Artificial Intelligence & Higher Intelligence

"For Aristotle and his followers it seemed reasonable, that any kind of fertile vessel could replace the female womb to create new humans."

The idea of the Homunculus, a tiny artifically created human, goes back to Egypt, Greek and Roman Antiquity and Aristotle. His theories of reproduction lead his followers to believe in the possibility of creating tiny humans without sexual intercourse between men and women. Artistotle attributed to male semen the role of creating form and life and to the female womb to provide the vessel. Thus, in Aristotle’s theory the major share of reproduction was due to the agency of the male semen. For Aristotle and his followers it seemed reasonable, that any kind of fertile vessel could replace the female womb to create new humans. Further it would also avoid the creation of more females, as the conception of females, according to Aristotle, was an accidental result of a surplus in purtrefied matter of the female womb. Too much menstrual blood (purtrefied matter) – in his theory – creates inferior female babies.

 

Aristotle mainly came to these conclusions by his observations of corpses and decaying matter. An example of this line of thinking can be also found in Ovid’s Metamorphoses: “Bees come from rotting cattle, wasps from horses, scorpions from crab shells, snakes from decomposing spinals cords, and perhaps mice from slime”. The types of creatures allegedly produced from the corpses and bodies of animals and from the ground where seemingly connected to the putrified material provided. The understanding of the details of reproduction in animals, insects and humans where not yet understood and hence misinterpreted. However, many occult recipes started to appear over time, that claimed to enable the creation of animals and humans from decayed matter.

 

European magicians and alchemists like Paracelus picked up on the creation of the Homunuclus, the artificial man, who had to be created with male semen, put into a vessel for a prescribed number of days, and fed occassionally with some blood. Towards the end of this period it was said, that the ethereal outline of this new man would appear. It was smaller then a natural man, but it was supposed to possess mighty powers and abilties because it was made from human (male) will power, without the involvement of women and without all the other bothersome natural processes of procreation and life. This Homunculus was supposed to know all kinds of mysteries and all kinds of arcance secrets. Attempts to create an Homonculus became so wide spread in Europe that the Catholic church eventually stepped in and banned the practice. The origins of these recipes misleading the magicans of Europe and annoying the Catholic church can be traced back to the Islamic world, that took over certain ideas from Antiquity and Aristotle, in particular also the idea of the Homunculus, but transformed them into something wise and in parts also very funny.

An allegorical tale describing a process of creating an Homunculus was written down by the famous Persian medicus and Islamic scholar Avicenna.

An allegorical tale describing a process of creating an Homunculus was written down by the famous Persian medicus and Islamic scholar Avicenna. The story, written in Arabic, describes the ancient King Harmanus who wanted a male heir. His chief advisor told him to abstain from sexual intercourse with women and to create an Homunculus instead. He told the King, that all that was needed, was the sperm of the King which would be put into a Mandragora (Mandragora officinarum, contains hallucinogenic tropane alkaloids and the shape of their roots often resembles human figures), and apply an alchemical technique known by the King’s advisor, whose name was Qualiqulas. After some hesitation the King agrees and a beautiful boy is created which the king names Salaman. This boy however falls madly in love with the girl Absala that is really his foster mother and runs away with her. When they are eventually captured they both attempt suicide, but the boy survives. Qualiquals the advisor then promises to the boy to raise the spirit of the girl, after the boy spends 40 days with him in a cave to meditate. Instead of the girl however, the spirit of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love appears. After her appearance the boy is ready to take over the father’s kingdom.

 

The 20th century scholar and psycho-analyst Carl Jung, who was deeply interested in mystical themes and shared human archetypes, made the successful (and obvious) observation that the idea of the Homunculus may be nothing else but a disguised reference to the famous alchemical Philosopher’s Stone.

 

Tawkin – The Alchemical Process to Create a Better Man

In Islamic alchemy, the creation of the Homonculus (the Philosophers Stone) is called Takwin (Arabic: تكوين‎). European alchemists and occultists, but also later day scholars mis-interpreted Muslim alchemists, most notable Jābir ibn Hayyān , attributing to them the desire to create actual creatures and humans. It is a mistake made by many Western scholars, misinterpreting the Arabic language with it’s many subtleties and the world of Islamic philosophy, Imâmî myths and our methods and rituals.

 

Abu Mūsā Jābir ibn Hayyān himself was a Muslim polymath and alchemist who lived approximately 80 years after the Prophet Muhammed (as) in Persia. He is often revered to as the father of early chemistry. His work was spread in Europe under the name “Geber”. It is said that he was a spiritual follower and a companion to Jafar as-Sadiq, the sixth Shia Imam. The French Philosopher Henry Corbin believes that Jabir ibn Hayyan was an Ismaili. Ibn Hayyan’s corpus of work is vast, it spans cosmology, music, medicine, magic, biology, chemical technology, geometry, grammar, metaphysics, logic, along with astrology, and symbolic Imâmî myths. In the Kitab Al-Ahjar (“Book of Stones”) ibn Hayyan describes the process of Tawkin.

 

The repeated instruction in ibn Hayyān’s “Book of Stones” to leave a Homunulus in a vessel to mature for 40 days reminds the initiate of the spiritual retreat time of Sufis, Ismaili, Shaykhi and Shia Muslims, who go into a so called Halwa for 40 days. There are also many others occassions when the sacred number 40 appears in Islam. All of ibn Hayyān’s alchemical and chemical investigations were theoretically grounded in an elaborate Imâmî Abjad numerical system.The nature and properties of elements was defined through numeric values assigned to the Arabic consonants present in their name, a precursor to the character notation used today. Abu Mūsā Jābir ibn Hayyān’s influence can be traced throughout the whole historic course of alchemy and chemistry. He laid the actual intellectual ground work to develop the numerical systems in chemistry which are used to this day.

Dispelling Wetiko – Breaking the Bondage of Abuse

“Ultimately, humility is the basis for democracy, just as arrogance is the basis for authoritarianism.” ~ Jack D Forbes

What is Wétiko?

Wétiko is a word from North American Native – Cree – origin. To the Cree, and most Native North Americans, greed was a serious psychological malfunction. The Cree called this malfunction Wétiko. The phrase and collective sickening spirit it describes was first brought to wider public attention by Jack D. Forbes, a Native American healer, scholar and political activist. He used his manyfold talents to first frame the „Wetiko“, the malignent spirit within narcistic, pretatory humans and the ill-faited civilisation that rewards and protects their criminal endevours, murders, theft, genocides and other horrible crimes. Forbes was also active in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and was directly confronted with „the Wétiko“ throughout his life. Wétiko, the predatory egomanic spirit, is nowadays a psychic reality all over the world. It affects us all in various forms and with bitter results. Forbes informs us that  “Wétiko (…) refers to a cannibal or, more specifically, an evil person or spirit who terrorizes other creatures by means of terrible acts…the consuming the life of another for private purpose or profit.” He tells us that for theWétiko, “Brutality knows no boundaries. Greed knows no limits. Perversion knows no borders.”. One look at colonial history and the history of the 3rd Reich can only confirm this. Present day events, and the raging machinery of greedy neo-liberal capitalism all over the world further confirm this devastating truth.

The author, artist and healer Paul Levy took on the endevour of framing the Wetiko further. He describes the effects of evil working within the average person, who acts neither very evil, nor very good, but enables evil through his unreflected, unconscious entanglements and silent corruptions. Paul Levy describes in particular how these entanglements with evil create a literal force-field of psychic control that force individuals to be part of evil’s psychic control games. When a person goes “mad” it can be a sign of great hope, because it can mean that the healthy part of the psyche of an individual revolts and seeks to break out from the force field.

“Genuine civilization, in essence, means not killing people. It is not a coincidence that the development of Wetiko corresponds to the rise of what Europeans choose to call civilization instead. The unsustainable nature of industrial civilization is based on, and increasingly requires, violence to maintain itself”. ~ Paul Levy, Dispelling Wetiko

Paul Levy, “Dispelling Wetiko

Paul Levy approaches “the Iblis-Wetiko” from a perspective of a wounded healer, shaman, buddhist and Jungian psychoanalyst. He is a deep level scholar of psychic phenomena. Levy dives into the psychic world and the world of the occult via a Jungian Archetype approach. He speaks about his personal experiences with this “spirit from everywhere and no-where” and weaves together a dense tapestry of how Wetiko unfolds in our personal and collective lives and how it behaves as spiritual “non-local” (outside of ourselves) entity. Levy also quotes from many Islamic sources and makes clear that the fight against evil is an universal legacy and endevour. The rise against it and a cure of it is more urgent then ever. Instead of arguing against each other (which is part of the Wetiko effect) we must work together and dispell this evil. There are critics who explain that Buddhism and Jungian Psychoanalysis is itself too material in nature to really grasp and dispell this spirit, yet this does not take away from Levy’s great work. His description how the Wetiko tried to capture him and how he fought it off are very compelling and realistic.

Levy has studied the Wetiko phenomena very close-up, and worked for many years crafting his arguments about Wetiko, what it is, how it entraps us and what the results of Wetiko’s abuse in our global and individual psyche is. Yes, Wetiko is a real evil, and a force, it is the infamous Iblis-Shaytan which lurks in our own and collective minds. It is part of us, but it is also not part of us. It abuses us and is in truth a psychic parasite. The question of how to heal Wetiko abuse is answered in a nutshell as follows: Recognize it, confront it and dispell it. Confront your own evils, apply daily spiritual remedies and exercises (prayers, meditation, mantras, dhikr) and dispell evil. Find the voice of true compassion in your heart and give this compassion forward.

Paul Levy has done humanity a great service by diving deeply into the psychic weaves of this complex, malign spirit. And so has Islam, and in particular the Imams of Shi’ism who describe the workings of the Iblis further in their writings on the esoteric dimensions of Islam (Ta’wil) and prescribe to us the medicine against the Iblis. Isn’t what happens these days on the internet and on the ground  like a text book unfoldment of Iblis and his minions on a global level, to spread despair, hopelessness and destruction over all of humanity? The only option is to turn to God, the force of pure light and pure intelligence, when one battles this evil, the Wetiko aka Iblis aka the Devil. One shall not over-analyse evil in my experience, one has to feel it out with psychic antennas and in prayers, and learn step by step to stand against it firmly, by being astute, and by having a firm belief in God and good.

There are many spiritual practises that help to dispell this evil spirit. What I find really helpful is to remember that one is made in the image and likeness of the One True Light and Intelligence, that is God – Good. Ultimately, we all know the difference between good and evil, even though certain propagandists try to twist our minds about it. Never ever loose your hope in the power of good.

This is an abstract version of an article that was published on my blog about Sufi healing “The Art of Islamic Healing”.

Birds Fly Free Under Water ~ When justice is absent, what can be a healing?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

"I wonder, do birds who are released by women who lie on the ocean floor fly too?"

".. her two small children went into forced adoption, leaving the woman a victim of rape who is stigmatized as “incapable mother” and open for yet more abuse in form of another forced adoption by social services UK should she ever have another baby."

Today I received a devastating email from the UK by a woman who was raped by her husband, for which he was convicted to a 6 year prison term. But instead of being able to live her life, her children were taken off her to be force adopted.

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