So there’s assumed to be this regular, normal and non-altered state of consciousness; a “base” state. you can call it “home”. And then there are these other places that we can go visit sometimes, where reality gets distorted:
Dream, seizure, love, fever, artistic creation, histric laughter, tunel vision, psychedelic experience, meditation, orgasm, flow.
None of these states are considered “home”. Home is that “normal” setting, that holy centre of coordinates in what you may call the “mind locus”, the phase space of our human mind states.
But is there really an absolute coordinates for home? Where we perceive the reality as it is, or less distorted? And then getting distant from it the reality starts to look wavy and misrepresent itself? And then consciousness gets “altered”?
Where does that assumption come from?
Is there really a non-altered state of consciousness? Sure, there may be a physiological basis for that so-called “waking beta wave state” where most of us spend most of our times. But who says this is exactly the coordinates where the cosmic telescope to discover reality locates?
We don’t have to hack what we are hard-wired to perceive, but is that “norm” really physiological? Could it be just cultural? Or some of its dimensions at least?
And say there’s a “home”, is it really where we are?
Who says we see reality better when we are sitting sober behind a microscope? Who says we are sober?? That stoned man under the bridge is sober for his own sake, experiencing his own reality. And that well-dressed business man appears high to him. Every conciousness is “altered”. None of their minds are parked at home. There’s no home!
There’s no absolute frame of reference, just a common place. A state where people happen to colonize that phase-space more.
Now right a geometry, a theory of relativity for that space!
It’s interesting to me that in the new world, a human group have re-established a partnership paradise in an environment that quite closely parallels the African situation of 20,000 years ago; a continent covered by forests. And in this extremely floristically rich environment these people have gotten together the ‘fix’. The ‘fix’, so that the humanness feels good. And isn’t it interesting that the fix turns out to be not a drug, but a shifting of the ratios of neurotransmitters already present in the organism, as though we’re just out of tune. We have evolved out of tune. There’s an enzyme problem that has caused us to fail to suppress the ego, and this creates a spectrum of cultural effects that drives us all nuts.
– Terence McKenna