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The soul imprisoned in the body. The goal -- to rise above the body, that work of the devil, and through self sacrifice (most commonly provided by hard labour), self-discipline (benevolently reinforced by the state) to attain to an ascetic ideal. To live in a world in which you demand nothing and to attain your true reward (so thoroughly purified of material form we cannot even conceive of what it might be like) in another world -- (not this one) -- through accomplishing that most difficult of feats -- death.

Lord forgive me if I there is something I have misunderstood. Thank you all the same But

If souls are imprisoned in our bodies it is because we have permitted this to be done to us.

Carl Jung realized that there was something uncomfortable about this split between the mind and the body, and between science and art which ensues from it: In 'Civilization In Transition' he wrote --

<<the spirit is the life of the body seen from within, and the body, the outward manifestation of the life of the spirit -- the two being really one>>

So it was that Jung became famous for his inability to overcome the paradox left to us by the Jews.

Might it be that we have made a *terrible* mistake? That the inability of our physicists to determine a Unified Field Theorem to unite all the known forces in the universe eludes us not because there is something wrong with our mathematics, but because there is something wrong with our perception?

The sensation of an unbridgable dissociation between our subjective sensations of a thing and our objective ones derives from the notion that the surface of our body represents a decisive discontinuity between "our" self and "the" world. Look again at Jung's attempt --- see how "the spirit" *remains* confined to "the body". He has failed to escape from the old old trap, that prison which insists that we restrain spiritual impulses within our bags of skin, and the body the limit of its manifestation in the world; (Fittingly he even continues to tip his hat to the jailer -- the body remains the manifestation of a spirit : there is a pecking order concealed subtly there).

Denied the permission to extend his physical sensations and to touch beings outside of his cell, Jung reached inwards at the broken fragments of his own mind, imagined that everyone else was down in there collectively, and played with himself. He found in the Unconscious exactly what everyone had been told they would find in Heaven after death, a reconnection with those they loved or had wanted to love. A consolation for the existential aloneness of beings that can never cross the chalkline drawn in the dermis. Born before the advent of broadcasting, he became his own TV set : strange isn't it that the word "panopticon" sounds like a device in which you can see everything, but the panorama inside your skull is actually the world perceived through carefully placed mirrors, a ::camera obscura::. Jung was at least right about one thing -- he had identified the modern human condition.

Must we forever pace up and down this razor wire?

The genie in the bottle was a story about ourselves: isn't it time we let the brownie out of the box?

It is in the nature of energy, (or the energy of nature) that it knows no unbridged boundaries.

This simple statement hardly needs to be proven -- it is already tautological. How can we know of energies at all except by their entry into ourselves? How do we discover new forms of energy except by their impingement upon other forms of energy? It is not an exaggeration to say, that every phenomenon we can ever know of or be effected by manifests itself in the cosmos as a transformation of energy forms into other energy forms. It is the transformation which reveals and connects us to that phenomenon through the senses and the consciousness. And in the phenomenae of "perceptions" themselves all we see is the continuing transformation of energy as perception is translated into memory, decision, reflex and motor actions. All of the universe, even its most apparently static phenomenae, is composed of *change*, and through the chain of changes, all things are ultimately connected with all other things.

What is the difference between energy forms which do NOT interact with any other kind of energy form and those that do? ANS -- the former do not EXIST. This is simply another bounding truism.

The principles here expounded have already been proven in Heisenberg's theorem of Uncertainty and underlined by Indeterminacy. They are demonstrated again even in the Arts by Derridean deconstructionism. Even Bertrand Russell apprehended the problem --

<<The matter we construct is impenetrable as a result of definition: the matter in a place is all the events that are there, and consequently no other event or piece of matter can be there. This is a tautology, not a physical fact; one might as well argue that London is impenetrable because nobody can live in it except one of its inhabitants.>> (The Analysis of Matter).

So the idea that the body/world boundary is unreal is a fallacy has been around a while. Why has it not crossed the threshold? The physicists still confine their interests to quantum mechanics and chaos theory, the philosophers seem obsessed either with academic texts or at best the ludicrous question as to whether reality is real. The one remained imprisoned in the objective and the latter in the subjective states. The line is not crossed. We are like those chickens whose beaks once pressed down upon a line drawn with chalk are unable to cross it.

Geosiftics has the express purpose of transgresssing the supreme taboo.

Here then is the secret by which ideas and phenomenae may cross the divide : Let them!

> Geosiftics recognises no distinction between mans "so-called inner" world and the "so-called outer" geological one through which he came into being and which he acts upon and changes every day in the construction of roads and buildings, through his combustion of energy and the bodily functions which link him into the ecological cycles. It does not accept that thoughts "belong" to existentially isolated souls but instead conceives of them as forms of energy exchange impinging both from and into the material environment. It does not accept that mans state of mind, his perfection or imperfection, his sense of adequacy or inadequacy is unchangeably "his own" condition, but rather that it is a consequence of the exchanges of energy which link him into the whole, and that it can be changed by *work* upon the material environment, especially the cityscape, technology and the economy.

Holistic medicine no longer implies (with varying degrees of insincerity) merely the unity of body and mind, but the unity of individual and the world in which they must live. The burgeoning numbers of holistic therapies, therapists and their patients (who return again and again) reveals clearly that while holistic ideas have tapped a river, they have still not overflowed the dam: You cannot "cure" a person whose ailment is in the world in which they must live -- indeed by permitting them to believe it lays within themselves you raise the height of the dam brick by brick.

Geosiftics demands nothing less than the construction of new cities. Blueprints will be designed with the paramount purpose of transforming the mentality of the individuals that will live and work within them. To eliminate the barriers which condemn each man and woman to be prisoners inside their own skulls.

Many holistic therapies (themselves still considered innovative in western society) teach that you can decipher the causes of psychological blockages by reading the effect they have written upon the body; a low backache for example often reflects the feeling of carrying the world upon ones shoulders, a stoop may reflect a long-practiced habit of keeping ones head down: this has even been directly compared to the erosion of geological forms which reveal such things as the repeated action of rainfall, wind, or glaciation. It is a common saying that in the lines etched on the face in old age you can read the repetition of the sorrows, joys and interminable worries of the individual.

So far though, the converse, the persistent effects of the body on the mind, has had limited study, and the TRULY revolutionary extension of the holistic model, the study of the effects of the mind on the urban landscape, and vice versa has had almost none at all, beyond, perhaps, the occasional tongue-in-cheek referral to a skyscraper as a "phallic symbol". I leave it to your imagination to decide whether those clever architects and psychologists who can only think of two categories for buildings -- phallic for the tall, mammiform for the squat -- will be any more imaginative between the sheets than they are in the streets.

Geosiftics is both Art and Science simultaneously. Ones experience of conditions is located neither inside nor outside, but just IS, it is simultaneously felt, thought and acted upon. There is no distinction between being pragmatic and being artistic : did these modes ever have different objectives anyway? both strive for a more beautiful and healthy world: good workmanship in either has always been defined in the same essential way -- on its functional harmony with the desired change that the artifact is to effect.

Work shall no longer be distinct from play, nor shall the erotic be confined to the private imagination -- since the imagination has already been revealed as not private. An erotic encounter was always dependent upon the environment in which it occurs -- the peace, the sensuality, the availability of functional props, the opportunity through places and the activities which occur in them to meet partners, the identity and suitability of the partners defined by their activities and locations in the world, the pheromones carried by the eddies of the breeze.... All in all, the erotic has never been isolated from our surroundings in the way we were condemned to believe.

Geosiftics has no further use for the notion that eroticism is isolated and separate from the rest of life and from the environment as a totality. Buildings will shamelessly and honestly reflect the erotic aspiration for the aesthetic. Galleries will not be functional places to store functionless art -- they will themselves be art and their art will have a function. How can this be defined? By the fact that the mere passage of people past or through the building transforms them.

Function and sensual excitation will no longer be thought of as separate issues. The workplaces will be places of reproduction -- not hard impersonal bodies with a football team or a vendomat tacked on as a token afterthought. They will recognize that the need for work is synonymous with the desire for life and accommodate that desire: design themselves to absorb the immense latent energy of it. Employment will not be designed as to be a mechanical execution of a single function, instead it will recognize that efficiency means providing the channels through which the *totality* of a human-being's desires energies and aspirations can all enter into the general flow of energy and rotate with it -- changing phase in parallel with the transformations of energy itself -- in consequence, the economy will tap into the *TOTALITY* of what men are capable of, rather than restricting each isolated worker to use of only a tiny fraction of his potential enthusiasm for labour.

Geosophy is thus not a demand to sacrifice the material economy to an idle desire for individual comforts and convenience, but on the contrary is the search for techniques, designs, cityscapes, political and social organization by which the TOTAL potential of mankind can be channeled into transformation of the environment, economy and technology.

Unlike other revolutionary projects, geosophy does not pretend for one moment that a genuine or lasting revolution can be achieved without the total transformation of the landscape. But the perfect world is now so possible it can already be conceived -- it will be a world in which the mere passage of people through the environment instantaneously transforms both. In the world to which we now consciously and creatively propel ourselves, the metabolism of people and of urban, economic and geological realities will never again be distinguished and torn asunder.

Kubhlai
SWORG/Nottingham Division - 1999

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