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POP OCCULTURE reveals the backstory on the role of the occult as a counterpoint in modern and postmodern society. These undercurrents have their roots in the Utopian-socalist movement, Tavistock Institute, and global cultural engineering. The iconic roles of Aleister Crowley, Timothy Leary, Hunter S. Thompson, Robert Anton Wilson and other revolutionary thinkers are foundational to understanding counterculture. It is the root of their postmodern and post-postmodern counterparts, like Genesis P-Orridge and Lydia Lunch. Subjects run the gamut of related themes and personal countermeasures.

Artists As Strange Attractors

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” ~Francis Bacon

Your Zero Point

Your Zero Point. Physics has broken our entropic chains with negentropic models of Zero Point Energy, the Plenum of subspace. Negentropy is the generative force of the universe. Syntropy is an even better name for it. We have a direct connection with creative Source; we are That. The basis of our technology is moving from a mechanistic to a negentropic paradigm. The most important thing happening today is a metamorphosis of human life: hyperchange, the cybernetic revolution, the biotech revolution.



SMART TECH: Business as usual is nonsustainable and cannot continue unchecked. We need a Plan B for human survival. Negentropy is arguably our greatest hope for a sustainable future rooted in HUMAN SURVIVAL TECHNOLOGIES, which doesn't mean that "technology will save us". It both creates and solves problems. Unique physics governs matter at the nanoscale. Soon "reality chips" will put themselves and us together and culture will be revolutionized. Bioart, tweeking genetics and physical structure, is the medium of the 21st century -- 3-dimensional designing and engineering of new bodies and environments. Probably more than a million people living today were conceived in petri dishes. Bioart is an aesthetic response to biotechnology (meta-biology). We are in a transhuman transition era we call the Information Age. Direct Brain Interface is coming soon. Quantum dots can already merge with nerves. Information is more fundamental than matter, controlling and patterning randomness; it makes matter matter.

CULTURE: We are heading toward an Age of Wonder, including synthetic or virtual worlds which will supercede the real world in many ways. Synthetic reality will compete for our attention. Supertrends shape the future: technological progress, economic growth, improving health, increasing mobility, environmental decline and global warming, and increasing culture shock. Physics has jumped its classical boundaries, making a quantum leap from the domain of matter/energy to the more fundamental scale of the vacuum potential underlying field phenomena. We now consider our fundamental nature not only through biochemistry but through our energy body, living our wave-nature as well as particle-nature. The biophysical role of underlying EM fields can be demonstrated in energy medicine, quantum mechanics and field theory. The energy body is our fundamental nature. Our consciousness has jumped out of our meatbody through technological extension; we've gone global. An analogous creative current informs ART that jumps the canvas into digital multimedia, including webart. HEALING has jumped the consulting room into nonlocality and virtuality as global distance becomes a less and less meaningful barrier.

FUTURESHOCK: The next technologies are those of the infinitely small: nanotech, photonics, smart technology, and cold fusion. Psionics will revolutionize culture with both new means of mind control and self-regulation: Electromagic, Yogatronics. Currently, we access computers manually, but soon we will have direct neural interface which will create a form of synethetic telepathy among those with the hook up. Eventually, our machines will share our organic substance and nature. DNA is a versatile component for nano devices and and structures. There are non-biological uses for DNA such as computing devices. DNA is an ideal molecule for building nano-structures that hold molecule-sized electronic devices or hosting crystalline molecules. We will move from silicon circuits toward organic biochips. We are already fusing with our technology as it moves into our bodies. We are becoming cyborgs as tech moves into our bodies for support, repair and enhancement. http://emergentmind.org

CULTURAL ENGINEERING: We will morph from Cyber-culture to PSI-ber Culture, with challenges humanity has never faced. We may not even be "humanity," but trans-human moving toward a post-human hybrid of high tech and tissue as communication and computing technologies amplify. We already have voluntary and synthetic telepathy. The advent of the cellular camera/phone means we are never alone, and always accountable, and surveilled on GPS. Now cellular is beginning to provide mindless entertainment on tiny TV and YOUTube with expanded content. In the global era, there is no more first-person singular. "They" are inside your head and potentially watching and conditioning your every move. http://mindcontrol.chaosmagic.com







SELF-REGULATION: Our lives are allegedly getting better, but often we feel worse. Chaos is palpable; stress the universal constant. The antidote to futuresock, groupthink, to political and media mind control is self-regulation. Madison Ave. developed semantic infiltration to manipulate our tastes, desires and fear through market research. We have to overcome our personal traps and organizational or cultural traps, to see the Big Picture. Only once we "spring the trap" can we use metaphors to free our minds. Creative physics leads to a new paradigm for human survival technology, beyond our wornout mechanistic worldview. New media creates the environments of the future, the cultural ground. The "doors of perception" between Reality and the Imaginal are sprung wide open. Immersive Virtualities will soon make "real fantasy" possible.

PARAPHYSICS: Next-generation technologies that make reading DNA fast, cheap and widely accessible are coming in less than a decade. Quantum wave genetics will soon after manipulate the root of our being with acoustic holography, a form of cymatics creating morphogenetic formative change with light and sound, holographic projection. Rooted in the quantum nature of Cosmos, we are Photonic Humans: Homo Lumen, holistically aware of and cultivating our energy and Light Bodies. Art is Magic and Magic is Art. At the creative edge of chaos, it is we ourselves who are living embodiments of negentropic flow, if we live from that connective Source, from that Essence. This is the true nature of Manifestation.

QUANTUM BONDAGE: According to quantum mechanics and consciousness studies, we are essentially "embodied, embedded, entangled and bound." Consciousness studies are concerned with the "hard problem" and "binding problem". How can we create an objective science with a purely subjective consciousness? How does a unified consciousness arise from from the distributed activity of quanta, neurons, brain and CNS? How do perceptions and pure awareness combine into unified experience? It sounds like Quantum Bondage! http://biophysics.50megs.com

SPIRITUALITY: Qabalah is the art of becoming more fully human. Kabbalah presents spiritual correlates for emanation and material bondage of light and the soul with a spiritual technology for reconnecting to Source: "one magical movement, from Kether to Malkuth". The word "religion" comes from "religio", meaning to bind back in a sort of recursive manner. What ties our spirit to our body? What binds our consciousness to the fabric of reality? The knower and the known are mutually entangled. The Tree of Life is a map of consciousness. http://zero-point.tripod.com

PSIENCE: Can we find radical empirical confirmation of Mystery? Perhaps not, but we can still seek integration, contemporize our metaphors and liberate knowledge from the branding of religions and corporations. The human genome is in private corporate ownership; our minds are massaged by corporate media propaganda. http://psiona.50megs.com/

CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION: Evil has been defined as misapplied force and form. Religions have been used to justify personal and cultural agendas, honoring some beliefs over others. What is the nature of evolving spirituality or meta-spirituality that might resolve this global issue? Conscious Evolution means becoming more fully human, participating in an integrative way with [higher] Self, others and world. We all participate in the evolution of consciousness, whether our transformations are conscious or unconscious. Conscious Evolution is the ethical, philosophical, intentional governance of human change and cultural engineering. We can each conduct ourselves compassionately with creative intent and spiritual responsibility for the health and unfolding of human progress and survival technology. The post-metaphysical desire is to contribute to the spiritual fulfillment of all people. The needs of the many resonate with the needs of the one.

ART AS META-SYN: Art can be therapeutic, both in the process of creation and for the viewer who reacts from personal associations. Art bares the soul, and provides a container for unbridled self-expression. High synergy is a differentiating characteristic of the nonagressive and secure. Beyond synergy is negentropy, the flow of creative connection with Source. Symbolic art has both an emotional and cognitive content. Metaphysical art draws on the multicultural iconography, not only of the globe, but of the Beyond. At its best it embodies and reveal the indomitable human Spirit. Any therapist knows that the stories they hear from most of their clients fall into very few, quite typical tales. What we need are bigger stories to guide us in our complex world. We can enlarge our perspective from the individual to the global through “bigger stories”, such as those from our wisdom traditions. Mythopoesis means literally, "myth-making," the natural expression of the visionary wisdom inborn to the human species (Lash, et al). It is a creative act of story-telling or narration, by which human beings "track" their experience and orient themselves to the cosmos at large. Metahistory is a guiding narrative for human potential, rather than an interpretation of events. The cross-cultural metastory of the human species is an overarching view of past, present, and future. It opens a path toward participation in a story that leads beyond history, a mythos to guide the species.

ACTIVISM: Our true work remains to know ourselves. If we see the Big Picture, we can link information to action, like 2020 Vision. We must draw the line at our hearts, bending back toward soul and spirit. Self-defeating and self-fulfilling prophecies can shape the future or prevent it from happening. We have to claim our future and humanity by developing and consolidating (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) human survival technologies, by romancing the Philosopher's Stone. Activism is service in motion. If you hav a value, stand up for it.

Be your own Reality Pilot.

-Iona, the Dowloadable Human

Ms. Miller writes for the international academic and popular press and is published by Phanes Press, Destiny Books (Inner Traditions International), Autonomedia, Nexus Magazine, Dream Network, Journal of Nonlocality and Remote Mental Interactions (JNLRMI), Chaosophy Journal, DNA Monthly, Pop Occulture, Bolero, and more. She serves on the Boards of Medigrace.org, and The Wisdom Center, nonprofit organizations. Recent additions include print articles in Der Golem (Germany), Paranoia zine (USA), JNLRMI (Russia), and Journal of Interdisciplinary Crossroads (India).

"But for the practicing artist . . . works of art are not made from ideas or doctrines but, like ourselves, must come into existence by a process which is indifferent to the winds of doctrine. Yet if the artistic process must always be the same the conditions of art and the artist are always changing." (McLuhan, "Coleridge as Artist," in The Interior Landscape, 118-19).

"we are compelled by the quantity of available social and political facts to learn a new visual language for mastering the inner dynamics by the outer" (McLuhan, New Media as Political Forms 2-3).

Coming Attractions


Intelligence as Performance Art


How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the CIA


“By 2007, my artistic medium changed: the world is my canvas; intelligence is my medium.” “If the world is my canvas, the palette is a shapeshifting morphology of belief systems and ideologies.”

"I am simply identifying modes of experience. We need new perceptions to cope. Our technologies are generations ahead of our thinking. If you begin to think about these new technologies you appear as a poet because you are dealing with the present as the future. That is my technique. . .Never predict anything that hasn't already happened." Marshall McLuhan, The Hot and Cool Interview; Memories of Now

"In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies."


In secret; privately or confidentially: held the meeting sub rosa. A "black" (sub rosa) propaganda section.

[Latin sub rosā, under the rose (from the practice of hanging a rose over a meeting as a symbol of confidentiality) : sub, under + rosā, ablative of rosa, rose.]

The phrase Sub Rosa comes from the Latin and means ‘under the rose’ or confidentiality. The rose was the emblem of the god Horus in ancient Egypt. Later the Greeks and Romans regarded this as god of silence. This originates from a Greek/Roman misinterpretation of an Egyptian hieroglyphic adopting Horus along with Isis and Osiris as a God. The Greeks translated his Egyptian name Her - pa - khrad to Harpocrates. Cupid gave Harpocrates a rose as a token of gratitude for not betraying the mother of Cupid, Venus. Among the Freemasons the rose is the symbol of silence.

Looking at the scorecard or playerlist of a game isn’t the same as playing it.

Seeing the World in a Whole New Light; Tweaking the Timeline

In chaos theory, small perturbations can become pumped up into very large effects. The same can happen to the historical timeline with intelligence and espionage. Small changes in dynamics can make a huge difference in Real World outcomes.

One must carefully pick where to make one’s intervention. A mis-step can lead to the brink of a catastrophic Abyss.

In Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, a 1964 black comedy film, director Stanley Kubrick satirizes the Cold War and the doctrine of MAD – mutual assured destruction. Hawkish military personnel and mad scientists push bomber planes beyond the Fail Safe position toward nuclear annihilation.

Global Architectronics

Hermann Hesse not only wrote the classic introspective novels Siddhartha and Steppenwolf, but won the Nobel prize in Literature (1946) for his final masterwork published under two titles in English: The Glass Bead Game or Magister Ludi. This work (set in the 23rd Century) describes a cadre of individuals and their headmaster -- the Magister Ludi -- engrossed in interdisciplinary play engineering cultural values from behind the scenes. Hesse never forthrightly explained just how the game is played, but gave many hints to its structure for future aspirants seeking solutions to the critical predicament of mankind through Global Architectronics.

The Glass Bead Game requires that its players synthesize aesthetics and philosophy. The Glass Bead Game is thus a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture; it plays with them as, say, in the great age of the arts a painter might have played with the colors on his palette. The Game's synthetic, non-linear information play is a forerunner of virtual reality.

After each symbol conjured up by the director of a Game, each player was required to perform silent, formal meditation on the content, origin, and meaning of this symbol, to call to mind intensively and organically its full purport. The members of the Order and of the Game associations brought the technique and practice of contemplation with them from their elite schools, where the art of contemplation and meditation was nurtured with the greatest care.

The variety of the phenomenal world reached perfection and ultimate cognition only in the divine Unity. Thus, "realizing" was a favorite expression among the players. They considered their Games a path from Becoming to Being, from potentiality to reality...We would scarcely be exaggerating if we ventured to say that for the small circle of genuine Glass Bead Game players the Game was virtually equivalent to worship.

The name Castaglia, the place of knowledge, is the Italian form of the Latin Castalia, which was the Roman name for the spring on Mount Parnassus where dwelt the mythical Muses. Castalia was also the name for the abstract realm of the intelligentsia. Under the shifting hegemony of now this, now that science or art, the Game of games had developed into a kind of universal language through which the players could express values and set these in relation to one another. Let the game begin?


IONATOPIA 2007: Iona Miller's Homepage

"The creative action is always at the boundary or leading edge of any field."

Iona Miller, consultant and transdisciplinarian, is a nonfiction writer for both the academic and popular press, hypnotherapist (ACHE) and multimedia artist. Her work is an omnisensory fusion of science-art, chaos theory, plenum physics, and emergent paradigm shift melding experiential psychotherapy, new physics, biophysics, philosophy, cosmology, healing, creativity, qabalah, magick, metaphysics, and society. Rather than having an interest in specific doctrines, she is interested in the EFFECTS of doctrines from religion, science, psychology, and the arts. Our beliefs are the moldable raw material of the psyche, manipulated by governments, media and culture. How do we become what we are and how is that process changing in the near future? How can we navigate the hidden information environment with intelligence as performance art?

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