-1st of January, Tropical Cyclone Helen forms. Category 2 at its peak, Helen lasted five days before being downgraded to a Tropical Low on the 5th of January.
-7th–8th of January, Sees the United States’ second largest January Tornado outbreak on record.
-10th of February, Tropical Cyclone Nicholas forms. Category 3 at its peak, Nicholas lasted eleven days before weakening to a Tropical Low on the 20th of February.
-1st of March, Tropical Cyclone Ophelia forms. Category 2 at its peak, Ophelia lasted seven days before weakening below Cyclone intensity on the 7th of March.
-16th of March, Undeniable signs of financial instability in the U.S. with Bear Stearns, the country’s fifth largest investment bank, falling victim to the ‘Sub-prime Mortgage Crisis’.
-22nd of March, 3rdeyeart.com version 2.0 goes live, exhibiting the newly completed E.V. artwork. Planning for the piece emerged around the 20th of June ’06, a time when recession was far from the minds of the mainstream. The image accurately depicts the ‘Sub-prime Mortgage Crisis’, catalyst for what has come to be labelled the GFC, two years before the event.
-23rd of March, Tropical Cyclone Pancho forms. Category 4 at its peak, Pancho lasted seven days before being downgraded to a Low on the 29th of March.
-2nd of May, Tropical Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Burma. The Category 4 Cyclone caused $1 billion worth of damage and was the worst natural disaster the country has seen. Tragically, early reports stated that almost 78,000 people lost their lives while nearly 56,000 remained missing.
-22nd–25th May, Severe Storms and Tornadoes strike Central U.S., contributing to the deadliest January-May period since 1998 and the eighth-deadliest since 1953.
-1st of July, Findings are published for the 14-month follow-up to a scientific study conducted at John Hopkins University to investigate potential positive effects of psilocybin. The primary psychoactive chemical found in magick mushrooms, it’s alleged psilocybin proffers positive life-changing realisations and expansions of consciousness. 60% of participants in the experiment rated the experience as profoundly meaningful and spiritually significant. Claiming it enhanced their well-being and facilitated a genuine mystical experience. None of the volunteers reported a decreased sense of well-being.
In an article from the Baltimore City Paper Bill Richards – Psychiatrist, Comparative Religion Scholar and Co-Facilitator of the Psilocybin Experiments at John Hopkins, discusses one of the stages of the psychedelic experience:
“And then…we enter the archetypal realm. Visions of Christ, or Buddha, or Greek gods…imagery from the Book of Revelation, that sort of thing. What’s fascinating is that they often experience things far outside of their life histories, Christians seeing the Buddha, or someone seeing Egyptian or Hindu or other unfamiliar iconography. Certainly not the stuff they learned in Sunday school. It’s fascinating – almost as if there’s a universal cache of knowledge they’re tapping into.”
Lundahl, one of the participants in the Experiment recounts her Journey:
“And I saw this jester. And he was coming down the street. I was in the crowd, I was right there. And one side of him was totally black, and the other side was totally colourful, and here he is, just laughing.” She closes her eyes, remembering. “And I’m getting the image of the dark side of life, and the light side, and here is this jester…just laughing! Laughing at the human condition, that we humans think we have any clue as to what is really going on. And I started chuckling, and then I started laughing, and I’m thinking – we’re so clueless! I was laughing with God, and with the jester, and with everything, and I said to myself, `We humans, we’re just so silly! We think we know. We don’t know. What is this experience on this earth? This is amazing.’ When you really start to think about it–how could this be?”
“And then, immediately, I was in a parade. But this time it was Jesus. Coming down the street. And just wiped…totally wiped…dragging the cross. Beaten up badly. And the crowd had gathered.” She pauses. “Now I don’t have a religious background. I don’t know the Bible stories. I don’t know any of this stuff. And yet…I was right in the crowd, right at the moment when he turns and says, `Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do.’”
“And it had gone from the jester…the cluelessness of us…to the forgiveness, and the ignorance of what we do to each other. And I felt it. And I got it on different levels. What I do to people, what people have done to me, what communities do, and what nations do. The cluelessness, the ignorance. We just know not what we do.”
“After the archetypal realm comes the mystical state. There’s a dimension of awesomeness, of profound humility, of the self being stripped bare. In the psychology of religion, mystical experience is well-described–unity, transcendence of time and space, noetic knowledge, sacredness, ineffability….It’s the sacred dimension of revelation, but it can be what Kierkegaard called `fear and trembling’– incredibly profound and powerful terrain to travel.”
“People who have never studied the psychology of religion hear `mystical,’ and it sounds like `misty’… something vague, not very precise or clear. We know what we’re talking about, but the man on the street doesn’t. So who would want a mystical experience? I’d rather get drunk!”
Dark Side – Light Side
The Knower of Truth should go about the world outwardly stupid like a child, a madman or a devil. Mahavakyaratnamala
Succeeding an obsession with drawing and painting clowns in magickal year 11 (1998), my introductory tattoo and the first of three jesters/clowns/harlequins was inked on my right shoulder in 1999. Well before learning the occult significance of the ‘fool’, the release of Finding Nemo, or studying Liber AL – The fool readeth this Book of the Law, and its comment; & he understandeth it not. Liber AL ch. III, v. 63. I read the above article on the 10th of October 2009, at which time the epically solid black fractal had been coloured five years earlier, 8th of July 2004. Evidently, an unintentional yet well established ‘dark side, light side’ arrangement was in play; the skull and Om both tattooed pre-fractal.
In light of our discussion regarding the validity of entheogens in facilitating the evolution of consciousness and genuine mystical experiences, Lundahl’s Vision, juxtaposed with Crowley’s observations on the ‘Star Sponge’ form of Deep Space, presents another uniquely objective affirmation of this work and the Visionary Experience. Its import augmented due to appearance via scientific study. While the photos may lack absolute precision in their alignment to Lundahl’s Journey, when certain other details on this website are considered the resonation is distinct, indicative of merit to a correlation.
-7th of July, In concert with work on Hocus Pocus, and just months after the launch of 3rdeyeart.com v 2.0 and the E.V. image, Tropical Storm Bertha is upgraded to Hurricane status. Bertha was the first Hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which was to become the second most destructive Hurricane Seasons on record. In total, the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season saw 16 Named Storms, 8 Hurricanes and 5 Major Hurricanes. Well above the average of 11 Named Storms, 6 Hurricanes and 2.5 Major Hurricanes. Another calamitous Season aligned with 3rdeyeart milestones.
-11th of July, Amid fears of ‘peak oil’ and reports claiming the resource’s scarcity, the world sees an all-time record for the price of the commodity as it reaches $147.27 (U.S.) per barrel. E.V...
-20th of July, Tropical Storms Bertha, Cristobal and Dolly are all reported. The first time three active storms have raged so early in the Season, which commenced on the 1st of June.
-21st of July, Tropical Storm Dolly brings heavy rainfall to Cancun and mudslides in Guatemala.
-23rd of July, Dolly strengthens to become the second Hurricane of the Season, making landfall in Texas and causing roughly $1.05 billion worth of damage in the U.S.
-16th of August, The first of four Storms to strike the island in a row, Tropical Storm Fay hits Haiti. Fay was followed by Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and then finally Ike on the 8th of September.
-25th of August, Hurricane Gustav forms. Category 4 at its peak, Gustav lasted nine days before weakening to a Tropical Storm on the 2nd of September.
-28th of August, Hurricane Hannah forms. Category 1 at its peak, Hannah lasted six days before weakening to a Tropical Storm on the 2nd of September.
-1st of September, Hurricane Ike forms. Ike would go on to devastate the Turks and Caicos Islands, Haiti, Cuba, the U.S. and even affect Canada. Category 4 at its peak, Ike weakened to a Tropical Storm on the 13th of September. Leaving a damage bill of approximately $24.9 billion, Ike was the third costliest Hurricane to affect the U.S.
-6th of September, Fannie Mae, or the Federal National Mortgage Association, and Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation are placed into conservatorship. These two companies were set up in 1938 toward the end of The Great Depression and were responsible for about $5 trillion, or roughly half of the U.S.A.’s mortgage debt.
-10th of September, Just six months after E.V. goes live the first proton beam is successfully steered around the newly completed LHC. Retrospectively of interest as the E.V. canvas features the initial depiction of the omnidirectional star and atom motif also used in the Communion piece – the unfragmentary non-atomic fact of my universality. i.e. a Higgs boson.
-15th of September, With over 150 years in business and 25,000 employees, Lehman Brothers file the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
-3rd of October, A $700 billion Wall Street bailout funded by the American taxpayer, also known as the Troubled Assets Relief Program, is rushed into law.
-10th of October, E.V. strikes again as we see the end of the worst week ever on Wall St.
-13th of October, Hurricane Omar forms. Category 4 at its peak, Omar lasted six days before weakening to a Tropical Storm on the 18th of October.
-5th of November, Hurricane Paloma forms. Category 4 at its peak, Paloma lasted five days before weakening on the 9th and dissipating on the 14th of November.
-17th of November, Tropical Cyclone Anika forms. Category 2 at its peak, Anika lasted five days before being downgraded to a Tropical Low on the 21st of November.
-24th of November, Citigroup scores a $306 billion bailout from the American people (government). Established nearly 200 years ago, Citibank was the largest bank in the world in 2007. However, ‘08 saw their stocks fall roughly 80%.
-15th of December, Tropical Cyclone Billy forms. Category 4 at its peak, Billy lasted fourteen days before weakening below Cyclone intensity on the 28th of December.