Dear Brothers and Sisters in Zen Boozism,
Welcome to Lesson Three of the Primer on Zen Boozism series of lessons.
I hope that you are enjoying learning about booze, wizardry, and yourself. There’s more to come, we’re just getting started!
Since we’re halfway through this course, it seems like a good time to take stock of what we have learned so far. In lesson one we were introduced to the concept that you don’t know yourself very well but you can get to know yourself better by paying attention to yourself. We also learned that booze is a good way to introduce ourselves to our own inner workings. Another thing we learned is that being a Booze Wizard isn’t so much about getting magical powers as it is learning how not to be a jerk. Magic Powers do happen and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
In lesson two we learned that just drinking isn’t enough. Something else is required of the would-be wizard, and that something is the practice of meditation. I shouldn’t have to tell you what meditation is at this point, so I won’t. If you forgot, best get back to lesson two and try lesson three a little later. Becoming a powerful booze wizard can’t be rushed. Even if it could, it wouldn’t be recommended by a reasonable person. There is such a thing as “spontaneous wizardafication” but it’s rare and often unreliable. Let’s get back on the trolley…
Now we know the first two things a potential booze wizard must know:
1. Booze will introduce a person to their mind.
2. Meditation is an important part of your metaphysicin’ and shouldn’t be ignored.
The practice of drinking while aware (DWA) combined with the practice of sober meditation creates a solid foundation for your future booze wizard experiments. They may seems like simple, silly things, but rest assured that they are the most basic of building blocks when it comes to this type of shit.
The thoughts and words that come out of a drunk person’s mouth are often related to deeply or not-so-deeply repressed desires, mind-wounds, and other parts of oneself that aren’t really ready for Carnegie Hall, if you get what I’m saying.
If a booze wizard (or anyone else for that matter) desires to improve themselves, these hidden aspects of the mental mind must be brought to the surface and handled properly. We Zen Boozists liken the drunk self to the unconscious mind. In alchemy, the unconscious mind is often represented by Salt with a capital “S”. Alchemists get a little weird about naming things. That’s why I prefer to symbolize my unconscious as a bottle of blended whiskey made from drops of all different brands of whiskies. Of course, everyone is different and no one symbol works for everyone. All that matters is that the symbol make sense to you.
In the rest of this course and in all future courses, we’ll be referring to the unconscious mind as the Salt Head. This will make talking about weird things easier.
You, like most people, probably have a conscious mind as well. Do you know what Alchemists refer to it as? If you said Sulphur with a capital “S”, give yourself a cigar. We’ll stick with that during the coursework and call the conscious mind “Sulphur Brain”, just to keep things simple.
Before it’s time to say goodbye, let’s add up everything we learned so far:
1. Drinking While Aware gives the Booze Wizard the chance to see hidden parts of themselves.
2. These hidden parts are from the unconscious part of the mental mind. Our symbol for the unconscious mind is Salt.
3. Most people have a conscious mind as well, and the symbol that we’re going to be using for that is Sulphur.
It doesn’t really have to make much sense at this point. I hear ya, I thought this stuff was weird too when I was just starting out. It gets less weird as you get used to it, though, and before you know it you might be starting your own mail order mystery school. That’s how it happened to me.
That’s enough for this lesson. Next time we’ll talk more about the parts of the mind and introduce a third part- The Observer, which is symbolized by the element Mercury.
Alchemist of the Blues
B. F. Smith (photo unavailable), also known as “The Alchemist of the Blues”, is a time traveling Bluesman/Alchemist and founder of “Zen Boozism- The Path of the Booze Wizard.” When he’s not investigating chrono-anomalies or having the blues, he runs a mail order mystery school which mails out mysteries to those enrolled and then schools them.