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Doctors Explain How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains

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Doctors Explain How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains
While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your mind, body, and soul, science is now discovering that hiking can actually change your brain… for the better!

Hiking In Nature Can Stop Negative, Obsessive Thoughts
Aside from the almost instant feeling of calm and contentment that accompanies time outdoors, hiking in nature can reduce rumination. Many of us often find ourselves consumed by negative thoughts, which takes us out of the enjoyment of the moment at best and leads us down a path to depression and anxiety at worst. But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that spending time in nature decreases these obsessive, negative thoughts by a significant margin.

To conduct this study, researchers compared the reported rumination of participants who hiked through either an urban or a natural environment. They found those who walked for 90 minutes in a natural environment reported lower levels of rumination and they also had reduced neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain related to mental illness. Those who walked through the urban environment, however, did not report decreased rumination.

The researchers noted that increased urbanization closely correlates with increased instances of depression and other mental illness. Taking the time to regularly remove ourselves from urban settings and spend more time in nature can greatly benefit our psychological (and physical) well-being.

Hiking While Disconnected From Technology Boosts Creative Problem Solving
A study conducted by psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and David L. Strayer found that creative problem solving can be drastically improved by both disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with nature. Participants in this study went backpacking through nature for about 4 days, during which time they were not allowed to use any technology whatsoever. They were asked to perform tasks which required creative thinking and complex problem solving, and researchers found that performance on problem solving tasks improved by 50% for those who took part in this tech-free hiking excursion.

The researchers of this study noted that both technology and urban noise are incredibly disruptive, constantly demanding our attention and preventing us from focusing, all of which can be taxing to our cognitive functions. A nice long hike, sans technology, can reduce mental fatigue, soothe the mind, and boost creative thinking.

Hiking Outdoors Can Improve ADHD In Children
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is becoming more and more common among children. Children who have ADHD have a difficult time with impulse control and staying focused, they get distracted easily, and exhibit excessive hyperactivity.

While raising children who have ADHD can be difficult for parents, the usual solution — opting for prescription medication — may be doing more harm than good, particularly when natural solutions can work just as well. A study conducted by Frances E Kup, PhD, and Andrea Faber Taylor, PhD, found that exposing children with ADHD to “green outdoor activities” reduces symptoms significantly. The results of this study suggest nature exposure can benefit anyone who has a difficult time paying attention and/or exhibits impulsive behavior.

Hiking In Nature Is Great Exercise And Therefore Boosts Brainpower
We already know that exercising is fantastic for our overall well-being. Hiking is an excellent way to burn between 400 – 700 calories per hour, depending on your size and the hike difficulty, and it is easier on the joints than other activities like running. It has also been proven that people who exercise outside are more likely to keep at it and stick to their programs, making hiking an excellent choice for those wishing to become more active on a regular basis.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia found that aerobic exercise increases hippocampal volume — the part of the brain associated with spatial and episodic memory — in women over the age of 70. Such exercise not only improves memory loss, but helps prevent it as well. Researchers also found that it can also reduce stress and anxiety, boost self esteem, and release endorphins. Many people take medication to solve each and every one of these issues, but the solution to these ills may be a lot simpler than you think!

How Can You Begin To Start Hiking?
Luckily, hiking is one of the easiest and least expensive sports to get involved in, and it can have great benefits for the whole family, including grandma! Start out small and test your abilities. Do what works for you — if that means just walking through trails in a park, that’s fine. Any exercise outdoors is better than none. You can easily find maps of trails around your home online, and there are plenty of smartphone apps to map them out, too. I recommend turning off your signal and your phone while hiking though, so you can reap the most benefits of the hike (though it may be wise to at least carry it with you in case of emergency).

How Shamans Dream the World into Being

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How Shamans Dream the World into Being.

We are what we think. Everything we are arises from our thoughts. With our thinking we create the world.
– Buddha

Whether you realize it or not, we are all dreaming the world into being. What we’re engaging in is not the sleeping dream we’re familiar with, but the waking dream we craft with our eyes open. When we’re unaware that we all share the power to co-create reality with the help of the universe itself, that power slips away from us and our dream turns into a nightmare. We begin to feel we’re the victims of an unknown and frightening creation that we’re unable to influence or change. Events seem to control us and trap us.

The only way to end this dreadful reality is to awaken to the fact that it, too, is a dream, and recognize our ability to write a better story, one that the universe will work with us to manifest. As soon as you awaken to your power to dream, you begin to flex the muscles of your courage. Then you can dream bravely: letting go of your limiting beliefs and pushing past your fears. You can begin to create truly original dreams that germinate in your soul and bear fruit in your life.

The Courage to Dream Bravely
Courageous dreaming allows you to create from the source, the quantum soup of the universe where everything exists in a latent or potential state. Physicists understand that in the quantum world of the universe’s smallest, elemental parts, nothing is “real” until it is observed. But quantum events do not occur in the laboratory only. They also happen inside our brain, on this page, and everywhere around us. When you observe any part of this dream, the great matrix of energy, you can change reality and alter the entire dream.

Dreaming the world into being through the very act of witnessing it

 

Modern physics is describing what the ancient wisdomkeepers of the Americas have long known. These shamans, known as the Earthkeepers, say that we are dreaming the world into being through the very act of witnessing it. Scientists believe that we are only able to do this in the very small, subatomic world. Shamans understand that we also dream the larger world that we experience with our senses. Like the Aborigines, the Earthkeepers live in a world where the dreamtime has not been pushed into the domain of sleep like it has for us. They know that all of creation arises from, and returns to, this dreamtime.

The Dreamtime
The dreamtime, the creative matrix, does not exist in a place outside of us. Rather, it infuses all matter and energy, connecting every creature, every rock, every star, and every ray of light or bit of cosmic dust. The power to dream is the power to participate in creation itself. For the Earthkeepers, dreaming reality is not only an ability, but a duty, one we must perform with grace and love so that our grandchildren will inherit a world where they can live in peace and abundance.

…so that our grandchildren will inherit a world where they can live in peace and abundance

 

Shamans of the Andes and the Amazon believe that we can only access the power of this force by raising our level of consciousness. When we do so, we become aware that we’re like a drop of water in a vast, divine ocean, distinct yet immersed in something much larger than ourselves. It’s only when we experience our connection to infinity that we’re able to dream powerfully. In fact, it’s our sense of separation from infinity that makes us become trapped in a nightmare in the first place. To end the nightmare, to reclaim our power of dreaming reality and craft a better reality, we need to have a visceral understanding of our dreaming power in every cell of our body and stop feeling disassociated and disconnected. If we don’t get beyond mere intellectual understanding of this concept, we’ll end up lowering the bar and creating a far less glorious and beautiful experience of the world than we’re capable of crafting. It takes courage to taste infinity.

It takes courage to taste infinity

 

Who Dreams the World?
The Earthkeepers believe that the world is real, but only because we are dreaming it into being. When we lack courage, we have to settle for the world that is being dreamed by our culture or by our genes — the nightmare. To dream courageously and be empowered, you must be willing to use your heart and make a conscious decision to dream a sacred dream of joy, peace, glory and having the life you want.

Excerpted with permission from Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream The World Into Being by Alberto Villoldo, PhD. (2008, Hay House)

Alberto Villoldo, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and psychologist who has studied the spiritual practices of the Amazon and the Andes for more than 25 years. Author of numerous best-selling books, including Shaman, Healer, Sage, The Four Insights, Courageous Dreaming and Power Up Your Brain, Alberto is the founder of The Four Winds Society, and instructs individuals throughout the world in the practice of energy medicine. 

Esoterism and Trance – Esotrance

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Esoterism and Trance – Esotrance

Esotrance is the column for esotericism. And to open the works start explaining the difference between exoterism, written with “X”, and the writing with “S”. Exoterism, written with “X” tells us what is transient, changeable. Esotericism is about what is permanent, what is unchangeable.

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Image: Art by Emily Balivet – Fool

As we know, the human being is born, grows, ages and dies, and this transformation extends to the physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual body. But, one thing does not become, its essence, its inner flame. We know our exterior (exoteric), and we know of its constant changes; But the eternal search for our inner (esoteric) knowledge is about a permanent journey.

I am here to talk a little about the Tarot among other areas of Esotericism.

ASTRAL MAP AND TAROT

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I ask you to follow this line of thought: Let us say that the Astral Map is a pre-defined path that accompanies us throughout our lives, there it will be in a certain way, determined what we call “destiny.” Each person is born with the regency of a map that he will follow throughout his time in this mundane life, which our inner being (or our spirit) should administer in the best possible way according to cosmic values ​​and laws that we do not know exactly what they are.

In the view of the Tarot, every choice made by the individual in its course determines its spiritual evolution, or not. Confirming the idea that we spend our cosmic time living several lives and constantly repeating some situations, we can see that what changes is the way we feel about something (or fact). So before each action there is a feeling about the scene. For example, if I feel thirsty, I go in search of water. This is for everything. And through these seemingly simple choices, we can make some mistakes along the way. To be insensitive to the pain of others, for example. And because of these errors, we return (or reincarnate) to go through the same situation again and choose different. Basically, a déjà-vu can be seen as a glimpse of Karma, for example … where the quick reminder disconnects, does not come through the situation itself … but a feeling that gives us the impression that already we’ve done this before. It is a reminder of our “feeling” about that scene … it’s like, who is remembering is not us, but our spirit.

So we can say that: “The astral map tells you the path that will follow, the Tarot what you have (or not) of free will on that journey.” Free will-your choices-is what defines evolution, Or not, of his spirit. We can summarize by saying: Astrology draws a map, the Tarot shows where the shortcuts are.

Tarot cards are nothing more than symbols representing personalities, archetypes, and situations that, in their positions and combinations, a Tarot reader can read and describe the various possibilities (or paths) available that the querent may or may not follow.

IN THE END … AND THE TRANCE WITH THAT? EVERYTHING!

Festival Terra Azul

 

Following this view, nothing is by chance. So if you’re reading this, on this page, there’s a reason. And it is this point that unites people at certain times, their doubts. Not your beliefs, as many suppose. To allow ourselves we must free ourselves from values ​​before taxes. And we develop our own values, even if they end up being the same, but … that comes to us through our perceptions and not through imposition.

The more we allow ourselves, the more perceptions we can have of the Universe. So “TRANSCEND” is the word that awakens us. It frees us from our little vision and extends our sensitivity to the maximum. Discovering the world requires more than courage, it requires detachment. It is necessary to realize how small we are to be liberated like dust and then, to feel that we are part of the Whole, of a gigantic thing that holds together all the beings and the whole Universe in an eternal and constant pulsar.

Astrology, the Tarot and many other esoteric lines help us analyze this path. And so I, astrologers and many other colleagues who will eventually join this group, will be here to help them to glimpse a little more of this journey and seek greater understanding on these subjects.

Trance, too. Celebrate with us the unseen! 

15 Mind Opening Quotes

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15 Mind Opening LSD Quotes
We’ve collected for you 15 LSD quotes from some of the best minds who spoke about it. Innovators, Scientists, Philosophers, Comedians, Thinkers & Artists. They are well worth thinking about!

Steve Jobs.

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“TAKING LSD WAS A PROFOUND EXPERIENCE, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN MY LIFE. LSD SHOWS YOU THAT THERE’S ANOTHER SIDE TO THE COIN, AND YOU CAN’T REMEMBER IT WHEN IT WEARS OFF, BUT YOU KNOW IT. IT REINFORCED MY SENSE OF WHAT WAS IMPORTANT – CREATING GREAT THINGS INSTEAD OF MAKING MONEY, PUTTING THINGS BACK INTO THE STREAM OF HISTORY AND OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS AS MUCH AS I COULD.”
“I WISH HIM [BILL GATES] THE BEST, I REALLY DO. I JUST THINK HE AND MICROSOFT ARE A BIT NARROW. HE’D BE A BROADER GUY IF HE HAD DROPPED ACID ONCE OR GONE OFF TO AN ASHRAM WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER.”

 

Terence McKenna.

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“LSD BURST OVER THE DREARY DOMAIN OF THE CONSTIPATED BOURGEOISIE LIKE THE ANGELIC HERALD OF A NEW PSYCHEDELIC MILLENNIUM. WE HAVE NEVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE, NOR WILL WE EVER BE, FOR LSD DEMONSTRATED, EVEN TO SKEPTICS, THAT THE MANSIONS OF HEAVEN AND GARDENS OF PARADISE LIE WITHIN EACH AND ALL OF US.”

 

Timothy Leary.

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“ ‘TURN ON’ MEANT GO WITHIN TO ACTIVATE YOUR NEURAL AND GENETIC EQUIPMENT. BECOME SENSITIVE TO THE MANY AND VARIOUS LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE SPECIFIC TRIGGERS THAT ENGAGE THEM. DRUGS WERE ONE WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THIS END.
‘TUNE IN’ MEANT INTERACT HARMONIOUSLY WITH THE WORLD AROUND YOU—EXTERNALIZE, MATERIALIZE, EXPRESS YOUR NEW INTERNAL PERSPECTIVES. DROP OUT SUGGESTED AN ELECTIVE, SELECTIVE, GRACEFUL PROCESS OF DETACHMENT FROM INVOLUNTARY OR UNCONSCIOUS COMMITMENTS.
‘DROP OUT’ MEANT SELF-RELIANCE, A DISCOVERY OF ONE’S SINGULARITY, A COMMITMENT TO MOBILITY, CHOICE, AND CHANGE. UNHAPPILY MY EXPLANATIONS OF THIS SEQUENCE OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WERE OFTEN MISINTERPRETED TO MEAN ‘GET STONED AND ABANDON ALL CONSTRUCTIVE ACTIVITY.’ “
“DON’T TAKE LSD UNLESS YOU ARE VERY WELL PREPARED, UNLESS YOU ARE SPECIFICALLY PREPARED TO GO OUT OF YOUR MIND. DON’T TAKE IT UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMEONE THAT’S VERY EXPERIENCED WITH YOU TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH IT. AND DON’T TAKE IT UNLESS YOU ARE READY TO HAVE YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON YOURSELF AND YOUR LIFE RADICALLY CHANGED, BECAUSE YOU’RE GONNA BE A DIFFERENT PERSON, AND YOU SHOULD BE READY TO FACE THIS POSSIBILITY.”

 

Hunter S. Thompson.

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“THAT WAS THE FATAL FLAW IN TIM LEARY’S TRIP. HE CRASHED AROUND AMERICA SELLING ‘CONSCIOUSNESS EXPANSION’ WITHOUT EVER GIVING A THOUGHT TO THE GRIM MEAT-HOOK REALITIES THAT WERE LYING IN WAIT FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WHO TOOK HIM TOO SERIOUSLY . . . ALL THOSE PATHETICALLY EAGER ACID FREAKS WHO THOUGHT THEY COULD BUY PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING FOR THREE BUCKS A HIT. BUT THEIR LOSS AND FAILURE IS OURS, TOO.
WHAT LEARY TOOK DOWN WITH HIM WAS THE CENTRAL ILLUSION OF A WHOLE LIFE-STYLE THAT HE HELPED TO CREATE . . . A GENERATION OF PERMANENT CRIPPLES, FAILED SEEKERS, WHO NEVER UNDERSTOOD THE ESSENTIAL OLD MYSTIC FALLACY OF THE ACID CULTURE: THE DESPERATE ASSUMPTION THAT SOMEBODY—OR AT LEAST SOME FORCE—IS TENDING THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.“

 

Steven Wright

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“IF GOD DROPPED ACID, WOULD HE SEE PEOPLE?”

 

George Carlin

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“FUCK THE DRUG WAR. DROPPING ACID WAS A PROFOUND TURNING POINT FOR ME, A SEMINAL EXPERIENCE. I MAKE NO APOLOGIES FOR IT. MORE PEOPLE SHOULD DO ACID.IT SHOULD BE SOLD OVER THE COUNTER.”

 

Bill Hicks

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“HOW ABOUT A POSITIVE LSD STORY? WOULDN’T THAT BE NEWS-WORTHY, JUST THE ONCE? TO BASE YOUR DECISION ON INFORMATION RATHER THAN SCARE TACTICS AND SUPERSTITION AND LIES? I THINK IT WOULD BE NEWS-WORTHY.
‘TODAY, A YOUNG MAN ON ACID REALIZED THAT ALL MATTER IS MERELY ENERGY CONDENSED TO A SLOW VIBRATION. THAT WE ARE ALL ONE CONSCIOUSNESS EXPERIENCING ITSELF SUBJECTIVELY. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS DEATH, LIFE IS ONLY A DREAM AND WE’RE THE IMAGINATION OF OURSELVES’ . . . ‘HERE’S TOM WITH THE WEATHER.’ “

 

Ken Kesey

Author Ken Kesey poses in 1997 with his bus, "Further," a descendant of the vehicle that carried Kesey and the Merry Pranksters on the 1964 trip immortalized in Tom Wolfe's book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Kesey, who died in 2001, is the subject of the new documentary Magic Trip.

“I BELIEVE THAT WITH THE ADVENT OF ACID, WE DISCOVERED A NEW WAY TO THINK, AND IT HAS TO DO WITH PIECING TOGETHER NEW THOUGHTS IN YOUR MIND. WHY IS IT THAT PEOPLE THINK IT’S SO EVIL? WHAT IS IT ABOUT IT THAT SCARES PEOPLE SO DEEPLY, EVEN THE GUY THAT INVENTED IT, WHAT IS IT?
BECAUSE THEY’RE AFRAID THAT THERE’S MORE TO REALITY THAN THEY HAVE CONFRONTED. THAT THERE ARE DOORS THAT THEY’RE AFRAID TO GO IN, AND THEY DON’T WANT US TO GO IN THERE EITHER, BECAUSE IF WE GO IN WE MIGHT LEARN SOMETHING THAT THEY DON’T KNOW. AND THAT MAKES US A LITTLE OUT OF THEIR CONTROL.”

 

Federico Fellini

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“OBJECTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS NO LONGER HAD ANY SIGNIFICANCE. ALL I PERCEIVED WAS PERCEPTION ITSELF, THE HELL OF FORMS AND FIGURES DEVOID OF HUMAN EMOTION AND DETACHED FROM THE REALITY OF MY UNREAL ENVIRONMENT. I WAS AN INSTRUMENT IN A VIRTUAL WORLD THAT CONSTANTLY RENEWED ITS OWN MEANINGLESS IMAGE IN A LIVING WORLD THAT WAS ITSELF PERCEIVED OUTSIDE OF NATURE. AND SINCE THE APPEARANCE OF THINGS WAS NO LONGER DEFINITIVE BUT LIMITLESS, THIS PARADISIACAL AWARENESS FREED ME FROM THE REALITY EXTERNAL TO MYSELF. THE FIRE AND THE ROSE, AS IT WERE, BECAME ONE.”

 

John Lennon

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“WE MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER TO THANK THE CIA AND THE ARMY FOR LSD, BY THE WAY. EVERYTHING IS THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT IT IS, ISN’T IT? THEY BROUGHT OUT LSD TO CONTROL PEOPLE, AND WHAT THEY DID WAS GIVE US FREEDOM. SOMETIMES IT WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS ITS WONDERS TO PERFORM. BUT IT SURE AS HELL PERFORMS THEM. IF YOU LOOK A THE GOVERNMENT REPORT BOOK ON ACID, THE ONLY ONES WHO JUMPED OUT OF WINDOWS BECAUSE OF IT WERE THE ONES IN THE ARMY. I NEVER KNEW ANYBODY WHO JUMPED OUT OF A WINDOW OR KILLED THEMSELVES BECAUSE OF IT. … I’VE NEVER MET ANYBODY WHO’S HAD A FLASHBACK IN MY LIFE AND I TOOK MILLIONS OF TRIPS IN THE SIXTIES, AND I’VE NEVER MET ANYBODY WHO HAD ANY PROBLEM. I’VE HAD BAD TRIPS, BUT I’VE HAD BAD TRIPS IN REAL LIFE. I’VE HAD A BAD TRIP ON A JOINT. I CAN GET PARANOID JUST SITTING IN A RESTAURANT; I DON’T HAVE TO TAKE ANYTHING.”

 

Robert M. Pirsig

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“ACID ALLOWS YOU TO WALK THROUGH THE DOOR TO AN ALTERNATE REALITY, BUT MOST PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO WALK BACK THROUGH.”

 

Alexander Shulgin

Alexander Shulgin in his lab in 2001.

“I DON’T KNOW IF YOU REALIZE THIS, BUT THERE ARE SOME RESEARCHERS – DOCTORS – WHO ARE GIVING THIS KIND OF DRUG TO VOLUNTEERS, TO SEE WHAT THE EFFECTS ARE, AND THEY’RE DOING IT THE PROPER SCIENTIFIC WAY, IN CLEAN WHITE HOSPITAL ROOMS, AWAY FROM TREES AND FLOWERS AND THE WIND, AND THEY’RE SURPRISED AT HOW MANY OF THE EXPERIMENTS TURN SOUR. THEY’VE NEVER TAKEN ANY SORT OF PSYCHEDELIC THEMSELVES, NEEDLESS TO SAY.
THEIR VOLUNTEERS – THEY’RE CALLED ‘SUBJECTS,’ OF COURSE – ARE GIVEN MESCALINE OR LSD AND THEY’RE ALL OPENED UP TO THEIR SURROUNDINGS, VERY SENSITIVE TO COLOR AND LIGHT AND OTHER PEOPLE’S EMOTIONS, AND WHAT ARE THEY GIVEN TO REACT TO? METAL BED-FRAMES AND PLASTER WALLS, AND AN OCCASIONAL WHITE COAT CARRYING A CLIPBOARD. STERILITY. MOST OF THEM SAY AFTERWARD THAT THEY’LL NEVER DO IT AGAIN.”

 

Albert Hofmannh

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“OF GREATEST SIGNIFICANCE TO ME HAS BEEN THE INSIGHT THAT I ATTAINED AS A FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDING FROM ALL OF MY LSD EXPERIMENTS: WHAT ONE COMMONLY TAKES AS ‘THE REALITY,’ INCLUDING THE REALITY OF ONE’S OWN INDIVIDUAL PERSON, BY NO MEANS SIGNIFIES SOMETHING FIXED, BUT RATHER SOMETHING THAT IS AMBIGUOUS—THAT THERE IS NOT ONLY ONE, BUT THAT THERE ARE MANY REALITIES, EACH COMPRISING ALSO A DIFFERENT CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE EGO.

ONE CAN ALSO ARRIVE AT THIS INSIGHT THROUGH SCIENTIFIC REFLECTIONS. THE PROBLEM OF REALITY IS AND HAS BEEN FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL A CENTRAL CONCERN OF PHILOSOPHY. IT IS, HOWEVER, A FUNDAMENTAL DISTINCTION, WHETHER ONE APPROACHES THE PROBLEM OF REALITY RATIONALLY, WITH THE LOGICAL METHODS OF PHILOSOPHY, OR IF ONE OBTRUDES UPON THIS PROBLEM EMOTIONALLY, THROUGH AN EXISTENTIAL EXPERIENCE.

THE FIRST PLANNED LSD EXPERIMENT WAS THEREFORE SO DEEPLY MOVING AND ALARMING, BECAUSE EVERYDAY REALITY AND THE EGO EXPERIENCING IT, WHICH I HAD UNTIL THEN CONSIDERED TO BE THE ONLY REALITY, DISSOLVED, AND AN UNFAMILIAR EGO EXPERIENCED ANOTHER, UNFAMILIAR REALITY. THE PROBLEM CONCERNING THE INNERMOST SELF ALSO APPEARED, WHICH, ITSELF UNMOVED, WAS ABLE TO RECORD THESE EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL TRANSFORMATIONS.

REALITY IS INCONCEIVABLE WITHOUT AN EXPERIENCING SUBJECT, WITHOUT AN EGO. IT IS THE PRODUCT OF THE EXTERIOR WORLD, OF THE SENDER AND OF A RECEIVER, AN EGO IN WHOSE DEEPEST SELF THE EMANATIONS OF THE EXTERIOR WORLD, REGISTERED BY THE ANTENNAE OF THE SENSE ORGANS, BECOME CONSCIOUS. IF ONE OF THE TWO IS LACKING, NO REALITY HAPPENS, NO RADIO MUSIC PLAYS, THE PICTURE SCREEN REMAINS BLANK.”

15 Psychedelic Chillout Classics

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15 Psychedelic Chillout Classics.

15 Psychedelic Chillout Classics that every psytrance lover should know
Goa Trance and Psytrance appeared in the mid 90s, and psychedelic chillout music was quick to follow. And it makes perfect sense. People who go wild for hours stretching the limits of their brains and bodies need to relax. They need to Chill. But they still want to go to far away places in their minds. So what do you do? Psychedelic Chillout.

PEOPLE WHO GO WILD FOR HOURS STRETCHING THE LIMITS OF THEIR BRAINS AND BODIES NEED TO RELAX. THEY NEED TO CHILL. BUT THEY STILL WANT TO GO TO FAR AWAY PLACES IN THEIR MINDS.

So it didn’t take much for Psychedelic Chillout music to follow Goa & Psychedelic Trance. And the people who are perhaps most responsible of this music turning into a genre of its own are the British psychedelic trance pioneers – the TIP / Twisted / Dragonfly gang – Raja Ram, Graham Wood, and of course, Simon Posford, among them. The ones who also brought us Shpongle, the group maybe most identified with this style of music.

So if you like psytrance and you like the more chilled side of it, you must know these classic psychedelic chillout tracks. Making a list like that for a true lover of the music is a very hard mission, and 15 is really not enough. We tried to concentrate on the early years of Psychill, and to give representation to a wide variety of artists.

We know real psychedelic chillout lovers won’t be happy, and each will blame us for forgetting this track, and choosing that track. It’s inevitable. But one thing we can say for sure. If you like psytrance, you must know these. They are all amazing, timeless, sent people on deep mind journeys, relaxed tired minds, expanded consciousnesses, and helped shape what is today Psychedelic Chillout music (Psychill).

We hope you enjoy the journey, (there’s a a playlist of all track in the bottom to listen to in one go) and feel free to add your own favourite Psychedelic Chillout classics in the comments!

Eat Static – Uforic Undulance (1994)

The Infinity Project – Mystical Experiences (1995)

X-Dream – Relaxed Vortex (1996)

The Mystery of the Yeti – A Welcome to all Extraterrestrials (1996)

Doof – Star Above Parvati (Bijli Mahadev Mix) (1996)

The Green Nuns of the Revolution – Skazey Haze (1997)

Saafi Brothers – 2046 (1997)

Shpongle – And The Day Turned To Night (1998)

Celtic Cross – Hicksville (1998)

Jörg On Mushroom – The Messenger (1999)

Padmasana – Multiverses (2000)

Ishq – Bhakti (2001)

Shulman – Small Grey Creatures (2002)

Ott – Smoked Glass and Chrome (2003)

Bluetech – Pryers for Rain (dub mix) (2003)

Psychedelics in the Modern World

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Psychedelics in the Modern World
From the beginning of the 20th century there has been a resurgence of interest in what has traditionally been referred to as shamanism, which for the purposes of our discussion we’ll define as the ritual ingestion of psychoactive plants and compounds to produce a state of visionary consciousness, ego-dissolution and communion with self/god.

The first explorations into psychedelics in the west were seen in the form of the hashish eaters, colonial mean and women who went to the Middle East and India and who stumbled across cultures where the use of marijuana had been a feature for thousands of years. They returned with stories of consuming pure hashish, and seeing visions of arabesques and bizarre landscapes.

In the early 20th century R. Gordon Wasson studied the ethnic use of psychoactive mushrooms and to a lesser extent yagé, or ayahuasca as it is more commonly known. Not long after these initial forays into the territory of real psychedelia, a small-time chemist by the name of Albert Hoffman was working on an unrelated project when he stumbled across the compound Lysergic-Acid-25, or LSD. Spilling it on his skin accidentally, he was treated to a “pleasant intoxication” and soon after sought to study the effects of the drug.

Not long after this, LSD made its way into Western psychotherapy, where Humphrey Osmond, Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert (now Ram Dass) and others began to study the effects of the chemical on mood, perception and cognition. What they found was remarkable; Leary’s experiments showed that LSD could reduce recidivism rates in prison populations and under the appropriate circumstance produce the traditional mystical experience of union with the godhead.

Other studies showed an effectiveness in treating addiction, childhood autism and surprising efficacy in heightening creative and logical ability in artists and technicians.

After the drug made its way into the mainstream, the government became aware of its effects and attempted to use the drug as part of a brainwashing scheme, MKULTRA, which involved psychological torture and the transformation of healthy men and women into sleeper agents.

Fortunately for us, the tests were fraught with difficulty and produced little in the way of desired results.
Seeing that psychedelics could not be turned to their advantage, and that in fact, they were causing a profound shift in the consciousness of America’s youth towards ideals of freedom, equality and unity, the United States government acted quickly to protect their vested interests in the war in South East Asia and their domestic war on black America, and banned the substances, spreading rumour after rumour on their supposedly harmful effects.

“LSD causes chromosomal damage, LSD makes you blind, gay, stupid, crazy.”
As Leary noted, LSD is a drug that causes psychotic reactions in those who have not ingested it.

For the last fifty or so years, the study and recreational use of psychedelics has been illegal or highly regulated, and as such we have fallen behind tremendously in our knowledge of the effects and possible beneficial uses of these bizarre and often very misunderstood chemicals.

Men like Alexander Shulgin, Rick Strassman and Rick Doblin have been tirelessly at work to return psychedelics to a position of legitimacy in our society, and have been making huge leaps in recent years with the rise of organisations such as PRISM, MAPS and the psychedelic conferences around the globe.
In our culture, psychedelics are making a resurgence, with more people using them than at any other time in history except, maybe, the sixties. They have become a mainstay of bush doofs, festivals and are even finding a following in healing circles, with ayahuasca tourism becoming a lucrative and booming industry.

So where do we go from here? What role can psychedelics play in the modern world? How do we use them in our own lives? What positives and negatives have we experienced from them? How do they relate to politics, to religion, to science, to art, to the human self? What can they tell us about perception, mood, and our deeper nature?

Robert Gonsalves – Surrealist Painter

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Robert Gonsalves – Surrealist Painter Picks Up Where Dalí Left Off.

This article originally appeared on The Creators Project.
Robert Gonsalves is a 55-year-old Canadian of Portuguese descent who paints scenes that fill in the space somewhere in between everyday activities and hallucinations. His images contain dual representations of reality—with his particular artistry forming at the intersection between fantasy and nonfiction.

At just 12 years old, Gonsalves began acquiring perspective drawing skills and giving rise to imaginary structures on paper. Following a stint in architecture, he dedicated his practice entirely to painting when his work was enthusiastically received at the 1990 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Working just outside the surrealist realms of Salvador Dalí and Renê Margritte, his syntheses of reality and enigma result in magical realism at its best.

Check out a few works from Rob Gonsalves below:

 

The Sun Sets Sail. Images by Rob Gonsalves

Autumn Cycling

The Space Between Words

Aspiring Acrobats

The Arboreal Office

Beyond the Reef

For more on Rob Gonsalves, including purchasing information, visit him at Huckleberry Fine Art.

Bunch of Artists unite to design the interior of this Surreal Bar and the details are incredible

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Q Caffe – about people. People. Dreams. Noise. Speed. Constraints. Fears. Masks. Trials. Failure. Flight. Liberation. Our world… HUMAN?

Entirely different from any other café, Q Caffe illustrates an actual story through its decor, about man and his strivings in a hierarchical and limiting society

Built in collaboration with 6th Sense Interiors and lots of other first grade artists, having steampunk and dark-fantasy influences, Q Caffe’s new design illustrates the social man’s path, presented from different perspectives, and the complexity of the oneiric, fantastic dimension that pushes past reality’s borders, amplifying and even transforming it. Each visual element has been thought through and worked on to the smallest detail, constructing this fabulous ensemble of metaphors.

The first room is dominated by Icarus’s figure – a mythological character who paid the ultimate price in order to reobtain his freedom. Sculpted on the entire front side of the bar, he symbolizes man’s aspiration towards freedom. Above him, the noise of daily life – represented by a multitude of sculpted hands and tongues – that triggers the puppeteered man’s balancing game: some dance, others walk, some are having a conflict, but all of them act out of the need of not tipping over, of remaining in a fragile equilibrium.

The transition towards the second chamber is made by the Human Chain, a disturbingly beautiful mural sculpture that symbolizes the loss of individuality and humanity. Faceless silhouettes that appear to be absorbed by the sometimes void of sense and humanity whirlwind of life. The world’s uproar is everywhere, contrasted everywhere by mankind’s need to escape from the grasp of this tornado that traps story fragments, anxieties, shards of the past and pieces of your soul.

Like in Icarus’s story, there’s an alternative, a hope that maintains the fragile inward equilibrium, illustrated by the hot air balloon in the center of the room. This represents a transcendental means of transportation that carries its passengers towards a better world of liberation, in which one can be himself, away from the systemic and social constraints.

The third room, the third chapter of the story, speaks about a man and his transformations. One of the main elements of the decor is the suitcase wall with its scenes that symbolize our immaterial baggage, in which we have deposited perceptions, experiences and ideas about love, art or consumerism. The suitcases expose the dominated individual, burdened – or even subdued – by certain conceptions and aspects of the society he lives in. The contemporary social “baggage” transforms the individual in the irrational, decaying world’s prey, which sets the most tempting traps for him. This image is made whole by the puppeteer’s “inhuman” figure – a metallic, steampunk octopus hanging by the ceiling, whose tentacles are ready to grab you in a fraction of a second and take away your freedom and individuality.

These aspects are also suggested through the four symbolic characters that give life to the Q Caffe universe: the machine man, the man with no scruples, the chaotic man and the praying man. Being archetypes of the contemporary man, they highlight the idea that the individual chooses, consciously or not, through what he does and believes, between being a puppet or being authentic and humane. The proposed problematic is of the man caught in the trap of his day to day constraints, imposed by society, who tries to escape in order to be himself again and have meaning in life.

 

 

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Architecture Student Spends 10 Months Drawing New York City In Incredible Detail

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Egyptian young man Hossam Mohamed drew New York city just on 70*100 cm paper incredible detail. It took him 10 months to finish this ink drawing. Hossam is still an undergraduate student in the architecture department. He started drawing 2 years ago but he is a talented teacher already.

The biggest Hossam dreams are to complete his postgraduate studies in Italy, to be a known man, and make a great gallery.

He said: “I’m sure that if there is a mind of a dreamer and a man is working hard, he will achieve whatever he wants.”

HOW TO BE A GOOD TRIPSITTER?

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HOW TO BE A GOOD TRIPSITTER?

Whilst not necessary, a tripsitter can add a whole new dimension to the hallucinogenic experience. So we take a look at what one is, and how to be good at it.

Having a tripsitter watch over you whilst you get high can be a really reassuring experience, helping guide a trip to new and unexplored heights through the knowledge that there is someone around to catch you if you fall. However, the art of tripsitting is not as simple as asking a friend to hang around whilst you take hallucinogenics, so we have put together a small guide to being a good tripsitter.

Now, before we get into the real details of what a tripsitter is, and how to be a good one, it is important to note that a tripsitter is not essential, even for first time users. Not having one doesn’t mean you are going to have a bad trip, so don’t worry if you were not considering finding one. They simply offer those who want it, a little bit of extra reassurance and information.

WHAT IS A TRIPSITTER?
A tripsitter is essentially a sober person with experience of tripping, who stays close at hand whilst one or more people take hallucinogens, such as magic mushrooms or LSD. It is the tripsitter’s job to provide care, comfort and knowledge, allowing those tripping to know that they are safe and able to fully immerse themselves in their journey. For this reason, a tripsitter should be someone who is trusted.

Tripsitting is a passive role, with the tripsitter remaining unobtrusive. They act only when called upon, not actively bothering people to check up on them.

Timothy Leroy, a famous psychonaut and philosopher, described the role of the tripsitter perfectly with the following analogy:

“He [the tripsitter] is the ground control in the airport tower. Always there to receive messages and queries from high-flying aircraft. Always ready to help navigate their course, to help them reach their destination. An airport-tower-operator who imposes his own personality, his own games upon the pilot is unheard of. The pilots have their own flight plan, their own goals, and ground control is there, ever waiting to be of service. The pilot is reassured to know that an expert who has guided thousands of flights is down there, available for help. But suppose the flier has reason to suspect that ground control is harboring his own motives and might be manipulating the plane toward selfish goals, the bond of security and confidence would crumble.”

HOW TO BE A GOOD TRIPSITTER

How To Be A Good Tripsitter?

 

As touched on above, the main role of a tripsitter is to simply be a sober reassuring presence, and ensure the environment is safe and secure. As such, buckle up for a backseat role, because chances are you will not really have to do anything apart from maybe get someone a glass of water. For this reason, it is a good idea to bring a book along, or something else to keep yourself occupied that won’t distract the trippers.

What is most important is to remember that you are there to help and answer questions when required, do not ask people how their trips are going or try to get involved. It is not that doing so will necessarily cause negative consequences, but you are not there to impose yourself upon their journey.

Before the tripping starts, make it very clear that you will be there to get water or snacks if required, or help someone move to another room of a change of scenery. Also ask those who will be tripping what they expect of you, so you can get an idea of your involvement if it is required.

If someone ends up having a bad trip and is getting anxious, a gentle touch and/or a change of scenery can often help. Just make sure that you get the trippers permission to touch them, or take them somewhere else first. Do not ask them what they are experiencing, as this can make the trip even more intense for them, and add to the stress. Just make it clear that they are safe and that you are there, so it is OK for them to experience whatever they are going through.

Tripsitting duties can also roll over into the next few day/weeks, but more in a conversational way. Taking hallucinogens can be an extremely profound experience. Chances are – especially for those who have just experienced it for the first time – that the trippers will want to discuss what they went through from a sober perspective. Making yourself available to answer questions and give opinions for this is very important.

Remember, although taking a sober and passive role may not be as fun as joining in the tripping, it is an extreme privilege. It shows a great deal of trust on the trippers’ part, and should be approached with care and respect. Both parties can gain a lot of insight from the experience, and help build a much closer bond.

 

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