Tagged: ayahuasca

by Paul Hessell (Creative Commons)

Good Intentions and the Road to the Amazon

A group of academics and others have published a letter expressing severe criticism of the methods and aims of the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council (ESC), an NGO which has assumed the mission of ensuring the safety and sustainability of ayahausca and other entheogens. The letter is reproduced below. The debate continues…...

'Andrée Will Take A Trip!' (1969) by Sture Johannesson

Seismographic Psychedelia: Reflections on the Direct Influence of Psychedelics on Art

”Generally, one might argue, writers and musicians are more associated with psychedelics than are visual artists.” – Robert C. Morgan (Rubin 2010, 44) Psychedelics often trigger a rich flood of visual content. One may for instance experience highly intricate patterns, otherworldly landscapes and mysterious beings – some angelic; others demonic....

Demeter by drfranken

Yielding to the Mystery: An Ayahuasca Journey by Alison Terry

This article, by Alison Terry, was originally published in the Psychedelic Press UK journal (2013 Vol.2) Looking back on it, my friend (“Jim”) and I still can’t remember how we decided to go to Peru to experience Ayahuasca. Whose idea was it? And why did we go? I was certainly...

The Soundless Hum:  Psychonautic Underpinnings of William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch By Roger Keen

The Soundless Hum: Psychonautic Underpinnings of William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch By Roger Keen

This article, by Roger Keen, was originally published in the Psychedelic Press UK print journal (2013 Vol.2) Mostly everyone has heard of William Burroughs’ drug-inspired masterpiece Naked Lunch, but far fewer have actually read it from cover to cover and fewer still have properly understood what Burroughs is doing in...

RGB, Kew

Doors Open for Intoxication Season at Kew Gardens

It is always sad to see cages in the zoo, but having just seen them at the botanical gardens I’m not sure what to think. Whether they are there to protect the psychoactive plants within from the public or the public from the plants is unclear, but regardless, cages with...

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Black Smoke: Healing and Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon by Margaret de Wys

Originally published by Sterling Publishing in 2009 under the title ‘Black Smoke: A Woman’s Journey of Healing, Wild Love, and Transformation in the Amazon’, this review is written from the Inner Traditions edition, 2014. De Wys is a composer and sound installation artist, and after her initial ayahuasca experience she...

Inside the Tower of Babel by fdecomite

Spiritual Growth and Psychedelics

Do you choose to use psychedelics to cultivate ‘spiritual growth’? Here’s a perspective to consider: Having the big experience means nothing compared to applying the small insights. Psychedelic experiences, or one could say, “intentionally catalyzed mystical experiences”, are like large stone landmarks on the path to maturity. They offer a...

Reverend Nemu wired up for some Psilocybin

Occupy, Anarchy, and the Apocalypse: An interview with Reverend Nemu

Hi Reverend Nemu, thank you for agreeing to answer some of our questions. Science Revealed, part 1 of the Nemu’s End series, has just been published. The whole project is concerned with the apocalypse, but not necessarily the ‘end of the world’ variety filled with fire and brimstone. Could you...

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Ayahuasca and the Release of the Black Demon by Mark Flaherty

This excerpt, by Mark Flaherty, is from his book Shedding the Layers: How Ayahuasca Saved More than my Skin and appeared in the PsypressUK 2013: Anthology of Pharmacography. PsypressUK 2014 is out now and available here. As the sun begins to disappear behind the treetops, the shamans remove the brew from the fire, filtering and...

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