The key that will make us masters of our inner nature has been rusty ever since the Flood The secret is to be awake. To be awake is everything.” But to be awake is to be aware that everybody else is asleep.
Gurdjieff believed that all of mankind’s actions are done under the essential spell of ‘sleep,’ or total oblivion of the self. What Gurdjieff meant is that mankind is never really conscious of himself, or of who is at the wheel of his conscious life. He professed that our real consciousness is almost always com-pletely absent from everything we do, think, or imagine. He regarded the essential and perpetual state of consciousness as that of a trance, or ‘waking sleep.’ As Ouspensky remarked in Tertium Organum, “it seems to us that we see some-thing and understand something. But in actual fact we have but a very dim sense of all that is happening around us, just as a snail has a dim sense of the sunlight, the rain, the darkness.” Gurdjieff taught his followers that the only way to awaken is to first become convinced of the very fact that we are asleep.
This coation is the “electric condition,” a “discamate node of consciousness called Magnetic City.”
To Dobbs, this diluted point or “node” of discamate consciousness, an “acoustic imitation of resonating electromagnetic white light,” is the current state of the human condition. As Albert Sudden has suggested, this condition of electrical overload causes human beings to “hallucinate in droves. As Dobbs would have it, however, this condition causes human beings to “channel” in droves. He argues, “that’s why people are channeling. That s why people are doing all the various things that have been surprising to Americans for the past twenty years. They’re trying to erase their body, and the motive for that is the sensory-struc-tural change resulting from electric conditions.”
By making a serious effort to awaken from this induced condition of sleep. a person can become convinced of this essential condition. Because once one tnes to awaken, he realizes he cannot do so by himself. Gurdjieff believed that a pact must be made among many people to watch over the rest, and that all of them must be looked after by someone who is not asleep, or who does not suc-cumb to sleep as easily as the rest, or who is conscious while asleep. Gurdjieff wrote, “they must find such a man and hire him to wake them and not allow them to fall asleep again.”
They must find someone who will keep on shaking them, and perhaps who will administer shocks when necessary. And they must find someone else who will look after the man who has been hired to shake them and shock them.
Therefore, a combined effort is required. As John Mack has suggested, we’ve got to look at words like “awake” and “asleep” in relative context.
As Gustav Meyrinck once wrote, “the key that will make us masters of our inner nature has been rusty ever since the Flood The secret is to be awake. To be awake is everything.” But to be awake is to be aware that everybody else is asleep.
Human beings are inextricably tied to the phenomenal world; we are beings-in-the-world. We cannot divorce our First Nature existence from what we are, yet we have an undeniable Second Nature extension in what has been called Mind-at-Large. In addition, as Dobbs points out, our current technologi-cal level has the propensity to extend Second Nature to the Nth degree. This is most obvious in the present ‘urgency’ to move human beings off the planet and into a home away from home in deep space. As Dobbs has pointed out, what we have in our attempts to get off planet is the first simultaneous extension of both First and Second Natures. As Dobbs explained in an essay for Semiotexte:
“There is an inescapable trend leading toward ultimate implosion from the Telegraph phase to the Satellite phase. The satellite is an impor-tant marker in this evolution towards fusion. If you consider every technological environment an extension of the human crowd, or entropic social Nature, rather than of biological Nature (First Nature), then because the satellite is alone of all technologies a complete extension of the planet, or First Nature, by being the first man-made inhabitable simulation of our ‘natural’environment, it follows that the satellite is the first simultaneous extension of both First and Second Natures, and something unique and unprecedented has occurred. This merging of the two Natures ‘anticipates’ and prefigures symbolically the bridging of the gap (“friction”) between humanity and the envi-ronment. Also this frictionless condition is anticipated by the satellite as a symbol of the individual detachment from the histoncal prison of the crowd dynamic. We are literally ‘out of town,’ and not just in another town, but ‘off the planet.’ “
Dobbs claims to be the leader of “The Secret Council of Ten,” a secret group that controls the world with techniques which he calls “synchronistic-linguistics” and “tetrad management.” The “tetrad” is a 4-step process that analyzes the projected evolution of man-made artifacts, and is a means of predict-ing the future of humanity by predicting the future of its technology.
Dobbs believes that he won the election for world “Tetrad Manager” by rigging the election. Dobbs’ goal now as Tetrad Manager is to help humanity to retrieve their lost human-scale identity. Dobbs includes technology as part of “synchronistic linguistics.” As he explains, the media (and even Dan Rather) practices synchronistic-linguistics. Tetrad management, he explains, is management of the Global Theater by the shadow government through synchronistic linguistics, which numbs and entrances its viewers using the “audience participation mystique.”
The media works to make you think you’re part of something. But you’re not, because it’s all a great big hologram. As P.D. Ouspensky has noted, the `appearance’of the 3-D material world is a property of human perception and cognition, and not a property of the world per se. Many have noted that this ‘appearance’ is much like a hologram.
In addition, studies have corroborated the hypothesis that the mind works “holograph-ically.” For instance, Carl Pribram hypothesized a holographic model to explain how the brain convinces us that inner processes are actually located outside the body. Also, David Bohm’s well known quantum physics theories suggest that the universe operates as a kind of giant, flowing hologram. Dobbs believes he is the “tetrad flip,” or the mirror to the Tetrad Managers.
As one radio caller pointed out, they strive for total control but the thing they can’t control is the real natural phenomenon of “synchronicity.” This is because synchronicity is the real world (First Nature) leaking through to the Second Nature sleeper. Synchronicity has been described as a “flaw’ in the fabric of space-time. You might even see it as a leak, in the Dobbsian perspective.
There is a relationship between Gurdjieff’s concept of waking sleep as a perception of the human condition and the Dobbsian idea of electric conditions and discarnate consciousness. As Dobbs has stated, “just walking around is a form of trance today because any bodily activity is inside this little electronic, discarnate node of consciousness called Magnetic City.” As Dobbs also stated in one radio interview:
“They can’t control your private citadel of consciousness, and that means they can’t control you, but they can control our synthetic crowd behavior. That’s what you’ve got to realize … they are controlling us through synchronistic-linguistics. They call it the audience participa-tion mystique.”
It is in the Sartrean experience of nausea that we also sense that there are two possible modes of experience: the nature body and the virtual body, or, the Dobbsian First Nature and Second Nature experience. Perceptually speaking, most of the time, we’re pretty much at home with “the rock, the tree, the sky,’ the Sartrean “brute thereness” of things-in-being or facts-at-hand. But in the experience of First Nature (man as animal), the world is brute, solid and mani-fest, and is in striking contrast to mankind’s Second Nature experience—Mind-at-Large—an enormous intelligence matrix which has been described by physi-cists as a hologram. We are both brute animals and transient beings all in one confounded package. With First Nature as background, human Second Nature experience emerges as meaningless, and even unnecessary. It sticks out like a sore thumb. Mind-at-Large is like Dobbsian Second Nature virtual reality. It is Sartrean excess. It’s flamboyant and absurd.
In the Dobbsian scheme, human beings are capable of flipping between First and Second Nature once they become conscious of it. Dobbs tetrad flip is consonant with Magic. As Regardie writes in What You Should Know About the Golden Dawn, “the whole object of Magic and mystical training is, by the inter-vention of the symbol, ceremonial and sacrament, to lead the soul that it may be withdrawn from the attraction of matter and delivered from the absorption therein, whereby it walks in somnambulism, knowing not whence it cometh nor N‘ hither it goeth.”
Yet, mankind is the only Be-ing capable of doing this, and this is what con-stitutes the difference between
being' and lacticity,'or Sartre's "in-itself," the brute thereness of "things" in life, and the "for-itself," self-consciousness. It is in the experience of what Sartre has termednausealhat the human being has realized his impotence in the reconciliation of ‘subject’ and ‘object’, or the rec-onciliation of consciousness and things. As Sartre reasons, somewhere in this reconciliation lies man’s freedom. Is this “freedom” essentially the freedom to kick up and out of the system? Is it the freedom to “wake up’ to our responsi-bility as beings above and beyond First Nature physical existence?
As Gurdjieff so wisely said, wars would stop as soon as human beings awoke to the fact that they were performing these barbaric acts under the spell of sleep. In the Dobbsian view, war is “synthetic crowd behavior.” It is thought control through synchronistic linguistics (“be all that you can be, get an edge on life in the Army.”) War on television allows us to vicariously participate in heinous crimes against our fellow man and to revel in our nationalistic victories. Television needs wars as much as armies and governments need wars in order to effectuate the audience participation mystique through linguistic flips. The way that these are pulled off on the human psyche is through archetypes; in this case, the particular archetype of confounded speech is Mercury.
The Sumerians believed that it was Enki, or Mercury, who confounded the speech of mankind. The same god, known to the Egyptians as Hermes or Thoth, is widely known as “speech itself.” Thoth could “teach a man not only words of power, but also the manner in which to utter them.” Does this describe Dobbs’ notion of synchronistic linguistics or Tetrad Management, the media’s linguis-tic control of “synthetic crowd behavior”?
One can wonder if Dobbs is one of the waken whom Gurdjieff had in mind; an undaunted shaker, mover and zapper (Dobbs says Frank Zappa was also one of them) of the human zombies who sleepwalk the artificially induced electric con-ditions of the surrounding environment; originally an ancient planetary cata-strophic event or even a recurring cosmic effect, as discussed in Volume I of this book, which has grown exponentially via the radiation of out-of-control tech-nological noise.
The technological noise is certainly getting louder by the day. In what way does this affect our ability to flip between First Nature and Second Nature? (Ingo Swann and Hal Puthoff have actually addressed this problem with respect to remote viewing and its “signal-to-noise ratio”. The Dobbsian “tetrad flip” might be orchestrated by the ancient notion of the ‘arche-type.’As Jung has noted, the archetypes are the images or symbols by which the psyche is attached to nature, or, by which “its link with the earth and the world appears at its most tangible.” He noted that the archetypes are a sort of “con-necting link between psyche and earth,” or a bridge between mind and matter. Rupert Sheldrake believes these forms constitute an “intelligent” energy matrix.
While the archetype is part of the brain structure, it is that part of the brain structure which is constantly building and maintaining the bridge between psyche and matter, keeping familiar territory familiar. If the brain is a hologram, this means that the intelligent energy fields that maintain this hologram are, perhaps, the archetypes, an intelligent holographic energy matrix which constantly maintains the bridge between the individual psyche and the world we project ‘out there.’