Qyxxql Merlin (qyxxql_merlin) wrote,
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My second journey begins...


This past week, I have been doing some embedded research into inter-faith rituals and disciplines in Second Life. Hopefully out of all this, I will be able to develop and nurture a brand new ritual system and discipline that is unique to this Metaverse...
I think such an indigenous form of ritual might be needed in Second Life since recently it has been the target of "terrorist" attacks on the capitalist infrastructure of Linden Labs. Perhaps, this will cause us to shock ourselves into a higher awareness of what it means to be a creative and productive avatar in this evolving Metaverse grid... At the moment, there seems to be lots of conventional and traditional religious practices being remediated and emulated inside this flatland avaquarium and so I would like to get at the heart of these Real Life (RL) religious traditions to see what they have to offer for the 21st Century Posthuman avatar...This quest might take me several weeks if not months to complete - in SL time, that is virtually an eternity...

Perhaps you have never have noticed this before but if you raise your conscioussness to a high plane of functioning, you can experience the realtime and quantum perceptual interactivity between the environment (world) and the avatar... For example, just look carefully at a cloud formation slightly to the right of my head and you will see...



...my image reflected into the cloud formation! On higher planes of cognition, you will realize that there is a thin veil of intelligent patterning between the world and the self. The world is also reflected holographically into the self - perhaps this is what is meant by experiencing what the Avatarian founder Taras Balderdash calls "The Great Avatar"? Again, if you need more evidence, here is a head-on profile of me that was detected in the far right of the cloud-formation...



I tried to center the cropped photos as much as possible so you can see the same self-portraits I have been seeing during my meditation sessions...I knew from this point on that I needed to know more about the holographic properties of The Great Avatar. I needed to contact Taras Balderdash...


As a starting point, I signed up with Balderdash's Avatarian group as a friend. I hope to meet alot of the major religious and spiritual movers and shakers in Second Life this way. I have donated to their charity and have expressed my interest in meeting and befriending Taras Balderdash formally. This group although diverse and multi-faith in its membership, seems to be primarily Theistic in nature.
That is fine with me as it is easy to see the Metaverse as a kind of Theistic mode of expression...just look up at the stars at night and you will see the underlying order in the cosmos that seems to have emerged from a deliberate and singular intelligent will...I will explore more of this Monotheistic aspect on monday...I will mention more about this at the bottom of this posting...



...here you see me at my first formal attempt at meditating in Second Life.
I see my whole existence as an avatar in Second Life as one divine mediation of sorts but of course, I need to experiment more with some of the time-tested formal rituals developed by ancient earthbound civilizations... This is a good example of a traditionally "eastern" ritual remediated into Second Life...



...and here is the convergence of the eastern (Chinese) and western (Newtonian Science via Classical Greek) worldview in the form of an elaborate ritual space. This space is truly the virtual embodiment of the "harmony of the spheres"... Perhaps this mechanistic worldview is the one that will be seen as most indigenous to the Second Life grid? My intuition tells me that my personal path to transcendence goes beyond mere mechanism but I am open to anything at this point...



I discovered a Pagan ritual ground. Earlier in the day, I saw a virtual Pagan avatar performing a traditional Pagan rite (it looked like an offering of some kind). I am curious to know what "Nature" is in Second Life? Is it some form of "Second Nature" that the Second Pagans are worshipping? Do these Second-Nature spirits take the form of an actual avatar and converse with these worshippers?


Here is a colorful variation on the Pagan theme. The part that attracted my attention the most though was that partially rendered purple shrub beside the ritual platform...


...I have since decided that a meditation right into that marginalized foliage area would be perfect to contemplate the Illusory and virtual nature of partially-rendered reality... Had I remained in the Pentagram, that whole region of "nature" may have been overlooked...out of sight and out of mind... Perhaps it was my consciousness that allowed me to render this foliage in the first place? I also like how the whole platform seems to be held down by a red thumb-tack. It is as if the whole tableaux had been pinned down onto this flatland gestalt like some temporarily cherished photograph... Or pehaps, it was The Great Avatar pinning down a landmark for the cosmic Metaverse map?


Since Buddhism appears to be fairly well represented in Second Life (including both mystical and Zen Buddhism), I felt it was worthwhile to meditate under a tree like Siddhartha Buddha had done in RL (Real Life) to see if some form of enlightment might emerge. I spend the first 15 minutes not in blissful solitude but wallowing in my own ego-concerns while trying desperately to get Camtasia to work so I could capture a video-clip of this moment. It seems like the eternal "Now" keeps on eluding the self-consciousness of video capture so I guess only snapshots are sufficient at this time. I meditated here until I got to the point in my ego-consciousness where I felt it was time to move on and experience other meditative states...was this enlightment? Perhaps for a fleeting moment, it was indeed virtual enlightment...





At this early stage of my Quest, I have been really enchanted by the shifting dimensionality of the virtual foliage. This peculiar floral arrangement here is definitely multi-dimensional as I can contemplate both its flatness (its natural cyberstate) and simultaneously its ontological vastness.



I even spent time at an official "spiritual center" in Second Life to see what they had to offer. They have a marvelous view of the shifting cloudscapes and the infinite horizon-line...How romantic!


Perhaps it was impolite of me to do this but I am guessing that the protocols for ritual space are slightly different than they are in RL (Real Life). I mean, in RL, one does not feel comfortable wondering into a corporate building after the staff has left but in SL, this type of activity is completely encouraged. So, I decided to dip my feet into the fountain outside the Lion's Court Mosque to try and get another perspective on Oneness or at least the sense of humility when confronted with the sublime presence of The One (Allah).



Here is another picture of me basking in the light of Allah inside the Lions' Court Mosque which I believe is in RL (Cordoba, Spain).

I am looking forward to my meeting on monday with Drown Pharoah (A Muslim Avatar in Second Life) as I really wish to see the Glory of Allah's reflection in all its mutable manifestations through the eyes of a praciting Muslim...
Tags: avatarian, buddhism, cordoba, drown pharoah, great avatar, interfaith, islam, kundalini, lions court, new age, paganism, posthumanism, religion, second life, taoism, taras balderdash
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