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A DIRECTORY OF INTEGRAL HUMAN SYSTEMS & LIFESTYLE SOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW CULTURE

Soror XNC

Baby Lyon Press AZ

Copyright  the Movement of LIFE 2008

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Using Knowledge to Build a Better Life

CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................................................................. 9 ME 0 INTENTION ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 12 THE GREAT ARCANUM ................................................................................................................................................................. 13 TRUE REASON.................................................................................................................................................................................... 17 A CORE OF REASON FOR THE NEW CULTURE ................................................................................................................. 21 ME 1 UNION IS THE VOW ........................................................................................................................................................................ 26 ALL-ENCOMPASSING AWARENESS ......................................................................................................................................... 28 ME 2 A DIAMOND MARRIAGE............................................................................................................................................................... 31 DUALITY IS NOT REAL .................................................................................................................................................................. 34 PEOPLE OF THE EARTH, RISE UP! ........................................................................................................................................... 35 ME 3 THE ULTIMATE FRONTIER ......................................................................................................................................................... 38 A CRADLE OF SYMBOLISM FOR THE NEW CULTURE ................................................................................................... 40 ME 4 ORIENTEERING or DIRECTION IS EVERYTHING ........................................................................................................... 44 ME 5 OUR DOCTRINE OF SYNTHESIS ............................................................................................................................................... 48 ME 6 SYNERGY IS NATURAL MAGICK .............................................................................................................................................. 52 ME 7 THE PLEDGE OF HUMAN ALLEGIENCE .............................................................................................................................. 55

A GRAND PROGRAM ...................................................................................................................................................................... 57 ME 8 ORGANIZATION IS A BODY ....................................................................................................................................................... 61 THE GENESIS MODEL ................................................................................................................................................................... 64 ME 9 DIVERSITY AS INSURANCE ......................................................................................................................................................... 68 ME 10 CREATION............................................................................................................................................................................................ 71 THE GOVERNMENT OF FIRE ..................................................................................................................................................... 76 ME 11 MASTERY OF ACTION .................................................................................................................................................................... 83 THE DESIGN OF A NATURAL, VITAL BODY ....................................................................................................................... 85 THE DIAMOND STRUCTURE ...................................................................................................................................................... 93 DECISION-MAKING BY CONSENT .......................................................................................................................................... 94 ELECTIONS BY CONSENT............................................................................................................................................................ 97 TEMPLATE: IDENTIFYING IMPACT ........................................................................................................................................ 99 TEMPLATE: THE NINE-FOLD FORM..................................................................................................................................... 102 ME 12 MASTERY OF RESPONSIBLITY ................................................................................................................................................. 104 SUBSCRIPTIONS DEFINED......................................................................................................................................................... 106 TRUE PRICE ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 108 ME 13 MASTERY OF MAGNETISM ........................................................................................................................................................ 111 POWER, SEX, AND MAGICK ...................................................................................................................................................... 113 ME 14 MASTERY OF INSPIRING DEVELOPMENT ........................................................................................................................ 116 EDUCATION...................................................................................................................................................................................... 118 ME 15 MASTERY OF APPEARANCE...................................................................................................................................................... 122 THE INFLUENCE OF CAPRICORN ON STRUCTURE ...................................................................................................... 124

STOREHOUSES................................................................................................................................................................................. 126 ACCOUNTS......................................................................................................................................................................................... 131 ME 16 MASTERY OF REVELATION ...................................................................................................................................................... 133 A DRAGON‟S HEAD, AND TAIL ............................................................................................................................................... 134 ME 17 MASTERY OF REALITY ................................................................................................................................................................ 137 ACTUALITY IS NOT REALITY ................................................................................................................................................... 138 ME 18 MASTERY OF SELFHOOD ........................................................................................................................................................... 141 QUOTAS............................................................................................................................................................................................... 143 TEMPLATE: DEFINED NEED, DEFINED CONTRIBUTION ........................................................................................ 148 TEMPLATE: DEFINED NATURAL CAPITAL, DEFINED HUMAN CAPITAL ......................................................... 150 ME 19 MASTERY OF SOLIDITY .............................................................................................................................................................. 159 OWNERSHIP ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 160 THE COMMON TREASURY......................................................................................................................................................... 165 ON CURRENCY ................................................................................................................................................................................ 167 THE CURRENCIES .......................................................................................................................................................................... 170 VALUE .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 174 THE MARKET ................................................................................................................................................................................... 179 ME 20 MASTERY OF CORRELATION ................................................................................................................................................... 187 GOOD AND EVIL............................................................................................................................................................................ 189 COMMUNICATION......................................................................................................................................................................... 192 DIALOGUE ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 195 TRANSPORTATION........................................................................................................................................................................ 197 ME 21 MASTERY OF FALSE IMPRESSIONs ........................................................................................................................................ 200 BENEFICIAL SHELTERING ........................................................................................................................................................ 202

WELCOME TO THE WORLD...................................................................................................................................................... 204 NURTURE ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 206 UPHOLDING SCRIP ........................................................................................................................................................................ 207 ME 22 MASTERY OF SELF-EXPRESSION............................................................................................................................................ 210 CHILDREN ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 212 THE LADDER TO HEAVEN........................................................................................................................................................ 216 ME 23 APPROPRIATE ACTION ............................................................................................................................................................... 221 ME 24 APPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS ............................................................................................................................................. 223 ME 25 APPROPRIATE PERSPECTIVE ................................................................................................................................................... 225 ME 26 APPROPRIATE EFFORT ............................................................................................................................................................... 227 ME 27 APPROPRIATE INTENTION....................................................................................................................................................... 230 ME 28 APPROPRIATE MENTALITY ...................................................................................................................................................... 233 ME 29 APPROPRIATE MINDFULNESS ................................................................................................................................................. 235 ME 30 INITIATING ENNOBLEMENT .................................................................................................................................................. 237 ME 31 INITIATING RESTORATION...................................................................................................................................................... 239 ME 32 INITIATING UNION ...................................................................................................................................................................... 244

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INTRODUCTION

A practical utopia is a model of the best existence obtainable (in that moment, in that place). It seeks to reflect an image of Above. It employs the utmost Knowledge to consciously, collectively organize its advance toward that Ultimate Frontier… This is not a book, in a traditional sense. While it is a whole telling, it is not necessarily designed to be read from cover-to-cover. Rather, I think of it as a directory, imparting aggregates of Knowledge that reveal enough to lead to the experience of the greater concept of Illumined Civilization they describe. This directory originates from a “Spine of 33 Mysteries” or 33 permutations of consciousness known as The Hinge ME or simply the MES, which together mystically convey The Arts of Civilization and the Mystical Science of underlying construct. What then follows are 33 Wisdom-Documents elaborated from the MES. These Documents are themselves composed of combinations of titles, collected by the ME that borne them into my understanding. It should be noted that I originally published all material in 2005 as part of another title. Now, with the creation of this directory, I am giving the re-imagined 33 Documents in service to The Movement of LIFE and the emergent New Culture. Soror XNC 10.10.2010

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“And they will find each other, and together they will live, and they will not die again...” A Zealot Arab, named Simon Magus

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ME 0
THERE IS A SEED; LOVE

.GNOSIS. .DA’ATH.

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INTENTION

Just as bees make honey as a byproduct of their natural, sustaining activities, so is the supreme function of civilization to “make Light” out from the unique and specific nectar of its own unfolding Star-Beings.

By design, civilization is fully capable of generating illumination as a byproduct of its own activities. By way of intentional mechanisms the social machine can be geared to cultivate enlightenment. With a single, conscious step we can enter the movement of Life. We can freely choose to live intentionally, on behalf of our own evolution. When we are receptive and aware of our interrelationship to the vast tapestry of Life – above the manufacture of wealth, our greed and desire for convenience, our fears and inner fights – we make a key shift away from consuming our culture to creating our own Golden Age of New Culture instead.

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THE GREAT ARCANUM

According to famed microbiologist and physicist Carl Woese, the pivotal development in the evolution of modern protein-based cells was the invention of symbolic representation on a molecular level (i.e. the ability to translate Nucleic Acid sequences into Amino Acid sequences…

There are three primary divisions of Life. They evolved separately but at a critical point created diversity by exchanging information. In certain Mystery Traditions and esoteric schools of thought this relates to the three primary concepts of consciousness, which emanate Life as we know it. These are referred to as the “Three Mothers”: INDIVISIBLE BEING – Atomic Power/Wavelength – The collection of many codes of Knowledge contained by a seed, within. AWARENESS BECOMING – Magnetism/Current – The All (parts of Knowledge) extended as one presence. POLARITY EXPRESSION – Light/Radiance – The one presence, outwardly expressed as singular, individuated or divided parts.

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The interplay of this trinity transcribes the entire Universe and is reflected in the Human as the ever-presence of Being, or the three-fold extension of consciousness: SELF-KNOWING – “Subconscious” which becomes the Superconsciousness as our condition is refined – The Witness, indivisible from the non-manifest portion of your Being. SELF-AWARE – Aware Consciousness – Sentient Presence. SELF-ACTUALIZING – Self-Consciousness – Individualized expression, motion and identification. Each individual‟s unique experience and expression relates to how well “translation” occurs between these three, in addition to the variation which arises from their dynamic exchanges and combinations. (And to say nothing of the affects of immersion in the four-fold vessel of mentality, emotion, spirit and flesh.) When we choose to live with the intention of conscious evolution, the first order of business is to put these three into communication. Our Knowing and Awareness must embrace like lovers; while in action we are as uninhibited as children. We must become willing and able to use symbolic representation to transmit concepts between these three dimensions of Self… While it may sound easy enough, it is said to be the “narrow gate” through which the Inner Knowing is found. And then, it is no-less than intimate knowledge of this immortal essence (planted in the Heart) that takes the common Human into the realm of the Gods.

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Developing this manner of intimate knowledge and inner communications previously described is ultimately the entire concern of the Mystery Traditions – the Great Arcanum or (alchemically) transformative “program” underlying all stages of progress. This Science and its Arts are well-hidden from the “ordinary eyes” of the common Human. What the majority sees instead is that wide gate which leads to destruction, which is simply a way to describe all of those things that tend to mislead us from the narrow focus of our Intention. The wide gate, then, is Desire for material gratification alone. It is attachment to appearances and self-centered entitlements to personal comforts, preferences and ideals. It is cupidity. It is disassociation from the greater good. It is seeking the easiest solution or waiting for a magic answer that will transform lead into gold and resolve all deficiencies and wants. Who wants a Truth that conflicts with their comfortable behaviors and psychology? Who wants to have to make a sacrifice, when it‟s easy enough not to? Now turn this around – was there ever a Hero or Heroine, or any on a Sacred Quest, or any Teacher of the Way, who didn‟t have to surrender to something? Or relinquish some ability or attachment? Or suffer through their trial without a wound? And, what sort of quest would it be, without something to find? We willfully shed our immortal splendor to pursue Awareness and Actualization of our Inner Knowing so that we might regain the same that we shed, yet in complete Realization of our entirety. The Intentional path has been our goal all along. This is the real transformation of lead into gold. The true Great Work. It requires refinement of the Whole Being and strength enough to bridge all the pitfalls and transform any hell-worlds one might encounter along the way. 15

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And so the Great Arcanum is the Alchemist‟s elixir, the Great Work of the Sciences and Arts which added together transmute the hidden germ of our Divine Fire into its full, golden bloom – ending suffering, healing our wounds, and expelling decay.

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TRUE REASON

Reason outside of Union with the Divine Fire of Consciousness can only be flawed…

Within the Human, ripened through a process of refinement and (re-)Union, there awakens a burning thirst to “Know Thyself”. Yet the seeker, for as studious as they become, eventually finds that there is folly in seeking transformative Wisdom through study alone. This is because Wisdom only consorts with Illumination through the fires of conscious experience. Wisdom actualized through experience is also what allows us to practice our discernment and develop the ability to Reason correctly. Through experience the seeker will learn to distinguish True Reason through attributes quite opposite from the ones that seem useful. Forget apparent logic and the cold, hard facts. Forget experience by-proxy and what thought-strategies others apply. Forget the seemingly straightforward data and any suppositions derived from common sense. The more you apply this sort of reasoning to solving the riddles and yearnings of your Heart and Thoughts, the more you will find yourself in situations of having reasoned incorrectly – especially where causes, motivations and rationales are concerned. For example, what seems to be a clear rationale to your logical mind and the longings of your Heart, may appear completely off-base and without good reason 17

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to someone else. This is because True Reason isn‟t a quality of the mental construct at all. The seeker will ultimately find that True Reason is within, belonging to the Illumined core of Inner Being. There is nothing deeper or more quintessential than Reason. Consider that it all goes back to “desiring a Reason” and the longing to “Know Thyself.” This is the cause underlying the whole of existence. And this Knowledge can only be had through the experience of concepts, whether you are speaking of the Universe, or of the Human. What am I? Am I this? Am I that? Why? How? These are the things we are here to explore. Actualized experience with Knowledge (Gnosis) unfolds an actual vibrational conversion whereby the serpent of Wisdom increasingly rises into new realms. In this way we stop perceiving reason through the shades of our own Heart and Mind, and increasingly distinguish True elements of Reason through the more subtle attributes of Intuition, Faith, Hope, Surrender, Love, and Imagination. __________________________ Consider that no one has or will gain spiritual intuition of the concept of physical reality but first by the experience, because the concept is empirical in nature. In other words, physical reality, as a concept, must be experienced to be Known. The same is predominantly true for the concepts like „quality‟, for quality is determined by experience and cannot be imparted through spiritual intuition, or any intuition that isn‟t also empirical. 18

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However, without the slightest bit of experience we can construct concepts. The need for a funnel-like device, for example, can cause a person to intuit the Universal concept of a “cone”, and construct one in answer to their need without any experience relating to cones, or their mathematics. Although the particulars the individual lends to the universal concept of a cone – the specific color, material use, and stylization, for example – will all come from experience, like a filter covering the more universal Knowledge received a priori. The importance of this is twofold – First, because it describes the nature of the Universal tongue and how it communicates. Second, because it reveals that through the construction of concepts, spiritual intuition or Direct Knowledge can be received. Consciously engaging this last Truth is a large part of what Magick is all about. Especially the most esoteric forms of Sex Magick, where the Reason is appellated as “Union” and the couple choose to consciously direct their sexual impulses toward that Divine, Universal concept of themselves, impregnated with grand themes more so than particulars. This is why it is said that “no one is considered initiated among them unless he develops some enormous fictions.” Or, in other words, in order to become a god one must first construct the concept – not from thin air, but by extracting the Knowledge and Reason from within. For the purpose of utility in the pursuit of True Reason, I suggest that the seeker consider Knowledge as having two varieties – 19

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THE PARTICULAR IN THE UNIVERSAL.

Example, Philosophy.

Knowledge is gained by Reason from the experience of concepts; experiential Knowledge. Reason tends toward a basis in rationality and “proofs”; the ability to Reason in accord with Truth is limited. The overwhelming effect is the determination of qualities. THE UNIVERSAL IN THE PARTICULAR. Example, Mathematics.

Knowledge is gained by Reason from the construction of concepts; direct or a priori Knowledge. Reason tends toward a basis in Spiritual Faith and Intuition; there is the ability to Reason in accord with Truth. The overwhelming effect is quantification.

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A CORE OF REASON FOR THE NEW CULTURE

According to Immanuel Kant, “our diverse modes of Knowledge must not be permitted to be a mere rhapsody, but must form a system” that “furthers the essential ends of Reason.” He defines a system as “the Unity of the manifold modes of Knowledge under one idea.” And this idea, he tells us, is the concept “of a form of the Whole – insofar as the concept determines a priori not only the scope of its manifold content but also the positions which the parts occupy relative to one another.”

Any embodiment of the New Culture first requires a founding concept that serves as “the Reason.” For most embodiments this may simply be the overarching impetus from which the New Culture Movement is itself derived – pursuit of the “best existence obtainable.” These embodiments will therefore serve the very same Reason, unfolded through the variables of its unique composition, and thus presenting a different skin. For some, however, the Core of Reason may be more specified. For example, my own interest is a social construct which truly “manufactures” Superconcious Humans. Other embodiments might seek to unfold from a specific Service Mission or around any certain concept its progenitors wish to explore, experience and express.

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Define the core concept – the Reason – in the loosest of terms possible. If you already knew everything there is to know about what compels you, the pursuit would be satiated and you would be compelled in another direction. Keep the concept Whole and Universal. Then the Work begins. Meditate. Receive. From the Whole of the Concept are derived aggregates of Knowledge. These are articulated into your system through the reception of Spiritual Intuition. Keep all initial thoughts when unfolding a suitable embodiment from your Reason in the realm of cosmic identifiers. Think in terms of shape, scope, magnitude, pattern, proportion, arrangement, reflection, direction, aim, etc. It is then the aggregates of the collective themselves who will lend the particulars, as the core Vision is unfolded through their unique experiences. __________________________ When I asked what would define “an ideal Reason” for the core of an embodiment in pursuit of the best existence obtainable, I was told “It is, was, and always will be RESPITE; for there is ever rest and refuge within the center of All Things.” I was then shown a five-fold “Star of Peace” with the number 108 within its center. I know the number 108 as a number of compassion and refuge, so this made sense. For example, when studying the Chakra system one will find that there are 108 energy lines converging in the Heart Chakra. Any who practices mediation, chanting and breath-work will also be familiar with calm developed through work with the number 108.

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In Dharmic traditions it is the number of names for God. In Islam, it is the number of God‟s name. In astronomy, it is recognized for its frequent appearances when comparing the distances and measurements of the Sun and Earth. For example, the diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. There are also interesting astronomical correlations between Earth and the star Eta Draconis featuring 108. When Eta Draconis was the Pole Star, the cosmic revelation that is the 108 temples of Angkor Wat was constructed. The last temple, in which 108 is heavily featured, is the terrestrial counterpart of the star Eta Draconis, dedicated to those who are “suffering in the ocean of existence” so as to bestow on them “the ambrosia of remedies to win them immortality.” In Astrology there are 9 planets moving through 12 constellations, which also happens to multiply to 108. 108 is a number of being immersed in or “deep within” sound, or is even a way of understanding sound itself. This may be best demonstrated by the Sanskrit alphabet which has 54 letters in both a Shiva and Shakti, male and female form, for a total of 108. These pairs are mystically associated to the 54 points of intersection on the healing Sri Yantra, symbolically charging it with “all sounds” and linking it to states of extreme peace and healing. In Tantra, a practice of conscious Union, the Sri Yantra is known as a “sonic mandala”. From the permutations of Sri Yantra and the equilateral pentagon (which always has interior angles of 108º) the proportional equation governing the relationship of the notes to the musical scales is derived.

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108 is a Harshad number, which is an integer divisible by the sum of its digits. Harshad is a Sanskrit word meaning “bringing a great joy.” It is also the extension of the first three Powers in math. 1x4x27=108. (1 to 1st power=1; 2 to 2nd power=4 (2x2); 3 to 3rd power=27 (3x3x3).) And shares various relationships to 666, a number of Union and the Sun: Example: 6²+6²+6² = 108

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ME 1
THERE IS AN ENDLESS CIRCUMFRANCE ENCIRCLING ALL

.THE CROWN. .KETER.

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UNION IS THE VOW

Restoring our State of Union through Awareness (within, with others, and within the greater orchestra of Life) is a feat. This is why the on-going process of (re-)Union (into greater wholes) is known as the Great Work.

We are each akin to a lump of coal. Indeed, we are a spark of Being surrounded by a complicated composite of organic molecules, bacterium, mineral, plant, and animal life which compose a manner of vessel for our explorations and experiences. This spark is akin to the ember hidden inside of the coal; a burning that facilitates a natural maturation process whereby the composition of the coal is purified into carbon. Yet even purified, this manner of carbon exists in separated layers and planes until a Great Work organizes the molecules into the tetrahedral arrangement of bonds we call „diamond‟… Conscious aim of our Intention in the direction of Union would only accelerate this same process in Humanity. Consider that in Tantrism, as within the Heart of Gnosticism, the diamond is representative of Self-Realization and the mystical Union of parts. While in Buddhism the “Diamond Vehicle” is the indestructible portion of one‟s Being. Of course the word „diamond‟ itself literally means “indestructible.” 26

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Now, in Japanese Ninjitsu we are told to imitate the diamond and make it our model. The hand posture Pyo or “The Great Diamond” is assumed, “breathed” and contemplated to impress the diamond model into our construct. It is said that by physically imitating the lessons of The Great Diamond we can transcend any worldly limitation; “Knowing the Way begins with Knowing the Diamond.‟ This reminds me of two important perspectives referred to as a diamond view. First, an individual is seen as being married – bonded – to their opposite, the social whole. When participation in this bond is conscious, the commitment is the yoke of a true, unitive state (i.e. Awareness), and the bond emerges as something Divine; something indestructible in its synthesis. This reminds that the existence, needs and desires of the individual are ultimately best balanced with the existence, needs and desires of the Whole for there to be True Liberty. Second, the diamond view can be used to see that when an individual, as a earthly body, partners with their own Divinity, the individual assists in giving birth to a more enlightened social whole.

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ALL-ENCOMPASSING AWARENESS

If you are questing for a greater state of Union (with Self, with others and with the Divine), Awareness is the first contract you have. Entering into States of Union, you are the progenitor of your own refinement. As this occurs in proportion to Awareness it reminds that such is our obligation.

There was Absolute Being, present for a Reason, like a seed of Knowledge. Then, there was a stirring of sentience; an act of reflection. This is symbolized by the question, “What am I?” The instant answer came – “I AM!” Absolute Being reflected on the extent of its presence. Like a seed that transforms its inner code of Knowledge into a mighty tree, (with all its workings, expressions, parts, transitions and influences), Absolute Being expressed Absolute Becoming, to its full extension. This gives us the infinite ring that bands All Things together as ONE.

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This that I‟ve described is shown by an “infinitesimal dot” within a circle. The condensed dot is the seed of Knowing within. The circle is the all-encompassing extent of Absolute Awareness of what that Knowing can become.

As with the process of creation on a Universal scale, self-examination gives birth to Awareness of our possibilities. The goal of Becoming (anything) is to gain an allencompassing Awareness or “whole consciousness” of the full expansion of the Being within; a complete Self-Knowing. The motion that is reflection truly begets consciousness of the Reason underlying our existence…

Awareness of the Core of Reason (the Inner Knowledge) is central to establishing balance, equality, symmetry, combination, and correspondence. ocean of possible combinations. And it is this Awareness and all it begets that first produced the Diamond-perfection out of the

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ME 2
THERE IS A TRUE DIAMOND RING OF UNION

.INTELLIGENCE. .CHOCKMAH.

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A DIAMOND MARRIAGE

There are four inseparable elements of which the entire Universe is formed.

There are four

fundamental directions of manifestation that together allow for the truth to be discerned.

The word „diamond‟ is taken from the name of the Greek god Adonis, meaning “indestructible” and energetically speaking, implies just that – something bonded as though it isn‟t composed as a breakdown of individual parts, but is a synthesized, unbreakable Whole. A diamond arrives at this indescribable state through unbelievable pressure and stress. It is formed in adversity from a lump of black coal, made into a beautiful, everlasting jewel in fiery, vulcanized bowels. It is a true feat of Nature, incubated through a process and ultimately, hatched by the work of Time. Likewise, a Diamond Marriage takes a Great Work to produce… Mystically, sacredly the four-points of the diamond are called the Quaternity. These are height, width, depth, and magnitude. The four divisions are plasma, gas, liquid, and solid. These are the four inseparable elements of which the entire Universe is formed, and the four fundamental directions of manifestation that together allow for 31

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the truth to be discerned. Every composition, including the Human composition, can be known and is expressed through these four. For example, Human incubation. The impregnated-egg is a Union of Knowledge, which divides into two, which divides into four. After this third stage of division, all else is replication, all else is reflection, all else stems from Awareness of the original four parts. In the Grail Tradition, four points form the Matrix of Life at the center of Vesica Pisces – literally a diamond in the center of the rings of Holy Matrimony! It is often depicted pierced through to emphasize Union and is said to open to the womb containing an indestructible, everlasting Life-force… through the Diamond Marriage of Holy Chalice and Sacred Blade. This makes more sense by a more discerning analysis of the diamond‟s shape. The diamond in 3-dimensions can be seen as two pyramids joined at their four-cornered foundations. Not only does this denote balance, but it is also helpful to know that pyramids are a shape used by esoteric schools of thought to denote a living Being, such as a person. The top pyramid is symbolic of the male and is envisioned as the tip of a rod or sword, while the bottom pyramid is symbolic of the female and is envisioned as a chalice. The indestructible bond is a product of (vibrational) entry into a State of Union, where (whole) “parts” re-gather into greater wholes. A Diamond Marriage is, then, an advanced Union of conscious, balanced relationship between an individual‟s own portions, between individuals, or between individuals 32

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and the social whole. Highward organization is a Diamond Marriage where the intentional Union of parts is the vow.

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DUALITY IS NOT REAL

The two-circles which join to form Vesica Pisces are two polarities of the same ONE Thing. Within the environment of their (re-)Union exists the Matrix of Life and Light but nothing Becomes of it until there is also motion. Without inertia, however, this motion can only occur by way of reflection. Thus reflection is how Being moves into a state of Becoming, and how Becoming returns to Being.

The more presence and existence (Being and Becoming) correlate, the more fluid, abundant, efficient, beautiful, sensible, joyous, etc. our life becomes. This is because duality is not the Ultimate Frontier. What are commonly referred to as “pairs of opposites” are poles of the flux and flow of One Thing, the twin faces of one identity that can be witnessed only through the adept, balanced Union of both extremes. The more there is conscious reunion of any two extremes, the more whole, powerful, and actual things become. Our presence within existence becomes more organic, and the vessel of our unique nature and identity more closely approaches the Ultimate Frontier of our True Being. Nature fits form to function and as one‟s function is refined their manifestation will reflect the same. 34

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PEOPLE OF THE EARTH, RISE UP!

There is a Way of Return to the Truth of Inner Being, known by variant names to different cultures of different religious persuasions. You might call it the restoration of Heaven on Earth. Another might call it the unveiling of Shamballa. I call it Ascension - the movement of Life back up the vibrational ladder of Creation. An intentional return to a more unitive, more refined state…

Ascension is, in essence, the raising of the vibrational energy of physical matter. The word „Ascension‟ literally means “to rise upward.” As energy is refined and purified of its “dark” or baser substances it vibrates faster, moving closer to the speed of Light. This holds true for physical matter as “tangible” and “solid” are simply a rate of vibration. As matter ascends it becomes less dense, losing many of the limiting factors we now associate to the physical world. For example, traits associated to those thought to have Ascended are immortality, visible radiance, the healing of wounds, knowing the thoughts of others or knowing in general, and flight or similar “miracles”. This is because, the more we are able to participate consciously in the Universe, the more our True Nature shines through. The limits of our present understanding are 35

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transcended and matter becomes increasingly responsive to the quality and intent of our Immortal Being. Ascension is Liberation. It is the the Way of Return. Ascending from the bonds of the physical condition is the Great Work at hand. __________________________

Let us become the diligent workers of this golden objective.

“That in our proper motion we ascend Up to our native seat: descent and fall to us is adverse.”
John Milton

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THERE IS A PATTERN AND A LIMIT

.TIME.SPACE. .BINAH.

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THE ULTIMATE FRONTIER

The Ultimate Frontier is subjective; a culture can take aim at or idealize any direction. Where the Ultimate Frontier is conceived of as expression of a Divine Consciousness, Awareness is paramount. A culture of Awareness deliberately extracts a specific environment of tone, temperament, personality, function and so forth. It is an intentional Way of Life designed to induce consciousness and bring Life to the Divine Ideal.

The sum of a society‟s unique behaviors, beliefs and characteristics are their defined medium of existence or culture. This sum is often called “the Bride” in antique metaphor to something received. It is a measure of a society‟s depth of understanding - “depth of understanding” being entirely subjective, without anchor to any moral compass. It also determines the inherent nature of the social-whole. That nature can comprise any quality, and take aim at or idealize any direction as its Ultimate Frontier. Where the Ultimate Frontier is conceived of as the expression of a Divine Consciousness, culture can ascend to another level – must ascend to another level – through its Awareness. The people become the “Magick Child”, intentionally born through society‟s depth of understanding and its exemplar. Where the constituents of 38

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familiar civilizations are largely passive participants in the social-machine, holding many of their preferences of belief and behavior in favor by default, here, on this Frontier, participation occurs on purpose, by choice of belief and behavior, and through the intention of existing within a dynamic matrix devised to naturally elicit and evolve the height, width, depth, and magnitude of conscious expression. The design for such a culture deliberately extracts a specific environment of tone, temperament, personality, function, and so forth, in the same sort of manner a healing spa might endeavor to evoke a specific environment to serve its Frontier of calm and wellness for those who chose to participate in its purpose – but on an expanded scale. Where the Ultimate Frontier is to experience and express a Divine Consciousness (which might also be called Liberty or Self-Realization), each element is specifically placed like a pixel into a picture designed only to induce consciousness and with only the qualities that bring Life to this Divine ideal. Thus, by design, this manner of cradle is a picture of “Above”, where every aspect is in reflection of a greater component of the celestial sphere, and every outlook emulates a perspective of Liberty. It is a place where participants endeavor to realize their potential. It is, quite simply, an intentional way of Life.

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A CRADLE OF SYMBOLISM FOR THE NEW CULTURE

My beloved mentor, Albert White Barber, first told me about UMMA when I was 19 years old. He described it to me as an intentional congregation built around a “seven-stage” pyramid, not necessarily literal. And, like Bacon‟s New Atlantis, an archetypal model for a cosmically conscious society having as its foremost byproduct, Light. UMMA wasn‟t my word, it was his. He told me it related to the number 288 and to always remember the number as the cradle of symbolism for the New Culture. He said that to a certain Wisdom Tradition this number is used to signify the Law of Polarity at work in life through the Diamond Marriage or „Marriage of Adepts‟ – a summum bonum of marriage where the qualities of each opposite are in complete and harmonious compliment. This number is used because an Adept alone is said to have earned the number 144, having mastered the 12 Labors of the Zodiac Wheel in their combination with the 12 appearances of each Zodiac Sign. Because of this, he also correlated UMMA to the New Jerusalem – a certain sate of tempered character and expression that brings Heaven back into Union with Earth. Years later, when I came to study the English Qabalah, I was somewhat stunned to learn that the actual numeric equivalent of the word UMMA was indeed 288! And what‟s more – all connotations by virtue of Gematria seem to point to themes of Liberty, Union and Mastery. UMMA, therefore, is the destination – a grand symbol of our inheritance. The Lost Estate. Your True Home.

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UMMA is mystically referred to as “the City of Pyramids” and “the Bride.” It is also most familiar to the world as an Arabic word denoting a “people of Light” with a specific connotation of unity and intense connectivity between them. In the ancient Arab world it was often used to refer to a previous Age of equanimity and accord, as well as a promised future time when society again achieves a state of communion both with one another and with the celestial spheres. UMMA is also one of the names of Lord Shiva‟s bride, who is known as “the mother of the people.” In the Hebrew tongue UMMA likewise relates to the word for mother and means a „congregation‟ or „community‟. And then in the Keys of Enoch by JJ Hurtak, we find UMMA defined in the book‟s glossary as “a dynamic reality of social action” and “the building of a Community of Light on Earth.” Now, let‟s consider Gematria… Gematria is specifically the numerology of the Hebrew alphabet and language, but is also a term applied to English numerology in recent times, when it is related to the Qabalah system in some capacity. In Gematria, as in the Greek‟s isopsephy, and the Islamic system of Hisab al-Jumal, the number of a word is used to derive concealed meanings and discern deeper levels of interrelationship. While concealed meanings appear mysterious and like a riddle, they are actually, simply, a greater whole (Truth) than what is visible from the surface, representing the literal undercurrent of vibration.

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Thus in Gematria and similar systems, each number is conceived of as a (vibrational) strand upon which the words equating to that number are more-or-less strung. Think of tracks compelling forward the same train of thought. Once this is understood – that there is a distinguishable “pattern of Number” or geometry that underlies All Things, even Letter and Word – these strands can then be explored to gain intimate knowledge of the woven fabric of the Universe. Toward this end, let‟s examine a few intriguing aspects of 288… Author Bonnie Gaunt writes that the number 288 not only gematrically implies “The Kingdom of God”, but also relates to the concept of „a lock‟. How interesting, then, that there are famous occult authors who tell us that “the key” is 156 and that it unlocks Liberty (i.e. Self-Realization, Ascension). For, not only is 156 the English value of the word „Union‟, but applied to “the lock” (288), the outcome is 444, the Number of Illuminated Consciousness and Self-Mastery. (288+156=444). I also find it worth noting here that if 288 is a Number belonging to the marriage of complementary parts, then think back to the Quaternity and divide 288 by the four. The product is 72 – “the Number of God‟s Names.” Noteworthy given that the Quaternity is also known to certain Traditions as the Tetragrammaton, or the “FourFold Name of God.” __________________________ I put this forth to you in example, for your consideration. Infuse similar notions of deep meaning when and where you can.

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ORIENTEERING or DIRECTION IS EVERYTHING

Once upon a time there was a cradle of Life which was known to visibly model the forces and laws which structured the Universe for those who were patient enough to gain understanding. From these heroine and exemplars came the great astroempires – golden civilizations that structured themselves on the mechanics of the Above. And when an illumined character again champions over adversity to stay the course of Universal Grace, Humanity will once more live lives Divinely expressed.

Kings and Queens, Heroes and Heroines, Prophets and Sibyls, once nurtured the people with a living image of the actions and attitudes necessary for achieving the Ultimate Frontier. Albeit in different ways, these directing agents represented an ideal that served as a pattern for Victory within the known “way of Life”. This is because they exemplified a culture‟s relationship with Power. As dynamic embodiments of Power, they illustrated with words, imagery, and actions how potency was to be defined, valued, wielded and advanced. They intentionally set the example of how to behave and what to strive for. Royalty became the Illumined Character and the consciously Divine, the Brave demonstrated Championships over

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adversity, and the Mystics expanded the population toward a more pristine Universal Awareness… Now consider that in a society where the Ultimate Frontier is idealized by material gains, effectiveness (potency) is measured by monetary worth and accumulated possessions. The exemplars of how to wield and advance Power within this cultural context become the apparently wealthy; those whose possessions are suggestive of wealth, and especially those who simultaneously set an example on other valued frontiers, such as earthly stardom or athletic prowess. By and large these are not intentional leaders but leaders by-proxy, automatically charged with “setting an example”. People need a prototype because, whether we are conscious of it or not, all things have their ideal source and ultimate goal. The idols of those striving within the collective way of Life are those who appear best representative of the idealized potentials. They demonstrate successful output from the social-machine and are ultimately whoever seems to prove that the model holds the possibility of victory. Thus an active prototype provides some level of direction in which to place hope and take aim. Where the Ultimate Frontier is Divine Consciousness, effectiveness is measured by Liberty. The victorious are Liberated, in that they are becoming Self-Realized and evolving beyond the wheel of incarnation. The exemplars of how to wield and advance power become those who are living intentionally for evolution. Among proponents of transcendence, Liberty isn‟t about self-serving license. True Liberty is freedom from the impotency of unconscious action. True Liberty is in 45

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overcoming the wheel of incarnation and requires the utmost of Consciousness. It requires a powerful and transformative desire aimed for a Highward character and expansion on the Higher Planes. Conscious action is potent. It makes the difference between earthbound Humanity and Humanity as more cosmic constituents, aware of and thus effective within a grander scheme. This effectiveness may or may not relate to success in a social or cultural context, but always implies one who participates in the unyielding abundance of the Universal orchestra. The Universe inherently nurtures all who receive of it, for it breaks open the bounds of possibility for any open themselves, Aware. In cultural standards that have moved from secular to diverse how does the New Culture “organize for reproduction”? Meaning, what prototype is there to hold ourselves up against? What Light is there to strive for? Certainly, regardless of our personal faith and practice, it is the on-going process of conscious refinement that moves us toward our collective goals in this New Era of Ennoblement. Together, we are living intentionally for evolution and, ultimately, Enlightened Liberty; and that is the United Spirit we can agree to share in. Let the ennoblement of our actions be our Star of Hope. __________________________ Providence favors the undertakings of those who act in accord with the natural mechanics of the Universe.

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THERE IS STRENGTH IN DYNAMIC SYNTHESIS

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OUR DOCTRINE OF SYNTHESIS

Synthesis is the essential science for any desiring Union within and with others. The Science of Synthesis is inherent to achieving the Ultimate Frontier of Union with the Divine Consciousness.

Synthesis is the essential science of all religions in their genesis, and is always what is required to achieve the Ultimate Frontier – Union. This is seen in the fact that the meaning of the word „religion‟ comes from the Latin religare, literally meaning “to unite”. Not surprisingly the word Yoga, an essential element of most Eastern religions, implies the same necessary desire for Union. Intentional actions of synthesis can be understood through two essential perspectives – reconciliation and cross-pollination. In reconciliation there is the conscious reunion of opposites through integrating, balancing or neutralizing their inherent contradictions. In cross-pollination, the concepts and discoveries of one discipline are intentionally merged into other disciplines at clear points of Union. Both reconciliation and cross-pollination are employed in the syncretic approach, which is valuable to the New Culture. The syncretic approach is the literal application of finding the unity within the diversity, compelling the evaluation of every system of belief an individual encounters for the purpose of achieving a functioning Union 48

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between the resonate dispersion.

The syncretic approach is therefore based in

dynamic action, as it assumes that the goal is continued correlation and refinement. Thus, while synthesis is the essential science for any desiring Union (within, with others, and with the Divine,) the syncretic approach is required to keep our construct strong (which is to say, ever-developing, not rigid with fortification). __________________________ Synthesis is action based. It requires some level of combination or fusion; a bringing of things together. Among certain esoteric schools, intentional action is represented by the Number 5. This represents the “fivefold feat” with which Absolute Being moved into the condition of “Becoming”. For Humanity, this fivefold feat represents the experiencecondition of the four worlds (physical/earth, spiritual/fire, emotional/water and mental/air) plus consciousness immersed within them. This helps to explain why the Doctrine of Synthesis, which underlies all intentional action relative to the degree required, is a fivefold plan:

Basis. The action is built on this. Function. This is how intention is articulated. Develop an adequate vehicle to carry forward your perception.

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Goal.

Assure action has a clearly defined “why” that resonates to a Heartfelt

intention. If an action does not act in service to the goal, then question the worth of that action. Freedom. What behavior is required to achieve the goal? What liberties can be taken? What qualities or conditions can be preserved as constants throughout the action? Accountability. What are the responsibilities of bringing the action through to completion?

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THERE IS SYNERGY IN COMBINED INTENTION

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SYNERGY IS NATURAL MAGICK

United effort is cooperative action backed by similar or resonate intention. Truly united effort achieves a grand efficiency and wondrous freedom that could never be enjoyed by individuals working alone. This is called synergy. Intention is always exponentially more powerful when combined in a true State of Union with others, as the force of one Human added to the force of any number of other Humans in a true amalgamate multiplies resulting in another level of Human expression. Human input consciously directed can bring any desired result. This is because intention can be used like a tool – a wand – to direct the magnetic forces. In the synergy of combined intention there is a state of cohesion where certain energetic barriers and forces coalesce and expand. A true exchange of mutual empowerment occurs. Synthesis; actualized. Where intentions align in this way there is an open flow of Love and Knowledge. The combined affect becomes greater than the sum of the individual parts and a new level of sustainability or “sustainable regeneration” occurs – an enduring renaissance of unfolding and expanding consciousness. Knowledge-sharing is the same for all levels of Life, in that it isn‟t the process of addition – of adding one bit of Knowing to another bit of Knowing – but rather it is 52

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taught that all birth into Life and Nature occurs through “a crossing and multiplication”. The directive is to be fruitful and multiply. This can be taken as a statement of carnality motivated by preserving and increasing the species. Or it can be applied to Knowledge-sharing, and the potency of our vital forces when brought into consciously directed efforts with others… The only permanence we ultimately want to unfold around us is harmony. That is, harmony within and with others. We are empowered when consciously actualizing our own intention, and exponentially so when our intentions cross with others to invoke synergy. When esoteric Traditions beseech us to “Awaken Beauty!” they aren‟t speaking of qualities of appearance but the true Beauty that comes only from the harmonious arrangement of parts (which is another level of perceiving synergy). Consider that Nature is both highly synergistic and expressive of the utmost heights of Beautiful. All the secrets, mysteries and miracles of Nature are understood when we awaken to the scale at which their components, however seemingly chaotic and incongruous, are witnessed in Union. The Core of Reason of any existent “thing” is always a state of Union (or more accurately a Reunion). Within intentional states of Union there is always Expansion, Increase, & Power (as in Consciousness); there is always a Natural Magick 1.

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THE PLEDGE OF HUMAN ALLEGIENCE

Life is woven together as a tapestry is woven together. The integrity of the fabric relies on the integrity of the interdependent threads. A loose knit collection of threads are much weaker and cannot hold as clear of a pattern and picture as threads that are tightly woven.

Despite what the limitations of the physical eye might suggest, no organism lives truly alone. Even the hermit, aware of no other in his species and not in the direct awareness of any species whatsoever, still grows a niche in the local ecology. The point being, it is therefore futile to avoid taking responsibility for our interconnectedness with other strands of Life-expression. We are interwoven, like a unique composition of threads, into a much greater scheme, within and surrounding us. An individual can inhabit their niche oblivious to anything beyond their own vantage, or they can live their part with some gradation of Awareness of the greater picture. We can choose to care that the integrity of the social fabric relies on the integrity of the connection of the interdependent threads. When we intentionally engage our existence – our culture and our character – conscious and aware, a certain presentation is necessitated. 55 This is typically

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symbolized as a State of Being inverse the one presently experienced by the mainstream of society. This is because Consciousness and the practice or mediation of Awareness allows us to perceive, understand, and act in accord with the Truth that we are each akin to but a singular pixel adding its necessary point-of-light to a vast display of streaming imagery. On some level we may appear to be an isolated unit, but ultimately Awareness shows us that ALL Light is integral. We become humbled. We accept the validity of other‟s unique vantages and seek unity within our wondrous diversity. We come to value others as we value ourselves. We stop defining freedom as unbridled desire and selfserving urges, unrestrained… finding instead that True Liberty is found in conscious evolution. As elements are refined they (vibrationally) rise from the material condition, and as they rise, liberated, they also converge. Thus evolution is liberation is reunification. When we become accountable to our Service of the Greater Good we are consciously participating in our own freedom and development. True Liberty is a higher form of existence which removes or expands limitations and boundaries while dissolving the confines and constrictions of the material world. The more we stay in “Right Relationship” with the living Universe and ALL Beings which comprise it, the more expansive our existence becomes; the more we participate with Life on a grander scale. The truest pledge of Human Allegiance is to consciously and intentionally enter into a State of Union with Life, when and where we can.

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A GRAND PROGRAM

The Fire within the Human in the Inner Knowing. This is the Fire which Forethought preserved, but, by so doing, suffered, chained and wounded. This is Fire that a Hero later freed, by taking aim and striving…

This regards the evolution and emancipation (i.e. Victory) of Humanity… Experts in dramatic narratives have claimed that there are only 7 plots on Earth. They say that all stories, however they are told, can be boiled down to one or more expressions of these originating seven. This might sound far-fetched until you consider that various teachings and Traditions say the same thing in other ways. For example, as I‟ve already alluded, Humanity is said by the Great Mysteries to have seven modes of expression and experience (3 dimensions of consciousness in a four-fold vehicle). Also, Truth is given the symbol of White Light, which can be divided into seven apparently separate bands of distinct vibration. And, in various mythologies there are seven “conscious-creative” forces, whether they are conceived of as gods, planets, or some manner of lights.

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On that note, here then is a really generalized look at the seven-stages of The Great Arcanum, as put forth through the Grand Program of the Mysteries. These are interdependent stages through which a Human can move into the next level of existence, and thereby actualize their own, inherent Divinity: POWER – The Power of Nature – Learning the Natural Laws. Learning to free one‟s Power within the context of the Universal Laws. Conscious Actions and Exchanges. Chanting. Empowering Ritual & Practice. LIFE – The Tree of Life – The reception of the hidden doctrines of creation, existence and return to Union. Learning Abstractions of the ONE. Dissolving opposites. Neutralizing differences. Composing the Whole Being. Right Relationship. Communion. Conscious Creation. Qabalah. UNITY – Selflessness – Ego dissolution. Shedding attachment to extremes of identification and personal preference. Learning to exist from a profound inner place. Learning to keep the personality fluid. Honing the Character. Trials. Confirmation. Yoga. LOVE – Knowing the Magnetic Force – Experience of the Indestructible Portion. The whisper of magnetism. Fostering Love for Being, for Humanity, for Divinity. World Service. Marriage to Intimate Knowledge. Balance with all counterparts. Shedding appearances. Faith. Alchemy. WILL – The Great Work – Liberation. Choosing on behalf of the guidance of Inner Being. Choosing on behalf of the greater good and for the sake of emancipation from the material. Learning to manage your own controls. 58

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Wrapping behaviors around a Reason; creating destiny. Mediation. Discovery of One‟s own Star of Being and Becoming. Astrology. TRUTH – Collecting the Dispersion – Studying at the Lamp of Truth. Imagination. Release from duality – Truth is not black or white, but the point between them, grey. Learning the pattern. Unwinding the tangles and knots within the core psychology. Ripening the two-sides of the Mind for Reception of the transcendent force between them. Meditation. Revelation. UNION – Gnosis – Joining. Self-Realization. Enlightenment. Theofication. Extreme unction. Perfect matrimony between all parts. Compassion. Passion. Sex Magick. Anointing. Ordination. Concentration.

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ORGANIZATION IS A BODY

Awaken and correlate the Whole presence within; gather and collect the scattered or disorganized bits outside. Make them one body, a Star.

Organization is a shape. Organisms and other organizations are shaped by their function and shape, defined by the Universal language of geometry, speaks of the dynamic nature within. For example, a heterarchy of equally active and interactive positions is depicted as a line or circle, while a hierarchy of activity and interaction can been seen as a pyramid of tiers. These forms make a simple statement of the nature of that order, and by shape alone, without ever participating with either organization we can immediately know something about how they operate on the inside. When evolution generates order at its most advanced, the representative shape pristinely matches the functioning of that order. The shape of the Human body, as a complex and dynamic organization of cells, illustrates this perfectly. Another great example is the superior forms of organization employed by higher social insects – monolithic shapes which are dynamic with interchangeable, cooperative, and highly responsive parts.

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Where the insect‟s social organization is concerned (and where the New Culture would benefit to take heed) a vast part of their superiority comes from the organizations ability to accurately respond to, and exist within, the actuality of the present moment while at the same time remaining purposeful and continuing to function without ambiguity… We already know that any who participates in an embodiment of the Plan are conceived of as one whole, collective body. In contemplating shape further, and in accord with the fundamental principles of the Universe, shape is thought best conceived of like the Human body, and like the Divine body Above, which naturally suggests the shape of a Star. Each equal limb of the collective Star-body would represent one vital-system, mode of function and/or method of participation. Also, consider that a Star is a useful shape in defining the organization of a modern body and its primary attributes, as Stars can have a variable number of rays or limbs. The shape is perfectly conducive to flexibility, scalability and adaptability. For example, look to Nature where Star-fish can shed limbs, grow new limbs to replace those previously shed, or change the size and role of limbs in times of transformation or crisis. It is the dynamic, intelligent shape we‟re seeking, offering the profound ability to be both highly simple yet efficiently complex and as ever-changing as is necessary. __________________________ We strive to Awaken the slumbering, latent aspects of the Whole (presence) within us; we strive to collect the scattered pieces of the Whole (existence) outside of us. This “us” can refer to the Human as an individual or the Human as a greater collective.

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Thus a society which functions truly as a body strives to elicit from its constituents their presence and potential and seeks to successfully connect itself to the Greater Whole of existence. Powerful realities unfold when the many parts are rejoined and articulated into one unified expression.

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THE GENESIS MODEL

As one learns and develops, new factors are introduced, new ingredients get thrown into the mix, and complexity increases. A greater utility, functionality, or maturity is gained by this addition, and so progress is made. This evolution, however slight, assures that well-being, efficiency, quality, and Knowledge are also increased… In the Mystery Traditions this notion represents one half of what might be called the “Genesis Model.” It imparts that as one learns and develops they become increasingly complex and proportionate to this increased complexity they evolve, having Awakened to a new quality or state which expands their ability to effectively create their world. But the Model doesn't stop there. It furthers itself with something very important – that increased complexity will only partner proportionately with evolution up to a point. After that point an increase in complexity acts like a mire, quickly bringing stagnation and decline. Then the only way to improve on things is to apply complexity – all of your learning and development – toward the achievement of a greater quality and state of simplicity. Also it is emphasized that development must be applied or it is lost. Refinement is mandatory. In order for learning and development to be useful they must be used. 64

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Think of the model in the terms of intimate relationship. At first it may feel valuable because it is complicated. It has substance. But after a critical point if that complexity persists, the continued complication will squeeze the life out of the relationship. There has to be a process of refinement and fine-tuning to achieve a viable dynamic. Instead of waiting for complexity to grow cumbersome and stifling before simplifying things, one can be proactive and remain dynamic through balance. Alternate thought and emotion with action; funnel Knowledge through creation and cultivation; apply study to practice; take what is gained and integrate it. Here are three suggested tactics for further simplifying complexity:

FORGETTING.

So much of the common mind-set is geared toward

"remembering" that to suggest forgetting as a conscious act can seem, at first, bizarre. However, achieving a state of profound simplicity requires forgetting some of what you know. Many brilliant minds struggle to coherently convey their ideas to their peers because of the complexities of their mental construct. They throw too many bits of information into the mix and rarely is anything conveyed intact. And we work on removing anything which doesn't contribute to keeping things Whole. That can be removing superfluous data when dialoguing with others so as to offer complete and coherent ideas. Or it can be something like ditching a process which once worked but feels inefficient now. Forget what it was or has been like. Forget the solution that worked yesterday if it's not working today. Forget anything which impedes the flow or exchange if it isn't contributing. Forget the non-essential, the non-function, the redundant, the excessive, etc., etc. 65

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UNLEARNING.

Unlearning is a lot like Forgetting in that there is a

conscious abandonment of ideas. One thinks they can stuff themselves with unlimited bits of information without any consequence, but that's not necessarily the case. In every moment of every day your perception is filtered through untold bits of data that can bog things down, if not strongly alter them. This is especially true when it comes to things learned. Behaviors, beliefs, morals, history lessons, etc., can all get in the way of putting Knowledge to good use. Unlearn anything which is counterproductive to optimal output, which occurs where there is minimal friction and maximum contribution. If an idea or behavior is getting in the way of contributing your utmost to the wellbeing of the Whole (even when that 'Whole' is the 'Whole' of yourself), allow yourself to discard it. SYNTHESIZING. It has been said that perfection occurs, not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away. This helps explain the idea that achieving an ideal state implies the mechanism no longer exists while the function remains. This entails fusing and streamlining concepts to achieve the greatest good with the least complexity – integrating and discarding until what remains is as strikingly consummate as it is effortless.

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.FOUNDATIONS. .YESOD.

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DIVERSITY AS INSURANCE

Differences in contrast become a stumbling block. All unique qualities are composite to the fullspectrum of Human expression – be it related to the individual or the group…

The only environments which express healthy and sustainable progress are the environments which are affluent in their bounty of unique, contributing parts. So where Diversity and the Plan are concerned, three statements

CREATE DIVERSITY.

An intentional body creates diversity to insure

sustainability. Relying on the eggs of one basket is never long-lived. RECOGNIZE DIVERSITY. The Whole is like a puzzle. Each piece of the Whole carries one piece of the puzzle, representing a unique portion of the Human purpose, perspective and potential. USE DIVERSITY. When differences are contrasted and compared they Instead consider how

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to strengthen and empower the Whole through contributing of their individual essence in some regard.

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THERE IS A WORLD TO CREATE

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CREATION

Replace the Human-Doing Experiment with the Human-Being Experience. When Humans are in a state of conscious Being, stellar Actualities unfold and Become…

The love of Wisdom takes action on behalf of that Wisdom through the process of Creation. For example, ones who adore the philosophy of their spiritual community are compelled to actions which further create alignments to the philosophy of that community…

As conscious action toward (vibrational) ascent is ultimately Awareness, the work of the conscious action of Creation is the work of the Wise. And this work is founded on, and illuminated by, the Number 6. While true that the “six-days of Creation” are a seemingly obscure subject and get largely dismissed in modern thought as a wildly ridiculous tale, I can assure you that what appears to be a simplistic and even silly allegory actually hides an extraordinary depth. It actually took me years to allow for the idea that the Biblical telling, with a study beyond the modern dogmatic notions, is an exquisitely far-reaching formula – a fusion of spirit, science, philosophy and action – that ends up, quite astoundingly, 71

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revealing in its linguistic structure, the literal building blocks of the Universe. It is very much mathematical and geometrical. It imparts the basis for a study of the harmonics of sound and, incredibly, even reveals the number of natural elements on the periodic table. Really. I am underestimating to suggest that dozens of occult writings exist on the revelation of the first six letters alone. Among the more illumined writings put forth on the six-days of Creation is Sir Francis Bacon‟s novel The New Atlantis and its allegorical “College of the Six-Day‟s Works,” where the students are philosophers and their studies pertain to the Mysteries of Creation (and their direct application to civilization). The six “Days” are actually symbolic of stages of evolution. The unfolding of Life and Light (from the Infinite Source) and the Way of Return (to the Infinite Source) include the same (vibrational) stages. Where the out-breath/unfolding process is concerned, these six stages are referred to as “Stages of Creation”. Where the in-breath/return process is concerned, these sixstages are referred to as “Stages of Awareness.” This out-breath and in-breath isn‟t past tense or future tense, but are happening Now; Stages of Creation followed by Stages of Awareness defines the continual movement of Life. The only difference between the First Cause and the End result is Complete Awareness, with the unfolding process or “Work” between them. In Bacon‟s college the single field of study was Self-Mastery. A student was

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the responsibility of Awareness and all Laws are simply for the sake of imparting and preserving responsible, conscious Awareness. According to Bacon “mastery contains within it all invention and is the only thing capable of delivering the mind from bondage.” Thus the population‟s drive for SelfMastery was what made the society perfectly ingenious; the driving minds were capable of steadily increasing the refinement of their best ideas. The students applied and practiced the Knowledge of previous stages of Work even as they continued in the lifelong advancement of their studies. In this way, through experiencing their Knowledge, the Mysteries of Creation were resolved through their own Understanding. Refinement occurs relative to an individual‟s “Knowledge of Causes”. This, in turn, expands Awareness. Eventually we learn that our own process of Self-Realization is a creative process, and can be found within the Universe‟s own same course of evolution. Thus the seemingly peculiar tale of six-days of Creation becomes a timeless formula of Self-Mastery. Promoting this Knowledge of Causes is paramount to the New Culture if the mistakes of the past are to be avoided. The individual‟s pursuit of Self-Mastery is a core necessity to the social whole – for any New Culture body. We are Creators, here to create our own Purpose and Potentials through the process of realizing our own Totality. In each stage of our evolution, there is a Cause for it, discovered in our own coursework of experience and expression…

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Another way to look at this, is that the progress of our Becoming unfolds through the six Inner Realms of Being (correlated to the chakra centers), until the 7th Realm, where there is Awareness and Rest. Rest? Yes. Remember how on the 7th “Day” there was rest? This is also visible in the Human process of evolution, where creative acts are followed by a pause, meditation or “taking in” before the process can begin again in a ladder spiraling upward. __________________________ More on the unfolding out-breath: THE GREAT WORK OF CEATION IS FOUNDED UPON THE NUMBER SIX… That six defines the Infinite Sphere of the Cosmos can be demonstrated both geometrically and Gematrically. The most fundamental evidence, however, is exhibited by the witness of our Consciousness in three-dimensions – for we naturally perceive our Being at the center of six-directions! The six-pointed star, often used to symbolize the result of the Great Work (i.e. conscious Union of ALL parts or even the reciprocal Union of any balanced parts), is also known as the “Shield of David” and as such is said to represent God‟s presence within the entire Universe, protecting one from all sixdirections – North, South, East, West, Up and Down. THE STAGES OF CREATION – Concentration, Expansion, Order, Interaction, Identity and Release. 74

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More on the returning in-breath: THE GREAT WORK OF CEATION IS MASTERY AND REQUIRES AWARENESS… The only thing we can truly be said to have in any lasting sense is Purpose. Even absent of Awareness, we are driven to find the sensation of at least completion and better, real meaning. With just one “eye-opening” glimpse of Awareness we are driven to discover the Height and Depth of our True Nature. The whole of Creation is an active process of Realization. It is Becoming conscious of the Totality of the whole gamut of Power and Potential. The Mysteries of Creation are resolved with our own awareness and understanding alone. THE STAGES OF AWARENESS – Power, Law, Development, Behavior, Intelligence, Intention.

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THE GOVERNMENT OF FIRE

According to Heraclitus, the Justice of Fire is “simply the common measure within all Powers,” and then, “if everything is Fire, the Government of Fire in the cosmos is cosmic self-government.” Let All have a Voice on behalf of their Inner Fire…

Humanity unfolding their Divinity into Actualized expression is mystically referred to as the "Unfurling of the Banner" (of Light and Liberty). This "unfurling" is distinctly related, on the broadest scale, to the New Aeon of our present day. We are living in the dawning of a new era of Knowledge (of Aquarius) where the vessels expand beyond present limits if not altogether break apart, and where Divinity awakens. In the ebb and flow of the cosmic cycles it is in our present day that the potency of Being is released into the World to beckon Humanity, as a collective, toward Liberty. This requires that we, to some measure, invert our perspective so that perceived limitations (such as the material condition) instead become the foundation for growth and ultimately, Ascension. This "inversion" can be assisted or manufactured even, through what is called the "Government of Fire". While this holds many levels of reference, it strongly suggests 76

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that one administer their personality and identity in a manner increasingly conducive to a Unified State. The Government of Fire, then, is the administration of both our personal composition and the composition and administration of our collective. The time has come to once more include the Truth of Self into our construct, and embrace the Actuality of our nature. The time has come when society can once again chose to spawn gods. __________________________ The governing model for the New Culture, best matched to the natural order of the Aquarian/Leo Age, is a form of Sociocracy.

Sociocracy is a Whole System of dynamic governance based on consent among equal individuals. However, equality here is not rendered as "one person, one vote" – a methodology too easily corrupted by decisions based on something other than True Reason – but is expressed in the principle, "Let All have a Voice.” In Sociocracy decisions are made and initiatives taken only when those affected have not voiced a well-reasoned opinion against it. All affected in a matter have a free voice in that matter, and there must be Consent before conclusions and results can be progressed from ideas into actions. Thus, all interests and concerns of all constituents are served. While this might sound idealistic, a bit of self-compelled investigation will demonstrate that Sociocracy can and has realistically accomplished this.

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believing that a well-educated public would desire to, and be capable of, governing itself effectively with this natural model. In 1945 Dutch educator and pacifist Kees Boeke published a paper on Sociocracy based on his work in using the government model to apply Quaker, egalitarian principles to the educational system with great success. However, it was Gerard Endenburg, a student of Kees Boeke, who developed Boekes' vision into a body of well-tested procedures and practical principles. It was also Endenburg who penned the consummative manual for this Dynamic Government model, Sociocracy: The Organization of Decision-Making. The model of Sociocracy I present here learns from each of these three gentlemen in addition to the prophecies of varied occult Traditions and earlier Teachers who promoted similar concepts in the name of Wisdom.

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In its full picture the shape of our governance is modeled on this concept of the diamond and referred to as the Diamond Structure. The opposites of the individual and the whole are opposite points, fused in the middle by the varying realms in which the collective functions together. This Diamond concept is kept dynamic through the use of defining environments called Circles. The Circles are semi-autonomous in that they are empowered to form their own directional goals, and accountable for executing, measuring, and controlling their own process. However Circles must always consider the impact of their actions and expressions on other Circles and give forethought to the needs and objectives of the whole. CONSENT. There is a psychological difference between the questions "Does everyone agree?" and "Does anyone object?" People are often more tolerant of differences when they aren't in a position of having to come to an agreement about them. People are regularly in disagreement with one another's choices, but wouldn't go so far as to object to them outside the realm of their own opinion. Thus to Consent to a decision progressing into action is to not know of or have a significant objection2 to that action. ELECTION. Occurs through the Consent Process. Nominations are never made anonymously as they must be supported with Reason. This is an important step in learning to be an authentic, actualized society. Election is made only after dialogue results in a clear, well-reasoned choice, with no significant objections from participants.

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REASON. The First Cause. Without a Reason there would be no cause to take initiative toward action; no need for a decision to be made. Decision-making gatherings are called Forums. Decisions are made in Forums through an efficient process of dialogue and discussion that focuses the group through a swift examination of their reasoning on an issue and on the actual system for arriving to Consent. Both an objection of a proposal and the proposal itself must be well-reasoned to be considered significant and thus worth energy. PARTICIPATION. One must participate3 in the Forum on a given initiative to have a voice in the decision. The purpose of this is to be fully informed before exercising Power. decision. WHOLE SYSTEM. Change and optimization occurs in context of the system, forever taking into account a part's connection to the Greater Whole. All parts have a voice in the matters which affect them; all parts have correlation and interaction within a structured, functional unit. Those who chose to attend a decision-making gathering where they have a voice in the matter are those who make the

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“Once you‟ve found your own voice the choice to expand your influence, to increase your contribution, is the choice to inspire others to find their voice. Inspire (from the Latin inspirare) means to breathe life into another. As we recognize, respect and create ways for others to give voice to all four parts of their nature – physically, mentally, emotionally/socially, spiritually – latent human genius, creativity, passion, talent, and motivation are unleashed. It will be those organizations that reach a critical mass of people and teams expressing their full voice that will achieve next-level breakthrough in productivity, innovation, and leadership in the market place and society.”
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MASTERY OF ACTION

Action determines character. Actions congruent to spiritual ideals purges the limitations of overly personalized realities and dissolves the chatter of lower identifications. This uplifts and vitalizes…

Virgo presents itself as the quest for Mastery over action. This quest is also called “valuable action.” In the New Culture this quest is facilitated through purifying, refining, and combining the contradictions of our internal and external activity. This activity is not necessarily indicative of visible motion, but is always vibration and always has an effect on vibrational dignity and quality. For example, thought is action. Negative thought patterns weaken, lower, and block vibrational flows, which are incongruent to manifesting a healthy exterior and likely come into conflict with one‟s ideals for their Self. Whereas thought patterns congruent to one‟s higher ideals have a neutralizing effect – dissolving blocks, refining processes, combining constructs, and even deactivating the insistent and incessant chatter of the lower identity. In a cultural context this translates more specifically as maintaining activity which strives for Actuality as it is purified of the limitations of personalized realities. Part of 83

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THE DESIGN OF A NATURAL, VITAL BODY

The exciting thing about Sociocracy is that it was developed specifically to answer to Human needs, and designed to be a fluid and natural form of governance. Our model mimics the natural composition of the Human body…

"We speak of atoms and atoms organizing into molecules, and molecules into cells, and cells being organized into the organs and structures of organisms, which come together in systems of organization..."

From this we can say that –

POWER is spread among the smallest units yet DIRECTION is delegated to successively larger groups of organization. INTERACTION achieves efficient coordination. PURPOSE is self-regulated.

"An individual unit can be any Whole which also forms a part of something larger. For example, an atom, a molecule, a cell, an organ, a person, a group of people, a solar system, etc...."

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Our body must recognize itself as a collection of parts, each part a Whole, even as the body is but a part of a greater Whole. A body is both complete and yet, helps to complete something more expansive. Ultimately, in this way, All are ONE.

"An organism is an individual unit, composed of an organization of other individual units who have committed to come together in a certain arrangement with certain rules of function. a greater external niche..." Each internal unit fulfils a specific niche which allows the greater unit to fulfill

Though we are individual, we are a collective, and are responsible for how we come together with others and choose to behave. We are accountable for how we direct ourselves, how we interact and how we participate in the greater body. At the same time this would seem to bestow the right of Liberty to make any independent choice which, by affect, applies to the individual alone. Ask – (1) Does my choice honor my social contract? (i.e. commitment to others) (2) Does my choice serve my niche in the greater body? (i.e. commitment to position/duty/role)

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a niche that continues to exist, often for as long as the body exists..."

This is an important consideration.

Humans do not thrive when regarded as

disposable and replaceable. Most individuals do not want to think of themselves as moving through a collective body and filling a predetermined slot that could be filled by any other. The answer is found in the necessary balance between the Whole and its parts, when we are dealing with Human-centeric systems. Only a measured portion of an individual's input is given to fulfilling the role (or roles) necessary to sustain the existence of the Whole, a role which likely continues to exist without bearing on which unique individual actually fulfills it. (Although there can be no denying that the unique nature of an individual adds an individual signature to how, and how well, a role is fulfilled.) These roles represent "needed tasks", necessary for sustaining the standard of function determined by the collective body. In a collective, needed tasks could be maintained by an electronic "Task Bank", of which there is no deciding head. Individuals, of their own self-governing accord, commit to tasks of varying durations within a system which factors in the priority of a task, and asks the individual to consider both their interests and abilities. In other words, tasks would be "checked out" from the system, completed and then marked as done.

"Each cell, as each cluster of cells, is full of free, uninhibited energy, in pursuit of an Aim."

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A Circle is a semi-autonomous environment within the collective body that can define a unique purpose and aim. Beyond the collective body identifying the instruments of its ideals by determining specific-yet-broad designations of participation (thought of as “organs of function”), most Circles are naturally determined, being simply the various environments of activity, defined only for the sake of efficient organization and coordination. Every Circle is empowered to make its own choices, to the extent of not inhibiting any other environment. Coordination and decision-making occur by communicating through broader Circles. Some collective bodies might also produce a simulated Circle, for the purpose of enhancing coordination and communication. reflective of the Witnessing Presence. This would hold as its Aim representation of the larger Vision and Mission of the Plan and is considered to be

"Each cell, as each cluster of cells, is required to self-organize, steering its energy to the Aim as quickly and efficiently as possible..."

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Many decisions, however, will radiate out to other Circles, requiring interaction. Or a Circle will need to correlate with other Circles to fulfill its or another environment's Aims. And so there must be a certain cohesion underlying our ability to change, amend, direct, interact, produce, and create. To accomplish this, Circles (excluding those which are living environments such as a family's residence), can apply certain “templates” to manage inflow and outflow and manifest Aims. This information assists in achieving a dynamic model which can responsibly and efficiently correlate and communicate with others while directing itself.

"Cells clearly demonstrate the means and function of bringing Knowledge of the past to bear on the present activities, resulting in increased levels of organization..."

Circles can maintain a memory system for optimization. A memory system might be as simple as a log, but is integral for educating and evolving the future stock of participants.

"As cellular organization becomes more complex and interconnected, a critical point is reached where integrated organization emerges, and the synergistic novelty of the Whole naturally assumes importance..."

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dialogue until Consenting to conditions in which the desired activity can occur, or reasoning through why it cannot.

When it is determined a certain span or proportion of Circles will be affected by a choice or change (relative to the size of the body of residents) OR Circles from at least two “organs” (i.e. categorical departments used to streamline and organize function) are affected, the impact of a matter is considered to affect the body entire. When this happens the process progresses into a community-wide forum. whole has had the choice of contributing their voice to the dialogue. “Delegates,” who I have dubbed Circuits, carry “the Voice” (of Reason) from the broadest Circles of each classification or “organ” into the forum. An individual would become a Delegate by selecting the task on a per-forum basis via the Task Bank. So, for example, a collective with five classifications of internal environments (ex: residential, agricultural, educational, economical & spiritual) would send five Circuits into the forum, each representative of the ultimate Consent (or reasoned objection) of the residents who comprise the Circles within their selected environment. The goal of coming to Forum is the same goal for any Circle when making decisions – that is to arrive at well-reasoned Consent or objection. However the process of Dialogue is somewhat different being that members are not communicating on their own behalf, but on behalf of who, or what, they represent. The

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Also consider that a collective-body who elects to organize a simulated Circle, will want that Circle to participate in every forum along with the Circuits. In fact, such would be the primary function of the simulated Circle. Its elected members would be composed of two Facilitators to represent each environment-classification. Outside of the forum these elected Facilitators would serve to assist, represent, coordinate and organize communication and coordination between the Circles of their representative environment without holding any controlling reins or exclusive powers.

CIRCUITS dialogue on behalf of the distilled Voice (i.e. Desire/Aim) of the constituents who participate in the realm of function they are delegating for.

FACILITATOR 1 dialogues on behalf of the active, present Aims and Desires of the realm of function they are elected to represent.

FACILITATOR 2 dialogues on behalf of the founding Vision for their respective, elected realm of function.

"The three primary divisions of life evolved separately, but invented variation by exchanging genes..."

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Sharing Knowledge can occur internally through each Circle's memory system, through dialogue and discussion, and through the willingness to make adjustments to the way things are done based on what previous output has demonstrated.

Sharing Knowledge can occur externally by teaching what we have learned to others, and by establishing a process for communicating, dialoguing, and otherwise assisting and/or exchanging with other embodiments of the Plan. __________________________

What may read complex on paper is quite simplistic in Actuality, and would feel natural after a very short time of getting used to the new motions of it all. Consider that this process essentially amounts to a series of discussions radiating out to encompass a broader scope of individuals as it naturally progresses.

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THE DIAMOND STRUCTURE

The Residents of an Embodiment Aspire 

Residents naturally form into environments by virtue of fulfilling the Aims of the Embodiment.
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DECISION-MAKING BY CONSENT

Proposals in an embodiment of the New Culture are called Initiatives. In a small or especially close-knit Circle, Initiatives which apply (by affect) to that Circle can be proposed, discussed, amended, and Consented to or Blocked quite casually. However, when an Initiative is especially complex, involves many individuals, or multiple environments, the following process is recommended: PRESENT. The Initiative is presented by an individual. CLARIFY. Others ask clarifying questions in turn. REACT. Once the Initiative is clarified members react to it without discussion. Turns are taken in the fashion of a go-around, each turn having the same maximum time allotment to ensure efficient forward motion. DIALOGUE. With the matter clarified and reactions heard, the meeting is open to well-reasoned, non-violent dialogue. Forethought of effect should be discussed along with any possible alternatives, amendments, solutions, concerns, objections, etc. A maximum time allotment for the dialogue phase should also be established. RESTATE. The Individual proposing the Initiative restates it, applying any agreed amendments or reformulations which occurred in the dialogue phase.

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EXPRESS. With the Initiative restated based on dialogue, members express any well-reasoned Objections without discussion. allotment. DIALOGUE. The meeting is again opened to well-reasoned, non-violent Turns are taken in the fashion of a go-around, again with each turn having a maximum time

dialogue, and, again, with a maximum time allotment. Dialogue through any objections that were expressed. What, if anything, would allow the Initiative to gain Consent? Can the Initiative be restated to include built-in precautions? RESTATE. The Initiative is restated, again applying any conclusions, limits, amendments, reformulations, etc. which occurred in the Dialogue phase. Sometimes this might mean retracting the Initiative and/or stating that it will be proposed at a different time, after certain factors have occurred. VERIFY. With the Initiative restated for the last time, turns are taken in the fashion of a go-around. There is no discussion; members simply say “I Consent” (i.e. „do not object‟) or “I object”. By this point, member‟s answers should be of no surprise. If an individual states objection they need to have presented their reasoning in the dialogue phase and cannot simply object in this phase without having explained, and dialogued with others, as to their reasoning and potential alternatives and/or solutions. NOTE. The Initiative, as it is finally stated, is recorded into a memory log. The decision pertaining to the Initiative is simply noted “Consent” or “Block”. It should be understood that sometimes a Block simply means that the

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Initiative was proposed prematurely and needs more preparation, investigation, footwork, facts, etc. before being proposed again.

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ELECTIONS BY CONSENT

Elections by Consent are actually a positive, efficient process. Gerard Endenburg discovered that the process works best when there is no survey of interest (or disinterest) prior to the election meeting. REVIEW. A statement is made regarding the function and responsibilities of the position up for election. NOMINATE. Each member writes both their own name and the name of the person they are nominating for the open position on a piece of paper. Members are free to nominate themselves. REASON. The selected “chair” of the meeting reads each ballot, one at a time, asking the person who made the nomination to provide their reasoning. This usually amounts to a simple statement about the person they have nominated (i.e. “he seems well versed in this subject”; “she is well organized”). There is no discussion between members. REACT. In a go-around fashion the “chair” asks each member to voice their reaction to what they have just heard. This is the time for making statements to bolster their nomination, state well-reasoned objections to nominations, and/or change their nomination. According to Mr. Endenburg, given that nominations are made on impulse and after hearing reasons, it is most common for nominations to be changed. It is important to remember that the goal isn‟t

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perfection.

Individuals cycle through elected positions in terms, therefore

attachment to a specific nominee is truly unwarranted. DIALOGUE. The meeting is opened to well-reasoned, non-violent dialogue. Discussion should focus on arriving at Consent for one nomination and be constrained by a maximum time allotment. RESTATE. The nominee who was Consented-to during the dialogue process, or, the nominee who received the most well-reasoned support is stated by the “chair”. VERIFY. The “chair” verifies that the members Consent. Objection in this phase is rare. However, if there is objection it must have been Voiced in the reaction or dialogue phase and must be well-reasoned. Objection in this phase should open a new round of dialogue. Sometimes objections can be addressed by shortening the term of the position. NOTE. The elected nominee is recorded into the memory log, along with the agreed term of office. Terms should never be unlimited.

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TEMPLATE: IDENTIFYING IMPACT

The first thing an individual or individual Circle is asked to do when making a choice is to determine the impact of their choice, by effect. This is because those impacted (i.e. affected) by a choice have input in that choice. Often this is a simple matter. For example, let‟s say a household determines that their recent electronics purchase will put them over their energy-use quota. Their responsibility is then to inform the Circle which maintains an embodiment‟s energy resources and upgrade their Subscription to reflect a higher energy-use quota for their household. However more complex choices will require more forethought and examination when determining the actual impact. The following template is designed to expedite and assist the process:

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will be the output of the ultimate goal/intention? Will the ultimate goal add, subtract, or alter anything? LIST. Record your findings on a vertical plane. GRAPH. Use your findings to determine any individuals or individual Circles which you will be responsible to inform, consult and/or process a decision with. List these in the style of a graph on the horizontal plane above your vertical list. COMPLETE. Fill-in the PIC snapshot by determining which activity, need, change, output, etc. from the vertical list involves which Circle or individual from the horizontal list in which way. In other words, go down the vertical list and ask yourself for each entry, who will I or we have to inform, coordinate with, and/or Process this Initiative with? Mark a “P”, “I” and/or “C” beneath the appropriate Circle/individual. Following the completion of this snapshot consider if the Initiative is “worth it” for the effort involved, and/or if the Initiative can be pared down or otherwise altered in some way to make it more streamlined, efficient, doable, etc. Also it is important to recognize that the snapshot is “fluid.” For example, a Circle may predetermine not to engage in the decision-making process for certain matters, or may state that they only need informed or consulted in a specific way. Or on the other hand, Circles which might typically handle matters by asking only to be informed, might find instances when they want or need to engage in the decision-making process.

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To illustrate, the Circle maintaining an embodiment‟s energy resources might have a method in place where they simply ask to be informed of changes to energy-use so as to adjust Subscriptions accordingly. However there may be an established limit where requests to upgrade energy-use beyond that limit is no longer a simple matter of “inform” and thus engages the decision-making process. This is why once an individual or Circle has decided an Initiative will be pursued, after streamlining that Initiative to the least possible actions and resources the next step is to communicate with each Circle or individual identified on the snapshot to determine if assessments are accurate. In other words, is the action, need, change, etc., really just a matter of informing, consulting and/or processing, or is it more or less? This is also important because once a certain number of Circles are engaged in processing a decision the Initiative is determined to affect the entire body and it must process forward into the forum.

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TEMPLATE: THE NINE-FOLD FORM

A guide for organizing and examining input, output and changes in the New Culture –

ACTION

KEY WORDS & CONCEPTS

INFLOW - OUTFLOW TRANSFORMATION

Define the Desired Aspiration or Effect

WHAT? create, determine, design, plan, formulate, verify, establish, figure out, calculate, budget, schedule, imagine, evaluate, consider, visualize, forethought DIRECT IT!

Define how Aspiration or Effect are to be realized through Activity

HOW? implement, obtain, process, participate, initiate, operate, activate, manage, maintain, change, construct, produce, serve, acquire, prepare DO IT!

Define the results of the undertaken Activity.

WHY? WHO? WHEN? HOW MUCH? measure, verify, inventory, collect, distribute, analyze, seek, review, report, quantify, consequence, product, output, accomplishment DETERMINE IT!

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MASTERY OF RESPONSIBLITY

Because the inherent nature of Humanity is collective, there is an inherent need deep within the Human heart to join together with others in combined action. Working together with another, or with a multitude of others, balances and refines the character and elevates energetic dignity…

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SUBSCRIPTIONS DEFINED

A Subscription is a type of renewable contract which clearly outlines expected input and its given return. Every adult who stays in an embodiment of the New Culture has responsibility to a Subscription with that embodiment. The exclusion to this would be a resident‟s private guest(s) or any visiting individuals. Every adult who has ongoing participation with an embodiment also has a Subscription with the embodiment. This would exclude recipients of certain Services who elected to render exchange monetarily instead of energetically. The “input side” of any Subscription refers to energy-input and is explained in terms of hours. Although there may be exceptions to this, such as certain cases requiring a Subscription with some portion of input rendered monetarily or in terms of trade (ex: a member wishes to contribute assets to the Common Treasury in fulfillment of a certain portion of their input.) Also embodiments will have the option to specifically define certain member‟s distinct realm(s) of participation (meaning: a student can come to an embodiment to learn without having to input beyond the educational “organ”.) The “return side” of any Subscription refers to yield and is explained in terms of housing and currencies for full share residents. For trial and associate (i.e. standard share) residents yield is explained in terms of housing, and can sometimes include

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specific currencies to account for food or other chosen goods and services, depending on programs and sharing-plans offered by that embodiment. A Subscription is rendered quarterly, by season. Unless it has been given an

expiration date, it is automatically renewed into the next season. Subscriptions can be scheduled to expire when changes need to be made, or in some cases will need to have an expiration date built in. Every Subscription is associated to an Account for which it forms the basis. The Account translates the Subscription into weekly terms of input and return allowing for both a member‟s efficient self-governing of their responsibilities and for the steady input an embodiment needs to sustain it on a year-around basis. A Subscription can be calculated either individually or jointly (by household). This determines the type of Account one has, and thus defines how input can be fulfilled and returns distributed.

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TRUE PRICE

In the New Culture the cost of a product or service is referred to as its “required input” or “the exchange value.” Motivated by (vibrational) purification and Ascension instead of material profit and gain, the exchange value of any product or service represents a true price as opposed to a price based on made-up factors such as popularity, demand, feigned scarcity, wealth of the consumer, et al. In fact a true price altogether excludes the concept of profit and instead strives for active balance. Where there is energy input there is energy returned. As simple as that, but grand none-the-less. For in this way the true core of our exchange is at the level of our essence – our Light – and even when using a facilitating medium will naturally generate a reality of thriving Abundance. True Abundance is never found by seeking gains at the expense of another. There is enough for all to partake. Appropriate motivation and management are the only “lacks” our resources face! This “true price” is determined using a formula (which can be greatly simplified through software) which tallies factors of quantity, hours of input, efficiency of input, impact of resources, and the exchange value of consumed supplies. Where the price relates to “Defined Needs” consumed at a mercurial pace, the exchange value will change at an equally quickened pace. This adds another level of truth to price, as in this way items can reflect their actual availability. For example, an abundant harvest of strawberries will greatly reduce their exchange value, while a poor 108

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harvest or off-season will automatically increase the input required to consume them. As stated, software makes this easy, but there can just as easily be an “Economy Station” which serves as the embodiment‟s hub for managing efficient input, output and exchange within the collective body. This Station would function as a decentralized service for efficient coordination; like an office/bank with numbers processed in accord to the established formulas, and most of a citizen‟s participation there being self-directed and self-governing. Where the price relates to those products and services born of the Personal Hemisphere of one‟s input, additional factors come into play when determining price. For example, if the embodiment uses a Market there is the need for factoring a “Market Devotion” which accounts for the use of space and certain measures of resources.

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Knowledge is Power, literally. This Power is known through the yearnings and impulses of Desire. Even as a magnet, an individual is compelled along by Desire – forming, releasing or altogether resisting the energetic connections and bonds which generate all motion and transformation…

Scorpio presents itself as the quest for a certain level of Mastery over Magnetism. In the New Culture this quest is facilitated through recognizing the necessity of accounting for the powerful Fields of Force which discharge through the Streams of Life. Every manifestation of Life possesses an electromagnetic force, naturally arranged as lines and bands which, where concentrated, form poles which exert either the attractive or repulsive aspect of the force. Just like a magnet, an individual is compelled along the Course that is their reality – forming, releasing, and/or altogether resisting the (energetic) connections and bonds which generate all motion. To gain Awareness over this process is essential for sustained movement toward Liberation. Magnetism can be Known through the sense of Desire. For it is through Desire we are lead in our motion… deeper into the realms of base and vulgar material expression or lifted by our higher cravings into the luminous spheres of existence. 111

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POWER, SEX, AND MAGICK

Ours is the Power to choose what impulse to follow; and that is everything…

Power is Knowledge. Our Power is discovered, at its various levels, in the experience of Knowledge, relative to the quality of that experience. Sex is Union. Union is discovered, at its various levels, in the experience of sex, relative to the quality of that experience. Magick is the Art and Science of consciously directing and using Power to influence, alter, and orchestrate events through the movement of energy. The insertion of “k” into the word implies the Hebrew letter kaph meaning „a curve‟ and suggesting a Human hand in the act of grasping. To grasp is to Master. For example, Human hands grasping to one another have mastered a key component of the Human condition. “Real Magick” therefore is never about acts of isolation, separation, and assertion of individual Will above the Greatest Good, but rather spreads conciliation, sympathy, harmony, concord, alignment, and more of the same. Thus applying Magick to Sexual 113

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Union is Natural. The focus of mutual intention, anticipation, and desire through the process of merging both amplifies and intensifies the aim/flow/force of the energy.

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MASTERY OF INSPIRING DEVELOPMENT

When White Light penetrates a curve it is bent and appears as a spectrum of color, each so apparently distinct from the other, yet each merely a variation of the same ONE Thing. At the same time, this division, tempered and recombined, provides the insight necessary for the ONE Thing to be restored…

Sagittarius presents itself as the quest for Mastery over Attainment. It has also been called the quest of the “Wise Healer” or “Awakened Dreamer.” In the New Culture this quest is facilitated through recognizing the necessity of looking beyond any appearance of adversity, disparity, difference, fracture, separation and similar, to seek the Source. A mighty oak tree includes many distinct features and can achieve extensive proportions, yet all of it represents the same expression of Potential from the core of a single, tiny acorn. People can become so focused on their idea of attainment (or on those things which suggest the hope of attainment), and so blinded by their perception of the source and goal that they miss the mark entirely. Any extreme, fanaticism, certitude or superfluous excess diverts one‟s Aim from the Truth and the source. These represent trials or lessons – what some

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Traditions refer to as “lab work” – where the unbalanced or obscured elements are neutralized through examination and modification. In a cultural context this translates more specifically as the conscious embrace of those things which keep us moving toward our ultimate goal of Awareness – dynamic educational models and systems which encourage exploration and development on every level of being. Happiness is for those who seek the experience of all that uplifts and inspires them. From that, actualized attainment is just natural.

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EDUCATION

The ability to improve and develop oneself is not only an essential ingredient of life, it is synonymous with living. As activity and forward motion decrease and stagnate, as Passion and interests fade, so does the sensations and stimulus of “being alive.” Whether conscious or not, people inherently understand at a deep, core level that incarnation and self-development go hand-in-hand, and instinctively link concepts of worth and purpose to their “reasons for living.” We are truly here to evolve! Don‟t want to keep living to die and live again? Then get yourself to the next level of expression; refine yourself! Where there is self-development, there is wellness. commitment and a certain satisfaction. happiness are likely to follow. For the New Culture the Aim is to facilitate continual opportunity for improvement, learning, growth and active participation with the improvement, learning and growth of others. __________________________ A way to translate and organize the Educational organ of an embodiment for a New Culture of ever-learning: JUVENILIS. Focus is on the embodiment‟s youth. An educational center develops, promotes and applies a dynamic, new educational model where students are exposed to an expanded curriculum which spotlights development 118 There is enthusiasm and

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of the Whole Being. This model is a hybrid of balances between the extremes now found in educational philosophies. Parental input and home-centered teaching are balanced against time spent with a class and teacher (a niche that could very well be rotated through the parents.) Creative expression and lessons of the natural, spiritual and metaphysical are balanced against superlative understanding of language, mathematics, physical sciences and technologies. UNIVERSITAS. Focus is dual. Promote models of new education where program graduates are not only left with proficiency in a skill, talent or concept they are inspired to later input into society, but also with an understanding of the causes behind external events and a certain level of development of the higher faculties. Both endeavors allow for one to not only operate more effectively in daily life, but also to aid Human development by expanding and fostering a level of Awareness that naturally breeds intelligence, forethought, compassion and Good-Will. This concept can be enacted simply enough, through an apprenticeship-styled curriculum. If students were able to live in residence, and participate verily in greater community, this would allow for the intended notion of a true Universitas – the direct experience of every facet of social operation. It also allows for the transition of an embodiment‟s youth into more adult roles. PRAXIS. Focus is on residents practicing and exploring their studies, ideas, visions and beliefs in a tangible way; the application of Knowledge, especially in a mystical, empowering, inspiring, creative, devotional, and awakening sense; includes spaces and facilitation. Every resident of an embodiment gives a quota of hours toward this endeavor. 119

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LOCUS. Focus is dual. First, on expanding and increasing the public‟s depth of Knowledge on a wide range of alternative or “neglected” topics; includes on-site public seminars, courses and facilities aimed at sharing skills, concepts and discoveries. Also on expanding and increasing the resident‟s depth of Knowledge through resident-facilitated courses and groups. OECUMENICUS. Focus is on fostering and facilitating the availability of information and Knowledge that otherwise may be occulted, censored or obscured; especially pertaining to Ageless Wisdoms; includes a publishing house and utilizing webbed technologies.

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MASTERY OF APPEARANCE

Humanities‟ physical eyes are limited in their scope and therefore perceive limitation by their very nature. The view is even circumscribed by the limits of the horizon; while the world continues beyond. When eyes are left to determine the world, they invert it…

Capricorn presents itself as the quest for Mastery over appearances. In the New Culture this quest is facilitated through recognizing the necessity of acknowledging that we are, in Potential, Lords of Creation. Our eyes delude us. Through our eyes we see the limits of material creation, our view even circumscribed by the visible line of the horizon, and in folly believe that what we see is complete. The majority are presently inclined toward the notion that sight can clearly define reality, despite recognizing the vast spectrum of focus between species, or even within the same species. We witness within a limited container of visibility; with our physical eyes we see only the appearances, facades and shells of things. One bonds themselves to unconsciousness whenever they simply accept reality for how it appears, thus casting a self-made shadow of doubt across their own Divine Inheritance and impeding their own Potential. Yet we are freed to our True station as soon as we look beyond what is seen and shed the limits we imagine to contain us. 122

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In a cultural context this translates more specifically as the concept of each resident as a Lord of Creation, cultivating the Earth in the fashion of Cain – shaping and refining their lives and their culture to better accord to their Knowledge. The way in which we civilize and sculpt must remain conscious of our Inner Truths, so that our visible creations also resonate with our understanding of the unseen.

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THE INFLUENCE OF CAPRICORN ON STRUCTURE

The Aquarian Age is inaugurated by the movement of Pluto into the sign of Capricorn. The very template of our civilization and our methods of construction are given a powerful impetus to change. This, in turn, helps birth an entirely New Culture for how we shelter ourselves and develop our physical structures. Pluto in Capricorn wants to strip away whatever is false and superficial, so that the fundamental and authentic can be brought into the Light. Pluto in Capricorn truly wants for us to retune to the Earth and get back to the land… At present the prevalent “modern” concept neither accounts for nor reflects natural systems and thus makes little sense when placed as a component of this natural world. Just look at how our “permanent structures” are devastated by any peak in the cycle of natural occurrence, and vastly rely on artificial systems to counter natural ones and afford habitability. This must change. A glitch in the imperfect system might mean death from heat or cold, yet consider that Native Americans, who lived in-tune with Nature and without modern amenities, were able to thrive in these same regions, in their natural homes. It is not progress but ego to consider ourselves advanced, when our advancement comes largely by way of opposing the natural world, like She is something to be guarded against! She can wipe our “developed” world away with a blink of the eye; a fact I hope the masses are starting to wake-up to.

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True progress is a dynamic, vital and evolving civilization. It unfolds from within the parameters of Nature, and employs a Grand Intelligence toward meeting needs by way of Nature, in partnership with Her, instead of in spite of Her. __________________________ Where all physical structures are concerned the Aim of the New Culture is to:
 ACKNOWLEDGE, MIMIC, HARMONIZE WITH, AND REFLECT NATURE  ACKOWLEDGE, MIMIC, HARMONIZE WITH, AND REFLECT THE COSMIC FORCES  USE NATURAL SYSTEMS TO MEET NEEDS

While simple, this list accounts for many things. For example, one cannot build unsustainably or unsuitably to the local environment and also harmonize with nature; one cannot build without intelligence and forethought and account for any of our Aims.

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STOREHOUSES

All systems and structures of the New Culture are designed to accord with our Knowledge, and develop as our Knowledge develops. Capricorn particularly relates to the construction that defines an organism. For

example, the skeleton which gives a Life its form. Or even the energetic essence of intent that sculpts a vessel. This is why all Morning Stars, forever symbolically reborn at the first dawn of Capricorn (December 25th), are remembered as gardeners, carpenters, architects or founders of some fashion. They build. They lend the bones to our constructs, into which we build our experience and house our understanding. __________________________ Now consider that our vessel is a repository of our essence, containing an accumulation of our learning from varied states of Knowing we‟ve experienced. And you will understand how Capricorn‟s energy relates to the structure of banks. When Pluto moves into Capricorn in 2008, energy will be unleashed that will change notions of banking and alter our repositories of resources forever. At present the banks we are predominately familiar with are very much centralized institutions propagating unhealthy forms of exchange, power manipulation and control. Put this from your mind. The “banks” of the New Culture are structured in the manner of our organism, and exist for the purpose of maintaining a certain efficient form where action, development, exchange, and other such processes are concerned…

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In the New Culture all Accounts and records of Common Treasury (such as the calculations of the exchange rate and true price, input, output, etc.) are accessed at the Economic Station, through “the Bank.” Ideally, the Economic Station is technology based and accessed from varied electronic devices, at any time or place, in “the cloud” of virtual reality. Here the word „Bank‟ itself can define a formula of conscious economy, for when each letter represents its Hebrew equivalent, a four-fold mystical statement of “initiation, motion, evolution, and Brotherhood” is the result! One aspect of the Bank is the Task Bank. The New Culture‟s use of a Task Bank allows for two key things to efficiently occur. It allows individuals to remain dynamic and self-governing while assuring that society continues to function. And the mechanism is quite simple, really –  For each portion of the Quota there is a correspondent tab within the Task Bank.  As tasks surface they are entered into the Task Bank under the correspondent tab. A task might be a role, or a specific undertaking, duty or mission.  A task is defined by its objective.  A task is assigned a duration. Often this duration is “until the objective is carried through to completion” or asks for a specific measure of input defined by a budget of hours. However, a duration can be listed as “open-ended,” meaning that the

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task is on-going and an individual will serve in a certain capacity until they “un-list” themselves from the task or have served a defined period of rotation.  A task is rated on a scale of priority, based on urgency and necessity. For example, a broken pipe requiring the immediate attention of a skilled plumber is rated under the highest priority, whereas tasks with a start date 28 days or more into the future, or tasks with little necessity about them are rated under the lowest priority – with an entire spectrum existing between these two extremes.  A task is given its “shelf-life.” That is, how long can the task sit in a person‟s task queue without their energy-input before it “expires” and returns to the collective Task Bank for completion by another? A task of short duration and urgent necessity will have a quickly expiring shelf-life; the message is it needs done now, and if you can‟t get it done, someone else will.  In the case of tasks with an objective more in the vein of requiring specific training for the role (let‟s say a plumber), a standard shelf-life is given as 13 weeks – meaning there must be input entered for the task at least once per season for that task to remain in an individual‟s personal task queue. Alternatively, a shelf-life can be customized to fit the situation – for example, where a teacher would need to input a certain number of hours to the role each week to maintain said role.  Anyone can enter a task. However, it is the responsibility of the individual

entering a task to insure it is entered into the appropriate corresponding tab and is “backed-up,” meaning that is not merely something they think should occur but something that has been decided on and provisioned for or budgeted in some way.

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 When an individual is ready to input their energy, they access the Task Bank. Selecting the tab corresponding to the portion of the Quota an individual is working to fulfill, they find a task which matches the nature and duration of the input they wish to give and that corresponds to their abilities. Some tabs may have additional requirements, and an individual needs to consider the particulars of their Subscription when making choices.  The task is committed to when the individual accepts the task and lists their name. This removes the task from the collective bank of tasks, transferring it to the individual‟s personal task queue.  Tasks of mid- to low priorities cannot be accepted if there are feasible highpriority tasks. For example, if the only high-priority task is for a Plumber, and you are not a Plumber, then mid and low priority tasks can be chosen.  Tasks within the highest range of priority remain at the top of an individual‟s task queue and must be input into, per the terms of that task‟s shelf-life, to remain in the queue.  Upon completion of a task an individual returns to the Task Bank and marks their task complete. Often this will be the moment when the actual energy input into the task is entered. Sometimes, such as with an on-going role, there will be a log through which an individual‟s input is recorded over time. NOTE: If the Task Bank operates in the cloud, when an individual enters their input into a task it should automatically update the seasonal “Quota tracks” in their Account, displayed as four time-bars (one per Quota portion) which diminish 129

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ACCOUNTS

Accounts are utilized to track the scale of balance between the input and return of an individual, household or venture. Accounts both function as and appear as a scale of balance. Internal Accounts appear in three versions – personal, venture, and temporary (ex: the later can be used for those who come to an embodiment for certain educational programs.) Where Internal Accounts are concerned, the Quota must show motion at least once every 13 weeks to maintain active status with an embodiment. If people wax and wane in their participation as the season suits them, an embodiment cannot thrive in the same way year-around and/or must entertain notions of hoarding. External Accounts are referred to as “Support Accounts” and are opened through our Service programs, by the patrons of our settlements‟ Open Markets, or simply by those who wish to participate in a broader economic base and facilitate a new, more appropriate economic model. Where External Accounts are concerned embodiments may offer incentives to initially elicit the participation of the greater bioregion and grow a diverse economy.

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MASTERY OF REVELATION

In moments of concentration, visualization, meditation, revelation, ecstasy, epiphany, etc., there is an open channel to a greater state of consciousness that, like lightening to soil, can fertilize the mind with new information…

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A DRAGON’S HEAD, AND TAIL

Regardless of the seemingly random circumstances of your birth, you were drawn to your unique birth moment by way of a magnetic attraction. You enter incarnation on the cross of that Time and that Place which mathematically, magnetically accords to both the depth of your individual karma and the greatest outworking of individual Potential. The birth moment, therefore, can be used in all sorts of ways to get to know yourself more intimately… I began to study Astrology at the age of thirteen at the behest of my father, who gifted me with a stack of awesome, rare Astrology books that Christmas. This study quickly progressed into a passion for exploring holistic, evolutionary models of the Science and its Arts, and, further, connecting these models to other largely occulted practices. Common Astrology practices are focused more-so on the lower personality, with its worldly identifications and experiences, and is given to making broad generalizations or sweeping claims that have wrapped it in the guise of entertainment and thus cast it beneath the shadows of speculation. This is not the Astrology which I Know, or of which I speak. The Astrology I Know is a mind-blowing language, which I still eagerly make a study of after two decades. When Astrology is applied to the individual, my interest is with the development and evolution of their “reincarnating portion”, commonly dubbed the Soul. The useful 134

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rationale of personal Astrology is to assist an individual in cultivating Awareness by making choices which support the greatest outworking of their Life‟s Potential. This is a person‟s Life-Purpose. All of those conditions, experiences, choices, behaviors, which have the greatest potential of Liberating the Soul from the cycles of birth, death, and rebirth. Where the Life‟s Purpose is concerned many Astrologers of esoteric, evolutionary fashion review little more than the “Dragon‟s Head” and “Dragon‟s Tail,” this being specifically and respectfully the North and South Lunar Nodes. As the Magi well knew, the Lunar Nodes are the most accurate indicators of where someone has come from, where they are compelled to and what they need to fulfill their deepest Reason for coming to this Time and Place. Yet the answers are rarely easy, or easily heard. Often they leave a funny taste in the mouth (said to be the pride which must be swallowed for the Truth to be heard) and, more common than not, must be digested until one is able to arrive at those same conclusions of their own accord.

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THERE IS A PLACE WHERE PERSONAL REALITY AND COSMIC ACTUALITY MEET AS ONE

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MASTERY OF REALITY

The lower personality merely spins within the cycles of time until Awakening to the Truth that by consciously participating in the Great Work of Theofication there is Liberty…

Pisces presents itself as the quest for Mastery over reality. In the New Culture this quest is facilitated through conscious control of subconscious activity. The lower personality merely spins within wheels, and the cycles of wheels within wheels, until awakening to the Truth that by consciously participating in the Great Work of its Theofication there is Liberty. In a cultural context this translates more specifically as promoting states of conscious unfoldment which press beyond the boundaries of the known to Ascend into that place where personal reality and Cosmic Actuality are ONE.

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ACTUALITY IS NOT REALITY

Actuality and Reality are not the same concept. While your dictionary and thesaurus would dispute this, thousands of years of Mystery Traditions would not… and would go even further to suggest that Understanding the difference between the two is imperative to your Liberation… In the Traditions, Actuality is definable as the Laws of Vibration, while Reality is definable as one‟s unique and individual state of consciousness of Actuality. In other words, Reality is simply that which can be realized of the Laws of Vibration without bearing on the Actuality of their True range of content and scope. For a deaf person, Reality can be Silent, the needed sensing organ incapable of perceiving those waves of vibration we refer to as sound. But the Actuality is, those waves exist even when one is unable to perceive them. And on the same token, even among those people with the organ necessary for – and capable of – sensing sound vibration, Reality remains subjective and personalized and something apart from Actuality. For the content and scope of one‟s hearing can differ greatly from another‟s, and may represent a very small perceptual range of the Actuality of the sound wave‟s full vibrational expression. 138

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It is folly to assume that Reality is fixed. Clearly the Truth is that each individual is conscious of a uniquely individual portion of Actuality. And consciousness exists in innumerable states and can be altered by many, many things – not only the range and abilities of our sensing organs but also filters of understanding, social conditioning, false beliefs, impairments and injuries to any of our bodies, and even certain foods and substances. Thus Reality is one‟s personal state and totality of Consciousness. independent. Actuality, on the other hand, is Universal. It is Absolute Truth. It is All activity – the complete range of scope of every vibration – together as ONE. As the Laws of Vibration fully expressed, Actuality is never stagnant. It is action and motion. One‟s Reality is often that their physical body is a fixed, somewhat torpid thing, but as vibration materially expressed, it is not – the Actuality is that our body is a flow of constant motion. As our states of Consciousness (i.e. Reality) are expanded and brought into control, the Actuality of this motion and its malleability come further into Awareness Reality is as unlimited and as vast as we allow. Therefore it is stated that the „I‟ is Reality. While I AM is the Actuality. Reality is

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MASTERY OF SELFHOOD

The greater good is served whenever and wherever an individual can follow ambition and aspiration, purpose and potential. Whole, healthy, well-energized Humans know what it is to have a contributing niche in the greater body…

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joyful, generous and empowered than being able to fulfill the creative impulse of the moment. Humans not only need to play a role they are committed to and passionate about; whole, healthy, well-energized Humans know the experience of having a valued niche in the Greater Body, and can see their own feelings of Self-worth reflected and supported by those around them. In a cultural context this is where needs and wants and resources gets defined. translates more specifically as half of every individual‟s input going toward personally motivated aims, ideas, charities, intentions, pursuits, projects, creations, industries, improvements, and the like. Further, the whole of one‟s input is fully self-directed and self-maintained, governed by one‟s own interests and desires. And the entire cultural model is designed to uplift and unfold the individual within a matrix of support, value and love.

“Truth is stood on its head by considering goods as more important than people and consumption as more important than creative activity.”
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QUOTAS

A Quota is the amount of hours of input an individual or household unit is Subscribed to fulfill – either as part of their residence in a New Culture settlement, or in trade for certain goods and/or services offered by the same.

There are three types of Quotas: BASE FULL-SHARE. The Quota input by full-share members which returns the full base of necessities, goods, & services provided for the participants by the participants. BASE STANDARD SHARE. The Quota input by trial or associate members which returns a certain base of necessities, typically specific food and shelter. TRADE AND SUPPORT. The Quota input by those utilizing certain respite or support services, or participating in some form of trade arrangement with a settlement, which returns specific goods & services as Subscribed. The remainder of this paper is intended to illuminate the full-share and standard share types which specifically pertain to those who are, if even for a brief spell, residentparticipants. For resident-participants every Quota consists of two hemispheres:

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PERSONAL. To elicit contribution of the individual‟s unique essence and foster their Mastery of Self. COLLECTIVE. To join together in cooperative action to efficiently and beneficially provide a sustainable and pleasant existence for the collective, and, in various ways, for an embrace of those beyond.

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represents any task which works toward protecting and perpetuating “defined human capital.” Also, where personal upholding is concerned, any in Apprenticeship where Natural or Inborn Resources are cared for, appreciated, developed or sustained, fulfill said portion of their Quota through the hours spent in Apprenticeship.

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COLLECTIVE INDUSTRY 1/3

PERSONAL INDUSTRY 1/3

COLLECTIVE UPHOLDING 1/6

PERSONAL UPHOLDING 1/6

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be with those temporarily residing in a settlement, such as for the purpose of respite or to access certain Services. Very roughly, a Quota is every adult‟s division of the input it takes for the Whole (and then some) to THRIVE. Children are considered an essential investment, thus the collective body generates abundance enough to supply for them. They and others who are considered as the responsibility of the Whole, such as weak or the sick, do not raise a household‟s Subscribed Quota. Each Quota is linked to an Account based on a Subscription with the settlement. With an Individual Account the Quota is singularly fulfilled by said individual. With a joint Account the collective hemisphere of the Quota is fulfilled at the discretion of the household by any household member, while the personal hemisphere remains sole responsibility of the adult it applies to. Thus a household having, for example, two adults, has two Base Shares no matter if the Account is individual or joint. Input of the unique, individual essence into the tapestry of the Whole is mandatory for residence. Per the Subscription, to the Base Quota may be added other things. For example, trial members would need to input additional hours to receive any of the collective‟s goods and services beyond the basics their standard-share Quota provides. Similarly, full-share members can include additional hours to facilitate certain lifestyle choices or fulfill certain goals. While associate members who reside in a settlement for 146

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educational purposes might request that a portion of their tuition is translated into the input of additional Quota hours. Likewise – Per the Subscription, from the Base Quota may be deducted certain things. For example, trial residents pursuing a full-share might experience a transitional period where, per request, a limited portion of the Subscribed Quota is translated into a monetary value. Also, either trial or full-share residents can input certain assets into the Common Treasury for a (limited) reduction. These limits are to be more specifically defined by the tax structure of the collective, and the tax laws the collective must consider in order to function for as long as the mainstream systems still exist. However, it is advised that simulation models have demonstrated a decline in potential and decreases to sustainability when any Base Quota is reduced by more than 33% from monetary or trade value input. It is anticipated that the average resident of individual Account will find themselves with a Quota of approximately 39 hours per week. At first glance this doesn‟t sound much different than the typical 40-hour yoke of modern society. However, consider that half of those hours largely represent your own interests and ventures, and support your own self-development and personal pursuits. As you can see, input is expected and output is returned in a very different manner than what is commonly conceived in familiar social systems.

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TEMPLATE: DEFINED NEED, DEFINED CONTRIBUTION

The concepts of “Defined Need” and “Defined Contribution” relate to the industry portion of a Quota and essentially supply all provided sustenance and agreed necessities, the embodiment‟s infrastructure, and the Market, if used:

DEFINED NEED. Pertains to the Whole. Any good, service, or infrastructure consumed, utilized, and/or exchanged by the largest majority or otherwise agreed as appropriate and/or necessary for the sustainable, abundant and pleasant lifestyle the collective chooses to provide. DEFINED CONTRIBUTION. Pertains to the Self. Any skill, strength, ability, awareness, interest, talent, service, etc., which can be consumed, utilized, and/or exchanged AND inputs the unique essence of the individual into the whole.

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Examples of DEFINED NEED
(Question: What do we want to provide for ourselves?)

Examples of DEFINED CONTRIBUTION
(Question: What do we want to offer of ourselves?)

GRAINS, VEGETABLES, FRUITS, NUTS EGGS, DAIRY, FISH FIBER, WOOL FOOD PREP, COOKING, SERVICE BUILDING, MASONRY, LAND DEVELOPMENT CARPENTRY, PLUMBING, ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS PREVENTIVE HEALTH, MEDICINES, HEALING ARTS

PASTA BREADS, PASTRYS, BAKEDGOODS GLASSBLOWING, POTTERY ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT SOAPMAKING, ESSENTIAL OILS METALLURGY LAUNDRY SERVICE TRANSPORTATION SERVICE TINCTURES AND SALVES

EDUCATION, SERVICE PROGRAMS ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL, SERVICE CLERICAL, ACCOUNTING OFFERINGS

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TEMPLATE: DEFINED NATURAL CAPITAL, DEFINED HUMAN CAPITAL

The health and reflective productive capacity of our Natural Resources are not fixed by Nature, nor are they extractable to exhaustion without fatal results. The Truth is that Natural Resources are improved, maintained or degraded by Humans over time, and can only be sustainably extracted through conscious and balanced relationship. To exclude Humanity‟s role from the Natural Resources equation is inevitably lethal. Therefore it becomes useful to view our Natural Resources – the Goods and Services of Nature – as a form of capital. The Natural Systems and the Goods and Services they provide are our inherent wealth; a manner of prosperity directly impacted by our choices and provided by Nature to our benefit. To these things we owe our very lives, and they must be cared for, appreciated, developed and sustained. Just as unsound practices destroy the integrity of the environment, unhealthy relationships to our Human Resources devastate the integrity of the culture, increasingly assisting in its degradation until it can no longer support the development or happiness of its members. To value the production and consumption of material things above respect and Awareness for fellow Humanity is unfathomable. Thus, as with our Natural Resources, it is a boon to view our Human Resources – those products inborn through Human Systems – also as a form of capital. This enables a new manner of thinking where the True impact of unsound practice can be more easily recognized, where the links which generate the underlying cultural integrity can be consciously considered, and where our social systems can be

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intentionally managed with the same appreciation to design we show other more apparent structures. When we cultivate our Human Capital, the harvest is reaped not only on an individual basis, but as progress for All.

NATURAL CAPITAL IS The Natural Systems which yield these Natural Goods & Services:

HUMAN CAPITAL IS The Human Systems which yield these Inborn Products:

GENETIC AND BIOLOGICAL INTELLIGENCE

KNOWLEDGE

CREATION

CREATIVE POWER

INSPIRATION, LONGING FOR SPIRIT

SPIRITUAL PURSUIT

CULTURAL PERSONALITY

CULTURE

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RECREATION

ACTIVITY

RECOVERY OF THE WHOLE BEING

RECOVERY OF THE WHOLE BEING

FERTILITY

EFFECTIVENESS

HEALTH OF THE WHOLE BEING

HEALTH OF THE WHOLE BEING

POLLINATION

DISSIMINATION

BUILDING BLOCKS

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Natural Goods & Services

Natural Function

Upholding Tasks

GENETIC AND BIOLOGICAL INTELLIGENCE

Refinement and evolution of genetic and biological material; transcription and inheritance. Natural resistance. The intense organization behind the fabric of the Whole.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the intelligence of regional diversity. Working to Support and Increase Diversity, Promoting Natural Forms of Resistance Against Pathogens and Pests, Seed Cultivation and Preservation, Sustainably Collecting/Replenishing Biological Material (i.e. medicines, spores, algae, etc.)

CREATION

Conception. Production of minerals, stones, trees, grasses, medicines, rain, sun, wind, etc. that can be utilized as raw materials.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the regional environment. Strengthen Environmental Systems (i.e. intelligent design and use plans, enhancing critical habitats, etc.), Preserving Environmental Character, and Sustainably Collecting/Replenishing Raw Materials.

INSPIRATION, LONGING FOR SPIRIT

Provides a muse. Opportunities for stimulating, picturesque, majestic, rhythmical, satisfying, motivating, elevating, illuminating, etc., experience. Aesthetic and Spiritual value.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the uplifting and inspiring qualities, characteristics, and opportunities provided by the regional environment. Provisioning for/ Developing and Maintaining: Beauty and places where Beauty can be experienced (i.e. preservation and beautification of natural features such as picking up refuse and stray materials, clearing tumbleweeds, raking pathways, etc.), Spirituality and places where such can be experienced (i.e. silent trails, meditation grottos, statuary, etc.)

CULTURAL PERSONALITY

Provides Way of Life. Opportunities for cultivating particular practices, tastes, traditions, behaviors, beliefs, bonds, etc., and striving for excellence therein. Cultural and Ennobling value.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the unique qualities, characteristics, and opportunities provided by the regional environment. Provisioning for/ Developing and Maintaining high standards of: artistic, cultural and culinary creativity; festival, ritual, and event; common experience; and the spaces for such to sustainably occur.

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REFUGE

Provides Mercy. Opportunities for protection, retreat, sanctuary, shelter, etc. Habitat for both resident and transient species.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the environment’s most nurturing and charitable features. Provision for/ Developing and Maintaining: trees and other nesting habitats, wetlands, aquatic habitats, wintering grounds, etc.

RECREATION

Provides Activity. Opportunities for exercise, sport, tourism, amusement, entertainment, etc. Value relates to action, motion, refreshment.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating an active, sustainable relationship with the landscape and its features. Provisioning for/ Developing and Maintaining: trails, grottos, commons, viewing and sightseeing opportunities, playgrounds, etc.

RECOVERY OF THE WHOLE BEING

Provides Regeneration. Opportunities for detoxification, waste treatment, purification, etc. Value relates to revitalization, renewal, adjustment and adaptation.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the regeneration of habitats and their resources. Composting, Recycling, Water Purification, Waste Treatment, Grey Water Systems, Storm Water Capture.

FERTILITY

Provides Abundance. Opportunities for sustenance, fruitfulness, diversity, pleasure. Production of fish, natural crops, fruits, nuts, fungi, etc., that can be utilized as foodstuffs.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating habitats which provide uncultivated foods and medicines. Sustainable Wildcrafting, Gathering, Fishing.

HEALTH OF THE WHOLE BEING

Provides all systems of regulation. Maintains health of atmosphere, climate, water, soil, nutrients, biology, etc. Corrects unbalance and disturbance.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the health of the biosphere. Reducing and regulating: Fuel Consumption (i.e. alternative fuel production, providing transit for 3 or more licensed drivers at once), Water Consumption (improving/maintaining systems of water efficiency), Erosion, Waste, etc.

POLLINATION

Sustains the Matrix. Disseminates the activating agent through cyclic rhythm and movement. Provisioning of pollinators.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the Foundations of Life. Bee Keeping, Stewarding Pollinator Habitats, Providing for Pollinator’s Needs.

BUILDING BLOCKS

Sustains the Kingdom. Provisioning of the basic building blocks for Human function in this realm – heat, water, breathable air, earth.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the core requisites of Life. Provisioning for natural attributes and functions of the landscape, its habitats and features. Developing and maintaining active and passive collection/use of heat, shade, water, sun, wind, etc

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Inborn Products

Role

Upholding Tasks

KNOWLEDGE

Knowing; Enlightened Awareness. The expression and/or experience of wisdom and awareness to produce knowing; contact with the intelligence beyond the manifest self. The Activating Agent; transcription of higher frequency genetic sequences to offspring. Conscious union with fabric of the whole; reception with the Divine Inheritance.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the diversity of Knowledge; conscious union with a greater whole. Teaching, Furthering Education, Group Exploration and Study of Mystic Principals (i.e. Meditation, Learning Chants and Breathwork, Sex Magick, Some Yoga, etc.)

CREATIVE POWER

Conception. Production of ideas, concepts, techniques, inventions, creations, etc. used to express and/or experience the consciousness of Being.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the fruit of one’s own unique Being; fostering Divine Inspiration. Transmuting and/or Transforming common ideas, substances, and materials into something of a greater value to the Self and/or others (i.e. Art; Design, Development, Invention); original productions of the Mind. Counseling or otherwise assisting others to gather and express their constitution in a constructive manner; Group Vision Quests. Construction and stewardship of the Artist’s Market and workshop space.

SPIRITUAL PURSUIT

Divine Inheritance. The striving to express and/or experience heightened spiritual and aesthetic states. The pursuit of higher realms; the consciousness of becoming.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating Potential. Projects which increase the Wisdom of Function and Efficiency, or allow for a Greater Possibility to be expressed. Cultivation through Collective Ritual, Practices, and Wisdom Study. Temple construction and stewardship; facilitating spiritual gathering or places of sanctuary and/or inspiration.

CULTURE

A Way of Life. The expression and/or experience of excellence, enrichment, ennoblement, etc. specifically through the unique character and traits of a group personality. Union with an expanded identity.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating an expanded perspective and collective identity, and striving for excellence therein. Construction and stewardship of gathering spaces; facilitating cultural events (i.e. potlucks, picnics, culinary festivals, arts and entertainment events, bazaars, etc.).

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CHARITY, SHELTER

Mercy, compassion, generosity, benevolence. The expression and/or experience of GoodWill; sharing in abundance and the experience and/or expression of good fortune.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating Respite and Support Services. Stewarding, Assisting, Developing, etc., any Service offered by the City to non-residents; Social Service.

ACTIVITY

Action, motion, refreshment. The expression and/or experience of doing. Development of vigor and dynamism.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the active strength, healthy force, and inspirited endurance of both the individual and the Whole. Group Study, Practice, and Exploration of Yoga disciplines, Exercise, Movement, Sport, Amusement, etc. Construction and stewardship of activity spaces; facilitating activity (such as through teaching classes).

RECOVERY OF THE WHOLE BEING

Healing, Regeneration, Adjustment, Adaptation. The expression and/or experience of improving and revitalizing one’s quality of life through the process of renewal. Conscious beautification of the qualities of Self.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the restoration, modification, refinement, or improvement of the qualities of Self, Life, and the Whole. Teaching, facilitating, or participating in courses, programs, or events related to Recovery (i.e. behavior modification, cleansing, release, acceptance, self-development, etc.). Teaching, facilitating, or participating in Mediation Services. Construction and stewardship of Therapeutic spaces and facilitating certain Therapeutic Services for City residents.

EFFECTIVENESS

Victory, Gratification, Nourishing Optimism, Value. The expression and/or experience of the fertile richness of manifold reality; the Intelligence of a Higher Nature brought to Fruition. Affirming the Laws.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the ability of both the individual and the Whole to experience success and usefulness. Teaching, facilitating, or participating in any organized study, practice, or experience with the aim of increasing one’s ability to effect change in their environment. Construction and stewardship of any common space, device, or imagery through which the Seven Laws are reflected, commemorated, or otherwise explored.

HEALTH OF THE WHOLE BEING

Health, wellness. The expression and/or experience of maintaining and sustaining one’s quality of life through the process of conscious regulation. Address of disturbance and regulation.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating holistic well-being. Teaching, facilitating, or participating in courses, programs, or events related to Health and Wellness. Construction and stewardship of Health and Wellness spaces and facilitating certain Health and Wellness Services for city residents.

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DISSEMINATION

Spread, Transfer, Remember, Circulate. Comingles and correlates the Activating Agent.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the proliferation, exchange, and retention of Knowledge. Writing, Publishing, or otherwise preserving and disseminating the Knowledge held and gained by the City. Facilitating seminars, courses, events and/or information exchanges. Teaching apprenticeships.

PRAXIS

Application of Knowledge. Translating concepts into deeds. Enactment and/or practice of theories and skills; gaining firsthand experience.

Acts of protecting and perpetuating the ability to practice and explore one’s ideas, visions, beliefs, etc. in a tangible way. Group practice of Mystic Principals. The execution of certain concepts or skills which bring tangibility to the City’s founding concepts.

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THERE IS INTUITION IN HEEDING THE DELICATE STREAMS OF LIFE

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MASTERY OF SOLIDITY

The Streams of Life must flow without blockage and stagnation. No thing is permanent. No thing is without change. Yet there is enduring abundance when affairs are managed on behalf of conscious harmony with Life…

Taurus presents itself as the quest for Mastery over permanence. Also called Stewardship.

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The True meanings of Fortune and Abundance are lost when simply equated with the concept of possession. Even think about the word possession – it describes something much closer to a form of violence than to a state of benevolent Liberty…

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-ORit is something which can be duplicated without loss. The loss of our concern is in terms of integrity – can “it” be infinitely duplicated and remain whole, entire, and undiminished? This largely relates to cerebral and metaphysical resources like teachings, philosophies, formulas, concepts, mechanisms, technologies; things which can be transferred from mind to mind without a reduction or dissolution of quality. __________________________ Assets of the Whole are to be stewarded with the utmost of forethought and intelligence. They are never for the exclusive pleasure, benefit or gain of one person, or even for a conglomerate of people… Consider the Mystery Teachings and their Higher Arts and Sciences. Across the Aeons how many have input their Great Works; their Life‟s blood, sweat, and tears? Yet, beyond Self-Mastery, the Work is never to the benefit of the individual, or even to the specific Tradition (which, if of True Vein, views itself as stewards or guardians of Advancement and seeks primarily to usher Wisdoms, the truest treasures of the Whole, across those long, dark periods when sharing them openly might risk their quality, if not their existence.)

In the ownership model of the New Culture, the only thing one could ever truly own is their energy input and its direct return…

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Energy input to nourish and uphold the collective returns a broad definition of necessities, comforts and sustainable certainties and prospects, all of which would be ultimately defined as assets of the Whole. Input essentially returns “ownership” of some defined level of sharing in the collective pot. Note that I did not say “an equal division” of the collective treasure; people have different wants and needs and a sustainable, abundant society factors for that. Energy input into the Personal Hemisphere, or of one‟s own personal accord (i.e. beyond the Subscribed Quota), automatically returns currencies relative to the number of hours input. This allows for the acquisition of services and personal and household effects beyond what the embodiment collectively provides, as well as certain opportunities for expanding shares, upgrading or expanding housing, extended vacation periods, etc.

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in the collective‟s resources. However, only full-share members are actual shareholders in the Common Treasury. While their literal share is never dispersed, their Subscription automatically includes the right to use all their settlement has to offer within the defined methods and parameters, whereas other forms of membership have Subscriptions which allow for the right to use only specifically named resources. No matter what, an individual or household is expected to behave as though they are the owner and steward of their living environment and the artifacts in their use.

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applied to the things we might use everyday – for example, light bulbs and bread. This model puts goods in the conceptual realm of the Fruit of a Service, which more accurately models Nature. And, in addition to all those subsequent benefits which come of modeling Nature, provides a higher level of gratification than what could ever be found through disassociating products from their true source.

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THE COMMON TREASURY

 The Common Treasury exists to more efficiently steward the collective assets, resources, funds, expenses, benefits and payments pertaining to fullshare members, who each have one legal share in the Treasury‟s holdings of the settlement in which they reside.

 For as long as the settlement lives, a share to its Treasury would never be literally dispersed and, in fact, works to sustain the Whole.

 For as long as the settlement is required to function within the old ways, at the end of each tax-year a share‟s actual dollar value must be calculated in literal terms, which may then count for tax purposes as the income of each shareholder4. The citizens of the settlement are therefore shareholders in the actual ownership of the settlement in which they live.

 In many ways the Common Treasury functions as a sort of link between exterior and interior systems; between the national economy and the currencies of the New Culture.

 Treasurers steward the Treasury. They are without controlling reins and exist simply for efficient coordination, communication and economic function. There are as many Treasurers as there are “Organs” or classifications of the body. The positions are selected through the Task Bank by the self-governed individual and exist in 13-month terms, with no

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term expiring at the same time so that the rotation never occurs at once but is staggered.

 The Treasurers form a Circle which functions as part of an office-like team along with the Facilitators and Market Steward, if there is one.

 The Treasurers‟ task is first to coordinate and organize a seasonal agenda and then to administrate, account and facilitate that agenda without holding any controlling reins or executive powers. This agenda is, in effect, a budget pertaining to the collective holdings, financial and built capital, market, etc. Tasks might include issuing payments or arranging supplies on the settlement‟s behalf, data entry, scheduling benefits that pertain to the utilization of exterior services, etc.

 Accounting and records pertaining to the function of the Treasury are openly maintained for any shareholder‟s interest, awareness, review, etc.

 The Treasury‟s seasonal agenda is determined openly in forum, always with the Aim of providing the greatest sustainable abundance possible utilizing the least amount of resources. Consider that in initial phases the Treasury may only be able to cover the most basic needs of its shareholders, but with time the scope of Defined Needs and embrace of those covered should be grown until an extensive range of liberties, opportunities, provisions, and benefits are provided. Remember that while we do not seek to foster or covet the acquisition of matter we do wish to create the condition of thriving!

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ON CURRENCY

First, it needs to be said that while heaping everything beneath the guise of one currency has offered an effective means of quickly satisfying needs and wants, the time has come to evolve! A blanket currency reduces all forms of goods and services to the same playing field, and then strips away much of the real factors of cost and value (such as impact to, and lifespan of, resources) to apply a value based on the artificial market‟s desires and trends. At this point, the people have become so engrained with the actual process and mindset of maximum consumption that their legal-tender no longer has to back itself with anything at all. He who gathers more paper can consume more, hoard more, own more and have more power and control… and that‟s what has come to matter. Very similar to concepts of the Stone Age, but we like to think of it as sophisticated. There is a cost for such behavior and collapse of the artificial market and its paper money game is as though carved in stone… Thus in the New Culture, a new approach to the facilitating tools of economy (i.e. currency) is in order –

In the New Culture there will be no official, printed currency or manufactured object of currency… Instead Accounts are used where balances, existing in columns of input and return, are self-governed. This is best facilitated through the future cloud of

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virtual reality.

For, appropriate technology5 and electronic mediums are

hallmarks of the Aquarian Age. However, don‟t imagine for a second that New Culture constituents live within a system that is dehumanizing, impersonal, intrusive, or motivated by fear and mistrust. Digital currencies can actually proficiently mirror natural systems of exchange and are an ideal medium for the Wise and efficient transfer of Human energy. Similar currency systems are today called „Mutual Credit Systems.‟ This is because two participants completing transaction mutually register it as an input/debit in one‟s Account and a return/credit in the other. As no form of regulation exists beyond the mutual registration of the agreement/transaction, the system is self-regulating. Instead of requiring a central monitoring agency the Bank exists because of and through the people. Ideally software will enable the currency‟s function.

All currencies have the exact same, non-fluctuating value behind them… Human energy. The best protection for an individual‟s assets therefore

becomes self-care and self-development.

Currencies make distinctions between and considerations for the renewal rate of resources…

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According to E.F. Schumacher, to treat a finite resource heedlessly and extravagantly without any distinction to set it apart from those things which are easily replenished is an act of violence. Not only that, it creates a way of Life without any hope of permanence, functioning largely on purely temporary supplies. The currencies of the New Culture avoid this error by making a distinction between the natures and availabilities of the goods or services being acquired/used.

Currencies make distinctions between and considerations for the consumption rates of goods and services… Take away the goals of maximum consumption and radical, senseless consumerism and it makes little sense to apply the same medium of exchange to all things if you really don‟t have to. To throw the essential and the nonessential, the local and the well-traveled, the perishable and the everlasting together in the same mix fosters a level of unawareness that‟s detrimental to ourselves, our planet and our future. The currencies of the New Culture therefore make distinctions between the lifespan, gatherability and uses of goods and services.

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THE CURRENCIES

In the New Culture, instead of input returning a schedule of certain goods, services, and “rights of use” (as would be the case in most intentional communities), we utilize a return of currencies to maximize freedom and efficiency, and facilitate a healthy model of exchange with and within the New Culture at large. There are three standards of currency – INTERIOR SCRIP (IS). The scrip used inside of a settlement. Specific to settlement of issue. Cannot be exchanged beyond the settlement where earned. Pertains solely to the utilization and exchange of Defined Needs. Earned solely through Collective Industry. Full unit equal to one-hour. UPHOLDING SCRIP (US). The scrip used inside of a settlement. Specific to settlement of issue. Cannot be exchanged beyond the settlement where earned. Pertains solely to development, maturity, progress, and opportunity. Earned solely through Collective Upholding. Functions as nature would function, by giving returns and directing energies to where there is contribution and investment into the Greater Good. Accumulates at a rate of one per fifty-two hours of Subscribed input and one per thirteen hours of input invested beyond the Subscribed Quota. Also automatically accumulates with the passage of time – one per 28 days spent in residence. LIBERTORA (L). The currency used both within the New Culture‟s settlements, the New Culture at large, and even as a bridge with the surrounding economic system to further the viability and sustainability of the local bioregion. Pertains to the utilization 170

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Earned in a settlement through Personal

Industry and exterior as general currency. Full unit equal to one-hour.

In the New Culture Interior Scrip has two formats. In its standard format – issued per hour of input into working to satisfy Defined Needs – the Scrip is considered to be “consumable.” That is, it represents the utilization and exchange of products and services which are, on average, consumed at a mercurial pace. This encompasses a wide gamut of Human necessities – food gets eaten, soap washes away, clothing wears out, medicinals are swallowed, services are rendered, and on like this. Mirroring the nature of its use, the standard format of Interior Scrip expires in value at a quickened pace. Each unit of Scrip keeps its full value for 13 weeks only, or the close equivalent of one season, after which it is devalued in 13 weeks intervals until reaching expiration on the last day of its 52nd week. Thus the life of each unit of Scrip looks like this:

one-hour full-value weeks 1-13

45 minutes 2/3 value weeks 14-26

30 minutes ½ value weeks 27-39

15 minutes 1/3 value weeks 40-52

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is akin to putting money into savings or, better yet, creating an energy reserve designated toward achieving a specific aim. However, once the Scrip is converted it cannot be converted back. This elicits forethought as ISL isn‟t used for consumables, but for the exchange and utilization of those Defined Needs which are enduring or sustain endurance. Examples – additions/upgrades to housing, certain tools and artifacts, preventive health services, provided educational opportunities. __________________________

Libertora likewise has two formats, one which expires and one which doesn‟t. In its standard format – issued in a settlement per hour of input into working to satisfy Defined Contributions – the currency similarly moves toward expiration, albeit at a much slower pace. Each unit keeps its full value for 260 days, or a close equivalent of 9 months, after which it is devalued in 260 day intervals until reaching the end of its life span after approximately 36 months or 3 years:

one-hour full-value days 1-260

45 minutes 2/3 value days 261-520

30 minutes ½ value weeks 521-780

15 minutes 1/3 value weeks 781-1040

Once again this is important because a culture of Abundance has no need for the hoarding mentality or the manipulations it encourages for self-preservation and gain. For a culture to live in the present tense its elected tool of exchange must encourage the same.

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An important feature of Libertora, is that it allows for a distinction to be made between those things the Whole (settlement) has agreed are essential (the Defined Needs exchanged and utilized through IS), and those things viewed as non-essential.

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In the New Culture All are valued the same. This is a concept many resist, even among folks who are quick to reject present mainstream cultural norms. It is initially surprising, but not so much once it is realized that the concept of “value” is really one of the most predominate factors of culture in the first place; perhaps one of its most basic, yet most underlying and extensive threads. What a culture perceives as normal to prescribe value to, in turn defines the nuances of that culture and their identifying practices and features. So the arguments are quick to emerge as to why one attribute or another increases the importance or usefulness of a person, and thus their economic worth. Especially when someone has invested so much into their education; or spent their life apparently working harder than everyone around them. Even strong proponents of equality between the sexes or races or those of varied inclinations and preferences will here point out that Life itself isn‟t completely fair. The Sun touches the mountain-top before it touches the valley, meaning the playing field isn‟t meant to be leveled into a flat plane. It can seem an apparent Truth. After all, if All are given the same equal opportunities, the same chances to make their choices, then it certainly appears fair and just to value a person in proportion to what they have made of those opportunities. If you have tried to develop yourself through hours of education and practice, while your neighbor has not, why should each of you receive the same? If you are like many I encounter, your social conditioning is so strong that it might feel impossible to see how these notions of value are purely subjective. As a culture, 174

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we value a certain certification of learning although there are other methods of arriving at a proficient state. As a culture, we value the habits which we perceive to best engender the capitalist machine, although less favored habits often play their own essential part. Our reasoning is too often derived from slanted preferences and conditioning; and too ingrained to appear as something other than simply “normal.” Yet normal is nothing but plowing a rut. Things can very clearly appear to be obvious, when really you could never guess what‟s behind the door or beneath the surface. True treasure is rarely discerned by the eyes. Consider that there are many exquisitely beautiful, inspiring, nurturing and enduring palaces, temples and homes made of mud bricks. Therefore to some mud has been invaluable, perhaps even more so than gold. Even if to you that sounds ridiculous or strange. When you look at a person, or even watch their Life from afar for a spell, can you determine the Truth of why they have incarnated on this planet? Do you know their Purpose? Their Potential? If we are to be successful in cultivating an Enlightened society, we must discard social standards of measuring one‟s earthly success. How can anyone say what the value of one person is when placed beside another, without Awareness of (an accounting for) a cosmic scale? The fact is, not one of us is endowed with a perspective expansive enough to evaluate another or make determinations about who is more or less valuable to a society. While education is undeniably invaluable to Awareness, even it cannot be used as an accurate or adequate yardstick of worth. For example, education does not guarantee an ennobled character, or assure that one has the Will to contribute their best effort, just as the lack of education cannot be used to determine any of these things either. 175

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It isn‟t one skill or one skill level that drives society, but the myriad together which enables the function and development of the Whole. Everyone is here for a Reason. They have a part to play, and every diverse part is absolutely integral to the overall success and well-being of any social order. To establish a variable value to Human input based on how well a role is esteemed (its image) instantly undermines any reasonable variable 6 which comes after that fact. More importantly, by devaluing the contributions of a large swath of the social fabric the strength and well-being of the entire tapestry is weak and loosely woven. Thus in the New Culture while a state of continual learning and self-development is ever promoted as an essential asset toward unfolding the Human Potential, when it comes to input, esteemed roles or positions requiring advanced experience receive no compensation above labor, production or the more mundane chores. It takes all of it to fulfill and sustain the needs of a settlement. Consider that the combined energy of both the architect and those who institute the design brings a home from concept to fruition. While the architect may direct/lead/organize the vision underlying the physical construction, the final product is ultimately a cooperative venture that simply, in most cases, could not exist through the work of the architect‟s hands alone. To assign a status system to the variety of contributing roles is counterproductive to regaining Awareness of our Unitive State. Your hour is the same as my hour. It is the same measure of my Life as it is your Life, even if I make two small baskets and you make four.
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Even so, it should be noted that both efficiency and accountability aren‟t at all lost to the New Culture‟s equation, and any who contribute beyond their Quota are duly compensated.

As the New Culture is emerging like a phoenix from the pyre of what was, there is the present need to consider things from the position of a threshold. The Grand Vision of social enlightenment cannot unfold but out of the body that has already lived. Separating ourselves apart in a way which dismisses the life-granting contribution of our progenitor effectively shuts the door on the birth process, causing isolation where there needs to be connection and stunting the growth and development of the Vision. Thus to be successful, the emergent Way of Life must inherit and build upon the essence of the originating source. For this reason there are allowances made for things you may not expect to be given consideration in such a Plan. One example being that our systems of ownership and economy are designed to function with respect to both the laws of Uncle Sam and the Natural Law. Another, pertaining to values directly… To satisfy Uncle Sam and to build a bridge from old to new there must be a rate of exchange between Libertora and other forms of currency, such as the dollar. Additionally, this allows for those who live in the bioregion of a settlement to participate in the Market and Services of that settlement, and for all to participate in the Markets and Services apart from the settlement, increasing Libertora‟s abilities for settlement-residents and generating a healthier alternative of exchange and greater 177

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abundance for non-residents. When the empty-currencies fail, it will be the energybacked currencies of bio-regional, micro-economies that emerge triumphant.

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One-half of every Quota (plus the hours one desires to participate beyond that) is devoted to eliciting the unique essence of the individual. This occurs in two ways – First, at least two-thirds of this time is given to Defined Contributions. This is where a person asks themselves what they want to offer of themselves, as an expression of their individualized nature, which can be utilized and/or exchanged. This could be anything – a talent providing entertainment; a passion, ability or trade resulting in a product or service. It can be an offering of some form of experience. Then, at least one-third of this time is given to protecting and perpetuating Human Capital through tasks of Personal Upholding. Again, this is left entirely to an individual‟s discretion, where a person asks of themselves what they want to offer of themselves as an expression of their individualized potential, which is of simultaneous benefit/development/improvement to both the self and the Whole. Sometimes this produces a good or service which can be utilized and/or exchanged, although it is handled differently. The Market Quarter itself is then vastly defined by these two things, and thus by the individual expressions and desires which comprise the Whole of that embodiment. In one settlement the Market Quarter might include a small winery and a cheese vendor, while the Market Quarter of another settlement might be defined by its Healing Arts Services, while another includes an organic coffee and tea room or a 179

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resources to maintain the stall. Resources are coordinated and/or ordered through the Market Steward who acts as liaison between the Market‟s various ventures and the Common Treasury.  An individual can, of their own accord, authorize an expiration date on their Subscription so as to alter their listed contributions at any time.  Individual‟s listing the same, similar, or even compatible contributions are always free to participate in cooperative ventures.  Every venture, singular or cooperative, receives an Account. Like all Accounts it is used to track the balance of input and return. When an exchange is made it is mutually logged in both the venture‟s account and the account of the individual or household utilizing the product or service in question.  A unique feature of the venture Accounts is that there is a log where the Defined Contribution is broken into tasks, which, as completed, are registered as hours of input. This allows for two things to occur. It provides an accounting of how much energy is going into any one product or service, which is then used in establishing a “true price” for exchange purposes. Also it allows for certain tasks, if desired, to be registered in the Task Bank so as to elicit the assistance/input of other settlement residents seeking additional hours beyond their Quota.  The direct correlation between input and exchange value is part of the mechanism for encouraging participants to work as diligently, effectively and with as much forethought as possible. Another component to this mechanism 181

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is that a Defined Contribution which maintains a debt for two consecutive seasons (where returns fail to balance energy and resource input) is either voluntarily unlisted, grey-listed, or addressed in Forum. creation to be viable.  As mentioned, in some cases the solution may be for a Defined Contribution to be grey-listed. For example – an artist has spent the past 26 weeks (two seasons) devoted to filling their stall with their creations yet being of subjective interest and more of an indulgent expense, exchange is very slow. If input continues, the gap will only increase, and unbalances mount. Yet any settlement would be at a loss without such artists. The solution? While greylisted, the artist can continue to maintain their stall for “Open Market7” as Defined Contribution input but no new resources are allotted, including the use of the Task Bank for assistance, and production can only further occur with the resources already on hand. This grey-listing might occur for an agreed period, or in certain cycles or simply until an initial investment of energy and resources are balanced out.  There are other reasons a contribution might be voluntarily unlisted, greylisted, or brought to Forum. One example would be two individuals listing the “same” product or service who have chosen not to cooperate. This may open them to having to prove the viability of sustaining two quite similar ventures, especially if one proves inefficient in terms of its exchange value or poor in its quality. There must be ingenuity, striving, and a certain intelligence of approach for any organized

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 Quality is another example of why a contribution may no longer be listed in the same way. Products and services can easily be voluntarily rated for quality through the system‟s software. A product or service earning a rating within a cautionary zone would have the opportunity to address the issues of quality. As a preliminary measure to changing listed status an “impact” could be calculated into the “true price” formula so as to reflect a sloppy and/or unconscious use of resources, and/or a lack of attentiveness and dedication. Similarly a system could be implemented where products and services which maintain superior quality for a certain period are prioritized for expansion or upgrades to stall, production/manufacture area, artifacts, etc., or receive specific deductions from the impact portion of the exchange value formula. Efficient craftsmanship and quality service are the Aims.  When calculating the true price of a product or service utilizing the Market Quarter and its offerings a “Market Devotion” is factored in which accounts for things such as use of space, energy, water, maintenance and upkeep. This is a seasonal devotion, calculated as a small fraction attributed to the exchange value of every product and service. When a venture performs ahead of its attributed fraction, the additional hours collected above the seasonal devotion are refunded to the venture‟s account which can then be used for investment, development, upgrade, etc.  Resources and supplies coordinated/ordered through the Market Steward are also factored into a product‟s or service‟s exchange value, based directly on the input into that specific offering.

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 There are no profits. An individual is compensated for their input as they explore their own interests and purpose.

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formula when the tithed input is removed from the equation, offerings have a very minimal exchange value. Therefore, they are handled differently.  Where services are concerned, they will be offered to residents and certain support recipients without application of an exchange value. Some of these services will also be provided at Open Market and to some support recipients on a sliding scale valuation. The input collected in this fashion will balance against the exchange value of freely provided services with any remainders being devoted to the improvement and development of Personal Upholding services.  Where goods are concerned, one-third of whatever an individual produces is for the settlement‟s resources (ex: artwork given to beautify a collective space), another third is made available via the Market Quarter to certain support recipients at the minimal exchange value, and the remaining third is produced for a “tithe stall” for the Open Market where items are made available via a donation and/or auction concept. All input collected from the exchange of goods is attributed to resource use and Market Devotion.

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MASTERY OF CORRELATION

It is necessary to account for the apparent divisions and dualities of the ONE Thing. Bridge all gaps with discernment…

Gemini presents itself as the quest for Mastery over division, separation and the appearance of distance. Particles that exist within us can be separated by an incalculable span, and still behave as though present with their fellows. In the New Culture this quest is facilitated through recognizing the necessity of accounting for the apparent divisions, dualities and duplicities of the One Thing by seeking the unity, harmony, concord, bond, energy, and connection point between them. The Human mind, like the computers we‟ve designed to reflect it, is based on gathering, recording, compartmentalizing, cataloging, connecting, processing, remembering, storing and on like this – yet if it wasn‟t for the ability to connect, share and transfer all the bits of information, it would all be nothing more than wellorganized packets of data, without correlations between them. All things would be independent, without any associations made between notions of „this‟ and „that.‟ It‟s a 187

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near impossible condition to fathom, but I can tell you the next evolutionary stage from there would be the ability to form links between the independent bits. For example, without an ability to form association between them, the independent concepts of “Hot!” and “Don‟t Touch It!” would never connect. Communication, connection and exchange are truly what enable function between any apparent divisions and separations. In a cultural context this translates more specifically as the conscious embrace of those things which web us together – appropriate technology networks, intelligent systems for dialogue and communication, advanced methods of sharing and coordination, smart alternatives in transportation, and along in this vein.

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GOOD AND EVIL

The Wisdom of the Serpent is the Knowledge of Polarity…

Good and evil can exist within the landscape of an individual‟s personal reality, but Good and evil are not an Actuality. We look with our lying, physical eyes and see something that appears beneficial (when discerned through our filters, beliefs, preferences, understandings, et al); we call it good. We look with our same lying eyes and see something that appears detrimental (when discerned through all our varied layers) and we call it evil. This is ego and convenience. This is the capriciousness of an untrained, immature Mind. Good and evil have no part in a Universal construct. Good and evil, like right and wrong, are words we use to justify or condemn behaviors, whether ours or another‟s. But this isn‟t intelligence and it‟s not even morality; the things this “discernment” masquerades as. If you condemn another as “evil” (i.e. separate from the Divine) because their injurious and “wrong” actions, then you don‟t understand. If you think you are 189

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“right” because your intentions are “good” (and therefore but be corollary to the Divine intent) than you don‟t understand. Consciousness IS. And Consciousness is ALL. Every force of evolution was once involutive. Every centrifugal force can become centripetal. Every positive pole can easily “flip” to the negative. To justify one of these specific extremes of energy, while condemning the apparent opposite is mistaken. Between two extreme expressions of energy are infinite expressions and presentations – with the full spectrum of one extreme, the opposite extreme and the range between them witnessed as separate realities but, in Actuality, the varied appearances of the same one thing. The same one energy, declared separate at each stage of its process! An example of this can be seen in the concept of “White Light” and the manner in which the Light can be divided into the varied presentations of its composition. Of course one could favor a certain ray of Light, perceived as a specific color, and condemn another. They might even have really good reasons for doing so. For example, red and ultra-violet might have negative favor while a soft blue might be justified as calming and healing. Now imagine that from your perspective, only the White Light was visible and not the divisions of its constitution. What you would see, then, when people gave their opinions of the Light, are people picking various parts of the same-one-thing and labeling it strictly, and sometimes harshly, by their own individual perspectives and preferences. It might seem rather strange. 190

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Don‟t let extremes and their variables fool you. For as long as you are stuck between the opposing concepts of dualistic reality, your consciousness will remain stuck in the lower, illusory worlds between that which you attract (and justify) and that which you repel (and condemn.) Everything in our experience has a positive pole and a negative pole, which are two processes of the same force. It is this, in relationship to our own magnetic force, which determines whether your experiences are satisfying and joyful or painful and divisive. It is this that impacts all modes of your experience – goals, desires, attitudes, perceptions, beliefs and values. For as long as you determine your reality and your understandings through your two physical eyes, everything in your experience will be circumscribed by a dividing line and exist as an intricate composition of dual (or dueling) perceptions to which you either attract or repel. Look instead for Actuality by bridging oppositions through turning within to establish your perception. Intelligence, investigation and even communication might be in order to Reason correctly. Conscious work might be required to see beyond the seeming of appearances.

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COMMUNICATION

Communication is a part of our Human agreement – to cut apart the One Thing into concepts, ascribe significances, attach feelings and beliefs, and develop codified labels and pertinent sounds. This allows for the development of speech communities (like organisms or computer networks) that have internal function because of their ability to transfer, exchange, remember, share and connect information. The more undiluted the speech community, the clearer the paradigms intrinsic to the mental processes of that community yet the more difficult it will be for the community to convey their paradigm to someone else. When speech communities combine so does their information, their Knowledge, their perceptions, etc. When communities are cut off from one another by language barriers there is isolation, separation, competition and strife; the differences between “us” and “them” are literally pronounced. This is what is implied when it is said we went from Oneness to distinctly divided speech communities – a confusion or babble of tongues. A devastating dispersion that isolated and scattered divisions of information, and, as told by the name of the historic site of said dispersion, severed direct communication between the Human and the Divine.

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For whatever else, this is simultaneously an ideal allegory for the Mind. In some Traditions the tale comes wrapped in the guise of a King who sends out the tribes of his twelve warring sons, each with their own unique component of the Royal Treasure. Each tribe comes to believe they have the only Treasure and much energy is devoted to the mistaken idea, which only prolongs the generations of war. Only after a very long time – after much suffering and loss – is the fractured whole able to make peace with one another, and only then can the Treasure be viewed for what it is… initiating a reconciliation of the tongues and a return to Oneness through a recombination of the scattered parts… I am not speaking of giving up diversity, but sharing and honoring it, in enlightened tapestry with the Whole. It is in this way that Knowledge and information can once again “pour free” and bring about Humanity‟s reunion with the Divine… Indeed, we are living in the time of the reconciliation of the tongues, when Aquarius pours Knowledge out freely to All to partake as they choose. This energy networks together even the remotest outposts of speech communities; one only has to look to the internet to know it is true. As the language barriers fall away, the more adeptly we transfer and exchange our treasures of experience and wisdom; the more a new, globalized culture emerges that even in its great diversities fits together as a united whole. And it is as our State of Union increases that we can we expect to reestablish the bond between the Human and Divine. __________________________

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Conscious communication is not only powerful, it is necessary for facilitating conscious function and cannot be overlooked in importance. Sociocracy, the New Culture‟s intelligent process of direction and interaction (i.e. governance), is an exemplar of conscious communication enabling coordination and function. Over time, participants in the model should grow adept at carrying mature, healthy and aware communication habits through every aspect of their life. In a settlement of the New Culture, specifically, teaching or studying beneficial, effective communication skills like dialogue or mediation count for Personal Upholding hours.

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DIALOGUE

Dialogue is a communication process involving deep listening and inquiry between two or more people. It is different than discussion, which has more to do with opinions and personalities, and tends to stay more so toward the surface level of things.

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Dialogue helps to foster deep, interpersonal connections and reverse social fragmentation. It requires participation. Meeting another‟s eyes. Listening in silence. Contemplation. Reasoned response. an aspect of Mastering Gemini). Dialogue also helps us to explore ideas and synergistically co-create transformative structures. Individuals dialogue, not on behalf of their own identity, preference, and perception, but in simulated event on behalf of something else – an issue, a concept, a theory, a plan, a goal, etc. It is a skill employed by many a wise philosopher to explicate specific ideas and logics and grow their understanding of reality; truly a tool used to achieve the grander stages of comprehension. These things help us to lay judgment and assumption aside and explore the world with an open Heart and Mind (which is truly

“Dialectic is the only philosophical method which seeks for Wisdom by anagogically transporting our foundational underpinnings so that our Higher Self ascends to the Origin.” Plato

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Where transportation is concerned the most effective vehicle of change is the restructuring of our cultural norms to favor community-centered development, design, and lifestyle choices. Even those who desire a more secluded monastic existence should be able to enjoy easy access from their residence to the places where they input their energy, make exchanges, further themselves, communicate with others, and find enjoyment. partake. __________________________ Where transportation is concerned the Aim of the New Culture is three-fold: Make transportation less necessary. Focus on building viable community organisms, where all parts are granted movement, participation, communication, exchange, access, etc., utilizing the least amount of transportation possible. The majority of settlements will be sized, laid out and designed for walking. Larger settlements will use appropriate systems of their choosing. An extension of community-centered living is that the means used to fulfill needs and wants are greatly minimized as the focus shifts to locality. Make transportation less desirable. Beautiful, pleasant, enjoyable and/or inspiring pathways will always be more enticing than a long, noisy commute. Also, another way is which the use of transportation becomes less desirable is via the New Culture‟s 197 Meaning that, quite simply, a community-centered existence is for All and shouldn‟t require becoming a certain sort of social butterfly to

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“true price” system which accounts for the impact of transportation and regards longdistance imports as synonymous with luxury goods. Make transportation sustainable. Alternative fuels and technologies are vigorously investigated, developed, and promoted.

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The descent of celestial forces into matter is the cause of all manifestation. Thus, true also is that the individual, physical body is the abode of a cosmic presence…

Cancer presents itself as the quest for Mastery over illusions and false impressions related to sensory input. Cancer‟s quest is to develop a sense of security based on the Actuality that change is the true constant. In the New Culture this quest is facilitated through recognizing the necessity of putting the Higher Self at the invisible reins guiding our personalities. The physical body is a shell, a home and a vehicle. It appears solid and provides security, a fortress of sorts, but itself is in a constant state of renewal and change. The Cancer crab rarely feels vulnerable, but cycles through a chain of expanding vessels that give the crab its very shape and appearance. The body is requisite; yet it is not the height of our condition, nor is it an enemy to our True State. It is a beneficial shelter. The descent of the celestial forces into matter is the cause of All manifestation, thus the physical body is also the literal temple of a heavenly presence. When we discern that the riddle of our senses implies our physicality is something less than a sanctuary 200

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of Divine expression, or perhaps even go so far as to imagine that our physicality is everything, we ultimately deprive ourselves of peace and rest. In such a condition an individual buzzes around in their vehicle-body, searching for that illusive essence that will – at last! – leave them nurtured and fulfilled…in a way that only the immortal essence can. True shelter, security and stability is experienced when we put our higher faculties and deepest Truths at the reins. In a cultural context this translates more specifically as the encouragement, promotion and facilitation of attunement to the Higher Self, and due respect for (i.e. a willingness to hear) those who are further progressed in their development of said attunement. Cancer is translated in the Way of Life as systems of Shelter and Nurture.

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BENEFICIAL SHELTERING

Where all physical structures are concerned the settlements design for: HARMONY. With the planet, its forces and inhabitants. SANCTUARY. To shelter and nurture. For beauty and tranquility. THE WHOLE-BEING. For health and wellness. For inspiration and vitality.

Where the Whole of any settlement is concerned the design will include: SPECIALIZED AREAS AND ZONES. Specialization is the direct This affords

application of Knowledge. In Nature, the more advanced the social order the more it exhibits heightened articulations of specialization. Wisdom and Understanding. COMMUNAL AND PRIVATE SPACE. Even those who sincerely desire cooperative lifestyles want to have a space to retreat to and provision as their own. Yet, on the flip-side our concepts of private space need to be readdressed without the acute individualist perspective. The majority aspires to duplicate the artifacts and amenities of their neighbor which generates sprawl, isolation and extremes in resource mismanagement that are completely unsustainable. 202 efficiency, highlights intelligence, and radiates the superior functioning of

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With a balanced perspective, and a more balanced use of space, settlements will honor and nurture the individual while naturally facilitating interaction, cooperation, community and culture… not to mention a more appropriate use of land and resources. SYSTEMIZED APPROACHES. Nature is a Whole System. She employs logic and process to actively consider and account for the interconnections between all components of all systems; Her solutions often address multiple problems at the same time. A settlement will think of its sustaining functions as systems, and then consider how these systems can function together (and with the natural systems) to provide the highest, most intelligent state of function possible utilizing the least amount of complexity within the character of their bioregion. A settlement will think as a Whole instead of as a collection of independent, self-provisioning units. CONGRUENCEY. Constructions shall suit their environment and be

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WELCOME TO THE WORLD

For a civilization to fail to assure that its constituent Souls are fed and sheltered is reprehensible. This should occur first, as the primary, above all other endeavors. To be born to the world is to inherit a place in the world; and there is a horrible cost to the system that takes that away. Education, exploration, discovery, expansion; these belong to a level of civilization that comes after the foundational level, where the most basic needs of the Whole are addressed…

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Use what comes your way. Use what you have…

Cancer teaches that we are best nurtured when we consciously transfer the reigns of control from ego to the Higher Self. This implies that true nurture comes from the Source within. By receiving that Source, we absorb all we need to sustain us and are never left insatiate by fruitless activities. The New Culture does its best at nurturing, first when it accepts what it has, allowing a place for its every constituent. And then, when it embraces and promotes those concepts which facilitate each constituent‟s Union with the Higher Self – Gnosis, meditation, yoga, energy works, mystical study and practice, keeping within the parameter of the Natural Laws, the Healing Arts, and similar.

“There are two things which are especially helpful in receiving the light of Gnostic Knowledge: (i) Covering all the stages of meditation; and (ii) Concentrating attention on self. If the devotee paid full attention to secure these two things, he would gradually perceive that despite its variety the Whole Universe was being nurtured from one source that is the source of all that happens in the world.”
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In our settlements the concept of nurture is largely birthed through tasks of Upholding. First, through Personal Upholding which calls for direct and measurable input into one‟s Self-Development; one nurtures the individual Being, which simultaneously nurtures the Whole. Then, through Collective Upholding which calls for direct and measurable input into sustaining the Greater Good; one nurtures the life of the Whole. This, for the most part, occurs through Nature and tasks related to perpetuating the natural world. Therefore the system of Collective Upholding was designed to function as Nature would function – simultaneously nurturing those who nurture the Whole. This occurs by giving returns and directing energies to where there is contribution and investment into the life of the Whole. The medium used for this return of energy to the contributing individual is Upholding Scrip. The following statements define said Scrip:  Pertains to Full and Trial Share members only. embrace of the settlement they attend. Associate members are

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 For every fifty-two hours of Subscribed Collective Upholding, one scrip is credited the Account. Hours above the Subscribed Quota accumulate at the rate of one per every thirteen hours.  Also automatically accumulates with the passage of time at the rate of one per 28 days spent in residence.  Each individual settlement defines its own specific formula of application and use. However, Upholding Scrip is not “spent” but used as growing yardstick of input into the Collective Upholding.  Generally used in conjunction with ISL to upgrade housing. For example, a settlement can decide that newbie residents reside in existing, basic housing for a certain period before upgrading to the situation of constructing a home of their own design, this period being measured by a certain level of accumulation of Upholding Scrip.  Also certain levels of accumulation can be used to determine the relief of specific obligations. For example, a settlement may decide to deduct from a member‟s Subscribed obligations at certain points along the way, such as after a member has input themselves for a defined number of years.

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MASTERY OF SELF-EXPRESSION

Modes of self-expression that align to the cosmic presence are potent with synergy. Modes of selfexpression that align to Higher Will provide an instrument to carry forward its force…

Leo presents itself as the quest for Mastery over thought articulation and presentation of character. In the New Culture this quest is facilitated through promoting modes of selfexpression which align to the Star of one‟s Being; their Highest Will. Coming to Know and Understand that Will is a process of unfoldment, of which certain pressures on the forge of adversity are required to produce Awareness of Potential and Strength in Purpose, is essential. Thus people must have a certain freedom to roam; to explore themselves, try on masks, and alter habits, behaviors and routines. In a cultural context this translates more specifically as consciousness in the realm of self-expression and self-development, as well as a culture which embraces creativity, children, Magick and the like.

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“Daniel was fed to the hunger of lions but their mouths were shut against him. For the wild forces are ever subordinate and could never consume the potency of the One Force. The True King of Beasts successfully articulates Higher Will through the pattern of his thoughts. Daniel, stripped of interest in personal pride, could therefore articulate his desires successfully.”

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CHILDREN

Children are the future expression of the New Culture. Root them in Self-Assurance. Grow them within a net of love. Teach them by example, a reverence for Life. Allow them to find, express and nurture their Joy…

A few notes on the children of the New Culture‟s settlements: First, in a culture of abundance, facilitated by intelligent stewardship and conscious spirituality, there is no need to shun or fear propagation as many of our more intelligent minds now do. Children born of intention and intelligence are an asset. Don‟t buy into the lie of scarcity or a global warming removed from its true cause of Solar Awakening and other cyclic events. This doesn‟t mean to suggest that Human behavior hasn‟t worked to degrade the environment. Rather, the suggestion is that the present popular attitude actually works in determent to evolution. When intelligent, Awakening minds refrain from transmitting their stock, unconscious conduct will continue its rule, supreme. Children are the future.

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And the well-being of our children – that they exist in Wholeness – is integral to the overall strength and health of the social tapestry. So many of the problems surrounding today‟s youth can be traced to some form of social abandonment or isolation. Without any form of cultural cohesion or any real sense of social accountability many children are left to feel disjointed from, and outside of, the society in which they live. There is very little net to catch and embrace the ones who struggle and suffer and need a sense of cohesion the most. We were all children once and many will be children again. Thus we, too, are the future. And that which we offer to our children we help insure in the world for – and heal within - ourselves. The New Culture resonates its commitment to treat children as Whole and complete Human Beings who are fully accounted for within our social tapestry. Foremost this implies a social system which enables parents to be the direct, present contributors in the children‟s lives without having to sacrifice basic necessities to do so. The Laws of Nature make them expressedly accountable for assuring their offspring matures into a responsible understanding of how to relate to others and navigate their lives, but a society which fails to assist in their success digs its own grave. The parental figures lead their pride as guides and stewards, modeling superlative character, health, nurture and behavior. Ideally the children learn to gather tools when they are needed, and to work on behalf of their own continued development. We want autonomous thinkers not automatons. 213

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Society has a similar responsibility of stewardship but in broader terms; cultural norms must reflect our commitment to our children as a defining component of our future. Meeting the basic needs of the children within a settlement is the responsibility of the Whole of that settlement. It is the only way to insure successful beginnings. This implies that the number of children within a household holds no bearing on the Quota of that household, but instead children are provisioned for as Defined Needs and accounted for through the efforts of the Whole. In order to output Aware, Whole Beings that can recognize themselves as unique, precious, and responsible constituents of Humanity, children need a certain freedom to pursue what is meaningful to them, participate in their environment, and culturally share in experiences, festivals, rituals and rites. There is no right age at which one becomes magically responsible. One is simply responsible when one can actively, consistently demonstrate responsibility without bribery, threat or coercion, but of their own accord. For most, this has very little concurrence with the actual lawful age of responsibility. Therefore it is impossible (and potentially oppressive) to define absolutes as to when or how a child may participate in projects, hold accounts, accept apprenticeships, etc. However, ideally children will be encouraged to contribute and participate when they are so compelled, within an embrace of the understanding that so much of our learning occurs through actualizing, experimenting, and doing.

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Settlements, perhaps in conjunction with their Universitas, might elect to offer eight years of educational provisions to the youth of residence as a time of exploration and self-discovery. This would include a substantially reduced Quota while engaged in pursuits minded toward stitching a new and meaningful thread through the social tapestry.

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THE LADDER TO HEAVEN

“Every Intention which does not assert itself by deeds is vain intention, and the speech which expresses it is idle speech. It is action which proves life and establishes Will. Hence it is said in the sacred symbolical books that men will be judged, not according to their thoughts and their ideas, but according to their Works.”
Eliphas Levi

In every Mystery Tradition, within its own symbol tongue, it is said that the secret of rising above the limits of Homo sapiens or Natural Humanity into the next condition, Cosmic Humanity, begins with understanding the Law. For keeping the Law is what raises a person up out of the lower kingdoms, opens the doors of confinement and limitation and expands the imperfect senses. One cannot spark their Cosmic Fire until they have purified and refined their energetic dignity, foremost by Awareness of the Universal conduct code. This is the nature of the Judgment spoken of by learned men. Not punishment for indiscretion. Not angry condemnation. But the reception of Life in accord with the quality of one‟s own actions.

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To live an Ennobled Life, the Good Intention of a person must be adequately reflected through all they do. The Law of the Mysteries is the Law of the New Culture. This conception of “the Law” is much different than the modern conception, where laws commonly exist in the minds of man as both distant commandments from God and rules born of the mores of the ruling culture or most well-funded lobby. Instead, this conception of the Law is traceable to distinct eternal, internal principles that weren‟t invented by the Homo sapiens‟ subjective notions of right and wrong. Travel the Universe and these principles remain unwaveringly the same. They are the Inner Truths. Thus it is said that the Law is known to All without everyone Knowing it. First, because they function regardless of our Awareness in the matter. Second, because they are us. They shape us (our form and nature cannot exist outside of their function) and have made us in their image and their likeness. How? By becoming “the Bodies of Man”… These “Bodies” are our seven vessels of experience and expression – physical, spiritual, emotional, mental and our triune Inner Being. They exist within us, in a very literal form as our endocrine system which controls the seven regions of our physical body, guiding the function of our entire organism and producing physiological and then psychological affects. They also exist within us, perhaps less literally, as the seven sacred centers or chakras which not only govern the endocrine system but actually bring all parts of our seven-fold nature into affinity with each other.

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These centers have been written of as “spinning wheels of Power and Life,” “living well-springs of energy,” “hubs of vital, creative force” and “the Inner Lights”. This reminds that Biblically, in correct translation, we are told of a plural, male and female Creator who fashions the Human in their image. And typically this plural Creative Force, the Elohim, is conceived of in septenary form. Similarly, the Law of the Mysteries is called in singular but recognized as a seven-fold plural and is said to live within us. Just as the Dharma (lit. „law‟) of Buddhist traditions refers to a set of Spiritual Laws which govern the psycho-physical make-up of every Human Being, produce the underlying order in Nature and are believed to provide a proper code of conduct for Human activity. Living in accord with the Dharma leads to Liberty from the lower conditions. So, the Law is within us. And this Law liberates instead of confines. The Ladder to Heaven has seven rungs and they are inside of us, coursing through us, as a spectrum of energetic qualities or conditions – a depth that allows for transcendence of the height. Climbing the Ladder is not a linear process, for all the centers are interwoven and interdependent, although blockages in the channels of one center can lead to inhibited flow at other levels of expression. Climbing the Ladder entails raising the vibrational condition. It is Mastery of the Temple, through removing the incongruencies and inhibitions that make for shadows and dark. Consider that if there were no dark parts, so to speak, which is to say no hiding, no shadows, no blocks or unlevel keels – there would be no cycling through the Wheels of Birth and Death. So making this vibrational climb is what it‟s all about. __________________________ 218

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The Law is radiated out from Above in the motions of the Sun. The Sun moves through the Zodiac, through the Wheel of the Year, in seven stations spiraling through yin and yang forces, down and up the cosmic backbone. rises in Spring and Crowns in Leo‟s Self-Realization at the hilt of Summer. We also see this Truth played out through many religious stories and mythologies. And it is often said in the Mystery Traditions of those who dwell in the lower kingdoms that they have yet to climb their own Ladder to the point of opening the doorway that is their Heart. In the Tree of Life this Ladder is synonymous with “climbing the Tree” as the Way of Return. That is, using the Knowledge hidden within the Tree to Ascend from a natural, corruptible state, to a state which is both incorruptible and Divine. In esoteric conception the Sun starts as the seed of the fruits of Fall, incubates through Winter,

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APPROPRIATE ACTION

For every action there will follow a second action caused by the first, and this reaction will be either pleasant or unpleasant in its ultimate effect, in full accord to the nature of its cause…

THE LIVING PRINCIPLE OF CAUSALITY Cause & Effect ~ Positive Economy ~ Karma ~ Equal Exchange Root Chakra Muladhara · The Base Os Sacrum · The Holy Bone Earth Element Tangible Body · The Material Plane Red Tone Correlations Planet, Mars · Strength · Peh Force, Pluto · Trial by Fire · Shin Tenets I will sow the seeds of: equal exchange. I will act with: forethought of cause and effect. I will embody this truth through: the practice of consciously pursuing choices which will have the most favorable result for all affected.

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THERE IS A QUALITY IN BECOMING THAT IS KNOWN AS RECIPROCITY

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What is given is ultimately what is returned…

THE LIVING PRINCIPLE OF RECIPROCITY Non-Violence ~ Tolerance ~ Communion Tribal Chakra Swadhisthana · Favored Abode Genios · The Life Essence Fire Element The Etheric Plane · Subtle Body Orange Tone Correlations Planet, Moon · Foundation · Gimel Tenets I will sow the seeds of: peace, unity, tolerance, gathering, and collaboration. I will act with: integrity and for integral living. I will embody this truth through: the practice of conscious abstinence from any form of violence, force, oppression, or malice, even when that requires hunting for my actions and behaviors which stem from unconsciousness and unhealthy thought and emotional patterns.

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THERE IS A QUALITY IN CONCIOUS BEING THAT IS IDENTIFYING

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APPROPRIATE PERSPECTIVE

All things share an interconnected existence. Nothing is independent. The individual identity is a wave in an ocean of waves, even as each wave crests with its own potential…

THE LIVING PRINCIPLE OF THE THRONE Self-Awareness ~ Interdependence ~ Ego Dissolution ~ Character Identifying Chakra Manipura · City of Jewels Gaster · The Appetitive Soul Consciousness The Plane of Separation · The Self Yellow Tone Correlations Planet, Saturn · Limitation · Tav Tenets I will sow the seeds of: expansion beyond my own limited identity. I will act with: a deportment that isn‟t dominated by ego. I will embody this truth through: the practice of consciously addressing and refining character so as to expand beyond the limitations of formed identifications. 225

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APPROPRIATE EFFORT

Cultivate a boundless Heart toward All Life. Pervade the world with the free-flowing abundance of Liberty for All. There is always a door between the two-sides…

THE LIVING PRINCIPLE OF BALANCE Love ~ Service ~ Magnetism Triumphant Chakra Anahata · The Unstruck Cor Animus · The Affective Soul Water Element The Astral Plane · Emotional Body Green Tone Correlations Planet, Venus · Fruitful · Daleth Tenets I will sow the seeds of: deep acceptance and compassion. I will act with: Service and liberated from the illusion of appearances. I will embody this truth through: the practice of consciously accepting, honoring, and valuing every Being – from the basest modes of Life to the inclusion of one‟s Self – as expressions of the nonmaterial ONE THING; to

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the extent of consciously, willfully, and desirously giving and receiving energy in contemplation of a Greater Good.

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APPROPRIATE INTENTION

Consciousness requires intentional forethought of the whole to counter-balance free reign of the individual center. As consciousness increases, so too does responsibility increase within the cosmic orchestra…

THE LIVING PRINCIPLE OF THE SCEPTRE Will-Awareness ~ Purposeful Creation ~ Responsibility ~ Balance Directing Chakra Vishuddha · Purgation Collum · The Boundary Pillar Consciousness The Plane of Emanation · The Will Blue Tone Correlations Planet, Sun · Regeneration · Resh Force, Uranus · Potential · Aleph

Tenets I will sow the seeds of: intentionality and purpose. I will act with: Awareness of how I wield the wand of Free-Will.

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I will embody this truth through: the practice of consciousness of my everpresent choice to emanate, move, and create the reality I choose.

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APPROPRIATE MENTALITY

Truth is a birthright. To receive the full lot of the inheritance, be a witness to Self. Judge no thing…

THE LIVING PRINCIPLE OF ILLUMINATION Truth ~ Justice - Nonjudgment ~ Equilibration Deliberating Chakra Ajna · Command Cerebrum · Executive Function Air Element The Mental Plane · Thought Body Indigo Tone Correlations Planet, Mercury · Essential · Beth Tenets I will sow the seeds of: justice, discernment, and equilibrium. I will act with: non-judgment. I will embody this truth through: the practice of consciously restraining myself from making judgments, assumptions, and determinations based on my own experiences, preferences, and perceptions.

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Conscious Awareness achieves the height of material expression and Ascension from the same… THE LIVING PRINCIPLE OF THE CROWN Conscious Awareness ~ Universality Liberating Chakra Sahasrara · Thousand Petaled Vertex · The Highest Point Consciousness The Plane of Liberation · The Presence Violet Tone Correlations Planet, Jupiter · Expansion · Kaph Force, Neptune · Reversal · Mem Tenets I will sow the seeds of: surrender, awakening, and Universality. I will act with: sensitivity and Mindfulness. I will embody this truth through: the practice of conscious awareness of ALL manifestations of Life as Divine, giving the same attentiveness to communing and integrating with my own Highest, Greatest Awareness.

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INITIATING ENNOBLEMENT

As the limits of present understanding are transcended and thereby expand, matter becomes increasingly responsive to the intent of immortal Being. The obligation of consciousness is becoming aware…

In pursuit of our True Nature we dissolve illusions and awaken to Actualities. We actively and consciously partner with evolution and assert, through our behavior, recognition of the call for a forward-thinking, ever-progressive and expansive Awareness. Within these concepts we meet Neptune, the King of conscious activity, represented on the Tree of Life by his Crown. He is suspended upside down and hanging in-wait until roused to cognizant motion through maintaining a level of mindfulness beyond the ego-identity and the individual Will. However he is never completely Liberated from the depths within until there is a total reversal in the mental construct which allows for the Actualities of existence to finally be consciously perceived.

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INITIATING RESTORATION

When things do not adapt and evolve, they end. When vibrational motion slows, Life-progress retreats proportionately. Light is the great informer…

Ouranos is a word meaning „Heaven‟. It is another name for the macrocosmic Above and is interchangeable with the word Uranus. On the Tree of Life Ouranos is Chokmah or Wisdom. Thus it is said that Heaven is the product of Wisdom, and the home of the Wise. It is the greatest “something” that we can conceive of in an actual way. Chokmah is, in a literal sense, the cosmic realm and the substances of the Stars. It is that which provided to us its image. In fact, in the Gnostic Teachings this idea of Wisdom receives the epithet “within which lives all ideal forms” and is linked to Abraxis, the Mighty Wheel from which all else spawns. In Qabalah Chokmah relates to Mazzaloth, the Zodiac, and appears in various texts with the import “the Host of Heaven.” It also is given in association to Auphanim, “the Wheels,” traditionally an Angelic Order of the Zodiac but mystically depicting 239

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the Triplicities of the Zodiac Wheel or, more specifically, the certain spiraling motion of the four elements in their Qualities; the Zodiac‟s hidden Wisdom 8. In fact, In the Book of Ezekiel this so-called hidden Wisdom of the Zodiac is precisely imparted through the notion of the Twenty-Four Elders. Additionally, it is furthered to demonstrate the exacting correspondence between the spiraling geometric arrangement of the elements (Auphanim/Elders) and the formulaic pattern of the “Divine Revelation” which so glaringly follows the Wheel of the Year (the Sun‟s motion through each Zodiac Sign, when you start at Virgo.) In display of Wisdom hardly fathomable, I am saying, then, that the intention of the Book of Ezekiel is to communicate the resplendent likeness between the Divine and Created worlds, and to reveal the Created world as Divine Wisdom, manifest. This harkens to Greek Mythology where Uranus (Latinized from Ouranos, lit. „Heaven‟) is the husband to the Created World, Gaia (Earth), and is mystically referenced by Plato as the mathematical plan which underlies matter. In Astrology Uranus, planet of Wisdom‟s lightening flash of intuition, is the sovereign of Aquarius, and thus holds Power over this New Aeon. Uranus is thought of as “the Awakener” partially because Aquarius awakens Humanity as Knowledge pours free, but primarily because he is ever the spirit of great innovation and the first to lead rebellion. Ouranos is the Royal Snake of Egypt, giver of Life and death, of which it is said, “If he cannot create, develop, or progress there are causalities.” While easily misconstrued as a suggestion of an angry streak, remember that ultimately the
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statement defines the nature of a certain and specific energy-force, and simply imparts the Truth that where things do not progress, they end. Where Life (that is, growth, progress, change, and adaptation) is denied, that spiraling snake of upward motion and evolution withdraws. Ouranos, like the planet which received his name, is the Wisdom behind, or within, the Way of Return. He is not change for change‟s sake, but change which facilitates a Greater Awakening of potential. __________________________ Through Wisdom, Divinity remains accessible, unbroken and unaltered by Time. Learning to understand the Divine Wisdom is key. We must allow experience to clarify our minds with Wisdom. We must use our Wisdoms to learn from the past and think ahead. Wisdom is the Great Informer. Thus we read of the Royal Snake informing – and thereby Awakening – Humanity to their Divine Potential, and Prometheus imparting the secrets of the Gods. And so Wisdom Liberates and drives the engine of Purpose. It compels innovation and rebellion and forces striving and the pursuit of kingdoms higher. It tells that the suffering and ills of Humanity can be ascended because the potential of Humanity is Divine. Wisdom is the Light of the Cosmos. In our fallen or material estate it reveals itself to us through twelve faces which together constitute the Divine Revelation of Above. 241

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We therefore find that the Way of Life models Above, namely because a more perfect Wisdom is inherent to – and visible in – the mechanisms and principles of the higher, more refined realms. Consequently we keep a Way of Life which resonates to the forces of Heaven by emulating higher constructs in every aspect of our mundane activity and accepted cultural norms. The New Culture is the Culture of the Wise.

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INITIATING UNION

Within Absolute Being, all extremes are neutralized. known…

The reason to its whole expression is

Before its current usage, the word 'sin' was actually a name. It meant "illuminator" and it belonged to the Moon. Sin is the Semitic form of the Sumerian's Moon-Lord En-zu, the Lord of Knowledge, who represents the Moon's ability to manifest from, or create of, Knowledge. This is logical in a deep way as Knowledge, the originating germ of Life, precipitates into matter through reflection, duplication, memory transcription, and other such processes also made visible to us through the Lunar energy. Like Knowledge, the Moon is the generative organ. All of these things were once understood in relationship to the concepts personified through the deity Sin. As Knowledge was demonized, so was Sin. As Sin became shameful instead of a living and necessary component to our conscious evolution - a stone discarded instead of a stone which creates the Foundation - Humanity's own generative organ was the first thing we sought to hide. 244

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Without Knowledge, we cannot exist as the Divine Beings we are! Yet Knowledge in the material world is never seen for what it is when the seeing is done with material eyes alone, for Knowledge here is concealed within. This is because Knowledge is vibrationally at the other end of the spectrum, so to speak, from the dense vibration of material appearance and thus, without Awareness, is often perceived as an opposite to external existence. __________________________ It is widely stated that before we entered into this realm of birth and death we were immortal and can be immortal again. But to reclaim our inheritance, it must first be remembered and then found… Within the midst of the Tree of Life, as the Tree‟s invisible source, another Tree grows. We are told it is the mystical fruit of the hidden or unseen Tree which somehow enables one to then partake of the fruits of the Tree of Life and regain their immortal splendor. This hidden Tree is called Knowledge. More specifically, the Knowledge implied is Gnosis. That is, active Knowledge; the experience of Awareness or intuitive comprehension, and reunion with the greater, unmanifest portion of ourselves. In many Traditions this form of Knowledge is synonymous with learning to reason “like the Gods”, and the process of becoming consciously Divine. Thus we learn that our way to a new expression of existence begins with true encounters with and experiences of Knowledge. Then applying our ability to experience Knowledge, to achieve states of Gnosis, we can partake directly of the Seeds of Life and understand the wisdoms required to keep our course and find our lost estate.

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