If 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, 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
“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
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:
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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.
Such rituals are a fixture across the Amazon, where ayahuasca has been consumed for centuries and entire religions have coalesced around the psychedelic concoction.
Aaron and Shawn explore our growing dependency on social media in light of the rise of the smartphone, the neurochemistry of compulsive behaviors, and their own detrimental habits.
The folks at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) did a Reddit AMA yesterday. I’ve curated some of the more informative questions and answers, but you can read the entire thread here.
MAPS introduces themselves with this lengthy but informative opening:
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We are the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and we are here to educate the public about research into the risks and benefits of psychedelics and marijuana. MAPS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization founded in 1986 that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.
We envision a world where psychedelics and marijuana are safely and legally available for beneficial uses, and where research is governed by rigorous scientific evaluation of their risks and benefits.
Some of the topics we’re passionate about include;
- Research into the therapeutic potential of MDMA, LSD, psilocybin, ayahuasca, ibogaine, and marijuana
- Integrating psychedelics and marijuana into science, medicine, therapy, culture, spirituality, and policy
- Providing harm reduction and education services at large-scale events to help reduce the risks associated with the non-medical use of various drugs
- Ways to communicate with friends, family, and the public about the risks and benefits of psychedelics and marijuana
- Our vision for a post-prohibition world
- Developing psychedelics and marijuana into prescription medicines through FDA-approved clinical research
List of participants:
- Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, MAPS
- Brad Burge, Director of Communications and Marketing, MAPS
- Amy Emerson, Executive Director and Director of Clinical Research, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation
- Virginia Wright, Director of Development, MAPS
- Brian Brown, Communications and Marketing Associate, MAPS
- Sara Gael, Harm Reduction Coordinator, MAPS
- Natalie Lyla Ginsberg, Research and Advocacy Coordinator, MAPS
- Tess Goodwin, Development Assistant, MAPS
- Ilsa Jerome, Ph.D., Research and Information Specialist, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation
- Sarah Jordan, Publications Associate, MAPS
- Bryce Montgomery, Web and Multimedia Associate, MAPS
- Shannon Clare Petitt, Executive Assistant, MAPS
- Linnae Ponté, Director of Harm Reduction, MAPS
- Ben Shechet, Clinical Research Associate, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation
- Allison Wilens, Clinical Study Assistant, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation
- Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D., Clinical Research Scientist, MAPS
For more information about scientific research into the medical potential of psychedelics and marijuana, visitmaps.org.
In this installment of the Free Radical Media podcast, hosts Eric Scott Pickard and Patrick Ryan are joined by their friend and former guest, Dan DeLion. DeLion, herbalist, forager, naturalist and teacher is the founder of the organization Return to Nature. This time around, Dan discusses his new, far-ranging documentary project, “Hunting the Medicine: Stalking the Wild Spirit,” which has taken him to such places as Columbia and India. He also details his recent personal experience with Ayahuasca in a Shamanic setting, and shares his views and insight into the world of herbalism and the philosophy of living in harmony with the natural world. Dan’s website can be found here.
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.
The last thing I would have to expected to be doing on Halloween night was standing in a brightly lit room attempting to sing Portuguese hymns of Christian praise. Yet there I was, swaying back and forth, clad in white, leafing through a booklet of verse and mumbling along. I was barely able to stand by the end of it. I hung my head in my hands and endured tidal waves of nausea brought on by the medicinal sacrament that had been periodically served throughout the night. I forced myself to remain upright until the last recitation of the last Hail Mary was complete. The closing of the work initiated a reception of congratulations and gratitude while I collapsed and recovered. I had survived my first experience with the doctrine of Santo Daime.… Read the rest
Go and see Avatar again in 3-D.
Millions of us saw Avatar and, in journeying on Pandora, we discovered a world that is not so distant from the aboriginal’s world: interconnections among plants, animals, the tree of souls, and so forth.
We rode the dragon, which is close to the archetypal visions offered by the plants. With no difficulty, we also entered into fully experiencing the emotions of the movie character who was asleep in his pod while his adventure was being lived by his avatar. This is just like the experience in a ceremony, where you are seated in the maloca but your mind can be on a distant voyage. What’s more, with Avatar you’re experiencing this adventure in 3-D, projected with depth, within a sensory immersion that is continually all around you in a way that’s similar to the visions in a ceremony!… Read the rest