Michael Garfield – How To Live in the Future: Writing


"It is perhaps this capacity of some rhetorical practices to induce and manage the breakdown of borders – such as those between male and female, life and death, silence and talk – that deserves the name 'eloquence.'" 
– Richard Doyle, Darwin's Pharmacy, p101

The point of words, it seems, is to point past words – to direct attention to our lived experience, at which point words become unnecessary.  Language functions as a bridge, sometimes, and sometimes as a wall...the management of boundaries, joining and dividing, is the sacred task of writers.  Poetry is magic; story shapes our lives; the power and the mystery of words is real, and serious, and I am grateful to be one of those through whom the words flow freely.

There are many kinds of writers; but I think my kind of writer is the dot-connecting kind, who never rests too long in one perspective, who is constantly revealing underlying unity and celebrating life in all its endless novelty, a writer who can speak past language and reveal you to yourself.  

And that's my goal.  Our lives are gorgeous, complicated, brief, and perfect.  How can I not communicate this beauty?

How To Live in the Future

I'm writing a book about evolutionary dynamics, psychedelic futurism, and how to make your way in our ever-weirdening world.  Learn more and support me on my Patreon campaign.  Read the serialized first draft at Metapsychosis Journal:

Podcast Appearances
Synchronicity Podcast (2016)
The Inner Eye Podcast (2016)
Future Primitive (2016)
Third Eye Drops w/ Niles Heckman (2016)
Third Eye Drops w/ Mitch Schultz & Rick Strassman (2016)
Third Eye Drops w/ Bruce Damer (2016)
Third Eye Drops w/ Erik Davis (2016)
Third Eye Drops w/ Shane Mauss (2016)
Third Eye Drops w/ Erik Davis (2016)
Lucid Planet (2016)
Ascend (2016)
Midwest Real (2015)
Midwest Real (2015)
Shane Mauss' Here We Are (2015)
Novelty Generators (2015)
New Paradigm Radio (2015)
Project Bring To Life (2015)
Gaian Radio (2014)

Science & Futurism

Best Seat in the House: Being Every Drone – Body Hacking Conference Blog
Let's Hack the Microbiome! – Body Hacking Conference Blog
US Supreme Court Says You're A Cyborg – Body Hacking Conference Blog
William Irwin Thompson on the Horizons of Planetary Culture – Reality Sandwich
Global Brains & Singularities: MG & Cadell Last Debate the Technopocalypse – Reality Sandwich
• Copernicus & Goldilocks: Doubting Our Horizons – High Existence
• The Evolution of Surveillance, Part 2: Red Queens & Evil Eyes – Reality Sandwich
• The Evolution of Surveillance, Part 1: Burgess Shale to Google Glass – Reality Sandwich
• What We Can Learn From Mass Extinctions – BigThink
• Biomimicry & The Design Revolution – Octa Blog
• Atavism: Old is the New 'New' – Octa Blog
• The Symmetry of Cause & Effect – Cause & Effect
• The Psychedelic Transhumanists  – H+ Magazine
• The Spooky World of Quantum Biology  – H+ Magazine
• Let A Hundred Futures Bloom: A Both/And Survey of Transhumanist Speculation  – H+ Magazine
An Emergent Syntax of Stuff – Octa Blog
• Biomimicry: Breathing New Life Into Design – d/visible Magazine
• Psychoactive Vibes:  Light & Sound in Engineering the Spectrum of Consciousness – JFKU
• Integral Time & Causality – JFKU
• The Engine Of Development: Integral Theory & Post-Metaphysical Entelechy – JFKU
• Evolving An Integral Biology – JFKU

Visionary Culture

• Painting While Dancing – IIIIIIIVVVIVII
• Ode To A Paradigm Shift – IIIIIIIVV
• The Field Guide To Live Artists

SolPurpose Conversations
• Richard Doyle & Michael Garfield on Approaching The Cloud of Unknowing (audio)
• Evan Skytree Snyder & Michael Garfield on Ecotopian Electronica & Our Cosmic Destiny (audio)
• Ken Adams & 'The Terence McKenna Experience' (audio)

Flow Arts in Hyperspace: Sara Huntley on the Future of Creative Performance – SolPurpose
• Decomposing The Shadow: James Jesso on Psilocybin Psychotherapy – SolPurpose
• Painting While Dancing: A Manifesto For Live Art – SolPurpose
• 'Transformational' Festivals Are A Symptom of Dissociation
• Unique Self in the Digital Era: A Conversation with Marc Gafni (audio)
• This Was All Ocean, Once... – Lost In Sound
• Angels, Dragons, & My Live Painting From AURA 2013 – Lost In Sound
• Review – Top Films That Capture The Mystical Experience: The Fountain – Reality Sandwich
• Art As Money: The '2012' Bank Note – Reality Sandwich
• Introducing Denver: Live Art Capitol of America – Kush Magazine
• The Problem – & Promise – of Festivals
• Self As City, City As Self [video w/ transcript]
• Sacred Activism [video w/ transcript]
• Giving In To Astonishment: Scenes From Burning Man's American Dream – Reality Sandwich
• What Is Integral Art? Or, How To Spot An Integral Artist – iggli
• Oh, Irony!: An Ode – Zaadz
• Why I'm No Longer Starving For An Adequate Myth – afterword to Suicide Dictionary


• Soundtrack To Your Funeral – IIIIIIIVVVIVII – Zaadz
• Visionary Instruments – Light HarpReactableMonomeChapman Stick – Zaadz

Kishi Bashi on the Past, Present, and Future of Music – Performer Magazine
• Visionary Soundscapes: A Talk with Mystical Sun – Reality Sandwich
• Review – Edly's Music Theory For Practical People – Performer Magazine
• Review – EOTO's Fire The Lazers!!! – Colorado Music Board
• Exaptation of the Guitar – Zaadz
• Luke Redfield's Folk Mysticism & Mystic Folk – Colorado Music Board
• Best Seat In The House: You're Virtually There – H+ Magazine
• The Coming Revolution In Audio Design – d/visible Magazine
• YOU'RE the Musician; YOU Make Some Noise! – Colorado Music Board
• The 3-2-1 of Musical Performance – Colorado Music Board
• Playing The Body Electric – Colorado Music Board
• On The Spiritual Significance of Music – XtremeMusic.org
• Review – Best & Worst New Musical Instruments of the 2000s – H+ Magazine
• Review – Doomstar!'s Colors – Performer Magazine
• The Transhuman Music of Akhentek – H+ Magazine
• A Window Into The Future of Sound – iggli
• R. Luke Dubois' Timelapse Phonography – iggli
• Transcending Possessiveness in Love and Music – iggli
• The Fullness of Emptiness: Riffing on Arvo Pärt – iggli
• The Ear of the Beholder: Tantra & My 'Desert Island' Playlist – iggli
• The Music of Proteins – iggli
• Interview: Scott Johnson of the Positive Music Association – iggli
• Finding The Music In Noise – iggli
• A Joyful Noise: Phil Kline's 'Unsilent Night' – iggli
• What Is Visionary Music? – iggli
• Review – Elbow's The Seldom Seen Kid – Cause & Effect
• Review – Lynx's Grain of Sand – Zaadz
• Review – Love Beyond Life: A Review of The Fountain – Zaadz
• Wonderful Dexterity Training – Fretbase

Text-Only Interviews

• Incision Media (2013)
• Ideamensch (2012)
• Music 4 Change (2010)
• LostInSound (2009)