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William Leonard Pickard Has a Book Out! The Rose of Paracelsus!!!


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#121 Sidestreet

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 05:57 AM

In Chapter 7 we have the narrator’s Nepalese trek with Magenta.  The two are immersed in the area’s poverty and abundant spiritual expression.  They pray.

 

The reader is struck by the condition of region’s poor, who beg or scratch a living out of filth at the foot of Mount Everest.  It stands in breathtaking contrast to the scenes at Harvard and Berlin, and helps us to understand “the breadth of the human condition.”

 

It is in this setting that Leonard and Magenta discuss what seems to be one of the Rose’s themes: “Big Pharma’s, shall we say...special initiatives.”  Magenta reveals the Six’s interest in “[d]rug design of compounds significantly influencing learning and memory.  And libido.”  They are concerned with the potential impact of widespread availability and even weaponization.

 

“’What of the military aspects?’ [asked Leonard]

 

‘The Polish writer Stanislaw Lern described an aerosol of Theologine, a hypothetical substance promoting religiousity.  Whole villages prayed, prostrated themselves, self-flagellated . . . .  The other Lem scenario concerned a theoretical compound that stimulated ardor.  Entire neighborhoods engaged in frantic sexuality, mass orgies, indescribable lasciviousness.’

 

‘That’s highly improbable in reality.’

 

‘Not so.  We now see the advent of agonists for the melatonin receptor.  They induce lordosis, presentation for copulation, in females across the mammalia from mice to horses, and in microgram range doses.  Experimental drugs for female sexual dysfunctional pose a threat.’

 

‘Threats?’

 

‘Rampant abuse, offshore manufacture, internet sales, chronic overdoses, prostitution, child abuse, date rape....’”

 

Can you imagine?  The reader is left with the above hint, but a fumbling internet search by this layperson did not yield corroboration of such research.

 

Leonard and Magenta then encounter one of the book’s most memorable characters, a tormented waif.  “We saw across the alley a small, very dark and ragged Nepalese girl with bare feet, wearing only a dirty flour sack with holes for arms, and carrying a toy pail of gravel.  She was being verbally abused by a thin, evil-looking Hindu vendor.  Her hair was matted with excrement; a trickle of blood trailed down her leg.”  The description of this girl’s plight is utterly heartbreaking and I have not read any other work that confronts suffering so head-on.

 

Happily, the heros take it upon themselves pluck this helpless girl from her filthy circumstance and deliver her into the loving arms of an elderly couple who had lost their entire family.

 

Afterward, Magenta says, “[w]e feel society would best be served, not so much by a pill for intellect or sexuality, but by one for compassion.  A medicine for altruism.  Perhaps we have one.”


Edited by Sidestreet, 13 January 2017 - 05:58 AM.

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 05:41 PM

Side,

The history of Racetams (smart drugs): http://smartdrugsmar...harmaceuticals/

Certaian Drugs for Parkinson's lead to uncontrollable libido:http://www.telegraph...le-desires.html

It's already here. Remember Viagra was developed as a heart medication (supposedly). Perhaps that's how it's done. Introduce the drug for a "noble" purpose... Whoops, look at those "side effects".
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Posted 13 January 2017 - 06:23 PM

happy4nic8tor and fungi2bwith......this humble little band of readers sez hey and welcome. read the first 6 chapters at your own chosen speed. we are moving at what one might describe as a leisurely pace, so you will catch up with us soon enough here in chapter 7.....Mother Goddess of the World. you will find your own special thoughts, sentences, and paragraph along the way. note them, relish them.  they are not commonly found in the books of the modern world (or maybe i'm just not reading the right stuff!) 

 

very quickly in Chap 7, on page 181, i want to note Leonard's nod to the great psychedelician trail blazer Richard Alpert, who became Ram Dass in the late 60's after his journey to India. This saga is recounted by Alpert/Dass in the autobiographical Be Here Now, still one of the great books in the psychedelic canon. if you haven't read it, make a point of it to do so some day. it's a good one. 

 

indeed, one of my "babysitters" back in the early 70s, an experienced gent familiar with the realm of inner space who was in house and looking after 4 of us on our second serious session with the remarkable ecstatogen Windowpane, made sure to leave a copy of BHN on the table sometime during our trip, knowing full well that each of us would pick it up and find it fascinating, powerful, and irresistible. The story at the heart of the book is the classic tale of yearning student finally finding His Teacher. It was not surprising to me that Leonard would find a way to reference this landmark of consciousness in his own tale. 

 

I found myself re-reading and pondering this sentence on 181......"Their elixirs swirled with ground gemstones; the cups were lined with pounded silver and made from stained and polished skulls of deceased relatives." these words made me think of my dear old mom, who departed 16 months ago at age 88. what would it be like to have her polished and bejewelled skull on the mantle, to be used for sips of various elixirs on special occasions?  alas, she was, as is the current vogue, cremated swiftly upon her demise.  but i can, thanks to Leonard, at least see this all happen in my mind's eye. 

 

also, take note of the mind melting way that Magenta presents himself to the once again astounded Leonard. How he introduces his Sixness by "low, earnest singing of measures of the same Latin plainsong chant that had transformed the Berlin night." It will take Leonard a bit of time to realize what is taking place, remembering just where that plainsong had been recently encountered and what it all means as he conflates this memory to his reality in Nepal at that instant. "Magenta waited as I sorted through this glorious coincidence, watching my face transform into recognition, then gratitude for their subtle and expert crafts." pretty neat!  


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 02:20 PM

Side,

The history of Racetams (smart drugs): http://smartdrugsmar...harmaceuticals/

Certaian Drugs for Parkinson's lead to uncontrollable libido:http://www.telegraph...le-desires.html

It's already here. Remember Viagra was developed as a heart medication (supposedly). Perhaps that's how it's done. Introduce the drug for a "noble" purpose... Whoops, look at those "side effects".

 

For a discussion of melatonin receptors and the potent libido-enhancing compounds referred to in The Rose, see Leonard's short paper "A Word of Caution" regarding bremelanotide at http://www.freeleona...melanotide.html
 
"Melatonin receptors" in The Rose more accurately refers to the melanocortin receptors (MC-3, MC-4), but Leonard reasonably did not wish to stimulate experimentation with libido-enhancing compounds.
 
SteamPunk, do you have comments/best phrases on earlier chapters?
 
- PED

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 04:09 PM

Sidestreet I like your post Theologine exists.

I was in the MK Ultra experiments and I confirm  chems are used to create religious  experiences
as well as the feeling of love.. They also torture people not whining about that.

I can give names and other info to confirm what I say.


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 07:16 PM

Heirloom, I swear you could write a companion volume to "The Rose" based on your own crazy experiences!

PED, let me collect some thoughts and I will write them about various chapters. I'm reading three books currently, so need to make sure I'm not bleeding one into another. (Rupert Sheldrake's Morphic Resonance, and a book on Shamanistic magickal rites).

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 06:17 AM

Jesus Steampunk, I'm lucky to be able to read one book at once.

 

Of course I take Parkinsons meds so I can read while I'm asleep.



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Posted 15 January 2017 - 02:47 PM

also please note that here in Nepal, as Leonard and Magenta observe the wide range of human emotions, reactions, and conditions, from complete devotion to unbearable cruelty, we are shown, as the duo encounters and ultimately rescues the Mother Goddess of The World.......we are shown, and not for the last time in The Rose, that one of the most important human qualities of all is the very simple and very precious......kindness.  

 

"Think this through with me,

let me know your mind.

Oh, ohhh, and i want to know-oh,

is are you kind." 

 

robert hunter/jerry garcia, from Uncle John's Band. 


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