10.22.18: Timothy Leary’s Not Dead


You cannot use butterfly language to communicate with caterpillars.”
–Timothy Leary


I do not have the adequate time at the moment to really provide a proper intro to psychologist and author Timothy Leary, who was born on this day in 1920. Popularly, he’s known as the guy who promoted LSD use in the 1960s (“Turn on, tune in, drop out”)—but he was far more than that. He was a futurist, an esotericist, a humorist.


Two books of his that I’ve read personally are Musings On Human Metamorphoses, which is all about the continuance of human evolution (off-world, of course), and The Game ofLife, which traces individual human development through the stages of the Tarot. And an absolute essential short text to read is his essay “The Post-Larval Must Be Very Cautious in Communicating with Larval Humans”…which, among other things, is where I got the idea for the title of this blog.


I would also recommend Robert Anton Wilson’s Prometheus Rising, which expands on Leary’s Eight-Circuit Theory of Consciousness.

Now, the “fringe” opinion is very divided on Leary, and you will find him as one of the central bad guys/CIA spooks in any number of meta-theories. The lore goes, that he was tasked with purposely introducing LSD into the populace by the CIA/”Illuminati” in order to destroy the peace movement and/or obliterate “American values.”

The thing is: if you research any number of avenues regarding “psychological studies” conducted by the government (and related think-tanks), Leary’s name will come up. And it will give you some pause.


That said, even his good friend Wilson, in Cosmic Trigger I, more or less admitted to (or at least hinted at) aspects of Leary’s life that gave him pause. Leary’s “character arc” (complete with redemption) in the book is clear in that regard.

But I think it was the government’s eventual and continual persecution of Leary—climaxing with him being sent to prison—that was evidence of his unwillingness to work within that System (or “the” system, or any system of that stripe).

I believe his desire to see humanity free and ready to evolve to the next level was sincere. (but that is me, reading a bunch of books; read books for yourself and decide for yourself)


Anyway…this is the birthday of Timothy Leary. That’s all I wanted to say.


I’m doing OK. I feel confident that writing in this blog, in the manner I have currently chosen to do it, is the right thing to do.

I think putting out this material, in the manner and context that I’ve been doing it, is the right thing to do at the right time—not really because I’m such a great writer, but to provide you with ideas and concepts and names and links for you to explore further.

For a long time, I aimed to write online content—even when I was doing so anonymously!—that was “curated” in such a way to get hits and go “viral.” Because that’s what I had been tasked with to do in my professional life.

But I gave that all up. I just wanted to create an online space that felt organic and genuine. And I feel a lot better about it.

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