Return of the Lizard People
I mentioned in a few earlier posts related to speech and the human form, that as much as “sacred speech” has measurable biological effects, so does propaganda. Propaganda has biological effects, not just psychological effects.
You may be familiar with Rumi’s poem about the snake-catcher of Baghdad, and a few other of Rumi’s poems (such as “Jesus on a Lean Donkey”, from which Nietzsche “borrowed” for his Zarathustra). You might be puzzled by his reference to the dragon and Moses. Here’s the meaning of that.
The Snake-Catcher’s Tale
Listen to this, and hear the mystery inside:
A snake-catcher went into the mountains to find a snake.
He wanted a friendly pet, and one that would amaze
audiances, but he was looking for a reptile, something
that has no knowledge of friendship.
It was winter.
In the deep snow he saw a frighteningly huge dead snake.
He was afraid to touch it but he did.
In fact, he dragged the thing into Baghdad,
hoping people would pay to see it
This is how foolish
we’ve become! A human being is a mountain range!
Snakes are facinated by us! Yet we sell ourselves
to look at a dead snake.
We are like beautiful satin
used to patch burlap. “Come see the dragon I killed,
and hear the adventures!” That’s what he announced,
and a large crowd came,
but the dragon was not dead,
just dormant! He set up his show at a crossroads.
The ring of gawking rubes got thicker, everybody
on tiptoe, men and women, noble and peasant, all
packed together unconscious of their differences.
It was like the Resurrection!
He began to unwind the thick ropes and remove
the cloth covering he’d wrapped it so well in.
Some little movement.
The hot Iraqi sun had woken
the terrible life. The people nearest started screaming.
Panic! The dragon tore easily and hungrily
loose, killing many instantly.
The snake-catcher stood there,
frozen. “What have I brought out of the mountains?” The
braced against a post and crushed the man and consumed
The snake is your animal-soul. When you bring it
into the hot air of your wanting-energy, warmed
by that and by the prospect of power and wealth,
it does massive damage.
Leave it in the snow mountains.
Don’t expect to oppose it with quietness
and sweetness and wishing.
The nafs don’t respond to those,
and they can’t be killed. It takes a Moses to deal
with such a beast, to lead it back, and make it lie down
in the snow. But there was no Moses then.
Hundreds of thousands died.
Although Rumi refers to the great reptile as “you animal soul” (nafs), it is more specifically the reptilian brain, part of the triune brain system that includes also the limbic (mammalian) and neocortex (primate), and which belongs to the evolutionary inheritance of the human form. In earlier posts, too, I have suggested that it is largely speech — sacred speech and the “field of force” or morphic field created by speech — that has stimulated the development of the neocortex in humans. “Moses” in this poem stands for this neo-cortex.
Now, the primitive reptilian brain is something that “public communicators” (marketers, admen, and propagandists of all kinds) have taken a great interest in, and which they have researched thoroughly with the intention of stimulating, arousing, and exploiting for commercial or political purposes (as, for example, here and here). The whole point of that is to short-circuit or bypass the critical intellectual functions of the neo-cortex — get around “Moses”, as it were.
The reptilian brain is the oldest of this three-brain system. In all likelihood, it is the seat of what Seth calls “the ancient force”, as discussed earlier in “The Most Haunting Words in All Literature“. It is the base of the most primitive and basic instincts in the human form, and one might say also, of the most reactionary attitudes, as implied in the brief description of the reptilian brain as “rigid” and “compulsive”,
The reptilian brain, the oldest of the three, controls the body’s vital functions such as heart rate, breathing, body temperature and balance. Our reptilian brain includes the main structures found in a reptile’s brain: the brainstem and the cerebellum. The reptilian brain is reliable but tends to be somewhat rigid and compulsive.
In all likelihood, all myths, legends, fables, parables that refer to dragons and serpents are intuitive references to this pre-human reptilian inheritance.
But it is precisely this reptilian brain towards which much contemporary commercial and political speech is directed and which this type of speech seeks to awaken and arouse — poking the dragon with a stick, as it were — while simultaneously seeking to disable or distract the higher consciousness functions of the neo-cortex.
This is supremely dangerous. We might even say, that this type of speech is profane speech rather than “sacred speech”, and its aim is the profanation and corruption of the human form, which, in the wisdom tradition, was called “the temple”. So, Rumi’s poem here is as much about the human biological form as the spiritual.
Now, there is this strange fellow named “David Icke” who has this “theory” that (as Wikipedia puts it), “a secret group of reptilian humanoids called the Babylonian Brotherhood controls humanity, and that many prominent figures are reptilian” or “reptilons”. And he has, apparently, a broad following.
This strange concoction might be a bit closer to the truth than we might be inclined to think. As Blake put it, “everything possible to be believed is an image of the truth”. The return of the Lizard People, as masters of the human race, and hidden within the human form, may we be that kind of mythical, dreamlike intuitive recognition of the arousal and awakening of the reptilian brain under the influence of profane speech. These “Reptilons” would be, in that sense, a modern myth — but one with a kernel of truth to it.
It bears pondering whether the “dumbing down” in the negative and destructive — the narcissistic, reactionary and nihilistic — features of our time might be connected with this deliberate stimulation, arousal, and awakening of the reptilian brain — Rumi’s dragon — by profane speech, speech which is having a destructive effect on the human form itself. This suggestion might seem bizarre, but it is reinforced somewhat by this article from The Washington Post on the neurological effects also of digital communications. Considering the hundreds and even thousands of political and commercial messages to which people are exposed daily, and which are engineered to deliberately address the reptilian brain, one might wonder what kind of human being — if human at all — will be the result.
I’ll return to this issue again.