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The Plant Medicine Podcast (MAPS)
Shannon Carlin
Shannon Carlin is the associate director of training and supervision at the MAPS Public Benefit Corp. In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of the programs that prepare mental health and medical professionals to deliver MDMA assisted psychotherapy in approved clinical settings. Today Shannon is sharing what the clinical and legal landscape currently is for MDMA trials. The discussions with the FDA are currently evolving, but Shannon is very optimistic about the direction things are going in. She also talks about the current model of trials that they are conducting and how this promises to yield innovative and tangible results.

Abu Obaida Hassan
The tambour of Abu Obiada was famous throughout Sudan and beyond before the dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir drove the musical superstar underground and into obscurity. “In his 70s heyday, Abu Obaida travelled from Merowe, the home of the Shaigiya people and a centre of Nubian culture, to Khartoum, finding fame as a renegade player of a local stringed instrument known as the tambour.” The music of the Shaigiya people uses call and response to let the audience participate in grand tales of the vicissitudes of love. As his unique style became known around the world, Obaida became an ambassador both for his music and for his people, Read the fascinating article about a man rumored to be dead before a younger generation came to his rescue here.
Ostinato Records, March, 2019

Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly, Un bel di vedremo
Ermonela Jaho
Is she the best soprano the world has seen since Maria Callas (without the drama)? The exceptional Albanian singer lives her roles fervently and with much nuance, lending her characters a new dimension. Now resident in New York, Ermonela Jaho was born in Albania and first began to take singing lessons when she was just six. At fourteen, she was taken to the Tirana Opera House for the first time where she heard La traviata and decided to become an opera singer. In demand across the world, Ermonela Jaho is particularly recognised for her portrayals of Violetta (La traviata), Madama Butterfly and Suor Angelica (Il trittico). Puccini drew on Japanese folk melodies for the score, one of his most evocative and atmospheric.
The  Royal Opera House, London 2019

Anna Calvi, featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg
Anna Calvi has announced a newly released version of her Mercury Prized third album from 2018, Hunted, featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Julia Holter, Courtney Barnett and Joe Talbot (of Idles). Of the rack with Charlotte Gainsbourg, the English singer-songwriter says: “Charlotte Gainsbourg has taught me so much as a singer, in how the most quiet of utterances can be the most dramatic and powerful of all. When I was writing ‘Eden’ I had Charlottes’s voice in my head – there’s a secrecy and quiet power to this song that has always made me think of her. It’s a dream come true to have collaborated with her.” Anna herself was famously hailed as “the best thing since Patty Smith” by Brian Eno.
Domino, March 2020

We Are Sent Here by History: Go My Heart, Go to Heaven
Shabaka and the Ancestors
Shabaka Hutchings was born in London but moved to Birmingham at the age of two. From the age of six he was raised in his parents’ native Barbados. There as a nine-year-old he picked up the clarinet and practised along to the hip-hop verses of Nas, Notorious Big and Tupac  as well as the rhythms of Crop Over. He returned to England to receive a classical-music degree on the instrument. In London he joined the Tomorrow Warriors programme, a blues workshop led by expat New Orleans trumpeter Abram  Wilson, where Hutchings met many of his future collaborators in the burgeoning South East London jazz scene, where he has established himself as a central figure over the last five years. (Wikipedia)
Verve, March 2020

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Anstatt eines Editorials

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Herzliche Grüsse aus der Versenkung,
Susanne G. Seiler


Ein imaginärer Brief von Covid-19 an die Menschen

Stopp. Hör einfach auf.
Das ist keine Bitte mehr. Es ist ein Auftrag.
Wir werden dir helfen.
Wir werden dem Überschall-Hochgeschwindigkeitskarussell Inhalt gebieten...

Wir werden
die Flugzeuge
die Züge
die Schulen
die Einkaufszentren
die Sitzungen
den frenetischen, furiosen Ansturm von Illusionen und «Verpflichtungen»
anhalten, die dich davon abhalten, unser einziges und gemeinsam schlagendes Herz, die Art und Weise, wie wir gemeinsam atmen, in Einklang zu bringen.

Wir sind einander verpflichtet.
So wie es immer war, auch wenn du es vergessen hast, auch wenn ihr es vergessen habt.
Wir unterbrechen diese Sendung, die endlose kakophonische Übertragung von Spaltungen und Ablenkungen, um euch diese bahnbrechende Nachricht zu überbringen:

Uns geht es nicht gut.
Keinem von uns; wir alle leiden.
Im vergangenen Jahr haben die Feuerstürme, die die Lungen der Erde verbrannten, euch keine Pause gegönnt.

Auch nicht die Taifune in Afrika, China und Japan.
Auch nicht die fieberhaften Klimata in Japan und Indien.
Ihr habt nicht zugehört.
Es ist schwer, zuzuhören, wenn ihr die ganze Zeit so beschäftigt seid,
die Bequemlichkeiten und Annehmlichkeiten aufrechtzuerhalten,
die euer Leben erschweren.
Aber das Fundament gibt nach,
Knickt ein unter dem Gewicht eurer Bedürfnisse und Wünsche.

Wir werden euch helfen.
Wir bringen die Feuerstürme in euren Körper
Wir werden das Fieber in euren Körper bringen
Wir werden das Brennen, das Versengen und die Überschwemmung in eure Lungen bringen, damit ihr vielleicht hört:
Uns geht es nicht gut.

Trotz allem, was ihr denken oder fühlen mögt, sind wir nicht der Feind.
Wir sind Botschafter, Verbündeter. Wir sind eine ausgleichende Kraft.
Wir bitten euch, innezuhalten, still zu sein, zuzuhören;
über eure individuellen Sorgen hinauszugehen und die Sorgen aller zu berücksichtigen; eure Unwissenheit zuzulassen, eure Demut zu finden, euren denkenden Verstand aufzugeben und tief in den Verstand des Herzens zu reisen;

Um in den Himmel zu schauen, wo weniger Flugzeugen fliegen, und ihn zu sehen, um seinen Zustand zu bemerken: klar, rauchig, verraucht, regnerisch?
Wie gesund muss die Luft sein, damit auch ihr gesund sein könnt?

Um einen Baum zu betrachten und seinen Zustand zu erkennen:
Wie trägt seine Gesundheit zur Gesundheit des Himmels, zur Luft bei,
die auch du brauchst, um gesund zu sein?

Um einen Fluss zu besuchen und seinen Zustand zu erkennen: klar, sauber, trüb, verschmutzt? Wie gesund muss er sein, damit auch du gesund sein kannst?
Wie trägt seine Gesundheit zur Gesundheit des Baumes bei, der zur Gesundheit des Himmels beiträgt, damit auch du gesund sein kannst?

Viele haben jetzt Angst.
Verteufelt eure Angst nicht und lasst euch nicht von ihr beherrschen.
Lasst sie stattdessen zu euch sprechen – in eurer Stille.
Hört auf auf ihre Weisheit.
Was könnte sie euch über das sagen, was gerade geschieht, worum es geht, wo  Gefahr lauert, über die Bedrohung durch persönliche Unannehmlichkeiten und Krankheit hinaus?

So wie die Gesundheit eines Baumes, eines Flusses, des Himmels etwas über die Qualität deiner eigenen Gesundheit aussagt, was könnte die Qualität deiner Gesundheit dir über die Gesundheit der Flüsse, der Bäume, des Himmels und von uns allen, die wir diesen Planeten mit euch teilen, aussagen?

Halte ein.
Beachte, wenn du dich widersetzt.
Achte darauf, was sich widersetzt.
Frag dich, warum.
Hör auf. Hör einfach auf.
Sei still.
Hör zu.
Frag uns, was wir dich über Krankheit und Heilung lehren können,
was nötig ist, damit alles gut wird.
Wir werden dir helfen, wenn du uns zuhörst.

Liebe wirkt!

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A World Without Work. Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond

Daniel Susskind
Each time an important new technology is developed, fears arise that they will Replace workers by machines. Be it the invention of the printing press, the weaving loom, the railway, electricity, the automobile or computers and robots, protesters were quick to condemn new technologies as dangerous and adverse to human wellbeing. While traditional jobs were lost, new work was created although it did not always benefit everyone equally. The same is valid today, the author argues, as more and more tedious, dirty or repetitious work disappears, to be replaced by either highly skilled engineering, technical or managerial tasks on the one hand or mostly unskilled operators the other. This time around, the middle class is left behind if it does not succeed in replacing administrative work by more service-oriented and independent endeavors. As long as we don’t allow computers to develop true intelligence, all is well, and we may enjoy unprecedented prosperity. (sgs)
Metropolitan Books, February 2020

The Seed of Compassion

His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Bao Luu (Illustrations)
With this simple, powerful text, the Dalai Lama shares the universalist teachings of treating one another with compassion, which Bao Luu illustrates beautifully in vibrant color. In an increasingly confusing world, The Seed of Compassion offers guidance and encouragement on how we all might bring more kindness to it. One of today’s most inspiring world leaders was once an ordinary child named Lhamo Thondup. In a small village in Tibet, his mother was his first great teacher of compassion. In everyday moments from his childhood, young readers begin to see that important lessons are all around us, and that they, too, can grow to truly understand them. For the first time the Dalai Lama addresses children directly, sharing lessons of peace and compassion, told through stories of his own childhood.
Kiyak, March 2020

Earth Spirit Dreaming. Shamanic Ecotherapy Practices

Elizabeth E. Meacham, Ph.D.
Many people wish for a closer relationship with the natural and spiritual worlds but don’t know how to achieve it. We know that nature signals to us but how do we attain a better understanding of what she is saying to us, both on a collective and an individual level? And may we be as presumptuous as to think that we can heal her (rather than giving her the space to heal herself)? Elizabeth Meacham takes a shamanic approach, “translating transformative ideas from visionary environmental thinkers into engaging shamanic rituals for profound spiritual growth, Meacham offers dozens of practices to connect to Earth, to Spirit, and to the Dream world… Calling us back to a living nature spirituality, this handbook offers much needed guidance on the essential journey back to an intimate love of Earth.”
Findhorn Press, March 2020

Quantum Science of Psychedelics. The Pineal Gland, Multidimensional Reality, and Mayan Cosmology

Carl Johan Calleman, Ph.D.
This multidimensional perspective explains why altered states of consciousness exist and how they work. It describes the role of the pineal gland for the human mind, how it controls our state of consciousness and how it can connect us to the cosmic Tree of Life. Carl Johan Calleman reveals the quantum science of the Maya, a science lost to the modern world that explains the phenomenology of psychedelics and altered states of consciousness. The ancient Maya had a sophisticated understanding of the multidimensional nature of reality and the forces that drive the evolution of consciousness: Quantum waves, illustrated by the Mayan Calendar, emanate from the center of the universe and activate new phases in the evolution of consciousness through holographic resonance, which alters the dualities of the human mind.
Bear & Company, March 2020

The Night Watchman

Louise Edrich
In The Night Watchman multi-award winning author Louise Erdrich weaves together a story of past and future generations, of preservation and progress. She grapples with the worst and best impulses of human nature, illuminating the loves and lives, desires and ambitions of her characters with compassion, wit and intelligence. It is 1953. Thomas Wazhushk is the night watchman at the first factory to open near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a prominent Chippewa Council member, trying to understand a new bill that is soon to be put before Congress. The US Government calls it an ’emancipation’ bill; but it isn’t about freedom – it threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land, their very identity.
Harper/Collins. March 2020

good to know

Better climate
psychoactive | The Conversation, 28 January 2020
Psychedelics and our relationship with nature

Tied in knots
culture | The Economist, 1 February 2020
An ancient Andean tradition

A fungi to live with
eco | The Conversation, 3 February 2020
Towards a green construction industry

Science | Inverse, 3 February 2020
Anti-solar panels to create electricity at night

eco | pv-magazine, 7 February 2020
More solar and wind energy than coal generated in Europe last year.

Rain drops
science | Engadget, 9 February 2020
Soon a source of renewable energy

Psychedelic posters
culture | NY Times, 10 February 2020
R.I.P. Bonnie Maclean

nature | Smithsonian, 10 February 2020
150’000 free illustrations

Vertical Forest
eco | Mic, 11 February 2020
Turning your apartment into a jungle

Under the influence
life | The Conversation, 13 February 2020
Drugs and crime less related than poverty and crime

Under Lockdown
life | Hyperallergic, 13 February 2020
China’s music scene has taken refuge online

nature | Marijuana Moments, 16 February 2020
CBD administered to horses for soothing effect

Follow the money
psychoactive | Marijuana Moments, 18 February 2020
Cleaner highways and less bullying thanks to Colorado weed

Ringel’s conjecture
science | Quanta Magazine, 19 February 2020
Graphs can be built out of identical smaller parts

eco | Educate Inspire Change, 25 February 2020
Buddhist monks make their own robes

science | The Mind Unleashed, 26 February 2020
The earth is trailed by a second satellite

Public Domain
culture | Open Culture, 27 February 2020
2,8 million images up for grabs online

Safe haven
culture | Guardian, 27 February 2020
First supervised injection site to open in Philadelphia


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