Make the selection of your future personality according to the best teaching. We call this primordial mixture ylem. Do not be attracted to your old ego. As with altered states using psychedelics, there are good trips and then there are bad trips. In this part of the psychedelic journey, there may be a sense of the flow of energy being expressed – or rather, interpreted – as intense feelings. Either of these reactions is indicative of ego-activity and the First Bardo transcendence is lost. In those who have had even a little practical experience of the tranquil state of non-game awareness, and in those who have happy games, this state can last from thirty minutes to several hours. It is all an ever-changing panorama.
The simple joys and pains and burdens of your ego represent one set of experiences – a repetitious, dusty set. Here ends the Second Bardo The voyager, especially in an individual session, may also wish to have either an extroverted or an introverted experience. The unprepared person will be confused or, worse, panicky: the intellectual struggle to control the ocean. (Eyes open, or rapt involvement with external stimuli; emotional aspects). Again the person must resist the temptation to label or control these processes. The aim of these instruction texts is always to lead the voyager back to the original First Bardo transcendence and to help maintain that as long as possible. Let the experience ebb and flow, come and go. Meditate upon (name of protective ideal) for as long as possible. The Chonyid state is equivalent to a deliberately induced psychosis. The dead or the dying person is addressed in the Bardo Thodol mainly for three reasons: (1) the earnest practitioner of these teachings should regard every moment of his or her life as if it were the last; (2) when a follower of these teachings is actually dying, he or she should be reminded of the experiences at the time of initiation, or of the words (or mantra) of the guru, especially if the dying one’s mind lacks alertness during the critical moments; and (3) one who is still incarnate should try to surround the person dying, or just dead, with loving and helpful thoughts during the first stages of the new, or afterdeath, state of existence, without allowing emotional attachment to interfere or to give rise to a state of morbid mental depression.
Looking back, we remember that every middle-eastern and European administrator (with the exception of certain periods in Greece and Persia) has, during the last three thousand years, rushed to pass laws against any emerging transcendental process, the pre-mortem-death-rebirth session, its adepts, and any new method of consciousness-expansion. If, through some trick of nature, the gates of an individual’s subconsciousness were suddenly to spring open, the unprepared mind would be overwhelmed and crushed. There are no visions, no sense of self, no thoughts, only pure awareness. Fear of losing control. You wrench yourself out of the life-flow, drawn by your intense attachment to your old desires. The Psychedelic Experience – A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead was written by three Harvard researchers, Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert. The secret is released once again, in a new dialect, and we sit back quietly to observe whether man is ready to move ahead and to make use of the new tools provided by modern science. Remember that fear and guilt and persecuting, mocking figures are your own hallucinations. Do not cling in fondness and weakness to your old self. They will also recognize the positive and negative visions of the Second Bardo and obtain illumination (Sambhogha-Kaya); and being reborn on a higher level will become inspired saints or teachers (Nirmana-Kaya). This remarkable convergence of modern astrophysics and ancient lamaism demands no complicated explanation.
The world of neurotics or unsatisfied spirits has a red light and visions of desolate plains and forest wastes. Lodon: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1959, p.120. One is joyfully aware of the two-billion-year-old electric sexual dance; one is at last divested of robot clothes and limbs and undulates in the endless chain of living forms.” P. 58. Each person has to learn to decode his own internal road map. According to Lama Govinda, “In the light of the Mirror-like Wisdom . As the learned perceptions disappear and the structure of the external world disintegrates into direct wave phenomena, the aim is to amintain a pure, conten-free awareness (First Bardo). He may demand to return to familiar haunts in the human world. Liberation will be won simply through not disbelieving it upon hearing it. Will teach you much about yourself and the world. The book takes you through Miller’s journey as he studies a range of mind-altering substances including cannabis, opium, coffee and antidepressants. One purpose of this manual is to enable the person to regain the transcendence of the First Bardo and to avoid prolonged entrapments in hallucinatory or ego-dominated game patterns. Jung draws upon Oriental conceptions of consciousness to broaden the concept of “projection”: Not only the “wrathful” but also the “peaceful” deities are conceived as sangsaric projections of the human psyche, an idea that seems all too obvious to the enlightened European, because it reminds him of his own banal simplifications.