…green shinsen and flowers!!!…

…Guy Debord / La Société du Spectacle(56)…

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  • Le spectacle‘ is money’s other face: an abstract, ubiquitous equivalent of every possible piece of consumer goods. But whereas money, up to this point, has dominated society, as the representation of the essential equivalence of every possible piece of consumer goods – that is to say: the interchangeable and thus exchangeable nature of the so-very-many consumer goods, the usages of which, in practice, remain completely distinct and non-interchangeable – ‘le spectacle‘, on the other hand, is money’s fully developed, latter-day complement, in which the entirety of the consumerist world is simultaneously visible, as the ubiquitous equivalent of all the things that society can be and do. ’Le spectacle‘ is a strange kind of money, that you can only look at… because in it you can already see all of the “usage” that has been exchanged for all of its abstract representation. So ‘le spectacle’ is not only the servant of “pseudo-usage”… it is, in itself, the “pseudo-usage” of our entire lives.

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Of course, old fashioned money got to “you-can-only-look-at-the-gold” about a century ago: or even “only-in-your-mind’s-eye:you-can-only-imagine-the-gold!” So we are in this transitional phase where merely watching super-cedes “exchange”… And this is a difficult thing for the compulsion to latch onto… and so we get the desire for transformation, and all these little rebellions…

But, I mean, the history of gold in the world is pretty damn fascinating: the sugar trade… slavery… completely arbitrary things in relation to the actual metal… sugar: the drug that makes you want ever more and more… but a medieval festive cake: so little sugar… just a bright taste, like the presence of the divine… and opening up the Americas creates the possibility of excess – gold, sugar, tobacco even… chocolate, coffee – and our civilization gets hooked on the drive, the self-denial and the organization that allows us to binge everyday on what should be the sacred and the three-times-a-year.

And all these things evolved around trading sugar one-to-one for gold: an ounce of sugar for an ounce of gold… the Spanish Armada, built off sugar…

And then a giant lie: “you can grow sugar out in the Canaries… or some other island… don’t tell anyone…”  Now it’s still worth one-to-one. And now we need people who can live at that latitude, so we’ll just grab them out of their very homes, drag them to the West Indies: they’ll be making sugar.

And when this collapses, rain falls into the ships hauling the sugar to England: and it makes rum. You make the rum trade, and now there’s still more reason to get still more slaves…

It’s a very interesting relationship between symbolic wealth and actual, physical things – – – all driven by human compulsion – – – because no-one, in this, actually – no-one! –  has a better physical life!

And now we live in an age where we binge on video-driven excitement, and constant short-lived wonder (suspense), when we used to attend and be transformed three-times-a-year by a mystery play at some ritual moment in the calendar.

And we would let someone destroy us because we see that they have gold drapes, and an appearance of power based on arbitrary money that probably doesn’t exist. Who goes to our longest-standing enemy for their financing, and tells us right up front: “Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” And when it becomes clear that actual treason has happened – and the reason treason is illegal is that it puts us all in danger – then everyone imagines that they’re going to BUY safety. With a pattern of electrons, and promises based on a memory of the symbolic which you can never see or physically experience. And all this paradox creates the excitement which is actually our currency today.

And they’re imagining they’re going to buy safety. They believe in the power of the fetish of a former currency.

And viscerally we know this is not true. In time of disaster… “well… I’ve got lots of currency…” Ask the Germans how that went…

But it’s actually its distance from reality that makes the concept and the practice of money attractive to us:  it is entirely our domain, under our control, a story that we can tell ourselves…

And now that our “currency” is actually based on a compulsion to watch stories… on being prone to anger… on being addicted to constant excitement… in time of disaster, how is that going to go…?

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Whereas we always return to our basic rooting, our earthly quality, our biological quality.

And before this giant hallucination happened, there was a very rich magic. And people still recognize the magic of the material.

The multiplicity of meanings… when you slow down…

And that’s what thinking like an artist is: where there are multiple meanings, simultaneously, in a physical object. And where the contrasts are simultaneously visible – – – differences are simultaneously visible – – – instead of successively visible: forcing you to binge-watch faster and faster…

So thinking like an artist is a way of getting back to the older ways of thinking.

Someone makes the beautiful pot…

The Japanese teacup, for instance, was captured utilitarian ware… and then it became highly valued, and people began to learn how to make it. And so as they learned, they understood more and more… in other words: ever increasing meaning…

And that’s a different kind of thinking…

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…leaves and sky…

…samidare wa…mine ni matsukaze…

It rains and rains…
from up on the ridge: the wind in the pines…
down here in the valley:  water…running…

– – – Gusai

…misogi no jo!!!…

…the kotodama of Shiva!!!…

So, amongst the vowels, A I U are the most used and the most important, because they correspond to the three fundamental energies of Shiva: the energy of transcendent consciousness ‘A’,  that of will-power ‘I’  and that of awakening ‘U’.  To attain salvation the yogi retraces the cosmic process in reverse direction – with the aim of being reabsorbed.

– – –  Métamorphose de la violence par l’Aikido de Sumikiri,  J.-D Cauhépé and A. Kuang,   p. 297

…Akishino ya…toyama no sata ya…

Over in Akishino,
up in distant mountain villages
the drizzle must be freezing:
high on Mount Ikoma’s peak
the heavy clouds hang thick and close…

– – – Saigyo

…ushiro-waza!!!…

O’Sensei no kuden: misogi (2)

Without color and without form, the Great Benevolent Spirit, because it is without color and transparent, and embodying the most complete purity, the most complete innocence, the most complete holiness, the most complete beauty, the most complete honesty, the most complete virtue, the most complete and supreme love, is the most important in the divine teachings. And so misogi techniques were created, and so the Way of Aiki was created. And through the marvelous functioning of kotodama, the whole great world is made bright and pure again. And through this the misogi of Heaven and earth, the landscape and humanity is performed.

– – – O’Sensei,  probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita,  transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui,  p. 142

…kawa-misogi in the Fall(3)!!!…