September 3, 2008

Substance D7
In the novel, use of Substance D over an extended period can cause the user's consciousness to separate into two distinct parts. The drug also appears to facilitate the inducement of shared delusions, manifesting as folie à deux. The source of Substance D remains a mystery throughout most of the novel, though various theories are proposed. It is speculated that Substance D is imported from the U.S.S.R. as a Communist scheme to destroy American resistance to Communism; that it was sent to Earth by aliens intent on either enlightening mankind or reducing humans to a zombie-like slave race; that it is involved in a government or corporate plot. At the end of the book, we find out that Substance D is an organic substance, derived from little blue flowers that are grown on large plantations, hidden between rows of corn as cover. Ironically, the drug is harvested by the brainwashed inmates of Substance D drug rehabilitation centers who are suffering from neurocognitive deficits as a result of their drug addiction.
The title is a reference to a passage in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 13, which states:
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
The book's protagonist is required to view clips of his life on a "scanner," a holographic recorder/projector. In Chapter 13 of the book, the protagonist muses that he has seen his life with a scanner, but came no closer to properly perceiving his life than St Paul with his primitive mirror (or "glass"). True understanding, he suggests, will come only when "death" is defeated.
The initials of Scanner Darkly are also the initials of "Substance D," which the characters refer to as "Substance Death," "Slow Death," or "D."
In Chapter Eleven of the novel, the novel's central character, Bob Arctor / Fred / Bruce, thinks to himself:
What does a scanner see? I mean, really see? Into the head? Down into the heart? Does a passive infrared scanner … see into me — into us — clearly or darkly? I hope it does see clearly, because I can't any longer these days see into myself. I see only murk. Murk outside; murk inside. I hope, for everyone's sake, the scanners do better. Because if the scanner sees only darkly, the way I myself do, then we are cursed, cursed again and like we have been continually, and we'll wind up dead this way, knowing very little and getting that little fragment wrong too.
Philip K. Dick also gives the name of the species of the flower, which helps to show the relevant meaning of the story and the nature of both the drug and the character's struggle. The name is Mors ontologica, which translates as "ontological death," that is "death of being," or more loosely "the being of death itself."

"The Sanskrit word 'Kundalini', is an energy in a form of 2 coiled caduceus serpents, that lies dormant at the base of the spine, until it is activated and lifted upwards, through the 7 chakras - 7 seals in your body; as related in the book of Apocalypse 5:2-5.

When the 2 allegorical caduceus serpents, the matter and antimatter are lifted upwards, thus criss + cross + for the final divine unification, the super genius consciousness bridge is formed between the pineal and pituitary glands.

When this transpires, the pineal and pituitary hormones criss + cross and unite together, and the RNA DNA Immune Hormone Substance IHS is transformed through the process of Xenogenesis spontaneous regeneration and transfiguration in the twinkling of an eye; in the immortal Christos, the Christ, the promised redeemer from death.

Man has now become the alchemist, the parent to his Christ. At that moment he is reunited with the divine creator; hence belongs to eternity. He has become matter and antimatter of crystal clear immaculate nuclear energy light, whereby he is now permitted to eat from the tree of life the milk and honey manna, the food of the gods."

Journey through Substance D Seven ... scanning everything from the clear top view, seeing and revealing the truth. I am becoming the soul, I am the star. I am the soul star.

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