Friday, September 26, 2008

2008 Burning Man: Entheon Village Lecture Series

 *NOTE: These files are now available again. Download them while you can.

Here are some mp3 recordings from Entheon Village's Lecture Series held at the 2008 Burning Man! The links are listed below for your convenience and are hosted by CSSDP. Should you have any of the other talks, please email me or post the links in to the comments of this entry. Last but not least, if you find these talks of value please donate to CSSDP or MAPS.

Sasha and Ann Shulgin

Rick Doblin:

Sameet Kumar, Matt Johnson, Alicia Danforth:

Troy Dayton, Randolph Hencken, and Rick Doblin:

Daniel Pinchbeck:

Charles Shaw:

Monday, September 22, 2008

Dale Pendell: Plant Teachers and the Path of Eve

Dale Pendell
Plant Teachers and the Path of Eve: The Mythopoetic Roots of Psychedelic Practice in the Western Tradition.

As presented at the
World Psychedelic Forum 2008

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For those of you not familiar with Dale Pendell. Do yourself a huge favor, listen to this talk and get a glimpse of what you have been missing. He is the author of the Pharmako Trilogy, a collection of 3 books which in the entheogen genre easily qualify as literary masterpieces that must be read by all those who share our interest. Dale once said, "back in the 60's, it was his dream to be a far out poet". Well in my opinion, he has far exceeded this goal becoming something much greater. Imagine if you can a cross between a poet, ethnobotanist, scientist, philosopher, story teller, historian, anthropologist and psychonaut. Dare I say it, someone like Terence McKenna. Only completely different in his own unique way.

In this particular talk we explore the mythopoetic roots of psychedelic praxis in the Western Tradition. The Pharmako, Faust the great necromancer and Shaman giving bodies to spirits, black magic and conjuring. Eve is the first Curandera and the patron goddess of the "poison path" We learn about the links between Eve, Maria Sabina and Pandora, the "all-gifted," and that her true gift was the pharmakon. Eve is the one who dared and the one who shared.

Also Dale talks about Buddhist philosophy on the 6 levels of the world, plant wisdom, entheogen allusions in religious art, the importance of having a shadow, losing your shadow, the importance of luck in some shamanic traditions, Western shamanic figures such as Orpheus, Socrates, divine madness and shamanism, scapegoating drugs, William Blake, artistic depictions of Eve and the serpent in the garden of Eden, Eve as Isis, modern cultural myopia towards sacred plants and the poetry of John Milton. Can all of this fit in one short talk?


Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Ayahuasca Monologues

Reality Sandwich, CoSM, & Souldish present The The 2nd Annual “Ayahuasca Monologues: Tales of the Spirit Vine”. Visionary stories about Ayahuasca, the renowned sacred brew of the Amazon. For centuries, shamans have drunk this powerful concoction to heal illness, obtain mystical insights, contact spirit guides, and explore magical worlds.

Alex Grey: Visionary Artist, Co-Founder of CoSM, Author of The Mission of Art & Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art of Alex Grey, Creator of the film ARTmind

Manuel Rufino: Ayahuasquero and Healer from Native American traditions.

Maxi Cohen: Filmmaker of feature documentaries & shorts: "Joe and Maxi," "Seven Women - Seven Sins," "South Central LA: Inside Voices," & "The Holy Give Me"

Adam Elenbaas: Writer/Storyteller, Contributing Editor of Reality Sandwich, completing Fishers of Men, a memoir of ayahuasca journeys in the Peruvian Amazon.

See the 2007 Ayahuasca Monologues at Eyebeam, in NYC:

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Scientists study the brain & consciousness of people near death.

The University of Southampton has just launched the world's largest scientific study (ever) of near-death experiences. What I want to know is, will this confirm DMT is in deed the Spirit Molecule? Entheogenic minds want to know.


Published by: ScienceDaily
Adapted from materials by
University of Southampton.

The AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study is to be launched by the Human Consciousness Project of the University of Southampton - an international collaboration of scientists and physicians who have joined forces to study the human brain, consciousness and clinical death.

The study is led by Dr Sam Parnia, an expert in the field of consciousness during clinical death, together with Dr Peter Fenwick and Professors Stephen Holgate and Robert Peveler of the University of Southampton. Following a successful 18-month pilot phase at selected hospitals in the UK, the study is now being expanded to include other centres within the UK, mainland Europe and North America.

"Contrary to popular perception," Dr Parnia explains, "death is not a specific moment. It is a process that begins when the heart stops beating, the lungs stop working and the brain ceases functioning - a medical condition termed cardiac arrest, which from a biological viewpoint is synonymous with clinical death.

"During a cardiac arrest, all three criteria of death are present. There then follows a period of time, which may last from a few seconds to an hour or more, in which emergency medical efforts may succeed in restarting the heart and reversing the dying process. What people experience during this period of cardiac arrest provides a unique window of understanding into what we are all likely to experience during the dying process."

A number of recent scientific studies carried out by independent researchers have demonstrated that 10-20 per cent of people who go through cardiac arrest and clinical death report lucid, well structured thought processes, reasoning, memories and sometimes detailed recall of events during their encounter with death.

During the AWARE study, doctors will use sophisticated technology to study the brain and consciousness during cardiac arrest. At the same time, they will test the validity of out of body experiences and claims of being able to 'see' and 'hear' during cardiac arrest.

The AWARE study will be complemented by the BRAIN-1 (Brain Resuscitation Advancement International Network - 1) study, in which the research team will conduct a variety of physiological tests in cardiac arrest patients, as well as cerebral monitoring techniques that aim to identify methods to improve the medical and psychological care of patients who have undergone cardiac arrest.

Dr Parnia formally announced the launch of the AWARE study at an international symposium held at the United Nations on September 11.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Treating Childhood Schizophrenia with Psychedelics

Psychedelic Salon Podcast #156
Guest speakers: Gary Fisher and Charlie Grob
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In 1963, Dr. Gary Fisher wrote a paper titled:

"An Investigation to Determine Therapeutic Effectiveness of LSD-25 and Psilocybin on Hospitalized Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children"

The complete paper is available in HTML and PDF

Dr. Charles Grob

[From the above report]
We have given treatment to 12 patients. They have ranged in age from 4 years, 10 months to 12 years, 11 months. The average age is 9 years, 10 months. All patients are severely emotionally disturbed and are considered variants of childhood schizophrenia and infantile autism. Nine Children are considered to be childhood schizophrenics, one case of symbiotic, infantile psychosis and one case of manic-depressive psychosis.
. . .
We have found that the patients who have responded best to the treatment are those who: have speech; are more schizophrenic than autistic; older (10 to 12 yrs.); exhibit more blatant psychotic symptomatology
. . .
Higinio Gonzalez & Gary FisherThe working hypothesis of this study is that the psychosis is a massive defensive structure in the service of protecting and defending the patient against his feeling and effectual states. The experiences that have produced such painful and frightening affect have been repressed and the feelings produced by such traumas have been denied. Consequently, the individual has built a massive control system wherein all experience is denied and he exists in an isolated, unfeeling condition which renders him helpless and incapacitated. The psychedelic drugs have the potential of breaking this psychotic control which then allows the individual to re-experience his trauma and to again experience his feelings.Art by Higinio

This phenomena has been amply proven with our work with these severely disturbed children, wherein they return to traumatic experiences and re-live and re-experience them. By working through these painful episodes the patient is then able to rid himself of the horror of them, to reevaluate their significance and be freed of the psychic effects of their repression. This process has been repeatedly observed in our psychotic children. The transcendental experience, often described in the literature, has occurred with 4 of our children. It might be added that we were very surprised to see this experience occur in such disturbed and young children.

Articles by Dr. Gary Fisher from the Albert Hofmann Foundation:

The article below is one referred to in Gary Fisher's conversation
Ayahuasca and Cancer: One Man's Experience by Donald M. Topping, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, University of Hawai'i

Monday, September 8, 2008

Documentary: American Drug War

35 years after Nixon started the war on drugs, we have over one million non-violent drug offenders living behind bars.

The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members from "legal drugs" Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such a big failure. Three and a half years in the making, the film follows gang members, former DEA agents, CIA officers, narcotics officers, judges, politicians, prisoners and celebrities. Most notably the film befriends Freeway Ricky Ross; the man many accuse for starting the Crack epidemic, who after being arrested discovered that his cocaine source had been working for the CIA.

AMERICAN DRUG WAR shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just drug pushers and dope fiends, but an entire government. More importantly, it shows what can be done about it. This is not some 'pro-drug' stoner film, but a collection of expert testimonials from the ground troops on the front lines of the drug war, the ones who are fighting it and the ones who are living it.

After 4 years of production including several sold out test screenings in New York, Austin & Los Angeles, the final version of American Drug War "the last white hope" is locked and loaded.

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American Drug War 
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Kentroversy Podcast # 43: Free Mp3 Download
Guest: Kevin Booth - American Drug War
(Run Time: 1:10:54) April 14, 2008

Kentroversy Podcast # 2: Free Mp3 Download
Kevin Booth Talks about Bill Hicks