Speaking to Piers about Prisoner of Infinity & the landscape of occultism, paranoid awareness, psychedelics as voluntary possession, & artificially induced liminality.
Part One: Discovery & Disillusionment (0 – 21 mins)
Peter Levenda’s defense of Michael Aquino, Strieber & Gurdjieff, a spaceship allegory, de-eroticization & spirituality, intimacy without vulnerability, from pornography to cannibalism, effects of crystal meth, a mutant strain of human, working with addicts, intact indigenous culture, Jeffrey Kripal on trauma & spirituality, the Auticulture audience, an arc of discovery & disillusionment, occultism & conspiracy theory, an allergy to the parapolitical, Erik Davis’ position, Kripal on Esalen, the difference between woolly-mindedness & strategic evasion.
Part Two: Chinese Siddhis (21 mins – 48 mins)
Tom O’Neill’s Chaos, Manson & MKULTRA, Diana Pasulka, being ignored, Gordon White, Chris Knowles, occultism & fucked-up-ness, bringing coherence, veterans of psychedelic experience, lessons unlearned, taking Crowley at his word, wanting to believe, internal dissembling, breaking the mirror of expectations, endless spiritual seeking, coming back to the body, spiritual commodification, the imported concept of spirituality, Western spirituality as occultism lite, the surrender path, knowledge & power, conflating psychism with spirituality, the quest for siddhis.
Part Three: Manufactured Revolutions (48 mins to 1 hr 9 mins)
Warring narratives on organized malevolence on right & left, negative identity, schismogenesis, Annika Lucas, power addiction, taboo violation, Rene Girard & the loss of differentiation, liminality & social identity, imprisoning structures, manufactured revolutions, (57 min edit) heroin addiction, Crowley’s cocaine addiction, cocaine psychosis, psychic possession, the centrality of drugs to social control, Bruce Alexander, the dislocation theory of addiction, naturally-produced dopamine, crack & whores, boosting the reward circuitry, escalating porno addiction, drugs & the sex industry, drug cartel death rituals, artificially induced psychopathy.
Part Four: Dissociation Rituals & Psychedelics (1 hr 9 mins – end)
Marijuana habit, putting the body to sleep, feeding the mind, alcohol consumption by French vs. Italians, solitary vs social use of drugs, the trauma of sustained stress, dissociation rituals, treating drug abuse with drugs, licit & illicit drug control, voluntary possession, spirit beings & plant use, Eduardo Duran, psychedelic back taxes, Maximon, Ayahuasca entities, idealizing shamans, ritual abuse & theater, hacking into the unconscious, back to liminality, plant-inception.
Songs: “Pirates” & “Patience” by Entertainment for the Braindead; “Energy_Hunters_Unicorn_Hard-on_Mystic_Materials, Refuck” by Foot Village; “The_Man_In_The_Picture” by Niamh_De_Barra; “Change” by Short Hand.