Peak experiences often creep up on us, when we discover them were are lost. How did we get here? Where have we been? How can I locate this position in the future? The road ahead isn’t clear and this can lead to discomfort. We can respond with embrace or rejection.
When we are out of our heads, being out isn’t always pleasant. We loose our usual reference points, destabilised and wonky. We’ve experienced happy and sad endings in equal measure. Sometimes lured, sometimes not.
Kotler and Wheal expand the narrative – “Altered states have a distinctly checkered history of altering (nation) states. Because pipers, cults, and commies scare the pants of us.” Fairy tale ending or pure fairy tale, you decide.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Chartres. This posting was inspired by Stealing Fire, Chapter 3: why we missed it.