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EGR/MB: I was a tenage acid head  clo-@panix.com
 Oct 14, 2005 21:04 PDT 







Valued Readers,

Well sportsfans, I been at work on this post for a month. No lie. It's
big. And I broke off another couple thousand words that'll be the next
installment. I hope you'll take a scan and let me know if your world is
still hanging together when you get done. Me, I'm lovin it!

RB<font
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<span
style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 0.8em;">mystic bourgeoisie

<a
href="http://mysticbourgeoisie.blogspot.com/2005/10/jung-eliade-school.html"
title="permanent link">the jung-eliade school
[big snip]

<a
href="http://mysticbourgeoisie.blogspot.com/2005/10/jung-eliade-school.html"
target="_blank"><img alt="" src="cid:part1.060804-@panix.com"
align="right" border="0" height="213" hspace="10" vspace="0"
width="250">In <a
href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/061844663X/entropygradientr/ref_ase"
target="_blank">Rational Mysticism, author John Horgan begins the
book with a chapter on "Huston Smith's Perennial Philosophy."
In April 1999, I traveled to
Albuquerque, New Mexico, to attend a
meeting named, misleadingly, "Science and Consciousness." Held in a
hotel modeled after a Mayan pyramid, the five-day conference was
actually a New Age Bazaar, serving up diverse products for boosting
physical, mental, and spiritual energy.... I came to this meeting in
part to steep myself in mysticism, New Age style. But a more important
goal was meeting Huston Smith... a walking, talking embodiment of the
perennial philosophy. (p.15)

A few pages later, Horgan writes:

...Smith clearly cherishes his
entheogenic experiences.
His first took place on New Year's Day, 1961, in Newton, Massachusetts,
at the home of Timothy Leary, then a Harvard psychology professor just
beginning to investigate psychedelics. Leary gave Smith two capsules of
mescaline. A few hours later Smith felt he was witnessing the reality
described in the ancient Hindu Vedas and other mystical texts. He was
seeing through the mundane reality around him to the ground of being,
the clear light of the void underlying all things.

No, he was stoned. He was tripping, dude. Now, let me be
clear on this, as Nixon would say. In answer to Hendrix's
quintessential queries -- are you experienced? have you ever been
experienced? -- I can safely answer with a resounding yes. More times
than I can count. It's been well over 20 years since I dropped, but I
was there, yeah. I know what it feels like to be one of the beautiful
people. And without taking anything away from that experience, without
any attempt to reduce or belittle it, I can also say with some
confidence that it is not something fundamentally removed from
"mundane reality." The inherently gnostic aversion to "this world" is
what brought these motherfuckers down. It was their way of making the
psychedelic experience conceptually safe, colonizing it with "oriental"
conceptualizations that tamed it, domesticated it, "spiritualized" it.
My objection to these perennialist ex-hippie faux filosofers is not
that they did drugs -- oh yeah, how shocking! -- but that, after doing
all those drugs, they missed the boat.

[another big snip]

<a
href="http://mysticbourgeoisie.blogspot.com/">more here

btw, I
got cool email this week
from a new reader
which I replicate here
for your edification.

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From: <font
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face="Helvetica" size="4">Betsy Martens
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face="Helvetica" size="4">October 10, 2005 3:14:45 PM CDT
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face="Helvetica" size="4">For all you non-believers out there
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face="Helvetica" size="4">This may be of some interest to you:
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face="Helvetica" size="4">Christopher
Locke, he of "RageBoy" fame (a well-known blog among blogs), has been
engaging in some great analysis of "the new mysticism", or as he puts
it:
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face="Helvetica" size="4">.
. . the unlikely story of how America slipped the surly bonds of earth
& came to believe in signs & portents that would make the
Middle Ages blush . . .
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face="Helvetica" size="4">His site is "Mystic Bourgeoisie" <<a
href="http://mysticbourgeoisie.blogspot.com">http://mysticbourgeoisie.blogspot.com>
and one thing I find most interesting is that I found out about it
through reading my favorite Episcopal priest's blog, "AKMA's Random
Thoughts" <http://akma.disseminary.org>;.
Quite an interesting crowd, these blogocrats!
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face="Helvetica" size="4">Even
more interesting is the extent to which this reminds me of Lenin's
"Materialism and Empirio-Criticism," in which, about 100 years ago more
or less, he took on the au courant trend among the intelligentsia of
the day: a kind of Blavatsky-Sufist philosophy that effectively focused
the attention of smart people on things other-worldly, while all around
them was much pain and suffering. That's an oversimplification, but I
don't have time to sum it up in more detail for those of you who --
alas! -- have never delved into the writings of Lenin. However I do
recommend this work for its witty demolition of all sorts of arguments
in support of spiritualist cult-y type stuff. You don't have to be a
Leninist ... etc.
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face="Helvetica" size="4">But do, at a minimum, check out Chris
Locke's site. It's really excellent, IMHO.
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