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2014/07/26 at 10:31 am

WHAT A LIBERAL SOCIALIST LOOKS LIKE. This is a photo of my dad, Nathan Zap who was not just a liberal he was an actual socialist, a leader of the Deleonist socialist party in the forties and fifties. He was also on the beach during D Day and a genuine tough guy who (except for WWII) lived his whole life in the Bronx. In his seventies, walking a woman back from a neighborhood association meeting, a kid with a hand gun drawn tried to mug them and my dad's threatening manner was so intense the kid ran away. Many Fox News poisoned conservatives like to strike macho poses and pretend that liberals are a bunch of weak, softies who don't know the facts of life (former student friends from Long Island who are on Facebook take note). I would like to see the Fox News liberal baiting pundit who could deal with my dad's stare, let alone his scathing, actual-news informed intellect. Being a liberal doesn't mean that you are weak, but if you watch Fox News it is a guarantee that your intellect and knowledge of the world is in a deplorably weakened state. http://www.zaporacle.com/in-memoriam-nathan-zap-1919-2012/

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Zap Oracle
2014/07/25 at 11:34 pm

Just published this in Reality Sandwich
ttp://realitysandwich.com/221332/the-other-stars/

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The Other Stars - Reality Sandwich

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It is all too easy to become the star of your movie and to forget that others are the stars of their movies. The same event may look very different in the context of your movie than it does in the movie of another star.

Zap Oracle
2014/07/21 at 7:09 am

Political correctness is essentially a template of what projections are allowed and which aren't. So for people from some political spheres---darkness, original sin can only originate from the U.S., Israel, globalizing corporations, and New World Order Illuminati, etc. global conspiracies. There can never be independent origination of darkness originating from exotic cultures, if they do bad things it is merely reactive to an original cause by the U.S. Israel, globalizing corporations, etc. Many people have a view of history that gets very blurry further back than the birth of Facebook. Middle East violence must be because of the U.S. and Israel they assume. They forget, for example, that Islam had an ideology of world conquest many centuries before there was a U.S., Israel or corporation. In fact, Muslim armies nearly conquered Europe. They were stopped outside the gates of Vienna on September 11, 1683! I'm not trying to justify what Israel, the U.S. and globalizing corporations do---they are often the carriers of the dark force too, but that's also because all of us are carriers of the dark force. If you have a special blame group you like to point out, chances are you haven't dealt with your own shadow. See: http://www.zaporacle.com/how-to-empower-evil-keep-talking-about-they/ Image by Steve Von Schultz

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2014/07/18 at 8:26 am

Zap Oracle shared Rob Brezsny's photo.

Hillman was a critic of Westerners "going Eastern" as he referred to it. He was an advocate of engagement over detachment and of individuation over the insistence of many who have gone Eastern that oneness trumps eachness. Here's something I wrote about oneness abuse many years ago: Some people in the New Age, particularly those who have dabbled in Eastern practice, have swung with the pendulum of enatiadromia to a new extreme or one-sideness. They will monotonously insist on the oneness of everything no matter what is being discussed, and use this obvious reality as a way of leveling all difference, distinction and discernment. This point of view can be even more limiting than the tunnel vision of the reductive thinker, since at least the reductive thinker is still thinking about and investigating something, no matter how much they miss the infinite, interelated context of the something. This type of New Ager, however, takes oneness as a truism that relieves them of the need for thinking, discrimination and discernment and pulls oneness out of a hat, like the most tired of magician’s rabbits, whenever any issue requiring discernment appears. Recognizing that individuals or groups that are in conflict are part of the same oneness is crucial, but it is also crucial to recognize their individual differences and what sets them apart. The great American pioneer psychologist William James wrote more than a century ago that besides the oneness of things, anyone who glances at the phenomenal world should also be struck by the eachness of things. We see a world of unique individual trees and people, for example, and not an homogenous mass of treeness or undifferentiated pool of humanity. The dynamic paradoxicalist recognizes that there is both oneness and eachness, these are the two poles of the paradox that must be held in mind to understand both interrelation and individuality.

For an hilarious example of a New Ager trying to use the most tired of magician’s rabbits see My Fight with an Egyptian Sun God http://www.zaporacle.com/my-fight-with-an-egyptian-sun-god/
A more surreal take on oneness abuse: http://www.zaporacle.com/lessons-for-an-enity.../erhttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152569066982629&set=a.163582792628.154504.562277628&type=1&theater

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In his book "The Thought of the Heart and the Soul of the World," psychologist James Hillman writes: "The question of evil refers primarily to the anaesthetized heart, the heart that has no reaction to what it faces, thereby turning the variegated sensuous face of the world into monotony, sameness, oneness."

What would you have to do in order to triumph over this kind of evil in yourself?

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By: Rob Brezsny

Zap Oracle
2014/07/17 at 10:15 am

Just published this on Reality Sandwich: http://realitysandwich.com/221040/to-collapse-or-not-to-collapse-the-wave-function/

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To Collapse or Not to Collapse the Wave Function - Reality Sandwich

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Wave function collapse, a concept from quantum mechanics, metaphorically relates to two human states -- the state of indeterminate potential and free floating possibility, and the state of definite commitment and grounded engagement in the particular.

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 I will be teaching workshops on the Singularity Archetype at a few festivals late spring and summer: Apogaea,  Sonic BloomArise and Burning Man.

I am now an editor as well as a featured correspondent on the popular online magazine Reality Sandwich (something like a counter-cultural version of the Huffington Post).  You can find most of the sixty articles I’ve written for them here: http://realitysandwich.com/u/jonathan-zap/posts.

I am now writing book 2 of my fantasy series Parallel Journeys which is an imaginal exploration of the Singularity Archetype and an elf origin story among other things. Anybody who has reading and/or editing skills who might want to give feedback on a beta version of the series should contact me at: jonathanzap@hotmail.com.  I will be very interested to hear from anyone with publishing ideas, leads or suggestions to offer.

Kalki Movies of Australia produced three Youtubes of me talking about the subject of mind parasites:

Part One 

Part Two

 Part Three

As you can see, the site now instantly posts my status updates and the two most recent comments.  If you want to get them live on Facebook, just subscribe to Zap Oracle.

Go to I STATUS UPDATE, THEREFORE I AM to see some thoughts about my ambivalence about Facebook as well as some  archived status updates.

 

What’s up with the fascination with zombies and vampires? Why is the skeptic movement actually the exact opposite of true skepticism? A couple of interviews I did you may find interesting: Sky Blue Symposia (formerly Time Monk Radio) has one of the most in-depth interview forums with a panel of well-prepared interviewers (from different countries) coming at you from various angles. This was my best opportunity to share thoughts I’ve had about the meanings of the evolving zombie and vampire mythology happening in popular culture (among other topics). Here is their description of the interview: We talk to Jonathan Zap about using a modern application of Jungian archetypes to help understand ourselves and our world. For over 30 years he has been using the tools of Jungian psychology to study popular culture, contemporary mythology, and dreams. Topics include: anima, animus, and the shadow. Zombies, vampires and parasites. Dream interpretation. Zombie banks, wall street and psychopaths. Femininity, patriarchy, and the white madonna and black madonna. 2012 and Y2K. Jonathan uses movies, books and current events to illustrate how various archetypes give us another perspective to make sense of our world.   Skyblue Symposia Interview with Jonathan Zap 

On October 12, 2012 I gave a talk on the Singularity Archetype and the evolutionary event horizon at the Boulder Evolver. The first 40 minutes are available as two Youtubes:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7CfJP7zq6s

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEFmT8U4fwU

You can also listen to the complete audio as a podcast here: http://www.disinfo.com/2012/11/jonathan-zap-on-the-singularity-archetype-and-human-evolution/

Time Monk Radio did a 175 minute commercial free interview with me that was the most thorough interview I’ve ever done. There were several interviewers in various countries (all available in realtime on Skype). We covered the Singularity Archeytpe, psychopathy, mind parasites, dynamic paradoxicalism and many other topics.

3/20/12 Serious Wonder

Download 3_20_12JonathanZapOnSeriousWonder.mp3

I did three interviews with Mike Hagan of Radio Orbit. Here are the links to three interviews followed by an image Radio Orbit photoshopped from an actual photo of me sitting on a bengal tiger (oh, and in response to several inquiries—this tiger was not being abused, was not chained up—I worked for many years at the Prairie Wind Animal Refuge (where the photo was taken and which is now under new management) where we rescued tigers and other big cats from guaranteed hunts and other abusive situations. This particular tiger loved interacting with people and was exceptionally well trained.

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