Terence Mckenna

Terence McKenna was an ambassador for imagination, which is a foundation for psychedelic living.  Imagination is a uniqueness of the human condition.  It is a guiding strength that we all possess and should seek to develop by finding out what it is we resonate with.

Terence McKenna had a way of using words in such a wondrous way.  His understanding of words and in particular in their limitations as a tool of expression, especially when attempting to describe the formless may have been the formula for his ability to utilise words and arrange them in such a way as to bring the colour and light of psychedeia  into each sentence.

 

Terence Mckenna

“Culture replaces authentic feeling with words. As an example of this, imagine an infant lying in its cradle, and the window is open, and into the room comes something, marvelous, mysterious, glittering, shedding light of many colors, movement, sound, a transformative hierophany of integrated perception and the child is enthralled and then the mother comes into the room and she says to the child, “that’s a bird, baby, that’s a bird,” instantly the complex wave of the angel peacock iridescent trans-formative mystery is collapsed, into the word. All mystery is gone, the child learns this is a bird, this is a bird, and by the time we’re five or six years old all the mystery of reality has been carefully tiled over with words. This is a bird, this is a house, this is the sky, and we seal ourselves in within a linguistic shell of dis-empowered perception.”

True Hallucinations Documentary

“Terence McKenna’s True Hallucinations is an experimental documentary about the chaos at La Chorrera, the imagination, time, the Logos, belief, hope, madness, and doubt.

In 1971, Terence McKenna, along with his brother Dennis and three other companions, ventured by plane, boat, and foot to the paradisical Colombian mission town of La Chorrera, where they hoped to encounter the elusive psychedelic oo-koo-hé. Fate would have it otherwise. Their attention soon turned to the large numbers of Stropharia Cubensis that they lucked upon, and before long, Terence and especially Dennis were formulating the psychopharmacological “experiment at La Chorrera” which would eventually give rise to Terence’s expanded Jungian notion of the UFO as human oversoul, and his I Ching based TimeWave Theory which holds, among other things, that history as we know it is accelerating and, in fact, will come to a major concrescence.”

Harvest Moon by Bedlam – OST RESERVOIR DOGS (1992)

 

How long can we live this way?
How long ’till the rain starts coming down?

Everyone here’s been wondering
When will it be over?

I hear the night train every evening
Maybe change is coming soon

With the harvest moon

Take me down to the river
Take me to the preacher-man

I can’t wait any longer
I messed up all I can

I hear the night train singing in the distance
Maybe the angels are coming soon

With the harvest moon

If the river’s rising
Look to the dark horizon

For the harvest moon, yeah

Wait a minute, just a little bit longer
It’s all up to me and you

Wait a minute, just a little bit longer
It’s all up to me and you

Wait a minute, just a little bit longer

It’s all up to me and you …

 

The Wise Old Man of Hollywood

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RISE

Hollywood is great at making heroes.  Turning ordinary folk into something greater than themselves and they have a winning tried and tested formula for doing so.

Firstly, a critical turning point event is introduced.  A family member dies, or some other such great upheaval lands on our would-be heroes doorstep and there it is.  They are propelled into action.  This is often followed by a wise old sage offering just the right advice at just the right time.  Just as helpful is the close friend who explains to others exactly what and why the protagonist has acted in a certain way, as to ensure that everybody knows exactly what’s what.  Ahh beautiful Hollywood.

The Lesson

So let’s bring this right back down to earth and address the issues.  Firstly we would hope that a family member need not die in order shake things up a bit.   We are more than capable of doing this for ourselves, starting in our own head.  In order to act upon something it need only make sense to you in your own head.   You are not responsible for the rest of the populations understanding of yourself and nor should you be so arrogant to think that they would even be bothered with what you are entertaining yourself with at any given time.  So we have decided to propel our own selves into action, next we need a wise old sage to join the dots up for us and point us in the right direction.  It would be nice, but we can do this for ourselves too.

The universe wants to do what the universe wants to do.  You are the universe, so the way becomes clear, as long as you are open to it.  Allow yourself to become a filter for your own self.  By this I mean allow the passage of all information (life) to flow though your being and you will soon notice a synchronicity to the world.  Messages or hints will snag as they pass through this net or lens you provide yourself, don’t ignore them.  Pay attention.  This is the equivalent to Daniel San’s Mr. Miyagi and who would ever ignore Mr Miyagi?  If, for example you have enjoyed cycling in the past and your motivation has waned, suddenly you see a poster, or hear an interview regarding the subject.  Make a mental note.  If this happens two, three, four times,  jump on it,  somehow involve yourself and see where it takes you.  This might not mean you must commit yourself to cycling 30km a week, it may just be a means to an end, or a nudge in the right direction.

Quite often we do receive the wisest of wise sages into our life and they come in all sorts of guises, so get the Hollywood stereotypes right out of your head.  They are people you engage with when you engage with people.  When you pick up on a synchronicity and follow it and the flow it creates, you will find yourself in situations where you will be in touch with people that you otherwise wouldn’t be.  People that you should be in touch with.  In these cases you are privy to information and experiences that will alter the course of your life.

Help Zen Help You

Every influence we are subjected to is a different path we would take.  The further the head moves away from the heart, the more trouble you are in, so pay attention and regard what it is that you expose yourself to and the quality thereof.  Clean the windscreen!  One more drop of mud on an already muddy windscreen in hard to notice.  Clean the windscreen and you can spot it a mile away.  Remove as much noise as you can from your environment.  Leave the mainstream for a month.  Avoid it like the plague.  No radio, TV, magazines, newspapers.  Stick to that which you can control.  When you re-introduce the mainstream, not only will you be better at recognising the mud but you will also be more sensitive to the quality of the information you are exposed to.

Every Moment

Now then, on to that great friend who explains to the world what a fantastic person you are and that all of your actions, however peculiar, have been done with the best intentions and now everybody loves and understands you. Cue the music.  Lovely.  Thankfully life doesn’t need to be squashed into 2 hours.  Your actions and choices do not need an explanation to anybody less of course you wish to explain them yourself.  The great friend in our case refers in part to your reputation.  Your actions will speak for themselves, the paths you choose will explain themselves for those who wish to pay attention to them.  They are meant for you.  Who you effect during the journey is who you will effect.

Hollywood is very good at having us believe that we need the reassurance of others.   It need only matter to you what you choose to do with this life.

Choose

 

 

Don’t think…Feel!

Express Yourself

The concept of being in the moment.  It is not always as simple as it sounds.  There are numerous methods and techniques to assist with doing so but few, I have seen, are as dramatic or obvious as bodily expression.

Whether it be kung fu, boxing, karate, wing chun, yoga or frisbee in the park.  The level of focus required allows you to experience a ‘oneness’ with yourself.  When we see actors on the screen we are drawn to them because they are focused in their role, being in that present moment.  Nothing else matters to them other than themselves or rather their lives.  This sounds a little self absorbed but only in respect to the fact that in this sense the alternative to being self absorbed is distracted.

Few of us may get to challenge ourselves in a real fight or combat situation, but this doesn’t mean that we cannot use the understanding of such an experience to enhance our own understanding of some of the opportunities it provides.   Indeed, if one were to engage in a fight and not have the foresight or ability to attempt to capture the forced focus of the present moment during this time of high energy, then they could conceivably be non the wiser.

Focus

During a fight/flight situation, especially one initiated around an understanding of martial arts or some level of personal control.  Everything is focused.  Other people, music, chatter.  Anything outside of your immediate environment is still occurring but you know only what you need to.

Sparring is a good host for experiencing this sensation many times.  It will take many times in order to expand your focus from not getting hit, to how does my opponent move?  What are their weaknesses?  Your awareness grows and with it the time you seem to have to think and act.  This is due in part to the fact that you are better at focusing your attention on the present moment.

Life as a lens

By practising the control and expression of our body we can push our own boundaries.  Nobody ever became good at anything by going 50%.  Do something 100%.  Run, dance, perform yoga, wiggle your fingers, sing, anything you want but go at it 100%, the most you can possibly do.  You will notice that nothing else matters, nothing is as important.

Don’t think, feel….it is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory! – Bruce Lee

Once tapped into, the stronger your ability is to apply these lessons in normal life.  By using your body to experience the present in times of peace and quiet can be the most rewarding.  Use all of your senses to pick up everything you can.  Once you can condense it down and get towards the very edge of the moment, that’s when you realise how fast it is moving, how much there is and how it’s all for you.

The relaxed brain of the inevitable.

It is fair to say that a lack of choice spawns within us a definite sense of finality, but this doesn’t need to be as negative as it sounds.  The act of choosing collapses the reality of any and all other outcomes and we are left with the inevitable.

When it is the case that we may find ourselves feeling uncertain or anxious, or indeed confident or excited, that point in time has been created by our own choices.   Situations, as they occur, good or bad, cannot be otherwise, otherwise they would be.  By having the confidence to realise that any other possible outcome would be impossible we can relax and enjoy the ride.

The trick is to know that the smallest choices we make now, decisions that may not show any bearing in the short term or even seem insignificant, will create a ripple and the future, your future, will be forced to determine itself accordingly.

Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity – Maximus Decimus Meridius

 

 

 

Do dystopianists have it right?

There is a genre among many great stories of our times, that of the dystopian future.  A highlight beacon in these waters is undoubtedly Blade Runner.

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.” – Batty

In this Blade Runner universe we have the future presented to us as it would, should the footsteps proceeding it carry on along the same path to the outcome that is, Harrison Ford’s character, Deckard’s reality.

With the beat of a butterflies wing changing the outcome of any possible future we may have to consider for ourselves, the notion that all will not be right with the world, may be food for thought for those footprints with which we intend to create for ourselves.

To toss a stick in a river is to change the outcome of choosing not to toss a stick in the river.  Life, atoms and all future events are changed by this one seemingly simple act.  Nothing is insignificant.  With this being the case, ensure each action is based on a more utopian attitude.  Like will attract like, so a utopian future is just as likely as a dystopian one.  It is at this precise moment in universal history that the choice is now yours and mine to make.  So what’s stopping you?

“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.” – Batty