Aristomenes X

Seize the initiative and claim yourself. Be determined to grow and thrive. Choose to choose no matter what, and embrace all meaning vibrantly alive. To create, to redeem, to be free as was meant.

Month: April, 2016

Divide and Conquer: Part II

Divide and conquer is the name of the game. In the US, nurtured on the teat of the competitive mindset, it’s liberal against conservative, a polarization that appears to encompass all levels of social expression- poor vs. rich, secular vs. religious, nationalist vs. globalist etc. The rest of the world is not immune to its own divisions. They are just more deeply rooted; often a mix of blessing and curse, depending on how folks respond to the clear patterns imposed upon them: the ways and means of divide and conquer.

In my experience a majority of the so-called, self-proclaimed occultists do not appear to care about such things. Those into alternative media and lifestyles of the sociopolitical variety, however, should know better, even if by engaging in the research they often complain others should be doing. It is not my intent to sound holier than thou.

The simplistic generalizations are only meant to outline a deeper and more complex truth. Let the reader flesh out its entangled threads with their own thoughts and explorations. They are needed, because all of us are conned at some point and to varying degrees. Sharing our musings might just strengthen and unify us against the miasma of divide and conquer.

Divide and conquer is no accident of circumstance. Its rotting malaise is meant to spread like a plague. The powers that be don’t even have to do much. Immorality can be nurtured by the self righteous abusing the weak, who then grow up resentful and wanting to strike back. Base dispositions are made glamorous in modern culture that insures no good deed goes unpunished. Thus there is no lack of con artists and opportunists out there. There is no lack of the hypocrisy of false spirituality, snake oil selling gurus and flamboyant magi of the dark or the light.

There are also quite a few deposed princes and princesses. And some of them even use occult symbols, like a certain “ambassador” who upset the apple cart of the life of a rather easily swayed friend of mine last year. Around that time, interestingly, a young African woman sent me an email, out of the blue. She proclaimed herself the daughter of a deposed dignitary, and declared she was interested in getting to know me, if I could only “help” her.

That was an interesting experience. I caught my mind fabricating stories that it thought it got from her email. The reasoning was obviously just whimsy, and I really wasn’t interested. Even so, all the archetypes were there: damsel in distress, daughter of a royal personage or close to it. Even magic was involved, although upon closer inspection, it was pointed against me. With the email were attached a few innocent looking symbols of a certain goddess of the Afro-Caribbean tradition with embedded pornography in the geometric imagery. Lots of phallus images became apparent upon closer inspection, much to my chagrin.

That kind of “magic”is not the truly esoteric stuff I like to explore. It’s more based on mind control and hypnotic suggestion. It isn’t much different than the tricks of today’s media outlets, albeit based on religious practice rather than science. In either case one falls for mind control when their inner litmus tester is atrophied, weakened and side-lined. We don’t have to be victims to that. Here are some pointers around it.

It pays to know what we want, and to have a felt sense regarding who we are. Anything that contradicts that sense, especially if it denies our emotions and feelings when they are crying to be accepted, then the impulse is an “outsider”. Yet when we are flooded with subliminal threats, fear and anxiety triggers, suggestions that rationalize away our inner litmus tester (our true reason and intuition), it is so easy to run and hide away from the very strengths nature has provided us; if only we honor them.

When we don’t, it’s “divide and conquer”. Let us, therefore, look up and seek solidarity and the liberating strength it promises. We do not have to be “one”. Your friend is not your lover, and your lover is not you. The mystic sense of it is not the same as how the intellect tends to interpret such things in our day to day lives. Let’s reclaim the normal before expanding into the paranormal. Indeed, I am an advocate of esoteric development, but the discernment we need first is here and now.

If we do not want to be taken for a ride, therefore, it may be best to either avoid spirituality, at least the occult variety, lest we fall for faux sources that peddle disinformation. Why go to the trouble to explore such things deeply, when  Hollywood and religious bigotry, sometimes even the so called alternative media as well, have instant answers to shove down our throats? Best leave it alone until we are ready, if that is even our path at all.

Just think on this: we are more often conned into creating hell by being threatened with going there (by either defying god or established reason), than actually being placed in the pit because we did something wrong (other than being a naive or simply a good hypnotic subject).

That being said, it is my view that some sort of esoteric, or spiritual cultivation and the strengthening of our capacities of sentience is a boon to those who seek to navigate through the turmoil of the matrix today and perhaps make a difference tomorrow…without being conned or falling into despair…or worse.

I would even say it’s a must…but that might be taking it too far for some readers.

Still…we lose when divide and conquer takes hold of our lives, and it grabs us through the prejudices we deny so that they have rooted themselves unhindered into our minds and hearts.

I am not someone who tells others to go through life uncritically. I don’t make a high and mighty calling of “not judging”. Anxiety and fear, as well as outrage that conceals deep insecurity can push us to condemn where we are best served to carefully consider and evaluate. The fact remains, however, that the idea of “not judging” is all too often used as a means of manipulation via guilt.

So let us discern, and indeed judge, but do so to evaluate and learn. Let us treat everything as a class room to better ourselves in the challenges we face, rather than a courtroom where we are more likely to end up at the receiving end of a sentence when are so confident we sit in the judge position. After all, it is not divine power that has set us up for a fall, but the very psychopathic manipulators who thrive on dividing us against each other, so they revel in their conquests without so much as lifting a finger.

Part I

Divide and Conquer: Part I

This is not an original topic, especially these days of media manipulation masking as entertainment and education. I feel compelled to express on it because of a specific example. Perhaps my thoughts will take me onto more generalized tangents as they flow. For now, however, let me scratch the itch that bothers me. I want to just have my say, even if the particular example of divide and conquer is not all that interesting to those out there who advocate a more conventional reality paradigm.

To make a long story short, I’ve noticed a kind or rift between people who practice occultism and those that practice alternative spirituality. I am interested in both. I research both and have been for the last thirty years, and have also been practicing both for just about that amount of time. These days I’m on my own track, doing my own thing as it were. Occasionally, however, I scan the Internet to see what’s up in the public domain.

Just the other day I applied the word “occultism” to a popular search engine and got nothing but Nazis, Zionists, celebrities doing hand signs with weird captions over the pictures, and eyes on top of pyramids glaring at me. That is not the occultism I know and love to research and practice.

I think the search engine lodged that weirdness at me because I frequent alternative media sites. Somehow it thought this was what interested me. Or perhaps, for those who are into not respecting the mainstream media of any part of the world, the Internet has been programmed to provide nothing but disorienting slander sprinkled with misrepresented truth.

I am irked because what I know is that alternative spirituality is occultism. It is, after all, all about mystery, and mystery is occult (concealed) knowledge. By proxy, occultism is alternative spirituality because it does not cater to mainstream religion. The rest is bullshit, misconception and propaganda…punctuated by a number of folks acting out self-fulfilling prophecies of Hollywood nightmare fantasies, as if conscripted to do so.

This rift disturbs me. It shouldn’t be there. Yet so-called scientific folks who believe in reason, also believe in aliens. Then they laugh at those who practice mind-over-matter methodologies or summon “spirits” and think that makes sense.

There are too many self-proclaimed occultists, on the other hand, who tend to laugh at “conspiracy theories”. I’m not sure if those who scoff really believe in the system or they don’t care and just pay lip service to it. Many seem to have been bullied by religion in some way. They may declare they are Satanists or Antinomian practitioners for no other reason but as a response to oppressive religious upbringing.

Justified or not, in my eyes the resentful attitude leaves them wide open to a social (political and economic) establishment that tends to capitalize on weakness. We are so easily misled in our prejudices, especially when we try so hard to convince ourselves and everyone around us that we are not.

Many of us feel bullied into political correctness. We feel victimized by the practice of gas-lighting; the deliberate attempt to make one question one’s own sanity. Even as we are bullied, however, we are also “allowed” acceptable counter-establishment rebelliousness when it gives us an outlet of denial or otherwise serves the enslaving establishment.

We can brazenly be trendy, for example, where decades ago we would be ridiculed. We can get implants, and tattoos are cool, and sex changes are more and more in vogue. Yet many of us are also reluctant to ask about those white lines planes leave in the sky, or what’s in the needles that poke our children. We know better than to rock the boat in ways that may leave us exposed.

We can, therefore, revel in being bohemian, and still be obedient. We can draw our pentagrams and chant our spells to claim love, money or a better place in the pecking order. We can do that and be cool, so long as we don’t question how many people of a certain religious persuasion died in the last world war, or the justice of taxation without honest representation.

How can we expose ourselves by such inquiries when there are those who have cornered the market on being so concerned, and they are not like us? Those who want their guns locked and loaded; those who despise government telling them what to do; those who would erect high barricades against immigrants threatening to flood their stomping grounds. It’s probably not worth the trouble when those most vocal about such things point fingers and call you evil.

We, on the other hand who are disposed to tote our guns and rattle our bibles, may know we are despised by those who deem themselves tolerant judges of oppressive bigotry, and we don’t care because we are right. And we who believe love and light will save the day, because we deem it so- our guides are never wrong! Others will point and call us crazy, and the rest will damn us to hell, as they rattle their dogmas and roll their eyes.

Those of us who are believers, either of new age light works or the one true lord, are anathema to those who are cool, and side with the trends. They know who is boss and they know who runs the show, at least in a visceral way. To their brain it’s all plain as day. They listen to experts and whatever officials have to say. They smile polite and condescending. They cry with outrage when expected to do so. Yet some of those are occultists, as strange as it gets. That is the power of divide and conquer, working in plain sight to ruin what would  otherwise be alliances of common sense.

Part II

The Imperative of Self-Cultivation

The imperative of self-cultivation is not a commandment by deity, nor is it arrogant ambition or cult initiative. It is nothing less than evolutionary necessity.

A psychopath lacks any sense of heart connection to their environment. They manifest a bloated survival instinct, and live to fill the empty soul-void at their core by repressing anything meaningful in their environemnt and other living beings. The inner distortion, marketed as evolutionary superiority, fuels a sense of desperation that mobilizes determination, mental focus and a constant calculation of the odds in all their competing relations- everything and everyone.

Inner distortion makes them desperate beings. Under the well-adjusted exterior, there is a cornered animal at odds with the world. In depths they rarely acknowledge the torment of survival struggle makes existence intolerable. In the mind of the psychopath whose intellect has been molded by necessity, there is the imperative to be akin to a god, if only they can get away with it. Most can only resort to petty tyranny or fake their way until they can.

It is not just any god they desire to emulate, but ‘The’ God that has no other gods before Him. I use the masculine regardless of psychopath gender because there is nothing nurturing or creative here. There are goddesses that appear to favor the psychopath way of things, but appearance is not always reality. That theme I save for a future post.

My point is that the psychopath would be almost admirable in their seeming strength if not for the corruption that drives them. Even if they did become gods, in the end their emptiness and isolation from life would catch up to them. They would tear existence apart on any number of pretenses, scientific, philosophical, religious or simply because they could.

When an individual wants to die, but is too disconnected and afraid, they tend to project their wish their own death onto the world. The essence that comes as close to a soul as one can define it for the psychopath will be driven by the urge to literally eat its way out of existence, like a saber-toothed Pac-man on adrenaline overdrive.

Destroying existence under the guise of a lust for power and control, itself under a mask of idealistic and even pragmatic justification- a mask of lies- is the psychopath’s way of ultimate suicide. The psychopath of whom I speak is not your average psychopath. He or she is the upgraded version whose cunning and determination are one-pointed. Other psychopaths want to be this type. This is the psychopath deified, with all the power they crave at their disposal.

The topic of psychopath anatomy and psycho-physiology can be elaborated at length. In this instance, however, I seek to present a contrasting example to our topic of self-cultivation necessity. Simply put, self-cultivation leads to forging the ability to respond effectively to the psychopath and their works. It is that ability that is of utmost importance in the days of tribulation in which we find ourselves.

The proliferation of the psychopath is an existential issue for our species and the immediate world. It is a cancer that threatens no less than our very existence as individuals, as a species, and as life on a miraculous planet that could and should be the paradise of all its inhabitants. Cancer is manageable and even natural when it manifests as the occasional mutated cell. It grows to lethal proportions when stress and toxicity weaken the immune system evolved to keep it in check.

Even then, so long as we draw breath we are alive and there is hope. I would like to believe that in such circumstances as being diagnosed with a medical death sentence I would never give up. I would like to believe that the same applies where the psychopathic cancer is concerned. Regardless, I am stating the obvious when I say that given a life or death situation, the only one with motive to discourage me is the one wanting me defeated. I would therefore recommend to take the notions of the all-powerful ‘elite’ with a grain of salt, as they are the ones seeking to intimidate us into despair.

It helps to remember that any cancer is only as strong as the immune system is weak. Whether we are afflicted or not by disease, we would think it natural to call our need to strengthen our immune system an imperative; more so if we sought cure rather than prevention. Even as we are well past the prevention stage where the human infestation of psychopathy is concerned, we need not condemn the situation as terminal. Instead we can place what strength, energy and determination we have to take our imperative seriously. Then we may constructively and effectively learn to respond to psychopathic malaise at every level of its manifestation, and as each unique situation dictates.

Our first step, in my opinion, is the cultivation of discernment. Those who find themselves with the short end of the stick in a global society increasingly under psychopathic dominance appear to be at a grave disadvantage. Working discernment, however, can be a tipping factor. In the discerning individual daunting appearances stimulate not despair, but the determination to examine them deeper.

The sense here is that taking things at face value is not in our best interests when they just so happen to benefit those who seek to conquer us body and soul. We may look around and start observing that the mainstream ‘facts’ tend to confirm the ideology of those who discover them through ‘legitimate’ and ‘credited’ means. Many have already made such observations judging from the Internet information stream, and that means discernment is not dead, not by a long-shot.

At this stage the possibilities of cultivating discernment and other inner human resources is still on the table. It is, in other words, not yet a crime to pursue that cultivation. I am not being paranoid to consider that it can be. Human history is full of periods where peaceful individuals with a passion for creative and spiritual innovation were hunted relentlessly, when the benefits threatened to liberate a given group of humanity from authoritarian control. Psychopaths tend to view human potential as a threat, and most of their focus today is geared to eradicating it; hence our imperative of self-cultivation.

Respected reader, please forgive the lack of concise definition and/or description of what self-cultivation is in this writer’s conception- aside from the example of discernment. I leave the positive elaboration of the concept for another day. My recommended food for thought here and now is the notion that the imperative to self-cultivate comes from the depths of evolutionary necessity. It is not just the survival of our species, but of life as we know it on this planet, that calls for it.

Success in what may be the greatest thrust toward existential healing our species has ever faced, can propel us to a future that would make up for all the suffering of the past. If they could, all  forms of being would nod in understanding, and look back in time to know without a shadow of a doubt that it was all worth it. May that day come sooner that we think.

Discernment as a Resource

It is not uncommon these days to express outrage against dwindling natural resources. We cry for our dwindling water, dwindling food, dwindling peace of mind and time. As resources of world, life and mind seem to be slipping from our grasp there is still a valuable treasure trove meant to be cashed in to help. It is treasure that we can easily take for granted.

Therefore, we often don’t even notice it disappearing, and may even forget what it was we were taking for granted in the first place. This treasure is an important resource of our essential human nature. It is the resource of discernment. And it is one of several dynamics of inner sourcing potential I wish to address in writings such as this.

In my experience exploring one’s inner world can be done in a pragmatic manner without getting clinical or mechanical about it. I am convinced we can be inspired and empowered without always having to resort to a list of rote methods and button pushing. No matter what our individual views and dispositions most of us live under the same sky. We breathe the same air, and walk upon the same ground. We have beating hearts and functioning minds- those reading this anyway.

We are different, yet we have so much in common that emphasis on key issues we face, especially if they are of a philosophical or esoteric nature, can lead to the potential for harnessing resources that amount to a birthright we cannot afford to let atrophy through repression and lack of use. We need them because it is increasingly difficult to ignore that there is a war going on for our very minds, without which our hearts and bodies are defenseless.

Information regarding the global state of affairs has been spread over the Internet by well-meaning individuals for years. It is also distorted, corrupted and slandered heavily along the way. It is not farfetched to say that we the people- regardless of where we live- are having our heads, our hearts and our health tweaked so as to remain weak, afraid and spinning our wheels. We are being harassed and abused in ways subtle and overt- in ways many do not even see- when our creative spark, spiritual stamina (sense of hope and meaning) and our instincts of self-determination need to be at their strongest and most vital.

One thing is for sure: We cannot afford to stay confused. We cannot afford to run away or scramble chasing every nugget of glimmering hope thrown at us. We cannot assume to hide under the apron strings of the closest ‘solution’. We will always be disappointed when our sole motive is to madly avoid at all costs that impending sense of despair we have been conditioned to fear almost more than physical suffering. In these difficult and uncertain times, therefore, we are in need of qualities only we can cultivate, aside from material requirements. But the system pushes our buttons and reconfigures our perception to declare it is always a step ahead of us.

We who are empathic and not devoid of soul light- the majority of humanity, in other words- are being attacked at the level of mind, emotion and perception, in ways that are purely psychological as well as being applications of material- and energy- technologies, and at the psychological level. Given all of that, a healthy sense of discernment should be first on our list of internal resources to discover, activate and cultivate toward peak efficiency.

There are others, but to focus on discernment can turn many of the psy-op tactics used against us into opportunities for the cultivation of immunity to them. That translates into empowerment for us. It is very important in my view that we, therefore, not take discernment for granted in these days of mass media deception, fear porn and info-junk. We need it functioning now almost as much as we need pure air, water and food. We need it because without discernment solutions to keep and/or restore pure air, water and food will not be forthcoming.

Many would disagree. Yet shutting the mind to possibilities that contradict the mainstream consensus leads us on a merry-go-round to increasingly tyrannical and meaningless existence, where being ‘normal’ is devoid of spirit and perhaps even life. Otherwise to cultivate to fruition that quality of inestimable value- true discernment- one must choose to recognize both their need for it, and to acknowledge the deficiency that is hard to notice by the one suffering from it.

The most aware of us can succumb to disinformation and the array of clever tactics under the tried and true strategy of divide and conquer. The very advantage of easy sharing the internet so generously offers can so easily be turned against the sincere seeker. Disinformation can end up going viral; distractions and manipulated presentations can replace pieces inspiring solidarity; confusion and insecurity can be the fuel for division as relentless trolls are systematically employed to keep the most resilient seekers isolated from potential allies and comrades.

As of yet, discernment is not collectively powerful enough to cut through all the deception and manipulation thrown at us. If we can commit to opening our own eyes, the eyes of the mind as organs of perception, we can tear the wool from them. Discernment is not all we need, but it is a start. I feel that those who are interested in manifesting a better world can agree that it is an invaluable resource.

Psychopaths with inbred god complexes thrive in this modern age. They dance merrily in their sadistic and pompous ceremonials of politics and war. They cannibalize and violate the most innocent of us, our very children. It is a theater of despair for anyone with a soul spark and the courage to look into the abyss that is more and more brazenly looking back at us, daring us to make a move.

Daunting doesn’t even begin to describe the notion of making a real difference there. Yet, paradoxically we can dare look deeper, because it is then that we increase our chances of stimulating our latent resources. They are weak in many of us, all but gone in most; attacked in all, no doubt. Yet they are stronger than any heartless, soulless mutation of humanity can fathom.

Let us affirm those resources and focus on how to stand up and muster them. Then we may grow free of debilitating conditioning. We can gaze even deeper into the core of who and what we are to maximize our creativity, our concentration and our determination to do what comes naturally to human beings: solve our problems.

Psychology, philosophy and spirituality- including the much maligned ‘occultism’- are anything but exclusive weapons of a psychopathic minority. They comprise our internal arsenal. Let us awaken to the potentials of that arsenal, and let us strive to cultivate and hone that much-valued quality we cannot afford to take for granted as first on our list of valuable resources: The quality of discernment.