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PS Inspiration Take II: Getting Back on the Infinite Staircase

Real Monstrosities:

http://www.realmonstrosities.com/

A blog about freaky real life creatures such as what's apparently the biggest insect in the world ->

http://www.realmonstrosities.com/2012/03/what-is-biggest-insect-in-world.html

Yikes.

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Trailer for The Zero Theorem:

http://www.firstshowing.net/2014/more-odd-terry-gilliam-sci-fi-in-zero-theorem-international-trailer/

"The Zero Theorem is directed by Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys)...An eccentric and reclusive computer genius (Christoph Waltz) plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence—or the lack thereof—once and for all. But his experience with love and desire might be the key to understanding the complexity of life. Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Peter Stormare, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw and Matt Damon also star in the film which played Venice Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, but does not yet have a release date in the United States."

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Lucid Dreaming: Where Science

Lucid Dreaming: Where Science and Spirituality Meet

http://realitysandwich.com/220197/lucid-dreaming-science-spirituality-meet/

"Since those initial experiments in the days of disco, scientific research into lucid dreaming has thrown up scores of weird and wonderful new discoveries, with one conclusion and its implications standing out from the rest.

Using EEG machines, eye-movement and muscle-tone monitors, with experiments that involved activities like singing [1] and mental arithmetic within the actual lucid dream state, it was discovered that lucid dream actions elicited the exact same neurological responses as actions performed while awake.

Further research found that the same correlations existed for a whole range of lucid dream activities, such as holding the breath, estimating time (lucid dream time and waking time feeling roughly the same) and even sexual function. The implications are huge – our neurological system doesn’t differentiate between waking and lucid dream experiences. In other words, for our brain, there is no discernible difference between lucid dreams and waking life. Dreaming lucidly about doing something is not like imagining it – it’s like actually doing it.

The potential benefits of this finding are profound. In the waking state, if we imagine happy scenarios, we usually only induce a slight increase in neurologically measurable happiness.

In the lucid dream state, however, if we engage in an activity that bring us joy and happiness (whether it’s flying, swimming with dolphins or playing bass for the Beatles), the synapses in the parts of the brain associated with happiness light up and release feel-good chemicals in exactly the same way as if we were experiencing these activities while awake."

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Trailer for Hercules:

Trailer for Hercules:

http://www.firstshowing.net/2014/watch-dwayne-johnson-faces-hell-on-earth-in-full-hercules-trailer/

"Hercules is directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand), written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos, and based on Steve Moore's graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, Dwayne Johnson leads the film as Hercules, haunted by a sin from his past and forced to become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail, he must again become the hero he once was."

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Song of the Sea Trailer:

http://www.firstshowing.net/2014/indie-trailer-sunday-tomm-moores-new-animation-song-of-the-sea/

"Tomm Moore's Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse -- the last Seal-child -- who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land."

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Dreaming the Psychogenic Fugue

http://realitysandwich.com/220341/dreaming-psychogenic-fugue/

"I am laying down on my bed just as the moment before, only now, There is a forest. As my eyes fall, I am plunged into another world. there is a fence by the trees, keeping the wilderness out, only there is a hole, I watch the opening, and I know, I understand something is coming, A creature. And as this thought emerges, a coyote appears. He stares into my eyes. He approaches me, so calm and quiet. I can hear the stillness. The outside kind of stillness, an eternal din, muffled by the night. Then he is there, In my bed. He is so content, so happy in my lap. I am talking to him, only we aren’t speaking. Now we are the same, I have become the coyote on the bed. Just for a moment. Suddenly his head jolts upright and his nostrils flare as he breathes out heavily. I can smell him in a deep inhale. I feel the bed shake as he runs away. A moment later a wolf appears. This wolf is female, and she is beautiful. She comes to sit next to me. I understand I can no longer be friends with the coyote, it is not wise. The wolf’s head and neck stretch out and she for a moment becomes human and wolf simultaneously. And then I awaken. Quite suddenly my senses return, I had been dreaming. But this is how it always is. You shake your head a bit as traces of the dream whisper fading images into your eyes, and fleeting feelings drain down into darkness. You forget the feeling of those animals, them breathing next to you, being them. A thing you have never done in your waking physical reality, and could have no knowledge of."

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2nd Update for Today:

2nd Update for Today:

"...sting-weeds drift their little cries of grateful pain, their hot and frightened breath. Above the beady, lecher stars look down and know a jealous wish for skin..."

-Alan Moore, Voice of the Fire

"Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being."

-Albert Schweitzer

"Hate is not the opposite of love, the opposite of love is individuality."

-D.H. Lawrence

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As always, not trying to

As always, not trying to endorse/refute any beliefs here. Just providing some gaming inspiration:

"Here, O Sariputra, form is emptiness and the very emptiness is form; emptiness does not differ from form, form does not differ from emptiness; whatever is form, that is emptiness, whatever is emptiness, that is form, the same is true of feelings, perceptions, impulses, and consciousness."
-Buddhist Heart Sutra

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Nous:

http://www.muslimphilosophy.com/ip/rep/A075

"Commonly translated as 'mind' or 'intellect', the Greek word nous is a key term in the philosophies of Plato, Aristotle and Plotinus. What gives nous its special significance there is not primarily its dictionary meaning - other nouns in Greek can also signify the mind - but the value attributed to its activity and to the metaphysical status of things that are 'noetic' (intelligible and incorporeal) as distinct from being perceptible and corporeal. In Plato's later dialogues, and more systematically in Aristotle and Plotinus, nous is not only the highest activity of the human soul but also the divine and transcendent principle of cosmic order.

In its pre-philosophical usage nous is only one among a number of terms for mind. It is chiefly distinguished from these other words by its tendency to signify 'intelligent' activity - realizing, understanding, planning, visualizing - rather than mental processes more generally, including the emotions....

...Parmenides argues that 'noetic' activity, properly speaking, is indissolubly linked to true discourse, valid reasoning and the cognition of reality. What is not true cannot be spoken or 'thought', a rule that applies not only to 'nothing' but also to the illusory data of sense perception. The reality that Parmenides' nous deduces and apprehends is unqualified 'being', homogeneous and invariant in time and place...

...In a notoriously obscure chapter (III 5) of his work On the Soul, Aristotle distinguishes nous as 'a capacity to become everything' from nous as 'a capacity to make everything', in the way that light makes potential colours actual. This 'active' nous, called 'immortal', has often been identified with the Aristotelian Unmoved Mover, whose life is 'a thinking of thinking' (see Aristotle §16). But Aristotle probably regarded human thought as being godlike rather than as being a product of the Unmoved Mover, who exists as an eternally transcendent thinker..."

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I Origins Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amFKzf4Lr5M

'I ORIGINS follows a molecular biologist whose study of the human eye points to evidence with far reaching implications about our scientific and spiritual beliefs.'

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Frequencies Official Trailer:

Frequencies Official Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22VVuQI4kgc

'Love, science, and fate collide in this experimental science fiction romance that asks: What if physics determined the laws of attraction?'

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THE PORTAL Trailer (Fantasy Scifi Comedy):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ152cYEPzM

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CURSE OF THE DRAGON SLAYER Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtrT0an7cME

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Dracula Untold Official

Dracula Untold Official Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1_E84So-2I&feature=youtu.be

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Unholy Spirits - Facing up to nightmares, monsters, demons, and the fragile self:

http://www.bu.edu/today/2009/unholy-spirits/

'Patrick McNamara knows nightmares. The neurocognitive scientist and School of Medicine associate professor of neurology and psychiatry spent 10 years researching and writing about them. The result, Nightmares: The Science and Solution of Those Frightening Visions During Sleep, was published last year by Praeger. McNamara’s book covers a lot of ground, from cultural interpretations to biology to horror films.

BU Today editors, nervous types themselves, had a few questions for the author, who is also director of the Evolutionary Neurobehavior Laboratory at MED and the Veterans Affairs New England Healthcare System.'

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Caleb Wood's 'Totem' Animation:

http://www.juxtapoz.com/illustration/caleb-wood-s-totem-animation

'Caleb Wood is an animation artist. He is most interested in the dynamism of the mundane and overlooked, abstract, and all things moving. He incorporates several different mediums in his work, and aims to expand upon the possibilities of animation. He received a BFA in Film/Animation/Video at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011, and has since gone on to show work internationally and continue making films independently.'

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Arrested Development -

Arrested Development - Tennessee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VCdJyOAQYM&feature=kp

"..I never at once felt so alone
I know you're supposed to be my steering wheel
Not just my spare tire
But Lord I ask you...

Take me to another place
Take me to another land
Make me forget all that hurts me
Let me understand Your plan..."

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Sufjan Stevens - Chicago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_-cUdmdWgU&feature=kp

"...I made a lot of mistakes
in My mind, in My mind..

You came to take Us
(all things go, all things go)
To recreate Us
(all things grow, all things grow )
We had Our mindset
(all things know, all things know)
You had to find it
(all things go, all things go)....."

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Live~ Pillar of Davidson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBw7qX_jOqE&feature=kp

"These warm bodies, I sense, are not just machines that can only make money..."

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A few of IUs music videos

A few of IUs music videos seem to take place on a variety of planes ->

1) You & I, apparently on the Demiplane of Time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_iQRO5BdCM

2) Lost Child, apparently on the Grey Wastes or Sheol:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZukHxqOA0o

3) Good Day, apparently on Elysium or Aborea:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeqdYqsrsA0

4) Red Shoes, apparently in Oz or Feywild:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0xvVgKJxfs

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Zombie Snails:

Zombie Snails:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWB_COSUXMw

One of the many kinds of mind parasites found in nature...freaky...

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A bit of philosophy from Nobel winning physicist Brian Josephson ->

What can Music tell us about the Nature of the Mind? A Platonic Model

http://www.tcm.phy.cam.ac.uk/~bdj10/mm/articles/tucson.txt

'We present an account of the phenomenon of music based upon the hypothesis that there is a close parallel between the mechanics of life and the mechanics of mind, a key factor in the correspondence proposed being the existence of close parallels between the concepts of gene and musical idea. The hypothesis accounts for the specificity, complexity, functionality and apparent arbitrariness of musical structures. An implication of the model is that music should be seen as a phenomenon of transcendental character, involving aspects of mind as yet unstudied by conventional science.'

I think religion and philosophy fall into the same category for inspiration purposes, in that I'm not endorsing/refuting anything but just providing gaming fodder.

For example, I can see a sect taking up ideas regarding music and Platonic Forms.

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Book of Life Trailer:

http://www.firstshowing.net/2014/first-trailer-poster-for-guillermo-del-toros-animated-book-of-life/

'The animated film tells the story of Manolo (Diego Luna), a young man torn between fulfilling the expectations of his father (Hector Elizondo) and grandfather (Danny Trejo) to become a bullfighter and following his heart by becoming a musician. Before choosing a path, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds, where he must face his greatest fears.'

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A Dream within a Dream, Edgar

A Dream within a Dream, Edgar Allan Poe.

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep, while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

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"…We only rise from sleep,
we come only to dream,
it is not true, it is not true,
that we come on earth to live.
As an herb in springtime,
so is our nature.
Our hearts give birth, make sprout
the flowers of our flesh.
Some open their corollas,
then they become dry…”

—Tochihuitzin Coyolchiuhqui. Méxica poet, 15th Century.

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THE ANALYTICAL LANGUAGE OF JOHN WILKINS:

http://agents.umbc.edu/misc/johnWilkins.html

"...it is clear that there is no classification of the Universe not being arbitrary and full of conjectures. The reason for this is very simple: we do not know what thing the universe is..."

"...We are allowed to go further; we can suspect that there is no universe in the organic, unifying sense, that this ambitious term has. If there is a universe, it's aim is not conjectured yet; we have not yet conjectured the words, the definitions, the etymologies, the synonyms, from the secret dictionary of God.

The impossibility of penetrating the divine pattern of the universe cannot stop us from planning human patterns, even though we are concious they are not definitive...."

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PM Dawn, Looking Through

PM Dawn, Looking Through Patient Eyes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYe4aATpFSQ

"I've become amused.
I've become blind.
I've become what I know not breathes.
You seem illiterate to all my emotions.
I stand corrected, how well you read.
You speak the truth, you speak the me.
You fell the love I have yet to find.
I know it's there, I know it's there.
But I let the sandcastles kill my mind."

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'The notion of a separate organism is clearly an abstraction, as is also its boundary. Underlying all this is unbroken wholeness even though our civilization has developed in such a way as to strongly emphasize the separation into parts.'
–David Bohm and Basil J. Hile, The Undivided Universe

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50 Page Preview of Attanasio's Last Legends of Earth:

http://www.phoenixpick.com/ex/Legends-50.pdf

"...A few thousand years ago, an intelligent being from a reality we had never suspected found our dust. For its own alien purposes and by its own strange science, that intelligent being read in our dust the cryptarch of our lives (the fossilized DNA sealed in pebbles of the shattered Earth by the heat of the exploding Sun). From our cryptarch, the alien created us again. And not just our bodies. You remember Earth, because this alien intelligence retrieved your consciousness from the vacuum, where the wavepattern of light emitted by your brain had been expanding at the speed of light since you died.

The alien that regenerated you is not God, nor even a god. The experience of being reborn in adult form out of the ground, cauled in a birthsack that grew with us in the loam, seems miraculous—but only until you understand that this has been accomplished with sophisticated and impersonal machinery...

...Your life belongs to you. You owe no debt to the being that roused you to this second life. Neither must you expect this being to guide you or benefit you in any way. It will not. You must find your own way now. This manual is designed to help you understand and survive any of the fifteen worlds as well as the Overworld itself, wherever you may find yourself..."

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"That immense void yawning

"That immense void yawning beneath the surface of the earth was a testimony to a blasphemous euphoria. It was a way of omitting, even obliterating the celestial machinery, the mathematical works of the Artificer. It was a first cataclysm wrought by poetry: the cosmos was made oblivious to itself. But with the Orphics, followers of the Book, and later with Plato, Chaldaen wisdom took its revenge on Homer.

The roving islands of celestial bodies, the frayed progress of the Milky Way, the soft sounds of the spheres all regained their privileges. The wonderful flatness of the Homeric vision was lost in the ordered chasms that once again opened up between one heaven and the next. Hades was winkled out from his moldy underworld to be catapulted up into the atmosphere and settled in the cone of shadow between earth and moon, as if the lining of the planet had been turned inside out and shaken skyward, dispatching the multitude of souls it housed into a turbulent dark. Such was the immense, windblown waiting room of the dead."
-Roberto Calasso, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

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f(x)- Red Light:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv-8-EgPEY0

Imagine the Feywild touching the Lower Planes...

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Deliver Us from Evil:

Trailer ->

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TgHldrvLrA

Review ->

http://www.firstshowing.net/2014/review-solid-scares-keep-deliver-us-from-evil-strong-in-tired-genre/

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And then some evening their

And then some evening their bodies will
become quite comfortable and their minds
quite still. Ah! And for a moment, a bare
moment, they have an intimation of what
Hakuin meant when he sang:
This very place is the Lotus-land,
this body Buddha.
Afterwards, without speaking a word, they
will put on their coats and go home.

Ruth Fuller Sasaki

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'During this whole interaction I was aware of someone else in another corner of the room where Rene and I met. A man who seemed to be there to help Rene do what she wanted to do (see me) and make sure that everything went as it should. He never spoke or communicated in anyway but I sensed he was there to help her in some way unknown to me. In thinking about the presence of this other person I have the idea that his function was to insure that I did not remember some of the things that Rene and I discussed. I know we talked about the kids and loving each other. I am also sure that I would have had a million questions about what it was like to be dead. However, I do not remember any of the content of our discussion and that is not like me. In some way, completely unknown to me, this other person had the ability to make sure that Rene and I could get together and that I would take away from that meeting only the information presented here.'
-Joe Waldron, And She Came Back

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'Thanks to a severely underfunded and poorly planned skiing trip, I was sleep-deprived and probably hypoglycemic that morning in 1959 when I stepped out alone, walked into the streets of Lone Pine, Calif., and saw the world — the mountains, the sky, the low scattered buildings — suddenly flame into life.

There were no visions, no prophetic voices or visits by totemic animals, just this blazing everywhere. Something poured into me and I poured out into it. This was not the passive beatific merger with “the All,” as promised by the Eastern mystics. It was a furious encounter with a living substance that was coming at me through all things at once, too vast and violent to hold on to, too heartbreakingly beautiful to let go of. It seemed to me that whether you start as a twig or a gorgeous tapestry, you will be recruited into the flame and made indistinguishable from the rest of the blaze. I felt ecstatic and somehow completed, but also shattered...'
-Barbara Ehrenreich, Living with a Wild God

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Witcher E3 Trailer:
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"The outcome of these little

"The outcome of these little perceptions is therefore more efficacious than one would think. They form that je ne sais quoi, those inclinations, those images of the qualities of the senses, clear as a whole, but confused in their parts; those impressions that surrounding bodies make on us, and that embody infinity; the bond that every living being has with the rest of the universe.

One may even say that as a consequence of these little perceptions the present is pregnant with the future and laden with the past, which plots all (sympnoia panta, as Hippocrates put it), and that in the smallest of substances penetrating eyes like those of God might read all the concatenation of the things of the universe."
-Liebniz

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"Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day."
-Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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The Elder Scrolls Online - All Cinematic Trailers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFNc33OUIAM

Ends up being a nice short film about warring factions forced to deal with a planar incursion.

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The Butterfly Dream
Once upon a time, Zhuang Zhou dreamed he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting about happily enjoying himself. He did not know that he was Zhou. Suddenly he awoke, and was palpably Zhou. He did not know whether he was Zhou, who had dreamed of being a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming that he was Zhou. Now, there must be a difference between Zhou and the butterfly. This is called the transformation of things.

Zhuangzi

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Love that quote Rabenaas!

Love that quote Rabenaas!

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The Spiritual Tradition at the Roots of Western Civilization

http://www.peterkingsley.org/cw3/admin/images/spiritualtradition.pdf

"Parmenides [of Velia, a.k.a. Elea] wrote a poem.

It would be easy to imagine the father of philosophy producing very different things.

But he just wrote a poem.

He wrote it in the metre of the great epic poems of the past — poetry created under divine inspiration, revealing what humans on their own can never see or know, describing the world of gods and the world of humans and the meetings between humans and gods.

And he wrote it in three parts. The first part describes his journey to the goddess who has no name. The second describes what she taught him about reality. Then the last part starts with the goddess saying, Now I’m going to deceive you; and she goes on to describe, in detail, the world we believe we live in."

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer - E3 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnXlKrBItc0

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Grai - Song of Mother Earth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gMCxCI9IBw

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Assassin's Creed Unity E3

Assassin's Creed Unity E3 2014 World Premiere Cinematic Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzCEdSKMkdU

The song is a cover by Lourde of Everybody Wants to Rule the World, the original Tears for Fears version here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST86JM1RPl0

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Nature by Numbers

http://aeon.co/film/nature-by-numbers-a-short-film-about-the-elegance-of-mathematics/

"When the Spanish filmmaker and graphic designer Cristóbal Vila looks at nature, he sees numbers, and the remarkable elegance of mathematics. The theorems and geometric equations that explain natural phenomena – such as the shape of an insect’s eye, or the structure of a seashell – come to life in this short documentary, and simultaneously bring beauty to mathematics and logic to nature. Uniting music and animation with mathematics, Nature by Numbers is a sensory science film, an immersion in the world of the minute and microscopic, and an exciting introduction to some of the great geometric and scientific concepts."

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"A book of mine is always a matter of fate. There is something unpredictable about the process of writing and I cannot prescribe for myself any predetermined course. Thus this autobiography is now taking a direction quite different from what I had imagined at the the beginning. It has become a necessity for me to write down my early memories. If I neglect to do so for a single day, unpleasant physical symptoms immediately follow. As soon as I set to work they vanish and my head feels perfectly clear."
—C.G. Jung

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Shadow of Mordor Cinematic

Shadow of Mordor Cinematic Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmTHM2qfDuE

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“A dream you dream alone is only a dream.

A dream you dream together is reality.”
― John Lennon

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Psychedelic, Shamanic, and Magickal Themes in Anime Culture

http://realitysandwich.com/219031/psychedelic-shamanic-and-magickal-themes-in-anime-culture/

'Entheodelic storytelling recalls a time in which fables once served as specific symbolic reminders to initiates who were to undergo trials leading them to the spirit world. They were a way for the shaman of the tribe to re-focus attention on the most important aspects of tribal life: reconnecting to lost ancestry, safe passage and exit from the invisible world, and practical livelihood that revolves around sacred ceremony. We in the West have drifted from this exemplary model of myth in favor of viewing media as mere entertainment.

Recently, however, the work of Dr. Carl Ruck, John David Ebert, Dr. Jeffrey Kripal, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, and Robert Tindall has resurrected the elder view of mythology as it relates to shaman studies. On the artistic side, Alejandro Jodorowsky (in both film and comics) could be considered the proto-entheodelic founder, in that he was attempting as early as 1970 to connect the supernatural aspects of entheogens with spirituality and techno-shamanic themes. Like the above intellectual giants, I believe that our spirit must become as strong and formidable as our machines; this is the only way of surviving the apocalyptic-drone culture we find ourselves in.[1]'

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'You know I advocated, and I still am advocating...that the sensitives are a special type of people... and they occur with about the same frequency in every culture whether they are picked up or not...The seeming disparity between cultures is accounted for be whether the culture does pick them up or not. That’s why you seem to get a lot of sensitives in places like the Kentucky mountains, or the Scottish mountains...because the culture expects them to be there; recognizes them when they do occur; and teaches them how not to be destroyed.'
- Anthrpologist Margaret Meade

Made me think of this:

“The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.”
-Calvino, Invisible Cities

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Thanks for the song Rabenaas!

Thanks for the song Rabenaas!

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The Leftovers Season 1x01 Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ratZ2WctFs

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Epica - Canvas of Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kQjJmQCZMY

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A World of Omens and Oracles

http://www.csmonitor.com/1993/0406/06111.html/%28page%29/3

"WHAT is at once so familiar and so strange as the world of the Greek myths? The nightly skies are strewn with planets and constellations bearing the Greek or Roman names of mythical gods and heroes: Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Orion, the Pleiades. English literature glitters with allusions to Apollo, Pan, Odysseus, Troy, the Muses, Helen, Leda and the Swan.

Classical values are woven into the fabric of Western culture. Classical ideals of self-government informed the thought of America's founding fathers and also inspired the authors of the French Revolution. Concepts of athletic competition, geometry, metaphysics, and aesthetics also owe much to classical models.

Yet, how alien and archaic this vanished world sometimes seems: a world of omens and oracles, where the sacred and the profane mingled close at hand and a polytheistic pantheon of gods and goddesses seemed to spend most of their time acting out a lurid soap opera of passion, jealousy, revenge, seduction, and abduction, with a hefty measure of metamorphosis thrown in to keep things moving."

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Go To The Mirror - The Who

Go To The Mirror - The Who

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tToPFjEYak4

His eyes can see, his ears can hear, his lips speak
All the time the needles flick and rock
No machine can give the kind of stimulation
Needed to remove his inner block

Go to the mirror, boy!
Go to the mirror, boy!

I often wonder what he's feeling
Has he ever heard a word I've said?
Look at him in the mirror dreaming
What is happening in his head?

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Just for RPG purposes! ->

Paranthropology:

http://paranthropologyjournal.weebly.com/

"Established in 2010, “Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal" is a free on-line journal devoted to the promotion of social-scientific approaches to the study of paranormal experiences, beliefs and phenomena in all of their varied guises. The journal aims to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue on issues of the paranormal, so as to move beyond the sceptic vs. advocate impasse which has settled over the current debate, and to open new avenues for enquiry and understanding.

Paranthropology holds no standard position on these issues and all views expressed are those of the each particular author. Paranthropology is devoted to an open-minded and exploratory perspective on a wide range of experiences, beliefs and phenomena often called paranormal, supernatural or anomalous."

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As always, not refuting/endorsing any beliefs:

A Druid's Approach to the Spiritual Power of Plants

http://realitysandwich.com/220813/druids-approach-spiritual-power-plants/

"Jon G. Hughes is part of a lineage of Druids that has been practicing for five generations in a remote area of Wales. He is now teaching the tradition at his home in western Ireland and gives workshops and seminars throughout Europe under his Welsh name of Cynon. He is the director of the Irish Centre for Druidic Practices and the author of Sexual Practices of the Druids. "

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Trickster and tricked: All

Trickster and tricked: All gurus try to undermine their followers' egos and expectations, so does it matter if the teacher is a real fraud?

http://aeon.co/magazine/oceanic-feeling/erik-davis-guru-trickster/

"Religion (and its shadowy ally, the occult) has always managed the boundaries between things — life and death, order and chaos, self and world, novelty and tradition, the knowable and the infinite. It is absurd to imagine that the force of such preoccupations should dissipate at a time of cultural crisis and confusion such as ours. Many of those ever-fluctuating boundaries, once patrolled by religion, have erupted into border wars, just as the very notion of a border has been dissolving. It's easy to take up a simplistic position when we try to appreciate how spirituality and the secular, belief and scepticism, dance their tango, but surely it's far better to pay attention to how and when these boundaries get drawn — and what happens when they dissolve, or turn out to be not what they seem.

This is what makes Vikram Gandhi’s trickster documentary Kumaré (2011) — for all its considerable problems — one of the more thought-provoking and unexpected takes on the dynamics of modern spirituality I’ve come across in many a moon. I’m happy that the film is now available for digital download after a year or so of touring the festival circuit to rather mixed — and sometimes puzzled — reception."

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Exodus: Gods & Kings Trailer:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/659879

Ridley Scott's take on Moses.

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Flight Of Dragons Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn9xV6_yyG0

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Battleborn: Official Reveal

Battleborn: Official Reveal Trailer - HD - US

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3pgQc17JB0

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Utopia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3gxwIqqzB4

"Dark and enigmatic thriller. When an unconnected set of people find themselves in possession of the manuscript for a legendary graphic novel, their lives brutally implode as they are pursued by a shadowy and murderous organisation..."

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"Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed"
– Blaise Pascal

"The body is that portion of the soul which can be perceived by the 5 senses - in this age."
- William Blake.

“Do you want to know my secret? I don’t mind what happens”.
-Krishnamurti

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“The modern hero, the modern

“The modern hero, the modern individual who dares to heed the call and seek the mansion of that presence with whom it is our whole destiny to be atoned, cannot, indeed must not, wait for his community to cast off its slough of pride, fear, rationalized avarice, and sanctified misunderstanding.

“Live,” Nietzsche says, “as though the day were here.”

It is not society that is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse. And so every one of us shares the supreme ordeal—carries the cross of the redeemer—not in the bright moments of his tribe’s great victories, but in the silences of his personal despair.”
—Joseph Campbell

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Horns Teaser Trailer:

http://www.firstshowing.net/2014/watch-daniel-radcliffe-looks-pretty-evil-in-horns-teaser-trailer/

'Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D) directs Horns with a script from Keith Bunin ("In Treatment") based on Joe Hill's novel of the same name. The story follows a 26-year-old man (Daniel Radcliffe) who wakes up after a nasty hangover to find his girlfriend (Juno Temple) has been raped and murdered and he's the lead suspect. Then he discovers horns growing out of his head that grant him the power to make people confess their sins, which comes in handy as he searches for his girlfriend's killer and prepares for revenge.'

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Monster Mondays: Anima

http://www.koboldpress.com/k/front-page18211.php

"Anima are raw emotions given tangible form. Unfortunately for those encountering this creature, the strongest emotions can come at the time of death. Fear, pain, and despair are some of these passions turned into monstrosities.

Some among society know the secrets of pulling the power of emotions from a dying person; the time when emotions can be at their highest peak. An even smaller subset of these individuals even know how to manipulate the swell of emotions that linger over battlefields and other places of intense circumstances.

All anima have a vaguely humanoid shape of corporeal shadow. Streaked throughout this form are dull colors that relate to the emotion has been captured. The easiest way to tell when you have encountered an anima is how your own emotions begin to become manipulated and brought to the fore in disastrous ways..."

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Radio Free Albemuth ->

Radio Free Albemuth ->

Trailer ->

http://www.hulu.com/watch/660035#i1,p24,d0

Clip ->

http://www.hulu.com/watch/655200

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Collection of Curiosities: At the End of the Rainbow

http://www.koboldpress.com/k/front-page18285.php#.U8dH46i0ais

"If you want to go beyond the usual, the rainbow you describe to your players probably has nothing to do with rain or leprechauns. You can roll randomly for a result, use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also pick the one that works for the area in which your characters currently linger."

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"Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood let alone believed by the masses."
– Plato

'Love, by its very nature, is unworldly, and it is for this reason rather than its rarity that it is not only apolitical but anti-political, perhaps the most powerful of all anti-political human forces.'
--Hannah Arendt - The Human Condition (1958)

'If you sincerely desire a truly well-rounded education, you must study
the extremists, the obscure and "nutty". You need the balance! Your
poor brain is already being impregnated with middle-of-the-road crap,
twenty-four hours a day, no matter what. Network TV, newspapers,
radio, magazines at the supermarket...even if you never watch, read,
listen, or leave your house, even if you are deaf and blind, the
telepathic pressure alone of the uncountable normals surrounding you
will insure that you are automatically well-grounded in consensus
reality.'
--Rev. Ivan Stang - High Weirdness By Mail, 1988

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Ladyhawke - Movie Trailer:

Ladyhawke - Movie Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEh0kwDqZZ0

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Willow Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-P03NGSP6Y

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The Last Unicorn - Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-UpwWauZ50

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Weird [Crap] by Erik Davis:

http://boingboing.net/2014/07/14/weird-shit.html

'Weird is a wayward word: though it describes a set of singular effects that link the cultural fringe with peculiar personal experiences, it remains an elusive and marginal term. The similar notion of the uncanny is, on the other hand, basically an establishment term, a well-established literary effect with a sophisticated psychoanalytic pedigree. Weirdness, we might say then, is the uncanny’s low-brow doppelganger, a demotic country cousin that races hot-rods, wears mis-matched socks, and inhabits the strange borderlands between this world and the beyond.

The roots of weirdness lie in the noun wyrd, an Old English term that pops up in Beowulf and denotes the (usually grim) demands of destiny. The adjective first appears in the phrase weird sisters, which was used by Scottish poets to describe the classical Fates before Shakespeare attached the term to the witches of Macbeth. But Shakespeare’s spelling of weird is, well, a bit weird—“weyrd”, “weyward”, and “weyard” appear in the first folio, but never “weird”. These alternate spellings, again, suggest the term wayward, a word used by Shakespeare to denote the capricious refusal to follow rule or reason. This suggests to some Macbeth scholars that, in addition to their oracular knowledge, the witches are also defined by their willful resistance to the norm, a perverse and chaotic twist away from the law. Early on, then, weirdness already covers two contrasting but related forces: necessity and anomaly.'

'And yet: the sacred trace remains. Even in the most low-brow drive-in monster mash, weird culture generates a highly ambivalent blend of wonder and horror that recalls the famous definition of the numinous provided by the religious historian Rudolph Otto in The Idea of the Holy, where he described the sacred Other as mysterium tremendum et fascinans—a mystery that at once repels and attracts, terrifies and fascinates. Otto’s distinction also informed the religious historian Mircea Eliade’s influential notion of the paradoxical relationship between the sacred and profane. For Eliade, the sacred is a higher ontological realm, but it can manifest in just about anything on the profane plane—and especially strange things. “Everything unusual, unique, new, perfect or monstrous at once becomes imbued with magico-religious powers” he wrote. Here we once again find a key element of the weird, an element whose best name—at once technical and evocative—is anomaly.'

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The Strain Trailer:

The Strain Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqcuyXeN8O8

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Buddha in Glory by Rilke

Center of all centers, core of cores,
almond self-enclosed, and growing sweet–
all this universe, to the furthest stars
all beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit.

Now you feel how nothing clings to you;
your vast shell reaches into endless space,
and there the rich, thick fluids rise and flow.
Illuminated in your infinite peace,

a billion stars go spinning through the night,
blazing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that
will be, when all the stars are dead.

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"And I thought I woke and my mother was standing there". When I really woke I was frozen in between; I didn't know who I was, it was a dream inside a dream?
--Joan Baez, The Dream Song.

Human beings are stuck in a Midas-like predicament: we can't directly experience the true texture of reality because everything we touch turns to matter.
--Nick Herbert

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Some stories of Diogenes the

Some stories of Diogenes the Cynic. Not saying these definitively happened but they gave me a chuckle:

~~Story 1 ->

Plato was discoursing on his theory of ideas and, pointing to the cups on the table before him, said while there are many cups in the world, there is only one `idea' of a cup, and this cupness precedes the existence of all particular cups.

"I can see the cup on the table," interupted Diogenes, "but I can't see the `cupness'".

"That's because you have the eyes to see the cup," said Plato, "but", tapping his head with his forefinger, "you don't have the intellect with which to comprehend `cupness'."

Diogenes walked up to the table, examined a cup and, looking inside, asked, "Is it empty?"

Plato nodded.

"Where is the `emptiness' which proceeds this empty cup?" asked Diogenes.

Plato allowed himself a few moments to collect his thoughts, but Diogenes reached over and, tapping Plato's head with his finger, said "I think you will find here is the `emptiness'."

~~Story 2 ->

Diogenes was knee deep in a stream washing vegetables.

Coming up to him, Plato said, "My good Diogenes, if you knew how to pay court to kings, you wouldn't have to wash vegetables."

"And," replied Diogenes, "If you knew how to wash vegetables, you wouldn't have to pay court to kings."

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The Strange Calls - Trailer

The Strange Calls - Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICBgNcKWgvY

"Strange Calls", these moments of midnight madness reveal the bizarre truth of the town -- a place where people turn into chickens, mermen go the school dance and a mysterious radio jingle can transform you into a lawn mowing zombie.

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No Rest for the Wicked Lyrics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh-0y8Qe0Sw

'If one heart can mend another
Only then can we begin
So won't you hold on a little longer
Don't let them get away

Lonely I, I'm so alone now

There'll be no rest for the wicked
There's no song for the choir
There's no hope for the weary
If you let them win without a fight
I let my good one down
I let my true love die
I had his heart but I broke it every time'

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Schein:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLTAqZcYC1E

'Schein is a challenging puzzle platformer that tells the story of a desperate man, who ventures forth into the mystical swamp in search of his missing son. As he gets lost in the darkness, a wisp appears that offers him help, guidance, and its magical power: A light that changes the world. Use this mighty power and your wits to unveil new dimensions, defeat deadly beasts, solve tricky puzzles and uncover hidden paths through the murky swamp.'

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I liked that second parable

I liked that second parable of Diogenes a lot!

Here's a classic A.E. Housman poem you probably recognize (III of his Last Poems):

Her strong enchantments failing,
Her towers of fear in wreck,
Her limbecks dried of poisons
And the knife at her neck,

The Queen of air and darkness
Begins to shrill and cry,
`O young man, O my slayer
To-morrow you shall die.'

O Queen of air and darkness
I think 'tis truth you say,
And I shall die to-morrow;
But you shall die to-day.

http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~martinh/poems/complete_housman.html#LPiii

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Thanks for that Quick Leaf! -

Thanks for that Quick Leaf! - I actually didn't know there was a poem that mentioned a Queen of Air & Darkness. She was one of my favorite entries in Monster Mythology.

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James Franco's 'Blood Meridian' (25 minute test film)

http://www.vice.com/read/james-francos-blood-meridian-test-656

"I made my test for Blood Meridian three or four years ago. It stars Scott Glen, Luke Perry, Mark Pellegrino (Lost), and my brother, Dave. We shot it in three days in some place near Yosemite that is the Mule Capital of the world. If you know the book, you’ll recognize that this is the sequence where Tobin recounts how the Glanton gang met the Judge, a Satan-like character and Glanton's right-hand man. The gang was out of gunpowder and about to be caught by Apache warriors, whereupon they would be killed for lack of working weaponry. Enjoy."

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Fatal Frame: The Black-Haired Shrine Maiden - Trailer

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x21nhvq_fatal-frame-the-black-haired-shrine-maiden-trailer_videogames

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Hellyfish - Official Trailer:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x21nr5d_hellyfish-official-trailer_shortfilms

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American Horror Story: Freak Show - Teaser #1: Fallen Angel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_qLSqFGQl8

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“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”
― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

“Someday, somewhere - anywhere, unfailingly, you'll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.”
― Pablo Neruda

“I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day
I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.

I hunger for your sleek laugh,
your hands the color of a savage harvest,
hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails,
I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.

I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body,
the sovereign nose of your arrogant face,
I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes,

and I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight,
hunting for you, for your hot heart,
Like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.”
― Pablo Neruda

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PREDESTINATION Trailer:

PREDESTINATION Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UVOpfpYijHA

'PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.'

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Hemlock Grove - Season 2 Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k83s7KtB8EI

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Mutants & Mystics: A Lecture on the Paranormal by Jeff Kripal (part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD3LhwsA_Zs

Part 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo6AMkSnxPs

Dr. Jeff Kripal, of Rice University came and gave a lecture on paranormal activity in popular culture and the affects it has had on it.

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The mansion is warm at the

The mansion is warm at the top of the hill.
Rich are the rooms and the comforts there.
Red are the arms of luxuriant chairs.
And you won't know a thing till you get inside.

-Jim Morrison, from "Not to Touch the Earth"

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HE BIDS HIS BELOVED BE AT PEACE
by: William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

HEAR the Shadowy Horses, their long manes a-shake,
Their hoofs heavy with tumult, their eyes glimmering white;
The North unfolds above them clinging, creeping night,
The East her hidden joy before the morning break,
The West weeps in pale dew and sighs passing away,
The South is pouring down roses of crimson fire:
O vanity of Sleep, Hope, Dream, endless Desire,
The Horses of Disaster plunge in the heavy clay:
Beloved, let your eyes half close, and your heart beat
Over my heart, and your hair fall over my breast,
Drowning love's lonely hour in deep twilight of rest,
And hiding their tossing manes and their tumultuous feet.

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Siempre

William Aberg

She tells me through the vent
from the cell below
that they're taking her
on the morning train to the pinta,
that the guards have already packed
everything but her sheets, blue jumpsuit, and towel.

Through the floor,
with my heart as with an eye,
I can see her as she sits
on the bunk, face
cupped in her hands,
elbows propped on her thighs,
cheeks smudged by fingermarks
and tears, her dark
hair eclipsing her knees.

I try to reassure her
with wisdom I do not have,
and hope I try to fake,
that the hammer
and anvil of coming days
will forge us into
something stronger.

By the time they unlock
my cell at breakfast,
she has already gone. But later
as I walk back in my boxers
from the shower, an older guard,
the kind one, slips a note
into my hand, whispers,
She sent her love. Back in my cell
I unfold a note that says,
Te amo, siempre in crude letters
formed by a finger and menstrual blood.

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Fantasy Life - Opening Movie

Fantasy Life - Opening Movie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmJlgHTEWmc

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Paramore: Now [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G133kjKy91U

Indeps + Anarchists vs Harmonium

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"And as he lay there a far crack of lightning went bluely down the sky and bequeathed him in an embryonic bird's first fissured vision of the world and transpiring instant and outrageous from dark to dark a final view of the grotto and the shapeless white plasm struggling upon the rich and incunabular moss like a lank swamp hare."
-Cormac McCarthy, The Outer Dark

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"The fully evolved soul will be one with all beings in the status and dynamic effects of experience of a bliss-consciousness intense and illimitable. And since love is the effective power and soul-symbol of bliss-oneness he will approach and enter into this oneness by the gate of universal love, a sublimation of human love at first, a divine love afterwards, at its summits a thing of beauty, sweetness and splendour now to us inconceivable."
-Sri Aurobindo

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See How An Anime Master

See How An Anime Master Manipulated Space And Time:

http://kotaku.com/see-how-an-anime-master-manipulated-space-and-time-1611087301

"In this excellent video essay, editor Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting breaks down just how masterful Kon was with manipulating time and space through editing. He shows concrete examples of Kon's rapid transitions and match cuts. He even shows how the techniques employed by Kon were not simple tricks to tell a story, but a crystallization of his metaphysical view of society."

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Watch: Dan Marcus' Memory Sci-Fi Thriller Short 'Streamline' in Full:

http://www.firstshowing.net/2014/watch-dan-marcus-memory-sci-fi-thriller-short-streamline/

"Directed by FS contributor Dan Marcus, the sci-fi thriller is about a man haunted by traumatic memories who's also being pursued by guys in grey outfits. It borrows a bit from Eternal Sunshine and the Spotless Mind, and has some Chris Nolan/Inception vibe going on, but it's a solid thriller with some sleek camerawork. It moves swiftly, and while the VFX aren't perfect, it's an intriguing indie sci-fi short to make you think."

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Talks contrasting Steiner and Jung:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks8VwzFTHoM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM9-Z-P3KH0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOoyHUaSCV8

The speakers are Robert McDermott on Steiner and Sean Kelly on Jung.

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As always, not endorsing or

As always, not endorsing or refuting beliefs:

No God, No Laws

http://www.isnature.org/Files/Cartwright_No_God_No_Laws_draft.pdf

"My thesis is summarized in my title, ‘No God, No Laws’: the concept of a law of Nature cannot be made sense of without God. It is not as dramatic a thesis as it might look, however. I do not mean to argue that the enterprise of modern science cannot be made sense of without God. Rather, if you want to make sense of it you had better not think of science as discovering laws of Nature, for there cannot be any of these without God. That depends of course on what we mean by ‘laws of Nature’.

Whatever else we mean, I take it that this much is essential: Laws of Nature are prescriptive, not merely descriptive, and – even stronger – they are supposed to be responsible for what occurs in Nature. Since at least the Scientific Revolution they are also supposed to be visible in the Book of Nature, not writ only on stone tablets nor in the thought of God.

My claim here is that neither of these features can be made sense of without God; this despite the fact that they are generally thought to provide some autonomy of the world order from God. I will focus on recent accounts of laws of Nature and describe how the dominant ones fail without the efforts of God; I shall also outline one alternative that tries to make sense of the order of Nature and the successes of modern science without laws of Nature and without immediate reliance on God."

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Journey, Wheel in the Sky:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6oCg2JClA4

"Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'
I don't know where I'll be tomorrow
Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'

I've been trying to make it home
Got to make it before too long
I can't take this very much longer
I'm stranded in the sleet and rain
Don't think I'm ever gonna make it home again
The mornin' sun is risin'
It's kissing the day"

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TV launch trailer - Doctor Who Series 8"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TivqZTq5u6Y

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The Legend of Korra: Book 3

The Legend of Korra: Book 3 Official Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0UBbzeFc74

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Explaining the World

http://galabes.blogspot.com/2014_06_01_archive.html

"Mind you, it’s only fair to say that much of what I’d like to discuss here will be unfamiliar, and quite possibly unsettling, to those who’ve studied magic in its standard modern forms. That can’t be helped. Too much of what passes for occult philosophy these days consists either of rehashing metaphors from the Renaissance that have been stripped of the context that once gave them meaning, on the one hand, or adopting pop-culture notions of magic and trying to make them work in the real world, on the other. For reasons I’ll discuss down the road a bit, neither of those approaches seems particularly useful to me, and I propose to take a different approach instead.

I want to begin by explaining the world."

As always, this religion/philosophy stuff is for gaming inspiration. Ideally the contradictory nature of the links posted shows I'm not endorsing/refuting anything!

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‘A quantity divided by zero becomes a fraction the denominator of which is zero. This fraction is termed an infinite quantity. In this quantity consisting of that which has zero for its divisor, there is no alteration, though many may be inserted or extracted; as no change takes place in the infinite and immutable God when worlds are created or destroyed, though numerous orders of beings are absorbed or put forth.’
-Bhaskara

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How To Open Your 7 Chakras -

How To Open Your 7 Chakras - As Explained In Avatar: The Last Airbender ->

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02FkMr21xOA

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Map of the Multiverse | Adventure Time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxldLKgZ77Y

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The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoAGYX8Tje0

'The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson is a very strange novel. It is the end of time, long after the sun has gone out. The last humans live in a gigantic pyramid, the Redoubt, assaulted by monsters that roam the eternal night. Each level of the Redoubt has its own culture.

The original novel is quite fascinating but almost unreadable. Other writers have written stories with the same background while artists are painting the Night Land.'

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"...The field was a deep

"...The field was a deep scarlet, as if some titanic battle had been fought here and the ground had been drenched with so much blood that it could not all be absorbed. Then he realized it was not blood he was looking at, but roses.

That feeling of mingled joy and triumph surged through him again, swelling his heart until he felt it might burst within him. He raised his clenched fists high over his head in a gesture of victory...and then froze that way.

The field stretched on for miles, climbing a gentle slope of land, and standing at the horizon was the Dark Tower..."
-Stephen King, Wastelands

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We need another and a wiser… concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilisation surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronise them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.

-Henry Beston

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"For long stretches at a time I forget that I am God. But then, memory isn't my strong suit. It comes and goes with a will of its own.

The last time it came back to me I was sunk in one of those late-winter depressions. Then one night I switched on the television set, and a firestorm of events burst before my eyes. I saw a volcano spewing lava, a skiing race in the Alps, a film on Paris as it was forty years ago, hunting in Ecuador, an office in Ottawa, open-heart surgery telecast live, a documentary about submarine landscapes of the North Sea. Life caught me again in a hypnotic net. As the camera circled around a flower on a seabed, I suddenly remembered that I had created all this. From that moment, I began feeling as I always do when I remember that I am God. I felt like a child again, eager for springtime, ready for open skies."

-The Life of God (as Told by Himself)....actually written by Franco Ferrucci

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“I can’t believe that!” said

“I can’t believe that!” said Alice.

“Can’t you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as
many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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Bastille, Oblivion:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgXOPeobPcI#t=118

'When you fall asleep with your head upon my shoulder.
When you're in my arms but you've gone somewhere deeper.

Are you going to age with grace?
Are you going to age without mistakes?
Are you going to age with grace,
Or only to wake and hide your face?

When oblivion is calling out your name,
You always take it further than I ever can'

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The Almighty Johnsons - season 1 trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd80D347iSI&feature=kp

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ANOTHER ME Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6K0it9Zyv0

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Owl City - Beautiful Times ft

Owl City - Beautiful Times ft. Lindsey Stirling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfA-tPKPoNs

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Beyond The Veil - Lindsey Stirling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg7L0OQiN78

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'A common theme in my experiences was an awareness of first seeing a scintillating tapestry or lattice of multi-colored gems and jewels and then merging into and becoming one with it as it rolls over me and through me so there was no more awareness of body, of self, of things or of feelings. Although there is no sense of self, at some point a kind of witnessing focus seems to appear. I came to call the lattice-like tapestry, the “matrix of all possibilities.” Reflecting on such experiences in the normal waking state, I speculated that perhaps this lattice-matrix was a perception of the molecular level of reality – where all is combinations and permutations of patterns and interconnections – no things, no objects, no boundaries between inside and outside.

The weaving, waving field of geometric shapes and lines folds and falls over me, or I fall into it. I am seeing small spherical globules of white light, like pearls, that are glistening, shining moist, and perfectly aligned and interconnected in complex three-dimensional webs, reminiscent of Buckminster Fuller’s dymaxion structures, yet always changing, unfolding and enfolding. These webs are what constitutes my body, clustering in certain areas to make organs like my eyes.

They also constitute all other bodies and forms around me. Each individual is a kind of cluster in this infinite ever-changing molecular web. Each thought or feeling or experience is also a local cluster in this holographic matrix of all possibilities. A sun of pure white light radiates out from the center of the swirling, pearl-studded crystalline grid. It is too intensely bright for me to maintain the focus of attention, so gradually I lose awareness of it and emerge back out of the infinite oneness back into my body-form (RM).'
-Ralph Menzer, Cosmic Consciousness, Transcendence and Dissociation

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EDIT: oops, got my posts crossed,here's what I meant to post!

I just watched a great sci-fi film called "Upside Down" that has some amazing imagery very evocative of Bytopia.

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Oh, that does look good.

Oh, that does look good. Thanks for the rec!

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His wedding gift, clasped round my throat. A choker of rubies, two inches wide, like an extraordinarily precious slit throat.

After the Terror, in the early days of the Directory, the aristos who'd escaped the guillotine had an ironic fad of tying a red ribbon round their necks at just the point where the blade would have sliced it through, a red ribbon like the memory of a wound. And his grand-mother, taken with the notion, had her ribbon made up in rubies; such a gesture of luxurious defiance! That night at the opera comes back to me even now...the white dress; the frail child within it; and the flashing crimson jewels round her throat, bright as arterial blood.

- Angela Carter: "The Bloody Chamber"

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"Then he was sorry for the great fish that had nothing to eat and his determination to kill him never relaxed in his sorrow for him. How many people will he feed, he thought. But are they worthy to eat him? No, of course not. There is no one worthy of eating him from the manner of his behavior and his great dignity.

I do not understand these things, he thought. But it is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers."
-Hemingway, The Old Man and The Sea

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"Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery."
- The Road, Cormac McCarthy

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Exteriorizing the Inner

Exteriorizing the Inner Realms: Occult revelations in the art of Abraxas:

http://journal.extra-ordinarium.com/2014-05-13-abraxas-esoteric-art.htm

Christopher: Do you find that esoteric art disrupts public notions of what the occult is? Is there something about the visuals that perhaps make it more accessible? And related to this, I’m curious as to what some of the initial reactions are that you’ve received when introducing people to the occult and art.

Pam: Undoubtedly. I think the average person still associates the occult with diabolatry, which is a shame. The word itself simply means “hidden,” and it relates to things that are interior, subtle, or immaterial. But when people see actual occult or esoteric artwork, as opposed to art that simply apes tired old clichés, they are often struck by its grace and deep wisdom. Esoteric art strives to illuminate, and more often than not to get at some ultimate, higher truth. Its main purpose is to connect us to something greater than ourselves. More often than not, people are surprised to know that names that are in the canon of art history are actually esoteric artists. And understanding those artists’ intent becomes a real key to unlock work that many folks are initially confounded by. When people are told that they should “feel” or “be with” a Jackson Pollack instead of analyzing or deconstructing it, something shifts, and this wash of relief comes across their faces.

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Philippine mythology:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_mythology

"In the beginning of time there were three powerful gods who lived in the universe. Bathala was the caretaker of the earth, Ulilang Kaluluwa (lit. Orphaned Spirit), a huge serpent who lived in the clouds, and Galang Kaluluwa (lit. Wandering spirit), the winged god who loves to travel. These three gods did not know each other.

Bathala often dreamt of creating mortals but the empty earth stops him from doing so. Ulilang Kaluluwa who was equally lonely as Bathala, liked to visit places and the earth was his favorite. One day the two gods met. Ulilang Kaluluwa, seeing another god rivalling him, was not pleased. He challenged Bathala to a fight to decide who would be the ruler of the universe. After three days and three nights, Ulilang Kaluluwa was slain by Bathala. Instead of giving him a proper burial, Bathala burned the snake's remains. A few years later the third god, Galang Kaluluwa, wandered into Bathala's home. He welcomed the winged god with much kindness and even invited him to live in his kingdom. They became true friends and were very happy for many years.

Galang Kaluluwa became very ill. Before he died he instructed Bathala to bury him on the spot where Ulilang Kaluluwa’s body was burned. Bathala did exactly as he was told. Out of the grave of the two dead gods grew a tall tree with a big round nut, which is the coconut tree. Bathala took the nut and husked it. He noticed that the inner skin was hard. The nut itself reminded him of Galang Kaluluwa’s head. It had two eyes, a nose, and a round mouth. Its leaves looked so much like the wings of his dear winged friend. But the trunk was hard and ugly, like the body of his enemy, the snake Ulilang Kaluluwa.

Bathala realized that he was ready to create the creatures he wanted with him on earth. He created the vegetation, animals, and the first man and woman. Bathala built a house for them out of the trunk and leaves of the coconut' trees. For food, they drank the coconut juice and ate its delicious white meat. Its leaves, they discovered, were great for making mats, hats, and brooms. Its fiber could be used for rope and many other things."

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Rumi quotes:

The agony of lovers
burns with the fire of passion.
Lovers leave traces of where they’ve been.
The wailing of broken hearts
is the doorway to God.

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My friend, the sufi is the friend of the present moment. To say tomorrow is not our way.

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Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl.

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One world is aware and by far

One world is aware and by far the largest to me, and that is myself,
And whether I come to my own today or in ten thousand or ten million years,
I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness I can wait.

My foothold is tenon'd and mortis'd in granite,
I laugh at what you call dissolution,
And I know the amplitude of time.

-Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

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"We're monsters. I don't dress it up with fancy names like
Post-Human or mutant. Man was born crueler than animals and
we were born crueler than men. It's the natural order."
-Sabertooth, Mark Millar's Ultimate X-Men

'I don't know about you, but the first time I met another adult mutant was like being hit by a thunderbolt. Far, far more powerful than being in love and our human wives knew it. Our eyes were brighter. Our minds were faster. Sometimes we could spend seventy-two straight hours on the telephone just talking about our ideas for the world. Even poor, little David [his son] felt alienated when Magneto's twins would visit. ... I honestly don't think there was one specific argument which caused me to leave. Just the drip-drip-drip of silent nights in front of the television set and the growing unease with my own child's scent. It's monstrous in hindsight but I don't even think I said goodbye the night I left to build our little South Sea Island Utopia. ... I had no shortage of love for my son, you know. Like an owner's love for his pet, sometimes, but it was love nonetheless.'
-Professor Xavier, Mark Millar's Ultimate X-men

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"My name is Charlie Cluster 7 ... The World operators tell me I am a living hall of mirrors. I am a stealth fighter. I am a Super-Soldier Generation Thirteen. They say mutant monsters will come to steal the World and kill all my friends. But they shouldn't have made me so smart or I might have believed them."

"What is the purpose of life? Doctor Sublime has told me my purpose is to exterminate all traces of the mutant genetic line on Earth. But there are millions of living mutations and ... I wonder ... I could have been a painter as well..."

-Grant Morrison, Assault on Weapon Plus

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"Let Mystery Have Its Place In You," or Cultivating the Artist's Sense of Interior Privacy

http://realitysandwich.com/221014/let-mystery-have-its-place-in-you-or-c...

". . . Woolf often conceives of life this way: as a gift that you’ve been given, which you must hold onto and treasure but never open. Opening it would dispel the atmosphere, ruin the radiance — and the radiance of life is what makes it worth living. It’s hard to say just what holding onto life without looking at it might mean; that’s one of the puzzles of her books. But it has something to do with preserving life’s mystery; with leaving certain things undescribed, unspecified, and unknown; with savoring certain emotions, such as curiosity, surprise, desire, and anticipation. It depends on an intensified sense of life’s preciousness and fragility, and on a Heisenberg-like notion that, when it comes to our most abstract and spiritual intuitions, looking too closely changes what we feel. It has to do, in other words, with a kind of inner privacy, by means of which you shield yourself not just from others’ prying eyes, but from your own. Call it an artist’s sense of privacy."

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Neverwinter Opening Cinematic

Neverwinter Opening Cinematic (HD)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6z3CrnUwuI

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Divinity Original Sin Opening Movie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYqZfgBhPKo

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"Religion should connect the rational generality of philosophy with the emotions and purposes springing out of existence in a particular society, in a particular epoch, and conditioned by particular antecedents. Religion is the translation of general ideas into particular thoughts, particular emotions, and particular purposes; it is directed to the end of stretching individual
interest beyond its self-defeating particularity."
-Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality

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In Ubik the forward moving force of time (or time-force expressed as an ergic field) has ceased. All changes result from that. Forms regress. The substrate is revealed. Cooling (entropy) is allowed to set in unimpeded. Equilibrium is affected by the vanishing of the foward-moving time force-field. The bare bones, so to speak, of the world, our world, are revealed. We see the Logos addressing the many living entities. Assisting and advising them. We are now aware of the Atman everywhere. The press of time on everything, having been abolished, reveals many elements underlying our phenomena.

If time stops, this is what takes place, these changes.

Not frozen-ness, but revelation.
-Exegesis of Phillip K. Dick

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As always, only concerned

As always, only concerned about the inspiration factor - not endorsing/refuting any real world views:

Is the Search for Immutable Laws of Nature a Wild-Goose Chase?

http://discovermagazine.com/2010/apr/10-is-search-for-immutable-laws-of-...

'Four iconoclastic thinkers are challenging the assumption of scientists from Newton to Einstein: That there is one set of laws that perfectly describe the universe for all time.'

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Frozen Accidents: Can the Laws of Physics be Explained

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/blogs/physics/2013/12/frozen-accidents-can-...

"There has long been a tacit assumption that the laws of physics were somehow imprinted on the universe at the outset, and have remained immutable thereafter. Physical processes, however violent or complex, are thought to have absolutely no effect on the laws. There is thus a curious asymmetry: Physical processes depend on laws but the laws do not depend on physical processes. Although this statement cannot be proved, it is widely accepted.

There is, however, a subtlety. Physicists have discovered that the laws of physics familiar in the laboratory may change form at very high temperatures, such as the ultra-hot environment of the Big Bang. As the universe expanded and cooled, various “effective laws” crystallized out from the fundamental underlying laws, sometimes manifesting random features. It is the high-temperature versions of the laws, not their ordinary, lab-tested descendants, that are regarded as truly fundamental. The laws of physics as we know them may just be “frozen accidents.”

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Gigantic Announce Trailer

Gigantic Announce Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJCAKJ9fz4I

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'Let go of your earthly attachments, enter the void and become the wind.'

'Instinct is a lie told by a fearful body, hoping to be wrong.'

'I have unlocked the secret of Weightlessness. No longer am I bound to the earth.'

'New growth cannot exist without first the destruction of the old.'

-Guru Lahima, Legend of Korra

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Change, Act & Potency in the metaphysics of Aristotle+Aquinas

http://www.aquinasonline.com/Topics/change.html

"Not having the notion of potency, Parmenides had argued that there are only two alternatives for anything, being and non-being. No new being can come from non-being since "nothing comes from nothing." Nor can new being come from being since what has being, already is and does not begin to be: "being cannot come from being since it is already."

The advance that Aristotle made over Parmenides consists in seeing that, although it is true that "nothing can come from nothing," it is not entirely true that "being cannot come from being." One must distinguish being-in-act from being-in-potency. While it is true that from being-in-act, being-in-act cannot come since it would already be. The alternative from which being can come is not non-being, but being-in-potency. From being-in- potency there can come being-in-act."

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“’Whether there is an external world existing as a thing, outside the relation of being an object for a subject, is really a matter of no importance. To predicate existence or nonexistence of such supposed independent thinghood is a meaningless judgment, since no meaning attaches to the notion of existence apart form consciousness. Anyone who attempts to define such existence inevitably finds that the very act of defining has transformed it into an object. That is, into a somewhat that exists for consciousness. Every predication concerning that which falls outside of consciousness is not so much false as meaningless because it is by its inherent nature unverifiable,’ insofar as all verification occurs within consciousness. … The existence of the independent thing is necessary neither for thought nor for consciousness. It is simply irrelevant and both the realists’ affirmation and the idealists’ denial are pointless.”
-Franklin Merrell-Wolff's Transcendent Philosophy, by Ron Leonard, p. 198

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Usual stuff about not

Usual stuff about not refuting/endorsing any ideas/beliefs:

Mirror Meditation

http://kundalini-teacher.com/meditations/mirror.php

"This is a Third Eye exercise, designed to open the Third Eye, and it is useful for enhancing the process of integrating the collective consciousness. It will give you an opportunity to give love to the aspects of your greater, collective Self, as faces that are not your own, appear as your reflection in the mirror. Some of these faces will probably scare you, it is an opportunity to give love despite fear. If you become really spooked by it, then stop, turn the lights on and get grounded. If you have a tendency to paranoia, then this meditation is not for you!

I call this meditation "The Mirror Game", and enjoy it as a "Kundalini party trick." Fun to do with other people, at parties! All of us gathered in a darkened bathroom, meeting alternate aspects of each other, or facing each other in a circle, with the lights dimmed. As you do this game, you will become unified with the other people you are doing it with, and you will actually start seeing the same things.

In the twilight, when it's dim, it's very easy for your eyes to play tricks on you and that's what we want. We want tricks..."

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Neoplatonism

http://altreligion.about.com/od/glossary/g/Neoplatonism.htm

"Neoplatonist beliefs are centered on the idea of a single supreme source of goodness and being in the universe from which all other things descend. Every iteration of an idea or form becomes less whole and less perfect. Neoplatonists also accept that evil is simply the absence of goodness and perfection. Finally, Neoplatonists support the idea of a world soul, which bridges the divide between the realms of forms and the realms of tangible existence."

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Circumambulating the Alchemical Mysterium

http://realitysandwich.com/219794/circumambulating-the-alchemical-myster...

"...However, it must not be forgotten that the earliest contexts of ‘material’ alchemy were not proto-scientific, but ritualistic. Whether one looks at the Taiqing (Great Clarity) tradition of third-to-sixth century China, the Siddha traditions of early medieval India, or the magical and theurgical milieux of Hellenistic Egypt, the most concrete alchemical practices were always inseparable from ritual invocations to and supplications of the divinities whose ranks the alchemist wished to enter. Moreover, in east and west alike, the alchemical techniques themselves were allegedly passed down from divinity to humanity. Alchemy was a divine art (hieratikē technē).

Whether stemming from the entheogenic properties of physical elixirs, or developing independently, the desire to encounter the divine directly through inner experience (gnōsis, jnāna) was soon cultivated via internal practices of a meditative or metaphysiological character. Here the elixir began to be generated within the vessels of the human body in order to transform it into an alchemical body of glory. Thus, the two basic traditions—external and internal alchemy; neidan and waidan, laboratory and oratory—can, in the final analysis, be regarded as complimentary approaches to the same end: the attainment of perfection through liberation from conditioned existence..."

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