faith: Sophia (Gr. Wisdom) arises in the In the Paleolithic
as the nameless Great Goddess. In Sumer she was known as Innana;
Assyria and Babylonia named her Ishtar. Cybele was her name in
Asia Minor and Rome, Astarte in Phoenicia. In India she was Shakti,
and Kali. Tibetans called her Tara; the Chinese, Kwan Yin. In the
New World she was known by many names, Changing Woman, and Spider
Woman, among them. Demeter in Greece, and Mary (Marie) in the Judeo-Christian
World. In Dante's great poem, Beatrice is "often looked upon
commentators as representing wisdom." (W. Fowlie, A Reading of Dante's Inferno.
Chicago, IL., 1981. p.27.)
in the brain would manifest itself as unpredictable and seemingly random
electrical activity in a population of nerve cells, or neurons. Chaos
may have an important neurological function: it could provide, as researchers
have speculated, a flexible and rapid means for the brain to discriminate
between different sounds, odors,
and other perceptual stimuli
In the present work, the researchers model
the behavior of two large populations of neurons: excitatory (which bring other
neurons closer to firing) and inhibitory (which make it more difficult for other
neurons to fire). Specifically, they look at the 'mean soma membrane potential,'
the electric potential between the outside and inside of the neuron's cell body
(higher potential means more
Varying the rate of external electrical impulses to each
neuron population, they found the mean electrical activity was irregular and
noise-like (it looked like noise but really wasn't) for a wide range of external
inputs. Quantitatively such behavior is associated with a positive Lyapunov exponent,
a hallmark of chaos. The existence of chaos, the researchers say, would provide
a means for the brain to change its response rapidly to even slightly different
stimuli. "Evidence for chaos in the
neural counting is often controversial, estimates are that half or
more of the cells of the heart are neural cells like those making up
the brain. Some reports claim 60 to 65 percent of heart cells are neurons,
all of which cluster in ganglia, small neural groupings connected through
the same type of axon--dendrites forming the neural fields of our brain...An
ongoing dialogue takes place between the heart and brain through these
neural connections." J.C. Pierce, The Biology of Transcendence. Rochester,
VT., 2002. p.64.
suffered: J. Taylor, The Race For Consciousness.
Engelsman, The Feminine Dimension of the Divine. Wilmette, IL., 1994.
gone: One technique to retrieve a lost soul is for
the shaman to go into the bush with a bird cage and capture several
escaped "soul birds." The shaman then places the patient
on the ground at some distance from the cage and lays out a trail
of seeds that leads to the forehead of the patient. The birds then
peck their way along the trail, and the one that gets the last
seed is the escaped soul, which the shaman then ritually reintegrates
with the patient. (See, C.A. Meier, "Localizations of
Consciousness." In, G. Hill, Editor, The Shaman From Elko: Papers in
Joseph L. Henderson. Boston, MA., 1991. p.104.)
layer: "When man had come to thinking, Auguste
reflected, he had come to it only after the most laborious effort--even
now it was as painful as it was difficult. To think was to
suffer." D. Weiss, Naked Came I: A Novel of Rodin. New York, 1963.
waiting: "(Joaquim) Frisyer argues that the frontal
cortex, particularly the more forward prefrontal area, plays an
especially important role in integrating behavior in the time domain.
For one thing, the prefrontal cortex appears to regulate the processes
of memory and anticipation, allowing you to form goal-directed
and temporally extended sequences of behavior, to link what just
was with what is to be." L. Miller, Inner Natures: Brain,
Self & Personality. New York, 1990. p.48.
Gates of Hell: I Jianou, Rodin. Paris, France,
smell: Schizophrenics react strongly to unpleasant
odors but often do not appreciate pleasant ones and their brains'
response to smells may provide a clue to their paranoid thoughts...When
schizophrenics in the study were exposed to an unpleasant odor
emitted by a type of acid, brain scans showed an increase in
blood flow to their prefrontal cortex, a region normally used
pleasant stimuli. The prefrontal cortex was apparently ``hijacked''
in the brains of schizophrenics to detect a potential
threat, and was not available to respond when they sniffed
a pleasant lemon
odor." 24 July 2002.
plant contemplates by contracting the elements from which it originates--light,
carbon, and the salts--and it fills itself with odors that in each
case qualify its variety, its composition: it is sensation in itself.
It is as if flowers smell themselves by smelling what composes
them, first attempts of vision or of sense of smell, before being
perceived or even smelled by an agent with a nervous system and
a brain." G. Deleuze and F. Guatarri, What Is Philosophy? p.212.
head is covered by a thick cap of hair, which appears permanently smoothed
by the prolonged wearing of headgear." A.E. Elson, Rodin's Thinker and
the Dilemma of Modern Public Sculpture. New Haven, CT., 1985. p.7.
perhaps: W.S.Brown, "A
Scientific Study of Wisdom (Or It's Contributing Parts)." In,
Brown, Editor, Understanding Wisdom. Philadelphia, PA., 2000. p.311.
motions: "Preliminary integration of all stimuli
reaching the organism and the attachment of informative or regulating
significance to some of this--the formation of the 'provisional
basis of action' and the creation of complex programs of behavior;
the constant monitoring of the performance of these programs and
the checking of behavior with comparison of actions performed and
the original plans; the prevision of a system of 'feedback' on
the basis of which complex forms of behavior are regulated--all
these phenomena in man takes place with the intimate participation
of the frontal lobes, and they account for the exceptionally important
place of the frontal lobes in the general
organization of behavior." A.R. Luria, Higher Cortical Functions.
so Valentinus informs us, in her hubris lusted for the impossible task
of personally comprehending the fathomless Abyss. Thus she fell into
the dark anguish and pain, imprisoned by the elements of earth, water,
fire, and air, which arose as projected manifestations of her grief,
fear, bewilderment, and ignorance, and she gave birth to monstrous
children of arrogance, who became rulers and lords of limitation of
consciousness." Stephan A. Hoeller, The Gnostic Jung. Wheaton,
jeans: "Beatrice is eighteen years old and walking
along the street between two women. Dante perceives her in white...He
removes himself from the street to the privacy of his bedroom,
which recalls the "secretissima camera de lo cuore" that
felt the effects of Dante's first vision of the nine-year-old Beatrice." R.P.
Harrison. The Body of Beatrice. Baltimore, MD., 1988.
movements: "No sharp dividing line separates
these higher-order, more 'strategic' and willfully intended mechanisms
from the lower, non-tactical decisions which automatically fix
our attention. Normal subjects use the upper inner part
of their prefrontal cortex when they perform the more automatic
types of motor tasks which have been so 'overlearned' that they
are habitual. J.H. Austin, Zen and the Brain. Cambridge,
MA., 1998. p.274.
kardia: "Knowledge of the Heart."
city?: Sophia calls aloud in the streets,
raises her voice in the public squares'
calls out at the street corners,
delivers her message at the city gates,
ignorant people, how much longer will you cling
age of nine: In 1287, Beatrice married. She died in 1290, at the
age of 24. During the next ten years, Dante Alighieri became a scholar, married,
and fathered four children. Elected to the priorate of Florence, he got himself
involved in a feud between two powerful families and was responsible for banishing
from Florence a friend and a member of his wife's family. In 1301, he himself
was banished, and lived the rest of his
life in exile, dying in 1321.
within the quiet, enclosed space, is the figure of the Thinker,
the man who sees the whole immensity and all the terrors of this spectacle
he thinks it. He sits silent and lost in meditation, heavy with visions and
with his whole strength (the strength of a man of action), he thinks. His whole
become a skull and all the blood in his veins has become brain. R.M. Rilke, "The
Book" (1903). In, Where Silence Reigns: Selected Prose by Rainer Maria
by (Dante thinking of the plan of his poem) I conceived another thinker,
a naked man, seated upon a rock, his feet drawn under him, his fist
against his teeth, he dreams. The fertile thought slowly evaporates
itself within his brain. He is no longer
dreamer, he is creator." Rodin, Gil Blas. 7 July 1904.
hero: W. Stevens. From, "Examination of the Hero
in a Time of War."
We need a
new set of heroic models, just as we need new models for the gods,
yet grounded in the old mythic
patterns of our imagination. The "posthuman" still drinks from
the River Styx. New and old, pre-and post-, are not
oppositional, but a spiral motion that brushes against itself. Not new, but further.
is clearly spirit emerging from the mouth of the Most High as a mist,
breath or effluence. She is also cloud; she is smoke; she is light." J.C.
Feminine Dimension of the Divine. Wilmette, IL., 1994. p.82. In one of the
Gnostic creation myths, Sophia wanted to give birth to someone like herself without
God. Instead, the child, Demiurge, was imperfect and looked different than her.
Ashamed, she banned it
from heaven and, ironically, hid it in a cloud.
Sophia: J.C. Englesman, The Feminine
Dimension of the Divine.
Wilmette, IL., 1994. p.75.
me: N. Holland, "Music Coupling and 'mirror neurons.'" Psyart-L, 17
consecrated: R. Merrifield, The Archaeology of
Ritual and Magic. London, England, 1987. p.44. "Animal
remains are much more frequently found as deposits in wells (than
are human remains)...sometimes skulls alone, sometimes other parts
of the body, and sometimes whole skeletons. In such cases it may
be impossible to distinguish ritual deposits from domestic rubbish,
which may include the bodies of inedible animals, animals that
have died from natural causes, or inedible parts of animals that
have been eaten." Ibid.;
discernment: Proverbs 8:1-11.
sky:"What is it that puzzles philosophers? Broadly
speaking, it is qualia --the blueness of blue, the painfulness
of pain, and so on. This is also the layman's major puzzle. How
can you possibly explain the vivid visual scene you see before
you in terms of the firing of neurons? The argument that you cannot
explain consciousness by the action of the parts of the brain goes
back at least as far as Leibniz (1686). But compare an analogous
assertion: that you cannot explain the "livingness" of
living things (such as bacteria, for example) by the action of
'dead' molecules. This assertion sounds extremely hollow now, for
a number of reasons. Scientists understand the enormous power of
Natural Selection. They know the chemical nature of genes and that
inheritance is particulate, not blending. They understand the great
subtlety, sophistication and variety of protein molecules, the
elaborate nature of the control mechanisms that turn genes on and
off, and the complicated way that proteins interact with, and modify,
other proteins. It is entirely possible that the very elaborate
nature of neurons and their interactions, far more elaborate than
most people imagine, is misleading us, in a similar way, about
consciousness." F. Crick and C. Koch, "Consciousness
and Neuroscience." Cerebral Cortex. 8:97-107 (1998).
foreheads: "set within the quiet, enclosed space,
is the figure of the Thinker, the man who sees the whole
immensity and all the terrors of this spectacle because he thinks
it. He sits silent and lost in meditation, heavy with visions and
thoughts, and, with his whole strength (the strength of a man of
action), he thinks. His whole body has become a skull and all the
blood in his veins has become brain." R.M. Rilke, "The
Book" (1903). In, Where Silence Reigns: Selected Prose by Rainer Maria
New York, 1978. p.110.
to (the frontal and prefrontal lobes), which are more evolved in the
human brain than in the brain of any other creature, we can mentally
access information and keep it on-line (i.e., in mind) until it is
integrated into one's ongoing plans. Thanks to this ability to bind
time, we are able to hold on-line real or imaginal ideas that form
the basis for creativity. We can internally rehearse and anticipate
the consequences of our actions and introduce innovative and novel
responses." R.M. Restak, The Modular
Brain. New York, 1994. p.167.
prefrontal cortex is presumably having some influence not just
in the way events are remembered,
as occurring at a certain time and place, but also in how they
are associated with related events at presumably a similar
place." S.A. Greenfield, The Human Brain. New York, 1997. p.128.
Aboriginal sense: "As the Ancestors awoke and
wandered they camped and their songs and dances became the shape and
character of the earth's topography. This metaphor of traveling and
creating through song gives rise to the concept of 'song-lines.' So,
actually, the earth is the memory of the creation of the universe.
It is the imprint and it is sacred because without it we cannot remember
the origin of creation and hence we cannot remember who are what we
are.. To the Aborigines, any disturbance of the earth obliterates one's
understanding of the nature of reality, as well as being the destruction
of the memory of creation." R. Lawlor, "Dreaming the Beginning:
with Robert Lawlor." Parabola. Summer 1993. p.14.
was the universe in its beginning." E. Jabès, The Book of
Chicago, IL., 1989. p.30.
based "Water Dreaming," by Australian Aboriginal painter
ledge: "The prefrontal cortex, the latest outcropping
of the human brain, includes our awareness of our own life process.
No other animal seems to have this awareness, which makes identification
with other life processes possible and may cause the first inklings
of empathy, from which may flower compassion and foresight." F.
Frank, "The Human Face: An Interview with Frederick Frank.
In, Gathering Sparks: Interviews from
Parabola Magazine. New York, 2001. pp.93-4.
violence: "The amygdala is the mind's emotional
engine and research into its operation has become one of the hottest
topics in brain science
'We don't know why we feel emotions
and what good they are,' said Dr. Rashid Shaikh of the New York
Academy of Sciences.' Now we have the means to begin to get an
answer. 'Research on rat brains in the 1980s revealed that the
amygdala controls the expression of fear and anxiety. Scientists
then turned to the human brain to determine if ours worked in a
similar manner, armed with newly developed magnetic resonance scanners
that measure brain activity by analysing 'In schizophrenics we
find amygdalas that are much smaller than those in most individuals,'
(Dr. Stephen) Lawrie (of Edinburgh University's psychiatry department)
said. 'In other words, the emotional barometers they use to measure
the outside world are damaged. They may feel anxious or fearful
about innocent objects or passers-by, which can trigger all sorts
of paranoid responses.'" R. McKie, "How Science Tells
Us How We Really Feel: Scans of 'emotion engine' spot if we mean
what we say. The Observer. 10 March 2002.
on: L. Miller, Inner Natures: Brain, Self & Personality.
York, 1990. p.45.
Thinker: D. Weiss, Naked Came I: A Novel of Rodin.
New York, 1963.
the path: "The upper flank of the prefrontal
cortex, the dorsal prefrontal cortex, sees the reemergence of the
location-and-motion mapping stream of the parietal cortex--it thinks
a lot about questions of place. The lower half of the prefrontal
lobe, the ventromedial region, then takes the output of the object
identity stream of the temporal lobe--it focuses on events and
what they might mean." J.
McCrone, Going Inside. New York, 1999. p.200.
strikingly convoluted appearance of the surface of the human cerebral
cortex was noted in an Egyptian papyrus of about 1700 B.C., which compared
it with the film and corrugations seen on the surface of molten copper
as it cools...the comparison is, anyway, misleading for it suggests
that the convolutions are arbitrary and unconstant. In fact they are
sufficiently similar in different brains to be used as landmarks; and
exploring the working of the cortex we need landmarks." I. Glynn, The
Thought. New York, 2000. p.168.
the frontal patient, the appropriateness of behavior has come to be
dictated by momentary, immediate clues. Actions occur in detached isolated
snippets, intact in themselves, but unconnected to the overall context
of the situation or behavioral
goal." L. Miller, Inner Natures: Brain, Self & Personality.
Teuber suggested that the frontal lobes 'anticipate' sensory stimuli
that result from behavior, thus preparing the brain for events about
to occur. The expected results are compared with actual experience,
and thus smooth regulation of activity
results." M.H. Thimble, "Psychopathology of Frontal Lobe Syndromes." Seminars
in Neurology. September 1990.
want to suggest that the neuroanatomical evidence of massively altered
brain proportions and the anthropological and clinical evidence for
universality of symbol learning across a wide spectrum of circumstances
indicate that the human brain has been significantly over-built for
learning symbolic associations. Human brain structure is an exaggerated
reflection--a caricature almost--of the special demands imposed by
learning, but for fail-safe symbol learning." T.W. Deacon, The
Species. New York, 1997. p.413.
of the Angel, the poet Rilke says that its beauty is nothing but the
beginning of terror we are just able to bear. It is this terror of
the beautiful which erupts in the imaginal. Like those of old who were
struck dumb by the eruption of the Angel into their world, the imaginal
initially stuns us with its presence. Like one of those big dreams
which upon awakening leave us speechless for a moment." R.
Romanyshyn "Robert Romanyshyn On Technology as Symptom & Dream:
with Dolores Brien." http://www.cgjungpage.org
psychic androgynation envisioned by psychology as the result of
the process of individuation has apparently been anticipated (and
achieved) by the protopsychologists called Gnostics. The death
from which this union redeems humans may be envisioned as the death
induced by the lack of integration of the
psyche." S.A. Hoeller, Jung and the Lost Gospels. Wheaton,
IL., 1989. p.208
supplementary area (of the frontal lobe) is involved in programming
and initiation of movement sequences, frontal eye fields participate
in controlling eye movements, and Broca's area is involved in voluntary
speech." G.R. Taylor, The
Natural History of the Mind. New York, 1979. p.198
rainbow: "In the Shou-yang Mountains a rainbow
descended at evening and
drank at the source of the river," then transformed into a woman. "Ming
Ti (the reigning monarch of Wei) summoned her into his palace and saw that she
beautiful of face and form." She declared herself to be "the daughter
Heaven." When Ti tried to possess her, "she changed herself into a
so ascended to the sky." In, E.H. Schafer, The Divine Woman: Dragon
Rain Maidens. San Francisco, CA., 1980. p.168.
form of brooding is couvade, which is "a father 'brooding' over
a child, even in
the mother's womb. N.Hall and W.R. Dawson Broodmales. Dallas, TX., 1989.
have found that depressed patients show relatively reduced activity
in parts of the left frontal lobe,
mainly on the lateral surface (the dorsolateral frontal region), either when
they are resting comfortably or performing
cognitive tasks." D.L. Schacter, The Seven Sins of Meaning. New York,
promise of a flowing text, a text mimicking smoothness, a text that
first carries us along (perhaps the most dangerous). gives rise to
bad habits. We want texts the pass through us instead of allowing ourselves
to grope through the text, stumbling against unwieldy fragments, aware
and puzzled by our discomfort." SW. Molloy, Signs of
Borges. Durham, NC., 1994. p.2.
flexing: "What makes my Thinker think
is that he thinks not only with his brain, his distended nostrils,
and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back and
with his clenched fist and gripping toes." A. Rodin. In, Saturday Night.
Toronto, Canada, 1 Dec 1917.
contemporary Aboriginal desert art circles usually designate locality,
but Aboriginal interpretations of circles engraved or painted on rock
more frequently describe
them as women's breasts." J. Flood, Rock Art Of The Dreamtime.
Australia, 1997. p.159.
was becoming: T. Anton, Eros, Magic, and the Murder
of Professor Culianu. Evanston, IL., 1996.
up: M. Spitzer, The Mind Within the Net: Models
of Learning, Thinking, and Acting.
Cambridge, MA., 1999. p.180.
enigmatic figures: Sandro Botticelli (1446-1510.) "The
commissioned ("The Birth of Venus") for his country villa was a member
of the rich and powerful family of the Medici. Either he himself, or one of his
learned friends, probably explained to the painter what was known of the way
the ancients had represented Venus rising from the sea. To these scholars the
story of her birth was the symbol of mystery through which the divine message
of beauty came into the world. One can imagine that the painter set to work reverently
to represent this myth in a worthy manner. The action of the picture is quickly
understood. Venus has emerged from the sea on a shell which is driven to the
shore by flying wind-gods amidst a shower of roses. As she is about to step on
to the land, one of the Hours or Nymphs receives her with a purple
cloak." E.H. Gombrich, The Story of Art. New York, 1966.
trip: "In practically all individuals who faced
death through accidental falls, a similar mental state developed.
It represented quite a different state than that experienced in
the face of less suddenly occurring mortal dangers. It may be briefly
characterized in the following way: no grief was felt, nor was
there paralyzing fright of the sort that can happen in instances
of lesser danger. There was no anxiety, no trace of despair, no
pain; but rather a calm seriousness, profound acceptance, and a
dominant mental quickness and sense of surety. Mental activity
became enormous, rising to a hundred-fold velocity or intensity.
The relationships of events and their probably outcomes were overviewed
with objective clarity. No confusion entered at all. Time became
greatly expanded. The individual acted with lightning quickness
in accord with accurate judgment of his
situation." A. von St. Gallen Heim. "Remarks On Fatal Falls" (1892).
by R. Noyes, Jr., and Roy Kletti, "The Experience of Dying from Falls." In,
Kalish, Editor, Death, Dying, Transcending. Farmingdale, NY., 1980.
fall: "Wisdom suddenly shows a side of her nature which is
different to that of cosmic law. She rejoices with us--and most important--instructs
us...There is no
guilt, no Fall, no sin." A.P. Long, In a Chariot Drawn by Lions.
CA., 1993. p. 28.
"The biblical view,
placing the Fall within the frame of human history as an offense
against its god, cuts out the wider reach of a challenge to the character
of that god, denigrates the character of man, and fosters, furthermore,
an increasingly untenable insistence on the historicity of its myth;
while the other, cosmic view of the problem is actually symbolized
philosophy, and, as later centuries would show, was to become one
of the leading inspirations of every major spiritual threat to the
hegemony of biblical literalism in the West." J. Campbell, The
Masks of God: Occidental Mythology. New York, 1976. p.208.
neurological literature on the relation between frontal lobe function
and language provides good evidence that the motor components of language
production typically are represented in the posterior, inferior left
frontal lobe. Indeed, damage restricted to this region often produces
speech disturbances such as dysarthria (trouble moving the
mouth region)." S.M. Kosslyn and O. Koenig, Wet Mind. New York,
1992. pp.250-1. (Nerves cross over, so that the right side of one's body is relevant
to the left
side of the brain.)
run down steps: "The frontal lobes are most important
for dealing effectively with situational novelty, while
preserving the integrity of the goal." L. Miller, Inner
Self & Personality. New York, 1990: p.49.
rise: "The period we are talking about is the
middle of gestation, when the brain is developing distinct lobes,
and when its surface is beginning to be furrowed. The brain is
swelling like a balloon during this period, exploding like fireworks,
blossoming like a flower--but none of those metaphors really convey
the effort that is being expended. There are 100 billion neurons
in the adult human cortex, and they all got there by migrating
from the center. Most if not all got there at the end of a strenuous
Kunzig, "Climbing Through the Brain." Discover. August 1988.
spent most time on the hands. There are hands that pray and hands that
weep, hands that question and hands that give in, hands that bless
and hands that blaspheme. Violent hands and tender hands, clenched
hands and resigned hands. Eyes and lips may
deceive. Hands cannot lie!" I. Jianou, Rodin. Paris, France, 1970.
fingers hyperextended: "Precisely here,
where man the microcosm and incarnate Word made in the divine image,
the Adam Kadmon of Cabalistic doctrine, issues from the hand of God
as the fingers of the Father and the son touch in a loving gesture,
it is significant and convincing that the Eternal is circumscribed
by the ellipse (symbolizing the 'cosmic egg') of his celestial mantle
and angelic spirits, while Adam forms only an incomplete oval. Through
the extended hands and arms the creative flash passes from one orbit
to the other. Love radiates from the face of God and from the face
of man. God wills his child to be no less than himself. As if to confirm
this, a marvelous being looks out from among the host of spirits that
bear the Father on their wings; a genius of love encircled by the left
arm of the Creator. This figure has intrigued commentators from the
beginning and has been variously interpreted as the uncreated Eve,
or Sophia, divine wisdom." http://www.kfki.hu/~arthp/html/m/michelan/3sistina/1genesis/6adam/06_3ce6.html
Here is portrayed the
divine synapse, the bridge between mundane brain and ethereal mind,
where the "gnostic neuron;" e.g., the center of consciousness,
is theoretically conceived. But consciousness It is not a center;
it's a gap. Unbridgeable under normal circumstances, this non-site
doesn't transmit. It transforms. From another perspective: "This
brings me to the gap which is to be bridged. Clearly this is not
simply a matter of passing from one side to the other. It's actually
about collapsing the two sides into a whole new environment, a fluctuating
field of potentiality, in which new forms of human identity, living
systems, architectures, cultures and connectivities can be planted,
grown and nurtured." R. Ascott, "The Bridge is Not the
Gap: Mapping New Territories of Media and Mind." Leonardo
Electronic Almanac, February 2002.
the map: "Maps need not represent simply physical
realities, but can be used to depict abstract concepts, temporal
patterns, or theoretical constructs." They can also
describe "regional blood flow, metabolism, receptor density, fiber connections,
so on." J.C. Mazziotta, et al. "Atlases of the Human Brain." In,
Koslow and M.F. Huerta editors, Neuroinfomatics. Mahwah, NJ., 1997. p.
superseded: "The history of Highway 99 can be
traced back to the military road that was established along the
route of an old American Indian trail during the Indian Wars of
1850s. The federal government built the Pacific Highway over parts of this
in 1915 creating one of the nation's "auto trails." In 1926 the
Pacific Highway was renamed United State Highway 99 from Blaine, Washington to
California. United States Highway 99 would be the preferred choice for
those traveling by automobile between major cities in the states of Washington,
California for the next several decades. It should be noted that there
splits in the
highway at three areas along its route. The highway splits into 99W
and 99E from Portland, OR to Junction City, OR; Red Bluff, CA to Sacramento,
CA; and Stockton, CA
to Manceta, CA. During the 1960s Interstate 5 was completed and it effectively
bypassed United States Highway 99. Oregon was the last state to decommission
retired United States Highway 99 in 1972. Although many parts of Highway
99 have been incorporated in Interstate 5, much of the route remains the same
as when it was
retired as United State Highway 99 in 1972." Andrew VanDerZanden,
Shasta: Standing at about 14,162 feet tall, "Mount
Shasta's magical reputation is very old; it existed long before
any white settlers came to California. The Modoc, Shastika, and
Wintun people living near the mountain considered Shasta the home
of the gods, the pivot of the earth, and the pillar reaching up
into the heavens and rooting down into the
underworld." W. Kafton-Minkel, Subterranean Worlds. Port Townsend,
and sounds: "Another notable sacred mountain is Mount Shasta
in California. It may be one of the oldest geological formations in the world.
Five glaciers cling to its slopes, and yet from its higher crevices issue steam
and molten sulfur bubbles. Neighboring Indians believed it to be the abode of
the Great Spirit when on wrath. Many strange tales are still told of its mysterious
lights and sounds..." Ed.
nt., W.Y. Evans-Wentz, Cuchama and the Sacred Mountains. Athens, OH.,
Waters and C.L.Adams, Editors. p.72.
so, I didn't get it for a long while. It finally came / in a trance,
a coma, half in sleep and half in fever-mind. A Turkey / Buzzard, wounded
by a rock on the mountain. He wanted
to die alone." L. Welch. From, "Song of the Turkey Buzzard."
this: "The prefrontal cortex, with which the
hippocampus and medial thalamus both have connections, coordinates
facts with an appropriate time and space context to ensure that
the event is remembered as a unique happening." S.A. Greenfield, The
New York, 1997. p.131.
road: Seeking to enslave and fragment the light
from above, the Chief Ruler cloned Adam and tried to rape Eve.
Little did he realize that he had been tricked - Sophia (the world
soul) had planned this all out from the beginning! Before the Rulers
even had a chance to begin plotting their next crime, Sophia bore
a child called the Instructor, a serpentine, androgynous
light being destined to liberate Yaldaboth's experimental
Path Through Mount Utsu: (Scene From "Tales of
Ise.") R. Roshu
(1699-1757). A poster here:
of them say that the serpent was Sophia herself; for this reason it
was opposed to the maker of Adam and gave knowledge to men, and therefore
is called the wisest of all Gen. 3:1]. And the position of our intestines
through which food is taken in, and their shape, shows that the hidden
Mother of the shape of the serpent is a substance within
us." St. Iranaeus of Lyon, Against Heresies: The Sethian-Ophites,
In, W. Barnstone, The Other Bible. San Francisco, CA., 1984. p.664
roar: "Trials carried out by US doctors on an
anti-depression 'pacemaker' found the electrical device can significantly
improve the mental health of patients.The pacemaker, which is implanted
in a person's chest, sends intermittent signals to the left vagus
nerve in the brain. The device was originally used to treat patients
with epilepsy. However, it was later found to have a positive effect
on the part of the brain that regulates mood prompting these latest
bleeds: "Dionysus or Bacchus, is the Green Man
from the Greek-Roman period. He was also a God of vegetation as
well as a God of ecstasy and Divine Rapture. One of his lessons
was to teach humility and to make wine from grapes. This is symbolic
of the alchemist who turns lead to gold. Wine can be preserved
a long time and even has medicinal value. Later, Jesus used wine
as a symbol of His Blood - the Blood of a Sacred Covenant between
the Divine and
the lower ego." V.H. Frater, "The Green Man." http://www.golden-dawn.org/art_greenman.html
College: Founded by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael
and chartered in 1890, Dominican College is now Dominican University
Japanese Garden: "In San Rafael, California,
a redwood mansion, 100 years old, sat on 2 acres of upper-class
where lived an assortment of human and non-human beings, along
Bell (Swami Satprem), with whom I had travelled in Japan. Here
we built a tea house, two ponds, a rock garden, and a bridge
that arched over a
self-supporting sky." J. Weishaus Introduction to "The Garden Poems."
(1522-1591) is Japans best-known tea master. He served the shogun Oda
Nobunaga, and later Hideyoshi, who unified Japan for the first time
in its history. However, over a disagreement--Hideyoshi's aesthetics
was more ornate than Rikyu's austere wabi-cha--, the shogun
ordered Rikyu to commit seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment).
film: A brief scene from the 1972 film, "The Candidate," starring
Robert Redford, was shot in the mansion. In it, Senator Crocker Jarmen (Don Porter)
descended the main staircase, the large stained glass window framed behind him,
into the lobby. For that evening, our home was imbued with the aroma of hamburgers
Roman goddess of wisdom (thus a direct connection with Sophia), the
physicians, the arts and sciences; also of war. The church of Santa Maria
Minerva was built atop one of her temples.
Greece Minerva was known as Athena. "It
is here that we find the daughter of Metis ('wise counsel'),
of insight and reflection, banging at the door of ego-consciousness
to get out. Athena was known as the goddess who gave courage
the warrior, who replaced passion with reason and reflection
thereby causing many a hero to put up his sword rather than
strike. Whereas her mother symbolized practical understanding,
represents illuminating clarity." C. Poncé, Working the Soul: Reflections
Jungian Psychology. Berkeley, CA., 1988. p.112-13.
two elite cadres of neurons based deep in the brain stem, each comprising
more than twelve thousand cells (the locus ceruleus, or 'blue nucleus'--so
called because of its bluish-gray cast in human brain tissue--, forebrain-bound
noradrenergic axons carpet target sites in the hypothalamus, hippocampus, amygdala,
and especially, the
cerebral cortex." D. Niehoff, The Biology of Violence. New York,
attention: "Many absent-minded errors are probably attributable
to a kind of 'divided attention' the pervades our daily lives. Mentally consumed
with planning for a critical presentation the next day, you place your car keys
in an unusual spot as you are reading over your notes...activation in the lower
left frontal region during encoding is closely related to subsequent remembering
and forgetting....dividing attention prevents the lower left frontal lobe from
playing its normal role in elaborative
encoding." D.L. Schacter, The Seven Sins of Memory: How the
forgets and Remembers. Boston, MA., 2001. pp.44,47. Other "investigators
have stressed the importance of a corticothalamic-retucular arousal loop, whose
cortical representation in humans is found in the dorsolateral ('upper-outer')
portion of the frontal lobe, the part of the brain most involved in directing
and controlling mental
processes such as attention." L. Miller, Inner Natures: Brain, Self & Personality.
New York, 1990. p.162.
loses: "The frontal lobe is the site where
the earliest and most consistent effects of aging occur in the
brain, said P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., a psychiatrist at
and lead researcher on the study. "Virtually every mental symptom of normal
aging results from decline in frontal lobe functions. When we examined this vital
area of the brain by following a particular genetic marker, we found a single
gene variation that can result in significant nerve cell changes associated with
aging. Dementia Gene
Located. Science News. http://www.cosmiverse.com/science02260201.html
and other: A.R. Damasio, Descartes' Error.
New York, 1994 (?)
mechanism: "The earliest uses of the word "sophia" is
tillerthe man at the tiller of a boat. Hes always making little moves
you on course. Thats all it is. Its not big sentences. Its
moves. J. Hillman, "Authenticity, Character and Destiny: An Interview With
Hillman." Interview by B.H. Hoff. MenWeb, 1998.
laughed: "A new study has found that people with
damage to the right frontal lobe of the brain have trouble getting
punch lines and show a preference for slapstick humor....The study
is the first to show that the frontal lobe plays a pre-eminent
role in our ability to appreciate humor and have a good belly laugh.
Previous studies have implicated the right hemisphere and frontal
lobes in general. The study found that people with right anterior
frontal damage had the most disrupted ability to appreciate written
and verbal jokes -- and funny cartoons -- compared to the normal
control group and people with focal lesions elsewhere in the brain.
Individuals with right frontal damage chose wrong punch lines to
written jokes and did not smile or laugh as much at funny cartoons
or verbal jokes. They showed a preference for silly slapstick humor
-- surprising but illogical endings which are the hallmarks of
such acts as The Three Stooges...The ability to understand and
produce humor requires the concerted functioning of several cognitive
processes: working memory (holding a piece of information in mind
while you manipulate it); cognitive shifting (looking at a situation
in different ways or from different perspectives) and abstract
thinking." "People With Brain Injury To Frontal Lobe
Don't Get Punch Lines -- Prefer Slapstick
he complained: "Many factors besides
physiology are responsible for personality, and other parts of the brain are
involved in emotions. But researchers say the circumstantial evidence indicates
that the ventromedial prefrontal cortex acts as a sort of volume knob for emotions.
While the emotions may be produced elsewhere in the brain in response to stimuli,
this region of the brain can make them deafening or muted. As a result, some
people may react sharply in a situation, while others appear unruffled. The
volume knob, in other words, may be what people interpret as temperament...Although
negative affect may seem like the opposite of positive affect, researchers
do not find that people with diminished activity in this part of the brain
are "happier." Instead, patients with damage to the ventromedial
prefrontal cortex have previously been found to lack normal responses to emotional
Vedantam, "Brain Part Appears to Accentuate Negativity." Washington
Post 12 Feb 2002. p.A08.
Mt. Tamalpais: Just north of San Francisco,
and peaking at 2,571 feet, its west slope rises from the Pacific Ocean. Tamalpais
is a holy mountain of the Coast Miwok Indians, and the site of an annual circumambulation
students of Buddhism during the 1960s and 1970s. Background picture is Mt.
Gulch Farm: Owned by the San Francisco Zen Center, "the
farm is a curious mix of elegant new and funky old buildings, of
natural and cultivated vegetation, spread out over a beautiful
valley and surrounded by national parkland." D. Chadwick, "Profile:
Francisco Zen Center." Shambhala Sun. March 2002. pp.56-63. Stopped
in on the way back, driving down the one-lane eucalyptus-lined road, parking,
walking, exchanging a greeting with a passing monk. Sat on a bench by the farmhouse,
a student passing by looked the other way. It no longer felt right where Zen
practiced--robes, bells, gongs, shouts...
Slide Ranch: The house was owned by Doug Ferguson. In
the late 1960's, Doug Ferguson was driving up Highway 1 from Stinson
Beach and happened to glance down at Slide Ranch. He was struck by
its unique site and beauty. His curiosity led him to the county assessor's
office where he learned that the land was owned by a Southern California
screenwriter who hoped to develop a hotel on the site. Doug initiated
a two-year correspondence with the landowner and eventually succeeded
persuading him to sell the property to The Nature Conservancy
In 1969, The
Nature Conservancy bought the land and Slide Ranch was incorporated as an education
center. Concurrent with Slide Ranch's founding, the Golden Gate National Recreation
Area and the
Trust for the Public Land... http://www.slideranch.org/
Lagoon: "Fly / 12 miles north from where you're
at, / on the back of a Blue Heron / land in Bolinas Lagoon, / rift
valley of the San Andreas Fault, / southern tip of Point Reyes
peninsula, / Rialto Cove, Bolinas Lagoon now..." From, J.
Weishaus, "Arrived." J. Weishaus, Editor, On The
Mesa--An Anthology of Bolinas Writing. San Francisco, CA.,
with flies: "Let us take the example of a single
fly in a closed room, being chased by an irate human, hundred thousand
or more its weight and size. On top of this, the person is armed
with a lethal weapon, viz., a fly-swatter. The fly senses the change
in intensity and direction of the air pressure caused by the swing
of the swatter and the alteration in the amount of light in its
many compound eyes and is pre-programmed to fly away in an appropriate
direction to evade the fatal descent of the swinging contraption.
The insecticidal maniac with premeditated malice persists and the
scene is replayed, until the hapless, ignorant fly is squashed
to death. If the fly
was evolved enough to have a prefrontal
cortex, it would reflect upon the hopeless outcome and have a foretaste
of its oncoming mortality. It would be sad and depressed and may
even entertain the futility of its effort and life itself. If a
fortuitous and fortunate gust of wind succeeded in opening a window
in a timely manner during its escape flight path, it would exit
with a sigh of relief. G. Bhatt, M.D., The Genesis, Evolution and
of God. http://www.indianest.com/blunt/00511.htm
was gone: "No biography no bibliography!
Too stoned to try explaining my feelings that either of those
no longer the least iota relevant." B. Brown. In, On
the Mesa--An Anthology of Bolinas Writing. San Francisco,
CA., 1971. p.126.
in Samoa: "Cheating
is de rigueur in Samoa. Trickery abounds. State of the Art.
Win! Be numba tasi! Win! There's the whole magillah. Honors
heaped on the winners. Heroes to the village. The hero's take is just-fine,
Sex&Drugs&Rock 'n' Roll. Money enough to buy the spoils of
victory. Trick and cheat to win. Devilry and Deviltry reign." J.W.
Doss, M.D., Where
the Hell is Pago Pago? (In MS.)
Picture: "John Doss," by A.Okamura.
thought: "He had a green helmet. Inside the green helmet he
had a green face, green armor, green shield and even a green horse. When he was
decapitated, he continued to live, symbolically personifying the regeneration
powers of the plant realm. The symbology of losing the head is a striking resemblance
to the teachings of virtually all Mystery schools that teach about losing the
ego, and the turning of oneself over to
the Higher Self, or to the Divine." V.H. Frater, "The Green Man." http://www.golden-dawn.org/art_greenman.html
Okamura: Arthur Okamura was born in Long Beach, California,
February 24, 1932. After World War II the Okamuras moved to Chicago,
Il, where, after graduating from high school, Arthur attended the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While still in high school,
he worked at a silkscreen poster studio where he worked for twelve
years as a layout
artist. Graduating from the Art Institute in 1945, he received the Edward
L. Ryerson Foreign Travel Fellowship and went, with his wife, to Mallorca in
the Balearic Islands to paint. In Mallorca he met the poet Robert Creeley, becoming
life-long friends and colleagues. Arthur, his first wife and their first child,
moved to San Francisco, CA., in the early 1950s, and Bolinas in 1959. In 1971,
Okamura and Joel Weishaus collaborated on Oxherding: A Reworking of the Zen
Text. (Cranium Press, San Francisco, CA.) In 1997 Arthur retired from
teaching at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California,
where he taught for 31 years.
neuroanatomical: T.W. Deacon, The Symbolic Species. New York,
Nyogen Senzaki, who could not yet speak English,
had just lost his houseboy job. His teacher, Zen Master Soyen Shaku, and
he were walking through San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Shaku suddenly stopped
and said, "You must face this great city and see whether it conquers you
or you conquer
it." Then he walked away, never to be seen by his student again.
Memmont is a digital writer, artist, teacher, and editor of BeeHive,
I told you, I cannot grasp them. not by their faces, not by their
gestures, not by their words;
Being is no longer anywhere, indeed they are no longer
anywhere." H. von Hoffmannsthal, "Letters for a Traveller Come
will I know:
But since then there have remained
and special marks
those exchanged by people who don't know each
meet in places where they have never been.
Amichai. From, Travels. #67.