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Belief without Basis

In researching support for my topic (the dimensions of consciousness) I came to two realizations quite quickly. First, there is a ton of dialogue and claims that support this theory, from philosopher Terence Mckenna to comedian Jim Carrey, BUT there is basically no scientific facts or evidence in this field. Damn. Second, the material speaks for itself; there isn’t a lot I can say but present what I’ve found and leave it up to interpretation.

Sidenote: Your interpretation will be biased by your culture and as an extension of that your conditioning, ideology, or (as Mckenna would have said) your boundaries. Just though I’d point that out.

Lets start with Jim Carrey…

“Niagras [rivers/pools] of beauty are flowing by untapped from ordinary consciousness.”

-Terence Mckenna

In class (and Kevin’s post) we’ve talked about what makes us US. The most popular idea presented was: a little nature for the basics and nurture for the rest (our culture, past experiences, and childhood upbringing). Mckenna would argue that these factors have limited our minds/awareness/consciousness. He encourages people to break out of this; he calls that boundary dissolution.

“Transcend and mistrust ideology. Go for direct experience. Everything else is un-confirmable rumor. Useless. Probably Lies. Liberate yourself from the illusion of culture. Take responsibility in what you think and what you do.”

-Terence Mckenna

He has a very empowering message, but it holds a lot of practical value. Take the world around you with a grain of salt. If you desire something, information lets say, then it’s up to you to seek and experience that. Ultimately, it will be up to you to interpret it. Never take word as scripture. Mckenna argues that language is extremely limiting as of now, but is actually the tool we must develop in order to progress.


“The only experience which counts is your own experience”

-Terence Mckenna

I’ve been researching this all day, and I intend to continue doing so tonight and into the future, but It’s not all going to fit into this blog post so lets stop here. I’ll leave you with this:

We have lost touch with our moral compass, because we have lost touch with our gayan mind. The gayan intent is an act of feeling. If we could feel what we are doing we would stop. We are trapped by society, materialism, culture. If we could feel we could be awakened to the mystery of each other.


One Response to Belief without Basis

  1. bryanjack says:

    An enthusiastic and thought-provoking post, Parker. I am reminded of Foucault’s definition of Enlightenment that I included in my own metaphysics post this evening: “a philosophical life in which the critique of what we are is at one and the same time the historical analysis of the limits that are imposed on us and an experiment with the possibility of going beyond them.”

    A good deal of the tension created in schools/institutions of government/democracy itself surrounds balancing the necessity of transcendence (and transgression) against the need for stability and order. Our culture, social experiences, and family bonds are indeed forces which help transmit and create the unity and empathy required for human communities to thrive; yet we have come to see the ill effects of apparently benign cultural hegemony that McKenna may say has the power to enslave and subjugate us.

    In a similar vein, Bob Marley asked us to “emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind.” And while the sentiment is an empowering one, he doesn’t elaborate on how such a liberation would occur. Is it possible to free ourselves from culture? And if so how would we achieve this?

    Might there be a third way, beyond either escaping from culture altogether, or being trapped within it forever?

    Thanks for your post – I’m looking forward to seeing these ideas come together with the other threads being pursued this week!

    Mr. J


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