To the landless urban farmer, every vacant lot, parkway, office building planter and apartment courtyard is a potential cornfield, orchard or vegetable patch.
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After nearly four decades, the aboveground study of psychedelics is opening up again. At next year's World Psychedelic Forum in Basel, Switzerland, a new crop of “Rising Researchers” will present their work, spanning a wide range of disclipines. Founded by Tom Roberts, this program will bring these diverse, international researchers together – to share their findings, to offer mutual support, and to meet the psychedelic pioneers who paved the way.
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.
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.
The archetype of the wounded healer reveals to us that it is only by being willing to face, consciously experience, and go through our wound do we receive its blessing. To go through our wound is to embrace, assent, and say “yes” to the mysteriously painful new place in ourselves where the wound is leading us. This is a genuine death experience, as our old self “dies” in the process, while a new, more expansive and empowered part of ourselves is born.
On our little urban farm in the heart of Los Angeles we produce food, hack our house to generate power and recycle water, plot revolution and build community. You can too. Trust us, once you eat a sweet tomato still warm from the sun, or an orange-yolked egg from your own hen, you will never be satisfied with the pre-packaged and the factory-farmed again.
In the full throes of ecstatic trance the body can shake and convulse almost uncontrollably, and the contemporary seeker experiences a quality of bliss, connection and healing that few other activities can offer. Trance dance practices from the oldest extant cultures in the world allow us to see beyond common appearances into a realm language and thought cannot touch.