With the world in the throws of anxiety and depression, Chamomile–the “star of medicinal species”–steps forward and reminds us why it’s a superstar.
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.
After a very long initiation, I've come to the conclusion that
initiation is overrated. The problem with any initiatic journey
is initiation itself: Why, after all, is it necessary? Why are we never content in our own skin?
structures scattered around the world bear the signature of human
design. A sunken city off the southwest coast of
India and the
underwater pyramids of Yonaguni, Japan are known to have been above water during the last ice age. Some figurines from ancient Japan depict what appear to be humanoid creatures with
There is no shortage of people who want to
do creative work and no shortage of creativity. What is scarce is the money to
pay them. If the creative class were a marginal, fringe sector of our economy,
this apparent lack of collective value might make some sense on a superficial
level, but in fact research shows that the creative class is central to