Excerpted from: The Politics of Ecstasy by Timothy Leary, P.H.D.

“The aw-full truth –  just say Know”– Timothy Leary

So where do we find the scientific answer to the emotional question? Can you really bear to know?

Emotions are the lowest form of consciousness. Emotional actions are the most contracted, narrowing, dangerous form of behavior. The romantic poetry and fiction of the last 200 years has quite blinded us to the fact that emotions are an active and harmful form of stupor. Any peasant can tell you that. Beware of emotions. Any child can tell you that. Watch out for the emotional person. He is a lurching lunatic.

Emotions are caused by biochemical secretions in the body to serve during the state of acute emergency. An emotional person is a blind, crazed maniac. Emotions are addictive and narcotic and stupefacient. Do not trust anyone who comes on emotional.

What are the emotions? In a book entitled Diagnosis of Personality written when I was a psychologist, I presented clarifications of emotions and detailed descriptions of their moderate and extreme manifestations. Emotions are all based on fear. Like an alcoholic or a junkie, the frightened person reaches for his favorite escape into action; commanding, competing, punishing, aggressing, rebelling, complaining, abasing, submitting, placating, agreeing, fawning, flattering, giving.

The emotional person can not think; he cannot perform any effective game action (except in acts of physical aggression and strength). The emotional person is turned off sensually. His body is a churning robot; he has lost all connection with cellular wisdom or atomic revelation. The person in an emotional state is an inflexible robot gone berserk.

What psychologists call love is emotional greed and self-enhancing gluttony based on fear.

The Psychedelic Correlate

The only state in which we can learn, harmonize, grow, merge, join and/or understand is the absence of emotion. This is called bliss or ecstasy, attained through centering the emotions. Moods such as sorrow and joy accompany emotions. Like a junkie who has just scored or an alcoholic with a bottle in hand, the emotional person feels good when he has scored emotionally, i.e., beaten someone up or been beaten up; won a competitive victory; gorged himself on person grabbing.

Conscious love is not an emotion; it is serene merging with your-self, with other people, with other forms of energy. Love cannot exist in an emotional state. Only the person who has been psychotic or had a deep psychedelic trip can understand what emotions do to the human being. The great kick of the mystic experience, the exultant, ecstatic hit, is the sudden relief from emotional pressure.

Did you imagine that there could be emotions in heaven? Emotions are closely tied to ego games. Check your emotions at the door to paradise.

Why, then, are emotions built into the human repertoire if they are so painful, demanding and blinding? There is a basic survival purpose. Emotions are the emergency alarms. The organism at the point of death terror goes into a paroxysm of frantic activity. Like a fish flipping blindly out of water. Like a crazed cornered animal.

There are rare times when emotions are appropriate and relevant. The reflex biochemical spurt. Flight or Fight.  There are times when emotional bluffs, like the hair-raising on a dog’s neck, are appropriate. But the sensible animal avoids situations which elicit fear and the accompanying emotion. Your wise animal prefers to relax or to play – using his senses, tuned into his delicious body-organ music, closing his eyes to drift back in cellular memory. Dogs and cats are high all the time – except when bad luck demands emotional measures.

The emotional human being is an evolutionary drug addict continuously and recklessly shooting himself up with adrenaline and other dark ferments. The way to turn off the emotions is to turn on the senses, turn on to your body, turn on to your cellular reincarnation circus, turn on to the electric glow within and engage only in turn-on ego games. #emotions #Timleary


About circusinpurgatory
Nick Masesso Jr’s fictionalized short stories, poetry and prose have been published in the Starry Night Review, Elegant Thorn Review, Language and Culture.net and Vagabond Press; the Battered Suitcase. His latest book “Armor of Innocence” and first book “Walking the Midway in Purgatory, a Journal” are available on-line and through bookstores.

5 Responses to Emotions

  1. James Mcfarland says:

    Reading your new piece. You got emotional when referencing a number system in relating to evaluation. But rating is normal to critique. Is the FIVE STAR Amazon system okay?

    • Comments are welcome. However, the built in star rating, like critiques, are things that should only be offered if asked for. As I’ve told you many times; I find top down opinions condescending, arrogant and unwelcome. I’m not interested in professorial dissections. When offered without an invitation the critic makes the work more about them than the work. I find that in bad taste, low-brow and bad form.

  2. Paulie O says:

    Leary somehow lost some respect from me after reading this, and don’t really know how he’d earned it in the first place. Sounds like he’d been traumatized by a wackado or two.

  3. That was essentially my first reaction as well, But then I read it again and it hit a cord of truth for me. It’s from only one page of the book i’m reading so perhaps its not fair to Tim to be taken out of context. I do know that when I’m in my body; being massaged, making love or being high; I’m happy – and when I’m in my head processing emotions and allowing them to dictate my moods; not so much.

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