TOM LYTTLE MEMORIAL SITE: Collected Works
THOMAS LYTTLE: Psychonaut, Publisher, Author, Editor, Reviewer, Art Dealer, Archivist, Global Occulture Edge-Celeb, 4-Star Chef, Post-POMO Performance Artist, Wounded-Healer
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The Psychedelic Yogi
Thomas Lyttle (b. 5-5-55 / d. 9-5-08) was Publisher and Editor of the kaleidoscopic journal PSYCHEDELIC MONOGRAPHS & ESSAYS, the books PSYCHEDELICS and PSYCHEDELICS REIMAGINED (Autonomedia). Later, he sold signed blotters of non-impregnated blotter art. His articles were published by Feral Press, Disinformation, High Times, Boing Boing, New Times, Paranoia, many scholarly journals and underground zines. His blotter art included signed editions by pop icons Albert Hofmann, Timothy Leary, Peter Fonda, Allan Ginsberg, John Lilly, Ken Kesey, Ram Dass, Ira Cohen, Laura Huxley, Annie Sprinkle, Robert Anton Wilson, Alex Grey, H.R. Giger, Laurence Gartel and other noted figures of the international underground.
Ever mercurial, Lyttle's interviews and performance art included such gags as pasting postage stamps all over himself to prevent arrest as First-Class Mail. He was a quirky Trickster who could be very heartful in one moment and vitriolic in the next. Still, Lyttle's works were among the first to publically discuss DMT, Ibogaine, Ayahuasca, MDMA and the Holographic Paradigm. This memorial site is not an obituary but a celebration. Many have been in-formed by his scholarly and popular articles. Let him continue to inspire us. Madman or seer, Lyttle dared to make his unique contribution and left a footprint in this world and perhaps the next.
And let no sentiments of home detain us
The Cosmic Spirit seeks not to restrain us
But lifts us stage by stage to wider spaces."
-H. Hesse, The Glass Bead Game
RANTS & RAVES
"All in all, even after all this wear and tear, "The Zero Effect" maintains and keeps me centered, is my latest personal myth. I deal with all this, via my own personal mythology, Iona." --TL
OK, so Tom Lyttle was a Borderline personality who sometimes crossed the border but he was an influential pioneer in this arena. With his eccentric orbit, Lyttle became the Strange Attractor of an astonishing cast of diverse characters from the counterculture, science, academia, art world, parapsychology, media, entertainment, medicine, psychedelic intelligentsia and more.
He studied new media, media ecology, semiotics, art, philosophy, alchemy, magick, yoga, cultural anthropology, comparative religion, metaphysics and Postmodernism to find contemporary vocabulary to express his thoughts. He inhaled the knowledge of those around him in Cyber Alley, such as Mark Stahlman. He loved to rant on with Bob Dobbs about McLuhan, Menippean satire and Dada -- subjects he picked up in the New York City psychedelic intelligentsia. He had a thing for Ganesh and used it for his icon on The Psychedelic Yogi site. He was a walking encyclopedia of mythic and shamanic lore.
He crawled the occult and punk underground. He took what fit, left the rest and found his own synthesis. Showcasing the out-of-the-box thinking of others, he 'Forest Gumped' his way through the naked underbelly of the international underground while ironically serving "Bilder-burgers" to the global elite as a chef at The Republican Club. He spent long periods of time freelancing and networking in San Francisco, New York City and the Miami area.
Lyttle's works contributed to the 'acid greening' of the post-Postmodern cultural scene which has led back to serious psychedelic research. Psychedelics have been linked with non-ordinary perception or knowledge, healing, creativity and self-actualization. Modern studies are confirming the therapeutic value in psychedelic experience.
When it comes to accessing the psychedelic state, meditators think the psychonauts are missing something, while the psychonauts think the same about them. Brain synchronization technology is closing the gap with "electronic dope." Binaural beat signals drive the brain automatically into resonance with alpha and theta facilitating altered states. The organic relationship with one's ally may indeed be lacking. But resonance therapy can easily be part of a daily regime of self-care.
Psychedelic means 'mind expanding,' 'soul revealing,' or 'mind manifesting' and doesn't always refer to drug experience. It has to do with embodying the genius of human potential, with access and penetration of our unknown heights and depths. John Curtis Gowan codified these experiences in the 1970s and his work, Development of the Psychedelic Individual *, remains a valuable reference along with others (James, Maslow, Grof, Tart, Wilber). Collective 'ego death' may be a viable model for profound changes in the global cultural landscape. We need bigger stories and bigger solutions. For some, entheogens will remain both Universal Solvent and Panacea.
As Tom Lyttle puts it, "My higher-intelligence semantics... well it goes a little like this: Man is made in God's image, and while not equal to God can do everything Jesus did and more, so Jesus told all of us many times. So we are both higher-intelligence in real-time, plus HI echoing itself backwards in time, retrocausally. That way it seeds itself all ways across time as all potential. So we have feedback and feedforward in our physical neural-nets - our minds are only partly physical, however. The other parts of human consciousness, "mind-at-large" if you will... exist as orthogonal zip-files, in hyperspace...in dreamland.
That is, Godhood is enfolded in each as coded-language/neural-net geometries. Some parts are physical, other parts hyperdimensional. We deconstruct, defrag, unzip, decode, decipher etc. and find the obvious - ourselves, then our higher-selves, then God, who has been sitting in our hearts waiting for us, all along, smiling."
Entheogens, Urban Myths, Paranormal, Conspiracy, Underground Art
episodes of altered consciousness. "
-Andrew Weil (1972:23)
A controversial writer, Tom Lyttle lived in the Bermuda Triangle and in a sort of Bermuda Triangle of the spotless mind. Mental illness ran in his family and he was not immune. His borderline behavior meant many of his friends gave him a mixed review or relegated him to their D-list. But in lucid cycles he profoundly regreted any acting out that hurt those he cared for most. A self-taught researcher, writer and artist, his unique pioneering body of work speaks for itself.
Thomas Lyttle was the publisher and editor of Psychedelic Monographs and Essays, a periodical that provided information to the counterculture at a time when mainstream publishing on the topic of illicit psychoactive drugs had slowed to a crawl. The first issue came out in the autumn of 1985, and the sixth and final issue appeared in 1993. PM&E evolved out of the newsletter the Psychozoic Press--An Informational Advisory and Communications Exchange Paper on Psychedelics, which first appeared in 1982. Editor Elvin D. Smith produced ten issues of the Psychozoic Press, and he continued to provide editorial input for PM&E until his death in 1988.
Following the conclusion of Lyttle's run as an editor and publisher, he created a "best of" compilation using selections from PM&E, titled Psychedelics: A Collection of the Most Exciting New Material on Psychedelic Drugs. Published by Barricade Books Inc. in 1994, Psychedelics saw wider distribution than PM&E had seen. The final book Lyttle edited was Psychedelics Reimagined, which contained writings by folks like Timothy Leary, Hakim Bey, Iona Miller, Otto Snow, Chris Bennett, John W. Allen, Jochen Gartz, and others.
Lyttle was an early collector and producer of LSD blotter art. He is the person who first conceived of asking psychedelic celebrities like Albert Hofmann, Timothy Leary, Sasha Shulgin, Annie Sprinkle, Peter Fonda, Allen Ginsberg, Alex Grey, Laurence Gartel, HR Giger, and others to autograph undipped sheets of blotter. This action inspired increased interest of blotter as an art form. Signed blotter became highly collectible, with rare sheets selling for hundreds or thousands of dollars. Before his death, Lyttle donated some of his more valuable pieces of blotter art to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, and the sale of autographed blotter raised around $20,000 for MAPS.
Trickster Thomas Thom Tom Lyttle
Can we out-trick the Trickster? Can we use our imaginations to cure the imagination? Can we use magick? Through ritual? The hermetic personality is the magician, the shape-shifter, the trickster even liar, the chameleon. Alchemy and magick were the psychological languages of the past. Synchronistic events are those subjective experiences that make up life's meaningful coincidences.
Writing was originally a form of magic, an epiphany with the god and secret of the priests. It is perhaps mankind's most far-reaching creation, taking almost an infinite variety of forms. Many societies have created their own forms of conventional visible marks linked to spoken language. No other invention but the wheel has had such a lasting impact. A holistic understanding of the universe presents itself to the mind through experience and is comprehended at the theoretical level through the activities of science.
We create myths to satisfy our need to understand our environment and to give us some sense of control over it, or at least an understood place within it. We need a way to make the myth real to us, and that is the fundamental reason why we connect ritual to our myths. Both meditation and ritual can lead to the spillover effect and the simultaneous discharge of the arousal and quiescent systems. Meditation begins with the quiescent system and by its hyperactiviation can achieve spillover into the arousal system (from trophotropic to ergotropic). Ritual approaches from the opposite system (from ergotropic to trophotropic).
***<>Watts (1972:354) uses "psychedelic" to mean 'mind manifesting.' Natural psychedelic experiences occur in a wide number of differing situations, involving certain common elements:
1) The attention of the subject is gripped, and his perception narrowed or focused on a single event or sensation;
2) which appears to be an experience of surpassing beauty or worth;
3) in which values or relationships never before realized are instantaneously or very suddenly emphasized;
4) resulting in the sudden emergence of great joy and an orgiastic experience of ecstasy;
5) in which individual barriers separating the self from others or nature are broken down;
6) resulting in a release of love, confidence, or power; and
7) some kind of change in the subsequent personality, behavior, or artistic product after the rapture is over.
The essential component of the psychedelic stage or process is a sudden opening of the mind to enlargement, to a grander vista than ever seen before, with a power surge which is analogous to shifting into overdrive in an auto. There has been an acceleration of process, and this acceleration becomes capable of occasional return under proper conditions of environmental stimulation. The interior conditions for this process are that the boundaries between the ego and the preconscious open up and the psychedelic mind expansion is felt because the conscious mind is suddenly master in an enlarged domain. There is a close relationship between psychic and psychedelic events, the one seen as an event in an expanded natural environment, and the other seen as an event in an expanded natural consciousness.
The word "psychic" can refer to parasensory events in an expanded natural environment, which are capable of being explained by natural law, although the principle may not have been discovered at this time. We shall use the word "psychedelic" as pertaining especially to the mind-expansion of certain developmentally related experiences which may occur to the consciousness under a variety of stimulating circumstances, only one of which is that represented by drugs. Hence, psychic and psychedelic are two aspects of the same domain.
One important distinction between psychic and psychedelic is that psychic experiences are not developmental and psychedelic are. That is, psychic experiences may occur to the individual at any state of development, but psychedelic experiences, wherein the mind-expansion occurs with some degree of rationality and control, are definitely confined to the seventh stage (generativity-psychedelia), and hence when these mystic or peak experiences occur, it is a sign that the individual's development has reached that level.
Psychedelic experiences take place in an altered state of consciousness, although not all ASC experiences are psychedelic (e.g. dreaming). It is important to note that psychedelic experiences can be triggered by simple changes in sensory input (as well as by ingestation of drugs). Ludwig (Prince 1968:71-5) catalogues four pages of various categories of altered states of consciousness resulting from: a) reduction of sensory stimulation, b) increase in sensory stimulation, c) increase in alertness,d) decrease in alertness, and e) presence of somato-physiological factors.Prince (1968:133-5) marshals impressive evidence that drum beats approximating 8-13 hertz (the alpha range) are very effective in inducing an altered state of consciousness. ASC's can be induced by more subtle stimuli such as sexual ecstasy, natural beauty, or religious fervor. And some, but not all altered states lead to psychic experiences or powers. -- Psychedelic Individual
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Creative action at the bleeding edge of intelligence. Iona Miller, consultant and transdisciplinarian, is a nonfiction writer for both the academic and popular press, hypnotherapist (ACHE) and multimedia artist. Her work is an omnisensory fusion of sacred activism, intelligence, science-art, chaos theory, plenum physics, and emergent paradigm shift melding experiential psychotherapy, new physics, biophysics, philosophy, cosmology, healing, creativity, qabalah, magick, paranormal, "dirty tricks," media ecology, mind control, paramedia, metaphysics, and culture change. Rather than having an interest in specific doctrines, she is interested in the EFFECTS of doctrines from religion, science, psychology, and the arts. Our beliefs are the moldable raw material of the psyche, manipulated by governments, media and culture. How do we become what we are and how is that process changing in the near future? Performance artist and spywhisperer, Ms. Miller is published by Phanes Press, Destiny Books (Inner Traditions), Autonomedia, Nexus Magazine, Dream Network, PM&E, Journal of Nonlocality and Remote Mental Interactions (JNLRMI), Chaosophy Journal, OAK, DNA Monthly, Pop Occulture, Schiffer, Bolero, Science-Art Research Centre, and more. She is a Gaia.com Ambassador and serves on the Boards of Medigrace.org, and The Wisdom Center, nonprofit organizations. Recent contributions include print articles in Der Golem (Germany), Paranoia zine #44, #46, #49 (USA), HunterGatheress Journal I and II, Journal of Nonlocality & Remote Mental Interactions (Russia), Antibiothis (Portugal), The Art of Fetish (Miami), and Journal of Interdisciplinary Crossroads (India). Her artwork has shown in Miami, Phoenix, New York, in magazines and more. She has appeared in 21st Century Radio, Untamed Dimensions, Reality Portal, Digital Long Island, etc. "All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher." - Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
Iona Miller, consultant and transdisciplinarian, is a nonfiction writer for both the academic and popular press, hypnotherapist (ACHE) and multimedia artist. Her work is an omnisensory fusion of sacred activism, intelligence, science-art, chaos theory, plenum physics, and emergent paradigm shift melding experiential psychotherapy, new physics, biophysics, philosophy, cosmology, healing, creativity, qabalah, magick, paranormal, "dirty tricks," media ecology, mind control, paramedia, metaphysics, and culture change. Rather than having an interest in specific doctrines, she is interested in the EFFECTS of doctrines from religion, science, psychology, and the arts. Our beliefs are the moldable raw material of the psyche, manipulated by governments, media and culture. How do we become what we are and how is that process changing in the near future?
Performance artist and spywhisperer, Ms. Miller is published by Phanes Press, Destiny Books (Inner Traditions), Autonomedia, Nexus Magazine, Dream Network, PM&E, Journal of Nonlocality and Remote Mental Interactions (JNLRMI), Chaosophy Journal, OAK, DNA Monthly, Pop Occulture, Schiffer, Bolero, Science-Art Research Centre, and more. She is a Gaia.com Ambassador and serves on the Boards of Medigrace.org, and The Wisdom Center, nonprofit organizations. Recent contributions include print articles in Der Golem (Germany), Paranoia zine #44, #46, #49 (USA), HunterGatheress Journal I and II, Journal of Nonlocality & Remote Mental Interactions (Russia), Antibiothis (Portugal), The Art of Fetish (Miami), and Journal of Interdisciplinary Crossroads (India). Her artwork has shown in Miami, Phoenix, New York, in magazines and more. She has appeared in 21st Century Radio, Untamed Dimensions, Reality Portal, Digital Long Island, etc.
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