Friday, January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018

Technology is not transformative; it will be someday, but it just isn't yet.

Transformation involves changing perception, cognition & mental acuity, and  particularly, it involves gnosis.

But our  current technologies are not compatible with these activities.

Technology, by itself, cannot transform anyone, and usually, when technology is involved, perception, cognition, etc. tend to atrophy.

This is why we see so many young people walking around addicted to their phones & their devices, feeding entertainment & social data into their brains.

This constant barrage tends to weaken the brain.

Their faces, in fact,  look like the faces of extras in an episode of The Walking Dead.  They don't  seem to be thinking.  They seem to be reacting only to stimuli as a zombie might.

JLS

Saturday, January 6, 2018

January 7, 2018

This is a glog that I created recently: “Multi Media in the Classroom: The Light and the Dark"

The glog contrasts, in images, the light-side and the dark-side of modern technology in education.

This is a topic I am interested in- I am finishing up a third Masters Degree in online education and will shortly be attending the University of Michigan for my PhD in this field.

Please take a look.

JLS

http://occultist.edu.glogster.com/multi-media-in-the-classroom-the-light-and-the-dark

Sunday, December 31, 2017

December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Here is my interview on Dead Air Paranormal with Andrea Perron & George Lopez.

 A snowy evening & illuminating insights!

Make good resolutions for 2018!  Be positive, creative and keep moving forward!

JLS

Friday, December 8, 2017

December 9, 2017

If you haven't  noticed, western occultism is at cross-roads.

There are the traditionalists, who keep pushing off on potential initiates the same tired, rather silly talking-points about the Hermetic Principles: mentalism; the principle of correspondences; the theory of polarity; the law of synchronicity; the law of symbolism; the law of this or that.

Pure sophistry.

Magick is change in perception; nothing more and nothing less.

Authors like Christopher Penczak, in The Inner Temple of Witchcraft,  think that they are serving the cause by rehashing the Hermetic points and sprinkling in a few points about contemporary scientific theory & quantum physics into the mix.

They all seem to understand one basic scientific talking point: wave vs. particle.  But nothing else.

Quantum physics is not about waves or particles at all, at least not theoretically.

It is about magick.  And magick is, as I said, change in perception.

My daughter & I put together a presentation that will explain things a bit further.  "H. P. Lovecraft's Cosmic Carnival of Horror."  Take a look & a listen if you haven't already.

JLS




Saturday, December 2, 2017

December 2, 2017

The human mind is not “in” the brain, nor is it “in” the body.  In fact, the reverse is true-  the brain and the body are “in” the mind.

This may sound counter-intuitive, but it is true nonetheless.

And in this truth lies hope for survival after death.  And perhaps, salvation itself.

Read about it in my brief essay “The Astral Body, the Chakras & the Magickal Arts.”


Friday, November 24, 2017

November 25, 2017

Dig the Music, Kids!

This is what Johnny Alcucard ( Christopher Neame) said to his magickal cohorts in the film Dracula A.D. 1972 when they were inadvertently seduced into evoking Count Dracula.

But are we not all inadvertent in our endeavors?

Enjoy my interview with Brent Holland, on a cold,stormy night; a Lovecraftian night for sure, as Mr. Holland observes.

We talk about magick, occultism and the vagaries of the human mind & spirit!

So enjoy!





JLS

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 2, 2017

Halloween is over.
But the magick continues,
And the jack o' lanterns still smile,
And the candles still burn brightly in our thoughts!
 
Here is my pumpkin patch today, on November 2, All Souls Day!
It is consecrated, magickal ground.
And at midnight, you can see the thin, nearly insubstantial spirits that haunt it all
through the night til dawn.