On episode #7 of the Project Bring Me to Life Podcast, host Selomon and co-host Nick Mielnicki interview medium Sarah Hall about her work as an intuitive counselor and spiritual healer. The discussion circles around the theme of maintaining strong boundaries during spiritual development in order to project yourself from unhealthy invasive energies.
This week: The great Idaho chicken heist of 2014, stoner mice, Boffins discuss aliens, Michael Bay’s already done it, Titantastic titillation, Dracula News: The new craze sweeping the nation, Edgar Allen Poe’s wet dream, Colombian cons his way into Isla’s heart, and much more.
- Nice job – Link
- Marty The Marijuana Mouse Link
- NASA gets boffins into talk Aliens Link
- Diary date – Link
- What is this strange object in the ocean on Titan? – Link
- Dracula News: Vlads prison discovered Link
- Some Lady Might Have Possibly Been Buried Alive Maybe Link
- Colombian Con Man is Isla’s Hero Link
- Missing the point - Link
- Ghost News: Black Eyed Child is back! – Link
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Filmmakers Spencer Chumbley and Erik Ljung have shot for organizations like VICE and Al Jazeera. I caught up with the guys just before they debuted their film, The Death of Cory Stingley a the Milwaukee Film Festival.
Humans make things, we always have. But, we don’t just make, we create beauty. We pay attention to symmetry, form and detail. Why is that? Darwinian theory says it’s simply a form of “peacocking.” More specifically, our creative predispositions are merely “fitness signals.” For example, if you write a novel, create a moving peace of art, or compose a great song, it’s just a uniquely human way of showing off your intellect in hopes of attracting a mate, like a peacock with it’s innately douchey bouquet of feathers.
I fucking hate this idea.
But, let’s be fair. It’s totally undeniable that ego and social elevation are often intertwined with creative accomplishments.… Read the rest
Attitudes towards the healing powers of psychedelics seem to be changing, says Tom Shroder, the author of a new book on the subject. And, according to some researchers, their incredible efficacy is due to their ability to unleash the mind’s own “innate healing intelligence”.
The award winning journalist and ex-editor of The Washington Post Magazine spoke to The Eternities podcast about his latest work, Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy and the Power to Heal, which looks at the history of psychedelic therapy from the fifties to the present day.
He said, “Our system, as biased as it might have been against psychedelics, certainly was based on [a] belief that science could prove something, and science [has been] proving the efficacy of these drugs … in clinical conditions. They’re plenty safe enough. In fact, they’re much safer than most other drugs used in psychiatry. So, you can’t argue with the science.”
One of the three main figures in the book is Dr Michael Mithoefer, a psychiatrist at the forefront of psychedelic therapy research.… Read the rest
Two of our favorite authors, Daniele Bolelli (50 Things You’re Not Supposed To Know: Religion) and Graham Hancock (Supernatural, Entangled), finally get together and talk on Daniele’s Drunken Taoist podcast:
The topics for discussion include:
- Embracing fiction and saying goodbye to footnotes!
- Ayahuasca approves of Graham’s fiction
- At the crossroad of good and evil: choices
- The demiurge from Graham’s lips: demons hiding in divine clothing
- If your theology leads you to kill in the name of God, what you are worshipping is a demon
- Please support Graham’s fiction novels
- Moctezuma and Cortes: the battle of evil against evil
- St. Peter and the Aztec war god: different masks for the same entity
- Totalitarians are all the same
- Graham offers a history lesson
- Powerful female characters
- Gonzalo Guerrero
- The publishing cage… Graham and the memory of publishers with guts
- The Stephen King experiment
- Graham makes a great offer to Drunken Taoist listeners
- Graham and replying to emails
- Why Daniele doesn’t get shit done
- Graham and TED
- A Japanese editor carried a resignation letter for six weeks in case his choice to support “Fingerprints of the Gods” didn’t work out
- A timeline of human history and the mystery of the last ice age
- How Graham transitioned to becoming a writer
- Martin Mystere
- Graham about death and the nature of the universe
Join Author, David W. Mathisen and I as we hack our way through the gnarled nether-regions of history, philosophy and a litany of other woo-drenched topics.
Imagine the level of genius and insanity it must have taken to pitch the idea of of constructing the Great Pyramid of Giza– “Let’s take 2.3 million stones weighing up to 80 tons each that fit together seamlessly to create the world’s tallest structure. Also, let’s make sure it aligns to true north, mimics Orion’s belt, measures equinoctial precession and encodes roughly a shit ton of other astral and mathematical phenomena.”Best pitch ever, right?
Despite the fact that my pitch sounds totally bat shit bonkers, the Egyptians were far from the only ones who undertook such a herculean labor. There are dozens of ancient megalithic structures with countless astral alignments and striking similarities all over the world. Yet, if we take that observation a step further, positing the idea that many ancient cultures had sacred traditions built upon a common, interconnected, esoteric system that communicated transcendent truth via celestial allegory, myth and megaliths, we’re starting to get pretty deep into the hairy nethers of history– a place where mainstream academia dares not dwell.… Read the rest
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The writer’s duty, William Faulkner (September 25, 1897–July 6, 1962) asserted in his magnificent Nobel Prize acceptance speechin 1950, is “to help man endure by lifting his heart.” Faulkner’s idealism about and intense interest in the human spirit permeated all of his creative pursuits, from his views on writing and the meaning of life to his only children’s book to his little-known Jazz Age drawings.
In 1957 and 1958, the period halfway between his two Pulitzer Prizes, Faulkner served as a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. On the last day of his residency in May of 1958, he read from his favorite novel, The Sound and the Fury, at an event open to the general public. After the reading, he answered questions — wonderfully Southern-drawled questions — from the audience. The surviving recording, found in the University of Virginia’s Faulkner archives, is of questionable audio quality but makes up for it in sheer richness of insight into Faulkner’s views on writing and the project of art.
Hello and thank you once again for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. Tonight, we meet with witch, High Priestess, blogger, and author Lady Sable Aradia to discuss her new book The Witch’s Eight Paths to Power: A complete course in magick and witchcraft. We have a great, friendly, and open discussion as we go into her experiences with writing the book as well as delving into some of its more controversial aspects, like ritual drug use, such as the incorporation of intoxicants and entheogens, and the heavy topic of sex in initiation within certain forms of traditional based Wicca.
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In his Book of Shadows, Gerald Gardner writes about the witch’s Eightfold Way as a means of developing one’s magickal abilities.