This story is an account of Terry Wilson's lifetime apprenticeship under the master shamanic practitioner, Brion Gysin, the hidden master of the avant-garde, of whom William Burroughs said, "He is the only man I respect." The book focuses on events as they developed just prior to and after Gysin's death in 1986. Wilson details the extreme psychic "Third Mind" effects known as The Process, and includes transcribed audio hallucinations, notes, cut-ups, the interview format, and collaged material. The second edition includes a commentary by Ian McFadyen. Like Gysin and Burroughs, Wilson treats language itself as a parasitic invader which must be resisted, broken up and reassembled. This book is about how the magic was passed on and carried into the future. Brion Gysin was perhaps the most important and influential unknown artist and writer of the twentieth century. Associated early on with the Beat Movement, Gysin was supremely gifted as a painter, 'sound poet, writer, calligrapher, collagist, sculptor and scholar whose inspiration still reverberates in all the arts today. His close friendship and collaboration with William S. Burroughs produced a flowering in literature; his many disciples included painter Keith Haring, poet Patti Smith, jazz maestro Steve Lacy, rock musicians David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Gysin was adept at everything at which he tried his hand, continuously innovative and a master shamanic practitioner.