This year, Radiohead showed us that digital sales empower artists. They also forced the question: Why are we so concerned with the fiscal status of superstars?
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The debate over westerners and Ayahuasca retreat centers in Iquitos has heated up since the Peruvian Government has begun proposing legislation that would demand that local shamans be certified. After drinking Ayahuasca in Iquitos this past month, I interviewed another lodge owner, Carlos Tanner. We spoke about how the west is beginning to influence traditional Ayahuasca medicine practice in Peru.
Our wounding is a numinous event that can initiate us into a deeper level of our being. When consciousness is guided by feelings of gratitude for the wound's offer of self-realization and personal evolution, it reveals itself as a worthy object of veneration. Our wound manifests as a doorway to our healing, a portal through which we can glimpse our infinite potential.
As part of an ongoing but essentially lazy quest to wrap my psyche around alchemy, I had recently been drawn towards Paracelsus: the wonder-working itinerant sixteenth-century healer who is sometimes cast as the Copernicus of medicine. Rejecting the leech-loving, bass-ackwards, and literally by-the-book healing practices of most medieval doctors, Paracelsus instead made room for a medicine based on plants, material causality, and self-healing powers of the body.
Have you heard about The Philadelphia Experiment? No, not that twisted bit of occult paranoia involving extraterrestrials, space-time teleportation, and the US Navy. This Philadelphia Experiment is an arts collective that has embraced the community and philosophy of Burning Man, and has launched an inspired new scene in the City of Brotherly Love.