At the MAPS Psychedelic Science Conference 2010 with experiential journalist Rak Razam, interviewing Rick Doblin, Ralph Metzner, Alex & Allyson Grey, Stan Grof, Charles Grob, Mountain Girl, Alexander “Sasha Shulgin” ...
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Cosmovision: An Aya Odyssey
The following is an excerpt from Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey now available from Icaro Publishing.
“The vine has spread her tendrils across the world and a genuine archaic revival was underway. My bags were packed; South America beckoned, and the ancient mysteries of the rainforest awaited. I wanted in on it…”
Iquitos, Wednesday July 5th., 2006
IQUITOS IS ELECTRIC WITH NOONDAY HUMIDITY as Vance, John and I wade through the horde of locals hustling trinkets outside the Parthenon gates and join the other ayahuasca gringos amassing by the pool. It’s Bowman’s birthday — he’s twenty-four today — and drinking with Guillermo is going to be his present.
We’re waiting for Alexis, a blond, twenty-ish dude from Washington D.C. who’s going to help translate the interview with Guillermo I’ve lined up. Alexis is a Princeton dropout who’s backpacking around on a spiritual path, drinking ayahuasca with shamans and asking critical questions to deepen his own understanding. He’s drunk with Guillermo four times now, and calls him “a fucking Jedi.” When he turns up an hour late, wearing a Corey Feldman School of the Arts t-shirt, I know he’ll fit right in with our media crew.
Vance wants to get out to the Espiritu de Anaconda, Guillermo’s ayahuasca retreat to take some shots before we lose the afternoon light, so we pile into two motorcarros and speed away from the front of the Hotel Parthenon before the touristos bus has even arrived. But our motorcarros get bogged down on the dirt road turnoff from Km 14, a long undulating strip of mud from recent rains, and we get out to walk. The local villagers are busy building a concrete footpath to run from the highway past their village and towards the ayahuasca retreat a few miles in, and part of me wonders if this will facilitate t-shirt and refreshment stalls springing up wherever the gringos go, like mushrooms after a fresh rain.
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anyone who’s in Los Angeles Wed July 8th please come along I’d love to see you, or pass this on to your networks for people you know that might be interested and able to attend, and help seed the vine!
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Project Butterfly welcomes Rak Razam to Los Angeles for the launch of his new book, ‘Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey’ [www.ayathebook.com].
‘Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey’ is part journalistic account, part adventure-memoir of Rak’s travels in South America and the world of Amazonian shamanism.
What is Amazonian shamanism and why is it important to the world today, as we stand on the brink of environmental change and global transformation? Traveling on a magazine assignment to Peru, “experiential journalist” Rak Razam sets out to discover the answers. He joins a growing movement of Western tourists coming for the legal experience of ayahuasca – the “vine of souls” – a South American hallucinogenic plant that is said to heal, and connect to the divine.
In researching the mystery of ayahuasca, Razam undergoes his own shamanic initiation, undergoing numerous tests and trials in the jungle and the psychic landscapes the vine reveals. On the way he encounters a motley crew of characters from rogue scientists that conduct DMT-brain scans on jungle psychonauts; brujo-black magicians wielding their psychic darts; and dozens of indigenous and Western shamans that slowly unravel his cultured mind and reveal the magical landscape of the spirit world.
The evening will cover the booming international business of Amazonian Shamanism and the culture shock between the old world and the new. The difficulties presented given the mix of Amazonian shamanism and Western capitalism. And the ineffable mystery and magic of the ayahuasca experience itself, which cannot be commodified, although the West is certainly trying its best!
This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more and to engage in dialog about plant medicines, shamanism, community and spiritual evolution. We look forward to sharing a wonderful night with you.
Wed JUL 8 :: 7:30pm
To reserve your space for this event please click on the link below::
Project Butterfly Loft
821 Traction Ave #108
Los Angeles CA 90013
Alternative podcaster and author Martin W. Ball heads to Oz this week to talk with Rak Razam, gonzo journalist and editor of the new book, “The Journeybook” . This in-depth discussion analyzes the need for “experiential journalism” to capture the essence of altered states and the shamanic resurgence that Razam is famous for capturing, as well as an in-depth discussion of the current plant-based consciousness movement in Australia.
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Australia’s experiential journalist speaks out on entheogens, ayahuasca, salvia, and global psychedelic culture.
Interview by James Kent
Self-described “experiential journalist” Rak Razam is a busy man: Two wives, two kids, and two new entheogenic books to promote. Editor of “The Journeybook: Travels on the Frontiers of Consciousness” and author of “Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey”, Razam has his finger on the pulse of the Australian entheo scene and the global awakening. He graciously took the time to answer our questions for this exclusive DoseNation interview.
Phil’s sitting on a bed in a crashpad somewhere in the UK about to smoke Salvia Divinorum, an ancient Mazatec hallucinogenic herb. He’s a gangly lad in his 20s with shoulder-length dark hair, dressed in blue jeans and a dark t-shirt. As his friend hands him the bong he bites his lip in anticipation of this strange new drug he’s about to be filmed taking, which will later be posted on YouTube and broadcast to the world.
The background music is “Over The Line” by The Crystal Method from the Tweekend album, a chilled favourite of the salvia set. Phil’s friend lights the bong — it’s a 5x dose, not a massive hit but a decent sized pinch. Smoke curls up the chamber. Phil coughs, quickly holds his nose to stop any smoke escaping, then leans back against the wall as the effects start to come on. Within seconds he’s in another world. A smile breaks across his face and he keeps reaching forward like he’s grasping for something interdimensionally, trying to cut and open a door in the air with his hands.
“Ah, now I get it,” he says, his speech slurred and his body motor control impaired. He begins fidgeting around on the bed, gesticulating erratically. “Whooaww, whooaahhh” he says, over and over, waving his arms above his head like he’s at a rock concert. It’d be tragic if it wasn’t so funny.
Read the full story, excerpted from The Journeybook: Travels on the Frontiers of Consciousness here.
From Wired magazine and NASA:
Wired Science News for Your Neurons
The 2012 Apocalypse — And How to Stop It
* By Brandon Keim Email Author
* April 17, 2009 |
* 2:37 pm |
* Categories: Space
For scary speculation about the end of civilization in 2012, people usually turn to followers of cryptic Mayan prophecy, not scientists. But that’s exactly what a group of NASA-assembled researchers described in a chilling report issued earlier this year on the destructive potential of solar storms.
Entitled “Severe Space Weather Events — Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts,” it describes the consequences of solar flares unleashing waves of energy that could disrupt Earth’s magnetic field, overwhelming high-voltage transformers with vast electrical currents and short-circuiting energy grids. Such a catastrophe would cost the United States “$1 trillion to $2 trillion in the first year,” concluded the panel, and “full recovery could take 4 to 10 years.” That would, of course, be just a fraction of global damages.
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An interview conducted mid-April 2009 with Ryder Susman of the hip Gen Y video site Vive Cool City.com. Here we talk about The Journeybook, being an “experiential” journalist into psychedelic media, and one of the stories in The Journeybook, “Divine Voyeurs, The Salvia YouTube Trip”.
“The Whole Universe Is One Family”> interview with Nobel Peace Prize winner Rajendra Pachauri | Undergrowth
‘It’s all about green energy’ – Solutions to climate change can lead to a philosophical shift in the way we develop, explains Rajendra Pachauri, winner of the Nobel peace prize and chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Rajendra Pachauri has a particular mission to bring light out of darkness. The recipient of last year’s Nobel peace prize wants to put electric lighting into the world’s 1.6bn poorest homes, which lack power. So will this increase the world’s carbon footprint? Well, no. He has developed solar powered lamps to market worldwide, including to the 64m rural homes without electricity in India. The handheld lamps will replace kerosene and can be assembled by local entrepreneurs.
full story here.
FOXNews.com – Flowing Blood Could Power iPods, Cell Phones – Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News
Power generated from flowing blood, simple body movements or a gentle breeze could one day be converted to electricity to charge iPods, cell phones and other personal electronic devices.
Researchers reported today they can harvest energy by converting low-frequency vibrations, like simple body movements, the beating of the heart or movement of the wind, into electricity by using zinc oxide nanowires that conduct the electricity.
The nanowires are piezoelectric — they generate an electric current when subjected to mechanical stress.
Other schemes have been devised to generate power in a backpack as you hike or from a device attached to the knee. Those are comparatively bulky, however.
full story here.
A HUNDRED years ago a group of foreign diplomats gathered in Shanghai for the first-ever international effort to ban trade in a narcotic drug. On February 26th 1909 they agreed to set up the International Opium Commission—just a few decades after Britain had fought a war with China to assert its right to peddle the stuff. Many other bans of mood-altering drugs have followed. In 1998 the UN General Assembly committed member countries to achieving a “drug-free world” and to “eliminating or significantly reducing” the production of opium, cocaine and cannabis by 2008.