This concept of inner/outer courts and the general striation of the system, has been on my mind for years. People have asked what the difference is between the structure of the Sanctuary project and all the other religious and metaphysical groups, since they are all built upon the "inner court" principle.Arcelius wrote:When a community gathers together (whether online or in person though being in person certainly changes the dynamic), there is an egregore or thoughtform (potentially an SMC) that is created based on the individuals involved. There is often a difference in the egregore between the inner and outer courts of a occult society and the nature of the egregore reflects that. Like does tend to attract like in certain realms such as that of the spirit (anima/animus) rather than having opposites attract. The instruction given in the outer reflects that which is required to change in order to meet the minimum requirements for the inner court. Regardless of the skill acquired in the outer court, if rapport is not attained with the egregore of the inner court, then you will not be admitted and the reasons will be obvious to those in the inner court though not as much so to the individual. Many words to describe something that has happened and will happen with the Sanctuary Project (inner court) and the Antiquatis site (outer court). It also happens regularly in real life around things like sports teams and mascots (inner court equivalent would be the coaches, owners, and players) or corporations including brands (inner court equivalent is the C-level execs and large shareholders).
Many years ago, my thought was to eliminate any barriers to participation and, like Pythagoreas, just make the "path" that led to the project a difficult one to follow, so only the determined would walk it. This, however, proved to be impractical because our current system of education (or lack, thereof) only provides dogma, teaching people NOT to think for themselves. Thinking for yourself is a requirement of walking your own path. However, People cannot walk a path, if they never look for an entrance.
The idea was proposed of a more structured system like grade levels in school, because that was the system people were familiar with, One would advance through the system as they became more knowledgeable and self-reliant, becoming self-starters rather than slaves. There were several levels to the system, based on Latin names, which are still used as "Ranks" on this forum (the number of taijitu symbols associated with your username). But the situation arose of making judgement decisions--how do you tell a person's "grade," particularly if they happen to surpass your own?
In the last Institute design, done primarily by Gopi and myself, we just used the 2-tier approach similar to the vMeme structure. Antiquatis Institute was designed to be the Tier 1 "public" interface, as a scientific and religious corporation that people (and governments) could understand and interact with. The Monastery was isolated out as the Tier 2 community. Study into Spiral Dynamics is fairly extensive, and provided the tools necessary to easily see the clear distinction between the Tiers, since many people span 2 or more of the vMemes, themselves (seems to be a consequence of information exposure on the Internet; people were very single-Tier fixed when Graves designed the system). The Tier 1/Tier 2 distinction is fairly straightforward, basically separating the concepts of rivalry (Tier 1) and rapport (Tier 2).
If you want to know which Tier you are in, examine how you respond to a radical, new idea... what is the first thing in your mind?
- Why this cannot be (Tier 1, closed, locked in a single system of values)
- How this could be possible (Tier 2, open, seeing a system of expanding values)
So the project does have its inner and outer courts, but the outer court is for those at the transition between the Tiers. Those firmly fixed in the Tier 1 valuing will not have any interest in this system, as the vMeme is already answering all the questions concerning life, the Universe and everything--you stay in the vMeme until it stops answering those questions.
Those on the transition will bounce back and forth between the two Tiers, sometimes for years. Eventually, they work things out and come to a decision to either stay in Tier 1, with all its material benefits, or take on Tier 2 values as the primary motivation of their live--and those are the people that the Monastery exists for. That is the motto that Gopi came up with on the main site, "To Be What No Man has Been, Before." A place to see what we, as humans, can accomplish outside of the systems of competition and rivalry.
Three wishes I grant you,Arcelius wrote:Speaking of origins, the genies of myth which grant you 3 wishes that never work out for you are common stories and even jokes. The reason they never work out is generally because of the incorrect and incomplete specification of what is truly desired. When bringing something into form such as Antiquatis, L/L Research, Sanctuary, etc., the better and more clear the specification of what exactly is to be created and how it will work once created is quite critical to success.
Great wishes or small,
But make a fourth wish,
And you lose them all!
This was the problem with the ancient Oracles... you always got a true answer to your question--but few ever asked their question properly, so the answer tended to be meaningless.
Perhaps it is time to create a "functional specification" for the project. There's a good deal of info on here, already, so perhaps I'll start formalizing it for comment to get something that is understandable and makes the intent clear. My basic thoughts are already on the Monastery site.
The cosmic sector, being the reciprocal of the material, shares the same properties and behavior, working to the same principles of rivalry. But because the valuing is "inside-out" from the spatial perspective, it is often viewed as something else. On the cosmic side, you are "soulistic" rather than "materialistic," where emotional needs and desires run analogous to physical needs and desires.Arcelius wrote:I see that the Cosmic sector is the opportunity to explore the differences between rivalry and rapport since both are possible there.
Rapport does not enter the picture until both the material and cosmic aspects of life are brought into harmony, to act as a foundation to cross the unit boundary to the ethical sector.
That's the challenge here, because we are venturing into territory "where no man has gone before," which means that you really cannot have "teachers," but only fellow explorers that can share the maps of the travels they have made, into this other realm. Once there are enough explorers to map out this unexplored country in detail, then you can have teachers to explain the highlights.Arcelius wrote:Those who choose to stay are still learning valuable things though from a certain perspective, they are not progressing as quickly. As a metaphor, in school (at least in the 'olden days'), you had to learn a minimum amount of material in order to progress to the next grade. Once satisfied that this material had been learned, the teacher will allow you to go forward. However, just because the minimum requirements have been met, doesn't mean that all of the material presented has been thoroughly understood and mastered (including things that the teacher doesn't touch upon).
Scientific proof is based on fixed, spatial relationships. Place these two charges at this distance and calculate the force between them.Arcelius wrote:Not only the comprehension of the answers but also the ability to use the answers to accomplish consciousness work. This is the real personal proof for such things. Note that in this respect, scientific proof caters to the lowest common denominator in that anything true must be reproducible by anyone at any time (simplified). This explicitly excludes a lot of human experience particularly that which happens inside of consciousness. The only Savior that may come with the answers you don't need to understand will be like the shepherd which selects which of his flock will be "sacrificed" to the butcher in order to pay her/his bills.
Magical proof is based on fixed, temporal relationships. The same resonant patterns (music, chants, etc) will produce the same feelings.
But space and time do not maintain a fixed relation to each other--after all, it is a universe of motion. So when one tries to use spatial, scientific proof to validate the effects of magic--the effect that time has upon space--it is not reproducible, unless you know how time is changing in relation to space. This is why magical events tend to be associated with specific phenomena, such as the 'tween times (crossing), planetary alignments, etc. They are spatial indicators of certain, stable relationships between 3D space and 3D time.
This is why the physical location of the Monastery is important--it needs to be at a nexus, where the relations between space and time are consistent. You cannot get that in the "electromagnetic nightmare" of high-tech civilizations. Sacred spaces, those places where the material/cosmic relationship is consistent or repeatable, are usually devoid of technology.
The same holds true for the explorers of the Monastery, as each person is also a "place" that joins this realm and the other.