Sunday, March 05, 2006
As much credit as people give Star Wars, it's value may still be underestimated. Star Wars gives our society something we need desperately, a mythology. This is no simple feat. Only a true genius, someone predestined for their roll, could supply our jaded society with relevant and penetrating archetypical symbols. Unfortunately, given the subjective nature of post modern society, these symbols can't be conveyed universally, such as through a religion, but are only available to those willing to see them, and see them for what they are, at that. Meaning one can't watch Star Wars having already decided it's worthless and lacks any value and still receive these symbols. Star Wars has, of course, gotten much attention for it's strong connection with Myth and Archetype. The reason it may be underestimated, given that, is the subtlety, precision, and scope with which Lucas conveys this in his Magnum Opus, Episode 3.
Our society is at the beginning of a new age, a new way of thinking, acting, and feeling. We are out of balance, because we abandoned the intuitive levels of reality in favor of the rational/intellectual levels. Our modern culture is so desensitized to information, because we're inundated daily with it, it creates a serious dilemma for us, in terms of filtering what's important. Basically, our filter is clogged. We no longer have the traditional methods of accessing these archetypes, of assimilating myths. Gone are the effective initiation rituals, and gone are the elders responsible for connecting us with our ancestors. Simply put, we can no longer properly interpret life data.
Lucas being the visionary that he is, understood this problem back in 1977, and has been driving straight to the problems core since. Lucas hasn't just created story ideas and characters that are myth like, anyone could do that. He is creating a new kind of medium for myth. One thing our society strongly responds to are movies. Because we are so desensitized and so fortified against intrusion, movies, being our newest art form (unless you count video games), still allow access to the deeper experiential, intuitive levels. Lucas utilizes this fact to full effect. He doesn't explain or even imply that Palpatine is the Devil, he shows us. We don't grasp that fact through actions or words so much as by actually seeing a physical transformation take place. So, we're drawn into the story, letting it penetrate to our deeper levels, and then shown these vivid archetypal images, which allows the proper imprinting and activation to occur.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
We must always stay engaged with reality. If we react defensively and withdraw, we become static.
It is said that reality is a continuous field of being. In a sense this allows us to perceive that everything is sustained by and within a single source and point. Perhaps meaning a central intelligence. Everything exists in relation to this source. I am not an individuated entity, I am a reaction to the source of being. Consciousness flows from the One to me; meaning, it is not generated, does not originate from me, within myself.
I believe this truth stands as a confirmation of meaning and value. Science even tells us consciousness has a direct effect on reality. To me, this says that consciousness is inherent, fundamental to the field of being. That stands as confirmation, because an aspect of this truth is that consciousness exists independent of physical existence.
Another conclusion one can draw from this is that our body is a receiver picking up the signal of consciousness. This brings me back to the idea of staying engaged. It is important to realize that consciousness is the essence of dynamic. If we become defensive and dam up, we are cutting ourselves off from the source, in the most literal way. We are plugged in, in a sense. Not staying engaged with outside stimuli is lethal! We must maintain a dialog with our life, for that dialog is all we are.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
- The Reed Flute's Song
Listen to the story told by the reed,
of being seperated.
"Since I was cut from the reedbed,
I havemade this crying sound.
Anyone apart from someone he loves
understands what I say.
Anyone pulled from the source
longs to go back
At any gathering I am there,
mingling in the laughing and grieving,
a friend to each, but few
will hear the secrets hidden
within the notes. No ears for that.
Body flowing out of spirit,
spirit up from body: no concealing
that mixing. But it's not given us
to see the soul. The reed flute
is fire, not wind. Be that empty."
Hear the love fire tangled
in the reed notes, as bewilderment
melts into wine. The reed is a friend
to all who want the fabric torn
and drawn away. The reed is hurt
and salve combining. Intimacy
and longing for intimacy, one
song. A disastrous surrender
and a fine love, together. The one
who secretly hears this is senseless.
A tongue has one customer, the ear.
A sugarcane flute has such effect
because it was able to make sugar
in the reedbed. The sound it makes
is for everyone. Days full of wanting,
let them go by without worrying
that they do. Stay where you are
inside such a pure, hollow note.