The meaning behind the bird connection would come full
circle when someone pointed out to me that the greatest bird in history
was the Egyptian Phoenix who would renew itself in a funeral pyre every
five hundred years. The name “
The above is background information and is terribly relevant
my own state of consciousness when I finally received the package that
Marshall Barnes had promised me months earlier. Soon after the lecture
by Peter Wilson and right after my visit with Joy I received the long
awaited package. Inside were some very mysterious docu-ments. First
was a paper entitled “Ong’s Hat” from a certain “I?
The term “Ong’s Hat” comes from a 19th century
legend about a man named Ong who threw his hat up in the air and it
never came down. Whether it landed in a tree or went into another world
is the essence of the legend. Ong’s
Hat refers to the obscure location in the New Jersey Pine Barrens where
some very secretive experiments took place that opened up a gateway
to other worlds. All of this information appeared in a full color advertising
brochure for the
The information in this brochure centered around startling new developments in Chaos Theory that occurred during the 1970s and 1980s that placed it on a level of importance with the subjects of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. This new Chaos Theory was born out of mixing various different sciences including weather prediction, Catastrophe Theory, fractal geometry, developing computer graphics, hydraulics and fluid turbulence, evolutionary biology, mind/brain studies and psychopharmacology.
All of the above concerned progress in a field previously not contemplated by researchers in general. By the late 1980s the Chaos Movement split into two hostile factions. One school placed emphasis on chaos itself, the other on order. The order people were known as Determinists and viewed chaos as an enemy. They interpreted the new theories as a vindication of Classical Newtonian physics.
The opposing faction experienced chaos as something benevolent. It was viewed as the necessary matrix out of which creation arises spontaneously. This is the principle of the wild which these scientists viewed as vindication of Quantum indeterminacy and the promise of an open-ended universe. Chaos was viewed as healthy.
Predictably, the Determinists won the funding and support of the government and intelligence agencies across the world. By the end of the 198Os, what was left of the Quantum/Chaos movement was forced underground after being virtually censored from prestigious scientific journals and large funding sources. Being on the edge, these dissidents found themselves part of the underground cultural chaos which included magicians, extremists and other anti-authority “mutants”.
When leading theoreticians on Quantum/Chaos began to be
fired from their university and corporate positions, they continued
to pursue their goals and interest.
A nebulous weave of pen-pals and computer network-ing arose.
With the economic crash of 1987 happened, a vast but hard to view crack
was opened in the social and economic control structures of
In order to get additional insight into these matters, we
will next consider one particular case.
In 1913, a black circus magician named Noble Drew Ali founded
an Islamic heretical sect and called it the Moorish Science Temple.
In the 1950s various jazz musicians and poets who belonged to this sect
founded the Moorish Orthodox Church, tracing their spiritual ancestry
to various “Wandering Bishops” loosely affiliated with the Old Catholic
Church and schisms of Syrian Orthodoxy. In the 196Os, the Moorish Orthodox
Church maintained a presence at
Through the early to mid-1980’s, the communes fortunes
fluctuated. Much experimentation
ensued. After the Crash of ‘87, Moors and sympathizers sought refuge
at the Ashram. Among the most notable were Frank and Althea Dobbs, twin
brother and sister and also chaos scientists who had been fired from
Their theory was that brain activity could be modelled as a “fractal universe” of random and determined forces interfacing. Based upon this assumption, the twins showed that consciousness itself could be presented as a set of “strange attractors” (could also be called “patterns of chaos” or “coherent units of attractions”) around which specific neuronal activity would organize itself. Keeping in mind that these attractors were not necessarily rel-egated to this dimension only, they sought patterns or “mind maps” through the actual geometry of the attractors themselves.
By grasping these shapes both intuitively and non-intuitively, one could learn to “ride with chaos” much like a lucid dreamer learns to direct the process of REM sleep. Their aborted thesis suggested a mind bog-gling array of benefits such as links between cybernetic processes and awareness itself, including exploration of the brains unused capacities, awareness of the morphogenetic field and thus conscious control of autonomic functions such as repair of tissue and aging. Their thesis advisor told them that even the most modest of their proposals would suffice for expungement from the Graduate Faculty. If the whole concept was not such obvious lunacy, he would have reported them to the FBI as well.
Two more scientists already resided at Ong’s Hat and by
sheer synchronicity provided the perfect counter parts to the Dobbs
twins’ research. One was an expert in computers from
The development of The Gate began with the communities
concern for consciousness and the enlargement of mental, emotional and
psychic activities. This
began with the meditation techniques W. Fard had learned in
There was a second course administered to the workers which involved practical instruction in the hard sciences from genetics to brain physiology, Quantum Mechanics and computers. These subjects were tailored for the relevance at hand. After this indoctrination, a fellow of the ICS was ready for a device called the “egg”. This consisted of a modified sensory deprivation chamber in which attention could be focused on a computer terminal and screen. Electrodes were taped to various body parts to provide physiological data which was fed into the computer. The explorer would then don a highly sophisticated helmet which was a fourth generation version of the early brain machines. This could sonically stimulate brain cells either locally or globally and in various combinations, thus directing not only brain waves but also highly specific mental/physical functions. The helmet was also plugged into the computer and provided feedback in various programmed ways.
The explorer would then undertake a series of exercises in which the theorems were used to generated graphic animations of the “strange attractors” which map the various states of onsciousness. From this setup, feedback loops were established between this “iconography” and the actual states themselves which were in turn generated through the helmet simultaneously with a representation being viewable on the computer screen. Certain exercises involved the “alchemical” use of mind active drugs (vasopressin derivatives, beta-endorphins and hallucinogens usually administered in threshold dosages).
At the outset of the entire project and despite censure from the academic community, the ICS founders realized that the Dobbs twins’ research predictions were probably cautious or conservative. Enhanced control of autonomous body functions were attained early on even down to the cellular level. Certain unexpected side effects occurred which would usually be classified as paranormal. It was no longer a question of hallucination. Measurable results were attained not only in terms of “yogic powers” (suspended animation, lucid dreaming and the like) but also in observable benefits to health like rapid healing and remission of chronic conditions.
At this point in the development of the egg (which was the third generation), the researchers attempted to “descend” to the Quantum level, They soughto reach the state of consciousness where a wave becomes a particle. If this occurred at the moment of observation it implied that human consciousness is involved in the actual Q-structure of reality itself. They hoped to attain this by “riding the wave” in an attempt to experience (rather than observe) the wave collapse into a particle. After months of research, none of the “Quantum travellers” experienced such an occurrence. It was realized , according to J. Wheeler (of the Everett-Wheeler Hypothesis fame) that the wave function need never collapse provided that every Q-event gives rise to an alternative world (this is known to Quantum scientists as an instance of Scrodinger’s cat being both alive and dead). They decided to test this further.
A fourth generation of egg was evolved and simultaneously tested while at the same time a burst of research was carried out in the abstruse areas of Hilbert space and the topology of n-dimensional geometry on the intuitive assumption that new “attractors” could thereby be generated and used to visualize or “grok” the transitions between alternate universes. In other words, the geometry of infinite dimensions was contemplated against a scientific background so as to give the explorer a concept of an attractor that would or might lead to a transition to another dimension.
Success was attained but only after an unmatched moment
of fear and panic. On the Spring Equinox, one of the original
Ong’s Hat (very hard to locate) was just south of the South
Jersey Nuclear Waste Dump near
Once the Gate was discovered, an interdimensional doorway
had been opened. A full scouting occurred in the next dimension. It
was an area just like
Does all of this mean that this new world must be colonized by the ICS? If so, how? Unfortunately, we are left with this question as this is where the story ends. It was presented like a New Age vacation brochure embedded with enough clues for its intended readers (who are already halfway to Ong’s Hat in any case) to follow but not enough for those of little reality or perception to follow.
This is where the brochure ended, but it is not where my
story ends. In January of 1994, I was driving with Preston Nichols through
the state of