Jail notes 1970 ( Autobiography of Timothy Leary) PDF book

Jail notes 1970 ( Autobiography of Timothy Leary) PDF book

Jail notes 1970
Autobiography of Timothy Leary
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By the late 40s of this memory Century the people I knew best and loved most had already broken thru the crust of old Reasons; were dowsing for some Supreme Reality, Christ-mas on Earth Rimbaud said, Second Religiousness according to Spengler's outline of civilization declining through the proliferation of non-human therefore boring technology; Blake had called "O Earth O Earth return!" centuries before, echoing the ancient gnostic prophecy that Whitman spelled out for America specifically demanding that the Steam-engine "be confronted and met by at least an equally subtle and tremendous force- infusion for purposes of spiritualization, for the pure conscience, for genuine aesthetics, and for absolute and primal manliness and womanliness " Ezra Pound's mind jumped to diagnose the dimming of the world's third Eye: "With Usura the line grows thick."

One scholar who transmitted Blake's kabbalah, S. Foster Damon, can remember his sudden vision of tiny flower carpeting Harvard Yard violet before World War One, and Image that lingers over 90 years in mind since his fellow student Virgil Thomson gave him the cactus Peyote to eat. Damon concludes that rare beings like Blake are born with the physiologic gifts of such vision, continuous or Intermittent.


William James, whose pragmatic magic probably called the Peyote God to Harvard in the first place, had included shamanistic chemical visions among the many authentic "Varieties of Religious Experience." His student Gertrude Stein experimented in alteration of consciousness through mindfulness of language, an extremely effective Yoga since mechanical reproduction of language by XX Century had made language the dominant vehicle of civilized consciousness; her companion Alice B. Toklas contributed a cookbook recipe for Hashish Brownies to enlighten those persons over-talkative in drawing rooms unaware that "the medium is the message."

Author: Timothy Leary
 Publication Date:1970


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