A truly proper notebook post here, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick in my lap for this one. I have yet to read through it, I just crack it open and move around within it, see how it plays against or with what is going on in my work. That isn’t to say I haven’t read some big chunks of it doing that…
To get right to it:
“I am really in error when I talk abut distinguishing, experiencing or recalling 3 worlds; there are 4:
(1) The black iron prison (Rome/USSR/Fascist USA)
(2) This our normal world.
(3) The Garden world.
(4) The experience of (2) under the ‘revealed’ guise in which Zebra or the Logos was seen, including the set-ground separation into mundane versus holy.” (256)
Worth noting regarding Dick’s lucid distinctions is that the black iron prison isn’t precisely identical with our own world, even though it is defined by its affiliations to historical moments within it. I am thinking here, too, of Daniel Pinchbeck‘s experience of an alternate plane populated by strangely industrial cities and vampiric beings in Breaking Open the Head.
Gordon, too, with his close encounter of the archonic kind, mentioned recently in his reddit chat.
But I’m getting ahead of myself a little bit.
“Our world (2) is woven—by Zebra. It is not normally seen for what it is—a 3-D web by Zebra in which Zebra is (i.e., Zebra is not outside or above it but rather concealed within it.) Ah! The worm metamorphosis into the butterfly; that’s what I saw: the old ‘worm’ corpus of Zebra is being re-woven into moth or butterfly transformed final state. This is the cocoon stage—these are not analogies….It was not reweaving a construct by it, but its own physical body (self)—reweaving itself; this metamorphosis we see as the sum total of all change, which means: we see as the category (process) we call time. Thus Paul correctly—and significantly—says—’the universe is in birth pains‘….what we see is the embryo stage of a living entelechy. (ibid.)
Dick may miss a beat here; the black iron prison might be partially explicable as something like an alien intrusion, and that it is trying to make use of zebra’s body for its own ends. Meanwhile, of course, those changes themselves become parts of the Zebra body which Zebra can use. The trash heap that is more than a metaphor for Dick.
Which suggest that even an outright parasitism (even vampire archons?) of the BIP might yet be salvaged as a form of symbiosis and it may be precisely this that Zebra attempts to achieve through its operation. But, as Dick also says, Zebra “does cast out—reject—parts of it was and not incorporate them” (257).
Ah, and not one alien intrusion, but many intrusions. Gordon’s tangled ratlines rather than the demiurge. That makes sense, perhaps both of the differences in spiritual entities as well as in their frequent structural resemblances. If you are using the same matter (Zebra) to manifest, then that matter’s tendencies will limit the forms of manifestation.
The world is the market, again. Zebra as the mother-mistress of the market.
“What is important about this distinction (between mere growth versus metamorphosis) is that in such a metamorphosis, (1) constituents are fitted in newly to perform functions they didn’t before; (2) some parts are discarded, and the change process exerted on the parts remolded may be subjectively experienced by them—not as growth—but as pressure, as pain—loss, stressful alteration. I’d almost say what I saw was a ‘cannibalizing.'” (256)
Which makes the possibility of symbiosis especially sharp—to achieve that a good deal of metamorphosis would be necessary.
I think, too, this ties up with the question of working to discharge a dream, with working to release the ‘energy’ locked up in an established pattern in order to provide momentum and substance for the cannibalizing process.
We can also talk a bit about this now:
“There are ‘androids’ or ‘the mantis’ among us which appear human but only simulate humans….where I went wrong: the simulation is (1) not evil (as I thought) and it is not less than what it simulates (as I thought) but more: not clever simulacra-reflex machines, but angelic…”(257)
Here again, Dick seems to miss a beat. If we move out of the dialectic trap of more or less, good or evil, we can talk more productively of different (ha, alien), and turn toward the idea of the changeling. An alternate kind of personhood generated spontaneously to facilitate Zebra’s adaptations.
“Now to connect the Black Iron Prison world and the Garden world to the metamorphosis: the former is what it was; our world is the continually advancing state of the process going on; the garden world the tranquil outcome—the end state headed toward….The black iron prison is the corpus of the great as it was.”(ibid.)
If part of the BIP can be described as the intrusion of alien agencies into the body of Zebra, then the rest can be described as the resistance of partial elements of Zebra to Zebra’s metamorphosis. This includes the elements of Zebra itself, but also those elements as they have been co-opted by the ‘alien’ agencies (which are, by virtue of their entanglement with Zebra also partly Zebra, too).
Plug that in beside the notion of working through blockages that goes with the idea of discharging symbols and the sort of work that is going on within the spiritualist circuit gets kind of potent. There is another notebook post in that; maybe tomorrow?