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Blog: http://www.warriorpoet.us Twitter: https://twitter.com/warriorpoetus Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WarriorPoetUS Featuring music by Tribe Called Red - Electric PowWow http://electricpowwow.com/ Strangeloop https://soundcloud.com/strangeloop Icaros recorded live in ceremony, Maestro Orlando Chujandama - http://thenewrisingsun.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/8/ FEATURING SELECTED ART and FOOTAGE FROM SHUTTERSTOCK STRANGELOOP // WES RICHARDSON // LAYNER MORI HUAYTA // KORB // BEN ZFFILMS // TWO TIGERS // TOM GERAEDTS // GUY SHECHTER // BEEPLE // SAMUEL CURTIS //GAVIN KEECH - ENTPM FULL TEXT: What is the psychedelic experience? Aldous Huxley believed it was the fundamental craving of the human spirit. A desire to turn off the survival biased filter of perception just for a moment... and catch a glimpse beyond the bars of our cognitive prison. The psychedelic experience does not require drugs. Religious history and spiritual traditions are built upon these sublime moments. Messiahs hear the voice of God after a 40 day fast. Holy men, having isolated themselves in a cave, suddenly emerge with visionary truth. But to indulge in a 40 day fast to reach this heightened state is like burning your house down to bake a loaf of bread. One hour in a salt-water isolation tank quiets the noise of sensation until awareness becomes the mirror that reveals you to yourself. A single session of holotropic breathing restricts our mental chatter long enough to plunge you into the zero-state of visionary Inspiration. Then there are the earth movers... The plant medicines at the core of many religious sacraments, which according to Graham Hancock were integral to inspiring the earliest known art in caves throughout Europe. These plants are technologies. In a recent placebo controlled study completed by Johns Hopkins university 18 healthy adults were given Psilocybin, the active ingredient in ‘magic’ mushrooms. Fourteen months after participating in the study, 94% of those who received the drug said the experiment was one of their top five most positive experiences; 40% said it was the single most meaningful experience of their life. Ayahuasca, long called the Master Medicine by the healers of the rainforest, offers an experience with the most visually powerful and mysterious of all molecules endogenous to life, DiMethyltryptamine. Iboga, the root of an African shrub, confronts you with the voice of your own inner truth for 24 waking hours and is being used to treat Heroin addiction with relapse rates reported at a shockingly low 7%. Why doesn’t the world embrace these technologies? Terrence Mckenna has an answer, “It takes courage to take psychedelics – real courage. Your stomach clenches, your palms grow damp, because you realise this is real – this is going to work. Not in 12 years, not in 20 years, but in an hour!" What can the Psychedelic Experience be? The cloth that wipes clean our lens of perception, The compass that points true north to our life’s calling, The lantern in the catacombs of our subconscious, The sword stroke that unfetters the muse, The sunlight that dispels the shadows of our past Or simply a respite of eternity, in the fast flowing river of time. I’ve been to the other side, stared unflinching into the eyes of my eternal soul and seen a matrix of a thousand possible destinies. I’ve witnessed the span of our current universe contained in an unceasing heartbeat, each world a single bloodcell and each contraction a new existence for life itself. I’ve learned of humility on the back of a dragon, felt the terminal extreme of heaven and hell in the marrow of my bones, died and been reborn anew. What will your psychedelic experience be? Courage to you all. *Special thanks to Marija of Not This Body for making this vision come to life, Cory Allen for help with sound, to Jason Silva for inspiring the genre, and to all the teachers, shamans, and the spirit of the very plants themselves that have guided me along this path.+ More details
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Medical illustrator Jared shows us his process to create a single, exquisite image. Medical illustrator Jared takes us through each step in exquisitely rendering a single surgical image. Original music by Christopher North. (christophernorth.com) Fortnight Journal: Edition III For more on Jared, visit Fortnight Journal at http://fortnightjournal.com/. © Fortnight Journal, Project of the Fourteen Foundation 2011-12+ More details
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“Psilocybin and Personality Change: Opening to Life, Death, and Everything In Between” Katherine will present results from her groundbreaking study on psilocybin and personality change, and discuss how the personality trait of “openness to experience” is key to health and healing across the lifespan. Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics is an annual forum that examines the role of psychedelics in science, healing, culture and spirituality. Learn more at horizonsnyc.org. Biography: Katherine MacLean is an academically trained research scientist and meditation practitioner with a long-standing interest in the brain, consciousness and the science of well-being. As a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, Katherine was supported by a prestigious National Science Foundation research fellowship to study the effects of intensive meditation training on concentration, emotional well-being and brain function. As a postdoctoral fellow and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she was one of the only scientists in the world studying psilocybin — a psychedelic chemical found naturally in certain types of mushrooms. Her groundbreaking research on psilocybin and personality change suggests that psychedelic medicines may be the key to enhancing mental health and promoting openness and creativity throughout the lifespan.+ More details
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Researchers at Brown and Johns Hopkins universities have found optimal configurations for creating 3-D geometric shapes — like tiny, highly simplified geodesic domes that assemble by themselves. The Brown team developed the algorithmic tools, and the Johns Hopkins team tested selected configurations. The research may lead to advances from drug-delivery containers to 3-D electronic circuits. Results are published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More info: news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/12/polyhedra+ More details
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Bedtime Bear gave an impromptu performance of Why?'s "The Vowel's Pt. II" yesterday while walking down St. Paul Street in Baltimore yesterday. I was lucky enough to capture it on film. Word on the street was he was on his way to a Dan Deacon/Diplo dance party at Sonar.+ More details
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