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Miguel Conner on Gnosticism -Then and Now



To journey toward the light, we must dare to embrace the knowledge that there might be miles of bad road in the darkness before we eventually get where we’re going.

Our subject is Gnosticism – what it is, where it came from and – with gnostic themes occurring and reoccurring in popular films, television and books – why it’s all over mainstream consciousness today. 

 

Miguel Conner is the host of the popular and long running Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio Podcast. He is, in his own words, a storyteller, garage philosopher and hedge historian. He is also one of the most informative and entertaining experts on the subject of Gnosticism you’re likely to find anywhere, and today he is our guest.

Miguel Conner is a lecturer, an essayist, the author of 2 critically acclaimed non-fiction books, Voices of Gnosticism and Other Voices of Gnosticism, and several works of acclaimed fiction including the post-apocalyptic epic, The Dark Instinct Trilogy and the fantasy novel, The Executioner’s Daughter. In fact, if you venture over to Aeon Byte today, you can pick up a copy of Stargazer, the first book in Dark Instinct Trilogy, for free. I’ve done it and I predict that after listening to today’s interview, you’ll want to read more of what Miguel Conner has to say as well.

But in the mean time, choose the red pill and strap in for an hour of conversation, gnosis and my interview with Miguel Conner.

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Special Halloween Episode: Here come The Brides



It’s the “What’s Your Theory?” Halloween Episode!  Jeff Salzman of The DailyEvolver.com returns (from the grave) for another Integral Chat to discuss “The Bride of Frankenstein” and “Brides of Dracula” from an Integral Theory point of view.

So gather ’round your smart phones… if you dare.

And prepare to evolve your consciousness into TERROR!

 

 

The mysterious voices in the preamble: The original theatrical trailer for “Brides of Dracula” and a conversation between Doctors Praetorius and Frankenstein from “The Bride of Frankenstein.”

And as with every Integral Chat, this chart comes in handy.

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Seeing Through the World – The Next Step in Consciousness Evolution?



Jeremy Johnson is the President of the International Jean Gebser Society. Fresh from this year’s Gebser Society Conference in Manhattan, Jeremy stops by WYT for a fascinating discussion on the evolution of Human Consciousness – where we’ve been and where we’re going.

The good news? If you are listening to this podcast, you are exactly the kind of person who either is currently – or could soon be – tapping into a greater sense of empathy, employing the ability to view reality from new and greater perspectives and… in short, seeing through the world.

What’s all this then?

Jeremy Johnson writes on Jean Gebser and the theme of Transparency and Planetization:

Jean Gebser (1905-1973) was a German philosopher, poet, and phenomenologist of consciousness. He is best known in the English-speaking world for The Ever-Present Origin(1949/1953), a masterful work of philosophical scholarship detailing a series of structural transformations in human consciousness. These leaps, or “mutations”, between structures often coincided with the simultaneous breakdown of deficient mentalities and the creative resurgence of new, spiritual qualities in humanity. Our present world anticipates a dramatic leap into the new, integral structure, which is noted for its quality of a-perspectivalism and seeing through and behind things. Only through transparency can the ever-presence of origin be perceived.

In Jean Gebser’s body of work, the principle of transparency is a unique expression of the emerging integral world. The nascent, integral structure of consciousness, which Gebser believed was well underway during his lifetime, could be identified by its spiritual capacity to render the world transparent, to shine through (durchscheinen) to its originary and primordial powers. The effect this would have on the previously realized structures of consciousness would be to render them diaphanous in both its dark aspects (the magic and mythic ontologies) as well as its light aspects (the mental-rational ontology). The synonyms clarity and lucidity were also provided by Gebser as qualitative descriptors—found in both the arts, through poets like Rilke, or the sciences, through physicists like Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg with the discoveries in quantum mechanics—to further elucidate the integral structure.

For the 47th annual Jean Gebser Society conference, we ask our presenters to examine the question of transparency. What is the nature of transparency? In what ways has transparency manifested in our present world? What are its challenges and complexities? How might this quality be assessed in both the humanities and the sciences in the decades following The Ever-Present Origin’s publication? How have planetary-scaled phenomena, like climate change and the ecological crisis, or communication revolutions, like New Media and the internet, furthered and complicated our understanding? To what degree does transparency reveal both the efficient and deficient manifestations of globalization? (from RealitySandwich)

This week’s mysterious voices in the preamble: Alan Watts and Edith Keeler (Joan Collins)

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How do I purge this hate?



Hey! People are listening to this show! It’s only hundreds among the possible billions, but that’s still a lot. More than I expected this soon. Thanks to all of you! And thanks to Jeff Salzman of the DailyEvolver.com for helping me keep a steady flow of quality content each week while WYT gets off the ground. Thank you, sir!

And not only are people listening, but some are engaging too. Last week a comment appeared under the “Bright side of the Trump Apocalypse” episode that had a lot to say and also asked a very interesting question. I pointed it out to Jeff and we agreed that it would make a good topic for the next Integral Chat. And having just listened to the show before posting, I think it did. This is a good talk. So thank you to William for your comment and your question.

You can see his full comment here. It is detailed and insightful throughout, but here is the section we will be focusing on in particular.

“I truly wish I could develop the level of unattachment that Jeff displays towards the Traditional Mind Set. As a 65 year old gay man, I have to admit I have tremendous rage towards these people. They actively seek to scapegoat gay people. They actively lobby to have gay rights and gay marriage overthrown. They actively promote GOP religious fanatics who seek to do as much harm to me and my husband of 40 years as possible. How do I purge this hate?”

That’s an excellent question. If there is a specific answer, I imagine it would differ from person to person, but often the learning is in the contemplating itself. And that’s what we’ll try to offer, contemplation through conversation. I think I learned something from contemplating this question today. So thanks again, William.

As always, the Altitudes of Development Chart will help to follow along with the conversation.

But beyond the chart, I also want to provide a little underlying context about what Integral Theory means to me specifically. In other words, “Why the Integral Chat?”

Here is a paraphrasing of what’s discussed early in this episode:

Quoting Joseph Campbell from “The Power of Myth:” “My friend Heinrich Zimmer of years ago used to say, “The best things can’t be told,” because they transcend thought. “The second best are misunderstood,” because those are the thoughts that are supposed to refer to that which can’t be thought about, and one gets stuck in the thoughts.”The third best are what we talk about.”

As one of the many people of the current generations on who seek some kind of bridge between the logic and measurability of science and mind-expansion and soul nourishment that comes with spiritual pursuits, Integral Theory offers a set of tools, really a terminology which we can use as common reference points when we talk about the ineffable, higher things. Science and rationality don’t do well with the higher things because they lack the tools to measure them. Thus all spiritual information is reduced to anecdotal information, and is therefore viewed but he scientific and rational mind as largely meaningless. Or at least more meaningless that it all seems to experiencer who is struggling to convey his anecdote of spiritual consciousness in a useful way.

If you were trying to explain to me what it’s really like to be in love with a the specific person you are in love with, you would need to step into Campbell’s “second best” things to get me close to seeing what your feeling. You may have to right a beautiful song or poem if you really want to make an impression. The tools and terms provided by Integral Theory (again, the chart is pretty potent), make it easier to have conversations that begin from higher ground, and that makes it easier to really get some where.  So.. thats why the Integral Chat.

As aways, I try for the disembodied voices in the pre-amble to set the stage for the theme of the episode. Today it’s Alan Watts from “The Myth of Myself.”

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Is Climate Change an evolutionary tool?



Why do Traditional, Modern, and Post-Modern mindsets see climate change differently? Why doesn’t science settle the issue? And what’s it going to cost us if we can’t get on the same page?

Jeff Salzman of the Daily Evolver podcast stops in for another in an ongoing series of conversations we’re calling the Integral Chat. Jeff and Steve look at our world’s rapidly evolving circumstances through the lens of Integral Theory.

This week: Is Climate Change an evolutionary tool? Is it going to change us fast enough to deal with it? Is it getting hot in here or not? How can it be that three different types of people can disagree on the weather?

The voices in  the pre-amble this time are Terence Mckenna, Charlton Heston and, in one of the most “integral” speeches ever, Rick Grimes.

Once again, here is the helpful chart that makes Integral Theory easy to follow:

 

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