In the 1960s, many of the youth --hippies/freaks/heads---who had their minds blown/eyes opened/experienced psychedelics~~~saw directly the dismal grim wasteland, conformist, soul-dead, oppressive, racist, warmongering world they had been born into and brought up in. A worldview based on a toxic-mix of traditional religion and scientific materialism. The predominant scientific materialist worldview which perceived nature as not having any spiritual depth, insentient, and other species, including ourselves, as being mere biochemical machines with no spirit/soul, but just mechanical behaviours which could be measured by its 'scientific experts', and if a behaviour was deemed unacceptable/unhygienic would be diagnosed as defective, and a biological disease, by the State, and 'treated' with chemicals, and/or electrocution/ECT and even the brain being operated on and cutting parts out of the brain/lobotomy.
All the religions offered, however, as an alternative to that soul-less unspeakable oppression were words, and empty meaningless rituals, together with guilt-trip warnings of being sinful and that if we did not mindlessly abide by their belief systems there would be literally hell to pay--everlastingly.
Faced with this dire 'choice'--between the secular world of disenchanted scientism, and disenchanted religion many, especially young people, who had had transformative visionary experiences, looked to the East for answers, and spiritual integration. There they could see 'trippy' iconic images of blue gods playing flutes, elephant-headed gods, goddesses, gurus with beards and flashing eyes, bells and chanting, strange-looking yogis who could supposedly do amazing superhuman feats, and the promise of ever-lasting bliss, if , that is, one did mantras and chanting on beads, giving up western ways and adopting eastern beliefs, meditation, trusting these men with the beards and flashing eyes, the gurus, and so on.
One of the big counterculture heroes of the 1960s who did all of that was Timothy Leary's friend, Richard Alpert, who adopted the Indian sounding name, Ram Dass. He had had lots of psychedelic experience, and went to India to seek out his spiritual mentor, and found his guru, maharaj-ji, and became his devotee, and there's the famous story of maharaj-ji being given a dose of LSD, but--the story
The Material~ism and Ideal~ism Matrix
So, I am seeing two sides of a same coin at play here. A trick/matrix. On one side is material~ism and on the the other side is ideal~ism. Both these worldviews stem from a patriarchal root which denigrates the body, senses, our natures, and the natural world, and are set-up to divide and control:
The Gnostic view had accepted THE State. It did not question it any more, and those who could afford it tried to flee its consequences and its ugliness. In this way, the two main tendencies in thinking about patriarchal society came about: idealism and materialism. The two should not therefore be regarded, as usual, as pure contradictions, but as two sides of one coin, the "Siamese twins" of patriarchy: the "materialistic" side fighting actively against the lasting importance of "matter," the mater-mother, nature, the goddess, and life, in order to get them under control, and the "idealistic" side propagating the ideal of a motherless world, a purely patriarchal utopian paradise that seems peaceful because it appears to have finally resolved the contradictions with the material, matriarchal world or what remains of it. (Capitalist Patriarchy and The Negation of Matriarchy:The Struggle for A "Deep" Alternative, by CLAUDIA VON WERLHOF )
The scientific materialist worldview believes the physical body, and other species, and nature, are dead/insentient mechanical objects. In their denial of the 'spiritual' aspect of 'matter' they deny the Mother (the very term 'matter' derives from term mater meaning mother), and seek to replace Her with Man-made technology(capital M, because not all men are considered even equal by this control-freak mindset, but only those with the scientific knowledge, secret occult and technological means of power over others), the Machine, and everyone must be with their 'programme'~~techno-fascism!
This worldview denies the soul, spirit, and thus inevitably sees no value in exploring nature and consciousness inspired with sacred vegetation and substances. The control-freak matrix-makers and their lackeys made this very clear, in 1971, when at their New Age headquarters building, the United Nations, with The Misuse of Drugs Act signed into effect that psychedelics--anciently (and to this day) known by peoples of the Goddess, Indigenous peoples, and pagans, as being sacred medicine and sacraments-- suddenly, and ironically, were claimed to have by 'United Nations' authority no medicinal value whatsoever!
Not only were people/adults not allowed to ingest natural vegetation and substances of their choice, but even therapists were not allowed near them either. This irrational prohibition which to any sensible person is absurd, is a great revealing of the fear these control-freaks have of psychedelics as a sacred medicine to help us see though their toxic matrix, and to heal ourselves, and rekindle our connection with Mother Earth.
The Idealistic worldview, on the other hand, is representing mindsets which dream of a world above the 'material' one or as some modern New Agers, like David Icke term it "the 5 sense prison world". This idea of nature and the body as a trap stems from ancient Orphic, and other Mystery schools, including Gnostic beliefs, which thought nature, world, and universe, were the creation of an evil 'God' or Demiurge, and the body was a tomb which captured a divine spirit, and that only by following the particular cult's 'purification' rituals and beliefs could their spirit eventually find release from the tomb of their body, and gaining release from nature, return home above the seven planets to its spiritual home; this promise could either be accomplished in this lifetime depending how 'pure' they were, or after a series of 'good' lifetimes.
Notice how both the materialist and idealistic worldviews keep nature and sensuality at a distance! For the former there is the dividing of the 'subject' from the 'object' of inquiry whilst assuming the object itself is mechanical, and that one's own senses are subjective and thus secondary, and even illusory because they cannot be measured, whereas the latter worldview claims how the objective world is illusory, as are the senses which they believe creates the very illusion, and are not to be trusted:
...[C]onventional scientific discourse privileges the sensible field in abstraction from sensory experience, and commonly maintains that subjective experience is "caused" by an objectifiable set of processes in the mechanically determined field of the sensible. Meanwhile, New Age spiritualism regularly privileges pure sentience, or subjectivity, in abstraction from sensible matter, and often maintains that material reality is itself an illusory effect caused by an immaterial mind or spirit. Although commonly seen as opposed worldviews, both of these positions assume a qualitative difference between the sentient and the sensed; by prioritizing one or the other, both of these views perpetuate the distinction between human "subjects" and natural "objects" and hence neither threatens the common conception of sensible nature as a purely passive dimension suitable for human manipulation and use. While both of these views are unstable, each bolsters the other; by bouncing from one to the other---from scientific determinism to spiritual idealism and back again..." (The Spell of the Sensuous, by David Abram, pages 66-67)
Both worldviews, for example, welcome and work toward a Transhumanist utopian idealism which is the imposing of a technologically-based idealism onto the natural world, and justifying their destruction of the body and nature by believing they are using occult, scientific, and technological knowledge in a way to 'fast-track evolution', and to "upgrade" humanity via cyborgism. So in this sense, combining materialistic science and technology, and idealism, they are bringing their idealistic vision to Earth instead of the wanting to escape it above, but it is still the same drive of escape. This is of course the dream in Christianity that after the 'Second Coming':
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (NIV, Revelation 21:1-4)
They want ultimate control over the body, nature, and consciousness so it helps them greatly if they can make you think and feel and see what they want you to which is why it is vitally important to explore ways to undermine their toxic myths and thus their mind-control. Their midcontrol is a mix of propaganda and occultism with its attendant magick/sorcery for that purpose, and of course violence if you protest. This is not to create fear, me saying this, but to just be aware of what is going on.
They want control over everything, and this includes the psychedelics and their experience. They are aware that psychedelic experience can inspire the undoing of their mind-control, so they try and suggest to people how to interpret psychedelic experiences in the way that suits their agenda.
In previous blogs I have discussed this tactic/trick, as for example one I titled Seeing Through the Psychedelic Transhumanism (H+) Trip
In it, I explore the strange 'coincidence' of how two of the most prolific leaders in the psychedelic counterculture spanning the generations, Timothy Leary and Terrence McKenna, have both been advocates for Transhumanism.
In one of his talks (please see video) McKenna seems to suggest that "nobody is in control of anything"!
Comedy can be very eye-opening (if you watch the video you see he is part-doing a comedy act and people are laughing), but it also can be crafty and make you think you understand because you are laughing, eg, 'so it must be true'. He is claiming that 'conspiracy theory' is absurd, and there is no one in control. Can we not see how that authoritative statement would really suit those that are most definitely in control and seek more and more of it?
Can we not see this every time the suits sign 'Acts' into existence which take more and more of our freedoms away? Is that a funny illusion ha ha? NO, it is as real as when these insane control freaks invade Indigenous peoples lands, and force them to give up their language and tradition, and land, and thus totally destroy their meaning of life ---like they have done to our ancestors in a more distant past, and continue to do so to us 'moderns'. To claim that this is NOT being controlled, and oppressed , is very suspicious indeed, and complete folly!
In his little act he mentions 'chaos'. He is trying to suggest that all is chaos and no one is in control. Well, the occult elite', or conspiracy, in their secret societies have a saying --"ORDO AB CHAO", which from the Latin translates as 'order out of chaos', and their formula is to create extremely traumatic events watched by millions, and often repetitively , and they callously plan that this intense observation will cause chaos in the psyche within which they then will see as an opportunity to implant their propaganda and sorcery. This is what the 9/11 ritual involved. There was a secret group actually in control of this, who had meticulously planned it years in advance and had it carried out with plans for its aftermath also, and this carries on to this day.
They are control-freaks!
This is why they control 'drugs' they don't want us to ingest because they may just wake us up/open our eyes to what they are up to, and why they control the drugs they do want us very much to ingest and keep on ingesting--- to control us.
To suggest no one is in control is preposterous! They are on it like flies on shit.
From being little children upwards, we are controlled in their enforced so-called 'education' system, and a big part of their control strategy/dumbing down is not allowing us to see connections. Their tried and tested strategy is divide and control, and this includes knowledge. Cutting it up, and trying to obscure how piece/ subjects/issues interconnect.
So I want to explore connections to do with chaos. One of the earliest recorded myths which herald in the patriarchy, is the ancient Babylonian epic myth known as the Enuma Elish. Here lie the ancient roots of the motif of a solar hero, in this story Marduk, a god-king, who attacks and kills Tiamat, the Great Serpent Goddess of Chaos:
The myth of the Eternal Return is believed to have been challenged in Sumeria around 2500 B.C.E. About this time an agrarian culture was supplanted by nomadic warriors, who conquered the Mesopotamian area and set up an alternate style of social order based in kingship, patriarchy, and patrilinearality of descent.34 Along with such social changes, as the argument goes, came a transformation in how time was perceived: rather than reflecting femininity by its cyclical nature, time was now understood as linear and masculine. For this reason, we could say that the myth of the Hero who Slays the Dragon is characteristic of the concept of linear time, there is now an understanding of time as having a beginning and an end. Finding its literary prototype in the Enuma Elish, we encounter a story of the hero-warrior god Marduk, who does battle with chaos symbolized by his (great) grandmother, the dragoness, Tiamat. Marduk eventually defeats the dragon and, by creating the cosmos and all living beings out of Tiamat's shattered corpse, fulfils history.35 Yet, as is appropriate of a story emerging out of the myth of the Eternal Return, Tiamat or chaos is never ultimately defeated and must be fought again every year in an attempt to "ensure the survival of the fragile cosmos."36 (source)
Marduk is a prototype of the solar heroes that were to be depicted in various mythologies, and legends, and religions, such as Perseus and his attacking serpent-headed Medusa, St George and the Dragon, St Patrick chasing the 'serpents' out of Ireland, and so forth.. When we hear about serpents and dragons in solar/patriarchal mythology we need to remember it is meaning control over the dark aspect of the Goddess/Nature in Her spiritual depths which is being attacked, and suppressed. And this includes our own freedom to explore our nature/ these depths, which are interconnected with each other and nature.
The patriarchal mindset favours 'logic and reason' over 'intuition, emotions, and feelings' (already creating a conceptual dichotomy with that presumption) , and tends to conceptualize and analyze whole dynamics into reductive parts which are then to be taken as real and independent existing with one 'part' superior to the other, in conflict with the other, and even sometimes one part being believed to be nonexistent/illusory (ie., 'matter' and 'spirit').
They--the control and dividers-- have done this with, 'darkness' and 'light' and you can see this dualistic theme run through all the different myths which share the same patriarchal roots. In these myths there is supposed to be a battle by light against darkness, and darkness is connected with chaos. For the patriarchy who equate light with reason, 'darkness' , the 'unknown/unconscious' is a state where things cannot be 'defined' regarding their rationalistic criteria, or scientifically measured, and thus is, unconsciously, felt as dangerous and engulfing for the ego/sense of self/identity.
This fear can includes encounters with chaos in psychedelic exploration. People can feel this sense of chaos when going through ego death/ego transcendence~~a complete disorientation of their self-image:
"...Clients reported encountering a place, after going through fears and pains, that is totally disorienting, chaotic. They would, for example, enter into a gray cloud, and the mind would go totally blank. Or they would enter into a spiral, and as they gave over to the motion of the spiral, they become so disoriented that there was nothing they could hang onto. And that is what we now define as chaotic consciousness." (Creative Chaos)
It can also manifest as feeling one is being eaten alive by insects, and decaying into the earth etc, and often, the ego identity will struggle against such visions and feelings, and not allow this engulfment into chaos freedom of expression, but this resistance thwarts the real healing potential of spiritual experience.
This happened to me when having a magic mushroom trip years ago: After this amazing sense of flying through the deepest black space, when I shut my eyes, and what seemed to be passing huge coils of a serpent, and seeing small faeries playing hide and seek with me behind these serpent coils , then the vision changes with a soundtrack of eerie music (I was listening to music from an album), and I was suddenly being sucked into a slowly revolving spiral of mangled dead bodies all grotesquely connected like you would see the piles of bodies in news footage of Nazi concentration camps victims, and their eyes were staring. I was falling into this vile whirlpool of death whilst the sense of time had ceased, and I was feeling their cold dead bodies coming around me. I FREAKED and resisted this experience, because at that time the trip was spontaneous and 'recreational' and there was no set and setting or support, and encouragement, for the vital importance of facing such a journey! I just quickly turned the music down, and told my bemused friend who did not dig what I was going through, "It's too sad".
The artist Harriette Frances documented an LSD experience during a psychedelic program at Menlo Park, California. .(source)
But this is what we need. This is the sacred immersion into ecstatic experience where extremes which have been called 'heaven' and 'hell' are a dynamic whole. This does not mean some kind of going from one extreme to another, but the acceptance of what can be considered dark, allows there to be a transcendence of the rigid blocks which prevent free flowing energy and life and healing, and a deep understanding of dynamic wholes and the cycles of nature.
What about 'heaven' and hell'. How does this relate to psychedelic experience ,,,and experience?
Exploring the diversity of polar~relational dynamic wholes
A magnet has two sides. One side is always positive and the opposite side is always negative. It would make no sense if it were any different. If you were to chop the magnet in half what happens? You find the same dynamic whole; one side is positive and opposite side is negative.
Picture a large circle. Imagine you leave your door and go on a walk which forms a circle. The 'beginning ' begins at your door, and the 'end' of the walk ends at your door too, where you began. So 'beginning' and 'end' are at the same place.
If you were to draw half a circle on white paper and colour it black, and then do just a few dots to tentatively complete and suggest a whole circle; we see that in order to see the light bit/white we need the dark part/black, including the few little black dots which gives the suggestion of a whole circle. You cannot have one part of a dynamic whole without the other, it would make not make sense.
Now, what about "heaven" & "hell"?
People may experience what they call hellish experiences, but these experiences are, like the above examples, part of a dynamic whole where the other related pole can be called heavenly . In order to let go of/relinquish ego/rigid resistance/blocked spiritual energy which can be causing dis~ease psychosomatically, you can experience this process as hellish, accentuated more so if resisted.
A surrendering into to these ecstatic visions and feelings is a sacred journey into a profound sense of merging with everything. With the Mother ~~~transcendence of ego. When this ecstatic experience is resisted by the individual, the culture, is when the ego seeks control over---even of all the world, and universe.
The solar patriarchal hero wants to kill this aspect of the Mother, and keep doing so. Creating 'monsters' /enemies to maim and kill and control and sacrifice to their spirits and gods their egoistic imagination has conjured so as for more and more power and control. Never satisfied.
In their toxic divide and control myths, they have 'created' concepts of heaven and hell as a means to control the gullible (those who believe and/or blindly follow their authority), eternal heaven/bliss is the promise/reward and everlasting hellis the threat/punishment. The knowledge and experience of the dynamic whole is forbidden to be known, experienced/suppressed/taboo. Meanwhile they try and make life on planet Earth for many, including other species, and nature Herself, hell!
So, see what they have done: In positing either 'heaven' or 'hell' they 'disappear' the living Earth from sense. It is reduced to a mere stepping stone/classroom/halfway house. Life --more so existence-- an exam set for 'success' or 'failure'. No one is to enjoy Earth, nature, sensuality, life, because it is a 'test'. We are not to understand and celebrate and feel ecstatically part of the dynamic cycles of nature. No, we are to be dualistic/divided.
This strategical ploy of the divide and controllers is clearly seen set down in their script-ure, in the Book of Genesis--this culture's 'creation myth'. We are led to presume that originally there was a Garden of Eden paradise which did not have a natural dynamic polarity of life and death and regeneration, but only a static 'eternal life'.
Eve is blamed by the patriarchal myth-makers for seducing Adam to disobey the God, and her 'eveil' act brings 'death' into Paradise. But ...wait. Life and death are a dynamic whole. You cannot have one without the other. So the knowing and feeling this reality is the very undermining of this pernicious propaganda.