The Exegesis: The Psychedelic Solution

Silence by Max Ernst

When it comes to the question of transcending ordinary consensus reality, there are three basic solutions...

There is the Religious solution (the creator will suspend all of the complex and interlocking laws that govern the Universe in order to reveal himself to the world), the Scientistic solution (the laws of the Universe will be re-engineered in order to facilitate the apotheosis of the cognitive elites) and the Psychedelic solution, which argues that consensus reality is a fictional construct based on faulty and/or incomplete sensory information.

I think most of you know which solution I gravitate towards.

Both the Religious and the Scientistic paradigms are linear, hierarchical, anthropocentric and profoundly narcissistic. The more I read about Transhumanism and the Singularity the more it reminds me of Sunday School, only with Kurzweil and his minions on the Creator's throne.

But those lessons I learned in Sunday School weren't exactly the ones being taught in churches today. The only thriving churches in the world today preach the Prosperity Gospel, which teaches that God- the creator of the Infinite Universe- is a magic genie who wants you to win that football game, buy that Escalade, and generally bask in his endless bounty until the time he calls you up to come sit by his throne so he might spend the rest of Eternity indulging your each and every whim. Wesleyean theology didn't really pan out that way. Which is why no one teaches it- or any other conservative Christian theology- anymore.

I wonder how many of these people have come to know the Ocean, something I recommend to each and every one of you reading this. The Ocean is my Psychedelic touchstone- my metaphor for reality. It's the nursery of all life on Earth, it is the counterpart of the Sun, which is the source of all life. It can provide food and entertainment. It can moderate our weather and provide means of travel, but it can also wipe us off the face of the earth- it's possible that one day it will.

A Psychedelic worldview would teach us that we need to learn how to co-exist with the Ocean. We need to stop dumping our shit in it, stop overfishing it and learn how to get the hell of its way when its on the rag. A decent tropical storm can make our most powerful nuclear weapons look like a wet fart. The Scientistic mind might dream of taming the Ocean but only because they only know it on paper (the Religious mind doesn't care- the oceans in Heaven are tame as kittens and the temperature of bathwater, since that's what suits the believer's temporal needs).

But the Psychedelic mind looks at the Ocean and sees both creator and destroyer.
Or feels it, since a higher perception unfettered by reductionist rationalism is the (or a) definition of the Psychedelic mind. Rationalism apotheosizes itself as Scientism, which in turn leads to Transhumanism and the rest of it. Digitizing our life processes seems like a nifty idea- until a massive sunspot wipes out the grid, or something travels too close and screws up the magnetosphere. Then there are earthquakes, ice ages, asteroids and all of the other unforseen events that laugh at our efforts. Didn't we just hear about a tsunami early warning system that didn't work?

But being humbled can often tear away the blinders that prevent you from seeing the world as it really is. Having the certainties of life - an oxymoron if ever there was one - torn away can open your eyes to a deeper panorama. It doesn't come without a price- look at Charlotte King, who senses earthquakes and volcano eruptions better than any machine. But it often comes with incredible rewards as well; a profound sense of wonder and connection not the least among them.

Scientism-leading-to-Transhumanism (which all secular thinking must necessarily lead to) and Evangelicalism are the only socially-acceptable viewpoints on offer in the media. You might have smatterings of watered-down Psychedelicism at the fringes (usually in the form of corporate New Age gurus), but that might in fact be a function of physiology, not censorship.

Those cursed/blessed with a Psychedelic view of the world have some condition or have some extraordinary experience in their history that changed their basic perceptions of the world.
Which is why a lot of them gravitate towards the arts, it's the only way they can express the ineffable.

Even so, there needs to be a renewed effort to communicate the Psychedelic/Sensitive worldview since both the Scientistic and Religious ones are materialistic, reductionist and linear. Both need to impose themselves on the rest of us in order to facilitate their own apotheosis. Both of them are profoundly dangerous in a world pie increasingly being carved up by more and more of us.

The Psychedelic worldview argues that we don't need more, we need to look at what we already have in a new way. Nothing is linear, not even history. Everything is cyclical, everything is revolving. Everything comes, goes and then comes again. The problem isn't what we have, the problem is that we haven't figured out how to use it yet. The aliens and the angels are all around us, waiting for us to scrape the illusions from our eyes and finally seem them as they are, not who we think they should be.

28 comments:

  1. Great post. Kurzweil popping his vitamin pills to make it onto a singularity memory stick that can be downloaded into eternity horrifies me, but on the other hand I think, "you're already there dude."

    I appreciate the three legged stool you have set up, I just want to add a layer. Buddha, Mohamed, Jesus, are "religion" with a small "r" and the structures you talk about, organized religion, are Religion with a big "R". A similar case can be made for some transcendent scientists, and the ridiculous edifice of "S"cience and the un-examined ideology of materialism. (Little attempt is made to falsify materialism in Science these days; it the the metaphysical assumption that precedes the framing of everything else.)

    So the "small r and s" to me exist in what you call the psychedelic solution, and the only thing I'm leaving out is a structural representation of your psychedelic solution, akin to Science and Religion,

    simply because as you have defined it it does not exist. So well done there.

    Great blog.

    -Jon Spring

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    Peace

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  3. Amen, brother. This is the stuff I preach on all my blogs and I'm glad to read it so succinctly put.

    The fear so many people have as regards psychedelics stems mainly from lack of experience, fear, intimidation... it's funny that in the 1960s taking LSD might be seen as brave and life-changing while therapy was frowned upon as a sign of self-indulgent weakness... in each case, the fear/resentment is from--I think--three elements, one - the fear of discovering the true self (egoic clinging) / 2 -- fear of acting stupid in front of other people/losing control (lots of parents refuse to go on 'trips' for this reason - i.e., they can't let go of their responsibility even for a minute) and 3 -- resentment they're not invited/asked.

    My guessing, at any rate... and of course, science and religion, as you point out, avoid these issues by indulging the ego, promoting groupthink community and being all inclusive.

    the psychedelic solution is ultimately, a solo journey - and you have to be ready to incur the resentment of the straight folks around you, because you are leaving them behind... but as you point out, it's a calling... as an artist i think the psychedelic solution is meant FOR artists and thinkers, and the ones who want it can always find it. Not everyone is ready, and the problem is, those people are the ones who are in charge, as the vanguard elite of human change... which is why we're stagnant.

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  4. It's quite incredible just how many religions there are in the world. As soon as I realised just how many there are, all believing something different to the other, I decided that something was not quite right. I wouldn't like to see a world without faith. It would be nice if they could at least get on with each other though. It's the fanatics that scare me. I have found that people with a Psychedelic view are generally more open minded and appreciate the world more.

    Is there a monkey in that picture? on the right near the bottom?

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  5. My friend was telling me how she figures modern video games are only about violence. I play them so I know it's not just about violence in fact it is less about that than reinforcing the money paradigm. You can't find a game anywhere that doesn't have you sitting in the skinner box pecking away for crumbs of money.

    O so you like the ocean hay? well see this http://sugamari.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/official-anti-elite-coalition-theme-song/

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  6. I hope that the ,"psychedelic",
    which for me is the mind in
    relation a larger system, can
    be hybridized with religions
    and sciences....faith and
    reason.

    I communicate with the Cosmic
    Christ, the Logos/Holy Spirit,
    through mindful awareness,
    which is how we might access
    a psychedelic experience
    without entheogens/psycho-
    tropics.

    Interesting notation of how
    Christianity is about the
    prosperity message, all in
    terms of material goods...in
    these amped up times.

    Some of us know that God is
    with us through the Cosmic
    Christ without buying the
    books or tapes of certain
    ,"pastors". They are doing
    a form of indulgences, as was
    practiced in the late medieval
    era, just before the
    Reformation.

    "Buy my book and you will go
    to heaven".

    enjoyed the post!

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  7. Nice post. I agree that both religion and science advocate systems of belief that lead us to believe that the "solution" is outside of ourselves.

    Being sensitive, aware, and mindfully present is the oft overlooked middle way. It is the narrow path.

    As far as pychedelics specifically...to each his own. However, I think it's important to know that we are perfectly capable of achieving higher states of awareness without the use of substances (yet another dependence on an external means).

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  8. Great article. After reading it I clicked the link to the article "The Do-Over." Imagine my surprise when I looked over at a freshly opened bottle of rolling rock to see printed thereon: "From the glass lined tanks of Old Latrobe." beneath that,the number 33.

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  9. We are like children.

    We like to Imagine, because that is our destiny.

    Children feel atracted to mistery to the dark after they loose their fear.

    But they gain fear after being born because we adults traumatize them with our dualist ways. Father vs Mother.

    Darkness or emptiness or Allness or Infinity is their blank piece of paper where they are supposed to project imagination. The brush of imagination:

    http://i23.tinypic.com/2j5c47k.gif

    No wonder that as we aproach our destiny we become atracted to it.

    Another way to put it. We trive to become One. There is some desire to explore the Center of the earth. We can go there reaching the depths of the Ocean.

    Another way to put it. We strive to find ourselves. By reaching the depths of our own being we find ourselves.

    By achieving balance between Male, Female, and the child force, which is irrationality, we become whole.

    The center of the triangle is the answear.

    http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:bmyXrkB4ISmZkM:http://www.illuminati-news.com/graphics/all-seeing-eye(2).gif&t=1

    Peace

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  10. "Those cursed/blessed with a Psychedelic view of the world have some condition or have some extraordinary condition in their history that changed their basic perceptions of the world. Which is why a lot of them gravitate towards the arts, it's the only way they can express the ineffable."

    You couldn't have said it any better than that my friend...

    : )

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  11. http://www.erowid.org/experiences/exp.php?ID=64750

    Sorry to make all this posts, can't seem to be able to stop talking with others about this, It makes me wonder about that Edwin Abbott Abbott's book Flatland. Where a "square" living in 2nd dimension found a sphere.

    "The narrator is then visited by a three-dimensional sphere, which he cannot comprehend until he sees Spaceland for himself. This sphere, who remains nameless, visits Flatland at the turn of each millennium to introduce a new apostle to the idea of a third dimension in the hopes of eventually educating the population of Flatland of the existence of Spaceland. From the safety of Spaceland, they are able to observe the leaders of Flatland secretly acknowledging the existence of the sphere and prescribing the silencing of anyone found preaching the truth of Spaceland and the third dimension. After this proclamation is made, many witnesses are massacred or imprisoned (according to caste).
    After the Square's mind is opened to new dimensions, he tries to convince the Sphere of the theoretical possibility of the existence of a fourth (and fifth, and sixth ...) spatial dimension. Offended by this presumption and incapable of comprehending other dimensions, the Sphere returns his student to Flatland in disgrace."

    Very interesting. It's telling me that this "Truth" cannot be explained in terms that others can't comprehend. If we do it destroying their "internal system information" by being confronted with infinity which is irrational, they will react defending themselves and kill, to protect themselves from insanity. This Truth is infinitely confusing. The Universe is the result of 2 Mirrors, Female Male, facing each other for ever creating their Son, infinity, another Mirror. This 3rd Mirror will show us the face we show it. The Universe will give that which we need to wake up. Sometimes it seems that what we get is Bad. But it is just what we need to Let Go.

    "The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of us that won't let go of her life; her memories, her attachments. They burn 'em all away. But they're not punishing we, he said. They're freeing your soul. ... If we're frightened of dying and holding on, we'll see devils tearing your life away. But if we've made her peace then the devils are really angels, freeing we from the Earth"
    Meister Eckart

    Everything is here right now. Everything is imagined, nothing is literally true. Embrace the demon, and choose life, then realize that the Angel or Alien was us, and try to teach others a way for peace and harmony, and creativity and Love. The possibilities are endless. What is our purpose? Search for yourself inside you. Have no fear. We have a purpose. When all of us achieve it together we achieve Gnosis, individually and collectively.

    We can't blow up their minds. We all speak different languages we all have our preferred communication gifts, abilities etc. We must all find a common language, but at the same time accepting all others. Some of us seem to be able to see this symbols, synchronicity, or infinity in everything. If we continually search for "confirmation" in events, culture etc, it might last forever. This thing that we try to hold on too, and seems to be escaping continually, is the craving for an answer. You get the answer when you quit and drop the craving. That is the answer. We don't need to search for it anymore. It has always been with us.

    If we try to figure this out by analyzing it will last for ever. The way it seems to me is to embrace ourselves, achieve balance and peace with ourselves first, then at home, then with others. Then try to do what we can with whatever we get. By searching we can't find it. If we stop we get it.

    http://theinternational.isb.ac.th/uploads/wysiwyg/TOP%2010=%209.jpg

    Peace

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  12. http://www.erowid.org/experiences/exp.php?ID=64750

    In Edwin Abbott Abbott's book Flatland. Where a "square" living in 2nd dimension found a sphere:

    "The square is visited by a sphere, which he cannot comprehend until he sees Spaceland for himself. This sphere, visits Flatland at the turn of each millennium to introduce a new apostle to the idea of a third dimension in the hopes of eventually educating the population of Flatland of the existence of Spaceland. From the safety of Spaceland, they are able to observe the leaders of Flatland secretly acknowledging the existence of the sphere and prescribing the silencing of anyone found preaching the truth of Spaceland and the third dimension. After this proclamation is made, many witnesses are massacred or imprisoned (according to caste).
    After the Square's mind is opened to new dimensions, he tries to convince the Sphere of the theoretical possibility of the existence of a fourth (and fifth, and sixth ...) spatial dimension. Offended by this presumption and incapable of comprehending other dimensions, the Sphere returns his student to Flatland in disgrace."

    Very interesting. It's telling me that this "Truth" cannot be explained in terms that others can't comprehend. If we do it destroying their "internal system information" by being confronted with infinity which is irrational, they will react defending themselves and kill, to protect themselves from insanity. This Truth is infinitely confusing. The Universe is the result of 2 Mirrors, Female Male, facing each other for ever creating their Son, infinity, another Mirror. This 3rd Mirror will show us the face we show it. The Universe will give us that which we need to wake up. Sometimes it seems that what we get is Bad. But it is just what we need to Let Go.

    (continues below)

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  13. "The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of us that won't let go of her life; her memories, her attachments. They burn 'em all away. But they're not punishing we, he said. They're freeing your soul. ... If we're frightened of dying and holding on, we'll see devils tearing your life away. But if we've made her peace then the devils are really angels, freeing we from the Earth"
    Meister Eckart

    Everything is here right now. Everything is imagined, nothing is literally true. Embrace the demon, and choose life, then realize that the Angel or Alien was us, and try to teach others a way for peace and harmony, and creativity and Love. The possibilities are endless. What is our purpose? Search for yourself inside you. Have no fear. We have a purpose. When all of us achieve it together we achieve Gnosis, individually and collectively.

    We can't blow up their minds. We all speak different languages we all have our preferred communication gifts, abilities etc. We must all find a common language, but at the same time accepting all others. Some of us seem to be able to see this symbols, synchronicity, or infinity in everything. If we continually search for "confirmation" in events, culture etc, it might last forever. This thing that we try to hold on too, and seems to be escaping continually, is the craving for an answer. You get the answer when you quit and drop the craving. That is the answer. We don't need to search for it anymore. It has always been with us.

    If we try to figure this out by analyzing it will last for ever. The way it seems to me is to embrace ourselves, achieve balance and peace with ourselves first, then at home, then with others. Then try to do what we can with whatever we get. By searching we can't find it. If we stop we get it.

    http://theinternational.isb.ac.th/uploads/wysiwyg/TOP%2010=%209.jpg

    Peace

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  14. Hey Chris,your take on the ocean is great. The air and ambience is wonderful for the mind. Some religions have consideration for ethnogens. Some scientists have an affinity for the minds eye. Xtians have not a clue.Whale watching here on the Oregon coast is about to commence.It takes some courage to explore ethnogens, the walls do melt and the doors of perception are illumanated. The other sometimes chimes in also. Place and setting. Dennis

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  15. I admire your mind. There are many ways to step outside man made parameters. Wherever there is nature space without words or numbers or societally carved dendritic paths. Yes outside of this are your ET's and Angels. I can attest to this. I want you to know. The world of science, mathematics, physics and religion created the lock box. Limitations of perception are fueled by beliefs and undifferentiated emotion. Even logic is composed of belief.

    Thank you

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  16. Chris,

    I first visited the ocean when I was 25 years old. I was going with my friend and my young children. The 10 hour trip there was fraught with mishaps, including 2 blowouts and many wrong turns. After the first blow out two kind gentlemen helped us, one was a truck driver who even went so far as to purchase a $40 tool that we needed to replace the tire. As we were waiting on the tire to be replaced the truck driver and I were talking and I expressed how shaken I was by the blow out and how I was considering turning around and going home. The truck driver turns around and looks me directly in the eyes and says "Don't turn around. You have already come this far, don't turn back". He said this with such power and conviction that I was compelled to keep going. After the tire was changed he turned to go but first he turned around and, with a bow, handed me the tool. He said "You take this, just in case you need it again". He turned and ran back to his 18 wheeler and drove off. My friend and I tried to catch up with him in order to buy him lunch. For the life of us we couldn't catch up to him, or even see him. It was like he and his truck literally vanished into thin air.

    About 2 hours later we had another blow out. This blowout was different in that we didnt have to wait for long before we got help. The person who changed the tire had to use the tool that the truck driver graciously gave me to change the tire again.

    It was late at night and we decided to drive straight to the ocean instead of going to the hotel. When we got there I cannot describe the feeling I received looking at the dark ocean with its full moon tide rolling across the sand. I thought to myself that this was the real majesty here, more potent than any church, more powerful than any verse. I can honestly say that I feel closer to a Higher Power when at the ocean than I do at any place of worhsip.

    I credit that first visit to the ocean, and the events that happened on the way there, with the beginnings of my awareness.

    This has been a great post. Thanks for reminding me of why I love the ocean so much.

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  17. I have often visited the beach at night and just sat there listening to the sea for a couple of hours. Even when it's involved a three hour journey. It's just so incredible.

    You might like this...

    Explore the Ocean as a whale
    http://www.subhumanproject.com/

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  18. The more I read about Transhumanism and the Singularity the more it reminds me of Sunday School, only with Kurzweil and his minions on the Creator's throne.

    There are lots of secular rehashing of religious narrative floating around. Green ideology reminds me of religious narrative too. You've got original sin in the form of humanity's "arrogance" toward the biosphere and then a formula for redemption that involves sacrifice, ritual, and even something like Kosher food (organic).

    Not to say I have a problem with ecology... I'm talking about pop green ideology, not the deeper stuff about planetary consciousness and such. The latter tends to go somewhere a bit different... almost more to the idea of fusion with the planet and biomorphic technology than to a pop-green sin/redemption narrative.

    Yeah, I think transhumanism is just another one... at least pop transhumanism. The reality is likely to be quite different from what the whizzy gurus are talking about.

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  19. BTW, on materialism:

    Look into the work of a scientist named Ilya Prigogine. He did some really fascinating work toward falsifying determinism... even within a "materialist" (naturalist) framework.

    "Determinism is fundamentally a denial of the arrow of time."

    It's heady, hard-core sophisticated stuff that deals with thermodynamics and such, but to make a long story short he believes in free will and believes there is a rational basis for it.

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  20. Cliff in Cleveland6:33 PM, December 05, 2010

    Really fine post! Congratulations! i pop in regularly to see what you're up to and what new and interesting is connected that I can expose myself to!

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  21. "Psychedelic solution, which argues that consensus reality is a fictional construct based on faulty and/or incomplete sensory information."

    I dig what you're saying and basically agree with you... I'm not sure that I totally agree with how that statement is worded though.

    I wouldn't say that the psychedelic viewpoint argues that consensus reality is a fictional construct-- this thing we call reality isn't fiction. It's real. However, it's only one of many "realities" and it's malleable.

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  22. Chris,

    You're really pulling out the good shit with these recent articles, and this one is nothing less than awesome. I use that word a lot here, but I never use it lightly.

    I'd suggest that everyone reads this post more than once. There's a lot in it. It's luminous with insight, so it shines, for those that want to see it. As times get stranger, and they will, we're gonna need more bravery like this, more discussion, open-minded riffing amongst like-minds and ideas for the application of new ways of seeing/experiencing.

    You can count on it.

    Peace

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  23. heart... soul of the sea....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVHL_rxbhg0

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  24. comment synchs are disturbing. i was reading the Illuminatus trilogy and noticed Wilson reference Lloigor. I searched Google to see if it had been referenced anywhere else and the Wiki article pointed to the many-angled ones. Then I remembered I had this comment window open since noon but had forgotten about it. And lo and behold, somebody was posting about Flatland.

    I'm not really a synch-sensitive person but sometimes it's so obviously linked even I can't miss it. If you held a cube you might be holding a tesseract without realizing it. I wonder if this concept of dimensionality might link it all together for us; the elder gods, the afterlife, souls, AAT, and why everything "seems" to be linked at a deeper level than we can verbally articulate.

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  25. I'm really starting to wonder if people are born with abilities that go way beyond our comprehension, and as we grow up we either lose the abilities or learn to with them in a very suppressed way.

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  26. Deep post, Chris. And I am looking foreward to exploring the blog from which it is alink--though unfortunately the video there doesn't work thanks to copyright-heads MGM. GOD this copyright shit sucks doesn't it???
    I dig your three basic solutions and I also am very attracted to the psychedelic solution because it has influenced my life so much.
    I feel one must realize the sacredness of nature as pre-requisite to psychedelic experience.
    OK, my experience was different--my first trip was 15, and in the few short years from tiny kiddie to 15 the combination of parents, school, peers and mass media had caused a growing sadism in me, and a disregard for naturel world and love of the image of the big city (as a kid I had loved the magic feel of nature, fairies and all that)SO--ucttin a long story short cause i wanna touch on other stuff LSD blew that ;propaganda Away. But you see i can only judge my experience cause i was a young 15. I have later met adults who have started psychedelics later yet vcling to scientism--you can meet these easy at the Lycaeum (psychhedelic forum). They put DOWN the Goddess and indigenous understanding of nature. Also past cults like Orphism, Gnosticism, Essenes, Christianity etc--all known to have had some entheogenic sacrament yet belief systems that are world-denying. So I am just pointing this out

    So I recommend a 4th solution then to be complimentary with the psychedelic one, and that is deep understanding of the sacredness of nature, and that Medicina is the means to go deeper into this LOVE.
    I love the Goddess mythic motif of the son/lover of the Great Goddess who is also the sacred plant, and the eater who having eat 'dies' to a rigid sense of self to feel this depthless erotic love for nature which is simultaneously the resurrection OF the god of nature.

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  27. OMG just posted and got the dreaded 'postr too long page' and no recourse to retrieve my effort. SHIT. If you have somehow receved it--sorry about this similar one. How the hell we are supposed to know the word limit i dont know!

    I will have to summarize--all petry lost ....:(

    I said I would like to introduce a 4th solution to act as compliment to the psychedelic one, and that is prerequisite understanding of the sacredness of nature. I say this because i have met psychedelic experiencers at places like the Lycaeum forums who not only cling to scientism but gang up on you if you offer alternative ways of understanding reality. They DEMAND evidence and sources like some godamn Richard Dawkins devotee.
    I am thinking this maybe because they started psychedelics late and that their 'scientific' indoctrination is so strong that it impedes psychedelic insight.

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