“Cogitate” Tape Loop
By Atom Bergstrom
When John Lilly played his “COGITATE” cassette tape loop for us in a Houston auditorium, he said people had already heard well over 2,000 words.
He played it before telling us that.
The audience listened, and John Lilly asked, “How many people heard only one word?”
Two people hesitantly raised their hands.
“Well,” said Dr. Lilly. “You’re the only two sane people in the building … but you have no imagination.”
Most people start off by hearing “cogitate,” a word concocted in their own minds.
Almost no one hears the actual word (actually not a word at all).
Depressed people often hear is “tragedy,” “tragedy,” “tragedy.”
The Gurdjieff teacher sitting next to me heard “consciousness,” “consciousness,” consciousness.”
The Yoga teacher sitting on the other side of me heard, “cosmic egg,” “cosmic egg,” “cosmic egg.”
Someone else heard, “cut the crap,” “cut the crap,” “cut the crap.”
I heard, “contemplate,” “contemplate,” “contemplate.”
Richard Alpert (Baba Ram Dass) was sitting in the front row, and I never thought to ask him what he’d heard.
Later, when recording my own tape loop of it, I kept hearing, “cut the tape,” “cut the tape, “cut the tape.”
We manufacture our own reality, claiming what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch is “reality.”
It IS. It’s OUR reality. Who knows what other people are “experiencing?”
We are not living in The Matrix. The Matrix is living in us.
According to Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) …
“Reality is relativity, and actuality is the unified field.”
Or, as Adano asked Roger Worden, pointing to “someone else” …
“Am I me or dat jerk over dere?”
Renu Lal Singh (Right Life: Teachings of the Shivapuri Baba, 1975, 1984) wrote …
“Albert Einstein saw him in Switzerland while he was a young student of mathematics. Shri Shivapuri Baba challenged the proposition 1 + 1 = 2. Einstein at once became contemplative but could not follow him. So far as I remember and understand, Shri Shivapuri Baba told Einstein, ‘Absolutely speaking, only God exists, so the question of adding one thing to another cannot be entertained. Relatively speaking, no two things or beings are exactly alike. So, to say 1 + 1 = 2 is convenient but not correct.'”