Daniel Pinchbeck

A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, 2012, depression, and dark night of soul

My loss of interest in contemporary culture was only a symptom of a deeper malady – a disavowal of almost everything that had once fascinated or at least entertained me.  Some crisis was announcing itself, a “dark night of the soul” carefully prepared by me history, it seems to me now, though I did not see it that way at the time.  Stalking the all-too-familiar pavement of New York City, I felt I was skating across the thinnest coating of ice, and beneath that slick crust the void was waiting to claim me, to crush me in the impersonal oblivion that had terrified me as a child.  A simple question confronted me – “Is this it?” – and kept intensifying its mocking force, whispering that my life was a lie.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 25

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on art, techne, technique, technology, process, martin heidegger, arts saving power, technological enframing, deeper collective vision, world as art, sri nisargadatta maharaj, terrence mckenna, gadgetry, shift in perspective,

“(Martin) Heidegger notes that the origin of the word “technology” comes from the Greek word techne, and this word was applied not only to technology, but to art, and artistic technique as well.  'Once there was a time when the bringing-forth of the true into the beautiful was also called techne.'  He found this to be a numinous correspondence, and considered that, in art, the 'saving power' capable of confronting the abyss of the technological enframing might be found.

If art contains a saving power, it is not in the atomized artworks produced by individual subjects, but in a deeper collective vision that sees the world as a work of art, one that is already, as (Sri) Nisargadatta (Maharaj) and (Terrence) McKenna suggest, perfect in its 'satisfying all-at-onceness'.'  Instead of envisioning an ultimately boring 'technological singularity,' we might be better served by considering an evolution of technique, of skillful means, aimed at this world, as it is now.  Technology might find its proper place in our lives if we experienced such a shift in perspective–in a society oriented around technique, we might find that we desired far less gadgetry.  We might start to prefer slowness to speed, subtlety and complexity to products aimed at standardized mind.  Rather than projecting the spiritual quest and the search for the good life onto futuristic A.I.s,  we could actually take the time to fulfill those goals, here and now, in the present company of our friends and lovers.

Part of the problem seems embedded in the basic concept of a concrescence or singularity, which compacts our possibilities rather than expands them.  The notion of a technological singularity reflects our culture's obsessive rationality, reducing qualitative aspects of being to quantifiable factors, and imposing abstract systems over complex variables.  Instead of a technological singularity, we might reorient our thinking toward a more desirable multiplicity of technique.  Technique is erotic in essence; it is what Glenn Gould or Thelonious Monk expresses through the piano–the interplay between learned skill and quantum improvisation that is the stuff of genius.  Technique embraces the now-ness of our living world; technology throws us into endless insatiation.”

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 106-107

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on consciousness, evolution, chaos, hope, and awareness

What if the evolution of consciousness, rather than an adaptive quirk of the brain, was actually the central drama, purpose and point, of our whole show? There are, we shall see, philosophers and psychoanalysts, mystics and physicists who propose that this is the case. Inner development is an eccentric process, advancing in certain jumps, in revelatory sparks and fizzles--each person is his or her own private universe. Strengthened by suffering and crisis, consciousness does does not reach a new intensity according to any predictably linear progress that can be graphed by the tools of modern science. It follows its own wayward path.

What if this deepening of awareness takes place in the margins, in the nooks and crannies of contemporary life, like a weed flowing out of the thinnest sidewalk crack? Could it be, as the somnolent masses and the professional classes press forward in the old direction, seeking the same old rewards, that the new thing self-organizes out of chaos and noise, asserts itself in fragility and silence, then takes root and vitalizes until it suddenly manifests as established truth? If something like this was the case, we would be surprised at first-- even shocked--but then it might occur to us: Perhaps it has always happened this way.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 29

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on 2012

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"I perceived my past impersonally, as if it belonged to somebody else, realizing how each small strand of it -- the deepest wounds, the most disolute and despairing aspects -- was a necessary part of the weaving, required to bring me to this place, to integrate what appeared to be prophetic knowledge, with the teacher as spiritual midwife.  Without her mediating influence, I would have been lost.  Late in the night, I seemed to commune with cosmic entities of pure thought, beaming a message at me.  Their words hovered in my mind, then scattered away.  I retrieved my notebook and scraled them down before they vanished from my memory:  'YOU GO DEEPER INTO THE PHYSICAL TO GET TO THE INFINITE.' "     

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 366

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on 2012, prophecy, paradox, cosmic giggle, and humor

"Perhaps there is a law operating in the universe that the one who bends his mind to a paradox ends up insolubly meshed within that paradox?  Perhaps the universe purely operates on wit, and the best joke, inducing the longest fit of cosmic giggles, becomes the operative law at the next quantum mind-shift?  If, as the physicist Arthur March puts it, "the world is inseparable from the observing subject and is accordingly not objectifiable," then perhaps undertaking the quest for prophetic knowledge, in itself, causes reality to shiver and shift, as new possibilities open like the petals of an extravagant, multidimensional flower?  The message, as I apparently received it, that "a quest to understand prophecy has become the fulfillment of prophecy," suggested some such wild card hypothesis."     

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 371

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on 2012, peak oil, fifth underworld, and calleman

"Although we do not know how the Classical Maya interpreted the prophetic culmination of their Long Count, Carl Johan Calleman has elaborated a meticulously exact fractal model of time from the Mayan calendar, in which human consciousness evolves through nine "Underworlds," each twenty times faster in linear time than the previous one.  Each underworld passes through a thirteen-stage process of alternating light and dark energy currents -- or seven "days" and six "nights" of creation -- culminating in a new level of realization.  According to Calleman's model, sometime around the year 2008 -- the "fifth night" of the current underworld, ruled by the energies of Tezcatlipoca, the jaguar god of night and black magic -- our current socioeconomic system will suffer a drastic and irrevocable collapse.  The primary catalyst for this collapse could be an approaching energy crisis.  A report recently issued by the U.S. Department of Energy states:  "Previous energy transitions (wood to coal and coal to oil) were gradual and evolutionary; oil peaking will be abrupt and revolutionary."  According to a 2005 feature in The New York Times Magazine:  "The consequences of an actual shortfall of supply would be immense."  As Peter Maass reported, "When a crisis comes -- whether in a year or two or ten -- it will be all the more painful because we will have done little or nothing to prepare for it."  

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 391

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on 2012

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"I have proposed that this intensifying global crisis is the material expression of a psycho-spiritual process, forcing our transition to a new and more intensified state of awareness.  If Calleman's hypothesis is correct, this telescoping of time will mean a high-speed replay of aspects of past historical epochs -- echoes of the French Revolution, the rise and fall of the Third Reich, and so on -- before consciousness reaches the next twist of the spiral.  As part of this transition, we will reintegrate the aboriginal and mythic worldviews, recognizing the essential importance of spiritual evolution, which understanding that this evolution is directly founded upon our relationship to material and physical aspects of reality.  The higher consciousness and conscience of our species will be forged through the process of putting the proken and intricate shards of our world back together, piece by piece."  

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 392

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on 2012 and hubbard

"Clearly, the shift to a higher form of consciousness could not happen passively.  The transformation of consciousness requires not only personal work, but direct and surgically precise engagement with ecological, political, psychological, commercial, technological, and spiritual aspects of reality -- as Nietzsche noted, the deed creates the doer, "as an afterthought."  It is inconceivable that a movement to a state of higher consciousness could take place in a subconscious murk.  Such a shift could take place in only one way:  in the full light of consciousness.  To accomplish this would require the complete engagement of our will and our higher cognitive faculties.  We would have to decondition ourselves from negative programming, overcoming distractions and self-justifications and egocentric goals -- to "abandon abandonment" and "escape escapism," as I was once told in a dream -- in order to act for the greater good.  At the moment, it is unclear how much sacrifice will be necessary.  As futurist thinker Barbara Marx Hubbard writes in her book, Conscious Evolution:

If the positive innovations connect exponentially before the massive breakdowns reinforce one another, the system can repattern itself to a higher order of consciousness and freedom without the predicted economic, environmental, or social collapse....If the system could go either way, a slight intervention to assist the convergence of the positive can tip the scales of evolution in favor of the enhancement of life on Earth.

If our current civilization were to disintegrate -- a possibility that should not seem outlandish, considering the New Orleans flood, peak oil theories, and numerous ecological factors -- we might face an apocalyptic passage, forcing us to evolve at high speed.  Breakdown and breakthrough may happen simultaneously."

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 244

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on 2012, gebser, and time freedom

"According to Gebser, the threat of nuclear weapons depends upon the mental-rational misconception of time.  The attempt to incorporate "mental time" -- "itself divisive and disjunctive" -- as the fourth dimension, in Einstein's theories, led to a "consistent and obvious" dissolution or rupture in space-time.  He theorized that the cause-and-effect, deterministic logic of modern technology would no longer threaten those who had "coalesced with origin," realizing the underlying acausal reality -- attaining, through their own intensified (rather than expanded) awareness, the presence of time-freedom.  "The new world reality, which is at the same time also a world unreality, is to a great extent free of causality."  Someone who had attained this state would not exercise "a new kind of magic power" or "mental superiority," but their appearance would "effect new exfoliations and crystallizations which could be nowhere manifest without his or her presence."     

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 218

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on 2012 and jenkins

" 'The Maya understood that whereas the 260-day sacred cycle is our period of individual gestation, the 26,000 year cycle is our collective gestation -- our collective unfolding as a species," Jenkins wrote in Maya Cosmogenesis 2012.  'Precession represents a 26,000-year cycle of biological unfolding -- a type of spiritual gestation and birth -- that Earth and its consciousness-endowed life forms undergo.' "
         

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 232

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