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The introduction to this series, for those who’d not read it or would wish to review it, may be found HERE. It is recommended the introduction be read prior to delving into any of the articles in this series –

Part one of this series develops why the Western paradigm will never be able to master the so-called ‘paranormal’ phenomenon at the highest level; for the fact they’ve fenced themselves out of the necessary intelligence with the ‘individual’ (ego) cultural imperative. This presents an insurmountable obstacle.

There is an anonymous zerohedge article on ‘paranormal warfare’ quoting (quotes follow in italics, sans illustrations) the US Army Security Command, material drawn from the CIA “reading room.” I will constrain myself to the excerpted quotes (the complete original material is quite lengthy.) If this anonymous article is actually a CIA prompt to initiate discussion from which they might harvest ideas, the cited sections are likely where there is ongoing struggle to control certain aspects and search for insights.

The Gateway Process

In order to induce remote viewing and other psychic phenomenon, The US Army studied the “Gateway Process” – essentially perfecting meditation techniques developed by the Monroe Institute which allow humans to harness their own electromagnetic energy waves, control them, and effectively traverse time and space.

The procedure is performed by synchronizing both hemispheres of the brain.

Fundamentally, the Gateway Experience is a training system designed to bring enhanced strength, focus and coherence to the amplitude and frequency of brainwave output between the left and right hemispheres so as to alter consciousness, moving it outside the physical sphere so as to ultimately escape even the restrictions of time and space. The participant then gains access to the various levels of intuitive knowledge which the universe offers.

The Gateway process is designed to rather rapidly induce a state of profound calm within the nervous system and to significantly lower blood pressure to cause the circulatory system, skeleton and all other physical organ systems to begin vibrating coherently at approximately 7–7.5 cycles per second. The resulting resonance sets up a regular, repetitive sound wave which propagates in consonance with the electrostatic field of the earth.

To enter these intervening dimensions, human consciousness must focus with such intense coherence that the frequency of the energy pattern which comprises that consciousness (i.e. the brainwave output) can accelerate to the point where the resulting frequency pattern, if displayed on an oscilloscope, would look virtually like a solid line. Achievement of this state of altered consciousness sets the stage for perception of non-time-space dimensions because of the operation of a principle in physics known as Planck’s Distance.

Moreover, once the individual is able to project his consciousness beyond time-space, that consciousness would logically tend to entrain its frequency output with the new energy environment to which it is exposed, therein greatly enhancing the extent to which the individual’s altered consciousness may be further modified to achieve a much heightened point of focus and a much refined oscillating pattern. [1]

The fundamental mistake in the preceding, from the ‘pre-modern’ (pre-Columbian) view is, the artificial (invention or artifice) applied to something that is possessed of it’s own principal laws and subsets of attending rules. Whatever “new energy environment” might be ‘found’ .. ‘out there’ .. is as liable to damage the practitioner as any other outcome because there are no immunities developed in the described process that should serve as ‘shields’ which provide protection for the capacity to recognize, understand and refrain from trespassing forbidden fields (which exist for a purpose.)

Particularly relevant to the CIA’s pursuit of espionage, per the ancient understanding is, all lies, to (especially) include self deceits, no matter how small, are recorded as errors (within the self), excepting a certain phenomenon having to do with ‘creating reality’ that ‘lies’ within a principal law of paradox (emphasizing ‘a’ principal law and minimizing ‘the’ principal law except as situationally apropos) that has its’ own subset of rules. These recorded errors, subsequently-consequently, can ‘read’ by the larger sentient awareness (environment) via the personal ‘energy field.’

It follows, exploring the several so-called ‘psychic’ phenomena (e.g. telekinesis, remote viewing) from the lab of Cartesian-Platonic Western science will be an ongoing, rank fail, for the fact of the major cultural self-deceit called ‘objectivity.’ In fact all matter is consciousness imbued and any single ‘object’ cannot be ‘separated’ from awareness but only isolated from the self via a set of steps routing around any ‘object’; this requires a ‘presupposition’ or, realizing certain circumstance will be encountered demanding a practice of ‘avoidance’ (practical invisibility.) Herein (indigenous practice) is a matter of seeing but purposely, consciously not engaging but because the Western method is ‘proactive’ (projective) it cannot avoid engagement (drawing attention to itself) concerning certain laws and attending forces it does not factor in (does not know how to.)

This *misapprehension* (emphasizing as relative to the stated purpose of Stargate) might seem quite old. This becomes readily apparent when the practices concerning Stargate derive from ‘related’ practices of meditation such as that of the Eastern philosophy rooted in modern yogis or contemporary Buddhists. In fact these ‘Eastern’ methods, if old by Western standard, are actually quite recent and are precisely opposed (180 degrees opposite, with few exceptions) to what had been the ‘pre-civilized’ practice of meditation, quite nicely captured by an observer of this reporter’s previous work:

“… in Penucquem Speaks Ron West says that

“”A necessary circumstance to bring real ceremony…into your life is the idea that meaningful life is an observational meditation interacting with nature.””

“Already we can see meaning and attention getting wrapped up together in this beautifully succinct summation of the basic Blackfeet outlook on life. We can see clearly though, that for Ron and his Blackfeet teachers, the conviction that all life is meaningful and synchronistic leads to a heightened observation of one’s surrounding environment* …” [footnoted]

Footnote: “*Which for each of us is what makes up our individual worlds. This type of meditation, then, leads not out of the world, but deeper in [bold in the original] [2]

Nearly, precisely correct, excepting the Western idea of “individual.” In other words, when one is in persistent meditative state integrated to one’s natural surroundings, this leads to the ability to see and traverse the open avenues provided by (what I have described elsewhere as) ‘the timing’ or ‘living clock’ of a meta-awareness (synchronicity in the quoted article.) [3]

‘focus’

Where the Army program states…

“the Gateway Experience is a training system designed to bring enhanced strength, focus and coherence to the amplitude and frequency of brainwave output between the left and right hemispheres so as to alter consciousness, moving it outside the physical sphere so as to ultimately escape even the restrictions of time and space. The participant then gains access to the various levels of intuitive knowledge which the universe offers”

…the difference to the ancient is stark; wherein Gateway terms like the following are offered:

To enter these intervening dimensions, human consciousness must focus with such intense coherence that the frequency of the energy pattern which comprises that consciousness (i.e. the brainwave output) can accelerate to the point where the resulting frequency pattern, if displayed on an oscilloscope, would look virtually like a solid line

This (immediate preceding) is like using a laser to cut a road to a destination the ancient Blackfoot would traverse as easily as becoming a butterfly or, as naturally easy as dreaming in the waking state (the butterfly represents this.) The qualitative difference is immense; Because the ancient is relaxed in to one’s surroundings, they are ‘shown’ the destination; whereas the Western experiment is a ‘focus of such intense coherence’ it is akin to forcing one’s way out of their presence (present) with destination uncertain and incoherent (for the fact of circumventing the purposed avenues of this world’s larger, sentient awareness.)

Properly navigating the (larger, sentient) meta awareness framework, in a mechanistic sense, could be described as something like this:

Consider the spiderweb, but give it horizontal and vertical and then every other necessary dimension to create a sphere. What we do is, if you consider yourself inside a ball with transparent skin and we ‘walk’ the ball throughout this network of intersecting web with vista opening (in front) and closing (behind) … but everything depends on how you look at things because there is two views. Maybe some of those reading here have done the following exercise, when looking through the glass of a window; if you shift your consciousness, you can see through the window or use the window as a mirror. As an analogy, both views are useful but in Western culture only one is commonly used in the window of awareness and it is not the ‘looking through’ that is mostly used … but only rarely, in limited ways.

The brain is an energized hologram (processor) and body a vehicle but ‘energies’ are not limited to this, ‘life’ (energy-awareness is not limited to biological processes) is manifest in everything we encounter. We put interpretations on our experience when encountering another energy and there is something like a system of filters to give perspective to what we have encountered, in a way that can make sense to us. Most (modern or ‘Westernized’) people aren’t very good at this, they assign too much value to the image and don’t see (and cannot observe, follow, engage, disengage or altogether avoid) the energy. This is result of placing undue focus on the ‘physical’ manifestation (vehicle) of the energies encountered but not interpreting the surrounding/integrated (it can be either or both) associated energies properly, a consequence of separated hemispheres of the brain with ‘dominance’ (out-sized importance) given to logic within a physical framework or focus on ‘matter’ rather than ‘energy’ (energy being a much wider concept than that related to consumption, and possessing many level of subtleties.)

The point is, when in constant state of ‘meditative’ self-correction (maintaining equilibrium) within these ideas, when one is not ‘separated’ (objectified), this awareness of self-integration (to environment) permeates yourself and one’s surroundings; and is integrated to the ‘timing’ (is not only transferred/broadcast or projected into surrounding environment but is equally able to be receptive and knows necessary neutral states as well) providing ability to shape (or to open, be shown into & follow) intelligent direction while avoiding pitfalls. This necessarily excludes the modern ‘psychics’ who should be (technically) described as a ‘herniated’ Western intelligence with a constricted (severely limited) access to nature’s metadata web (within which are infinite intra-dimensional possibilities.)

Of critical understanding to the difference between ‘separated’ and ‘un-separated’ (or modern and pre-modern) cultures, is the location of conscious awareness. In the modern, conscious awareness is somehow locked into a dominance of the left hemisphere of the brain in the individual; in the pre-modern, conscious awareness is experienced as coordinated shifts between the left and right hemispheres of the GROUP. This last is (or had been) a seasonal shift where ‘ceremony’ serve(s)/serve(d) as calibration with the metadata web. In this pre-modern state, a related analogy would be conscious awareness was never located at any distance, when in one hemisphere, from the other hemisphere, but kept the hemispheres closely interlinked in sense of balance; along the lines of shifting balance on a bicycle – left-winter to right-summer – and back. This matter of a dynamic balancing act, that doesn’t experience stasis (in the Western sense), requires born into and a lifetime of polish through learning (in the pre-modern) to grasp and function within at highest level.

The oxymoron inherent in Stargate is, it is the Western cultural shaping (education) kills the ability to apply this sight at the fluent level; the higher the educational level in Cartesian-Platonic philosophy based science (over-training a ‘locked down’ left hemisphere actually opposed in great respect to the right hemisphere), the less ability is manifest to practically engage, whilst noting any Cartesian-Platonic shaped ‘intellectual’ grasp of the phenomenon is light years from ability to fluently perform.

 

Stargate Project (0) series introduction

Stargate Project (1) down the rabbit hole < you are here

Stargate Project (2) intermediate possibilities

Stargate Project (3) transcendent warfare

Stargate Project 0.0 epilogue

 

[1] https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-06/russian-troops-trained-use-telepathy-combat-according-defense-ministry

[2] https://threadingthepearls.blogspot.com/2009/02/overlapping-parallels-thoughts-on.html

[3] https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/11/26/birds/

 

A former Sergeant of Operations and Intelligence for Special Forces, Ronald Thomas West is a retired investigator (living in exile) whose work focus had been anti-corruption. Ronald is published in International Law as a layman (The Mueller-Wilson Report, co-authored with Dr Mark D Cole) and has been adjunct professor of American Constitutional Law at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (for English credit, summer semester 2008.) Ronald’s formal educational background (no degree) is social psychology. His therapeutic device is satire.

Contact: penucquemspeaks@googlemail.com

Introduction

“We’re not used to thinking about process. We communicate with an object-based language. David [Bohm] invented a thing called – “rheomode“ – language in which we speak to each other in a flowing mode. There are some ancient languages which do this – Hopi Indian and some others. In his book Wholeness and the Implicate Order, you’ll find a chapter on language, in which he discusses this rheomode. It didn’t work [for science], because we were still thinking of objects” -theoretical physicist Basil Hiley [1]

Follows is a new iteration of my A + B = C lampoon of the Western culture’s Cartesian-Platonic paradigm; wherein is explored an entry from the Central Intelligence Agency’s “reading room” concerning the so-called ‘paranormal.’

Part one of this series develops why the Western paradigm will never be able to master the phenomenon at the highest level; for the fact they’ve fenced themselves out of the necessary intelligence with the ‘individual’ (ego) cultural imperative. This presents an insurmountable obstacle. [2]

Part two will look at intermediate possibilities (where the CIA might have taken the research since it had gone to deep cover.)

Part three will explore actual possibilities available to the modern mentality or so-called ‘civilized’ states’ pursuit of this knowledge within the severely constricted Cartesian-Platonic cultural paradigm.

Supposedly the so-called ‘Stargate Project’ had been shut down in 1995, after the CIA had taken full control of the program and shut out the Defense Intelligence Agency. The certainty this had been a false story to take the research under deep cover is implicit in several reasons;

1) from the Western ‘lab-science’ view there had been strong working result & indications pointing to phenomenal but little understood & unpredictable human ability to access alternate reality circumventing space-time limitations; [3]

2) Navy SEAL officer L.R. Bremseth, in a study for the Marine Corps War College, noted Stargate research implications pointing to what he names “Transcendent Warfare” necessitating a deep cover for further development of understanding how the exploration of ‘alternative dimensions’ might be developed in such a way as to render the present employ of warfare obsolete:

“Transcendent warfare’s impact extends well beyond remote viewing, which offers a glimpse of the possible. It also holds the potential for fundamentally shifting and expanding our current understanding of reality to such an extent that manipulation of established reality parameters, such as time, becomes possible if not plausible. The first nation or group that actualizes transcendent warfare will therefore possess a strategic advantage that may prove insurmountable” [4]

3) Last, but not least, the very fact of the CIA’s ‘reading room’ having situated the DIA material for the public’s perusal, points at looking to initiate discussion (they will no doubt attempt monitoring) or trying to develop further information (a case of be careful of what you wish for.) This while CIA has studiously remained silent on their own, concurrent studies of Stargate type material in cooperation with the Stanford Research Institute’s Russell Targ (a real creep) and colleagues. [5]

I should mention here (without giving up their names) I’d been for a number of years acquainted with two top paranormal professionals in law enforcement and they had 3rd colleague (I am not acquainted with) who was one of the principals in Stargate Project. However this might seem coincidental (we did not ever discuss Stargate per se), for my own part I do not believe it is coincidental at all these acquaintances were invested in exploring relevant Native American phenomenal experience (sweat lodge & sacred sites.) Without assigning any malevolent motivation to this preceding (in my experience these were ethical people), in my Native view of this small world we live in, I would also never assign coincidence to the fact of my discovering, altogether independently, intelligence agency penetration of professional associations for the purpose of exploring the paranormal through (among other fields of expertise) anthropology direct to subject of Native American spirituality. In this regard I will name names: the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and its’ past president, James O’Dea.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences had been cooperating with (laundering?) CIA funded ‘stargate’ research by Russell Targ of the Stanford Research Institute since at least the early to middle 1970s:

CIA_Stargate - 1

^ “Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ
Electronics and Bioengineering Laboratory.
Stanford Research Institute
Menlo Park, California 94025
* Presented at the annual meeting of the Parapsychological Association of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, St. John’s University, Jamaica, New York, August 22-24, 1974. Supported by a grant from the Foundation for Parasensory Investigation, New York City, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Palo Alto, California” [6]

Relevant to the series that follows this introduction, one of the ‘paradox’ of the paranormal research scientific community is, under a cover of ‘peace, healing, evolution of spirit and the general welfare and future good of humanity’, one finds the inter-meshed intelligence agencies pursuit of discovering the keys to “transcendent warfare”

 

Stargate Project (0) series introduction < you are here

Stargate Project (1) down the rabbit hole

Stargate Project (2) intermediate possibilities

Stargate Project (3) transcendent warfare

Stargate Project 0.0 epilogue

 

[1] https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/critical-opalescence/the-wholeness-of-quantum-reality-an-interview-with-physicist-basil-hiley/

[2] https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2019/01/30/reality-check/

[3] https://medium.com/accessible-foia/analysis-assesment-gateway-process-army-cia-foia-1983-human-consciousness-d7fa332ef404

[4] https://www.scribd.com/document/121949749/Transcendent-Warfare-Study

[5] Russell Targ’s statements concerning a 20+ years research relationship with several intelligence agencies (he names the CIA) https://vimeo.com/66334047

[6] https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/document/cia-rdp96-00787r000500360001-9

 

 

A former Sergeant of Operations and Intelligence for Special Forces, Ronald Thomas West is a retired investigator (living in exile) whose work focus had been anti-corruption. Ronald is published in International Law as a layman (The Mueller-Wilson Report, co-authored with Dr Mark D Cole) and has been adjunct professor of American Constitutional Law at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (for English credit, summer semester 2008.) Ronald’s formal educational background (no degree) is social psychology. His therapeutic device is satire.

Contact: penucquemspeaks@googlemail.com

Bageera

^ the author’s pre-exile summer life

My essay ‘Modern Indian Society‘ from the book ‘Penucquem Speaks’ (published 2006) has received considerable attention over recent months; and judging by the associated search terms, this has to do with the indigenous concept of shadow or, more precisely, ‘lost shadow.’ Consequently, I decided to expand on the concept that had been only briefly mentioned in the book. This is the result.

The ancient native concept translated as ‘shadow’ is the ‘dynamic’ portal from which you are observed by the world of ‘spirit’ (nature), perhaps best represented in English with this definition…

dynamic |dīˈnamik|
adjective
1 Linguistics (of a verb) expressing a process

…in a case where self-recognition is not ego-based but environmentally substantiated within a context of nature; where all surroundings are social. How you could experience this from this side (in non-egoic sense as part of process), example given, where there is a wild plum tree in full blossom alive with honey bees; you don’t see or differentiate the bees or parts of the tree (blossoms) separately but rather first instinct understands the tree as alive with the sound of the bees, all as integrated single organism. This is information delivered via the ‘portal.’

You also instinctively know this is a shifting phenomenon of process that is constantly in motion and your’s is in a place of moving process. In other words, your shadow is a shifting or mutating awareness attending oneself or one’s presence, constantly feeding one information. How you would know you are seen from the ‘other side’ (in same non-egoic sense or as integrated to process), example given, let’s say you are hunting and as a hunter you understand it is what will be offered to you is what you are allowed to take; also it is spring and you shouldn’t take the doe carrying a young one. The Mule Deer herd senses your presence and begins to move away but a large doe stands still and offers herself. You take her because you understand she has offered herself; and discover she is barren. This is knowing both; how to read and how to write. It is a form of literacy, sans pen & paper. The doe knew the herd’s best outcome was giving herself up, you read that, and taking her, you wrote the best outcome for all concerned; your people are fed and the mule deer community kept it’s future in a higher state than if you’d taken any of the other deer.

Or, as I had previously written HERE:

Let’s say because you are of the old indigenous mental construction and you know *how* to pray *through* the trees, while traveling, you come to a Y in the road. To now, you only know there is a way through the forest you are traversing, but you have no map and no detailed instruction. Because you know *how* to pray *through* the trees, the environment (which is sentient, intelligent, and social) recognizes, respects, and even *anticipates* your thought when you send it out – “which way” – and a large bird of prey drops out of a tree and flies down right fork in the road, your questions are responsibly answered along this and other lines, with 100% accuracy, throughout the trip … because this indigenous mentality can repeat this *read* of the environment with fluency and confidence, whether it is a bird calls in the precise moment, or noticing a feature resembling a face in a rock outcropping (psychosis to the Platonic mentality), even a puff of breeze moving leaves on an otherwise still day and more.

How is it this ‘portal’ of understanding translates as your shadow?

This interactive understanding is an awareness that moves with you, except in case where you’ve been knocked out of alignment with your ‘portal’, in which case it can be said you’ve ‘lost your shadow’, a serious and even life threatening circumstance; with your loss of ability to ‘read’ surrounding environment. This ‘portal’ that follows (or precedes or surrounds) oneself is a critical component of essence or being in context of survival.

If you cannot ‘read’, you cannot take what is offered, as you cannot take what you cannot see and you’ve become out-of-sync. As well, because your surrounding environment is sentient and aware, you may easily become the environment’s ‘offering’ for lack of this ability to read; this loss of yourself is recognized by the greater social awareness (your natural surroundings.) In this case, you could easily become the surprised kill. This last is akin to the wolf identifying and taking the weak of the herd. They ‘know’ because they have ‘shadow’ or portal of understanding as well. When the environment, which is sentient, aware and social, knows you are out-of-sync, it’s only a matter of time and you will be taken.

How this system of awareness came to be related to early ‘frontier’ photography and the concept of ‘shadow stealing’ is actually quite simple; this was era entire native nations had been knocked out of alignment with their natural social environment (interactive nature.) With the Whites came a severe damage to this world of perception, with severe disease related losses, ecological damage and the disappearing of wildlife, together with attending psychological impact, almost nothing worked as it had.

The static ‘capture’ of image (photography) easily fit the concept of lost shadow, as it must have looked as one would imagine nature were to perceive the self, where previous to western culture, one might only behold in reflective water. However reflection in the water did not threaten; because it did not seize and keep the image. In a world without concept of coincidence, it could not be construed as anything other than, with the Whites’ arrival, and the near simultaneous loss of the interactive ‘literacy’ of living integrated to nature, portrait photography came to represent the ultimate theft of this unique awareness.

Badger_River

^ The ‘shadow’ classroom

Related: Cosmos & Consciousness

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Raven

For those looking for geopolitical intrigue, sorry but I must confess I’m presently burnt out concerning the subject. Consequently, I’ve been giving attention to my 30+ years learning with some of the last masters of Northern Plains culture. The most recent endeavor is a revised/expanded ‘Cosmos & Consciousness’ you may download at at this link. Alternatively, for a free pdf copy (you’re free to share with anyone) send a request to: pencuquemspeaks@googlemail.com

Bageera

Chief

^ is this you?

Finally, we have reached that space where it becomes clear what had been expected of every individual at the level of microcosm. Essentially there was an expected practical behavior; under pinned in approach to life along these lines:

The ancient Blackfoot approached life like this … every impact, down to so much as a bruised blade of grass, in the course of going about anything, whether daily sustenance or whatever, generated awareness of impact. This in turn demands a life of ‘right action’ in relation to all things, as one’s life foundation, to live in the balance. It is within the cosmos’ ‘living clock’ this principle was observed and followed in such a way as to discover what would be ‘gifted’ to sustain the people. In the western culture Jung observed this principle as synchronicity but I will the note the Pikuni knew how to read the clock, it wasn’t ‘coincidence.’

This preceding demanded an integrated approach that precluded ego in the western sense .. it was never about ‘me’ but about sustaining a system of perpetual motion which depended on all; right down to awareness of impact to the single blade of grass and the correct action or ‘lived awareness’ demanded of that fact. Development of the individual was integrated to the whole of it all, precluding any practical separation. As this system of perpetual motion moved through the seasons, this living clock was acknowledged with ceremony. Everyone in the ancient way could read this movement until the Europeans arrived. And we should all know the consequence of this ‘new’ education.

Now, when we flip a light switch, everything it had meant to honor life within the cosmos is dishonored in a practical sense for the sake of ‘convenience.’ Think about it. Whether solar, wind generator, hydro-electric, gas-fired, strip-mined coal or nuclear generated; you just contributed to death within the cosmos with so small an act as the flip of a switch. Each of these systems required dealing death within the cosmos, to construct a grid that is putting the planet to death. This gives me a cynical laugh when considering the circumstance of people paying for plane tickets to attend workshops on what it means (or meant) to be Native American. Whether these are new age self-delusional souls seeking meaning or modern tribal mentalities meeting to consult on issues of ‘culture’, one is no different to the other, each has just contributed to death within the cosmos. And the cosmos doesn’t care whether your skin is Red or White. Quoting Karl Schlesier, a son, brother and father to three generations of Cheyenne Arrow Keepers:

“In the long and disturbing history of Indian-White relations in North America there have been other Whites, men and women, who became full fledged members and shared the fate of the tribes in the struggle for survival. These, often, had been taken as prisoners when young, and they grew up with new siblings and new parents and a new, wide range of relationships. They were not discriminated against because in the old world of the tribes skin color never mattered; what mattered were the expressions of one’s spirit and the voice of the heart. But adoption by a human alone was not enough. The adoptee had to open himself/herself to the spirit world of the specific tribe and had to be embraced by it. Thus, adoption was made final or was denied on the highest spiritual level beyond a first move made by adoptive elders”

What Karl is referring to, is whether to environment within the cosmos had embraced the concerned individual; as would have been recognized in the long ago ‘lived philosophy’ or the foundation all had been based on, in the living clock .. recalling the order of priority in caring for things:

1) The great community or cosmos (interpreted as territory)
2) The environment (within the cosmos)
3) The nation (within the environment)
4) The clan/band (within the nation)
5) The family (within the band)
6) The self (within the family)

What chance do you suppose ‘the spirit’ will recognize ANYONE in a so-called ‘native studies’ program, where light switches are flipped everyday; to study in the western culture’s classroom at the same university hosting departments teaching the European civilization’s philosophy and technology? This, contrasted to; in the ancients’ days, one would not so much as consider any association with any entity at odds with living intelligently in the cosmos. Forget romantic love; if your interest did not bring harmony into the family at the nuclear level, the relationship would never develop. This is because you have no right to disturb the peace of any other, and on realizing that person or institution interested in associating with you would be in conflict with the values upholding your family, within the band, within the nation, within the environment, within the cosmos, is antithetical to the greater social health; you would, at the individual level, deny any possibility of a relationship developing. Already, if we have ‘elders’ approve sending us to university, we can see how lost our peoples have become.

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Cosmos & Cosmology Cross-cultural encroachment (1)

Cosmos & Environment Cross-Cultural encroachment (2)

Cosmos & The Nation Cross-cultural encroachment (3)

Cosmos & The Clan Cross-cultural encroachment (4)

Cosmos & The Family Cross-cultural encroachment (5)

Cosmos & The Self Cross-cultural encroachment (6)

Cosmos & Consciousness Cross-cultural encroachment (7)

Cosmos & Consciousness (notes)

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Life in Indian Country Essay collection

Animate_Nature

I’ve given a LOT of thought, over time, to try and bring across some semblance of intelligent description to Western terminology; of how a concept of deity is grasped within the environment – recalling the Native hierarchy:

1) The great community or cosmos (interpreted as territory)
2) The environment (within the cosmos)
3) The nation (within the environment)
4) The clan/band (within the nation)
5) The family (within the band)
6) The self (within the family)

Our existence is Macro-Gaia (in the big picture) or all is [inter] related, from sub-atomic particle to planetary structures, with an element of Vitalism (the ‘great mystery’), taken together presenting as quasi or mimic intelligent design. The intelligent design would be ‘quasi’ because the native take on this aspect would be better described as intelligent expression, ‘design’ implies an egoic projection or attribution, whereas ‘expression’ should not. This thought goes to the native persona of humility: There are some things one simply cannot know.

Within the environment, which is perceived as social rather than physical, all surrounding natural phenomena is perceived as intelligent expression. ALL. There is no western concept of ‘God’ within this expression, and what might translate as ‘gods’ and ‘heroes’ from the cosmology, are the lessons drawn from historical markers integrated to natural events, whether celestial, earthly or in some combination.

When the environment is seen as social, permission is required to pursue not only specific activities within this community, but even to exist. Because the environment is seen as not only aware, but socially aware, there is an greater understanding of impacts directly relevant to undertaking responsibility; this is an environment with the ability to identify specific actions and react accordingly. From this aspect is drawn the native value of self-restraint; not only does any nation hosted within an environment possess no right whatsoever to aggressively exploit, the environment has the power to expel any nation inimical to its health.

Noting the horns sprouting on my forehead, it occurs to myself to mention in relation to the immediate preceding; if any indigenous person who perchance did not speak their language but in the English of the Europeans having read here and thought to themselves “But I knew that!” .. this would only go to demonstrate any Whiteman could know the same.

It should be noted this aware social environment required a different development of intelligence; where there is a necessary system of practical communication. Herein lies the difference between the isolated and remote from reality ‘dreams’ of the Western culture and the larger sense of ‘dreaming’ of the ancient Native American. Where everything in one’s surrounding is awake and aware puts focus on developing intelligence external to the narrow confines of any individual self; in the words of Karl Schlesier:

“to be open to the mysteries of the natural world and it’s manifestations, to be sensitive, aware of the manifold possibilities of seeing the world, to be free and unhampered in one’s thinking, to be generous and kind in regard to others, to let everything have it’s own voice”

To ‘let everything have its own voice’ is inclusive of all of those things the Platonic-Cartesian of the Western world has denied as a matter of static perception in the pursuit of knowledge focusing on the human species presumably the sole species capable of conscious awareness; but this lens had been a trap. As the Western culture has made its ‘advances’ within a framework of quite literal subjective damage while dismantling its surroundings in a thirst to ‘know’ (individual ego & related greed, actually), it had been inevitable the blind futility of this approach should manifest; as when theoretical physicist Bernard d’Espagnat can state:

“The doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousness turns out to be in conflict with quantum mechanics and with facts established by experiment”

In which case the Native American dream awareness has been quite consistent; as we see creatures going away due to our denying them the  right to exist, we see our own right to exist vanishing as well. One only must consider the amount of damage to reality (our surroundings) required to develop Western Civilization to a point of building laboratory models leading to atom smashers necessary to arrive at what had already been known. As things stand today, our cosmos are well underway in the process of expelling our nations .. in that we’re surrendering our right to exist, a subject to explore in the following essay.

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Cosmos & Cosmology Cross-cultural encroachment (1)

Cosmos & Environment Cross-Cultural encroachment (2)

Cosmos & The Nation Cross-cultural encroachment (3)

Cosmos & The Clan Cross-cultural encroachment (4)

Cosmos & The Family Cross-cultural encroachment (5)

Cosmos & The Self Cross-cultural encroachment (6)

Cosmos & Consciousness Cross-cultural encroachment (7)

Cosmos & Consciousness (notes)

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Life in Indian Country Essay collection

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^ Blackfoot sacred lands

The order of priority in the ancient native way had been:

1) The great community or cosmos (interpreted as territory)
2) The environment (within the cosmos)
3) The nation (within the environment)
4) The clan/band (within the nation)
5) The family (within the band)
6) The self (within the family)

This essay will point to the considerable difficulties inherent in maintaining the elements necessary to any authentic Native American spiritual awareness in relation to one’s surroundings and oneself.

To begin, there requires an intimate understanding of a living cosmos. To know a living cosmos requires a unique relationship to environment, commonly misconceived as a relationship solely to the land. It’s actually much bigger than this. To have some beginning idea of this cosmos, one must surrender any thought of ‘I’ and ‘me’ because ‘you’ cannot exist in this cosmos as an individual entity. Without the cosmos, you don’t exist. Within the cosmos, you cannot exist as an individual. This is because all of the cosmos is integrated. In the ancient Native American way, your cosmos is reflected (interpreted) as a territory where all is a single organism made up of inter-dependent parts, including every individual, and not only persons but every individual of every species, and what’s more, every stone and tree, down to each individual blade of grass.

The Blackfeet had their cosmos. The Blackfeet neighbors, whether Cree, Sioux, Crow, Cheyenne, Salish, or Shoshone, had their cosmos, each its’ own functioning universe with unique cosmology, within this concept. This had been the template on which Native American spiritual understanding had functioned; at the macro-level. To have a relationship to, and within, this cosmos, required a functional understanding of attending cosmology, that can be interpreted as laws immutably tied to the physical environment sustained within this cosmos. MOST IMPORTANTLY, this cosmos is its’ own self-conceptualizing, aware, seeing entity, a feeling or sentient being; in and of itself. “YOU” are ultimately unimportant to this cosmos -except- you were to know your place within this cosmos and that is the point of the cosmology.

Per example of this, I will point to the work of Karl Schlesier where he noted the Chiricahua Apache precursor people had “asked the spirit of the land to accept them” when migrating into those lands they were subsequently ‘discovered’ to inhabit; by encroaching European culture.

The original indigenous tradition required an aware, seeing, sentient being or ‘cosmos’ accept those who would inhabit it; and to accomplish this integration had little to with exploiting environment and everything to do with finding a niche contributing to the cosmos health. Finding this ‘place’ for an entire people determines whether you have a successful spiritual life and we are still a long ways from discussing the spiritual life of any individual person, or the bottom of the hierarchy.

Already, the implications are quite profound; not only would those of European cultural heritage be far removed from authentic Native American spiritual experience, but so would many who actually believe they are Native American .. because cosmology had been embedded in the native languages and those languages’ stories. It would be the case in every instance where a tribal people had lost their language, they had also lost their cosmology and authentic relationship to their cosmos.

Moreover, every tribal council applying the Western culture’s economic principles of exploiting resources is removed from their own cosmos and cosmology. It’s not just ‘White people’ these days. How it came to this is not the subject of these essays; the point is to go to the facts on the ground in the present. In the next essay we will go to the environment and the fact from an ancient indigenous perspective, a cosmos doesn’t care whether your skin is Red or White. The road to health in any living cosmos would be equally challenging for both.

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Cosmos & Cosmology Cross-cultural encroachment (1)

Cosmos & Environment Cross-Cultural encroachment (2)

Cosmos & The Nation Cross-cultural encroachment (3)

Cosmos & The Clan Cross-cultural encroachment (4)

Cosmos & The Family Cross-cultural encroachment (5)

Cosmos & The Self Cross-cultural encroachment (6)

Cosmos & Consciousness Cross-cultural encroachment (7)

Cosmos & Consciousness (notes)

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Life in Indian Country Essay collection

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