Crowds of Nepalese are caravanning to remote Himalayan meadowlands in the cool springtime after the snow melts. The aim is extracting one of the most precious commodities on earth: a fungus in the peculiar form of a caterpillar.
It was here at the Ranch’s grand 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Summer of Love that we chose to investigate, worship, and sip up the surviving spirit of the 60’s, especially now under the shadow of the Trump regime.
The only time altered states are typically news that we’d notice or remember comes in the form of cautionary tales—morality plays about hubris, pride, excess or lust. Sex scandals and Cults. Overdoses. Ecstasy gone wrong.
I have been delighted to learn that the science fiction author Philip K. Dick was, in his own completely unique and “Philip K. Dickian” way describing wetiko—the psycho-spiritual disease that afflicts our species—to a T.
Ecocide is ‘extensive damage, destruction to or loss of ecosystems’. We do not as of yet have an international crime of Ecocide – whether or not we choose Ecocide law is up to we the people. Do we choose to end the era of Ecocide?
Over a glitchy Google Hangout, Erik and I discussed our culture’s highest hopes and darkest dreams for our collective future, and how they’ve both become more complicated since the turn of the millennium.
Tabernanthe iboga may be disappearing from its natural habitat in the Central West African rainforest. Iboga is the most prolific source of ibogaine, an alkaloid that has been used since the 1980s as an experimental treatment for addiction.
Magenta is the Executive Director of the non-profit Evolver Network, which coordinates and supports a network of grassroots consciousness “Spores” across the globe. I had the pleasure of speaking with her about psychedelics, digital magick, education, and more.