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EGR/MB: three days in the slammer  clo-@panix.com
 Aug 09, 2005 18:55 PDT 

Valued Readers:

Right after I posted the following (it's just a small clip of the whole
rant - click the title slug for the whole magilla), I spent three
wonderful days in the Boulder slammer. It's a long -- but entirely true
-- story, which I will tell in full if enough of you drop a dime on my
PayPal button at mysticbourgouisie.com

Really: three days in jail, and for guess what. Not paying my Home
Owner's Association fees! Yeah, this was from back before the place got
foreclosed out from under me last year. So look, you really want to
catch this installment of Further Tales From the UnderBelly of
BushLeage Amerika. Give generously, chillun, and you shall hear the
whole mad adventure!

Meanwhile, the cops cuffed me and took me away just before I could post
this to y'all last Saturday morning. Again, you'll want to <a
href="http://mysticbourgeoisie.blogspot.com/">go to the site for the
whole thing.



title="permanent link">a circle jerk of mutual self-adoration
Here once again is Abraham
Maslow, as quoted by Edward Hoffman in <a
target="_blank">The Right To Be Human: A Biography of Abraham Maslow
If we want to answer the question, how tall can the human
species grow,
then obviously it is well to pick out the ones who are already tallest
and study them. If we want to know how fast a human being can run, then
it is no use to average out the speed of the population: it is far
better to collect Olympic gold medal winners and see how well they can
do. If we want to know the possibilities for spiritual growth, value
growth, or moral development in human beings, then I maintain that we
can learn most by studying our moral, ethical or saintly people.

The problem here, of course, is that there are objective
metrics for height and speed, and no such consensually agreed methods
for measuring morality or "saintliness."
Keep in mind (if your read <a
target="_blank">Manifest Destiny III)
that Maslow is the same individual of whom Publishers Weekly said:
"This apostle of self-actualization and creative 'peak experiences' was
an intensely private man who rarely discussed his own mystical highs."
Au contraire, PW. This was the guy who founded transpersonal
psychology. And if that isn't all about mysticism, I'll eat my

target="_blank"><img src="cid:part1.000700-@panix.com"
align="right" border="0" height="226" hspace="8" vspace="6" width="187">
      <font color="#cc0000"
size="-1">separated at birth

Take Frances "Transpersonal" Vaughan. Please. The first time I saw her
name was on a the cover of <a
target="_blank">Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual
Ah, I thought, at last someone is writing about how all this spiritual
bullshit is just an illusion, how this fascination with all things
mystical is rotting people's brains. But my guess was just so
wrong. I wouldn't have been surprised had I done then what I did just
now: searched the full text of <a
target="_blank">Textbook of Transpersonal Psychiatry and Psychology.
Here are some initial, very partial results...

style="font-size: larger; color: rgb(204, 102, 0);">239 pages with
references to spiritual <b
style="font-size: larger; color: rgb(204, 102, 0);">in this book

And that's all you really gotta know. However, looking a bit deeper
-- thanks to the magic of Amazon's new bib-cite reporting -- I see that
Textbook references 27 other books (a surprisingly small number
for a "textbook"), among which are included:

target="_blank">Be Here Now by Ram Dass

target="_blank" class="product">Research in Parapsychology 1979 by
William G. Roll

Tibetan Book of the Dead: Or, the After-Death Experiences on the Bardo
Plane by Karma-Glin-Pa

target="_blank">The Cloud of Unknowing: The Classic of Medieval
Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill

target="_blank">The Spectrum of Consciousness by Ken Wilber

target="_blank">Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry
into Values by Robert M. Pirsig

And last but not least...

target="_blank">Out on a Limb by Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Alright then. OK. I
think I'm beginning to get a feel for this odd brand of "psychology." I
think. I could be wrong though...

posted by <a
href="mailto:clo-@panix.com">clocke on Saturday 8/5/2005 to <a
href="http://mysticbourgeoisie.blogspot.com/">Mystic Bourgeoisie
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