Sunday, August 14, 2022

108 Chakra Rosary (Version Two)

108 Chakra Rosary (Version Two)
108 CHAKRA ROSARY (VERSION TWO)

Recently Nick developed a system of 108 Chakras (body parts that can be accessed by mind) and a systematic way of exploring these parts in a particular sequence (108 Chakra Rosary). The easiest way to construct such a rosary would be as a loop of 108 beads, as in traditional Buddhist malas. Too many beads I thought. And so I developed a more compact rosary consisting of only 32 beads. But what this small rosary gains in compactness, it loses in the complicated instructions concerning how to fit 108 body parts into 32 beads.
 
After playing with the original instruction set, I have recently revised the counting of the 108 chakras using 32 beads in this second version which seems to me more natural and easier to remember than the first.

Compact 108 Chakra Rosary

This compact 108 chakra rosary consists of an outer loop of 24 beads, half of them dark and half lite corresponding to my division of chakras into dark and lite, the dark chakras located primarily in the lower parts of the body and the lite chakras situated on top. This outer loop is mostly used to count the 48 Limb Chakras--the 24 Right Limbs circling the loop in CW (Clockwise) direction and the 24  Left Limbs circling in CCW (CounterClockwise) direction. This outer loop is bisected by a string of 8 rainbow beads which are used to count the five 8-chakras sets: Spinal, Hindu, Sensual, Pelvic and Rib-Cage Chakras. The outer loop is also used to count the 18 Cranial Chakras.

In the center of the lite beads is a LITE link which attaches to a Lite Disk on which the rosary begins. In the center of the dark beads is a DARK link which attaches to a Dark Disk on which the rosary ends. Two other compact rosary landmarks are the TOP link and BTM link on which the 8-chakra sequences start and end.

Intro or Antiphon Move

Move #0: Starting at the Lite Disk, move onto the LITE link and follow the 6 lite beads to the TOP link. These six beads are merely an excuse to move to the TOP link where the rosary proper begins.  Counting these first beads is the time to formulate why you are focusing your attention on your body's Somatic Stations, whether out of curiosity, exploration, gratitude, meditation or just to practice the moves. These six beads correspond roughly to the Antiphon beads of a Catholic rosary.

Move #1:  24 Right Limb Chakras

 Move #1: 24 Right Limb Chakras. The chakra rosary proper starts at the TOP link and begins with the RIGHT FOOT chakra. Moving Clockwise (CW) around the outer beads, touching all 24 beads and returning to the TOP link. Each of the four chakra symbols: Right Foot, Right Leg, Right Arm and Right Hand represent six chakras. An example of dark/lite symmetry: the Right Hand Chakra is the lite partner to the dark Right Foot Chakra; The Right Arm Chakra is the lite partner to the dark Right Leg Chakra.

Beginning on the first six dark beads: 

1, Right Foot, 2. Big Toe 3. Two Toe.
    
4. Three Toe, 5. Four Toe, 6. Five Toe.
 
As an aid to memorization, the Limb Chakras are counted in groups of three (as are the 18 Cranial Chakras) while the rest of the chakras are counted in groups of two.
 
 7. Ankle,  8. Calf,  9. Knee.
                
10. Thigh, 11. Hip Joint, 12. Right Leg.
 
13 Right Arm, 14. Shoulder Joint, 15. Upper Arm.
               
16. Elbow, 17. Forearm, 18. Wrist.

19. Five Finger,  20. Four Finger,  21. Three Finger.  

22. Two Finger,  23. Thumb,  24. Right Hand.

The purpose of the chakra rosary is to focus your attention on otherwise neglected body parts. It is not a speed contest, although you may want to pay attention to some parts more than others. "Pay attention" -- an unusual phrase: the monetization of consciousness?

Move #2: 8 Spinal Chakras

Move #2: 8 Spinal Chakras. Beginning at the TOP link, move down the 8 rainbow beads, counting the chakras in Lite/Dark groups of two, each lite chakra paired with its dark partner.

 25, Will,       26. Auto    

27. Neck,       28. Tail        

29. Thorax,    30. Pelvis.            

 31. Lumbar,   32. Perineum. 

Where here Will stands for the voluntary nervous system, some of whose plexuses are located along the spine. And Auto represents the Involuntary nervous system to which strictly speaking you cannot really focus your attention. However on this Auto bead one can contemplate the importance of our unconscious bodily operations and give them some appreciation..

Although we humans do not possess tails, the Neck/Tail pairing associates the cervical vertebrae with the coccyx (or tailbone).

The Lumbar is paired with the Perineum because both are saddle-shaped. 

Move #3: 8 Hindu Chakras

 Move #3: 8 Hindu Chakras. These are my own variations on the seven classic Hindu chakras. The major changes are the addition of an eighth chakra (named Ground) so that the Dark/Lite pairing could be preserved. Also I invented simple traffic-sign-like symbols to replace the classic many-petaled lotus designs.

Starting at the BTM link and moving up the rainbow beads in Dark/Lite pairs we go:          

33. Ground,   34. Crown               

35. Root,        36. Brow                                                              

37. Sex,          38. Throat                      

 39. Belly,       40. Heart.

I invented the new (dark) Ground Chakra as a partner to the classic (lite) Crown Chakra. The Ground Chakra represents our connection with the Earth and is located at the soles of the (bare) feet; the lite Crown Chakra represents our connection with Divinity and is situated at the top of the head. The dark circle symbolizing Ground could be the Moon or the Fertile Darkness; the lite circle symbolizing Crown could be the Sun or Cosmic Enlightenment.

The dark Root Chakra stands for Security, a solid place to sit; the lite Brow Chakra represents the Mind, or psychic powers. The symbol for the dark Root Chakra could be a plus sign --what is more basic than arithmetic?--or it could represent the anus, also called the fundament. The symbol for the lite (mind) Brow Chakra could represent the unknown quantity X or the Third Eye.

The vertical stroke in the dark Sex Chakra could represent either lingam or yoni; the horizontal stroke in its corresponding lite Throat Chakra could stand for either the vocal chords or the lips through which the voice emerges.

The dark Belly Chakra represents the center of gravity, the hara of Japanese martial arts. the lite Heart Chakra represents the body's feeling center, the hara of your emotional body.

Move #4: 8 Sensual Chakras

 Move #4: 8 Sensual Chakras. These are eight ways your body interacts with the outside world.

Starting at TOP link we count down the rainbow beads in Lite/Dark pairs.

 41. Eyes,    42. Ears                  

43. Nose,     44. Skin           

45. Mouth,   46. Tongue          

47. Lungs,    48. Bowels.

Note that the symbols for the Lite/Dark Chakra pair Nose/Skin are both two dots. The two Nose dots represent the nostrils and the two Skin dots represent the armpits.

Move #5: 24 Left Limb Chakras

 

Move #5: 24 Left Limb Chakras. Like the Right Limb Chakras, the 24 Left Limb Chakras are counted on the 24 outer beads but this time, starting at BTM link, the beads are encircled in the opposite direction --CCW (CounterClockwise) starting with the LEFT FOOT CHAKRA and counting in threes.

 49. Left Foot,  50. Big Toe,  51.Two Toe.                               52. Three Toe, 53. Four Toe, 54. Five Toe

55. Ankle, 56. Calf,  57. Knee.                                                58. Thigh, 59. Hip Joint, 60. Left Leg.

61, Right Arm, 62. Right Shoulder Joint, 63. Upper Arm.      64. Elbow, 65. Forearm, 66. Wrist

 67. Five Finger, 68. Four Finger, 69. Three Finger.               70, Two Finger, 71. Thumb,  72. Left Hand.

Move #6: 8 Pelvic & 8 Rib-cage Chakras

 

After visiting 72 chakras, we next enter the realm of the Three Bony Containers: 1. the Pelvic Basin, 2. the Rib Cage and 3. the Skull.

Move #6: 8 Pelvic & 8 Rib-cage Chakras. Starting at the BTM link we ascend the 8 rainbow beads in pairs. The Pelvic Chakras are all-Dark but we do not pair them here with their corresponding all-Lite Rib Cage Chakras.

73. Pelvic Basin,          74, Sacrum

75. Right Sitz Bone,     76. Left Sitz Bone

77. Right Pubic Bone,    78. Left Pubic Bone

79. Right Pelvic Bone,   80. Left Pelvic Bone.

Ending at the TOP link we now descend the 8 rainbow beads to BTM link

81. Right Rib Bones,     82. Left Rib Bones

83. Right Clavicle,        84. Left Clavicle

85. Right Scapula,         86, Left Scapula

87. Sternum,                 88. Rib Cage. 

Paying attention to only these 16 bones, you might notice that the Rib Cage resembles an upside-down Pelvic Basin.

Move #7: 18 Skull Chakras

Move #7: 18 Skull Chakras. Starting at BTM link, we ascend the outer lite beads in groups of three, two Right & Left paired lite Chakras plus a single dark Chakra:

89. Right Cheek Bone      90. Left Cheek Bone    91. Maxilla

92. Right Frontal Bone     93. Left Frontal Bone   94. Chin
 
95. Right Parietal Bone     96. Left Parietal Bone  
97. Mandible
 
98. Right Occipital Bone   99. Left Occipital Bone   
100. Inion
 
101, Right TM Joint         102. Left TM Joint       
103. Foramen
 
104. Right Temporal Bone  105. Left Temporal Bone  
106. Skull
 
Visiting these 18 Skull Chakras brings us to the DARK link where we finish off the 108 chakra rosary.
 
Move #8: Whole-Body and No-Body Chakras

 
 Move #8: Whole-Body and No-Body Chakras. Move from the DARK kink to the Dark Disk which represents the Whole-Body Chakra, paying attention to your body as a whole. Putting the rosary away or concealing it in one hand represents the No-Body Chakra, the whole Universe with a you-shaped hole cut out of it. Now expand your attention as best you can to fill the entire Cosmos.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

A Rosary For 108 Chakras



A ROSARY FOR 108 CHAKRAS

One of the most important powers we possess is the ability to put our attention anywhere we please. In particular we can move our attention to any part of the body. A body part attended to is different from a body part ignored. A body part attended to "lights up" in a particular way.

To aid us in performing this mindful illumination of the body, I have been working for many years to increase the number of chakras (special body sites) from the classical seven Hindu chakras to a new and final total of one hundred and eight. Analogous to the particle/antiparticle symmetry of ordinary matter, I have applied a rough dark/light symmetry to my chakras. Each "light" chakra possesses a corresponding "dark" partner. In general (but not always) the dark chakra is located lower in the body than its homologous light partner. I have also tried to devise symbols "as simple as traffic signs" to represent both the classic chakras and my numerous additions.

Nick's new system consists of 108 locations in the body into which you can place your awareness and "see what happens". (Some of these places may already be clamoring for your attention by being painful.) See  Which of Your Body Parts Needs More Amour for more details of this system.

Once having designated these bodily locations, I wanted to invent a systematic way of touring them. There are thousands of possible tours (actually 108! = 108 factorial which my computer informs me is a number with 175 digits.) So the particular body tour I have chosen is certainly not unique but for me it seems to possess a certain logic that makes it easy to remember.

Most of the chakras fit into one of three groups: Limb Chakras, Central Chakras and the Bony Containers

1. The 4 Limb Chakras:

Right Leg:Foot Chakras (12)

Right Arm:Hand Chakras (12) 

Left Leg:Foot Chakras (12)

Left Arm:Hand Chakras (12)

For a total of 4 x 12 = 48 Limb chakras. (The underline indicates that all these chakras are "dark" Compare for instance, the "dark" Foot Chakras with the "light" Hand Chakras.)

2. The 3 Central Chakras:

Hindu Chakras (8)

Spinal Chakras (8)

Portal Chakras (8) (formerly called "Sensual Chakras")

For a total of 3 x 8 = 24 Central Chakras. Each dark Central chakra is paired with a light Central chakra. I am using the convention that upper-case "Chakra" refers to a group of body parts while lower-case "chakra" refers to one specific site. For example, the classic Hindu Chakras are eight in number, including the famous ("light") Heart chakra, whose "dark" partner is the Belly chakra.

3. The 3 Bony Containers

Pelvic Basin Chakras (8)

Rib Cage Chakras (8)

Skull Chakras (18

For a total of 8 + 8 + 18 = 34 Bony Container Chakras.

To these 106 main chakras  must be added a final two: the Whole Body chakra and the No Body chakra. The No Body chakra represents the entire Universe minus a tiny you-shaped piece. This final chakra stands for everything that is not your body, a distinction, which, as Alan Watts reminds us, may not be that easy to make: where exactly does your body end and the external Universe begin?

NICK'S BASIC 108 CHAKRA ROSARY

The simplest 108 chakra rosary would consist of 108 beads, each bead in the form of or depicting one of the chakra symbols shown above. Such a rosary would be large and difficult to produce. (Although the task might be made easier with the use of a 3D printer.) For my own purposes I have designed a smaller rosary consisting of only 32 beads. Nick's 32-bead rosary is more compact than the simplest rosary but explaining how to use it to visit all 108 chakras is more complicated.

Nick's Basic Chakra Rosary is made of 12 Light beads, 12 Dark beads and eight Rainbow beads plus a Light Disk and a Dark Disk which mark the beginning and end of "saying the Chakra Rosary". (In this photo, bad lighting unfortunately makes the Light Disk appear Dark and vice versa.)

As a rough guide to saying Nick's Chakra Rosary, the Light and Dark beads are used to "say" the Limb Chakras which come in groups of sixes, while the Rainbow beads are used to "say" the Central and Bony Container Chakras which come in groups of eight. (The eighteen Skull Chakras are the only exception to this rule.)

Another peculiarity of this system is that except for the Central Chakras, most of the saying of the beads follows an obvious anatomical sequence. In the case of the three Central Chakras, however, the saying of the beads alternates between a Dark chakra and a Light chakra following only a rough anatomical sequence.

THE SAYING OF THE BASIC CHAKRA ROSARY BEADS

We publish here the first account of the saying of the Basic Rosary beads. Holding the rosary as shown above, with the Light beads on the left and the Rainbow beads oriented with the single Light bead at the top, the sequence begins on the Light Disk. As your fingers move down the six white beads, this is the time to form your Intention for saying the Rosary, You might speak a six-syllable phrase:. "Now This is My Body." or "Touching Flesh With Spirit.", for example. Or anything else, as you say these first six beads, that takes you out of the ordinary world and into the particular exercise space of giving focused attention to your various body parts using a string of glass beads as a visual/tactile aid.

After the six-bead introduction, the Basic Rosary proper begins on the first lower Dark bead which represents the WHOLE RIGHT LEG. The sequence continues up the first six Dark beads to count the six Right Leg Chakras:

Whole Right Leg, Hip Joint, Thigh,
Knee, Calf, Ankle.
 
Continuing up the next six Dark beads to count the six Right Foot Chakras:
 
Five, Four, Three Toe,
Two, One Toe, Whole Right Foot

where here "One Toe" means the big toe. While saying each bead, direct your attention to the appropriate body part, physically touching it if you like, especially in the case of the toes, to isolate it from its nearby companions. Linger as long as seems appropriate on each chakra. Saying the Basic Rosary is not a race but a way of directing the gift of your attention to various otherwise neglected body parts.

After counting the 12 Right Leg:Foot Chakras, we move down the Rainbow beads to count the 8 classic Hindu Chakras, ordering them in Dark-Light pairs:

Ground, Crown,
Root, Brow,
Sex, Throat,
Belly, Heart.

where here I have located the four Dark Hindu chakras in the lower half of the body. Entire books have been written on Hindu chakra meditation so one can spend a lot of time if one is so inclined traversing just these eight Rainbow beads. In Nick's Basic Rosary the Rainbow beads are traversed from top to bottom without regard to their color. But in the Hindu chakra literature, the chakra colors are important and arranged in spectral sequence.

Now at the bottom of the Basic Rosary, we begin at the lower Light bead which represents the WHOLE RIGHT ARM. The sequence continues up the first six Light beads to count the six Right Arm Chakras:

Whole Right Arm, Shoulder Joint, Upper Arm,
Elbow, Forearm, Wrist.

Continuing up the next six Light beads to count the six Right Hand Chakras:

Five, Four, Three Finger,
Two, One Finger, Whole Right Hand.

where here "One Finger" means the thumb.

Saying the 12 Right Leg:Foot Chakras, the 8 Hindu Chakas, the 12 Right Arm:Hand Chakras demonstrates the principle of how to say the Basic Rosary and brings our chakra count to 32.
 

We see here how the 8 Hindu Chakras are "framed" by the 24 Right Limb Chakras. And our fingers are located now at the top of the rosary where Light, Dark and Rainbow come together.

We next go down the Rainbow path, counting the 8 Spinal chakras:

Will, Auto,
Neck, Tail,
Thorax, Pelvis,
Lumbar, Perineum.

where "Will" and "Auto" represent the voluntary and involuntary nervous systems located largely in nervous plexuses in the spine. The Will chakra you can actually engage with your mind; the dark Auto chakra is by definition unconscious but you can take this opportunity to appreciate and thank these loyal plexuses for their underground services. The Lumbar and Perineum are paired here because they are both saddle-shaped.

Next we count the 8 Portal Chakras, framing them like the Hindu Chakras with the 24 Left Limb Chakras:
 
Whole Left Leg, Hip Joint, Thigh
Knee, Calf, Ankle,
Five, Four, Three Toe,
Two, One Toe, Whole Left Foot.

Eyes, Ears,
Nose, Skin,
Mouth, Tongue,
Lungs, Bowels.

The Portal Chakras represent 8 ways the body connects to the outside world. The two-dot symbol representing the Nose/Skin chakra light/dark pair is meant to symbolize the Nose chakra by two nostrils and the Skin chakra by two armpits.
 
Whole Left Arm, Shoulder Joint, Upper Arm,
Elbow, Forearm, Wrist,
Five, Four, Three Finger,
Two, One Finger, Whole Left Hand.

This completes the counting of the 24 Central Chakras framed by the 48 Limb Chakras for a total of 72 chakras played out on the Basic 32-bead Chakra Rosary. What remains is only to count the chakras contained inside the 3 Bony Containers, then finish up with the Whole Body and No Body chakras.

Here is a chart summarizing where we have been and where we are going:
 
The Three Bony Containers consist of the Pelvic Basin, the Rib Cage and the Skull. The pelvic bones and the rib bones can be seen as mirror images of one another, so I make the pelvic bones "Dark" and the rib bones "Light".
 

The 8 Pelvic and 8 Rib Chakras are counted on the Rainbow beads starting at the top and counting down for the Pelvic Chakras, then reversing direction and counting up the Rainbow path for the Rib Chakras:
 
Whole Pelvic Basin, Sacrum,
Right Sitz Bone, Left Sitz Bone,
Right Pubic Bone, Left Pubic Bone,
Right Pelvic Bone, Left Pelvic Bone.
 
Right (lower) Rib, Left (lower) Rib,
Right Clavicle, Left Clavicle,
Right Scapula, Left Scapula,
Sternum, Whole Rib Cage.

(Note the nice homology between the pubic bones and the clavicles.) With these two Bony Containers we've added 16 more chakras to the rosary count. We now turn to our final Bony Container, the Skull.



For the eighteen Cranial Chakras we start at the top of the rosary and go down the Light path, formerly reserved for the Limb Chakras. Our count begins with the Temporomandibular Joints directly in front of the ears:

Right TM Joint, Left TM Joint,
Right Temporal Bone, Left Temporal Bone,
Right Occipital Bone, Left Occipital Bone,
Right Parietal Bone, Left Parietal Bone,
Right Frontal Bone, Left Frontal Bone,
Right Cheek Bone, Left Cheek Bone.
 
Counting these 12 chakra down the 12 Light beads takes us to the bottom of the rosary where we continue the count upwards along the Dark bead path

Chin Bone, Mandible,
Maxilla, Inion,
Foramen, Whole Skull.
 
Where the Inion is the prominent bump on the back of the skull and the Foramen is the hole in the bottom of the skull though which the spinal cord enters the brain.
 
Completing the Skull count with these last 6 chakras locates us in the middle of the Dark path, directly adjacent to the Dark Disk

Moving your fingers to the Dark Disk represents the Whole Body chakra. Hold the whole Basic Rosary dangling from this Dark Disk to bring your attention to the Whole Body signified by the dangling rosary.  Contemplate for a moment your whole body.

Then make the rosary disappear by dropping it into and closing your other hand. This gesture symbolizes the No Body chakra  -- the entire Universe minus that part you call your body. See how long and in what manner you can mentally inhabit this chakra -- everything in the world that is not you.

Experiencing the No Body chakra concludes the 108 chakra rosary.

Take from this exercise what you can. I hope you found it informative, amusing and not too complex.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Death of a Moor


Peter Lamborn Wilson (1945-2022)

Peter Lamborn Wilson is dead.

Peter Lamborn Wilson was a prolific, controversial writer and researcher into the lives and beliefs of mavericks, misfits, hobos, punks and heretics. He is best-known for his coinage of the term Temporary Autonomous Zone or TAZ which can be applied to any spontaneous association of free people from Burning Man to improv dancing, especially those gatherings which maximize what Wilson liked to call "ontological anarchy".

As an Ontological Anarchist, Peter necessarily acquired an unusual resume'. Educated at Columbia, Wilson left New York in 1968 for a spiritual "Journey to the East" across the Islamic world from Morocco to Katmandu, seeking wisdom and teachers in tea houses, palaces and opium dens and settling finally in Tehran, where his presence coincided with Empress Farah Pahlavi's desire to spread Iranian culture into the West. At the Iranian Academy of Philosophy, Wilson was put in charge of English publication where he was able to translate the works of famous Islamic philosophers and poets, for instance (my favorite) The Drunken Universe: An Anthology of Persian Sufi Poetry with Nasrollah Pourjavady.

Wilson's academic tenure in Tehran was cut short in 1979 by the Iranian Revolution in which the Shah and his wife were replaced by the Ayatollah Khomeini (a minor poet himself in the tradition of Khayyam and Hafiz).

Back in New York, Wilson aligned himself with various fringe organizations among which was the Moorish Orthodox Church of America which Wikipedia describes as "a syncretic, non-exclusive, and religious anarchist movement originally founded in New York City in 1965 and part of the burgeoning psychedelic church movement of the mid to late 1960’s in the United States." MOCA traces its lineage back to a black Chicago religious leader from the 1920's, Noble Drew Ali, whom the Black Muslims also claim as their founder. More detailed information concerning this "religious anarchist movement" can be found on the web at the Moorish Orthodox Information Kiosk or in Wilson's own Sacred Drift: Essays on the Margins of Islam published by City Lights in San Francisco.

Wilson obituaries have appeared in such wide-ranging venues as The Global Ganja Report and the New York Times (!) so I will not repeat here what others have written but instead publish a brief account of how this ontological anarchist affected my own life.

In the early 80's computers were just beginning to enter our lives. Instead the photocopier gave rise to a web-like phenomenon called "zines", short for "magazines" in which anyone with a few dollars for stamps and access to a Xerox machine could become their own publisher. The quality of zines ranged from semi-professional to unreadable but what they all had in common was quirky originality and instant access to off-beat topics. I cannot locate in my records the zine in which I first encountered the writings of Peter Lamborn Wilson but it might have been Popular Reality which one archivist described as "distinguishing itself as an open forum for the most unpopular of opinions."

Connecting via one of the zines of that era Peter and I began a letter exchange concerning the Moorish Orthodox Church and he invited me to come visit him in New York should opportunity arise. So in the spring of 1986 on some errand involving physics and publishing I met the man himself in his third floor apartment on West 107th St just a few blocks from the Nicholas Roerich Museum.

Wilson lived in a rat's warren of books, papers and unusual objects from his Islamic travels, the centerpiece of which was an old mechanical Remington typewriter on which he composed his voluminous works, He seemed to have a dislike for computers and never quite moved into the digital age. Over a few tokes of crumbly hashish he regaled me with tales from his travels and invited me to become a member of the Moorish Church. It is customary to take an Islamic name and I knew nothing of that faith. Wilson's own Moorish name was "Hakim Bey" and several of his books, articles and performances appear under that name. "Well, you could do worse, Nick, than "Jabir", the 9th Century Islamic alchemist."

So Jabir it was. To which I later added "'abd al-Khaliq", designating myself as servant of one of the 99 names of God. A few weeks later I received from Hakim Bey a photocopied diploma certifying my new rank as "Adept of the Seventh Heaven."


My first substantial adventure with the Moorish Orthodox Chuch was the Antarctic Astral Projection Project. On the night separating August from September 1987, various individuals would attempt by any means at their command to astrally project themselves to a location on the Antarctic continent aptly named "Cape Longing". We would dutifully record our impressions which would then be collected and published in the zinosphere as part of the Akashic Records, one more fanciful account of the spiritual strivings of the human race. Doctor Jabir decided to go there as Mandrake the Magician and fancied the trip as a conclave of other fictional magician/scientists observing and producing new physical, mental and spiritual phenomena in the exotic low-temperature environment not far from the Earth's South magnetic pole. As I recall music and dancing girls were involved as well as a spectacular display of the best Southern Lights that my human imagination could produce.

Another Moorish adventure as Doctor Jabir, this time in real space, was the Temporary Autonomous Zone San Francisco performance in 1993 organized and produced by the legendary Joseph Matheny. The site of TAZ SF was Komotion International, an art and performance space in San Francisco's Mission district. This event featured a dozen or so performers, both male and female, some of whom mingled with the audience. Hakim Bey himself was one of the stars and calmly lectured on some obscure feature of Ontological Anarchy. Most of us were attempting to be as outrageous as possible but Bey trumped us all by affecting an utterly conventional academic normality in an ocean of freaks. Jabir read some of his newest quantum tantric poetry, Robert Anton Wilson shared some of his latest provocative prose. Circus acts and dances followed and there was some sort of bondage scene going on that I had helped to prepare back stage. 

MOCA produced at odd intervals the Moorish Science Monitor to which I sometimes contributed. And once I was a guest along with Robert Anton Wilson on the Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade, an after midnight series hosted by Hakim Bey on New York's independent radio station WBAI.

Back in Boulder Creek I often enjoyed co-hosting our long running series of poetry readings with fellow Moor Omar abu Khan (aka Ed Cramer).  But all in all, Doctor Jabir achieved the height of his Moorish identity in the call for Tantric Jihad which he has performed in venues as various as house warmings and Esalen Institute,

My sheik is dead.
Hail and farewell
O noble teacher of the Way
Hakim Bey has crossed the Black Sands. 

Jabir 'abd al-Khaliq declares Tantric Jihad

Friday, April 15, 2022

Easter 2022

August O'Connor decorating pysanky in Boulder Creek

 EASTER 2022

Easter begin as a pagan holiday celebrating the Anglo-Saxon goddess Oestara, Our Lady of the Dawn, of the Spring, of Fertility and of Regeneration. The feast of Oestara was transformed by Chrisians into the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ, the most joyous day in the liturgical calendar. What better symbol of fertility and new beginnings than the egg!

Ukrainian Easter eggs are called pysanky and (my father being Ukrainian-American} each year during Holy Week, our family would gather around the gas cooking stove in Columbus, Ohio and decorate hard-boiled eggs with pinheads dipped in molten wax heating on the stove. On Easter Sunday my family would attend solemn High Mass at St Augustine's Church across the street, then return home for a hearty dinner usually centering around baked ham and mashed potatoes. We ate the ugly pysanky and displayed our best eggs in baskets, on shelves and exchanged them with friends.

Some pysanky from Nick and August

In this year 2022 witnessing sad struggle between passionate kinsmen over the future of Ukrainia. Knowing that Russians and Ukrainians share a common Slavic soul, for we Slavs to harm or harass one another benefits only Satan. One can only hope this Easter that some unanticipated miracle will occur, a miracle as great as the one symbolized by these decorated eggs, a miracle no better expressed than by John Updike's powerful Oestarian lines:

SEVEN STANZAS AT EASTER

Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body
if the cells' dissolution did not reverse, the molecules
reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fail.
 
It was not as the flowers
each soft Spring recurrent
It was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled
eyes of the eleven apostles
It was as His flesh: ours.
 
The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that -- pierced -- died, withered, paused, and then
regathered out of enduring Might
new strength to enclose.
 
Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping, transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.
 
The stone is rolled back, not paper-mache, 
not a stone in a story
but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow
grinding of time will eclipse for each of us
the wide light of day.

And if we will have an angel at the tomb,
make it a real angel,
weighty with Max Planck's quanta, vivid with hair,
opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen
spun on a definite loom.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are
embarrassed by the miracle,
and crushed by remonstrance.
 
American novelist John Updike
 

Friday, April 1, 2022

April Fool's Day 2022


 APRIL FOOL'S DAY, 2022

April Fool's Day, the coming of Spring, the beginning of Ramadan, a few weeks before Passover and Easter: a good time to repost this brief summary of one of the goals of quantum tantra: a brand new more intimate way of experiencing Nature that might someday replace science, religion, philosophy and common sense.

FUTURE SCIENCE
I wanna wham Momma Nature in a warm, wet dream
Wanna strum Her Pond, palpitate Her Stream
Wanna feel Her quiver like a tambourine
Wanna hear Her E equals MC scream!

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Ethnic Nick


 Friends of the (human) family—

When August and I first got together she encouraged me to examine and appreciate my ethnic roots which are Slovak on my mother’s side and Ukrainian on my dad's side. For both of my parents English was their second language and among themselves they spoke some sort of Slavic tongue none of us five kids could understand. I grew up with Slovak conversation as a kind of soothing background music.

Both sets of grandparents came to America around 1900 and both worked in (separate) coal mines in Ohio and Pennsylvania. My parents met not in some mining town but in the steel-making city of Lorain, OH where a lot of Slovaks migrated after the mines.

There was a shop in Capitola where August lived that sold all sorts of curious objects among which were the flags of various nations and to humor Nick August bought me a Ukrainian flag which I hung outside on my deck next to my bath pavilion. Years of Boulder Creek rain, wind and summer sun gradually deteriorated that flag until it turned into tatters and I threw it away. But about a year or so ago I ordered a fancier version from Amazon which I hung out on nice days and kept inside when it rained.

This flag was more than just the simple blue and gold but also featured the Ukrainian trident and the words Ukraina in Cyrillic characters.

The fate of Ukraine in modern times has been to be sandwiched between two greater powers. Russia on one side and Lithuanians, or Poles, or Germans on the other. Lately the United States has taken an interest in this resource-rich land and managed to violently overthrow its democratically-elected president in 2014, replacing him with a vassal more compliant to the entities who run America. Not entirely innocent, these Ukes, as they call themselves, they treat their Russian-speaking minority somewhat the way Israelis treat Palestinians, as an unfavored underclass, using heavy artillery in this case to murder thousands of Russian-speaking civilians in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts with the tacit approval of our hypocritical American government.

Today I unfurled my ethnic flag and mourned the sad entangled fates of Ukraine and Russia. But more mourned the sad descent of the country of my birth into a terrible New Dark Age.

Good luck to us all.
Nick

Monday, February 21, 2022

Friday, February 11, 2022

Classical Tantra


CLASSICAL TANTRA

Every glance is Her Glance
Every touch is Her Touch
Every smell is Her Sexual Attractant
Every meeting a Teaching.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

A Calculus of Kisses

 

Zeno of Elea (500 BC): Ancient Greek logician 




 

A CALCULUS OF KISSES

 

In a foot race

Achilles can never catch the tortoise

Let alone outrun him.



For Achilles gets half way in one slice of time

And half way more in slice number two

And half way again in slice number three

After an infinite number of slices

Achilles merely gets to where tortoise has been

Not to where he's at now.



Thus no matter how fast Achilles can hurtle

He can never outrun the much slower turtle.

So argued the famous Greek philosopher

Zeno of Elea.



Lat's you and I set a timer for sixty seconds.



In the first 30 seconds I'll kiss you just once

Kiss you twice in the following fifteen

Four kisses during next seven point five

Then in half that time, we'll squeeze in sixteen.



If one takes this game to its ultimate limit

We can fit infinite kisses into only one minute.

So following what Zeno's logic allows

We'll be tasting infinity using our mouths.


Sunday, September 26, 2021

Which of Your Body Parts Needs More Amour?

Nick Herbert contemplates his 108 chakras

 Quantum Tantra represents an as yet unrealized new kind of physics that hopes to connect with Nature in a direct and more intimate way than merely "physicists making measurements". Quantum tantrikas seek a new way of knowing the "inanimate world" analogous to the mysterious way we presently experience our own bodies. Systematically experiencing our own bodies could be good practice for some day experiencing the physical world in a brand new (quantum) way.

To that end, Nick Herbert has been developing an original system of body chakras to aid in exploring this great corporal gift we've been given, both for its own sake and in preparation for a new (possibly quantum) way of enjoying our own body and the physical world.

This chakra project began when Nick was studying for his physics degree in the '60s while at the same time working at a psychic book shop (East-West Books) in Menlo Park, California. At that time so many new particles were being added to the physicist's worldview, Nick wondered why the number of bodily chakras had remained the same for centuries despite advances in meditation techniques and yes, the advent of new and more efficient psychedelic drugs.

Nick's immediate goal was to expand the number of classical chakras using two rules: 1. As in particle physics where each (fermionic) particle has an antiparticle, each chakra should possess an antichakra; 2. Each chakra should be represented by its own symbol (preferably some simple geometric form) with its "antichakra" represented by a black-white reversal of that form.

Progress in this program has been reported in three previous blog posts: Sixty-four Chakras, Eighty-four Chakras and Ninety-nine Chakras along with more background and justification for this unusual project. After working and playing with this notion for more than fifty years, Nick has finally decided on a total of 108 chakras -- 108 different places to situate your awareness and your willed action. 108 different playgrounds in which to exercise your imagination.

One Hundred and Eight Nick Chakras

 The lighter symbols are chakras, and the darker versions are antichakras. This convention is maintained for the first 72 chakras but is slightly modified for the rest of the group.

Seven classic Hindu Chakras plus one

The seven classic Hindu Chakras plus a "Ground chakra" added as antichakra to the classic Hindu "Crown chakra" makes Eight Hindu Chakras.

 Eight Spinal Chakras

The Eight Spinal Chakras: "Will" and "Auto" represent the voluntary and involuntary nervous systems as objects of conscious attention. Note the nice chakra and antichakra organization.

Eight Sensory Chakras

 The Eight Sensory Chakras. Note that the Lungs and the Bowels are highlighted as two important ways our bodies interact with the outside world.
Twenty-four Hand & Foot Chakras

Twenty-four Hand & Foot Chakras. Six chakras each: whole hand plus five fingers; whole foot plus five toes. Note that the antichakra of each hand is the corresponding foot chakra.

Twenty-four Arm and Leg Chakras


 Twenty-four Arm and Leg Chakras. Six chakras each: whole arm plus shoulder joint, upper arm, elbow, forearm and wrist; whole leg plus hip joint, thigh, knee, calf and ankle. Note that the leg parts are the anti-chakras of the corresponding arm parts.

Thirty-six Special Chakras

Thirty-six Special Chakras plus the foregoing Seventy-two chakras round out the total to one hundred and eight. The Special Chakras include the two Girdle Groups: Eight Pelvic Girdle chakras and Eight Shoulder Girdle chakras; the Eighteen Cranial chakras; the single Full-Body chakra plus the final No-Body chakra.
Sixteen Girdle Chakras
 
The Eight Pelvic Girdle chakras are antichakras to the Eight Shoulder Girdle chakras. Note that in this system, the sternum is homologous to the sacrum and the two clavicles are homologous to the two pubic bones.
Eighteen Cranial Chakras
 
Eighteen Cranial Chakras. In this special case, the chakra/anti-chakra convention does not apply. Here the light circles/ dark circles correspond to paired and unpaired anatomical forms. For instance there is only one inion and two temporal lobes. The former is symbolized by a dark circle; the latter by a light circle. The cranium itself is single (should be a dark circle) preserving the symmetry: six paired and six unpaired Cranial Chakras.

The final two chakras represent 1. The Whole-body Chakra, experiencing your entire body without breaking it into parts, and 2. Its antichakra the No-body Chakra symbolizing the contemplation of the entire physical universe with a small you-shaped piece cut out of it. 

Purely by accident these 108 Nick chakras correspond to the 108 beads in a traditional Indian japamala.