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Composing The Sacred

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 A Free online Course


Awakening with Wiki: Composing the Transpersonal Self


This course offers students intensive practice in multimedia composition as they investigate their transpersonal self. Weekly audio  talks by mobius will focus on practices for becoming aware of  and exploring the different scales and layers of the "I". Textual composition on a wiki will be taught, and taught again,  as a scripting tool for composing in every combination of media in response to this phenomenologically infinite space for student response: the sacred. Students will study, practice collective exegesis and remix texts from the contemplative tradition of the ineffable, the encounter with that which exceeds words. Rather than an element in religious discourse or dogma, the sacred (and its frequent resistance to languaging) will be taught as a rhetorical practice in response to what Friedrich Nietzsche called the "untimely", that which bursts, exceeds or just plain ignores "ordinary" chronological or historical temporality. Zen koans, mantra ("Be Here Now!") and other practices of daily rhetorical practice will be suggested as effective ways to investigate your transpersonal aspects. While no multimedia/multimodal experience is necessary, students should come to this wiki'd class ready to experiment with digital images (The Gimp), sound (audacity, cheap synthesizers, strings) video (kino, imovie) and text as they compose thrice weekly in response to the archive of discourse and images that fathom their everyday sacred epic.


This course will be taught primarily by weekly podcast, classroom sessions and  wiki interaction beginning January 2010. The course is free and open to everyone who maintains a committment to inquiry, open mind and mutual respect.  For live and/or video  teleconferences with  mobius and course credit, please enroll via Penn State.


Professor Richard Doyle




Office Hours: Monday 10-11:30 am; Friday 10-11:30 am

Burrowes #8



No Office Hours on Martin Luther King Day, January 18


Essentially Indescribable - Workshop in Lawrence, Kansas




Sacred Texts.com  - We will browse alot of texts here for free


A Rulebook for Argument ( Anthony Weston) - Buy this one and keep it close!


The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley) - Buy this one, & I predict you will keep it!

The Cloud of Unknowing by mobius's favorite author, Anonymous! - Free online  (Also FREE for Kindle, epub, and PDF readers)

The Discourses of Rumi Great Persian Poet Reveals Nature of Vermicelli and All Things, demands that We Dance - free online

The Bhagavad Gita Translation by Easwaran- free online

Composing the Sacred Folder - I will add Journal articles and other files here


Special Guest Text: The Red Book by Carl Jung Will Periodically Drop in




"Let the Seeking Become Strong"  - Week 1


In The Cloud - Week 2


Perennially Pink: From the Cloud of Unknowing to the Dark Side of the Moon - Week 3


Declaration of a Quest: Who Knows?!



Thrice weekly wiki composition  posted to Class Wiki Page - Click to create your class blog


1 short remix composition and exegesis/performance ( around five "pages"). Due February 18.

15 page "paper" or its equivalent final project: Due last day of class


Digital Attendance:


Continuous and aware participation in the class is key to the sometimes variable and volatile journey to discover your transpersonal aspects. This includes live "wetware" meetups with other class members when possible,  meditation lab of several hours per week, and the aforementioned thrice weekly wikidelic practice. Listen to each week's podcast and respond with text and image as the epic ( and sometimes difficult!) quest to investigate your transpersonal self unfolds.



Deadlines:Each Thursday night by Midnight Eastern Standard Time, there will be a new podcast uploaded. Students should post their responses on the following Monday and respond to a class member's post by Wednesday. Your third wikipost of each week will be your weekly "Summary of My Path".


Click here to view your 30 Boxes calendar



Comments (6)

Andrew said

at 9:46 pm on Dec 16, 2009

I am wanting and wiling to take this course. I have opened an account here. I am intrigued by the course name, the reading list and the meditation lab. Do I check back here early January to participate?


blueshenlung said

at 6:47 pm on Jan 18, 2010

I'm confused on where we are supposed to create/post our blogs with MyCompWiki. I've posted my blog on Biotelemetrica until further notice.

mobius@... said

at 8:34 am on Jan 22, 2010

Hola blueshenlung,

Please post your wiki here:


mobius@... said

at 12:13 pm on Aug 16, 2010

Biotelemetrica is leaking!


Telestoi said

at 9:39 pm on Sep 29, 2011

Curious to find another explorer so close to me. The nature of networks, nodes in the noosphere, and all those other rhetorical recognition signs.

I'm studying your language so as to be better able to communicate when we meet.

I've been searching for your edge work - where you move out of the infospghere material already constructed by our uncles and aunts, those who went before, and begin to craft the new tools, the ones they didn't have the time to get to before dying or going silent. I thought ecodelic was an interesting choice, worth stealing. We'll see if it catches on.

I expect to map out your edge work - whats available publicly, I can only simulate what you are silent about - before too many more days have passed. That's what I'm interested in, the edge work. Where rhetoric breaks down, the storylines stutter, and we humans forget.

Is there a place where you figure you are talking most about your edge work?

mobius@... said

at 8:42 am on May 16, 2013

All over the edges, Telestoi?

Working to consolidate and integrate my web presences soon, though


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