What does the description of the incident with the Lotus Eaters add to the epic? But again none of these experiences were really mystical at all. Though I had and still have a lot of liking and affinity with a lot of the people who are a part of the world psychedelic community, I can also see the inherent limitations of using psychedelic drugs as a means to facilitate mystic states. Everything will be attractive to deer and humans. The lotus eaters are a representation of Sloth. Around this time I would avidly read books about how the microcomputer revolution happened and books about the work going on in hi-tech research institutes around the world. Also of course a lot of students would show up and to some extent the kind of people I was living with in the squat scene.
I found myself drifting in this world, unemployed, lost and lonely. This first participation with the world of psychedelic trance dance music was followed by more involvement a few months later when I was asked to accompany the same act Cosmosis on a world tour to help promote their second album. The flower is attractive to observe, fragrant to smell and scrumptious to taste. Odysseus finds his men sent to ahead to scout hopelessly addictedto the lotus fruit. His men convince him that they will all be cursed by the powerful god Poseidon if they kill the Cycolps. The Lotus-e … aters did not cause harm or threaten to kill them but drugged the men into a blissful state from which they did not want to leave.
Odysseus landed with his men on the land of the lotus eaters where his men joined in with the natives and began to eat the lotus too which made them intoxicated and not caring to help Odysseus get back home so he waited until they fell asleep and carried them aboard his ship one by one toget his men … away from these lotus which were twisting their minds and keeping Odysseus from the job in hand which was to get home he needed his men awake and alert and the lotus were preventing that from ever happening. It was as if I went through a process of dramatic mental alteration brought about by a pattern of repeated drug abuse and bodily neglect. It's easy to see how this poem might seem like old news. We had spent a lot of time together going to clubs and generally hanging out. Throughout all this period it really felt as if I was only really passing through.
During this time, in and around 1995, I was living in the Farringdon area in London, which positioned me perfectly for going to any and every psychedelic event in London. Anyway, it was only after leaving the squat that my real investigations into the world of psychedelia and the land of the lotus eaters would begin. So what is the Island of the Lotus Eaters? Tennyson was definitely one of the poetic rockstars of the. Also their hedonistic dimension started to have less and less of a pull on me. He tells Odysseus that the hero will return safely home to Ithaca. Sirens would have sung them to their deaths, or wrecked the vessel along the cliff if a sailor took it in his head to drive the ship to the shore to get to them. It's a distraction meant to waylay him, and it does not succeed, thereby demonstrating the hero's integrity and spirit.
I was devastated and the news really shook me to the core. It appeared in his 1832 collection Poems, when his long career as Poet Laureate and all-around celebrity was still in front of him. Keeping in mind that this was probably written by a Greek guy. When young Dawn's fingertips turned rosy and lit up the world, the Cyclops built a fire. Along this journey, Odysseus takes on many challenges and temptations in the form of each of the seven deadlies.
It was a conflict of strength and wits. Not your most convoluted tale. I look back on my time spent with the lotus eaters with a sense of longing, for it was fun, but also with a sense of sadness because it was accompanied by tragedy and loss. Anyway, this definitely acted as a kind of spur, as I really got down to work in the latter part of 1997. It really gave me a chance to explore this rather deviant avenue of the mystical quest.
It's impossible to spend so much time reading about neurochemistry and brain receptors, without ever wondering what would be the affect of manipulating their normal action. The actual full scale mystical experiences obtained probably number something over a dozen or so. I would go out to psychedelic clubs Thursday, Friday and Saturday every week, for months on end and sometimes also going out on Sundays as well. That stuff is great, but we think the best reason to check this out is that it can really transport you into Tennyson's imagination. So for instance we have Soma described in the Bhaghavad Gita and other ancient Indian holy texts; Huoma used in pre-Zoroastrian Persia and the enigmatic Manna of the Bible, the food that fell from heaven. It is at this point, however, that the crew, with its next landing, encounters one of its most dangerous obstacles, the one-eyed giant called Cyclops, who will proceed to consume some of Odysseus's crew until the resourceful leader succeeds in blinding it and escaping once again. It also forced me to think hard about my own situation and all this put me into a profoundly depressed state.
It took the death of a close friend to give me the impetus to leave the Island of the lotus eaters and carry on my journey, but that's another story. He begs his father Poseidon to curse Odysseus. That is, the use of certain plants and substances have often found their way into the religious rituals and ceremonies of the World's religions early on in their initial development and evolution. This whole section describes my own visit to the real land of the Lotus eaters as manifest in present times. There would always be a significant contingent of old hippies from the sixties or early seventies and also the children of the children of Woodstock.
Its beauty of flavor, form and fragrance particularly will appeal to herons, koi … , people, and white-tail deer. Even before my time spent in the squat I already had a certain fascination for the drug culture. In retrospect I can see now that this time of my life was a valuable one, but it was a horrible phase whilst I was going through it. I went to the Far East for a bit, soon after I finished my studies, then came back to London in the Spring of 1992, after having a troubled period while over there. I become something of a loner, I read and thought a lot.
After all, it's almost 200 years old, and it's based on a story from Homer's that's been kicking around for more than 2000! Also my keen interest in the brain and neuroscience definitely helped to predispose me to becoming curious about psychoactive drugs. It felt strange to be back, the place no longer had the same meaning for me that it did in the past. Odysseus sends 3 men out to scout butthey do not return. This pattern of behavior continued right through 1996 with a break in the Spring of that year when I stopped taking drugs for a while and spent more time in relationships. However in my mind I had already left the land of the lotus eaters. Birds, fish, insects,mammals, molluscs, and reptiles are animals that eat thelotus plant.