Boojum, on 04 March 2012 - 01:11 PM, said:
Cool, I'll give it a read when I'm something approaching sober and can actually process it
Was really into Taoism before I decided that the way forward was to climb into a bottle, and the real Tao, the way that is not the way (because if you can explain it, if you can put it in words, then it is not the way, it is not the Tao), the proper headfuck stuff that is the centre of the Tao is so similar to quantum physics it's kinda a bit scary. But that's deep physics, when you get right into proper deep physics, when the numbers run out, you're basically in the realms of SERIOUS philosophy, and my brain just doesn't work there, I'm not nearly clever enough. I wish I was clever enough cos it's fascinating, and occasionally I've kinda understood a teeny tiny little bit of it and on the few occasions I have, my word what a pure head rush, like being on acid
Blackfoot Physics is not a complicated exposition using highly technical or esoteric terminology. It is a great book that you can pick up and put down without having to re-read anything when you take it up again. He does a fantastic chapter on Mayan number system.
The important point which he makes in the opening chapters is that the illumination of the indigenous mind and the realisation of the academic mind have the same value within the paradigms they are expressed. Now I think that last sentence I just wrote might not be quite accurate
It is hard to express and not sure if academics call what they get 'realisation'
In the first chapters he details the transformation he underwent through his attendance and identification with the whole Sundance Ceremony.
For another book that takes you on a journey and holds a transformational dynamic - The Heart of the World by Alan Ereira. He made a film for BBC in 1990 and the book is a more detailed account of his journey.
He was the first westerner to be allowed into the world of The Kogis, a people that hid themselves in the Andes away from the rest of the world while still keeping a watch on it. They are a spiritually sophisticated people and reading the book transported me in ways I was not expecting. They regard us as younger brothers and don't understand our preoccupation with materialism and our lack of spiritual dimension.
Video of Alan Ereira - the Kogi have asked him to make another film - there is a trailer of the new work. here
THE HEART OF THE WORLD - In this episode of Global Spirit, host Phil Cousineau speaks with BBC filmmaker Alan Ereira about his beautiful, sobering documentary: From the Heart of the World: The Elder Brothers' Warning. This poignant film carries a strong warning from a remote South American tribe that cautions us, the “younger brothers”, to give up our self-destructive ways and honor the planet, before it is too late.
After four centuries of seclusion, the Kogi, considered to be the last surviving pre-Colombian civilization, asked filmmaker Ereira to visit their homeland in the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern Colombia. From the Heart of the World: The Elder Brothers’ Warning delivers their prophetic message to the industrialized world. Seeing themselves as guardians of life on earth, the Kogi have a profound spiritual understanding of the bond between humankind and the natural world — a bond that, they insist, must be respected. This powerful film stands as an especially cogent and moving plea for ecological wisdom.
This post has been edited by Thicky: 04 March 2012 - 03:55 PM