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Shamans and Charlatans: Assessing Castaneda’s Legacy

When first published in 1968, Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan was hailed as a groundbreaking ethnographic account of Native American shamanism. With fame came scrutiny, however, and a debate clouded Castaneda's legacy. But there's no doubt that both Castaneda and Don Juan shaped the Western world's understanding of entheogens and Native American culture.

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Souldish: NYC Events Dec. 15-19

Energy Psychology, Reiki III, Jung's Practical Insights, Yoga and Mudras, and Full Moon and Winter Solstice are awaiting New Yorkers this week.

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Psychoactive Vibes

Explore humanity’s unfolding understanding of the relationship between physical waves and states of consciousness.

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Gender Evolution

[Gender Evolution] • How I moved from "gender-confused" to "gender-playful," and how a strictly binary language of gender can distort more than it clarifies. Share your own experiences with subverting gender in the comments.

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What Men Want: An Interview with Laura Mccullough

In this interview Laura Mccullough shares her poetry and speaks about gender evolution, the importance of poetry, the issue of gender appropriation in art and her new collection of poems entitled: "What Men Want."

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The Wounded Healer

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.

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Maya Shamanism and 2012: A Psychedelic Cosmology

Powerful entheogenic substances were clearly utilized by the shamans and skywatchers working in the ancient Mayan city of Izapa. The profound integration of celestial, psychological, ritual, and mythopoeic elements found at Izapa bespeaks the psychedelic influence. Could the use of hallucinogens explain how the ancient skywatchers became aware of the Galactic Center? And what mysteries does the Galactic Center contain?


Debugging the Noosphere

It looks like the noosphere is an idea whose time has come, and it may well be the idea that defines its time, and frames the time ahead. But is it a good idea? Is it a viable, sound idea in social, spiritual, and evolutionary terms? Widespread enthusiasm about the noosphere dominates the discussion over its importance.

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A Green Surge

The Green Language that enables communication and interaction with the living intelligence of the planet is experiencing a verdant resurgence. Long relegated to the "occult," this expressive grammar has been kept alive through the ages by poets, alchemists, mystics, and wise women. At the first annual Conference on Green Hermeticism, brainchild of independent scholar Peter Lamborn Wilson, an inspired group of colleagues offered an astonishing array of facts, assertions, and speculations about our ability to connect to the planet.