A substance which, when ingested by humans, facilitates the realization that the divine infuses all of creation.
While a detailed discussion of the use of entheogens
and other techniques used to enter shamanic ecstasy
states is beyond the scope of this book, it is important to have a metaphorical
understanding of these concepts. A comparable "space" in the world of computing
would be the concept of an operating environment. This is a concept programmers
use to describe the variable conditions in which a computer program executes,
or runs. Much like the environment in which human biological activity takes
place, a computer operating environment is a place where computer programs
live, and most programs require certain environmental variables to
be in place so they can run (live) properly. I find it helpful to think
of communications with non-human entities as requiring such an operating
environment, and this is how I think of entheospace. Although there is
debate in the psychedelic
community as to whether or not using entheogens is the only way in which
to enter into such a state, I use the concept of entheospace here to more
broadly describe the deeply seated sense of being infused with, and a part
of, divine mind.
To better understand pure
mind-to-mind interactions, it helps to think of these communications as
taking place in various environments, or operating spaces. In metaphysics,
this concept is sometimes referred to as a "plane," e.g., the astral plane.
Unlike the physical environment on planet Earth, which facilitates face-to-face
communications between humans, e-mail requires the environment of cyberspace
in which to operate. When we move beyond the area of pure human-to-human
communications, such as human-to-Gaia
communication, yet other environments, common to the different consciousnesses
that want to
communicate with each other, are required. One of these environments, or planes, is what I call entheospace.
Metaphorically, one can think
of entheospace as an environment in which many disparate types of consciousness
share a common language
with which they may communicate. Shamans enter entheospace by ingesting
entheogens, fasting, dancing
or other such methods. Many psychonauts believe entheospace may also be
entered by ingesting certain laboratory-produced chemicals, such as LSD.
Keep in mind that this is a discussion about communication with an alien intelligence. People sometimes mistakenly think that the only type of alien contact possible is with mindful organisms from other planets. It is important to remember that there are many mentally and spiritually alien organisms, such as plants, animals, fungi, etc., all around us. Furthermore, contact with an alien intelligence does not necessarily imply contact through verbal exchanges. Just because the species of primate we call human uses sounds made by complex tongue wagging to communicate with other members of its species does not mean other intelligent beings have evolved their system of communications along similar lines.
_The Spirit of the Internet_ by Lawrence Hagerty
- Lawrence Hagerty - _Psychedelic Thinking And The Dawn Of Homo Cyber_