Wednesday, January 13, 2016
David Bowie - 'Quicksand' from Hunky Dory (1971)
There is forever tension between Gnosis/Illumination/Direct Experience/Knowing and Faith/Belief/Cognition. 'Quicksand' is a song about just that, how thought is an endless morass, a series of dream realities, images projected upon a screen, a vast glamour of maya, manipulated and directed through magick and power. Will and Desire and Belief are ways in which to be, in which to project oneself in the world. Gnosis is both within and without this incarnation, other than ideation/conceptual reality, the opposite of faith, of belief. Knowledge comes at the death of the self. The self can only be maintained through endless veils, endless delusions. The ragged hole of the void is the not-ness at the heart of being, its annihilation and fulfillment and extinguishment. The target cannot be. The goal is beyond.