Saturday, October 29, 2005

The Purpose of this Journal

Note: This journal is of things ignored, not allowed or disabused in the culture at large . . . the large number of things and writers which I like were abandoned early in the American Century . . . Spengler, Yeats, William James. They saw, at least partially, life in the organic flow. But they may be on the rebound. In the 1950s there was a terrific movement of things rising into the air – Sputnik, visions of UFOs, the Apollo missions. These events were followed by pop culture reflecting the same theme, a theme which is inherently psychological – Star Wars, Star Trek and the madcap adventures of Leutenant Ripley, who loaned her ovaries to an alien for reproduction. Today we see returnings to earth – crop circles are the mystic symbols and pop culture returns to the 13th century – Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins, the Knights Templar and the faux mysticism of The DaVinci Code. And as clairvoyants dreamed of being taken from the earth and abducted by aliens beginning in the 1950s, today acute Travelers dream of falling to earth, giving birth in the Earth and Awakening from the earth in a flight of doves. So perhaps those with the organic view – Yeats, Spengler, Arnold Toynbee - will return as well.

I have two plans for this journal in the next year. One, to look at Salvador Dali’s paintings as if they are dreams in entries called Orange Monk: Salvador Dali's Dream of The Second Coming of Christ. Consider this: Dali paintings are religious prophecy, but the religion hasn’t been started yet. The second is a journal of some thinking which occurred in my life from 1994 to 2005 a time which spanned two millennia and two Platonic months, that is, the two two-thousand-year eras of the zodiac which intersected in our time, one ending and one beginning - the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius. This journal will be called Quigley in Exile: Notes from the Land of the Dead. In Tibetan Buddhism, Death is a space/time place – a place like this place but not like this, and the space between living events like Platonic months is a death as well. That date of the conditions and dreams and thoughts in the journal discussed, from 1994 to 2005, is the life span of Miracle, the White Buffalo, who was born in Pisces on August 20, 1994 and died in Aquarius, on September 19, 2004. Miracle was born to a white farmer and lived out his life in Janesville, Wisconsin. Native American shamans see an Awakening in the arrival of the White Buffalo and claim that the living spirit which guides such things sent the animal intentionally to a white farmer. B.Q.

9 comments:

diaper king said...

Another great blog! I couldn't derive half the fantastic ideas that you come up with.
My diapercakes site is a little off your topic but noteworthy. Can you teach this kind of creative thinking? Is it something you were born with? Keep the fabulous ideas coming! Let's say a prayer for our boys in Iraq and hope for the best.

Bernie Quigley said...

Thank you Don and Debbie (Diaper King & Queen). "Can you teach this . . . ?" Zen asks you to see what is there and ignore what is not; to ignore the illusions surrounding truth - to see the package and toss away the wrapper. There is a picture of Khrishna with a Flaming Sword - it is the sword of discrimination - it cuts away the illusions of the everyday and finds only the essential things ( . . . the essential things, like four grandchildren). It is what Jesus meant when he said, "I come with a sword." A flaming sword comes in a dream. It is a guiding dream. The essense of this is in John 10:34, where Jesus says, "You are God." It is the essense of things with all the crap removed. I've gotta get one of those diaper cakes - they look terrific - but now gotta wait till my four young 'uns start bringing home some grand kids. All the best, Bernie

Miss_3 said...

Wonderful blog! It seems that I've always been interested in the books that others have discarded. Hey Day sales, second-hand stores, etc... have always been a source of great treasure for me. What I discovered was that if the books were discarded so it seems were the ideas, and it is refreshing to know that they will find a new home with you Bernie.

diaper king said...

Thank you for looking at my diaper cakes website. It is a strange but profitable niche. Hope someday you can enjoy grandchildren as we do. I will check out your future posts.

Stay focused,
Don Perreira (Diaper King)

Bernie Quigley said...

Thank you miss3. So glad you are my friend.

diaper king said...

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maverick said...

Hello,
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maverick said...

My friend has a diaper cakes website...kind of like yours. He's having a tough go of it and is considering giving up. If you get a chance, go to diaper cakes and give him a few words of encouragement. I think he has a really great site.