Singing to the Plants. There are a number of human experiences that are characterized by presentness, detail, externality, and three-dimensional explorable spacefulness: we can call these visionary experiences.
These can be characterized along two dimensions — according to the degree to which the experience is entered into intentionally, and by the amount of control the experiencer exercises over its content. Such visionary experiences appear to be quite widespread across cultures, and raise significant psychological and ontological questions. Chinese philosophy — perhaps because of its origins in practical political thought — has been dominated by questions of change: why is there change rather than stability? What is the relationship between change and human action? Are there patterns of change that we can detect and use to our advantage? Some time ago, on a discussion group, a woman posted that she had been sexually assaulted by a shaman at an ayahuasca retreat center in the Upper Amazon.
A New Masculinity. (Read this article as: PDF | ePub | Mobi) Beginning about a year ago, I became obsessed with the question of whether a universal masculinity exists or not.
Are the traits which we consider “manly” hardwired into us as a species? Or are they socially constructed for some specific purpose? Or both? And how does this relate to being attractive to women as well as psychologically sound as men? You may think this is a funny thing to obsess about. One could easily argue that a large component of the PUA experience, if not the defining component, is helping men discover and get in touch with their masculinity in order to attract and sleep with more women. Therefore within the PUA movement, it is tacitly accepted that men are supposed to behave one way and women another. But, I too, took these gender roles for granted as predestined fact.
Then in late 2009, I began to travel all over the world. “You? Well shit. Assortment theory can be subtle and hard to notice. Rites of Passage A New Masculinity. Evolving consciousness, bite by bite.