Thursday, December 15, 2005

Sociology as Trope

Sociology as Trope

I want to spin out from here onto the strut of sociology and the most recent summation of where we are as a World Civilization: Tarnas’ The Passion of the Western Mind. In this extraordinary display of scholarship and synthesis Tarnas develops the thesis that we are experiencing the last gasps of Modern Man and entering the decline of Western Civilization. It is not my intent to summarize his carefully woven analysis of comparable civilizations and their experiences. Rather I want to build on his notion of the Nous or what he terms spirit. To do so I must also refer to John Ralston Saul’s Voltaire’s Bastards , equally as compelling, wherein he argues that the Nous is Mind and that as a function of Reason we have reached a point where our Reason and blind adherence to same has boxed us in to a corner with no apparent way out. I wish to run the thread of Epinoumenology through both texts and suggest that the Nous manifests first as Mind thence as Spirit. I believe this is consistent with Jung’s and Campbell’s explorations and delineations of the mind’s manifestations as it leads one on the personal and transpersonal towards the experience of the Noumen .

Lucid Dreaming as Trope

Lucid Dreaming as Trope

Lucid Dreaming, a pillar of Epinoumenology, represents another aspect of genetic meme trope at the psychological level. ‘Step these stones to the dream world; begin yet another truth.’ Before elaborating on the revelatory nature of dreams both a) as a launch pad to what the Greeks called Parrhesia or experience of the Godhead, and b) an ability to understand how a dramatic governing paradigm, i.e., the Book of Revelations, is testament to the spiritual centrality of Lucid Dreams. (And by extension Revelations is further proof of psycho-genic meme trope. Again, that is for later discussion. ) First, I wish to clarify what constitutes a lucid dream based on my own recorded experiences of the phenomenon.

I will begin by talking about consciousness in the waking state. We know that we are not dreaming because we can engage in dialogue with others, pinch ourselves and/or use any of the five senses to confirm that we are awake. Interestingly enough, this is also what happens as a lucid dreamer. You are as conscious within the structure of the dream as you are wherever or however you are reading this. In some instances, you can be a spectator watching events unfold much as you might, in the physical world, look at a passing parade of street walkers, joggers or cyclists. The experience can be expanded. For instance you can be involved as a member of the parade or you can even change the dream at will. For further input, you can even apply the five senses test. That is where it becomes interesting in terms of paradigm building and acceptance.

This can all be achieved without the use of psychedelic drugs. I’m sure however, that there are many of you reading this who can attest to the validity of walking through what Huxley and Leary made famous: The Doors of Perception under such stimulation. It is not my intention to develop a system for Lucid Dreaming at this point in the presentation. I raise the subject to explain Jung’s subsequent and deeply rooted commitment to mysticism after his lucid dream experiences. As he relates in one of his journals: "I awoke( within the dream ) and found myself walking down a beautiful country road. Off to my right was a church. I went in and noted that there were no pews nor even an altar. Instead the church was filled with flowers and where the altar should have been was a Yogi meditating. "At that point Jung maintained that he knew he was the dream of that Yogi and that when the Yogi finished his meditation Jung too would be finished as a conscious expression on this planet.( Marie Louise Franz )

In the section on cosmic trope I intend to elaborate on my own experiences on the Inner and what these may or may not mean as we strive to develop a New World Cosmogony. Consonant however with my earlier statement about genetic meme trope, Lucid Dreaming is but another indicator of meme trope as we awaken to a new river of Consciousness. Thus this poem, as part of my theme that Epinoumenology facilitates an examination of the convergence of Art, Science and Technology as metaphor, as symbol and as Trope.

La Rivière

I am on The River

I am the River

flowing slowly thence murderously

through your arteries,

cleansing, polluting

I know not which

but ... I am the River

I am your destiny

your sustenance

your growth

the pathway

of your tomorrow ...

Oh yes, I am the River

bordered by forests, canyons

ravines and meadows

cities, towns

villages , hamlets

estuaries and strangers

I present and present

as a guiding metaphor ...

Indeed! I think too

that You are The River ...