We live in a state of manufactured normalcy. There are mechanisms that prevent us from realizing that the future is actually happening as we speak. To really understand how the world is evolving, we need to break through this manufactured field. Unfortunately, that leads to a kind of existential nausea.
Recently, I met Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Assocation of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), for my research on the role of set and setting in the psychedelic debate of the 1960s. In this interview, Doblin discusses the current state and future of scientific psychedelic research.
Together, we’re learning that instead of waiting for politicians and corporations to fix the system, it’s possible to create a better one of our own, right under their noses. If you’re ready to connect with people who can help you save money, pursue your passions, and reduce waste, here's a quick-start guide to your sharing experience.
Julia Julieta Casimiro de Pineda, one of the founders of the
International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, lives in Huautla de Jiménez, in the
Mexican state of Oaxaca. All of Huautla feels
like an ongoing ceremony. Daily life seems to be ordained by a
as if every single action had a higher purpose.
In 2010, I released a album called "Squat the Condos!" Little did I know, two years later, a world-wide movement would emerge that addressed many of the points raised on the album. Occupy has unleashed the warrior spirit of
everyday people. This spirit destroys what is no longer necessary,
fights what is oppressive, and builds what is now needed.
The seed revolution began one sunny afternoon on a neatly
mowed lawn at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. For an historic moment, it wasn't
much to gawk at: a circle of about a dozen seedsmen and seedswomen sitting
cross-legged in the grass, laying out the blueprint for an agricultural
Despite being able to pay for everything we need, we do not feel like all our needs have actually been met. We feel
empty, hungry. Perhaps the things we need the most are absent from the products of mass production, cannot
be quantified or commoditized, and are therefore inherently outside the money realm.
you step into a gift mentality, the first steps will be small ones. Perhaps if you run a business, you will
convert a small part of it to a gift model. Whatever steps you take, know that
you are preparing for the economy of the future.
If a leader declares war as the only
recourse, they cannot lead, for they do not hold life sacred within
their hearts. If a leader promotes the rapacious profiteering of a
very few at the expense of the many, they cannot lead, for they have
been corrupted by the rot of power-lust and aggrandizement.
The transition to sacred economy is part
of a larger shift in our ways of thinking, relating, and being. Economic logic
alone is not enough to sustain it. As we heal the
spirit-matter rupture, we discover that economics and spirituality are
inseparable. On the personal level, economics is about how to give our gifts
and meet our needs.