We behold another spectacle of human stupidity as stories abound today about how people are “staking out” places to watch the eclipse (which is just getting underway and coming towards the U.S.).
Let me explain: Humans have always worshipped the Sun. Read this Wikipedia entry that proves my point:
“Ra (/r??/; Egyptian: R?, R?) or Re (/re?/; Coptic: ??, R?) is the ancient Egyptian sun god. By the Fifth Dynasty in the 25th and 24th centuries BC, he had become a major god in ancient Egyptian religion, identified primarily with the noon sun. In later Egyptian dynastic times, Ra was merged with the god Horus, as Ra-Horakhty (“Ra, who is Horus of the Two Horizons”). He was believed to rule in all parts of the created world: the sky, the earth, and the underworld. He was associated with the falcon or hawk. When in the New Kingdom the god Amun rose to prominence he was fused with Ra as Amun-Ra. During the Amarna Period, Akhenaten suppressed the cult of Ra in favor of another solar deity, the Aten, the deified solar disc, but after the death of Akhenaten the cult of Ra was restored.”
The smorgasbord of pronunciations (Ray, Rye, Raw) is a serious hint that human’s relationship with Old Sol is fox-uniformed.
A bit of history before we get to the experiments:
I first came across the Solar Logos in H.P. Blavatsky’s “A Treatise on Cosmic Fire.” This was a cornerstone book in the study of Theosophy; literally in that area between philosophy and theology.
The book, A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, is a bit speny ($42), but worth it to some because writing as Alice A. Bailey, Blavatsky lays out a kind of “solar family unit.” Under it, the Sun is the central power, but the planets, moon, and so forth, fit into the schema as well. In a sense, it’s not unlike a rethink of astrology.
And this is where we get to the human fuzzy-think about Earth’s relationship with the Sun.
One of the more marketed ideas is that Earth is somehow a “prison planet” and besides being popular with Alex Jones fans, there is the Scientology angle.
But as you get older, you may come to appreciate, as I have, that the Sun (variously sun, son, Son and so linked in religious texts) is in many ways a source of energy that powers everything from the chlorophyll reactions that grow plants and produce oxygen, to the natural “sun bathing” that increases dermal vitamin D production.
In short, it really is, at many levels, a power source. Were that not the case, we would not have the Pyramids of Egypt or their “cropped-top” relatives in Central and South America.
In a very real way, the eclipse today will shut down (for just a few minutes to an hour and a half – depending on location and light levels considered – the arrival of sunshine.
And that’s where some interesting personal eclipse experiments (PEE’s) come to mind.
This is because a lot of people find their “personal energy” is closely related to light levels – which except for electric substitutes – come largely from the Sun.
It’s not clear in the literature how too much, or too little, sunlight (or just plain light) impacts how people think. But we do know that having light on all the time is considered a form of torture and that here in the past week, insufficiently darkened sleeping areas have been statistically linked to breast cancer. This latter is likely due to melatonin levels and that “whole mitochondrial repair process.”
Eclipse hysteria will not derail my plans to engage in some personal science.
As readers know, I am prone to high-definition dreams – almost IMAX-like in quality – and these in the past week have become a bit more intense.
So, one of the obvious experiments would be to sleep through the eclipse period around noon today and record as much as can be remembered about any “dream content” that comes along.
The Sun will be partly shielded, so why not test theory?
Many people, particularly those who find they are maximally creative in the wee to early morning hours (1-4AM) my find that they get a pulse of creativity today during the eclipse. However, thanks to the day’s media histrionics, there will be a widespread tendency for your natural instincts to ‘go experimenting’ to be swamped by mass media’s “looking at the Sun” silliness.
Another kind of personal experiment would be to engage in some “automatic writing” if you can do it.
Here’s another one of my long-term areas of science that I just don’t have enough time to work deeply into. The idea is simple enough: If you clear your mind and sit before a keyboard, just letting yourself type letters – rather than fixing on expressing thoughts, there are some remarkable reports in the literature of results.
It’s called automatic writing. A snip of its historical roots here:
“Automatic writing as a spiritual practice was reported by Hyppolyte Taine in the preface to the third edition of his De l’intelligence, published in 1878. Besides “etherial visions” or “magnetic auras”, Fernando Pessoa claimed to have experienced automatic writing. He said he felt “owned by something else”, sometimes feeling a sensation in the right arm that he claimed was lifted into the air without his will. George Hyde-Lees, the wife of William Butler Yeats, also claimed that she could write automatically.. Sri Aurobindo as well as The Mother (Mirra Alfasa) regularly practiced Automatic writing.”
Among the (intuitively) most “legit” explanations is this one:
The dissociative state is not necessarily a “bad thing.” Lots of people enter it, especially those of us who have read the book C-Zone: Peak Performance Under Pressure – Robert Kriegel’s book dating from the mid-1980’s.
Elaine likes to call it my “writer’s trance” when I am deep in research and writing. It’s a place where literally, time stops and you are in total focus.
I spent most of this weekend in ‘that place’ (writer’s trance) working on my upcoming book Dimensions Next Door because the topic is so captivating.
The distinction is between writing with a purpose or an outcome in mind. Automatic writing is different: You write (in the dissociative state) and just let whatever comes rolling out of your subconscious flow onto the screen. Nonjudgmental writing processes can be reviewed later in the full waking state.
Whether automatic writing during an eclipse is an interesting question and one perhaps worth answering: Does the solar presence impact the dissociative (or C-Zone) in useful ways?
At the risk of sounding a too “out there” another thought that comes to mind is parenting children (having well-timed sex) during the eclipse.
I doubt there has been any kind of psychological study conducted on the progression through Life of people born during an eclipse – so again it’s a totally obvious experimental study open to research yet do we hear of it or the results?
This investigational link between astronomical events and human paths through life was best summed up by Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens in his biography:
“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: “Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.”
Most days, people think that’s “cute.” Today, perhaps a few will think more deeply on point.
I could go on with further examples, but time is of the essence. I have a nap to prepare for.
And even if you don’t have any personal experiments plans for today’s event: Please take a moment during the eclipse to focus ahead to the next PowerBall Drawing.
Imagine the winning numbers.
Then, if you wouldn’t mind, send them in. Email or as a comment.
I’m hereby volunteering to cross-tab the results and buy what we can only hope will be the winning ticket.
By the way, if the4 Powerball numbers hit, I will write books only…not daily columns. Long-form thinking is a disappearing art.
One last point: Should calendars be adjusted in the zone of totality to add another day to the year?
It seems perfectly logical to me: After all, a “day” is a cycle of when the sun is out to night. Since there is an extra cycle today, doesn’t that mean much of the Midwest will have an extra Day? See? This is the stuff the mainstream media doesn’t mention. Rigorous thinking is not allowed – just the parrot and rewrite crap which is oh, so disappointing.
Seriously….or at least, nearly so…
Don’t waste the day – and do send in your PowerBall picks…
In all other ways – besides the stupid lemming-like behavior and media frenzy – this is just Monday.
Fortunately, this time, I’ve got one of my better excuses ever to take a midday nap.
Now, get out there and PEE yourself!
Write when you get rich.