I read this book right after Philip K. Dick’s “VALIS”. Perfectly complimented the inner insanity of Dick’s quasi-autobio journal.
Cosmic Trigger can best be described as an “attack” on the mind of the reader. Like a surprise intervention on a chronic Drug Addict, it’s a bucket of ice cold water. Self-Proclaimed to be LIES or “odd” truths, it’s an intellectual avalanche, the reader is destined to have occur, and then with minimal help and guidance from the author, to dig himself out of with a new appreciation for oxygen and the sun.
I’m not superstitious. But even before I read this book, I’ve loved the idea of “making things up” or looking at “belief systems” as mostly relative, and self proposed (group-influenced/enforced??) illusions, one can use to one’s benefit, optimally (“holy” wars and “ignorance is law” non-optimally). “Beliefs” can be fun and useful and “real” if you want them to be, and this is the wonderful message of this masterpiece of philosophy and self-exploration.
Wilson warns at the start, this book has the ability to drive men mad. I guess that’s possible, especially if someone who thinks “drugs are cool” and other superficial platitudes, considers they might get some “truth” out of this book. It is very plain to me that drugs deteriorate men and women at the root of their awareness, and trap them inside false “realities” or “belief systems” perhaps, ultimately to degrees they themselves are not aware of. Wilson does, mention his use of drugs in this book, and how they helped him to reach whatever mental plateau he’s resided on since. However, the transparency of the characters, the author included, reveal more of a search, than any flags on the moon. Keep this in mind. Meaning…
This is a document on the mind and spirit, written in an age of uncertainty that such things may even exist. Maybe as Timothy Leary writes, in this book, ultimate consciousness can be found by achieving full awareness of your body at the quantum level, maybe… Maybe some Tibetan dude who hasn’t moved from a 100 square yard radius in 90 years has achieved the most desirable state in human history? Maybe…. Definitely, there are a LOT of questions about the Mind of Man, and this book certainly boggled my mind with it’s beautifully intricate stories and proposals, but it is certainly not a book of answers, but at best, an intellectual algorithm that can be used to divine answers by its readers at a later date. If you want answers to the Mind, read Dianetics.
It is an excellent ride, with a gorgeous thread of hope and positive energy strung through it, that if followed through to the end, should put a smile on any reader’s face. Just remember to follow the author’s advice/instructions at the foreword, and you may even come back for seconds, to see if there really is a greater exhilaration to be experienced at the caboose of the roller-coaster, as so many tell their friends there is.