Mar 23 2018 – Whitley Strieber series

Gary Lachman’s ‘In Search of P.D. Ouspensky’: Gurdjieff manipulating different sides of Ouspensky; Ouspensky giving up on the ‘work’, saying ‘there is no system’; Gurdjieff reworking Ouspensky’s ideas, parallels in Strieber; Strieber’s concept of viewing human life ‘outside of time’, time having a shape, taken directly from Ouspensky; Strieber as reader of Ouspensky; time as a dimension of space vs. time as change within spatial dimension; Ouspensky’s unique concept transformed into Strieber’s ‘tapestry of memory’; Strieber appropriating, presenting other’s ideas wholesale; Strieber basing his biblical interpretations on Maurice Nicoll’s ‘The Mark’ and ‘The New Man’

Ouspensky’s ‘Tertium Organum’, the status of Ouspensky’s oeuvre; Ouspensky’s interest in Tarot of Marseilles taken on by Strieber; the Tarot as ‘philosophical machine’; Ouspensky’s dimensions holding to one another in strict analogy; tendency of auto-didacts to steal ideas

Questions about Strieber’s latest Journal: Unknown Country and Politics:

Strieber’s claims about his ‘implant’; new mythology built around the implant; Strieber’s ever-vaster claims: blog page:

No previous mention in Strieber’s work of ‘plan of contact; developed between spouses to contact one another after death; no evidence that Strieber only came to ‘believe’ in afterlife in the 1990s; Strieber’s ongoing fabrication of his own mythology; Anne Strieber and her ‘bubbling’ presence: same word (‘bubbling’) used to describe Master of the Key

Strieber singling out Jeremy Vaeni for special praise, a limited place in Strieber’s mythology; Strieber’s dependence on Vaeni for website material and as defender; Vaeni’s desire to be taken as credible authority and to get close to the Great Man; Vaeni’s feuds in UFOlogy disguised as crusades for justice; ‘The Paracast’, David Jacobs, Budd Hopkins; Vaeni’s desire to be an opinion maker; Vaeni leading the charge against “Problems with Strieber and The Key”

The absence of Strieber’s son, Andrew Strieber; statements of support for Strieber and his ‘sincerity’; the negative review on ‘The Afterlife Revolution’ on Amazon; Raven Dana, Marla Frees, Ed Conroy, Jeff Kripal; none can defend Strieber against clear evidence of confabulation, only providing character witness; bankrupt defenses only intended to keep Strieber followers in line; Unknown Country as dying enterprise; death of the forum; movement to Facebook and Twitter to promote content

Dysfunction in spiritual groups, false motives; reciprocal abuse; basic organizational problems; Strieber’s unique role as deceiver: lip service to keeping question open, opposing fantasies and self-deception while engaging in convoluted self-deceptive fantasy; gut reaction to Strieber and his work: BS positioning itself as anti-BS; identifying specific forms of BS while advancing more subtle, self-serving BS; Strieber’s literary talent and intelligence providing no protection

The public harm of Unknown Country; “Problems with Strieber and The Key” and its reception; identifying Strieber’s confabulations, inferring a psychological picture; Ed Conroy’s recurring chapter titles; the disappearance of Strieber’s work; life’s cumulative disappointments; heroes who are self-refuting; learning from disappointments; the basic unreliability of people; Wikipedia on Ouspensky; philosophy as creative speculation or fiction raised to the level of art

Lacan and Lacanian psychoanalysis: infinitely unsatisfactory answers that appear to be correct; Nietzsche as preferred thinker: his voice, his originality, his insights, and the aesthetic of the heroic; all thinkers products of time and place, all become dated; Nietzsche vs. Lacan; philosophy vs. psychoanalysis; Lacan as virtuoso thinker providing appalling insights; impossible object-cause of desire; when innermost private thoughts are biggest BS; when destiny is nothing but accident; traversing the fantasy and ending up precisely nowhere; maturity of outlook

The challenge of parapsychology to psychoanalysis; Dean Radin’s experiments: consciousness vs. randomness; God, aliens, synchronicity; drawing the boundaries between consciousness and physical world; chance doesn’t exist vs. chance is all that exists

Recorded March 23, 2018

Mar 21 2018

Gurdjieff: essence and personality; Jean Vaysse, inheriting essence vs. acquiring personality; personality murdering essence, the walking dead; Gurdjieff’s examples in ‘In Search of the Miraculous’; raspberry jam; experiment left unrepeated; question as to essence and reincarnation; where Strieber got the modified notion of essence; the oral tradition; essence and the ‘solar’ level

The evolution of doctrines in founders and disciples; Gurdjieff’s attitude toward surviving death; confusion surrounding essence vs. personality, the astral body, higher centers in Gurdjieffan practice; the end of Ouspensky’s life; Ouspensky as reader of Nietzsche; eternal recurrence of the same; thought experiment in service of Nietzschean affirmation; how one copes with the death of God, the infinite on all sides; Ouspensky declaring the Gurdjieff Work a failure; the tendency of doctrines to drift; the game of telephone; the efforts of followers to appropriate and invigorate doctrine; the incoherence of all doctrines over time; Gurdjieffan essence as practical psychology vs. mystical concept; factionalism, sectarianism in Gurdjieff work, all groups; jockeying for authority, declaring lines of succession; factionalism in psychoanalysis: Freud, the first generation, Anna Freud; inevitability of fragmentation in doctrinal groups

‘Miraculous’ as snapshot of a period; changing relationship between theory and practice; the possible success of Buddhism; complexity vs. intelligibility in transmitted ideas; the problem of language; freedom to reinvent the wheel; wanting to be the Master; the appeal of mastery as driving force for joining spiritual groups; doctrine as opaque externality applied over time to one’s own experience; a doctrine’s greatest power at the epicenter of personalities; recreating the founding gesture

Politics and in-fighting in ‘spiritual groups’, character defects; the path of spiritual aspiration becoming foreign; distinct spiritual aspiration vs. inchoate desire; spiritual groups becoming a group mind; fault and responsibility for failure; Quora website; Indians worshipping the father in all caps; what people want and why they want; presuming the value of a spiritual path; recurring patterns in desire; Lacanian psychoanalysis; the Lacanian approach: frustrating fantasy formation, doctrinal identification; the nature of desire as hallucination; the unconscious

Life reappraisal, changing perspectives; drinking and emotional development; always being more than one is; a change in perspective reflecting the present moment as much as past ‘facts’; the Self as always a partial view; replacing one partial view with another; the double vision of truth and accident; being trapped by one’s inferences; Goldman’s ‘no one knows anything’; extraterrestrials having their own partial view; the impossibility of comparing one life with another, with comparing one’s life to the might have been; life as experiment that can’t be repeated; the empty fruits of self-knowledge; expressing feelings in terms of facts

Recorded March 21 2018

Apr 09 2015

The Long Island call-in on Jim Harold’s Campfire; hybrids, possible origins; Friedman and the Swedes; surprising lack of hybrid encounters in the everyday world; whether humans with superhuman abilities must be hybrids; hybrid vs. transgenic; so-called indigo children and Strieber

Heredity and telepathy and the body; Strieber’s guardian; severity of the visitors and the One Chance; spiritual development diverging from wisdom

The vicissitudes of being lifeforms and complexity; intimacy in socialized telepathy; the chance for high emotional sensitivity; Balducci and aliens not falling from grace; controlling one’s thoughts; their reluctance to be physically touched

Secrecy to protect them as much as us; spiritual mastery = vulnerability; aspects of mastery: ‘exquisite’ levels of control; complexity and pathology; physical longevity of visitors; life and infection: extending the principle to vulnerability at all levels (epigenetic, informational, etc.); the Grays fighting forever

History and fate; One Chance and its relation to Time; astrology and patterns; tendencies as potential and free choice; being left in eternal question vs being marked for eternity; regret; the loss of mastery

Gurdjieff the man; advertising lack of mastery; the legendary; all-dimension mastery and Wilbur; transmission; self-knowledge of mastery

Mastery/non-mastery vs. spectrum of consciousness; sidhes as side-effects and not goals; being born into spiritual cultures; individual vs. collective mastery; karmic inheritance

Ouspensky’s rejection of Gurdjieff; morals and a teaching not absorbed; the Fact of the Other Person; one’s desire being all that is left; transmission ending after two generations; biography of Paul Anderson; natural gurus; development as a function of time

Recorded Apr 09 2015

See Jim Harold’s Campire #215 for the Long Island story