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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

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

Global Brains & Singularities: Cadell Last & Michael Garfield Debate The Technopocalypse


Cadell Last is an evolutionary anthropologist at the Global Brain Institute and producer of the PBS Digital Studios series The Advanced Apes. We discussed the possibility that our entire planet is waking up as a single super-intelligent organism, and the consequences – both light and dark – for both humankind and the whole biosphere…
Michael Garfield

Graham Hancock on Ancient Aliens, Atlantis & Ayahuasca


A real life “Indiana Jones,” international, bestselling author Graham Hancock has traversed the planet investigating ancient mysteries. He was so gracious to spend an hour with me on a phone to talk about everything from his views on aliens, Atlantis, ayahuasca and much more.
Jill V. Mangino

The Reality of Faith


At any given moment I can find a good reason to believe that this world is dominated by hate and evil and unaccountable violence. I have learned that in order to survive, I must cultivate my faith in the existence of unique, personal, and unconditional love and support available for every individual to personally experience at any time.
Kezia Kamenetz

The People’s Climate March – An Invitation To Change Everything


On Sunday, September 21st, the world’s largest climate gathering is happening in New York City. The time is ripe for a global environmental and social justice movement to grow out of this march, as people wake up to the grim realities of human induced climate change and recognize the need for a radical restructuring of…. well, everything.
Sarah Levine

Magic Mushrooms and Brain Activity Revisited


Under materialism, consciousness is brain activity. When one finds substantially more consciousness correlating consistently with substantially less brain activity, one is forced to contemplate the possibility that the brain is somehow associated with filtering, constraining, or localizing consciousness, instead of generating it.
Bernardo Kastrup

Crop Circles, Jung, and the Archetypal Feminine


We are being brought back down to earth by the zeitgeist that is upon us. As Jung says of neurosis, we can go where it’s taking us willingly and follow signs and dreams, or be dragged there unwillingly by symptoms and consequences.
Gary S. Bobroff

Shaking to the Wisdom of Shankara


The Wisdom of Shankara is a New Zealand-based electronica duo that weaves together a range of styles, including psychedelic dub and tribal energy. Reality Sandwich spoke with Brendan Evans about their creative process, thoughts on the EDM scene, and the connection between music and psychedelics.
Josh Pendergrass

Iboga and the roots of Self-Destruction


The war on drugs rages on, yet, pills and smack are easy and cheap to score, while rehab programs and methadone clinics are booming businesses. It’s tough to discern exactly which came first, the supply or the demand, but, without question opiate addiction has become a startling sign of the times.
Dylan Charles and Jeff Cook

How Burning Man and Festival Culture Make Change Personal


Festival Culture does not constitute a sociopolitical movement. Festivals are incubators for a very specific process.
Brian Duffy

Potentizing Modern Herbalism with Story and Myth


For thousands of years stories were the mortar that held together the past and the future. It is how our ancestors learned about the plants. It’s time to bring story and soul back to herbalism.
Ashley Litecky

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.
Robert Tindall

The End of War


In a more and more obviously interconnected age, the habit of war is becoming harder to sustain. Whether in politics, medicine, or our relationship to nature, the program of overcoming an enemy is less and less useful.
Charles Eisenstein

Gone to Burning Man 2014


Time for the burn, now that the hail has abated. We'll be back with new RS articles next week. Here are a few 2014 highlights.
Steven Taylor

Rehearsing for the Future at Boom Festival


We are seeing festival culture move beyond being merely a hedonistic playground and into a realm where radical engagement can occur. On a recent pilgrimage to Boom festival I witnessed a vibrant resurgence of psychedelic culture, a strong sense of oneness in a sea of global cultures, and a devout application of ecological principles.
Sarah Levine

On The Inner Nature of Art: A Conversation with Michael Divine


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

So, You Wanna Go to Burning Man…


Get out of your comfort zone. Try a new healing modality. Volunteer. Be of service. Engage humans you don’t know. Dance under the stars. Use your best judgment. Stay connected to your heart and your truth. Cut cords. Clear your entities. Ask the plant spirits for their blessing before dosing.
Dani Katz

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

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

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

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

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

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Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Paradigm


Naomi Klein has a new book out about climate change, and her thesis is nothing short of bold: we need a new economic model, and a transformative global movement to tackle the climate change crisis.
Jeremy D. Johnson

Hear Jonathan Zap Read from "Two Chaos Magic Practices."


"We would be living in a much healthier world if people made a mindful, vibratory evaluation of any solid, liquid or gas that they chose to become part of their body." Download an MP3 of Jonathan Zap reading his complete essay.
Conscious Agents

[Visionary Dialog] • Is Ayahuasca an Alien Intelligence?


Has ayahuasca arrived on Earth with a mission to save the planet? Join Chris Kilham, David Jay Brown, Dani Katz, Diana Slattery, and Jonathan Talat Phillips for, “Is Ayahuasca an Alien Intelligence?” The discussion is the forum – now through October 15.
Visionary Dialogs

Paul Selig on Channeling


In this interview with Adelyn Jones, Selig discusses his personal spiritual history, his channeling process, and the teachings of the spirit guides who speak through him.
Ken Jordan

Breaking the Spell ~ Dealing with a Distracting Reality


The reality of our daily lives is a constant ‘attention distracter’...Many of us go through life as automatons, barely touching the epidermis of wakefulness...how can we break this spell?
Kingsley L. Dennis

Sex Culture [Expanding Mind]


Objectification, Miley Cyrus, and the next turn of the sexual revolution: Erik Davis talk with Polly Whittaker, author of the new memoir Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary in the latest Expanding Mind podcast.
Faye Sakellaridis

Nearly 10% of Americans Go to Work High on Weed


Puff, puff, pass the paperwork. About 9.74% of Americans have gone to work under the influence of marijuana, according to a survey conducted by SurveyMonkey for Mashable. About 534 Americans shared their marijuana and prescription drug taking habits when it comes to the workplace.
Faye Sakellaridis

Near Miss Astrology 9.19.2014


The astrology of near misses and close calls...today's horoscope!
Adam Elenbaas

Obscura Society NY: Occult Grand Central


In this lively and intellectually substantive journey, writer and historian Mitch Horowitz – whose occult walking tours have been called a “can’t-miss event” by Time Out – reveals the esoteric imagery and backstory of Grand Central’s design, on Oct. 10 in NYC!
Faye Sakellaridis

Mayans of Guatemala Defeat Monsanto


The Mayans of Guatemala put their foot down against Monsanto - and won! After 10 days of street protesting, they've thwarted the biotech corp's attempt to bring genetically modified seeds to Guatemala and interfere with their traditional cultivation.
Faye Sakellaridis

Burning Man 2014 - Deep Tunes For Deep Playa (Vol4)


Deep Tunes For Deep Playa: OllieMundy's set at Burning Man 2014.
Keyframe Entertainment

What It's Like to Be Voluntarily Homeless


Gutter punks, crusties, travelers -- call them what you will, this group of people defies any standard categorization. Pacific Standard talks to one traveler about living life off the grid, and the strong community that develops amongst nomadic spirits.
Faye Sakellaridis

Are we all here because of a black hole?


Could a black hole be responsible for our sun and our existence? Although they're known as cosmic vampires that will inexorably suck everything into oblivion, research suggests that it is likely they created many of the stars that light the cosmos.
Faye Sakellaridis

Ajja "Live At One Day In Amsterdam 2014"


AJJA S.F. LEU is an eclectic and multi-talented Swiss artist who channels his creativity through parallel careers as musician/producer/dj, Peak Records label manager, graphic artist and tattoo artist.
Keyframe Entertainment

Hackerspaces, Permaculture Media, and Good Old Fashioned Nature


I opened up Facebook to perhaps the most inspiring day of things people tagged me on. I want to share them here, because team Awesome is clearly raging in full force.
Magenta Imagination Healer

Do people that agree with you politically smell better?


Do your political views affect how you smell to other people? They may seem like two completely disparate qualities, but a recent study actually says yes, it does.
Faye Sakellaridis

Free Will Astrology: Week of September 18


Here are this week's horoscopes, featuring appeals to your scientific magic and your magical science.
Rob Brezsny

Being with Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall opens her heart to animals and tells us why we should, too.
Faye Sakellaridis

Join Evolver for the NYC Permaculture Festival on September 20th!


Evolver will be collaborating with the Permaculture Fest to bring you a day filled with skillshares, healing, exhibits, and kids activities, along with keynote speaker Dan Kittredge and musical acts including Wildbone and Kelly Fragale
Jeff Bausemer

Joe Rogan Experience #550 - Rupert Sheldrake


Joe Rogan talks to Rupert Sheldrake on the latest episode of The Joe Rogan Experience. Rupert Sheldrake is an author, lecturer, and researcher in the field of parapsychology, known for his proposed theory of morphic resonance.
Faye Sakellaridis

The Entheogenic Singularity - [Psychedelic Salon #414]


Dr. Bruce returns to the Psychedelic Salon with a new talk fresh from Burning Man 2014's Palenque Norte speaker series
Tom Quitoni

Introducing Center for Planetary Culture


How do we build a global citizen’s movement to change the direction of our civilization in a short span of time? We seek to address these questions through a new think tank, Center for Planetary Culture.
Daniel Pinchbeck

David Jay Brown Joins Line-Up for Monday's Visionary Dialog


Psychedelic and consciousness author David Jay Brown has joined the line-up for the Visionary Dialog, "Is Ayahuasca an Alien Intelligence?" It starts this Monday. Watch David talk about navigating altered states here.
Faye Sakellaridis

Plant Medicines As Healing Agents [Psychedelic Salon Podcast]


Psychedelic Salon podcast 413: Plant Medicines as Healing Agents. With Shonagh Home, Nese Devenot and Lily Kay Ross. They discuss how plant and psychedelic medicines can be used for healing.
Jeremy D. Johnson