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Album review- Timothy Leary's "The Psychedelic Experience"
    #1575093 - 05/24/03 09:12 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Today I will review the newly reissued 1966 Timothy Leary album "The Psychdelic Experience: A Manual Based On The Tibetan Book of the Dead" . Timothy Leary, Richard Metzner and Richard Alpert(Ram Das) all recite parts from the book of the same name.

This is a very serious album. There is no music or sound effects. The only background sounds you hear are things like a dog barking or someone coughing. I?ve typed up some of my favorite lines for you to enjoy.

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[From Track/side one "Going Out"]

"You are now about to begin a great adventure. The journey out of your mind. You will travel far beyond familiar reality into the level of transcendent awareness. You will leave behind you, your beloved personality, which will be returned to you at the end of this voyage. The goal of this trip is ecstasy. To move outside the boundaries of normal perception and consciousness into the far reaches of your nervous system. "

"You must be ready to accept the possibility that there is an infinite range of awareness?s for which we now have no words. That awareness can expand beyond the range of your ego, your self, your familiar identity, beyond everything that you have learned. Beyond your notions of space and time. Beyond the differences that usually separate people from each other, and from the world around them."

"Wether you experience heaven or hell, remember that it is your mind which creates them. Avoid grasping the one or fleeing the other. You must maintain faith and trust in the potentiality of your own nervous system and the billion year old life process. With your ego left behind you, your brain can?t go wrong."

"Trust your divinity. Trust your brain. Trust your traveling companion. Whenever in doubt, turn off your mind, relax, float down stream."

"Maintain a calm, relaxed awareness keeping your body, feelings and intellect still like a quiet pool of water"(Metzner or Alpert)

"Adopt an attitude of joyess acceptance of anything that might occur. An affirmation of the energy process that will sweep you along. Eliminate any anger ill will or irritation that you may feel towards anyone because this will prevent letting go and tends to produce a negative experience. Instead, meditate on love and trust towards everyone especially your traveling companions on this journey."(Metzner or Alpert)

"There are three main stages in this voyage........"

"The first, and most profound, is called the experience of the clear light or the void. Here you merge completely with the basic energy process. There are no thoughts, no images, no hallucinations, no pleasure or fear. no ?I? to experience. The drop of water is merged in the ocean. There is energy, light, flow. The network of process. ?You? are gone. All boundaries..dissolved."

"The second and longest phase is called the period of hallucination. Of gaining visions and revelations. Part of your ego has reasserted itself. And a multitude of sounds, images, thoughts are created and dissipated at fantastic speed. Both heaven and hell, paradise or torture may be experienced. Both come from you."

"The third phase is that of ?reentry? or ?rebirth? or ?re-imprinting?, where your ego strives to return to the body to rebuild it?s familiar everyday reality."

"As you reach unimagined levels of awareness, try to remember these three phases and try to recognize where you are. Do not attempt to control or rationalize the experience. Let it flow and enjoy the process. You will be returning soon enough.......all too soon. There is plenty of time for figuring it all out later.Turn your attention to your body. Try to become conscious of every cell in your body."(Metzner or Alpert)







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[From Track/side two "Coming Back"]

"Be aware of the photographs you are taking now with your neurological camera. Do not expose yourself to distractions"

"You may feel that you have super normal powers; telepathy or clairvoyance. Do not make the mistake of thinking that these powers are yours through merit. They are merely the natural signs that you are in the re-entry phase. Recognize where you are. A Zen master said ?My greatest miracle is that when I feel hungry I eat, and when I feel thirsty I drink?"(Metzner or Alpert)

"Do not re-enter into your old robot out of fear. Do not rush back with a desire or a craving. Be detached. Choose your new self freely, consciously."

"You have five centers of conscious functioning. The thinking center will make it?s own new imprint. Your feeling center will make it?s own new imprint. Your moving(?) center will make it?s own new imprint. Your sexual center will make it?s own new imprint. Your instinctual center will make it?s own new imprint. The imprints you are now making will govern much of your life in the days to come. The imprints you are now making of other people will remain strong in the days to come."

"Try to remain high as long as possible. If you have started to come down already, try to regain the transcendence of the earlier most intense period. This will ensure a smooth gradual re-entry."

"A man dreams he was a butterfly. He woke up. He said ?Now I do not know weither I am a man who dreams he is a butterfly, or a butterfly who dreams he is a man?"





I give this album 4 out of 5 sugarcubes.








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Re: Album review- Timothy Leary's "The Psychedelic Experience" [Re: Learyfan]
    #1577382 - 05/26/03 01:07 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Hey thanks for sharing that with us .....and leary fan gets 5 shrooms for....playing...pausing and rewinding and correcting..... :grin: :crazy: 


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Re: Album review- Timothy Leary's "The Psychedelic Experienc [Re: MetaMountain]
    #1578627 - 05/26/03 04:12 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Yes, there was much pausing, rewinding. I had to use my hotmail for spell check. The Shroomery's was down.

Glad you gained enjoyment from those words. Here's one of my favorite parts.



Quote:

"You must be ready to accept the possibility that there is an infinite range of awareness?s for which we now have no words. That awareness can expand beyond the range of your ego, your self, your familiar identity, beyond everything that you have learned. Beyond your notions of space and time. Beyond the differences that usually separate people from each other, and from the world around them."







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Re: Album review- Timothy Leary's [Re: Learyfan]
    #1578826 - 05/26/03 05:33 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Many great quotes shown!!
dave


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