Layers of mind: closed symbols and open symbols

Layers of mind: closed symbols and open symbols

by Jon Rappoport

January 24, 2015


First of all, there is no such thing as an absolute symbol. All symbols are created.

On one layer of mind, the literal level, symbols have specific meanings or references. This is convenient and useful.

What isn’t convenient is the attachment to closed symbols and, more important, the attachment to the layer of mind where everything must be literal and final.

This attachment is hypnotic. To put it another way, obsessive realism is hypnotic.

An open symbol would have no fixed reference. It can be seen in a variety of ways. In painting, for example, an open symbol eventually may lose all sense of reference. In other words, it becomes itself, nothing less, nothing more.

And its self is ambiguous, unknown, provocative, exciting.

The realist denies this. He suspends himself permanently in the literal layer of his mind, like a fly in amber.

He lives and dies there.

He is dedicated, like a castrated ascetic, to the hardened energy with which he surrounds himself.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

3 comments on “Layers of mind: closed symbols and open symbols

  1. From Québec says:

    “I don’t get all chocked up with yellow ribbons and the American Flag.
    I consider them to be symbols and I leave symbols to the symbleminded.”
    – George Carlin


    “What isn’t convenient is the attachment to closed symbols and, more important, the attachment to the layer of mind where everything must be literal and final.”

    Some symbols are so strong and so deep into the minds of people, that it is almost impossible to remove them.

    Take a “lamb”, for instance, Everybody makes the relation with religions. Even in “Mary had a little Lamb”… some scholar critics swear the God that this is a song about religion. How silly!

    • theodorewesson says:

      You just made me think of a few things,…

      * On an individual level, drawing your own (multi-faceted symbols) (say, through painting) and projecting energy into them and/or reading them, is a great “exercise” for one’s imagination. This creative approach is as old as man.

      * Co-opting the above is also as old as man. The priest class, of a given era, create some symbols and affix “fixed meanings” to them and then sell them like soap. This is a mechanism by which the priest class can then “control” an (ignorant) individual — with the (upfront, fine print) caveat that said (ignorant) individual (consciously or unconsciously) “agrees to buy in”.

      * “Television programming”, a conglomerate of (animated) symbols/idea-symbols, at its core, is based on the same co-opting technology first created by man.

  2. Michael Burns says:

    “The art of meditation is a way of getting into touch with reality, and the reason for it is that most civilized people are out of touch with reality because they confuse the world as it with the world as they think about it and talk about it and describe it. For on the one hand the real world and on the other there is a whole system of symbols about that world which we have in our minds. These are very useful symbols, all civilization depends on them, but like all good things they have their disadvantages, and the principle disadvantage of symbols is that we confuse them with reality, just as we confuse money with actual wealth.” –

    Alan W. Watts

    This piece you wrote, had me for a while…I got lost in the thought of it. It created or possibly I could say confronted what you have described as ‘hardened energy’…interesting concept Jon. It confused me…your writing..the idea was ambiguous…and then I decided to go for a walk in the sunshine. I was caught in a mental Möbius loop of thought.
    I walked to the corner of my street, prepared to cross it to the other side, and looked up at the traffic sign there…slightly bent and to its right side. It was a yield sign (or ‘give way’), the usual upside down red-headed pyramid with a smaller silver reflective pyramid center. And there staring me in the face is a bump sticker plastered across the bottom of the pyramid, askewed, the word ‘Propaganda’.

    All of reality is Plato’s cave wall, the whole thing…its not just one thing; television or the news…its everything. The way the streets in every city are layed out in a grid, the central core of power and commerce, and the government buildings, the beige ticky-tack cookie cutter houses all in a row, out towards the edges and suburbia. The strip malls with all the same outlets, the fixed logo and logos, the rules of etiquette, the signs it’s all the most important part of mind control. Its the subliminal part.
    The Pavlovian electric jolt. And if that doesnt work, then there is always any nearby jack boot or conditioned, responsible citizen when you get out of line.
    Political opinions, religious rhetoric can be argued, and points of view squabbles over. To some respect. But the signs, the houses, the street grid, the cities, bureaucracies are all hardened energy. Fixed in time…only changing slightly towards more efficacy a more hardened energy. The obsessive.
    All about this so called civilized life is really about close symbology.

    Andre Serrano ‘ s ‘Piss Christ’ seems to be a show stopper.

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