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Santo Daime: Home of The Cosmic Christ

imageEntering 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:

Building upon questions raised by my first experiences of Santo Daime, the research undertaken from 2007 to 2011 primarily focused on three areas.

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Santo Daime in the Sacred Valley

Holy Cross - symbol of the doctrine of holy daime (also known as Caravaca de la Cruz)  Ton (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Holy Cross – symbol of the doctrine of holy daime (also known as Caravaca de la Cruz)
Ton (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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

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Occult Sentinel Podcast: Maraya Karena

(posted with permission)

(used with permission)

In episode 48 of the Occult Sentinel Podcast, Joe Moore interviews Maraya Karena about the collapse of the New Age, Cyborg Anthropology, Mystic Permaculture, Process Work, and more.

We go all over the map with this interview. I loved recording with the fascinating and powerful Maraya and hope to do it again in the near future.

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About Maraya Karena: 

“I am a cyborg anthropologist and massage therapist.

This means that I study the relationship between humans and technology and that I study the body and the healing arts. To me these are not separate. To me these areas are very much connected.

They come together in texture of our felt experience. They come together in the tapestries of our created environments. They come together in the dynamic ecology of nature, people and technology that forms what the world is.”

About Occult Sentinel:

Occult Sentinel is a podcast covering the hermetic arts, secret societies and various spiritual traditions.… Read the rest

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Mitch Horowotiz: New Wave of Witch-Hunters Rising Around The World

HorowitzI discovered Occult America by Mitch Horowitz a few years ago and the book forever changed the way I write dark fantasy and horror. His eloquent and insightful approach to the study of the occult is fascinating. Mitch Horowitz is a nationally known writer, speaker, and publisher in alternative spirituality as well as vice-president and editor-in-chief at Tarcher/Penguin, the division of Penguin books dedicated to metaphysical literature. Deepak Chopra called his work “brilliant” and I would agree. Mitch and I talked about his new book as well as some of his other studies. We also discussed the impact of the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692, a personal interest of mine. Let me introduce you to Mitch Horowitz.

You have a new book out, One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life, and I was wondering if you could elaborate on your childhood and upbringing? You open the book with that story and I’m curious how that’s brought you to where you are today.Read the rest

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Jargon is the Death of Culture

On the Maraya Karena Show, the eponymous host speaks about the under-acknowledged connection between language and reality, and what happens when meaning slips from our patterns of expression:

What will murder all our movements?
JARGON!!!
In this syntactical reality our greatest obstacle to heaven on earth is mindless repetition of stale language.

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Steve Roach – Dream Body

Steve Roach is one of my favorite artists. He’s creatively prolific, and everything he does is impeccable. Check this out and enjoy.

via Wikipedia

Steve Roachis an American composer and performer of ambient, electronic music and tribal-ambient music, whose recordings are also classified in the genres of space, drone, and New Age. Roach is recognized as one of the “leading innovators of contemporary electronic music.”

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Scientology’s “Super Power” Training Compound Opens In Florida

quadrantThink of it as an expensive, snobby private gym for training your abilities of extrasensory perception. As reported by the New York Daily News:

The stunning 377,000-square-foot center in Clearwater, Fla., will reserve its top floors for ‘super power’ counseling services to its members. A similar program in Los Angeles utilized an anti-gravity simulator, various exercise machines, and a gyroscope-like apparatus that spins blindfolded riders around, according to one Scientologist.

The Church of Scientology plans to dedicate its stunning 377,000-square-foot center in Clearwater, Fla., on Sunday. According to the new-age religion’s website, “The top floors of the new building are reserved for ‘Super Power,’ a series of Scientology counseling services offered nowhere else.”

“Super Power,” first unveiled by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, is one’s ability to hone in on 57 senses called “perceptics” [beyond] the original five senses. “Perceptics” the programs aim to help members master are personal size, blood circulation, fields/magnetic, sound direction, and emotional state of groups.

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Happy Water Crystals Debunked as PseudoScience

Are Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Fantastic Claims Actually Real?Emoto_web

Via is-masaru-emoto-for-real.com

When I first heard of Dr. Emoto’s amazing work with water crystals through his book “The Hidden Messages in Water” I was absolutely stunned. I then saw the movie “What the Bleep do we Know” and became thoroughly intrigued. I set off to conduct a research project in the chemistry department of Castleton College in Vermont to see if I could find sufficient evidence and support for Dr. Emoto’s claims to merit conducting a deeper research project to try to reproduce his work. The idea was to uncover as much information about his methods and procedures as possible to determine if is would actually be feasible to study the effect of energy healing, such as Reiki, on the formation of water crystals. I was so excited to think that I might be the first person in the world to verify his work!… Read the rest

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Don’t Trust Your Feelings: Somatics and the Pre/Trans Fallacy

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A great article applying the pre/trans fallacy to somatics and body-work. Steve Bearman brings some much-needed balance to the alternative healing field.

via Interchange Counseling:

It’s easy for counselors, and the people we counsel, to get stuck in our heads. Counseling as we know it originated as “the talking cure”. Over the generations, counselors have discovered how to use dialogue as a powerful medium for facilitating change in our clients. Even at its best, however, conversation can only get us so far. We are more than mere talking heads.

In a tradition that has long been top-heavy, the growing prevalence of somatics has brought counseling back into balance, adding much-needed weight to the body’s role in healing and growth. “Soma” is the body, and body-oriented work takes us places talking never can, but just like mind-oriented work, it has significant limitations.

For those of us in the world of counseling who strive to live fully embodied lives, somatics has seemed like such a godsend that we can fail to recognize its limits.

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