The Artist as Healer of the World

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I have written previously about the importance of the archetypal figure of the “wounded healer” (see "The Wounded Healer," and "Breaking Spells We Cast on Ourselves,”), a figure who alchemically transforms the energies of her wound into fuel for the fire of realization. Wounded healers access their gifts when they realize that their wound is itself the source of divine creativity, as well as the portal through which the highest, most individualized form of this creativity can manifest. In this article I want to explore another, related archetype, that of the artist. Both artist and healer are able express the deeper archetypal energies operating in their individual psyches, and, thereby, to be both in-formed and transformed by them, ultimately transforming the the collective unconscious of humanity at large.

In alignment with a mythic identity as would-be hero or heroine, the artist (arche)typically has to wrestle with inner "demons," or internalized, personalized reflections of the very same "demons" that are being played out collectively on the world stage. Like all of us, the artist suffers from the spirit of the age. Having permeable boundaries and being by nature highly empathic, sensitive and intuitive, artists are able to introject into themselves and creatively "out-picture," or express what is happening both within themselves and the world in which they live. The artist's inner process, like that of all of us, is a manifestation of the field around them, in which they are inseparably contained and of which they are an expression.

The "daemonic" is an archetypal, transpersonal energy, greater than the merely personal, which nonlocally pervades the entire field and can literally take us over, compelling us to unconsciously act it out so as to give shape and form to itself; it is a reflection of the part of ourselves that is split-off from itself–which is to say separated from our unity with all things. This dissociated part of ourselves develops a seemingly independent life and will of its own, appearing as an alien "other," not under the control of the ego. In coming to terms with the daemonic within himself, the artist is able to translate these energies into something useful, both for himself and the world around him. Encoded in the daemonic is everything we need for our self-realization, as if the daemonic is a compensation of the deeper unified and unifying field, offering us exactly what is required for us to wake up.

Anything we are not in conscious relationship with "possesses" us from behind, affecting us beneath our conscious awareness. If we don't consciously relate with these split-off parts of ourselves, they constellate negatively and become "demonic," in that they manifest, whether it be inwardly or outwardly, in a destructive manner. If in our avoidance of consciously relating with these energies we allow ourselves to become unconsciously possessed by them, we become their unwitting minion, their agent of incarnation into our three-dimensional world, creating destruction in life, whether individually, in our personal lives, or collectively, on the world stage. The artist, on the other hand, by creatively expressing and thereby liberating her experience, is able to extract from the daemonic a blessing which imbues her work with a corresponding numinous power, one which in-fluences (and "in-flows" into) others.

The "daemonic," like any archetypal energy, has both a positive or negative potentiality. Etymologically speaking, the word "daemon" is related to our inner voice and guiding spirit, an "entity" called by various names: genius, jinn (or genie), and guardian angel. Speaking of this animated and animating being, Jung said, "This living spirit is eternally renewed and pursues its goal in manifold and inconceivable ways throughout the history of mankind. Measured against it, the names and forms which men have given it mean very little; they are only the changing leaves and blossoms on the stem of the eternal tree." The daemonic energy that is in-forming events in our world is an archetypal recurrence of an atemporal, eternal pattern which has been irrupting into our world since the beginning of human history.

Jung pointed out, too, that, "the tragedy is that the daemon of the inner voice is at once our greatest danger and an indispensable help. It is tragic, but logical, for it is the nature of things to be so." Paradoxically, encoded in the daemonic is "our greatest danger" as well as "an indispensable help," as the daemonic, being a non-dual power, contains both of these opposites inseparably conjoined. Alchemists express this same idea: their "God" is Hermes-Mercury, who symbolizes the highest divinity as well as the deepest evil combined in one being. This hybrid figure represents the idea that opposites are ultimately not opposed to each other, but rather are intimately and inseparably co-related. The opposites always appear together, conditioning each other, turning into each other, so as to ultimately appear indistinguishable.

Bringing the opposites together is to access and activate symbolic awareness. When we recognize the inseparability and interpenetration of all things, we recognize that our universe is a living oracle, a continually unfolding revelation that, like a dream, speaks to us symbolically. Tapping into this awareness, we can't help but to naturally express our experience symbolically, as we ourselves have become a living, embodied symbol of our realization. Being able to "symbolize" our experience to ourselves–and by extension the outside world–we ourselves step into the role of the creative artist.

The inner voice of the daemon makes itself known to us, which is to say that a living, creative spirit, with both destructive and constructive potentiality, reveals itself to us. This spirit will continue to manifest "demonically" and destructively, however, as long as we lack the courage to engage with it–but the inner voice of the daemon can become our ally if we become aware of what it triggers in ourselves. If we do not become "touched" by the daemon, to quote Jung, "no regeneration or healing can take place…if by self-assertion the ego can save itself from being completely swallowed, then it can assimilate the voice [of the daemon], and we realize that the evil was, after all, only a semblance of evil, but in reality a bringer of healing and illumination. In fact, the inner voice is a 'Lucifer' in the strictest and most unequivocal sense of the word." Lucifer, the morning star, is the "bringer of the light." If we have a strongly enough developed sense of self, we are able to objectify and enter into conscious relationship with the daemon, thereby saving ourselves from being swallowed and possessed by it. Paradoxically, relating to our daemon as a separate, autonomous "other"–an actual living being–is the very way we integrate the daemon into ourselves. We are then able to metabolize and assimilate the daemon so as to receive its blessing in support of our spiritual unfoldment. When consciously embraced and acknowledged, our daemon introduces us to our calling and helps us find our true vocation; hidden in the daemonic is our creative genius. This is why Jung said, "the daemonic is the not yet realized creative."

The word diabolical, etymologically speaking, means that which separates and divides. The antonym and antidote to the diabolic is the symbolic, or that which brings together and unites. As the artist wrestles with his "demons," he is able to "symbolize" his experience in the form of creative art. Symbols bring together conflicting energies to create something new: a symbol partakes of both sides of the conflict at the same time that it transcends and reconciles the underlying polarity. Symbols, which are the language of dreams, are a revelation of the deeper unified and unifying field, simultaneously reflecting and effecting an expansion of consciousness. In wrestling with her demons, an artist is like a sorcerer and magician in that she is able to channel, transmute and express these "demons" in a form which takes away their spell-binding power, while at the same time helps to dis-spell the collective enchantment which pervades the entire field of consciousness.

 

Artist as Oracle

 

Art-making is a process in which the artist is continually articulating and refining an ever-evolving form of symbolic language. In being a conduit for the formation of a new language, the artist is participating in the creation of language itself. How language gets created invariably leads us right back to the psyche, which is simultaneously the subject and the object of the new language. The psyche is both source and recipient of the creatively emerging form of language, just as in a dream the psyche might produce a written text for another part of itself to read. In its crafting of a new symbolic language, the psyche is literally building a bridge in order to communicate telepathically with itself. The shaping and re-shaping of ever-new forms of expression is the psyche's continually evolving way of knowing itself and deepening its–and our–realization.

As the newly created language clothes and animates itself in its novel forms, it is as if the "Word" becomes flesh. Interestingly, we make a word by "spell"-ing it. Discovering novel iterations of language is itself a "spell-casting" activity, in that it serves to dis-spell the veil of illusion which seemingly obstructs us from our own experience. In unveiling novel forms of language, the artist conjures up a more coherent state of consciousness within himself as a result of his creative act. Because we are all connected, the artist’s state of integration gets registered instantly in the collective unconscious of each one of us, where it impacts the entire field.

The very act of verbally or nonverbally language-ing our experience, of giving creative shape and form to what is happening both inside and outside of us, is itself the process through which we, as artists, deepen our realization of what we are trying to express. The fact this realization deepens through the act of expressing it is the litmus test which certifies our act of creation to be worthy of the name "art." In creating a new form of communication, the work of art is both an expression of a more expanded consciousness, as well as its initiator–which is to say that the act of artistic creation is simultaneously a means to an end and the end itself, both journey and goal.

To quote Jung, an artist is "a vehicle and moulder of the unconscious psychic life of mankind." The archetypal figure of the artist is a deeper role that each of us is being asked by the universe to consciously incarnate in our personal lives as a way of being of service to both ourselves and the world around us. When I use the term "artist," I am not using it in a traditional, limited way, meaning someone who paints or draws or sculpts; this is too circumscribed and “flat-land” a conception of what an artist is. When I use the term "artist" I mean that we are all creative, multi-dimensional visionary artists (and dreamers) whose canvas is life itself.

As more of us wake up to our true nature as creative beings, we can connect with each other and co-operatively create what I call an "Art-Happening Called Global Awakening" (please see the last chapter in my book, 'The Madness of George W. Bush.' ) In this work of collaborative, visionary, living art, we can put our lucid awareness together and "conspire to co-inspire" to wake ourselves up and activate our collective genius so as to dream a more grace-filled universe into materialization. This is nothing less than an exponential quantum leap in human consciousness. We are being invited by the universe to actively participate in our own evolution.

Jung had great insight into the primary role that the human psyche plays in the creative process (or lack thereof) of humankind, both in individuals and collectively as a species. As he reminds us, "the human psyche is the womb of all the arts." He recognized the significance of the creative artist as an archetypal figure existing within the collective unconscious of humanity. Being an archetypal figure, the artist is a role that exists outside of time while simultaneously continuing to re-present itself in infinitely creative guises in, through, and over time. New ideas, Jung says, are actually timeless: "They arise from that realm of creative psychic life out of which the ephemeral mind of the single human being grows like a plant that blossoms, bears fruit and seed, and then withers and dies." Human beings are the conduits through which the timeless creative process becomes actualized in linear time. The inner, archetypal figure of the artist is the vehicle for the continual unfoldment of our psychological and spiritual self-realization. The creative spirit realizes itself through us, just as we realize ourselves through it.

Jung said, "The unborn work in the psyche of the artist is a force of nature…We would do well, therefore, to think of the creative process as a living thing implanted in the human psyche." This "living thing implanted in the human psyche" is a creative and creating spirit, an inspiring wind that blows where it wills. Speaking of this living spirit, Jung commented that, "it freely chooses the men [and women] who proclaim it and in whom it lives." This is to say that the creative spirit is autonomous and not under the ego's control. To quote Jung, this spirit is like "a hush that follows the storm, a reconciling light in the darkness of man's mind, secretly bringing order into the chaos of his soul." The creative spirit is a holy and whole-making spirit, a living spiritual being that animates, and potentially, depending upon how we relate to it, either destroys or heals us. Speaking of this same sacred spirit, Christ said in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."

A living oracle, the figure of the artist is a mouthpiece for the time in which she lives. Like a psychic scribe, she is able to express and explicate the emerging zeitgeist, the implicit spirit of the age, while giving shape to the deeper, archetypal, time-less, and unconscious process which in-forms all ages.
The artist allows himself to get "dreamed up" by the field to become the "medium" through which the spirit of the age moves and inspires him to creatively express itself. Speaking about this process, Jung said, "At such moments we are no longer individuals, but the race; the voice of all mankind resounds in us." The artist is an open, receptive instrument through which a living creative spirit reveals itself. In this process, the artist becomes an ongoing revelation to himself, while at the same time his art is a revelation of the creative spirit to the world.

 

The Universe as a Whole System

 

When our universe is viewed as a whole system composed of multiple dimensions, fractally and "holarchically" (i.e., a hierarchy of holons; a "holon" is both a part of a greater whole and a whole system in and of itself) nested within each other, when something is out of balance in the system, on any level, the greater underlying field self-regulates so as to compensate the one-sidedness in the system. This innate self-balancing mechanism is similar to how dreams are both an expression of and a compensation for our unconsciousness. When seen as a family system, all the seemingly separate parts and members of the whole, unified and unifying system are recognizable as interconnected and holographic reflections of each other.

When there is an unconscious imbalance or disturbance in the field, a co-responding and reflexive compensatory process becomes activated in the underlying unifying field, resulting in an archetypal, healing figure incarnating in human form–whether we call this figure artist, shaman, healer, seer, or poet. The intuitive human beings who become channels for this process are sensitive to the underlying unified field in a way that helps the field to unify.

The inspiration that comes through the artist is like a healing enzyme, a time-release multivitamin, which the underlying unified field organically secretes when needed. Jung says, "An epoch is like an individual; it has its own limitations of conscious outlook, and therefore requires a compensatory adjustment. This is effected by the collective unconscious when a poet or seer lends expression to the unspoken desire of his times and shows the way, by word or deed, to its fulfillment."

Following her inner calling, the creative artist's unique vision "en-livens" her, which can make it hard for her to survive the suffocating, deadening constraints of conventional, mainstream society. To quote Jung, "Here the artist's relative lack of adaptation turns out to his advantage; it enables him to follow his own yearnings far from the beaten path, and to discover what it is that would meet the unconscious needs of his age. Thus, just as the one-sidedness of the individual's conscious attitude is corrected by reactions from the unconscious, so art represents a process of self-regulation in the life of nations and epochs."

The figure of the artist is "not free," however, in the sense that he is subordinate to and in the service of his impulse to create. A genuine artist has the utmost loyalty to the inner voice, which is a real, full-time vocation, not unlike a religious calling. The artist's path is truly spiritual; they have offered their life in service to something beyond and greater than themselves. The artist has an "inner necessity" to create new forms that express what he is experiencing.

Just like a child in a family is a natural-born shaman and intuitively "picks-up" and unwittingly embodies the unresolved energies in the family system by unconsciously acting them out, we, as "members" of the greater human family, are all potential shamans, healers and artists, as we are conduits for internalizing, metabolizing, and channeling the deeper unconscious shadow that is in the collective family system of our species. Jung points out that the daemon, in the form of our inner voice "makes us conscious of the evil from which the whole community is suffering, whether it be the nation or the whole human race. But it presents this evil in an individual form, so that one might at first suppose it to be only an individual characteristic." It is very seductive to personalize, and pathologize, our inner experiences, believing they are just our own problems, without realizing that we might be unwittingly being dreamed up by the underlying field to pick-up, like a would-be shaman, the split-off, unconscious energies that are playing out all around us.

As the artist expands his consciousness through the act of artistic creation, he effects a subtle but very real change at the level of the unconscious itself. This effect potentially has far-reaching consequences, extending throughout space as well as in, over and outside of time, as this change in the collective unconscious impacts the entire all-pervading field of non-dual consciousness. Deepening inner realization through creative acts, the artist is tapping into the source matrix, the zero point energy field, out of which events, both personal and universal, emerge. In finding new forms of expression, the artist sheds the light of consciousness of the underlying unifying field on itself, thereby "lighting up" their very being and the world around them.

A deep inner necessity inspires the artist to look for novel ways of expressing experience. If an artist stops metabolizing and giving shape and form to what is being touched inside of himself, he runs the risk of becoming neurotic, and getting overwhelmed by the unconsciousness that surrounds him. When "called" by the spirit, it is important for the would-be shaman/healer/artist to assent and say "yes" to being called, in which case he is supported by the very powers that sponsored his calling in the first place.

 

Art-Making Is a Sacred Act

 

Giving shape and form to the underlying energies which animate our species in a "container" that can hold the experience allows for a shamanic, holy, and whole-making ritual to be made real in time. The act of participating in the creation of art is a magical, ceremonial rite, a sacred liturgy, a higher-dimensional form of communion, a kind of "performance art," that simultaneously transfigures the unconscious energies in both the artist and the surrounding field. Creative expression is the act which liberates us from the compulsion of having to unconsciously re-create these energies (self)-destructively. Alchemically transforming these energies, an artist allows them to reveal their holy origin. The act of art-making partakes of the nature of the divine, in that the entire universe, which is itself a living work of continually-unfolding art, becomes infused with endless-inspiration as we consciously realize our relationship with our ever-evolving and never-expiring, creative spirit.

Art-making is a sacred act. Art attains its greatest numinosity and ability to affect others when the creator of the work of art is being transformed by the act of creating. One can mimic sacred art for a living (many people get paid for this) but this is mere forgery. There is a world of difference between copying, imitating, and aping sacred art, and living our own creative experience. When we live creatively, guided by our daemon, our life itself becomes a living work of art. Continually participating in our own creative process, our unique articulation of our experience then becomes imbued with a psycho-activating energy, which can nonlocally catalyze a process of transformation throughout the entire universe.

We have but one word, the word "Art," to refer to a stick figure on a piece of paper as well as a consciousness-transforming masterpiece. As we shed more light on the artistic, creative process, it becomes important to create a new, richer language so as to differentiate between different levels of artistic accomplishment. For example, it is one thing when a company puts on a play and the actors that perform the various roles play them convincingly but don't really access in themselves the deeper, living experience of transformation that the characters go through, nor understand the deeper meaning of the drama they are enacting. Their play can still affect the audience if done well but it is a different order of artistic creation, with a much deeper transformative impact on the audience's spirit and psyche that occurs, when night after night the actors continually deepen their own inner realization of what they are acting out through the ritual en-act-ment of the ceremonial drama they are incarnating.

When the work of art is performed, as in a play or music, something "passes between" the artist and the audience. A true collaboration, the artist and their audience enter into an intimately engaged symbiotic relationship, connecting with each other in such a way that they both become transformed. Feeding off of and into each other in a way that uplifts and inspires everyone, both the artist and the audience couldn't be creating their experience without the other, as by their mutual co-operation they create something greater than themselves. Their "art-event" deepens the artist's and their audiences' realization of how they can engage with each other. The artist and their audience co-operatively create a new universe in the process.

A living work of art is something which transforms and re-invents the artist in and through the very act of creating it. This inner self-realization of the artist is both catalyzed and re-presented by the work they have created. A living receptacle and repository of the artist's experience of transformation, integration, and transcendence, the artist's realization is expressed in the work of art so as to reciprocally invest and empower the work of art with the ability to transmit a similar transformation to others. A work of art can potentially have this effect on us, to quote Jung, "…when we let a work of art act upon us as it acted upon the artist. To grasp its meaning, we must allow it to shape us as it shaped him." A truly empowered work of art becomes saturated with a numinous energy, as it is a portal through which we can glimpse and have a living experience of a deeper, more transcendental and unified world, one beyond our personal and limited ego. To quote Jung, "The essence of a work of art" is to be found "in its rising above the personal and speaking from the mind and heart of the artist to the mind and heart of mankind." The work of art becomes a living testament to, encoded with, and a carrier of this experience of transformation, as if the work of art unlocks the doorway through which this transformation becomes activated in and transferred to others in an act of living transmission. The artist's creative endeavors are timeless "art-i-facts," which act like transducers of the semantic, symbolic power encoded in the human psyche.

Contagious in its effects, art can "virally" spread via the unconscious of our species in a way which liberates and unleashes a latent, creative energy lying dormant in the unconscious of humanity. An example is the galvanizing influence that music began having in the 1960s–socially, politically, and on consciousness itself. The music of the 60s was both an expression of an expanded consciousness, and the vibration which catalyzed the very expansion of consciousness of which it was an expression.

In creatively translating what is being touched inside of herself into a communicable language, the artist taps into forms, vibrations, and realizations that exist in the formless, atemporal realm–a dimension existing "outside of time"–that are waiting to be discovered, formulated, and brought forth at the right moment "in time." These liberating thought-forms spread rapidly and have such transformative and redeeming power because they exist in latent form in the shared collective unconscious of humanity. The liberating vision of the artist attracts us into itself so as to make itself real in time, changing the world in the process.

Genuine art demands more than passive attention; it invites us into an intimate relationship not only with itself, but with ourselves as well. The purpose of art is not to entertain us, medicate us, and make us feel better, but to liberate us and reveal our intrinsic freedom. Art is a unique manifestation of the divine in which we are invited to participate, a life-changing act in which it manifests through us, and we and our world become transformed in the process.

 

Creative Commons Image: " A fairy lyre sweeps thru my universe…" by Natashalatrasha on Flickr.

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DMT Extraction: Behind the Scientific Process
Take a look at DMT extraction and the scientific process involved. Learn all you need to know including procedures and safety.

Microdosing DMT & Common Dosages Explained
Microdosing, though imperceivable, is showing to have many health benefits–here is everything you want to know about microdosing DMT.

DMT Art: A Look Behind Visionary Creations
An entire genre of artwork is inspired by psychedelic trips with DMT. Read to learn about the entities and visions behind DMT art.

Changa vs. DMT: What You Need to Know
While similar (changa contains DMT), each drug has its own unique effect and feeling. Let’s compare and contrast changa vs DMT.

5-MeO-DMT Guide: Effects, Benefits, Safety, and Legality
5-Meo-DMT comes from the Sonora Desert toad. Here is everything you want to know about 5-Meo-DMT and how it compares to 4-AcO-DMT.

4-AcO-DMT Guide: Benefits, Effects, Safety, and Legality
This guide tells you everything about 4 AcO DMT & 5 MeO DMT, that belong to the tryptamine class, and are similar but slightly different to DMT.

LSD Guides (lysergic acid diethylamide)

How Much Does LSD Cost? When shopping around for that magical psychedelic substance, there can be many uncertainties when new to buying LSD. You may be wondering how much does LSD cost? In this article, we will discuss what to expect when purchasing LSD on the black market, what forms LSD is sold in, and the standard breakdown of buying LSD in quantity.   Navy Use of LSD on the Dark Web The dark web is increasingly popular for purchasing illegal substances. The US Navy has now noticed this trend with their staff. Read to learn more.   Having Sex on LSD: What You Need to Know Can you have sex on LSD? Read our guide to learn everything about sex on acid, from lowered inhibitions to LSD users quotes on sex while tripping.   A Drug That Switches off an LSD Trip A pharmaceutical company is developing an “off-switch” drug for an LSD trip, in the case that a bad trip can happen. Some would say there is no such thing.   Queen of Hearts: An Interview with Liz Elliot on Tim Leary and LSD The history of psychedelia, particularly the British experience, has been almost totally written by men. Of the women involved, especially those who were in the thick of it, little has been written either by or about them. A notable exception is Liz Elliot.   LSD Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety LSD, Lysergic acid diethylamide, or just acid is one of the most important psychedelics ever discovered. What did history teach us?   Microdosing LSD & Common Dosage Explained Microdosing, though imperceivable, is showing to have many health benefits–here is everything you want to know about microdosing LSD.   LSD Resources Curious to learn more about LSD? This guide includes comprehensive LSD resources containing books, studies and more.   LSD as a Spiritual Aid There is common consent that the evolution of mankind is paralleled by the increase and expansion of consciousness. From the described process of how consciousness originates and develops, it becomes evident that its growth depends on its faculty of perception. Therefore every means of improving this faculty should be used.   Legendary LSD Blotter Art: A Hidden Craftsmanship Have you ever heard of LSD blotter art? Explore the trippy world of LSD art and some of the top artists of LSD blotter art.   LSD and Exercise: Does it Work? LSD and exercise? Learn why high-performing athletes are taking hits of LSD to improve their overall potential.   Jan Bastiaans Treated Holocaust Survivors with LSD Dutch psychiatrist, Jan Bastiaans administered LSD-assisted therapy to survivors of the Holocaust. A true war hero and pioneer of psychedelic-therapy.   LSD and Spiritual Awakening I give thanks for LSD, which provided the opening that led me to India in 1971 and brought me to Neem Karoli Baba, known as Maharajji. Maharajji is described by the Indians as a “knower of hearts.”   How LSD is Made: Everything You Need to Know Ever wonder how to make LSD? Read our guide to learn everything you need to know about the procedures of how LSD is made.   How to Store LSD: Best Practices Learn the best way to store LSD, including the proper temperature and conditions to maximize how long LSD lasts when stored.   Bicycle Day: The Discovery of LSD Every year on April 19th, psychonauts join forces to celebrate Bicycle Day. Learn about the famous day when Albert Hoffman first discovered the effects of LSD.   Cary Grant: A Hollywood Legend On LSD Cary Grant was a famous actor during the 1930’s-60’s But did you know Grant experimented with LSD? Read our guide to learn more.   Albert Hofmann: LSD — My Problem Child Learn about Albert Hofmann and his discovery of LSD, along with the story of Bicycle Day and why it marks a historic milestone.   Babies are High: What Does LSD Do To Your Brain What do LSD and babies have in common? Researchers at the Imperial College in London discover that an adult’s brain on LSD looks like a baby’s brain.   1P LSD: Effects, Benefits, Safety Explained 1P LSD is an analogue of LSD and homologue of ALD-25. Here is everything you want to know about 1P LSD and how it compares to LSD.   Francis Crick, DNA & LSD Type ‘Francis Crick LSD’ into Google, and the result will be 30,000 links. Many sites claim that Crick (one of the two men responsible for discovering the structure of DNA), was either under the influence of LSD at the time of his revelation or used the drug to help with his thought processes during his research. Is this true?   What Happens If You Overdose on LSD? A recent article presented three individuals who overdosed on LSD. Though the experience was unpleasant, the outcomes were remarkably positive.

Ayahuasca Guides

The Ayahuasca Experience
Ayahuasca is both a medicine and a visionary aid. You can employ ayahuasca for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual repair, and you can engage with the power of ayahuasca for deeper insight and realization. If you consider attainment of knowledge in the broadest perspective, you can say that at all times, ayahuasca heals.

 

Trippy Talk: Meet Ayahuasca with Sitaramaya Sita and PlantTeachers
Sitaramaya Sita is a spiritual herbalist, pusangera, and plant wisdom practitioner formally trained in the Shipibo ayahuasca tradition.

 

The Therapeutic Value of Ayahuasca
My best description of the impact of ayahuasca is that it’s a rocket boost to psychospiritual growth and unfolding, my professional specialty during my thirty-five years of private practice.

 

Microdosing Ayahuasca: Common Dosage Explained
What is ayahuasca made of and what is considered a microdose? Explore insights with an experienced Peruvian brewmaster and learn more about this practice.

 

Ayahuasca Makes Neuron Babies in Your Brain
Researchers from Beckley/Sant Pau Research Program have shared the latest findings in their study on the effects of ayahuasca on neurogenesis.

 

The Fatimiya Sufi Order and Ayahuasca
In this interview, the founder of the Fatimiya Sufi Order,  N. Wahid Azal, discusses the history and uses of plant medicines in Islamic and pre-Islamic mystery schools.

 

Consideration Ayahuasca for Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Research indicates that ayahuasca mimics mechanisms of currently accepted treatments for PTSD. In order to understand the implications of ayahuasca treatment, we need to understand how PTSD develops.

 

Brainwaves on Ayahuasca: A Waking Dream State
In a study researchers shared discoveries showing ingredients found in Ayahuasca impact the brainwaves causing a “waking dream” state.

 

Cannabis and Ayahuasca: Mixing Entheogenic Plants
Cannabis and Ayahuasca: most people believe they shouldn’t be mixed. Read this personal experience peppered with thoughts from a pro cannabis Peruvian Shaman.

 

Ayahuasca Retreat 101: Everything You Need to Know to Brave the Brew
Ayahuasca has been known to be a powerful medicinal substance for millennia. However, until recently, it was only found in the jungle. Word of its deeply healing and cleansing properties has begun to spread across the world as many modern, Western individuals are seeking spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical well-being. More ayahuasca retreat centers are emerging in the Amazon and worldwide to meet the demand.

 

Ayahuasca Helps with Grief
A new study published in psychopharmacology found that ayahuasca helped those suffering from the loss of a loved one up to a year after treatment.

 

Ayahuasca Benefits: Clinical Improvements for Six Months
Ayahuasca benefits can last six months according to studies. Read here to learn about the clinical improvements from drinking the brew.

 

Ayahuasca Culture: Indigenous, Western, And The Future
Ayahuasca has been use for generations in the Amazon. With the rise of retreats and the brew leaving the rainforest how is ayahuasca culture changing?

 

Ayahuasca Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety
The Amazonian brew, Ayahuasca has a long history and wide use. Read our guide to learn all about the tea from its beginnings up to modern-day interest.

 

Ayahuasca and the Godhead: An Interview with Wahid Azal of the Fatimiya Sufi Order
Wahid Azal, a Sufi mystic of The Fatimiya Sufi Order and an Islamic scholar, talks about entheogens, Sufism, mythology, and metaphysics.

 

Ayahuasca and the Feminine: Women’s Roles, Healing, Retreats, and More
Ayahuasca is lovingly called “grandmother” or “mother” by many. Just how feminine is the brew? Read to learn all about women and ayahuasca.

Ketamine Guides

What Is the Standard of Care for Ketamine Treatments?
Ketamine therapy is on the rise in light of its powerful results for treatment-resistant depression. But, what is the current standard of care for ketamine? Read to find out.

What Is Dissociation and How Does Ketamine Create It?
Dissociation can take on multiple forms. So, what is dissociation like and how does ketamine create it? Read to find out.

Having Sex on Ketamine: Getting Physical on a Dissociative
Curious about what it could feel like to have sex on a dissociate? Find out all the answers in our guide to sex on ketamine.

Special K: The Party Drug
Special K refers to Ketamine when used recreationally. Learn the trends as well as safety information around this substance.

Kitty Flipping: When Ketamine and Molly Meet
What is it, what does it feel like, and how long does it last? Read to explore the mechanics of kitty flipping.

Ketamine vs. Esketamine: 3 Important Differences Explained
Ketamine and esketamine are used to treat depression. But what’s the difference between them? Read to learn which one is right for you: ketamine vs. esketamine.

Guide to Ketamine Treatments: Understanding the New Approach
Ketamine is becoming more popular as more people are seeing its benefits. Is ketamine a fit? Read our guide for all you need to know about ketamine treatments.

Ketamine Treatment for Eating Disorders
Ketamine is becoming a promising treatment for various mental health conditions. Read to learn how individuals can use ketamine treatment for eating disorders.

Ketamine Resources, Studies, and Trusted Information
Curious to learn more about ketamine? This guide includes comprehensive ketamine resources containing books, studies and more.

Ketamine Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety
Our ultimate guide to ketamine has everything you need to know about this “dissociative anesthetic” and how it is being studied for depression treatment.

Ketamine for Depression: A Mental Health Breakthrough
While antidepressants work for some, many others find no relief. Read to learn about the therapeutic uses of ketamine for depression.

Ketamine for Addiction: Treatments Offering Hope
New treatments are offering hope to individuals suffering from addiction diseases. Read to learn how ketamine for addiction is providing breakthrough results.

Microdosing Ketamine & Common Dosages Explained
Microdosing, though imperceivable, is showing to have many health benefits–here is everything you want to know about microdosing ketamine.

How to Ease a Ketamine Comedown
Knowing what to expect when you come down from ketamine can help integrate the experience to gain as much value as possible.

How to Store Ketamine: Best Practices
Learn the best ways how to store ketamine, including the proper temperature and conditions to maximize how long ketamine lasts when stored.

How To Buy Ketamine: Is There Legal Ketamine Online?
Learn exactly where it’s legal to buy ketamine, and if it’s possible to purchase legal ketamine on the internet.

How Long Does Ketamine Stay in Your System?
How long does ketamine stay in your system? Are there lasting effects on your body? Read to discover the answers!

How Ketamine is Made: Everything You Need to Know
Ever wonder how to make Ketamine? Read our guide to learn everything you need to know about the procedures of how Ketamine is made.

Colorado on Ketamine: First Responders Waiver Programs
Fallout continues after Elijah McClain. Despite opposing recommendations from some city council, Colorado State Health panel recommends the continued use of ketamine by medics for those demonstrating “excited delirium” or “extreme agitation”.

Types of Ketamine: Learn the Differences & Uses for Each
Learn about the different types of ketamine and what they are used for—and what type might be right for you. Read now to find out!

MDMA / Ecstasy Guides

Kitty Flipping: When Ketamine and Molly Meet
What is it, what does it feel like, and how long does it last? Read to explore the mechanics of kitty flipping.

MDMA & Ecstasy Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety
Our ultimate guide to MDMA has everything you want to know about Ecstasy from how it was developed in 1912 to why it’s being studied today.

How To Get the Most out of Taking MDMA as a Couple
Taking MDMA as a couple can lead to exciting experiences. Read here to learn how to get the most of of this love drug in your relationship.

Common MDMA Dosage & Microdosing Explained
Microdosing, though imperceivable, is showing to have many health benefits–here is everything you want to know about microdosing MDMA.

Having Sex on MDMA: What You Need to Know
MDMA is known as the love drug… Read our guide to learn all about sex on MDMA and why it is beginning to makes its way into couple’s therapy.

How MDMA is Made: Common Procedures Explained
Ever wonder how to make MDMA? Read our guide to learn everything you need to know about the procedures of how MDMA is made.

Hippie Flipping: When Shrooms and Molly Meet
What is it, what does it feel like, and how long does it last? Explore the mechanics of hippie flipping and how to safely experiment.

Cocaine Guides

How Cocaine is Made: Common Procedures Explained
Ever wonder how to make cocaine? Read our guide to learn everything you need to know about the procedures of how cocaine is made.

A Christmas Sweater with Santa and Cocaine
This week, Walmart came under fire for a “Let it Snow” Christmas sweater depicting Santa with lines of cocaine. Columbia is not merry about it.

Ultimate Cocaine Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety
This guide covers what you need to know about Cocaine, including common effects and uses, legality, safety precautions and top trends today.

NEWS: An FDA-Approved Cocaine Nasal Spray
The FDA approved a cocaine nasal spray called Numbrino, which has raised suspicions that the pharmaceutical company, Lannett Company Inc., paid off the FDA..

Cannabis Guides

The Ultimate Guide to Cannabis Bioavailability
What is bioavailability and how can it affect the overall efficacy of a psychedelic substance? Read to learn more.

Cannabis Research Explains Sociability Behaviors
New research by Dr. Giovanni Marsicano shows social behavioral changes occur as a result of less energy available to the neurons. Read here to learn more.

The Cannabis Shaman
If recreational and medical use of marijuana is becoming accepted, can the spiritual use as well? Experiential journalist Rak Razam interviews Hamilton Souther, founder of the 420 Cannabis Shamanism movement…

Cannabis Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety
Our ultimate guide to Cannabis has everything you want to know about this popular substances that has psychedelic properties.

Cannabis and Ayahuasca: Mixing Entheogenic Plants
Cannabis and Ayahuasca: most people believe they shouldn’t be mixed. Read this personal experience peppered with thoughts from a procannabis Peruvian Shaman.

CBD-Rich Cannabis Versus Single-Molecule CBD
A ground-breaking study has documented the superior therapeutic properties of whole plant Cannabis extract as compared to synthetic cannabidiol (CBD), challenging the medical-industrial complex’s notion that “crude” botanical preparations are less effective than single-molecule compounds.

Cannabis Has Always Been a Medicine
Modern science has already confirmed the efficacy of cannabis for most uses described in the ancient medical texts, but prohibitionists still claim that medical cannabis is “just a ruse.”

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