Nautical map: The harbor at Friendship, Maine, in Muscongus Bay
LAYOUT AND NOTATION:
NEMETA comprises hundreds of units (lessons), distributed through the twelve Courses, the three Vocations (13 – 14 – 15), 16 Planetary Tantra (open access for full members and subscribers), 17 The Terton and the Terma, 18 Breaking Nous (full members only), and The Symposia (members and subscribers.) Notation of this vast, varied, and intricately interwoven content is consistent throughout NEMETA, following a three-number format:
The first number identifies the Course, Vocation, and so on:
e.g 10 denotes the Mythophrenia Course, 15 the GNE, 16 Planetary Tantra
The second number, composed of three digits, identifies the BLOCK (the set or module) in that Course:
e.g. 1.101 = first Block of Course 1 Gaian Alchemy, 6.102 = second Block of Course 6 Living Myth, and so on.
The third number identifies a specific lesson or unit in the Course:
e.g. 11.101.4 = unit 4 or fourth lesson in the first Block 101 of Course 11 Skywatching. Again, 12.102.4 = lesson 4 in Block 102 of Course 12 Contra-Violence.
Over the years, JLL often remarked that the very abundance of his work is problematic, causing even himself to “lose the plot” at times! As many of you know, metahistory.org was a notorious maze where it was next to impossible to keep track of where you were navigating among the hundreds of entries. Moreover, the Site Guide for metahistory.org has never to this day been thoroughly updated. Consequently, some essays on the site have never been found except by haphazard luck. At the debut of Nemeta there are just over 400 units in migration, extracted from metahistory.org. Additionally, there are 100 or so units of unpublished writing and legacy material to be incorporated here and there in the curricula.
In its structure NEMETA affords an ingenious platform that resolves the monumental organization challenge JLL has been facing for years, and could not resolve on his own. Nemeta displays a significant advance over John’s previous work — on metahistory.org, or gaiaspora.org, for instance — in the way the Units are organized in the Blocks, presenting coherent sets of content and framing this content within limits to make it easily assimilable. The structure of this platform presents its massive content in coherent clusters, and frames the material by defining themes.
The landing page (open access to all) of each Course and Vocation presents a general introduction to the themes and topics of that Course. The introduction may include a recorded talk, that audio will be made available to download in a separate unit in the relevant course. The material that comes up on the Course landing page is subject to revision and addition from time to time.
To take a Course in Nemeta, you take the Courses one Block at a time. Even members who have access to all units are strongly advised to undertake the Courses incrementally in this way.
SCROLL DOWN the Course landing page to curriculum to see the listing of completed Blocks with a brief description of themes and topics covered hence, a precis or summary of each Block, previewing its contents for the student who may be inclined to take that Block.
IMPORTANT NOTE (NOV 1, 2018) Please read carefully:
The landing page of each Course in Nemeta will eventually include at the bottom, above the panel for the unit/lessons, summaries of each BLOCK 101, 102, etc, so that both members and campus visitors can preview what’s on offer. Such a summary is called a precis (pray-see), consisting of about 350 words. As JLL constructs the Blocks, a special editor will add the precis for each Block. We are looking for capable volunteers to begin this project!
Nemeta operates as a WordPress platform but the infrastructure borrows from an elaborate system loaded with features of the kind used to run an entire university and monitor the progress of the students enrolled in different courses. Some of these features have been disabled, others cannot be: START COURSE and RETURN TO COURSE, for example. You occasionally have to use these features to access the units and navigate between units and the larger structure. Fine, but other university-customized features (salad dressing) that you see are extraneous and can be disregarded: the five-star review system, the number of students enrolled ,”units completed”, and so on. PLEASE IGNORE THESE FEATURES.
SCROLL DOWN FURTHER: To the curriculum panel, listing the unit/lessons, Block by Block, as well as some units in development which are left open for members (only) to trawl. Some units in development are held in private setting by JLL.
Going to a Block, you find the unit/lessons designated numerically, as explained above. For Course 16 Planetary Tantra, you see (insertion above) the organization of Units in the Gallery of the Devatas: 16.103.1, 16.103.2 and so forth. In that special case, the unit numbers correspond to the numbers of the Devatas in the Shakti Cluster: Kali 1, Tara 2, Shodashi 3, etc. There will eventually be 18 units in that Block. This compilation is incomplete and JLL and the Admin/Editor will be working on it diligently as winter comes on.
In the curriculum panel, the numbering .100 denotes material in development, drawn from metahistory.org or other writings, or custom written for Nemeta. The list of units numbered 10.100, for instance, contains material in development eventually to be structured into Blocks for Course 10 Mythophrenia. In short, .100 denotes unassigned units, work in progress, drafts.
Additional to written text, recorded talks and commentaries may in some cases be added to the Course landing pages, made available for downloading in its own unit, or to units within a Block.
There are very few links between units of related material in different Courses and Blocks, and very few links to external sources or sites. The absence of links on Nemeta is intentional: to reduce routine and redundant reliance upon IT. Where external links did appear in Metahistory.org they are now presented in italics.
Learning through NEMETA is a modular process. In the mosaic layout there is really no strict gradation of instruction. The gradations (101, 102, 103) are organizational, not hierarchal. As you may know, the Terton likes to “take it from the top.” That is the Tantric method. He delivers in platinum, dealing out premium intel at the get-go, and then you see if you can handle it.
Full members can exclusively access:
all completed Blocks in all 12 Courses
some units indicated .100, work in progress
17 The Terma and the Terton, with ongoing content
18 Breaking Nous, with updates and ongoing content
as well as the Treehouse or Member’s Forum
Subscribers can stroll around the campus of sacred groves, peruse the Course landing pages, but not access any units. The content of the Great Hall of Planetary Tantra, 16, is open to everyone who registers by subscribing to the mailing list and enrolls on The Symposium.
All those who register with Nemeta are encouraged to visit and subscribe (Start Course blue button) to The Menhir, where you find progress reports, updates, sneak previews of member-only material, improvised comments coming from JLL, announcement of events and projects, and more. This feature of the School may be compared to the campus bulletin board in the “student union” building.
Check in with The Menhir each time you login to the school to stay abreast with updates of material.
COURSES: Number Coding 1 – 18:
1 Gaian Alchemy
2 Sophianic cosmology
3 Grail Studies
4 Gnosis Today
6 Living Myth
7 Poetic Craft
8 Kali Yuga
15 GNE The Gaian Navigation Experiment
16 Planetary tantra
17 The Terma and the Terton
18 Breaking Nous
The Treehouse – Member’s Forum
Also open for free access:
PROJECTS – in development
TREASURE CHEST – in development
Welcome to the Sacred Groves! Festina Lente. Make haste slowly.
jll: 18 September 2018