Awkward pause.......bats fluttering into the cantakerous cathedral and a coffee stained coffin pops open stumbling........ ah! Salutations Kiddies and Bitties and other nim witties!
It's aboot time for another breakneck, whirlwind round of OK Spuddroker's Adventures in the wonderous world of DISNEY......err..... toyboate......ahem...... MAGIK.
Last time we gathered round the warm glow of a Computer screen (or however in Pan's name your getting this information) we input muchos data on the essential basics of our wonderous Psueper Art. Now that it's sunk in a little, I now humbly begin to expouse and expose some Techniques that are elementary and easy enough that even your god fearing grandma on her death bed can do- with the slightest of ease.
Ahem here i present to the essential of probably the most simple of all MAGIK, the sheer basics of YOGA!
Now, if you read the last edition, you'll know that Yoga is alot like MAGICK in that the word itself has an excessive amount of baggage of mispreconceptions. "Yoga is the general name for that form of meditation which aims at the uniting of subject and object". So basically Yoga means UNION.
OR The definition of the term I prefer, which happens to come from one of the classic's of Indian Literature, The Bhagavad Gita, Krishna considers Yoga "evenness of mind." Now hold on to yer hat cause that just might blow yer top. Now this has nothing to do with all the Physical Exercises and stretches (hatha yoga) that people connotate with that particular word. THIS IS ABOUT DISICIPLINING YER FRIGGIN MIND TO FIND THEE STATE OF ENLIGHTENMENT. This can be attained many different ways: fasting, pilgrimage, isolation, exercise (yep that too), breathing, art, music, making sweet sweet love down by the fire, sensory deprivation just to name a few.
Essentially the goal is to try to achieve detachment from the dualities (pain/pleasure, success/failure, fear/desire, love/hate, elation/depression, death/sex etc.) which is required if one is to act freely rather than merely react to events, compelled by conditioning. So one could say "Yoga is skill in action" which sounds pretty bad ass no matter which way you slice it.
Now the mind is a tricky son-of-a-biatch that will not be put down easily, no matter how many times you think you've done it before. Mr. Crowley states the goal of yoga is to "control ones mind, to be able to think of one chosen thought for as long as one wills, without any interruption."
Now if yer like muah, yer mind moves several million miles a minute without a chance to breathe or relax for a bit of interpretation. Luckily, through practice and determined doings, I've realized how much of it is primarily the nonsensical ramblings of a paranoid mad man, which ones are incredibly shallow and negative thoughts (typically the realm of the ol black magish which i still have problematics with) and which ones are deep down my own REAL thoughts and problems. However this is the key though, that one needs to know about oneself TRULY since it if from you yourself that all magick will come forth. So give yerself a chance eh?
Now this is not a simple task, nor an easy one. This takes practice and possibly a whole lifetime of commitment if you want to even get a baby step off the wicked wheel of Thought considering there are many varied and different aspects of yourself that need silencing in order for proper yoga/meditation to bring forth any redeemable aspects.
First things first, let's start with your Body. Now this fidgetty fumbling sack of crap is always there and always wants attention to be paid to it. O IM HUNGRY, O IM UNCOMFORTABLE, O IM ITCHY, O I NEED A SMOKE, O IM THIRSTY. This whiny kid in the backseat well need to be silenced if any progress is capable of happening with deeper aspects of concentration.
The Answer= ASANA(posture)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So what exactly is Asana? "Any Posture which is steady and easy is an Asana;" Pretty straight forward. One could say it is the art of sitting precisely.... The most important thing to take from this is that you should find a position of posture which feels good and continues to feel good for you after a couple of minutes. Any posture will become a tad uncomfortable after a given time. The point here is to try to achieve non-movement with yourself. To stop doing anything besides breathing. NO swaying or wiggles. No shaking or minor adjustments. JUST BE FUCKING STILL. Many sources will inform you that an upright position is preferable for reasons related to breathing and energy. Well no shitsbah sherlock. This IS different from your usual layin' about. So make sure ya keep that one in the frontal mindlobes.
Find an Asana that works FOR YOU. Millions of websites are out there with a variety of images, aspects of technique and blah blah you heard this before. Just find one that you can do that at least causes you to focus somewhat. Whilst in this position you want to aim for an amount rigidity. No im not talking about erectile disproportions, Im yakking about yer Muscles. The important thing here is not to be so friggin still that you can balance a bowl of sulfuric acid on your head and get away unscathed (though again not exactly a bad goal to aim for), it is to become aware and know what each muscle is doing, if it is supposed to be doing ANYTHING at ALL. Find yerself in a "state of brightly alert attention that is free of thoughts, directed to no object, and attached to no particular content".
Get into yer position and then focus on it. Make sure yer in the mood (preferably have an empty stomach. Tis a distraction from what yer tryin' to accomplish after all.....) Let yer muscles become sprung in anticipation. By that i mean not tense but activated, as if any muscle could perform an action immediately if you call upon it. Then just focus on yer breathing. Do it as if you were a spectator in some sort of otherworldly bubble whose only focus is to watch this young interestingly tast...uh peculiar being do its breathing.
Eventually you'll get into contact with the amazing power of breath which i'll save for another time. Some people will stumble across it sooner than others. The only statement i'll make on it right now is imagine when yer breathing in ("the breath goes in") imagine it coming up from the base of yer spine and then when yer breathing out ("the breath goes out") let that energy go into all the various corners of yer body. Imagine yerself controlling the energy with absolute certainty. That's about it. Easy huh?
Hell breathing (pranayama) is whole other field/part of YOGA. Neither the time nor the place for that here but a simple poem by Rumi, the Sufi Poet of Love, will suffice for most (of course, personal research and experimenting will always contribute to a fuller understanding of ANYTHING)"
"Breathing There is a way of breathing That's a shame and a suffocation And there's another way of expiring, A love breath, That lets you open infinitely."
Of course at this point you'll still have a voice in yer head questioning the entire process and calling you a dumb ass for listening to some elitist prig over the medium of our century for advice on a "dead" form of bodily control. Here is where you just may realize that THOUGHT=TENSION.
The key is in how conscious we can become of tension as resistance to energy and our ability to relax, regulate and regenerate our tensions.
Alas for now just focus on REMAINING STILL, viewing yer breath and ignoring every other stimuli. It will all come in time.
A good constant mantra/motto to repeat to begin to overcome aspects of the process is "THINKING" however there are infinite varieties; it can even all be brought together with the rhythm of breath control. I shall save that aspect for another time or for yer own to explore(dangle). Just say it again and again to maintain non attachment to the thoughts/tension. The detachment at this point should be a complete shut off from any form consensus reality to perform some introspective work on the ol' self/s. Use music or some sort of medium to shut off the outside so you can explore the vast cavernous conundrums of yer insides. (ps also an amazing technique to gain energy if yer feeling tired. Somehow sitting still staring at a blank wall without thinking for extended periods of time makes you want to do things after. Funny how that works eh?)
To review ="SIT STILL. STOP THINKING. SHUT UP. GET OUT!"
Now just do it. Do it Everyday or as often as you can. Get into some sort of Habit. Just don't drop it.
The most dangerous problem is Success. Failure isn't a problem. Hell its a start at least. Success can get you lazy, inert, resistant, arrogant, bigoted and just a dick. Stay humble. Stay true. Keep on the path, no matter how narrow. Find out yer own way.
"In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true,or becomes true within certain limits to be learned by EXPERIENCE and EXPERIMENT."
PHEW that took a time to come out the ol' sphincter but it's out in all its glory, zits and grammactical errors intact! Next time BANISHING. Or not.... This seems like a glorious victory in wasted effort and ego boasting. Loud Yawlps of self effacing self centred toss off/ Life affirmating Mishmosh. AH Alas, I'll carry on.
To leave you i give you two books that shall prove to be another waste of time that you might desire #1= Be Here Now by Ram Dass- Hands Duwn a startling westernized look into eastern religious/philosophical ideas that is entirely influencial and stark in its simplicity. If you don't buy it at least read it for the art. Shortest 221 pages ever. #2= Liber MMM - THEE Handbook for Primary Beginner MAGIK from THEE man, THEE legend, Pete Carroll, who lays down the Basics in a short pamplet that ANY student can get his hands dirrrty wit.
Now do as you do, come as you go, and don't let the doorman hit on you there's plenty more in store.
While all my friends were out dancing the freaking minds off to the mind-fucking awesomeness that is Gobble Gobble tonight, I decided to make the most of my post-work recovery/pre-work preparation time by recording a little ditty. I wrote the song earlier this week.
Hopefully I'll be posting more songs in the future. And hopefully these songs will be bursting with collaborations in the future.
So if you want to record a song with me, Facebook me or e-mail me (at firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll see what we can do.
But yes! Alas! Behold! What this post is originally about; introducing: Henri Languille!
Here's my first ep for Number Two Collective titled "Initial Cosmic Voyages". You can download the zip file from your choice of mediafire or sharebee as both links are provided. The tracks are all in 320 kbps. Blue-green hydra by Cpt.K
The Number Two Collective and the Ramshackle Day Parade Unite to Present a Night of Noise: Wednesday December 8th 2010 Master of Pants - ALBUM RELEASE http://www.myspace.com/masterofpants
Seeing the Master of Pants live, in front of you, is a rare treat for all. Not only will he be playing his rare breed of psychonautical adventure-core and DJ-ing the night out, but he will be releasing his third album of the year on the Number Two Collective. For downloads of his previous 2010 efforts "Cyberpunk Aesthetics'' and ''Gigaorganic Planetsound'', as well as various tracks and mixes, go here:http://soundcloud.com/masterofpants and here: http://numbertwocollective.blogspot.com/
This lovely evening will be accompanied by an OPEN MIC noise station. We want YOU to do an improve noise set in between bands while they set up. THE NOISE NEVER STOPS. PLEASE wear a costume. We will be providing costumes for those who don't have one.
Wunderbar 10159 Whyte Avenue
TWO DOLLAR ADMISSION. WHO DOESN'T LOVE TOONIE SHOWS
Lets say around 9pm...sharp.
An unexpected release for the Number Two Collective! I finished "Gigaorganic Planetsound" a few months before I released my latest album "Cyberpunk Aesthetics" I have not released a download for this album yet, they have only been played during sets, so there is plenty of familiar tracks here for you to get down with!
Codeazure are electronic hermits. With only a few shows under our belt, we have spent the majority of our time as a band making music in a tiny basement studio. We have released two studio EP's which are now FINALLY available online for FREE on the Number Two.
For physical copies, please contact us at any of our pages online. They will be available at future shows as well.
Now the last little while we have been on some sort of a short hiatus, but we will be releasing a 3rd EP, an EP of covers, as well as a REMIX album that will include remix's and covers of Codeazure songs spanning all three of our releases. This should be expected to be released around Christmas/New Years. If ANYONE is interested in doing remix's/covers/etc for us PLEASE LET US KNOW! Let us know what song(s) you're interested in doing, and you will be sent the tracks to do as you please with them.
Any new information will be posted on the good ol' number two.
Ok so i recently seen this on AOL and laughed uncontrollably so i thought i would share it with everyone.
"A young Asian male has been intercepted by authorities in Vancouver after boarding a flight from Hong Kong disguised as an elderly white man, officials say. Air Canada security alerted the CBSA during the 12-hour flight about a passenger who "was observed at the beginning of the flight to be an elderly Caucasian male who appeared to have young-looking hands," the agency statement said. During the flight, the subject attended the washroom and emerged an Asian male that appeared to be in his early 20s."
Moving on...Check out this video for Stellar Om Source.
Hurr's a tune with some spacey vibes happenin'. And it's ready just in time for the New Moon in Scorpio. It was made at 133bpm with a little help from our good friend nightkruw aka Clayton Delaney!
PS: If you're wondering who Abigail is just watch The Fourth Kind as it is hilarious at times. Subtraction feat. nightkruw by Cpt.K
another unreleased track by the Master of Pants!
it's still not 100% finished after a total of 18 hours spent working on this puppy!
I've been working in Regina for the past Two Months,
so I have had plenty of free-time to work on some tasty licks for us to enjoy :)
...stay tuned our deep sea dwellers!
rumor has it that the Number Two might have a few tricks up it's sleeve
NOW we're getting cooking with Urine and Vinegar. The Principia Discordia is a classic. BAR NONE. (not really) It is the philosophic equilvalent of carribean drano. Spicy and Shit disturbing. You will NOT come out the same as when you creeped in. Even if yer convictions are concrete, it will rock yer foundations like none before (lies). Of course its all outright lies but you didn't hear that from me. Or did you?
On the other hand we got Phil Hine. The most outright demystifier in a land filled with splendourous over the top glamour and dogmatic conundrumic confusion. Let us not forget all the countless contradictions and metafictions! Phil pulls no punches, does the dastardly deeds and offers a humourous (nono nonsense!) insightful inspection of the immateria and beyond. Here he condenses down many essential elements to the bear necessities and gives a jetpacked launching board towards any other quests one may look into.
Both works are very Discordian(fnord) which i won't touch with a fifty foot Tolberone bar on Mercury as it becomes engulfed by the sun's mass. So once again i ask that ye take yer own paths (or don't), cause as Mr. William Blake said:
"I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans..."
Next week will be an actually planned out article on the simplest forms of MAGIK namely Meditation. One could break down MAGIK into 3 different components namely: Meditation/Reflection, Ritual/Art and Philosophy/Purpose. I will be posting a guide of Simple Practices of Posture (Asana) within the gaze of the theory and purposes behind Yoga.
I know many of you are goin "WTF? DAS IST LA LAME" but YOGA-I was once considered a form of Witchcraft (hell some people STILL consider it Witchcraft). Most people now figure it's just another mindless form of gym activity which attracts open minded middle age women/metrosexual males to perform bizarre stretches to stay flexible/keep from putting on ze pounds. However what many consider "Yoga" is merely many different forms of Hatha Yoga designed to silence the mind to the activities of the muscles so that one may meditate.
I'll procede to give a non denominal presentation that is 100% completely free from the confusing terminology. A nice simple look into the subject that hopefully gets a few people to get a little more out of themselves. Plus (for those that have been already convinced or have a bit of an eastern bend) A little acid soaked hand made goodie that I just recently found... but secretive i must be.
A WORD OF CAUTION
Keep up with yer Home-Work (or don't. I'm doin' this cause I feel like it. No other reason. If i help someone, kewl beans in a turnip and a waskly wabbit stew. If I'm talking to myself, it's not like i don't constantly do that anyways.)
Simply reading this stuff isn't enough. Knowledge does not equal Understanding or as Mr. Rollins would put it "Knowledge without Mileage equals BULLSHIT". The only way you will gain anything is if you just go und DOIT. Do it every ma friggin jigglin day (or as much as youd like to or not like to. hell yer doin' it anyways. PERSPECTIVE PEOPLE). As Master Yoda says:
"Do, or do not. There is no 'try'."
Go out and get into the Gritty or become something Witty or write a ditty. whatever. Find out fer yerself. Unless you live it, you are probably just wasting yer time. MAGIK isn't something that is just done, it's something you ARE.
HOWEVER Make sure you constantly are making observations and documenting it. May it be in yer noggin or on (preferrably) on paper/interweb/some formatamajig. This will become absolutely vital and pronouncably pertinent. SOSO BERRY crucial if you want to avoid many pitfalls eg. running around in circles like a chicken with yer head cut off, goin' bat-shiet-crazy or becoming mundane/repetitive etc. Hell most of this is about Self Improvement / Getting to know yerself better / connecting and communicating with the entire universe in ways you never thought possible.
Many of these are, in its utter essence, "Experiments"/Testing Activities performed on the Self (for a variety of purposes) so any conditions (weather, time, desires, emotions, physical wellbeing etc.) could potentially affect the Self in the process. Record keeping WILL prove mighty important to order yer thoughts, see habitual patterns, notice what feelings you typically fall into, point what mistakes you've made or any other factors to help you progress through the Great Work that is ALL=WAYS at hand.
Hey guys and gals! I'm not 2 sure what they call me, so at this time call me the n00bie to the ol' blog. On Facebook I have a weekly series of Songs of the Week and a Weekend Getdown I post in a group, with a variety of Hip Hop and Electronic Music!!
I shall bring it to the table here! Songs of the Week / Weekend Getdown series!
Everything I post will be a variety of everything Electronic and Hip Hop.
**It will not only be Dub / Dubstep as some might guess**
Each week will include 5 songs and 1 mix in which I highly recommend people to listen too, within that there will be LOCAL TALENT each series!
Each Friday I'll post 6 songs and no mix different from the Songs of the Week (I'm doing a separate Friday series with more of a upbeat, party oriented theme...