What goes up must come down……(?)

I disagree. Emphatically. If by up we mean better, cooler, happier, wiser, more real, more joyful then coming down is RAh-ther unnecessary. In Douglas Adam’s ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ the art of flying is summarized as being able to “throw yourself at the ground and miss.” Ohhhh, how accidentally Zen is that? The phrase ‘getting high’ has understandably negative connotations. But is experiencing euphoria, deep awareness of beauty, or enjoying dissociative bliss inherently bad? Nnnnnope. Harming your body and mind with toxins is bad. Hiding from reality in pleasant sensation or a chemically induced sense of well being until you’ve weakened your psyche is bad. But that doesn’t mean we avoid altered, heightened states or settle for perpetual mundane normality. It’s against our nature to go through life without wonder, without peak experiences, without moments of total joy. Dissociative bliss is a necessary function of the human brain. Through prayer, meditation, music, fasting, dreams and a long history of entheobotany people have been seeing through the world and acheiving life affirming ecstacy. Balance, circumspection and cognitive awareness are what have often been wanting. It would be interesting to consider what human history would have looked like, what our present day world would look like, if homo sapiens had not developed this propensity. 

    Playing music engenders that part of the mind that seeks upward and outward looking for higher ground. Playin’ freestyle music, as in playing a solo is very much like trying to throw yourself at the ground and miss. The answers Zen monks have recieved from their masters have always distantly reminded me of jammin’ the saxophone. Somewhere past contemporary theology, biology, psychology, etc.-ology are the answers we want, the state we want to be in, the more abundant life, and it’s not packaged for us in a recognizable form. “Don’t touch my bags if you please, Mr. Customs Man.” Not because I’m carrying contraband, because I’m carrying nothing. The suitcase just makes me look like I’m s’pposed to be here. http://www.youtube.com/user/MrEdmundSax#p/f/3/e6VbqVcD_OI   

It’s easier to miss the ground if you’re not carryin’ around a bunch of crap.


~ by edmundsax67 on June 24, 2011.

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