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The Siren's Call: Inner journeys and mental travelers
The Siren's Call: Inner journeys and mental travelers

Visionaries. Blake had a special name for them: "Mental Travellers." Their bodies might be enslaved, but not their minds, which roamed and saw things "cold earth wanderers never knew." If you consider yourself one of these travelers, you're in good company. Think of the Buddha, Blake himself or Jean-Dominique Bauby ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly") — mental travelers all. Nostradamus too. Seated on an uncomfortable chair in the upper room of his home in Salon-de-Provence, seeing shapes from the far-off future, the 16th century Frenchman was a mental traveler par excellence. This might be the year of the Mayan apocalypse, but Richard Sieburth...

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