Sunday, March 23, 2008

Dr. Phil. Christian Rätsch: Magic mushrooms

Dr. Phil. Christian Rätsch talks about magic mushrooms at
the "Spiritual Healing" event in Germany in 2005.

Christian Rätsch (born 1957) is Germany's premier expert on ethnopharmacology and psychoactive plants and animals. Rätsch is an anthropologist and author or many AWESOME BOOKS, including Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers and the grand daddy of them all, The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications. Rätsch conducted field research for three years whilst living with the Lacandón Indians in Chiapas, Mexico and completed his doctorate on their incantations and spells. Rätsch resides in Hamburg, Germany with his wife Claudia Müller-Ebeling. Rätsch is the founder and co-editor of The Yearbook of Ethnomedicine and the Study of Consciousness.

These video's are in German, with accurate English subtitles.
Christian Rätsch: Magic mushrooms 1/4

Christian Rätsch: Magic mushrooms 2/4

Christian Rätsch: Magic mushrooms 3/4

Christian Rätsch: Magic mushrooms 4/4

Christian Rätsch links:

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Love: 4 hour all ambient massive mix

Of the 40 or so mixes Waldemar aka DJ lp3 has made available online, this one is BY FAR his most-requested for download. It being all ambient (and mostly beatless except for just a couple of instances of light organic downtempo), it seems to be very popular among people who are not into electronic dance music. It is great for meditation, chillin or as a sound track to ones entheogenic state.
Here is the tracklisting and download link:

Download Now: THE LOVE improved.mp3 (right click & save target as)

THE LOVE (massive 4-hour all-ambient mix by Waldemar, early 2007, dedicated to his grandmother 'Liber' Prichard)

1.) SETI - 'Signal 001'
2.) Tetsu Inoue - 'Mood Swing'
3.) Vangelis - 'Blade Runner Blues' [from the film Blade Runner]
4.) The Drum Club - 'Furry Meadows'
5.) Future Sound Of London - 'Cerebral'
6.) Dallas Simpson - 'Abha' Dallas Simpson - 'Adoration, 1st Movement'
7.) Natural Language - 'Sylvanshine'
8.) Woob - 'Giant Stroke'
9.) Terre Thaemlitz - 'Fina_Departure'
10.) A Small, Good Thing - 'Ostrichism'
11.) Dallas Simpson - 'Waterpump'
12.) Deep Space Network - 'Zenn La'
13.) The KLF - 'Last Train To Trancentral' (Mu D. Vari-Speed Version)
14.) A Small, Good Thing - 'Gulch'
15.) Terre Thaemlitz - 'Fat Chair'
16.) Material (Bill Laswell with William S. Burroughs) End of Words
17.) Friends, Lovers & Family - Seaside Sad World (Dr. Atmo) - Harsin
18.) Mike Kandel - 'Slow Boat To China'
19.) Mia - 'Savannah'
20.) Fognode - 'Thin Faces'
21.) Art of Noise - 'Momento'
22.) Mark Fauver - 'Return To Innsmouth'
23.) Miasma - 'Miasma'
24.) Future Sound of London - 'Among Myselves'
25.) Beatsystem - 'Endlessly Downward'
26.) Woob - 'Gate'/'Pondlife'
27.) O Yuki Conjugate - 'Still Breath'
28.) Phauss - 'Radiator (for Amanita Muscaria & Mark McCloud)'
29.) Woob - 'Strange Air'
30.) Belt - 'Under The Sunset'
31.) Elliot Sharp - InSERGEncy [Tim Leary 'LSD has been discovered.']
32.) Beatsystem - 'Invade Areas Where Nothing's Definite'
33.) The Orb - 'We're Pastie To Be Grill You'
34.) Terre Thaemlitz - 'Still Life With Numerical Analysis'
35.) Sub Dub - 'Babylon Part 2'
36.) The Orb - 'Log Of Deadwood'
37.) Bedouin Ascent - 'Mammon'
38.) Michael Kamen & Orbital - 'Event Horizon' [from Event Horizon]
39.) Air (Pete Namlook) - Trip 4
40.) Air (Pete Namlook) - Trip 6
41.) Lucid Dreams 0096 - 'Nightmares'
42.) Pink Floyd - 'A Saucerful Of Secrets'
43.) Terre Thaemlitz - 'A Means From An End [Reduction of Contents]'
44.) Aphex Twin - 'Analogue Bubblebath 3'
45.) Electric Skychurch - 'Outside'
46.) Love Spirals Downward - 'Kykean'
47.) The Pelican Daughters - 'The Bicycle Ride' [aural rendition of Albert Hoffman's infamous accidental excursion & therefore the first L.S.D. trip ever, 1943, Switzerland]
48.) Brian Eno & Jon Hassell - 'Delta Rain Dream'
49.) Spooky vs. Scanner - 'Kybernetes'
50.) Sequential - 'The Mission' (live from the Outer Zone)
51.) Adam Shaikh - 'Vapor'
52.) Young American Primitive - 'Expanding'
53.) Dubtribe - 'Memory' (edit)
54.) Aphex Twin - 'Parallel Stripes'
55.) Evolve Now - 'Impetus'
56.) Silence [Pete Namlook & Dr. Atmo] - 'Heaven' (aw-Cut)
57.) Tangerine Dream - 'Phaedra' (edit)
58.) Killing Joke - Requiem (A Floating Leaf Always Reaches the Sea)
59.) Spacetime Continuum - 'Ping Pong'
60.) Orgship - 'Liquid Sky'
61.) Prototype 909 - 'Understand' (live)
62.) 4 Voice - '4VI Outro'
63.) Harold Budd - 'Flowered Knife Shadows'
64.) Mysteries of Science - 'The Technological Womb'
65.) L.S.G. - 'Jillianity'
66.) Hawkwind - 'Space Dust'
67.) Cabaret Voltaire - 'Exterminating Angel'
68.) Roger Eno - 'Voices'
69.) Sheila Chandra - 'True'
70.) Kitaro - 'The Field'
71.) Sigur Ros - '( ).4'
72.) 777 [System 7] - 'Sirenes' (Tranquility mix)
73.) Brian Eno - 'An Ending (Ascent)'
74.) Silence [Pete Namlook & Dr. Atmo] - 'Sweet Angels'
75.) Vaughan Williams - 'The Lark Ascending'

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Biblical Entheogens: a Speculative Hypothesis

Biblical Entheogens: a Speculative Hypothesis
Author: Shanon, Benny
Source: Time and Mind, Vol 1, Num 1, March 2008 , pp. 51-74
Publisher: Berg Publishers

Abstract: A speculative hypothesis is presented according to which the ancient Israelite religion was associated with the use of entheogens (mind-altering plants used in sacramental contexts). The hypothesis is based on a new look at texts of the Old Testament pertaining to the life of Moses. The ideas entertained here were primarily based on the fact that in the arid areas of the Sinai peninsula and Southern Israel there grow two plants containing the same psychoactive molecules found in the plants from which the powerful Amazonian hallucinogenic brew Ayahuasca is prepared. The two plants are species of Acacia tree and the bush Peganum harmala. The hypothesis is corroborated by comparative experiential-phenomenological observations, linguistic considerations, exegesis of old Jewish texts and other ancient Mideastern traditions, anthropological lore, and ethnobotanical data.

The full text is free: HERE

Monday, March 17, 2008

Cops Raid Legal Herbalists in Nebraska

Cops Raid Legal Herbalists in Nebraska

Cory Matteson
Lincoln Journal Star
March 13, 2008

A legislative bill that would make Salvia divinorum an illegal drug in Nebraska has little chance of passage during the last six weeks of the legislative session.

Lincoln Police on Monday made a Salvia bust anyway.

Citing a state statute that prohibits Nebraskans from selling certain compounds that will induce an intoxicated or otherwise mind-altering state, officers executed a search warrant on Exotica, 2441 N. 48th St. The Lincoln store sells the herb, a cousin of sage, generally smoked to create a short-term hallucinogenic experience.
Exotica owner Christian Firoz said four officers entered his store early Monday evening, took all his Salvia and issued him a citation for selling certain compounds.

“They said they’re going to hit everybody that’s selling Salvia and take everything,” Firoz, 35, said.

Firoz said his court date is April 16, and that he’s going to challenge the citation.

“I signed (the citation),” Firoz said. “I’ll be in court. We plan to fight it because we’ve been selling it for a while and it’s a lot of our sales.”

He also said the information that he has leads him to believe it is legal to sell Salvia.

Sen. Vickie McDonald of St. Paul sponsored the bill to ban Salvia on behalf of Attorney General Jon Bruning. The bill has no priority status, and there’s little movement to add it as an amendment to another bill.

But Lincoln Police determined that a law currently on the state books outlaws the sale of Salvia.

One day after Firoz was quoted in the Journal Star about Salvia divinorum’s trance-like effects, his quotes ended up in a Lincoln Police report, Lincoln Police Capt. David Beggs said.

“It’s all psychological,” Firoz said in the article. “It puts you in a trance. It’s very hard to explain.”

State statute 28-420 bans the sale of any substance which will induce an intoxicated condition when the seller “knows or has reason to know that such compound is intended for use to induce such condition.”

The “intoxicated condition,” as defined by Sec. 28-419, can include a “condition of intoxication, stupefaction, depression, giddiness, paralysis, inebriation, excitement, or irrational behavior, or in any manner changing, distorting, or disturbing the auditory, visual, mental or nervous processes.”

Beggs said an undercover officer purchased some Salvia earlier at the store Monday. Then the search warrant was executed, resulting in the seizure of 8.5 grams of the substance.


Friday, March 7, 2008

Psychedelic Salon #130: Timothy Leary 1966 Radio Interview

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[NOTE: All quotes below are by Dr.Timothy Leary

Dr. Timothy Leary at his home in Berkeley, CA - June 17, 1968"Psychedelic drugs are to the human mind today what the discovery of the microscope was to medicine and biological science three or four hundred years ago. Psychedelic drugs expand and speed up consciousness. They are going to bring about a tremendous change in our society, in our view of man and our way of life in the future."

"When you take LSD you do go on a trip. It’s a voyage. It’s the most ancient voyage that man has ever known, the one beyond your mind and your current tribal situation into the incredible possibilities which lie inside. So it’s a fair statement to say an LSD voyage is a trip."

"A chemical age is going to have a chemical sacrament."

"Every great breakthrough in religion and science has always involved a new method of bringing into consciousness what you couldn’t see before, the telescope, the microscope. And you remember, the fellow that developed the telescope back in Florence a few hundred years ago got into the same sort of trouble with society that we’re in today. Any new instrument which opens up consciousness threatens the establishment."

"It takes a long time to learn to use LSD. It’s no shortcut. It’s no instant mysticism. It’s no instant psychoanalysis. It’s tough, hard work."

"Stay away from it unless you’re willing to take LSD in a state of grace for serious and important purposes."

Thursday, March 6, 2008

The 2nd Gaialogues podcast interview with Dr. Ralph Metzner

If you have not done so already, please be sure to visit the first

Gaialogues with Joanna Harcourt-Smith
Dr. Ralph Metzner
Recorded: Feb 26, 2008
Download the podcast: HERE

Psychotherapist, writer and researcher who has been involved in the study of transformations of consciousness since graduate school when he worked with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass) on the Harvard Psilocybin Projects. He co-wrote The Psychedelic Experience, and was editor of The Psychedelic Review. He is the co-founder and president of the Green Earth Foundation, an educational and research organization dedicated to the healing and harmonizing of the relationships between humanity and the Earth.