George Gurdjieff, the Greco-Armenian holistic philosopher

Remembering the mystic, George Gurdjieff (1866-1949), on the anniversary of his death.

“Greco-Armenian holistic philosopher, thaumaturge, and teacher of Sacred Dances (whose ancillary personae as musicologist, therapist, hypnotist, raconteur, explorer, polyglot, and entrepreneur exercise the taxonomic mind).

Gurdjieff’s work comprises one ballet, some 250 Sacred Dances, 200 piano pieces composed in collaboration with his pupil Thomas Alexandrovitch de Hartmann (1886-1956), and four books, the magnum opus being Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson. For more than 35 years he privately taught, by example and oral precept, a previously unknown doctrine styled “The Work”, attracting – and often quixotically repulsing – groups of gifted disciples: Russian, English, American, and French.

His system integrated a semantic critique, a social critique, an epistemology, a mythopoeic cosmogony and cosmology, a phenomenology of consciousness, and a practical Existenzphilosophie…” – James Moore

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The Day of the Munsters

On September 24, 1964, the horror-themed sitcom, “The Munsters,” premiered on CBS television, depicting the home life of a family of monsters and the “normal” niece who came to live with them. It starred Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster. The series was a satire of both traditional #monster movies and the wholesome family fare of the era and as a kid, it was one of my favorites. It ran for two seasons (70 episodes) but achieved its greatest audience in syndication, which is where most people of my age actually saw it for the first time.
 
My two favorite parts of the show were the theme song and the Munsters’ awesome cars. The instrumental theme song (which actually had lyrics, believe or not) was arranged by Jack Marshall and written by Jon Burlingame, who called it a “Bernard-Herrmann-meets-Duane-Eddy sound.” And if you don’t know who those guys are, look it up.
 
The show remains a blast, even after all of these years and if you haven’t seen it lately, track down an episode. I promise you’ll still laugh!
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Today’s Book Haul

Today’s #bookhaul rendered some interesting finds, from occult wisdom, to herbal remedies, to short fiction anthologies📚. It was a challenge though, the grandma at the door was rude and felt like charging me 5 bucks to be a friend of the library🤷‍♂️. I said sure, but a true friend doesn’t charge you for their company 🤗

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Thursday Thoughts: Remote Viewing

From this explanation, it is obvious that remote viewing is related to so-called psi (also known as “psychic” or “parapsychological”) phenomena such as clairvoyance or telepathy. Whatever it is that seems to make it possible for human beings to do remote viewing is probably the same underlying ability that makes such things as clairvoyance work. But RemoteViewing (or “RV”) differs from other, more traditional parapsychological activities in a number of ways.

Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft

Happy Birthday to H.P. Lovecraft who was born on this day, August 20,  in 1890🐙
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