The Surveillance State is Metaphorical: They’re Already in Your Head

sacredsigilsservitor3Now, I’m not saying I’m a supporter of the surveillance state or anything like that. It’s hyper creepy as all get out. As a matter of fact, before I even get into that level of sketch I’ll first focus on the bright side. One thing that no one seems to philosophically contemplate nearly enough these days is how quickly we’ve plunged ourselves into increasingly fantasy centric lifestyles. Why is that? Our lives are cripplingly boring and we’re forced into these alternate dimensions of thought as a reflex. I mean, how many of us actually find any sort of fulfillment in our supposed “careers”. Like 2% optimistically? I think I’m being generous with that. I mean, increasingly intertwined mind rape corporations are currently taking home record profits, and who the fuck grows up thinking, “I want to work at the Pizza Hut corporate office one day.” Fucking no one….ever…and yet, uber boring places like that are where a crap ton of us end up, gladly, because the alternative is further selling our lives down the rabbit hole of higher education, which may or may not make things better for us and costs an ass ton of money. Oh wait, I’m supposedly talking about the good things in life here aren’t I? Well, the good news is that this consumerist culture we’ve created has given us the tools to completely implode into our own little micro-verses quite effectively.

It is so odd to think about the fact that I was one of the first generations to grow up addicted to video games and that the video games I grew up with basically sucked. I barely even used the internet until I was in college. Seriously. That’s how quick this shit is moving. I have my entire music collection at my fingertips at all times these days. It took me years of obsessively combing CD stores to find half that stuff. Just mindblowing potentialities here but we’ve got to pull our shit together. More importantly, we’ve got to ask ourselves why we’re increasingly fleeing inwardly into the realms of our wildest imaginations? I mean, TV is a relatively new invention. When you think back on most of human history, it was plays and books, occasionally. It used to be hard to find decent entertainment in most places in the world. We’re now consuming a constant stream of exotic information all day every day.

I suppose magick has a lot to do with regulating that intake to your distinct advantage, but it also has a lot to do with looking at these things subjectively and metaphorically rather than in the objective literal way we’re trained by our culture. There’s only so far you can go with that. We’ve created enough bizarre wasteful techno knick knacks to power our lives for another trillion centuries. At what point do we break free from the idea that we should continue churning them out and start making them turn us in. The best things in life like dreaming, fucking, and smoking weed have always been cheap or free. Psychedelic mushrooms haven’t gone up in price a cent in the nearly 20 years I’ve been taking them. Almost all forms of consumable art now cost a fraction of what they used to and if you live near a decent library, might not cost you a dime. There’s just such an oversaturation of great art these days and most of it is cheap. This is the sort of thing people actually want to be doing with their time rather than making creepy people rich and real artists do it for spiritual reasons, not to make a buck. From a more Occult perspective, this is entirely metaphorical. For all intents and purposes, there are an infinite number of wonderous internal caverns of thought at your fingertips at any given time. It all hints at a glorious conjoined telepathy between distant stars, or a longing for one at the very least.

Okay, feel better now. Good, time to get into the icky stuff. We’re also using these fantastical conjunctive algorithms to completely neutralize any sort of threat to the established power structure. Man, the sort of wire tap nonsense our activist forefathers and mothers had to deal with is nothing compared to how they’ve got us by the balls now. If you want to put up any sort of significant political interference at this point, you’ve got to be squeaky fucking clean. I mean, now that weed’s legal in Washington I often find myself thinking, what do they really have on me if they went digging? Not much, but they’ve been suiciding the opposition for years now so how is this any worse? It’d just be so easy now to take anyone down, and moreover, there’s just so much more of a stench of skeeze about it all. The first words out of my mouth when all the shit hit the fan with the Snowden leaks was “Beautiful women of the world, be afraid, be very afraid”. If you don’t think some of these NSA tools are checking for naked selfies of their favorite barista the second they get on the clock you’re either insane or in complete denial about the way male psychology actually works.

But I digress, what I’m really getting at here has to do with a parallel narrative interpenetrating our reality. In much the same way we’re clawing free from our physical limitations through leisure art escape, we’re also being forced to confront something incredibly primal about our spiritual nature with all this ramped up surveillance, namely, that we’re not at all alone in our own heads. At the heart of nearly every transcendent mindgasm freak out lies some variation on the theme of conjoined consciousness. We’re all one dude. And if you think about it, if we are all one (and I’ve been shown that on one level of reality we are) than it would stand to reason that we’d have access to thoughts and other areas of exotic dark mind we’d all love to consider private. It’s this belief in the private nature of our inner worlds that drives us to make such supremely hilarious characters, but it’s also that very concept of vulnerable or shared thought space that we must confront when pursuing telepathy and it’s not comfortable terrain for us. These aren’t things that would have occurred to me on my own, it has to happen to you before you start contemplating the implications.

Part of why I talk about my dialogue with what classic Occultists would call my Holy Guardian Angel continually on Facebook (friend me)has to do with me seeing social media as being an insanely novel means of externalizing external states of consciousness. Fuck reality TV. Where’s the reality there? You can’t even see what these halfwits are thinking. We can go more extreme than that. Okay I must now confess that as much as I post internal weirdness online, one of the more interesting aspects I ran into keeping a real time magick blog had to do with the realization that I’m actually editing out roughly 80% of what’s going on because it’s just too personal. It wasn’t until I started tracking it better that I realized how much there actually was going down underneath the surface that I don’t feel remotely comfortable talking about as of yet.

As a matter of fact, after nearly a decade of continually sailing the seas of Occult dementia, the first question I would ask anyone interested in pursuing such an art would be: how well do you handle criticism? If you do manage to open up this dialogue, the forces you’re conversing with aren’t going to care for your bullshit. They’re you. You can’t lie to your higher self. It knows everything about you. This idea that you’re separate from one another is an illusion. When you reach out to these forces, you’re probably going to ask for something worldly and don’t think they’re going to accomplish these things for you, they’re going to turn you in the person that’s capable of accomplishing them in the first place. It’s harder work than anything you’re going to be asked to do in your dumbass career. You can’t lie to them, and trust me, if you manage to initiate this dialogue with the 5th dimension, you’d better fucking listen.

I’ve been repeatedly shown in these states that there’s some profound connection between what I’m encountering and UFO phenomenon, which is odd for me to accept. I’ve never seen a UFO, never met a grey, never been abducted. They always present themselves to me as me. I am a UFO apparently. Weeks back in some various state of stoned intoxication, I was told that the greatest barrier preventing our communion with these higher dimensional beings has to do with the terror we feel in knowing they can get inside our heads. Of course this lead me to fantasies of government officials creating an entire culture of denial based on a chance encounter with a telepathic hippie on galactic spring break. What if that’s why the government started lying about it all in the first place? They were just too weirded out by this thing’s mind connective super drugs. But maybe it goes deeper than that.

Maybe this mass surveillance plotline and social media exposition is designed to slowly make us more comfortable with the idea that our thoughts are not our own, and our lies aren’t fooling anyone. If we’re to brave the new frontier of exotic dark mind, we must first confront the idea that in the great psycho-drama we call life, the audience might just be able to read all our expository back stories and future potentialities just by projecting themselves into our souls through their trance inducing black hole eyes. It’s what any number of these supposed UFO contactees have been talking about for years, and I’ve encountered the same themes through alternate channels. You can’t lie to these things. The only way to make them go away is to confront them, and we’re not going to do that by sitting around crying about the NSA.


(As Always, Magick updates continually running on Facebook)

Oh, and if you happen to be in Seattle, the cut up Occult film I made with my friend Dean about just this sort of contact encounter will be debuting at the Rendezvous this Saturday with live soundtracking by my new music project Chapel Supremesus. See it weeks before it hits the net. It’ll run at roughly midnight. Trippiest bill of the week by a long shot.




Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken is a psychedelic writer, musician, visual artist, filmmaker, Occultist, and pug enthusiast based out of Seattle. He is the author of the books The Galactic Dialogue: Occult Initiations and Transmissions From Outside of Time, both of which can be picked up on Amazon super cheap.
Thad McKraken

55 Comments on "The Surveillance State is Metaphorical: They’re Already in Your Head"

  1. My answer… Fuck it, move forward. There’s no other choice.

  2. What’s a metaphor for what? In my opinion McKraken has had the finger and the moon mixed up for a while now.

    • Simon Valentine | Feb 20, 2014 at 8:53 pm |

      oh, you didn’t hear?

      it’s the year of the finger now, and Thad’s learning got bumped. that’s the only reason you got the go-ahead signal to say that 😉
      yeah, reverse checks out too, admiral

      it’s actually My Fault

  3. Thurlow Weed | Feb 20, 2014 at 6:44 pm |

    You read my mind.

  4. Damien Quinn | Feb 20, 2014 at 6:54 pm |

    Surely, the logical terminus for this particular train of thought is that the whole magik system you endorse is just another method of inhibiting spiritual growth; involving yourself in some odd ritual to gain one more glimpse of enlightenment is actually just the fear inducing you to consume your enlightenment in bite size chunks.

    After all, if you are these higher beings (and they are you) then the only thing stopping you from being enlightened is your perception of yourself as unenlightened. If your concept holds true, seriously accepting your own divinity (or whatever you’d prefer to call it) should be all that’s required to transcend, all the pentagrams and naked dancing in the woods are just as bullshitty as pretending to feel personally invested in pizza hut’s corporate future.

    Also, if you’re hearing voices when you’re stoned, it may be time to consider cutting back. Drug psychosis often feels like enlightenment right up until the point that you’re running through a mall dressed only in philosophical conviction and lambs blood.

    • Simon Valentine | Feb 20, 2014 at 9:02 pm |

      enlightened, alienated, all except saying they’re the same thing. heh heh. the thief in the night … lol … that’s a good one. so i’d like to thank you: if the hashashin failed at something, it was not treating their very own order as one of the subsumed practices. eat the tail now, save those dragon wings for later~

      there are many opportunities for metamorphosis? aren’t? turning that light on and off still re-paints whatever outline the worm is, caterpillar or not.

    • Thad McKraken | Feb 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm |

      I learned to hear the voices in my head by reading books and replicating the exact same techniques suggested by people like Robert Anton Wilson and Grant Morrison , and yes, it involves weed and something that science has never bothered to study I might point out because of the drug laws. Go read Cosmic Trigger.Try it yourself or shut the fuck up you absolute pussy.

      • Damien Quinn | Feb 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm |

        I’m a bit surprised that it’s the element you’ve focused on but I’m well versed in the use of drugs and ritual to reach
        altered states of consciousness, although it’s hardly relevant to
        the point I was making.

        Most of my comment took you at face value, but let me restate my point, extrapolating your train of thought seems to inevitably lead to the conclusion that “magik” is some bullshit your higher self is using to restrict your enlightenment to bite size chunks. Don’t you find this slightly problematic?

        I’ll forgive your outburst, cognitive dissonance often manifests as aggression, growth’s painful.

        • Thad McKraken | Feb 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm |

          If you followed my work my thesis is essentially that life is art and the more you look at it that way, the more it makes sense. A story where you already knew the ending would be pretty damn boring and shitty art. Moreover, you wouldn’t act your part if you knew what was going on behind the scenes. So yes, the inhibition of enlightenment as you’re referring to it could maybe also be referred to as “a plot”.

          Oh, and you’re forgiven for accusing me of being crazy or just on drugs. I am rather high functioning in our society so anyone that accuses me of just being crazy is lobbing rather weak criticism my way, and yep, I don’t take that sort of lazy bullshit critique of what I do. Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg smoke more pot than I do. Do they write about this sort of thing? So, it’s not just the weed then is it?

          • Damien Quinn | Feb 21, 2014 at 7:14 pm |

            I didn’t accuse you of “being” anything, I merely suggested that if you’re hearing voices when you’re stoned you should consider the possibility that drug induced psychosis is a factor. If you have, great, it’s not an accusation, it’s a fairly reasonable suggestion.

            Now that that rubbish is out of the way, I’d like to discuss your idea’s, tease them out a bit. I’m genuinely interested, people seem to take you seriously so I’m led to hope you might be able to teach me something.

            Your position then, as I understand it, is that the journey toward enlightenment is important in it’s own right. I don’t understand how, if the higher you is already able to see all your potentialities then what’s the point in this base you painfully tracking them out?

          • Simon Valentine | Feb 23, 2014 at 10:52 am |

            if you’re looking to see about getting some yarn out of the ball Super Godzilla Kitty toys with while we look up in awe of “the law”, my hearing voices experience goes quite a bit further than whats been unstrung so far. heck, i don’t even do pot, and my mind still machinates enough that i’ve developed a theory or two on just what is going on. pretty simple, really.

            it’s for years now an exceedingly rare occasion that i smoke weed.

          • Lately I’ve been trying not to be a stickler but… No serious pot smoker calls pot “weed”, that’s just cheesy and not hip lingo at all, and I don’t even smoke anymore. It’s a big red flag in regards to you being one serious troll calling pot , weed. I’ve seen some hardworking trolls and you seem to be one of the biggest. All the defending with aggressive reponses make you sound severely narcissistic which of course turn paranoid as they progress in their delusions . Nice attempt at gaslighting everyone again.

          • Calypso_1 | Feb 21, 2014 at 7:31 pm |

            what are you kids calling it these days?

          • Damien Quinn | Feb 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm |

            I call it weed…a pot is something I cook in but I have to admit, I’m very old….. 34 this spring, practically dead!!

          • Calypso_1 | Feb 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm |

            death cares not your age

          • Damien Quinn | Feb 21, 2014 at 7:56 pm |

            Like a creepy guy in a dive bar.

          • Grandpa Buckets over here.

          • Jonas Planck | Feb 23, 2014 at 2:04 am |

            Nobody calls it weed anymore? Damn, you just made me feel OLD… and apparently all my friends are old, too. I was under the impression that nobody called it “grass” anymore… oh wait… I see now: “…which of course turn paranoid as they progress in their delusions .” you say. I don’t think you know as much about counterculture as you think you do, officer.

        • > Don’t you find this slightly problematic?

          Writers as diverse as Bradbury, Nietzsche, and Alice Miller have all written about the potential of too much truth too quickly being fatal.

      • Calypso_1 | Feb 21, 2014 at 7:15 pm |

        You are writing to a subculture with a very high awareness of entheogen usage and magik practices. I would not be surprised if there has been a general restraint in commentary regarding your work due to recognition of the stage of experience you are involved in.
        If you prefer such restraint here, perhaps you should limit your sensitivities to those who friend you on facebook.

      • Jonas Planck | Feb 23, 2014 at 1:54 am |

        lulz. I often find myself wondering how you can be a transcendentalist wizard and still come off as confrontational and angry, but then I remember that I’m pretty much just the same, so I got no room to talk. It’s a hell of a lot more honest than that new-age peace love and harmony posturing that charlatans use to fool people into thinking that they’re gurus.

        • Simon Valentine | Feb 23, 2014 at 10:49 am |

          dim dare chakras sometimes move right to teh forehead and ZWAM! PAP! BOOM!

          learning to control magic bursts one turns inward, but is it not the only one?

          *accidental superpower*

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | Feb 23, 2014 at 9:04 am |

      “running through a mall dressed only in philosophical conviction and lambs blood.” – Sounds like another day at the office.

  5. Simon Valentine | Feb 20, 2014 at 8:44 pm |

    “At what point do we break free from the idea that we should continue churning them out and start making them turn us in. The best things in life like dreaming, fucking, and smoking weed have always been cheap or free. Psychedelic mushrooms haven’t gone up in price a cent in the nearly 20 years I’ve been taking them. Almost all forms of consumable art now cost a fraction of what they used to and if you live near a decent library, might not cost you a dime.” : separation of
    church and state is like dedekind … lol ….. for this i offer an image of Herculus A, and various analogetic remainders~

    as for the all, very excellent read. best writing. for the conjunctive algorithms, i’d just like to say the word “withe” as “from the lips of a programmer”, and that there’s a certain heresiarchical (i.e. the embraced “dark side”) path that i’ve born witness to (within me) … somewhat (un)relatedly, the monk side calmly states “the only true enemy lies within one’s self – a willing flower conjoins insects to extract nectar, a willing fruit conjoins with forces that squeeze out juice .. and opposites are opposites, thus they are also as the flower and the fruit; sometimes inside out and wrong one must think”

    i watch way too much stargate, in which one may hear “Oma teaches the true nature of man is decided in the battle between the conscious mind and the desires of the subconscious. Oma teaches the evil of my subconscious is too strong to resist. The only way to win is to deny it battle.” and “If you immediately know the candlelight is fire, then the meal was cooked a long time ago.”

    i’ve had some “troubled sea” with a sort of fifth dimensional dialogue myself, and have found a kind of grounding rod or lightning conductor in the way of *horses held* technology, in the form of a processor architecture, which, oddly enough, seems to already exist in physical reality’s constituents … especially any given species’ or cliques’ fifth dimension

    thence, considering that bioinformatic technology, “I was told that the greatest barrier preventing our communion with these higher dimensional beings has to do with the terror we feel in knowing they can get inside our heads.” i have read with some additional considerations:

    that there are great things to be (had) if we do in fact order/gate both communication and /prevented/ communication. both are critical to the processment. as to the problem, it seems that the knowledge cannot be because the computation cannot finish because the *opens* and *shuts* are ‘out of order’
    … which is nothing to fret about, it’s like learning ourselves as a (quantum) computer (something that’s being done anyway) … besides, it (the estranged or
    incomplete output) re-attaches to the fifth-dimensional dialouge anyway … sort of a hyperforum … or reflexive character posture. the knees of the mind.

  6. BuzzCoastin | Feb 20, 2014 at 9:23 pm |

    The Surveillance State is Metaphorical: They’re Already in Your Head

    you can change your mind
    and evict them

  7. Gjallarbru | Feb 21, 2014 at 8:27 am |

    If your mind is so open, than your mind is ungarded, like a palace with no doors. There are ways to set up sentries, that can selectively let what you need in, and keep the shit out. There is no need to just be “open”, so that your mind become a free-for-all. In fact, it is your duty to yourself to set those defenses up before you go exploring the 5th dimension as you call it. That’s the whole metaphor about the “magic circle”, it’s about not going insane. And slow down the drug use, that alone could make you go nuts.

  8. Ted Heistman | Feb 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm |

    Yeah, I agree, the “panopticon” is mostly about never knowing when “they” are looking at you. Most of the time they aren’t. But people assume they are always looking.

    • Jonas Planck | Feb 23, 2014 at 12:31 am |

      That’s what Disqus is for. This way I can just collate my rantings and make it easy for them (and myself) to compile it all, forcing them to at least LISTEN to my point of view before they decide to completely misunderstand it.

  9. Damien Quinn | Feb 21, 2014 at 7:43 pm |

    Logically, if the only thing standing between you and the higher you is the systems we construct to keep ourselves from the frightening realities of our shared universal telepathy, magik, as a human system for slowly meeting out enlightenment, can only be viewed as a self induced restriction upon our spiritual growth, seeing as we already are enlightened on some level but we’re too afraid to face it.

  10. Gjallarbru | Feb 22, 2014 at 8:38 am |

    If you’re not careful, both can make you nuts.

    A mind on drugs usually less on its guard, more subject to influence and less ordered. Not necessarely bad, but obviously not that good either. It is easier to fall into dementia when on drugs. A good friend of mine just died because of the exact process. From drugs, he fell into dementia from previously highly intelligent state. His dementia got him killed.

    A mind obsessed with money (or capitalism) would forget to actually live, which isn’t ever about the money. Not actually being able to live, because you’re too obsessed by money, now that is crazy too.

    • Jonas Planck | Feb 23, 2014 at 1:46 am |

      The problem is that just about everything is a form of drug in some way or another. I define “drug” as anything that alters your body chemistry or perception, and every external stimulus you experience has such an effect, to varying degrees.

      Working at a tedious job suppresses our body chemistry and slows down brain activity. Driving on a busy freeway floods our systems with adrenaline and testosterone. The phone ringing while you’re having sex throws you off your game. The act of shopping for food in a grocery store is a cacaphonic experience, an assault of competing price/benefit equations and conflicting desires and attention grabbing packaging designed specifically to alter your desires. Advertisements play on our fears and ambitions, flattering us and threatening us and desperately striving to grab our attention. Like the Cannibal implied, maintaining one’s sanity is not entirely a matter of personal choice in such an environment.

      With that being said, it’s understandable that many take drugs (in the commonly used sense) in order to control the mood altering nature of just living. Hell, I occasionally watch Fox News just for the dopamine rush of getting enraged by the idiotic mind-poison they spew. Is that much different than taking dangerous drugs even though you know it’s bad for you? Some can handle it, others get handled BY it. Usually it just comes down to whether they have an addictive personality.. have you ever known a person who was really badly hooked into their drug habit, went through rehab, and then came out of it addicted to religion as badly as they were once addicted to drugs? I’ve known several. Can’t be helped, really, if the person is going to be an addict no matter what, better to be hooked on Jesus and just annoying than hooked on coke and stealing money out of your wallet.

      • Gjallarbru | Feb 23, 2014 at 7:16 am |

        You are making an excellent point.

        The problem I see with most “chemical drugs” out there is there origin and quality. Unless you produce them yourself, you have no real idea of the composition. Those that produce drugs aren’t the “Walter White” type, and even he is a fiction.

        Since you cannot know what you are taking, you cannot predict reliably the effect. Hence, chemical drugs leaves you open to any number of problems that you might not be ready or capable to fend off. Therefore, personnally, I see a difference between physiological responses that are part of your body, and adding chemicals of unknown origins.

        That is why, even though I’m highly interested in DMT, I would never take it unless I witnessed it’s production, or that I produced it myself.

        In any case, I think I can be forgiven for thinking that when you experiment with Magick, it might be best to have closer to sober mind. Magick tends to open your mind already, I’m suggesting drugs open it too much. Maybe that is why the guy feels like if he has no private thoughts?

  11. Calypso_1 | Feb 22, 2014 at 10:45 am |

    i was not commenting about the piece it was in regard to his reply.
    if you are referring to the restraint that I alluded to, it will, on my part, continue to be exercised unless there are funnnies to be made.

  12. Jonas Planck | Feb 23, 2014 at 1:12 am |

    Interesting… I have to break character just to talk about it… The surveillance principle was essentially the reason I started approaching social media as if it was showbiz to begin with. when one’s thoughts are always readily accessible to powerful, mysterious quasi-governmental forces whose motivations are shrouded in secrecy, and whose ethics are extremely questionable, then it seems naturally prudent to conceal one’s weaknesses, fears, and vulnerabilities from them, lest they be exploited as a mechanism of control. It seemed to me that the easiest way to do that is to simply assume a role, and play the part of it, but no actor can play a role without putting some of themselves into it, so the line that divides me from Jonas is very blurry and vague.
    But there’s another aspect to the fantasy versions of our online lives in relation to transcendence… in this material world, we are at the mercy of physical forces and biological needs, but the higher realms of existence are, conversely, at the mercy of our imaginations. A realm comprised of thoughts and dreams is whatever you make of it (or at least, whatever the most dominant consciousness living there makes it), so a vivid imagination that’s in sync with its subconscious driving forces translates into the transcendental equivalent of material wealth and power.
    This world may be controlled by spoiled rich kids and robber barons, but the next world is controlled by lucid dreamers.
    Putting aside fantasies of an afterlife, though, there is also the idea-action-reality causal chain to consider… there’s always going to be a difference between the material existence we live in and the material existence we WANT. Everything we do is in some way intended to satisfy the desire for that ideal existence, and all our actions begin with thoughts. All our thoughts are imagined. Therefore, the world as we know it is a product of our imaginations, imperfectly realized as it is. Nothing exists that was not first dreamed.

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