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.”
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.”
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”
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: