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Life Lessons from the Living Dead

Hieronymous Bosch, Ascent of the Blessed Text copyright Jonathan Zap, 2010 Editor: Austin Iredale “Our ideas about death define how we live our lives.” —Dag Hammarskjold “And Death, which alike levels all, alike impresses all with a last revelation, which only an author from the dead could adequately tell.” –Herman Melville, Moby Dick Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1851. 530. If …

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Beauty in the Eye of the Phase Shifter

Beauty in the Eye of the Phase Shifter © 2006, 2008 Jonathan Zap Edited by Austin Iredale (On May 31 of 1996, a morning of intense intuitions drastically changed my view of corporeality, beauty, sexuality, and eros. This experience is described in “The Path of the Numinous” and the intuitions of that morning are developed in “The Glorified Body—Metamorphosis of …

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Magick with Tears

© 2007, 2008 copyright Jonathan Zap, Harald Kleeman photo copyright Jonathan Zap Jonathan’s First Entry: I have long wanted to engage in dialogue (or trialogue or quadrilogue) with people schooled in the principles of Magik on some basic principles and applications of the art and science of manifestation. As you know, Crowley’s primer book on Magick, Magick without Tears, took …

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Projection – the Enemy of Peace and Justice Part I

Projection

This essay covers, among many topics, projection as the key to understanding conflict in the Middle East and violence generally, the problem with fundamentalism and particularly Islamic fundamentalism, some thoughts and personal experiences related to anti-Semitism and it concludes with one of the most amazing synchronicites of my entire life which occurred as I worked on this, and that even has implications of the spirit surviving the death of the body.

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A Mutant Convergence – How John Major Jenkins, Jonathan Zap and Terence McKenna met during a Weekend of High Strangeness in 1996

In the Spring of 2006, John Major Jenkins and Jonathan Zap were reminded that it had been exactly ten years since they had met through the late visionary genius Terence McKenna during a long, strange weekend in 1996. Both still felt haunted by Terence’s untimely passing, and thought about writing a book about him and how his work related to and influenced theirs, a kind of trialogue with the dead. Then they tentatively decided the book would focus on 2012 and the working title became: “Dialogues at the Edge of 2012 ----Journeying toward the Event Horizon amidst the New Age Carnival and Fundamentalist Doom Sayers.” Jonathan wanted the title to be “Carnival 2012” and aimed to expose all the projections and unworthy intentions swirling around this date. But man proposes, and the muse disposes. What ended up happening is that they each wrote about this long, strange weekend which culminated in an all night tape-recorded conversation in Jonathan’s camper. During the camper conversation they each introduced the strange convergence of elements that became the call to adventure leading them into mutant pathways and the weekend of convergence. And then, about a third of the way into transcription of the camper conversation, the muse suddenly diverted both of them into other projects, and the account of the weekend lay neglected, a curio made of zeros and ones lying on dusty shelves in various hard drives. Jonathan (who wrote this little introduction) rediscovered it in 2008, languishing within the narrow confines of an old thumb drive, and decided it was time to release it into the wild.

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A Guide to the Perplexed Interdimensional Traveler

An Invitation to You, the Interdimensional Traveler. Proof that you are an Interdimensional Traveler. Who are you? The Babylon Matrix. The Looking Glass of Ones and Zeros. The Secret of Life. The I Ching and Inner Independence. Grasping for the Hottie. The Inner Marriage of Yin and Yang. Grasping for Precious and Plato’s Symposium. Fractured Androgyny and the Matrix. Hexagram 44 and Meeting Halfway—the Touchstone for Relationship.

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Archetypes of a New Evolution

Evolutionary Spiral

This paper, written when I was just twenty years old, contains many of the key insights I have been working on ever since. Here is where I first discovered what I have since called the “singularity archetype,” and first analyzed what it means as an evolutionary template for the human species. Introduced in this paper, is the concept of “Homo gestalt,” a more telepathically networked species employing a more visual form of communication. The singularity archetype is illustrated mostly through examples from science fiction which will make for entertaining reading regardless of what you may think of the conclusions. Archetypes of a New Evolution was, for me at least, a voyage of discovery into the collective unconscious of the species, an exploration of emergent forms in the collective unconscious of the species which may well be the keys to our present and future destinies

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Dynamic Paradoxicalism – The Anti-ism ism

Stranger Than You Can Think

Dynamic paradoxicalism is my attempt to create a meta-philosophy that is a counter to fundamentalist and absolutist thought, which is nearly as common amongst New Agers and the Left as it is amongst religious fundamentalists and the Right. The greatest of life skills is the ability to live with ambiguity, ambivalence, and paradox, without trying to regularize these uncertainties into finished, absolute truths. Dynamic paradoxicalism recognizes that most important areas of truth exist as a paradox, where seemingly contradictory elements have a dynamic level of validity based on context specific circumstances. Dynamic paradoxicalism is based on the the principle that the opposite of a profound truth is often another profound truth. Dynamic paradoxicalism recommends an ability to slide between the poles of a paradox, in some circumstances favoring the point of view of one side of the paradox, in other cases the other pole, and in still other cases favoring the unified view.

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