Like Butter on the Land

Here’s a great interview with Michael Pollan about Ego and Identity…

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/05/15/611225541/reluctant-psychonaut-michael-pollan-embraces-the-new-science-of-psychedelics

If you do nothing else, listen to the several minutes following the 29:50 mark.  After you click on “Listen,” click somewhere between the 0:00 on the left and the 42:26 on the right to see where you are (your current position will replace the 0:00).  They don’t show the usual progress bar, but it’s there near the top of the page hidden beneath the text ” ‘Reluctant Psychonaut’ Michael Pollan Embraces The ‘New Science’…”  29:50 is under the “The.

A few excerpts…

“If you get really scared… you see a monster, for example, don’t try to run away. Walk right up to it, plant your feet and say, “What do you have to teach me? What are you doing in my mind?” And if you do that, according to the flight instructions, your fear will morph into something much more positive very quickly.”

“One of the things our mind does is tell stories about ourselves. If you’re depressed, you’re being told a story perhaps that you’re worthless, that no one could possibly love you, you’re not worthy of love, that life will not get better. And these stories — which are enforced by our egos really — trap us in these ruminative loops that are very hard to get out of. They’re very destructive patterns of thought…

When this part of your brain bone “goes offline for a period of time… you experience this dissolution of self or ego, which can be a terrifying or liberating thing, depending on your mindset. This is what allows people, I think, to have those new perspectives on themselves, to realize that they needn’t be trapped in those stories and they might actually be able to write some new stories about themselves.”

“What I brought back from that experience was that I’m not identical to my ego, that there is another ground on which to plant our feet and that our ego is kind of this character that is chattering neurotically in our minds.”

The text and the audio are different from one another.

3 Responses to “Like Butter on the Land”

  1. dreamweaver333 Says:

    Reblogged this on dreamweaver333.

  2. darshanamaya Says:

    Such a wonderful interview! I love Terry Gross AND Michael Pollan!

  3. dprestonprice Says:

    Reblogged this on A Wayfarer's Story.

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