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The Rise of Empathic Consciousness


The esoteric is the heart of civilization. And should the outward forms of a human civilization become totally unable to contain and adapt the energies of great spiritual teachings, then that civilization has ceased to serve its function in the universe.
Kingsley L. Dennis

The Staying Power of the Succubus: Why Erotic Supernatural Experiences Won’t Go Away


In October 2012, the pop star Ke$ha claimed she once had sex with a spirit. The announcement came while she was promoting a new song, "Supernatural," and coincided with Halloween. Many dismissed it as a headline-attracting media trick. But there may be something to her claim.
Ryan Hurd

We Don’t Know: Reflections on the New Story Summit


What is exciting to me is the possibility that the NSS marks a transition into a different kind of gathering entirely, no longer a conference, but perhaps more like a festival or a retreat, or something that is all and none of these things, something new, something edgy, something experimental, something destined to succeed and to fail, and thereby to illuminate the next step beyond. What else can we hope for, as we explore this mapless place between stories?
Charles Eisenstein

Sex Work and Sexual Healing: Modern Day Sexual Healers Speak


Can a provider of sexual services facilitate healing? How can transformation take place within such an exchange?
Britta Love

The Veil of Dreams – The Beauty of Collaborative Art Projects & Intimacy


Dreams and good art share many characteristics: inspirational, unexpected, life changing, multilayered. Both convey powerful yet inexplicable messages. Both move us to action in ways we don’t rationally comprehend and by sharing both, we share an intimate part of ourselves.
Livia Filotico

Aya2014: Joining Worlds for Bottom-Up Self-Regulation


At the ICEERS Aya2014 conference in Ibiza, Ben De Loenen outlined the increasingly restrictive pronouncements made on ayahuasca by the International Narcotics Control Board. He shared his hope that bringing together researchers and practitioners would generate strategies for self-regulation, so that the authorities need not regulate our favourite beverage from outside.
Rev Nemu

The Astrology of Russell Brand Revisited


Last year I wrote an article entitled “The Astrology of Russell Brand” to make a case for why I felt Russell was an essential human for these times. It was an Eclipse window then, and it is now. Mercury was also about to go retrograde in Scorpio like it is now. Lots has changed since then for Russell, and for all of us.
Adam Sommer

Japanese Media and Psychedelic Yokai


The popularity of monster hunting culture in the demon blood-soaked West comes from its prehistoric psychedelic origins, when our ancestors freely indulged in visionary plants and found themselves living in the enchanted world of laughing fairies.
Benton Rooks

A Miracle in Scientific American


In the latest issue of Scientific American, Michael Shermer describes an amazing and beautiful synchronicity that happened the day of his wedding,That this spontaneous and numinous experience happened to one of the world’s most prominent debunkers of such experiences may, like the dot of yin in the fullness of yang, portend a fundamental transition.
Charles Eisenstein

How Yoga, Cannabis & The Art of Psychonauting Saved My life


The breakthrough came while watching surfers carving up the barreling waters of Ocean Beach, SF. I suddenly realized that to ride a monster wave (physical or energetic), you had to find the courage, pleasure, and audacity to surf its roaring currents.
Jonathan Talat Phillips

The Grand Fire Trine of 2014


There have been some downright oppressive, fiery, violent stories in the news lately. I like to recognize the results of such aggression and hubris— the uncomfortable or even morbid parts of life—not only as appreciable aesthetics, but as settings, textures, character traits in a sort of grand play.
Alex Baker

Ouspensky in London


While the workers of the world united, the author of books on the tarot, the fourth dimension, and the superman, whose talks about India and his travels in the East filled lecture halls in St. Petersburg and Moscow, carried luggage as a house porter to support his family.
Gary Lachman

Birth: Toward Air and Light


The problems of previous generations affect the baby’s gestation from the moment the sperm penetrates the egg. At this key moment not only is the mother’s psyche present, but so is that of the father, grandparents, great-grandparents, and any social upheaval.
Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Unobstructed Secret of the Golden Flower


Imagine life as the ultimate game, where the formless explores forms and the timeless experiences time. Imagine the infinite pretending to be finite. But this is a game of forgetfulness. It’s designed to make us forget we’re playing a game; to mistake our role in the game for the only life we’ll ever have. What would it be like to wake up in that game?
Ronnie Pontiac

Who Do You Serve?


The awakened self seeks to bring up each aspect of the self to its own awareness, so your entire life may be lifted and supported in your awareness of who and what you are.
Paul Selig

Transforming Asheville: A Talk with 3 Days of Light's Scott and Zen


Three Days of Light Gathering is a retreat-style festival in Asheville that draws a diverse, all ages crowd, and has facilitated powerful transformations in the conscious scene. I reached out to producers Scott Love and Zenaura Soluta for insight into the event.
Edwin John Leskin

Rick Doblin: Hippie of the Year


If Rick was going to run an organization dedicated to providing “rigorous scientific evaluation of the risks and benefits” of MDMA, he was going to have to learn how to do rigorous science. He set out to teach himself.
Tom Shroder

Entheodelic Storytelling: A Conversation with Magenta Imagination Healer


Magenta is the Executive Director of the non-profit Evolver Network, which coordinates and supports a network of grassroots consciousness "Spores" across the globe. I had the pleasure of speaking with her about psychedelics, digital magick, education, and more.
Benton Rooks

From Burning Man to Bellevue: A Hero’s Journey


In the deserts of Nevada and the psych wards of New York City, a man tries to live with his madness rather than have it bludgeoned out of him.
Jeffery Goines

DMT, the Prophetic Experience, and the Hebrew Bible


To the extent that DMT and other psychedelics occasion altered states of consciousness with “prophecy-like” features, one could consider the judicious use of these agents in this context. In a complementary manner, those who use psychedelic drugs for spiritual purposes may wish to consider the Hebrew Bible an interpretive tool for understanding and applying the information contained in their drug sessions.
Rick Strassman

Jaguar Harmonics


When not hunting, the jaguar would meander through the jungle in search of a vine; it would eat the vine, purge and sprawl out on the jungle floor for hours, eyes wide. The hunters witnessed this. They gathered the vine . . .
Steven Taylor

Clearing the Air: Artists Take on Corporate Influence in Natural History Museums


I spoke with the artist collective Not An Alternative about their Natural History Museum, a new project that confronts the unsavory influence of corporate cash on science institutions.
Marisa Mazria Katz

Actual Contact: Pillars of Light at Burning Man, Marfa, and Beyond


Jason W. A. Tucker's elegant and bold images carved into steel pillars and lit from within stand in Black Rock City and, soon, in Marfa, Texas. It’s been a joy to correspond over the last year about these pieces; I’ve been looking forward to sharing this conversation for a long time. . .
Lily Ross

The Jivamukti Approach to Food: A Talk with Sharon Gannon


Sharon Gannon is best known for introducing the Jivamukti Yoga method. She is also the proprietor of the Jivamuktea Cafe, a much admired vegan oasis near Manhattan's Union Square. Sharon is releasing a cookbook, "Simple Recipes for Joy!" which we discussed for this interview.
Ken Jordan

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News, Videos, Podcasts & Events

Why Learn Astrology? 10.24.2014


Why has the language of astrology called to so many people for so long?
Adam Elenbaas

New Moon Solar Eclipse 10.23.2014


Happy New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, featuring Venus in Scorpio in a triple conjunction!
Adam Elenbaas

J MIAH by Decadent Oasis


J:Miah has been comfortably spinning various forms of EDM ever since he ran out of spray paint.
Keyframe Entertainment

Robert Tindall Reads "The Intensified Trajectory of Consciousness in Odysseus’ Vision in Hades."


"A shared animistic perception makes plausible a deep affinity between the worldview of the ancient inhabitants of the Mediterranean, their descendants the Homeric Greeks, and indigenous peoples worldwide." Hear Robert Tindall read his complete essay.
Conscious Agents

Cosmic Patterns and Cycles of Catastrophe Dvd Preview 5 of 8 presented by Randall Carlson for SGI


"A cosmic tempo based on Sacred Geometry, encoded in myth & mystical architecture throughout the Earth governs the unfolding of world ages, the rise and fall of civilizations & is ultimately the very basis of apocalyptic prophecy" - Randall Carlson
Faye Sakellaridis

Researchers Are Building Drones You Can Control With Your Mind


Researchers at the US Department of Defense are funding research into how to use drone technology to implement mind control.
Faye Sakellaridis

Too Much Info Bro - Even if You are a Superstar, Giving Away Too Much of Yourself Can be Humiliating


Our cult of confession culture and social media tempts us to spill out our secrets to strangers, but we may retain more power, dignity and inner dynamism by greater self-containment.
Jonathan Zap

Catch a Sneak Peek of New Ram Dass Film


How do we transform suffering into grace? How do we turn anger into compassion? Join Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, Krishna Das and friends for the premiere of their new film "Cultivating Grace and Transforming Suffering," directed by the legendary David Silver.
Faye Sakellaridis

CNN's Lisa Ling Travels to Peruvian Jungle to Explore Ayahuasca


Ayahuasca has made it to CNN! In the doc. series "This is Life with Lisa Ling," Ling will travel to Peru to explore the power of ayahuasca. Lisa Ling and experts including Rick Doblin and Dennis McKenna will live tweet during the broadcast.
Faye Sakellaridis

Gateways Of The Mind - Naba Iritah


Naba Shenmira Iritah is a young teacher, lecturer, spiritual activist, priest and healer of the Dogon bloodline from the Gulmu region of Meritah. He is the "Head Merr" (Leader) of The Earth Center Ouagadougou. Naba Iritah was born and raised among the Tem people in Togo.
Faye Sakellaridis

How to HEAL the Brain's Negativity Bias [Buddhist Geeks Podcast]


Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. He's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.
Faye Sakellaridis

[Visionary Dialog] • What Makes a Shaman Authentic?


To be a shaman worthy of the title, what — if any — threshold needs to be reached? Join Rak Razam, Itzhak Beery, Elizabeth B. Jenkins, and Robert Tindall for "What Makes a Shaman Authentic?" It all starts tonight!
Visionary Dialogs

Curiosity Prepares the Brain for Better Learning


A study conducted by a team of neuroscientists revealed that natural curiosity provides a fertile ground for deeper learning and broader long-term memory. When a subject inspires an innate thirst, the brain retains more information, including incidental data.
Faye Sakellaridis

S.P.Y - FABRICLIVE x Back To Basics Mix by fabric


After making a huge impact on the drum & bass circuit with his debut album, What The Future Holds, back in 2011, the studio dynamo is once again showcasing his unparalleled production skills with his two part follow up LP.
Keyframe Entertainment

Living Breakwaters Wins 2014 Fuller Challenge


The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) has announced the comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project "Living Breakwaters" to be the winner of the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge.
Faye Sakellaridis

NY Times Shines Spotlight on Herbalism


Even The New York Times is noticing herbalism, and have given a spotlight to Adriana Ayales (who recently hosted an Evolver Talk), a young, NY-based herbalist who recently opened Botica & Co, described by Ayales as "a healthy version of the bar on Cheers."
Faye Sakellaridis

6 Brave Researchers Busting the Myths Behind Everything We Think We Know About Drugs


The war on drugs has been fueled by the promulgation of misinformation since its inception. Thanks to the work of researchers that are interested in the truth, many of these lies have been debunked. Here are 6 researchers who have done just that.
Faye Sakellaridis

SECOND GENESIS: with Bruce Damer


Rak Razam talks with Dr. Bruce Damer about science, consciousness, Terence McKenna, building better spaceships, discovering the exact origins of life on earth and shamanic plant entheogens that may help us reveal this knowledge...
Rak Razam

6,000-Year-Old Temple with Possible Sacrificial Altars Discovered


A 6,000-year-old temple holding humanlike figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered within a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine.
Faye Sakellaridis

Man walks again after transplant


A pioneering therapy helped a paralyzed man walk again by transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. The leader of the UK research team says this achievement is "more impressive than man walking on the moon."
Faye Sakellaridis

Cellphone Wormholes


Technology is not just a set of tools -- there is a hidden dimension that is metaphysical, a transcendence of the material world. Hear Jason Silva talk about it in the latest episode of Shots of Awe.
Faye Sakellaridis

Mana Wizard @ Yaga Gathering 2013 by ~Mana°Wizard~


Mana Wizards set recorded in the deep forest of Lithuania @ Yaga Gathering 2013. In this set you hear some sounds from the new Tengri - ICAROS Album, Master Margherita, the V.A. Blue Planet comp by Johnny Blue on Mikelabella Records, Vlastur, & more.
Keyframe Entertainment

Stephen Harrod Buhner on Reclaiming Your Feeling Sense [ReWild Yourself! Podcast]


In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, Daniel Vitalis talks with Stephen Harrod Buhner, an Earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment and herbal medicine.
Faye Sakellaridis

Rewilding The Yoga Body


A critical, and beautiful, critique on the "Yoga barbie" (author's words) phenomena in pop spiritual culture.
Jeremy D. Johnson