In Dreams I Talk To You


While the tonal, the totality of conscious existence, shapes the individual being, the tonal is in turn shaped by the nagual, by everything it is not, which surrounds us like a mold. The tonal tends to shut out and deny the nagual, which takes over completely in the moment of death… the role of the artist is to make contact with the nagual and bring a part of it back into the tonal in paint or words, sculpture, film or music…
Q: Would rubbing out the word result in immediate exteriorization from the body?
A: Yes.
Q: How can this be accomplished?
A: At first automatic exercise.
William S. Burroughs: The Retreat Diaries


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