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Frontiers of Psychedelic Consciousness

Looking at the Big Picture

Our planet’s biosphere is currently experiencing a serious crisis. A massive loss of biodiversity, toxic nuclear and petroleum leakage into the oceans, heavy metals spewing into the atmosphere, climate change, and other frightening ecological dangers could easily lead to our own extinction.


Environmental instability and unsustainability exist on many levels, due to our species’ lack of foresight and ecological blindness, which places the future of human civilization in great peril. The very perspectives that we need and that we seem to lack as a species—compassion, ecological awareness, empathy, cultural boundary dissolution, creative thought, and spiritual connection—appear to be fostered by the use of psychedelic drugs and plants. Sadly, Western cultures universally prohibit the personal use of these sacred medicines.

However, maybe the situation isn’t really as bad as it first appears. I suspect that plant spirits—the wisdom of botanical intelligence—­specifically designed psychedelic chemicals in order to activate those parts of the human brain that cause us to question the integrity of our culture, and to place a greater value on genetic or primal intelligence than on cultural beliefs.… Read the rest

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Tourist Dies In Peru After Drinking Ayahuasca

Might this be the beginning of the end of the unregulated ayahuasca tourism business in South America? The New Zealand Herald reports on one of its citizens who died after imbibing the foul-tasting hallucinogenic brew:

A young Kiwi traveller has died after taking part in an ancient Amazon “cleansing ceremony”.

Picture: Sascha Grabow (CC)

Ayahuasca. Picture: Sascha Grabow (CC)


Aucklander Matthew Dawson-Clarke, 24, was holidaying in Peru when he joined a seven-day ayahuasca retreat designed to foster a spiritual awakening and bring inner peace.

Ayahuasca, also known as yage, is a plant that contains a hallucinogen, and induces intense psychological effects.

The retreats, which are growing in popularity with tourists and holidaymakers, offer a variety of other “purging” drinks.

They have been linked to serious health problems and at least two other deaths, prompting warnings about the dangers.

Mr Dawson-Clarke’s father, Stuart Clarke, said his son had packed a lot into his life…

[continues at the New Zealand Herald]

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Ayahuasca: An Executive’s Enlightenment w/ Michael Sanders ~ ATTMind Radio Ep.12

Author and master storyteller, Michael Sanders travels us through his transformational experiences drinking Ayahuasca in Jungles of Peru. In an engaging narrative, Michael takes us in and through his first Ayahuasca experience with all the psychedelic nuances intact. What follows is a discussion about the objective validity of ayahuasca visions and entity and the power of storytelling to inspire and educate others.

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Getting Far-Out In The Jungle w/ Rak Razam ~ ATTMind Radio ep. 6

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Author and film producer Rak Razam is a special guest for a special show this week. This is not an interview but a conversation recorded between the two of us while we were both in the Peruvian Amazon on a plant ‘dieta’ retreat at Dios Ayahuasca Sanciones. 

This episode, (recorded September 17, 2014 in Peru) is admittedly one of far-out ideas, speculation, and heavy vernacular. From Terence McKenna as a pattern of potential consciousness analogues to The Christ, to navigating the experience of entities in altered states to the fundamental nature of reality as a play of archetypal patterns in divine consciousness, this is an interesting conversation. Enjoy.

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Vines and Minds — The DMT-Nexus at Aya2014

Via The Nexian:

This presentation was given by Raph Borges and David Nickles at the Aya2014 conference in Ibiza, Spain.

Despite numerous published scientific papers and anecdotal reports indicating the presence of DMT in a wide variety of plants, there is much ambiguity, contradiction, and speculation regarding the actual chemical composition of many of these plants. Discussions of indigenous preparations, which include DMT-containing plants, often treat the phytochemistry of the β-carboline-containing plants as fairly uniform. However, new examinations of these plants, utilizing modern analytical techniques, have shown them to contain a variety of compounds in differing ratios.

The DMT-Nexus has carried out unique chromatography and mass spectrometry analyses of specimens reported to contain DMT and β-carbolines, from both novel and previously examined species complexes. Thus far, we have tested species within the Acacia, Phalaris, Psychotria, Banisteriopsis and related genera, as well as Mimosa tenuiflora and Diplopterys cabrerana.

This research has elucidated questions and hypotheses regarding: indigenous botanical preparations; identities of plants found in the global market of entheogenic vendors; and the phytochemistry of plants that ethnobotanical researchers encounter in their own geographic regions.… Read the rest

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What World Do We Enter Under DMT and Ayahuasca

In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to Dennis McKenna about psychedelics drugs, their role in society, the recent upsurge in knowledge of them and how use of them can transform society. Dennis is an American ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer and author. He is the brother of well-known psychedelics proponent Terence McKenna and is a founding board member and the director of ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit organization concerned with the investigation of the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic medicines.

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The Thousand Eyed God Within & The Regenerative Power of Insectile Telepathy

alex grey eyesIf you’re familiar with my writing at all, then you’re probably aware that everything in my life is guided by the hidden hand of a synchronous collusion with the unseen. On that front, a couple of weeks ago, I tossed up a new series of art. I was later informed in an intuitive informational download from beyond that the images I conjured forth had to do with a psilocybin encounter that went down on my birthday back in 2010. (I write about this Occult meditational shit on FB all the time, feel free to friend me.) As a matter of fact, I talked about that particular entheogen transmission in my latest book (another one on the way soon). Because of that, I was planning on doing a post about how extravagantly peculiar this all is. However, in going back and reviewing the entire passage, I remembered, oh yeah, wait, that whole ritualistic encounter was partially induced by my unintended exposure to Alex Grey’s art the night before.… Read the rest

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Harmine in the Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes


Via The Nexian: 

Harmine, one of the main chemical constituents of both ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and Syrian rue (Peganum harmala), is making headlines this week for its potential use in treating type 1 diabetes.

Being a natural beta-carboline and monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), harmine is mostly known in the west for its ability to make DMT orally active, however, it has its own host of effects as well. In addition to itself being a unique psychedelic (…it was originally named telepathine), it also holds a wide variety of medicinal applications and has a long history of use in its plant forms.

The recent study is titled ‘A high-throughput chemical screen reveals that harmine-mediated inhibition of DYRK1A increases human pancreatic beta cell replication’. Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai screened over 100,000 potential drugs, and only harmine drove human insulin-producing beta cells to multiply.… Read the rest

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Mastering the Mind and Body Through Meditation, Jiu-Jitsu and Ayahuasca with Nicolas Gregoriades| the midwest real podcast


Nic Gregoriades is a world-traveling, ayahuasca-drinking, elite Jiu-Jitsu black belt. He’s founder of the Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood and co-host of The Journey Podcast.

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“Life is not a problem to be solved, it is a mystery to be lived” – Osho 


What a mind-blasting reminder that is, “life is not a problem.” So many of our personal shortcomings, issues and anxieties stem from just such a mindset- living life as if it’s a series of problems to be solved. Over the centuries, we’ve questioned and tinkered with what life is and what it “means” so much that we’ve condemned ourselves to a poisonous abyss of paradigms, expectations and momentum.

Overcoming that conditioning isn’t about running off into the woods and becoming a Luddite. We can’t just climb out of the proverbial pandora’s box of knowledge, stimulation, passion and competition we’re immersed in. But, there’s a beautifully simple escape sitting right behind the eyeballs you’re using to stare at this screen.… Read the rest

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Inmates Drink Ayahuasca As Therapy In Brazilian Prison

Imagine this: a prison system that actually wants to turn its inmates into better people. As unlikely as that might seem in a world where the prison-industrial complex is spreading its dark shadow worldwide, in Brazil one prison is actually trying to send back prisoners to society as improved people by treating them with ayahuasca (for more information on ayahuasca review our archive). The New York Times reports from:

JI-PARANÁ, Brazil — As the night sky enveloped this outpost in Brazil’s Amazon basin, the ceremony at the open-air temple began simply enough.

Dozens of adults and children, all clad in white, stood in a line. A holy man handed each a cup of ayahuasca, a muddy-looking hallucinogenic brew. They gulped it down; some vomited. Hymns were sung. More ayahuasca was consumed. By midnight, the congregants seemed strangely energized. Then the dancing began.

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The foul brew: Ayahuasca. Photo by Sascha Grabow (CC)


Such rituals are a fixture across the Amazon, where ayahuasca has been consumed for centuries and entire religions have coalesced around the psychedelic concoction.

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