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Varieties of Ritual Involving States of Consciousness

By Ralph Metzner — 2019

Rites of passage with a spiritual focus have for a long time been absent in the modern world.

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Largest Ever Psychedelics Study Maps Changes of Conscious Awareness to Neurotransmitter Systems

In the world’s largest study on psychedelics and the brain, a team of researchers from The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) and Department of Biomedical Engineering of McGill University, the Broad Institute at Harvard/MIT, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, and Mila—Quebec...

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Inside The Movement To Decolonize Psychedelic Pharma

As Western medicine brings psychedelics into mainstream use, a growing movement is innovating new business models grounded in reciprocity and inclusion.

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An Introduction to MDMA

Once considered the quintessential party drug, MDMA (also known as “ecstasy,” “X,” or “molly”) is now experiencing a surge of interest in a completely different area: psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

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An Introduction to LSD

LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is a synthetic drug with potent psychedelic properties. Commonly known as acid, it was originally derived from compounds found in ergot, a fungus that grows on rye.

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Scientists Show How LSD Blows Open the Doors of Perception

The drug lowers brain barriers, allowing distant regions to talk and thoughts to flow more freely.

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How to Find the Capacity to Open Your Heart

We have a friend who sees the world in a pessimistic light. This person is highly suspicious of people and situations, and sees, as well as experiences negativity at most turns. Why is this and what does it mean? What can be done to help?

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Françoise Bourzat: Consciousness Guide, Author, and Entheogenic Explorer

For those psychedelic users who experience post-use “spiritual comedowns”, psychedelic withdrawals, or a general sense of dopamine depletion, what can be done to alleviate these symptoms?

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If You're Going to Solo Trip On Psychedelics, Bear This in Mind

Taking drugs is generally perceived as a social activity. Whether you’re passing joints at home or raving bug-eyed in a forest, the presence of other people can elevate those bliss-inducing chemicals.

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As Psychedelics Revival Rolls On, Don't Downplay Bad Trips

I'm no psychedelic prude. I reported on, and applauded, the resurgence of research into psychedelics in my 2003 book Rational Mysticism. I participated in a peyote ceremony of the Native American Church, and I advocated legalization of psychedelics for therapeutic purposes.

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Pray Every Day for the Waters of the Earth~

We live in water in our mother’s womb,’ Hopi grandmother Mona Polacca explains. ‘Moments before we come into this world, the water of our mother’s womb gushes out, and we follow behind. That is why the Hopi call water our first foundation of life.’

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Altered States of Consciousness