Psychedelic subculture was not the invention of the 1960s. Author Tom Hatsis brings light to the Telestai of Eleusis, the Mysteries of Isis, the Dionysian cult, and the magical rituals of Thessalian witches, finding evidence in the Jewish, Roman, and Gnostic traditions that despite centuries old official prohibitions, knowledge of the lost tribal heritage persisted in secretive ways.
I am aware of the points of contact of the body with something else; I am aware if there is a tension in a muscle; I am aware if I feel pain somewhere; I am aware of the heart beating or of the breathing. But all these are like dots. If I say that I am aware of the shape of the body, I am putting a line across all these dots and saying that is the shape. But it is not me. It is an assumption, an image.
Last week I spoke with Joseph Chilton Pearce, an author who has had a big influence not only on my work, but on the way I have raised my children. A World War Two veteran, he could be considered one of the elders of the human potential movement. "We have an absolutely unlimited possibility within us, and an equal amount of self-imposed limitations. For every possibility, we have a self-imposed limitation."
exchange systems we are exploring blur the boundary between the monetary and
nonmonetary realms and therefore the standard definition of the "economy." How would we
measure it in the absence of a common unit of account? Ultimately, underneath money, is the totality of what
human beings do for each other.
The deep link between money and being is good news because human
identity today is undergoing a profound metamorphosis. What kind of
money will be consistent with the new self, the connected self, and a
world in which we increasingly realize the truth of interconnectedness:
that more for you is more for me?