Via David Nickles of The Nexian (The DMT-Nexus’ E-zine).
David Nickles will be giving a talk entitled “Turn On, Tune In, Rise Up: DMT, Globalization, and Radical Psychedelic Engagement” in Liminal Village at Boom 2014.
Boom is a shining example of the thriving psychedelic resurgence. The very notion of coming together in an autonomous space specifically designed to facilitate transformative experiences reflects a contemporary psychedelic ethos that is spreading worldwide and taking shape in exciting ways. A rich modern history—as well as deep ties to prehistoric practices—has brought this unprecedented resurgence to its thrilling present position, and the potential futures on the horizon are the stuff of dreams.
Humans have been surrounded by psychoactive plants and have explored altered states of consciousness since the dawn of history. The rediscovery and popularization of some of these plants, alongside modern synthesized compounds, played a significant role, both as cause and effect, in the social turmoil of the ‘60s and ‘70s, with governments, militaries, and countercultural psychonauts exploring the depth and breadth of psychedelic experiences. Though numerous people presented the synthesis of LSD as the “spiritual antidote” to the atomic bomb—because both were invented in the same year—their claims mask the sinister manners in which government agencies utilized LSD for their own ends and ignore the fact that LSD failed to bring about the change some of its most fervent proponents promised. Still, social and scientific psychedelic experimentation soared to new heights, and as a consequence, world governments used prohibition and criminalization to stifle psychedelic exploration.
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