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Know Your Shadow

Jung wrote that the less we understand our shadow, the darker it is and the more likely it is to drive our actions. The shamanic approach dovetails with Jung’s, holding that just as there is day and night, and winter and summer, light and dark are inevitably part of our beings.

Pretense of a Civilization

An excerpt from Tony Vigorito’s third novel, “Love and Other Pranks”: “So this stupid pretense of a civilization we’re supposed to identify with,” Lila went on, “is really just the darkest spell of all.”

Chasing Demons In The Night

As ayahuasca ceremonies go, it is one of the stranger ones, a night of ferocity, shrieking, madness, gallons of water splashed all over the place, exhausted helpers having performed yeoman’s duty, the rest of us relieved when Yuri’s screams have subsided and the storm around him has died down.

The Art and Science of Psilocybinetics

Seeking supernormal inspiration, I determined to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens and do some perceptual fieldwork there. This glorious plant sanctuary provides a wonderful opportunity to confront some of nature’s more exotic creations housed safely within Kew’s splendid Victorian greenhouses.

My Curandero Initiation

After I had studied with Don Juan for a year and a half, he decided it was time to present me with my initiation as a curandero. At the time I really didn’t understand the significance of this.

Biospherics: What Nature Does for Us

John Allen’s focus on Biosphere 2 was different from the mainstream. Typically, biological and ecological research is devoted to understanding the individual parts of systems, or even ecosystems. Allen wanted to know how the whole thing worked.

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