Friday, March 1, 2013

Metabolism VI - The Mask of the Pancreas, the Dreamer and the Conflux

The next mask we will turn our attention to is the natural mask of the Prisoner, which is the physiognomical character associated with the pancreas and the Inner Mind.  This mask is called the Dreamer and you've encountered it before when we discussed the distortion of the natural mask of other characters.

Dreamers have unique access to Flux derived from Colour (see Conflux - Processes), i.e. they can recieve 'attention' from existence itself - a kind of social photosynthesis.  If you think of the Prisoner as the pancreas with its relation to the production of insulin and glucagon, energy storage and release, one can extrapolate to the energy storage that occurs during sleep and dreams as well.  Its worth keeping in mind this notion of the 'Inner Mind' (the enteric nervous system or brain of the stomach and bowels) - we daydream as we digest foods high in carbs like pasta or mashed potatoes (see the Physiognomy Pancreas section) and transform the glucose to glycogen which is stored in the liver.  Thinking of this photosynthesis in terms of feeding on attention they are often content then to reflect on what other characters are saying (and therefore not agressively seek any kind of attention) and therefore like other characters in the central positions (i.e. Many Mannered Mind Men - testosterone) their mask is usually more difficult to distort. They can however ''erupt'' from time to time in violent energy release (glucagon phase of Prisoner as opposed to insulin) very much like the Sun occassionally throws off solar flares and this kind of activity (think revolutionaries, anarchists, messiahs) will produce attention responses from other characters (both positive and negative)- during these periods there will be some distortion of the mask but generally the attention recieved will equilibriate and the Prisoner will return to its natural mask of the Dreamer.

Negative attention on the Prisoner will generally cause the natural mask of the Dreamer to become the mask of the Lover, and positive attention will generally cause it to turn into the mask of the Magi.  This means that under the influence of negative attention a Prisoner will likely seek out positive attention through physical contact and flirtiness probably from people other than those who are the source of the negative attention.  Under the influence of positive attention they will take centre stage and become entertainers of the crowd or audience.

Before I mentioned that under the right conditions (pressure, temp) it is possible to drive a 'reaction' in another direction.  If negative attention is applied but the Prisoner is denied the option to go down the negative path to the Lover (by denying them physical contact for instance) they will be driven back up the negative path to the mask of the Demon (shard-forming).  Conversely if positive attention is applied but the Prisoner is denied to go up the positive path to the Magi (by denying an 'audience') they will go down the positive path instead and the mask will be distorted to the mask of the Immortal.  This does not happen very often at all naturally but can be achieved artificially.

He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with golden and silver light,

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

Of night and light and the half-light,

I would spread the cloths under your feet:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;

I have spread my dreams under your feet;

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

W.B. Yeats


Information relating to the Prisoner, pancreas, Mask of the Dreamer and the Inner Mind relates to Tifereth.

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