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CONNECTION: Ripple and Alien Dream Time
Posted by Robert C. Cohen on May 28, 1998 at 11:32:03:

In Reply to: Ripple posted by Andy on February 14, 1998 at 08:06:56:

Terrance McKenna discusses ideas of time a lot in his
work. His ideas about "Timewave Zero" include
theories about access to information in the
future and I think I see there a clear
link between Andy's "Ripple" and Brian's post
on Alien Dream Time.

A couple references to this idea
of reverse time in ALIEN DREAM TIME:

"The 20th century mind is nostalgic for the
paradise that once existed on the
mushroom-dotted plains of Africa, where the
plant-human symbiosis occurred
that pulled us out of the animal body and
into the tool-using,
culture-making, imagination-exploring creature
that we are.
And why does this matter? It matters
because it chose that the
way out is back, and that the future is a
forward escape into the past.
This is what the psychedelic experience means."

"And this is where the psychedelic shaman comes in.
Because I believe that what we really contact
through psychedelics is a kind of
hyperspace, and from that hyperspace, we look
down on both the past and
the future and we anticipate the end."

I think Terrance suggests the idea of reverse time
even better in a talk used on the song "Re: Evolution" by
the group "The Shamen" on their album "Boss Drum" :

"Human history represents such a radical break
with the natural
systems of biological organization that preceded
it, that it must
be the response to a kind of attractor, or dwell
point that lies
ahead in the temporal dimension.
Persistently Western religions
have integrated into their theologies the notion
of a kind of end
of the world, and I think that a lot of
experimentation sort of confirms this intuition,
I mean, it isn't
going to happen according to any of the scenarios
of orthodox
religion, but the basic intuition, that the
universe seeks
closure in a kind of omega point of transcendance,
is confirmed,
it's almost as though this object in hyperspace,
glittering in
hyperspace, throws off reflections of itself,
which actually
ricochet into the past, illuminating this mystic, inspiring that
saint or visionary, and that out of these
fragmentary glimpses of
eternity we can build a kind of map, of not only
the past of the
universe, and the evolutionary egression into
novelty, but a kind
of map of the future, this is what shamanism is always been
about, a shaman is someone who has been to the end,
it's someone
who knows how the world really works, and knowing how the world
really works means to have risen outside, above, beyond the
dimensions of ordinary space, time, and casuistry, and actually
seen the wiring under the board..."

I once recieved an email that suggested there might
even be some relationship between "TimeWave Zero"
and CoreWave. Hmmm?
-- Robert C. Cohen

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