I’m starting my new quote series! This time while I read, which I think will function better.
“If we’re “above” nature, it’s only in the sense that a shaky-legged surfer is “above” the ocean. Even if we never slip (and we all do), our inner nature can pull us under at any moment. Those of us raised in the West have been assured that we humans are special, unique among living things, above and beyond the world around us, exempt from the humilities and humiliations that pervade and define animal life. The natural world lies below and beneath us, a cause for shame, disgust, or alarm; something smelly and messy to be hidden behind closed doors, drawn curtains, and minty freshness. Or we overcompensate and imagine nature floating angelically in soft focus above, innocent, noble, balanced, and wise.”
Another example of how we project this world we’ve created onto everything; as if living in a hierarchy, with us and the rest of nature, as two separate actors.. Nature must be either below us, and we’re the Gods! Or above us, and it’s the God!
What if the truth is neither; that there is no such thing and we’re just part of it all?
I recently did acid. I will maybe share more about this experience.
But one of the things that I was thinking quite a bit about during it was the fact that, really, there is no barrier between the molecules that I am made up of, and everything else. Really; it’s just one big soup of molecules. And it’s funny how we, over time, after the Neolithic Revolution, started building barriers between us and nature. Before we knew it, the barriers grew into our minds, too. So now no one knows where they come from, where they belong, who they are.
One thing I especially took from this trip was the fact that everything is, like Terence McKenna said, “one big egotrip”. Everybody so concerned about identity but never finding it; always obsessed with “me, me, ME!” ...
Who knew that you would have to completely give up who you are, your ego, to find it?
I have never felt more like myself after giving myself up.. Funny paradox, eh?
Feeling a part of everything was like feeling, all the way to my core unlike ever before, like myself.