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Desaparecidos (upside down)

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Evidence of "geoglyphs" in the far western - and remote - state of Acre in Brazil.
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The gate … I opened it” – Eleven (Stranger Things)

OKLAHOMA CITY -- On the way to grab lunch today it suddenly dawned on me that I was going to one of my favorite lunch spots – a Brazilian restaurant where I was a particular fan of a delicious, Brazilian dish.

It was as I was driving there on this brilliant, clear spring day, that I realized “the Brazilian connection.”

(Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

Chuckling to myself, I thought about what I was doing 10-15 minutes earlier, doing a little background research on the Brazilian state of Acre (nicknamed the “end of Brazil”) in the far western corner of the country, where its borders meet Peru and Bolivia. So, remote.

Why Acre? That’s the state where the capital, Rio Branco, is located. It is where a 24-year old psychology student named Bruno Borges allegedly disappeared on Monday, March 27, 2017, after spending thousands of dollars on “research” into a variety of esoteric topics and ideas – clues left behind in his bedroom, his family puzzled and worried, his father telling local media: “He’s never gone before. He did not take anything and the last time we saw him he was leaving home.”

Synchromystically speaking, Mr. Borges’ comment about his son “leaving home” reminded me of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band track “She’s Leaving Home,” written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon (and recorded exactly 50 years ago!), which was inspired by the strange case of Melanie Coe, reported in a British newspaper, about a young woman who “left home and not been found.”

The synchromystic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer. (Photo by Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

The weird back story about the Coe story (she did run away with a croupier, but was later discovered and returned home) was that McCartney (or his pre-late-1966 doppelgänger) had met Coe three years earlier, in 1963, when McCartney chose Coe as a prize winner in a dancing contest on the program Ready, Steady Go!

Anyway, before I left for the restaurant, I brought a book with me, one I had read in the late 1990’s titled Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks, and edited by David Lavery. (Coincidentally, my copy of Full of Secrets was damaged in a "flood" - one that destroyed my copy of Carl Jung's Memories, Dreams, Reflections, something I addressed in my 2014 post "Flood of blood").

Released in 1995, four years after the groundbreaking ABC show was cancelled – but not without a mind-blowing, David Lynch-directed final episode – Full of Secrets (published by Wayne State University Press) contains a dozen-or-so essays on Twin Peaks, analyzing everything from Lynch’s politics to the show’s obsession with doubling.


So, eating alone (like the late comedian Bill Hicks, who liked to read books while eating at the local Waffle House, only to have the “waffle waitress” ask him, “hey, what you readin’ for?” He incorporated these amusing bits into his routine), I was going over Full of Secrets quite randomly, allowing sync to work as it does.

Bill Hicks, outside the site of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, shortly before his death. (Google images)

I began reading a portion of Marc Dolan’s essay “The Peaks and Valleys of Serial Creativity: What Happened to/on Twin Peaks” where he asks a number of questions regarding Agent Dale Cooper’s reluctance to engage in a relationship with Audrey Horne and noting that while audiences dug the first season, the second season was a mixed bag, now that audiences knew “Who killed Laura Palmer?” But it would be Season 2 where the real mysteries were revealed. The audiences, however, had moved on, missing out on key information.

Talking to a friendly server, I asked if she was familiar with the Brazilian state of Acre, pointing to a large map of Brazil on the wall of the restaurant. I proceeded to tell her that I had not planned in advance to eat here today, but that I ended up here just the same – and this, after researching the strange case of Bruno Borges and his “strange” project, something which apparently included the research of 16th century magus Giordano Bruno who delved into everything from Christian mysticism to Kabballah to astronomy, concluding that “the universe contained an infinite number of worlds populated by intelligent alien beings.”

If Bruno Borges’ story is the real deal, and not some publicity stunt, as some have suggested, he may have gone the route of Col. P.H. Fawcett, the indefatigable British explorer who was obsessed with the notion of a lost civilization – nicknamed “Z” – located somewhere deep in Brazil’s rainforested and remote state of Mato Grosso, just two states away from Bruno Borges’ homestate of Acre.

And it’s a funny thing about Acre. It has a fascinating history, wedged there along the Bolivian and Peruvian borders, and it is also home to mysterious “earthworks,” called “geoglyphs,” which were first “discovered” in modern times (1977, to be exact) by Ondemar Dias and Alceu Ranzi, after an area of Acre’s rainforest was cleared and 450 large-scale earthworks were discovered.

A recent article in the Christian Science Monitor notes that the “geoglyph builders” had “transformed their environment to make it more livable.” 

But is that what the geoglyphs were really for? Perhaps there's a deeper message. Perhaps it is a map? And Fawcett was searching for it (recall that when the geoglyphs were found, Fawcett had been a desaparecido for over 50 years ...)

In any event, next week, the film adaptation of David Grann’s 2009 book The Lost City of Z will be released. The film stars Charlie Hunnam as Col. Fawcett. This Variety story on the film said filming in the Colombian jungle was "hellish" but the story is now being told on the silver screen. What is interesting, is that Col. Fawcett spent time in the future Brazilian state of Acre, which was in the middle of a "grand chessboard" sort of imperialistic "tug-of-war" as rubber interests were trying to show their might, all the while, Brazilian and Bolivian and Acre natives were caught in a stifling, hot "hellish" situation "as tragic and terrifying as any Dantean fantasy," as reported in 1906 by El Diario.

Was Bruno Borges familiar with Col. Fawcett's exploits and interest in the secrets deep within Brazil's jungle interior, which is increasingly being deforested by major corporations, as we have recently noted.


Enjoying my lunch, I spoke further to my friendly server and telling her about my strange Brazil "connections." Then, quite unexpectedly, she asked if I was familiar with "synchronicity"? Was I? It was a driving force in my life, I explained. But before I could continue, she said she had to get to another table. She was working, after all.

Synchronicity? That doesn't come up every day. Picking up my Full of Secrets book, I randomly fall on page 138, which is in the middle of Angela Hague's remarkable essay "Infinite Games: The Derationalization of Detection in Twin Peaks," where she references 20th century Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (there’s that name again!) who wrote short stories which incorporated connecting (synchronistic) themes including dreams, labyrinths, mirrors, philosophy and religion. Borges was particularly fond of Asian culture and philosophy, enjoying the game "Go," which is noted in Darren Aronofsky's film Pi from 1998.

"The ancient Japanese considered the Go board to be a microcosm of the universe ... They say no two Go games have ever been alike, just like snowflakes." - Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis) in Pi.

But after she leaves and I look down at the page, I read the following line, written by Hague: "One of the most important aspects of Cooper's intuitive detection is his abandonment of causal reasoning in favor of what Jung calls synchronicity, an 'acausal connecting principle' that allows significance to emerge from simultaneous groupings or clusterings of phenomena; meaningful coincidence replaces linear logic."

I was stunned. Just as I was stunned last Friday to see the reunited Oklahoma City band The Nixons incorporate images from Twin Peaks - the scenes in the Black Lodge, in the final episode - while they played "Happy Song" - this is after Cooper has pursued Windom Earle, and the captive Annie Blackburn, through the "opening to a gateway," and into the Black Lodge, where Hawk had warned Cooper that one entering the lodge must have complete courage, because confronting the Black Lodge with "imperfect courage" will completely "annihilate your soul."

At last Friday's Nixons show: Clip from Twin Peaks of BOB (Frank Silva) sending Windom Earle's (Kenneth Welsh) soul to hell. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

But Cooper has that quality. That characteristic. That bravery. To go to Glastonbury Grove and through the sycamore trees to the "gateway."

Continuing, Hague writes: "'The shortest distance between two points,' Cooper instructs Sheriff Truman, 'is not necessarily a straight line,' adding, 'when two separate events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object of inquiry we must pay strict attention."

So very true.

Hague notes that Cooper, in trying to solve multiple mysteries in the second season, including the disappearance of suspect Leo Johnson, the appearance of his Moriarty-like foil Windom Earle, and the discovery of petroglyphs (like the geoglyphs in the Brazilian state of Acre) in Owl Cave, that "in actuality they are one" mystery - all connected.

An owl on the wall, behind Sheriff Hopper (David Harbour) in Stranger Things. (Netflix)

"It would seem logic would dictate that these investigations be considered separate entities. However, I believe otherwise. I believe that these mysteries are ... complementary verses of the same song. Now, I cannot hear it yet, but I can feel it, and that's enough for me."

As I've gotten older, I have learned to listen to that "inner voice." That intuition. It was that "voice" that brought me to Oklahoma 12 years ago. It has been in more recent years that I have begun to really understand that Cooper-styled intutitive nature. Sure, my desire to be entirely logical (to quote the old Supertramp song) was strong, but synchronicty proved to be stronger. Lynch and Mark Frost's character of Agent Dale Cooper, with his embrace of the good side of Tibetan Buddhism (as opposed to Windom Earle's dark path, seeking the sorcery of dugpas), or Vajrayāna.

The philosophy of Twin Peaks (and similar shows, like Stranger Things and True Detective, to show some recent examples) is very Jungian (recall that Matthew Modine's "Private Joker" in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket referred the "the duality of man" - the "Jungian thing" - and Modine plays the sinister government scientist in Stranger Things).

Michael Horse, who plays Native American Deputy Hawk (and who literally recalled feeling a dark presence during the filming of the scene where the demonic entity BOB is exorcised from Leland Palmer, so much so he had to leave the set), tells Agent Cooper, Hague reminds us, that the local legends of the White Lodge and the Black Lodge are quite real and that "the White Lodge is the place where the spirits that rule man and nature reside." On the other hand, Hawk continues, the Black Lodge is the "shadow self" of the White Lodge, similar to the "Upside Down" as described in Stranger Things, a "kind of photographic negative that is a frightening inversion ..." 

Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) enters the astral "upside down" to find the "disappeared" boy Will Byers in Stranger Things. (Netflix)

Hague continues to note that "Jung's description of the collective unconscious in The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious as a place where divisions and oppositions merge, where every content contains its 'shadow.'" This, Hague writes, "resembles Hawk's description of the White/Black Lodge. Jung says that in this realm one first meets 'with oneself ... with one's own shadow ...'"

I'm reminded of the writer Ambrose Bierce. I am fascinated with the man. He lived an adventurous life, was a prominent journalist in the late 19th and early 20th century and wrote the famous story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, which was later an episode of The Twilight Zone. He also wrote (unwittingly) about President William McKinley's assassination, something I wrote about in my McKinley assassination sync piece, "The red carnation."

Indeed. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

But like the characters (and real people) we are talking about here, Bierce, fascinated by the revolution in Mexico, planned to travel with Pancho Villa's army .. somewhere. Or, according to his December 26, 1913 letter to a friend: "I leave here tomorrow for an unknown destination." 

Vanishing like those school girls in Picnic at Hanging Rock. Bierce was never seen again. One wonders if the notorious Zona del silencio (Zone of Silence) took another victim, and he passed through a portal or gateway of some sort ...

I urge readers to check out Logan Hawkes' story "The Mysterious Disappearance of Ambrose Bierce." Note that name ...


The Hawk Theater in Stranger Things (Netflix) 

That word "Hawk" has been coming up a lot lately. The name of the town in Stranger Things is "Hawkins, Indiana." And the name of the town's theater is the Hawk. I don't think the choice of "Hawk" for Michael Horse's character's name was a fluke. On a website devoted to analyzing the symbolism of the hawk, it notes that "It is not unusual for Hawk to inspire a time when you begin working heavily with new divination methods. Effectively you’re learning to trust your own inner guidance and Higher Self. Do not simply brush off gut instincts as being happenstance. When Hawk is around these moments become far more frequent. Direct your attention to the messages you’re getting and let Hawk hone your focus."

The owl also plays a role in Twin Peaks. "The owls are not what they seem" is a popular line in the show. Owls, as both Mike Clelland (The Messengers: Owls, Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee) and Whitley Strieber (Communion, etc.) have written, in the 1990-91 series, Maj. Garland Briggs (Don Davis) admits to studying the UFO phenomenon via the U.S. Air Force's defunct "Project BLUE BOOK." It is Briggs's admission to Cooper that "messages" involving Cooper's name and "owls." A seer told me not too long ago to pay attention to the owls ... stealthy predators that they are ...

"Where we're from, the birds sing a pretty song, and there's always music in the air," the Little Man from Another Place tells Cooper, inside the Black Lodge's "red room."

As I type this, the window is open the birds outside are singing their songs, and music is in the air.

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