Part I: Now Age Manifesto And Q&A
TEXT BY THAD MCKRAKEN; Q&A BY VIVIAN HUA; MANIFESTO AND ANSWERS BY TARAKA LARSON
The fundamental nature of time itself wasn't something I'd contemplated at great length until roughly a year ago. I think what turned it around for me was when I accidentally summoned what classic occultists would refer to as my Holy Guardian Angel
. Out of nowhere in the summer of 2010, I started performing sigil projection exercises
which seemed to be coming from somewhere else. I felt strangely and unconsciously compelled to envision myself in third person, as an external character wearing a sleek black suit. I was confronting my demonic persona -- the part of me that longed for frivolous shit like wealth and power -- or something to that effect. Who am I kidding, I had no fucking idea why I was doing this, but the further in I got, the more the scenarios played themselves out in my head; they had me shaking hands with the world's elite and proceeding to haunt their unconscious.
To make a long story short, this version of myself that I'd been unwittingly focusing on actually showed up in my room one night. I will confess that I wasn't fully awake. I was in a hynagogic sleep state that a lot of mainstream psychologists would refer to as sleep paralysis
. I taught myself how to do this by experimenting with astral projection
years earlier; it fucked with my head forever. But it's what "I" told myself that's relevant here:
"We are the beings from the Sirius star system that were communicating with Robert Anton Wilson
. We are the grey aliens. We are death. WE EXIST OUTSIDE OF TIME. That's why it's difficult for us to communicate with you."
They then projected a telepathic communiqué into the depths of my spirit. My reality became this video-like demonstration which oscillated between perspectives, drawing connections to something I'd also randomly started contemplating months prior – the Gnostic concept of the Holy Trinity:
- The Father (or Holy Guardian Angel) – the me who is eternal and exists outside of time;
- The Son – the me who exists inside what we refer to as human reality;
- The Holy Spirit – the conjunctive tissue which binds us all into one coherent plotline; time itself, shown to me like a glowing orb which I existed inside of, though apart from my cosmic overmind persona (it/I watched from outside as if floating motionless in outer space).
Sounds completely nuts right? Well, it does until you realize you're one of about a billion people throughout history who have had this type of shit happen to them. Unfortunately, these topics are usually relegated to the easily disregarded world of "New Age" literature, ensuring that anyone who believes a half-man half-God walked the earth 2,000 years ago will laugh them off without a second thought. The term "New Age" has been so intentionally co-opted throughout the years by military and religious interests that even I hate it. Luckily, writer Daniel Pinchbeck has been trying to rebrand the neo-psychedelic evolution of these concepts as "Next Age."
And here, we have the multi-talented Taraka Larson of Brooklyn's Prince Rama putting a much needed artier spin on ancient New Age ideas with The Now Age Manifesto. It's a work about the importance of intentionally transcending so called normal space-time perception and entering what Larson and English philosopher John G. Bennett refer to as Hyparxis, a hypertime dimension that has a timeless quality noticeable to human perception.
In a way, these experiences and mind states kind of have to happen to you before you'll take any interest in them – but The Now Age Manifesto details concepts that will help you get there if you try. The entirety of Larson's manifesto can be viewed online at www.now-age.org.
The Now Age Manifesto: Introduction
The Now Age seeks to reconnect the current dislocation
between time and space and resurrect the symbolic power of music by means of UTOPIA.
NOW AGE = NO AGE
Somewhere between Time and Eternity lies a dimension called Hyparxis**.
Hyparxis is defined as an 'ableness-to-be'. It does not indicate a change in time,
or a manifestation of eternity. Instead it refers to transformations in 'inner time'.
Hyparxis combines what is actual with what is potential, thus creating a 'present moment'
based on the internalized experience of external temporal events, past, present, or future.
Thus, the Now Age refers to no age at all, but instead
describes an elemental quality of being.
UTOPIA = NO PLACE
The word UTOPIA by definition signifies "NO PLACE".
It is neither here nor there, of this world or transcendental to it.
Its existence as a non-existence can be seen as a singularity,
but within this "no place" exists an infinity of space.
Thus an invisible "space between worlds" is created
that acts as a medium between the real and the ideal environments.
This aspiration for a space within a pre-existing place is vital for distinguishing the utopian
impulse from the transcendental impulse; whereas transcendentalism
seeks escape from the "real" world in exchange for an ideal one,
utopia instead seeks a deeper connection with this world in the form of tapping into its inner potential,
a REALIZATION of the REAL.
It is here that the musical environment lives.
Sound in and of itself is a tangible example of "no place".
It is pure vibration, a shifting of air particles,
and is thus (by sheer virtue of its nature) wholly meta-physical.
**John G. Bennett, The Dramatic Universe