Reality Sandwich: Highlights from 2012



The Reality Sandwich crew will be taking a post-apocalyptic vacation from Dec. 24 to Jan. 4. In the meantime, enjoy a selection of noteworthy articles from the past year. Happy holidays, and a happy new year! 

Why Isn't Everyone Having Psychic Experiences All the Time?
By Dr. Jim Carpenter
Perhaps you remember a dream in which you seemed to have been alerted in an unusually accurate way to something that developed in your life later. Perhaps you and a loved one sometimes anticipate each other's thoughts. I encounter these things not infrequently in my practice of psychotherapy

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Lucid Dreaming and Mental Illness
By Ryan Hurd

The editor of Gawker called me. He said he was doing a piece on Jared Loughner, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his deadly rampage in Tuscon in January 2011. Gawker had got a hold of some emails from Loughner. He said, "We have an email from him to you."


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What the Fuck Is This?
By Richard Grossinger
Once upon a time, the universe was sacred and unfathomable by simple emanation. Humans accepted the operations of nature as the mirror and counterpart to their own existence. Before quarks and Big Bangs, they called it Spider Woman and Corn Mother. These are not fables; they are hard-won intuitions of something before form.


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We Are Unlimited Potential: A Talk with Joseph Chilton Pearce
By Charles Eisenstein 

Last week I spoke with Joseph Chilton Pearce, an author who has had a big influence not only on my work, but on the way I have raised my children. A World War Two veteran, he could be considered one of the elders of the human potential movement. "We have an absolutely unlimited possibility within us, and an equal amount of self-imposed limitations. For every possibility, we have a self-imposed limitation."


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Planetary Initiation
By Daniel Pinchbeck

Sandy supports what I have been writing for years about this time as one of intense transformation and planetary initiation. At the end of the process, we will either have transformed as a species and reached a new level of consciousness, or we will be on our way toward extinction. The choice is ours to make. 


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Shooters
By Steven Taylor
While mainstream press venues, government officials, and TV talking heads speculate hopelessly about the "why" of mass killings, one factor linking hundreds of cases of bizarre violence is repeatedly overlooked. One source, however, has connected the dots. This story needs to go viral. Now.


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Doomsday Bloody Doomsday: Why Is Bono Supporting the G8's GMO Initiative That Will F#&% Africa?
By Jill Ettinger
U2 frontman Bono has publicly supported the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition plan to help lift Africa out of poverty by the use of genetically modified crops. But if history is any indicator, GMOs cause more harm than good, particulary in the developing world. Why would Bono support this? 


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The Gen Y Guide to Collaborative Consumption
By Beth Buczynski 
Together, we’re learning that instead of waiting for politicians and corporations to fix the system, it’s possible to create a better one of our own, right under their noses. If you’re ready to connect with people who can help you save money, pursue your passions, and reduce waste, here's a quick-start guide to your sharing experience.


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Romney's Freudian Slips and Fluctuations in the Force
By Jonathan Zap
For all his faults, Freud did nail down "slips of the tongue" as a significant phenomena that is rarely, if ever, random. So when Romney's unconscious tells us that he is here to bring people together to "serve" problems, not to "solve" them, we should pay attention. And why did he introduce Paul Ryan as "the next President of the United States?" 


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The Symbiosis Eclipse Festival: Neo-Tribal Dance Culture Meets Tribal Reality
By Mark Heley and Sobey Wing 
To those attending the Pyramid Eclipse festival at Pyramid Lake, NV, it is important to understand the loaded history of the area you will be visiting so mutual respect can flow between the festival-goers and the permanent residents of the area.


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The Battle for the Soul of the Republic
By Robert David Steele 
The NSA mega-data center, the CIA relationship with Google, and the federalization of local police suggest that the government of the United States of America is no longer in friendly hands. As an intelligence officer, retired Marine, and patriot, I am deeply offended, personally threatened, and alarmed.


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Reclaiming Shamanic Dreamining from the Roots of Western Culture
By Ryan Hurd

The practice of dream incubation is well documented throughout the ancient world. Over the centuries, as the Church rose to power and supplanted pagan social structures, spiritual leaders began pulling away from the idea that dreams can contain wisdom, leading to a loss of this important ability that is still practiced in indigenous societies.

Image by jessica mullen, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.