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Disturbing Definitions: On Roots

Disturbing Definitions: On Roots

Psychedelics may help people get to the “roots” of their problems–but what does that mean? This essay explores the meanings of roots, and where they take us.

Crisis and Ceremony

Drinking ayahuasca is like letting the forest and all the laws that govern it into your body. This medicine shows you what is really there, who you really are, what this really is. If you’ve been telling yourself stories or spackling over holes, the jig is up as soon as you enter the circle.

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Blessings from Zephyr

Twelve years ago I fell face first into the tutelage of a Zen master named Zephyr. While I’d love to tell you stories of my trials, tribulations, face licks, and cuddles with the great Zephyr, I’d probably be too biased to do him justice. Instead, I’ll step back and let him tell you our story.

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The Accidental Shaman

I came to lying face down, unable to move. The lift appeared to be rising slowly, and the door automatically opened. People were gathered outside (I later found out that the crash had been heard all over the building), and I was carried out to an ambulance and taken to a hospital. My life from that moment on was never the same.

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The Passion of Mars in Sagittarius

The entrance of Mars into Sagittarius, along with the approaching eclipses and Spring Equinox, signals an awakening of passion. But how do we hold this passion without letting it consume us or devolve into anger?

Psychedelia in the Movies Pt2

Psychedelia in the Movies, Part 2

Once the late ’60s boom in acid culture and acid cinema had dissipated, the psychedelic movie became another component of the fringe and the experimental, something to recur and be revived at intervals, a pattern that continues into the present.

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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.