Betelgeuse, Star Wars & 2012: The Hero's Journey Begins?


We've all seen a lot of speculation concerning the infamous date of 2012, and what the Mayas might or might not have known. All kind of doomsday scenarios have been proposed, and it's true that quite a few people have taken advantage of the popular curiosity to make a few bucks.

Now here comes the news that the star Betelgeuse might go supernova in... you guessed it: 2012 --with so many other warnings being proposed by serious scientists, one being to asks what WON'T happen in that year!

And although this is not exactly news here at the TDG community, what's new about it this time is the claim that for a very brief period of time earthlings will enjoy the spectacle of two suns illuminating the sky.

The explosion will be so bright that even though the star in the Orion constellation is 640 light-years away, it will still turn night into day and appear like there are two suns in the sky for a few weeks.

Already the usual scientific journals and websites are starting to condemn this "nonsensical" claim that might continue to incense the New Age-y doomsday mongers --the way they've done with pretty much every other thing that has been loosely related to 2012, one might add...

No one knows quite when Betelgeuse, which is about 10 to 20 times more massive than our sun, will explode. But when it does detonate, the star, which forms the constellation Orion's right shoulder, won't look like a second sun in our sky, Kaler said.

This post is not about me trying to advise astronomers how to do their jobs, though. This post's goal is about exploring several interesting synchronicities, and the mythical implications this news could have.

I was about 5 years old when I first saw Star Wars in the movie theaters. I frankly don't remember much about it, except that it fascinated me; it was an experience so unlike anything I had previously been exposed to, that it shook me to the core. What I do remember rather vividly about that first contact with the mythos that would change my life forever, is this:

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This is probably one of the most powerful and beautiful scenes in the entire history of Cinema. If that tuba solo followed by a river of violin strings doesn't make you shudder, then I'd advise you to go see a doctor, because there's something inside you that's been dead for a while!

But why is is that this particular scene resonates so heavily within many of us?

It does that, because George Lucas weaved together a masterful mythical tale full of human archetypes --although if you read a bit about the making of the original Star Wars, you'll find the production was so plagued with troubles and misshapenings that not until the final moment did all the pieces come together, and the world was changed henceforth.

In this scene, Lucas is trying to communicate to the spectator that Luke, he who is meant to "walk among the stars", presently feels trapped in his earthbound routinary confines, is about to fulfill his destiny and commence what Joseph Campbell coined 'The Hero's Journey'.

So what does that have to do with 2012? you might ask.

Well, probably nothing. The fact is that all this came together to me as an epiphany of sorts after I remembered that George Lucas himself is convinced the world WILL end in 2012 --maybe if we keep watching the awful prequels that came after the original trilogy, it won't bother us THAT much! :P

And now here comes this news that we might experience for a week or so what it feels like to live in Tatooine! Now isn't that a bit... peculiar?

Getting back to the scene in question, if you permit yourself to stop looking at Star Wars as a mere sci-fi film meant to entertain little kids and look beyond the story, you might be open to consider how Luke Skywalker, looking at the two suns of his (adopted) homeworld, is about to embark on a journey of transcendence, expanded consciousness, and discovery of his true self.

Understand, I'm not suggesting here that on the morning of December 22th 2012 you're all going to see a bunch of guys wearing monk outfits and swinging lightsabers at you!

What I'm trying to suggest here, is that maybe someone like Chris Knowles is right when he says that Star Wars is a tale "about (and only about) magic", understanding magic as a "finely tuned expression of our intuition."

The Force is elegant in its simplicity, and plausible in the extreme. You didn't need to buy into the sci-fi reality onscreen to understand the Force. I often wonder if it was the Force that really sold Star Wars to the world. It was a one-two punch: dazzling visuals and action, undergirded by this powerful, simple philosophy of practical magic.

So maybe, *maybe*, something will happen in the years to come (it may happen in 2012, or in another year, I don't know) that will trigger the awakening of a dormant aspect of the human condition. A chance for us to discover our whole potential after we unlearn everything we've learned.

"Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter"

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It might not be an easy journey --if you think about it, Luke had to pass through a LOT of pain and suffering before he fulfilled his destiny-- but ask yourself this: would you rather stay in Tatooine watching over the moist converters, or would you rather leave it all behind, and go walk among the skies?

I thought you'd say that ;)

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[UPDATE] I would encourage the readers of these crazy ramblings (thank you so much for stopping by!) to also pay attention to the first two comments in the thread, which were written for me as a sort of separate addenda.

Also, Big thanks to my good friend Micah Hanks for mentioning this blog at his own site, the Gralien Report —a great way to spend your Sunday evenings is listening to Micah's radio show, which is aired from 8 to 11pm (Easter Time).

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I just wanted to add that in the story of cinema, there has been some other time when the imagery of a second sun has been used to convey a new beginning for mankind.

I'm talking of course about, 2010: The Year We Make Contact.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhMYgq-0cGI

Now, i seriously doubt Arthur C. Clarke was a big Star Wars fan --in fact I'm pretty sure he wasn't! But isn't it interesting that both artists used the SAME element of a second sun to deliver a somewhat similar message of expanded consciousness about the true nature of the Universe?

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Yet another interesting synchronicity with this whole Tatooine business:

The name for Luke Skywalkers' (adopted) home planet was inspired by Tataouine, the place Lucas chose to film his iconic masterpiece.

Tataouine is a city located in Tunisia.

And isn't it interesting that right now there's a lot of news coming from Tunisia, where the people are rising against the oppression they've suffered for so many years?

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Coincidences, ironies, paradoxes, enigmas, mysteries... they're everywhere. They surround us, beguile us, draw us into the open and still masterfully confuse us.

But they are as much a part of who we are as all that star 'stuff'.

As individuals, we believe what we choose to believe. Truth and reality is never so hard to identify as in a room of people who refuse to go with the flow.

And I love every minute of it.

Each day, I hear the drum beat of the routine, the bland, the rat race of existence that prefers to keep things as uninteresting as possible. We are supposed to focus on our jobs and our checkbooks... making sure we buy that new dishwasher or upgrade to the next generation cell phone.

And on each day, I render unto Caesar those things that I must to remain successfully functioning... feeding the machine just enough so that it operates.

But after that? Anything goes.

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I must admit I haven't reached that level myself. There are times when I would gladly see this edifice of charades loudly fall apart.

But maybe you're right. Maybe the problem isn't really with those people whose greatest aspiration is to buy that brand new 4x4 SUV with leather seats and DVDs. They are at the level of spiritual development they need to be.

Then again, maybe extraordinary will happen in the near future. It doesn't necessarily mean it will happen to EVERYBODY. After all, in the Star Wars galaxy, not everybody was born to become a Jedi...

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I've dwindled down my belongings over the last few years. I'm not sure where this urge comes from, but it runs deep. A voice telling me to let go of my attachments. Some things were easy, old clothes I no longer wear. But, of course, even some of those had sentiment attached to them. When I hesitated, the voice told me to keep going. The hardest of all was to give away my books. But the voice told me they had served their purpose - to gradually, one by one, expand my mind to new ideas. And, now, in order to live in the present moment I need to trust that the knowledge is within me. And so I gave them away. I do have some things of practical use - a bed, chair, some artwork, a borrowed computer - but, truthfully, not much. I do feel more free for having done this. Lighter.

I'm intrigued by the idea of splitting timelines. That some - who are open to it and ready - might experience a new kind of reality where the "impossible" becomes possible. While others, whose belief systems are very strongly rooted in fear and armageddon, may actually bring that reality to fruition and experience some of those forecasted cataclysms.

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The Pixar movie 'Up' has a great amount of symbolism attached to it.

One of the best messages the movie conveys is the one of letting go of the past. Mr. Fredrickson learns that he has to thrown of his 'excess baggage' in order to start a new adventure. No doubt it's a painful experience at first.

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I'm intrigued by the idea of splitting timelines. That some - who are open to it and ready - might experience a new kind of reality where the "impossible" becomes possible. While others, whose belief systems are very strongly rooted in fear and armageddon, may actually bring that reality to fruition and experience some of those forecasted cataclysms.

Did you happen to read Robert Schoch's essay about Easter Island on Darklore 5? in it Robert speculates about the possibility that the Easter Islanders were so isolated and immerse on their unique belief system, that they were actually able to move those big-ass Moai stones through psychokinesis! Highly speculative,, but great food for thought; it all brings home the idea that are co-creators of our own reality in some way or another.

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that is for sure. Not only that, we create our own experiences all the time.

I think most would not disagree that thought creates reality. After all, every thing man has invented starts with a thought.
What is hard to explain is the existence of planets, grass, trees and all other living and non living things. Surely our thoughts have not created these. Or have they?

If all things are merely energy and thought itself is energy, then this to is possible. If a being of some sorts were so big and powerful, could it's thoughts have produced all. Could humankind be just a manifestation of the ultimate thought, given powers of creation but at a deminished level so to not be able to destroy the creation.

Speculation I know. but an interesting concept not unlike the religious views.

I am totally convinced that when enough people think the same way at a given time, they manifest an outcome. This I have witnessed too many times to disreguard it. So if something happens in the next couple of years, it's a good chance we have created it.

I also think that the thoughts travel around as inspiring energy for many years. Certain people pick up on these thoughts and create amazing stories like Star Wars.

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If all things are merely energy and thought itself is energy, then this to is possible. If a being of some sorts were so big and powerful, could it's thoughts have produced all. Could humankind be just a manifestation of the ultimate thought, given powers of creation but at a deminished level so to not be able to destroy the creation.

Rather than energy, we might talk instead of "information".

Imagine you take the music score for Beethoven's 5th Symphony, and you scramble all the notes; then you take the score to a bunch of musicians, and ask them to interpret it.

Basically the outcome of this mischievous experiment would require the same amount of energy from the musicians, than performing the original music score.

But obviously, even someone who has never heard Beethoven would be able to notice something has been missed! :)

That is why Information Theory is being found to be so useful to interpret a lot of phenomena outside the realm of cybernetics. Does that mean we all live inside a giant computer? Maybe.

OR, it could be also that we humans are following in an unconscious way a method to program our machines in a similar way that this big machine called the Universe is based on.

Or maybe our Information theories can be applied to other physical phenomena because those phenomena manifest through the laws of energy conservation, and automatically seek the most efficient path. And the best computer programmers are the one that manage to create (or discover?) the simplest and more efficient code for their particular goal.

So imagining the Universe follows those principles, perhaps Robert Schoch is not so crazy when he posits that Gravity is an entropic force, and human beings CAN find ways to diminish the entropy of a system, by adding more information to it.

Ergo: Yoda's right, and rocks (or spaceships) can fly ;)

...Maybe :P

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I haven't read Schoch's essay on Easter Island, but I love that type of thinking!

I'm definitely in the camp of individuals that believes we're undergoing a global shift in consciousness. Part of this shift, I think, is learning to relax belief systems. If we can relax them enough and remember that they're chosen and that nothing is absolute then we'll start creating a world of greater possibilities. I have heard a rumor before that there is currently a group somewhere in South America that is already "shifted" into this new consciousness. But if I knew where they were, I can tell you I'd already be down there asking to join! :-)

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I urge you to read this and this essays by Chris Knowles. I get the feeling they will be to your liking.

I do hope we experience this global shift in consciousness. However, there's no guarantee it will be homogeneous --getting back to my Star Wars allegory, in the SW galaxy, not everyone was born to become a Jedi! ;)

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i'm sure most of you have read the "celestine Prophercies", if not you should.

All matter vibrates. If it vibrates it has a frequency. If it has frequency then it can be altered by other frequencies. Like musical notes, some are coherant with each other and some are not. We can recognise the coherency by beauty in sound. Certain notes (frequencies) stimulate us by a shiver in our bodies. Different frequecies effect different people. Crystal has a frequency we can match and when played it will shatter the crystal. All matter can be manipulated with frequency even gravity has a frequency that can nutralise it.

So energy really is just frequency. We know light is energy and we also know light as frequency.

Information is power not energy but if we can discover the frequency of thought then we could achieve anything.

The warning sign to us for any strange happenings either on a consciousness level or a disaster level will be Jupiter. Watch how it becomes brighter in the next 12 months. And remember, everything has it's own frequency, even us.

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I haven't read the Celestine Prophecies, although I've heard about them --one more thing in my to do list ;)

People tend to dismiss the "vibration" stuff because it sounds too New Age-y. And let's be honest: some people have abused that term ad nauseam!

But with those experiments performed by Luc Montagnier, well... who knows. Perhaps we will discover those hippy folks were not so deluded ;)

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It's a bit of a "coincidence" that I came over to check out your blog,and I run into this post about 2012,which happens to have a banner add for Daniel Pinchbeck's book about 2012,which is a book that I ordered around Xmas,and was getting a bit worried that I wouldn't receive...and what should come in the post today,to make things just that little bit more spookier...you guessed it...Pinchbeck's book!??

I don't know what to make of 2012 (although I doubt it will be the end of the world),but my motto is "Live everyday like it was December 21st,2012...because who knows...it just might be your last,anyway :-(

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Amigo, you should know by now that those nice synchronicities become the "bread of everyday" for those of us who start to pay attention ;)

[I've already stated it in another comment, but once again be very welcome to the TDG community]

Lilke you I also don't know what to make of 2012. I admit I almost miss when it wasn't that mainstream and I could act like a smartypants and annoy my family any new year's eve with my little reminder "remember: only (n) years 'til the end of the world!". It's not so much fin when THEY start to agree with me :-/

Maybe 2012 will be different to each person. To some it will be a chance for growth; but others it will be more of the same; and maybe for others things will turn out real bad. But that's what life is, right? every day of every year it is the end of the world for someone somewhere.

Or maybe Pinchbek is right, and we should be mindful of what kind of 2012 we (unconsciously) want.

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But N keeps changing.

In fact, N=8 today (as of noon EST), until the top level IP address authority (called IANA) runs out of new addresses.
So that makes it February 2, 2011. Some people say they will wait for March 13 2011, since they have a meeting on that day.

After that the regional authorities (RIPE for Europe, ARIN for North America, LACNIC for Latin America, AFRINIC for
Africa, APNIC for Asia-Pacific) will have addresses for maybe a year, maybe 2. Then that's it, fini.

During that time the old fashioned 32 bit addresses (IPv4) might get more expensive in your neighborhood. Africa actually has lots left over, percentage-wise. Demand there seems to be fairly low, probably due to the sorry economic state of most of that continent. They will probably be persuaded to sell some of their excess and get shafted again.

In the meantime, if you have anything to do with network administration or network code, and you do not know how IPv6 works, you should be fired. At least :)

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In the meantime, if you have anything to do with network administration or network code, and you do not know how IPv6 works, you should be fired. At least :)

Well, that makes me feel reassured, because I don't know what you're talking about!

As far as I'm concerned, the interwebz and the Googlez are magic ;)

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Sure, it's not the main business of most people here on TDG. Although it probably is the business of some of them, not just mine.

And it will affect you more than whether Betelgeuse explodes on Feb 2 or on Mar 13, or doesn't :)

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Well, I have the annual ownership tax for my car coming to me next March. And I can guarantee you, THAT will affect me more than all the supernovas and Internet crashes you can think of :P

But I see your point; in fact, care to share a link for that stuff I can use next Thursday?

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Sure here's a link with a bunch of neat counter widgets: http://ipv6.he.net/statistics/.

Its a serious company, but they are in the business of providing IPv6, so perhaps they have incentive to make it more dramatic.

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I was thinking more of a link to a news that would explain this to all of us laymen --lamemen? LOL

I found a news I might be able to use. And yes, I'm goint to be hyperbolic as usual and use the phrase "Oh noes: we're running out of Internet!" ;)

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years ago there was the same problem....then .net pops up, .org, country of origin eg:.au.

We started with 4 bit then 8 then 16 then 32 and 64. But there is a limitation to binary but I can't see us reaching that in the near future.

Funny thing is, if anyone came up with a virus that dropped the first byte off a packet, you would have instant melt down of the internet.

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No you have this one wrong.

IP addresses of version 4 have always been 32 bits. Never less than that, and never more.

32 bits gives you 2^32 different addresses. That's a little more then 4 billion. That is not enough. People want more, but you can't make more distinct addresses with 32 bits.

IP version 6 uses 128 bit addresses. This gives you 4 billion times 4 billion times 4 billion times 4 billion.
In normal english terms, that is A LOT.

Also there is no limitation to binary. You can make binary numbers as large as you want. They are no different than decimal numbers in that respect, or any other base.

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Judge me by my bits, do you? ^_^

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Well, I am sure your bits are fine, no need for an official investigation of the quality.

But in this case, it's not how. It's how many.

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Red Pill,

A new cycle in our calendar occures every year. A new cycle in the Mayan Calendar will begin on December 22nd on your side of the date line and December 23rd on this side of the date line. The present cycle in the Mayan Calendar will end on Yule on both sides of the Date Line. The next cycle in our calendar will end on December 31, 2012 and the cycle after the next cycle in our calendar will begin on January 1, 2013. So, be it!

Astronomers and astrophysists have used more and more sophisticated measuring techniques to estimate the distance from Earth to Betelgeuse and other stars in my life time. But, Betelgeuse's luministy varies which makes it impossible to know the exact dintance between the Earth and Betelgeuse at present. The textbook answer is 640 +/- light years. In my life time, the estimates of the distance between the Earth and Betelgeuse have ranged from 180 light years and 1300 light years. But, I think that it's safe to say that Beletgeuse is between 600 and 700 light years from Earth. The point is that if Betelgeuse goes supernova, it will take between 600 and 700 years for the light to reach us. So, we won't know it for between 600 and 700 years! If our sun went supernova, we wouldn't know it for about 8 & 1/3 minutes. When we look at anything, we see it as it was then, not as it is now!

What do you think?

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We've discussed about this in past threads. If the scientists are pointing out that they are observing the loss of mass of Betelgeuse, that means that Betelgeuse began to lose mass 600-700 years ago.

So if (some) scientists say Betelgeuse could go nova in the near future —could be 2012, or 2112 for all we know— that means that Betelgeuse has already exploded, and we just don't know it yet.

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I must admit that I am somewhat skeptical regarding the Betelgeuse / 2012 correlation. Granted that star is due to go Nova, possibly already has and that the light is whizzing towards us as we speak, along with an array of exotic particles one would hope.

However I dont understand why this is being tied to 2012. It strikes me as lots of people saying that two things are related simply becuase they are unknown and operating at about the same time. This is (to my mind) a bit similar to people linking psi to quantum physics. It is possible that magick (psi/etc) may be related to quantum theory, although we simply do not know yet. However too many books write about a proven link rather than a suggested possibility worthy (perhaps) of further research.

For me, I do hope that the light from Betelgeuse's Supernova hits in our lifetime (next week would be good for me). I am very interested in the myths behind the observations and just think, we will lose the Orion constellation. Orion has been guiding and illuminating humanity from our beginning and can be traced to the oldest myths, the fallen angels and all sorts of cool stuff such as Shemyaza (i know not as old as other representations), eventually becoming the hanged man in the Tarot.

It _could_ be culturally catastropic for humanity to lose such a symbol. I feel that it may induce changes in global consciousness which will be very interesting. Orion is fundamental to our growth and a signifigant part of the current ressurected god cultus which dominates our society. i like to play with the idea that it is the point where we will cast off organised religion (especally the big three) and each embrace a personal and truly magickal mythos as we look to the starry wisdom for spiritual inspiration.

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Thanks for the comment, Paolo.

The purpose of this post was not to make claims of apocalyptic neutron showers coming to the Earth from the Betelgeuse nova, to kill many humans and turn a bunch into X-man mutants.

My idea was to explore the possible cultural, semiotic & mythical correlations we have right now about this alleged prediction of "two suns" viewed from our skies in the indeterminate future. The thought that triggered such correlations in me were a few synchronicites linked to the Star Wars mythos, and 2012.

So, in a way this is similar to your work in mythic studies, only that here I'm exploring modern myths; the contemporary version of the archetypical tales we've been hearing since antiquity.

From my perspective, modern myths and religions are being disseminated in our days through the use of new technologies. This is nothing new, really. 2000 years ago books were used for this purpose; now it is movies —even videogames.

But the question for the scholar or the fan is always the same: is there something behind these myths that stand above the real of the human mind? Why is it that these kind of tales keep resonating with us?

And why do we keep seeing these interesting "coincidences" and repetitions of particular symbols in artistic expressions —e.g. the use of the "double sun" to represent a new age in human evolution (Star Wars/2010: The Year We Make Contact).

Why is this tied to 2012? It's a good question. If you took the infamous Mayan prophecies out the picture, you'd still find a great amount of interesting events predicted or to be expected by 2012 —the coming elections in the US for example.

It almost seems as if unconsciously humanity chose THAT particular date to be a cultural landmark. And I find that very interesting.

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>>> It almost seems as if unconsciously humanity chose THAT particular date to be a cultural landmark. And I find that very interesting.

Now THAT is a very interesting thought. More on that soon

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"It almost seems as if unconsciously humanity chose THAT particular date to be a cultural landmark. And I find that very interesting."

Maybe subconsciously? Perhaps there is some genetic, instinctive code in the human psyche that has been with us all along and waiting for this time to emerge?

And maybe even if not that, but just a demonstration of an unconscious, inter-human connectivity that is leading us to a self-fulling prophesy of utter doom, whether or not anything external... Nibiru, rapture, Mahdi, Nostradammitol, poleshift or Book of Revelations, ever happens?

Or could it be that the warranty on humanity is about to expire?

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Maybe subconsciously? Perhaps there is some genetic, instinctive code in the human psyche that has been with us all along and waiting for this time to emerge?

Well, since subconscious doesn't really have a precise definition —it's all very SUBjective ;)— it's commonly used as something that operates outside the realm of the fully conscious mind.

Jung used to talk about the collective unconscious: a baggage of archetypes and cultural commonalities shared by the whole of mankind. Now, it's all well and good for Mr. Jung to leave it at that, but he actually NEVER provided a theory of how this happens to occur (to my best of my knowledge).

Frank Herbert speculates a lot about this in his Dune saga —Dune obviously being a MAJOR influence for Lucas and Star Wars, BTW— and employs the term "genetic memory". To Herbert, DNA transmitted by our ancestors could also store their past memories. It seemed a rather imprecise method to find a materialistic explanation to psychic phenomena like double personality and even demonic possession —at least to me it was when I read the books, and I also felt the same way when Lucas came up with those damn midiclorians in Episode 1 :-/

There could also be other explanations. Maybe we humans do partake of something like a cosmic consciousness, and every human is like a single neuron connected through invisible energetic dendrites to the rest of the human race —as well as the entire Cosmos. This kind of ideas were part of the elements used by Carlos Castañeda in his own books; and as Knowles points out at the Secret Sun blog, Castañeda is ALSO a very major influence in the original Star Wars script.

PS: As for humanity reaching its expiration date... maybe it's just time for this ancient snake we call mankind to shed its old skin once again ;)

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It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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