The True Hallucinogens Twelve Constellations of the Girdle of Gaia "The Tree of Life bears twelve manner of monthly fruit and the leaves are for the healing of the nations"- Revelation Entheogens, the Conscious Brain and Existential Reality 2012 The purpose of this article is to provide a state of the art research overview of what is currently known about how entheogens, including the classic psychedelics, affect the brain and transform conscious experience through their altered serotonin receptor dynamics, and to explore their implications for understanding the conscious brain and its relationship to existential reality, and their potential utility in our cultural maturation and understanding of the place of sentient life in the universe. Sacrament, Consciousness and Sexual Paradox The Spirits or Mothers of the Plants - Pablo Amaringo The Twelve Constellations of Gaia Other Biodynamic Plants From a quantum-mechanical perspective the ancient roles of science and magic look if anything complementary.
The New Synthetics Notes from the front lines of the 21st century’s Great Mind Experiment. Fifty years back, there was only one molecule known to be psychoactive in the microgram range: LSD. A microgram is one-millionth of a gram; a small dose is about 150 mcg, so a four-gram sugar cube of LSD would contain roughly 25,000 doses. A chunk the size of a golf ball would be able to keep all the hippies at Woodstock high for days. Today, there are at least a dozen hallucinogens active in the microgram range, and none of them are illegal. Too Much Shit Ben has one gram of 25-i in a drawer next to his bed. 25-i is a new synthetic hallucinogen that rivals LSD in potency. Ben has more of it than he knows what to do with. Ben is no stranger to weird drugs. “It’s possible, but hard to say,” I reply. The Alphabetamines Any history of designer psychedelics eventually comes back to Alexander Shulgin, the first chemist to systematically synthesize hundreds of novel psychoactive compounds. James L.
Video games change the way you dream Maybe you're meandering, alone and lost, through an abandoned castle surrounded by a crocodile-filled moat. Suddenly, a flame-breathing dragon hurls towards you, snarling and gnashing its teeth, coming in for the kill. Do you wake up from this bizarro nightmare, covered in sweat and close to tears? Or do you stay in the dream, grab your imaginary sword, and walk boldly into battle? If your answer is the latter, then Jayne Gackenbach would suspect you're also a hardcore gamer. Gackenbach is a psychologist at Canada's Grant MacEwan University and arguably the world's preeminent expert on how video games can impact dreaming. "A biological construct or a technological one." "The major parallel between gaming and dreaming is that, in both instances, you're in an alternate reality, whether a biological construct or a technological one," she says. Able to toggle between first and third-person point-of-view And Gackenbach's findings don't stop at lucid dreaming. Navigate threats in waking life
DMT: The Spirit Molecule 8 - Polar Mythology ©2011, montalk.net (Version 0.1 – changelog provided at end of article) The Meaning of Myth Since myths are not literal accounts of history, they are easily dismissed as superstitious tales invented by our naïve ancestors. Far from being less than factual, myths may depict events and dynamics that are more than factual because they hail from beyond the limited modern conception of reality, beyond linear time, and beyond the five senses. What are myths really? Like dreams, myths allow passage of information across the boundary between realms. Myths are also like time capsules with nested layers, each layer encoding information intended for one type of recipient. Entertainment and Morality Layer – the outer wrapping that ensures the myth propagates through the generations. The deeper layers piggyback upon the shallower ones, and the entire bundle is unsuspectingly passed down the generations by commoners who enjoy the myth for its moral or entertainment value. Polar Mythology
Godfather of Ecstasy: Alexander Shulgin's Last Trip Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, perhaps the greatest psychedelic research chemist of all time, passed away on June 2, 2014, just 15 days before his 89th birthday. Unaware of his dire health, HIGH TIMES had paid a visit to his laboratory the previous week. Though obviously ill, Sasha exhibited his trademark humor, asking why we had come so far to visit. When one looks at his life and achievements, the answer to that question is clear. East of Oakland, and overlooking Mount Diablo, a hobbit-hole has been dug into the side of Pleasant Hill. This place may sound plucked from fantasy, but I can assure you that it’s real. Standing in Shulgin’s lab just days before his death, I am struck by a sense that Alexander -- “Sasha” to his friends and family -- may be the last of his kind. Looking over the rows of jars with faded and yellowing labels, I can only wonder how long each bottle has been sitting there. Piece by piece, the alchemical hide- away came together, and then the Wizard went to work.
Why we should rethink what we've been told about consciousness Consciousness is one of the great mysteries of science – perhaps the greatest mystery. We all know we have it, when we think, when we dream, when we savour tastes and aromas, when we hear a great symphony, when we fall in love: it is surely the most intimate, the most sapient, the most personal part of ourselves. Yet no one can claim to have understood and explained it completely. There’s no doubt it’s associated with the brain in some way but the nature of that association is far from clear. How do these three pounds of material stuff inside our skulls allow us to have experiences? David Chalmers, a professor at the Australian National University, has dubbed this the “hard problem” of consciousness; but many scientists, particularly those who are philosophically inclined to believe that all phenomena can be reduced to material interactions, deny that any problem exists. Nothing in the present state of knowledge of neuroscience rules this possibility out.
There Is No Mistaking The Evidence; Cannabis Cures Cancer May 12, 2013 2012thebigpicture It's no coincidence that the government has tried to criminalize the use of marijuana and growing the hemp plant. They know it's a miracle vegetable and that it's helping people to either deal with health issues or cure ---YES, I SAID CURE---diseases the allopathic medical community has chosen to exacerbate through the use of costly, toxic drugs and cocktails that create more health issues than they resolve. While smoking the dried leaves of the cannabis is not recommended, the phenomenal benefits of ingesting the raw plant or the oils derived from it are well documented. Our dog went through an emergency integrative cancer treatment protocol which served its purpose, but now he's on a homemade diet mixed with a little healthy kibble, organic green powders, probiotics, oregano oil and hemp oil. I've posted about this before, and I'm doing it again. Cannabis is one of the most powerful healing plants in the world and it makes cancer essentially disappear.
The Power of Coincidence Targ's research was impressive enough that the National Institutes of Health gave her $1.5 million to carry out two more distant-prayer studies, one on AIDS and another on glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive and almost inevitably fatal brain tumor. In Europe and the U.S. there are approximately two to three new cases per 100,000 people annually. "It is a particularly gnarly disease from which people rarely recover," says her father, "and that's why she wanted to study it." Two months later, Targ, who was 40, began fertility treatments: she and her fiance, physicist Mark Comings, wanted a family. That spring, however, she began finding it difficult to pronounce words with the letter "b," and one morning the left side of her face sagged. A high-resolution MRI revealed that she was suffering from a rapidly growing grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor. The coincidences, if we may call them that, did not end with Targ's death. Yet another coincidence? Lucky Accidents
Psychedelic Information Theory: A Talk with James Kent In his new book, Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason, James Kent has attempted to describe both the experience and underlying mechanisms of consciousness in the language of classical wave mechanics, with terms like neural oscillators, periodic drivers, wave entrainment, resonance and coherence. Of particular interest are his characterizations of psychedelic agents as nonlinear feedback amplifiers, and descriptions of shamanic technique as periodic drivers to entrain a psychonaut’s chaotic interference patterns towards multi-stable strange attractors. His book offers the first steps in developing a more refined and quantifiable theory and terminology of psychedelic action. Jedi Mind Traveler: I’d like to quote one of the basic conclusions from pg. 171: “Periods of chaotic transition between multi-stable states of consciousness are subjectively perceived as disorienting, confusing, and uncomfortable.