Longform

Essays & Interviews

On The Inner Nature of Art: A Conversation Between Michael Divine and Lily Kay Ross


To listen for one's own voice - to see what it has to say and to follow it from the broad brush stroke down to the finest pinpoint - that requires extracting oneself from the sea - the marketing, the internet, the friends - and really letting go into that void.
Lily Ross

Sync in the City


My positive take on city life is perhaps the major dividing line between myself and my hardcore hippie friends. They can’t believe I’ve lived and thrived in NYC since 1999. How could someone as sensitive as me find stillness and peace in such an energetic whirlwind? Didn’t I long to be in nature?
Jennifer Palmer

Sacred Sound


Many years ago when I started a yoga practice, I had no idea what it would reveal to me. I was just hoping for a little extra strength and flexibility, and I did what I could to avoid all the spiritual trappings of the practice. But, somehow, as it does, the yoga did its job. Over the years it brought me through physical, psychological, and emotional revelations that I can’t imagine would have taken place otherwise.
Alanna Kaivalya

The Greatest Contradiction of Common Sense


This essay is about a shocking contradiction in our common sense about the nature of reality, a contradiction that you are probably totally unaware of. Becoming aware of this contradiction has the potential to change your life.
Bernardo Kastrup

HiveMind: A Journey of Local Relationships


HiveMind is a quarterly Evolver Bay Area convergence/festival/think tank, produced by a 5-person collective, with a focus on individual and systemic transformation and building a coalition of organizations in the Bay Area that support each other in their missions.
Magenta Imagination Healer

What to Eat on the Playa


You’ve rented the RV, acquired the goggles, dust mask and fur fur, decorated your beach cruiser with the glow sticks, LED rope and alien stickers, and gathered enough entheogens to melt a pony. But what, dear Burner, are you gonna eat?
Dani Katz

Crossing the Threshold


History reminds us that no cultural or spiritual wave is everlasting. Every wave of our evolution prepares us for another subsequent movement forward. Today we have reached a threshold that is ushering us in to a new relationship with ourselves and with all that is around us.
Chris Saade

Who’s Tripping Who?


Psychedelic plants, fungi and animals can provide extremely valuable insights relating to life on this planet. Our species would be foolish to disregard these transformative agents that can be of benefit to ourselves, all life, and our long term future on this planet.
Sam Gandy

The Beat Godfather, The Great Beast, & the Necronomicon


Ever since his youth William Burroughs had been intrigued by magic and the occult, reading the Egyptian and Tibetan Books of the Dead and Eliphas Levi’s History of Magic while he was at Harvard. Evidently, with his return from the Old World to the New, he had not left such interests behind.
Matthew Levi Stevens

Sensing Sacred Objects


The more they are used, the more precious they become. You may find yourself physically drawn to them, actually sensing their energy. With practice, you can refine your capacity to sense the energy in these special objects.
Dee Joy Coulter

Mediumship & Folk Models of Mind and Matter


Mediums often claim that the standard materialistic view of science is inadequate as an all encompassing model of reality because bodies are permeable, matter is essentially non-physical, consciousness is far more expansive than our normal waking state would lead us to believe, and that persons are multiple, can survive death, and may be influenced by external spiritual entities.
Jack Hunter

Cosmic Consciousness, Transcendence and Dissociation


The distinction between dissociation and transcendence is not always easy to make. At Harvard in the early 1960s, we experimented with DMT. While most of us found the experience to be chaotic and dissociative, one of our visitors assumed a yoga posture and sat in deep meditative absorption for 40 minutes, thanked us and left. The ability to make sense of the experience would certainly be a function of having had some prior experiences of transcendent consciousness...
Ralph Metzner

The Legal Cannabis Business: A Talk with Mike "Zappy" Zapolin


Reality Sandwich interviews Mike "Zappy" Zapolin about what's happening in the fast-changing cannabis business. Zappy shares his expertise on a range of issues and opportunities in a field now emerging from the shadows into a multibillion dollar industry.
Zappy Zapolin

Stanislav Grof and Richard Tarnas: The Birth of a New Worldview


In the mid-1960s, psychiatrist Stanislav Grof’s research in LSD psychotherapy challenged the orthodox Freudian model of mind. For years, Grof and his colleagues looked unsuccessfully for some kind of diagnostic system to predict the experiences of their clients in deep self-exploration. When Richard Tarnas applied archetypal astrology to this problem, Grof had to ironically concede that the one successful technique was even more controversial than his research in psychedelic therapy.
Renn Butler

Laevorotation at Boom 2012


Time dissolves during the weeklong gathering of Boom 2012 in the steppes near the Portuguese-Spanish border.
Reba Manuel

A Love Letter to the Temple Guardians of Burning Man


In 2013, camera in hand, I arrived on the playa with clear intent. No more was there a dilemma between spectator and participant, between giver and taker. I came to make an offering to the Guardians. But there was something I had to do first.
Ian MacKenzie

Stephen Hawking and the Black Hole Information Paradox


Information can't be lost when a black hole evaporates, as it was never an aspect of tangible existence to begin with. Despite the readings of a measuring apparatus, from its own perspective the quantum is never quite lured into the trap of definite form in a distinct moment to be instantly sucked into a dead past. When it comes to information, the next moment never arrives because the quantum, like the conscious, is forever now.
Ted Dace

Vulvatron and the Re-Birth of the Evolver Network


The Vulvatron is a radical agitprop project that honors the female form and celebrates the divine feminine in us all. Helping bring this revolutionary idea to life is the newly revamped Evolver Network.
David Metcalfe

Eckhart as Sufi


Sufis, the mystics of Islam, have employed poetic language as a way to convey their unorthodox teachings while protecting themselves from charges of heresy. We can see the same approach in the work of the Christian mystic Meister Eckhart.
Matthew Fox

A Restorative Response to MH17


We have been fighting wars to overcome evil for a very long time. This year is the 100th anniversary of World War One, the “war to end all wars.” Given the legacy of that failure, by now one would think we would try another approach.
Charles Eisenstein

The Drugs Problem


The primary problem with drugs is that they are illegal and/or state-controlled. This counter-evolutionary state control of substances that we ingest for other than nutritional purposes is the root cause of virtually all the problems that people are concerned about in connection with drugs, drug abuse, and drug-related crime.
Gregory Sams

Smokeless in Seattle: On the Quest for a Legal, Recreational High in America


A week after recreational sales become legal in Washington State, Seattle, I happened to be in the area and decided to go in for some first-hand knowledge.
Terra Celeste

NYC Special Edition Report


A few weeks ago I attended the NYC Special Edition — the very first of its kind. At first glance, Special Edition seems like an offshoot of the fall Comic Con, but this would be missing a subtle and important point.
Jeremy D. Johnson

The Astrology of Game of Thrones


The popular response to HBO’s Game of Thrones series made me wonder if the characters and themes carry an archetypal resonance more substantive than that of other current fare. The show’s characters embody something ancient, yet familiar. I began to see parallels between the Game of Thrones panoply and the celestial archetypes.
Dorothy Abrahams

Stream

News, Videos, Podcasts & Events

Moon Exaltations: Gemini


Moon Exaltation Series...for today's Gemini Moon Goddess
Adam Elenbaas

Elysium, Sheyba, Kaaya, Kailash & Undercover Live (Streaming) by Elysium (Official Cloud)


Latest 3 hour live-set from Elysium, available streaming only.
Keyframe Entertainment

Mercury Opposite Neptune 8.18.2014


Mercury opposes Neptune and reminds us that we are the stuff of dreams...
Adam Elenbaas

Is Ayahuasca Grooming a New Generation of Healers?


Rak Razam asks, after years of mainstream media reporting, is the ayahuasca community still underground? What type of people are drawn to ayahuasca? What percentage of first time ayahuasca drinkers stay on the medicine party?
Jeremy D. Johnson

How One Supermarket Fights Food Waste with Ugly Fruits and Veggies


Over 800 million people around the world suffer from food insecurity, and yet, global food waste continues to be a major issue with one-third of all food produced being thrown away. One reason for this is that we're too damn picky about our fruits and vegetables.
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, Hillary S. Webb, and Margaret de Wys for "What Makes a Shaman Authentic?" It all starts on October 20.
Visionary Dialogs

Mushroom Oracle


Can we trust the voice of the mushroom, what McKenna calls the 'Logos'? Is the psilocybin frequency a portal for the faerie folk, the fey, or other star beings? Are women more sensitive to ecstatic states of both sensuality and shamanism? Ask the Oracle...
Rak Razam

Last Quarter Moon Horoscope 8.17.2014


Last quarter Moon and Mercury opposite Neptune. A conversation about toxins, health, hygiene, faith and immunity.
Adam Elenbaas

The Imaginary Foundation


"Because we can imagine, we are free." - Jean-Paul Sartre. In the latest installment of Shots of Awe, Jason Silva effusively exalts the inner worlds of the imagination.
Faye Sakellaridis

New Type of Plant Communication Discovered: RNA Transfer Between Plants


Scientists have discovered a new form of communication between plants, involving the exchange of RNA, genetic material that was previously thought too fragile to survive a cross-species transfer.
Faye Sakellaridis

[Visionary Dialog] • Is Ayahuasca an Alien Intelligence?


Has ayahuasca arrived on Earth with a mission to save the planet? Join Chris Kilham, Dani Katz, Diana Slattery, and Jonathan Talat Phillips for, “Is Ayahuasca an Alien Intelligence?” It starts on September 15.
Visionary Dialogs

Moon Exaltations: Taurus


Each face of the moon goddess through the zodiac reminds us to celebrate the variety, particularity, and beauty of life on earth. Taurus is the traditional sign of the moon's exaltation...
Adam Elenbaas

Nightlight Horoscope 8.16.2014


Venus and Jupiter conjunctions are amazingly strong aspects...even more so when they get together in a sign as big and bold as fiery Leo!
Adam Elenbaas

Listen to The Teafearie Read, "Coming Out."


[Author Podcast] • “As a married woman who is both bisexual and polyamorous, I’ve had quite a few tough questions to answer over the years.." Download an MP3 of The Teafaerie reading her complete essay.
Conscious Agents

Matter and Psyche: Visionaries in the Desert


The Matter & Psyche Symposium is a landmark celebration with visionary leaders whose work has pioneered our understanding of the unity of consciousness and reality.
Gabriel D. Roberts

Indigenous People are fighting our battles. Where are We?


When was the last time you read a meaningful story about Indigenous Peoples in your favorite newspaper? Or saw one on the evening news? Or even on your favorite alt media site? Unless Intercontinental Cry is on your reading list, it’s probably been a while....
Magenta Imagination Healer

Nightlight Horoscope 8.15.2014


The Moon will aspect Mercury this morning right before moving into its exaltation in Taurus and right before Mercury enters Virgo. A good day to begin cleaning and clearing projects!
Adam Elenbaas

Watch 1,000 Robots in Biggest Programmable SwarmYet


Alone, the simple little robot can't do much, shuffling around on three vibrating tooth-pick legs. But working with 1,000 or more like-minded fellow bots, it becomes part of a swarm that can self-assemble into any two-dimensional shape. These are some of th...
Jeremy D. Johnson

Nightlight Horoscope 8.14.2014


The Moon in Aries will shortly conjoin Uranus today before continuing on to trine the Sun in Leo later tonight. Meanwhile Mars is applying to conjoin Saturn in the next week.
Adam Elenbaas

Suicide and the Stars 8.12.2014


Jupiters entrance into Leo and this past Leo full moon's square to Saturn in Scorpio has brought the "death of celebrity" archetype into collective awareness with the passing of beloved actor and Comedian, Robin Williams.
Adam Elenbaas

Animatronix - Re:Connect [Remixes] by Street_Ritual


Animatronix and Street Ritual team up to bring you one a this top shelf remix album just in time for summer!
Keyframe Entertainment

Could Cannabis-Based Batteries Be The Future?


Another win for the cannabis industry. On top of its vast medicinal benefits and a "high" that's safer and mellower than alcohol, what if cannabis could also power a cheap, sustainable super battery and forever change the energy game?
Jeremy D. Johnson

Randall Carlson of Sacred Geometry International [Midwest Real Podcast]


Rewriting History, Avoiding Catastrophe and the Bridging the Gap Between Science and Religion. An epic two-part podcast with Randall Carlson.
Jeremy D. Johnson

Psypress UK Crowdfunding Campaign


Psypress UK has served as a comprehensive source for psychedelic news and literature since 2008. They're now raising funds to expand and redesign their website, release their print & e-journal bi-monthly, and publish more books.
Faye Sakellaridis