It’s time to dive into one of my favorite subjects of conversation which is the exploration of the practical creative and spiritual benefits of altered states of consciousness. As always, I’m not advocating any of the views expressed in these links, but merely presenting the most intriguing audio content that I’ve come across during these long nights of moving pixels around on this glowing mirror. There’s a free iridescent print coupon at the bottom too! Enjoy!
Podcast: The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide – Risks, Micro-Dosing, Ibogaine, and More
“Called “America’s wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use,” Jim Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. In this episode, we discuss the immediate and long-term effects of psychedelics when used for spiritual purposes (high dose), therapeutic purposes (moderate dose), and problem-solving purposes (low dose). Fadiman outlines best practices for safe “entheogenic” voyages learned through his more than 40 years of experience–from the benefits of having a sensitive guide during a session (and how to be one) to the importance of the setting and pre-session intention. We also discuss potential “training” using lucid dreaming techniques, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”
On of the most practical an level-headed talks you’ll hear on these once fringe subjects that are quickly becoming mainstream. If you dig this, follow it up with this
3-part series of rad interviews with David Jay Brown, master interviewer, writer and consciousness explorer.
Audiobook Clip: Flashbacks An Autobiography: Timothy Leary
“From planning the psychedelic revolution with Allen Ginsberg, Peggy Hitchcock, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti to discussing Dr. Albert Hoffman’s legendary bicycle ride home after the world’s first deliberate ingestion of LSD, Timothy Leary’s passion affected an entire culture and influenced modern world history. Leary presents his own story with a veritable Who’s Who of the ’60s and ’70s including Jack Kerouac, Charles Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Charles Manson, Aldous Huxley, and G. Gordon Liddy.”
It’s interesting how many people here in the US have never heard of Timothy Leary. A controversial figure for sure, but his work has had such an enormous impact on American culture that I think it’s important to familiarize ourselves with his contributions. Leary was a Harvard Professor who was demonized, attacked and even imprisoned for his his dedicated, scientific research and exploration of psychedelic drugs. This was intended to make him an example of what happens to someone who attempts to disrupt the current establishment. This audio retelling of his life story from his own perspective is only 3 hours long, so it moves quickly and is fun to listen to. Leary was a scientist like may others who were ahead of their time. In our current years, the ban on psychedelic research is being slowly dismantled by the dedicated work and results from organizations such as M.A.P.S. or the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies : A non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.
Audiobook Clip: Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
“Why has generating “flow” and getting “into the zone” become the goal of the world’s most elite organizations? Why are business moguls attending Burning Man? Why has meditation become a billion-dollar industry? Why are technology gurus turning to psychedelic drugs to unlock creativity?All of these people are seeking to shift their state of mind as a way of unlocking their true potential. Altered states, the authors reveal, sharpen our decision-making capabilities, unleash creativity, fuel cooperation, and let us tap in to levels of inspiration and innovation unavailable at all other times. Stealing Fire combines cutting-edge research and firsthand reporting to explore a revolution in human performance – a movement millions of people strong to harness and utilize some of the most misunderstood and controversial experiences in history.”
This book catalogues our current moment in time and where our society is headed in regards to the available information, techniques, tools and chemicals that enhance human performance and facilitate expanded awareness. Areas that were once relegated to the realms of hippies, rainforest shamans and criminalized disrupters are now revealed as becoming not only fashionable, but crucial tools for top performers here planet earth. It seems to me that the barriers of government prohibition, fear tactics and war on human consciousness that have been slowing us down for all these years, are being worn away by the global spread of information, scientific research and technological advances, making way for the next phase of our evolution.
Song: Ween ‘Mutilated Lips’
I got turned onto this song a couple years ago by my friend Kent at Illustrated Monthly. I often play it on loop to open up watery, creative portals. It has a very psilocybin-esque vibe to it. Follow this one up with Ocean Man to leave with a smile on your face 🙂 Cheers Amigos!