Dan Mitchell's Luminosity shines bright again from the well of high strangeness

I don't remember how I started reading Dan Mitchell's blog (maybe it was From the Shadows)but its content disturbed and attracted me as a genuine expression of the numinous: mysterium tremendum, mysterium fascinans.

It was even creepier when it began to shudder with fits and starts, with several months between posts and suggestions of electromagnetic interference if not intervention.

But suddenly and as mysteriously it's back - a fact also noted by Mike Clelland over at:

http://hiddenexperience.blogspot.com/201...

Mitchell's blog immediately reminded me of Jeff Wells's blog Rigorous Intuition:

http://rigint.blogspot.com/

and makes me suspect a literary experiment in much the same way, even more now that Mitchell added a disclaimer to the new version: "I present this blog as a work of fiction, but I have a penchant for sarcasm. I present myself as a intellectual function and nothing more."

Honestly, I don't know quite what to make of it except to say it is unique among 'experiencer' accounts for many reasons, not the least the author's grasp of ancient and modern esoteric and mystic teachings (Plotinus, Guenon) the understanding of which he embeds his experience.

A great marketing strategy for a new book, the after effects of mental breakdown a la Shaver, an idiosyncratic (mis)interpretation of contemporary occulture? Any ideas, Daily Grailers? Whatever it is, it leaves my very uneasy - maybe I'm just easily frightened ...

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You've already read the reply I left at Mike's, so you could say I'm leaning toward mental breakdown...

This of course should NOT be misinterpreted as me debunking all of Dan's experiences. IMO I still think he was writing what he felt (at the time at least) was the honest-to-God truth; "normal" people suffer from mental breakdowns all the time when the stress level in the everyday lives rise to a certain breaking point.

And, I also remember he claimed to do that sort of thing on a regular basis —writing a blog and then discontinue it, followed by a new blog with new alias.

So, in conclusion... I'm uncertain what's up with him.

What I loved about Dan's writing —and the guy really had a talent for blogging— was that he seemed to view the paranormal phenomena as intrusive manifestation for an alternate reality that seemed to become more "entangled" with ours; and he explained trough philosophical terms that spoke of cultural stagnation and materialism causing a violent Return of Balance of sorts. It was really interesting.

I still don't know if I'll give Dan another chance. I must confess that I find slightly offensive the fact that my lengthy comments got discarded with each new iteration of Luminosity —it takes me a great deal of effort to try to put down in a semi-intelligible manner what I'm trying to say! or maybe I live under the delusion that "I blog, therefore I am" :-/

...Oh, what the hell. I'll check it out today.

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Thanks RPJ and also for your email.

So what do ya reckon?

He just posted what he titled a rant, in response to a comment left over at hidden experience.

I also noticed that comments have now been turned off.

He certainly doesn't like leftists, new agers and liberals, whatever they are in this context. The leftists are a new one. My instinct is that anomalous experiences are pre-political; anything else is interpretation, but that's unavoidable as this is ultimately a human experience of an a-human reality. I'll still sub because he's such a unique voice about this aspect of occulture - he reminds me of Charles Upton http://amzn.to/bynBNJ

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If people are going to react that strongly to my posts, or are easily offended by the things I write, they can forward me their home address and I can mail them one of my daughter's binkies to suck on.

Ouch!

That was in response to Lucretia's comment over at Mike's blog. I have read Lucretia's blog, and find it equally fascinating —the reason I discontinued reading it was because it required too much time to absorb it all; I want to check it out again though— and I also remember that Lucretia used to be one of the most supportive persons to Dan on the previous versions of his blog. So to me, the manner of this response is kind of uncalled for.

Should I allow comments when frankly I am no longer interested in exchanging dialogue with people that have their minds already made up that I am wrong? I've had enough crazy, and I'm not looking to decorate my blog with it.

Fair enough, since it's HIS blog, although personally I don't find much use of spreading your comments through the technoether if you don't care about getting any feedback.

It kind of makes you wonder, just WHY is Dan blogging in the first place? is he looking for catharsis? or is he just looking to reach people that might or might not agree with him, but will be touched by his writing anyway?

I must concur with Lucretia: Dan's writing —although very enjoyable to read and full of food for thought— seems to have a substratum of rage. From what I gathered on the things he wrote in the past, Dan has had a troubling life full of hardship; I do hope he gets what he is looking for —even if he's not conscious that he's looking for it.

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I've read his blog in his first edition,and i couldn't get enough of it.If it's fiction it is damn good fiction.I follow him daily for any new updates.And his writing makes me terrible paranoid,or maybe I'm just gullible.

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I've been reading Dan's new blog. Dude's still got it.

Problem is so much of what he's saying won't be understood by newcomers, if they didn't have the chance to read the previous versions of Luminosity —but I guess that is the least of Dan's concerns.

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Well, he's done it again--packed up and moved off the grid. Wonder if he'll use his pseudonym when he publishes his book about us all.

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Adnachiel, I feel the same way about his blog. Certainly reminds me that as an old saying goes God is not a kind uncle, He is an earthquake. If anything he says has any validity I hope I remain insignificant enough to never be noticed as I walk by that vast cave entrance ...

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He! That's one of the things that attracted me to the Narnia books: the idea that God is both terrifying and loving —I haven't made it past the Dawn Treader, though. I should pick them up again.

Dan's portray of the cosmic plan reminds me of Castañeda's: a cruel universe where at best we're treated with cold indifference, and at worst, we're morsels...

I think there's something worth investigating in what he writes. Problem is the manner in which he's presenting it doesn't warrant a vast audience. Maybe that's the way he wants it.

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What the URL of Lucretia's blog again?

I also think that his reaction is not of a man who truly doesn't care about what other's think. A blog without comments means at least that he's not presenting a blog that most people would recognise; it's more like an old school website, read-only. So it means spaces like this and hidden experience are the only places where people can talk about it.

Maybe the reasons why he's doing it include those - but also may serve as a insurance policy against 'them' ...

I've re-read all the posts over the weekend (before sundown, of course ...) in Google Reader - which keeps a copy of all sub'd feeds - and I find it even creepier the second time around, but am also impressed by his writing and their unity of perspective. The turn-around seemed to be his meeting with the harlequin in the park; the being goes from guru to deceiver in his estimation very quickly, from an initiatic perspective. After that, he definitely changes his tune about his experiences.

I also feel for the guy; even though I'll never know or meet him, I truly wish that he either gets or has gotten what he's searching for.

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Here's Lucretia's journal:

http://lucretiasheart.livejournal.com/

PS: Yep, I also think Dan changed after his most recent encounter with the Harlequin. I'll say this though: He's a much braver man than I will ever be!

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A man in breakdown can be the most teaching experience of all for both the man and us. We should feel privileged to be able to sit in on a disintegration. There can be no reintegration without a disintegration. One only hopes that the psychonaut makes it back to earth in one piece.

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Thank you for that reminder, emlong; what you say is true - even Laing couldn't have said it better. I for one will stick with it until he finds out what the light at the end of that tunnel really is ...

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For those of you on this thread that haven't been regular readers, Dan's new post is a review of sorts of Nick Redfern's new book, 'Final Events':

http://wellofhighstrangeness.blogspot.co...

I haven't read it yet, I was thinking about it but I'll definitely be ordering it now.

Apart from Dan's grasp and interpretation of Guenon, I found the following paragraph striking:

Quote:

A common dream that many abductees often have is that of witnessing a literal alien invasion. I have had this dream countless times in many variations. The most common of which is walking through a field and approaching a bridge. While in this field, the backdrop of my dream is seeing alien ships flying everywhere. This dream always leaves me with a sense of dread and wonder at the same time. Also there is a sense that I am witnessing a future event, mainly the world going crazy while this independence day scenario plays out. I get the strong sense that "they" would much rather I go with the sense of wonder than the dread that is also present. Whatever variation this dream comes in, I am always aware that I am on my way to meet certain people at certain places because I have a job to do. The "event" is simply my activation, which finally allows me to access the information that has been hidden from my conscious mind.

Striking because I've had this dream at least once that I remember, except for being aware having a job to do. Now, I'm one of those philosophical Forteans, you know, one that's never had a remotely classical Fortean experience but finds the 'logic' irrefutable. So I'm almost sure that I'm not an experiencer or abductee but that dream was something else ...

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I didnt at first want to add anything to this dialogue. Still all of you are familiar to me from Mike's blog. And of course I have more than sampled Dan's wares.

His blog is fascinating. For some time I toyed with the idea that he is on the inside of something most of us are mostly on the outside of... really to be honest I still think some truth resides in this point of view.

Fiction is alternative reality. I am put off by his label... yet really it is in perfect harmony with what he writes.

It might as well be fiction. Most of the people that read his stuff are going to stop at the border and question his truth. They are not going to accept it and march on... some of us might... but I can tell from reading the comments here that is still a mighty big might.

I dont think this is all sham, or fiction, or tall tale, but he has gone through some experience(s) the nature of which I dont fully understand... and I think he is having trouble understanding them.

Also I think he has touched upon a vein of reality- or veins- that throw this area into unpleasant relief. The New Age isnt what its cracked up to be. The Old Age never was... and in between is a cryptic history that takes some special talents to decipher their enormity. Lovecraft, as absurd as his fiction is, had touched one of those veins...

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For sheer runaway paranoia the sites linked below are pretty hard to beat:

http://www.educate-yourself.org/

http://www.ethericwarriors.com/ip/viewfo...

http://warriormatrix.com/

http://www.whale.to/b/orgonite.html

Since getting into organite making and distributing and also the making of organite based devices that obliterate chemtrails I have become an avid reader of these sites. They all fundamentally posit that the vast network of cell phone and other towers and HAARP installations are in part being used to electronically harrass certain individuals and neighborhoods according to the desires of a secret cabal intent on stunting humanity's spiritual evolution and psychotronically suppressing "activist" type thinking and activists themselves along with neighborhoods that could be come socially combustible. The musician "Prince" is one of the Hollywood enthusiasts for this idea.
My first impression is that these people are having lots of fun whether or not their paranoia is correct on all counts. I firmly believe that orgonite cleans up the electrosmogged environment very handily and brings a very cheerful mood to anywhere it is placed. That observation is based on my personal experience, and is not some supposition only. However, I am not fully convinced of the more elaborate conspiracy that fuels these groups and sets a fire under them. Lord knows the people capable of engineering the 911 false flag attack are capable of anything, and if they have psychotronic weapons that can be deployed via cell phone towers then the odds of them using them are high, but the concrete evidence for this is not really come to the fore yet. Still, what fun. These people are living in a very exciting mind space where the war is waged with funny blocks of polyester resin mixed with metal flakes and crystals emplaced strategically in the environment, and people sit around the campfire at night chewing the fat and sharing notes on how to use mental kung fu to deflect psychic attacks. This could be a good video game although the reality is the best game.

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So okay, where'd he go this time?

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I wonder what gives? Dan Mitchell's Luminosity Blogspot is down again. Did he pass over to live in the Mundus Imaginalis forever? Did a post-mortem "straggler" get him? Did someone publish his real name? Who knows....

I bet he will be back. He does this on occasion, but I wish he'd explain why. I suspect it's mental illness (though he denies being mentally ill and denies taking any psychotropic meds).

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It wouldn't surprise me if he suffers from depression, which is an all-too-common trait among the seekers of the deeper truths. I do not consider it a 'mental illness' as the mainstream would like us to believe.

To be unhappy about the current state of the world is not a sign of illness, but of sanity.

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However I wouldn't be surprised if there's something more. It wasn't that long ago - a few hundred years when what we would now recognize as a paranoid schizophenic (or even someone with a schizoidal personality disorder - a mild form of schizophenia) were sometimes considered to be seers and close to God. I also see a pattern in Dan Mitchell's writings of "cycling" upwards into mania with complex and profound ideas which often blur reality with something else. I know two longtime acquaintances, who are diagnosed with BiPolar Disorder, that display this in the course of the ups and downs of their illness.

The richness of imagination that "mentally ill" people often exhibit is astounding. But, with it comes the paranoia - such as Dan's announcements that people were threatening to murder him (around the time his mother passed away), the unusual people that show up on his street, the visits into the world of the dead and so on.

I just wish he would let his readers know that he might go off the radar now and then. And, explain what the serious chronic illness is that afflicts him - which he has vaguely eluded to in some posts.

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He is gone forever. Information Dan gathered about 9/11 seems to have spurred this exit.

Dan's last entry is he will turn the blog over to someone else and ask that someone else to not give him the password into Luminosity. So Luminosity will live on under a different author.

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yuppers, it reads like

"The Stars are Right. The Old Ones are very, very old. And they are very, very hungry."

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All that lives is holy, life delights in life.

--William Blake

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Don't know if posters or readers of this thread know, but Dan has been posting full steam ahead at his latest website transmissionsfromtheimaginal.blogspot dot com.

His latest blog and remaking of himself (check out that banned words list) is revealing. This blog is basically a political site. He's stated he'd like to live under a monarchy and that he doesn't vote. Most of his posts are about ideas like keeping nationalities and races distinct, women not having enough babies in the west, sketchy murderous men from the past who supported the status quo, royalty, you name it as long as it had nothing to do with progress. His romanticizing the past is naive. Oh! He's also begun the process of becoming an Eastern Orthodox Priest.

And Dan's into really bizarre conspiracies like putting up a link to a father of one of the slain children from Newtown Connecticut. You read the youtube site and the comments and you soon realize these people think the Newtown school shootings were a government hoax perpetrated by the Obama administration to usher in gun control legislation! Many of them think the children are alive, herded off somewhere with their parents paid off by the government to go along with the story! And it gives me the heebiejeebies when Dan admitted that he and his wife carry guns.

At least Dan has shown what he really believes in with his latest blog. There's no going back, unless he deletes it, like he did Luminosity, and no one happens to be copying his posts. I'd take Harlequin and even his pronouncement that aliens are dead people over what he's shown himself to be. And anyone really believe he went to Montauk Long Island NY from Wisconsin, leaving his wife and 4 kids for just a couple of days, two years in a row? Any personal photos? Was the trip by car or bus or train or plane? Not even the most basic details. What husband and father leaves a family to go on his own personal vacation for a few days, then quicky comes back online posting about his trip? This is the man who's written about borrowing money from relatives because he and his family are so cash-strapped.