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Like a chemical habit, we are hooked on ego. And the psychedelic dissolves that chemical or psychological dependency and replaces it with the facts of the matter: how the individual fits into the life and organization of this planet, the vast amount of time all these things have been in existence and have worked themselves to their present status.
—  Terence McKenna
These days, most people are far more suspicious of plant compounds safely ingested by human beings for tens of thousands of years than they are of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or other powerful, utterly synthetic, mood and mind-altering drugs created in the last decades by a pharmacological industry motivated by profit.
—  Daniel Pinchbeck, Breaking Open The Head
What if super-consciousness entities who long ago transitioned from material to less dense dimensions of reality chose to create a 5-dimensional solid-state video game and project themselves back into it as avatars - as cumbersome, cartoon-ish human beings forced to confront an extremely difficult and inhospitable environment where they must overcome a huge variety of impediments and deranged projections of authority structures, confronting fear and ignorance and delusion to attain non-attachment - to reach, eventually an awakened state of unity consciousness, where they establish a new Eden, finally re-integrate with their extra-dimensional origins? Are we currently playing this game? If so, how do we “win”?
—  Daniel Pinchbeck
I realized that most thoughts are impersonal happenings, like self-assembling machines. Unless we train ourselves, the thoughts passing through our mind have little involvement with our will. It is strange to realize that even our own thoughts pass by like scenery out the window of a bus, a bus we took by accident while trying to get somewhere else. Most of the time, thinking is an autonomous process, something that happens outside of our control. This perception of machine-like quality of the self is something many people discover, then try to overcome, through meditation.
—  Daniel Pinchbeck, Breaking Open The Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism

“TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE CURRENTLY FACE AS A SPECIES, WE MIGHT STUDY WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CATERPILLAR MORPHS INTO A BUTTERFLY. IN THE COCOON, THE CATERPILLAR DOESN’T GROW WINGS, AS IT REMAINS ESSENTIALLY ITSELF. INSTEAD, THE ENTIRE BODY OF THE CATERPILLAR MELTS DOWN INTO BIOTIC GOOP. THEN A SMALL GROUP OF WHAT ARE CALLED “IMAGINAL CELLS” PROPAGATE THE NEW INSTRUCTION CODE THAT LEADS TO THE REORGANIZATION OF THIS MASS INTO A BUTTERFLY. AT FIRST ATTACKED BY THE CATERPILLAR’S IMMUNE SYSTEM AS A THREAT, THE IMAGINAL CELLS MANAGE TO SPREAD THEIR CODE TO EVER-LARGER GROUPINGS OF CELLS, UNTIL THE NEW PROGRAM IS ACTIVATED. THROUGH THIS TRANSMUTATION, THE INSECT CHANGES FROM RAPACIOUS CONSUMER TO ELEGANT POLLINATOR, GAINING THE ADDED DIMENSION OF FLIGHT.”

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In The Long Trip, an overview on the use of visionary plants from prehistory on, Paul Devereux finds that the “Witches” condemned by the Church were actually “the practitioners of an ancient tradition—'night travelers.’ In Northern Europe they were called qveldriga, ‘night rider,’ or myrkiada, 'rider in the dark.’” As part of this tradition, a woman known as a prophetess, dressed in the ritual attire of a goddess —depending on location this could be Freya, Diana, or Hela—"would travel to farmsteads and hamlets with a group of girls to give divinatory trance sessions.
The way I look at the Sixties, you can see it as a failed attempt at a mass cultural voyage of initiation. Some people would try to go out into these other realities, but they didn’t have a basis for it. There weren’t wisdom traditions, elders, connections of shamanic lineages, so people would go out and they would smash apart.
—  Daniel Pinchbeck - DMT: The Spirit Molecule
"Free Love" - Daniel Pinchbeck


“Free love” remains a problem of social design: This idea is one that I think about all of the time.

On many levels, the current design of our society is a major problem for humanity, as it keeps people trapped in a particular perspective and way of being. Our society is designed to support the nuclear family, the monogamous couple, as reflected in our architecture, legal structures, cultural products, etcetera.

We know the natural state for human beings is not the nuclear family or the monogamous couple, but the tribe, the close-knit community, where all of the generations live together and care for each other, from elders to infants, where childcare is cooperative, where the old have a natural place in the structure of the community, where they may be many forms of partnership but no socially conscripted monogamy. The situation we have inherited is highly artificial, and destructive for the individual.

I believe that we have the responsibility to re-construct our civilization as a planetary tribe, where humanity realizes itself as a unity, a super organism where each cell has its role and receives the support of the entirety. Paradoxically, only in such a condition would each individual be able to realize their own unique truth.

The situation, obviously, isn’t going to change on its own: We require a movement of social consciousness, one that recognizes that issues around our most intimate domains of relationship are actually crucial political areas. These are the areas where liberation, negation, or repression are experienced most profoundly by the individual. The hypocrisy of our public discourse reflects the internal deceptions most people are forced to accept, in order to survive. We can’t “reform” this system - we must create a new operating system that brings about its metamorphosis, from within.

I have lived in NYC my whole life, and I still feel like I am in a kind of prison, held together by “mind forg’d manacles,” by mental constructs that happen to be wrong. At the same time, the level of creative and entrepreneurial brilliance here is unmatched - it is just consistently applied to the wrong purposes, because people don’t think in a comprehensive way. How people behave here, how they construct their lives, remains incredibly feeble, sadly predictable, compared to the kind of creative inspiration and spontaneity that is innate and natural for us. Also the mass of people have been hypnotized to slavishly worship money, worldly power, fame. Personally, I look forward to the next financial crash, or even ecological disaster, as it seems the only way people will snap out of their trance.

Our society seeks to create an artificial oblivion, to make death invisible. I agree with many esoteric traditions that the central goal of our incarnations on Earth should be preparation for the journey into the unknown, into the mystery, that is death. According to these traditions, we do this by strengthening our soul capacities - by embracing what is difficult and necessary, by sacrificing lesser egocentric goals for greater social ones. This is the path that Christ walked, and why he remains an archetype for us (he didn’t “save our souls” through his sacrifice, but modeled a way of being without compromise). Gurdjieff called it “conscious labor” and “intentional sacrifice.” He also noted, “People are asleep.”

If we would like to liberate the power of love to redeem and elevate humanity, then we must make that our continual occupation, not something we do in our off hours, by meditating or occasionally donating to charity. We would have to stop kidding ourselves, and cease pretending. Since we don’t seem able to do this on our own, perhaps we will get lucky, and a series of catastrophes will force us to change, without annihilating us.

When will come the time when we can truly live?