Human history represents such a radical break with the natural systems of biological organization that proceeded it, that it must be the response to a kind of attractor or dwell-point that lies ahead in the temporal dimension.
Persistently western religions have integrated into their theologies the notion of a kind of end of the world, and I think that a lot of psychedelic experimentation sort of confirms this intuition.
I mean it isn't going to happen according to any of the scenarios of orthodox religions, but the basic intuition that the universe seeks closure in a kind of omega point of transcendence is confirmed
It's almost as though this object in hyper-space, glittering in hyper-space, throws off reflections of itself that actually ricochets into the past, illuminating this mystic, inspiring that saint or visionary. And that out of these fragmentary glimpses of eternity we can build a kind of map of not only the past of the universe and the evolutionary process, but a kind of map of the future.
This is what shamanism has always been about. A shaman is someone who has been to the end. It's someone who knows how the world really works, and knowing how the world really works means to have risen outside, above and beyond the dimensions of ordinary space/time and cosmology and actually seen the wiring under the board. Stepped outside the confines of learned culture and learned and invented language into the domain of what Liechtenstein called the unspeakable. The transcendental presence of the other, which can be asectioned in various ways to yield systems of knowledge which can be brought back into ordinary social space for the good of the community.
So in the context of 90% of human culture the shaman has been the agent of evolution because the shaman learns the techniques to go between ordinary reality and the domain of the ideas. This higher dimensional continuum is somehow parallel to us.. available to us.. and yet ordinarily excluded by cultural convention , out of fear of mystery, I believe.
And what shamen are.. are people who have been able to decondition themselves from the community's instinctual distrust of the mystery and to go into it, to go into this bewildering higher dimension and gain knowledge. Recover the jewel lost at the beginning of time.. save souls, cure, commune with the ancestors, and so forth and so on.
Shamanism is not a religion . .
It's a set of techniques, and the principle technique is the use of psychedelic plants.
What psychedelics do is they dissolve boundaries, and in the presence of dissolved boundaries one cannot continue to close ones eyes to the ruination of the earth , the poisoning of the seas and the consequences of 2000 years of unchallenged dominated culture based on monotheism, hatred of nature, suppression of the female, and so forth and so on.
So, what shamen have to do is to act as exemplars by making this cosmic journey to the domain of the Gaian ideas and then bringing them back in the form of art to the struggle to save the world. The planet has a kind of intelligence that it can actually open a channel of communication with an individual human being.
The message that nature sends is, transform your language.. though energy between electronic culture and the psychedelic imagination, through energy between dance and ideas . . through energy between understanding and intuition, and dissolve the boundaries that your culture has sanctioned between you.
Become part of this Gaian super-mind . .
I mean.. I think it's very profound . .
It's very apocalyptic . . .
We are to be the generation that witnesses the revelation of the purpose of the cosmos.
History is the shock wave of the eschalon. History is the shock wave of eschatology, and what this means, for those of us who will live through this transition into hyper-space, is that we will be privileged to see the greatest release of concresed change probably since the birth of the universe. The 20th century is the shudder that announces the approaching cadences of time, over which our species and the destiny of this planet is about to be swept.
I think the youth culture that is emerging in the nineties is an end of millennium culture that is actually summing up culture and pointing us in an entirely different direction, that we're going to arrive in the third millennium in the middle of an archaic revival, which will mean a new art , a new social vision, a new relationship to feminism, to ego.
All these things are taking hold . . . .
AND NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON ! ! !