Return conversation with Dan Mitchell of Luminosity, on enlightenment aversion, cult fears, unhealed traumas, and the techno-social eradication of human community and soul sentience.
Part One: Trauma & Enlightenment (0 – 31 mins)
The value of contrast, a kick in the gut, the term “enlightenment,” crucial fictions, what Dave has, a time & a day for enlightenment, a seeker at 5, expressing emotions vs. catharsis, the Human Energy Field & Robert Monroe, a New Age feel, knowing oneself, enlightenment vs. embodiment, the life force, trauma, & the nervous system, the moment of landing, D. H. Lawrence, the loss of the cosmos, chronic illness and neuropathy of the feet, formative trauma, the quest for freedom from trauma, addressing trauma, through writing.
Part Two: A Burned Out Mind (31 mins – 1 hr 5 mins)
Ways to heal trauma, Prisoner of Infinity, passing on healing, Mogensen & Kalsched, a mental block, writing the way to the exit, the benign use of the intellect, keeping the mind busy, a burned out mind, a job in the military-industrial complex, unplugging, a time before Smart phones, an electric beast, what technology facilitates, out with the bathwater, under apartment arrest, movie language, phantoms of reality, the futility of the search, trapped in movie hell, liberal progressives in the mid-West, the death of humor, a world of robots, what’s wrong with a cult, a cult-like upbringing, the Playwall, radical freedom, banishing the incorrect, collective scapegoating, enlightenment predators, equilibrium with Nature.
Part Three: A Beleagured Seeker’s Track Record (1 hr 5 mins – 1 hr 36 mins)
Wholeness, branded enlightenment, a sheep among wolves, dying as a real thing, routing the enlightenment huxters, the persecution of an innocent, the best result, a visceral resistance, democratic resistance, a beleagured seeker’s track record, a sojourn in a bona fide cult, isolation from family, human groupings, a moving collective, unavoidable associations, the social program, the human project that has never worked (yet), damaged by modernity, faces in phones, unsafe to talk, increasing charge, increasing caution, disconnected parents, a dead culture, homesteading.
Part Four: The Final Human Product (1 hr 36 mins – end)
Hanging with Christians, the inversion of human language in the twilight zone, good people are hard to find, a sense of community, covid vs community spirit, lining up for the mark of the beast, secularized Christianity, invasion of the body snatchers in Hope, drawing out the elixir, community building in Galicia, humans in Nature, a mad prophet & techno-soul-destruction, a ruthlessly unflinching gaze, an exit, the opposite of violence, what we’ve done for thousands of years, talking about the demiurge, the synthetic cataract of the world, an unseen entity, prevalent self-fulfilling Gnosticism, conspiracy dead-ends, beliefs that stress the body, living in untruth, uncommon sense, simulation delusion, Glitch in the Matrix, peak-conspiracy theory, the final human product, a slow kill, the dawn of the human zombie.
Songs: “Primitive” & “Chasing Time” by Joy Zipper; “Pink & Black” by Terry Allen; “Fletcher Christian” by The Mekons