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American Gods

Posted in Lost Gods with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by ellocogringo

American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman. The novel is a blend of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on a mysterious and taciturn protagonist, Shadow.  AGWiki I haven’t read this yet but here’s the download.  American Gods.  And here’s a blow by blow analysis.  ForgottenGod And here’s the 1st of 12 online readings.  AmericanGods This book is to gothic what “whole lotta love” is to acid rock”
This guy’s got an interesting take on it.  “The mainstream concept of considering religious diversity and its negative effect on mankind as a social enigma, and attempting to find ways of making it work cohesively, has been, and is a total failure. But, the logical approach of attempting to discover the truth behind the phenomenon of multiple gods, and examining alternative explanations for it is ignored. A practical approach is to consider the alternatives and determine the logic of each of the possible reasons for this diversity.” WorldsGods As does the theosophical society.  Theosophy holds that all religions are attempts by the “Spiritual Hierarchy” to help humanity in evolving to greater perfection, and that each religion therefore has a portion of the truth   Theosophy Research ChrystalLinks is an excellent website for exploration in this area.  Have we entered the dawn of the age of aquarius ?  5thDimension This is getting spooky. Shadow appears to be the one I refer to as stranger, and Helga refers to as spectre in atenonol dreams.  This is a triple hit, enough to elevate Schrödinger’s “one mind” from “could be” to “best answer to date” .  Anybody have any thoughts on that?  Weird shit man.  GoogleBooks

“More than a tourist in America, but not a native, Neil Gaiman offers an outside-in and inside-out perspective on the soul and spirituality of the country–our obsessions with money and power, our jumbled religious heritage and its societal outcomes, and the millennial decisions we face about what’s real and what’s not.” –Therese Littleton “Religions are, by definition, metaphors, after all: God is a dream, a hope, a woman, an ironist, a father, a city, a house of many rooms, a watchmaker who left his prize chronometer in the desert, someone who loves you-even, perhaps, against all evidence, a celestial being whose only interest is to make sure your football team, army, business, or marriage thrives, prospers and triumphs over all opposition.  Religions are places to stand and look and act, vantage points from which to view the world.” – American Gods p508

Is this in fact the dawning of the age of aquarius? Monkey see, monkey do? There may well be a “critical mass” required to shift a new behavior from being a fragile personal idiosyncrasy to being a well-established alternative, but creating a new alternative does not automatically displace older alternatives. It just provides more choices. It is possible that the washing alternative established by the monkeys on Koshima Island did create a morphogenetic field that made it easier for monkeys on other islands to “discover” the same technique, but the actual research neither supports nor denies that idea. It remains for other cultural experiments and experiences to illuminate this question.

The 100th monkey phenomenon is supposed to kick in when 1/3 of the population achieves awareness.  There definitely is something to this. The same phenomenon was observed in the Mogabi zoo, where chimps were observed washing cats prior to stuffing them down the garbage disposal, saving on plumbing bills. (Note picture above) The practice has since spread to all zoos. From what I have seen so far,  from the end of the ice age, our connectedness has been systematically destroyed leaving us as mindless robots, swarming in this ant warren of a society we live in.   

“It is not in the nature of man–nor of any living entity–to start out by giving up, by spitting in one’s own face and damning existence; that requires a process of corruption whose rapidity differs from man to man. Some give up at the first touch of pressure; some sell out; some run down by imperceptible degrees and lose their fire, never knowing when or how they lost it. Then all of these vanish in the vast swamp of their elders who tell them persistently that maturity consists of abandoning one’s mind; security, of abandoning one’s values; practicality, of losing self-esteem. Yet a few hold on and move on, knowing that that fire is not to be betrayed, learning how to give it shape, purpose and reality. But whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man’s nature and of life’s potential. …” – Ayn Rand

“And then the man who bears the pitcher will walk across an arc of heaven. The sign and signet of the Son of man stands forth in the eastern sky. The wise will then lift up their heads and know that the redemption of the earth is near” – Bible “What lies ahead for Humanity? With all the problems we have, it’s hard to believe our future is bright. Inflation and recession, environmental deterioration, diminishing resources, unrest and oppression in developing countries, and apathy, loneliness and lack of direction in developed ones all combine to severely cloud the horizon…It may seem fantastic, but the signs in the heavens point to an extraordinary renewal in the years just ahead. If we recall some recent trends, this prospect doesn’t seem so outlandish. It wasn’t too long ago that we heard about the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, and about the revival of spirit among the new generation. We can still hear the echoes of John Kennedy’s call to action and see the vision of Martin Luther King’s dream. Before he and his dream were shot down in 1968, he said we as a people “would get to the promised land.” The promise seems empty now, yet the planetary cycles support his prophecy. For what we discover when we examine these cycles is compelling evidence that a renaissance and a golden age is right around the corner.”


But with the we inside of me, I can see man in all his glory and depravity.  The gift has a dark side. Hope and foreboding coexist. Kumbaya Or maybe the age of aquarius will be a self fulfilling prophecy.  Or….. maybe I’m full of shit, I am crazy, don’t you know?   The problem, in my minds, is that neither of these views can be elevated to “best answer to date”.  Dunno. Troubling.

 

I left this for the webmaster at forgotten gods.
Hmmm!
You would be doing a disservice to mankind if you were to reveal the name of the forgotten god. It is the quest, not the arriving that is important. I speak to that obliquely here>  Epiphany Express
it is the grail in percival
I call it the key to ANN.
Learning makes it profound, teaching makes it trite.
The Forgotten God, like the vedic scripts, and the bible, and folklore, myths, legends are not to be taken literally. After all, what’s a meta phor?
The forgotten god is unique to each individual and profound, else it is dogma and trite. that is the whole point.
neil cautioned you on this here> Please don’t reveal the identity of the god/folkloric entity that people always forget,
so let’s keep it our little secret.
Hmmm?

The Age of Aquarius

When the moon is in the seventh house And jupiter aligns with mars The peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars This is the dawning of the age of aquarius Harmony and understanding Sympathy and trust abounding No more falsehoods or derisions Golden living dreams of visions Mystic crystals revelations And the minds true liberation Aquarius

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Battlestar

Posted in Lost Gods with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2010 by ellocogringo

Road Less Traveled

This is a take off of the poem by David Frost, there’s quite a bit of stuff here.  The premise is that sometimes the more difficult choice is the better choice.  The episode has quite a following.  With good reason I think.  These are a few links.  Pop your popcorn.

The Road Less Traveled is the seventh episode in the fourth season of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. It first aired on television on May 2, 2008.

Gaius Baltar to Galen Tyrol about his conversion to a believer:
“I know it’s hard to…make sense of things sometimes. In my own life, I…in my own life I’ve joined the fleet as a scientist, as a skeptic, as a…supposedly a man of reason. Only to have fate turn that all on its head. But I understand now that there is a purpose to it. We change. We evolve. Maybe we even learn something along the way. (pauses) I have committed…unconscionable crimes. And I have been offered one last chance at redemption, because I chose to accept my fate and not fight it anymore.”
This is the episode perdition (eternal Damnation)  Awesome  I’ve got it set to cycle through the episodes. I’ll be back later, the popcorn’s ready   battlestar RoadLessTraveled BattleWikia

 

Worldview

Posted in Lost Gods with tags , , , , on August 28, 2010 by ellocogringo

Worldview

I was challanged recently “you claim to understand the Amerind world view”. Well, that’s true, I also do not “understand” anything. Nor do I know how a 300 lb fat man in a red suit gets down that 6 inch pipe to put presents under the Yule tree every Christmas.  But I am gaining an understanding on worldviews.  The issue is not the man in the red suit but the presents under the tree. The fat man is a myth, the presents are real.

A worldview is a myth, a suite of social mores, words, traditions, used to describe something which is happening in the right mind, evaluated in the left mind, and expressed as a worldview.   PTIB

Two people can be in the same situation, have the same thing happening in their right minds, and the left mind can describe what is happening in two, seemingly different ways.

Worldview “ain’t real” in the same sense that euclidian space “ain’t real” the logical brain fart as compared to the perceptual brain fart, the delusional belief that there is something unique happening in the mind and that their “worldview” is the valid one and the other is not.

The worldview is not the issue, but the evaluation of the perception that is happening in the mind. The problem is not that western civilization has an invalid worldview, but that it doesn’t have a worldview.

Mother earth, shakina, yoga, bottom up, sub conscious, psyche, nirvana, constructionist are merely words used to describe this “happening”. God and religion are mutually exclusive concepts.  If you prefer to think of the universe as GOD, GOD is outside the skull, god is inside (if not hijacked by religion). god being our perception of GOD. (GOD is not god) ShortcutGod Deicide

It helps to have a worldview, it doesn’t matter which one

What, exactly, is happening in the right mind?

Why do you people complexify things so?

 

Atenolol Dreams

Posted in Lost Gods with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2010 by ellocogringo

I have a genetic condition called HOCM. In simplist terms, if my heart rate goes too high, I die. So I take atenolol to keep that from happening. When I started taking it I began having lucid dreams. Full color sight sound, indistinguishable from reality, except I knew I was dreaming. I just love chatting with debt collectors. They get so frustrated when I keep changing the subject and ask about their kids, weather etc. One particularily obnoxious one gave up. After a couple of weeks, I called him back, “what’s the matter, Bob. you pissed off at me? and started chatting again. The second time he threatened “don’t you EVER call back here again”. The third time he put a block on me. I like to put the fun back in disfunctional.

Another encounter I had was with American Express. L Ron Hubbard referred to them as American Distress. I referred to the lien holder (homecomings) as shortcomings and the second holder (beneficial) as superficial, he didn’t like that either. I’ll have to do something on him. Back to American Distress. when I was in S’pore I used the American Distress card for my travels. When I returned to Houston, I began getting bills from AD for rather modest sums for William N Gremillion (I’m Walter J Gremillion) Actually my wife got them, AD was a company card and the bills went directly to Petty Ray. I didn’t even know how much they were, but it must have been several thousand a month. I first became aware of it when my wife, livid with rage, came storming into my office with one of these bills, which had a dinner for two at Steak’n’Ale and a motel bill the same night at Royal Coacn Inn, both of which were near the office and close to my apartment. Went to see Melody, (what a neat name, nicknamed Squirm, (her brother used to tickle her when she was a kid, I’ll have to do something on what happened to her in Chad) She pulled the records and pointed out that on the date in question I was in Pakistan. The company lawyer told me to tell em to get fucked, in writing, and bring it to a head. The court was in Austin, William showed up. The AD attorney came up and asked “is all that happened is they got your records mixed up?” In any case, the judge was reading the AD attorney the riot act as we were walking out.

Bill collectors need all the love you can give them while calling “them” at home.

michael j

Has anyone noticed that when you overdraw your account the bank wants more of what they know you ain’t got none of?

I bet you wonder what this has to do with forgotten gods? Well, the dreams formed a story, one part of which involved an alien race that had the same brain fart alluded to in “the road not taken” I’ve started another website and have started uploading these dreams. I encounter the aliens (in the dream) on a planet named Chloe, (French for meadow, a common word in Louisiana). Atenolol Dreams

 

Forgotten God

Posted in Lost Gods with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2010 by ellocogringo


As anyone following me knows, I am aware of two cognitive minds, and no one else is. So either I’m crazy or every one else is. If you feel I’m crazy you can take comfort in the knowledge you are running with the squirrls. I am fascinated by thinking, or specifically thinking about thinking and the effects of this dual mind we have on the thought process. Certain concepts resonate with me, the feminine god for one. This is to be a never ending post, as I continue to explore, feeding my hungry neurons. I will put these in a new catagory called Forgotten.

Road Not Taken

The first of these resonances is “The Road Not Taken”, a science fiction story in the mid 80’s. It opens with the Roxilian commander of a spaceship bound on intergalatic conquest. He sights out the quartz porthole and adjusts his course with a quadrant. He hopes for a new planet to conquer soon, the stench in the ship is overwhelming. The slopjars are overflowing, the animals have all been eaten, and the plants used to supply the oxygen have all been burned to hold off the cold of interstellar space. They’re running low on musket balls and the black powder is damp and misfires. All of the steeds have since died, but he is certain that their superior technology will allow them to prevail. The entire story is told from the point of view of the Roxilians. These beings are savages, this is a stone age culture with space travel. WTF? to make the story short, they land on the front lawn of the white house and the entire invasion force is blown away by the two dozen secret service agents in half an hour or so. What has happened is that it is humans that have taken the road less traveled. Space travel, time travel, teleportation etc. are relatively simple concepts discovered by most civilizations in a universe teeming with intelligence. Their progress has stopped because they were unable to analyze but thought only in a “right mind” mode.
Fascinating! Road not taken

Footprints of god FootprintOfGod

AGWiki

ForgottenGod


Theosophy

AmericanGod

WorldsGods

BattleStar

 

Kumbaya

Posted in Lost Gods with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2010 by ellocogringo

Hi Carol, in re your comment

“Instead of cataclysm, a radically new, right brain way of thinking will be the new world order, which takes on the spiritual essence of life as part of a sudden evolution.”

I really, really hope you’re right and I’m wrong. But I don’t see the hyper-males giving up control that easily. Throughout history “right brain trending” has been shut down by religion and more recently by education. At the best I see a lockdown, with “Pointy headed intellectuals” being castigated a best case scenario, with perhaps a collapse of civilization at the worst. What do you think Pol Pot’s Collectivazation was about? Or Stalin’s Great Purge? Or Mao Tze Tungs cultural revolution? Or Viet Nams reeducation? Or Hitler’s final solution? (only half of the victims were jews, he used the jews to hide eradication of “smart people” Or book burnings?

I’m 70 and have seen drastic changes over my life which scare the shit out of me. Simply put, gender synergy is being polarized, into an either/or dynamic rather than both. Civilization is not a gradual upward trend as is pictured by most people but a sawtooth that collapses when resources are exhausted. We’re reaching that point. Kumbaya, or………Akimbo? The world is spinning widershins.

Disturbing to me is the “man who isn’t there” as males go “rogue” and drop out of society. Take mid-east society. What began as an enlightened, egalitarian, innovative, pluralistic society has collapsed into a dogma driven mindless quagmire of oppression. They still talk the talk but they don’t walk the walk. This is not an indictment of islam but of the hyper-males which have hijacked it. I see us headed towards an unseen cliff which has always been there and perhaps always will. The last thing hyper-males want is a population which can think for itself. This is not the first time “right brain trending” has happened. And maybe Charlie Chimp will just return to the jungle. Perhaps this time it will work. I hope so. 2012? could be. that’s when the next elections are happening. The politicians don’t seem to be worried about it which bothers me. it’s the dog that doesn’t bark. with an approval rating of 12% they should be scared shitless. The silence of the dog is deafening. I fear that the ability to think for yourself (right brain thinking) may be something you might want to keep to yourself in the future. I’ve kept it to myself for 60 to 65 years, my “crazy” defense mechanism. People see me as touched (slightly crazy in a harmless way) and society is even more psychotic now than it has been. it’s a lot easier and safer to pretend to be “crazy” than to pretend to be an idiot.

While it is tempting to envision a future where everyone sits around the campfire, holding hands singing kumbaya, I don’t see that happening. In this society it is very dangerous spending too much time contemplating our navels. Everything is upside down. People who can think for themselves are in a box. It’s a shame, mankind has a glorious potential which may never be realized. We’ve come a long way since the paleolithic but maybe not far enough. Maybe you should start shopping for burkas, or……….Charlie Chimp may just return to the jungle. van Goth

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation” – Thoreau

All of the elements of society are connected,with “rubber bands” when one is “fixed” if the pressure is released it snaps back. I don’t know where we’re going, but it’s not a nice place.

Or………….Maybe we’ll go this way

Or………….I could be full of shit, I am crazy, don’t you know? At least, I hope so. eLG