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The Hunt and The Hound – part 3


Part 3 of a 4 Part series involving magic, politics, hallucinogens, and ritual work.

Part 1 can be found here.

Part 2 can be found here.

Via Gods & Radicals:

Let’s talk about drugs. Almost all of our drugs, or at least their ancestral form, come from plants, here though I want to talk more specifically about entheogenic plants. The use of plants and fungi (everyone forgets the fungi), have a long and well documented history amongst almost all human cultures for religious and magical purposes. A year ago, a God tried to get my attention and succeeded, and in the intervening time I have come to know him as a God of many things, one of which is ecstasy. As I work in a botanic institution I have access to (probably) the world’s best botanical and mycological library and its resources, so I set out to do some homework. The classic enthogenic plant family is theSolanaceae; the nightshade family which provides us with a dizzying array of food plants (and is the third most important agricultural plant family after the grasses – Poaceae – and the pea/bean family – Fabaceae).

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Initiation and the Gnostic Revival with Gabriel D Roberts – Free Radical Media

You can also listen to this podcast via Itunes and Archive.org

In this installment of the Free Radical Media podcast, the Free Rad crew speaks with author and thinker Gabriel D. Roberts. Roberts. He is the author of such books as “Born Again to Rebirth” and his latest, “The Quest for Gnosis,” as well as writing for such publications as VICE Magazine, Reality Sandwich, and Disinformation. Roberts discusses his personal, spiritual journey from strict Christianity to what he describes as a “more fluid worldview,” with a heavy focus on Gnostic philosophy. He also discusses his latest book, a collection of interviews with such minds as Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Graham Hancock, Daniele Bolelli, Peter J. Carroll, Hamilton Morris, Dr. Aaron Cheak, David Metcalfe, Dr. Rick Strassman and many more. An enlightening and engaging conversation.

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What Happens to the Brain During Spiritual Experiences?

240px-Mindfulness-present-moment-here-now-awareness-symbol-logoNeuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg on brain changes associated with spiritual experiences:

When practitioners surrender their will, activity decreases in their frontal lobes, suggesting that speech is being generated from some place other than the normal speech centers.

Newberg is a pioneer in the field of neurotheology, the neurological study of religious and spiritual experiences. In the 1990s, he began his work in the field by scanning what happens in people’s brains when they meditate, because it is a spiritual practice that is relatively easy to monitor.

Since then, he’s looked at around 150 brain scans, including those of Buddhists, nuns, atheists, Pentecostals speaking in tongues, and Brazilian mediums practicing psychography—the channeling of messages from the dead through handwriting.

As to what’s going on in their brains, Newberg says, “It depends to some degree on what the practice is.” Practices that involve concentrating on something over and over again, either through prayer or a mantra-based meditation, tend to activate the frontal lobes, the areas chiefly responsible for directing attention, modulating behavior, and expressing language.

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Bob Larson Interviews Nikolas and Zeena Schreck

I am amazed that this happened, and even more amazed that Bob Larson refrained from attempting to exorcise the demons out of them.


Pastor Bob Larson: An American radio television evangelist. Best known around the internet for his exorcism of a gay demon from Brian, who appears as though he is more in need of a stylist and acting lessons.

Nikolas Schreck: The founder and frontman of Founder and frontman of the experimental occult band Radio Werewolf,writer of The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman, co-director of the Werewolf Order, high ranking member of the Temple of Set, and co-found of the Sethian Liberation Movement.

Zeena Schreck: An artist, musician, author, animal rights activist, Tantric Buddhist, and the spiritual leader of the Sethian Liberation Movement (SLM). Also,she is the daughter of Anton La Vey, the founder of the Church of Satan. She is the first to be baptized in the Church of Satan.… Read the rest

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