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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Ayahuasca Awakenings: Retreats - James Jesso


Author of "Decomposing the Shadow: Lessons from the Psilocybin Mushroom," James W. Jesso was one of the participants in our September retreat.
Rak Razam

Hear Tom Shroder Read "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." Download an MP3 of Tom Shroder reading his complete essay.
Conscious Agents

Dr. Masaru Emoto Passes Away at Age 71


Masaru Emoto, author of “The Hidden Messages in Water” best known for his discovery that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water, has passed away today at the age of 71.
Faye Sakellaridis

Pot products to treat brain injuries and pets


The green rush is seeing a rise in creative start-ups with innovative ideas for the medicinal usage of CBD (cannabidiol). East Coast Cannabis Business Expo saw some of these amazing ventures, including cannabis pet food and treatment for brain disease.
Faye Sakellaridis

Inheriting the Fears of the Father - Rupert Sheldrake on Joe Rogan [JRE #550]


Rupert Sheldrake is an author, lecturer, and researcher in the field of parapsychology, known for his proposed theory of morphic resonance.
Tom Quitoni

Can We Ditch Capitalism? Russell Brand The Trews (E170)


Russell Brand and I spend the day in bed together discussing how to ditch capitalism, alternatives to the status quo, and the possibility of multiple dimensions of space-time and Illuminati overloads. How did we do?
Daniel Pinchbeck

Marijuana Dispensary Docu Series From Tony Krantz Gets Pilot Order At TruTV


You know the green rush is here to stay when it's made it to reality TV. truTV has ordered a pilot for Medicine Man, which will follow the family that owns the largest Colorado dispensary since marijuana's legalization in January.
Faye Sakellaridis

Whole Foods Launches Radical New Food Labeling Plan


Whole Foods customers will now have the option of selecting their produce based on the level of responsible farming practices the farmers use. The food will be ranked from "good" to "better" to "best," with the best being reserved for pesticide-free products.
Faye Sakellaridis

Polyphonic Overtone Singing - Anna-Maria Hefele


Anna-Maria Hefele is a one woman vocal ensemble. Trained in overtone singing, she is able to manipulate the resonances of her voice to produce polyphonous melodies, producing a ghostly and enchanting sound.
Faye Sakellaridis

10 Human Rituals of Pain


Is there zen in pain? The history of humanity has seen a variety of ceremonial bodily punishments, from self-flagellation to full-body hooks, that put the subject in prolonged states of suffering in pursuit of spiritual transfiguration.
Faye Sakellaridis

162 Documentaries To Expand Your Consciousness


Here is a list of over 100 documentaries you can watch for free online. They are about Science, Consciousness, ETs, you name it. A smorgasbord of fascinating subjects to learn about.
Faye Sakellaridis

Why do we keep repeating Milgram's experiments


The Milgram experiments yielded infamously harrowing results about the human inclination to obey, even if the orders are evil. Despite flaws in the execution, these experiments have seen many iterations as an attempt to understand our traumatic history.
Faye Sakellaridis

Plentiful Natural Gas Won't Stop Climate Change, Study Says


A new international study shows that that the expansion of natural gas usage by 2050 won't necessarily lead to a solution for global warming, and can keep other alternative energy solutions, like wind, solar and nuclear from being used.
Faye Sakellaridis

Yoga Unveiled Trailer


Harnessing the colorful commentary of the most prominent yoga scholars, teachers, and medical experts, Yoga Unveiled reveals how yoga began, tells the story of yoga's passage to the West, describes its numerous branches, recounts the fascinating biographies of the foremost yoga masters, and explores yoga's astonishing medical potential.
Faye Sakellaridis

89: SECOND GENESIS [In a Perfect World Podcast]


Experiential journalist Rak Razam and neuroscientist Dr. Juan talk with Dr. Bruce Damer, a technologist, virtual world pioneer, computer historian, CEO and founder of The Digital Space Commons and psychedelic explorer and commentator.
Faye Sakellaridis

Free Will Astrology: Week of October 16, 2014


Here are your horoscopes for the week, offered with love and respect.
Rob Brezsny

Dr. Bruce Damer [JRE Podcast 561]


Dr. Bruce Damer on the Joe Rogan Experience - Podcast #561
Jacob Aman

How to stay obsessed and enamored: The best way to save a marriage is sex


"Marriage is a sexual sacrament with its fullest expression in sexual intercourse." These are the words of an octogenarian couple as they explained to the Pope why working to actively maintain intimacy is the key to their happy and long marriage.
Faye Sakellaridis

Flexible 'Tentacle Robots' Could Aid Planetary Exploration


"Tentacle robots" are the next step in space exploration. Inspired by the flexibility of elephant trunks and octopus tentacles, they can investigate and adapt to extraterrestrial environments in ways that transcend the limited movement of conventional robots.
Faye Sakellaridis

Hypersensitive 'smart' material created from neural proteins | KurzweilAI


UC Berkeley scientists have taken proteins from nerve cells and used them to create a "smart" material that is extremely sensitive to its environment. This marriage of materials science and biology could give birth to a flexible, sensitive coating that is easy and cheap to manufacture in large quantities.
Faye Sakellaridis

Project Bring Me to Life Podcast Interviews Sarah Hall


Sarah Hall works with many Arch Angels as an Angel Therapist Practitioner. Find out more about her on our website at www.projectbringmetolife.com Her personal website is www.Serraphim.com
Nick Meador

The Oldest Trees on the Planet


Trees are some of the longest-lived organisms on the planet. At least 50 trees have been around for more than a millennium, but there may be countless other ancient trees that haven’t been discovered yet. This gallery contains images of some of the oldest, most venerable and impressive trees on earth.
Faye Sakellaridis

Famed Antikythera wreck yields more treasures


Researchers find signs of untapped riches at 2,000-year-old site that housed mysterious clock-like object.
Faye Sakellaridis