I want to tell you about my approach to working with
psychedelics, because I think I'm breaking new ground. If you or someone
you know is working along similar lines, get in touch. I want to talk
For now, at least, I'm calling
this approach "phonomancy," meaning "divination via sound." If you're
a recreational user, it likely won't appeal to you. If you're
someone who's dipping your toe in the psychedelic water via microdosing,
or someone who is primarily interested in using psychedelics to treat
trauma, depression, or addiction issues, you might find the practice I'm
going to describe off-putting or even alarming. That's because phonomancy is not therapeutic--it's augmentative. It's a program for
developing supra-normative emotional and spiritual capacities via
psychological hormesis. Some risk, pain, and fear are part of the process. But that's the price of transformation.
Nietzsche wrote, "My formula for happiness: a Yes, a No, a straight line, a goal."
He also wrote, "My formula for greatness in a human being is
amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not
backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still
less conceal it—all idealism is mendaciousness in the face of what is
necessary—but love it.”
And this: “What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: 'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more' ... Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: 'You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine.”
And "...all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer."
I want to make it clear that the following material has emerged spontaneously from the intensive visionary work I've been doing for the past three years. The ideas and images come in piecemeal; this is my initial attempt to fashion them into a coherent narrative. It's not a self-conscious attempt to update the Gnostic mythos for the 21st century, although it's working out that way. It serves as strong explanatory model for the apocalyptic events currently gaining momentum and suggests a means to avert disaster.
Emanationists (all the various kinds, Gnostics, Hermeticists,
Platonists, etc.) described a model of reality that is divided into
fractally self-similar levels. It begins with an Ultimate Ground of
Being, a No Thing Changeless and Eternal, a Void of Pure Intellect.
Intellect requires an object; being all that is (and is not), the Void
can only reflect upon Itself. In so doing, it divides into two opposite
and complementary halves that, for lack of better …