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Monday, April 04, 2011

DENNIS STILLINGS: CALIFORNIA - NEITHER HERE NOR THERE

Over the years I have accumulated an impressive file containing evidence that California does not really exist—at least not in the normal sense of “exist.”  California is an example of the “phantom continent phenomenon.”  This is much like the so-called “phantom-limb” phenomenon that occurs when a limb is amputated either surgically, or by accident.  The amputee will continue to feel pain in the missing limb as though it were still attached.  As with the experience of a phantom limb, we “feel” that there is a state called California and it’s a bit of a pain; however, in reality, it is long gone.  This feeling that it exists is based on an understandable illusion that has persisted since at least the 17th century.  We shall demonstrate that the state of California is, indeed, an illusion and that the evidence for this is out there for everyone to see.

The perennial question, “Will a big earthquake drop California into the ocean?” is based on a misconception that plays into the illusion:  California is not going to drop into the ocean; it already has.  What appears to be a heavily populated state at the western edge of the United States, bounded on the north by Oregon, on the east by Arizona and Nevada, and on the south by the Mexican border, is in reality the phantom, or subtle body, of the long-since-vanished material state of California. Those familiar with the “phantom leaf phenomenon” of Kirlian photography (Google “phantom leaf”!) will see an exact parallel here.

Over the course of time, land masses have risen and fallen, taken form and disappeared; the most famous and legendary of such events is recounted in the well-known tales of Atlantis.  This fabled land, first mentioned by Plato in the Timaeus, and later made famous by Ignatius Donnelly in his oft-reprinted Atlantis, the Antediluvian World (1882), has been located variously both in the Mediterranean area and in the Atlantic.  The name and location of this place is not our concern here: there have probably been several Atlantides.  It is our opinion that one such “Atlantis” once occupied the very space now known as California.  To be more precise, it was that portion of the land mass located between the San Andreas fault and the shores of the Pacific and—for various reasons—it is probable that the Baja was also included in this region.  During a period of tremendous seismic activity, occurring centuries, perhaps millennia, ago, this region broke off and sank forever beneath the eternal waves of the Pacific Ocean.

But as with an amputated limb that seems to leave behind it a persistent nonmaterial form exactly matching in shape and size that which has been violently removed, so it is with lost lands. The mysterious appearance and disappearance of these ghostly landscapes have been observed by sailors and explorers over the centuries.  Mysterious islands, lost valleys, entire villages, and underground kingdoms have been seen again and again, but their existence remains elusive to proof.  Eventually these sightings find their way into “fictional” literature such as Edgar A. Poe’s two stories, “Narrative of A. Gordon Pym” and “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains,” as well as James Hilton’s famous work, Lost Horizons, to name but a few.

The form of the land is determined by its entelechy, the preexisting nonmaterial form, which will eventually be filled out by appropriately transformed rock and soil.  When part of the original landmass drops off, the entelechy retracts and then can be induced to reassert itself only by means similar to the energies involved in Kirlian photography—but, of course, only at much higher energy levels.  Therefore, in our future discussion of the persistence of the California phantom, we must at least consider the possibility that alien forces from deep space have focused their attention on the maintenance of what appears to be part of our own dimension, i.e., California.  On the other hand, the phantom of California may be maintained by an unconscious human group psychokinesis, and is therefore a kind of exteriorized “psychism”—a quasi-material manifestation of a collective dream. That the state of existence of California is rather odd has, in fact, been picked up on by others in a rather intuitive fashion.  In the early 1960s, demonstrating the kind of stodgy realism of the Midwesterner, the Iowa Chamber of Commerce declared California nonexistent.  Their argument was simple: they described California accurately and then asked the question, “Could such a place exist?”

At this point we must ask why, of all the ghosts of lost lands, the state of California should have achieved the kind of stability that not only permits us to see it right before our eyes, but even permits us to visit that peculiar land and converse with its inhabitants as though they were of the same substance as the rest of us.

Mankind arose out of the heart of darkest Africa; then, moving first to the east, and then westward, mankind and his works covered the earth, his probing consciousness extending into all corners of the world, into the sky, and finally—by way of atomic research—into the heart of matter itself.  Civilization—the outward product of consciousness—wrapped itself around the entire globe ending, as we all know, in California where earth, as mere matter, has been transformed into something else.

It is clear, however, that other forces were at work impelling this process forward with the populating of California as a goal.  Indeed, one of Columbus’ main motivations for his explorations was the belief that his efforts would hasten full discovery of the world and hence bring closure to a process the end result of which would be apocalyptic; then the Millennium would begin.  There is evidence that California—though not yet then in existence in its present state—was the transformational “take-off” point, if you will, for an envisioned reentry into Paradise; after all, the next stop is Hawaii.

Before continuing with this analysis, I should pause to comment on the process of the formation of the California phantom.  While it is difficult to state just when the phantom began to form, we have substantial evidence that the formation of the phantom was not complete as late as 1650. In that year, Rafael D. Palacios produced the remarkable map shown on this page.  California is quite clearly depicted as an island. According to historian Bill Gilbert (The Trailblazers,1973), this map shows the Pacific coastline accurately from Cape Mendocino all the way down to the San Diego area.  If the map was that accurate, why would the cartographer make a mistake about something so gross as whether California was connected to the mainland or not?  In fact, Gilbert states that, “ . . . it was many years before chartmakers showed California firmly attached to the mainland.”

 

 

 

QUERIES AND RESPONSES

 

[While writing this paper, I sent out preliminary drafts to a number of scholarly referees.  This section will present some of their queries and my responses.]

 

Query:  What about earthquakes?  I’ve experienced a major quake in California and, believe me, there was nothing psychic about it!  How can you regard California as primarily a psychic condition of existence?

 

Response:  I am afraid that you suffer from the widespread prejudice among the half-educated that “psychic reality” is somehow inferior to, and less “real” than, “physical reality.”

If we compare California with a table as used at a séance, we may get a better picture of what is going on.  As consciousness is focused on the table by the sitters, tilting, vibration, and raps may occur.  In extreme cases (and certainly California is one), these activities can go on without anyone present touching the table or willing its next move.  Thus, while the activity of the table is dependent on the presence of human consciousness, the table still behaves independently of any conscious intent on the part of anyone present.

This melding of consciousness with the material of the table produces a biont—a composite life-form derived from an as-yet-unknown interaction of the material with the psychic.  This “life-form” maintains and reproduces itself only by means of the presence of the human mind.  This may become clearer if we consider the biontic state to be the opposite of the normal human condition, in which (despite the age-old and widespread prejudice) we all-too-spiritual beings maintain and reproduce ourselves through the grossly physical.

California, then, is a biontic phenomenon, created and maintained by the operations of consciousness on matter.  Its tendencies to “quake” simply reflect instabilities in the collective consciousness of Californians, as well as instabilities generated by newcomers and even the general attitude of people outside of California. 

 

Query:  Isn’t it true that Mercator and others produced maps in the late seventeenth century that showed California securely attached to the mainland?  Doesn’t this mean that the Palacios map, and any others showing California as an island, are simply the products of perpetuated errors?

 

Response:  An excellent question.  First of all we must contend with the fact that Palacios’ map is generally quite accurate, a fact that makes it improbable that he would make such a monstrous mistake.  On the other hand, no one can doubt that Mercator did good work.  In many respects he stood head and shoulders above his mapmaking contemporaries.  Like all great men, however, he was a visionary and, to a certain extent, a prophet.  These qualities, which we normally ascribe to our poets and artists, may be shared by other great men, no matter their area of endeavor: Mercator simply and creatively foresaw the final form of the North American continent and constructed his maps accordingly.  Had he fallen prey to a slavish recording of the facts as they were, his maps would have become quickly outdated and we would have wrongly accused him of just the sort of “error” that Palacios committed.

 

Comment from a California layperson:  . . . We felt this tremor, and it was like totally psychic!

 

Response: Like many new California hedonistic post-terrestrials, you attribute greater reality to psychic than to physical phenomena. The perceived effects of a California tremor are, to Californians, indistinguishable from a South Dakota tremor felt by South Dakotans—even though a South Dakota tremor is strictly due to physical, geological causes.  California’s “earth” movements are, in their causes, a different matter altogether, but this difference can be shown only indirectly by as-yet-undeveloped scalar field detectors.  Normal instruments, once they enter California, undergo material transformations that make them in their substance compatible with California conditions, thereby rendering them totally inappropriate for making the necessary measurements.  They become as useless for demonstrating the causes of California earthquakes as are your subjective impressions.  I also would like to add that related transformations occur to all materials entering and leaving California.  If these transformations did not occur, uncaliforniated objects would simply fall into the ocean once past the San Andreas fault, and objects remaining in a purely californiated condition would become barely visible once outside the boundaries of the phantom.  The problems involved here are far too complex to discuss within the limits of this paper.

Shortly after writing the first version of this paper, as I was driving the Los Angeles freeways, all sorts of questions flooded in upon me.  Why did they name Berkeley, Calif., after Bishop Berkeley, who maintained that nothing existed until it was observed by someone?  Why did Eugene Wigner, famed physicist at Berkeley, still say essentially the same thing as the old Bishop?

We now bring our analysis of the post-terrestrial, psychoid nature of California to a close.  This is not because no more can be said.  On the contrary, one could say a great deal more—but I have been given to know that further discussion cannot safely be carried out. Californiation lives and breathes in the very genes of all those who find themselves drawn toward the images and thinking of the New Paradigm.

Indeed, that a genetic transformation was at play was long ago noted by no less a personage than C. G.  Jung, the world-famous psychiatrist, who expressed it thus:

 

The American is peculiarly placed between the West and the Far East, which gives a very peculiar quality, particularly to the Western American.  The farther one goes West the more one finds that indescribable something.  . . .  In California the conditions of life are so peculiar that one could expect, in the course of thousands of years, an entirely new species of man to be shaped.

 

We now know, of course, that Jung’s timetable, based on the old genetics, represents a gross overestimate of the time periods involved.  Jung’s 1930 observations should be regarded, like Mercator’s maps of California shown as part of the United States mainland, more as an intuitive insight into an alternative reality than as a valid scientific extrapolation from any facts or theories available at that time.

We have examined the issue of its unreality.  We know that their chief industries and behaviors have to do with alternative realities. They certainly do not feel that they have to participate in the reality with which the rest of us are burdened. Some say that eventually we will all become Californians.  Considering the state of California’s economy, and that of the country as a whole, we have already done so.

 

 

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