Where: Hoxton Gallery – (Entrance) Drysdale Street, N1 6NG London
Entry Fee: £8.00 – £6.00 students with valid student ID
“Entheogens and Nonduality”
For this talk, author and provocative entheogenic researcher, Martin W. Ball, Ph.D., will present on the topic of how entheogens are related to nondual, or unitary/mystical, experiences, as discussed in his new eBook, All Is One: Understanding Entheogens and Nonduality.
He will address the nature of entheogens as “energetic tools” that have a profound and predictable effect on the human ego as an energetic construct. Understanding the ego as a collection of energetic patters of self-identification that are transcended during high-level entheogenic experiences helps explain how mystical states of awareness and experience are achieved, how they function in human consciousness and sense of self, and also reveals fundamental aspects of human existence and reality as a unitary, conscious system.
What is proposed is that entheogens can reliably give access to direct experiences of the total structure of the nature of reality without the distorting dualistic energetic tendencies of the human ego, thereby revealing the fundamental truth that “all is one.” As a result, mysticism is effectively de-mystified and unitary experience is revealed to be a natural phenomenon that does not require any religious, or even spiritual, explanation. Radical, challenging, and often surprising, Martin’s views and insights are a fundamentally unique approach to understanding entheogens, the nature of the self, and reality as a whole.
From the Introduction to All is One: Understanding Entheogens and Nonduality by Martin W. Ball, Ph.D.
“Throughout the ages, mystics, gurus, and sages have proclaimed, “All is One.” What, precisely, does this mean? Does that mean that all religions, spiritualities, and belief systems are equally reflective and expressive of universal truth? Are all truths equally valid and worthy of respect and acceptance? If not, upon what determinations are some truths to be accepted as genuinely true and others as false? Or oppositely, are all truths merely conventions, devoid of any genuine truth-value or validity? And how does one begin to go about addressing these questions, and from what perspective? Why is it even relevant to proclaim that All is One? What’s the point? Is saying that All is One just another belief itself, and no more factual than any other grand statement about the nature of reality? Or is there something genuinely true here, and if so, what is it, and what does it mean for any given individual?”
Martin W. Ball, Ph.D., is an independent entheogenic researcher, writer, novelist, and musician. His fiction includes the Tales of Aurduin fantasy series and his latest novel, Beyond Azara: A Universal Love Story. His most recent books on entheogens include Being Human: An Entheological Guide to God, Evolution, and the Fractal, Energetic Nature of Reality, and The Entheological Paradigm: Essays on the DMT and 5-MeO-DMT Experience and the Meaning of It All, as well as his newest mini ebook, All Is One: Understanding Entheogens and Nonduality.
Martin earned his Ph.D. in Religious Studies in 2000 with an emphasis on Native American traditions, shamanism, comparative mysticism, entheogens and religion, Buddhism, and the philosophy of science and religion. He began his independent writing career with Tales of Aurduin in 2003, applying much of what he had learned as a student of religion and culture in shaping a vast fantasy epic. From there, Martin branched into writing non-fiction works on entheogens and spiritual/mystical experiences where he has documented his own explorations and insights.
Recently he has focused primarily on a nondual interpretation of entheogenic experiences and their use as tools to reach unitary states of awakening and personal transformation. His books, music, and art can be found online at his personal website, www.martinball.net. Additionally, he has created the website, “The Entheological Paradigm” to share his views on entheogens and nonduality at www.entheological-paradigm.net and he regularly lectures on the topic on his podcast, “The Entheogenic Evolution,” http://entheogenic.podomatic.com/ and also produces visually stunning videos with original music and entheogenic insights via YouTube at www.youtube.com/entheogenicevolution