we returned to the studio, a long marathon of raps began. This
was going to be our great puja. Jim was into music rhythms and
I was into market patterns. Price patterns and sonic beats put
us into a particular frame of mind as we tracked and talked about
karma. It was all about WAVES. Individual waves tangled with collective
wave as both collided with the BIG WAVE. This tangle of waves
was SAMSARA. It was a hologram of suffering. Mastery of this hologram
was mastery over karma. It was a beautiful rhythm both gross and
subtle. The more you became clear about it, the denser and lighter
one also became. It was a paradox. The koan of absorbing ALL and
releasing ALL fascinated Jim. Icons and symbols reflected and
generated the karmic waves. This was all in the mind and the energy
and I as artists were on an icon watch. Throughout history,
waves of cultural changes generated new symbols and new psychological
tensions. Time and flux were the coordinates. Now flux was accelerating.
It was no longer slow and horizontal. Flux was now steeping
vertically. As the world bonded tighter and tighter into an
electronic village. Different cultures with different rates
of flux were colliding and stressing around. Like a rotating
karmic helix, this weave of flux and time was now generating
faster and faster alignments.
a crucial point a violent set of pressures forced the psychic
energies to disperse. This was the great dance of SAMSARA. Greek
drama was filled with examples of alignment, tension, and release.
That's why Jim dug the classics. The standard kind of release
was SACRIFICE. Sacrifice released the pressure and allowed the
energies freedom to work out new alignments and repeat the cycle
joining of the waves at the helix node was like a transfer point
for the VORTEX. The Tibetans used symbolic offerings instead
of real sacrifice in order to release the energy and clear karma.
That's what the feast was all about. The Tibetans called it
Ganachakra. You did this at the end of the puja as an auspicious
offering for the psychic release just concluded.
accelerated psychic alignments and were destroyed and transformed
in the release.This was hairy stuff. Icons signaled energy patterns
that had power. They were karmic fractals releasing new energy
and information. That's how alignments could be mapped constantly.
Only pure awareness freed one from the karmic helix.
flux was the key. It was like a hyper-alignment of VORTEX CHANNELS
which transposed energy in a powerful way. You could almost
see the energy go up, down, in and out, and rolling through
too. The very discovery of our helix was just such an event.
Jim was jumping now. INSIGHT, PROCESS, and MAPPING were becoming
ONE process; and they resonated in a very powerful way. Life
itself was now VERTCAL. The HORIZONTAL was a convenient illusion.
Life was just a helix of TWO VERTICAL interweaving on a constant
and I watched a special PBS series on the Sixties. Jim was going
ape-shit as he watched his life go by on the flat screen. He
was a boomer. I kind of was at the tail-end of the curve. Jim
just sat glued to the tube. He rapped about how the education
system, the media, and most of all MUSIC took center stage in
the conflict zone. The Sixties was an icon war.
hundred years earlier, the North and South had fought a war
with fire and steel to release the tension of psychic alignment.
It was a hard war. Jim witnessed and lived a much softer war.
Our culture was now more complex and could release tension in
a softer way. I felt things were not so bad after all. We were
in great shape! Piles of food were heaped up on the altar and
we offered up a huge Ganachakra to the guides. They had come
through again. They always did, Legacy. It was cool! Poor Abe
Lincoln, poor JFK. These guys got caught in the middle of the
helix node and were goners! All the energy got caught in that
one point and it had to DISPERSE. Yeah, these guys were the
American helix martyrs. Would the blonde bomber be next? Would
Jim and I be next? Who could say.
was amused by the helix idea. He liked it. But he wasn't so
sure about Jim's Buddha fantasies. He felt the global village
was finally here. But that the global consciousness needed to
guide it wasn't around just yet. Swami felt global institutions
were useless. I thought a leisure society based on these free
digital consumption cards which then doled out by a network
of PCs was still too radical an idea even for the Blonde Bomber.
There were also too many vested interests in the current status
quo, even if it was no longer really working.
mean energy and info were still caught in a money funnel. The
elites wanted it this way. The STATUS QUO had to be preserved.
I then drove back to Oakland. The world was changing. Iraq was
being bombed one last time even as the Blonde Bomber was dancing
with kids in front of the Lincoln memorial. A new era was just
around the corner. A new twist in the helix was about to unfold
to the tune of " We are the World. "
was such a slippery lubricant. Life was becoming faster and
more abstract in the cyber age. Response time for anything was
now getting shorter and shorter. VERTICAL FLUX was taking over
and society was cracking up for a new kind of release. The mind
now had no place to rest. Energy and information were looping
and linking on so many levels. " Oh, man, oh man! "
Yelled Jim. " Idiots are on parade and madness is filling
the airwaves. " I couldn't agree with Jim more.We were
ALL. We could be ALL. We could certainly use ALL to aid ALL
for whenever for whatever. We certainly had the tools now.
was rise and fall, purge and release in mythology and history.
It could be all acted ut symbolically by priests. Karma could
be tracked, but only meditation could release. A crazy idea
like jobless growth could one day become an offering in the
cyber-age. This was the big insight.