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The Jeweled Highway: A Talk with Ralph White

Ralph White is a pioneer in the consciousness movement, and author of the compelling new memoir, “The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning.” Read on to learn more about the search for meaning and the culturally transformative work that has resulted from the Quest.

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Hitchhiking to Machu Picchu and Arequipa

Most young males have the impulse to push themselves to the limit, to test their capacities. For me, this time of youthful testing was South America. I did not set out on a self-conscious vision quest in going to South America, but I had inadvertently experienced one.

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Erin: An Interview with Robert Dickins

Erin’s mysterious plot unravels thread by thread as the colors, lights, and morphing faces of the festival go-ers whiz by on the narrator’s tongue. I spoke with author and editorial director of PsyPress UK Robert Dickins about Erin and writing psychedelic literature today.

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Snake Medicine: How Shamanism Heals

Animistic perspectives, which hold the cosmos as “a being to whom prayers and offerings are made, who is endowed with understanding, agency and sentience, and responds to the actions of humans,” are often dismissed as primitive, yet this account of a healing within the shamanic traditions of the Native American Church and the vegetalistas of the Peruvian Amazon reminds us of how profound healing can be when it arises from indigenous perception of a sentient, living cosmos.

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Cosmic Consciousness, Transcendence and Dissociation

The distinction between dissociation and transcendence is not always easy to make. At Harvard in the early 1960s, we experimented with DMT. While most of us found the experience to be chaotic and dissociative, one of our visitors assumed a yoga posture and sat in deep meditative absorption for 40 minutes, thanked us and left. The ability to make sense of the experience would certainly be a function of having had some prior experiences of transcendent consciousness…

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Get in the Zone

I recently launched the "Levity Zone" podcast, and Conversations with the Madre, crafted for you to participate in discussions of a positive future for our world. 

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