I think at this point, we should refer to the new Jackson movies as trips into a Jackosonian Tolkienverse rather than as “The Hobbit.” We’re about as far from the Hobbit book now as wrecking-ball-era Miley Cyrus is from her Hannah Montana persona.
Everyone craves an enlarged perception of themselves and the world, a deeper emotional connection to their
own hearts and to the hearts of others, a wilder capacity for joy—yet we have almost no societally sanctioned space for this endeavor.
The heroic journey usually entails a quest for an object of
highest value. In spiritual language, the object is
enlightenment. In alchemical terms, enlightenment is the recovery of our
true "stellar" nature, the real gold, an "undivided mind." It is more than just a poetic metaphor that the unearthed gold which completes this transformation is sourced primordially in the cataclysmic union of
Through many years of yoga practice, I had developed an easy talent for accessing unusual
realms of consciousness. Yet I was aware that another set of tools existed for such attainment. Could eating hashish enable me to — as the song by the Doors put it — break on through
to the other side?
In this episode of the Esoteric Voices Podcast, Azim Khamisa talks about his journey of forgiveness after his 20-year old son was shot and killed in a gang ritual in 1995.
A powerful new documentary about the life of an underground ibogaine provider and Bwiti shaman begins a week long run at the IFC Center in NYC.
[The Ayahuasca Monologues] • The ayahuasca journey deconstructed my reality and identity and sent new light into
my being. The world had become fluid and malleable. I had embarked on the
path of realizing my power to manifest reality, heal, and
move through the interdimensional shamanic worlds.
For thousands of years, a nomadic people known as the Tuareg have carved out an austere existence in Africa's Sahara desert. Filmmaker Kathi von Koerber plumbs the mystical depths of Tuareg consciousness in her debut documentary, Footsteps in Africa: A Nomadic Journey. [An RS Encore Presentation]