26 August 2005

Who peers back at us from beyond

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how people place their own personal relativity on everything — their environment, other people, random phenomena to take place, et cetera — and I haven't really touched on teleology. If we're to put any amount of faith in the innumerable shamanistic societies that existed prior to today, they (and modern occultism) generally make the claim that there are intelligences beyond our immediate senses, entities that exist beyond our means to directly communicate with them.
Main Entry: te·le·ol·o·gy
Pronunciation: "tel-E-'äl-&-jE, "tEl-
Function: noun
Inflected Form: plural -gies
1 a : the study of evidences of design in nature b : a doctrine (as in vitalism) that ends are immanent in nature c : a doctrine explaining phenomena by final causes
2 : the fact or character attributed to nature or natural processes of being directed toward an end or shaped by a purpose
3 : the use of design or purpose as an explanation of natural phenomena

There is a Flickr group called FACES that captures man-made items that resemble, obviously, faces. I am not sure if there will be an equivalent for designs in nature, which would more accurately fit the description of teleology, but this'll do for now.

Evolutionary theory fucking despises teleology, for good reason. Now I want to see if I can find any correlations between human projection of interpretation upon the universe — which is, in essence, always open for a new interpretation(?) — and the whole concept that there may be intelligences beyond our normal senses that peer at us from beyond the veil of manifest reality.

I've been having conversations on occult and design sites dealing with the concept of "not seeing the world as it is, but seeing it as we are," and I can see this prevalent in Western thinking and definitely the art world, where I would hope to see doors being opened into realms outside of the capacity for a human to apply their structure of a paradigm or gestalt in order to make some sort of sense of the "reality" being presented to them.

Perhaps this is akin to an "occult art"? It also reminds me of the way Clive Barker made use of the word Art in his Books of the ArtThe Great and Secret Show and Everville.

In Dr Joseph C. Lisiewski's book, Ceremonial Magic & The Power of Evocation, he gives a first-hand account of one of his demonic evocations. Not just any evocation, but one to manifestation. That is the purpose of his book, to bring forth entities from beyond the veil into the manifest for the user to interact with. Or, from a different perspective, to open the lid to the Great Machine and bring forth an interface for the user to access data, symbols, and lessons of a nature alien to everyday thinking. (I won't speculate on the different natures of the data offered by the different hierarchies of beings I've read of.)

EDIT — The initial reason I brought up Lisiewski was because his account describes an entity violently breaching into our world. It's as though its entire essence was searching for particles in which to articulate a form for itself in order to interact with our manifest realm, building for itself a symbolic structure in which to communicate with us and become part of an intersubjective dialogue. This would explain the use of particular parfums in magical rites and other elements, as all matter can be theoretically broken down to vibrational patterns. Of course, I am only a layman, but that's what I understand. Perhaps they're vibrations in accord with the "essence" or disposition of the noncorporeal intelligence?

If beyond the façade of the really real reality that we all bear, if there is a conceptual world undefined. A dreamscape. And the reason humans have feared and censured the occult and sorcery for so long has been because humans are uncomfortable with the notion of reality not being real. We're terrified that it's all just our learned and, mostly, pre-programmed concepts of what to interpret. As I've said before, the more paradigms one can destroy, the freer she or her becomes to interpret and reinterpret.

And is that what it takes to communicate with these intelligences from beyond? Not a context by which to contact them, but a lack of context by which to be free to experience what they have to offer? Lisiewski is adament in his book that demons are not "evil" but that they take on an illusory appearance by which we can interact with them because we so fear the same nature within ourself. They are of chaos and order, purely, and we fear that which is alien to us (the brain acts as a safety mechanism, fight or flight, nightmares, et cetera) and our value over an illusory ego prevents us from learning from them.

It also reminds me of tales I've heard and paintings I've seen of faerie folk and how people would interpret them as actually composed of the twigs, flowers, and what not from the environment in which people saw them. They are a part of the nature beyond human sense, so when they'd make contact the human mind would naturally wrap the elements around them that their incorporeal nature most closely "resembled" or had the nature of. Demons, on the other hand, and beings such as Enochian angels would be of such a disassociated nature to what we interpret as reality that they'd come off as fearsome monsters, and the brain would fight to reject them in almost any manner.

From a whole other perspective, it also reminds me of the Private Jack Bell's narration at the end of Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line. Many people disliked the film, but I've always been affected by it in profound ways:—
What is this great evil? How did it steal into the world? From what seed, what root did it spring? Who's doing this? Who's killing us? Robbing us of light and life. Mocking us with the sight of what we might have known. […]

Oh my soul, let me be in you now. Look out through my eyes, look out at the things you've made. All things shining.

It's been my theory for a long time that we can't "return to the Kingdom of Heaven" or reach the Omega Point without all of us returning. Those intelligences beyond the veil that are closely associated with us need us to return, and we need them. But that is for another post entirely.

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