ALL IN ONE-ONE IN ALL

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E Pluribus Unum

“Out of the Many…the ONE”

These words are molded onto the backside of our Lincoln Cent.

They are also words which express the Mystical Vision of American Poet, Walt Whitman.

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Walt, a Man of Wit

Whitman, as is well known, held President Lincoln in the highest regard.

Now, scholarship is known for its capacity to eat through the white wash of grammar school mythologies, ripping through redactive reads on the all too human nature of all too human humans. Lincoln is no exception and this venerated President has been “revealed” by modern historians as another repugnant politician. The man who is famed for the Emancipation Proclamation is now also known for his connections to the hangings of the Santee Sioux in Minnesota.

How, then, shall we see him?

Our answer is quite simple.

Through the eyes of Walt Whitman.

Whitman was much more than a poet of nature and sensuality to be defined by the words “Body Electric,” remembered by a beard spraying outward like some white waterfall (although the beard is, admittedly, an impressive one).

His Canadian Disciple, Richard Maurice Bucke, saw him as the Embodiment of Cosmic Consciousness. Don’t those two words sound so “New Agey?” They may appear less so if we can imagine Bucke using the term in the late 1800’s.

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In my view, Bucke was a predecessor to Joseph Campbell with his book titled…”Cosmic Consciousness.” Anyone who reads this volume will find his commentary and conclusions limited. But if that same reader considers that this was written ere the 1900’s had dawned, they may well be astounded at the paintstaking and passionate effort of this man to invesitgate the nature of the Enlightenment Experience. He was anticipatory of Crowley’s “Scientific Illuminism” and his study was as personal as it was an attempt at Objective Investigation.

Bucke treats of everyone from Plotinus to St. Paul. He tabulates and analyzes, squints and scrutinizes. You can feel his hunger for the “Core” of some vast awakening power in the human experience.

He ultimately comes to the conclusion that Walt Whitman leads the pack through history and is the most perfect example of “Faculty X” realized.

My own introduction to Bucke was not through his Magnum Opus but rather a curious collection of letters written to his family and friends (collected in the volume “Medical Mystic” by Artem Lozynsky). These missives swayed this writer enough to procure “Leaves of Grass,” treating it as a Bible. For a brief moment, I posted flyers at local libraries in an effort to start a Whitman based journal that would never be.

The point is: Bucke aptly assessed Whitman’s Vision as one expressing “E Pluribus Unum.” He also saw that this same Vision is no different from the One in the Many.

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R.M. Bucke-Alienologist of the Bodhicitta and Walt Whitman look-alike

Years later, another Canadian, one Charles Stansfeld Jones, would identify with this same complex through his personal Magical Motto in Crowley’s A.A., “Unus in Omnibus, “One in All.” These initials “V.I.O.” would be extended into a mystical palindrome: “V.I.O.O.I.V.”

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Yes, he walked around naked in Vancouver and got thrown in jail. He was also able to see, in every coin, a direct message from GOD, speaking to the Heart of the Soul   

With regards to any historical personage, we are bound to find our body of knowledge impacted by new discoveries we’d fain fit into the present picture yet cannot. Even the sum of gathered facts to date must be apprehended by our imagination, slanted into our value systems, cast against our understanding of the world.
We are, in essence, ever in peril of losing our vision.

This may be why the Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, reacted vehemently against the idea of the “Historical Jesus.” Kierkegaard said that the closer we got to this Historical “Reality,” the further we departed from the immanent presence of the Living Christ.

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They called him “The Melancholy Dane” but Soren K was smiling when he wrote of the Teleological Suspension of the Numismatic

HOW can we know this “immanent presence?”

In Kierkegaard’s view (which I agree with), it can’t be by weighing it against the “Historical Record.” After all (to quote Voltaire) “History is a pack of tricks played by the dead upon the living.” If we’re seeking Christ, we don’t really want to fall for a “pack of tricks,” do we? And for Bucke, Whitman WAS Christ.

For Whitman, Lincoln was the embodiment of Demoncracy, the “V.I.O.O.I.V.”

It should go without saying that, for Whitman, Democracy was not about politics. The word represented a Mystical Vision. And this Vision is one toward which Numisgnosis tends.

Lincoln, on your Contact Coin, is LINK IN, President (Precedent) of the Work. You don’t need to spy a “Double Ear” to HEAR or a “Double Die” to open the Third Eye.

It’s been said that in Thelema there are Two Trials, that of the Angel and that of the Abyss. Both are handled in your loose change if done so with the Hand of Glory.

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What the Contact Coin does to your digits

All of this is so simple and humble and easy. Whitman, in his later life, was known to eschew any tedious talk around religion and philosophy, preferring to speak of fishing, the weather or some such commonplace conversation. Bucke craved the “deep interview” but tip toed around them while being touched by the Light he felt in the Presence of the Master.

Well, they’re all dead now. Walt, Richard, Soren, Little Eddie (that would be Mr. Crowley to you). You can’t get ’em on the line unless you want to Ouija and that’s a crap shoot (have wet wipes ready).

But you CAN get a coin into your hand and you CAN “Link In.”

And you CAN behold the Vision of E Pluribus Unum.

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Numisgnostic Coinologic Convergence Field-screenshot from NUMIS, a Corrosion Corp virtual reality video game in development for the use of Field Agents upping the ante in their esoteric explorations along the Venusian Ray

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BREAK A BUCK & TRY YOUR LUCK

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After one has found their Numisgnostic Contact Coin (also known as the “Portal Penny”) and begun acquiring some of the basic supplies needed for continued work (see our previous entry in this series), there is the issue of how to acquire further coins.

It’s true that Pennies will continually present themselves along the Path. They’ll be spied in both strange and commonplace spaces, handed out from cash registers with a fistfull of change and even gifted to you as others begin to learn of your new found “hobby.” To be continually active in a variety of Numisgnostic Operations, however, you’ll definitely want to increase the regular flow of coinage in your sphere of Work. Banks aren’t terribly surprised when coin-collecting customers “purchase” bulk rolls of any denomination and avid searchers will frequently walk in and out the doors with quite a bundle.

In my own experience, however, I began examining coins without the money to purchase-or time to sort through and exchange-a full “bank box.” If one is approaching this work with the primary goal of discovering some beyond rare mint-error (and retiring after the auction), it only makes sense to increase the “chance of winning” with this approach. In Numisgnosis, however, the searching is primarily concerned with Psychometric Finds and my own limits, with both funds and time, led to a more quick and concentrated approach, utilizing single rolls of Pennies. I would acquire these, not from banks, but cashiers (guaranteed to be a bit more baffled by the roll request than your local banker).

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Basically, if you have 50 cents, you can ask to swap it for a roll of Pennies almost anywhere. The gas station, grocery store, wherever. I’ve been told “no” but this is part of the voyage. Move on and hit up the next likely locale. If you’ve got a dollar, it will score you TWO rolls (100 coins) and, in context of Magickal and Psychometric Investigation, this is quite the pile!

Some will want to set up several “bins” at Home Base where acquired coins can be seperated. One bin can be for those swapped and another for those returned with change. A box can be set up for those found on the street and another for those gifted from others (and don’t be shy about asking friends and family to hang onto their pennies for you…most people won’t find the monetary value of a few cents of any concern but they WILL enjoy making someone else’s day with a little gift).

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Some Corp Members will keep an elaborate and detailed record to observe trends in the flow. This is, admittedly, tedious but worthwhile. By noting WHAT you acquire and through WHICH Channels, you begin to get a picture of the Invisible Forces working through your activity in Numisgnosis. For example, out of 10 rolls you’ve swapped out around town, you might notice that 1981 D cents dominate the total haul. You might only have found a single 1963 from a thousand.
One one hand, this situation may reflect the simple odds of finding any given coin in circulation. On the other, the Numisgnostic, working actively with the Contact Coin as a Beacon into the Magickal Universe, will find that certain coins will truly be attracted to him (or her)! They will travel long distances over periods of time to arrive in the Temple.
There is an interplay between Chance and Intention here-and this interplay is similar to how we find ourselves in this Spacetime Environment as Entities with Power to Effect Change and Decision Making Capacity interacting with a seemingly Objective World in which events occur outside of our Willing.

From this vantage point, our continuing work in this field may be likened to certain games which evoke Chance, Choice and Magick (again in the Crowleyan sense, Old Crow having stated that “Every Intentional Act is a Magickal Act”).

We’ll address some of these games down the line. They include Magic The Gathering which (along with many others like it) may be used as a Vehicle for Spiritual Growth. The point is: Numisgnosis, as we’ve discussed it thus far, will be profitably treated as such a Gamespace IF we regard Gaming as a Spiritual (and, perhaps more appropriately, SHAMANIC) Endeavor.

For the moment, don’t let a lack of funds foil the fun or stay the Way. Swap a buck and try your luck. Not unlike booster packs purchased for Magic, each roll of Lincolns is guaranteed to contain at least ONE “Rare.” If you don’t see it, sort ’em until you DO.

We’ll eventually get to the Mission where you swap two bits for a roll and find EVERY SINGLE COIN to be a SUPER CHARGED WINNER.

But that Mission has nothing to do with Luck of the Draw…it’s balls out Shamanix.

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Corrosion Corp Supply Drop (Mission 1.5)

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Communicating, as I do, with many folks who struggle to simply make ends meet (and often come up short-handed at that!), I am a bit hesitant to present a Numisgnostic “Shopping List.”

And might this not be contradicting my last entry wherein I stated that none should be barred from this Work for lack or want?

However, this may prove to be one of the first challenges for the Numisgnostic Neophyte with an empty cupboard. How can one purchase coin-collecting supplies when there isn’t even enough loose change lying about to pay the rent?

The Contact Coin of Mission One is now to be worked with in this regard. This singular object, once rightly found, becomes a Beacon and it will, especially via the “Conceal and Carry” Method, open up Channels whereby one will get just what one needs.

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This Field Agent’s Glock was a Decoy-and he laughed his way to the Bank 

A good portion of this phenomena is fed by the Shift in Consciousness experienced by the Numisgnostic, a Shift which “looks upon the World anew” and sees what one was previously blind to. There IS a Way and we suddenly experience a rising Faith in this Fact. If it’s not apparent, we challenge our sight instead of bemoaning our “Fate.” Our situations become puzzles, mazes and riddles whose answer we may not know but are, none the less, certain exists.

The Numisgnostic, therefore, Seeks-and Finds, growing more deeply in the Arte.

“Problems” become “Missions.”

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“I’m trading these Tags for a Roll of 50…”

Not everyone will have an issue with purchasing a few basic items. But everyone WILL have issues. We simply wish to call attention to Numisgnostic Bushido in this regard as it applies to ALL conundrums faced on the Path. Skills obtained herein are of manifold application and without application there can be no “Numisgnosis.”

The list of items one should obtain at the Start include:

Coin Flips, Sharpie fine tipped art pens and boxes and containers of every sort.

AND a 10x Loupe which is, basically, a magnifying glass (preferably with an inbuilt light), allowing you to examine your coins with greater power than your God-given sight can grant.

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Numisgnostic Eye Exam

The Loupe will also be essential for experiments with the coins as Magic Mirrors and Transdimensional Gateways. I purchased my current Loupe for under $10 and carry it with me at all times. It doesn’t need to be fancy. It just needs to do the job-and also be at the ready.

Now a word on Coin Flips. These may be purchased for a very small price IF one wishes to acquire the sort which is stapled shut. And then one will also need a STAPLER.

I’ve worked with these flips quite a bit but don’t recommend them. Yes, it costs a bit more to purchase the self-adhesive kind but these really ARE far superior for our purposes. There are two concerns here. The first is Hermetically seeing a coin and the second is working the Flip as a Magical Artwork in conjunction with the coin.

When utilizing the stapled flips, I’ve also employed superglue to “seal the deal.” This can become a messy matter and I would typically end up with my fingertips stuck together. I also worked with the staples in relation to the art but in the end, these became a hindrance to what could be done with the visual space around the circular center.

Either way, we will want to get any number of coins into flips. This is NOT to protect a possible “hot find” with potential Numismatic value-but to give it a context wherein we might work upon the disc Magickally (and I DO mean in the Crowleyan sense of “causing change to occur in conformity with Will”).

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“All those years mastering Chess…and I could have been searching Bank Boxes!”

Other items are humble but necessary. A notebook for the “Numisgnostic Log” (elsewhere referred to as the “Magical Diary”) should not be done without.

But the bottom line is: get a package of self-adhesive flips and a 10x Loupe.

And the Sharpies. But make sure they’re the art pens.

Myself, I use a variety of knives, blades, paints and Aqua Net Hairspray. I can’t do without the Hairspray.

The Initiation into Hair-Styling products comes later.

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2015 Numignostic Coin Convocation, Madison, Wisconsin, USA  

For the moment, we want to be able to really CONNECT with any coin on our Path and this will happen through Psychometry, Examination and Magickal Manipulation.

If these items are beyond your financial reach, ASK the Contact Coin to provide the means to acquire them. I would estimate the total cost at $30, give or take. As stated previosuly, if the Portal Penny has, indeed, been “properly found,” the Gates will OPEN.

If ordering these supplies is an easy matter and you’re ready for the next chapter, chances are…you have some serious issues to be addressed.

That’s OK.

Numisgnosis is READY.

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None shall be barred

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No one is barred from this Work and all that is necessary will appear, as if by magic, should the Numisgnostic apply the same “calling card” to the Building of the Temple as he or she did to the Finding of the Cornerstone. The Rosicrucians of Old placed no financial burden upon those who would join them-or those they would heal. Numisgnosis is the same. You may spend as much as you’d like on the Path-but none shall be excluded for want.

This being said, there are particular items which will be found essential to the Work at this stage-and the magic, by which the Cornerstone was revealed, will open the Way to obtaining all which is necessary to progress.

The First Mission of the Corrosion Corp is followed by Missions 2 and 3 whereby the Numisgnostic will establish a Power Zone to Link In (Lincoln) to the Corrosion Cathedral.

From within this Power Zone, one learns how to Conceal and Carry.

This is Practical Shamanism and will be proven in the most raw and real fields of experience.

-Hoodoo Pilot

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The Skull Beneath The Skin

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Following hot on the heels of a recent Facebook post, where I shared a brief article on “Hobo Skull Coins,” I was astounded to be gifted with with one these items, custom made by Quarter Master, no less!

What’s a “Hobo Skull Coin?”

And Who is “Quarter Master?”

All shall be revealed momentarily.

For the moment, I’d like to look at the Theme Itself.

The Skull remains one of the most omnipresent and ubiquitous image-symbols we encounter in human artistry. It grabs us and just won’t let go. From the Horrific to the Beautiful, the Whimsical to the Sublime, we all recognize and relate to Boneface.

If asked what the Skull is expressing in any context, most folks will be quick to say “Death.” Interestingly, it’s our old friends, the Freemasons, who saw in the Skull something more than Mortality.

Yes, it’s true that the Skull is first encountered in Masonic Symbolism as a reminder of our frail and fleeting lives, a means to take measure of the same, looking toward what we might contribute to the Grand Human Experiment ere it’s over.

The Skull, however, has also been regarded as a Symbol of Immortality, “That Which Remains,” even after the flesh has faded. It thus takes it place with another Masonic Symbol of Primary Importance, the Acacia, retaining its green vitality even in the “Death” of Winter.

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George Washington, Himself, would appreciate Quarter Master’s manipulation of his visage as America’s first President well understood these Mysteries. The Skull was sometimes called the “Bone Box” among Freemasons. In its mouth was held a Key, never accessed by the Profane but always ready to open the Doors of the Gnosis for those who might enter it with Wisdom and Humility. The Skull, we can now see, expresses Death in Life and Life in Death.

Masonry, at the start, espouses a Teaching on How To Live.

A Brother of the Craft once remarked to me that it was also espousing a Teaching on How To Die.

Now, the Hobo Coin…

I was recently made aware of this collectible coinage via this link:

http://boingboing.net/2015/10/16/coins-carved-to-reveal-skulls.html

Quarter Master wasted no time making me one. I was beyond delighted to receive this gift. It is already a beacon for the Life and Death Complex-but alongside this, it radiates the kindness and love of a friend who crafted an artwork with the intention of making another happy.

THIS is the Masonic Ideal and the Awareness which rises when one is stationed between the Black and White Pillars.

Quarter Master may be found via her Facebook site and she takes custom orders for her unique brand of coin-based jewelry. Prices are beyond reasonable and we recommend her work highly.

As my Numisgnostic bloggery continues, we will look more closely into why Copper is, metaphysically, a significant metal in this Work. For those who may be unaware of the fact, our modern era Quarters are almost wholly made of…Copper. Yes, we call them “Silver” but they are, alchemically speaking, in the same “Family” as the Little Lincolns.

We’ve already begun binding Quarter Punches to Lincoln Cents in our Talismanic Flips.

If one is interested in a hand-crafted Quarter Master Ring, please contact her via this Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/quarter.master.54?fref=ts

Yes, these items make wonderful gifts and are a unique and fun item to wear. For those who will be working through exercises on the Numisgnostic Path, these rings will also serve as magical objects of resonant power, ready-made to connect into the Corrosion Cathedral (which is to say, your Numisgnostic Altarspace).

The Skull Beneath The Skin is your End…and Beginning. Both are Present NOW if you’ll but feel your Face and enter your Space.

In Numisgnosis,

Hoodoo Pilot

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THE PORTAL PENNY: Corrosion Corp Mission One

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Numisgnosis is a Path and, as such, one must discover an Access Point whereby to begin. On this particular journey, we will describe a very simple means to locating and entering the Gateway.

The First Task:

Find a Penny.

This is the Price of Entry. It’s the First Task. But-as common an object as the ubiquitous penny might seem-it must be found in a certain way. Perhaps we ought say:

It must find YOU.

There is an old and oft-quoted adage in occult circles which states “When the student is ready, the master appears.” Ere the unveiling of the “master,” all a student can do is get ready, preparing themselves for the encounter. The master may have walked past them on the street a hundred times but they remain ignorant of this. Thus we find, in Masonic Ritual, for example, the emphasis on being “Duly and Truly Prepared” for what is to come. If consciousness is not aware, receptive and adaptable, what the master has to offer will follow after the proverb of “pearls before swine.”

Of course, it is part of the master’s job to help the student increase those qualities listed above. Ergo, our preparedness is not looking toward some ultimate level of attainment but rather a workable state of being whereby good seed may fall into fertile soil.

In this opening phase of Numisgnostic Initiation, we might envision the “master” as described by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche who, when questioned as to who he regarded as true and living master, replied:

“Situations are my Guru.”

We might thereby imagine the Master with a Million Faces in a Billion Places. The goal is to first begin seeing these Faces, growing into initiatory interaction and ultimately knowing ourselves as one with that we have sought after.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves here. The first thing to do is to locate the Gate into the World, which is to say THE PROCESS, where these-and other-realizations and power-ups may be discovered. The realizations are themselves Initiations and might be viewed along the lines of successive stages of Illumination as detailed in certain Buddhist Schools. Each stage of Illumination has a corresponding Siddhi (or Magical Power). Often, the Siddhi is sought after with little regard for the Illumination to which it corresponds. In my own experience, it is the Illumination which produces power as an effect. One is suddenly aware of new ability but all preconceptions as to how this might look (or be applied) are transformed by the change in consciousness. The manifestation of any Siddhi almost becomes an afterthought.

Both Illumination and the Manifestation of Siddhis WILL result from the practice of Numisgnosis.

Step One:

Find a Penny.

Upon determining to complete this Task, you should KNOW that there is a PARTICULAR PENNY in your geographic locale which is already YOURS. This is NOT to be found in your pocket change or by purchasing a roll of 50 copper coins in a neatly packaged roll from the bank. Your Penny is “Out There” and will appear, according to your attentiveness and intuition, as an object in your physical environment. It shouldn’t take long to locate. You need simply to relax and bear in mind that this coin is seeking YOU even as you are seeking IT. It may appear in a parking lot, a restroom, an aisle at the grocery store. But it WILL appear. And when it does, it marks the MOMENT in which you take the first substantial step into the Numisgnostic World.

This particular coin is what we will call the PORTAL PENNY. As soon as you see it, you will have established contact with another realm. By picking it up and coming into physical contact with it, you step on through the Gate.

As indicated previously, we aren’t looking for a Numismatic “find” but a Numisgnostic Connection. Your Penny may not be worth a farthing to any other Soul on the planet but to YOU it will be invaluable. This small bit of metal contains an infinitude of information as well as the energy signatures attendant thereunto. The moment when you meet each other is a powerful and dynamic Alchemical phase, the Opening of The Operation. The coin’s content is condensed in that moment. All the energy signatures become vivified along the lines of a horoscope, delineating detailed experience into categorical abstractions which represent powerhouses available for new direction. You see, the coin lacks volition and needs you to provide it. YOU have this volition on a deep (and-for most people-subconscious) level. The coin’s karmic code prods and stimulates this volition by resonating with the energy signatures within your Being.

In essence, the finding of your Portal Penny is a Magical Meeting wherein a Partnership is formed.

Now, many people will spot a wayward coin each day and their lives will go on, “business as usual.” What makes YOUR find different is the inward opening to the Event. Before walking off into the World, you, at the very least, entertain the notion of the Portal Penny to such a degree that its discovery will serve as a field for the implementation of the above-described process.

Otherwise, you’ll just be another flash in the pan spotting a flash in the parking lot.

Although I’ve worked with Numisgnosis for some time, I decided to re-implement this Initial Task for myself in conjunction with writing this text. It just so happened that I was in the company of an individual whose name happens to be Penny. While accompanying her to an Optometry appointment, I spotted my coin on the office floor. How perfect and wonderful. In a clinic for the correction and improvement of sight, I found a magical mirror. I couldn’t have orchestrated this if I tried. But it just came through.

We should never “force a find” nor impose expectation on the experience. If we yearn for “bells and whistles,” we may miss a whispering from that Still Small Voice Within.

Once discovered, the coin is to be regarded as a sacred object and handled accordingly. It will ultimately be placed into a coin flip but if one is without this, it should be wrapped in a clean piece of cloth and kept safe until one’s Numisgnostic Altar is constructed. If intuition dictates, this Penny may be carried on one’s person in a safe and secure fashion.

Such acquisition automatically enters and enrolls one in the Corrosion Corp. Further directives will follow…

EN ROUTE ON THE MOTHER FLIPPIN’ FLIP-OUT

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For some time now, the content of the forthcoming book SING THE CORROSION has been developed in bits and pieces alongside continuous Numisgnostic experiment and practice. Rather than wait until some final offering is assembled in its entirety, we’ve decided to blog the book via Minds.com as a type of exercise.

The idea is simple: write and release one entry per day. This blends up the vision of a complete and coherent text with the unpredictable nature of a journal or logbook, scrawled out on the go and driven down unforeseen by-ways.

The inspiration behind Corrosion was never to write a “definitive” book but to generate something akin to how Burroughs described Naked Lunch when he observed that most novels were written from the standpoint that all the main characters were dead. Past tense. By contrast, he described Naked Lunch as a book which is HAPPENING, in the NOW, right where WE are.

To be truly magical in nature, a book needs to link into the unique and unfolding experiences of the reader, meeting them where they are and providing feedback as the landscape of consciousness continues to change. The reader is an adventurer and the book is a companion on the path, one which can offer fresh guidance, from familiar passages, as new territory is entered and challenges confronted.

Numisgnosis is a Type of Sub-Path, adaptable to any number of scenarios according to the wit, intuition and ingenium of the Numisgnostic. It’s a type of Shamanism or Hoodoo. The focus in Numisgnosis is not, however, on “Mastery” but momentum. And it is accessible to anyone who is willing to jump in.

The price of admission?

A single penny-and then the Game begins.

THE GOLDEN GATE

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THE GOLDEN GATE-2000 D Lincoln Cent/Magical Mirror (“YOUR Penny [via Corrosion Corp Mission One] is…’Pre-Loaded’ with a unique configuration of very precise and specific energies, a living structure which is awaiting contact with the unique configurations within-and composing-YOURSELF. When it is discovered, all the forces combine and a new configuration is formed containing the necessary elements to poke a hole into Reality’s Fabric, serving as a ‘Middle Ground’ between yourself and the Zone now functioning as your launch pad into the New World of Numisgnosis”-from “Sing This Corrosion Ch.1).

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