Talking Back To The “Alien”

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I recently watched a video from a mystic-type person I follow on YouTube. She started doing this channeling thing and I think I kind of momentarily crapped my pants. It was so sudden; just cutting the woman off in mid-sentence and “bubbling” out from her. But the advice she (or it…or they???) gave was so on-point—it felt almost as if this type of entity was SPEAKING RIGHT TO ME, sort of reading my mind and addressing my issues.

Then a little bit later on I watched some other videos from the series and I suddenly had a bad, dark, terrible feeling.

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2.19.19: Atlantis To Interzone

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“Orphism. It’s as if the ‘second birth’ or ‘birth in the spirit’ is in fact spiritual or even physical death run backward—retrograde—in time. Eliade speaks of this as a sacred rite, as alchemy.”
—PKD, “Exegesis”

“You’re on acid…somebody gave you very bad acid.”
–Charles Xavier, “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”

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1.20.19: In Dreams

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“…somebody comes into the house to install this red box-like machine. It has a red button on it to set it and turn it on. I somehow manage to program it with the power or gravitational pull or energy of “trillions” of suns or other measurements. I have no idea how I did this—but it is bad. A man that looks like Pres. Obama is there, and he is highly alarmed that I did this. I want to leave the room before it “explodes”…there is this eerie energy/force-field coming off of it. We suddenly run out of the room, but the energy/force fills the house…warping time & possibly reality. As we try to leave the house, we see other “versions” of ourselves run through the house; these are possibly versions of us from slightly earlier (or later) in time. It’s like what happens when an event like a black hole happens. Time itself is being warped…linear time is being revealed for what it really is.”
–dream, January 19 2015

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1.19.19: Augurs And Elon

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“I would argue that inside your mind was some pattern of neurological activity that was not there before you exchanged e-mail with me. The ‘Root Representation.’ It is not me. I’m this big slug of carbon and oxygen and some other stuff on this cot right next to you. The Root Rep, by contrast, is the thing that you carry around in your brain for the rest of your life, barring some kind of neurological insult, that your mind uses to represent me.”
— Neal Stephenson, “Cryptonomicon”

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The Philip K. Dick and David Bowie Connection

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“They’re the start of a coming race.
Homo Sapiens have outgrown their use
All the strangers came today
And it looks as though they’re here to stay.”
—David Bowie, “Oh! You Pretty Things”

Pop-music had always been an important theme for Philip K. Dick and his novels, especially later in his life. Linda Ronstadt (with whom he was a bit obsessed and wrote fan letters to) was a favorite of his, her “look” making its way into novels like The Divine Invasion as the musician “Linda Fox.” And the untimely death of John Lennon sets the stage for the somber Transmigration of Timothy Archer. Continue reading “The Philip K. Dick and David Bowie Connection”

Fourth Wall Revisited: Peeking At The “Script”

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My favorite It’s Garry Shandling’s Show began with Garry being told by a psychic that somebody was going to get shot by the end of the episode. So he’s totally alarmed and wants to prevent this tragedy from happening.

What does he do? He gets a copy of the episode’s script and waits between scenes as they’re being filmed, ready to intervene in case the shooting happens. He’s going to proactively foil his own show’s story and save the day by attempting to alter the plot.

Watching this as a teenager, it made complete sense to me. It kinda still does.

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