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  • #109539

    dom
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    Colin Wilson’s “Super Consciousness” book, the blurb on the back describes it as “a kind of DIY manual on how to achieve it“.

    It isn’t basically. Only the 13th chapter gives an account of such methods and basically I reiterate what I said about CW in my Nature of the beast thread about his apparent skimming over of Crowley’s Libers E and O. I say this because the methods that CW prescribes are one-pointedness on objects in the world when you’re out and about, sitting still” which a Thelemite would box off as “asana” ….and taking time to focussing on the Hindu concepts of Atman and Brahman. He also got himself out of a depression by walking to work and meditating in the mornings so I guess that is included in the prescription.

    Don’t get me wrong the first 12 chapters on criminology, the Age of Romanticism, the nature of sexuality, Maslow, the negative outlook of Western philosophy (until Nietzsche appeared) etc are interesting …. if you’re in the mood but ultimately the blurb is misleading imo.

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    #109555

    Michael Staley
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    @dom

    I’d never heard of this book until your post. If anyone would “box off” sitting still as asana then they would in my opinion be incorrect. In terms of Liber E, asana is a specific position held for a period of time; “sitting still” is usually a relaxed posture, the antithesis surely of asana.

    I’d agree that the publisher’s blurb is perhaps misleading, but then these people are in the business of selling as many books as they can. I’ve yet to come across a publisher’s blurb which is understated – apart from the books published by Starfire Publishing, of course, who I would argue are a paragon of virtue in this regard.

    Personally I consider “super-consciousness” a misnomer. It’s more a case of weakening the constraints of what is considered “normal” consciousness or that strange term “consensus reality”. Faculty-X is at the base of much of Colin Wilson’s work, both fiction and non-fiction.

    #109560

    dom
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    @michalestaley

    i’d never heard of this book until your post. If anyone would “box off” sitting still as asana then they would in my opinion be incorrect

    get a perspective. What point was I making? The point was that CW’s “methods for ‘super consciousness'” are covered in Liber E/O give or take a few pedantic details.

    37 seconds in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArEAz2r01Nk CW describes one pointedness and it’s effects.

    Personally I consider “super-consciousness” a misnomer. It’s more a case of weakening the constraints of what is considered “normal” consciousness or that strange term “consensus reality”. Faculty-X is at the base of much of Colin Wilson’s work, both fiction and non-fiction.

    I assume that CW gave his book that title?

    #109561

    Michael Staley
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    @dom

    I assume that CW gave his book that title?

    Yes, probably. And your point is?

    #109564

    dom
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    Yes, probably. And your point is?

    Well it’s unlikely to be a misnomer if he gave the book that title.

    CW’s Faculty X, isn’t it just another way of describing the activation of Leary-RAW’s neurosomatic circuit?

    #109566

    Michael Staley
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    @dom

    Well it’s unlikely to be a misnomer if he gave the book that title.

    I wasn’t suggesting that Colin Wilson chose the wrong title for his book. I was giving my opinion on the term “super-consciousness” in general.

    CW’s Faculty X, isn’t it just another way of describing the activation of Leary-RAW’s neurosomatic circuit?

    I’ve read little of Leary, and even less of Robert Anton Wilson, so couldn’t say. There’s probably been many terms terms for similar things throughout the ages. I suppose that dhyana is “just another way of describing the activation of Leary-RAW’s neurosomatic circuit”.

    #109616

    Tiger
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    And your point is?”

    Just a dream
    catching awareness
    that birthed a point making spasm

    i was dreaming i got caught up
    in somethin
    possibly perturbed at work
    as long as the remuneration for the time
    being works

    oh sorry
    probably awareness dreaming

    #109755

    christibrany
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    Wilson thought ( I believe) that the coming generations would more and more exhibit this ‘Faculty X’

    So what is meant by that term?
    He said various things about Faculty X at various times:
    Faculty X is a sense of reality, the reality of other places and other times, and it is the possession of it — fragmentary and uncertain though it is — that distinguishes man from all other animals

    A certain something that turns men into supermen.

    A state of inspiration.

    It sounds like he didn’t have a handle on what he even meant, himself.

    And I don’t think people seem more ‘telepathic’ or ‘inspired/imaginative’ than before either. If anything it is the opposite.

    #109759

    dom
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    @christibrany

    It sounds like he didn’t have a handle on what he even meant, himself.

    You’re saying that Wilson presented conflicting definitions of Faculty X? Can you elaborate on that?

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    #109762

    Michael Staley
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    @christibrany

    It sounds like he didn’t have a handle on what he even meant, himself.

    Colin Wilson’s body of work stretches across a number of decades, and across the years he continued to develop and refine ideas and concepts as his understanding widened and deepened; I’d be very surprised had his definitions of Faculty-X not varied. His definitions are not hard and fast; if you’re looking for precision of terms, you’ll be disappointed.

    You see this from other authors too. Crowley’s ideas of the nature of the Holy Guardian Angel varied across the years, because his understanding carried on developing in the light of his magical and mystical experience. Similar considerations apply also to the work of Kenneth Grant, as also to authors outside the field of the occult.

    It sounds like he didn’t have a handle on what he even meant, himself.

    I know what Colin Wilson means by Faculty-X; whether I can articulate it accurately and in terms intelligible to another person is another matter. To what extent do we ever really “have a handle” on things?

    #109778

    dom
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    Soon I’ll bring together Wilson’s accounts of ‘Faculty X’ in his Mysteries book but I know he has given examples of professional historians studying a scene of a e.g. historical battle and the feeling of being totally lifted out of the tedium and boredom of being stuck in the now. Similarly he uses the account of Marcel Proust suddenly being taken back to his childhood by the smell of a teabag (or something) that he hadn’t smelt for years. I think it’s more than what we usually describe as nostalgia. It is related to what can only be described as meaningfulness.

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