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More and more I have come to admire resilience. Not the simple resistance of a pillow, whose foam returns over and over to the same shape, but the sinuous tenacity of a tree: finding the light newly blocked on one side, it turns in another. A blind intelligence, true. But out of such persistence arose turtles, rivers, mitochondria, figs -- all this resinous, unretractable earth

Jane Hirshfield
 
Overtones and Undercurrents: Spirituality, Reincarnation, and Ancestor Influence in Entheogenic Psychotherapy

01 september 17 | Ralph Metzner
Drawing on more than 50 years’ experience as a transpersonal psychotherapist, Ralph Metzner explores the spiritual overtones, karmic undercurrents, and ancestral connections that shape our individual psychologies. Through the healing experiences he describes, the author reveals how attending to karmic undercurrents and spiritual overtones can often bring about a peaceful resolution to long-standing distress and spiritual alienation.

 

DNA – The Story of the Genetic Revolution

01 september 17 | James D. Watson, Andrew Berry and Kevin Davies
James D. Watson, the Nobel laureate whose pioneering work helped unlock the mystery of DNA’s structure, charts the greatest scientific journey of our time, from the discovery of the double helix to today’s controversies to what the future may hold. Updated to include new findings in gene editing, epigenetics, agricultural chemistry, as well as two entirely new chapters on personal genomics and cancer research.

 

Art Forms in Nature

01 september 17 | Ernst Heackel
Ernst Heinrich Haeckel (1834–1919) was renowned as one of the foremost early exponents of Darwinism. The Kunstformen contains 100 beautiful lithographic plates which show a multitude of unusual life forms: Radiolaria, Foraminifera, and other forms of microscopic life; jellyfishes, starfishes, calcareous sponges, star corals, barnacles, and other sea life; mosses, lichens, red algae, ferns, fungi, orchids, and other plants; and turtles, moths, spiders, bats, frogs, lizards, hummingbirds, and antelope. (Reprint of Kunstformen der Natur, 1904).

 

So Much Things to Say – The Oral History of Bob Marley

01 september 17 | Roger Steffens
A myth-shattering history of one of the most influential musicians of all time told in the words of those who knew him best. Roger Steffens is one of the world’s leading Bob Marley experts. He toured with the Wailers in the 1970s and was closely acquainted with Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and the rest of the band members. Over several decades he has interviewed more than seventy-five friends, business managers, relatives and confidants — many speaking publicly for the first time.

 

Shamanic Haealing – Traditional Medecine for the Modern World

01 september 17 | Itzhak Beery
This book offers a definition of the mind that illuminates the how, what, when, where, and even why of who we are, of what the mind is, and what the mind’s self has the potential to become. MIND takes the reader on a deep personal and scientific journey into consciousness, subjective experience, and information processing, uncovering the mind’s self-organizational properties that emerge from both the body and the relationships we have with one another, and with the world around us.

 

 

 

 

Sekmet – Transformation in the Belly of the Goddess

01 september 17 | Nicky Scully
Healer Nicki Scully teaches shamanic rituals with the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet. This guide to shamanic healing clearly explains who a shaman is and how he or she works, demystifying the shamanic healing worldview. By sharing these healing methods, the author reveals the importance of shamanic practices in resolving our 21st-century emotional and physical problems and their importance to the future of humanity and the planet.

 

 

 

 

The Eight Immortal Healers

01 september 17 | MantakChia
The Eight Immortals are a group of legendary ancient Taoist masters, each associated with a specific area of health or a powerful healing technique. By following the Eight Immortal Healers, you can take control of your health, remove the root causes of the chronic ailments, and live life to the fullest.

 

 

 

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The Terpene Revolution

culture | 01 august 17 | nytimes.com
In the last few years, calls for marijuana to be researched as a medical therapy have increased. It may be time for us to consider the same for psychedelic drugs

Can Psychedelics Be Therapy? Allow Research to Find Out

culture | 01 august 17 | nytimes.com
In the last few years, calls for marijuana to be researched as a medical therapy have increased. It may be time for us to consider the same for psychedelic drugs

Some People Swear That 'Microdosing' LSD on the Job Makes You a Better Worker

culture | 01 august 17 | time.com
Cocaine is to Wall Street as LSD is to…Silicon Valley? Sort of

The Trip Treatment

culture | 01 august 17 | newyorker.com
Research into psychedelics, shut down for decades, is now yielding exciting results.

MAPS Bulletin Spring 2017: Vol 27, No. 1 Special Edition: Psychedelic Science

culture | 01 august 17 | maps.org
This special issue of the MAPS Bulletin, on the occasion of Psychedelic Science 2017, highlights the tremendous progress that the field of psychedelic research has made since our previous Psychedelic Science conferences in 2010 and 2013. There is now more psychedelic research taking place than at any time in the last 50 years.

The Manual of Psychedelic Support

culture | 01 august 17 | psychsitter.com
The Manual of Psychedelic Support is a comprehensive guide to setting up and running compassionate care services for people having difficult drug experiences at music festivals and similar events. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

Good acid music – How to Pick Music for People on LSD

life | 01 august 17 | sociedelic.com
Since its 60s counterculture heyday, LSD has been closely associated with music. But it’s not just artistic proclivities that link them: Researchers have found that listening to music can actually affect the LSD experience on a neurological level—and they have brain scans to back it.

Marijuana May Boost, Rather Than Dull, the Elderly Brain

culture | 01 august 17 | scientificamerican.com
Marijuana May Boost, Rather Than Dull, the Elderly Brain

The meaning of life in a world without work

life | 01 august 17 | theguardian.com
Most jobs that exist today might disappear within decades. As artificial intelligence outperforms humans in more and more tasks, it will replace humans in more and more jobs.

Diet and the Endocannabinoid System

culture | 01 august 17 | realitysandwich.com
Cannabis has been a friend to humankind since before the written word, providing fiber for cordage and cloth, seeds for nutrition, and roots, leaves and flowers for ritual and healing. During the Neolithic period, our ancestors discovered uses for every part of cannabis, which was one of the first agricultural crops, perhaps the first, ever to be grown and harvested some 12,000 years ago.

The Working Man's Guide to Microdosing

culture | 01 august 17 | mensjournal.com
The promise of microdosing is tantalizing: Take a mini-hit of a mind-altering substance, and you can be more creative, less stressed and anxious, and even work harder, all without rendering yourself intoxicated.

Nuclear weapons now banned under international law

life | 01 august 17 | greenpeace.org
At UN Headquarters in New York, a global treaty banning nuclear weapons has been adopted. This is an historic moment: according to the treaty, to possess and develop nuclear weapons is now illegal under international law

Volcanic orgins of life

life | 01 august 17 | scientificamerican.com
Deep oceans were thought to hold life’s origins. New evidence points instead to an active volcanic landscape. The origin of life us not just a simple story of individual, competing cells: a new vision of life’s start could be a communal unit of protocells that survived and evolved through collaboration and sharing of innovation rather than strict competition.

Give it away now

life | 01 august 17 | Fibromyalgic Resources
People who are generous experience mood-enhancing tranformations according to a recent study by Philippe Tobler of the University of Zürich in Switzerland. Tobler gave $100 to 50 participants over the course of a few weeks. Half of the participants were to spend the money on themselves, the other half on someone they already knew. As it turns out, your mood is enhanced if you give someone a present – no matter how big or small.

What causes fibromylgia

life | 01 august 17 | Fibromyalgic Resources
Researchers have found the main source of pain in fibromyalgia patients, and contrary to what many believe, it does not stem from the brain but from excess blood vessels in the hands, legs and feet. „This mismanaged blood flow could bet he source of muscular pain and achiness, and the sense of fatigue which are thought to be due to a build-up of lactic acid and low levels of inflammation.“

Scientists develop new supplement that can repair, rejuvenate muscles in older adults

science | 01 august 17 | medicalxpress.com
Whey protein supplements aren’t just for gym buffs according to new research from McMaster university. When taken on a regular basis, a combination of these and other ingredients in a ready-to-drink formula have been found to greatly improve the physical strength of a growing cohort: senior citizens. While a number of isolated nutritional ingredients have been shown to fight muscle deterioration, this is the first time such ingredients – which include whey protein, creatine, vitamin D, calcium and fish oil – have been combined and tested for this purpose.

Virtual Reality can conquer real pain

science | 01 august 17 | iflscience.com
Anyone who thinks virtual reality is just a sideshow for gamers should pay close attention to the stunning results it’s achieving in the medical world.

Another unconventional approach to cancer

science | 01 august 16 | iflscience.com
This treatment involves the genetic alteration of the patient’s white blood cells, Through a range of different methods, the genes of the patient’s own cells are edited with breath-taking precision using synthetic viruses or CRISPR; these augmented cells are then reintroduced back into their bodies and their immune systems do the rest of the work.

Seeing without eyes – hope for the visually impaired

science | 01 august 16 | New Scientist 
Arthur Lowery, a Monash University professor, is developing a “bionic eye” where a camera mounted on a pair of glasses will feed information about the world directly to the brain, bypassing most of the visual system entirely.

Millbrook Revisited

culture | 1 august 17 | timeline.com
Ecstatic Highs, Techno-Trance and Digital Gnostics – Popular culture has a great way of taking various forms and practices and utilizing them to reinforce mental, emotional, and physical conditioning and patterns of behaviour.

No Reason To Get Excited

life | 01 august 17 | inc.com
Rude drivers who merge at the last second are doing us a favor, according to science.

MDMA to be used in treating alcohol addiction

science | 01 august 17 | huffingtonpost.com
Earlier clinical studies have shown the drug can be effective in treatments for PTSD and anxiety.

Smaller steps for mankind

eco | 01 august 17 | phys.org
The most effective ways for individuals to reduce their carbon footprints, according to new research.

Roshi Joan’s 75th birthday

life | 01 august 17 | Upaya Zen Center News
This July is a special month for Upaya Zen Center. Roshi Joan Halifax, Upaya founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher is celebrating a milestone birthday this year, her 75th.

First object teleported to earth's orbit

science | 01 august 17 | bbc.com
If the mind is not bounded by the brain or the skin, where does it stop? What is the boundary line? The short answer is that there isn’t one – not a stable one, at any rate.

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A New Story for Humanity

The film was inspired by the New Story Summit at the Findhorn Foundation: a multicultural, multigenerational enquiry into a new story for humanity, attended by change makers and activists from over 50 countries.




Going Furthur
Fifty years after the iconic first Trip, Ken Kesey’s son Zane took Furthur - and his father’s legacy - back on the road for its longest running tour in history, armed with a new band of Merry Pranksters.




Our Beautiful Planet

A breathtaking portrait of Gaia from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before.




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Silent Went The Sea

A preview of Offthesky’s new album. A lethargic ocean that pauses to breathe and then stays there, halfway through its eternal cycle. The sea is an ageless, prehistoric body, as old as the Earth itself.




beyond

New York producer kj sets wake in between a period of restful sleep and gradual awakening. The delayed romanticism of beyond is an all-too-short, sugar-sweet dream, tinted with a pink sky.




Delicate Power

A hypnotic rhythmic tune from Antonymes’ sublime new album For Now We See Through A Glass Dimly, and the release features of the original album version plus five re-workings.




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