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Psychedelic Research: Past, Present, Future> by Stanislav Grof

art: Oli Dunlop

 

The use of psychedelic substances can be traced back for millennia, to the dawn of human history. Since time immemorial, plant materials containing powerful, consciousness-expanding compounds were used to induce non-ordinary states of consciousness or, more specifically, an important subgroup of them, which I call "holotropic" (Grof 2000). These plants have played an important role in shamanic practice, aboriginal healing ceremonies, rites of passage, mysteries of death and rebirth, and various other spiritual traditions. The ancient and native cultures using psychedelic materials held them in great esteem and considered them to be sacraments, "flesh of the gods" (Schultes, Hofmann, and Raetsch 2001).

Human groups, which had at their disposal psychedelic plants, took advantage of their entheogenic effects (entheogenic means literally "awakening the divine within") and made them the principal vehicles of their ritual and spiritual life. The preparations made from these plants mediated for these people experiential contact with the archetypal dimensions of reality--deities, mythological realms, power animals, and numinous forces and aspects of nature.

Another important area where states induced by psychedelics played a crucial role was diagnosing and healing of various disorders. Anthropological literature also contains many reports indicating that native cultures have used psychedelics for enhancement of intuition and extrasensory perception for a variety of divinatory, as well as practical purposes, such as finding lost persons and objects, obtaining information about people in remote locations, and following the movement of the game that these people hunted. In addition, psychedelic experiences served as important sources of artistic inspiration, providing ideas for rituals, paintings, sculptures, and songs.


Mind Wars> by Rak Razam

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Forget the war on terror: global military has been engaged in a decades-long campaign to find chemicals that can control the mind, and 50 years after their first experiments it seems the battlefield of the brain is once again front and centre, writes Rak Razam...



According to the US Centre for Strategic Command, the US is presently engaged in a campaign of "Full Spectrum Dominance" in all fields of existence – land, water, space, cyberspace, etc. – and now the realm of the mind itself. Yet the military's interest in psychoactives has been long and sustained. During the height of WWII the OSS, the wartime precursor to the CIA, began the search for a truth serum they could use in intelligence interrogations. In 1945 the US Navy Technical Mission reported that Nazi scientists experimented with mescaline on subjects at the Dachau concentration camp. After the war the U.S. Navy began investigating mescaline itself under the guise of Project Chatter, and for the next three decades they engaged in experiments with mind-altering drugs in an attempt to crack the secrets of the brain.


Animanimus

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Animanimus

About Izwoz

Each Izwoz formation is created with intent to reflect the holographic quality of universal creativity and the twisted mystery within. From beyond the macrocosmic dimensions of space, down through to our DNA- the internal orbital coordinate system of im-possible self reflecting syntactical meta-system of light emitting nucleotide sequences that code our very existence. What we choose to create individually, affects everything collectively.


Travels on ayahuasca - Journey #2.

Journey #2

Dialogue and notes at the 24 hour past zero mark.

24 hours past zero? I seem to be talking differently today and not entirely sure why except that 24 hours ago everything was, different. This was my second ayahuasca journey.

On reflection from the notes brought back.

It feels different to the last time. My first encounter was a completely serotonin fueled blissful awareness. She appeared so gentle and caring. But I feel her spirit stronger than before and already I can feel her knowing smile. Or is it a smirk, I can control the direction of this can’t I? She seems very serious tonight.


Bush Doofs> by DJ Krusty

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The DJ booth for the 95–6 New Year’s Eve Confest bash was a lean-to bark and stick humpy propped around the base of a glorious river gum tree . This was “back in the day”, when it was all still just dance music with a ‘trancey twisted feel’ to it. As long as the music worked in the moment anything could happen – and it usually did. Eight pm till ten am, with two DJ’s – Jet More (aka Special K in those days) and me, Krusty, plus one live act – Sugar, guiding the entire 14-hour journey. Two small speaker stacks and a few more speakers out the back was the entire sound system for the 1500 strong crowd.

And what a night it was! Robin Mutoid was in full force with a VW Bug sculpture in the middle of the dancefloor with flames jettisoning out over people as they let it all go. A huge Aboriginal Flag was at the back with a smiley face for the yellow sun with a naked aboriginal man playing didj underneath it… Whoosh… the flamethrower ignited the flag and up it went … Later it was settled with the indigenous crew that this was not an act of blasphemy but of prophecy, because society no longer needed to follow flags…


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photosynthesis

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photosynthesis

Photosynthesis

by Ahimsalove

digital photo collage 2005

http://www.ahimsalove.com


JOURNEYBOOK taster

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Journeybook is an essential map of hyperspace for the contemporary psychonaut and the uninitiated alike. Travel through time and space and partake of mushrooms at Harvard, hemp in Nimbin, DMT in the Amazon and anti-depressents in the suburbs of the West, to name but a few of the experiences which await you. Dance at Dionysian festivals, meet alchemists in the laboratories of Switzerland, trippers in the corporate highrises of Brisvegas, and journey to the edge of the universe within our anthology's pages...


Journeybook is a collection of tales of altered states, essays, history and manifesto for psychedelic culture in the 21st century. It covers the modern usage of sacramental plants and offers insights into traditional and contemporary shamanism, as well as analysis of the current state of global psychedelic culture and its place in a sustainable future.

It features interviews with Terence McKenna (previously unpublished), Dennis McKenna, Daniel Pinchbeck, as well as articles by Rak Razam, Erik Davis, Graham St John, Tim Parish, Tim Boucher and a fresh selection of bold new writers from around Australia. At 280 pages, it is fully illustrated with dozens of colour paintings, photography and digital graphics from the Undergrowth art collective, including new works by Gerhard Hillmann, Oliver Dunlop, Izwoz, Ahimsa, Tim Parish and others.

Journeybook is an essential handbook for those interested in the subject of consciousness, spirituality and understanding the rich pharmacopia of thought that exists beyond the confines of mainstream cosmology.

Read on. Tune in. Discover.


True Conversations: An interview with Dennis McKenna> by Rak Razam

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Dennis McKenna is one of the leading figures in the global psychedelic and scientific communities investigating plant entheogens and indigenous plant medicines. He was involved with the “Hoasca Project” studying ayahuasca usage by members of the Church de Vegetal and recently issued the manifesto “Ayahuasca and Human Destiny”. Along with his late brother Terence, Dennis co-wrote the book “The Invisible Landscape” which revealed their psychedelically influenced insights into the nature of reality and spacetime they received during “The experiment at La Cholerra” in South America in 1971 (later recounted in Terence’s book “True Hallucinations”). Here, he talks at length about what happened at La Cholerra and how that influenced his later work with ayahuasca.


Rak> Dennis you received your doctorate in 1984, so you’ve been studying plant entheogens for over twenty years now professionally. I’d like to backtrack just a bit to talk about how you got into the psychedelic and plant sacrament culture. In your brother Terence’s book “True Hallucinations” he details your adventures into Amazonian shamanism, could you tell us a bit about those times and how you and Terence began?

DENNIS> Right. [True Hallucinations] was Terence’s book but I was one of the main subjects in it. We wrote together a book in 1975 called “The Invisible Landscape” which we were co-authors on. That was an attempt to kind of lay out in scientific terms and make sense of our experiences at La Cholerra. But True Hallucinations was more like a novel version of that. The Invisible Landscape was like a pseudo-scientific screed in a way, and True Hallucinations was more like a travel novel of our adventures in the Amazon kind of thing.

Hyperspatial Chrysalis> by Ronny Simulacrum




The sea of collective consciousness ebbs and flows with the fractal harmonic of billions of fused minds. This universal abyss is what is referred to as Nirvana  in the human philosophy. Every so often an anomaly occurs within this great sea and a part of its enigmatic spirit is released, the first of which is known as Buddha. These incandescent droplets descend to Terra Mater, sacred, cold and without knowing.

Ping-dot

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Ping .... dot dot dot ... purple matrix
Ping .. into harlequin spiral
Synaptic pathways sycopating

Swathed and bathed in colours all about
Till through vistas of light unfurling
Ecstatic union, worlds unite

Octaves of purring peacock diamonds
Purrr.. click click
Purrr.. click click click
The crystal queen settles on her throne of light
A thousand whispered hums purr ahhh in bliss

Past and future worlds birth in translucent pink and gold
My quirky song of surprise and delight
chiming through oceans of light




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