Part III: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape: Parting Words, Parting Sorrows

14 Jun

A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape

A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape

 
The book is at its best when, instead of merely being a log of his trips, the author expounds on their philosophical and spiritual implications. In other words, What does it all mean?

While he does get into this a bit, occasionally using quantum physics to help makes sense of the experience, unfortunately this book is more of a collection of trip reports, like those found on Erowid, rather than a full book about what he learned.

Near the end, he boldly writes that “exploration with psychedelics must be the exploration of death in the final outcome,” and tops it off by saying that “my approach has been absolutely spiritual despite its appearance to some.”

Later, in reflection on the totality of his experience, Dan – displaying the top notch writing he is capable of – writes:

“I estimate that I have spent about one hundred hours in the Hive by now. And I always find the same things…rooms, appliances, beings – the Dead!

All of these descriptions of things seen in the closed-eye trance are maddeningly hard to pin down. As in the area of say: What’s brain? And What’s Other?

In the early days all was new, and I wasn’t sure that anything I was seeing was “outside” of me. Inner space, outer space, was there even a difference? Well, no; it was beginning to seem to me that despite the glaring problem of not knowing how or why we humans got here, I had seen much to enforce this growing idea of some It Behind – a blind groping hand of “God” reaching from Behind the soup of atoms and up the DNA strands to feel its created self in the Here.

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3 Part Review Series:
Part 1: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape
Part 2: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape
Part 3: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape

 
Note: While reading this book, I got so excited that I decided I most certainly had to interview the author for my blog! I went to look for more information about him online only to find out that he had died sometime around the publication of this book in 2006. I do not know any details beyond this. My condolences to the family and friends of Dan Carpenter.


One Response to “Part III: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape: Parting Words, Parting Sorrows”

  1. Carol Carpenter July 4, 2007 at 10:59 pm #

    I am Dan Carpenter’s mom. If I can be of any help to you, please feel free to email me. I would assume that if you read his book, you would have seen on the back cover that he died in July, 2005. I sometimes put his name in search just to see if anything new has been added and happened to find your site. Thank you for appreciating my son.

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