The Bath, Karena A. Karras, 2003.
On tryptamines it is possible, under special conditions, to hear and vocalize a sound that turns through a higher dimensional manifold and condenses as translinguistic matter, i.e., matter reduplicated upon itself through time, much as a hologram is reduplicated through space.
Translinguistic matter, in the McKennas’ various descriptions, plays the role of a magical substance which, perceived in psychedelic states, can be used to create things, any-things, as if it were a precursor material to the Stone it/self. Terence McKenna describes Dennis McKenna’s run-up to the Experiment as a function of this substance in action whose harnessing would instantiate the Stone.
The substance whose appearance the sounds initiate is tryptamine metabolized by mind through a higher spatial dimension. It is a hyperdimensional molecule carrying its trip on the outside of itself in “this” world. The hyperdimensional nature of this material is such that it is all material, concepts, events, words, people, and ideas homogenized into one thing via the higher dimensional alchemy of mind. –Dennis McKenna
Engraved frontispiece from Moses Charas Neu-erfahrne Proben von der Viper, Frankfurt, 1679.
He was onto something very strange; his word-pictures caused reality to shimmer and crinkle at the edges. He was really in touch with this bubbling obsidian fourth dimensional fluid that we were going to stabilize into a usable tool. –Terence McKenna
In True Hallucinations, Terence McKenna devotes a chapter to his Nepalese DMT “peak” experience, as the back-story to the E@LC. The experience that, along with everything else, was sexual, included the phenomena of translinguistic matter.
“Reality was shattered. This kind of fucking occurs at the very limit of what is possible. Everything had been transformed into orgasm and visible, chattering oceans of elf language. Then I saw that where our bodies were glued together there was flowing, out of her, over me, over the floor of the roof, flowing everywhere, some sort of obsidian liquid, something dark and glittering, with color and lights within it.
After the DMT flash, after the seizures of orgasm, after all that, this new thing shocked me to the core. What was this fluid and what was going on? I looked at it. I looked right into it, and it was the surface of my own mind reflected in front of me. Was it translinguistic matter, the living opalescent excrescence of the alchemical abyss of hyperspace, something generated by the sex act performed under such crazy conditions?” –Terence McKenna
The hand of the philosophers from J.J. Hollandus, Chymische Schrifften, Vienna, 1773.
“The people take ayahuasca after which they, and anyone else who has taken ayahuasca, are able to see a substance that is described as violet or deep blue and that bubbles like a liquid. When you vomit from taking ayahuasca, this violet fluid comes out of your body; it also forms on the surface of the skin like sweat. The Jivaro do much of their magic with this peculiar stuff. These matters are extremely secret. Informants insist that the shamans spread the stuff out on the ground in front of them, and that one can look at this material and see other times and other places. According to their reports, the nature of this fluid is completely outside of ordinary experience: it is made out of space/time or mind, or it is pure hallucination objectively expressed but always keeping itself within the confines of a liquid. . .
. . .Harner’s work among the Jivaro did not stand alone. Since the beginnings of ethnographic reporting out of the Amazon there have been rumors and unconfirmed reports of magical excrement and magically empowered psychophysical objects generated out of the human body using hallucinogens and song. I recalled the alchemical observation that the secret is hidden in feces. “Matter that is hyperdimensional and therefore translinguistic? Is that what you mean?” I asked Dennis. “Yes. Whatever that means, but something like that, I suppose. Gad! Why not? I mean it’s pretty nuts, but it’s also the symbol system we brought with us running into the shamanic magic that we came here looking for.” –Terence McKenna
The Invisible college of the Rosicrucians, Theophilus Schweighardt Speculum sophicum rhodo-stauroticum, 1618.
Relative to natural language broadcasting on station normal, this represents a high degree of novelty. Recombinant descriptors: hyperdimensional obsidian violet vomited opalescent magical fluid glittering shit. Precious bodily fluids, indeed. Translinguistic matter as the liquid phase-state of the Stone? An unspeakable liquid linguistic substance that bespeaks objects into existence—and we’ve come round to the machine elves again. One flows into the other; permutations of the linguistic machinery glimpsed behind reality.