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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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Conscious universe

eco | 01 august 17 | Awareness Act
According to Gregory Matloff, a physicist at New York City College of Technology, in his recently published paper, humans could be like the rest of the universe, in substance and in spirit. Futurism reported that a “proto-consciousness field” could extend throughout all space. 

Para-military sense

mind | 01 august 17 | Time
In 2014, the Office of Naval Research embarked on a four-year, $3.85 million research program to explore the phenomena it calls premonition and intuition, or “Spidey sense” for sailors and Marines. 

Beware the Bad News Bubble

cultur | 01 mai 17 | Angus Hervey, medium.com
Forget fake news — the real problem is balance.

2016 Was the Best Year Ever for Renewable Energy

eco | 01 mai 17 | Angus Hervey, medium.com
The fossil fuel giants are starting to freak out.

The Man who Turned On the World: Nick Sand, Orange Sunshine LSD chemist, Dies at 75

mind | 01 mai 17 | Casey Hardison, realitysandwich.com
The undaunted spirit and psychedelic warrior of love and light, Nick Sand, the outlaw chemist, died in his sleep on Monday April 24th at the age of 75. Most famous for the Orange Sunshine brand of LSD distributed by the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, Nick Sand was responsible for the manufacture of over 250 million doses of acid.

Can Psychedelic Drugs Induced Higher Levels Of Consciousness Lead To Spiritual Awakening

mind | 01 mai 17 | Jacqueline Ronson, inverse.com
A new study used volunteers to find out the effects of LSD, ketamine and psilocybin, a psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, on the brain. Using brain imaging technology, the study gathered evidence of heightened levels of consciousness in the brains of the volunteers.

Two Lovers, Two Doses of MDMA

mind | 01 mai 17 | Jacqueline Ronson, inverse.com
What if a drug can help teach us to care for each other?

The Future is Local

culture | 01 mai 17 | Local Futures, ecohustler.co.uk
Across the world, people are coming to realize that today’s crises — ecological collapse, economic instability, social disintegration, even terrorism — are inextricably linked to a global economy dependent on rampant consumerism, financial speculation and “free” trade.

Loving Trees

culture | 01 mai 17 | ecohustler.co.uk
Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group.

Consciousness in the Aesthetic Imagination

culture | 29 july 16 | J.F. Martel, Metapsychosis
What can art tell us about the nature of consciousness? Or maybe the question is better framed in McLuhanian terms: What is the message of the medium of art with regard to the nature of consciousness?

Abundance for everybody

eco | 27 july 16 | Sian Cowman, The Ecologist
Rooted in the Andean principles of sharing, resilience and Vivir Bien, the ‘Conscious Food’ program supports a thriving urban activist community in Bolivia.

Awakening from Materialism

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

Planting 50 Million Trees in One Day

eco | 23 july 16 | Elyse Wanshel, The Huffington Post
Thousands of people in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh jostled for space July 11 as they attempted to plant 50 million trees over 24 hours in hopes of shattering the world record.

Prehistoric dope dealers

culture | 21 july 16 | Colin Barras, New Scientist
It must have been something in the air. During a short time window at the end of the last ice age, Stone Age humans in Europe and Asia independently began using a new plant: cannabis.

Addicted to Awe

mind | 19 july 16 | Greater Good Science Center
The creator of “Shots of Awe” and host of “Brain Games,” Jason Silva, discusses his attempts to hack emotions and evoke awe on demand. Filmed at the June 2016 conference The Art & Science of Awe.

The mind isn’t locked in the brain but extends far beyond it

science | 15 july 16 | Keith Frankish, Aeon
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.

The Fertile Ground of Bewilderment

culture | 13 july 16 | Charles Eisenstein
The Brexit vote marks a rare moment of discontinuity, when the usual normalizing narratives falter and a society experiences a fertile and frightening moment of bewilderment.

Evidence for Abundance

life | 11 july 16 | Peter Diamandis, Singularity Hub
Why the world is better than you think in 10 powerful charts.

Translating Meaning Into Life

mind | 9 july 16 | Alan Briskin, The Huffington Post
An intriguing Taoist parable, that is used here as a springboard into an exploration of synchronicity, and the idea of ‘being the change we wish to see in the world’.

The Mind Messing With the Mind

science | 7 july 16 | George Johnson, The New York Times
Descartes’s notion of dualism – mind and body as separate things – has long receded from science. The challenge now is to explain how the inner world of consciousness arises from the flesh of the brain.

Neon Tribes

culture | 5 july 16 | Kingsley L. Dennis, Reality Sandwich
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.

Complex ideas can enter consciousness automatically

science | 3 july 16 | San Francisco State University
Consciousness is more of a conduit for information in the brain rather than an active creator of information. Even complex concepts can enter your consciousness automatically, even when someone tells you to avoid thinking about it.

Magnetic sixth sense in humans

mind | 1 july 16 | Eric Hand, Science
A researcher in US thinks he might have finally found evidence of humanity’s sixth sense – the ability to detect, in some subconscious way, Earth’s magnetic field.

Psychedelic Drugs Are the Ultimate Meal for Your Mind

life | 29 june 16 | Maddie Oatman and Tom Philpott, Mother Jones
“Not only do plants nourish us bodily – they nourish us psychologically.” The legendary food writer Michael Pollan takes us on a trip.

The Universe Is Not a Snowflake

science | 27 june 16 | Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine
Nature’s laws are beautiful because they strike a compromise between boring symmetry and confusing asymmetry, physicists say.

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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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