Essays & Interviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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


News, Videos, Podcasts & Events

Gratitude*NYC and EvolverNYC present: AXIS MUNDI

Gratitude*NYC returns for our 5th year, bigger and better and in a huge new location and earlier date, just in time to decompress. There will be over 25 Workshops offered. RSVP, invite your friends, and PARTICIPATE! It all goes down this Saturday, October 4th
Jeff Bausemer

Burning Man 2014 Electronic Music Mixes

The dust has settled on Burning Man 2014 - what an epic year!!!! We danced, we played, we had wonderful experiences in the dust.
Keyframe Entertainment

Exercise Is ADHD Medication

Physical movement improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility; new research shows just how critical it is to academic performance.
Jeremy D. Johnson

The Singularity Archetype [Expanding Mind]

Erik Davis talks with Jonathan Zap about Jung, science fiction, and harnessing the apocalypse within on the latest episode of Expanding Mind.
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

How solar can provide over half the planet's electricity

The International Energy Agency released two new solar-power roadmaps that provide a vision of solar being the largest source of energy worldwide. David Roberts breaks it down on Grist.org.
Faye Sakellaridis

Digital Telepathy Is The Future Of The Human Species

Cultural evolution took precedence over biological evolution, with ideas, technologies, and other memes persisting and molding humanity's trajectory. Digital telepathy, argues Dan Kaplan, is not an entirely illogical next step.
Faye Sakellaridis

2014 Fuller Challenge Finalists Announced

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2014 Fuller Challenge. These seven proposals have gone through a rigorous, multi-stage review for adherence to the challenge entry criteria.
Faye Sakellaridis

When Einstein Met Tagore

On July 14, 1930, Albert Einstein welcomed into his home on the outskirts of Berlin the Indian philosopher Rabindranath Tagore. The two proceeded to have one of the most stimulating, intellectually riveting conversations in history, exploring the age-old friction between science and religion.
Faye Sakellaridis

Aya: Awakenings Austin, TX premiere Feb 2, 2014

FULL panel discussion after the Aya: Awakenings premiere in Austin, TX, Feb 2, 2014. An in-depth discussion about DMT and ayahuasca culture with Rak Razam, Mitch Schultz, and Michael Garfield...
Rak Razam

Boom Festival 2014 - Dance Temple 02 - Thatha by Boom Festival

Live set recorded August 9th at Boom Festival 2014.
Keyframe Entertainment

Live at Sacred Spaces, Burning Man 2014 by galacticwind

A phat set of whompy, funky goodness from the epic Friday night party at Sacred Spaces Village, Burning Man 2014.
Keyframe Entertainment

Erowid September 2014 Fundraising

Support information about psychoactive drugs! If you value Erowid's independent, reliable information about drugs, donate during their public support drive.
Faye Sakellaridis

The Shulgin Chip [Levity Zone #29]

In honor of the passing of Dr. Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin a special group journeyed to a lush green spring-fed valley in dry far Northern California back in June of 2014...
Tom Quitoni

ISHAR Will Be the Ultimate Resource for Integral Healing

Finding reliable information on integral healing can be confusing — ISHAR is intended to be a compendium of mind/body research, including scientific and cultural knowledge. You can help make this digital library a reality by supporting them via Indiegogo.
Faye Sakellaridis

Unravelling the grey puzzle...

Emerging neuro-technologies are revolutionizing our understanding of the brain
Sarah Nicholls

The Ayahuasca Dialogs Continue

The inaugural Visionary Dialog, "Is Ayahuasca an Alien Intelligence?", continues in the new Reality Sandwich forum: the Fora. Check out these tasty snippets from The Teafaerie, Dani Katz, and Chris Kilham.
Faye Sakellaridis

Mercury Enters Scorpio 9.28.2014

Mercury has recently entered Scorpio where it is currently slowing down to station before turning retrograde...
Adam Elenbaas

How is Ello Funded?

Ello positions itself as the antidote to social networks like Facebook, assuring potential users that "you are not a product." But it's important to know their backstory. waxpancake shares important information about how Ello is funded, and what this means.
Faye Sakellaridis

These artists turn ocean trash into really classy art

The things we are doing to our ocean by and large ain't pretty. From "plastic soup" to dead albatross babies, we're stomping through the wild places of the world, leaving a trail of destruction and some really trashy driftwood. But a whole lot of ugly didn't stop these four artists from making some top-notch art from actual junk.
Faye Sakellaridis

Make Contact at the Borderlands of Consciousness

Discover how to not only manage sleep paralysis nightmares, but use them as a gateway into the borderlands of consciousness. Join Ryan Hurd and special guests for the live, interactive video course, "Sleep Paralysis as Spiritual Initiation." Starts October 30.
Evolver Learning Lab

Accepting the Hazards of Relationship

We often neglect to notice the hazards that we create for others. Relationships can be hazardous in both directions, but they are often well worth the risks.
Jonathan Zap

Nick Meador on the Project Bring Me to Life Podcast

Nick Meador facilitates self-development training on communication and awareness within a supportive community-building space. He uses a type of psychology called Process Work plus Nonviolent Communication.
Nick Meador

Fall Equinox Horoscope 9.22.2014

Fall Equinox, dark Moon, and Pluto turning direct today...we welcome the Fall season!
Adam Elenbaas