Reclaim your Mind

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    Feb 08, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    I don't know if most of you know who Terence McKenna is. If you do great, if you don't great. But what's your take on what he says? I thought this video was rather interesting.

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    Feb 08, 2012 5:45 AM GMT
    I love that audio clip. Thanks for the thread!!!
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    Feb 08, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    Agree with >50% of what he says, but he throws the baby out with the bath water when he implies that you shouldn't waste your time getting an education. A quality education can be a major catalyst in self development, and can save you from time wasted in wandering down blind alleys.
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    Feb 08, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    Love seeing people react to conspiracy theory. It is just that. Although, I admit theres some truth to that.
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    Feb 08, 2012 3:43 PM GMT
    "Turn on, tune in, drop out" is a counterculture phrase popularized by Timothy Leary in 1967. Remember the hippies, they got with reality and became successful yuppies; which means an education. I'm with starboard5 and only 50% of this is actually useful, in the real world.
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    Feb 08, 2012 3:52 PM GMT
    You might also find these gentlemen interesting:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Tart

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Castaneda

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_LaBerge

    Having lost so many of my high school friends & acquaintences to drugs, I have some issues with the psychedelics of McKenna, even of Castaneda and the like, though I try not to judge harshly since altering my own consciousness comes naturally easily for me, being born a lucid dreamer, being practiced in dream yoga and studied in Dzogchen. I believe that with proper mental exercises, anyone can reach the areas of their mind which are so naturally accessible to those of us born to it, and though I am purposely not in the habit of actively interfering with the lives of others, a friend who was interested did have success in waking her mind in her sleep after we worked on that together. Also I have read from others who have accomplished this mostly on their own, perhaps with the help of published information by others.

    Once you see where your mind can take you, you can take your mind even further. Thus altering consciousness comes as naturally to us as children spinning themselves dizzy.

    Exploring & expanding consciousness, knowing the self, for me, is the most important thing a person can do with their life (with helping others coinciding or at least taking a close 2nd), but for every benefit there is a price, particularly regarding material success in a world built on deception & greed, but also, even just practically speaking in terms of how the self functions in the word, for while reaching for enlightenment makes for a most satisfying life (insert Socrates' "the unexamined life"), I suspect living it completely would ultimately make for an impossible life because you still need to be able to function in society which you can not do unless you adhere somewhat to it. So while you are reclaiming your mind, don't neglect to enjoy & partake in the world you are in.

    I would warn the OP that especially at your impressionable age--at any age, really--unless you are disciplined, you could fall into a trap of escapism in attempting to "reclaim your mind". So while exploring the edges, remember to seek balance.
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    Feb 08, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    i lost my mind in the voidicon_lol.gif
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    Feb 09, 2012 4:19 AM GMT
    [quote]I would warn the OP that especially at your impressionable age--at any age, really--unless you are disciplined, you could fall into a trap of escapism in attempting to "reclaim your mind". So while exploring the edges, remember to seek balance.[/quote]

    I find the video very interesting, but don't get me wrong, I don't intend to drop my schooling and such and partake in what he says. It's a very unorthodox approach, which is different and that's why it appeals. I do also believe you must always be within balance of anything you are involved with. Balance is key.
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    Sep 29, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    ... and this was just a trippy find along the way...

    That's all that is one my mind at this moment. icon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
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    Nov 13, 2013 8:25 PM GMT
    In light of the seeing aspects of my own dark side yesterday I'm mandating myself to take a break from socializing on the internet; dating & hookup sites excluded.
    Be good.