How do we know what is true? How can we verify our claims? This has been the question that has plagued the great philosophers of history. Here’s the short and sweet breakdown of the discussion.
Author Archive | Gabriel Roberts
Entering into the initial phase of research regarding the Santo Daime religion, I had little understanding of what it really was, or how the activities within the religion generated something unique, but my interest is in finding the answer to the question, “What is it that draws modern middle class individuals to a highly ecstatic and mystic religious culture in light of the increasing presence of scientific rationalism and reductionism?” Andrew Dawson’s book has helped me to make discoveries that have led me closer to finding the answer to the question of why we moderns still seek out the mystic and ecstatic. In order to find an answer, one must find the proper context within the culture, the economics, the background and the history that surrounds Santo Daime and this framework has been deftly established in Dawson’s book.
Dawson explains the questions he sought to answer in his book:
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Building upon questions raised by my first experiences of Santo Daime, the research undertaken from 2007 to 2011 primarily focused on three areas.
Let’s face it, there is a lot of bad music available these days. So it is very refreshing when you find a band that not only lays itself there but does so in such a beautiful way. Daniel Blue’s voice shimmers with the sincerity of a young Dylan. Having been recorded at Abbey Road, this little EP turns and squeezes all the parts of your being that seem to only come to Life through the inexpressible and elusive elixir of music and yields the solace of a still life image.
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Disinfonauts! Have you ever gotten frustrated trying to explain a really big and important idea like gnosis? Well have no fear, because I’ve put this handy little two minute crash course out for that express purpose! Not only that, but I’m giving away digital copies of my book, The Quest For Gnosis on my website!
Be sure to visit gabrieldroberts.com/bookstore for a FREE PDF of my book, The Quest For Gnosis and share the gift!
Disinfonauts! Some have this idea that enlightenment can be bought one yoga mat at a time at Whole Foods, but is that the real deal? With so many soft core eastern traditions infiltrating western culture, how do we parse the legitimate from the bullshit?
I had a great conversation with Esotericist, Hermit, Santa Muerte expert and all around, great guy, David Metcalfe for my podcast and we tackle the subject of the Blood Soaked Road to Enlightenment.
I just had to share it with you all.
Disinfonauts! I had a fun conversation with Dr. Rita Kay on her show yesterday. We covered a lot of ground and addressed why humanity is so screwed up and what we can do to fix that. Much of the discussion revolves around my book, THE QUEST FOR GNOSIS.
Many moons ago, I discovered a wonderful social network known as myspace.com. It was an exciting way to meet new people and find those who had likeminded interests. It was also a great way to cruise for members of the opposite sex and flirt. As time progressed, people seemed to become annoyed with the juvenile aspects of Myspace culture and the pervasive tendency to blast through and ‘friend collect’, while worshipping internet celebs like ‘Forbidden’ and ‘Tila Tequila’. When Facebook launched, it was an exclusive network for college students. But soon it became the unstoppable juggernaut that we know today. What seemed to be the nail in Myspace’s coffin was the involvement of big corporate interest which essentially stripped Myspace of all its coolness. Forbidden and Tila became old news and we breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Now Facebook has become a bit like Myspace. It is riddled with corporate grossness and metrics that monitor and track us NSA style.… Read the rest
There’s a shadowy group lurking in the squeaky clean corridors of the scientific information conglomerate known as TED. Here in the cockles of this monolithic shaft of Copernican cocksuredness hides a gloaming collection of secret scientists who decide the fate of the information you’re allowed to hear. They have no name, so we shall call them the Anonymous Society of Scientist (A.S.S. for short). We may have never known of A.S.S.’s existence if not for the hell raised over the removal of two popular TEDx Whitechapel speeches by Scientist, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and best-selling author, Graham Hancock.
Both Dr. Sheldrake and Graham Hancock’s talks revolved around the idea that consciousness is not necessarily limited to the physical human body, but that it may extend far beyond in ways not yet fully understood. In light of the present paradigm of scientific thought which supposes we are actually “lumbering robots” as Richard Dawkins famously stated, the contrarian claims of Sheldrake and Hancock are not considered suitable for public consumption – so think the veiled harbingers of A.S.S.… Read the rest
I am pleased as punch to see that my favorite band, He Is Legend, are due to release their 4th full length album “Heavy Fruit” on August 19th. Their style of rock weighs heavy with whiskey, cigarettes, and magick overtones. Over the course of their career, their sound has progressed with a kind of southern fried metal that satisfies on a visceral level while conveying well articulated lyrics. Many themes in the new record revolve around the witchery of them womenfolk in all of their good and malevolent ways. Schulyar Croom’s voice is like gilded razor wire as he swaggers through track after track. I hope you enjoy their new work as much as I do and pick up a copy of their album, come August 19th.
I’m happy to announce the Gabriel D. Roberts podcast’s second edition features Daniele Bolelli! We cover an awful lot of ground in this fantastic and thoughtful conversation. You can download or stream this baddy, so do it!
Also check out my book, The Quest For Gnosis, where I speak with Daniele and 19 other luminaries about Gnosis in the modern context. You’ll love it.