Participatory Spirituality for the 21st Century
* FYI, theurjism is the term for my unique neologisms.
You may have noticed that I use a few terms that are not in the dictionary, that I've made up to get across a meaning that is also not in the dictionary. So let me clarify at least two of them for the moment. “Kennilingus” is one such term. It is a take on the word “cunnilingus” with which you are already familiar. The “kenni” part refers to Ken Wilber, so it's a sort of play on one who licks Wilber. This of course is metaphorical, not meaning one who actually gives head to him, although that most certainly could be included, especially since his “suck my dick” comment to critics, which comment it seems acolytes take literally. It's more like those who unflinchingly accept his work verbatim without much, if any, criticism. We all know the type, who when speaking of “integral” will use the exact same language as Wilber, not only in content but often in the same style with the same prejudices. I also use it to refer to the source from when the language comes, to Wilber's own dogma. To make it more akin to fellatio I have another variation for the object of worship in kennilingus, Ken Wilber as Kennilingam. (See this for a definition of lingam, which includes penis but goes into its religious meanings as well, a fit symbol of the AQAL religion.)
To distinguish the alternative integral movement from kennilingus I use the term “intergraal.” “Inter” comes more from the interrelations of the elements of AQAL instead of their rigid distinctions. Granted the elements should be separated out to gain invaluable analysis and clarity. Nor should they be reduced to each other in some form a overarching, dominant and relativistic mush of equality. But neither should they be so distinct as to not see how they relate, for it is in the relationships that any sense of a whole emerges from which the parts participate. And said whole is not THE whole, just a particular whole relative to a particular focus in a particular context. And this doesn't have to be reduced to another form of relativism, since it can also accommodate qualitative distinction and make value judgments so to which wholes are better in which circumstances. Also said parts do not have to be entirely subsumed in any given whole, since they retain their own agency and participate in other wholes in other contexts.
The “graal” of intergraal is the Old French spelling of the term “grail.” We often associate grails with the Holy Grail, the cup that caught the blood of Christ on the cross, and which nectar is purported to induce in one communion with the divine. Hence from such cups in religious masses where wine is transubstantiated into the blood of Christ we are washed of our sins by partaking in this ritualistic cannibalism. But again metaphorically it symbolizes more that communion with the big Other. We can demythologize that other from some metaphysical divinity to a more humane other, to focusing more on humanity in the here and now in this world and in this context, in our present embodiment and interactivity with our environment and other human beings. It is a transforming and perhaps even transubstantiating conversion from our isolated agency to a balance with our human communion through the emerging next wave of development in P2P networks. Hence intergraal is in distinction from the typically more agentic, individualistic, authoritarian, capitalistic and intellectualized kennilingus.
Which of course feeds into the fold, as the basic, most common material of our universe is transformed into the highest, most aetheric yet functional energy source. The spirit/matter dichotomy is transcended in this postmetaphysical, inseparable multipli-cation. Welcome to Multipli City, aka Syn City, the next kosmic address.
Word of the day fits in this thread:
\pawrt-MAN-toh, pohrt-; pawrt-man-TOH, pohrt-\ noun
1. Also called portmanteau word. Linguistics. a word made by putting together parts of other words, as motel, made from motor and hotel, brunch, from breakfast and lunch, or guesstimate, from guess and estimate.
2. a case or bag to carry clothing in while traveling, especially a leather trunk or suitcase that opens into two halves.
Following up on this post (linked and below), I realized this is a partial statement of my personal IPS.
I recall during my hermetic occult days that the intermediary between God and humanity was Hermes, the hermaphroditic Magician of Tarot. And language was the key to that communication. Those who could talk with God (or ultimate reality) and interpret Its Word were indeed powerful, the Catholic Church but one example.
While I moved on from the hermetic tradition I moved into the hermeneutic tradition. At least in that coterie there was debate about the nature of reality and its interpretation. Postmetaphysical circles eliminated the One True God and Way for intersubjective consensus through the better argument, or as Habermas might say, the ideal speech situation (later known as pragmatic presuppositions). There is no end point like God to that process, just continual paradigmatic exploration and development. Its latest iteration is the plethora of participative polydoxia, itself betwixt and between where the twain indeed shall merry meet.
Being hermaphroditic, Hermes is both my patron and matron saint, or pa/ma for short. This is again indicative of the mediator betwixt and between pa and ma. Hence my penchant for rhetaphor (rhetorical metaphor) and always creating hybrid words, part of my spiritual practice/enaction/invocation of pa/ma. Or as LP called me here, a cunning linguist aka cunnilinguist, not to be confused with kennilinguist.
Recall Lady Gaga as one such hermaphrodite. I could see her wearing the below outfit.
Edwyrd theurj Burj said:
I said the following in a FB post:
"Hermes is my pa/matron (andryogenous) saint. This IPS post discusses how postmetaphysical hermeneutics (a Hermes endeavor) gets at what I've been discussing. Also note this is fully articulated in the polydox theologians, so 'religion' is going popo too. Ha, maybe I'll start using pama for popo."
Pama meaning the postmetaphysical andryogenous connection between patron-matron (male-female, subject-object etc.) exemplified by Hermes.
This is a geeky post on neuroscience. In trying to justify the phrase I made up--amodal hier(an)archical synplexity (here and following)--I starting looking into the meaning of the word amodal. I meant it in the sense not of there being no embodied modes involved in the process but rather, given the other words in the phrase, a synergy of bodily modes organized by none in particular. And not in the sort of hierarchy that subsumes the body in higher abstract functions but more of a dynamic structural coupling grounded in Derrida's non-concept of differance. (I warned you this was geeky.)
It turns out to be a highly specific thing in neuroscientific literature. This article discusses both modal and amodal representations with some recommendations. The embodied thesis claims that sensorimotor modes are fundamental in forming more abstract concepts and representations. It is critical of the amodal representation thesis, the pure expression of the latter claiming representational meaning is divorced from bodily experience.
Given the neuroscientific research to date, there is evidence for both systems, so the authors propose a hybrid. There is an amodal conceptual hub located in the anterior temporal cortex which integrates the information from the modal sensorimotor areas. Working together they create a supramodal representational space. This is much more akin to what I intuited by my using amodal in the phrase.