Kultivate Karma At Temple Of Psychick Youth

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Kultivate Karma At Temple Of Psychick Youth

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A half-page newspaper article on the Temple Of Psychick Youth published by Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York. Gives a basic overview of the group, its origins, and how it evolved. Also includes numerous quotes by Genesis P-Orridge.

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HRVH Historical Newspapers, http://news.hrvh.org/

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Miscellany News, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, V122, N19, pg3.

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1989-04-21

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PDF of newspaper clipping

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English

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Kultivate Karma At Temple Of Psychick Youth
By NEILL STRAUSS
Some say they know how to join the Temple ov Psychick Youth. To become a member, one must write his or her innermost sexual fantasy on a large sheet of paper and then orgasm into the center. Next the paper should be folded up and then unfolded. After heaving a wad of spit into the center, one should fold up the paper again and mail it to the most convenient temple address. Pending approval, the paper is sent to Genesis P-Orridge in London who, if he desires, will call the sender in for a meeting and, occasionally, a fruition of the fantasy. Once accepted into the Temple, one’s last name is replaced with the number “23.”

“That’s a load of BS,” exclaimed temple founder, Genesis P-Orridge after hearing the rumor. When the Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY) first started in 1981, a lot of their techniques were based on shock value, which is no longer an appropriate medium for the Temple. Thus, rumors of their extravagance, though not far off, tended to circulate widely and freely.

TOPY is an offshoot of a London-based mixed media performance group Psychick TV (who just a few months ago added a ‘k’ to the end of their name). Since its conception in 1981, TOPY has grown bigger than the group it sprang from, boasting over 5000 active members and headquarters in the United States, England, and Holland, as well as twelve separate “access points,” each serving its own unique function. It’s a network of individuals collectivizing their energies through constant communication. Three of these individuals are Vassar students.

Free Your Minds

Currently, TOPY is one of the fastest growing youth groups in the world. “We’ve set up an underground movement without a manifesto,” enthuses Genesis P-Orridge. TOPY’s philosophy is similar to that of Aleister Crowley, a philosopher, hedonist, and drug addict, known as the Beast of 666, who did a lot of influential writing in the 1920s. Crowley’s Abbey of Thelema is similar to the Temple ov Psychick Youth. Neither are religious in nature; they exist as a means of pure enjoyment in this life.

TOPY believe in “No God outside the individual or group consciousness. That the power is inside and not outside. We don’t say prayers, we make it happen ourselves, through will-power and unity of purpose,” according to Coyote Z, the head of the Denver, Colorado headquarters of TOPY. Aleister Crowley’s commandment, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law,” is remarkably similar to TOPY’s maxim, “Never say no to yourself.” Not only should you live for this life, but you should live for each day because you might not live to see the next. “Live Now,” the cover of a TOPY pamphlet reads, “you could die tomorrow.”

Institutions are filled with tracts, laws, and moral codes. Unlike social institutions, claims Coyote Z, “We give you no dogmas or easy answers. You must find out what you want yourself. Temple will show you the path to bringing your deepest desires and fantasies to flesh through self-discipline and aim. “We give you back to yourself,” reads a TOPY tract. “Every passing moment should be passed with zero-regret. . .All situations leading to contentment are to be annihilated. All joys are to be inflamed until they become ecstasy.”

Empty Laws

Drugs aren’t morally bad, just another example of an inhibition created by this particular society. And, as with all the other culture-induced fallacies, TOPY-members insist that “Acceptance is defeat.” They have supplemented the LSD-mania of the 60’s with Ecstasy, a hybrid of nutmeg and sassafras oils which, until four years ago, was used to treat certain psychiatric disorders in the United States, Fantasy, a mixture of Mescaline and Amphetamines developed in illicit laboratories less than a year ago, and The Dream Machine.

The Dream Machine is an invention of TOPY which, in the words of one of Timothy Leary’s 1969 speeches advocating LSD-use, is “designed to produce the psychedelic experience through the use of light, color, and sound.” It’s a kit equipped with revolving, light-catching reflectors and a cassette of whispering “intended to tune into the vibes of the 80’s youth.”

“However, at the end of the day,” muses Genesis P-Orridge, “when you put away all the fun and games and the ecstatic stuff and all the dancing and sweating and cuddling and loving and everything else, it’s a war. Make no mistake about it. There’s those and them; there’s the renegades and the rest, and the rest have to destroy the renegades. They always have and they always will. Therefore, we all have to find ways to collaborate to some degree. We don’t have to agree or use the same sort of styles, but the process of motivation will have to be for the good of the entire under the counter cultures. You’re better off that way — with allies. … We’re in the trenches and I want people behind me that I don’t have to worry about. I don’t want to have to be looking over my shoulder when George Bush is running at me with a bayonet.

Kultivate Karma At Temple Of Psychick Youth, Miscellany News, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, V122, N19, 21 April 1989, pg3.

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“Kultivate Karma At Temple Of Psychick Youth,” John L. Crow's Akashic Archive, accessed July 17, 2019, http://archive.johnlcrow.com/items/show/89.

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