Category Archives: Become Mobiused
Our continued unfolding into the noosphere means that each and every day, new tools and new information for liberating ourselves themselves become liberated. mobiused1 wrote his last book using LibreOffice, an open source office suite that is freely available and at least as good, in mobiused1’s humble experience, as that offering from Microsoft. So it should come as no surprise but with plenty of gratitude to learn that an incredibly useful book by mobiused1’s collaborator, friend and teacher Gary Weber is now freely available online. “Happiness Beyond Thought” is one of those books you want to have around to dip into, and now you can even read it for free on your phone. True to its subtitle, HBT is a “Practical Guide for Awakening” offering concrete tactics for withering self referential thoughts and awakening to the incroyable immensity of our minds beyond the “I thought” of everyday life. mobiused1 knows of no better guide for those of us on the journey to the infinite realms beyond thought. Download it now, and I’ll see you in the noosphere beyond thought!
Now mobiused has been paying close enough loving attention to the ever evolvin’ noösphere to realize that each and every day, more and more of us are performing extraordinary acts of introception. Choose your yoga: We’re dusting off our cephscopes, getting still, and surrendering to the enormity of the Within and spelunking around, even for just a few (eternal) moments. While the great physicist and bongo player Richard Feynman launched the discourse if not the practice of nanotechnology with his 1959 text, “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”, your humble blogger wishes merely to remind us that “There’s Plenty of Room in Your Noggin”, if only we will practice observing it.
And once you – whoever that is, you’ll have to look for yourself – decide to observe your thoughts, there is no shortage of techniques and teachers, past and present, ready and willing to help. Thus far this blog has focused just a bit on Franklin Merrell Wolff and Philip Kindred Dick, because they have been two aspects of mobiused’s path for which he is utterly and profoundly grateful. PKD’s zany, profound and brilliant writings addressed mobisued right where he was: a bit paranoid, with a passion for the comically absurd, a love of reality distortion, and a sense of enormous technological change. So when a copy of Radio Free Albemuth fell off of a shelf next to mobiused at the UC Irvine library in 1991 ( shortly after moving there from UC Berkeley) at the very opening of the First Gulf War, he was ready to read about a guy who moved from Berkeley to Orange County and began to hear alien messages from a radio….”When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
So too was mobiused ready for a goodly dose of radical lucidity when first reading about FMW in the works of John Lilly. FMW brings a mathematical clarity and precision to the states that mobiused had heretofore found only in ecstatic delirum in the breakdown of the ordinary self (whatever that is!), so phew was he delighted to Realize that FMW had somehow carved out a concise conceptual map for reminding us how to remember that, well, Consciousness-Without-An-Object-Is. We are all on slightly different paths, it would seem, and the paths are different at different moments of our, ahem, introceptual education. While FMW would have seemed somehow too lucid back in 1991, FMW now helps mobiused translate his path into pointers for others on the introceptual tip, and is ever so valuable for remembering how to stay focused on the within and wither those ongoing narrative thoughts that serve only to propagate themselves, as in the narrative thought “But FMW is too lucid for my path, too rational, makes too much sense, I (whoever that is) prefer the ecstasy….”
And so when mobiused was lucky enough to come across yet another ever so helpful friend on this quest, Gary Weber, he immediately felt grateful that right here in the 814 area code, with great practicality, and no pretense or claims to guru status, mobiused found yet more insights into his introceptual realizations, literally right where he was. There is a clarity as well as a joy to Weber’s book and discussions, and so between gulps of tea, mobiused observed immense gratitude that, yet again, to paraphrase Mick Jagger, mobiused got not what he wants but what he needs for the next realization of spelunking the inner/outer path. But Weber, with his ongoing experience of no thought, counsels here that gratitude is as “dualistic” as it is perhaps unavoidable, and it is here that mobiused – whoever that is – promises to take up a friendly analysis of gratitude and compassion and its possible dualism. Stay tuned for that introception, and in the meantime Keep The Cephscope Knobs Tuned toward Infinity and Narrative Knobs Twisted Toward Zero!
Now friends, if you have been following along with this extraordinary, One time opportunity to access your very own transhuman cephscope in compelling acts of introception Once Upon a Time Called “Right Now!”, you might be wondering just what It is that can be glimpsed through said cephscope. After all, even early users of the telescope had a hard time convincing their brethren that by pointing the thing at the cosmos, anything, like the Galiean moons, could be glimpsed. So you can be forgiven, even encouraged, in your skepticism. Franklin Merrell Wolff, whose terminological technology of “introception” functions as the very software of the cephscope, offers the already mentioned and highly compressed answer: “Consciousness-without-an-object-is.”
Now this is a definition that is at once operating through negation and affirmation. If we behold the cephscope and introcept, FMW tells us, “we” behold no objects whatsoever. Now, to those of us moving freely about the world of matter, this may seem like nada at all. But this Nothing, FMW insists, is hardly lacking: objects are the very interruption of consciousness-without -an-object, like that pesky country station that keeps crowding out the songs you try to stream from your Ipod over your car radio. Here FMW is close to another relatively unknown American sage, Alfred Pulyan, who remarks that the ego, on the prowl for objects, is the “penny that blots out the sun.” Tiny, insignificant, not worth much, and in the fracking way. Like a penny, the ego can be eminently useful, but it is by no means all-that-is, and often blocks our view of reality.
But recall the affirmation that goes along with the negation of being “without-object”: For “Consciousness-without-an-object”, despite being without objects, and blocked by our ordinary consciousness-with-objects, most definitely IS. This Isness can be encountered only by focusing consciousness away from the world of objects. We might, for example, look beyond the planets, the stars, the galaxies, parasecs and light years of stuff, back to the Big Bang, if we find such a model useful. Beyond the cosmos of objects and its 13.7 million year drama, we just might glimpse consciousness-without-an-object. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word as of yet had no object.”
But in mobius’s limited experience, the cephscope works better when the mind focuses back onto the mind rather than the world of objects. Indeed the cephscope can be part of a way of realizing there is an “inner” landscape as well as an “outer” one in this here mobiused world. And what one beholds is not this or that, but That, the condition of the appearance of any objects whatsoever. It is appropriate that FMW refers to this historically “divine” thought with the Greek term noos. FMW tells us that if we introcept, we get our noesis on:
“Now for terms, the word which best fits this type of knowledge is a term derived from Greek sources; it is the word „noetic‟. We‟ll proceed now to a consideration of the meaning of this term. The word noetic is derived from the substantive form noos—a highly important and perhaps the most important philosophic term in Greek usage. It is to be found employed by the pre-Socratic Greek thinkers as well as by Plato and Aristotle themselves, and by the post-Platonic thinkers such as Plotinus.” (FMW, An Abstract of the Philosophy Part 13 of 14)
Why believe FMW? You’re just going to have to take a look through the cephscope yourself, because if “consciousness-without-an-object-is”, it IS a consciousness-without-words, beheld in the eloquence of silence. Very quietly now, in stillness and surrrender, just say yes to the noösphere!
“Ye higher men, the worst thing in you is that ye have none of you learned to dance as ye ought to dance–to dance beyond yourselves! What doth it matter that ye have failed! How many things are still possible! So LEARN to laugh beyond yourselves! Lift up your hearts, ye good dancers, high! higher! And do not forget the good laughter! This crown of the laughter, this rose-garland crown: to you my brethren do I cast this crown! Laughing have I consecrated; ye higher men, LEARN, I pray you–to laugh!” Thus Spoke Zarathustra
I’ve got an initial theoretical view as to who might have systematically damaged your cephscope and may do it again. Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly
Friends, right Now you have the Unique Opportunity to reconnect to your very own high quality endlessly tuned transhuman technology, the Cephscope. That’s right, readers of this very blog are privileged field testers of an ancient technology perfected over billions of years and available right Now in the comfort of your own habitat. Not Sold in Stores, this device has been in development since the very beginning of time, if ever there was such an event, and has been subjected to the most rigorous of laboratory and field testing imaginable or unimaginable. Every mind that has ever minded has contributed to this One: From the quorum sensing of bacteria to the texting of tweens, evolution has honed this biosemiotic device to tolerances never before glimpsed. Yes, friends, a self aware feedback device of cosmic magnitudes awaits its deployment by You, Now.
Now, you may say. point me to it, drop some instructions on me, share a recipe, upload some code for this exceptionally promising cephscope. Yes friends, in a previous post I already relayed the vital information, but here and Now, again, I shall repeat it for the benefit of this very blog and its future readers of all sentient beings: “Consciousness-Without-An-Object-Is.” You see, the cephscope slumbers within your very own noggin, ready for introceptual action. “Introception” is the neologism coined by Franklin Merrell Wolff to name our capacity to point our consciousness at our consciousness. Here we neither engage in acts of perception – such as the smelling of a rose – nor do we practice conceptual thought – such as adding that rose to another rose, yielding two abstract roses. No, “Introception” refers to our capacity to become aware of the very nature of our awareness, and to do so we must quiet down and get still, surrendering our desire to patrol the external world for signs of excitement, danger, or our imminent celebrity. Instead, we must mind our minds, and then do it again, until doing it is no doing at all, and we behold that, indeed, “Consciousness-without-an-object-Is”. Behold the cephscope!
Friends, one way to become mobiused is to flip your usual sense of matter and consciousness inside/out. That is, most of us take the material world that we seem to perceive with our senses as the real world, or the only one worthy of our attention. Everything else – dreams, hopes, our very experience of awakening in the morning, in short, our subjective experience – is “just” in our heads, even though most of us spend our entire lives there, listening and responding to the chattering autobiographical self. A great and practically unknown sage, philosopher and mathematician, Franklin Merrell-Wolff, articulated the most compressed counter strategy to this imbalance of inside and outside that mobius has ever come across with the aphorism
What the frack did Wolff, the sage of Lone Pine California, mean by this?
In some sense, he didn’t “mean” anything, but was instead offering a recipe for us to experience a figure/ground reversal in our reality. Wolff, drawing on his mathematical training, seemed to be looking for the most axiomatic and heuristic way to summarize the “Five Realizations” he had. In the tradition of the Perennial Philosophy, Wolff used the language of “awakening” and “enlightenment” for his path, and the Five Fold Way he blazed also follows the “stairway to heaven” or “ladder” motif common across traditions, whereby one moves from realization to realization rather than – Shazam! – getting There all in one go, wherever “There” is and whatever “go” means. “Consciousness-without-an-object-is” asserts the reality of our subjective experience before it has any content whatsoever. That is, Wolff was urging us to engage what he called our faculty of “introception” – our ability to use our minds to focus on our minds – and, when we do so, we can see that beyond any particular thought or consciousness, we can perceive in stillness consciousness itself, “devoid” of any object or content. If we behold consciousness with consciousness, Wolff is teaching us, we will perceive that not only is consciousness part of reality, it is the very basis of reality, That from which All That Is emerges. Here Wolff was very close to the teaching of Ramana Maharshi, who taught the eloquence of silence, where Reality emerges in the silencing of egoic thought.
This practice of introception requires us to engage in acts of stillness and surrender. We crowd out the very real radiant layer of ourselves with our constant soundtrack of One Thing After Another, what the scholar of Tibetan Buddhism Alexander Berzin has translated as the “fleeting stains” that obscure our Buddha Nature. Luke 17:21 reminds us that “The Kingdom of Heaven is within”, and Wolff teaches us how to look for it in acts of introception by reminding us that said Kingdom very much IS. Wolff helps us counter act our cultural bias against accepting the existence and therefore reality of our consciousness by asserting its existence in a rather magic phrase akin to “I AM”. The philosopher J.L. Austin dubbed these self dubbing dubbings “performative utterances”, meaning that the action of saying or otherwise uttering them gives them an aspect of reality, as when the Book of Genesis begins “In the Beginning”, in the beginning.
And there has never been a better time to behold Consciousness-without-an-object than Now, for it is not accessible at any other time than the Present Moment. And this particular Present Moment, and all that follow from it in one continuous Now, is particularly graced for would-be introceptors because the Franklin Merrell Wolff Archives are now online and available here:
If you create a free account, pdfs and audio files aplenty are available from this remarkably lucid philosopher and teacher, a man so insightful that he was a teacher even to the great John Lilly. Get mobiused with FMW!