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A Viable, Contemporary Neopaganism


Praying to the Blessed Virgin Mary conjures up much earlier goddesses, too, of which she has become, so to speak, a repository. None of this was clear to me until about fifteen years ago, and I still marvel at this neopagan phenomenon in disguise.
Guido Mina di Sospiro

The Sufi Path of Annihilation


I was a young snob. I knew a lot of artists with whom I spent hours arguing about philosophical ideas and religious dogma. One of my acquaintances told me that his brother would like to meet me. The brother felt he had a mission to introduce me to his friend.
Nevit O. Ergin

Erik Davis on VALIS, P.K.D. and High Weirdness


Erik Davis joins the VALIS reread to talk about "High Weirdness," Philip K. Dick, writing in 'Chapel Perilous' and hallucinatory fiction.
Jeremy D. Johnson

The Search for a Truth Serum


On April 20, 1950, the CIA under Allen Dulles gave the green light for the intelligence service to evaluate the use of LSD in the secret operation Bluebird.
Dieter Hagenbach

Celebrity Ethnopharmacologist Dennis McKenna Shares Psychedelic Wisdom


I recently met Dennis McKenna at the Harvard Natural History Museum to view the Glass Flowers exhibit. During our walkabout, McKenna pointed out psychoactive and psychedelic plants and shared his insights about the sacred healing plant ayahuasca.
Zoe Helene

The Akashic Age: Toward A New Era?


We are responding to an unprecedented flow of information that is catalyzing a restructuring of our inner psychological states as well as our external social structures. A new awareness in human consciousness is being birthed: an Akashic consciousness.
Kingsley L. Dennis

13 Grandmothers. 400 women. 4 Days of Prayer.


“Think about why you came here,” Grandmother Mona instructed us in the meadow, where we gathered early this morning before starting our pilgrimage. “Why you were called here. Why you left your homes to travel so many miles to be with us…here…now...”
Dani Katz

FOMO, Digital Dementia, and Our Dangerous Experiment


The couple thumbing their smartphones while ignoring one another, the moviegoer texting while his smartphone's screen blinds us, and the person who can't stop messaging long enough to keep the checkout line moving are all suffering from FOMO.
Larry Dossey MD

Reaching the Edge


When we reach an edge in our process and are about to have a potential breakthrough, the psyche will oftentimes express itself in synchronistic phenomena. This is a sign that we have touched the archetypal dimension of our being.
Paul Levy

Sacred Plant Teachers


When you consider working with a sacred plant teacher, do you consider whether the plant sees you as one of its people—the people it was brought into the world to help? Or do you consider only what you want?
Eliot Cowan

The Other Side of the Moon Gate


At nine, I died again. This time I came back remembering not only the whole journey but a whole other life, lived among people other than human in a world that seemed like home.
Robert Moss

The Rock Star Healing Revolution


A globe-trotting generation of rock star healers and psychonautic daredevils is ditching the 9-5 office matrix to pursue entrepreneurial lives of thriving health, bold adventure, and creative success.
Jonathan Talat Phillips

Psychedelic, Shamanic, and Magickal Themes in Video Game Culture


A cursory view of video game history demonstrates the pervasive historical and real world applications of shamanism and sorcery that lie latent in many popular titles masquerading as mere fiction.
Benton Rooks

Radical Spirituality for a Radical Generation


The Occupy Movement was brought on by a sudden burst of discontent by America’s youth. Though such anger was originally pointed at Wall Street, the movement encompasses a much deeper spiritual awakening.
Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox

Gateway drug, to what?


The steps in several states and countries toward cannabis legalization implies a release of the mentality of control: interdiction, punishment, and psychological conditioning.
Charles Eisenstein

Reprogramming the Self-Sabotage Code of Human Evolution


The future isn’t over yet. So let’s put in motion the energy to steer ourselves, and the technologies we touch, into the eusociality of cooperative survival. Starting now.
Kristin Prevallet

Why I Support the Worldwide Wave of Action


Through a worldwide movement, we can rally to change our fate and chart a new direction, but we need to act quickly. We must overcome the current paradigm and launch a new operating system for global society, based on principles of regenerative design.
Daniel Pinchbeck

Revolutionary Optimist Amiri Baraka Done Gone


Amiri Baraka died on January 9 at the age of 79. I began this writing with the urge to speak of the man, and then thought that I am not worthy to speak of him. Then I read the New York Times obituary and felt that I must.
Steven Taylor

Casting Precious into the Cracks of Doom, Androgyny, Alchemy, Evolution and the One Ring (Part III)


Apparently there was an age of androgyny during Paleolithic times. Relations between the sexes were egalitarian, and life-affirming values were celebrated, but this was wiped out and replaced by dominator, patriarchal societies that still rule.
Jonathan Zap

The Light That Burns: Night-Time Illumination and Melatonin Suppression


Darkness heals. Up until recently, the only major sources of light at night were starlight, moonlight and firelight. Now many of us are subject to electrical lighting long into the night. This artificial light pollution has a highly detrimental effect.
Sam Gandy

Set Science Free's 200+ PhDs vs TED


200+ PhDs, MDs, and a Nobel Prize Winner Protest TED's Anonymous Scientific Board on the anniversary of the removal of Dr. Sheldrake's talk The Science Delusion
OddEdges

A Quest for Gnosis: An Interview with Gabriel D. Roberts


Gabriel D. Roberts discusses his latest book, The Quest for Gnosis, with Reality Sandwich. Featuring over a dozen authors, scholars, occultists and modern day gnostic-practitioners, Gabe has accrued a fascinating look at the modern day occult landscape.
Jeremy D. Johnson

The Blunt Edge of Ockham’s Razor


Our scientific beliefs are a laundry bag of second-hand rags cut to resemble lab coats, dyed in the distillate of our prejudices. They are given to us, not chosen by us; but they define our world and set the limits of acceptable belief and behaviour.
The Reverend Nemu

The Akasha


The tenet that the observed world is a manifestation of a deeper dimension is now rediscovered at the cutting edge of quantum field physics. It is not new: it has been a basic element in classical Indian philosophy.
Ervin Laszlo

Stream

Nightlight Horoscope 4.24.2014


The waning moon is in Pisces today. The grand cross is separating. Mars will soon slow to station. Turn direct. A new moon solar eclipse is just around the corner.
Adam Elenbaas

Religion, Faith, not Necessary for Recognition of Afterlife


Many assume that survival of consciousness beyond the body is exclusively the domain or religionists and those who replace reason with faith. It isn't. Empirical evidence of survival is all but incontrovertible at this point..Religion not required...
Jonathan Zap

Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin Offers a Fascinating Perspective on the Nature of Consciousness


Watch Sasha Shulgin talk about his understanding of consciousness and decades of wisdom from psychedelic exploration.
Jeremy D. Johnson

1955 Footage of a Scientist Interviewing a Painter on LSD


As Bill floats through his altered state, Bercel asks him to describe, in as rigorous detail as possible, his perceptions of objects in the room, of items of food and drink brought in, and of their interactions themselves.
Jeremy D. Johnson

Scientists explore possibilities of mind reading


Cognitive neuroscientist Marcel Just envisions a device that can execute actions, such as dialing a number, by interpreting your thoughts.
Faye Sakellaridis

The Innocent And Charming Macro World Captured By Japanese Photographer Miki Asai


Japanese photographer Miki Asai captures the beauty of the micro world that goes unnoticed every day in these magnified photographs of tiny things, like water drops and tiny creatures.
Faye Sakellaridis

10 Secret Societies That Created The Modern World


Many believe the world is run by a secret organization like the Illuminati, and the people we think are in power are nothing but stooges. It sounds implausible, but is it really a crazy idea? Yes. Yes, it is. And yet there have been secret organizations that created the world as we know it.
Faye Sakellaridis

Ripperton's Clash Mix 2013 by ripperton


Since the beginning, Ripperton has let loose with a prolific string of consistently high-quality releases and remixes, making his reputation as a purveyor of tasteful house and techno undoubtedly deserved.
Keyframe Entertainment

Discovering Psychedelic Lichen


Psychedelic compounds can be found throughout a range of different groups of flora. With this thought in mind it is surprising to think that so few of these plants are actually discussed or experienced within drug circles in the Western World. It doesn't stop at plants either, what with certain fungi and animals also producing mind bending chemicals.
Jeremy D. Johnson

Grand Cross Day Two! 4.23.2014


Grand Cross Day Two! Let's shift focus and look at Jupiter in Cancer. The myth of the great mother.
Adam Elenbaas

A Future for Sound - The Message


More and more people today recognize that our current way of listening -- how we hear and process what we listen to -- is sick and in need of healing.
David Metcalfe

Of Soul Purges and Radiant Skin: The Uglier Side of Ayahuasca Tourism


Is it alright to water down the Ayahuasca brew into a photoshopped "Health and Wellness" tonic? The Vine can be stern. When will we apply that sternness to the problematic side of Western adoption of psychedelic plants and indigenous healing techniques?
Jeremy D. Johnson

Grand Cross Today! 4.22.2014


Last quarter Moon today. And we finally welcome the grand cross!!
Adam Elenbaas

30 Things You Didn't Know About Sleep


Gamers are more likely to control their dreams, and 12% of people only dream in black and white. There’s more where these strange facts came from - check out Sleepy’s 30 insane facts about dreams.
Faye Sakellaridis

The Message - It could change your life


The Message entering your ear, and held in your mind becomes a spiritual force releasing the hidden abilities within you.
David Metcalfe

The Message - A Mastery Key to Spiritual Rebirth


Discover how deep knowledge of The Message can positively influence your life.
David Metcalfe

Joe Rogan and Chris Ryan [The Duncan Trussell Family Hour]


The sacred SHRIMP PARADE returns to the DTFH. All glory to the HOLY MOUNTAIN.
Jeremy D. Johnson

Magic Mushrooms Can Create New Brain Cells


Hardcore trip enthusiasts have been using psilocybin mushrooms for years in an attempt to gain access to the Technicolor trapdoor into the unknown. Of course, there are also those who just want to watch their friends' faces melt off and listen for sublimina...
Jeremy D. Johnson

Astrology as Failed Prophecy 4.21.2014


With all the hype and buildup, someone recently asked me, what will you astrologers say if nothing major happens in the next two days?
Adam Elenbaas

Pyro Board: 2D Rubens' Tube!


These guys take the Ruben's Tube, an apparatus that uses sound wavelengths to affect the height of flames, to the next level with this two-dimensional "Pyro Board." Check it out.
Faye Sakellaridis

Free Will Astrology: Week of April 24


Here are your horoscopes, featuring inside information from the source where the obvious secrets are kept.
Rob Brezsny

The Secret History of Life-Hacking


The term "life-hacking" refers to the practice of maximizing one's personal productivity. This concept of optimizing one's time to achieve maximum efficiency dates back to the early 20th century, on the factory floor.
Faye Sakellaridis

How Much Is Peace Actually Worth?


War has long been viewed as a boon to economy. But in the last decades, economists and researchers have been making the case for "peace economics," finding that economics can be used to prevent violence and war.
Faye Sakellaridis

Mythical beasts and voodoo worship: photographing pagan rituals in China


Using a cheap Holga film camera, Zhang Xiao captures the otherworldliness of a new-year festival that has survived China's surge towards modernity in Shanxi, a haunting new photobook.
Faye Sakellaridis