Tonight is sickly, stale spongy
extra sweater thread
blunts that run
Swampy sticky love
Twitchy restless tapping toes
Sweat and wet t-shirt backs
For a hard earned nap
on a splintered mat;
I might have a crack at that.
“Some biologists describe DNA as an “ancient high biotechnology,” containing “over a hundred trillion times as much information by volume as our most sophisticated information storage devices.” Could one still speak of technology in these circumstances? Yes, because there is no other word to qualify this duplicable, information-storing molecule. DNA is only ten atoms wide and as such constitutes a sort of ultimate technology: It is organic and so miniturized that it approaches the limits of material existence. Shamans, meanwhile, claim that the vital principle that animates all living creatures comes from the cosmos and is minded. As ayahuasquero Pablo Amaringo says: “A plant may not talk, but there is a spirit in it that is conscious, that sees everything, which is the soul of the plant, its essence, what makes it alive.” According to Amaringo these spirits are veritable beings, and humans are also filled with them: “Even the hair, the eyes, the ears are full of beings. You see all this when ayahuasca is strong.” In their visions, shamans take their consciousness down to the molecular level and gain access to information related to DNA, which they call “animate essences” or “spirits.” This is where they see double helixes, twisted ladders, and chromosome shapes. This is how shamanic cultures have known for millennia that the vital principle is the same for all living beings, and is shaped like two entwined serpents (or a vine, a rope, ladder…). DNA is the source of their astonishing botanical and medicinal knowledge, which can be attained only in defocalized and “nonrational” states of consciousness, though its results are empirically verifiable. The myths of these cultures are filled with biological imagery, and the shamans metaphoric explanations correspond quite precisely to the descriptions that biologists are starting to provide.”—Jeremy Narby (via swimminginfrequenciez)
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”—Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Mindfulness (via yeshecholwa)
“The source of consciousness cannot be an object in consciousness. To know the source is to be the source. When you realize that you are not the person, but the pure and calm witness, and that fearless awareness is your very being, you are the being. It is the source, the inexhaustible Possibility.”—Nisargadatta (via theuniverseworks)
“poetry is pure transport. pure alteration. pure theft of your being without asking. in a matter of seconds. it is attentive. gluttonous in its ability to peel you from yourself. starving for what is most hidden. in you. it enters. and does not leave. once it arrives. it is a part of your lifetime. absolute.”—nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
“We are like caterpillars contemplating pupation.
No longer will I chew on the cabbage leaves.
No longer will I spend my time moving around on the underside of the foliage.
Life must be a preparation for the transition to another dimension…”—Shpongle’s Molecular Superstructure via Terence McKenna (via merryprankster)