Valis, Zebra, Gaia

Some kind of higher intelligence may be present in the world but be hidden to us through a cunning sort of mimicry.

Simon G. Powell, found in the RSVault:

Knowing only too well the eco-shamanic value of psychedelic plants and fungi, my consciousness felt suddenly elevated as I watched Graham deliver his uncontrived heartfelt words. The scene really lit up. A beautiful rainforest bird began to sing. A lovely yellow butterfly flew past him. And then, strangest of all, a large moth landed on a tree near me. It had perfect camouflage and was extremely difficult to see against the background bark. But it would periodically open up its wings slightly such that it became visible. This camouflaged moth really amazed me because, just the day before, we had been filming Guide to 2012 author Mark Heley at Coba (another Mayan site). While we were filming him, this large and extraordinary lizard appeared high up on a pyramid directly behind him. Its colour matched the stone so perfectly that when it stopped moving it was totally invisible. I was transfixed. It was like a mythological psychedelic hallucination, as if a primeval dragon made of stone was appearing and disappearing. At one point it moved its head purposefully up and down — in the manner of stylised nods. Then, after it stopped moving, it blended in perfectly with the stone steps and became, like the moth, totally invisible.

So, the appearance of the camouflaged giant lizard along with the camouflaged moth got me thinking about certain hidden aspects, or hidden dimensions, of Nature. To be sure, Graham Hancock said a few things along these lines — pertaining to those otherwise occluded spiritual dimensions accessible through the judicious use of psychedelic plants. In other words then, the natural synchronistic appearance (and disappearance!) of the moth and the lizard made me feel privy to a lesson pertaining to Nature’s secret hidden face, a face that can, of course, choose to reveal itself.

This reminds of something Philip K. Dick once alluded to in his book VALIS. He wrote about the Zebra principle. The idea is that the sophisticated mimicry we find, say, in the insect world (where an insect might look exactly like a leaf), might also exist on a higher level or on a higher scale. Which is to say that some kind of higher intelligence may be present in the world but be hidden to us through a cunning sort of mimicry. In VALIS, Dick writes:

What if a high form of sentient mimicry existed — such a high form that no human (or few humans) had detected it? What if it could only be detected if it wanted to be detected? Which is to say, not truly detected at all, since under these circumstances it had advanced out of its camouflaged state to disclose itself.  “Disclose” might in this case equal “theophany.” The astonished human being would say, I saw God; whereas in fact he saw only a highly evolved ultra-terrestrial life form, a UTL, or an extra-terrestrial life form (an ETL) which had come here at some time in the past, and perhaps, as Fat conjectured, had slumbered for nearly two thousand years in dormant seed form as living information in the codices at Nag Hammadi, which explained why reports of its existence had broken off abruptly around 70 A.D.

Simon G. Powell