Essays & Interviews

Pluto and the Death of God

Pluto appeared as the Roaring Twenties gave way to the Great Depression and the world marched toward Auschwitz and Hiroshima. Already in 1930, those who cared (or dared) to scry the forces at work behind the scenes could feel the rising heat.
J. F. Martel

Timothy Leary: Twentieth-Century Neuronaut

Leary was tanned to the point of sunburn and wore, as always, a thousand-watt smile and a pair of white, high-top tennis shoes. Between quick, nervous puffs on his Benson & Hedges, he discussed the new face of electronic stimulation and the novel as an archaic art form.
Todd Brendan Fahey

An Introduction to One Spirit Medicine

I first encountered these practices many years ago, during my fieldwork in the Amazon and the Andes. But these traditional practices are being confirmed today by what we’re learning about the body and the brain.
Alberto Villoldo

CHAPPiE: Failing From Great Heights

CHAPPiE is the mainstream cinema’s latest robo-epic. It’s a strange combination of District 9, Short Circuit and the original Robocop all remixed with popular themes out of the current mainstream geopolitical paradigm.

Counterclockwise: When Biology Is Not Destiny

A recurring temptation in psychology is to consider the latest discovery as something final. What could possibly lie beyond mind-body unity? This attitude is deadly, particularly when we already possess the building blocks for a nonlocal view of consciousness
Larry Dossey MD

What Is the Relationship Between Meditation and Transformation?

You live your whole life anchored to a narrow range of thoughts, feelings and sensations, and suddenly you find yourself floating in midair. Nothing is more exhilarating or mind altering than the freedom you find in true meditation.
Jeff Carreira

The Qualities of the Heart

Living through the heart is where we are all going, sooner or later, someday, in some lifetime. The particulars of how we each arrive at our heart comprise the story of our unique healing journey. That is the story of our spiritual growth in this lifetime.
Jonathan Goldman

Shamanic Healing for Body, Mind, and Soul

In shamanic healing work there’s a difference between what you truly need versus what you think you need or want. Surrender to your helping spirits; let them assist you in the way that is best for your healing process.
Sandra Ingerman

Reflections on ESC & the Psychedelic Renaissance

ESC is a nonprofit launched in late 2013 and dedicated to “assuring the sustainability and safe use of traditional plants,” of which ayahuasca has been the clear priority thus far. All in all, ESC seems well-intentioned. So what are 17 experts (now 62) from Canada, Brazil, the UK, Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, the US, and Colombia up in arms about?
Devin Van Dyke

Interview with James Spektrum of Lucidity Festival

Time for Lucidity Festival is fast approaching. Set from April 10-12th in Goleta, California, this year's headlining artist is The Polish Ambassador (David Sugalski), an electronic musician and DJ from Oakland, California.

Drinking the Jungle: A Film Review

Simply put, this is an excellent introductory documentary for anyone considering a trip to Peru to drink ayahuasca, or who wants to share concise and reassuring information with their friends and family (who might think they’re nuts).
Guy Crittenden

The Spirit of the Stratocaster: Talking Wolves and Ayahuasca with John Sheldon

After ayahuasca taught him to connect with divine energy, guitarist John Sheldon found a scintillating focus for his life’s work, writing songs that tell a new story about wolves in North America—and how we can save them from extinction.
Zoe Helene

Home Sweet Samsara

Creating one’s own personal Buddhism, personal yoga, personal interpretations without relying on original teachings seems to be putting people off course. There is a need to return to fundamentals as they were originally taught, not as people might want them to be taught.
Alonzo Lyons

Why Leary Matters Now

Leary’s self-critique illustrated the ways in which our identity is an egotistical game that we relentlessly play. Psychedelics offered release from the game: a way of disentangling ourselves from the social roles that seemed to envelope our being.
James Penner

Iboga: At the Crossroads of the Jungle and the Laboratory

Ibogaine, the primary alkaloid of iboga, a psychoactive African root bark, has been administered to thousands of people in the last three decades as an experimental medication in the treatment of substance use disorders, depression and other medical conditions. Unfortunately, the plant source may become endangered.
Jonathan Dickinson

Spotify Your Mind: Consciousness in the Age of Streaming

Participation in information flows and streaming is representative of the era we are moving into, as the visible plane dissolves its technological objects into the realm of the invisible. Our digital identities, traces, networks, and lives become merged with our physical footprints.
Kingsley L. Dennis

Loving Your Whammies: Or How to Not Spiritually Press Your Luck

Spiritual practice can be likened to a TV game show where the players can take a turn or take a pass.
Chris Dierkes

The Mariner's Rule

One of the things my readers ask me most often, in response to the ongoing decline and impending fall of modern industrial civilization, is what I suggest people ought to do about it all. It’s a valid question, and it deserves a serious answer.
John Michael Greer

5 Things That will Happen when MDMA Becomes Legal

The MDMA experience is profoundly beautiful, and has contributed significantly to psychotherapy. It's also an illegal, Schedule 1 substance. I spoke with Emanuel Sferios, founder of DanceSafe and director of an upcoming documentary on MDMA, about what a future with legal MDMA looks like.
Faye Sakellaridis

CBD Misconceptions

The past year has seen a surge of interest in cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabis compound with significant therapeutic properties. But along with a growing awareness of cannabidiol as a potential health aide there has been a proliferation of misconceptions about CBD.
Martin A. Lee

Philosophy and Psychedelic Phenomenology

Due to the general legal prohibition and modern cultural taboo against psychoactive chemicals, the academic discipline of Philosophy has left a potentially bounteous field of enquiry virtually unharvested.
Peter Sjöstedt-H

Psychomagic Recommendations for Society

Politics, colonialism, revolution, and war are not sufficient means to solve the self-destructive chaos into which humanity plunges more and more; it will have to be spiritually aware individuals who organize to guide people to peace, harmony, and joy-filled living.
Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Recreation of the Self

You self-identify through the things you see before you. You know your name because somebody says it. You know your identity because you were told who you were by other people. If there was nobody to say your name, who would you be?
Paul Selig

The Greatest Band You've Never Heard Of: The Story of Happy The Man

They are spoken of in terms reserved for classical composers, of religious music. They have not released a new recording since 1983, and failed utterly, commercially, even in their heyday, circa 1977; yet a stroll through their Guest Book, year 2002, reads like a wet dream.
Todd Brendan Fahey


News, Videos, Podcasts & Events

Sydney Serenade Part 1 of 2 [Levity Zone #35]

Join Dr. Bruce midway through his 2015 Levity Zone down under tour of eastern Australia.
Tom Quitoni

Virtual reality creator hopes to treat anxiety attacks

A virtual reality game called Deep is designed to alleviate anxiety by bringing the player into a dreamy, underworld world that you can navigate by deep, rhythmic breathing.
Faye Sakellaridis

The Future of Marijuana Legalization

We are witnessing a turning point in America's relationship with cannabis. Jason Silva talks about where this will lead our relationship with marijuana in the latest episode of Shots of Awe.
Faye Sakellaridis

Who Were the First Yogis?

Controversy surrounds the exact origins of yoga, but Dr. Jim Mallinson has been studying the practice for years and he has some interesting insight on the true origins
Faye Sakellaridis

Wiccan Priestess Giving Invocation At Iowan House of Rep.

A Wiccan priestess has been invited to give the invocation to the Iowa House of Representatives. On April 9, Deborah Maynard, a member of the People's Church Unitarian Universalist, will travel to Des Moines to deliver her blessing. According to Maynard, her prayer will make history.
Jeremy D. Johnson

The Heart and the Scales 3.29.2015

The Moon is in the sign of the heart, heading toward an eclipse in the sign of the scales. A good day to look at these two images in depth.
Adam Elenbaas

Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers

Silicon Valley startup Ubiquitous Energy is making the world's first transparent solar cells, a technology that could greatly expand the reach of solar power. Their technology is an invisible film that can go on any surface and generate power, which could lead to cell phones and tablets that never run out of batteries - or skyscrapers that can use their massive banks of windows as solar panels.
Faye Sakellaridis

Experience Paul Selig Channeling Live

Experience Paul Selig channeling the spirits in this video from his livestream series. You can join Paul in NYC this Friday, where he will lead a deeply transformational workshop, allowing you to work directly with his guides. Read on for ticket discount info.
Faye Sakellaridis

Brazilian Inmates Receive Therapy through Ayahuasca Ceremony

While many Brazilians believe that inmates should be made to suffer to the extreme, Acuda, a pioneering prisoners' rights group, is helping inmates find their true capacity for transformation by having them participate in Santo Daime ayahuasca ceremonies.
Faye Sakellaridis

The 6th Annual Ayahuasca Monologues in NYC at Santos Party House – This Saturday!

The 6th Annual Ayahuasca Monologues with Hamilton Morris, Chris Kilham, Luis Eduardo Luna, Shelly Mars and John Sheldon at Santos Party House will take place on Saturday March 21st from 7-10PM, followed by an Amazonian After-Party with DJ Spooky!
Jeff Bausemer

lespeshtivus 2014 mix by lespecial

Born in the woods of Connecticut and raised in the wilds of Boston, lespecial has established themselves as innovators and tastemakers on their own unique trajectory.

How a West African shaman helped my schizophrenic son in a way Western medicine couldn't

When Frank Russell was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1996, he went through fruitless years of hospitals and different medications. West African shaman that healed and grounded Russell, teaching him how to engage with his unique mind.
Faye Sakellaridis

First Quarter Crossroads and Lightness of the Soul 3.26.2015

We're at the midway point between eclipses. A passage of the soul, and a reminder to keep our hearts as light as feathers.
Adam Elenbaas

New Beginnings Require Old Wisdom 3.25.2015

These aren't just new beginnings. They are new beginnings with an old story attached. We need to be extra careful to understand the history of what's happening right now.
Adam Elenbaas

Healing Fire in Londonderry: The Temple Was Built to Burn

David Best is the man behind the temples at Burning Man, whose intricate lattice work holds space for intentional gatherings before being set to burn. His next temple will be erected in a church in Ireland, where different Christian denominations are at odds.
Faye Sakellaridis

Harnessing the Limits of Human Possibility

Jason Silva and the Executive Director of Flow Genome Project, Jamie Wheal, team up to chat 'flow states' and what it takes to trigger peak performance in the human brain.
Faye Sakellaridis

Silicon Valley's Next Big Hack? Consciousness Itself

Mikey Siegel, a Silicon Valley engineer who’s pioneering the "consciousness hacking" movement, talks to HuffPost about using digital apps to help people increase self-awareness and mindfulness.
Faye Sakellaridis

Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet: A Conversation with Ingrid Walker

Gabriel D. Roberts sits down for an interview with Ingrid Walker, Ph.D. of the University of Washington Tacoma on coming out of the psychedelic closet, drug legality, and American culture's paradoxical relationship with drugs through fear and embrace.
Jeremy D. Johnson

Biohackers Figured Out How to Inject Your Eyeballs With Night Vision

In "people becoming superhuman" news, a small independent research group has figured out how to give humans night vision, allowing them to see over 50 meters in the dark for a short time.
Faye Sakellaridis

Festo - BionicANTs

For the BionicANTs, Festo has not only transferred the delicate anatomy of ants, but also their cooperative behaviour to the world of technology. Like their natural role models, they communicate with each other and work together according to clear rules to solve a common task.
Faye Sakellaridis

"Over It" - Remix EP by The Crystal Method

The “Over It” remixes are here! Featuring the very talented Dia Frampton, the new EP features killer remixes from our friends It’s the Kue, Silas, Bixel Boys, and Dr. Ozi.
Faye Sakellaridis

TECHGNOSIS, Technology And The Human Imagination | Jason Silva and Erik Davis

Jason Silva chats with author Erik Davis about the intersectionality of technology, the human imagination and the phenomenon Daviss coined "techgnosis."
Faye Sakellaridis

Dr. Michael Shermer, Skeptical Science Reporting [Skeptiko Podcast]

Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Dr. Michael Shermer, author of The Moral Arc, about morality, and near-death experience science reporting.
Faye Sakellaridis

An Upbeat Emotion That's Surprisingly Good for You

The feeling of awe is a natural high, and not hard to come across either -- we can feel awe from a song or a mountain alike. It's also a good for your health, researchers find.
Faye Sakellaridis