August 2013

* tiger water


Psychonautics (from Greek psyche "soul/spirit/mind" nautes "sailor/navigator") - a sailor of the mind/soul) refers both to a methodology for describing and explaining the subjective effects of altered states of consciousness, including those induced by meditation or mind altering substances, and to a research paradigm in which the researcher voluntarily immerses him/herself into an altered state by means of such techniques, as a means to explore human experience and existence. The term has been applied diversely, to cover all activities by which altered states are induced and utilized for spiritual purposes or the exploration of the human condition, including shamanism, lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, sensory deprivation, and archaic/modern drug users who use entheogenic substances in order to gain deeper insights and spiritual experiences. A person who uses altered states for such exploration is known as a psychonaut. The term psychonautics derives from the prior term psychonaut, usually attributed to German author Ernst Junger who used the term in describing Arthur Heffter in his 1970 essay on his own extensive drug experiences Annaherungen: Drogen und Rausch (literally: "Approaches: Drugs and Inebriation"). In this essay, Junger draws many parallels between drug experience and physical exploration - for example, the danger of encountering hidden "reefs". Peter J. Carroll made Psychonaut the title of a 1982 book on the experimental use of meditation, ritual and drugs in the experimental exploration of consciousness and of psychic phenomena, or "chaos magic". The term's first published use in a scholarly context is attributed to ethnobotanist Jonathan Ott. Clinical psychiatrist Jan Dirk Blom describes psychonautics as denoting "the exploration of the psyche by means of techniques such as lucid dreaming, brainwave entrainment, sensory deprivation, and the use of hallucinogenics or entheogens", and a psychonaut as one who "seeks to investigate their mind using intentionally induced altered states of consciousness" for spiritual, scientific, or research purposes. Psychologist Dr. Elliot Cohen of Leeds Metropolitan University and the UK Institute of Psychosomanautics defines psychonautics as "the means to study and explore consciousness (including the unconscious) and altered states of consciousness; it rests on the realization that to study consciousness is to transform it". He associates it with a long tradition of historical cultures worldwide. Leeds Metropolitan University is currently the only university in the UK to offer a module in Psychonautics. American Buddhist writer Robert Thurman depicts the Tibetan Buddhist master as a psychonaut, stating that "Tibetan lamas could be called psychonauts, since they journey across the frontiers of death into the in-between realm."



"There is no off switch on a tiger."

"Tigers die and leave their skins; people die and leave their names."

"He painted a tiger, but it turned out a dog."

"He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount."

"Sit atop the mountain and watch the tigers fight."

"Even when a girl is as shy as a mouse, you still have to beware of the tiger within."

"To serve a prince is like sleeping with a tiger."

"When there are no great tigers in the deep mountains, even a monkey can become king."

"A dragon will be teased by a shrimp in a shoal water; a tiger will be bullied by a dog on a treeless plain."

"The elephant and the tiger do not go hunting on the same pasture."

"If a man rides on the back of a tiger, he should never be surprised if he ends up in its tummy."

"Do not blame God for having created the tiger, but thank him for not having given it wings."

"Where there
are no tigers,
a wild cat is
very self-important."


"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."
(Eleanor Roosevelt)

"Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths."
(Muhammad Ali)

"You can't trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it."
(W. C. Fields)

"The sea is the purest and the impurest water Fish can drink it, and it is good for them; to men it is undrinkable and destructive."

"Rain is a beautifier as well as a destroyer."
(South Africa)

"Souls take their spirit from the waters."

"Water flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao."
(Tao Te Ching, 8)

"The usefulness of a well is known when it dries up."

"Water knows no boundary."

"The greatest crime in the desert is to find water and be silent about it."

"It is never the earth that gives its gift to the rain, but the rain that gives its gift to the earth."

"Only the rich complain when it rains."

"Do not empty
your water container at
the sight of a mirage."
(North Africa)