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Lacunae

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In any field of links, holes suddenly emerge, a vortex of discourse elsewhere. The Secret Revelation of John, a text found in the Nag Hammadi desert, is riddled with holes in the papyrus, paradoxically increasing its capacity to inspire as a revelatory text, creating more complexity until again dissolving into lacunae, dissipating information. It is in these gutters that divination finds its work. The novelist Philip K. Dick, whose 1974 experience of VALIS - the Vast Active Living Intelligent System - found a template in the Nag Hammadi for his own apprehension of a lacuna, where the comsos itself split open, leaking a powerful pink light that directly bathed Dick's noggin, a W(hole) in the One. A compulsive writer, Dick "goes sanjo" on his own unpublished "exegesis," the writing he undertook daily to manage and regulate the force of his VALIS experience, by sampling it into the appendix of "tractates" attributed to Horselover Fat in the novel Valis. Tractate 12 seems to gather Fat's sense of the way rhythm can be followed, but not had, as it is the force that creates, sustains, and destroys. "The Immortal One was known to the Greeks as Dionysos; to the Jews as Elijah; to the Christians as Jesus. He moves on when each human host dies, and thus is never killed or caught" (Valis 230).  

 

 

Wikis, pitted and punctuated as they are, allow the one who works in wiki to experience different timings, different rhythms. When Dane Rudhyar explains that time and timelessness are "no more real opposites than, in philosophical Buddhism, samsara and nirvana are absolute opposites," the experienced wiki adept can recognize a parallel in the ways wiki offers a means to create and dwell in different orders of time. "The 'timeless experience' arises in a consciousness which reaches it from the condition of existential time, and which will return to this condition. It is an experience which 'lightens up' time-conditioned human existence somewhat as, symbolically speaking, the leaven lightens up the substance of the bread. The holes in the bread are not bread, yet they are in the bread. They contribute to its character and quality. It is in this sense that Jesus compared his disciples, and in a broader sense the Kingdom of Heaven, to the leaven" (The Planetarization of Consciousness 46).

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Kori Ramos said

at 4:45 pm on Aug 26, 2010

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