Compared to Daniel Pinchbeck or Terrence McKenna, this doctor has a rather dry tone and I found the book too boring to read entirely through. That saiCompared to Daniel Pinchbeck or Terrence McKenna, this doctor has a rather dry tone and I found the book too boring to read entirely through. That said perhaps the two aforementioned authors spoiled me. It's this author's "rational" "scientific" tone that degrades the quality of it for me, comparing consciousness to a TV is an awful metaphor as well and he pretty much immediately jumps to his conclusions, and they're interesting enough but seemingly don't fully deconstruct and elaborate, always sitting in the clinical experience of participants realm...more
Enter Chapel Perilous, like Grant Morrison did in the making of The Invisibles, as did Daniel Pinchbeck in his explorations of psychedelics, in line wEnter Chapel Perilous, like Grant Morrison did in the making of The Invisibles, as did Daniel Pinchbeck in his explorations of psychedelics, in line with Leary, Watts, and the counterculture psychonauts, all is open to potentia, there are many models in our many modeled reality, to be open to them all, is to let in a lot, and the element that never ends is change, all immaterial phenomena exist, whether they may be seen as supernatural, or spiritual, the spiritual science Wilson purposes is one open to quantum possibility as much as magick, occult theory, and alternate history, what's the right answer, where's the right door, too many questions, find the answers personally, for only you and your "I" can enter the doors of the Chapel Perilous, remember your sword of reason, less you lose your mind, but do not only bring your reason, without a cup of sympathy for you may lose your heart, even stranger if you forget your wand of intuition you may be standing at the door for ages without realizing, and without the pentacle of valor you may dissolve into simple paranoia, whereas we/you/I are looking for the more spectacular paranoia, the synchro-mesh on our reality-tunnels traveling through some intangiblity we've forgot how our senses we're functioning and when we hit the higher circuts, oh how sublime and odd existence seems, we certainly always have something stranger and intriguing to uncover: mystic cups up to us!...more
Too many good quotes, meant to be spoken, sung, meant to be said to everyone who is a poet or who doesn't understand poetry or appreciates it. The titToo many good quotes, meant to be spoken, sung, meant to be said to everyone who is a poet or who doesn't understand poetry or appreciates it. The title poem is a molten bolt of lightning and wit, flipped cliche and poetic foundation, axioms unbound.
Quotes: Haunt bookstores.
Don't slip on the banana peel of nihilism, even while listening to the roar of Nothingness.
Poetry [is] the shortest distance between two humans.
Poetry is making something out of nothing, and it can be about nothing and still mean something.
As long as there is an unknown there will be poetry.
The poet by definition is the bearer of Eros and love and freedom and thus the natural-born non-violent enemy of the State.
[Poetry] It is the voice of the Fourth Person singular.
The ending's something to behold. Some quotes: "Self hate is really the same thing as sheer egotism, and in the long run breeds the same cruel isolationThe ending's something to behold. Some quotes: "Self hate is really the same thing as sheer egotism, and in the long run breeds the same cruel isolation and despair." "Now there are times when a whole generation is caught in this way between two ages, two modes of life, with the consequences that it loses all power to understand itself and has no standard, no security, no simple acquiescence." "I always hated and despised...this carefully preserved optimism of the middle classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity." "With the yearning after a new orientation for an age that has lost its bearings." "For all extreme individuation turns against itself, intent upon its own destruction." "For those outside of the bourgeoisie live in the atmosphere of these magical possibilities." "As a body everyone is single, as a soul never." "Yes, I understood the invitation to madness and the jettison of reason and the escape from the clogs of convention in surrender to the unbridled surge of spirit and fantasy." "How can you say that you've taken any trouble to live when you won't even dance?" "You have always done the difficult and complicated things and the simple ones you haven't even learned." "You learned people and artists have, no doubt, all sorts of superior things in your heads; but you're human beings like the rest of us, and we, too, have our dreams and fancies." "It's a poor fellow who can't take his pleasure without asking other people's permission." "That is perhaps true, but truths like that--that we must all soon be dead and so it is all one and the same--make the whole of life flat and stupid. Are we then to throw everything up and renounce the spirit altogether and all effort and all that is human and let ambition and money rule forever while we await the next mobilization over a glass of beer?" "Every one risks being laughed at when he addresses a girl. That's always at stake. So take the risk, Harry, and if the worst come to the worst let yourself be laughed at." “You are here in a school of humor. You are to learn to laugh. Now, true humor begins when a man ceases to take himself seriously.” "Of course, what we are doing isn't rational. It's childishness, just as war is childishness on a gigantic scale. In time, mankind will learn to keep its numbers in check by rational means. Meanwhile, we are meeting an intolerable situation in a rather irrational way." "You are willing to die, you coward, but not to live."
I read the first two thirds, then it got boring to me. Also her super insistence on the word and existence of "God" is a little unnerving although ofI read the first two thirds, then it got boring to me. Also her super insistence on the word and existence of "God" is a little unnerving although of course she describes it in the very vast definition, the term God just leaves a bad taste in my mouth, or relatively in my soul. I'd rather die, shoot through the tunnel and possible darkness and past any authority and go explore the universe, remember past lives, view future lives, you know have a cosmic blast. While her book confirms some people's experience of this and of a heaven and hell like experience which seemed to all be based on the psychological belief of each person, I do not want to bow to God. I want to shoot past all hierarchy. ...more
While the classical study and such contents isn't usually my interest, Borges paints a fantastical mystical sort of exploration of greek myth, islam,While the classical study and such contents isn't usually my interest, Borges paints a fantastical mystical sort of exploration of greek myth, islam, and history in such a way that makes it very interesting. Quotes: In my view, the Wheel conceived by certain religions in Hindustan is much more plausible, on that Wheel, which has neither end nor beginning, each life is the effect of the previous life and the engenderer of the next, yet no one life determines the whole. --GCB like They knew that over an infinitely long span of time, all things happen to all humans I reflected that there is nothing less material than money, since any coin (a twenty-centavo piece, for instance) is, in all truth a panoply of possible futures. Money is abstract, I said over and over, money is future time. It can be an evening just outside the city, or a Brahms melody, or maps, or chess, or coffee, or the words of Epictetus, which teach contempt of gold; it is a Proteus more changeable than Proteus of the isle of Pharos. It is unforeseeable time, Bergsonian time, not the hard, solid time of Islam or the Porch. Adherents of determinism deny that there is any event in the world that is possible, i.e., that might occur. Idealist doctrine has it that the verbs "to live" and "to dream" are at every point synonymous; for me, thousands upon thousands of appearances will pass into one; a complex dream will pass into a simple one. Others will dream that I am mad, while I dream the Zahir. When every man on earth thinks, day and night, of the Zahir, which will be dream and which reality, the earth or the Zahir? A dream within a dream I saw the faceless god who is behind the gods. I saw the infinite processes that shape a single happiness ...more
Hillarous. If you've ever indulged in the new age, looked for enlightenment in whatever form that took, this is the guy who climbed its peak as far asHillarous. If you've ever indulged in the new age, looked for enlightenment in whatever form that took, this is the guy who climbed its peak as far as he could, questioning it as he went, but ever ready to again try something odd for a change of heart chakra--it didn't really happen, then again it most likely did. You can tell Eliezer is a little crazy and traumatized and it seeked healing of this coming at best to a sort of accpetance that he wouldn't be enlightened and that existential angst is a privilege of the leisure class. ...more
Very readable, the woodcuts are a nice touch. Has a real subtle style that makes it very believable, even though it's dealing with a bizzare situationVery readable, the woodcuts are a nice touch. Has a real subtle style that makes it very believable, even though it's dealing with a bizzare situation. I was impressed by his storytelling, and makes me want to give The Tesseract another chance....more