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Newsletter July-August 2021
The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo, by Maria Spartali Stillman
I´m now fully vaccinated, and have therefore re-opened my philosophical counseling practice (I´m still working on an updated version of the page).
I have also created a practical website: Nordic Shamanism and Forest Therapy. This is an easy starter website, and is also the place where people can contact me.
In other words: philosophical counseling is now the advanced part of shamanic counseling.
Besides that: from September 8, I will start vagabonding Ireland.
News on the Poetic Work:
I have finished my text: The Runes of Rold Forest. It has developed into an actual Ebook. In my previous newsletters, I announced a coming ebook, The Vision Singer - Nordic Songs on Shamanism and Meditation. As a matter of fact, The Runes of Rold Forest is this ebook, just with another title.
New vagabond photography:
1) Greenland 2020: Part 2
2) Tivoli (Copenhagen) 2020
And now, when I´m touching the vagabond topic.
In my Newsletter January-February 2021, I told about my 36 years as a vagabond and alcoholic - see my article: My Life as a Vagabond. All caused by my spiritual crisis, which went wrong due to New Age teachings. I also told that I - in the blog category called My Life as a Vagabond - in the future, will write about all my weird experiences during this period. Right now, I have written three essays. I suggest you read Strange Days in Tangier, to get an idea of what it is you are up for.
Right now, I´m in progress with another essay: The Mystery of Villa Feltrinelli. This essay is about my experiences of a so-called time loop (philosophical: causal loop) in Mussolini´s former villa in Gargnano, a little village at Lake Garda in Italy, and the following paranormal experiences, both at Lake Garda, and in Venice.
The incident reminds about the so-called Moberly–Jourdain incident (also called The Ghosts of Versailles).
The whole thing was generated by my kundalini awakening, which happened in the start of 1990. In London I had started reading about spirituality (mostly new age and occultism), and I practiced yoga and meditation. I was also quite into the beat writers and the counterculture (especially Robert Anton Wilson - see my article, Final Secret of the Illuminati).
After my kundalini awakening, I started using alcohol to calm down the symptoms. This was somehow justified by the “counterculture philosophy”. I considered myself a chaos magician, or a “chaos navigator”. I was very much into the third virtue of critical thinking: flexible thinking, or looking at things from above. That is: a life of bohemianism, poetry and storytelling, combined with the use of drugs and alcohol.
It was all this that led me into a series of paranormal experiences, where I began to see different “omens” or “signs” of "The Godgame".
At the time, when I was completely identified with Wilson´s teachings, I hadn´t incorporated the other aspects of critical thinking (see my page, Meditation as an Art of Life,), and I was completely in the control of the irrational.
However, when I started writing my first book, I had started becoming skeptical about the total irrational way of living.
In the January-February Newsletter, I also wrote that the more I´m looking into the more occult background of all this (the Godgame), the more weird it gets. In my article, On the Nature of Dreams, I talked about The Borgesian Nightmare. This was in connection with an unbalanced opening of the Third Eye; an opening, which the occult teachers are obsessed by. When you move into the Godgame, it is as if you moved into a madhouse, or, a Borgesian Nightmare.
In the same Newsletter, I announced a coming pop culture file called:
Sherlock Holmes and the Godgame
In this file I will, with Sherlock Holmes as leading detective, travel into the Borgesian Nightmare, again. Because, I have been there before, but not in a critical way.
Basically, the Godgame is about the Quest for the Holy Grail. And right now, I´m into some really exciting things.
The Matrix Sophists (the Grail Sophists in this context), have their own myths. In his book, Cosmic Trigger III - My Life After Death, the above-mentioned Robert Anton Wilson talks about his researches into The Priory of Sion (this happens in the chapter called: Beneath the Planet of The Priory of Sion – see my article: The Priory of Sion Hoax). Wilson is in Paris, talking to a certain M. de Selby. De Selby tells him about the book: Jules Verne: Iniate et Iniateur, by Michael Lamy. In the book, Lamy describes The Société Angéliqué. The Société Angéliqué was a group of writers and other scholars which formed around the printer/publisher Sebastian Gryphius in Lyon in the mid 16th century during the "Lyon Renaissance". It is considered to be the antecedent of the more recent literary societies. According to the cryptographer Claude Sosthène Grasset d'Orcet the group employed masonic trappings and adopted an angel's head as their crest.
The Société Angéliqué is purported, by Michel Lamy, to be the secret society behind many esoteric phenomena and movements including the mystery of Rennes-le-Château, the Priory of Sion, and the Thule Society. Lamy indicated that he based his extrapolations about the society on previous work by Grasset d'Orcet. According to Lamy, the society's traditions were disseminated in cryptic form, and he postulated that its membership included all the usual conspiracy theory favourites: Leonardo da Vinci, Alexandre Dumas, père, Guercino, Nicolas Poussin, Dante Alighieri, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Jules Verne and others.
The professor of music, Joscelyn Godwen, writes about Lamy´s book:
To the reader who loves conspiracy and literature, this book is as thrilling as anything by Jules Verne himself. Michel Lamy has decoded not only Verne´s work but a whole line of initiated fiction writers. Rennes-le-Château, the Illuminati, Dracula, and the Thule Society are a few of the ingredients of this mystery, whose keys lie in occult politics and the dark secrets of blood, death, and immortality. Lamy´s work has long deserved a wider audience.
Lamy´s thesis is basically, that Jules Verne´s hidden side was encrypted into all his works.
In my philosophical counseling practice I offer a counseling form called The Godgame (as mentioned: the page is not finished). It is the counseling form the guest should choose if he or she want to have a dialogue about my cultural criticism, hereunder the general concept of The Matrix Conspiracy and the underlying occult structure: The Godgame. It is a kind of role-playing game, or, a storytelling game.
This is the most "advanced" counseling form in that it requires familiarity with my concept of The Godgame. This is why I suggest that the guest first take "Shamanic Counseling" as a preparatory practice.
When that is said, this counseling form is also a kind of children´s game, which requires an ironical distance to yourself. It requires no more "homework" than getting yourself familiar with, for example, the Dungeons and Dragons board game. It is inseparable connected with forest therapy. You play a role as a Grail seeker or forest wanderer.
If you already are familiar with my cultural criticism, and share it, it would be easy for you to fall into the Godgame. As suggested in my article Counseling in the Mythic Forest of Rold, you are a character trying to awake from The Matrix Conspiracy and The Godgame. You are trying to become a member of the resistance, a "Godgame Hacker", or "Godgame Shaman". Remember the quote from the Introduction to my website:
They (shamans) are pre-eminently the anti-demonic champions; they combat not only demons and disease, but also the black magicians.
- Mircea Eliade, Shamanism, Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
On the journey through the Godgame we will discriminate between base magic and higher magic. For base magic (divination, shamanic journeys and healing) we will use some tools, such as Hallowquest cards and runes. But here we might use some more unusual cards and tarots, as for example The Storyworld Cards, The Sherlock Holmes Tarot, and The Steampunk Tarot - Gods of the Machine.
In other words: The Godgame implies a lot of references to my pop culture files, as for example: Sherlock Holmes as a Stoic Philosopher, Alice in Wonderland, and, Mythology Seen in Relation to Dungeons and Dragons.
So, you can see, that my pop culture files are somewhere in between my poetic and critical work.
News on the Critical Work:
I have, in a couple of previous newsletters, announced an article with the title:
Gender, Race and Identity Studies (GRI) are Governmentally Approved Centers of Discrimination and Racism
This article is soon finished (the reason why some texts take longer time for me to write, is when there are books I need to read).
Now, when taking the above arguments about the Godgame into consideration, my claim is that the Godgame also forms the occult structures beneath the topics in this article.
The new article will be a longer comment to the book The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity, by the British journalist and political commentator Douglas Murray.
The book examines issues of sexual orientation, feminism, race and transsexuality. It describes new culture wars playing out in workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and intersectionality.
Murray's book is divided into four main sections which align with different identity groups: "Gay", "Women", "Race" and "Trans", with Murray arguing that modern attitudes to each have been distorted by a sense of victimhood and the negative impact of political correctness.
The book points to what Murray sees as a cultural shift, away from established modes of religion and political ideology, and towards a society in which various forms of victimhood can provide markers of social status.
The book is divided into sections dealing with different forms of identity politics, including types of LGBT identity, feminism, and racial politics.
The author criticises the work of French philosopher Michel Foucault for what he sees as a reduction of society to a system of power relations.
Despite that I don´t agree with Murray´s conservative politics (I´m an anarcho-conservatist – see my Ebook, Philosophical Counseling with Tolkien), I agree with most of the critic. I myself started the critic of the new turn in postmodernism with my pop culture file on J.K. Rowling:
Let´s Celebrate J.K. Rowling for Having the Courage to Speak Up Against the Trans Police
And in the new article I will continue it. What especially concerns me is the easiness by which the concept of “race” has returned. There are now actual university studies called “Whiteness studies”, which are studying the “problem of being white”. Another concern is, that best as the Western societies, after hundreds of years struggle for human rights, finally had reached the goal with legally equal rights for women, homosexuals and ethnic minorities, the struggle has now mutated from equal rights to special rights and from equality to superior value.
What we see is that the new sophists (the Matrix Sophist, or...the Grail Sophists) have distorted what human rights mean in a philosophical sense. Let me repeat the following sentences from my article, The Difference Between Philosophical Education and Ideological Education. They are the essence of what human rights are all about, philosophical seen:
In philosophy you focus on, what cooperation and conversation require of you in order to that you at all can exist: that you speak true (don´t lie), that you are prepared to reach mutual understanding and agreement (don´t manipulate), don´t make an exception of yourself (but treat others as equals). From this rises the eternal moral values (as for example that it is wrong to lie), and generally our ideas of right and justice: the so-called human rights, the idea about the individual person´s autonomy and dignity: you shall treat the other not as a mean, but as a goal.
What we see on the Gender, Race and Identity Studies (GRI), is that they have developed a whole new vocabulary (in the best Orwellian New Speak way) with concepts such as “toxic masculinity”, “mansplaining”, “transphobic”, “white privilege”, and hashtags such as #KillAllMen and #CancelWhitePeople. The movement seeks to gain ground with shaming and intimidation rather than argumentation and reason. And they have major success.
The concept of the use of hashtags is noteworthy. Because, as I showed in the pop culture file on J.K. Rowling, it is the social medias that are the main propaganda platform for the whole of this “Madness of Crowds” (Flying Circus) which I with one designation call: The Matrix Conspiracy. Because that is also the way the more public and popular version of all this, namely New Age, are working.
So, in the article I will show how postmodernism is flowing out into the public through the more popular spiritual movement: New Age.
However, I´m planning new projects, where I will show how the opposite movement also is gaining terrain; that is: New Age is gaining more and more ground on the Universities. I have shown the beginning of this in my booklet on Rupert Sheldrake:
Rupert Sheldrake and the Rise of Neo-Lysenkoism (Scientism Critique: Part 2)
And, I have directly gone into it in my article:
The Galileo Commission has written an Anti-scientism Report, but is itself a worst-case Scenario of Scientism
The scientistic and sophistic manipulation which right now are happening, are incredible. With the inspiration from, among many others, Rupert Sheldrake, we see New Agers take on the disguise as scientists, philosophers and even sceptics. As they say: we are the “true” scientists, and the “true” skeptics.
And, when it comes to the concept of philosophy: I have discovered that “Philosophical Counseling” now increasingly are being offered as a service on various New Age websites.
Finally: in order to "balance" the political aspects of the above, then everyone, who have followed my writings, will know, that I´m as critical towards the right-wing version of the Matrix Conspiracy as the left-wing.
As I write in my article: United states of America: Homeland of The Matrix Conspiracy:
The political left, and its insistence that you can perceive many things in different ways, was gaining foothold in the academical world and therefore it was turned into the society as such. With time the political right was following and has taken relativism into new heights. [Kurt] Andersen argues that the 1968s somehow is partly responsible for the denial of facts coming from the political right. I have myself argued for this. American weapon enthusiasts, climate deniers and conspiracy theoreticians are in a high degree using information which are against the objective truth.
New Age has, as I have shown in my articles on QAnon (which has exposed itself in the wake of the Corona crisis), elements of both the left and the right.
Nietzsche is often called “The Father of Postmodernism”. And, to get an impression of how much Nietzsche is influencing the American educational system, I suggest you read Allan Bloom´s book: The Closing of the American Mind – How Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today´s Students).
Now, let´s look at Nietzsche´s relation to the Godgame (remembering that the Godgame is the occult structures beneath postmodernism). The aspect of "game" (or "mystery play"), is, in my philosophical counseling practice, symbolized by my use of oracle card decks, and perhaps, especially, tarot card decks.
My use of oracle and tarot cards are more for the sake of storytelling than actual divination. However, there is a connection.
You could say that The Godgame is The Evolutionistic School against The Traditionalist School (where I belong), or, the Anti-realism School against the Philosophical realism Shool (where I belong). Or, in a more ancient context: the Sophists against the Philosophers.
When it comes to the use of card decks in relation to the Evolutionistic School, I mainly use the so-called Thoth Tarot, developed by the famous black magician, Aleister Crowley (as a supplement, I use the lesser known Shadow Tarot).
When it comes to the Traditionalist School, I use the card decks developed by Hallowquest.
What is the award? Well, as mentioned: the whole game is about the Quest for the Holy Grail. A part of this game, at least when it comes to the Traditionalist School, is about the destruction of the One Ring, the Ring of Power, Sauron´s Ring. The opposite is of course the case when it comes to the Evolutionistic School.
In my ebook, Philosophical Counseling with Tolkien, I claim that Sauron´s One Ring has two demonical movements which are seen in our culture of today: the movement into the ego (the will to power), and the movement out towards the others in ideology. Hereby the Truth, Beauty and Goodness of the Wholeness is reduced to power and ideology. The danger is the reductionism of modernity.
Lets look at the Will to Power (a term coming from Nietzsche). In 1898 Crowley joined the esoteric Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he was trained in ceremonial magic. In Cairo, Egypt, where Crowley claimed to have been contacted by a supernatural entity named Aiwass, who provided him with The Book of the Law, a sacred text that served as the basis for Thelema. Announcing the start of the Æon of Horus, The Book declared this:
DO WHAT THOU WILT SHALL BE THE WHOLE OF THE LAW
A fall into complete subjectivism. Aiwass seems very inspired by Nietzsche. After his channeling experience Crowley founded the religion of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century. His followers should "Do what thou wilt" and seek to align themselves with their True Will through the practice of magick. This is clearly an inspiration for the New Age concept of create-your-own-reality. But it is building upon a lot of evolutionistic thinking (read more about Crowley in my article: Aleister Crowley – The Eye in the Triangle).
Nietzsche heralds the "death of God" poetically in his Zarathustra book of 1884, and returns to it as a philosophical dictum in The Antichrist (1888). Hereafter people have been desperate for finding a new metaphysics. And it is thought-provoking that so many Americans (and therefore increasingly the whole world) today has chosen a Hollywood movie as their favorite new metaphysical foundation: The Matrix.
The movie "The Matrix" is used on both sides on the political spectrum as some kind of weird metaphysical foundation. For example:
In the movie there is a scene where Morpheus explains to Neo that the Matrix is an illusory world created to prevent humans from discovering that they are slaves to an external influence. Holding out a capsule on each of his palms, he describes the choice facing Neo:
“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I'm offering is the truth. Nothing more.”
As narrated, the blue pill will allow the subject to remain in the fabricated reality of the Matrix; the red serves as a "location device" to locate the subject's body in the real world and to prepare him or her to be "unplugged" from the Matrix. Once one chooses the red or blue pill, the choice is irrevocable.
Left-wing fan theories have suggested that the red pill may represent an allegory for transgender people or a story of Lana and Lilly Wachowski's history as coming out as transgender (they are the directors of the Matrix). During the 1990s, a common male-to-female transgender hormone therapy involved Premarin, a maroon tablet. Lilly Wachowski confirmed that this theory was correct in August 2020.
The Matrix was a metaphor for transgender identity, director Lilly Wachowski confirms, by Adam White (Independent 21 August 2020).
Online, red pill is today especially used among anti-feminist and white supremacist groups to refer to "waking up" to the truth that women and liberal politics are oppressing men and white people. See for example this article:
What the Red Pill Means for Radicals, By Bharath Ganesh (Fair Observer, Jun 07, 2018)
As I will show in the new article, there is a factual and demonstrable tendency towards “the truth that women and liberal politics are oppressing men and white people,” and, that it is coming from the universities, and therefore is governmentally approved. But, as mentioned: the opposite right-wing extreme is a much a part of the ideology of The Matrix Conspiracy as the left-wing extreme.
My first idea of developing the concept of The Matrix Conspiracy happened in my book, A Portrait of a LifeArtist. This was in 2010. One must say that this idea has shown to be more and more relevant as the years have passed.
So, the show (or the Godgame) goes on and on and on.
This painting is by Brian Froud, from “Faeries” by Brian Froud and Alan Lee
(I see this flower everywhere in Rold Forest right now).
New texts and photos:
In The Matrix Dictionary (coming up):
Gender, Race and Identity Studies (GRI) are Governmentally Approved Centers of Discrimination and Racism.
In The Primordial Meditation Archive:
The Runes of Rold Forest (ebook. Finished edition)
New Vagabond Photograpy (coming up):
1) Venice 2018: Part 2-4 (coming up)
2) Greenland 2020: Part 2
3) Tivoli (Copenhagen) 2020
4) Rold Forest 2021: Winter´s Tales 2 (coming up)