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2020-11-08 | Virus | What if?

Let's not talk about Agatha. This pink beam of light is for you, dear reader. You'll have to do a bit of research on this one to answer it, but I absolutely stone-cold want to understand your answer, if you have the interest. I know you are capable. If you know me personally, please let me know. If you don't know me personally, relay it off a satellite and beam it to me, or just tell a friend, whatever is easiest.

Philip K Dick calls his pink beam of light event "2-3-74", after the incident in 1974 when he saw the beam of light and the fish necklace. Whatever that event was, it triggered a flood of creative work. His V.A.L.I.S. "trilogy" is a primary way to be exposed to the ideas, but there is even a movie out called Radio Free Albemuth that you could watch.

If you grok his 2-3-74 and review his life's work, it is clear that he circled many of the same ideas, but 2-3-74 erupted them. Certainly if you consider the depth and breadth of the ideas it becomes other-worldly and eerie along the lines of his own personal experience that he shared in his speech titled, “If You Find This World Bad, You Should See Some of the Others".

Most focus is on his exegesis as a freak eruption; however, I suspect that this is a possibility for any of us, as humans. Another similar idea is the idea of whoever wrote the story for the movie Henry Fool, and Henry's set of journals. The characteristics of the fire, the explosion, the pink beam are different, but I think if you look at both ideas over time, you'll see the comparison. Personally, I like the Henry Fool version, and even experience it a bit more like that, because I'm not a famous science fiction writer.

But back to PKD and his exegesis, and how it shows a form of human cognition. My theory is that this is a form of Gnosticism at root, in the sense of apparent instant knowledge (gnosis). What puzzled PKD is where this came from. He figured it came from the pink beam, specifically a satellite from the real universe. I figure, though, that there is something about human consciousness that shields/protects/obscures/prevents knowledge in a broad form. I choose to believe (there isn't any way to know, ironically) that all of us have the same basic structure in our brains. The only difference is the extent of the barrier.

In my life, I can see interesting circles and recurring themes as I bring out the various parts of my own version of exegesis. I also think that it is crucial to find that, whatever it is. It is our nature, as these monstrous headed creatures, to expose our exegesis, to ourselves, at least, find that gnosis, or, as the Gnostics would phrase it, insight into your own divine. (And, yes, this is inline with PKD's divine invasion... these things can be scary.)

Another way to think of the barrier is as layers of dreams like the movie Inception explores. This is another clue to what I mean by this question. Invert the movie, find your top, your object that orients you, and your reality should erupt more fully in some cases, rather than leaking through the layers like the cat glitch in the matrix. Treat the allegory of the cave like an allegory, fool!!! 🙂 My point is that answering the question could take many forms, but it should have a leaking aspect in your life. It should have a form of key you have used to access (like the top in Inception).

Likely it does not look like the normal banal political top 20 issues and consumer plays. I love it that PKD is suspicious of the worlds that come through. This is the correlation with the top (his is a Christian fish symbol). I really do want to know what yours is. What is at the other side of the four layers of dreams? How can you tell? What is the nature and the texture of the knowledge that you have tapped? How do you describe it? How do you stay in touch? How is this coming out in your work on earth, in your life?

The nature of an exegesis type of answer, what I'm looking for, is not going to be three words. The experience is more like an entire world (allegory of the cave, etc.). Answers like "practice kindness", or even the three jewels of various Buddhist ideas are not allowed. This is what I mean by the inverted Inception idea or pink beam. I'm trying to understand what your other broad world is on the other side of that barrier, not to compare validity of worlds, as they are probably all different, different windows, peepholes to the show. And, I suppose you could say that this approach itself is an illusion, but that doesn't really yield much, as I'm asking you to reveal the nature of what is on the other side, what your eruption might be.

I know that everybody reading this has this as part of their human hardware. We all have the ability to erupt into gnosis. But, more practically, we all have a central core of insight that likely leaks out through our lives that we guard in fear of going insane from the eruption. What I want to know, is: what is yours?

I ask this based on an assumption that everybody has this. I'm avoiding any idea that this is common between individuals, that this is a form of religious truth. Certainly Jung believes that it is likely much of this is held in common, but that is risky. For instance, dreams have common structure. Imagery of stuff like rooms and various scenarios like fleeing in a car are common, but it might be shared culture rather than more structural archetypes.

We can't all be Jung or PKD, but we all have that window, and a key. Well... probably I have beaten this horselover fat to death, but I did see this review of the Red Book that showed some of the danger with this. It supports my idea that we naturally have barriers to tapping into this kind of knowledge. I was trying to avoid bringing in heavy hitters like Jung, as I'm more interested in what I believe everybody has access to, and curious what it is. Again, not small little encapsulated truisms or top 20 lists of causes and canned identity fights, but the nature of your exegesis equivalence that you have glimpsed. What is it?

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Articles tagged with pink_light on O.R.N.G.:

2018-05-01: Iced Jamen
2018-02-26: Transmission

Articles tagged with pink_beam on O.R.N.G.:

2019-05-29: Breaking Surf
2019-01-20: State of the Union
2018-12-31: Why Transmission? Why orange beam?
2018-12-08: Make Your Own Pink Beam
2018-05-01: Waiting for the Fish
2018-05-01: Iced Jamen
2017-05-08: Until the End of the World

Articles tagged with pkd on O.R.N.G.:

2019-05-04: Field Trip
2019-01-20: State of the Union
2018-12-21: Apocrypha
2018-12-08: Make Your Own Pink Beam
2018-10-20: What is O.R.N.G.?
2018-05-01: Iced Jamen
2018-02-26: Transmission
2016-10-23: Words
2013-02-06: Philip K Dick's VALIS and Shift