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Rick Strassman – DMT and the Soul of Prophecy

April 24, 2015

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Rick Strassman discusses his book DMT and the Soul of Prophecy – A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible

After completing his groundbreaking research chronicled in DMT – The Spirit Molecule, Strassman was left with one fundamental question: What does it mean that DMT, a simple chemical naturally found in all our bodies, instantaneously opens us to an interactive spirit world that feels more real than our own world? When his decades of clinical psychiatric research and Buddhist practice were unable to provide answers to this question, Strassman began searching for a more resonant spiritual model. He found that the visions of the Hebrew prophets such as Ezekiel, Moses, Adam, and Daniel were strikingly similar to those of the volunteers in his DMT studies. Carefully examining the concept of prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, he characterizes a ‘prophetic state of consciousness’ and explains how it may share biological and metaphysical mechanisms with the DMT effect.

Examining medieval commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, Strassman reveals how Jewish metaphysics provides a top-down model for both the prophetic and DMT states, a model he calls theoneurology. Theoneurology bridges biology and spirituality by proposing that the Divine communicates with us using the brain, and DMT – whether naturally produced or ingested – is a critical factor in such visionary experience. This model provides a counterpoint to neurotheology, which proposes that altered brain function simply generates the impression of a Divine-human encounter. Theoneurology addresses issues critical to the full flowering of the psychedelic drug experience. Perhaps even more important, it points the way to a renewal of classical prophetic consciousness, the soul of Hebrew Bible prophecy, as well as unexpected directions for the evolution of contemporary spiritual practice.

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John Michael Greer – After Progress

April 17, 2015

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John Michael Greer discusses his latest book After Progress: Reason and Religion at the End of the Industrial Age. Progress is not just a goal in the West – it’s a religion. Most people believe in its inherent value as enthusiastically and uncritically as medieval peasants believed in heaven and hell. Our faith in progress drives the popular insistence that peak oil and climate change don’t actually matter. After all, our lab-coated high priests will surely bring forth yet another miracle to save us all. Unfortunately, progress as we’ve known it has been entirely dependent on the breakneck exploitation of half a billion years of stored sunlight in the form of fossil fuels.

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Courtney Brown – Remote Viewing Cydonia, Mars: Part Two

April 15, 2015

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Courtney Brown discusses The Farsight Institute’s latest project Remote Viewing Cydonia, Mars. The data collected during the project suggests that long ago, a civilization existed on Mars. This civilization built something in a place now known as Cydonia. Many on Earth speculated that it appeared to be a ‘face’ looking upward, but it’s something else. The Farsight project suggests that it was a place where people congregated and lived; a city of Martians who were more like us on Earth than most would imagine.

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Courtney Brown – Remote Viewing Cydonia, Mars: Part One

April 4, 2015

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Courtney Brown discusses The Farsight Institute’s latest project Remote Viewing Cydonia, Mars. The data collected during the project suggests that long ago, a civilization existed on Mars. This civilization built something in a place now known as Cydonia. Many on Earth speculated that it appeared to be a ‘face’ looking upward, but it’s something else. The Farsight project suggests that it was a place where people congregated and lived; a city of Martians who were more like us on Earth than most would imagine.

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Simon G. Powell – Magic Mushroom Explorer

March 27, 2015

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Simon G. Powell discusses his book Magic Mushroom Explorer: Psilocybin and the Awakening Earth. Psilocybin, the active ingredient found in psychedelic mushrooms, is an invaluable natural resource for spiritually awakening the human psyche and reconnecting us to the biosphere and the vast intelligence of Nature. Interweaving the most recent scientific studies in the United States and Britain, more than 25 years of sacred mushroom exploration, and behind-the-scenes details on the political wars against psychedelics, Powell offers a guide to safely navigating and maximizing the healing and spiritual potential of psilocybin. He explores the eco-psychological effects of wild psychedelic mushrooms, including enhanced biophilia, expanded awareness, mystical visions, and eco-shamanic encounters. He reveals how the beings and otherworldly teachers common in psilocybin experiences are actually emissaries from our higher consciousness that emerge when the floodgates of perception have been opened. He shares vivid descriptions from many of his own psilocybin journeys and shows how the mushroom offers a path of return to the ancient wisdom binding all life on Earth, a wisdom conveyed through tutorial visions and higher modes of perception.

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Reece Girven – The Universe and The Psyche

March 21, 2015

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Reece Girven discusses some of the ideas in his book The Universe and The Psyche. What is the origin of the Universe? Was it created in a Big Bang, or might it always have existed? We are told that matter creates consciousness, but could it be that consciousness creates matter? What can we learn from the patterns in physical reality? From DNA to galaxies, spirals appear everywhere in nature – do they hold a key to understanding? In choosing to disregard the non-material, modern science has lost 95 per cent of the Universe to dark matter, dark energy and other convoluted theories. By shifting our perspective on reality, what can we learn about the nature of the 95 per cent? Is it possible that the fundamental nature of reality is information?

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Graham Nicholls – Navigating the Out Of Body Experience: Part Two

March 13, 2015

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Graham Nicholls discusses his books Avenues of the Human Spirit and Navigating the Out of Body Experience. The talk includes the nature of the out of body experience, the science behind it, and the state of current research into OBEs. Out of body experiences can be self-induced, but can they be controlled? Are out of body experiences always positive, and might they ultimately have a purpose? What might they tell us about the nature of consciousness and the possibility of life after death? Other subjects touched upon include remote viewing, near death experiences, reincarnation, quantum entanglement and the notion of extended mind and collective consciousness, and the role of sound in altered states of consciousness. We also discuss the skeptic community and their role in denying and debunking non-material forces and psychic phenomena in general.

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Graham Nicholls – Navigating the Out Of Body Experience: Part One

March 8, 2015

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Graham Nicholls discusses his books Avenues of the Human Spirit and Navigating the Out of Body Experience. The talk includes the nature of the out of body experience, the science behind it, and the state of current research into OBEs. Out of body experiences can be self-induced, but can they be controlled? Are out of body experiences always positive, and might they ultimately have a purpose? What might they tell us about the nature of consciousness and the possibility of life after death? Other subjects touched upon include remote viewing, near death experiences, reincarnation, quantum entanglement and the notion of extended mind and collective consciousness, and the role of sound in altered states of consciousness. We also discuss the skeptic community and their role in denying and debunking non-material forces and psychic phenomena in general.

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Randall S. Powers & Steven Konkoly – Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required

March 2, 2015

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Randall S. Powers and Steven Konkoly discuss their book Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required. Prepping – or preparedness – is simply about taking steps in your own life which could potentially be of great benefit in the event of a crisis or disaster situation. It has, however, become embroiled with the popular clichés of survivalism and images of groups or individuals holed up in armed redoubts with a million cans of beans and enough weapons to start a war. Back in the real world, beyond popular post-apocalyptic fantasies, there are many often more mundane events which have the potential to seriously disrupt our daily lives. Terrorism, economic meltdown, natural disasters and pandemics such as Ebola and avian flu regularly hit the headlines. But even something as simple as a prolonged power outage or severe winter freeze can – and has – left thousands of citizens on the back foot with inadequate supplies of food, water and other essentials with which to ride out such an emergency.

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Dave McGowan – Murder, Mystery, Mayhem: The Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream

February 20, 2015

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Dave McGowan discusses his book Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream. In the 1960s and early 1970s, California’s Laurel Canyon was a magical place where a dizzying array of musicians congregated to create the soundtrack to those turbulent times. Members of bands such The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Eagles, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Steppenwolf, Captain Beefheart, Alice Cooper and The Doors, along with singer/songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King and Jackson Browne, lived, loved, and jammed together in a seemingly idyllic community nestled in the Hollywood Hills.

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