"Entry 48. ON OUR NATURE.

It is proper to say: we appear to be memory coils (DNA carriers capable of experience) in a computer-like thinking system which, although we have correctly recorded and stored thousands of years of experiential information, and each of us possesses somewhat different deposits from all the other life forms, there is a malfunction -- a failure -- of memory retrieval.

There lies the trouble in our particular sub circuit. "Salvation" through gnosis -- more properly anamnesis (the loss of amnesia) -- although it has individual significance for each of us -- a quantum leap in perception, identity, cognition, understanding, world and self-experience, including immortality -- it has greater and further importance for the system as a whole, inasmuch as these memories are data needed by it and valuable to it, to its overall functioning.

Therefore it is in the process of self-repair, which includes: rebuilding our sub circuit via linear and orthogonal time changes, as well as continual signaling to us to stimulate blocked memory banks within us to fire and hence retrieve what is there.

(VALIS, by Philip K. Dick)


"Objectionable physical symptoms were minimal, and the majority experienced improvement in functioning in such areas as clarity of thought, flow of insights, communication with others, visual perception, energy level, feelings of well-being, and expanded dimensions of thought. Most found the experience valuable, and a large majority (41 to 4) would repeat the experience."
(Preliminary Results with New Psychoactive Agents 2C-T-2 AND 2C-T-7)

"Efforts were made to establish a relaxed, friendly setting, with access to a secluded garden or an interesting natural vista outside. Music, beverages, and snacks were available. If desired, seclusion could be sought in a comfortable private room." (M. J. Stolaroff & C. W. Wells, Procedure)

"Usually a weekend was devoted to the drug trial. The subjects most often ingested the drug as part of a two person group, although often trials involved from one to five persons. All had stable personalities, were persons with whom it was easy to establish good rapport, and who would be unlikely to be frightened or overwhelmed by the surfacing of repressed material."
(M. J. Stolaroff & C. W. Wells, Procedure)

"Subjects ranged in age from 18 to 67; their occupations included student, homemaker, business person, therapist, and psychiatrist."
(M. J. Stolaroff & C. W. Wells, Procedure)

"Often music was played if desired by the subjects, and participants were free to examine art books or explore the beauty of nature outdoors."
(M. J. Stolaroff & C. W. Wells, Procedure)

"There is earth below your earth, a deep room where gas and oil, rock and stone, circulate like slow blood through a body."
(Mathew Henderson, The Lease)