Category Archives: Noösphere
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!