Rudy's Blog Today I’m posting the text of my story, “Laser Shades” for your holiday reading pleasure. The story was commissioned for The Superlative Light, a photo book by Robert Shults, but it has not been otherwise published as yet. Two news items before my story. The writer and columnist Damien Walter posted “Let the Strangeness In,” a good interview/discussion about transrealism between me and Monica Byrne, author of the excellent novel The Girl In The Road. And, on the same day, synchronistically enough, my film-maker friend Edgar Pêra posted Trans-Realist Maniphesto a video from Lisbon, 1994, with me and good old Terence McKenna. And now…on with the show.. If you want, you can listen to the story online while you read it. Podcast: Play in new window | Download “Laser Shades,” oil on canvas, February, 2014, 24” x 20”. Adrian was entranced by Carla. This was a nice club, on Austin’s merry Sixth Street, out towards the dark end of the spectrum. “Did you hear what Adrian said, Jack?” “Pocket stars?”
Philosophy Bro Urbanomic Entheogens | Psychedelic Spirituality | Salvia Forum | Shamanism Welcome to Ayahuasca Info - A general introduction to Ayahuasca l'unico Blog ufficiale di Gabriele La Porta | Notturna – Viaggio in Anima Arts & Letters Daily - ideas, criticism, debate Eliminative Culinarism March 2, 2014 The Glass Bead Game As part of an event organized by Glass Bead (Fabien Giraud, Jeremy Lecomte, Vincent Normand, Ida Soulard, Inigo Wilkins) and Composing Differences (curated by Virginie Bobin), Guerino Mazzola and I will be presenting talks on philosophy, mathematics, games and the paradigm of navigation. Here is my abstract (I will post Mazzola's abstract later): What Philosophy Does to the Mind By entering the game of truths - that is, making sense of what is true and making it true - and approaching it as a rule-based game of navigation, philosophy opens up a new evolutionary vista for the transformation of the mind. In liberating itself from its illusions of ineffability and irreproducible uniqueness, and by apprehending itself as an upgradable armamentarium of practices or abilities, the mind realizes itself as an expanding constructible edifice that effectuates a mind-only system. Date: April 22nd, 7-9pm. Posted by Reza Negarestani at 7:46 PM February 19, 2014
Rituals enhance health Study finds no deficits among American Indians who use peyote regularly American Indians who use the hallucinogen peyote regularly in connection with religious ceremonies show no evidence of brain damage or psychological problems, report researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital. In fact, members of the Navajo tribe who regularly use peyote actually scored significantly better on several measures of overall mental health than did subjects from the same tribe who were not members of the religious group and did not use the hallucinogen, according to a paper published in the Nov. 4 issue of Biological Psychiatry. "We found no evidence that these Native Americans had residual neurocognitive problems. Beyond that, the peyote users scored better on several measures of the Rand Mental Health Inventory (RMHI), a test used to diagnose psychological problems and determine overall mental health, he said. "This study applies only to Native Americans in this church," said Harrison G.
Modern Shamanism, by Serge Kahili King Article Modern Shamanism by Serge Kahili King "You look more modern than I thought you'd be," said the visitor as we sat in my comfortable living room overlooking the ocean that surrounds the island of Kaua'i. He glanced at my large screen TV, the VCR, and the Tabora seascape on the wall with a faint trace of disapproval. Clearly I did not fit his model of what a shaman is supposed to look like. His remark was typical of many visitors who expect - perhaps even hope - to find me wearing some kind of robe or sarong and living in primitive simplicity in a cave or a forest far away from the amenities of civilization. In the old and ancient days the shaman - who was a healer of mind, body and circumstances - was right in the midst of tribal or village life. Now shamanism is experiencing a revival of interest and freedom. A modern shaman (or "urban" shaman, as I often say) is one who uses the ancient knowledge in the context of our present social and cultural environment.
Mandalas: symboles des couleurs Important pour nos ancêtres parce qu’il symbolisait la vie. Il exprime la joie, la santé, le triomphe. Dans l’esprit des iconographes du Moyen – Age, le ROUGE vif représente l’incandescence, l’activité. Pour les hébreux, le ROUGE est employé dans une série d’expressions dérivées du mot " dam " qui signifie sang. Or, dans la pensée hébraïque, le sang signifie la Vie. En Inde, Brahma, le créateur du monde, était représenté en rouge. Active et tonifiante l’ORANGE éveille les sens, avive les émotions et provoque une sensation de bien-être et de bonne humeur. Symbolise la lumière spirituelle. Symbole des œuvres accomplies pour la régénération de l’me et par extension de la charité. Dans le langage sacré égyptien, le BLEU symbolise l’Immortalité ; En Grèce, les prêtres de Chronos, maîtres du Temps, étaient vêtus de bleu. L’utilisation du VIOLET pour désigner l’autorité est passée dans l’église chrétienne car il est la couleur portée par les évêques. L’antithèse du blanc.
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