|Page 237 of Whitley Strieber's 'The Super Natural'. Room 237?-)|
|A two-way mirror of the imagination in room 237?|
Being a big Kubrick movie fan and knowing Kubrick pissed novelist Stephen King off by changing so much in his novel when adapting King's novel to the screen, including the changing of room 217 in the novel to room 237 in the movie and having just read Jeff Kripal's theory of the imagination being like a two-way mirror pages earlier in The Super Natural with Jeff trying to make sense of
Whitley Strieber's "visitor" encounters (Whitley being a horror novelist himself, something along the lines of Stephen King, I might add) by using the analogy of the two-way mirror to explain the imagination, I couldn't help but see the irony of page 237 being in a chapter titled, "Haunted".
Whitley Strieber, Bruce Lee and the Two Way Mirror Analogy
"If a random, natural phenomenon is giving rise to the visions and hallucinations that generate our belief systems, that is of literally epochal importance. If it is some way conscious, then the importance is beyond measure".
Whitley is talking about the "Condign Report" here and the mention of living plasmas reported in our atmosphere.
|A maze, or"...the old labyrinth of folk belief, superstition, and confusion"?|
"so the secrecy hasn't simply stifled progress, it has caused a malign descent into the old labyrinth of folk belief, superstition, and confusion".
|Sculptures by Stephen King?!|
Are the Powerful Owls What They Seem?
Whitley writes about owls appearing in his books when the "visitors" are around, so the artworks by an artist named Stephen King placed where owls are meant to hang around is also ironic to me.
|"Beyond Imagination Lies the Truth"?|
|A labyrinth I found on a walk at Port Macquarie before my owl walk.|
(the above magazine was one of them, I haven't read it yet, but the line
"Beyond Imagination Lies the Truth"
got my attention while reading Whitley's new book).
Manilla is a town that I never intended to visit on my road-trip until I realized it was the town Darren Hanlon had sung about on a CD I own of his.
|The big fish of Manilla, NSW.|
And watching the movie version of Whitley Strieber's novel 'The Wolfen' for the first time last night I thought the main actor
Albert Finney looked familiar, and that was because he was out of the movie, 'Big Fish'.
'Authors of the Impossible' about,
" his study in the work of four major figures in the history of paranormal research: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; writer and humorist Charles Fort; astronomer, computer scientist, and ufologist Jacques Vallee; and philosopher and sociologist Bertrand Méheust. Through incisive analyses of these thinkers, Kripal ushers the reader into a beguiling world somewhere between fact, fiction, and fraud. The cultural history of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love story; the occult dimensions of science fiction; cold war psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate relationship between consciousness and culture all come together in Authors of the Impossible, a dazzling and profound look at how the paranormal bridges the sacred and the scientific.".
You might want to watch this short Vimeo about Jeff's work to get the idea -
Authors of the Impossible
I think people like Whitley, Kubrick, King and not to mention a whole bunch of other authors, movie directors, song writers, artists and sync-heads are tapping far deeper into something than just THEIR imagination, I think that they are tapping into everything's "imagination", or as Jung would say the "collective unconscious".
Behind the curtain is something much bigger than Whitley's "imagination", I think, and it connects to everyone and everything everywhere, not just to Whitley's "imagination".