This week’s SW podcast is a two-hour, labyrinthine exploration of consciousness with Neil “the Cleaver” Kramer. Neil opted for the End Times Oracle and took questions at random, but wound up talking about a subject we were both quite at home with, psychedelics (or as Neil prefers, “ethneogens”). Although I was aware of Neil’s presence upon the Imaginal Landscape of the alternate perceptions community, our paths only crossed a week or two ago, when I emailed him an invite onto SW. And right glad I am that I did. NK has his own, highly idiosyncratic take on things but (on the basis of our first chat at least) it’s almost wholly in sync with my own, yet without being too similar to allow for that crucial element of creative friction. Unlike JK (with whom I also feel an affinity), NK has no qualms about allowing the darker undercurrents of consensus reality to inform the self-transformation process and give it the “bite” or “thrust” which (in my opinion) it so sorely needs. Despite his talent for marketing galactic consciousness (evidenced by his sister site), NK is the antithesis of “New Age,” and even though his perspectives are shaped by his no doubt many psychedelic excursions, they’re grounded in a firm awareness of psychology that, to my mind, is wholly indispensable in this field (that of alchemy and consciousness management). Yet, for all that, such psychological grounding is extremely rare. Listen in for yourself (the podcast is in two parts, next one up this coming Wednesday), and share your thoughts at this thread. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
The new counterculture is rapidly taking form within this imaginal landscape which the Net has made possible; there can be little doubt that something wonderful—as well as terrible—is happening, right here, right now. A provisional new reality is emerging before our eyes, a new consensus a-forming.