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The Cracking Tower: Strategies for Transcending 2012

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End-of-the-world paranoia has been with us since time immemorial. Now, with the end of the legendary Mayan “long count” calendar looming on December 21, 2012 and recent threats of a worldwide economic collapse triggering widespread apprehension and a search for answers, The Cracking Tower offers an arsenal of strategies to turn these fears into an opportunity for spiritual and personal growth.
 
Beginning with a lively memoir of the ...
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Overview

End-of-the-world paranoia has been with us since time immemorial. Now, with the end of the legendary Mayan “long count” calendar looming on December 21, 2012 and recent threats of a worldwide economic collapse triggering widespread apprehension and a search for answers, The Cracking Tower offers an arsenal of strategies to turn these fears into an opportunity for spiritual and personal growth.
 
Beginning with a lively memoir of the author’s experiences in the ’60s, the book goes on to explore apocalyptic thinking through perennial philosophy, shamanism, gnostic mysticism, the body as a vessel of consciousness (and death as “an extended out-of-body experience”), and psychedelics. Shaping the discussion is the fascinating metaphor of the cracking tower, an apparatus for distilling gasoline, as a vehicle for distilling our awareness. Rather than speculating on what might occur in 2012, DeKorne proposes vigilance of a more introspective sort. “The important thing,” he says, “is to ignore the finger and strive to comprehend the moon,” to see what our apocalyptic tendencies reveal about ourselves.
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“Jim DeKorne expertly weaves together diverse threads…into a coherent vision of the challenges and potential that inhabit our modern psyche.”
—Erowid

“The collection of sources, woven together by DeKorne’s keen intellect, becomes, not so much eclectic, as a multifaceted view of a numinous path unfolding in a common language of the Perennial Philosophy. This is a good book, intellectually stimulating, with diverse and always relevant quotations.”
Circles of Light

"This is an interesting philosophical exploration of two opposing views of the world- materialist vs. perennial. One holds that what you see is what you get, the other that there is more to life than meets the eye and that we are all a part of the divine being… If you are interested in philosophy and spirituality, you will find it a fascinating read." My Spirit Radio

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556438165
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim DeKorne is a former epidemiologist and college English professor. He participated actively in civil rights and antiwar protests in the 1960s, the back-to-the-land and appropriate technology movements of the 1970s, and the psychedelic renaissance of the 1980s. He lives on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Table of Contents

Preface: The Cracking Tower ix

Prologue: A 1960s Memoir xv

Chapter 1 Defining Our Terms: Psychedelic Shamanism Reconsidered 1

Chapter 2 The Structure of Reality Is the Structure of Mind 13

Chapter 3 Unity and Multiplicity: The Solipsistic Pomegranate 21

Chapter 4 Bodies Are Vessels of Consciousness 37

Chapter 5 Lost in the Cube of Space 51

Chapter 6 Solve et Coagula 61

Chapter 7 Inner Guidance 75

Chapter 8 Shaman as Bard, Shaman as Scientist 85

Chapter 9 Archons Are Archetypes, Are Us 103

Chapter 10 The Shaman as Prophet 117

Chapter 11 The Cracking Tower 139

Afterword 155

Appendix from The Gnostic Book of Changes: The Management of the Work 159

Endnotes 175

Bibliography 189

Index 197

About the Author 205

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