James Blake’s “ I Need a Forest Fire”


“At one point during the bizarre quadraphonic chanting, everything became extraordinarily altered, the way it did in March when I entered that hypnagogic state while my teacher was pointing out, after which he had said to me, ‘Sometimes you have to just get out of the way.’ In this scene yesterday I was saying to myself, “This is a dream, this is a dream, this is a dream.” Everything was extra-vivid and extra-translucent, like a dream. Awareness was everywhere, without reference point or origin, but it was also blasting out in all directions from my own heart center, which was turning up the blaze of the entire field. The field fed ‘my’ fire, and my heart fed the forest fire ripping through the field, ripping through my heart-mind.”

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