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Best of Psychedelic Optical Illusions

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Psychedelic Optical Illusions

 

Our minds are limited, our senses are limited, but we tend to trust both blindly. Below you can find a gallery of Psychedelic Optical Illusions that will expose those limits! Come and test your limits !!! And there’s a bonus at the bottom !!!

What is an Optical Illusion?

“An illusion caused by the visual system and characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality. The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a percept that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source.”

[AN OPTICAL ILLUSION IS AN] ILLUSION CAUSED BY THE VISUAL SYSTEM AND CHARACTERIZED BY VISUALLY PERCEIVED IMAGES THAT DIFFER FROM OBJECTIVE REALITY.

“There are three main types: literal optical illusions that create images that are different from the objects that make them, physiological illusions that are the effects of excessive stimulation of a specific type (brightness, colour, size, position, tilt, movement), and cognitive illusions, the result of unconscious inferences. Pathological visual illusions arise from a pathological exaggeration in physiological visual perception mechanisms causing the aforementioned types of illusions.”

Check this gallery of mind bending psychedelic optical illusions:

Are these lines straight or diagonal ???

 

 

Spiral or Circles ???

 

How many triangles are in the picture ???

 

Is this picture moving or not ???

 

Can you see the stars sparkling ???

 

Are squares “A” and “B” in a different colour ??? [They’re not! Check in photoshop!]

 

 

Can you see the black dots ??? Are they really there ???

 

 

Rotating stars ???

 

Are there really waves here ???

 

Are the wheels really turning ???

 

 

And a bonus – stare at the upper part of the GIF for 20 seconds and then look at the lower part – enjoy your journey through space !!!

 

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.

Image: Art by Emily Balivet - Fool
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

Image: Portal Universalista

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)

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.”

IS ALICE IN WONDERLAND INSPIRED BY PSYCHEDELICS?

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IS ALICE IN WONDERLAND INSPIRED BY PSYCHEDELICS?

Alice in Wonderland has been connected with psychedelic drugs since the 1960’s. And while there have been arguments against such theories, the correlation has nonetheless been established.

By nature, children’s stories are driven by fantasy, centered around mythical creatures, but bear a valuable lesson in the end. With that said, storylines that are such a stretch of the imagination are easily taken in and enjoyed by innocent minds.

But through the discerning mind of an adult, such stories could arguably be a byproduct of the influence of psychedelic drugs. One good example would be the classic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, a tale that revolves around a girl who literally falls down a rabbit hole and finds an entirely new world to explore.

Along the way, she meets other characters and (interestingly) finds herself under the influence of a mushroom. It all ends with Alice waking up, only to find out that her escapades were merely part of an elaborate dream.

Looking at it from a superficial standpoint, it would be easy to conclude that Alice in Wonderland could be inspired by Lewis Carroll’s own adventures with psychedelics. But could it be a far-fetched theory as well?

PSYCHEDELIC THEORY SINCE THE 1960’S

Psychedelic Theory Since The 1960’s

Examining the psychedelic undertones within Alice in Wonderland’s storyline is not a recent phenomenon. Since the 1960’s, the theory that Alice’s adventures may have been inspired by hallucinogens has been pursued by artists and critics alike.

Psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, for example, subliminally pointed it out in their classic 1967 song “White Rabbit.” Take the lyrics that read:

When the men on the chessboard get up
And tell you where to go
And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice, I think she’ll know

Readers also managed to connect the dots between how the plot of the story is “disjointed from reality,” and the fact that it was written during an era when opium use was legal. One fan of the Disney film even went as far as to edit every single scene that could be seen as a possible reference to drugs into a 4-minute long Youtube video. Have a look for yourself. Some references may be a bit of a stretch, but one cannot deny that there is enough to wonder about!

 

MISCONCEPTIONS AND DISAGREEMENTS

Misconceptions And Disagreements

Of course, there are individuals who would beg to differ about Alice in Wonderland’s correlation to psychedelic use. According to Dr. Heather Worthington of Cardiff University, there is a strong possibility that people are attributing the story to psychedelics mainly because it was written during an era when its use was rampant, not necessarily because Carroll was actually under the influence of anything.

This exact line of thinking was concurred by New York City museum curator Carolyn Vega, who added that it was never proven that Carroll ever had an experience using LSD or any other hallucinogens at the time of the story’s writing.

It was pointed out through his diaries that Carroll did enjoy the occasional glass of wine, and could possibly have ingested Laudanum, an opiate-infused drug that was readily available for use at the time. But there was no mention whatsoever of him using psychedelics, nor was there evidence that hallucinogens inspired any part of Alice’s adventures.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND’S PSYCHEDELIC RENDITIONS
Despite the major disagreements and contradictions between various experts, many artists still manage to create psychedelic renditions of this children’s classic. One of them aptly titled “Curious Alice” was a public service announcement released in 1971 to rally against drug use and abuse among young people.

VIDEO: CURIOUS ALICE

Another version of the story released in 1982 was entitled “Malice in Wonderland.” Unlike Curious Alice, which took on a more straightforward approach, this rendition was released as a more… uhm… artsy and colourful interpretation of the story.

While it did focus on a young girl going down a tunnel, it was presented in a more grotesque and twisted sense that was criticised by people who called it out for supposedly promoting the exploitation of women. Others saw it as a representation of the sexual enslavement of women, mainly based on its artwork involving what appeared to be portrayals of female genitalia in distorted forms. Odd. Very odd.

VIDEO: MALICE IN WONDERLAND

If Lewis Carroll was indeed sober when creating his fantastical masterpiece -as sources would suggest – we cannot help but wonder, what state of trippy the story would have reflected, had the author truly been under the influence of magic mushrooms, LSD, or perhaps peyote. Ultimately, Alice in Wonderland will go down as one of the renowned children’s classics, alongside other famous titles like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel, among others. It can very well still be enjoyed by innocent minds as a story that will help cultivate their imaginative and creative spirit for decades to come.

 

 

How an All-Time Great Guitarist Opened his Mind with Acid

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How an All-Time Great Guitarist Opened his Mind with Acid.

Though it doesn’t seem like something the Journal of Drug Abuse would print, the publication put out a report in 2016 arguing for a sensible drug policy. The argument was built not on science or research but on, of all things, the testimony of British jazz guitarist John McLaughlin. Grammy winner McLaughlin is considered a pioneer of jazz fusion and was ranked 49th on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He is credited with inspiring Miles Davis to explore fusion and played on five Davis releases, including the double-album Bitches Brew (track two on side three is named after McLaughlin).

In the article, Self & Society co-editors Richard A. House and David Kalisch asked then-76-year-old McLaughlin about his cross-cultural experiences playing world music when they stumbled upon an answer that turned their attention to hallucinogens. McLaughlin discussed going to China and India for inspiration, and the typical self-actualization plan for a classic ’60s musician included, “LSD, mescaline, and other mind-expanding substances. Taking LSD in the 1960s,” the interviewers said, “helped McLaughlin realize that what he needed to do was develop [and enhance] his life.”

McLaughlin explained, “I saw that if my music were to be enriched, then my interior life needed to be enriched. It’s my personal conviction that I cannot have a poor interior life and a rich musical life.”

These experiences influenced his art, and along with culturally specific “approaches to finding the answers,” they helped him broach existential questions. These were matters, he said, of “personal identity… the nature of God and the infinite Universe in which we exist and why.”

“Onwards,” House and Kalisch reported, “he had no further use for [hallucinogens].” By the 1970s, McLaughlin told Rolling Stone that he was into only “yoga [and] meditation, no drugs.” He said of narcotics like heroin and cocaine, to which he “lost dear friends,” that “apart from the ‘high’ they confer, [they] are essentially absolutely useless.”

But despite his personal opinions, he thinks that it’s crucial that the government develop a sensible drug policy for all substances (some of which, he pointed out, are beneficial for medicine). He said,

“People will continue to take every possible kind of drug whether they’re legal or not, [and] at some point in the future, governments will have no choice but to legalize all drugs with strict accompanying quality control [so as to close off] the whole field [from] drug lords and criminals.… Prohibition has never worked—and it never will.”

McLaughlin has “a fundamental problem” with the mainstream approach to drug policy and discourse, taking issue even with the word itself, which he calls “obscure” with often “ominous overtones.” Cannabis is ascribed the label while alcohol is not, even though, he says, “[Pot is] much less harmful to humans.… Perhaps the main problem is that governments simply don’t discriminate between drugs that are very useful and those that are addictive.”

McLaughlin hinted at what House and Kalisch called the “wider cultural context” of the War on Drugs, saying, “Look at the world we are leaving to our kids! It’s a gigantic mess…. We are reaping the harvest of the horrific acts our grandparents and great-grandparents committed against so many people, and these acts continue to be committed by the same governments today!”

House and Kalisch explained that it’s not just doctors and lawyers who should help shape a sensible drug policy, it’s also the people like McLaughlin whose lives have been shaped by mind-altering substances.

“It’s a strange thought,” they wrote, “that drug policy should in the main be made, pronounced upon and enacted without the input of people who have actually had experience with different classes of drugs, and all the discernment and insight that such experience brings.… [For we are] otherwise stuck in the moribund realms of what is essentially a ‘moral panic.’”

And perhaps as more renowned artists like McLaughlin speak out about their experiences, people might start to turn against prohibition—at least the sorts of folks who enjoy jazz fusion, although they might already be on the right side of history. I mean, have you heard that guitar?

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The psychedelic art of Salvia Droid.

The psychedelic art of Salvia Droid
“When intoxicated by DMT, the mind finds itself in a convincingly real, apparently coexisting alien world. Not a world about our thoughts, our hopes, our fears; rather, a world about the tykes — their joys, their dreams, their poetry. Why? I have not the faintest idea.”
Terence McKenna

Salvia Droid translates the ineffable human consciousness through the medium of artistic creations. His art is based on his psychedelic voyages on the waves of a variety of psychedelic substances like DMT and Salvia. He creates detailed intricate artwork that masterfully captures the transcendental nature of the mystical experience. His ability to put those experiences on paper is simply amazing.

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