Towards UNDOING YOURSELF TOO
by Antero Alli
The enigmatic dance master and philosopher, Georges I. Gurdjieff, delivered many profound messages to those with ears to hear. He often referred to the word "sleep" to describe the current state of humanity, inferring the possibility of "waking" only after having realized one's "dream"...the trance-like state between these two extremes of our spectrum of consciousness. Once we realize the breadth, height and depth of our consciousness, we are ushered into the totality of ourselves and start nudging a terrible truth: we are multidimensional beings who have settled for a lot less. The trance of dream is a signal traversing between the sleeping giant within us and its potential awakening. To know we are dreaming, is the first step to truly awakening. To know we are dreaming, is the first step to truly awakening to our spiritual heritage as fully realized human beings. How do we know we are dreaming? How do we know we are not?!
The Aboriginal people of Australia have learned to use their minds in very different ways than the rest of the western world. Instead of building complex technologies and communications systems, they engage in long-distance telepathy amongst each other. Where we rely on airline networks to fly us around the globe, they visit faraway places via their "dreambodies" through the aetheric web of their "dreamtime." One of their beliefs about dreams is that they are continuous. According to their dream cosmology, we are either dreaming and/or being dreamed. For instance, when you go to sleep at night you dream of your "dreamself" going through various adventures and interactions in "dreamland." Aboriginal thought suggests that when we wake up in the morning, our previous dreamself has gone to sleep in order to dream us. So, the next time you get up in the morning, consider the possibility that you have entered a dream...dreamed up by your dreambody as it sleeps in dreamland.
Trance is the conscious recognition of this quality of "dream" in our so-called "waking state"...the daydream we call "reality." We are all sleepwalking. When were aware of it, we experience trance. Any effort to become conscious of this condition as an art of will is a trance-induction device. For example, next time you're in the supermarket, bank and/or department store, see how aware you can be of the hypnotic trance of mass cultural hallucination. Then, see if you can be aware of yourself as an autonomous agent amidst the great sleeping vapor without succumbing to its pervasive effects. As another example, enter these same institutions for the opposite purpose of giving into their hypnotic state as completely as possible just to get acquainted. With some practice, you'll learn to detect the characteristics of collective trance...a preliminary exercise for washing your own brain.
Part Too: Disillusionment = Enlightenment
Strewn about the attic floor of our collective psyche are the shattered remnants of broken promises and future dreams delivered to us by the gods of our primitive past. Throughout history, the names by which these gods were known were many: Momendad, Papamama, Dada, Popma, Mommidaddy, but most importantly...it was the eternal impact of their Forms that entranced our souls with the arch-status traditionally reserved for deities. Meanwhile, deep in the sacred heart of this holy hierarchy, there lived and breathed a child untouched by the trance of Form. This was no fault of the child for its in-no-sense knew No Form and as such, could never be Formed. Here is a story of that child who now lives as a seed in the fertile realms of post-history poised to sprout at the drop of a sunrise. It is also a de-programming device to help you regain the use of your own life. In order for it to work, however, you must be willing to be tricked, swindled, hoodwinked and otherwise fleeced and undone. Your wool will be sold to cover the cost of postage and handling.
This is not a method. The words you are reading are lies. They are a conspiracy to keep you asleep. See how they are combined in such a way as to create the illusion of reality in your mind. When enough words like this are arranged in certain patterns, a rhythm is set up to flood your momentary awareness with the shifting qualities of the trance you're already in. Word Trance. It is so simple, it feels true. Written reality. If it's written, it must be true.
Words are drugs. They change your brain. When you get lost, you find a map and then, you find yourself again. Until you lose yourself again and then, you find another map and find another self again. It's easy. One map per self. Does that mean..."no map = no self"? Or is that a game of loss and gain? Have you missed the bus? Here and now's your only chance.
Imagine the spaces between these words containing the secret of life.
Now, picture a world without pictures.
If you're really feeling adventurous, watch the gaps between your thoughts e x p a n d . What ? !
What gaps ?
Did you expect your thoughts to be continuous?
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to make things go away?
Have you ever lived without a self-image?
Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Community Party?
Eldridge Cleaver's beaver cleaver never went unused until he was born again and washed his sins away with New Lemon Pledges. There's only one, too. You deserve a break today...an emergency brake. Emerge and see. Break the trance. Enter the control room. Kill the projectionist. If you're feeling too guilty, just pull the plug. Watch the zen dropcloth. Listen to the squealing pigs in the trough. Breakfast time. Honey, I'm home! Kellogg's best to you. Don't drive drunk. Brake fast. Break trance. (I brakedance for animals.) We have entered a state of emerge and see. We open no mind before it's time when I wish upon a star, it's the real thing in the back of your mind...what you're hoping to find. Today's star is tomorrow's black hole. Ask anyone who's been there. When the Light hits, the Dark gets tough. Gravity sucks. The electrical cock. Polarized lenses keep the sun out. Polarization gets you out of the kitchen...fast...fast...fast relief! Refreshes without filling...
THE MOST OFTEN, OCCASIONALLY
& RARELY ASKED QUESTION
1) The most often asked question:
"How are you feeling?"
2) The occasionally asked question:
"What are you feeling?"
3) The rarely asked question:
"Are you feeling?"
Instructions for those who are in over their heads:
When in deep waters become a diver.
Your body is like a diver's suit.
It is now time to check your outfit for leaks so
you won't drown in your depths.
Are you deep enough to be shallow?
If not, it's best to stay onshore for this expedition.
If you're shallow enough, take this moment to
fantasize a very shallow sexual experience.
This exercise has been designed to seduce and repulse you. Inexpensive, subliminal advertising tactics were employed to catch your attention and hold it long enough to plant seed concepts for the purpose of future recall and symbolic manipulation. This, in turn, suggests the effect of rewiring your conceptual circuitry for easy-access, remote-control viewing from the master program which you did not originate. To cancel this program, please take a deep breath and turn the page. Simon says, "take a deep breath and turn the page." Turn the page if you're awake.