastically altered by mental processes and not apprehended directly. In short, the manner in which the mind organizes
and arranges data, gleaned from experience, bears little to no relationship to reality as it is.
The arrogance of stewardship (as found in the Bible) consists in the idea of superiority which underlies
the thought that we exist to watch over nature like a highly respected middleman between the Creator
and Creation Arne Naess (Founder of the Deep Ecology Movement)
The Taoist insists that existentially inauthentic men - Heidegger's das Man - make and shape the world into what they
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The Taoist insists that existentially inauthentic men - Heidegger's das Man - make and shape the world into what they
want it to be. Their gods are purely human gods, not Natures gods. The Taoist, however, does not condemn man's
Mysterium-guided mental processes. He does does not interfere or attempt to fix perversity. He knows that evil bears
within its heart the seed of its own destruction.
A man who does evil does not what he truly wills. For a man can truly will only what is good; if he
commits evil acts in the mistaken belief that they serve his interest, he reveals thereby that he is
powerless to do what he truly wills. Hence the tyrant is powerless Socrates (Gorgias)
To harm another is to harm oneself - Socrates
We see then, that we can never affect anything outside ourselves save only as it is also within us.
Whatever I do to another, I also do to myself. If I kill a man, I destroy my own life at the same
time...Every vibration awakens all others of its particular pitch - Aleister Crowley (Magick in Theory
and Practice)
The Taoist realizes that man has the right to manufacture his simulacra or analog reality. Man has the right to fashion
his own prison, just as he has the right to live in one made by another. He has the right to conform or not conform, to
live or commit suicide. If he does not wish to accept the illusions of other men, he can busy himself and make his own.
In fact, it is not the Taoist who commissions laws and regulations or establishes civilizations. That job is not undertaken
by the freest of men, but by those already in mental bondage. The Taoist despises all chains, be they of iron or gold. He
knows that a man who cannot find a temple in his own heart will never find or make one in the world.
He who rules men lives in confusion: He who is ruled by men lives in sorrow. Tao therefore desired
neither to influence others nor to be influenced by them. The way to get clear of confusion and free of
sorrow is to live with Tao in the land of the great Void - Chuang Tzu
No, it is men of religion and science who are preoccupied with incarceration, conformity, and regimentation. Members
of their order have imprisoned their minds in erroneous concepts about reality. They have strangled their minds and
hearts in Blake's "mind-forged manacles," and sleep the "Newtonian Sleep."
May God us keep from single vision and Newtons Sleep! - William Blake
Technological man is indoctrinated and trained to
perform and not think for himself. He worships the
Mysterium of his betters. His time is spent improving
himself and devising better methods to seek for the
Mysterium that does not exist. He becomes more and
more like his fellows because each and all are committed
to the pursuit of the same delusion. They travel along the
same road in lockstep and were born from the same
unhallowed womb. Each institution of human learning is
committed to the great task - the attainment and
elucidation of the Mysterium.

Newton's Sleep, by William Blake .


Many would say, as Montaigne the French philosopher did, that the students of classical institutions of learning do not,
for the most, apply what theyve learned to their lives. What they learn is not translated into wisdom, and so on.
However, this is not wholly accurate. In fact, educated men do translate what they have learned from school into their
lives. And that is the problem. The student follows the teacher as one blind man follows another.
Montaigne had a quotation etched into the ceiling of his
study which reads: The happiest life is to be without

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thought. He was one of the first philosophers to realize
that man was trapped by his inauthentic patterns and
objects of learning. He did not realize, however, that
thinking is not the problem, but that the direction of
ones thinking is. Thinking is not, in Heideggers
estimation, grounded in being. Heidegger, who was
opposed to all forms of abstraction, wrote: He who
thinks great thoughts often makes great errors. He was
speaking about the orientation of thought. Great
thoughts about the illegitimate object the Mysterium
are not truly great, but erroneous.

Three Blind Men, by Peter Breughel the Elder. (Detail


from Parable of the Blind)
Heidegger insisted that man will never know all there is to know about himself or the world. Such knowing, cerebrally
and verbally, is not the point of life. It is not the goal of science because the mind of man is simply not up to the job.
Thinking does not occur so that the mysteries of Nature can be discovered. Man has turned his thought to such
questions, but that does not mean his thought is rightly directed. In fact, the mind is in Existence to Exist, and, through
its awareness of the significance of Existence, to live simply, directly, and authentically. Man's thought is a door
through which Being emerges and presents itself, or whatever aspect of itself it desires to reveal to the individual mind
it occupies. When Being makes an appearance, and occupies thought, it does not become an object of thought as a
Rationalist would understand it. This is because Being is not static and therefore not "knowable" in any reductionist or
fixed manner. Far from it. Thought and Being embark on a journey that is as individually construed as a snowflake or
fingerprint. There is nothing collective about the relationship or journey, nothing a scientist would quantify or
comprehend.
The fact that Nature and Being remain elusive is central to Taoism. The Taoist knows that the mind that seeks to know
the secret of everything will simply fail in the undertaking.
While Being makes philosophy possible, it can never be grasped by philosophy Karin Froese
(Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Taoist Thought)
Heideggers form of philosophizing can be seen as a celebration of Being rather than a grasping of it.
In both the "Dao de Jing", and "Being and Time," philosophizing is a spiritual experience - ibid
Heidegger, as Nietzsche did before him, emphasized that it is the individual mind that is inhabited by Being.
Only an individual can provide a portal for Being to enter and express
itself. And in a world where individuality becomes less apparent, Being
itself diminishes. The less individuality, the less reality. As man becomes
more collective in his thought and behavior, he distances himself from
himself and the real. Eventually, instead of becoming something, man
becomes nothing. As a Disciple of the Mysterium, one man's difference
from another Disciple is slight and his significance negligible. As far as the
world goes, inauthentic man is superfluous and replaceable. In the nihilistic
world he inhabits, a world of conveyor-belts, high rises, and cubicles, das
Man becomes a simulacra, a duplicate, a replica. He is not replaced by the
machine, he becomes one. With whatever is left of their vitality, Disciples
of the Mysterium move to make their world a authenticity-free zone. In
their perfect Global Village a truly self-interested and self-aware individual
has little to no chance of asserting himself or going his own way. He must
join in the ritual and conform to society's expectations.
Maurice Merleau-Ponty, the French
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philosopher whose ideas were largely


influenced by Heidegger.
If he does so, then he is deemed good and moral. If he refuses to do so, he is branded an iconoclast and punished for his
greatness; crucified on the stake of his selfhood.
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people Schopenhauer
I entreat you, my brothers, remain true to the earth, and do not believe those who speak to you of
superterrestrial hopes! They are poisoners, whether they know it or not. They are despisers of life,
atrophying and self-poisoned - Nietzsche
Tea and Simulacra
In history the way of annihilation is invariably prepared by inward degeneration - Jakob Burckhardt
If we examine the people of the world, we see that their existential predicament and ennui is very deep. So much so that
most commentators fall short of explanations for it. We also see that man is filling his abscess with more and more
things. However, the problem of his fallenness is not improved or ended. Why? The answer is because even if man had
infinite power, time, inventiveness, and resources, he could never create enough mental and physical junk to fill the
void left by the absence of Being, which is precious and invaluable. As was said of the Tao - it is older than god.
Man is left with what Jean Baudrillard referred to as a simulacra. In fact, man has become a simulacra himself. He is,
in fact, a pale shadow or replica of MAN. His voice says nothing of importance. His eyes see nothing of importance.
His attention is on nothing of importance. His ideas are not his own. His consciousness is the dust bin of society. His
bloodstream is poisoned by toxic food, his stomach a graveyard full of the flesh of cruelly slaughtered animals. His
thoughts are deranged, his relationships dysfunctional and hypocritical. So stands the marvellous creature who fills the
world with his detritus: the music, magazines, television programs, pop icons, billboards, gossip, and mind-corroding
drivel. Das Man is alienated from himself because even his conception of self is a lie. He is a victim of Freud's socalled Thanatos Instinct, which psychologist Otto Rank defined as the state of man living unconsciously in the world,
immersed in endless domestic minutiae and doing everything he can to avoid the call of his own soul.
Starting from speculations on the beginning of life and from biological parallels I drew the conclusion
that, besides the instinct to preserve living substance, there must exist another, contrary instinct, seeking
to dissolve those units and to bring them back to their primeval, inorganic state. That is to say, as well
as Eros, there was an Instinct of death Sigmund Freud (The Ego and the Id)
So long as we remain in the womb of the this externalized and public existence, we are spared the terror
and the dignity of becoming a self William Barrett (Irrational Man)
The Athenian philosopher Aristotle questioned what makes man human. Everything on earth has a certain property or
capacity that distinguishes it. What distinguishes man? What does he do supremely well? What is his purpose?
Philosophers such as Aristotle decided that mans highest purpose is thinking and philosophizing. After all, man is the
only creature who can think about Existence and thought. Doing so makes him unique under the stars.
Heidegger would, however, take this philosophical premise somewhat further. It is not only thinking that makes man
unique, it is his ability to think about Being. That is what makes man truly human.

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What Are You Thinking About?


Of course, at this point in history man is not human in the full philosophical sense. He is not authentic. He is a facsimile
of Man. This is the reason why men now toy with ideas of cyborgs and robotoids. This is why his science is moving
toward organic computering and human replication. Man is getting ready to upgrade the Mysterium yet again. It needs
renovation and must be reinvigorated if man is to save himself from complete destruction. That at least is the theory.
Ours is the age which is proud of machines which think and suspicious of men who try to H. M. Jones

Animals do not possess reason. However, they think and have memories. They do not appear to
conceive of their future and certainly do not engage in psychic repression, which means that they
do not possess an "unconscious" as we would understand it. Animals are not rational because
they do not need to be. Their consciousness is guided directly and intimately by Nature's
profound intelligence, which men of religion and science seem incapable of comprehending.
Animals have no conception of mortality and do not live in fear of death. Their lives have
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Animals have no conception of mortality and do not live in fear of death. Their lives have
meaning without the need of anxiety or morbid thoughts to bring that sense of meaning about.
Grotesquely, men attempt to train elephants to paint canvases and do back flips, whales to leap
from swimming pools, pit bulls to tear at each other, and dolphins to carry explosives. Evidently,
humans sorely wish that members of the animal kingdom were as "rational" as they are.
Pseudo-Individuality
The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make them virtuous, the fact that they
share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the
same forms of mental pathology does not make them sane - Erich Fromm (Escape From Freedom)
Inauthentic man - Das Man - is pseudo-sane. He is a pseudo-individual who genuflects before pseudo-individualistic
icons conjured into being by those who wish to maintain man's conformity to the Collective. This policy is aided and
abetted by man's ego, which is itself a product of the Collective. Man's ego is not personal but social. This much was
surmised by philosopher George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and later confirmed by psychologist Sigmund Freud. The ego
is simply a pseudo-self, a construct of the world in which man lives, an amalgam of the Collective's image of what a
man should be. It is a symptom of the presence and influence of the Mysterium. Without the Mysterium the ego of man
would dissolve, and without the ego the Mysterium could not permanently obstruct the rapport between man and Nature.
It too would fade into nothingness. Until the ego is dissolved and the Mysterium uprooted, the ego will continue to
fantasize that what it creates is more real than reality itself. As a result, man will remain estranged and fallen, his
identity based on the approval rating of the world, and little about him will be truly free, true, or sane.
the prevalent sensation of oneself as a separate ego enclosed in a bag of skin is a hallucination which
accords neither with Western science nor with the experimental philosophy-religions of the EastThis
hallucination underlies the misuse of technology for the violent subjugation of mans natural
environment and, consequently, its eventual destruction Alan Watts (The Book: On the Taboo of
Knowing Who You Are)
You will feel like an onion: skin after skin, subterfuge after subterfuge, is pulled off to find no kernel at
the center. Which is the whole point: to find out that the ego is indeed a fake a wall of defence around
a wall of defencearound nothing - ibid
Modern man may no longer be subject to an outdated theological Mysterium, but he has replaced that with a myriad
Mysteria of his own making. He may not require a global church or centrally imposed ideology, but he can choose
instead from a thousand brands of the new improved Mysterium. He can design his very own special phantasm, and
believe himself freer because he has been granted something his forbears were forbidden.
Modern man does not understand how much his rationalismhas put him at the mercy of the psychic
underworld. He has freed himself from superstition (or so he believes), but in the process he has
lost his spiritual values to a positively dangerous degree. His moral and spiritual tradition has
disintegrated and he is now paying the price for this break-up in world-wide disorientation and
disassociation - Carl Jung (Approaching the Unconscious)
Under the delusion of pseudo-freedom, modern man makes straight for the Global Village - the pipe dream of his
controllers. Man has great antipathy to freedom and the men who seek to steer him toward it. He prefers to vote in
every kind of devil and hand them the reins of control. He prefers to identity with the objects of his hatred and fall into
lockstep with the social engineers who know just how to drag his attention outward by promising him all kinds of
shining future utopias. The misleaders, however, only lead man where he wants to go. They know that humans will, as
Carl Jung said, "do anything, no mater how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls."

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"Everybody votes for a dictator"


Authentic man, in touch with his Existence, is in perpetual conflict with his unawakened fellows in the world. He
responds to the impulse for freedom that exists within him and tries to keep himself from falling back into the
collective hive. He seeks to maintain his own ideas and understanding of reality. He knows how he is changed by the
world of men, and how his own mind in turn effects the world around him. He knows that the "World Order" seeks to
stamp out his instinct for individuality and freedom. He knows how the world seeks to colonize his mind and heart and
drag him back into group-think. He realizes that the content of his mind does not Exist. It is not alive and real in the
full sense of these words. His ideas are abstractions and constructs of mind, not born from direct experience but
contemplation on experience. In other words, his thoughts and ideas are less real than the phenomena of the world, that
is not hierarchically structured or everlastingly fixed and static.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you
will often be lonely, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of
owning yourself Fredrick Nietzsche
The deepest problems of modern life flow from the attempt of the individual to maintain the
independence and individuality of his existence against the sovereign powers of society, against the
weight of the historical heritage and the external culture and technique of life. The antagonism
represents the most modern form of the conflict which primitive man must carry on with nature for his
own bodily existence. The eighteenth century may have called for liberation from all the ties which grew
up historically in politics, in religion, in morality and in economics in order to permit the original
natural virtue of man, which is equal in everyone, to develop without inhibition; the nineteenth century
may have sought to promote, in addition to man's freedom, his individuality (which is connected with the
division of labor) and his achievements which make him unique and indispensable but which at the
same time make him so much the more dependent on the complementary activity of others; Nietzsche
may have seen the relentless struggle of the individual as the prerequisite for his full development, while
socialism found the same thing in the suppression of all competition - but in each of these the same
fundamental motive was at work, namely the resistance of the individual to being leveled, swallowed up
in the social-technological mechanism Georg Simmel (The Metropolis of Modern Life)

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The Individual. The worlds origin and order is beyond


conception and beyond mind. It is not there to be mentally
known and understood like a mathematical problem. It is there
to be experienced. The truth is not "out there." It is that which
man contemplates within himself during his experience of the
world, and as his psyche is changed by experience. The only
experience a man can have is his own, and the only truth a man
can know will be his own. A mans truth is an expression of
his uniqueness and individuality. The less unique an individual
is, the less truth he will know. Science and religion are for the
most part anti-individualist and therefore anti-truth.
Illusion Exists
Nothing so eludes conscious inspection as consciousness itself. This is why the root of consciousness has
been called, paradoxically, the unconscious - Alan Watts (The Book: On the Taboo of Knowing Who
You Are)
The Mysterium is mind made. It is then projected onto the world and taken for something that exists independently of
the human mind. The presence of the Mysterium ensures that man cannot see or interact with reality as it is. It was born
from trauma and man foolishly sought safety and security under its shadow. Nothing much has changed down through
the ages, despite the laudable work of many perceptive philosophers and psychologists.
For Freud, the historical process is essentially tragic. The more man creates cultures the more does he
frustrate his instinctual drives, the more unhappy and neurotic does he become Erich Fromm (Love,
Sexuality and Matriarchy)
Not only does the Mysterium prevent man from seeing the world aright, it also prevents him from seeing himself aright.
The ideas man has about man are distorted and skewed. The most important fallacy is that man is separate from Nature.
In fact, man and Nature are one. Nature is man's extended consciousness, and man is the microcosm of Nature's being.
In place of man's direct rapport with Nature stands the Mysterium, or the perverse thoughts and ideas man possesses
about Nature. These thoughts and ideas are the creation of his ego, that part of consciousness split off from the ancestral
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oracle now referred to as the unconscious.


You yourself are even another little world and have within you the sun and the moon and also the stars
Origen (3rd Century Church Father)

Thoughts do not exist...

...The body does!


Heidegger's work warns man about the presence of Mysteria. It warns man not to believe that the content of his own
mind is something substantial and real. It is not. Man's body certainly exists, but not his thoughts. Man's ideas about
Existence are not his Existence. Man's ideas have, however, assumed greater significance than the actual life he lives
and experiences. Heidegger warned that science and technology were man's illegitimate means of enhancing his
relationship with Nature, given that his original and sane rapport has been lost. By probing and dissecting Nature, man
believes he is getting to "know" Nature. He is quite mistaken. He suffers under a delusion caused by the Mysterium that
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directs his thinking and behavior.


Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do James Harvey Robinson
What are man's truths? Merely his irrefutable errors - Frederick Nietzsche
Having lost his selfhood, man believes he can get to know himself and other people once he has established a "perfect"
community and attained global peace and other chimeras. Man does not deal with men as they are, only with his ideas
of what they should be tomorrow. What a clever game the ego plays. These notions are simply the result of the
Mysterium that directs the ego. Man's scientism and collectivism are the evil twins spawned by the Mysterium that men
can sorely do without. Finding the remedy to the human affliction can only occur when men see their predicament
correctly and objectively, without distortion or bias.
Psychologists know that man represses the content of his consciousness which threatens his image of himself. They also
know that society decides what man thinks about himself. Whatever it is about a man that brings him into conflict with
other people, and whatever is disapproved of, gets repressed into the unconscious. However, psychologists also know
that whatever gets repressed continues to act upon the conscious mind. It also continues to act upon and affect the
world. In other words, the world is shaped by mind, and mind in return is shaped by the world. The ego of man is
condemned to interact not only with the world but with the content of the unconscious that presses upon it. To avoid
being flooded and consumed by content from the inner and outer worlds, the ego must continually remain on alert.
Psychologists have rightly described the ego as a mass of defences.
Below the repressed content, in the deepest and oldest hemispheres of the unconscious is the Self of a man, his true
unadulterated identity that cannot emerge as long as the suppression of society and repression of the ego persist. Deep
within man's mind - even that of an inveterate conformist - lies an impulse for true expression and individuality.
Occasionally, given the right circumstances, this impulse may make itself known to the conscious mind and violently
erupt to the surface. If it does, a man's life will not only change, it will become much harder. He will now be at odds
with the world and the people in it. His ego will no longer be in charge of his life and he will not allow himself to be
waylaid or pressed into narrow moulds of life for the sake of material security and physical comfort.
Although the self is my origin, it is also the goal of my quest Jung (Letters, Vol. 1)
That Self, smaller than small, greater than great, is hidden in the heart of this creature here - (Katha
Upanishad)
The man possessed by the Spirit of Rebellion quickly finds himself in perpetual conflict not only with society, but with
himself. The impulse of individuality will be countermanded by the collectivist conditioning that dominates man's
conscious expression and behavior. This is one of the main reasons why men conform. They do so to avoid the inner
tension (or existential angst) that arises when and if the Spirit of Rebellion awakens within them. In Heidegger's view,
man turns away from Being and lives in forgetfulness of it. He becomes "fallen" and inauthentic, and prefers to think in
terms of "we," "us," and "our." His identity is ultimately of "oneself" rather than of "myself," his desires those of his
fellows. His vision of the world is shared by people who have likewise repressed their authentic natures.
Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagrees.
Men have been taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the creator is the man who goes
against the current. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together. But the creator is the man
who stands alone Ayn Rand
Unless man tears the mask of the Mysterium from his face, he will remain unsane and deluded about himself and the
world around him. His unsound vision of the world will continue to be fabricated by the Mysterium, and everything he
sees will be through its vile lens. What is more, everything man thinks about will continue to receive his attention only
after it appears beneath the shadow of the Mysterium. Therefore, nothing man sees is seen aright. Everything stands
before him darkly. The world is concealed and undisclosed, and the mystery of Existence remains ever beyond his
reach. Under the shadow of the Mysterium, no "perfect" society or utopia will ever germinate and flower, for as the
sages have warned, social republics are constructed not from bricks alone, but from thought.
States are as men, they grow out of human characters Plato
To understand the nature and quantity of government proper for man, it is necessary to attend to his
character Thomas Paine (Rights of Man)
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The more perfect civilisation is, the less occasion has it for government ibid
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more
need of masters Benjamin Franklin
There is nothing social, scientific, or collectivist about Being. It cannot be
institutionalized or set up as an object of worship. It is the sum total of what
everyone could think and say of it, and yet infinitely more than any human being
could ever say of it or imagine it to be. The tongue that speaks and communicates
thoughts to the world is incapable of explaining Being.
Dasein is not subject to thought because it was not brought into being by thought.
In fact, human thought is far more limited than people are wont to admit or
imagine. After all, we have a limited lifespan and unlimited things to know.
Therefore, it follows that thought is not enough for the task. In other words, mind
is not enough. The mind of man simply cannot experience everything there is to
experience.

Moreover, the mind of man cannot possibly understand everything there is to know about its own nature. Mind will
always know less than there is to know about itself. How then can a mind logically posit the existence of a supernatural
mind that does know all things? It seems to be a rather illogical supposition.
A human mind supposes the existence of an eternal mind that has given it birth. Inwardly, the mind knows it is the
creator of the phantasmic "eternal mind" that is nothing more than an idea. The mind prides itself on its unique ability
to create a Mysterium that directs its activities and oversees its work. In the end, there is nothing amiss in this. All that
has happened, is that the mind has forgotten that it has created the idea of the supernatural mind that men call God. The
mind has inverted the reality and, as a consequence of its artifice, believes that it has been created by the supernatural
mind. Mind believes it has been created by what it has created, and does not concern itself with the paradoxical and
illogical nature of this idea. The mind does not worry about what it might be sacrificing in order to believe in the
presence of a supernatural mind responsible for creating everything that exists. It does not care to discover whether
insanity has followed in the wake of its delusional adventure.
We can see that we take a lot for granted when we suppose the existence of an all-knowing god. This is because, in our
present state of being, the only thing we can be remotely sure of, is that our thoughts and ideas are ours. A man can be
sure of only one thing - that what occurs in his head at least belong to him. He can know his own idea of god because
that idea belongs to his mind. However, he cannot know, or presume to know, god himself, should god exist. Indeed, a
sane man must suppose that if something all-knowing exists, it is Nature, not god. After all, Nature created mind and
not the other way round. The sane man will realize that Nature created mind which created god, with god being the
projection of a damaged and perverse mind secretly wishing to rival and surpass Nature's sovereign power. So, it is not
a case of everyone who believes in god truly knowing that god exists. It is a case of similarly deranged minds behaving
an irrational idea in a similar irrational manner.
Of course, if we knew of only a single case of such mental delinquency, things would not look so bleak. However,
when we realize that millions of delinquent minds exist, we cannot but fear for the future of mankind.
Accomplishment Without Action
The Sage is occupied with the unspoken and acts without effort. Teaching without verbosity, producing
without possessing, creating without regard to result, claiming nothing, the Sage has nothing to lose (Tao Te Ching)
Thought is not enough. And since mind is dependent on time and experience, it follows that time is not enough. The
scientist looks to the future and to progress, and that sounds good on paper. However, in reality it poses a major
problem. After all, as we discussed above, because a single mans life is so brief, the scientific journey must be
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problem. After all, as we discussed above, because a single mans life is so brief, the scientific journey must be
collectivist in nature, extending over the lives of countless men. By default, the individual is merely a link in a never
ending chain of discovery and re-discovery. No single individual is in charge of the whole process, or recipient of the
final illumination.
To change this state of affairs for the better, one must develop a new relationship with time, as well as with Existence.
Man must learn to economize his time, and live qualitatively. This is the idea behind the concept of wei wu wei - that
is, accomplishment without action. Thought and time as we know them to be, as we presently experience them, are not
sufficient to bring us into the presence of truth. They can be as much a distraction from truth as paths to it. In
themselves they are not important. What is important is attitude. We cant change time itself, but we can change our
attitude toward it, as well as our personal relationship with it. We would do well to realize, for instance, that the time
that passes is the time that marks out our own lifespan. We might also realize that life is time and time is life.
Additionally, thought makes time, not the other way around. Man's concept of duration is largely a mental construct.
His understanding of time is altered by his mood and fluctuating level of concentration. So again, it is one's conscious
attitude toward time and Existence that matter. When and if the "care" (Sorge) is there, we have a vital and deep
relationship with life and time. When it is not there, time merely marks the minutes and hours of our inauthenticity and
fallenness, our incarceration in the world of Das Man.
In order to cultivate a new vital relationship with thought, time, and Existence, a man must be his own master. He must
be in charge of his mind, and his thoughts must be his and his alone. This is a tall order in a Collectivist world. In any
case, science, the state, and other people will never teach a man how to do change his relationship to the real. Each man
must make the transition for himself. He must accomplish it without action and without formal instruction. If he does
not come upon the Way - the Tao - alone and free of all coercion. Once the process begins, the Tao becomes the guide.
Nothing else is required except openness, mutability, and ever-increasing care for Existence.
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us
or spare us - Marcel Proust
The soul is not something one finds...it is something one creates - Thomas Szasz
Tea of Avidya
Mankinds self-alienation has reached such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as an
aesthetic pleasure of the first order - Jerry Mander
If something can be destroyed, or if it is destroyed, it probably needs to be. As said above, evil contains within itself the
seeds of its own destruction. However, one need not directly engage a tyrant in order to have him fall. The Taoist does
not confront evil so that it may be invigorated by his energy. No! He knows that is not the way. Instead, the Taoist
gives evil a lot of room. He disengages and well stands back. He has no interest in attending round table discussions
with the Disciples of the Mysterium.
He who fights too long against dragons, becomes a dragon himself - Fredrick Nietzsche
The Taoist knows how precious the Mysterium is to the men who are haunted by it. He does not wish to take their
beloved bride from their side. He knows what religion and technology are. He knows they are methods for conceiving,
birthing, and nurturing Mysteria. The Taoist also knows how much man has sacrificed on the altar of the Mysterium,
and the price he has paid to be a Disciple. He knows that man has succeeded in putting the natural world up for sale,
and that he has built a world of lies above the ancestral sanctum that houses his true self. The Taoist knows that man
must face whatever is left of himself and the world. Humans must now live with the hollow, vacant, anaemic world and
its stuff, a world left naked by the devouring Mysterium that has cast its shadow so broadly. Humans must live with
their shallow relationships and hostile attitude toward those few who remain sane and attentive to Dasein.
Das Man must live in forgetfulness of Being and cohabit with his self-hate. He must remain aggressive, acquisitive,
and self-sadistic. He must continue to push himself, seek excellence, overcome obstacles, work out, and shape up. He
must invent more fitness machines, regimens, and pastimes, and continue to pump it 'till it hurts. He must work
ceaselessly to devise technologies to fill the void left by the insatiable Mysterium that has devoured and obliterated his
psyche and planet.
By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices, modern man has manufactured an abyss of
boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed - Lewis Mumford
Chemycal Divorce
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Bodies cannot be changed except by reduction into their first matter Figulus (Alchemist)
The question arises as to whether man can return to the place of knowing, and stand again at the font of truth? Can he
return to the zero degrees longitude, zero degrees latitude of a holistic consciousness, and sit once again beneath the
shade of the great tree whose fruit once nurtured his soul?
Can he find his way back to the beginning and know the place for the first
time? Can he awaken from his "Newtonian Sleep" by emptying himself
into nothingness and casting off his "mind-forged manacles?" Can he once
again fall in love with the silence of the temple rather than the silence of
the cemetery, and care for his own Existence as much as he has learned to
care for the hollow approval of humanity? Can he remember the hymn of
resurrection and sing himself alive?
Mystery and imagination arise from the same source. This
source is called darknessDarkness within darkness, the
gateway to all understanding Lao Tzu
It is important for high initiation to regard light not as the
perfect manifestation of the Eternal Spirit, but rather as the
veil which hides that spirit - Aleister Crowley

Angel of Revelation, by William Blake


Darkness is the root of all light, light is matter, darkness pure spirit. Darkness is metaphysically
absolute light. Light is merely a mass of shadows as it can never be eternal and is simply an illusion or
Maya - Madame Helena Blavatsky
Truly it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow then the light is nearest of
all to us - Meister Johannes Eckhart
The answer is yes. Man can do anything he desires to do. He can certainly end his delusion and tear the mask of the
Mysterium from his face. He can raise himself from his slumber and emerge from the shadows and the cave. He can
train his eyes on the stars and walk free amid the gardens of the Earth as the Shepherd of Being. First, however, he must
empty his consciousness of all its accumulated furniture, and purge his blood of the poison that has caused him to act
like a deranged beast. He must experience his "Chemycal Divorce" before he can undergo the great "Chemycal
Wedding." He must be reduced to his basic elements and burned to ash if he is to ever rise as a phoenix above the
flames of oblivion. He must dissolve his egotism and become as innocent as a dove.
Who can free himself from achievement, and from fame, descend and be lost, amid the masses of men?
He will flow like Tao, unseen, he will go about like Life itself with no name and no home. Simple he is,
without distinction. To all appearances he is a fool. His steps leave no trace. He has no power. He
achieves nothing, has no reputation. Since he judges no one no one judges him. Such is the perfect man.
His boat is empty Chuang Tzu
Only when all crutches and props are broken, and no cover from the rear offers even the slightest hope
of security, does it become possible for us to experience an archetype that up till then had lain
hidden...this is the archetype of meaning Carl Gustav Jung
Are you willing to be sponged out, erased, cancelled, made nothing? Are you willing to be made
nothing, dipped into oblivion? If not, you will never really change D. H. Lawrence
In being alive to Being, man enters into a true relationship with everything around him. The apparently inanimate
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In being alive to Being, man enters into a true relationship with everything around him. The apparently inanimate
things of the world are no longer concealed. One speaks the correct language and will be answered. The world awakens
and man communes with everything around him, the trees, rivers, wind, and animals. He gets to know the voices and
story of everything around him. Once the things in the world become his, he in turn becomes theirs. His mind attends to
and communes with them, but is also changed during and after that communion. Both man and world are set free. Both
can enter into and enjoy a legitimate and everlasting communion. There is no master-slave dynamic or inner-outer
schism. He has partaken of the wine of true freedom and is as open, deep, and changing as the sky.
The captured elements and ancient laws of earth run astray like horses. There is a constant yearning for
all that is unconfined - Fredrich Holderlin (Mnemosyne)
The man for whom Dasein/Being is a concern harms nothing. This is because he does not seek the essence of anything,
least of all himself. He is in the world or as Heidegger put it he experiences Being in the World.
I looked at the star and it gazed at me
I touched it, it was a flower, Don Mirabilis.
And its fragrance clung to my fingers,
Piercing my soul
Pablo Neruda
(Ode to a Mirabilis Jalapa)
The only thing asked of men is "Gnothi Seuthon" or Know Thyself. In knowing himself man knows all. This is the
message found in every scripture and sacred text of importance. It was inscribed at the site of the Delphic Oracle,
written in the Book of John and Gospel of Thomas, and uttered by sages, prophets, and philosophers the world over.
The greatest of all lessons is to know your Self, for when a man knows himself he knows God Clement
of Alexandria (3rd Century Christian Theologian)
The first step toward knowing oneself is care (Sorge) for Being. One must care about their own Existence. And one's
Existence must never be confused with the existence of other men in the world. There is nothing more precious to a
man than his own Existence. One man cannot breathe for another. Each man must use his own lungs and breathe for
himself.
A man may be able to donate a body part to another human being after he
is dead, but while he lives he cannot donate his body to another man. A
man's blood, cells, eyes, brain, and heart are his, and his alone. And a
man's body Exists. It is the prime datum. It links him to the corporeal
world and is made from the same stuff as the stars.
To think about a thing is ultimately to become that thing. Thinking about
something makes that thing part of a man's mind. To care for a thing
makes it part of a man's soul or true self. It is to enter into deep
communion with that thing, a level of knowingness that initiates an
everlasting rapport with the world. Care for Being awakens an
understanding of Being's true nature, the same nature as that of Nature and
man. What we discover - what is revealed - is unfathomable to the
average scientist or theologian. The reason why was well known to the
Taoists who knew that whatever Being awakens within us, whatever it
reveals and discloses, is ours alone. It is ideothetic and can never be
collectivized. It cannot be shared, explained, or set up as an object of
common worship. Dasein lives and therefore changes. It is never the same
from one moment to the next. It has, therefore, nothing to do with science.
Dasein is not something a second person can grasp and understand. Each
person comes to it and ascertains it on their own, with their own particular
perspective and insight. This is the reason why Dasein remains precious
and unsullied. It cannot be adulterated by the language and commentary of
men.

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Martin Heidegger's reputation suffered


attack in a similar way as Nietzsche's
reputation. His ideas and life story were
deliberately misrepresented by his
contemporaries who did their best to
professionally assassinate him by
labelling him a Nazi Party goon. A
man's Existence (Dasein) predates
thinking and Reason. Reason therefore
is incapable of answering the questions
of Being. As we can see, Heidegger's
ideas strike at the root of academic
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philosophical traditions.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who
looks inside, awakens - Carl Gustav Jung
The healing and restoration of man cannot come about until these facts
are seen and understood aright. Healing means turning back toward
Being and Sorge (the "care of Being"). Existence must not be seen as
something that happens to man, but something man is. The man who
realizes this fact begins to care for and about his own Existence in a
very profound way. What happens to others - and what others say,
think, and do - is much less important. The awakened man knows why
men do what they do. He does not worry about it or react to the
destruction of corruption as others are wont to do. His care opens the
world to him and he realizes that the Numina/Tao arose from the same
soil as his own Being. In the end, as the Tao Te Ching explains, the
mystery - the Tao or Numina - and the man seeking to understand the
mystery, arise from the same source. This is what is truly meant by
oneness is allness.

I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at the center
within yourself and I within mine, we shall be as one - Crazy Horse (Lakota Shaman)
The Earth and myself are of one mind - Chief Joseph (Nez Perce)
The Allness experienced by the Taoist and Man of Dasein is, however, not the same as the Oneness craved by the
theologian and New Age smiling depressive. His is not the oneness of a million broken shards brought together in a
heap. On the contrary, his oneness is Allness and Wholeness. It is made from complete things seen and received in their
whole state. This idea makes greater sense once we contemplate the manner in which we have misconstrued the
meaning of the terms one and oneness. They have been defined by dogmatists and mathematicians with a
technological understanding of the universe. Remember, the mind that is impaired and diseased by its fallenness cannot
see anything as it is. As Tennyson wrote, man is capable of seeing a straight stick bent in a pool.
the term employed by Heidegger, Dasein, underscores our embeddedness within the world and is
meant to differentiate his thought from that of his predecessors. It constitutes a sharp repudiation of
Cartesian notions of subjectivity. Da means there, and thus Dasein refers to a being that cannot
extricate itself from its particular mooring in order to maintain an objective Cartesian posture towards
the world Karin Froese (Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Taoist Thought)
The existentially awakened man sees oneness as allness not because he is a monist, but because he is aware of how
division, duality, and diversity came about. He understands that mans sense of dualism is a symptom of his age old
impaired attitude toward Being. Because man's consciousness is broken, man is possessed by false ideas of separateness
and duality. His mind is fractured and so the world he inhabits appears fractured. His mind is dualistic and so the world
takes on a dualistic complexion. Every thought, idea, concept, and system is infected in the same way as the mind that
formed them is infected. The moment man realizes that mind did not create mind, the game ends and the restoration and
rehabilitation of his psyche begins.
Our exile has not only been from the Goddess, but also from Nature. It is not surprising, considering
that most Westerners live apart from their environment, protected by concrete roadways, consuming
machine-processed foods and filled with media information to the detriment of the experience of our
own senses. The seasons go unnoticed, we seldom touch the earth, eat fresh food or observe the world
personally...The sacred is a forgotten dimension in our society which we ignore at our peril - Caitlin
Matthews (Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom)

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Imaginatio
the archetypes are, as it were, the hidden foundations of the conscious mind. They are inherited with
the brain-structure indeed, they are its psychic aspect. They are then, essentially, the chthonic portion
of the psyche, that portion through which the psyche is attached to nature - Carl Gustav Jung
(Civilization in Transition)
In the deepest recesses of consciousness, that William Blake termed the "Imagination," lies a man's imperishable self.
That self is deeply connected to Nature because it is a product of Nature.
According to the new physics, observer and observed are somehow connected, and the inner domain of
subjective thought turns out to be intimately conjoined to the external sphere of objective facts - Leonard
Shlain (Art and Physics)
That self is not superior to Nature, nor is it inferior to it. The self does
not look up to any authority, or down on anything in creation. It is the
root of man's Being, the part of a him that Exists, and has a vital
relationship with the so-called "inanimate" phenomena of the planet. It
is the part of a man that can never be destroyed. It can only be
unheeded and ignored, usurped and replaced, as it has been. In its place
we have the ego of man, that part of consciousness that remained
somewhat intact after the Age of Catastrophe. Having taken birth in
chaos and flames, the ego is defensive and self-protecting. Hard and
resolute as it is, however, the ego of man is not invulnerable. Its energy
is finite and it can be overthrown and destroyed.

It has many enemies, so to speak, and many threats to its dominion. It must defend itself against hostile content from the
world and the unconscious.
However, that which seeks to enter the ego's domain from the sanctum sanctorum - the holy of holies deep within man's
Being - is not inherently destructive. It is only perceived to be a danger by the fragile, self-sustaining ego. Actually, the
unconscious content does not seek to destroy but to assimilate. It seeks to bring the ego back into itself, not to devour
but empower in a way vexatiously misunderstood by the ego. In fact, so defensive is the ego, it would rather selfdestruct than have its boundaries crossed by content it prefers to debar. This is what is generally known as
disassociation and insanity. However, insanity is not necessarily caused by content from the Id (or unconscious) flowing
in and drenching the ego's conscious and unconscious systems. No, it can also be caused by the ego automatically
shutting down, partly as a defensive measure and partly because of its "no surrender" policy. This contingency was
brilliantly deduced by the Viennese psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, but was first conceived as a possibility by the
German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer who made detailed studies of the behaviour of the insane:
The splitting of consciousness in these cases of acquired hysteria is accordingly a deliberate and
intentional one. At least it is often introduced by an act of volition - Sigmund Freud (Studies of
Hysteria)

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Who Are You?


This auto-destructive tendency of the ego has not been given the thought it deserves. It is, we believe, one more facet of
Freud's Thanatos Instinct, and was discussed by the Scottish psychologist R. D. Laing who concluded that
schizophrenics, for example, choose their presumed ailment. Their dementia is not a disease, per se, but is in many
cases perfectly controllable by the individual who sado-masochistically prefers to disassociate and "go to pieces,"
rather than answer the call of selfhood.
The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering Carl Jung
There is no anti-depressant that will cure a depression that's spiritually based, for the malaise doesn't
originate from brain dysfunction, but from an accurate response to the desecration of life - David R.
Hawkins (Power Vs. Force)
In order to maintain its suzerainty, the ego slams the doors
leading to the hallowed halls of the deep unconscious or
Imagination. It has turned off the lights and keeps the
unconscious hemispheres in darkness so that its treasures cannot
be discerned or utilized. The stronger the light of ego burns, the
darker the sky becomes over the unconscious realm. The more
outer-directed the ego, the more the unconscious content is
forced to retreat into shadow. The more man conforms to the
dictates of the collective, the more stifled the unconscious
becomes. The predicament will not abate until man regards his
own unconscious truly. He must realize that it is his misguided
fear and apprehension that serves to alienate his own selfhood
that is condemned to remain dormant in the caves of inner
darkness.

The self lies hidden in shadow...the "keeper of the gate," the guardian at the threshold. The way to the
self lies through him - Erich Neumann (The Origin and Evolution of Consciousness)
Whereas the fragmentary ego finds itself a mere atom tossed between the vast collective worlds of the
objective psyche and objective physis, ego united with the self experiences itself anthropomorphically as
the center of the universe - ibid
True sanity entails, in one way or another, the dissolution of the normal ego, that false self competently
adjusted to our alienated social reality: the emergence of the inner archetypal mediators of divine
power, through the death and rebirth, and the eventual re-establishment of a new kind of egofunctioning, the ego now being the servant of the divine, no longer its betrayer R. D. Laing (The
Politics of Experience)
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Until man turns his face toward the inner world he will never resolve the problems that have plagued him for millennia.
He must take counsel from the sages of the present and the past, and learn about the implicit connections between the
external world of Nature and the phenomena of his own psyche. He must understand that there is little difference
between world and self. His core Being and the world around him are made, as it were, of the same material. Nature
made man - his body and his mind - in her own image. At the root of man's Being is Nature's spark, Nature's brain,
Nature's law - one that man must begin to obediently serve and love.
I myself am Heaven and Hell Omar Khayyam
In your own bosom you bear your heaven and earth; and all you behold, though it appears without, it is
within, in your Imagination, of which this world of mortality is but a shadow William Blake
(Jerusalem)
God only acts and is, in existing beings or men - Blake
He who, dwelling in all things, Yet is other than all things, Whom all things do not know, Whose body
all things are, Who controls all things from withinHe is your Soul, the Inner Controller, the Immortal
- (Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad)
Man must also discover how the truth has been kept from him. He must become aware of the forces that have preyed
upon his mind and heart and kept him from breaking free of the Mysterium that has lead him to ruin. He must see
through the lies and deceit that have caused him to betray his selfhood and adore the unhallowed silence of the
cemetery rather than the vital silence of the Temple.
From the earliest days of western philosophy, man was told that his capacity to reason was what his life was all about.
Reason, said the Athenian philosophers, was the faculty that made man unique. Reason sets man apart and explains the
cosmos. It provides man with answers to the questions that vex him. Two thousand years after the age of Plato and
Aristotle men continue to believe that reason is their salvation. And practically speaking we cannot doubt that reason is
indeed essential to human Existence. After all, without reason where would we be? However, as Heidegger rightly
surmised, reason does not give a man answers to the mystery of his Existence. This is because the content of the Reason
does not itself Exist. Reason does not make the world and did not bring Nature into being. On the contrary, Nature
brought the mind of man into Being. Man's Beingness - his Dasein or "Being in the World" - gives him the capacity to
think and reason. One must have soil before they can garden and air to breathe before they can walk and talk. One must
Exist before they can think. Therefore, reason is the child of Dasein.
If reason was up to the job of revealing the truth about Being, there would be no such thing as the impenetrable
unconscious mind. Every hemisphere of consciousness would be revealed and comprehended. There would be no
mystery or Mysterium. Man would stand at the center of himself - at the zero degrees longitude and zero degrees
latitude of his psyche - and all doors that divide the inner world from the outer would be flung wide. Man would finally
find his rightful place in the universe, not as master and captain, but as shepherd and poet.
Do you deny me entrance to heaven, I who have at last learned the mystery of myself? (Egyptian Book
of the Dead)

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William Blake (1757-1827). Great artists and poets live in closer psychic
proximity to the unconscious realm, which means they are in closer
proximity to the Mysterium, and more likely to be assailed by it than other
men. In fact, their strength of character is measured by how successfully
they resist the power of the Mysterium. This proximity to the unconscious,
and to the Mysterium, accounts for why the lives of great artists, poets,
and philosophers, are so fraught with angst. Deep existential suffering is
less prevalent in the lives of those who are Mysterium-possessed, i.e.,
theologians, scientists, materialists, and socialites. As history reveals,
mental and emotional suffering is much more prevalent in the lives of
iconoclasts who seek to tear off the mask of the Mysterium in order to see
themselves and the world without distortion. They must do battle with an
unseen enemy that haunts their minds, and, as the philosopher Nietzsche
discovered, the battle within the self, for the self, is not always won. It is
no wonder then that William Blake asked of men such as himself: "How is
it we have walked through fires and yet are not consumed?"
The Sage-King
Philosophy gets under way only by a peculiar insertion of our own existence into the fundamental
possibilities of Dasein as a whole. For this insertion it is of decisive importance, first, that we allow
space for beings as a whole; second, that we release ourselves into the nothing, which is to say, that we
liberate ourselves from those idols everyone has and to which they are wont to go on cringing before Martin Heidegger (What is Metaphysics?)

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Heidegger lauded the poets, musicians, and artists. They are the
keepers of Being, and reside within the embrace of Being.
Their works deal with the question of Being and remind men to
realize and acknowledge their Existence. The poets are the
antithesis of the technological man, whose world is devoid of
Being.
The artist and poet have Sorge or "care." Their works have the
ability to raise the dead, that is, to awaken men from their
Newtonian Sleep. And that awakening can happen at any time
and place. Once the voice of Being calls, man is changed. He
does not need to wait for future revelations and utopias. He
does not need to die to find his bliss in some indistinct and
unlikely heaven.

Time is not involved. The truth of his Existence appears in front of him spontaneously and irrevocably. It is immanent
and implicit. Regardless of a man's level of conformity or the thickness of the walls he has placed between himself and
the real, the Voice of Being cannot be mistaken, ignored, silenced, or debarred.
Sometimes a man stands up during supper,
and walks outdoors, and keeps on walking,
because of a church that stands somewhere in the East.
And his children say blessings on him as if he were dead.
And another man, who remains inside his own house
stays there, inside the dishes and in the glasses,
so that his children have to go far out into the world,
toward that same church which he forgot.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Henri Rousseau

Salvador Dali

Rene Magritte

Georgio de Chirico

The Disciples of the Numina - the artists and poets - walk the winding and crooked paths of imagination, not the straight
roads of invention. They are prolific rather than devouring, nagual rather than tonal, polyphrenic rather than
monophrenic, pneumatic rather than hylic. They allow Nature to work on their minds, never deluding themselves that
mind has created Nature. They do not allow their minds to change the world. On the contrary, they know that greater
magic occurs when man allows himself to be changed by the world.
thinking which does not start from and continue in close relation to its foundations in the physical
universe must lead to falsity - Alvin Boyd Kuhn
Come to the center of the earth and there you will find the Philosopher's Stone - Alchemical Adage

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Each thing we see hides something else we want to see Rene Magritte
The world does not lead man wrongly. It is man who witlessly leads the world down wrong paths. His mind darkens
reality, not the other way around. Sartre was wrong and Heidegger was right. Sartre claimed that human life had no
meaning. All was "nausea" and "angst," and man is condemned to face the meaninglessness of Existence, and in so
doing find inner strength. Heidegger was not so pessimistic. He officially distanced himself from Sartre's brand of
negative Existentialism because he knew all to well that life has meaning. The right kind of life that is, one infused
with a care for Existence.

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Man's simple awareness and care for Dasein frees him from futility. It cleanses the doors of perception so that he can
see himself and his world as they are. Care opens the world like a flower and restores to man the deep direct
communion with Nature and the Real that was lost when the ego took birth. Without subconscious fear and animosity
blocking the road between them, Man and World enter and occupy the future together at the same instant, free and
unmolested by "single vision."
From those most holy waters, born anew I came, like trees by change of calendars, Renewed with new
sprung foliage through and through, Pure and prepared to leap up to the stars - Dante (Puragtorio)
Your eyes will become the sun and your breath the wind. In your turn you will go to the sky and the earth
and the waters. Your limbs will become the roots of plants - (The Rig Veda)
There no sun shines, no moon, nor glimmering star, Nor yonder lightening, the fire of earth is quenched.
From him, who alone shines, all else borrows its brightness, The whole world bursts forth into
splendour at his shining - (Kathhaka Upanishad)
Destroyed is my badness; annihilated is my evil. Put away is the sin which was my own. I wander on the
path that I know, in the direction of the island of justification. I arrive in the land of the heavenly
horizon; I pass through the holy portal. O Gods who come to meet me! Stretch out your hands toward
me! I have become a god, one among you. I have restored the eye of the sun. After it had been injured
on the day of battle by the two adversaries (Egyptian Book of the Dead)

Jean Cocteau

Ayn Rand

T. S. Eliot

Conclusion
She gently took the self-forgetting soul by the hand...and showed him all the experiences in the universe,
all manifestation, bringing him higher and higher through various bodies, 'till his lost glory came back,
and he remembered his own nature - Swami Vivekananda (Raja Yoga)
The theories that Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung espoused about man's so-called unconscious mind are not as dissimilar
as many "experts" assert. Both men knew that the contents of the unconscious were Nature-born. However, unlike
Heidegger's poets and artists, psychologists generally have an ambivalent attitude toward the unconscious and its
content. Freud believed it was a dumping ground for man's repressions, and Jung believed his "archetypes" had
immoral and even evil, as well as healthy and good inclinations. In other words, unlike the poets, psychologists warn
that the unconscious (or Id) has a threatening aspect.

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Sigmund Freud proposed the existence of an unapprehended monster who subversively


controlled the actions behind the scenes the civilized workings of daily intercourse, much
like the charlatan operating the levers behind the facade in the Wizard of Oz - Leonard
Shlain (Art and Physics)
In our opinion, Carl Jung's ideas, in this regard, were not wholly accurate. It is not content from the unconscious
recesses that necessarily threatens the ego, but the Mysterium that stands, so to speak, in front of the archetypes so to
impersonate them. Man's contact with his unconscious and true Selfhood is drastically occluded by the sinister presence
of the parasitical Mysterium, the would-be ally, but also deceiver, of the ego that acts as a ersatz archetypal presence
within consciousness. Remove the Mysterium, and the archetypes (Imagination) "speak" for themselves. Their supposed
threat will trouble man not a moment longer. As Jung elsewhere revealed, the unconscious - like the Quantum Universe
- cannot be apprehended directly because it apparently reflects back whatever "visage" is projected into it. The
projected visages of fear, trepidation, uncertainty, prejudice, bemusement, shallow curiosity, expectation, and false
hope, etc, are entirely the result of the Mysterium's presence and intrigue. They are Mysterium-manufactured and
Mysterium-directed states of consciousness that are nothing less than barriers blocking the rapport between ego and
Self.
The two-faced ambassador between the worlds surreptitiously intercedes and gives "false counsel" so that ego and self
remain forever estranged. Therefore, if unconscious content invades and crosses the limen (the border line between the
conscious and unconscious hemispheres) to threaten and potentially overwhelm the ego's dominion, it is because that
content and energy (libido) is maliciously directed to do so by the ego's would-be "Enforcer." By misinforming the ego
about the unconscious, the Mysterium initiates and perpetuates a deadly feedback loop. The ego and Super Ego act on
the "counsel" of the impersonating Mysterium and continue to falsely regard the unconscious as a threat. Hence, psychic
unification never occurs, and the "mind-forged manacles" foisted upon consciousness remain unbroken.
The psychological "Transcendent Function" arises from the union of conscious and unconscious content
- Carl Jung

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The ego is the child of a traumatized consciousness. It is the "hero" seeking to


free itself from the all-encompassing embrace of the Mysterium. It alone seeks
differentiation and individuation. The Mysterium is Thanatos. It is regression
and insanity. Its perverse power strives to prevent the ego from attaining
freedom. It encircles the ego and prevents a clear dynamic interactivity or
mergence between the conscious and unconscious hemispheres of being.
The "program" of the Mysterium has been running the "computer" of the mind for centuries. Fortunately, as Heidegger
emphasized, the artists and poets are for the most part ardently sceptical of reason and are, therefore, not as susceptible
as the Disciples of the Mysterium, the rationalists, scientists, and theologians. Their minds are not as infected by the
viral propaganda of the Mysterium. Consequently, like Taoists, the poets and artists are not as likely to project a
negative visage toward the unconscious. Theologians, philosophers, and scientists are Disciples of Reason - of Blake's
"single vision." They are under the spell of the pre-rational Mysterium, and will never resolve the existential
predicaments of humanity. The Reason employed by Rationalists to gain understanding about man and the world is
itself nothing more than the poisoned myopic child of the Mysterium, which came into being before reason and thought.
Therefore reason cannot hope to fathom the nature of that which existed before its own advent. This is the great paradox
that has held back the tide of true progress. In short, the presence of the Mysterium occludes a healthy communion
between ego and self, mind and Nature. It is the architect of all human neurosis, the engineer of all pathology.

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Born in Flames
According to Heidegger, man must endeavor to still the trembling mirror of the mind that casts distorted reflections of
Man and Nature. He must tear down the mask of the Mysterium so that the Numina - the world as it is without Mysteria
- can be viewed and known directly. When this is accomplished, there is no longer any question of subject versus
object, belief and doubt. There is only Experience, Existence, and Knowing. There is only the journey, the Muse, and
the inviolate communion between oneself and the everlasting flow of Tao.

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Troubling I sit, day and night. My friends are astonished at me: They forgive my wanderings. I rest not
from my great task: To open the eternal worlds! To open the immortal eyes of man inward: into the
worlds of thought: into eternity. Ever expanding in the bosom of God, the human imagination - William
Blake
I am the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for
me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity - Igor Stravinsky
Everything that is dead quivers. Not only the things of poetry, stars, moon, wood, flowers, but even a
white trouser button glittering out of a puddle in the street...Everything has a secret soul which is silent
more often than it speaks - Wassily Kandinsky
Heidegger's Authentic Man must rise from three deaths and resurrect his
true sense of selfhood. In his world nothing must be borrowed, copied,
decayed, or desecrated by utility. The knob of the door, the leg of the table
and socket in the wall; the dust that gathers and rust that forms; the pebbles
under foot and wet tiles on the roof; the litter carried by the wind along the
avenue, the dew on a black horse's mane in the morning, are human too, as
human as a man imagines himself to be, perhaps even more so.
...Each grain of sand every stone on the land, each rock and
each hill, each fountain and rill, each herb and each tree,
mountain, hill, earth and sea, cloud, meteor and star, are
Men seen afar - William Blake

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)


The man who Exists is a Sage-King. No one, not even a god, towers above him. He has no need for fiery chariots and
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archangels. He is fascinated by how a single sip of water changes him and how drunk with beauty his soul can be even
while drowned in unspeakable sorrow. His first greeting every morning is to the light that fills his pupils and welcomes
him back to the world. His boat has no oars because he trusts the waters of the endlessly winding river that flows
eternally below and around the orbs of creation. The timeless music of that river, unheard by most, fills his ears and
reverberates through his Being. Upon its lava-like current he is borne to the place he needs to be - the center of himself.
Out beyond ideas
Of wrong doing and right doing
There lies a field
Ill meet you there
When the soul lies down in that grass
The world is too full to talk about
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
Doesnt make any sense
Rumi

Here - Disciples of the Mysterium Interview I


Here - Disciples of the Mysterium Interview II

Reference Works (Selected)


Tao Te Ching (translation by Stephen Mitchell)
The Book of Tea, by Okakura Kakuzo
Sein Und Zeit (Being and Time), by Martin Heidegger
What is Metaphysics?, by Martin Heidegger
Structure of Behavior and Phenomenology of Perception, by M. Merleau-Ponty
The Embers and the Stars, by Erazim Kohak
The Pathology of Civilization, by David Watson
Voice of the Earth, by Theodore Roszak
Where the Wasteland Ends, by Theodore Roszak
The Earth As Modified By Human Action, by George P. Marsh
The Metropolis of Modern Life, by George Simmel
Why Freud Hated America, by Howard L. Kaye
Freud and Man's Soul, by Bruno Bettelheim
The Republic, by Plato
The Timaeus, by Plato
Ethics, by Aristotle
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, by Max Weber
The Rights of Man, by Thomas Paine
Prolegomena, by Immanuel Kant
The Critique of Pure Reason, by Immanuel Kant
Meditations on First Philosophy, by Rene Descartes
Phenomenology of Mind, by George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The Social Contract, by Jean Jacques Rousseau
The Birth of Tragedy, by Friedrich Nietzsche
On the Genealogy of Morality, by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Antichrist, by Friedrich Nietzsche
The World as Will and Idea, by Arthur Schopenhauer
The Complete Works, by Michel de Montaigne
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, by David Hume
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, by John Locke
Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes
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Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes


Hyperion, by Friedrich Holderlin
Mnemosyne, by Friedrich Holderlin
Sonnets to Orpheus, by Rainer Maria Rilke
The Book of Hours, by Rainer Maria Rilke
The Book of Images, by Rainer Maria Rilke
The Duino Elegies, by Rainer Maria Rilke
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Briggs, by R. M. Rilke
Complete Works of Chuang Tzu, by Burton Watson
Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Taoist Thought - Katrin Froese
Demian, by Herman Hesse
Steppenwolf, by Herman Hesse
The Outsider, by Colin Wilson
Beyond the Outsider, by Colin Wilson
The Book of Mirdad, by Mikhail Naimy
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, by William Blake
The Four Zoas, by William Blake
Songs of Innocence and Experience, by William Blake
William Blake's Circle of Destiny, by Milton Perceval
The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake, by Erdman
The Portable William Blake, by Alfred Kazin
A Blake Dictionary, by S. Foster Damon
Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake, by Northrop Frye
The Portable Jung (translation by R. F. C. Hull)
The Gnostic Jung, by Stephen Hoeller
Nature Has a Soul - Carl Gustav Jung
The Origin and Evolution of Consciousness, by Erich Neumann
Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, by Julian Jaynes
Psychiatry: The Science of Lies, by Thomas Szasz
The Myth of Mental Illness, by Thomas Szasz
Love, Sexuality and Matriarchy, by Erich Fromm
The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness, by Erich Fromm
Escape From Freedom, by Erich Fromm
Betrayal of the Self - by Arno Gruen
The Abnormality of Normalcy, by Arno Gruen
The Divided Self, by R. D. Laing
The Politics of Experience, by R. D. Laing
Sanity, Madness, and the Family, by R. D. Laing
The Book, by Alan Watts
Love, Freedom, and Aloneness, by Osho
The Ancestral Mind, by Gregg D. Jacobs
Closing of the American Mind, by Alan Bloom
The Ultimate Canon of Knowledge, by Alvin Boyd Kuhn
The Works of Sigmund Freud
The Works of Carl Gustav Jung
The Works of Martin Heidegger
The Works of J. Krishnamurti
The Works of Ayn Rand
Poetry of Friedrich Holderlin
Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
Poetry of William Blake
Poetry of T. S. Eliot
Poetry of Lao Tzu
Poetry of Chuang Tzu
Important Sources and References
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empiricism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rationalism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenomenalism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consensus_reality
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_universals
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_universals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmological_argument
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncaused_cause
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual-aspect_monism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialectical_monism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutral_monism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panpsychism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Hilgard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supernatural
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/eidolon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theistic_evolution
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-established_harmony
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Deists
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idealists
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rationalism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empiricism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_realism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conceptualism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immaterialism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existentialism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethical_egoism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_ecology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecophenomenology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erazim_Kohak
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Shepard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarcho-primitivism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_capability
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation_myth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creatio_ex_nihilo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Tea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuji_(philosophy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiji
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomoe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gankyil
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_wei
http://www.sacred-texts.com/tao/tgl/tgl008.htm
http://www.sacred-texts.com/tao/tgl/tgl1.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lao_tzu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhuangzi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tao_Te_Ching
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Treasures_(traditional_Chinese_medicine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neidan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_creation_myth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagual
Additional Sources and References
http://e-ducation.net/philosophers.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_heidegger
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Being
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasein
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Feuerbach
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinoza
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malebranche
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Being_and_Time
http://transvaluation.wordpress.com/heiddeger-and-zen-an-exploration/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Husserl
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Merleau-Ponty
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Merleau-Ponty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Brentano
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kierkegaard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nietzche
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windelband
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_james
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Bergson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche
http://radicalacademy.com/philschopenhauer.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Baudrillard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulacra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._E._Moore
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeno_of_Citium
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Objectivism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C4%81dhan%C4%81
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_weber
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_blake
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urizen
http://home.att.net/~holderlin/index.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainer_Maria_Rilke
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Hesse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Wilson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holon - Philosophy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holographic_theory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Implicate_Order
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noumenon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unobservables
http://www.lets-talk.org/groddeck.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eduard_von_Hartmann
http://http-server.carleton.ca/~abrook/SCHOPENY.htm
http://www.primitivism.com/index.html
http://www.pantheist.net/

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