I remember reading the account of a psychonaut’s ‘trip’ a while ago and it really piqued my interest. The gist of it was that this character was enjoying himself at a party after imbibing a psychedelic substance. All the people around him seemed pleasant and friendly. There was hustle and bustle all around, but suddenly … Continue reading Entheogen, quieten my clunky, glacial thought process!
I do seem to be drawn to this theme of ‘two interpenetrating worlds’; The idea that we inhabit both; That we are dual beings and are tasked with somehow bridging the boundary of perception between them! I get a sense that the boundary is one of, something akin to ‘speed’; Like the communication between a … Continue reading Bridging the Gap between the Two Worlds
I do not necessarily believe or disbelieve in anything. Ideas have their own power and can look after themselves! 1). Enlightenment and revelation pertain to the act of remembering, not to the accumulation of something new. The idea that something crucially important has been lost or forgotten becomes a deeply symbolic theme. 2). In order … Continue reading The themes and ideas that have drawn me in and refuse to let go.
Enlightenment, revelation, illumination. This persistent idea is our own world’s ‘Tale of Power’; It is a story told around the fireside. That a state of consciousness might hypothetically exist ‘above’ our own; A state as different, as wakefulness is to being asleep. It is impossible to conceive of this from our current state, as we … Continue reading The enduring legend – to stumble upon the lamp post in the wood
Each of us has a divine counterpart unfallen who can reach a hand down to us to awaken us. This other personality is the authentic waking self; the one we have now is asleep and minor. We are in fact asleep, and in the hands of a dangerous magician disguised as a good god, the … Continue reading Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream.
“In addition to our physical ‘planetary’ body, we also have a second body”. In Gurdjieff’s system this was termed the ‘kesdjan’ body. It receives it’s nourishment from ‘air’ as opposed to our planetary body which is nourished by ‘food’. Without conscious development it remains no more than a ghost or shadow. It is only able to … Continue reading Our other body, that poor neglected ghost
Terence Mckenna had a great gift for sharing new and interesting ways of looking at the world. I love his intuitive notion of the transcendental object, Which turns the current scientific norm on its head. Instead of a singularity at the start of time, Mckenna envisioned a singularity at the end of time. He felt … Continue reading “It was the year when they finally immanentized the Eschaton.”
The motif of the transition between two worlds feels very resonant. A force from the ‘new world’ impinges on the visitor in an endeavour to pacify the disorientated. One needs to be wary and on guard as the new world traps the attention and exerts a pressure; It strives to become all-encompassing; Expelling all traces … Continue reading Transition between worlds
Have been reading about the ‘Gnostics’ whose heyday was in the second century of the common era; A time in the early Christian church when the lines between heresy and orthodoxy hadn’t yet been drawn. Valentinus, regarded as one of the greatest Gnostic teachers, almost became pope in the 140’s. The Gnostics stressed the importance … Continue reading Those who are determined to overcome the world are not the people of history
Parallel to our world and interpenetrating at many places lies a strange land. It seems characterized by a fallen grandeur. Something that once imagined itself noble, now fallen to decadence. Vast architectural endeavours lie unfinished. Stairs lead nowhere and once plush velvet, hangs in rags. The denizens of this realm are capricious and proud by … Continue reading The fallen grandeur of lost hope