Category Archives: Evolution of Consciousness

Dig and Discuss: Gentleman Jack



It’s the 19th Century, not the easiest time for a young lesbian to follow her heart and try to marry her girlfriend. Jeff Salzman of Daily Evovler.com returns to WYT to discuss the Modern, Post-Modern, Traditional, and Integral nature of the HBO/BBC co-production, “Gentleman Jack.”

 


The Secret Teachings of All Ages w/ Mitch Horowitz



Today’s Guest: Mitch Horowitz

Well, that was a pretty damn awesome way for me to spend an hour. I am a huge fan of Manly P. Hall’s magnum opus, “The Secret Teachings of All Ages,” and to get to dig into it with Mitch Horowitz, author, lecturer, leading expert on esoterica, and Manly P. Hall aficionado… can’t be beat!

In this episode, we discuss some personal favorite chapters and stories from my beloved and much poured over copy of SToAA. Including…

What is the hidden meaning of the Philosopher’s Stone?

Is there a hidden, possibly immortal brotherhood of wise masters that has helped to shepherd human civilization over millennia?

Was the brilliant English statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon a member of this brotherhood, and was he the hidden hand behind famous works of literature that have shaped our development for the last 400 years? Was Francis Bacon the secret mind behind the works of Shakespeare?

If you are a fan of anything even remotely esoteric and you don’t know about this book… this episode of What’s Your Theory…? will be only a tiny but delicious taste of the massive feast of information and historical and existential rabbit-holes that is…

An Encyclopedic Outline of

Masonic, Hermetic,

Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian

Symbolical Philosophy

Being an Interpretation of the

Secret Teachings concealed within the Rituals, Allegories

and Mysteries of all Ages.

How’s that for a subtitle?

And for fans of Manly P. Hall and/or Mitch Horowitz: don’t miss this… Starting on June 21st, Mitch will be delivering a 12 episode video lecture series originating from the University of Philosophical Research specifically about this book, “The Secret Teachings of All Ages.” You can sign up for the course @ www.prs.org

Mitch Horowitz is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, a lecturer-in-residence at the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, and the PEN Award-winning author of books including Occult AmericaOne Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern LifeMind as Builder; and the The Miracle Club: How Thoughts Become Reality. Mitch has written on everything from the war on witches to the secret life of Ronald Reagan for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Salon, Time.com, and Politico.

The Washington Post says Mitch “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.”


“UFOs Exist and…”



Why is the US Department of Defense suddenly admitting the reality of UFOs? Why has the Post, the NY Times, and other mainstream media outlets suddenly changed the way they report on UFOs?

Is this a prelude to Full Disclosure?

Or is this actually all they know?

Author Jeremy Johnson is here to discuss the phenomenon, what the opening of the gate means, and what it means that we all “need to adjust” to this new reality.

 

 

 

 


Game of Thrones Decompression.



Or should that be “Decomposing?” Hmm…

Here is a fun talk I had with Jeremy Johnson on the last episode and last season of Game of Thrones.  Much like our talks on Westworld Season 2, this conversation took place immediately after the finale aired and represented our instant opinions. Jeremy and I dig pretty deep to talk about the philosophy, societal impact, and evolutionary qualities of the show.

And this is Part 1, too, because we did a follow up a few days later on Jeremy’s podcast, “Mutations” (which you can see here). For that show, we had a week’s worth of external critical reactions that we could react to. Also, in a fun continuation of something begun on this episode of WYT, we brainstorm alternative endings, both to the final episode and to the entire final season of Game of Thrones.

Long story short… I loved Game of Thrones and really wanted the ending to live up to what came before. Sadly, I don’t think it did. But there is still a lot to love here. And it did have its moments…

And this video, I think, will represent my last attempt to get the green screen right. I think I’ve just got to give up on that. Check out the last podcast video with Jeff Salzman and tell me if you agree that the big map on the wall of my office is better than the pixelated, almost-cool-but-not-really green screen.

 


Watch and React – “Groundhog Day”



Ever feel like every day is the same and nothing you do matters?  Really? Hmm… well, maybe we should talk about this…

 

Jeff Salzman of DailyEvolver.com returns for an Integral Chat where we watch and react to the 1993 classic of comedy, romance, and Consciousness Evolution… Groundhog Day!

Of course you’ve seen it. You probably love it. And if you are reading a post here, watching on youtube, or listening to a WYT podcast… you most likely have a profound thought or two about it.

This is a good one, folks. One of my all time favorite films and a really good talk with Jeff.

So kick back, stay a while, and don’t forget to subscribe wherever or however you are listening.

 

Thanks as always, and come back soon for another Deep Dive with Jeremy Johnson as we tackle “Bladerunner” and “Bladerunner 2049” in about one week from now.


2001: A Space Odyssey 5Oth Anniversary Deep Dive



As a podcast dedicated to Culture and Consciousness Evolution, it really makes sense to celebrate the 50th birthday of one the biggest cultural touchstones of consciousness evolution in the mass communication era by talking it all over with Jeremy D. Johnson.

Jeremy has an essay on 2001 up over @ Evolve and Ascend. com you can read right here… (and you should!). 

I’m going on a brief vacation, but we’ll have lots more conversations coming up on WYT in August and into the fall. Jeff Salzman will be back in a couple of weeks, Jeremy will return in August to do a deep dive into both Blade Runner movies, and we will very likely be doing another episode by episode Dive into the second season of Star Trek: Discovery in the fall.

Coming Soon…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And very likely in this Fall…

So please do subscribe to this site or on your favorite podcast service or the youtube channel so somebody tells you when we’ve got something new. Thanks!

See you when I get back – Steve

 

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Westworld 2.9 “Vanishing Point” Deep Dive



Jeremy D. Johnson is back for a Deep Dive into “Vanishing Point” the penultimate episode of Season 2.

This one was pretty grim, considering all the murders, madness, and suicides… no surprise that “Vanishing Point” is a “William” episode. As we’ve been discussing all season long, William is a Lucifer archetype, attempting to bring awakening to the hosts through chaos, death, destruction and an over active sense of ego that invariably creates such nightmare crises in anyone’s life. It’s just that much worse when it is the life of an Archon determined to bend the world (his world, the hosts world… any world) to his will.

William corrects a common misquoting of Plutarch : “When Alexander was told there were infinite worlds, he wept. For he had yet to become the lord of even one.”  Hmmm… There’s an Archon with control on his mind, and an Archon about to lose control OF his mind. When one walks this path, this kind of thing happens a lot.

Also in this episode… Did you hear Ford actually say the word “Timshel” this week? Just remember which of the millions of Westworld Podcasts dives deep enough to call that one out 6 episodes early (we detailed the concept of “Timshel” in Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” way back in Episode 3.) “This is a ladder to the stars.”

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Kiksuya means Remember



“Kiksuya” is Lakota for “Remember.” Episode 8 was the best episode of Westworld Season 2 so far. Maybe the best of the series as well.

Jeremy D. Johnson returns for another Deep Dive. Today we talk Shamanism, the birth of mythologies from personal experience to group recognition, when Dante met Beatrice, the decent into the underworld, Integral Yoga, and much more as we Dive Deep into episode 2.8

These Deep Dives are not Recaps and they do contain Spoilers. We talk about the philosophy, mythology, and cultural impact of stories and events that strike a chord.

Westworld is some of the smartest Sci-fi to come along in a while, and we’re doing Deep Dives for every episode of Season 2. New episodes every Tuesday! Don’t forget to subscribe (above!) and tell us what you think (below!)

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Talking Esoterica w/ Mitch Horowitz



Fear will hold you back from greatness. Collective fear of things we don’t yet understand holds us all back at once.

Today on the show, a conversation with Mitch Horowitz on why so many people seem so scared of all things new and certainly all things esoteric…even the nice stuff like the power of positive thinking.

Mitch Horowitz is an author, publisher, and lecturer who “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised voice discussions.” (Washington Post)

I’ve owned his first book, “Occult America,” for several years and it’s one of my favorite works of non-fiction to come around in a long while. In a world rather unevenly divided between a “mainstream” and “not-mainstream,” Mitch Horowitz has been a champion of occult and esoteric ideas, and their place in our history, bringing important but neglected ideas from the edges and the shadows, into the light of everyday conversation where they probably should have been all along.

Everything moves in cycles. Today, Mitch Horowitz and I have a conversation about some ideas who’s time may be coming around at last… or maybe again.

Find Mitch Horowitz at www.MitchHorowitz.com

The Miracle Club is coming out this Fall. Pre-Order here… https://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Club-Thoughts-Become-Reality/dp/1620557665

 

 

 

 

 

And join Mitch and the great Jeremy D. Johnson – Live online, June 13th!  Register for the salon HERE

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Westworld Deep Dive Ep 6-7



Sorry about the delay for this one. You can blame Budapest (it’s all explained in the first minute of the show), but to make a long story short, we postponed diving deep into Episode 6 until this week. So we’re squeezing it in with our regular dive into Episode 7.

Which, frankly, is good because I, for one, wasn’t too wild about episode 6. But We both agree, episode 7 was back up the high standards of the show. All in all, still really digging Westworld Season 2, and still think these talks are fun and worthy.

Speaking of fun and worthy… Don’t forget to support “What’s Your Theory?” by subscribing (all free and simple) to the podcast and/or the youtube channel!  Thanks!

And finally… more guest interviews are coming! Keep an eye out for my talk with author, lecturer, and champion of esoterica… Mitch Horowitz! We just recorded our talk this morning and it’s really good one. Watch for it probably on Friday!

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