Ayahuasca: A Memorable Fancy

Posted in Ayahuasca with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2018 by Jarrod Boyle

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The malocca was transformed into a throne room and the courtiers partied in the room below us. I sat on my throne, a giant black widow spider at either hand, remote in the shadows. Continue reading

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Ayahuasca: A Memorable Fancy

Posted in Ayahuasca with tags , , , , , , on September 5, 2018 by Jarrod Boyle

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The ayahuasca, a thick, tar-green puree, ran into the glass. I raised it to my lips, held my breath, and attempted to pour it down my throat without inadvertently tasting it. The flavour was like a fist squeezing the base of my tongue. Continue reading

Ayahuasca: A Memorable Fancy

Posted in Ayahuasca with tags , , , , on September 1, 2018 by Jarrod Boyle

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By the next morning, I felt physically sick and exhausted. I went to the dispensary and took the thimble of turgid green medicine. As the taste worked its way into my guts as a filament of revulsion, I considered giving the final session a miss. Continue reading

Ayahuasca: A Memorable Fancy

Posted in Ayahuasca with tags , , on August 27, 2018 by Jarrod Boyle

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The ceremony itself transpires in a ritual space called a malocca, which is a large communal hacienda. Each of the participants lies on a mat on the floor with a pillow, a blanket and a bucket at its foot. The ceremony begins with each coming forward to imbibe the ayahuasca, not unlike a communion of sorts. Continue reading

Ayahuasca: A Memorable Fancy

Posted in Ayahuasca with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2018 by Jarrod Boyle

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“By degrees we beheld the infinite abyss, fiery as the smoke of a burning city; beneath us at an immense distance was the sun, black but shining round it were fiery tracks on which revolv’d vast spiders, crawling after their prey…

‘The air was full of them and seemed composed of them; these are devils and called powers of the air, I now asked my companion which was my eternal lot? He said, between the black and white spiders.”

  • William Blake,

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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I’ve enjoyed a limited, peaceful relationship with drugs and alcohol. I had a profound experience with LSD in my early twenties which had lived up to the hype with a bona-fide religious vision. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Hannah Gadsby

Posted in Real Men, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , on August 4, 2018 by Jarrod Boyle

 

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I just wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoyed your show, ‘Nanette.’ You don’t see a lot of genuinely incendiary stuff anymore. Incendiary and vital. Continue reading

Death Symbols

Posted in Observation with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2018 by Jarrod Boyle

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Above: ‘Punisher’ emblem on RAAF Wedgetail surveillance plane.

“Such symbology… is always ill-considered and implicitly encourages the inculcation of an arrogant hubris.”

Lieutenant General Angus Cameron, chief of defence elect on his decision to ban the use of skulls, crossbones, The Punisher Logo, Grim Reaper and Spartan emblems amongst armed forces.  

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“We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won’t allow them to write “fuck” on their airplanes because it’s obscene!”

Colonel Walter Kurtz, Apocalypse Now.

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