Kosmology and the Rise of the Worldview Artist

karmic-cycle-soul-reincarnationI’m not eager to talk about my Kosmology. It is a work in progress. I expect to do ongoing work in developing its foundations over the course of a decade. I have even planned an entire book of The Kalendar Series, the third book, to exploring the groundings and foundations of a new Integral cosmological system. This new system uses a new symbol — the New Map of the Heavens — for its elaboration; enfolding within itself: Sacred Words, numerology, a redux of the Enneagram, and other symbols (part of the integral magick system). I don’t expect the New Kosmology will be perfect or satisfy every seeker or thinker, but it will be my best effort to create a cosmology as subtle as is necessary to convey the sort of depth and sophistication necessary for the work of Kosmic Involution/Evolution (Volution). At the base of this Kosmology is the Tai Hsuan, the simple depiction of Yang, Yin, and a third element (which I call You) in a ternary posture.

In The Kalendar Series, the new Kosmology is the product of a treaty signed at the conclusion of the Third Kosmic War. From a literary standpoint, I cannot speak of its details without giving away crucial plot points, twists and turns along the route, especially the outcome for the protagonist, Kalen. And as a matter of fact, the third book remains unfinished. There are plenty of ways in which I may want to change things as my ongoing life experience progresses. But one thing is clear which I can say now: I now see the act of discovering one’s cosmology as active worldview building and as artistry.

Now you may object: “But isn’t The Kalendar Series an act of fiction, whereas the autobiographical journal writing in Soulfully Gay … wasn’t that an act of non-fiction, of theology or philosophy?” After all, remember the “Prologue to T.I.O.B.G.” in Chapter 1 of the memoir. What was that about, if not setting out your first principles, theologically and philosophically?” Like so:

Prologue to T.I.O.B.G.

… [In this journal,] I will begin to assemble a vision of how homosexuality fits into a big picture of everything in the cosmos. You can think of this vision as a metaphysics, cosmology, or worldview. You can even call it a mythology if you like. I will. However, by “myth” I don’t mean to imply that I think this vision is untrue. On the contrary, I very much believe that the story that I will be telling is accurate. I just don’t expect to necessarily be able to prove the truth as fact.

Before I get started, there’s something I want to say that may help you to follow the story that I will be telling about homosexuality: I believe that human beings are souls on a spiritual journey. God (or Spirit, or Higher Power, or whatever you call it) is at the beginning and end of that journey, and is the force or process of evolution along the way. Our souls have two archetypal desires: the desire for reunion with God and the desire for separation from God. The desire for union with God is the stronger of the two, but they are both strong desires. These desires play out in the course of an individual’s spiritual journey (some say this journey lasts more than one lifetime). Based on these desires, we perceive our needs, make choices with free will, perform actions, experience consequences based on those actions, and ultimately experience reactions. Following Eastern traditions, I call this dynamic of action and reaction karma, which basically means that we reap what we sow. Our soul manifests with certain personality traits or characteristics because we’re at a particular point in our spiritual journey and have to find our way back to God. In other words, babies are not born tabula rasa, empty containers to which the substance of personality is added. Their innate characteristics seem to come from somewhere; that place is the origin of karma. This is true regardless of whether you believe in reincarnation, souls that pre-exist in the mind of God, the legacy of ancestors passed down through DNA, or some admixture of these possibilities.

Here I seem to establish my first principles: God (or Spirit or Higher Power), the soul, the soul’s journey (reunion and separation), the karmic cycle, the possibility of reincarnation, and so forth. I say: “I very much believe that the story I will be telling is accurate. I just don’t expect to necessarily be able to prove the truth as fact.” There is another way to look at this: I am trying to make clear what I need to say, at a bare minimum, to tell the story and have it be intelligible without assuming that everyone else shares my core presuppositions. If Soulfully Gay creates a sort of language, then I am setting out the letters and characters which constitute the language; a magical sort of language which creates spells (the T.I.O.B.G. series) which magically resolve the problems of homosexuality in the world religions.

Somewhere over the course of the past decade and some odd years, I have more or less outgrown the story. I can still appreciate the usefulness of its tropes, and still have schemas in my (incomplete) New Kosmology which have similar natures, but I don’t deeply resonate with the Prologue. The story is just so basic, so fundamental, that I don’t want to tell it or play with it as it stands. It is a picture really, better expressed through art than theological language. But as far as theological language goes, it’s not terrible, it just tells one story that most of us have heard so many times it lacks power owing to familiarity.

“Human beings are souls on a spiritual journey. Spirit is at the beginning and end of that journey, and is the force or process of evolution along the way,” I said.

Consider it, as I do, as a sort of magical incantation. To do our ongoing soul work, we need a concept of “soul”. We need a concept of “Spirit”. We need a concept of “evolution”. These are the most magical words in our lives. We need to see that they are connected, one to the other, in a basic sort of way. Metaphysicians and anti-metaphysicians will fight over these words, dismiss their power and even deny their reality itself, but we must always find our way back to the truths that they proclaim. These words. This simple sentence. We’re talking about a magical construction, one which is accessible to the ModernOrange and GreenPostmodern mentalities, but not directly. We are talking about some of the first letters in the core alphabet of any language of spiritual realities.

What happened to me as I outgrew the words of the Prologue is a common occurrence. The cosmology faded to be interesting from one level of my consciousness, and another more complex level arose to take its place. There is a complex story here — my own evolution over 13 years splayed on a Map of Consciousness — but I am still painting it. What I can say with an unfinished canvass is that the magic of the Prologue ceased to be magical at the level of meaning. Instead, I needed to explore the subtle level of its meaning. I wanted to understand the relationship between “self” and “soul” in a plain, clear, undeniable way. I wanted to understand the differences between words like “God” and “Spirit” and “Higher Power” so that each word held a unique revelatory meaning. I wanted to understand “evolution” and its twin concept of “involution” and what about “Volution”?. I needed a more complex map, one that could understand not only the referents of words, but the subtle energetics of meaning itself.

This sort of growth is predicted by the Integral maps as individuals grow from GreenPostmodern and TealIntegral and TurquoiseHolistic beyond into realms colored Indigo and Violet. The way it looked to me is that I was becoming a Worldview Artist, shifting from a cosmology which tells a story with words (Human beings … souls … evolution … journey, etc.) into one which creates Kosmology with subtle energy patterns (Yang and Yin and You in a Primordial Trinity, evolving into bi-grams of Yang-Yang, Yang-Yin, Yang-You, Yin-Yang, Yin-Yin, Yin-You, You-Yang, You-Yin, You-You, and then to tri-grams, tetra-grams, and so on, etc.) What was needed was a bridge between the simple subtle energy patterns detectable in this sort of combination and the language of plain speech. Lingua-U was that bridge, and the pursuit of a Language of Subtle Energy became my Game.

Where Does the Integral Magick Project Stand?

cauldronEarlier this year, I imagined that I would be writing a blog called The Integral Cauldron all year, and beyond, each entry building the backstory of my epic literary contribution, The Kalendar series of books. Not that it matters to very many people, but so you don’t have to speculate, the magic blog is on hold. In a sense it has been replaced by this blog, Brave New Words.

I have also paused my writing in The Kalendar series so I can focus on getting the word out about the first one. I need to function as both writer and marketer in most respects, and it’s time to make sure that people who might be interested in this phenomenon have the best possible chance of learning about it. Part epic poem, part fantasy-fiction, part Integral philosophy, part magick handbook and divination sourcebook. It is a genre-disruptive book indeed.

The Kalendar series of books are still imagined as a nine-book series delivered over several years for their own sake, and for accompanying the project of Integral Magick. They will tell the story of an immortal human being, Kalen O’Tolan, as his long years lead him from the Bronze Age of antiquity through our present day and a thousand years into our future. Along the way, he is killed at the Battle of Red Cliffs, and he returns (or so it seems) along a special Timeline, provided that the conditions of the Timeline are manifest.

Like other fantasy/sci-fi books that you will find on the bookstore shelves, the books in The Kalendar series contain a magical system. But unlike most other books, the magical system of these books is one that is intended for practice. The Integral Magick system is one which can be used for actual magical practice for “real” results, if the possibilities of the magickal system are fully realized. For example, there is a New Tarot delivered in nine suits, one in each book of the series; the entire Tarot system is available for use for psychics, mediums, and spiritual adepts who want to use this practice. Of course, it will help when the full Tarot decks – all of them: the Yang Deck, the Yin Deck, the You Deck — are published.

I have reserved two domains – integralmagic.com and integralmagick.com – at least one of which will contain my future writings intended to help people develop facility with the new system of magick. I have also begun to coalesce a Facebook group – the Integral Magic Circle at https://www.facebook.com/groups/integralmagic/ — where newbies and esoteric experts alike can discuss the new approach to magic. I don’t have as much time as I would like to lead discussions in the Magic Circle, but when I need to, I will make an entry in the private group.

All of this talk of websites and social media groups and fantasy books should tell you: the Integral Magick project is alive and progressing at a natural clip. If I knew more about the precise timing of its evolution, I would tell you. I am putting out trial balloons and testing the readiness and interest and knowledge of people who are kindred spirits. And where I am not finding the kindred spirits that I expect, I am going back to the drawing boards and figuring out if I need to adjust my initial ideas and plans.

So the Integral Cauldron blog is more or less defunct. I will re-boot it in a new place when the timing is right. In its place is this spot, Brave New Words, where magic will very much be a subject of discussion and, yes, teaching. I have a gut feeling that if there will be a resurgence of magick-al leadership capable of re-formulating the wisdom of past Magicians, then it will depend on a high degree of transparency and trust in the “powers” and “efficaciousness” of new Magicians. The new Magicians will need to build their credibility the old fashioned way: transparency, documented magical feats, and the ability to communicate to others the essential techniques necessary to realize the potential of “real” magick.

I believe in Integral Magick, and want to see it realized from acorn to stem, to trunk of a mighty oak. But I don’t control its growth. I can do my part, and see what comes next. Part of my hope for magick’s future is this blog. I think if I can explain the story behind the system’s genesis then people will be better able to understand the system’s importance and limitations.

Remember: Integral Magick is not necessary to perform feats of mundane achievement (egocentric magic), but feats of worldcentric magic unlike anything the world has ever seen. Through Lingua-U, it cam help to bridge the gaps between the theologies of all the world religions – offering a meta-language for reconciling the Divine Names and Holy Names. That is no small feat, and its success can certainly be measured by Magicians, if they possess a sufficiently high level of consciousness for knowing wicked good magick when they see it.

The Next Step for Yin and Yang is a Unary Vision for Human Gender and Sexuality

taihsuan-colorIn 2011, I was at a conference devoted to exploring The Future of Love. As I sat in dinner conversation with a young gay man, I tried to explain my work to him in a way that would capture its importance for the worldwide LGBT community. I said, in a tone which was less haughty than it may seem to you, “What I have in mind is a 1,000-year vision for Gay Liberation.”

The point I was making is that the Gay Liberation movement needs to look beyond short-term reforms or even long-term plans and think about how we need to evolve diverse cultures worldwide over a long period of time to eradicate prejudice and make lives better for the LGBT community. My approach was to inaugurate a new worldview which gave LGBT issues and concerns more than fair consideration, but actually put them at the heart of human evolution’s turning and the revelation of Spirit in our time.

I also said what I did partly as my way of asking for patience while I developed an esoteric project to launch the 1,000-year vision that even in 2011 I could anticipate taking several years to complete. At this point, 5 years later, I am certain that it will take me at least a decade to fully unwind the coil, to the genesis of 20 or more unique books or art-works. Included is the development of a new Magick system containing an alternative sacred language, numerology, sacred geography, sacred astrology, and much more.

Truly I am unveiling an enchanted worldview, much like JRR Tolkien or JK Rowling, but one which isn’t limited to a series of fantasy novels. Though there will be a series of fantasy novels, of course — The Kalendar Series, to which I am fully committed. There is actually a New Magick which one can live and inhabit and use for personal development and the healing of the planet. It’s a lot to grasp, but that’s why it’s so important that I begin by setting out what I can in a dedicated fashion so that the magic can start to happen. I started writing about the New Magick on this blog, The Integral Cauldron, less than two weeks ago.

There’s a Gay Agenda at work in my future books, but don’t expect to see it too visibly at first. The first fantasy novel is set historically 2,000 years ago, when same-sex relationships had different meanings than they do in the modern West and beyond. Nevertheless, there are LGBT characters in The Kalendar Series: Book One, The Black Stone. I won’t say anything more about it just yet. But it’s not the presence of LGBT characters that makes The Black Stone worthy of a protracted gaze of the “queer eye”; it’s the philosophy.

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Magick as Both a Science and Art

Magick is the Science and Art of Aligning Change to Conformity with Unique Will

Thelema defines Magick as “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will”, by which Integral Magic concurs with two relatively minor but not insignificant modifications: “Magick (or the New Magick) is the science and art of aligning change to conformity with Unique Will.”

Unchanged is the notion that Magick is both a science and an art, a perspective which is reflected by the understanding in Integral Magic™ that it is (a) a systematic enterprise that creates, builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe, and involves (b) creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts – artworks, expressing the author’s imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. (These are common definitions which have been taken from Wikipedia’s pages for “Science” and “Art”.)

Let us begin to define Magick by opening a discussion of status of Magick as a Science or Art, a topic we will by no means exhaust. Today let us pause to marvel at the idea that Integral Magic brings together Art and Science in a new way, showing the beauty of science and the methodological rigor of art in a way which is nowhere else to be found. Magick is an Art-Science or Science-Art.

Let us take for an example of such “operational wonderment” the first Sign of the New Zodiac, which is the first techno-magical interface of the Integral Magic system. It is one of nine foundational artworks, designed to be architectures upon which many feats of Magick can be performed just as many creative works can be written on a blank scroll or empty journal. Consider these two points: (1) Signs are given the name of an animal, and (2) the name of the first Sign specifically is the Bear. The symbol of the Bear does not stand alone, but serves part of a systematic enterprise that creates knowledge in the form of the New Zodiac in a specific fashion, being the first of 54 distinct operators which create testable explanations and predictions about the universe.

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Welcome to The Integral Cauldron!

blog-logo Today inaugurates my new daily blog, a major undertaking but one I expect will be absolutely essential for the success of the amazing venture/adventure of the bold new Integral Magic™ system. This is the place to …

  • Climb from the “conceptually cold” Blue Magic of Integral Theory to the “fiery hot” Violet Magic of the Integral Magic system!
  • Learn advanced tools for navigating the choppy waters of Construct-Aware Consciousness.
  • Advance from Thelema to a more expansive, theoretically and philosophically sophisticated system of thought and practice.
  • Deepen your appreciation for the innovative magical system introduced in The Kalendar Series: Book One, The Black Stone.
  • Learn useful new tools for distinguishing the so-called “pre-rational” from the so-called “trans-rational”, refining the boundaries between Magenta Magick and Violet Magick.
  • Gain a foothold for approaching Lingua-U, Meta-Language of Subtle Energy (which is the seventh of nine techno-magical interfaces).
  • Study the New Zodiac, building conceptual bridges between Enneagram and astrological wisdom, potentially revolutionizing your understanding of psychological Types!
  • Examine the Yang Deck of the New Tarot, a fantastic new tool for decision-making grounded in the Yang strata of the New Map of the Archetypes.
  • Explore the New Kosmology, a new system of Elements which provides an awesome new schema for the Sacred Word traditions in which Deity Mysticism is grounded.
  • Find sneak previews into future developments in the New Magick such as the New Atlas, New Klock, New Kalendar, Wheel of Wholes, Tai Hsuan, and Map of the Subtleties.

Tangent Publishers to Bring Out “The Kalendar Series”

Friends, I am delighted to announce that I have partnered with Tangent Publishers, an imprint of Integral Publishers, to bring you my next three books. Tangent is a great fit because they are committed to publishing ground-breaking, iconoclastic, and leading-edge works. And the Kalendar Series fits that mold perfectly. Look for The Black Stone, the first book in the series of nine, in the Fall of 2015.

The Kalendar Series is a genre-disrupting fantasy/adventure mix of poetry, fiction, philosophy, and art. The story tracks the life and events of Kalen O’Tolan, an immortal being granted 3,000 years on Earth, starting at Year 0 CE through the Year 3,000 CE. Kalen is a warrior, a poet, and a magician who has been tutored in a magical language—the use of which has the power to create or destroy Worlds.

To learn more about Tangent Publishers and The Kalendar Series: http://tangentpublishers.com/