Monday, January 10, 2011

Initiation as Interruption of Liminality

1: of or relating to a sensory threshold;
2: barely perceptible;
3: of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition : in-between, transitional - "in the liminal state between life and death"
Big issue for me in ritual studies, anthropology of magic, theory of initiation and esotericism, etc.
But we are all members in good standing of Nature's Pythagorean Order of the Star, as our guru Donald Duck teaches, whatever our liminal status.
may all attain!

Playing the Eye Game with the Gaze

I have learned almost everything I know about esoteric images from simply looking at them. We learn a ton about meditation from simply directing the gaze, feeding attention into it. So many tricks of suggestion are being presented in both obvious/bizarre, and subtle/steganographic ways. In altered states of consciousness, if stillness of gaze and mind can be maintained, other pictures seem to become apparent "overlaid" as switches in some perceptual system seem to be glitching.