Friday, 30 March 2012

Peter J. Carroll: Liber Null (1978) Psychonaut (1982) (published 1987)

Peter J. Carroll is a leading figure within the Chaos Magic movement. Along with "The New Equinox" publisher and writer Ray Sherwin, Carroll is widely considered to be the originator of Chaos Magic as an independent field of occult exploration. 

A meeting between Peter J. Carroll and Ray Sherwin in Deptford in 1976 has been claimed as the birthplace of chaos magic, and in 1978 Carroll and Sherwin founded the Illuminates of Thanateros (IOT), a chaos magic organization. Liber Null (1978) by Peter J. Carroll further developed this new, experimental perspective on magic. This book and Carroll's Psychonaut (1981) remain important sources.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Hazelwood Trialogue: Part 5 - Angels, Entities And The Heavens (Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham)

Hazelwood Trialogue: Part 5 ~ Angels, Entities And The Heavens

Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham

Disincarnate entities and their messages. Their concern with the development of language. Angels as the guardians and intelligences of the natural world. Recovering a sense of the life of the universe. Recovering the link between heaven as a state of being and the actual sky. The Islamic conception of paradise. Heaven as a world without physics. Eternity and the DMT state. The need to resacralize the sky. The Merkaba mystics. The Polynesian notion of heaven. The physical collapse of the universe. Could there be negative entities located in the heavens? Black holes, quasars and galactic centres. The redemption of the world soul through the physical healing of the earth. A ritual invocation of the world soul. The soul can be conceived of in terms of fields. The noosphere. Field models for the world soul.


Hazelwood Trialogue: Part 4 - Fractals (Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham)

Hazelwood Trialogue: Part 4 ~ Fractals

Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham

Hazelwood, Devon, England, June 1993
Ralph tells a fractal story and explains how fractal models can illuminate our understanding of the world. Applying fractals to individual psychology.. The need for chaos and disorder in the personality. Multiple personality 'dischaos'. A 'sandy beach' model of the mind. Therapeutic strategies to increase chaos. The need to restore pantheism. A mathematical model for monogamy. Order and chaos must be balanced. Multiple attractors at the end of time. A polytheistic psychology. The unity within polytheistic systems.. Cultures and individuals need fractal rather than rigid boundaries. A fractal cosmos.

The mystery of the Holy Trinity. The loss of unity through rigid boundaries. How can we fractalize our boundaries and create unity? Psychedelics, meditation, travel, tantra and chanting. Returning to the pre-verbal mode of expression. What about people whose boundaries are too low already? The cure to boundary anxiety can be found within. Is there any culture that has managed to avoid 'dischaos'? Questions and answers: The Aristotelian perspective of modern science needs to be balanced by the Platonic. Maths anxiety. Chaos is a kind of order and vice versa. Jung's deconstruction of Yahweh. The sacred trinity of the goddess. Recovering the aboriginal state of consciousness. Cultural taboos.


Friday, 23 March 2012

Aleister Crowley - Magic Without Tears (1954)

Magick Without Tears, a series of letters, was the last book written by English occultist Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), although it was not published until after his death. It was written in the mid-1940s and published in 1954 with a forward by its editor, Karl Germer. 

The book consists of 80 letters to various students of magick. Originally to be titled Aleister Explains Everything, the letters offer his insights into both magick and Thelema ~ Crowley's religious and ethical system ~ with a clarity and wit often absent in his earlier writings. The individual topics are widely varied, addressing the orders O.T.O. and A∴A∴, Qabalah, Thelemic morality, Yoga, astrology, various magical techniques, religion, death, spiritual visions, the Holy Guardian Angel, and other issues such as marriage, property, certainty, and meanness. The book is considered by many as evidence that Crowley remained lucid and mentally capable at the end of his life, despite his addiction to heroin.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Luigi Serafini: Codex Seraphinianus (Abbeville Press Edition, 1983)

Codex Seraphinianus, originally published in 1981, is an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world, created by the Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini during thirty months, from 1976 to 1978.

It has been compared to the Voynich Manuscript, "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius", and the works of M.C. Escher and Hieronymus Bosch, it also brings to mind the technical drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Robert Anton Wilson: Prophets Conference, Palm Springs (December, 2000)

December 16, 2000, Palm Springs, CA. Speaking at the Prophets Conference ~ Palm Springs (number 8) held at the Marquis Resort Conference Center. Recorded by Steven Pratt using a portable minidisc recorder.

More information here: 

Download by copying and pasting the Youtube URL into the box at and clicking OFF.

Hazelwood Trialogue: Part 3 - Time (Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham)

Hazelwood Trialogue: Part 3 ~ Time

Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham

Hazelwood, Devon, England, June 1993 

Changing the way we look at time. Orthodoxy's teachings about time. Apocalyptic intuitions from psychoactive plants. Complexity and novelty in the universe. Terence's attempts to construct a new temporal cosmology. Is the universe being pulled and shaped by a transcendental attractor? Is our planetary crisis really some kind of birth? Using dream, yoga and psychedelics to glimpse the transcendental attractor. Myths of time and their differing impact upon cultures. Life as a strategy for the conquest of dimensionality, including the conquest of time. Metamorphosis and boundary dissolution. Does Terence's vision concern the transformation of this planet or of the entire universe?

Vacuum fluctuations and the potential disappearance of the material universe. 2012 and the timetable of Terence's Novelty theory. The role of entheogens in the preparation for the future. A cosmic initiation ritual. Questions and answers: A geometric theory of spirituality. Encouraging the creative and artistic impulse. Neo-archaism and the shamanic art of gaining a familiarity with death. The need to minimise materialism within our society. The need to re-empower our sense of self and community. The 'union of opposites'. History as an alchemical process. 'All time rests within eternity'.


Saturday, 17 March 2012

Robert Anton Wilson: Borders (1989)

Borders (1989)

A philosophical flume ride through the physical, political and moral borders that inhibit the free movement of people and ideas. Mixing commentary, computer graphics, dramatisations, and investigative journalism, "BORDERS" probes the unsettling paradoxes behind immigration, drugs, Star Wars, and other topics.

Staring: Robert Anton Wilson, Michio Kaku, Margaret Randell, Juanita Kreps, Brian Freemantle & Steve Buscemi

Written/Produced/Directed by: Merrill Alidighieri & Joe Tripician

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PS: For some years now I've felt that Steve Buscemi would be a fine candidate to play Terence McKenna if there were ever to be a biopic of his life.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Please Help Save The NHS

The NHS has been fixing and looking after me these past 3 days after rushing there on Wednesday in crippling pain (pneumonia). These people are angels and the institution is one of our greatest treasures.
If you can spare a minute and want to help, this blogger would be very grateful.

Dear friends across Britain,

The battle to save the NHS is now entering its final hours. David Cameron and Andrew Lansley seem determined to drag Britain's most famous institution to its grave, but if we now stand together we can get the House of Lords to stop this bill in its tracks.

Public outrage is gripping the country as the Prime Minister persists with a bill that would dismantle the NHS and open the field to private companies. The government refuses to publish its internal report on the risks of the reforms, one reason among many why thousands of health professionals and many politicians oppose the changes. If we now build a massive outcry we can sway our last line of defence -- the House of Lords -- to save the NHS.

Let’s call on the undecided members in the House of Lords to keep the knives off our NHS and ensure we can all read the official risk report -- sign here and circulate. Our voices will ramp up the pressure as we deliver our petition when we reach key milestones between now and Monday:

The coalition promised no top-down reorganisation of the National Health Service. Yet it's brought in a bill that threatens to turn large chunks of the NHS over on a plate to private health care companies and cost-cutting consultants, threatening a tidal wave of privatisation that will leave our health system expensive and fragmented, with many of us getting only low-quality care. Citizens are outraged -- according to the latest polls, over half of us want the new bill to be scrapped.

Public opposition has already delayed the bill and forced several amendments, but the government is refusing to halt the reforms, wrongly insisting that opponents are just a minority group of disgruntled health care professionals and political opponents. The fight for the NHS now depends on the 200 members of the House of Lords who don't belong to a political party. They aren't used to public scrutiny, so if we target them now, we can win and ensure that any reforms of our precious health service are done in concert with health professionals and patients.

We only have until Monday to tip the balance. The recommendation to delay the debate until after the risk register has been released will throw the NHS a lifeline and allow us all to see the likely impact of this bill. Sign the petition, and send widely. 

Britain is proud of the NHS, which has saved countless lives and won admirers across the world. Let’s act now and ensure our health care system stays free for all.

With hope,

Sam, Antonia, Alex, Alice, Jamie, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team

More information:

NHS reforms: Lib Dem divisions resurface as bill returns to parliament (The Guardian)

Time is running out to save the NHS (The Mirror)

NHS costs soar as GPs focus on health reforms (The Guardian)

Cabinet 'revolts against health reforms' (The Telegraph)

Cameron should scrap NHS bill and drop Lansley, says influential Tory blog (The Guardian)

NHS Reforms: More Than Half Of Voters Want To See Changes Dropped (Huffington Post)

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Terence McKenna: A Better World (Toward The End Of History)

Terence McKenna died April 3, 2000. He was the world’s premier ethnopharmacologist, which is to say he specialized in exotic psychoactive plants. Terence is the author of five books & the famous software program “TimeWave”. Based upon the mathematics underlying the ancient Chinese oracle The I Ching, he discussed this unique time in human history and discusses “The Big Picture”. McKenna’s contributions to science include the theory that psychedelic mushrooms spurred humans to develop consciousness and language; and the “Timewave” theory, described by chaos pioneer Ralph Abraham as “the first model for history that significantly transcends that of the ancients.” Learn About: • Art, Novelty, the Internet, Time & the Future as Terence & his software see it. • Implications for us during the “first-time-ever” period of extraordinary novelty as we enter the 21st century. • How we can align with “The Transcendent Object at the End of Time”

If you want a copy of this you can buy the DVD from the link above or copy and paste the YouTube page URL  into the blank space HERE and press OFF, this will give you links to download the video and MP3.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Hazelwood Trialogue: Part 2 - Homing Pigeons (Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham)

Hazelwood Trialogue: Part 2 - Homing Pigeons

Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham

Hazelwood, Devon, England, June 1993
How do homing pigeons find their way home? All theories attempting to explain this phenomenon have failed. More unexplained biological mysteries. Do animals and humans have senses or powers unacknowledged by science? What are the implications of these powers? Rupert's proposed experiment with a mobile pigeon loft. Pigeon racing. Ralph's visual theory and the elastic band theory. A quantum mechanical perspective on these forces. Why have humans lost contact with such powers? New domains of quantum mechanical biology. To what degree is the assumption that the future is unknowable an artefact of culture and language?

A new understanding of time. How do animals communicate? The sixth sense is a social field phenomenon. Could human problems be linked with our disconnection from this field? The need to go beyond language. Entering the atemporal sphere through assimilating animal understanding. Terence's understanding of animal magic as a hyperdimensional perception of the future. Speaking in tongues. Questions and answers: How our languages affect our view of the world. Animal teachers. Recognising science's blindness to such astonishing natural powers. The large-scale implications of Bell's theorem. 

Monday, 12 March 2012

Hazelwood Trialogue: Part 1 - Introductions (Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham)

Hazelwood trialogue: Part 1 - Introductions

Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham

Hazelwood, Devon, England, June 1993
In this introduction to the trialogues held at Hazelwood house in Devon, England, Rupert, Ralph and Terence introduce each other and give their perspectives on their friends' lives, characters and work.

The first in a series of 5 parts, I've posted this trialogue before (Hazelwood House 1993) but this version is taken from a different source ( and adds an extra 45mins to the total running time.


Tuesday, 6 March 2012

David Lynch: Catching The Big Fish (Audiobook, 2006)

I'm a big fan of Lynch (especially his music) and this book offers a peak through the window into his creative workings. I'm less a fan of TM (Transcendental Meditation) which is David's method for catching the big fish and more in tune with another TM (Terence McKenna) who also speaks about catching the big fish, his method being the use of psychedelics. Lynch is dismissive of psychedelics here, claiming Transcendental Meditation can bring you that experience yet admits he has never tried anything stronger than a joint...this is a great sadness.

However you decide to go fishing is up to you and the notion of catching the big fish is relevant to whatever method you choose.