6 thoughts on “Expressions of Eternity

  1. I think it’s okay to prefer my animal nature. I was going to pose this as a question but I want to be honest and not work so hard to try to make people like me. It’s a new strategy I created lol

    1. That’s a good approach to take, people should be challenged, and if they can’t take it then their approval’s probably not something to lose sleep over anyway. You’re right, because what’s right is what’s right for you. In my case I like to step in and out of each, but spend more time in the universal perspective as I’m more at peace there, which could perhaps be because I don’t satisfy the needs of my animal nature very well.

      1. This might sound odd but I believe there’s a “human animal nature” and an animal’s nature. Not sure if that makes sense? With most animals you know what to expect. A lion will stalk a weaker animal to survive and feed the rest of it’s pride, where as some humans will prey on weaker humans because they can, they enjoy it, or they’re repeating a cycle taught to them. When I’m around animals I know their behavior and what to expect. I know how to be myself. I’ve never been able to do that with people I hid behind alcohol for over 20 years. The years where you learn how to form relationships and become an adult. Sorry! I’m called The Rambler for a reason. If I start writing about the 80’s and 90’s when I spent most of my time at concerts in pits and the people I’ve met and talked to it ends up being a 2,000 word post. lol

        1. Haha sounds like you’ve definitely had a variety of experiences! Alcohol certainly has a way of toying with its abusers. Brings to mind a quote of Bill Hick’s:
          “If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. And what can this tell you about American culture? Well, look at the drugs we use. Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.”
          Alcohol holds us back from growth in so many ways, I hope you have found the strength to put it behind you 🙂

          1. It’s funny I’ve had to go caffeine free due to kidney failure/celiac/gallbladder but alcohol also acted as a stimulant the majority of the time which should’ve been a clue to the 30 something Doctors & Therapists I was court ordered or voluntarily went to over the years but they all saw a young shy female with alcohol problems despite a gigantic family history of severe mental illness. The alcohol is behind me, sober over 9 years. What isn’t behind me is the trauma of alcoholism. When a person drinks as much as I did you have to surround yourself with people who drink like you. Most of those people are not exactly good people. I found myself stuck in a group with mostly older men who had been in and out of jail, in local bands, drug addicts, alcoholics, and violent. It’s the memories or some of the memories my brain won’t allow me to remember that cause the most pain. Thank you so much for reading and responding. Have you heard of Psychedelic Therapy? I’ve read a lot about it and listened to people who have done it but I’m not exactly sure who it wouldn’t be meant for. Just wondering if you had any info.

  2. Those sound like rough experiences.. Yeah psychedelics can be very medicinal, as they allow you to confront your own subconscious in ways otherwise not possible. For example long term heroin addicts have lost all cravings and given up their addiction after a single ayahuasca experience. There’s no way to know for sure who should/shouldn’t use these forms of therapy as everyone responds differently, and so for that reason the best approach is to start at small doses and work your way up over time. But in SWIM’s experience so long as you’re in a safe, comfortable environment (with someone sober who you feel comfortable with to sit by you if you feel you need it) and some music gentle music, then it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll go down the wrong path. And besides, it’s often the challenging experiences which have the most to teach. In terms of the best choices of plants definitely ayahuasca would be number one, but that’s quite difficult to access, so psilocybin mushrooms would be the best bet as they are great but also easy to find.

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