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In Thy Physique Do I Dwell (The Bodily Assemble as Host)


The physique is coming again into sight as a website for experimentation and as a goal for a kind of quasi-transcendence. Throughout the inverted world of the lesser actuality, the bodily physique has at all times been acknowledged because the automobile by means of which life is skilled. In different phrases, it’s our avatar while on this realm. As such, it has at all times been a website of contestation.

In some non secular circles, the physique is seen as a cloth distraction from the Divine and its affect was seen as needing to be repressed and subjugated (which can embrace sure bodily deprivations, together with self-harm). Varied religio-spiritual views have regarded the bodily physique as an impediment, a barrier, to a way of the sacred. The opposite excessive is that the physique is considered the best automobile for experiencing the sensual and sensuous – it’s a vessel for indulgence and decadent expertise. Nonetheless, there was no consensus reached over how you can regard the automobile of the human bodily physique.

In my earlier guide – Hijacking Actuality – I famous how current narratives are attempting to position the human physique as a website of weak spot. That’s, the physique is open and susceptible to illness and an infection; it succumbs to getting old and exhaustion; it disallows the human being from the total vary of experiences. On this gentle, narratives of transhumanism try to achieve floor as a manner of providing a substitute for the ‘weak physique.’ These, as I had mentioned, are makes an attempt to drive the human expertise deeper into materialism and a technocratic agenda for a digital-hybridization program inside our societies.

The Inversion is steering ever ahead into deeper and deeper realms of materialism. It’s using a story of quasi-transcendence by means of embedding deeper into the parable of technological salvation. The strains aren’t a lot being drawn however being blurred. American author Philip Ok. Dick, well-known for his science fiction books that query the character and validity of actuality, spoke concerning the blurring of boundaries between physique and surroundings in his 1972 speech “The Android and the Human” –

“The environment, and I imply our man-made world of machines, synthetic constructs, computer systems, digital techniques, interlinking homeostatic parts—all of that is in reality starting increasingly more to own what the earnest psychologists concern the primitive sees in his surroundings: animation. In a really actual sense the environment is changing into alive, or not less than quasi-alive, and in methods particularly and essentially analogous to ourselves.1″

This quasi-aliveness of the surroundings that Dick speaks about is the animating stage the place relations between the human physique and the fabric world start to blur (and merge). A lot of Western spiritual-mystical follow is interpreted as a somatically-felt expertise. The physique is the instrument that receives and grounds the expertise, whether or not or not it’s by way of the ‘nice flash,’ ‘illuminating gentle,’ or the ‘bodily rush.’ The physique is the human instrument for receiving, reworking, and typically transferring, energies. There are numerous ‘our bodies’ in spiritual-mystic traditions, together with the etheric, the astral, the ecstatic, the delicate, the upper, and others; the bodily, materials physique is acknowledged because the densest of all of them. Additionally, it’s the ‘simple goal’ because it resides totally inside the materials world and is open to social engineering and affect.

The physique in historical past has at all times been a website of focus. It has helped outline the expertise of self/different and the outer/interior and has been considered the fabric vessel for the non secular impulse. Maybe for that reason, many societies all over the world have, at one time or one other, tried to suppress the facility and expression of the human physique. It may very well be that the controlling businesses inside the inverted world regard the balanced, accurately functioning human physique as a portal for appropriately navigating the perceptive wavelengths of actuality. Lots of the mystical traditions positioned a powerful emphasis on the purification of the human physique; on it being free from toxins and corruptive influences. On this manner, the bodily vessel was mentioned to obtain the ‘illuminations,’ or the ‘mercy’ of the sacred, divine impulse.

The physique acts as an antenna for the nourishing inspirations/energies for the soul. What higher technique to block these illuminations than to deprave the physique’s purity by means of a polluting surroundings – socially, psychologically, and biologically. As such, the physique has at all times been a website for the convergence of energy and management. This body-power relationship has been a serious theme within the work of French thinker Michel Foucault. Foucault has deconstructed, in his vital historical past of modernity, how the physique has been fought over as a website of energy. The bodily physique can also be considered a location of resistance in opposition to the institution powers. It’s a fastened place the place a person could be positioned, discovered, and held accountable. And now that our bodily actions are frequently tracked by means of the digital infosphere, there’s even much less probability to flee the attention of authoritative surveillance. If we can’t escape from our our bodies then, it could seem, we’re eternally inside the system.

The human physique has at all times been accepted as a unit inside the social matrix. This has additionally been expanded to outline our bodies by way of social establishments: we’ve the physique politic, the social physique, the scientific physique, the medical physique, the physique of a company, and so on. The as soon as sacred website of the physique, which was the vessel for somatic non secular experiences, has been adopted, or co-opted, right into a social building of our bodies that belong below management and subjugation of exterior authorities. In Gnostic phrases, the physique’s website of energy has been known as these of the ‘sleepers’ and the ‘wakers.’ Sleepers are these whose interior self has but to interrupt by means of the layers of the physique’s social conditioning.

The somatic non secular expertise has been seen as a menace to hierarchical societies as a result of it exists past their bounds of energy. That is one motive why ecstatic experiences, whether or not by means of non secular or different means, have been suppressed, outlawed, and discredited by orthodox religions and mainstream establishments alike. Ecstatic experiences that may break down the pondering patterns and conditioning buildings of the Inversion are alarming for establishments of socio-political energy. How will you management, regulate, and self-discipline a physique, vitality, or expertise that has no bodily location? Such intangible forces, akin to the facility of baraka, are positively infectious and past bounds.[i] As cultural historian Morris Berman notes:

“The objective of the Church (any church) is to acquire a monopoly on this vibratory expertise, to channel it into its personal image system, when the reality is that the somatic response is just not the unique property of any given non secular chief or specific set of symbols. 2″

In current occasions, there was an growing concentrate on what’s termed the innate consciousness of the physique, and which has been revealed by means of such strategies as muscle testing. It’s innate as a result of it’s inborn (born in and of the physique), and it’s instinctual. Somatic consciousness then is one other phrase for our intuitive intelligence. It’s an intelligence that may be communicated by means of the physique, and it’s this which threatens people who search to manage the dreaming thoughts of humanity. Nonetheless, the matrix of actuality is just not a clean-cut realm.

We exist in an anthropological surroundings the place nature and tradition can’t be neatly divided. The bodily realm is a fusion of the true/imagined, and the place topic/object is blurred. But now, this hybridity is being additional enforced and coalesced by means of genetic engineering, implants, augmented actuality, and the sciences of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and data know-how (together with synthetic intelligence). The Inversion is making an attempt to achieve our prepared compliance by means of providing a type of transcendence that goes past the physique and the bodily senses.

The Galactic Gaze

The dreaming thoughts has at all times been tempted and awed by the celebrities past. There’s maybe no dwelling one who has not gazed up into the evening firmament and puzzled concerning the cosmos on the market. And maybe, there have been these individuals who upon gazing up puzzled whether or not they weren’t dwelling inside some form of bubble. The dreamer’s world has typically been depicted as a bubble actuality, most notably by the Renaissance alchemists, as on this well-known engraving:

The Thinker’s Stone lies exterior of the realm of the Inversion; it might probably solely be grasped by one who has exited from the dreamer’s actuality bubble (or perceptual jail). For most individuals, the spiralling star tapestry of the cosmos is step one of the past. Purpose sufficient, then, for this to have grow to be the brand new vacation spot for the fashionable pioneers inside the lesser actuality.

The break from the physique begins at an early age by means of social conditioning. To some extent, all people should relinquish a few of the contact they’ve with the innate intelligence of the physique (together with the physique of the pure world) by being integrated into the ‘social physique.’ And because the social physique turns into more and more enmeshed inside the digitized panorama, this alienation from the physique will solely likewise enhance. Trendy tradition’s love affair with decadence, and the rise of sexualization and drug indulgence, all contribute to a desensitization of the physique – even when the physique is the medium of expertise, akin to in sexual experiences. As famous, it is a focusing on of the ‘pure physique’ in order to deprave its potential for deciphering deeper layers inside the Inversion. The body-medium for the life expertise can also be considered by transhumanists as a hindrance upon the evolutionary journey towards an ‘immortal society’ that’s destined for the celebrities.

This view is extra keenly taken by principally western and ‘elite’ varieties who’ve begun to feed themselves upon a contemporary cosmic-religious mythic consciousness. That is what Jasun Horsley refers to as a ‘Galactic faith,’ which seeks transcendence/ascension by leaving the planet and colonizing others. It’s a ‘wealthy geek’ faith primarily based on accelerating applied sciences and pushed by the foremost tech-titan corporations. As Horsley notes, reasonably than ascension, it’s the reverse: ‘It has to do with dissociation, the try of the traumatized psyche to separate off from the physique and float off into fantasy land, past the attain of actuality and all of the ache it entails. Our bodies frozen on ice, souls misplaced in house, free, free from the horrible travails of the physique.’3 In such contexts as these, and extra, there’s a trauma being skilled by means of the bodily physique. Trauma could be associated to dysfunctional vitality being trapped inside the physique, inflicting discomfort and illness. In an try to flee the physique of the planet we’re being pressured to ‘techno-transcend’ the restrictions of the organic human physique.

To journey into the celebrities, we’re instructed, requires us to add our consciousness into machinic gadgets and/or ethereal cloudscapes. In a bid to flee the confines of a depleting ‘jail planet’ we’re being requested to place our religion – and our consciousness – into a brand new techno-prison. But who shall be the brand new guards? This might entail the trauma of a brand new delivery – re-enacting the prongs of the organic delivery passage but by means of entry into one more realm of the Inversion. There appears to be no real exit of the dreaming thoughts by means of consciousness add – solely a leap into one other programmable maze, but this time maybe with much less benevolent programmers.

Within the western psyche there seems to be an ongoing splintering between ‘interior house’ exploration and ‘outer house’ exploration. The techno-dream of house colonization is the brand new favoured pattern while the interior house analysis of the psyche is promoted as a harmful and trickster panorama. Outer house is the brand new undiscovered realm that gives hope in opposition to the twilight of the physique (together with the physique of the earth). And but such ‘Galactic pioneers’ appear pushed much less by a unified notion and extra by forces arising inside their splintered psyches that they’ve didn’t combine. These are the unconscious forces that grasp at survival, at any value, and would willingly stroll over the our bodies of others to safe their very own survival. Leaving the planetary physique is just for the ‘fortunate’ few, while the remainder should stay grounded – or with their minds in cloudscape orbit. The trick of the Inversion is that there are infinite doorways to maintain strolling by means of, but no exit to awaken out of. By strolling out of 1 dreamworld into one other we might imagine we’re free, but we stay imprisoned inside the dream nonetheless. Or worse, we unknowingly grow to be our very personal jail guards.

No rockets will ever create sufficient thrust to take us the place we really have to go, for awakening from the gravity of the Inversion is an inner-space journey. It’s the colonizing of the quiet type – of ourselves. By striving to achieve the orbital Overview Impact we’re lacking the true level, which is the ‘Internal view’ from inside ourselves.

The Physique because the Holy Host

The Inversion – our inverted world actuality assemble – is uncertain what to make of the human bodily physique. Is it our saviour – our holy host? –  or a hazard to our personal progress and a menace to the agenda of others? As I’ve written beforehand,[ii] the narratives of a brand new biopower have dropped at the fore a medical-political institution inside lots of our societies worldwide. The biology of management is now a serious participant inside the present realm of lived expertise. There’s now a noticeable rush to achieve a political-corporate management over the entry, use, and sovereignty of the human physique. In a really actual sense, it’s the particular person’s final line of bodily defence. Every particular person is a aware entity (a non secular essence) that’s working inside this materials realm by means of the automobile of the bodily physique. As such, we’re uniting with a organic associate. We’re a merged being: as it’s mentioned, a union of flesh and spirit. While the spirit – the important being – is immortal, it has to abide in its bodily incarnation by the organic limitations of the bodily host. Due to this significant reality, exterior management agendas are decided to not solely achieve energy over the outer facets of the physique (it’s freedoms, utility, mobility, and so on.,) but additionally, by way of interventions, to have management over its inner functioning (DNA code, intra-communication, and extra).

The human physique capabilities upon many diversified ranges and acts as many issues – together with as a receiver, filter, and transmitter of energies and data. It’s only the false, manipulated narrative that posits the human physique as a ‘biohazard.’ Through the use of this designation, exterior businesses of authority can search to additional comprise and management the motion of the physique in addition to gaining inner entry by means of chemical and pharmaceutical interventions. These prospects have been foreseen by many, not least by the social thinker and creator Aldous Huxley. Even way back to the Fifties, Huxley envisaged the encroachment of scientism to achieve growing intervention into the human physique:

In the meantime pharmacology, biochemistry and neurology are on the march, and we could be fairly sure that, in the middle of the subsequent few years, new and higher chemical strategies for growing suggestibility and decreasing psychological resistance will likely be found. Like every little thing else, these discoveries could also be used properly or badly. They could assist the psychiatrist in his battle in opposition to psychological sickness, or they could assist the dictator in his battle in opposition to freedom.4

And but, that is nonetheless a viewpoint primarily based on the fabric and bodily sciences. It doesn’t characterize a deeper, non secular perspective. This was to be offered by the Austrian thinker and proponent of non secular science, Rudolf Steiner. In talks given throughout September-October 1917, Steiner had the presence of imaginative and prescient to debate the later potential interventions and affect over the human physique. He mentioned that: ‘Taking a “sound viewpoint,” individuals will invent a vaccine to affect the organism as early as potential, ideally as quickly as it’s born, in order that this human physique by no means even will get the concept that there’s a soul and a spirit.’5

Clearly, this exhibits that the human bodily physique is a website of goal in an try and curb or block reception of non secular forces. By what might look like a ‘sound viewpoint,’ a spread of socio-cultural narratives will likely be created and propagated, in keeping with Steiner, that may push an agenda of elevated medical intervention. And these medically backed concepts have the goal ‘to discover a vaccine that may drive all inclination in direction of spirituality out of individuals’s souls when they’re nonetheless very younger, and it will occur in a roundabout manner by means of the dwelling physique.’6 Humanity has arrived at the moment now, if we observe present occasions and their associated penalties. We at the moment are at a time inside the 21st century the place we’re witnessing the transmutation of dwelling beings – and our bodies. The human being has arrived at a threshold beforehand unknown to it, and there are forces compelling the human to step over and thru it. It’s a threshold that may recode environments and our bodies. The brink is the purpose the place a genetic deterritorialization course of can start, and from which we might witness the emergence of a brand new organism totally different from the present one. It’s a threshold of recombination and recodification; a brand new assemblage that represents one more section inside the Inversion. From right here on, we’re biologically susceptible to an encroaching machinic impulse that, by its very nature, will morph bodily mixtures into machinic connections.

Our our bodies are reaching an exhaustion level. The crises we now face throughout the physique of the earth is from a collapse of the person, social, and psychological physique. Already, the social thoughts is in trauma, and the physique is exhibiting this sickness or dis-ease. The Inversion has made positive that the organic and psychological dimension has coalesced. The ripple of a bodily trauma is being felt throughout the planetary membrane as individuals are pressured to unnaturally detach from the bodily world round them. New bodily preparations of dislocation (lockdowns) and social avoidance have gotten established practices inside our societies. These unnatural ordinances are creating cognitive and bodily dissonance. Bio-traumas have arisen which might be affecting our sensibilities. New bodily phobias have been set in movement. That is the newly inverted threshold – a threshold of deterritorialization that has enforced a altering notion of the physique. We’re sensing alterations in human bodily consciousness and receptivity. There’s a deprivation too. The physique is being pulled again from its pure natural terrain. It’s being made to retreat from bodily presence and away from the reassuring contact. It’s as if the physique is being reconfigured to devolve away from the sensual and into a brand new digitally articulated sensate. This bodily aliveness is being substituted by decomposition and the concern of decay and deterioration.

Within the fashionable age, demise has changed intercourse as the fashionable taboo. The sanitized surroundings of the hospital has changed the house because the place for passing away. The expertise of demise and dying has grow to be indifferent from group life with the impact that emotion and closeness has been changed by medical administration. The dying physique has grow to be inverted right into a factor of disgust and embarrassment. Loss of life has now grow to be one thing shameful – a forbidden course of. Loss of life is a contemporary scandal. Trendy life has internalized the rejection of demise, and we’re coded to cringe on the considered bodily deterioration. Loss of life is a loser. To die is to lose, to fail. There is no such thing as a room for failure inside the deepening layers of machinic materialism and computational competitors. Loss of life could be changed by tech-assisted immortality within the new ‘posthuman future.’ Alternatively, the physique could be transcended by means of transhumanism in order that demise now not haunts the halls of the bodily flesh. These are the brand new imaginings within the realm of machinic need. Humanity is on the edge of venturing into an Inversion of codified creativeness and upturned wishes. Want has overtaken pleasure, and it’s the social sphere inside the Inversion that creates and sustains this desirous torment and torture of the unattainable. And inside the unattainable, higher types of exterior management should be endorsed to compensate. For this reasoning, present forces have begun to ascertain new pathways of management over life processes. And this, by intent and never coincidence, aligns with the rise of the machinic impulse. The query that now must be requested is whether or not the machine impulse is evolutionary or devolutionary by way of human life upon this planet.

  • In regards to the Writer

    Kingsley L. Dennis is the creator of The Phoenix Technology: A New Period of Connection, Compassion, and Consciousnessand The Sacred Revival: Magic, Thoughts & Which means in a Technological Age, out there at Amazon. Go to him on the internet at http://www.kingsleydennis.com/.

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    Dick, Philip Ok. (1995) The Shifting Realities of Philip Ok. Dick: Chosen Literary and Philosophical Writings (ed. Lawrence Sutin). New York: Classic Books, p183

    Berman, Morris (1990) Coming to Our Senses: Physique and Spirit within the Hidden Historical past of the West. New York: HarperCollins, 146.

    Horsley, J. (2018). Prisoner of Infinity: UFOs, Social Engineering, and the Psychology of Fragmentation. London, Aeon Books, p189

    Huxley, A. (1959). Courageous New World Revisited. London, Chatto & Windus, p107-8

    Steiner, Rudolf (2008) The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness. Forest Row: Rudolf Steiner Press, p85

    Steiner, Rudolf (2008) The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness. Forest Row: Rudolf Steiner Press, p199-200

    [i] Baraka, a distinguished idea in Islamic mysticism, refers to a circulate of grace and non secular energy that may be transmitted.

    [ii] Hijacking Actuality: The Reprogramming & Reorganization of Human Life

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