Welcome to week 12 of the Group Reading of Cosmic Trigger. This week we are covering pages 91-98, in both the Hilaritas edition & the And/Or.
By Charles Faris, online reading group guest blogger
After a long stretch of “telling the story” the Author steps back from his own story in Beings of Light, talking dogs, more extraterrestrials and other weird critters and offers the Reader some “real world” examples as a comparison/contrast to the sorts of experiences he has been describing from his own life. Along the way the Semanticist continues to invoke the spirit of E-Prime and Relativity that he more directly addresses in Quantum Psychology (the concurrent reading of which book I must say highly Illuminates the reading of Cosmic Trigger), in order, perhaps, to gently “point” in the direction of something which is seemingly “unspeakable.”
Bob compares his experience of “entities” during the summer/fall of 1973 with the collected near-death experiences described by Dr. Raymond Moody and with a trio of UFO/“weird” stories from Jacques Vallee and Charles Fort.
One interesting and enlightening way to read Bob is to look for all of the italicized words in a given section. In this chapter, when Bob is writing about the qualities of “the entities” he italicizes intensely loving. When analyzing the messages received from said entities he italicizes time, the future, and infinity, and then repeats and emphasizes time. When offering a method for making “weird” stories less subjective and more objective he italicizes the phrases certain signals, organized by their metaprogrammer, and an impression, and then generalizes this into the notion that when you think you are doing x, you are receiving signals that your metaprogrammer is organizing into the impression that you are doing x.
More pointing, perhaps.
There are a few more italicized entries in this chapter — one, two, three, thought-projection and cognitive dissonance. I will let you make of those who you will.
One other interesting comparison/contrast occurs in the last paragraph, which begins with a direct reference to Charles Fort, and finishes with an oblique reference to Ambrose Bierce (The Damned Thing), about whom Fort had more than a passing interest.
All in all what we have here is Mr. Wilson offering up proof that other folks have had experiences at least as strange as his own, and then providing us with some tools to make those experiences seem at least a little bit less “weird,” and perhaps a bit more “grasp”-able.
Starseed opens with the wonderful sentence “The next step in whatever is wrong with me again involved Timothy Leary.” Note the present tense “is” and the past tense “involved.”
This chapter seems devoted to synchronicities between Wilson’s “Sirius Transmissions” and Leary’s “Starseed Transmissions,” with a bit of Crowley and Charles Fort (him again!) thrown into the mix. As Oz Fritz noted in last week’s comments:
P. 90 - “Mostly the Holy Guardian Angel communicated by synchronicity.” This could serve as a huge clue for anyone attempting the “Knowledge and Conversation of the HGA,” as Crowley formally puts it.
Moving on, Magick, Technology, or Both? serves as a primarily “evidential” chapter, parsing out a quick argument that UFO’s fail to fit into the Aristotelian either/or of Magick vs Technology. It also contains this gem of a proposal from Brad Steiger that “the only safe generalization about UFO’s is that they always fit into the cosmology of the human observer…” At this point it might be a fair question to ask what is more important to the Author—the Doggiez from Sirius? or Teaching the Reader How to Think?
And then this short chapter ends with a potential answer to the question posed in its title—“Maybe.”
That’s it for this week. Next week we dive into Those mysterious Sufis and A message from Cosmic Central?, pages 98-107 Hilaritas and 98-106 And/Or. As always, engaging with the comments benefits everyone — even last week and the week before etc.