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April 11, 2006
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Psychedelic Yoga

All Things Pass (Timothy Leary)

All things pass

A sunrise does not last all morning

All things pass

A cloudburst does not last all day

All things pass

Nor a sunset all night

But Earth… sky… thunder…

wind… fire… lake…

mountain… water…

These always change

And if these do not last

Do man’s visions last?

Do man’s illusions?

During the session

Take things as they come

All things pass

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(Cusp)









Welcome to Tuesday…

Working on the site all day Monday, and wanted to share some Art, Poetry, and Writings of Import…

First off, the art is very special for this edition, from one of my favourite Artist, Martina Hoffmann. I have followed her works for many years and I am very pleased that she has allowed Turfing to publish her excellent paintings. I am very stoked about this painting: “Vitreous Ovum”.( next painting just scroll down) I saw it for the first time when I was putting this edition together. I need to get a print of this if it is available. I love it, oh I do.

This is the first of three editions of Turfing that will deal with various takes on Psychedelia, including art. We will be featuring contemporary artist as well. With the current state of the world, we need all the allies we can get. The Pharmacratic Inquisition has set its sights on Salvia Divinorum as the next, “Evil Plant”. Stay tuned for info on saving this plant from the long arms…

Pax,

Gwyllm

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On The Menu:

The Links: Including an interview with Mix Master Morgan!

The Article: Psychedelic Yoga

The Poetry: Ancient Egyptian Love Poetry

The Artist:Martina Hoffmann!

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The Painting I am in love with. Martina strikes a chord here that just sets me off. I love it!

(Vitreous Ovum)





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The Links:

Interview with Mix Master Morgan Miller…

“Obviously, people are going to think I’m a showboat and a little bit

of a prick. But then I realized that’s me. I said those things. I did

those things. I can live with that.”

-Steve Zissou, Life Aquatic

Cyclops Out To Prove Creationism…

Science Slaps Sense into Cyclops…

Al Franken woos Ann Coulter…

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Psychedelic Yoga

(Fire Keeper)

The Application of Yoga Meditation Techniques

to the Use of Psychedelic Sacraments

by Sri Brahmarishi Narad

June 1967

The following article originally appeared as an uncopyrighted set of mimeographed sheets sometime during the late 1960′s, which was freely distributed on a limited basis, probably in San Francisco. Feel free to make copies of this article and to distribute them to those interested to keep this information alive, otherwise it will disappear into antiquity.

It was also published in the San Francisco Oracle # 8, pg 11, June 1967.

The fact that psychedelic drugs induce a greater sensitivity to subtle spiritual and psychic energies, and speed up the influx of impressions from deeper levels of consciousness, raises the immediate question of how these energies can be properly understood and handled. Obviously, if these energies are not guided, they can do more harm than good. The application of traditional Yoga meditation techniques while under psychedelic experiences, provides a constructive solution to this problem.

According to Yoga philosophy, the most spiritual and powerful aspect of man’s nature is the faculty of attention or consciousness. The most fundamental aspect of man’s free will is the choice as to what he allows his attention to dwell upon. The attention always has to be on something, but we can choose what we allow it to dwell upon.

The goal of all Yoga practices is to discover and directly experience what the attention or faculty of consciousness in man is. The yogi seeks to know that principle by which all else is known. This goal is achieved by observing the observer or placing the attention on the attention itself. This may at first seem very abstract and hard to grasp in terms of practical application, but there are workable, time-proven methods for achieving this state of pure consciousness which when consistently applied and practiced are bound to yield results.

It should be constantly remembered during a psychedelic session that whatever perceptions, thoughts and even hallucinations occur, they are all the creations of one’s own mind and consciousness, and are filtered through one’s own instrument of perception. These perceptions are patternings of our own psychic energy. We give energy to whatever thoughts and feelings we allow the attention to dwell upon. Wherever the power of attention is focused, it generates mental and emotional energy in the form of its own lower overtones, thus feeding and energizing the thoughts and emotions which the attention dwells upon. It becomes clear that the key to remaining in control of a psychedelic experience is in controlling the flow of attention. Distractive experiences can be avoided in the first place, and the flow of attention can be properly directed by the use of Raja Yoga techniques of meditation. The following is a description of several such techniques which can all be applied while under the influence of LSD, marijuana, mescaline, DMT, hashish, psilocybin or other consciousness-expanding drugs.

At this point, let us consider a basic rule to apply in case of paranoia or other unpleasant or frightening experiences while under the influence of a psychedelic drug. Realize that whatever you may be thinking, feeling or experiencing is being experienced by the consciousness within you. Then place your undivided attention on that consciousness which is experiencing whatever is happening to you. This process returns your consciousness to its own pure nature and disengages mental and astral thought forms. These destructive thought forms then dissipate and are dissolved back into the homogeneous, vibrational energy of the plane of energy substance from which they were originally molded. The strong light released by consciousness observing itself, helps to quickly dissolve and dissipate destructive thought forms. This happens because the strong lower overtones of pure consciousness which are generated, cancel out the discordant, out of phase vibrations of destructive thought forms.

If the attention wanders while practicing any of these meditation techniques, immediately bring the attention back to the process of meditation, and do this as many times as is necessary until the attention remains centered on the particular form of meditation which you are practicing. Inexperienced meditators have a tendency to fight distractions, which in itself, becomes a distraction. The attention can only dwell on one thing at a time. Simply bring it back to the thing you are meditating on.

Another way of stopping distractions is simply to temporarily suspend the breathing process by neither breathing in or out. Since breathing is intimately tied to every biological process in the body, the instinct to survive (developed over billions of years of evolution) will interrupt the flow of attention into distractions and bring it to center on the awareness of the cessation of breathing. It is then an easy matter to resume normal breathing and to center the attention on the particular form of meditation being practiced.

Sound Current Meditation

Focus your full, undivided attention in the center of your brain where the pineal gland is located. Listen with your attention for whatever sounds present themselves. After awhile, you will hear sounds of various tones and pitches. At first, you may only hear the low hiss of random molecular noise in the ears, but in time, definite tones will present themselves like sustained notes on an organ. This sound is perceived directly by the brain and the subtle bodies themselves, and not through the outer physical organs of the ears. It is the sound of the vibration of conscious energy as it flows through the physical body and as it vibrates and circulates within the subtle bodies.

You should focus your entire undivided attention on the sound of highest pitch that you can hear, and let it draw you up into higher and higher states of consciousness; also let the sound reveal and intensify the spiritual light. The better your concentration is, the louder and more distinct the sound will become.

Experience the vibration of this sound expanding until it includes your whole head, your whole body, and ever-expanding volumes of space surrounding you. By this means, you will tune into the music of the spheres, and your whole being will become a receiver and transmitter of the harmonious rhythm of the universe. When you open your eyes after such a meditation, you may find your surroundings filled with blazing light.

In the beginning, the sound current may appear in one localized part of the head; most likely in one of the ears. You should not listen to the sound current in the left ear because this is psychically harmful. Listen to it in the right ear, and gradually try to move it to the center and top of the brain. From this vertex center, known as the Sahasraram Chakra (whose associated gland is the pineal body), allow the vibration of the sound current to fill the entire head and to then expand beyond the head into the surrounding space. This is one of the classical methods and can lead to the highest type of experience.

Meditation on the Light in the Head

To practice this form of meditation, close your eyes, and observe your inner field of vision by focusing the attention at the point in the center of the forehead, just slightly above the point between the eyebrows. This location is called the Third Eye Center or Agna Chakra. It is related to the faculty of clairvoyant vision. The physical manifestation or anchorage point for the Agna Chakra is the pituitary gland, which is located in a bony cradle in back of the root of the nose.

When you close your eyes, look steadily into your inner field of vision until light, color and patterns begin to appear. (This is looking with your attention and not with the physical eyes which should remain relaxed.) When most people close their eyes, initially they see a black void, but by looking steadily into this void, various colors and patterns will begin to appear. When this happens, simply observe them with your full, undivided attention as if you were intently watching a movie. Then periodically focus all of your attention within the smallest point that you can see in the center of your field of vision, and pierce through that point. After you have done this, the light will again blaze forth from the point in a new burst of energy, and you will find yourself at a higher rate of vibration or plane of energy. With continued practice of this form of meditation, you will become immersed in a blazing sea of light; and you will become a center from which that spiritual power is radiated.

By concentrating the attention in the Sahasraram Chakra or Thousand-Petalled Lotus, located at the top of the head, an experienced meditator can release an even more powerful radiation of light and spiritual energy. (It may take more work to activate this chakra; the beginner can get more immediate results by looking through the Agna Chakra or Third Eye Center.) The Sahasraram Wheel is the highest chakra; called the “Doorway to the Infinite” and the Brahmarandra or Hole of Brahma, it is the most powerful and spiritual of all the centers that can be awakened in man (with the possible exception of the Heart Chakra which is considered by some yogis to be of equal importance). When the Sahasraram Chakra is fully activated in a perfected yogin or saint, the white fire of Cosmic Kundalini descends upon him and blends with his own rising kundalini force, and the white light of spirituality radiates for miles around.

Meditation on the Chakras

By focusing the attention on various locations within the body, where the chakras are located, it is possible to activate these chakras and facilitate an increased flow of energy between the higher planes of energy and the subtle body, thus releasing an increased amount of spiritual energy. There are seven major chakras in the body which link together the physical body and the subtle energy bodies.

The chakras are revolving vortexes of energy which act as mechanisms for the absorption and radiation of spiritual energy. In the physical body, they relate to glands and major nerve centers. In the etheric body, they are like wheels with flower petals which are created by a sort of stroboscopic effect of the revolving energy. The etheric chakra flowers are connected by a sort of funnel-like stem to the gland or nerve plexus to which they belong. In the astral body, the chakras appear as whirlpools of energy, like the eddies in a stream of water or in a basin of water when the stopper is pulled out. In the mental body, they appear as converging lines of light.

The Muladora Chakra is at the base of the spine and is the seat of the Kundalini Fire Wheel when aroused, which in the advanced stages of yoga, rises up through the center of the spine and activates the highest chakra in the cerebral cortex called the Sahasraram Chakra.

The next chakra is called the Sacral Center or the Swadisthana Chakra. It relates to the adrenal glands and is related to the absorption of pranic vitality, which is in the air. The air absorbs this energy from solar radiation. There seems to be some differences of opinion between various texts as to whether the Muladora Chakra or Swadisthana Chakra relates most directly to the sexual functions.

After the Swadisthana Chakra, comes the Manipara or Solar Plexus Center which relates to the digestive functions and vitality of the astral desires and feeling emotions.

Next in ascending order is the Anahala or Heart Chakra, which relates to the source of spiritual energy and the higher emotions of love, altruism and benevolence.

The next chakra is the Vishudha or Throat Chakra, which is related to the thyroid gland and has to do with the power of speech and relates to mantra yoga and the capacity for artistic creativity. This center is activated by chanting and singing.

Next we have the Agna Chakra, which is located on the forehead, just slightly above and between the eyebrows. It is related to the pituitary gland and the subcortical areas of the brain. The Agna Chakra has to do with the higher mind faculties of clairvoyance, scientific reasoning, willing and philosophical thought. Development of the chakra awakens the ability to see and regulate astral and mental forces on the superphysical level.

Above the Agna is the Sahasraram Chakra or Thousand-Petalled Lotus, which is related to the pineal gland and the cerebral cortex. It’s located at the top of the head. It relates to the sound current and the faculty of clairvoyant hearing, and is the most spiritual of all the chakras. When this chakra is fully developed, union with God-consciousness is possible, and Illumination takes place.

By focusing the attention in any one of the chakras, the lower overtones of the concentration of consciousness in that location activates that chakra and increases the energy flow in it, making possible a conscious entry into the superphysical planes of energy. Meditation on the first three chakras, namely the Muladora Chakra, the Sacral Chakra and the Solar Plexus Chakra is not recommended because this can arouse lower emotions and sexual passions. This can allow entry to undesirable astral influences and cause psychological unbalance. It is better to work with the Heart Center, the Agna Chakra, and the Sahasraram Chakra because these are the most directly related to the unfoldment of superconsciousness; and when awakened, will automatically develop the lower chakras by changing the glandular balance of the body and by circulating new pranic forces through the energy channels or nodies of the etheric body as well as purifying and strengthening the astral and mental bodies.

(A Meeting Of Remarkable Women)



The hormones which the pituitary gland secretes, regulates the other glands in the body including the thymus gland, the thyroid gland, the adrenal gland and the sex glands as well as other glands. Once the pituitary gland is fully activated by the development of the Agna Chakra, all other glands are brought into proper chemical balance, thus helping to properly develop and raise the vibratory rate of all the lower chakras.

In Kundalini Yoga, an advanced yoga practice, concentration is done on the Muladora Chakra at the base of the spine in order to arouse the Kundalini Fire and bring it through the center of the spine to activate the highest chakra, the Sahasraram, at the top of the head. If however, the Kundalini Fire is prematurely aroused and not properly directed, great damage can be done to the nervous system and to the etheric body. If the Kundalini force is not properly directed upwards, it can revert downward causing abnormal sexual desire and perversion. Therefore, arousing the Kundalini should only be done in advanced stages of yoga when a great deal of purification of the subtle bodies has taken place and soul control over the personality is well established.

The Combination of Mantra Yoga and Meditation

When doing Om chanting or other mantras, it is possible to activate various chakras. By chanting at varying pitches, you will make different tissues in the body vibrate, thus stimulating the nerve centers and the glandular centers, and activating the chakras associated with them. With a bit of experimentation, you will find which tones or pitches vibrate which parts of the body and which chakras. When this has been ascertained, then chant with full force while meditating in the chakra you wish to activate.

The sound waves create vibration patterns in the etheric, astral and mental atmosphere, which you can develop the ability to see. They are multicolored and very intricate and beautiful, sometimes forming geometrical patterns and mandalas made out of threads of light. Music will have a similar effect. Just listen to the music during a psychedelic session while observing the inner light through the Agna Chakra or Third Eye Center. Then watch the color patterns change and develop with the music. Classical music and Indian ragas are especially good for this purpose.

Meditation on the I Am Principle

In the practice of this form of meditation, consciousness is made to dwell upon itself. When properly and successfully practiced, this is the most powerful and highest form of meditation. While focusing in the Heart Chakra or in the Sahasraram Chakra at the crown of the head, place the attention on the attention itself. If any distractions come in the form of thoughts and perceptions of a specific nature, then immediately concentrate your attention upon that consciousness in you which is the experiencer of those thoughts and perceptions. Even the manifestation of spiritual light and sound current should be regarded in this way. The sound current and the light are merely the lower overtone manifestations of the pure consciousness upon which you are meditating. The more you hold your attention steady in concentration upon itself, the more the light, sound current, electrical sensations in the body, feelings of magnetic force, sensations of weightlessness, etc. will manifest automatically. If, however, you allow your attention to become distracted by any of these manifestations, then you will be subject to the limitations of the thing by which you have been distracted; and the focusing of pure consciousness will be interrupted so that all of the things which are the lower overtones and by-products of the focusing of pure consciousness, possibly including the psychic manifestation which distracted your attention, will also stop. Seek ye first the kingdom of pure consciousness and all of these other psychic manifestations will be added unto you.

Placing the attention on the attention itself can be done in any location in space since pure consciousness, which is the same as God, is an omnipresent principle. In the beginning, it will be found easiest to do this in one of the chakras, preferably the Heart Chakra or the Sahasraram or Head Center. The Agna Chakra or Third Eye Center located on the brow, can also be used with good results, but it is better to use the Sahasraram Chakra if you can activate it.

With practice of this form of meditation, your pure consciousness will experience itself as a blazing sea of white light extending infinitely in every direction. The pure consciousness itself is crystalline and colorless, but it generates the white light which is the simultaneous presence of all of the colors which are the specific lower overtone rates of vibration, which the pure consciousness generates.

The placing of the attention on the attention itself in a specific chakra, brings about a condition in that chakra, in which its vibration structure is harmonically and geometrically aligned in all of its planes of manifestation or rates of vibration. This creates common node points in the inner plane structure of the chakra. Vibrations of different frequencies and different wavelengths all begin and end together at these common node points. This is made possible by the fact that the wavelengths of the various vibrations and their frequencies all bear exact mathematical rates to each other, like the notes in a musical scale. Any vibrations which are out of phase in terms of their spatial distribution or vibratory rates are automatically canceled out by interfering with other waves at the common node points. Where several wavelengths, both short and long, begin and end their cycles together, it is possible to slip through the dimensions and to experience the higher spiritual rates of vibration and approach the Atman, which moves with infinite speed. At these common node points, the exchange of energy from one octave or plane to another, also becomes possible, allowing a flow of energy from the higher dimensions into the lower dimensions. Thus, a transmutation of those vibration patterns which exist on the lower dimensions into the higher ones becomes possible. The soul is then able to control the personality structure, making it a fit instrument of spiritual expression in the affairs of men. This form of meditation develops one-pointed concentration.

(Trance Mutation)



Since the use of psychedelic drugs stimulates the flow of a great amount of energy from higher planes into the lower planes, any thought and emotion patterns created during a psychedelic session are strongly imprinted and have a great deal of energy incorporated into their vibration structure. These thought and emotional patterns then act as powerful unconscious conditioning factors in our daily lives. It is therefore of the utmost importance that constructive imprints are made during a psychedelic session. Remaining in control of the attention can ensure this.

In this regard, I would like to give a few final points of advice. Try not to focus the attention from one thing to another too quickly. Stay with a thought or meditation process until it is complete. Don’t panic if frightening visions or hallucinations occur. Fear will make you concentrate on them all the more and thus feed them with the power of your attention. Remain detached and place your attention on that consciousness within you which is experiencing the hallucinations. Remember at all times that God exists in you in the form of your own power of attention and that power when properly directed, will control all lesser forces.

It is believed by some researchers that psychedelic drugs stimulate the secretion process of the pineal and pituitary glands, which are known by yogis and occultists to be related to the Sahasraram and Agna chakras (which are also called the Thousand-Petalled Lotus and the Third Eye Center). This stimulation increases the flow of energy between the etheric body and the physical body. It may be that psychedelic drugs place the cells of the physical body under stress so that they must speed up their activity to overcome the stress. When the cells increase their activity, their vibratory rates increase, thus putting them harmonically in resonance with the higher rates of vibration on the subtle superphysical planes of energy. This process makes possible the expression of a higher level of consciousness through the glandular system, brain and nervous system.

The increased physical cellular activity requires more work and activity in the etheric body to sustain the stepped-up activity of the physical body. The vibratory rate of the etheric body is thus accelerated, requiring an increased activity in the astral body to sustain and remain harmonically in tune with the etheric body. The increased vibratory rate of the astral body requires a stepped-up activity and increased vibratory rate in the mental body. This in turn more fully tunes the mental body in to the power, love and wisdom of the soul. Thus an alignment of the whole being on all planes is facilitated, and a more rapid exchange of pattern imprints and energy between the various octaves or planes of energy takes place.

It may also be that psychedelic drugs have a chemical structure such that they are perfectly in resonance with the lower overtones of certain key frequencies in the higher planes and can therefore act as a point of entry for the reflection of these vibrations in the physical body. They would therefore help to create common node points in the vibration structure of several different dimensions.

Not only is the love, wisdom and power of the soul brought to bare in the life of the personality, but the fine organization of the physical body, the etheric, astral and mental bodies, which have been produced by the evolutionary process, are harmonically reflected and preserved in the soul. While the physical body is the least permanent, the densest and composed of the substance of the lowest plane, it is in terms of evolution, the newest and most highly organized in terms of structure. Therefore, a complete replica of it made out of the energy substance of the subtle planes, is an evolutionary gain for the soul and subtle bodies. When the physical body is sufficiently vivified by the influx of energy from the higher dimensions, it begins to create higher overtone reflections of itself in the akasha or energy substance of the higher planes, and thus its pattern is preserved and made immortal.

Therefore, when properly used, psychedelic drugs help to speed up the evolutionary process. When man has evolved to superman, he will, under the direction of the superconscious mind in accordance with God’s will as it manifests in evolution, take an active part in the molding and directing of the evolution of the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms. Even today, his vibrations intimately affect for good or bad, those kingdoms in nature.

(Spirit)







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Ancient Egyptian Poetry

I hear thy voice, O turtle dove-

The dawn is all aglow-

Weary am I with love, with love,

Oh, whither shall I go?

Not so, O beauteous bird above,

Is joy to be denied….

For I have found my dear, my love;

And I am by his side.

We wander forth, and hand in hand

Through flowery ways we go-

I am the fairest in the land,

For he has called me so.



With sickness faint and weary

All day in bed I’ll lie;

My friends will gather near me

And she’ll with them come nigh.

She’ll put to shame the doctors

Who’ll ponder over me,

For she alone, my loved one,

Knows well my malady.



Egyptian Love Poetry, c. 2000 – 1100 BCE

I. Your love has penetrated all within me

Like honey plunged into water,

Like an odor which penetrates spices,

As when one mixes juice in… ……

Nevertheless you run to seek your sister,

Like the steed upon the battlefield,

As the warrior rolls along on the spokes of his wheels.

For heaven makes your love

Like the advance of flames in straw,

And its longing like the downward swoop of a hawk.

II. Disturbed is the condition of my pool.

The mouth of my sister is a rosebud.

Her breast is a perfume.

Her arm is a…………bough

Which offers a delusive seat.

Her forehead is a snare of meryu-wood.

I am a wild goose, a hunted one,

My gaze is at your hair,

At a bait under the trap

That is to catch me.

III. Is my heart not softened by your love-longing for me?

My dogfoot-(fruit) which excites your passions

Not will I allow it

To depart from me.

Although cudgeled even to the “Guard of the overflow,”

To Syria, with shebod-rods and clubs,

To Kush, with palm-rods,

To the highlands, with switches

To the lowlands, with twigs,

Never will I listen to their counsel

To abandon longing.

IV. The voice of the wild goose cries,

Where she has seized their bait,

But your love holds me back,

I am unable to liberate her.

I must, then, take home my net!

What shall I say to my mother,

To whom formerly I came each day

Loaded down with fowls?

I shall not set the snares today

For your love has caught me.

V. The wild goose flies up and soars,

She sinks down upon the net.

The birds cry in flocks,

But I hasten homeward,

Since I care for your love alone.

My heart yearns for your breast,

I cannot sunder myself from your attractions.

VI. Thou beautiful one! My heart’s desire is

To procure for you your food as your husband,

My arm resting upon your arm.

You have changed me by your love.

Thus say I in my heart,

In my soul, at my prayers:

“I lack my commander tonight,

I am as one dwelling in a tomb.”

Be you but in health and strength,

Then the nearness of your countenance

Sheds delight, by reason of your well-being,

Over a heart, which seeks you with longing.

VII. The voice of the dove calls,

It says: “The earth is bright.”

What have I to do outside?

Stop, thou birdling! You chide me!

I have found my brother in his bed,

My heart is glad beyond all measure.

We each say:

“I will not tear myself away.”

My hand is in his hand.

I wander together with him

To every beautiful place.

He makes me the first of maidens,

Nor does he grieve my heart.

VIII. Sa’am plants are in it,

In the presence of which one feels oneself uplifted!

I am your darling sister,

I am to you like a bit of land,

With each shrub of grateful fragrance.

Lovely is the water-conduit in it,

Which your hand has dug,

While the north wind cooled us.

A beautiful place to wander,

Your hand in my hand,

My soul inspired

My heart in bliss,

Because we go together.

New wine it is, to hear your voice;

I live for hearing it.

To see you with each look,

Is better than eating and drinking.

IX. Ta-’a-ti-plants are in it!

I take your garlands away,

When you come home drunk,

And when you are lying in your bed

When I touch your feet,

And children are in your……….

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

I rise up rejoicing in the morning

Your nearness means to me health and strength.

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(La Petite Mort)

April 10, 2006
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Amadeus

On The Music Box: The Secret of the Rocks…



Hymn to Ninkasi

Borne of the flowing water,

Tenderly cared for by the Ninhursag,

Borne of the flowing water,

Tenderly cared for by the Ninhursag,

Having founded your town by the sacred lake,

She finished its great walls for you,

Ninkasi, having founded your town by the sacred lake,

She finished it’s walls for you,

Your father is Enki, Lord Nidimmud,

Your mother is Ninti, the queen of the sacred lake.

Ninkasi, your father is Enki, Lord Nidimmud,

Your mother is Ninti, the queen of the sacred lake.

You are the one who handles the dough [and] with a big shovel,

Mixing in a pit, the bappir with sweet aromatics,

Ninkasi, you are the one who handles the dough [and] with a big shovel,

Mixing in a pit, the bappir with [date] – honey,

You are the one who bakes the bappir in the big oven,

Puts in order the piles of hulled grains,

Ninkasi, you are the one who bakes the bappir in the big oven,

Puts in order the piles of hulled grains,

You are the one who waters the malt set on the ground,

The noble dogs keep away even the potentates,

Ninkasi, you are the one who waters the malt set on the ground,

The noble dogs keep away even the potentates,

You are the one who soaks the malt in a jar,

The waves rise, the waves fall.

Ninkasi, you are the one who soaks the malt in a jar,

The waves rise, the waves fall.

You are the one who spreads the cooked mash on large reed mats,

Coolness overcomes,

Ninkasi, you are the one who spreads the cooked mash on large reed mats,

Coolness overcomes,

You are the one who holds with both hands the great sweet wort,

Brewing [it] with honey [and] wine

(You the sweet wort to the vessel)

Ninkasi, (…)(You the sweet wort to the vessel)

The filtering vat, which makes a pleasant sound,

You place appropriately on a large collector vat.

Ninkasi, the filtering vat, which makes a pleasant sound,

You place appropriately on a large collector vat.

When you pour out the filtered beer of the collector vat,

It is [like] the onrush of Tigris and Euphrates.

Ninkasi, you are the one who pours out the filtered beer of the collector vat,

It is [like] the onrush of Tigris and Euphrates.

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Welcome to the Monday World…

A diverse little entry today, following the ancient path from Sumeria, to Vienna and back…

On The Menu:

The Links…

The Article: Amadeus

The Poetry: Sumerian Love Poems…

Saturday, a Hawk hit a Thrush just outside our front door. The Crows went crazy of course. Neighborhood pandemonium ensued; the Aerial Dwellers were going nuts…

Anyway,

Gwyllm

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The Links:







Jeffery Scott’s Photography…

Entheogens: The Movie Trailer

Foot Fetish Rap: The Poems…

Yoko Ono, 1965

‘Happening’ originator Kaprow dies

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The Amadeus Code

DAN Brown’s breathless quest for the secrets of the Holy Grail in The Da Vinci Code cleverly patched together gossip and curiosities from the visual arts. Had the story taken another turn, it could easily have followed a path of mystery and mysticism in classical music. The music world is no less a fertile place for cryptograms, hidden messages, secret societies and weird religion. And so many of the great composers could have a role to play: J.S. Bach, Edward Elgar, Alban Berg and, of course, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The story could still have started in Paris, at the end of the 19th century, with the eccentric and truly inventive composer, Erik Satie, best known for his piano miniatures, his strange and haunting Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes. Less known is his involvement with the cult of Rosicrucianism and its self-styled “Sar” or priest-king, Joseph-Aime Peladan. The Rosicrucians were a secret society with roots in the medieval Priory of Sion and the Knights Templar, organisations well known to readers of Brown’s tale.

Another French composer, Claude Debussy, may also have met Peladan, and was even rumoured to have been a grand master of the Priory of Sion.

Fin-de-siecle Paris was a hotbed of mysticism, symbolism and the decadence espoused in such influential books as Joris-Karl Huysmans’s Against Nature. Indeed, much of the Rosicrucianism of Satie’s circle was a quest for a new aesthetic, and Satie’s own contribution included incidental music for a mystical drama, and piano pieces composed of solemn, liturgical-sounding chords. According to one analysis, Satie structured some of his Rose+Croix pieces in accord with the so-called divine ratio: the number denoted by the Greek letter phi, that is thought to give especially pleasing or auspicious dimensions.

Satie’s infatuation with Rosicrucianism was short-lived however, and the composer broke with the Sar and invented his own religion, the Metropolitan Church of Art of Jesus the Leader, with a congregation of just one: himself.

Composers through the ages have embedded codes in their music, both for the purpose of secret communication and private amusement. Music and cryptography – the science of codes – are often said to be closely aligned, as both disciplines rely on communication through symbols. Indeed, the ability to read music was a desirable skill for Britain’s Nazi code-breakers in World War II.

The composer best known for inserting extra-musical ideas into his work was Bach. He signed his compositions “Soli Dei Gloria” – to the glory of God alone – but he also signed within his works a tribute to himself, using the letters of his surname. In English notation, only the letters A to G are used in the musical scale; in German, the letter H denotes B-natural. So Bach was able to sign his own name, with the notes B-A-C-H, in such magisterial works as The Art of Fugue.

Other composers took to this idea of musical Scrabble. The Irish composer John Field wrote melodies on the themes of B-E-E-F and C-A-B-B-A-G-E; the pious Frenchman, Olivier Messiaen, used entire quotations from Thomas Aquinas in his organ work, Meditations on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity.

Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme are more popularly known as the Enigma Variations because of the wordplay therein. The 14 variations are musical sketches of Elgar’s friends, and the title of each holds the key. The best-known variation – its noble theme is widely used in film scores – is the Nimrod, for the music publisher and Elgar’s best friend, August Johannes Jaeger. Puzzle solved: Jaeger means hunter in German; Nimrod was the mighty hunter of mythology.

Numbers, too, figure heavily in music. Those with sacred associations – such as three for the trinity, or 12 for the apostles – appear again and again: in three-note motifs, for example, or in the key of E-flat major, which has three flats.

In the 20th century, when composers broke with convention in search of new means of musical expression, number-crunching became more prominent. Bela Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste uses the Fibonacci sequence, in which each number in the series is the sum of the two before. Later composers such as Iannis Xenakis would use ever more sophisticated methods.

The musical modernists of the Second Viennese School in the early 20th century were highly analytical in musical thought yet, oddly enough, deeply superstitious of numbers. Arnold Schoenberg, the inventor of 12-tone serialism, was triskaidekaphobic: afraid of the number 13. It’s not clear that this influenced his music, but he changed the name Aaron to Aron in his opera Moses und Aron so the title would not have 13 letters.

His pupil Alban Berg was even more carried away. Berg was paranoid about the number 23, stemming from the date of his first asthma attack, at the age of 14, on July 23, 1900. This “fateful” number recurs in works such as the Lyric Suite, the opera Lulu and his Violin Concerto, and is often paired with the number 10. That number, musical detectives believe, is a symbol for Hanna Fuchs, the woman with whom Berg had an adulterous affair.

The very act of playing a musical instrument involves patterns of numbers and nature’s own codes.

In the sixth century BC the Greek mathematician Pythagoras discovered the relationships between notes in the musical scale. A plucked string, when divided in half, he found, will sound an octave higher. Divided by two-thirds, it will produce a note a fifth higher. All the instruments in the modern symphony orchestra – violins, flutes, trumpets – work according to the same fundamental principle.

Pythagoras’s discovery had such pleasing elegance that his followers believed the same properties could be found elsewhere in nature. It was thought, for example, that the planets charted their course in the heavens according to similarly harmonious rules, hence the “music of the spheres”.

The recent discovery that the Perseus galaxy, some 250 million light years away, emits the very deep note of B-flat adds a tantalising detail to the idea of a celestial harmony.

But Western music couldn’t live with the idea of a perfect Pythagorean universe. As people started to impose their creative will on nature, and compositions became more complex – using, of all things, chords! – instruments tuned in the Pythagorean way sounded shockingly out of tune.

Alternative methods were developed to overcome this. One of them was championed, perhaps invented, by Bach, who showcased the system in his collection of preludes and fugues, The Well-Tempered Clavier.

Mozart, whose 250th birthday falls this year, is the composer best known for his involvement with secret societies. He became a Freemason in December 1784, and many of his musical works bear the hallmarks of the “Craft”. His Meistermusik, for example, is some of his most beautiful for male voices, and Masons later set their texts to other pieces by the composer.

Freemasonry is a quasi-religious movement guided by principles of fraternity. It has its origins in the ancient guilds of stonemasons, and uses the symbols of masons’ tools – the square and compass, for example – as metaphors for self-improvement: God is regarded as the divine architect of the universe.

The movement requires only that its brothers be men, and that they follow a monotheistic religion, Judaism, Christianity or Islam.

The Magic Flute, completed in 1791, the year Mozart died, was not written for Masonic ceremony but daringly took its symbols into the domain of the public opera house. As Goethe, another Freemason, wrote: “It is enough that the crowd should find pleasure in seeing the spectacle: at the same time, its high significance will not escape the initiates.”

Freemasonry had flourished in Vienna in the late 18th century but was under threat: the movement was condemned by the Empress Maria Theresa (the character of Queen of the Night is sometimes said to represent her), was suspected of being involved in the French revolution, and rival lodges were being formed that allowed women as members. The Magic Flute is, in many ways, a public relations campaign for Freemasonry.

There are many symbols that Masons would recognise in the Flute. The number three is prevalent – in the key of E-flat, in the three boys, in the three-note motifs said to echo the secret Masonic “knock”. It refers to the three pillars of the Masonic temple: wisdom, beauty and strength.

Characters would be understood as taking part in a Masonic drama: the prince Tamino is the new initiate who must go through a ritual purification; Sarastro is the Persian prophet Zoroaster; the Queen of the Night refers to the realm of darkness and ignorance; the moor Monostatos is said to refer to the assassin of King Solomon’s architect, Hiram.

The Flute can be read as a parable of the triumph of light over darkness, an end to superstition and the beginning of a new age of peace.

Freemasonry is implicated in the circumstances surrounding Mozart’s death, but not with the suspicion that was levelled at rival composer Antonio Salieri in the film Amadeus. In his book Mozart’s Last Year, H.C. Robbins Landon writes that the composer contracted a streptococcal infection at a Masonic lodge meeting in November 1791, which exacerbated his poor state of health. He certainly wasn’t murdered.

Nor were his family left unaided: Masons have always looked after the families of their brothers, Robbins Landon writes, and it appears they did so with Constanze Mozart. The lodge raised money for Constanze by subscription, although the Masons themselves were on the way out: Freemasonry ceased to exist in Austria in 1794.

So no suspicious circumstances there – just the enduring mystery of the wonder of Mozart’s magical music.

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Poetry: Sumerian Love Poems..





Erect for Me My Flowered Bed

Let them erect for me my flowered bed.

Let them spread it for me

with herbs like translucent lapis lazuli.

For me let them bring in the man of my heart.

Let them bring in to me my Ama-ucumgal-ana.

Let them put his hand in my hand,

let them put his heart by my heart.

As hand is put to head, the sleep is so pleasant.

As heart is pressed to heart, the pleasure is so sweet.”

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Man Of My Heart

Man of my heart, my beloved man,

your allure is a sweet thing, as sweet as honey.

Lad of my heart, my beloved man,

your allure is a sweet thing, as sweet as honey.

You have captivated me,

of my own free will I will come to you.

Man, let me flee with you — into the bedroom.

You have captivated me;

of my own free will I shall come to you.

Lad, let me flee with you—into the bedroom.



Man, let me do the sweetest things to you.

My precious sweet, let me bring you honey.

In the bedchamber dripping with honey

let us enjoy over and over your allure, the sweet thing.

Lad, let me do the sweetest things to you.

My precious sweet, let me bring you honey.



Man, you have become attracted to me.

Speak to my mother and I will give myself to you;

speak to my father and he will make a gift of me.

I know where to give physical pleasure to your body—

sleep, man, in our house till morning.

I know how to bring heart’s delight to your heart—

sleep, lad, in our house till morning.



Since you have fallen in love with me, lad,

if only you would do your sweet thing to me.

My lord and god, my lord and guardian angel,

my Cu-Suen who cheers Enlil’s heart,

if only you would handle your sweet place,

if only you would grasp your place that is sweet as honey.

Put your hand there for me

like the cover on a measuring cup.

Spread your hand there for me

like the cover on a cup of wood shavings.



My Honey-Sweet

“My dearest, my dearest, my dearest, my darling,

my darling, my honey of her own mother,

my sappy vine, my honey-sweet,

my honey-mouthed of her mother!

“The gazing of your eyes is pleasant to me;

come my beloved sister.

The speaking of your mouth is pleasant to me,

my honey-mouthed of her mother.

The kissing of your lips is pleasant to me;

come my beloved sister.

“My sister, the beer of your barley is good,

my honey-mouthed of her mother.

The ale of your beer-bread is good;

come my beloved sister.



“My desirable one, my desirable one,

your charms are lovely,

my desirable apple garden,

your charms are lovely.

My fruitful garden of mes trees,

your charms are lovely,

my one who is in himself Dumuzid-abzu,

your charms are lovely.

My holy statuette, my holy statuette,

your charms are lovely.

My alabaster statuette adorned with a lapis-lazuli jewel,

your charms are lovely.”

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(Dance of the Seven Veils…)

April 9, 2006
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The Were-Rabbit, The Were-Hare?

Something “little” for Sunday…! Actually a bit more than that… This is as close as I get to Easter, or as I like to think, Eostara… This is a small celebration of the wild, in picture, story and lyric.

The Picture is of a Giant German Rabbit, and the article is about the ravaging of the allotments in Northumberland by a “Were” Rabbit/Hare… 8o)



The Lyrics/Poems are composed and captured by that Lady of Song, Maddy Prior from her album “Year” which I suggest you go out and buy, like yesterday….

Have a good Sunday,

Gwyllm

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Is It Something Like This?

Hunt for real life ‘were-rabbit’

“It’s been taking huge bites out of cabbages, carrots and turnips… it’s a hungry fella”

(Marksman Brian Cadman)

Sharp-shooters have been brought in to defend allotment patches in Northumberland suffering from a real-life “curse of the were-rabbit”.

The ravenous giant rabbit, named after the famed Wallace and Gromit character, is reported to have ripped up dozens of prize-winning leeks and turnips.

Now growers in Felton, near Morpeth, have drafted in licensed gamekeepers with air rifles to halt the rampage.

But animal welfare workers have called for the animal to be trapped instead.

Four gardeners described the rabbit as having one ear larger than the other.

The main clues are oversized paw prints and sightings of what growers claim to be a cross between a hare and a rabbit.

A small group of allotment holders have now clubbed together to hire two air rifle marksmen with orders to shoot to kill.

Grower Jeff Smith, 63, said: “This is no ordinary rabbit. We are dealing with a monster.

“It is absolutely massive. I have seen its prints and they are huge, bigger than a deer. It is a brute of a thing.”

Mr Smith, who has kept an allotment for 25 years, added: “We have two lads here with guns who are trying to shoot it, but it is clever.

“They never see it. There were big rabbits in the 1950s and 1960s before pesticides were introduced, but not like this.”

Marksman Brian Cadman, 17, said: “We’ve been told to shoot on sight, but we’ve not had much luck yet.

“You can see what it’s been eating.

“It’s been taking huge bites out of cabbages, carrots and turnips. It’s a hungry fella.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) urged the growers to set a humane trap for the animal and release it elsewhere.

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Lyrics: Maddy Prior







I Sall Goe Until A Hare

I sall goe until a hare

Wi sorrow and sick mickle care

I sall goe in the devil’s name

An while I come home again

Ruled By The Moon

I am ruled by the moon

I move under her mantle

I am the symbol of her moods

Of rebirths cycle

I am companion to the gods

I can conceive while I am pregnant

I call the dawn and spring in

I am the advent

I bring life from water

In a cup that must be broken

I whisper to the bursting egg

I’m Aestre’s token

Scent Of Dog

Scent of dog, scent of man

Closer closer smell them coming

Hot breath, hot death

Closer closer hard the running

Tongues pant, hearts thump

Closer closer through the fields

Teeth snap, bones crack

Closer closer at my heels

Nearer yet and nearer

I can feel the poacher’s knife

He is running for his dinner

I am running for my life

Winter Wakeneth

Wynter wakeneth al my care

nou this leues waxeth bare;

ofte y sike ant mourne sare

when hit cometh in my thoht

of this worldes joie hou hit geth al to noht.









The Hare Said

Man sprays no weeds

The scythe cuts the corn bleeds

Leverets trapped in a harvest blade

‘Tis the time of man, the hare said

Here’s the tractor here’s the plough

And where shall we go now

We’ll lie in forms as still as the dead

In the open fields, the hare said.

No cover but the camouflage

From the winter’s wild and bitter rage

All our defense is in our legs

We run like the wind, the hare said.

I Shall Run And Run

I’ve been cursed, I’ve been despised

As a witch with darkest powers

- I sall goe until a hare -

I’ve been hunted, trapped and punished

In these my darkest hours

- Wi sorrow and such mickle care -

I’ve been thrown into the fire

But I do not fear it

- I sall goe until a hare -

It purifies and resurrects

And I can bear it

- Wi sorrow and such mickle care -

I sall goe until a hare

wi sorrow and such mickle care

I have outrun dogs and foxes

And I’ve dodged the tractor wheels

- I sall goe until a hare -

I’ve survived your persecution

And your ever changing field

- Wi sorrow and such mickle care -

I will run and run forever

Where the wild fields are mine

- I sall goe until a hare -

I’m a symbol of endurance

Running through the mists of time

- Wi sorrow and such mickle care –

April 8, 2006
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Number 17; The Larch…

Deep peace of the running wave to you.

Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.

Number 17; The Larch…







Well, Saturday has arrived. Wading through allergy attacks at this point… Interesting way to state that isn’t it? “attacks”… Nature as conflict. It takes millenia of misdirection to arrive at that statement, state of of mind.

It has been a wonderful week. Travelling to the coast, Having Angela and Sphinx visiting, having Mike spend some time with us on his travels, and having a good time in general with many wonderful souls.

Ever felt blest just in living? I admit, I do. I have a companion who shares her passion of life with me, and I have a child that looks like he will far outstrip me in thought and action. It is exciting to see him make connections about life that I didn’t get until I was in my 30′s… We have met and shared time with some of the most interesting people along this path. I hope you find your life in a similar light.

Have a good weekend, and here is to moments of beauty and clarity….

Gwyllm

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On The Menu:

The Links…

The Article… Patriot Act E-Mail Searches Apply to Non-Terrorists, Judges Say

Poetry: 3 by Robert Graves

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The Links:

Children of Abraham…

Girl, 5, Forced To Apologize For Hugging Classmate

Allan Kaprow | Happenings

Player Silences German Racists With Hitler Salute

What is in a word? The degeneration of a Meme?

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The Article:Patriot Act E-Mail Searches Apply to Non-Terrorists, Judges Say









Two federal judges in Florida have upheld the authority of individual courts to use the Patriot Act to order searches anywhere in the country for e-mails and computer data in all types of criminal investigations, overruling a magistrate who found that Congress limited such expanded jurisdiction to cases involving terrorism.

The disagreement among the jurists about the scope of their powers simmered for more than two years before coming to light in an opinion unsealed earlier this month. The resolution, which underscored the government’s broad legal authority to intercept electronic communications, comes as debate is raging over President Bush’s warrantless surveillance program and the duties of Internet providers to protect personal data.

A magistrate judge in Orlando, James Glazebrook, first questioned the so-called nationwide-search provision in 2003, after investigators in a child pornography probe asked him to issue a search warrant requiring a “legitimate” California-based Web site to identify all users who accessed certain “password-protected” photos posted on the site. The Web provider was not named in public court records.

Magistrate Glazebrook said that in passing the Patriot Act, formally known as the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act, Congress made clear its focus was on terrorism. He said there was nothing in the language Congress adopted in the days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that suggested the nationwide-search provision should apply to garden variety federal cases.

“The statutory language is clear and unambiguous in limiting district court authority to issue out-of-district warrants to investigations of terrorism, and that language controls this court’s interpretation. The government has shown no legislative intent to the contrary,” the magistrate wrote. He also noted that many of the examples given during legislative debate involved terrorism. The then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Leahy, a Democrat of Vermont, described the nationwide-search language as applying in terrorism cases, the court noted.

Magistrate Glazebrook denied the search warrant, but it was recently disclosed that the government appealed to a federal judge, G. Kendall Sharp, who granted it without explanation.

The scenario played out again late last year, after prosecutors presented Magistrate Glazebrook with an application for a search warrant directed to a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Web portal, Yahoo. The government asked that Yahoo produce web pages, documents, and usage logs pertaining to two e-mail addresses and a Web site allegedly linked to an Orlando man, Earl Beach, under investigation for involvement in child pornography. Magistrate Glazebrook allowed searches of Mr. Beach’s home and computers, but again rejected prosecutors’ request to acquire data located across the country. “Congress has not authorized this court to seize out-of-district property except in cases of domestic or international terrorism,” the magistrate handwrote on the application.

Again, prosecutors appealed. Judge Gregory Presnell took up the question and concluded that “it seems” Congress did intend to authorize nationwide search warrants in all cases, not just ones pertaining to terrorism. However, the judge acknowledged that the language Congress used was far from clear. “The court rejects the assertions made by both the United States here and the magistrate judge… that the statutory language is unambiguous. Although the court ultimately comes to a determination regarding the meaning of this language, by no means is it clearly, unambiguously or precisely written,” Judge Presnell wrote.

The chief federal defender in Orlando, R. Fletcher Peacock, said the dispute was a straightforward one pitting literal interpretation against legislative intent. “Judge Presnell was more willing to go behind the language of the statute and look at the statutory intent, and clearly Judge Glazebrook was not,” the attorney said.

One of the most striking aspects of the dispute is that there appears to be no other published court ruling addressing the nationwide-search provision, known as Section 220. The magistrate involved cited no cases directly on the point and neither did the government.

An attorney with a group that pushes for online privacy, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said yesterday that the lack of published cases on the subject reflects the fact that search warrant applications are presented outside the presence of defense lawyers, often before a defendant even knows he is under investigation. “It’s fairly typical that search warrants for electronic evidence would be kept under seal,” the privacy advocate, Kevin Bankston, said. “In most cases, they wouldn’t be reported.”

Mr. Bankston said there is no question that the Justice Department wanted the Patriot Act to include nationwide-search authority for all crimes, but whether lawmakers accomplished that task is another question. “I don’t know that Congress knew what it was voting on,” he said.

Civil libertarians have objected to the nationwide-search provision on the grounds that it allows prosecutors the discretion to pick judicial districts where judges are seen as more friendly to the government. Critics of the Patriot Act have also warned that allowing search warrants to be filed from across the country will discourage Internet service providers from fighting such requests even when they may be unwarranted.

“The only person in a position to assert your rights is the ISP and if it’s in their local court, they are more likely to challenge it if it is bad or somehow deficient,” Mr. Bankston said.

A spokesman for the prosecutors did not return a call seeking comment for this story. However, the Justice Department has said the nationwide-search provision was “vital” to its investigation of the gruesome murder in 2004 of a pregnant Missouri woman, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, whose unborn child was cut from her womb with a kitchen knife. Investigators claim that they used the Patriot Act authority to quickly obtain email evidence from an Internet provider across state lines in Kansas. That data led them to a woman who later confessed to the attack, Lisa Montgomery.

In his ruling, Judge Presnell did not mention that episode, but suggested it was simpler for the courts and prosecutors to issue all warrants in a case from one place.

“As a matter of judicial and prosecutorial efficiency, it is practical to permit the federal district court for the district where the federal crime allegedly occurred to oversee both the prosecution and the investigation (including the issuance of warrants) thereof,” he wrote. The government has also complained that the former procedure caused court backlogs and delays in jurisdictions, like northern California, that are home to many Internet companies.

It is unclear whether any charges resulted from the 2003 investigation, but the suspect involved in the disputed 2005 search, Mr. Beach, was indicted earlier this month on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. He has pleaded not guilty. A trial is set for April.

Magistrate Glazebrook said in a brief interview yesterday that he could not discuss the specific cases that prompted the legal disagreement over the Patriot Act, but that he expects the question to arise again. “It is certainly something that will come up,” he said. “There are a lot of interesting issues surrounding that.”

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Poetry: Robert Graves



THE FINDING OF LOVE

Pale at first and cold,

Like wizard’s lily-bloom

Conjured from the gloom,

Like torch of glow-worm seen

Through grasses shining green

By children half in fright,

Or Christmas candelelight

Flung on the outer snow,

Or tinsel stars that show

Their evening glory

With sheen of fairy story–



Now with his blaze

Love dries the cobweb maze

Dew-sagged upon the corn,

He brings the flowering thorn,

Mayfly and butterfly,

And pigeons in the sky,

Robin and thrush,

And the long bulrush,

The cherry under the leaf,

Earth in a silken dress,

With end to grief,

With joy in steadfastness.



The Worms of History

On the eighth day God died; his bearded mouth

That had been shut so long flew open.

So Adam’s too in a dismay like death-

But the world still rolled on around him,

Instinct with all those lesser powers of life

That God had groaned against but not annulled.

“All-excellent”, Adam had titled God,

And in his mourning now demeaned himself

As if all excellence, not God, had died;

Chose to be governed by those lesser powers,

More than inferior to excellence -

The worms astir in God’s corrupt flesh.

God died, not excellence his name:

Excellence lived, but only was not God.

It was those lesser powers who played at God,

Bloated with Adam’s deferential sighs

In mourning for expired divinity;

They reigned as royal monsters upon earth.

Adam grew lean, and wore perpetual black;

He made no reaching after excellence.

Eve gave him sorry comfort for his grief

With birth of sons, and mourning still he died.

Adam was buried in one grave with God

And the worms ranged and ravaged in between.

Into their white maws fell abundance

Of all things rotten. They were greedy-nosed

To smell the taint out and go scavenging,

Yet over excellence held no domain.

Excellence lives; they are already dead -

The ages of a putrefying corpse.



Bitter Thoughts on Receiving a Slice of Cordelia’s Wedding-Cake

Why have such scores of lovely, gifted girls

Married impossible men?

Simple self-sacrifice may be ruled out,

And missionary endeavour, nine times out of ten.

Repeat “impossible men”: not merely rustic,

Foul-tempered or depraved

(Dramatic foils chosen to show the world

How well women behave, and always have behaved).

Impossible men: idle, illiterate,

Self-pitying, dirty, sly,

For whose appearance even in City parks

Excuses must be made to casual passers-by.

Has God’s supply of tolerable husbands

Fallen, in fact, so low?

Or do I always over-value woman

At the expense of man?

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Rowan & Mike


April 7, 2006
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Visiting Editor…

Hey All…. Mike Crowley came through on Monday on his way to Seattle, and he is back on this Thursday night… We have been sitting around having good Wine, Thai food, and talking about Gods, Goddesses, Millerites, Templars and the like with Rowan. (Rowan has discovered “Holy Blood, Holy Grail”… hang on to those first editions kids!)

He was in Seattle consoling Spinxter during his infestation with Camel Lice! Hold in there Spinx!!

Anyway, Mike is going to pick out an article and some poems…. ‘kay?







So with no further noise, here is the Menu:

The Links: 1 link special from Mike!

The Article: END OF A FALSE “PROPHET”

Mikes’ Poems: Reed, Hardy & Thomas

We have had a great time! Please enjoy these selections as we drift into the weekend!

Gwyllm

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The Link:

Mike Voted This The Worse Web Site, like EVER…

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The Article:END OF A FALSE “PROPHET”

By Joe Szimhart

SCP Newsletter, SPRING 1998 VOLUME 22:4







[It's hard times at the Church Universal and Triumphant (the CUT). Under the leadership of Elizabeth Claire Prophet, the CUT had been one of the most flamboyant "survivalist" cults in the last half of this century. Prophet picked up leadership of the group in the '70's after the death of her first husband and original leader, Mark Prophet. Under E.C. Prophet, the CUT was responsible for a strange and dangerous theological brew that combines channeled revelations from the Ascended Masters, reincarnation, karma, twisted interpretations of the gospel, and culture-rejecting paranoia. The CUT gained widespread notoriety in the 80's and early 90's when Prophet prophecied an impending nuclear holocaust. In March of 1990, Prophet signaled that the time had come--and the faithful sequestered themselves for a time in massive underground bomb shelters in Montana and elsewhere. Needless to say, the end did not come as planned.

Now, with membership falling and Prophet herself increasingly out of the picture due to a "neurological disorder," it appears that this group is trying to re-invent itself--changing it's image from one of panic-mongering doomsayers to a church of "Divine Love." As Joe Szimhart traces the origins and history of this cult from its roots in the depression-era "I AM" movement to its present troubles, it is ironic to think that this Satanic deception may be abandoning its bomb-shelters just as the big one really is about to hit (look for SCP coverage of the Y2K "time bomb" in the months to come). And wouldn't it be just like the master deceiver to use a group like the CUT to massively discredit the whole notion of societal collapse just as such an event roles down the pike . . . Ed.]

Early on a beautiful Sunday morning I strolled down State Street over the green Chicago River and turned right onto Washington. I stopped to see the giant, rusted steel Picasso sculpture at the Chicago Civic Center. Many years ago I first encountered this monstrous, cubist version of an Afghan dog. The thirty-foot, welded construction is still an impressive icon of modernity. It takes me back to a time when “modern” art was yet shocking and dramatic. Chicago’s Mayor Daley received the proposed Picasso badly, visibly not appreciative of the model he held in his hand. It was installed in 1967.

The street is named after America’s first president, and I was about to see a life-sized photo of a man who claimed to have been George Washington in a past life. That’s correct: Guy Ballard, who died in 1939, was George Washington, if you talk to an “I AM” Activity devotee. His wife, Edna Ballard, who lived into the early 1970s, was Benjamin Franklin according to the group. The “I AM” Temple is inside a twelve stories high building at 176 West Washington. The sect purchased it in 1948. The ‘Mighty “I AM”‘ owns many significant properties purchased after its meteoric rise in Great Depression-racked America. Today it has reading rooms in many cities, and main centers in Mt. Shasta, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico outside of Chicago.

By 1939 the “I AM” reportedly had 50,000 followers after a mere five years since its start. That may have been an exaggeration. Today only a few thousand or less remain by my estimate, despite renewed interest in the “I AM” teachings within the recent New Age Movement explosion. “I AM” books turn up in many New Age and occult bookstores. The Ballard teachings form the basis of many active but separate sects that claim larger followings: Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT), the Bridge to Freedom (now known as the Foundation for Higher Spiritual Learning in Virginia and South America), and smaller ones like the Church of the Ascension, the Ruby Ray and a CUT spin-off launched in 1997 by a former CUT “bishop,” Monroe Shearer. The Lighthouse of Freedom was a 1950s “I AM” sect that influenced mark Prophet to found his Summit Lighthouse in 1958, the forerunner of CUT.

Outside the “I AM” Temple door the visitor approaches under two huge American flags jutting from the building. After all, this is “George Washington’s” place. The storefront window displays religious pictures and some pithy, innocuous quotes from “I AM” teachings on posters and cards. Once inside you notice a trademark poster of the “I AM”‘s spiritual founder, the Comte de Saint-Germain (1708-84, give or take a year), in a militaristic, blue uniform and not in his characteristic white, powdered wig.

[The "I AM" images of "Saint Germain" look nothing like the real merchant-magician-spy who was neither Count nor Saint. He named himself after a French city--Saint-Germain. He impressed many gullible royals in the court of Louis XV in France, but others regarded the Count as both braggart and charlatan. Paris in the eighteenth century was crawling with magician/occultists. The Count was one of the more talented and entertaining mystery men. Comte de Saint-Germain often dropped hints that he was five hundred years old, belonged to a secret order of mystics resembling the Rosicrucians or Freemasons, and perhaps was an immortal. Non-apologetic sources I recommend on Saint-Germain are: Charles Mackay's 1852 account in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. Harmony, 1980: pp 230-37; E.M. Butler's 1948 description in The Myth of the Magus Cambridge, Canto edition, 1993: chapter 11; and if you are up to it, read Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum (Ballantine, 1988) for a rowdy, semiotic jaunt through occult territory. His fictional version of "Saint Germain" and the Great White Fraternity is fascinating.]

In the main lobby wall to the right is the life-sized, black and white photo of Guy and Edna Ballard together, regally dressed and posed in white formal wear. Seated behind a neat, large desk, two middle-aged women greeted me with pleasant smiles. “Hello. Can we help you,” asked the one with brunette bangs.

“Yes,” I said. “I’m interested to know more about your temple. I read about the “I AM” many years ago. I have studied Theosophy. This is my first visit here.” I said nothing that was untrue, yet I had to be cautious if I was to ingratiate myself to these aura-sensitive ladies. I could be perceived as harboring evil entities. I was dressed in a beige tee-shirt that sported a Celtic dragon design, white sneakers and jeans, but I did have a handsome leather briefcase with me. The ladies were in their finest “I AM” Sunday uniforms. Sunday is their day for white and these ladies each wore a pure white, lacy, ankle-length skirt with a purple cross brooch pinned at the neck of their equally frilly, white blouses. Had I visited them on Saturday they most likely would have worn something violet or purple. Every day has its color in the “I AM” excluding black, brown, red, orange and earthy tones. Blue is “sacred power” but blue jeans are definitely not favored.

The ladies directed me to the reading room, a small but tidy area with two chairs. On one shelf were the entire ten or twelve hard bound collection of “I AM” scriptures in their familiar green bindings, familiar to me because I had read them all in 1976-77. On another shelf were small cubicles, each containing eight to twelve copies of The Voice of the “I AM,” the sect’s magazines from the 1930s through 1997.



The “I AM” Voices feature dictation by Ascended Masters as well as current news and a catalogue of sacred “I AM” objects and music for sale. In their day, Guy and Edna Ballard were the “Messengers” for an Ascended Host of beings–over twenty– that included “Saint” Germain, Jesus, K-17, Hercules, Mighty Victory and Morya. As Messengers they were mediums or channels in the Spiritualist and Theosophical traditions that stem from the nineteenth century. The 1940 issue included dictation from Beloved Jesus, Might Harmony and the Goddess of Music as well as an essay about Guy Ballard’s “ascension” by Edna (Mrs. G. W.) Ballard. It is unclear whether these dictation came through Guy or Edna, as Guy died early on the morning of December 29, 1939 of complications from heart and liver diseases. Edna announced that Guy or Daddy “ascended” at midnight December 31, 1939. His body was cremated.

“He is now our Beloved Ascended Master of Light who can give Limitless Help to all who will accept and apply the Ascended Masters’ Instruction of the “I AM” which He gave, under the Direction of our Beloved Ascended Master, Saint Germain. He is glorious, beyond words to describe! His Love and Light are Limitless and He pours them to all for the Freedom of America and all mankind…..”

“In His Unlimited State, our Blessed Daddy can wield more Power of Light Rays, than he could through the physical body or than I can wield in this body. I want you to understand this clearly, so when the outer world has anything to say about it, make your statement with positive force; for I assure you I am telling the Truth and will never tell you anything but the Truth” (Mrs. G. W. Ballard, 1940. The Voice of the “I AM”. Saint Germain Press, pp. 26-27, 31).

In 1940 many I AMers did not accept the new “Dispensation” for ascension after the death of the “body.” The dispensation revelation came through “Mama” Ballard from the “Great Divine Director” speaking for the “Great Central Sun” (IBID.: p. 27). But in that same Voice, Beloved Jesus states, on November 30, 1939, that:

“There has been lurking in many the idea that one may make the Ascension after so-called death; but that cannot be accomplished because the call for the Ascension must be made to the “I AM Presence” and the Ascended masters from within the physical side of Life. You cannot do it otherwise, no one ever did in the world” (The Voice of the “I AM” Saint Germain Press, 1940, p. 6).

If “Jesus” meant what he said, this dictation rejects all claims to ascension made for dead people by any messenger including Mrs. Ballard and Mrs. Prophet.

[ Many CUT members who have died have also had their "ascensions" proclaimed by Mrs. Prophet. This includes her husband, Mark, who died in 1973. Mark is now Ascended Master "Lanello," reflecting his claimed past lives as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Sir Lancelot. Mark was also Pharaoh Iknaton, if you can believe it.]

But a scant 21 pages later, Jesus is conveniently superseded. So much for Ascended Master consistency. The early “I AM” followers were told repeatedly that Beloved Daddy could ascend in his physical body as they would also if they made the “call.” Members also believed that there was an “ascension chair” in a mysterious temple that could assist them to reach the necessary “vibratory” levels to attain ascension. They only had to be good students, do their “decrees” or calls (high speed chanting several hours daily), and follow the rules. The rules included vegetarian diets, no alcohol or drugs, no sex for “100% students” and no sex save for procreation for all others. Students also were required to renounce affiliation with any other religion.

When the Messenger, Guy Ballard, died in worse condition than most mortals, many shocked I AMers spiraled away in doubt. In early “autobiographical” books, Ballard claimed to have attained an indestructible body.

Those who remained would believe any correction that came through the remaining Messenger, who they called “Beloved Mama.” According to eyewitnesses, Mrs. Ballard tried to disguise Guy’s illness at a Shrine Class in December, stating that Beloved Daddy was away on a mission with Saint Germain. Since the morning newspapers in Los Angeles and Chicago reported his death immediately, Mrs. Ballard had to respond quickly. This assuaged the believers until the federal courts in California indicted Mrs. Ballard, her son, Donald, and many “I AM” leaders on nineteen counts of fraud later in 1940. Many more would defect thereafter.

The United States verses Ballard case in California (1940-44) is a twentieth century landmark in cult crime litigation. “I AM” leaders received fines and suspended sentences. The sect was not permitted to use the US postal service again until 1954. The convictions were eventually overturned by a Supreme Court decision on a technicality involving the original Grand Jury selection. The government did not pursue the case again, but a judge ruled that religious beliefs, no matter how bizarre, could not be tried, and perhaps not even discussed, in court. Plaintiffs had little to say in court about how they were duped by promises that the “dynamic decrees” to Ascended Masters could cure any ill and change any life, family or nation. But they did convince the court that “I AM” leaders had unduly manipulated them to send large sums of money for the dubious cause and promises of the Messengers.

[See: C. S. Braden, 1949. These Also Believe. MacMillan Co. for an extensive report on the "I AM" and it's legal difficulties.] Today there are no Messengers in the original “I AM” Activity. Older, unpublished messages from Masters appear in current Voices for the faithful. The ladies at the desk assured me that there were plenty more. The sect “calls” for the appearance of the Masters themselves in their “visible, tangible bodies” to come guide and rule the planet for the coming New Age. But messengers and channelers abound in our New Age. In 1988 one survey stated that Los Angeles alone had over one thousand channelers. [As reported on a West 57th Street, TV program about "channeling."]

The “I AM” rejects all competing channelers as inauthentic, including Elizabeth Clare Prophet, the most successful, self-appointed messenger of the same Great White Brotherhood of Ascended Masters claimed by the “I AM.” Prophet has been channeling messages from the Masters since the early 1960s. Many disenchanted I AMers have crossed over to Prophet’s group and to others that base their teachings on the old “I AM.” For the believer there is little in life more exciting than to hear a message from the Great White Brotherhood at the moment of delivery. They call it progressive revelation.

Rise of the CUT

If the old “I AM” remains stuck in some past teachings, the newer Ascended Master sects with living messengers can change with each new day. The channeled God or the gods can justify any inconsistency and modify failed doctrines as well as any politician. Elizabeth Clare Prophet’s church has weathered and continues to weather many internal and external difficulties. When Mark Prophet, the group’s founder and Elizabeth’s second husband, died unexpectedly in 1973, Elizabeth soon remarried and took charge. Riding the cultural wave of the swelling New Age Movement, she guided her newly named Church Universal and Triumphant to the Malibu hills. There the annual conferences attracted over three thousand members, tripling what she and Mark Prophet had attracted together. By 1979 she was divorced again. In the early 1980s CUT sold the Malibu property for seventeen million dollars (to the controversial Nichiren Shoshu Society or Soka Gakkai of Japan) and reinvested it by buying the Forbes Ranch in Montana on the northern border of Yellowstone Park. By 1983 the church had moved its headquarters to Montana and Elizabeth had married once more. That marriage to a much younger but wealthy man lasted until 1997, after she had her fifth child with him in 1994. Mrs. Prophet was fifty five.

CUT had lived on the edge of fear since its inception. Dire warnings from the Masters about economic collapse and international war brought on by hated groups like the “Tri-lateral Commission” and “fallen ones” compelled members to buy survivalist supplies and weapons. In 1972 Mark Prophet named the secret survivalist plan Operation Christ Command or OCC. By the mid to late-eighties Elizabeth Prophet, relying on her astrological acumen, prophesied a “dark cycle” commencing around 1988 and tunneling through 2001. According to Prophet, thousands of years of “bad karma” have accumulated and will come back to haunt us…big time. CUT began a monster excavation program digging deep into the earth to construct huge bomb and survival shelters. One reportedly holds seven hundred or more. Repeating an old pattern that extends back to the “I AM” prophesies in 1939, when the Masters declared that the “War Entity” over Europe was “dissolved,” Prophet’s “doom prophecy” was badly timed. CUT’s fearsome enemy, the communist regimes in Russia and elsewhere, began collapsing like dominos about the time the shelters were near completion. Prophet named a couple of specific dates when the members might have to go underground. When they finally did one day in 1990, nothing happened outside, but inside the shelters it became clear that the panicky group was not ready for that kind of occultation. Nor were the shelters. They never descended again except to play bingo in the largest area.1

When the Branch Davidian tragedy at Waco occurred in 1993, CUT was in the news again as a potential Waco-like disaster. The ingredients were there: An illegally armed camp suspicious of the government, a charismatic leader with paranoid prophecies, and thousands of devotees so loyal they would believe and do nearly anything she asked.2



CUT had it out with the IRS over their non-profit status at that time as well. The IRS reinstated the status when CUT agreed, on one count, to relinquish control over weapons, including the return of an armored vehicle to the Tanks-A-Lot company in New Jersey. It is legal for you and I to own a tank in America, but not for a church. With the dramatic decrease of the communist menace on one hand, and the concern over militia groups rising on the other, CUT had little choice but to change its image. They were losing staff members and recruitment was down. Staff could not live well on $75 to $125 per month with no benefits save some food and rudimentary shelter, if they had no support of their own. The “bomb shelter cult” was now transforming into the friendly little church down the street. in the ’70′s

Right Sizing

That was and is not an easy task. In 1993 a group of scholars headed by James R. Lewis and J. Gordon Melton did a quick survey and study of CUT members in Montana. Published as Church Universal and Triumphant in Scholarly Perspective (Center for Academic Publication), the study has been soundly criticized by peer review. (See: Robert W. Balch & Stephan Langdon: “How the Problem of Malfeasance Gets Overlooked in Studies of New Religions: An Examination of the AWARE Study of [CUT],” included in Anson Shupe, Ed., 1998. Wolves within the Fold. Rutgers). The study was financially supported by CUT, and the result is more a propaganda piece than an accurate appraisal. In any case, CUT was only too happy to use it as “proof” that they are not a destructive cult, but a new “denomination.” Radical down-sizing cut seven hundred or so staff in Montana at CUT’s peak down to nearly two hundred in 1997. CUT managers prefer to call it “right-sizing.” Right or wrong the new attitude is expressed in CUT’s Business Plan Annual Report, “Portrait of An Organization in Transition,” spearheaded by Bernard Cleirbaut, the new president. The Annual Report looks like any slick business reorganization plan, complete with mission statement and impressive charts. Charts always look great on paper. A few things caught my jaded eyes, however.

["Jaded" because I used to be a member of CUT around 1979-80. I attended 3 large conferences near LA and became a "Keeper of the Flame" for several months. I rejected CUT in the fall of 1980 and began exiting members (who wanted to know why I quit CUT) out of the group at that time.]

1. CUT wants to make “Ascended Masters” a household word. No comment. 2. CUT wants to “shift” its “organizational culture” (a nice twist on that nasty word, cult) from “fear to love” and from “crisis management to planning.” One wonders why it took these brilliant Ascended Masters over sixty years, if we count the “I AM” as the beginning–over one hundred if we accept CUT’s proclaimed Master lineage back to Blavatsky–to discover love. Helena Blavatsky was no stranger to crises either–her entire life biography reads like one. 3. CUT’s revenues are plainly spelled out with fiscal projections. They intend to pay staff a living wage with adequate benefits. This means that they will spend as much or more on a radically down-sized staff. Makes you think how little they valued their workers until now, does it not? It is not clear how much Elizabeth has accumulated in her private accounts.

4. CUT published a “Handbook” for members called “Building a New Future” based on a “Second Life Cycle” paradigm charted on the back flap. “Saint Germain” (channeled by Elizabeth Prophet, of course) is quoted on the first page: “Let this church upon the mountain of God be known universally as the church of Divine Love. So let it be. You each one ‘is’ the living church” (April 4, 1997). Odd language for a man who CUT believes wrote the Shakespeare plays, but Saint Germain may or may not be aware of the already established, Spiritualist “Divine Love Ministry,” a branch of the Foundation Church of Divine Truth, based on the automatic writings of James Padgett. Other spirits may have already copyrighted Divine Love.

Magic

The Handbook contains many pithy slogans and rules for members. Membership remains at three levels with escalating expectations. At bottom is Keeper of the Flame, next are Communicants, and highest are Community Members who are eligible to be employed and live in the church’s community. Communicants are chided to follow all the moral and ethical laws of the nation (p.20), but I smiled slightly when I read the next paragraph:

” We also pledge to shun the black arts including the practice of Satanism, witchcraft and black magic. Further, we pledge to avoid deliberate association with discarnate spirits through such activities as psychic channeling, automatic writing and spiritualism, et al.” (p. 21).

I almost hate to use the following, overused exclamation, but…Hello, Mrs. Prophet? What have you been doing all these years? And what have the Keepers of the Flame been doing if not associating with discarnate spirits? Helena Blavatsky, the original “messenger” of “Morya” (CUT’s alleged founder) used automatic writing incessantly to produce her Theosophical tomes. Her close companion, Colonel Olcott, wrote about her psychic style in Old Diary Leaves.3 As to channeling, Prophet has denied that she is a “trance medium” or channel. Her explanation is that a Master takes over her “voice box” and speaks to us through it. Prophet’s denial is tantamount to Transcendental Meditators claiming that what they do is not self-hypnosis. If it quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck, and has feathers like a duck…well, you figure it out.

Quibbling over the obvious is not a useful pursuit, not to me. As to “spiritualism,” there is little or nothing to separate what Mrs. Prophet does with her “voice box” from what Estelle Roberts, Edgar Cayce, Jane Roberts or any other channel/medium did with theirs.

The pledge lacks all credibility regarding witchcraft and black magic, though I will allow that CUT does not invoke anyone called Satan. Indeed, CUT decrees against Old Splitfoot. Witchcraft, in its neo-pagan form called Wicca, utilizes the same sympathetic magic technique in casting “spells” as CUT members and I AMers apply in what they call “decrees.” Show a decree to any self-respecting, intelligent witch or Wiccan and you will find recognition of a spell.

Spell: The mainstay of Folk Magic, spells are simply magical rites. They’re usually non-religious and often include spoken words. (Scott Cunnigham, 1996. Living Wicca. Llewellyn Publications, p. 205)

Spells by Wiccans often invoke spirits, elementals, gods and goddesses for assistance. CUT calls its practice of decreeing (high speed chants and that include invocation of spirits, gods, elementals of fire, earth, water and air) the “Science of the Spoken Word.” Science, in this sense, does not refer to the natural sciences of an empirical, testable world. It refers to exactly what the definition above states, namely Folk Magic. The difference is, that in CUT and the “I AM,” Folk Magic becomes a central religious rite by any other name, but it is still Magic. Decrees are nothing more than spells. Granted, like Wiccans, CUT decreers wish to cast benign spells over the land and human masses according to the “will of God.” Wiccans follow The Law that exhorts them to “harm none.”

But who is God? In “I AM”/CUT theology, each person has a “Mighty I AM Presence” hovering above them, connected to their “chakras” by a silver cord of invisible light. Indistinguishable from the Atman/Brahman identity in Vedic philosophy, the I AM Presence is God and the same as God in the individual higher self. The circular logic goes something like this: God’s will is the will of my Mighty I AM Presence that is my true self. When Mrs. Prophet’s I AM Presence dictates who to decree for or against, it is “God’s will.” Yes, names are mentioned in decrees, and if you are a critic of CUT, yours could be included.

These powerful decrees (the “most powerful force in the universe,” according to CUT doctrine) aim to stop all evil energy directed at the CUT membership and goals. If you or I persist in holding onto our “evil” attitudes or practices after a spell or decree has been cast in “our name”, well, too bad for us. In CUT belief, it is like holding onto a log that is being swept over Niagara Falls (my imagery, not theirs), and they cannot help it if we persist in holding onto our evil logs. Decrees include words such as: Blaze, blaze blaze bolts of blue lightening; Burn right through, Burn right through, Burn right through; and Smash, Blast, Annihilate and Consume. In one decree the “demand for judgment” goes out against a hundred names or so that include Erasmus, Darwin, Winston Churchill, Hitler, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Harriet Pilpel, and Nathaniel Rothschild. [Ruby Ray decree 83.31, CUT member decree book, 1981.] And what do they have so offensively in common? The decree calls them the “Nephilim Manipulators of Population.”

Other CUT decree “hit lists” include Rock stars, liberal congressmen, “cult” leaders like Werner Erhard, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Sun Myung Moon, competitor Alice A. Bailey and Lucis Trust, and “deprogrammers” like yours truly.4

[From a preamble insert to CUT decree 10.00, 1987, p. 10. Also, in a CUT "Pearl of Wisdom" (Vol. 31, No. 4, January 24, 1988) the god/master Sanat Kumara through Prophet condemns the following: "And therefore I say, Woe! Woe! Woe! Unto this Swami Rama [of Himalayan Institute of Pennsylvania] and all who are like him and with him, the false hierarchies out of India who have come as fallen angels, taken bodies of that blessed nation and therefore moved against her people…Let it come to pass, therefore, that they are exposed! They are exposed! They are exposed! As you name them now and demand the cutting free of all true Lightbearers who have been fastened to them by manipulation and, yes, black magic….even that Sun Myung Moon, go down! Woe! Woe! Woe! (Pp. 43-44).]

Talk about guru wars…Happily, I hold no grudges against CUT staff for allegedly inserting me in their decrees, though they mean to do only the “will of God.” Although I too believed in this sort of magic once, I know now that decrees (spells) do not work except to influence the beliefs and attitudes of the decreers. Now, if you are a witch, don’t get mad at me for saying that. Remember, harm none! If CUT means what it says in its new “Business Plan,” the group should end this decree policy of inserting names, in secret or public, for judgment. It smacks of black magic and sorcery to outsiders and targets.

[The aftermath of failed prophecy has not been pleasant for Prophet, or the CUT. As the Associated Press reported recently:

The bomb shelters were built, the food and clothing were gathered, the weapons were stockpiled, the fuel was stored. But Armageddon never came . . . Disillusioned after years of costly preparations for a calamity that never came, followers left in droves upon realizing the world would go on. As for Prophet, the 58-year-old woman has a still-undiagnosed neurological disease that attacks her memory, the president of the church says. Also, her epilepsy is getting worse. Her fourth marriage ended in divorce last year after her husband left her for their nanny, and her four adult children have left the church, some with bitter words. (Apocalyptic church struggling after Armageddon didn't happen, AP., April 3, 1998)

Prophet is now in semi-seclusion, almost out of the picture as the CUT desperately tries to change course and stop the hemorrhaging of members and finances. Will it survive? In a sense, who cares? Prophet has fulfilled her role as a change agent, a forerunner of the cult of the Ascended Masters. If she and the CUT drop the ball, it will be picked up by any number of other younger, differently positioned newcomers, be it James Redfield with his mass-market occult fiction, Mariane Williamson, the latest apostle of The Course in Miracles, Deepak Chopra, J. Budziszewski (Conversations with God), Anthony Robbins, Jean Huston (New Age confidant and advisor of Hilary Clinton), Betty Eadie, etc. The CUT may disperse. Or it may, like the "I AM" movement, continue on in a hobbled form, little more than a continuing shrine to its beloved guru. Or it may continue to spawn ever more virulent spiritual viruses, new groups, new leaders, new voices adding to the rising din. It seems there is no lack of voices crying out for deliverance; but these are voices crying not for the Savior, but for the Ascended Masters, the Bhudda's of all ages , to come and take control of the planet. Ed.]

Except where noted, entire contents Copyright ©1996, 1998 Joseph P. Szimhart

e-mail: szimhart@fast.net

Endnotes:

1["On the night of March 15th [1990] in the best shelter of them all (Guru Ma’s), kids were screaming as they were strapped into their shelter bunks. Men were hauling out human waste in five gallon buckets for lack of proper toilet facilities. Armed guards patroled the topside. Similar scenarios of this nightmare repeated itself in every other shelter” Peter Arnone. October, 1996. Focus (an ex-CUT member newsletter). The information about bingo came from a conversation with Murray Steinman, CUT’s media representative, in 1993.]

2[In July, 1989 CUT's chief security officer, Vernon Hamilton, and Elizabeth Prophet's husband, Edward Francis, were caught and arrested for illegally purchasing weapons for church use (see Scott McMillion, February 27, 1995. "Church members' gun-buying outlined: Justice Department documents released to theChronicle," Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Bozeman, Montana. Mrs. Prophet claimed she knew nothing about the plans for purchase. Her daughter, Moira, claimed her mother did know when interviewed by Australia's "A Current Affair" on TV.]

3Peter Washington, 1993. Madame Blavatsky’s Baboon, Secker & Warburg, p. 52.

4In my eleven plus years as an “exit counselor” I have mainly worked on cases that involved no coercion or abduction. Since 1992 I have refused to work on cases that involve potentially illegal detention of anyone. From 1986 some of my caseload, included situations in which the family that hired me elected to hold a “cult” member against their will for the purpose of counseling. I thus have a reputation as a “deprogrammer.” In 1993 I stood trial in Idaho regarding a 1991 deprogramming attempt of a CUT member. I was acquitted of all charges by a jury in April, 1993. For a more thorough explanation of that situation go to: http://www.gasou.edu/psychweb/psyrelig/szimhart.htm

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Mikes’ Poetry Selections:

Tall Nettles – Edward Thomas 1878–1917









TALL nettles cover up, as they have done

These many springs, the rusty harrow, the plough

Long worn out, and the roller made of stone:

Only the elm butt tops the nettles now.



This corner of the farmyard I like most:

As well as any bloom upon a flower

I like the dust on the nettles, never lost

Except to prove the sweetness of a shower.

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NAMING OF PARTS – Henry Reed







To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday,

We had daily cleaning. And to-morrow morning,

We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day,

To-day we have naming of parts. Japonica

Glistens like coral in all of the neighboring gardens,

And to-day we have naming of parts.

This is the lower sling swivel. And this

Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see,

When you are given your slings. And this is the piling swivel,

Which in your case you have not got. The branches

Hold in the gardens their silent, eloquent gestures,

Which in our case we have not got.

This is the safety-catch, which is always released

With an easy flick of the thumb. And please do not let me

See anyone using his finger. You can do it quite easy

If you have any strength in your thumb. The blossoms

Are fragile and motionless, never letting anyone see

Any of them using their finger.

And this you can see is the bolt. The purpose of this

Is to open the breech, as you see. We can slide it

Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this

Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards

The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers:

They call it easing the Spring.

They call it easing the Spring: it is perfectly easy

If you have any strength in your thumb: like the bolt,

And the breech, and the cocking-piece, and the point of balance,

Which in our case we have not got; and the almond-blossom

Silent in all of the gardens and the bees going backwards and forwards,

For to-day we have naming of parts

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THE DARKLING THRUSH – Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)









LEANT upon a coppice gate

When Frost was spectre-gray,

And Winter’s dregs made desolate

The weakening eye of day.



The tangled bine-stems scored the sky

Like strings of broken lyres,

And all mankind that haunted nigh

Had sought their household fires.



The land’s sharp features seem’d to be

The Century’s corpse outleant,

His crypt the cloudy canopy,

The wind his death-lament.

The ancient pulse of germ and birth

Was shrunken hard and dry,

And every spirit upon earth

Seem’d fervourless as I.



At once a voice arose among

The bleak twigs overhead

In a full-hearted evensong

Of joy illimited;

An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,

In blast-beruffled plume,

Had chosen thus to fling his soul

Upon the growing gloom.



So little cause for carollings

Of such ecstatic sound

Was written on terrestrial things

Afar or nigh around,

That I could think there trembled through

His happy good-night air

Some blessèd Hope, whereof he knew

And I was unaware.

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A big Hello From Mike & Gwyllm, and look at the sky!