Or started hallucinating like mad, whichever way you want to look at it. In my mind this last statement is of course where Wilson went wrong. In his reality tunnel, with esoteric spirituality you either lose or tie (become paranoid or agnostic), which is obviously untrue and the precise opposite of what a shaman would tell you. The other alternative is that you realize your monotheistic materialism imprinting is inherently incorrect and reject it in favor of a more accurate worldview that includes the existence of non-corporeal states of consciousness. In other words, you win. Rather than constantly questioning whether or not these entities you encounter are “real” like most people do, just fucking roll with it. Easier said than done by my own admission.
Despite Wilson’s spiritual failings however, it’s impossible to deny the widespread ripple effect that this “contact” incident has had on culture. Hell, without it, I’m pretty sure Disinfo.com wouldn’t even exist. People like Alan Moore and Grant Morrison probably never would have implanted a bunch of esoteric intel into comic books and the world would be infinitely more boring. This certainly wouldn’t have ever went down:
And of course reading this interview with Grant in Arthur magazine is what first got me interested in sorcery nearly 15 years ago now (although I’d already been experimenting with astral projection for quite a while at that point), so who knows what I’d be doing with my life exactly if not for this contact.
Wilson of course documents all of this in the classic book Cosmic Trigger, which behind Archaic Revival is quite possibly the most influential piece of western psychedelic literature ever published.
There’s so much crazy insight to digest in that book it’s daunting and I’ve gotta be honest, a lot of it is shit. Aleister Crowley? Not really a genius, but more a total fraud although magick does in fact work. Crowley didn’t invent it. Timothy Leary? I personally like him, but he’s more than a bit sketchy and clearly cared more about his own celebrity than any sort of spiritual evolution. The Illuminati? More religious propaganda than anything else, but what’s important is the subjectivity of all this. This stuff was legit in Wilson’s pre-internet world, and it manifested as such in his reality. I personally like how the book is a precursor to books like Graham Hancock’s Supernatural in linking psychedelics states of consciousness to the high strangeness of UFO phenomenon. Also, his insistence that marijuana can be used as a powerful tool of consciousness manipulation is sorely lacking in modern psychedelic culture in general. Anywho, I digress. Happy R.A.W. day everyone!