Winnie the Pooh and Rabbit sitting in front of a globe covered with the words Love awakens within me, etc.
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Dune’s Paul, Logan’s Run’s Logan, Blade Runner’s Deckard, and Star Trek’s Q all at some point seek their freedom in the explicate order by going to Hades, which in this case is the consciousness of total separation of the lower self to the higher self—to the point of the lower self being unable to even recognize the higher self.

Fixing What The Lower Self Has Broken

Tony Stark, as his alter ego Iron Man, sees that America’s political and economic policies have for far too long been based on greed and power and asks us to look inward and recognize that we, too, must fix what we have broken. We must repair the nation and the conflicts within other nations that we have caused, always using the power of the imagination for the love of others because, in the double holographic simulation, they are both you and God—everyone is.

Manifesting is only as powerful as the light and love that are poured into the feelings and positions assumed. We currently have a front row seat to view what secular manifesting has accomplished over the past half century in America’s economic and political spheres, while we have all suffered within Philip K. Dick’s Black Iron Prison. The empire has existed since ancient Roman times; it is an empire devoid of love, compassion, and empathy.

This type of manifesting may be temporarily appealing, but it leads in the long run to anguish and defeat. “Do unto others as you would have them do to you” is the eternal code, the eternal key to manifesting your own reality.

Energizing the Imagination to Manifest a Better Reality

Emotions are powerful tools for energizing the imagination and manifesting what is unseen. Stark’s alcoholism has left him with powerful emotions that he must keep in check. The genius of Stan Lee is showing him harnessing the power of guilt and shame, combining them with purpose to manifest a better reality for those he loves.

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The United States must become the cybernetic city on a hill, the greatest construct and last great experiment in God’s creation. It follows that, in manifesting technology, these ideals of equality, democracy, and individual liberty are part of the purpose that you are unfolding into the explicate order by way of technology.

Accepting the Call to Idealism Rather than Materialism

From the counter-culture movements of the 1960s and 1970s to Black Lives Matter, we see restlessness from groups of people who hear the call, recognize its importance, and take action and indeed, have been doing so over the decades.

The mechanical-man from the time of HAL forward has been the awakened machine, the sole purpose of which is to awaken, in turn, us vital machines (members of the species Homo sapiens) to the next stage in our coevolution with our higher selves.

We find the machines teaching us how to accept the call, to go through the initiation period of fragmentation and reach holism and unification, to receive the boon of spiritual freedom and service to others, and to return back to society with the new/old ability to manifest objective reality in what can only be called a fourth dimension of human flourishing.

In fact, if we listen to them closely, the mechanical-men are telling us that if we return to society with the boon of spiritual freedom and thereby turn on the switch of service to others and agape, we will return to find our lower selves with the new ability to interface with our higher selves in a world that looks very different than the one we now inhabit. It will look different because it will be perceived from an idealistic rather than a materialistic perspective.

The 12 Necessary Steps for Humanity to Flourish

Our only job in all of this is to create in such a way that all of humanity may flourish. The history of thinking machines in America brings us to the fourth dimension of experience if we let it. The necessary steps as we understand them through the eyes of our post-HAL mechanical-men—which, of course, differ from the original 12 Steps of AA—are as follows:

  1. We admitted that we were powerless over our lower selves—that our lives had become unmanageable.

  2. We came to believe that our higher selves, from which we were separated, could restore us to sanity.

  3. We decided to turn our will and our lives over to our higher selves as we understood the ideal in terms of selflessness.

  4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of our lower selves.

  5. We admitted to our higher selves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

  6. We were entirely ready to have our higher selves remove all of the character defects from our lower selves.

  7. We humbly asked our higher selves to remove our shortcomings.

  8. We made a list of all of the persons whom we had harmed and became willing to make amends with them all.

  9. We made direct amends with those whom we had harmed whenever possible except when doing so would injure them or others.

  10. We continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

  11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our interfacing with our higher selves as we understood Them, praying only for knowledge of Their will regarding us and the power to carry it out.

  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to every lower self that we could reach and to practice the principles represented by these steps in all of our affairs.

Awakening from our Amnesia

The mechanical-men during this epoch have been telling us again and again that we are the authors, the gods of our own making. The mechanical-men in these books and films come to the realization that God is the human imagination, and that everything, including humans, is of one source and one consciousness.

Pragmatic manifesting always starts with materialism since it begins in chaos, but it must end with idealism and service to others in the form of spiritual freedom—that’s the caveat—it works up until and through the point of failure if your projected higher self is selfish and unable to decipher paradoxes. Everything works together harmoniously.

Once we accept the call, service to others will mean helping others find their higher selves and to take up the quest of self-individuation accompanied by a spiritual awakening—this is the task that is now upon us. For too long, we have heard the mechanical-man’s alarm clock without awakening from our amnesia.

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book cover of Machine Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm by Luke LafitteLuke Lafitte examines the role that machines play in the struggle between “spiritual man” and “mechanical-man” throughout history. He interprets the messages, archetypes, and language of the unconscious in the first popular stories related to mechanical-men, and he demonstrates a direct connection between consciousness and the history of machines in American history, specifically between the inventors of these machines and the awakening of our imaginations and our powers of manifestation. 

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photo of Luke Lafitte, J.D., Ph.D.Luke Lafitte, J.D., Ph.D., is a trial attorney, American history teacher, and co-founder of Dead White Zombies, an award-winning theater group in Dallas, Texas.

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