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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Enlightenment and Ascension – Understanding the Illusion of Matter
With the protest of TED coming up on April 2nd, all of the attention is being focused on Rupert Sheldrake’s talk. The controversy began and ended with him after all.
The author is approached by a spiritual teacher and healer who invites
him to the woods of Maine to hear an interesting proposition, after which he heads to Boston to lead the protest movement at the Democratic National Convention, and finds a city under military occupation.
We return to Boston for the explosive conclusion to the DNC protests,
and then journey back to Maine to decompress with Wolf, with unforseen
The Greeks regarded sexual passion as a kind of madness —
possession by Eros — which deprived you of all dignity and made you betray your
friends. Nowadays we are particularly prone to such madness because we have
lost the religious depth which would contain and define the soul's desire for
something beyond the human.
Journalist Thomas Laird spent three years in Dharamsala with the Dalai Lama, interviewing him – and arguing with him – about the vast span of Tibetan history. The book that emerged from their conversations, The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama is at once intimate and far-ranging, a unique combination of oral history and journalistic mission.