Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

another crack at Jack

-Despite this post's strange life--posted at The Sync Whole, and then removed by its author--this evening's family outing is prompting me to again reconsider posting it. Recently, I told some of my best friends in the world that I was done with Jupiter. Well, apparently, he is not done with me. I guess I will be writing about Megamind tomorrow. Although on the surface, this post may look like a desire on my part to have my way with a blunt object at the orthodoxy of The Sync Whole, it actually seeks to understand the nature of Father and how and why he can become a monster.

you don't know Jack


In The Playground

(In this chapter of The Shining, Jack's crackup/healing begins in earnest as he trims the rabbit shaped hedge near The Overlook Hotel playground. After trimming and joking about giving the Rabbit a haircut, he steps back to appraise his work and while his back is turned, all the hedge animals begin moving toward him.)

Let's talk divorce.

As I look back at my work this past year, it appears that I've been advancing a philosophy at The Sync Whole. This isn't something that I set out to do. While following my flow I'm continually reminded how the NOW speaks to my previous explorations and adds more layers to these models--yet I think the culmination of this work yields wholeness, so I continue. . .

As a reminder, this past March, I looked at a number that I called the "architecture of the universe"--432. I had seen this number highlighted before, yet thought its playfulness hadn't been completely explored. One could view this exercise as a scientific dissection of a whole thing: , yet the aim was the opposite--to make the parts conscious of their entirety, to make them whole.

By my reckoning, The Whole () is born of 2 Parents, comprised of 3 Kingdoms, and exists as 4 elementary states of matter. When I say "Whole", it's a loaded word for it's a symbolic pointer, pointing to everything (wholeness), and nothing (an empty hole)--it represents being and nonbeing. It's me and you knowing that we are everything, and it's me knowing that I am you also knowing that what we truly are is emptiness.

The focus of this post will be the 2 Parents. MoM & PoP. Right Brain/Left Brain. Religion/Science intuition/logic. Mystery/History. We are the children of divorce. Our healing requires the illusion of their separateness to fade.

That said, it might be interesting to talk about some of the symbolic pointers that are used at The Sync Whole. Let's say you just stumbled upon that blog, your first impression might be that they are some weirdo Jupiter cult. jUPiter, it turns out, might mean something a little different to all of us.

Jupiter |ˈjoōpitər|
1 Roman Mythology the chief god of the Roman state religion, originally a sky god associated with thunder and lightning. His wife was Juno. Also called Jove . Greek equivalent Zeus . [ORIGIN: Latin, fromJovis pater, literally Father Jove.’ ]2 Astronomy the largest planet in the solar system, a gas giant that is the fifth in order from the sun and one of the brightest objects in the night sky.

Keep in mind that all possibilities are valid at The Sync Whole, and obvious associations tend to ring as truth. Thus, the cheerful and friendly quality of "jovial" is ascribed upon Jove/Jupiter.
jovial |ˈjōvēəl|adjectivecheerful and friendlyORIGIN late 16th cent.: from French, from late Latin jovialis ‘of Jupiter’ (see Jove ), with reference to the supposed influence of the planet Jupiter on those born under it.Jove |jōv|another name for Jupiter .PHRASESby Jove dated an exclamation indicating surprise or used for emphasis.ORIGIN from Latin Jov-, stem of Old Latin Jovis, replaced later by Jupiter. The exclamation by Jove dates from the late 16th cent.
Why Jupiter? Answering that question is like trying to understand just what it is we've been doing for the last four or five years. . .

ok, 911 2001 happens. 2003 Iraq war begins using the events of Sept. 11 as a springboard. 2005/2006 citizenry begin to question WTF happened, and when it began (V for Vendetta). Enter Conspiracy. . .

The events of 2001 led some of us through the plots of conspiracy to a general understanding of reality as dreamlike and devoid of a definitive answer. A mystery. (Mrs. Story) Although Fukuyama declared the end of His Story twelve years earlier upon the fall of the Berlin Wall on the resonate date of 9/11/89 (Nov. 9 1989--they put the day before the month in Europe), 2001 signaled both the end of something as well as the beginning. The film 2001 also shed some light upon the dreamlike quality of reality with its various wyncs at understanding 2001 the year and ultimately showed a correlation between the films we watch and the events we experience. Alignment. The Dream is Reel. 2001 ultimately pointed us at Jupiter, as Dave Bowman & Hal made their way toward that planet seeking the next "monolith" which of course (like the first monolith, was a gateway to a new state of consciousness. . .)

And thus, The Sync Whole operates under the guidance that the symbol of The Jupiter Mission points toward: a gateway advancing toward truth, healing, and wholeness. This is what DB discovered when he traveled beyond Jupiter and into the infinite.

A risk of course, is if the symbol of Jupiter is concertized, and no longer points toward the goal, but becomes the goal. As I stated earlier, I think we all read the symbols we use slightly different. On it's face--the truth of Jupiter is Joy in the only moment we have, NOW. This is the Rainbow Bridge. By becoming and staying aligned with NOW, one is completely present and timeless. Everything & Nothing in a moment. The Alpha & Omega Point Break! The Philosophers' Stone. The Fountain of Youth. The Tree of Life.

The Jupiter symbol is sticky for me though. One of the "true" associations that has been made regarding Jupiter is that it = 42 (& 421, & 214, & 1024 & 99, & ect). Because one of our first associations with our jupiter symbol was the Douglas Adams answer of "42" to life the universe and everything, I've tended to read it fairly personally. Like Dave Bowman, I am a "42". Because IMDB. (Douglas Bolles) Also, my birthday is 4/2/72. Sure, just coincidence, and Jim is a 420 which is close (and totally loaded as well.), but I am 42 (db). From the beginning of our games, I couldn't help but read ME as the point. And I'm sure you've well noted how my reading of sync is so micro. That my life doesn't point to it, but it points to my life. I'm always telling you about how everything relates to me! Since I was a little child, I've always known that the movies speak to me, personally. . .
solipsism |ˈsälipˌsizəm|
nounthe view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.
Of course the common usage of solipsism has a connotation that points to an egocentric, self-centered individual. The irony of course in all this is that despite this selfish looking practice of mine, the message I personally receive from the Jupiter symbol loudly and clearly is selflessness! Huh?

Jupiter is the father. Others stress that Jupiter is Joy., but I'm unwilling to OVERLOOK the fact that he is The Father.
In Roman mythology, Jupiter or Jove was the king of the gods, and the god of sky and thunder. He is the equivalent of Zeus, in the Greek pantheon. He was called Iuppiter (or Diespiter) Optimus Maximus ("Father God the Best and Greatest") As the patron deity of ancient Rome, he ruled over laws and social order.
Iuppiter originated as a vocative compound of the Old Latin vocative *Iou and pater ("father") and came to replace the Old Latin nominative case *Ious. Jove[4] is a less common English formation based on Iov-, the stem of oblique cases of the Latin name. Linguistic studies identify the form *Iou-pater as deriving from the Indo-European vocative compound *Dyēu-pəter (nominative: *Dyēus-pətēr meaning "O Father Sky-god").[5]
Older forms of the deity's name in Rome were Djeus-pater (“day/sky-father”), then Diéspiter. Djeus is the etymological equivalent of ancient Greece's Zeus and of the Teutonics' Ziu, gen. Ziewes. The Indo-European deity is thus the god from which Zeus and the Indo-Aryan Vedic Dyaus Pita are derived.~Wikipedia: Jupiter
Traditionally, he hasn't really been a role model, in fact, the state of the world as we find it, is his doing!

See, to get into power, Jupiter in his Greek mask of Zeus, fought the existing power--his father--and overthrew him using his father's methodology and practices thus becoming the self same image of his father. A monster in a monster economy built upon fear and revenge.



(In this chapter of The Shining, The Overlook's black cook strong with the intuitive abilities known as "Shining" finds himself in Jupiter Country--Up In The Air--aboard an airliner rushing back to The Overlook from his winter home in Florida hopefully in time to save Wendy and Danny from the MONSTER that Jack has become in assuming his ROLE as the caretaker for The Overlook.)

Although this post has now taken us UP into the mind of Jack Torrance let's return to chapter 23, and get back down to the playground so we can talk about one of the major themes that I'm reading from the dream lately. Often my sync choices reflect to me tension in my own being. To find wholeness I'm presented with an overall "lesson" coming at me from all points. For quite some time now, (perhaps a few years even) the theme has been the idea of growing UP & what it means to be an adult.


While in the playground (down to earth), about to give the rabbit a heir cut, Jack Torrance thinks about his father, and his childhood. His father was an abusive man whose authority was based upon his physical power. He beat his order and his idea of civilization into his wife and children with his cane. Vitto Corleone, the Godfather, inhabits a similar world. He explains his role thusly, "Women and children can be careless, but not men." And this is because it is man's duty to maintain our system of living--civilization--a patriarchal little experiment that's been going on now for the past 10,000 years or so.

So then, to be the father, is to be the head of the family. The wife--usually an over emotional and irrational creature-has her duties too, but primarily her role is to serve her spouse, the head of the family. Their Son, the heir to the throne, lacks the discipline and rationality of the father, and at times seems to have too much of his mother in him, but will eventually have to learn his place, his role, and do his duty. It's the father's job to prepare him for a life and world of order, to teach him about a system that lacks carelessness. He has a tool too--you know, "spare the Rod. . ."
Your son is just a Big Baby after all and when YOU can impress upon him the importance of the system, the order, the civilization that makes our way of life possible, then you've done your duty and turned a soft heart into a man. (And the system requires above all else that you do your duty, even if it means choosing the system over life.)

As caretaker for The Overlook, Jack is put in the untenable position of having to chose between what's expected of him and what's necessary. He attempts to satisfy the expectations of civilization upon him in his role as the father, against what is actually needed for the emotional and physical well being of his wife and child. He is trying to balance his egoic adult responsibilities within the system without identifying with and becoming his role. (Impossible?)

Vitto, The God'sFather, wanted to spare Michael, his fourth child, from inheriting the life that was his--the life of a mob boss operating in a Dog-Eat-Dog, vendetta economy. Vitto dreamed of Michael being 100% legitimate, not a gangster, not a thief, not a criminal, not a murderer. Vitto purposely insulated his last born away from The Family. Sure Michael knew the score, but he wasn't part of it.

Michael was a college man, and a war hero. Clean. And God does Pachino look boyish in this role. His father, the head of the family, purposely kept Michael away from the "Family Business", which is a serious business indeed. Of course, like in all myths, Michael too became his father when he acted to avenge him in a situation where the proper care of family's interests required a strong and necessary response to the actions and claims of fellow "business" competitors acting within the bounds of the competitive system. Behaving like a proper king, Vitto stepped down and handed over the kingdom to his son, rewarding him for doing his duty and making him the head of the family business which is later explained in a big reveal to his naive wife as being no different than any other business, just more direct about how it's practiced thus revealing the corruption of the entire system of men. It is a man's world after all and everyone in the system is dirty--lawyers, politicians, judges. Everyone has a price. That the business of business is the exploitation anything or anyone to get more. Material is dirty. More Better Cheaper Faster (the speed of NOW!)

And this is the nature of the Overlook Hotel as well. Although it looks impecably clean and only rich and dignified people stay there--it is run by dirty gangsters. Or this is what Jack discovers in a scrapbook found in the basement of the hotel when he begins learning his duties. His employer made it very clear that their could be no rats in The Overlook, and so as Jack put out traps he learned the true nature of the stately place for which he was assuming the role of caretaker. He learned the nature of the business, that the pursuit of and acquisition of material leads to an identification with material--and thus the vices of The Head tend to be materialistic in nature:

What if our father was different though? What if he did spare the rod? Let us look at another chapter 23:

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Oh if only that guy was the father, eh? Sounds like a good life for a kid.

Of course Our Father has a wandering eye, and tends to blow shit up in bursts of anger. . .

-Whose lord is a Shephard? God our parents are screwed up, and with that we begin moving toward the whole . . .

the eyes have it, proceed with the motion. . .

Yesterday, 11/9/10 (written 9/11/10 in Europe), The Goddard spaceflight center reported discovering two giant bubbles at the center of our galaxy pictured above. You'll also recall from a fascinating NOVA program, that at the center of not only our galaxy, but all galaxies is a supermassive black hole.
November 9th is a big day, as I mentioned above. It was, (before 9/11/2001 occurred) The End of History. It's the day that the Berlin wall came down. The subject couldn't be treated any better than it is in a novel called Black Dogs by Ian McEwan.

This is the story of a Man and a Woman, a Marriage, a Divorce
and a kind of reconciliation. . .

The husband in McEwan's Black Dogs is East Germany, and the wife is West. Her being is defined by her spirituality, and in the face of western materialism, she becomes a buddhist. He takes refuge in science, structure, organization, and political policy. The Wall divides the once whole of Germany. It's not a natural boundary, but a created division. This story continues. . .

At our center we are Whole. We are one thing and we are nothing. Yet the two bubbles at the center our galaxy prompt me again toward the idea of the Garden State. Union. The Sync Whole has us looking UP, looking to Jupiter as this loving exemplar of being, yet these two bubbles at our center and my current tummy ache decry that Jupiter is only half of the story. . .


Abe's Axe is a symbol. Like the firey wand of Hermes, it is the conduit for bringing into action manifestations from the creative imagination. He is not killing vampires so much as freeing living dead men. The great emancipator would like to bring you into the 4th dimension of consciousness. He is going to have to kill you to do this, though. Or, actually, just annihilate your ego to transport you. In this instance, his axe is the craft. A craft is both a transport and a skill. The magician's wand is both. A pen can be mightier than the sword. What's your craft? Use your symbol well. . .

Heal The King!

Heal The King!