02 May 2012

PART 2: HUMAN. BEING. THIS EXPERIENCE ~ Hold this time old Terence...

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What are you experiencing? Where is your mind? How do you perceive time? How old do you think you are? How old do you feel you are? Where do you believe you were before you were born? This experience that we're sharing... wait, are we? I read a recent quote from Terence McKenna on understanding the universe. Here it is: “You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.” 

Short and sweet it is, right? I thought after reading this quote that as much as I may feel part of a group, team, ethnicity, country, race, or even gender, along with the fact that I do believe we are all connected through the collective unconscious, the simple fact has my soul grinnin' and spinnin' ~ the greatest responsibility of your human experience is creating an understanding of your reality, for yourself to be happy and at peace with. If this is sought and attained, happiness and peace can be real during the seeking process btw, which is where most will spend a lot of their time; it will ripple out of your heart and mind as concentric circles of electric vibration. Call it what you will and at least call it.
A 2 min clip from Terence McKenna.

I have yet to get into my relationship with Terence McKenna. His work in literature, research, art, and basically, shamanism in his own way, has so much love, care, honesty, and wisdom woven in. Its a real shining light that many have yet to see. Share the vision I say... more fun that way IMO. 

Behind the curtain a bit... I usually write my posts all at once. I push through no matter how long it takes me. I sometimes edit, research, and post all at the same time in a wave of energy. Right now, this is just really heavy and I am not sure why. I did say earlier this morning to a friend that I do feel that May Day, yesterday, was a shift. A big shift of mass consciousness. The ripples from our collective hearts are crashing into one an other's even more so than before. The sea is churning! I have to take a timeout and I look forward to finishing this. Who knows, maybe you will have a hand in what the final product looks like? End: Part 1.


Not only do I share a November 16 birthday with Terence McKenna, but our sense of humor too. His book "Food of the Gods" is a revelation and tough read that I'll always have my nose in. I can only aspire to sit in the great seat of wisdom that he once did, but I humbly accept the fact of my peasant origins and non-scholarly upbringing. My family was sort of "scared" of intellect and not only do I understand, but I am thankful. When asked to sign me up for the AP classes at Lincoln Junior High, my mother said no, thus stifling an "advanced" education for my most formidable years. I was also dropped from the Nuclear Technician billet (job) I qualified for when taking the US Navy entrance exam after scoring in the top 5% because of my juvenile arrest for possession of Marijuana (blessing in disguise!). Both of these near hits of placing me in a certain caste have helped form who I am today. Imagine if I had to have served on a submarine? Sweet lord no! I know that I was "smart" enough to be in the AP classes and I know I could have been one of the elite Navy techs dealing with nuclear weapons. Where these roads would have taken me? No one knows, but I do know where they've taken others and I'm not so sure I'd be happy down those roads. Instead, for the most part I was with the trouble-makers, the burners, the stoners, the rock n rollers and the "middle" (forgive me for labeling everyone, I know we're just people but that is my point!)... in the Navy I was thrown into "Deck" Department, which means the castaways, the lost ones, the scurvy shyster bastards, "the moullies," the most interesting lot of fellows ever assembled IMO... both of these turning points helped create a way of seeing things. I have been blessed with understanding and vision of the full spectrum. I may not be "upper-class" but I know we're not any class. We're human and being on the road I've been on has shattered all the false paradigms. I see through the bullshit and I know all the walls that have been built up BY OURSELVES... which must be torn down.

There are two quotes from Terence that I'd like to highlight here: “The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it’s only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse.” This makes me think of "privilege" in many different forms. My version of lack of privilege has empowered me and helped me in ways I might not even know yet. I am grateful.

“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”

Now, I am not advocating for you to GO OUT TO A PASTURE AND LOOK FOR MAGIC MUSHROOMS GROWING UNDER COW PATTIES ;) but the above quote hits on maybe one of the greatest ideas we must hold true in these modern times. DISSOLVE. To be wise, to be healthy, and to truly thrive in this day and age, we must dissolve all the walls, fears, and delusions that not only my generation were raised upon, but our parents and our younger brothers and sisters too. Break down all the culture that has been jammed into our brains. Empty the mind and fill the heart. I am not the TGIF sitcoms of the late 80s. I am not Michael Jordan's championship Bulls teams of the 90s. I am not my Bikram Yoga obsession of the 2000s... 

No more "building" is allowed! It is time to destroy... with a big silly grin on your face. Which leads me to a brilliant speech by a brilliant Aussie named Max Igan. I highlighted a video from him in a previous post ~ ~ this 28 min flash of power comes back to a timeless  sentiment I first came across when reading about Gandhi. The true key to humanity's victory over its own tyranny is PEACEFUL NON-COMPLIANCE. Stop feeding the beast and it will starve till death. Simple as that. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD. All is Love and when we find the sacred space to engulf ourselves in the All, the Darkness disappears. The dark Cabal cannot end peace, but piece by piece we can end their war on us with Peace and Love. 
In Joy ~ JVR