THAT THAT THAT
Consciousness, 1984. New Maps of Hyperspace
THE ARCHAIC REVIVAL
DB: Do you have any thoughts on what happens to human consciousness
after biological death?
TM: I've thought about it. When I think about it I feel like
I'm on my own. The Logos doesn't want to help here. The Logos
has nothing to say to me on the subject of biological death. What
I imagine happens is that for the self time begins to flow backward,
even before death; the act of dying is the act of reliving an
entire life, and at the end of the dying process consciousness
divides into the consciousness of one's parents and one's children,
and then it moves through these modalities, and then divides again.
It's moving forward into the future through the people who come
after you, and backward into the past through your ancestors.
The further away from the moment of death it is, the faster it
moves, so that after a period of time, the Tibetans say 42 days,
one is reconnected to everything that ever lived, and the previous
ego-pointed existence is allowed to dissolve, returned to the
ocean, the morphogenetic field, or the One of Plotinus-you choose
your term. A person is a focused illusion of being, and death
occurs when the illusion of being is no longer sustained. Then
everything flows out, and away from the disequilibrium state that
is life. It is a state of disequilibrium, yet it is maintained
for decades, but finally, like all disequilibrium states, it must
yield to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and at that point it
runs down, its specific character disappears into the general
character of the world around it. It has returned then to the
DB: What if you don't have children?
TM: Well, then you flow backward into the past, into your parents
and their parents, and their parents, and eventually all life,
and back into the primal protozoa. It's very interesting that
in the celebration of the Eleusinian mysteries, when they took
the sacrament, what the god said was, "Procreate, procreate."
It is uncanny the way history is determined by who sleeps with
whom, who gets born, what lines are drawn forward, what tendencies
are accelerated. Most people experience what they call magic only
in the dimension of mate seeking, and this is where even the dullest
people have astonishing coincidences, and unbelievable things
go on-it's almost as though hidden strings were being pulled.
There's an esoteric tradition that the genes, the matings, are
where it's all being run from. It is how I think a superextraterrestrial
would intervene. It wouldn't intervene at all; it would make us
who it wanted us to be by controlling synchronicity.
From an interview by David Jay Brown and Rebecca McClen in the
summer 1989 issue of Critique (now Sacred Fire), and chapter 14
of The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna.
As the esoteric traditions say, life is an opportunity to prepare
ND: You have said that an important part of the mystical quest
is to face up to death and recognize it as a rhythm of life. Would
you like to enlarge on your view on the implications of the dying
TM: I take seriously the notion that these psychedelic states
are an anticipation of the dying process-or, as the Tibetans refer
to it, the Bardo level beyond physical death. It seems likely
that our physical lives are a type of launching pad for the soul.
As the esoteric traditions say, life is an opportunity to prepare
for death, and we should learn to recognize the signposts along
the way, so that when death comes, we can make the transition
smoothly. I think the psychedelics show you the transcendental
nature of reality. It would be hard to die gracefully as an atheist
or existentialist. Why should you? Why not rage against the dying
of the light? But if in fact this is not the dying of the light
but the Dawning of the Great Light, then one should certainly
not rage against that. There's a tendency in the New Age to deny
death. We have people pursuing physical immortality and freezing
their heads until the fifth millennium, when they can be thawed
out. All of this indicates a lack of balance or equilibrium. The
Tao flows through the realms of life and nonlife with equal ease.
ND: Do you personally regard the death process as a journey into
one's own belief system?
TM: Like the psychedelic experience, death must be poured into
the vessel of language. But dying is essentially physiological.
It may be that there are certain compounds in the brain that are
only released when it is impossible to reverse the dying process.
And yet the near-death experience has a curious affinity to the
shamanic voyage and the psychedelic experience.
I believe that the best map we have of consciousness is the shamanic
map. According to this viewpoint, the world has a "center,"
and when you go to the center-which is inside yourself-there is
a vertical axis that allows you to travel up or down. There are
celestial worlds, there are infernal worlds, there are paradisiacal
worlds. These are the worlds that open up to us on our shamanic
journeys, and I feel we have an obligation to explore these domains
and pass on that inforrnation to others interested in mapping
the psyche. At this time in our history, it's perhaps the most
awe-inspiring journey anyone could hope to make.
From an interview with Nevill Drury from the autumn 1990, vol.
11, no. 1, issue of the Australian magazine Nature and Health,
and chapter 17 of The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna.
Seeing into after-death existence before death In discussing
the ordinarily invisible spiritual world of the after-death state,
called menog existence in the Avestan religion, Flattery says
The consumption of sauma [Soma] may have been the only means
recognized in Iranian religion of seeing into menog existence
before death; at all events, it is the only means acknowledged
in Zoroastrian literature . . . . and, as we have seen, is the
means used by Ohrmazd when he wishes to make the menog existence
visible to living persons. In ancient Iranian religion there is
little evidence of concern with meditative practice which might
foster development of alternative, non-pharmacological means to
such vision. In Iran, vision into the spirit world was not thought
to come about simply by divine grace or as a reward for saintliness.
From the apparent role of sauma in initiation rites, experience
of the effects of sauma, which is to say vision of menog existence,
and Consciousness Terence McKenna
A talk given at the Lilly/Goswami Conference on
Consciousness and Quantum Physics at Esalen, December 1983. It
was to be the first of many lectures at Esalen Institute on the
Big Sur Coast of California. (Included as written word because
this edited transcription appears in print as part of his book
The Archaic Revival - dimitri)
There is a very circumscribed place in organic nature that has,
I think, important implications for students of human nature.
I refer to the tryptophan-derived hallucinogens dimethyltryptamine(DMT),
psilocybin, and a hybrid drug that is in aboriginal use in the
rain forests of South America, ayahuasca. This latter is a combination
of dimethyltryptamine and a monoamine oxidase inhibitor that is
taken orally. It seems appropriate to talk about these drugs when
we discuss the nature of consciousness; it is also appropriate
when we discuss quantum physics.
It is my interpretation that the major quantum mechanical phenomena
that we all experience, aside from waking consciousness itself,
are dreams and hallucinations. These states, at least in the restricted
sense that I am concerned with, occur when the large amounts of
various sorts of radiation conveyed into the body by the senses
are restricted. Then we see interior images and interior processes
that are psychophysical. These processes definitely arise at the
quantum mechanical level. It's been shown by John Smythies, Alexander
Shulgin, and others that there are quantum mechanical correlates
to hallucinogenesis. In other words, if one atom on the molecular
ring of an inactive compound is moved, the compound becomes highly
active. To me this is a perfect proof of the dynamic linkage at
the formative level between quantum mechanically described matter
Hallucinatory states can be induced by a variety of hallucinogens
and diassociative anesthetics, and by experiences like fasting
and other ordeals. But what makes the tryptamine family of compounds
especially interesting is the intensity of the hallucinations
and the concentration of activity in the visual cortex. There
is an immense vividness to these interior landscapes, as if information
were being presented three-dimensionally and deployed fourth-dimensionally,
coded as light and as evolving surfaces. When one confronts these
dimensions one becomes part of a dynamic relationship relating
to the experience while trying to decode what it is saying. This
phenomenon is not new - people have been talking to gods and demons
for far more of human history than they have not.
It is only the conceit of the scientific and postindustrial societies
that allows us to even propound some of the questions that we
take to be so important. For instance, the question of contact
with extraterrestrials is a kind of red herring premised upon
a number of assumptions that a moment's reflection will show are
completely false. To search expectantly for a radio signal from
an extraterrestrial source is probably as culture bound a presumption
as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant. And yet,
this has been chosen as the avenue by which it is assumed contact
is likely to occur. Meanwhile, there are people all over the world
- psychics, shamans, mystics, schizophrenics - whose heads are
filled with information, but it has been ruled a priori irrelevant,
incoherent, or mad. Only that which is validated through consensus
via certain sanctioned instrumentalities will be accepted as a
signal. The problem is that we are so inundated by these signals
- these other dimensions - that there is a great deal of noise
in the circuit.
It is no great accomplishment to hear a voice in the head. The
accomplishment is to make sure it is telling the truth, because
the demons are of many kinds: "Some are made of ions, some
of mind; the ones of ketamine, you'll find, stutter often and
are blind." The reaction to these voices is not to kneel
in genuflection before a god, because then one will be like Dorothy
in her first encounter with Oz. There is no dignity in the universe
unless we meet these things on our feet, and that means having
an I/Thou relationship. One say to the Other: "You say you
are omniscient, omnipresent, or you say you are from Zeta Reticuli.
You're long on talk, but what can you show me?" Magicians,
people who invoke these things, have always understood that one
must go into such encounters with one's wits about oneself.
What does extraterrestrial communication have to do with this
family of hallucinogenic compounds I wish to discuss? Simply this:
that the unique presentational phenomenology of this family of
compounds has been overlooked. Psilocybin, though rare, is the
best known of these neglected substances. Psilocybin, in the minds
of the uninformed public and in the eyes of the law, is lumped
together with LSD and mescaline, when in fact each of these compounds
is a phenomenologically defined universe unto itself. Psilocybin
and DMT invoke the Logos, although DMT is more intense and more
brief in its action. This means that they work directly on the
language centers, so that an important aspect of the experience
is the interior dialogue. As soon as one discovers this about
psilocybin and about tryptamines in general, one must decide whether
or not to enter into this dialogue and to try and make sense of
the incoming signal. This is what I have attempted.
I call myself an explorer rather than a scientist, because the
area that I'm looking at contains insufficient data to support
even the dream of being a science. We are in a position comparable
to that of explorers who map one river and only indicate other
rivers flowing into it; we must leave many rivers unascended and
thus can say nothing about them. This Baconian collecting of data,
with no assumptions about what it might eventually yield, has
pushed me to a number of conclusions that I did not anticipate.
Perhaps through reminiscence I can explain what I mean, for in
this case describing past experiences raises all of the issues.
I first experimented with DMT in 1965; it was even then a compound
rarely met with. It is surprising how few people are familiar
with it, for we live in a society that is absolutely obsessed
with every kind of sensation imaginable and that adores every
therapy, every intoxication, every sexual configuration, and all
forms of media overload. Yet, however much we may be hedonists
or pursuers of the bizarre, we find DMT to be too much. It is,
as they say in Spanish, bastante, it's enough - so much enough
that it's too much. Once smoked, the onset of the experience begins
in about fifteen seconds. One falls immediately into a trance.
One's eyes are closed and one hears a sound like ripping cellophane,
like someone crumpling up plastic film and throwing it away. A
friend of mine suggests this is our radio entelechy ripping out
of the organic matrix. An ascending tone is heard. Also present
is the normal hallucinogenic modality, a shifting geometric surface
of migrating and changing colored forms. At the synaptic site
of activity, all available bond sites are being occupied, and
one experiences the mode shift occurring over a period of about
thirty seconds. At that point one arrives in a place that defies
description, a space that has a feeling of being underground,
or somehow insulated and domed. In Finnegans Wake such a place
is called the "merry go raum," from the German word
raum, for "space." The room is actually going around,
and in that space one feels like a child, though one has come
out somewhere in eternity.
The experience always reminds me of the twenty-fourth fragment
of Heraclitus: "The Aeon is a child at play with colored
balls." One not only becomes the Aeon at play with colored
balls but meets entities as well. In the book by my brother and
myself, The Invisible Landscape, I describe them as self-transforming
machine elves, for that is how they appear. These entities are
dynamically contorting topological modules that are somehow distinct
from the surrounding background, which is itself undergoing a
continuous transformation. These entities remind me of the scene
in the film version of The Wizard of Oz after the Munchkins come
with a death certificate for the Witch of the East. They all have
very squeaky voices and they sing a little song about being "absolutely
and completely dead." The tryptamine Munchkins come, these
hyperdimensional machine-elf entities, and they bathe one in love.
It's not erotic but it is open-hearted. It certainly feels good.
These beings are like fractal reflections of some previously hidden
and suddenly autonomous part of one's own psyche.
And they are speaking, saying, "Don't be alarmed. Remember,
and do what we are doing." One of the interesting characteristics
of DMT is that it sometimes inspires fear - this marks the experience
as existentially authentic. One of the interesting approaches
to evaluating such a compound is to see how eager people are to
do it a second time. A touch of terror gives the stamp of validity
to the experience because it means, "This is real."
We are in the balance. We read the literature, we know the maximum
doses, the LD-50, and so on. But nevertheless, so great is one's
faith in the mind that when one is out in it one comes to feel
that the rules of pharmacology do not really apply and that control
of existence on that plane is really a matter of focus of will
and good luck.
I'm not saying that there's something intrinsically good about
terror. I'm saying that, granted the situation, if one is not
terrified then one must be somewhat out of contact with the full
dynamics of what is happening. To not be terrified means either
that one is a fool or that one has taken a compound that paralyzes
the ability to be terrified. I have nothing against hedonism,
and I certainly bring something out of it. But the experience
must move one's heart, and it will not move the heart unless it
deals with the issues of life and death. If it deals with life
and death it will move one to fear, it will move one to tears,
it will move one to laughter. These places are profoundly strange
The fractal elves seem to be reassuring, saying, "Don't
worry, don't worry; do this, look at this." Meanwhile, one
is completely "over there." One's ego is intact. One's
fear reflexes are intact. One is not "fuzzed out" at
all. Consequently, the natural reaction is amazement; profound
astonishment that persists and persists. One breathes and it persists.
The elves are saying, "Don't get a loop of wonder going that
quenches your ability to understand. Try not to be so amazed.
Try to focus and look at what we're doing." What they're
doing is emitting sounds like music, like language. These sounds
pass without any quantized moment of distinction - as Philo Judaeus
said that the Logos would when it became perfect - from things
heard to things beheld. One hears and beholds a language of alien
meaning that is conveying alien information that cannot be Englished.
Being monkeys, when we encounter a translinguistic object, a
kind of cognitive dissonance is set up in our hindbrain. We try
to pour language over it and it sheds it like water off a duck's
back. We try again and fail again, and this cognitive dissonance,
this "wow" or "flutter" that is building off
this object causes wonder, astonishment and awe at the brink of
terror. One must control that. And the way to control it is to
do what the entities are telling ine to do, to do what they are
I mention these "effects" to invite the attention of
experimentalists, whether they be shamans or scientists. There
is something going on with these compounds that is not part of
the normal presentational spectrum of hallucinogenic drug experience.
When one begins to experiment with one's voice, unanticipated
phenomena become possible. One experiences glossolalia, although
unlike classical glossolalia, which has been studied. Students
of classical glossolalia have measured pools of saliva eighteen
inches across on the floors of South American churches where people
have been kneeling. After classical glossolalia has occurred,
the glossolaliasts often turn to ask the people nearby, "Did
I do it? Did I speak in tongues?" This hallucinogen induced
phenomenon isn't like that; it's simply a brain state that allows
the expression of the assembly language that lies behind language,
or a primal language of the sort that Robert Graves discussed
in The White Goddess, or a Kabbalistic language of the sort that
is described in the Zohar, a primal "ur sprach" that
comes out of oneself. One discovers one can make the extradimensional
objects - the feeling-toned, meaning-toned, three-dimensional
rotating complexes of transforming light and color. To know this
is to feel like a child. One is playing with colored balls; one
has become the Aeon.
This happened to me twenty seconds after I smoked DMT on a particular
day in 1966. I was appalled. Until then I had thought that I had
my ontological categories intact. I had taken LSD before, yet
this thing came upon me like a bolt from the blue. I came down
and said (and I said it many time), "I cannot believe this;
this is impossible, this is completely impossible."
There was a declension of gnosis that proved to me in a moment
that right here and now, one quanta away, there is raging a universe
of active intelligence that is transhuman, hyperdimensional, and
extremely alien. I call it the Logos, and I make no judgements
about it. I constantly engage it in dialogue, saying, "Well,
what are you? Are you some kind of diffuse consciousness that
is in the ecosystem of the Earth? Are you a god or an extraterrestrial?
Show me what you know."
The psilocybin mushrooms also convey one into the world of the
tryptamine hypercontinuum. Indeed, psilocybin is a psychoactive
tryptamine. The mushroom is full of answers the questions raised
by its own presence. The true history of the galaxy over the last
four and a half billion years is trivial to it. One can access
images of cosmological history. Such experiences naturally raise
the question of independent validation - at least for a time this
was my question. But as I became more familiar with the epistemological
assumptions of modern science, I slowly realized that the structure
of the Western intellectual enterprise is so flimsy at the center
that apparently no one knows anything with certitude. It was then
that I became less reluctant to talk about these experiences.
They are experiences, and as such they are primary data for being.
This dimension is not remote, and yet it is so unspeakably
bizarre that it casts into doubt all of humanity's historical
The psilocybin mushrooms do the same things that DMT does, although
the experience builds up over an hour and is sustained for a couple
of hours. There is the same confrontation with an alien intelligence
and extremely bizarre translinguistic information complexes. These
experiences strongly suggest that there is some latent ability
of the human brain/body that has yet to be discovered; yet, once
discovered, it will be so obvious that it will fall right into
the mainstream of cultural evolution. It seems to me that
either language is the shadow of this ability or that this ability
will be a further extension of language. Perhaps a human language
is possible in which the intent of meaning is actually beheld
in three-dimensional space. If this can happen on DMT,
it means it is at least, under some circumstances, accessible
to human beings. Given ten thousand years and high cultural involvement
in such a talent, does anyone doubt that it could become a cultural
convenience in the same way that mathematics or language has become
a cultural convenience?
Naturally, as a result of the confrontation of alien intelligence
with organized intellect on the other side, many theories have
been elaborated. The theory that I put forth in Psilocybin The
Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide, held the Stropharia cubensis mushroom
was a species that did not evolve on earth. Within the mushroom
trance, I was informed that once a culture has complete understanding
of its genetic information, it reengineers itself for survival.
The Stropharia cubensis mushroom's version of reengineering is
a mycelial network strategy when in contact with planetary surfaces
and a spore-dispersion strategy as a means of radiating throughout
the galaxy. And, though I am troubled by how freely Bell's nonlocality
theorem is tossed around, nevertheless the alien intellecton the
other side does seem to be in possession in a huge body of information
drawn from the history of the galaxy. It/they say that there is
nothing unusual about this, that humanity's conceptions of organized
intelligence and the dispersion of life in the galaxy are hopelessly
culture-bound, that the galaxy has been an organized society for
billions of years. Life evolves under so many different regimens
of chemistry, temperature, and pressure, that searching for an
extraterrestrial who will sit down and have a conversation with
you is doomed to failure. The main problem with searching
for extraterrestrials is to recognize them. Time is so vast and
evolutionary strategies and evironments so varied that the trick
is to know that contact is being made at all. The Stropharia
cubensis mushroom, if one can believe what it says in one of its
moods, is a symbiote, and it desires ever deeper symbiosis with
the human species. It achieved symbiosis with human society early
by associating itself with domesticated cattle and through them
human nomads. Like the plants men and women grew and the animals
they husbanded, the mushroom was able to inculcate itself into
the human family, so that where human genes went these other genes
would be carried.
But the classic mushroom cults of Mexico were destroyed by the
coming of the Spanish conquest. The Fransciscans assumed they
had an absolute monopoly on theophagy, the eating of God; yet
in the New World they came upon people calling a mushroom teonanacatl,
the flesh of the gods. They set to work, and the Inquisition was
able to push the old religion into the mountains of Oaxaca so
that it only survived in a few villages when Valentina and Gordon
Wasson found it there in the 1950s.
There is another metaphor. One must balance these explainations.
Now I shall sound as if I didn't think the mushroom is an extraterrestrial.
It may instead be what I've recently come to suspect - that the
human soul is so alienated from us in our present culture that
we treat it as an extraterrestrial. To us the most alien thing
in the cosmos is the human soul. Aliens Hollywood-style could
arrive on earth tomorrow and the DMT trance would remain more
weird and continue to hold more promise for useful information
for the human future. It is that intense. Ignorance forced the
mushroom cult into hiding. Ignorance burned the libraries of the
Hellenistic world at an earlier period and dispersed the ancient
knowledge, shattering the stellar and astronomical machinery that
had been the work of centuries. By ignorance I mean the Hellenistic-Christian-Judaic
tradition. The inheritors of this tradition built a triumph of
mechanism. It was they who later realized the alchemical dreams
of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries - and the twentieth century
- with the transformation of elements and the discovery of gene
transplants. But then, having conquered the New World and driven
its people into cultural fragmentation and diaspora, they came
unexpectedly upon the body of Osiris - the condensed
body of Eros - in the mountains of Mexico where
Eros has retreated at the coming of the Christos.
And by finding the mushroom, they unleashed it."
"Phillip K. Dick, in one of his last novels, Valis, discusses
the long hibernation of the Logos. A creature of pure information,
it was buried in the ground at Nag Hammadi, along
with the burying of the Chenoboskion Library circa 370 A.D. As
static information, it existed there until 1947, when the texts
were translated and read. As soon as people had the information
in their minds, the symbiote came alive, for, like the mushroom
consciousness, Dick imagined it to be a thing of pure information.
The mushroom consciousness is the consciousness of the
Other in hyperspace, which means in dream and in the psilocybin
trance, at the quantum foundation of being, in the human future,
and after death. All of these places that were thought the be
discrete and separate are seen to be part of a single continuum.
History is the dash over ten to fifteen thousand years from nomadism
to flying saucer, hopefully without ripping the envelope of the
planet so badly that the birth is aborted and fails, and we remain
brutish prisoners of matter.
History is the shockwave of eschatology. Something is at the
end of time and is casting an enormous shadow over human history,
drawing all human becoming toward it. All the wars, the philosophies,
the rapes, the pillaging, the migrations, the cities, the civilizations
- all of this is occupying a microsecond of geological, planetary,
and galactic time as the monkeys react to the symbiote, which
is in the environment and which is feeding information to humanity
about the larger picture. I do not belong to the school that wants
to attribute all of our accomplishments to knowledge given to
us as a gift from friendly aliens - I'm describing something I
hope is more profound than that. As nervous systems evolve
to higher and higher levels, they come more and more to understand
the true situation in which they are embedded, and the true situation
in which we are embedded is an organism, an organization of intelligence
on a galactic scale. Science and mathematics may be culture-bound.
We cannot know for sure, because we have never dealt with an alien
mathematics or an alien culture except in the occult realm, and
that evidence is inadmissible by the guardians of scientific truth.
This means that the contents of shamanic experience and of plant-induced
ecstasies are inadmissible even though they are the source of
novelty and the cutting edge of the ingression of the novel into
the plenum of being."
"Think about this for a moment: If the human mind does not
loom large in the coming history of the human race, then what
is to become of us? The future is bound to be psychedelic, because
the future belongs to the mind. We are just beginning to push
the buttons on the mind. Once we take a serious engineering approach
to this, we are going to discover the plasticity, the mutability,
the eternal nature of the mind and, I believe, release it from
the monkey. My vision of the final human future is an effort to
exteriorize the soul and internalize the body, so that the exterior
soul will exist as a superconducting lens of translinguistic matter
generated out of the body of each of us at a critical juncture
at our psychedelic bar mitzvah. From that point
on, we will be eternal somewhere in the solid-state matrix of
the translinguistic lens we have become. One's body image will
exist as a holographic wave transform while one is at play in
the fields of the Lord and living in Elysium".
"Other intelligent monkeys have walked this planet. We exterminated
them and so now we are unique, but what is loose on this planet
is language, self-replicating information systems that reflect
functions of DNA: learning, coding, templating, recording, testing,
retesting, recodong against DNA functions. The again, language
may be a quality of an entirely different order. Whatever language
is, it is in us monkeys now and moving through us and moving out
of our hands and into the noosphere with which we have surrounded
ourselves. The tryptamine state seems to be in one sense transtemporal;
it is an anticipation of the future, It is as though Plato's metaphor
were true - that time IS the moving image of eternity. The tryptamine
ecstasy is a stepping out of the moving image and into eternity,
the eternity of the standing now, the nunc stans of Thomas Aquinas.
In that state, all of human history is seen to lead toward this
culminating moment. Acceleration is visible in all the processes
around us: the fact that fire was discovered several million years
ago; language came perhaps thirty-five thousand years ago; measurement,
five thousand; Galileo, four hundred; then Watson-Crick and DNA.
What is obviously happening is that everything is being drawn
together. On the other hand, the description our physicists are
giving us of the universe - that it has lasted billions of years
and will last billions of years into the future - is a dualistic
conception, an inductive projection that is very unsophisticated
when applied to the nature of consciousness and language.
Consciousness is somehow able to collapse the state vector and
thereby cause the stuff of being to undergo what Alfred North
Whitehead called "the formality of actually occurring."
Here is the beginning of an understanding of the centrality of
human beings. Western societies have been on a decentralizing
bender for five hundred years, concluding that the Earth is not
the center of the universe and man is not the beloved of God.
We have moved ourselves out toward the edge of the galaxy, when
the fact is that the most richly organized material in the universe
is th human cerebral cortex, and the densest and richest experience
in the univese is the experience you are having right now. Everything
should be constellated outward from the perceiving self. That
is the primary datum.
The perceiving self under the influence of these hallucinogenic
plants gives information that is totally at variance with the
models that we inherit from our past, yet these dimensions exist.
One one level, this information is a matter of no great consequence,
for many cultures have understood this for millennia. But we moderns
are so grotesquely alienated and taken out of what life is about
that to us it comes as a revelation. Without psychedelics the
closest we can get to the Mystery is to try to feel in some abstract
mode the power of myth or ritual. This grasping is a very overintellectualized
and unsatisfying sort of process.
As I said, I am an explorer, not a scientist. If I were
unique, then none of my conclusions would have any meaning outside
the context of myself. My experiences, like yours, have to be
more or less part of the human condition. Some may have more facility
for such exploration than others, and these states may be difficult
to achieve, but they are part of the human condition.
There are few clues that these extradimensional places exist.
If art carries images out of the Other from the Logos to the world
- drawing ideas down into matter - why is human art history so
devoid of what psychedelic voyagers have experienced so totally?
Perhaps the flying saucer or UFO is the central motif to be understood
in order to get a handle on reality here and now. We are alienated,
so alienated that the self must disguise itself as an extraterrestrial
in order not to alarm us with the truly bizarre dimensions that
it encompasses. When we can love the alien, then we will have
begun to heal the psychic discontinuity that has plagued us since
at least the sixteenth century, possibly earlier.
My testimony is that magic is alive in hyperspace.
It is not necessary to believe me, only to form a relationship
with these hallucinogenic plants. The fact is that the gnosis
comes from plants. There is some certainty that one is dealing
with a creature of integrity if one deals with a plant, but the
creatures born in the demonic artifice of laboratories have to
be dealt with very, very carefully. DMT is an endogenous hallucinogen.
It is present in small amounts in the human brain. Also it is
improtant that psilocybin is 4-phosphoraloxy-N, N-dimethyltryptamine
and that serotonin, the major neurotransmitter in the human brain,
found in all life and most concentrated in humans, is 5-hydroxytryptamine.
The very fact that the onset of DMT is so rapid, coming on in
forty-five seconds and lasting five minutes, means that the brain
is absolutely at home with this compound. On the other hand, a
hallucinogen like LSD is retained in the body for some time.
I will add a cautionary note. I always feel odd telling people
to verify my observations since the sine qua non is the hallucinogenic
plant. Experimenters should be very careful. One must build up
to the experience. These are bizarre dimensions of extraordinary
power and beauty. There is no set rule to avoid being overwhelmed,
but move carefully, reflect a great deal, and always try to map
experiences back onto the history of the race and the philosphical
and religious accomplishments of the species. All the compounds
are potentially dangerous, and all compounds, at sufficient doses
or repeated over time, involve risks. The library is the first
place to go when looking into taking a new compound.
We need all the information availaable to navigate dimensions
that are profoundly strange and alien. I have been to Konarak
and visited Bubaneshwar. I'm familiar with Hindu iconography and
have collected thankas. I saw similarites between my LSD experiences
and the iconography of Mahayana Buddhism. In
fact, it was LSD experiences that drove me to
collect Mahayana art. But what amazed me was the total absence
of the motifs of DMT. It is not there; it is not there in any
tradition familiar to me."
Terence Mc Kenna
There is a very interesting story by Jorge Luis Borges called
"The Sect of the Phoenix." Allow me to recapitulate.
Borges starts out by writing: "There is no human group in
which members of the sect do not appear. It is also true that
there is no persecution or rigor they have not suffered and perpetrated."
He continues,The rite is the only religious practice observed
by the sectarians. The rite constitutes the Secret. This Secret...is
transmitted from generation to generation. The act in itself is
trivial, momentary, and requires no description. The Secret is
sacred, but is always somewhat ridiculous; its performance is
furtive and the adept do not speak of it. There are no decent
words to name it, but it is understood that all words name it
or rather inevitably allude to it.
The rite is the only religious practice observed by the sectarians.
The rite constitutes the Secret. This Secret...is transmitted
from generation to generation. The act in itself is trivial, momentary,
and requires no description. The Secret is sacred, but is always
somewhat ridiculous; its performance is furtive and the adept
do not speak of it. There are no decent words to name it, but
it is understood that all words name it or rather inevitably allude
Borges never explicitly says what the Secret is, but if one knows
his other story, "The Aleph," one can put these two
together and realize that the Aleph is the experience of the Secret
of the Cult of the Phoenix.
In the Amazon, when the mushroom was revealing its information
and deputizing us to do various things, we asked, "Why us?
Why should we be the ambassadors of an alien species into human
culture?" And it answered, "Because you did not believe
in anything. Because you have never given over your belief to
anyone." The sect of the phoenix, the cult of this experience,
is perhaps millennia old, but it has not yet been brought to light
where the historical threads may run. The prehistoric use of ecstatic
plants on this planet is not well understood. Until recently,
psilocybin mushroom taking was confined to the central isthumus
of Mexico. The psilocybin-containing species Stropharia cubensis
is not known to be in archaic use in a shamanic rite anywhere
in the world. DMT is used in the Amazon and has been for millennia,
but by cultures quite primitive - usually nomadic hunter-gatherers"
TIMES ON LINE
Hawking admits to big hole in his black
STEPHEN HAWKING, the world's most famous physicist, is to return
to the international stage next week to admit that one of his
most famous scientific theories, the "black hole paradox
After nearly 30 years defending the notion that a black hole
destroys everything in it, without leaving a trace of even the
destructive process, Professor Hawking is to address an international
conference on Wednesday to revise his claims."
"Professor Hawking, 62 made a last-minute request to organisers
of the International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation
in Dublin to present his new findings, which are causing much
exitement in the physics community.
Professor Hawking's latest work is expected to solve the black
hole information paradox", a theory first constructed by
the physicist in 1976 when he calculated that once a black hole
forms, it starts losing mass by radiating energy.
Professor Hawking asserted that this radiation contained no information
about the matter inside the black hole, and once the black hole
evaporates, all information is lost.
But this conflicts with the laws of quantum physics, which say
that such evidence of existence can never be completely wiped
Professor Hawking's argument was that the intense gravitational
fields of black holes someho unravel the laws of quantum physics.
The physicist, who is confined to a wheelchair, will speak in
Dublin next week to give a new answer to the to the conundrum
based on the idea that black holes never quite consume everything,
and do eventually open up to reveal information within."
Terence Mc Kenna
"I am baffled by what I call "the black hole effect"
that seems to surround DMT. A black hole causes a curvature of
space such that no light can leave it, and, since no signal can
leave it, no information can leave it. Let us leave aside the
issue of whether this is true in practice of spinning black holes.
Think of it as a metaphor. Metaphorically, DMT is like an intellectual
black hole in that once one knows about it, it is very hard for
others to understand what one is talking about. One cannot be
heard. The more one is able to articulate what it is, the less
others are able to understand. This is why I think people who
attain enlightenment, if we may for a moment comap these two things,
are silent. They are silent because we cannot understand them.
Why the phenomenon of tryptamine ecstasy has not been looked at
by scientists, thrill seekers, or anyone else, I am not sure,
but I recommend it to your attention.
The tragedy of our cultural situation is that we have no shamanic
tradition. Shamanism is primarily techniques, not ritual. It is
a set of techniques that have been worked out over millennia that
make it possible, though perhaps not for everyone, to explore
these areas. People of predilection are noticed and encouraged.
In archaic societies where shamanism is a thriving institution,
the signs are fairly easy to recognize: oddness or uniqueness
in an individual. Epilepsy is often a signature in preliterate
societies, or survival of an unusual ordeal in an unexpected way.
For instance, people who are struck by lightning and live are
thought to make excellent shamans. People who nearly die of a
disease and fight their way back to health after weeks and weeks
of an indeterminate zone are thought to have strength of soul.
Among aspiring shamans there must be some sign of inner strength
or a hypersensitivity to trance states. In traveling around the
world and dealing with shamans, I find the distinguishing characteristic
is an extraordinary centeredness. Usually the shaman is an intellectual
and is alienated from society. A good shaman sees exactly who
you are and says, "Ah, here's somebody to have a conversation
with." The anthropological literature always presents shamans
as embedded in a tradition, but once one gets to know them they
are always very sophisticated about what they are doing. They
are the true phenomenologists of this world; they know plant chemistry,
yet they call these energy fields "spirits." We hear
the word "spirits" through a series of narrowing declensions
of meaning that are worse almost than not understanding. Shamans
speak of "spirit" the way a quantum physicist might
speak of "charm"; it is a technical gloss for a very
It is possible that there are shamanic family lines, at least
in the case of hallucinogen-using shamans, because shamanic ability
is to some degree determined by how many active receptor sites
occur in the brain, thus facilitating these experiences. Some
claim to have these experiences naturally, but I am underwhelmed
by the evidence that this is so. What it comes down to for me
is "What can you show me?"
I always ask that question; finally in the Amazon, informants
said, "Let's take our machetes and hike out here half a mile
and get some vine and boil it up and we will show you what we
can show you."
Let us be clear. People die in these societies that I'm talking
about all the time and for all kinds of reasons. Death is really
much more among them than it is in our society. Those who have
epilepsy who don't die are brought to the attention of the shaman
and trained in breathing and plant usage and other things - the
fact is that we don't really know all of what goes on. These secret
information systems have not been well studied. Shamanism is not,
in these traditional societies, a terribly pleasant office. Shamans
are not normally allowed to have any political power, because
they are sacred. The shaman is to be found sitting at the headman's
side in the council meetings, but after the council meeting he
returns to his hut at the edge of the village. Shamans are peripheral
to society's goings on in ordinary social life in every sense
of the word. They are called on in crisis, and the crisis can
be someone dying or ill, a psychological difficulty, a marital
quarral, a theft, or weather that must be predicted.
We do not live in that kind of society, so when I explore these
plants' effects and try to call your attention to them, it is
as a phenomenon. I don't know what we can do with this phenomenon,
but I have a feeling that the potential is great. The mind-set
that I always bring to it is simply exploratory and Baconian -
the mapping and gathering of facts.
Herbert Guenther talks about human uniqueness and says one must
come to terms with one's uniqueness. We are naive about the role
of language and being as the primary facts of experience. What
good is a theory of how the universe works if it's a series of
tensor equations that, even when understood, come nowhere tangential
to experience? The only intellectual or noetic or spiritual path
worth following is one that builds on personal experience.
What the mushroom says about itself is this: that it is an extraterrestrial
organism, that spores can survive the conditions of interstellar
space. They are deep, deep purple - the color that they would
have to be to absorb the deep ultraviolet end of the spectrum.
The casing of a spore is one of the hardest organic substances
known. The electron density approaches that of a metal.
Is it possible that these mushrooms never evolved on earth? That
is what the Stropharia cubensis itself suggests. Global currents
may form on the outside of the spore. The spores are very light
and by Brownian motion are capable of percolation to the edge
if the planet's atmosphere. Then, through interaction with energetic
particles, some small number could actually escape into space.
Understand that this is an evolutionary strategy where only one
in many billions of spores actually makes the transition between
the stars - a biological strategy for radiating throughout the
galaxy without a technology. Of course this happens over very
long periods of time. But if you think that the galaxy is roughly
100,000 light-years from edge to edge, if something were moving
only one one-hundredth the speed of light - now that's not a tremendous
speed that presents problems to any advanced technology - it could
cross the galaxy in one hundred million years. There's life on
this planet 1.8 billion years old; that's eighteen times longer
than one hundred million years. So, looking at the galaxy on those
time scales, one sees that the percolation of spores between the
stars is a perfectly viable strategy for biology. It might take
millions of years, but it's the same principle by which plants
migrate into a desert or across an ocean.
There are no fungi in the fossil record older than forty million
years. The orthodox explaination is that fungi are soft-bodied
and do not fossilize well, but on the other hand we have fossilized
soft-bodied worms and other benthic marine invertebrates from
South African gunflint chert that is dated to over a billion years.
I don't necessarily believe what the mushroom tells me; rather
we have a dialogue. It is a very strange person and has many bizarre
opinions. I entertain it the way I would any eccentric friend.
I say, "Well, so that's what you think." When the mushroom
began saying it was an extraterrestrial, I felt that I was placed
in the dilemma of a child who wishes to destroy a radio to see
if there are little people inside. I couldn't figure out whether
the mushroom is the alien or the mushroom is some kind of technological
artifact allowing me to hear the alien when the alien is actually
light-years aways, using some kind of Bell nonlocality principle
The mushroom states its own position very clearly. It says, "I
require the nervous system of a mammal. Do you have one handy?"
THE DA VINCI CODE
Dan Brown 2003
"The congregation, founded in 1928 by the Spanish priest
Josemaria Escriva, promoted a return toconservative Catholic values
and encouraged its members to make sweeping sacrifices to their
own lives in order to do the Work of God
Opus Dei's traditionalist philosophy initially had taken root
in Spain before Franco's regime, but with the 1934 publication
of Josemaria Escriva's spiritual book The Way - 999
points of meditation for doing God's work in one's own life-"
"In the reflection of the shiny elevator door, he saw the
captains clip - a silver crucifix with thirteen embedded pieces
of black onyx. Langdon found it vaguely surprising. The symbol
was known as a crux gemmata - a cross bearing thirteen
gems - a Christian ideogram for Christ and his twelve apostles."
99 45 9
THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN
Thomas Mann 1875-1955
"Had not the normal, since time was, lived on the achievements
of the abnormal? Men consciously and voluntarily descended into
disease and madness, in search of knowledge which, acquired by
fanaticism, would lead back to health; after the possession and
use of it had ceased to be conditioned by that heroic and abnormal
act of sacrifice. That was the true death on the cross, the true
Page 1117 A.D. 30.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily,
I say unto thee, Except a man be born again,
He cannot see the kingdom of God.
St John Chapter 3 verse 3
3 + 3 3 x 3
6 x 9
5 + 4
IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS
Fragments of an Unknown Teaching
P.D.Oupensky 1878- 1947
" 'A man may be born ,but in order
to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first
" 'When a man awakes he can die; when he dies he can be born'
Thus spake the prophet Gurdjieff.
THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN
Thomas Mann 1875-1955
" There is both rhyme and reason in what I say, I
have made a dream poem of humanity. I will cling to it .I will
be good. I will let death have no mastery over my thoughts. For
therein lies goodness and love of humankind, and in nothing else."
Page 496 / 497
"Love stands opposed to death. It is love, not reason,
that is stronger than death. Only love, not reason, gives sweet
thoughts. And from love and sweetness alone can form come: form
and civilisation, friendly and enlightened, beautiful human intercourse-always
in silent recognition of the blood-sacrifice. Ah, yes, it is it
is well and truly dreamed. I have taken stock I will keep faith
with death in my heart, yet well remember that faith with death
and the dead is evil, is hostile to mankind, so soon as we give
it power over thought and action.
THE ARCHAIC REVIVAL
New Dimensions Interview
Page 165 Chapter 11
"Somehow it's outside of the cultural institutional entities.
Number one, why do you think that is the case? Of course there's
a logical answer to that one, but what do you see as the future
of this kind of information and knowledge?
TM: I think in a sense it signals the rebirth
of the institution of shamanism in the context of modem society.
Anthropologists have always made the point about shamans
that they were very important social catalysts in their groups,
but they were always peripheral to them-peripheral to the political
power and, actually, usually physically peripheral, living some
distance from the villages. I think the electronic shaman-the
person who pursues tne exploration of these spacesexists
to return to tell the rest of us about it.
Hopefully we are now coming into a period of maturity as a species.
We can no longer have forbidden areas of the human mind or mindless
cultural machinery. We have taken upon ourselves the acquisition
of so much power that we must now understand what we are. We cannot
travel much further with definitions of humanity inherited from
the Judeo-Christian tradition. We need to truly explore the problem
of consciousness, because as human beings gain power they are
becoming the defining factor on the planet. The questions that
loom are, "Is man good?" and then, if the answer is
yes, "What is man good for?"
The shamans will point the way because they are visionaries,
poets, cultural architects, forecasters-all these roles that
we understand in more conventional terms rolled into one and raised
to the nth power. They are cultural models for the rest of us.
It has always been true that the shaman has access to a superhuman
dimension and a superhuman condition and thereby affirms the potential
for transcendence in all people. The shaman is an exemplar,
if you will, and I see the new attention that's being given to
these things signaling a sense on the part of society tha~ we
need to return to these models. This is why, for instance, in
the Star Wars phenomenon Skywalker, the name of a major
character, is a direct translation of the word "shaman"
out of the Tungusic, which is where Siberian shamanism comes from.
So these heroes that are being instilled in the heart of the culture
are shamanic heroes; they control a force that is bigger than
everybody and holds the galaxy together; this is true, as a matter
of fact. As we explore how true this is, the limitations of our
previous worldview will be exposed for all to see. I think it
was J. B. S. Haldane who said, "The world may not only be
stranger than we suppose, it may be stranger than we can suppose."Page
161the contradictions flow together. The kind of prejudice leveled
against psychedelics attended psychoanalysis during the twenties
and thirties when it was thought to be superfluous or some kind
of fad. Psychedelics touch a very sensitive nerve. They touch
the issue of the nature of humans, and some people are uncomfortable
MT: What is the value of exploring extraordinary
TM: I believe it's the same value that attends
the exploration of ordinary realities. There's an alchemical saying
that one should read the oldest books, climb the highest mountains,
and visit the broadest deserts. I think that being imposes some
kind of obligation to find out what's going on, and since all
primary information about what is going on comes through the senses,
any plant or any compound that alters that sensory input has to
be looked at very carefully. I've often made the point that, chemically
speaking, you can take a molecule that is completely inactive
as a psychedelic, reposition a single atom on one of its rings,
and suddenly it's a powerful psychedelic. Now it seems to me that
this is a perfect proof of the interpenetration of matter and
mind. The movement of a single atom from one known position to
another known position changes an experience from nothing to overwhelming.
This means that mind and matter, at the quantum-mechanical level,
are all spun together. This means in a sense that the term extraordinary
reality is not correct if it implies a division of category
from ordinary reality. It is simply that there is more and more
and more of reality, and some of it is inside our heads and some
of it is deployed out through threedimensional Newtonian
MT: I think most of us just simply accept the
everyday reality as the only one. You're talking about journeys
into nether regions far beyond most people's conception or
TM: I think there's a shamanic temperament that
is characterized by a craving for knowledge-knowledge in the Greek
sense of gnosis. In other words, knowledge not of the sort where
one subscribes to Scientific American and it validates
what you believe, but cosmologies constructed out of immediate
experiences that are always found to be applicable. You see, I
don't believe that the world is made of quarks or electromagnetic
waves, or stars or planets, or any of these things. I believe
the world is made of language and that this is the primary fact
that has been overlooked. The construction of the flying saucer
is not so much a dilemma of hardware as it is a poetic challenge.
People find it very hard to imagine exactly what I'm talking about.
What I'm saying is that the leading edge of reality is mind,
and that mind is the primary substratum of / Page 162 / being.
We in the West have had it the wrong way around for over a millennium,
but once this is clearly understood, using what we have learned
in our little excursion through three-dimensional space and matter,
we will create a new vision of humanity that will be a fusion
of the East and the West.
MT: You suggest that the world is made of language,
yet I think of these extraordinary realities that are totally
beyond any language that we use in any ordinary sense.
TM: Yes, they are beyond ordinary language.
I always think of Philo Judaeus writing on the Logos. He posed
to himself the question, "What would be a more perfect Logos?"
and then he answered, saying it would be a Logos that is not heard
but beheld. And he imagined a form of communication where the
ears would not be the primary receptors, but the eyes would be.
A language where meaning was not constructed through a dictionary
of spoken words, but where three-dimensional objects were
actually generated with a kind of hyperlanguage so that there
was perfect understanding between people. This may sound bizarre
in ordinary reality, but these forms of synesthesia and synesthesic
glossolalia are commonplace in psychedelic states.
MT: Terence, could you identify Philo for us
and tell us who he was?
TM: He was an Alexandrian Jew of the second
century who made it his business to travel around the Hellenistic
world discussing all the major cults and religious and cosmogonic
theories of his day. So he's a major source of Hellenistic data
MT: How would you relate to Socrates' view of
TM: I think that it's hard not to be a Platonist,
but it's something that perhaps we should struggle against, or
at least struggle to modify. I think of myself as sort of a Whiteheadian
Platonist. Certainly the central Platonic notion, that of the
Ideas-archetypal forms that stand outside of time-is one that
is confirmed by the psychedelic experience. The Neoplatonists-the
school of Plotinus and Porphyry-are psychedelic philosophers.
Their idea of an ascending hierarchy of increasingly more rarified
states is a sophisticated presentation of the shamanic cosmology
that one experientially discovers when one is involved with psychedelics.
MT: What I think most of us don't realize is
that Greek culture and the Eleusinian mysteries incorporated the
use of something very akin to psychedelics Essentially Western
civilization is based on a cul-ture that had at its core an experience
and a ritual that used psychedelics".
THE DA VINCI CODE
Teabing said, 'I was wondering if you would permit me a few words.'
He sounded apprehensive, like a father about to give the birds-and-the-bees
lecture to his children. 'My friends, I realize I am but a guest
on this journey, and I am honoured as such. And yet, as someone
who has spent his life in search of the Grail, I feel it is my
duty to warn you that you are about to step onto a path from which
there is no return, regardless of the dangers involved.' He turned
to Sophie. 'Miss Neveu, your grandfather gave you this cryptex
in hopes you would keep the secret of the Holy Grail alive.
Understandably, you feel obliged to follow the trail wherever
Sophie nodded, although she felt a second motivation still
burning within her. The truth about my family. Despite
Langdon's assurances that the keystone had nothing to do
with her past, Sophie still sensed something deeply personal entwined
within this mystery, as if this cryptex, forged by her grandfather's
own hands, were trying to speak to her and offer some kind of
resolution to the emptiness that had haunted her all these years.
Your grandfather and three others died tonight,' Teabing continued,
'and they did so to keep this keystone away from the Church. Opus
Dei came within inches tonight of possessing it. You understand,
I hope, that this puts you in a position of exceptional responsibility.
You have been handed a torch. A two-thousand-year-old flame that
cannot be allowed to go out. This torch cannot fall into the wrong
hands.' He paused, glancing at the rosewood box. 'I realize you
have been given no choice in this matter, Miss Neveu, but considering
what is at stake here, you must either fully embrace this responsibility...
or you must pass that responsibility to someone else.'
"You have been handed a torch. A
two-thousand-year-old flame that cannot be allowed to go out"
"I feel it is my duty to warn you
that you are about to step onto a path from which there is no
return, regardless of the dangers involved"
CITY OF REVELATION
John Michell 1972
"All who study the cabalistic science and the geo-metry
and numbers of creation are attacked by melancholy, some-times
fatally, the suicide rate among cabalists being notoriously high.
The Point is clearly made in Durer's Melancholia. The garden of
paradise,symbol of the ultimate perfection of human consciousness,
has many delightful inhabitants which are at the same time dange-rous
beasts to whoever fails to recognise their nature and function;
and of these the most treachorous is the mercurial old serpent
of wisdom, that leads men on in the search of the treasure of
which it is in itself the the venomous custodian."
THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN
"..."And if one is interested in life, one
must be particularly interested in death, mustn't one? "
"Oh, well, after all, there is some sort of difference.
Life is life which keeps the form through change of substance."
"Why should the form remain?" said Hans Castorp. / Page
267 / "why? Young man, what you are saying now sounds far
"Form is folderol."
"Well, you are certainly in great form to-day -
you're regularly kicking over the traces. But I must drop out
now," said the Hofrat." I am beginning to feel melancholy,"
and he laid his huge hand over his eyes." I can feel it coming
on. You see, I've drunk coffee with you, and it tasted good to
me, and all of a sudden it comes over me that I am going to be
melancholy. You gentlemen must excuse me. It was an extra occasion,
I enjoyed it no end ... "
The Zed Aliz Zed again presents credentials
This acknowledgement to the contributions of others within
this hymn of praise to creative consciousness is freely and humbly
given. Perhaps it is indicative of where Eht Namuh stands upon
the ladder of its progress at this quintessential moment of the
now that each and every one of us seek recognition for that which
all of us, as creative entities, have been entrusted with exteriorizing
for and on behalf of all that that ISISIS. That oh so magikal
living creative intelligent consciousness, which always and forever
holds each and every one of us in thrall. Blessed is that wholly
holy androgynous power of the Great Mother Father, male female,
positive negative, dark light, energy initiator and motivating
power of the mysterious process of life.
THE RAINBOW LIGHT
Within the this of the that of the he
as in she of the thou that is thee of the thou as in ought of
the ought as in thought heareth thee that voice of the silence
and give only love praise and reverence to the true creator.
THAT THAT THAT
ALL THAT EVER WAS AND EVER IS
That out which the holy womb energy spins forth thine
and mines collective existence within this reality that never
was. The magnetic energy field of intelligent living creativity.
Abundant and fecund, manifested everywhere and in everything,
all is living energy, living creative energy known variously and
collectively as the one God. Cast off the shackles of thy puny
ego O Namuh and accord thanks for thine honoured participation
in creativity of a kind and thank your stars for that. There is
a mountain to climb or otherwise a mounting oblivion shall be
your future. In the beginning was the word and the word was that
notion, what notion is that then?. It is the notion of an individual
unique self, that of the great I am, that O Namuh is no notion
at all, free thine understanding O Namuh from the dark age tyranny
of thy thinking those thoughts of the he as in she absurdity of
that confusing misunderstanding notion that is the
give only thy praise in wonder to that
living essence of the energy within and without which is thy true
nature. Blessed be the name of
THAT ONE TRUE
THAT THAT THAT
HOLY WHOLLY HOLY
THE GOVERNMENT OF TIBET IN EXILE
Extracted from the internet 5th of August
"Tibet's oldest spiritual tradition is Bön. According
to Bönpo accounts, eighteen enlightened
teachers will appear in this aeon and Tönpa Shenrab, the
founder of the Bön religion, is the enlightened teacher of
this age. He is said to have been born in the mythical land of
Olmo Lung Ring, whose location remains something of a mystery.
The land is traditionally described as dominated by Mount Yung-drung
Gu-tzeg (Edifice of Nine Swastikas), which many
identify as Mount Kailash in western Tibet. Due to the sacredness
of Olmo Lung Ring and the mountain, both the counter-clockwise
swastika and the number nine are of great significance
in the Bön religion."It is believed that Tönpa
Shenrab first studied the Bön doctrine in heaven, at the
end of which he pledged at the feet of the god of compassion,
Shenla Okar, to guide the people of this world. Accordingly, at
the age of thirty one he renounced the world and took up a life
of austerity, spreading the doctrine in order to help the beings
immersed in an ocean of misery and suffering. In his effort to
spread the doctrine, he arrived in Tibet, in the region of Mount
Kailash, which is known as the land of Zhang Zhung, historically
the principal seat of Bön culture and doctrine. Accounts
of Tönpa Shenrab's life are to be found in three major sources;
mDo-'dus, gZer-mig and gZi-brjid. The first
two are believed to be Treasure texts (gTer-ma) discovered
according to Bön history in the tenth or eleventh century.
The third belongs to the whispered lineage (sNyan-brgyud)
transmitted amongst adepts.
The doctrines taught by Tonpa Shenrab are generally classified
into two types, first, The Four Portals and One Treasury (sGo-bzhi
mDzod-lizga): the White Water (Chabdkar) doctrine
dealing with esoteric matters; the Black Water (Chab-nag)doctrine
concerning narratives, magic, funeral rites and ransom rituals;
the Land of Phan ('Phanyul) doctrine which contains monastic
rules and philosophical expositions; the Divine Guide (dPon-gasa)
doctrine containing exclusively the great perfection teachings;
and finally, the Treasury (mTho-thog) which comprises
the essential aspects of all the four portals.
The second classification, the Nine Ways of Bön (Bön
theg-pa rim-dgu) is as follows: the Way of Prediction (Phyva-gshen
Theg-pa), which describes sortilege, astrology, ritual and
prognostication; the Way of the Visual World (sNang-shen theg-pa),
which explains the psychophysical universe; the Way of Illusion
('Phrul-gshen theg-pa), which gives details of the rites
for the dispersing adverse forces; the Way of Existence (Srid-gshen
theg-pa), which explains funeral and death rituals; the Way
of a Lay Follower (dGe-bsnyen theg-pa), which contains
the ten principles for wholesome activity; the Way of a Monk,
(Drnag-srnng theg-pa), in which the monastic rules and
regulations are laid out; the Way of Primordial Sound (Adkar
theg-pa), which explains the integration of an exalted practitioner
into the mandala of highest enlightenment; the Way of Primordial
Shen, (Ye-gshen theg-pa), which explains the guidelines
for seeking a true tantric master and the spiritual commitments
that binds a disciple to his tantric master; and, finally, the
Way of Supreme Doctrine (Bla-med theg-pa), which discusses
only the doctrine of great perfection.
The nine ways are further synthesised into three: the first four
as the Causal Ways (rGyui-theg-pa), the second four as
the Resultant Ways ('Brns-bu'i-theg-pa) and the ninth
as the Unsurpassable Way or the Way of Great Completion (Khyad-par
chen-po'i-theg-pa or rDzogs-chen). These are contained in
the Bön canon comprising more than two hundred volumes classified
under four sections: the sutras (mDa), the perfection of wisdom
teachings ('Bum), the tantras (rGyud) and knowledge
(mDzod). Besides these, the canon deals with other subjects
such as rituals, arts and crafts, logic, medicine, poetry and
narrative. It is interesting to note that the Knowledge (mDzod)
section concerning cosmology and cosmogony is quite unique to
Bön, though there is scholarly speculation that it has a
strong affinity with certain Nyingma doctrines.
History has it that with the increasing royal patronage of Buddhism,
Bön was discouraged, and faced persecution and banishment.
Practically nothing is known about Bön during the period
from the eighth to the early eleventh centuries. However, with
the relentless devotion and endeavour of sincere followers such
as Drenpa Namkha (9th century), Shenchen Kunga
(10th century) and many others the Bön, Tibet's indigenous
religion, was rescued from oblivion and re-established itself
alongside Buddhism in Tibet.
Since the eleventh century, with the founding of monasteries
such as Yeru Ensakha, Kyikhar Rishing, Zangri and later Menri
and Yungdrung Ling in Central Tibet; and Nangleg Gon, Khyunglung
Ngulkar and others, more than three hundred Bön monasteries
had been established in Tibet prior to Chinese occupation. Of
these, Menri and Yungdrung monasteries were the major monastic
universities for the study and practice of Bön doctrines.
A reassessment of Bön took place in the nine-teenth century
at the hands of Sharza Tashi Gyeltsen, a Bön master whose
collected writings comprising eighteen volumes gave the tradition
new impetus. His follower Kagya Khyungtrul Jigmey Namkha trained
many disciples learned in not only the Bön religion, but
in all the Tibetan sciences. However, with the Chinese invasion
of Tibet, like the other spiritual traditions, Bön also faced
Nechung - The State Oracle of Tibet
"Like many ancient civilizations of the world, the phenomenon
of oracles remains an important part of the Tibetan way of life.
Tibetans rely on oracles for various reasons. The purpose of the
oracles is not just to foretell the future. They are called upon
as protectors and sometimes used as healers. However, their primary
function is to protect the Buddha Dharma and its practitioners.
In the Tibetan tradition, the word oracle is
used for a spirit which enters those men and women who act as
mediums between the natural and the spiritual realms. The mediums
are, therefore, known as kuten, which literally means, "the
In early times it is believed that there were hundreds of oracles
throughout Tibet. Today, only a few survive, including those consulted
by the Tibetan government. Of these, the principal one is the
Nechung oracle. Through him manifests Dorje Drak-den (Nechung),
the principal protector divinity of the Tibetan government and
the Dalai Lama"
E-MAIL 8 Sept 2004.10-50am (slightly modified)
Dear Matthew I hope you are well thanks for the e-mail
I was writing to Nicola when the e-mail pinged letting me know
an arrival had arrived, and blow me down it were thee. A coincidence
for you I had also just mentioned Romany's Dowter Tabitha. Magical
correspondences, good eh. I am sending you the e-mail I have sent
to Nicola and also the reply to two site enquiries previously
Best of luck with the move. Will we see you before you leave for
Ra-in-bow love and best wishes
Dearest Dowter thank you for your e-mail it is always good to
hear from you, I think about you a great deal and it does wonders
for my peace of mind to know you are okay.
Matthew tells me he is going to Brussels on Sunday and so he is
still travelling, albeit differently from the past.
I think Michael has fixed his e-mail. The photographs of Tabitha
show a bonny little girl, I have only seen her I think 4 times.
I should make more of an effort, instead of perpetually grinding
the stones of Hamlets Mill.
You say we ought to visit Tibet, now there's a thought.
I would like to see the region where the Tibetan buddhist saint
Jetsun Milarepa is reputed to have lived and died. Thinking Tibet
arouses a terrible nostalgia somehow, this happens also thinking
of Egypt and the Great Pyramid. You are quite right we should
go, perhaps we will when the ritualistic rising of that Lazy Lazarus
is accomplished, and at long last the sleeping Mr and Mrs Namuh
awaken into the dawning light of a new day.
There have been two further e-mails asking for an explanation
of site material. This I have done. The numbers this month have
dropped I thought that in August during which we have had nearly
1700 visits that the brush fire of interest would become a conflageration.
This has not been the case and from an average of 52 a day we
are floating steadily at 18. With a world population of around
6.2 billion there is much to do and so little time.
Are you reading much Nicola? you should ask yourself the so important
obvious question, "whats it all about Alpha" Perhaps
you could start reading about, and around that subject. Asking
questions about realities more esoteric side endeavouring to see
that which is going on under the surface of transient mind, as
an alternative to being a surface skater. Reading requires discipline
but as you know is immensely rewarding.
On that profundity I will away to the woods. I am sending
you and Matthew the response made to the two e-mail enquiries
as to the nature of "The Great Work "I hope you will
both read it carefully and cogitate.
Brother Michael, John Christine, Charlotte and Jamie are well
and usually ask after you and send their love.
Ra-in-bow good wishes and lots of love
thi favourite Faither. xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxx
Nick, the day after recieving your e-mail this arrived,
at the risk of labouring your patience. I thought the more developed
reply which was sent to Jessica may be of interest.
I stumbled across your website in a forum I like to lurk
in, and I find the
whole thing very intriguing, if a little strange. I was wondering
could shed some light on what it all means, or where it all comes
Dear Jessica, thank you for your interest in the site
it is much appreciated.
I am going to send you a rather long e-mail which with any luck
will engage your interest further. Then if you think it right
to do so perhaps you will help sow the seeds within the ken of
the all and sundry. I do it all the time and look on it as the
process that will awaken the sleeping lazy Lazarus The he azin
she that is Lazarus.
That work about which I toil Jessica is called "The Great
Work" which is an alchemical term referring to an objective
wherein humankind, via, amongst others the Alchemist strives for
positive changes within the underlying structure of living reality.
On one level it seeks to turn base metal into gold. That is its
exoteric commonly understood purpose. The ancient alchemists were,
in a sense chemists, scientists of their time.
The esoteric more purposeful striving of the true alchemist is
in self transformation, thereby to consciously serve that creative
living energy we often call God. The transmutation thereby effected
achieves an understanding of the unified nature of all things
it incites the I consciousness into making an imaginative leap
into an understanding empathy with that creative living miracle
that is everything. Mentally, consciously, awakened, as it were
reborn, a reconstituted aware being alive to the grand unity of
living intelligent creative energy. Understanding that the REALITY
of self is but an expression of this. Forsaking within existences
obvious parameters, the I, ME, EGO of unique individuality. Becoming,
the committed wholesome representative in service and loving duty
to that immortal self perpetuating creative flux that is the living
eternal entirety. From wherein the seeker enters a state of grace,
having embraced through loving realisation the unified mental
set of the ONE whereby a return to the old ways of looking at
things is rendered impossible. It is a realisation of the unity
of womb ZERO.
Think "unless a man be born again he cannot enter the kingdom
of god" Its not just 'a man' Jessica, it is male and female,
it is every sentient beings inexorable destiny to know this truth.
and be able to say "I and my androgynous abstraction of living
supremely creative energy are one" that has always been,
forever will it be so.
You are a rainbow child of the light, it is your destiny to know
the truth of that that is MINS MIND. You are being drawn towards
your destiny, you toil to know your destiny. I will tell you what
that is my dear you are GOD just like everything else. And that
is your struggle to truly understand that. Everything is one,
the assumption of a lasting individuality will, as a by product
of that alchemical striving within the inner minds I, ultimately
die the death, and the idea of the unique self be relinquished.
The idea that supposes that some DIVINE entity could absorb the
karmic misdeeds for others en-block is not possible what you sow
you reap, The beauty of Karmic law is that the negative and positive
energy strivings with respect to that so-called individual you
is always perfectly just. YOU are THAT DIVINE BEING. It is the
developing consciousness that decides guilt or otherwise, that
is OSIRIS LORD OF THE DEAD that which we are pleased to call our
conscience, the so called individual you being Judge and Jury
of that exquisite process which just like the plant is drawn to
the light, THE RAINBOW LIGHT OF DIVINE AWARENESS.
This Jessica presuppose acceptance of the concept of reincarnation,
which me, myself and I the three of us, embrace wholeheartedly.
This assumption of being a me, an I, a singleton, begins the more
you think about it, to assume something of an immature minds I
fantasy. I hesitate to draw the following analogy but will. Imagine
a long street at dusk, the street lights come on houses, buildings
and streets light up. You think of all the different bulbs being
used in the birthing of light, colour, and so on you smile knowing
the new vision developing within the minds I. Starting to laugh
a companion in kind asks why are you laughing? " I just had
a thought you say. what if all these light bulbs seen here, and
all the electric light bulbs in every lighting device you ever
did see, could think of themselves as individuals, and not as
the valves by which the power of electricity manifests light within
our reality. "Your quite mad" they say. But that thinking
you back at your lonely outpost in the middle of the universe
at the very place where you often go for a quiet think, and a
longing look back towards planet EARTH, sigh, give an eye catching
catcher in the rye wry smile, and know what you know.
Page 98 / " The alchemists, Jung believed had been
inadvertently tap-ping into the collective unconscious. This led
them to assume / Page 99 / they were following
a spiritual path to enlightenment-when they were actually liberating
their subconscious minds through the use of ritual. This is not
far removed from other ritualistic events- those exploited by
faith healers, the ecstasy experienced by ritualistic voodoo dancers,
or charismatic Christian services. Jung said of alchemy: 'The
alchemical stone symbolises something that can never be lost
or dissolved, something eternal that some alchemists 'Compared
to the mystical experience of God within one's own soul.It usually
takes prolonged suffering to burn away all the superfluous psychic
elements.concealing the stone. But some profound inner experience
of the Self does occur to most people at least once in a lifetime.
From the psychological standpoint, a genuinely religious attitude
consists of an effort to discover this unique. experience and;gradually
to keep in tune with it is, relevant that the stone is itself
something permanent), so that the Self becomes an inner partner
towards whom one's attention is continually turned.'5 To the alchemist,
the most important factor in the practice was participation of
the individual experimenter in .the process of transmutation.
The genuine alchemist was convinced that the emotional and spiritual
characteristics of the individual experimenter was involved intimately
with the success or failure of the experiment. And, it is this
concept, more than any other aspect of, alchemy, that distinguishes
it from orthodox chemistry,- the scientific discipline that began
to supersede it at the end of the seventeenth Century. The alchemist
placed inordinate importance upon the spiritual element.of his
work and for many sceptics it was this which.pushed the subject
into the realms of magic and left it forever beyond the boundaries
Well Jessica thank you for giving me the
chance to present you with all of this, I hope you don't mind.
Please persevere with your Magic Mountain Experience. The paradox
of your singular endeavour, is that everything and everyone is
making the climb with you. That everyone is present in the misconception
of the Descartes notion
"I THINK THEREFORE I AM"
as surely as night follows day it should be
THINK THEREFORE I AM NOT
A sloughing off of the individual serpents skin.
Here me speak, I am the creator, you are the creator,
we are the creators. In this reality of opposites make no mistake
everything is perfectly poised representing within realities living
tableaux, the positive and negative energies that generate our
living experience. Those living energies which, to a lesser or
greater degree seek always to redress any imbalance in their presentation,
as the greater purpose of cosmic illumination unfolds. The invisible
nexus wherein matter is commingled with mind.
At this time in the quintessential moment of our forever humankind
needs to generate a great many more positive beneficent love energies.
Then the manifestation of energies that always reflect themselves
within reality become reflective of divine perfection. Thereby
can the navigation of our immediate living purpose be resolved
with the minimum of suffering to all sentient beings. That so
often terrible prolonged suffering that is occasioned by the purging
of karmic debts usually accumulated in ignorance. Reality is so
much richer Jessica, reality is immortal, Think of the words of
Robbie Burns love song, of the lines "look abroad through
Natures range natures mighty law is change" at this particular
juxtoposition of instants the establishing of an equality of opposites
presents great difficulties for blessed humankind, that magnificent
living energy presently an aspect of creative endeavour that is
glue bound and hog tied, hobbled and fettered confined and gravitationally
bound within certain mental sets, and oh so weary. Rainbow children
lacking fluidity of imagination not knowing which way to turn
having lost sight of its magnetic north. Uunrecognizable is the
spiritual way. The way of truth that invisible but always present
route whereby the different strands of the Path of Ptah can be
synthesized as one. To be enabled to resolve this requires each
and every one of us accomplishing the labours of Hercules. Survival
at this juncture of our forever's demands it be done. That is
the monumental task and no ifs or buts, the imaginative leap to
all comprehending unity has to be made if humankind is to survive
its latest and most dangerous and difficult test yet.
Before closing Jessica it has been good to talk to you. Please
take your time with the e-mail that follows. If you have written
it is because in the karmic sense you are already, karmically
gifted. However, further effort must come from your good self,
acting for, and on behalf of all. It is the same for everyone.
You have to undo the knots of your own karmic tare, that way you
undo some of ours. I am carrying enough karmic residue to weigh
down Walpole's "donkey of serendipity". A touch on the
forehead and an eternity of orgiastic bliss is not possible, it
is all for one and one for all as the intrepid three, or wharrit
four musketeers, were want to sing, singly, and in unison.
Finally Jessica please take cognizance of the English Alphabet,
this is the main vehicle of transfer, whereby the proof of human
gods and goddess changing rainbow nature will be revealed. That
which will emerge out the chrysalis of hidebound gravitational
mental restrictions that are the average come day go day, day
to day of thought processes we are pleased to call
ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME
The Magikalalphabet contains within its language the
the seeds of the fruits of all others. And is the primary means
whereby such divine metamorphosis is being effected. It is the
fulcrum of the balance of that whereby cometh about the proving
of the supreme androgynous loving nature that is the all of everything.
The angel of this communication presently occupies the 973-eht-namuh-973.com
web site, pulsating out its message of love upon the neters net.
Mentioned in this this e-mail are the words I, I've me, conscience,
these when changed into number and transposed via the relative
position of each capital letter in the English alphabet has a
root number of 9 for each word.
is the 9th letter of the English Alphabet.
M the 13th letter, E the 5th these added together make
18 the numerical root, is arrived at by further resolution until
the essence of root number presents itself, in this case another
9. if you do this with the word EGO. E+G+O we get 5+7+15 = 27
and 2+7 is 9. Or to put this another way 5+7+6 which equal 18
and 1+8 is 9. The words IVE and CONSCIENCE also make 9.
The planet JUPITER is the 9th Planet counting from small to large,
the question? Is it coincidence that the word JUPITER using this
method adds up to 99 and we know that 9+9 makes 18 and 1+8 is
We have no problem as lay people thinking vaguely about the binary
system with respect to computer operations. Oh yes we say, its
all to do with the numbers 0and 1 and the miracle of the internet
we take takeon board without a seconds thought.
Reality itself uses numbers, but and here's the rub not in a chance
haphazard sort of way, well no of course not. Reality uses number
in a supremely creative and magnificently intelligent way. Eventually
we will say, its so obvious, reality is as alive as any living
so-called singularity such as ourselves. We didn't see it before
because our perspective was set mentally at an angle, things appeared
refracted as through water, instead of seeing through a glass
sparkly, we saw through a glass darkly. But yes, oh yes we get
the message now.
The method of transposing the capital letters into their numerical
placing within the tools of language is a very ancient art called
Fadic addition, but we call it The Magikalalphabet, it is supremely
important for our purpose, for all of us, it is the means whereby
the creative leap in human consciousness will be ensured.
If you think Jessica it is right to sow the seed, please do so.
Last thoughts, there are nine planets, nine openings in the human
body and guess what is the root number for the words DIVINE LOVE.
You r, quite quietly right, divine is 9 and love is 9. Well who'd
a thought it.
Ra-in-bow good wishes
JESSICA (first change)
10+5+19+19+9+3+1= 66 6+6 =12 AND 1+2 = 3
JESSICA (second change)
1+5+1+1+3+1=12 and 1+2 = 3
Mankind is also initially 66
38161 the God of chaos is called CHAO 3816.
The e-mail that follows bears the title The Great Work 2 of 2
Thats it Jessica, thanks for writing I hope I haven't overstayed
my welcome, good luck on your journey.
THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN
9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
That is that Nick.
I now return to the grinding stone.
PATH OF PTAH
Every good wish
NICK (first change)
14+9+3+11= 37 3+7 = 10 1+0 =1
NICK (second change)
5+9+3+2 = 19 1+9=10 1+0 = 1
Same advice Nick, if you think it right to do so, please, sow
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