3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Thus the task of the Blade Runner, as being created in the image of the Father, is to create his own Son, traveling the "path of the razor's edge" and conquering his own material nature as a Replicant. No-one else will do this for him; he is consigned to work out his own salvation. The revelation of the Son is the realization of the Self:
Accompanying this are few theories:
1) According to the gnostics, the unregenerate dead inhabit a "middle region" ruled by the Demiourgos, still exiled from the Pleroma as they have not repaired the defect arising from the psychic body. Reincarnation is implied; but it is best to take this somewhat meaphorically.
And so he dwells either in this world or in the resurrection or in the middle place. God forbid that I be found in there! In this world, there is good and evil. Its good things are not good, and its evil things not evil. But there is evil after this world which is truly evil - what is called "the middle". It is death. While we are in this world, it is fitting for us to acquire the resurrection, so that when we strip off the flesh, we may be found in rest and not walk in the middle. For many go astray on the way. For it is good to come forth from the world before one has sinned. (The Gospel of Philip)
The Futurama film The Beast with a Billion Backs seems to portray this first option. Remember, the message encoded in the alphabet is A BCD EFG HJK LMN--"a beast effigy hijacked [the four] elements".
The tentacles attack everyone in the universe, and nothing can stop them since they are made of electro-matter that can only be harmed by other electro-matter. Fry returns to Earth with a tentacle attached to the back of his neck and tells everyone to "love the tentacle." The tentacles attach themselves to nearly everyone, causing their victims to fall in love with it. With the monster's influence spreading, Fry becomes the pope of a new religion established to worship the tentacles. ... Leela ends up the last person in the universe unattached to a tentacle ... She examines a tentacle fragment and discovers that they are actually reproductive organs, revealing this to everyone at a universal religious gathering. The creature, named "Yivo", admits that mating with everyone in the universe was its original intention but explains that it is now truly in love with them. ... humanity leaves Earth willingly to live on Yivo, along with the other civilizations of the universe, moving onto Yivo's body via golden escalators. This leaves Bender lonely once more and stagnates the robot population, who are built to serve humans. As the robots inherit Earth, everyone else promises never to make contact with other universes. Fry, however, cannot help writing a letter to Bender, which is sent without Yivo knowing. Yivo's body appears like a classic vision of Heaven, with Angels really being harmless birds. Leela does not trust Yivo's motives at first, but when she sees that everyone is happy, she succumbs to her own loneliness and accepts Yivo.
2) Death and the grave are absolutely the end. Near death experiences would therefore constitute a sort of "implant" instituted as the brain's comfort mechanism. Kurt Vonnegut depicts this at the end of The Sirens of Titan, where the Tralfamadorian hypnotizes the protagonist into seeing visions of angels before he dies.
For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity. All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust. Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth? (Ecclesiastes 3:19-21 NKJV)
But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; Nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun. (Ecc. 9:4-6 NKJV)
But man dies and is laid away; indeed he breathes his last and where is he?... So man lies down and does not rise. Till the heavens are no more, they will not awake nor be roused from their sleep... If a man dies, shall he live again? (Job 14:10,12,14a NKJV)
3) God's in his heaven and all's right with the world. After death the good are rewarded in heaven and the wicked punished. It will be noted that the Bible, even in its exoteric sense, is rather silent on this subject. Technically, it seems that the dead, both just and unjust, will remain in Hades (the Gnostic "middle place", presumably) until the Last Judgment.
4) Some combination of the above. According to certain esoteric schools, after death the soul (Paracelsus' sidereal body) of the unregenerate undergoes dissolution and is forced to re-incarnate. But as such a soul is a product of the anima mundi, it has an illusory idea of self. It follows that this illusion is delusion.
The narrator of Fight Club starts out, as with all devotees of exoteric religions, convinced of the absolute the separation between himself and Tyler Durden. The narrator is a slave; Tyler is free. In the end, Tyler Durden (the Buddha, or capital S-Self) must be "killed"--that is, integrated--to heal the breach. "God is a concept by which we measure our pain."
If we see a God outside of ourselves, he tears us loose from the self, since the God is more powerful than we are. Our self falls into privation. But if the God moves into the self, he snatches us from what is outside us. We arrive at singleness in ourselves. (Carl Gustav Jung)
It was originally intended that the Tyrell murdered by Batty would be revealed to be a replicant, and as a result Batty would head up to the next floor, where he would discover the real Tyrell in cryogenic suspension. Sebastian would then explain that a incurable disease struck Tyrell, who had himself frozen until a cure is found. (Blade Runner Wiki)
Gott ist Tot, indeed. (Or is that Christian Rosenkreuz?) Roy's murder of Tyrell in the Vault of the Adepti becomes no more than a realization of the original death at the foundation of the world; he encounters the dead Tyrell at the top of a black, capstoneless pyramid. (V.I.T.R.I.O.L.) Soul (the replicant, a product of the four elements), in the thrall of this madness, goes in search of the God archetype, or the Self as Other. "Alexander, desist henceforth from setting thyself up against the gods." Number 6's whole problem is that he won't stop asking himself (under the guise of Number 1) why he resigned. Gideon Graves' madness arose out of the fact that Ramona rejected him.
Rachael is clearly the Shekinah, described as appearing as a cloud of smoke (a metaphor actually used in PKD's Divine Invasion). And we are led to a further connection with Marla Singer in Fight Club.
Blade Runner and Alan's All the Happy Creatures essentially have the same plot; the latter is told from the replicants' perspective. Deleted scenes seem to indicate that the reason Deckard knows he's a replicant is because the photos he has are the same as the ones given to replicants.
Roy and Pris are the shadow aspects of Deckard and Rachael. Pris is the Veiled Isis.
As is customary in the Hero's Journey, Deckard must first subdue the power of the snake woman (Zhora). But only Rachael (meaning: possibly "rose" or "mother of all") can kill Leon (= lion).
Star Trek: The Motion Picture is about a guy named Decker who falls in love with an android and defeats a machine intelligence searching for God (who turns out to be man himself, of course). This came out in 1979. The Shekinah must be re-created to replace the loss of the original at the time of the destruction of the Temple. Rachael is created to replace Tyrell's niece. Batty and V'Ger are on a futile quest to find God. Kill separation? Does Rachael's becoming the Fourth mean the acceptance or glorification of matter?
The irony is that Bart only ended up in the well (the belly of the whale) after he went to retrieve the illusory voice of Timmy O'Toole that he had placed there himself. It is not God that Roy Batty first discovers when he ventures into the pyramid ("fire in the middle"), but the cataclysmic absence of God.
Ringu: Living dead girl ("Fall of the House of Usher"):
|out from the depths|
The unconscious anima will avenge herself for having been rejected and forgotten by the conscious ego. Is this a contradiction if she exists only in potentia? Possibly--but such seems to be her protean nature. As Jung understood, the universal instinctive drive of the unconscious is towards psychic wholeness.
|finding Self at the bottom of the well|
Sadako is a hermaphrodite. In both the novels and movies, it is hinted that she is the daughter of some oceanic based entity, making her a quasi-oceanic demigod.
Hyperuniverse 1 and 2 ...?
Sadako split into two identical girls — one relatively normal, the other a violent sociopath. This second Sadako is imprisoned by her father and drugged so that she would not physically mature. The second Sadako is never seen clearly, so it's not clear just what her physical state is, only that she has the size and proportions of a child.... The plan fails disastrously, resulting in the two Sadakos merging into a single entity of pure destruction.... he beats her over the head with an axe and throws her down the well, where she survives by sheer will for 33 years.... her method of killing with the video curse is not explained, but when someone is killed by it she is seen climbing out of the nearest reflective surface (the most famous portrayal of this being her crawl from a television screen) ...
VHS tape, the curse of the albatross--red death in 7 days?
There is a version of the Chariot Tarot card that has .V.T written on it, with the periods placed so as to read right to left--T.V. (What does this mean?)
In some old Tarot Keys the shield bears the letters .V.T, written with the periods at the left of the letters, to show that they are to be read, like Hebrew, from right to left. So read, they spell the Hebrew word TV, Tav. This is the name of the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. To an occultist this conveys the same fundamental idea as the lingam-yoni, because the original character fot Tav was a cross, combining the vertical masculine line, with the feminine horizontalm like the cross on the breast of the High Priestess ... (Paul Foster Case)
I brought my baby home, she, she sat around forlorn
She saw my T V C one five, baby's gone, she
She crawled right in, oh my
|hamlet's father is already dead at the start of the play|
"Ringu" refers to the ringing of a telephone. It all starts with a phone call. What is it with phones? (And on "Android" at that.) -would you read Infinite Jest on an iPhone?
("One of these nights I may just jump down that rainbow way, be with my baby, then...")
Further research of the test volunteers revealed they had developed a brain tumour, which externalized their hallucinations, but more specifically, granted them reality warping abilities, which Max refers to as "brain damage".
Videodrome causes brain tumors ... like cell phones (recently confirmed). You need to break a few skulls to create the Superman?
Nicki [= Debbie Harry] appears to him on television. She tells him he has weakened Videodrome, but in order to completely defeat it, he has to "leave the old flesh." The television then shows an image of Max shooting himself in the head, which causes the set to explode, splattering the deck of the ship with bloody, human intestines. Imitating what he has just seen on TV, Max says his final words, "Long Live the New Flesh", and then he pulls the trigger.
Red death again. YouTube commenters on the "Heart of Glass" video were arguing about how much Debbie Harry smokes, so she must be the Shekinah. The Gaga maschinenmensch, the New Flesh?
Parallel Lines, Boaz and Jachin. "Rapture" indeed ...
Jaycee Lee Dugard--J.C. Or is Clar-ice Star-ling the girl at the bottom of the well in The Silence of the Lambs, as well as her rescuer? (Schroedinger's Kate.) Buffalo Bill the alchemist wants to become a woman; but Starling is contrary to his nature. Off with his head.
There's that mysterious red L again.
Lost Inside Adorable Illusion; or, How I Found J.C. at the Bottom of the Well (and What I Did with Her).
The Star Child is created to replace the loss of the original.
sourceORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French sours(e), past participle of sourdre ‘to rise,’ from Latin surgere.
ORIGIN Old English wella, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch weland German Welle ‘a wave.’
My latest tickle as I locate Self through a physical exploration of my state of being (going out to go in), are the states present in my atlas when I turn to my page. When I open to my ID,which is the entire right page, the left facing page, (its mirror), is Hawaii. This is a theme that I've been playing with. The idea of paradise, and where it is actually located. Recently though, I also noticed that on that same page as Hawaii is featured two maps of Atlanta GA (one vicinity, and one central). cute. For some reason the Peach State has been a theme of mine as well. The humorous wink of course was that I made this discovery when I found mySelf on the road to Atalanta. what?
From: Eunus Noe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: May 28, 2011 11:24:26 PM MDT
The kids and I took a random adventure today.
We have an atlas in the car, but It's not nearly good enough
(I find it funny that when one opens to Idaho, on the left facing page are the Hawaiian Island and a street guide for Atlanta, GA)
what tickles me now . . . is that we were actually on the road to Atlanta today, Atlanta, ID--never made that connection until now . . .
here is the road to Atlanta
(guess I'm gonna have to check it out. Me and the kids have explored the various confluences of rivers in a random way this year, today we moved above the Damns (the blockages)--toward the source (not intentional) Atlanta is pretty near the source of the Boy See river, one of the forks anyway, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm)
(This is the middle fork of the Boy See river, above the damns and moving toward the source, which for all intents and purposes is Atlanta.)
"Atlanta is in the Sawtooths (Idaho's Alps). I was there for my birthday, but on the other side. (I even shared a picture of my wife, the red-haired girl, at the source in The Fool post.
I guess right now The Sawtooths are the source, or something to that effect. . . or maybe it's affect?
--I will likely add this strangeness to my Georgia post, if I'm in the mood."
so, I know, what does this have to do with anything? Well, I find it hilarious that my "quest" as of late as been "the return", or perhaps that isn't right. Maybe it is an understanding. So what have we learned? Well as I travel about exploring, I've recently realized that The Source, The Alpha, are the Sawtooths, which is where I spent my birthday (Red Fish Lake--rubedo anyone? Stan Lee, ID--myth maker?). But then what's the Omega?
The kids and I took another trip recently to the mouth of the Boy See, its confluence with The Snake River:
(this was as close as we could get. the river ate the road, as you can see . . .) OMEGA
but it was our most recent trip, that put it all together for me. The Source, & Atlanta . . .
You are standing near the ancient shoreline of Lake Idaho. Imagine its shimmering water stretching before you for 200 miles, from present-day Weiser, Idaho to Twin Falls! The rivers that fed Lake Idaho also slowly filled the valley with sediment from the surrounding mountains. The lake sediments, which in places accumulated to more than 4,000 feet thick, underlie most of the Treasure Valley today.
Lake Idaho existed for more than 6.5 million years. Where did it go? Geologists aren’t certain, but many think that, between 2-4 million years ago, melting glaciers caused the lake to overflow and drain west in a massive flood that gouged Hell’s Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America.~BLM
so what is time? I've been told to let go and sync for so long, but does anyone know that I live at the bottom of an ancient lake? Is Boy See Atlantis?
--one last tidbit . . .
this past weekend I synced into Catcher in the Rye. A curiosity that I noticed was a character in the novel, James Castle. In the book he was a symbol of innocence, purity.
the wink for me, is that this is the same name as artist, James Castle--who is also a symbol of innocence and purity, and of course his home was Garden Valley.
if this is where the return to (or understanding of) the source (Self) is leading, I guess my journey is progressing nicely . . .
(me and my boy are planning a camping trip in June. Think it makes sense to head back up to the Sawtooths for our AtOneMent, (more Alpha and Omega). I'll let you know.
. . . . (I wanted to add this bit to the source post, but fell behind, will connect it here, therefore)
-speaking about moons
Although the goal, the place of redemption, the heavenly Jerusalem, is already within reach, an extremely difficult tightrope walk must be survived (196). [It is easy to get to hell, to the underworld, but more difficult to return home.]
The corresponding danger on the path of the hero lies in becoming enslaved to the dark aspect of the anima, and therefore being led into lunacy by the inner female guide. Particularly as it is the actual nature of the unconscious to be bipolar and ambivalent, the guide of souls also behaves in quite a paradox manner (197).~Tarot and the Journey of the Hero. Banzhaf, Hajo. Sameul Weiser, Inc. 2000: York Beach, Maine.
ride the snake [river]