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STTW on Kindle, E-Readers

Dear readers,

I am pleased to let you know that my book, STTW, is now on Kindle. It should also be on other e-book formats, as well.

You can view it right here on Amazon.

There are some very minor changes and corrections in this version, which I suppose makes it the second edition.

Thanks for all the wonderful responses and kindly reviews thus far. It means a lot to me to know that I’m not typing away into the digital ether. That these words met you, somewhere.

More words are coming.

Coming out of the Psychedelic Closet

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VLTRrcLs_w[/embed] “No culture on earth is as heavily narcotized as the industrial West in terms of being inured to the consequences of maladaptive behavior,” Terence McKenna wrote in Food of the Gods, “we pursue a business as usual attitude in a surreal atmosphere of mounting crisis and irreconcilable contradictions.” Denying and repressing a knowledge of certain psycho-actives, while sanctioning others (like opiates, uppers and pain-killers), our legal relationship with drugs is complicated and contradictory to say the least. Of course, “black market” drugs, taken without informed consent, cause even more problems. Thankfully, historical websites like Erowid and the recent, scientific drug research via MAPS and other therapeutic uses for psychoactive compounds has come to light. The tables have turned. Yet, this doesn’t excuse those of us psychonauts who have been exploring altered states of consciousness from “coming out of the psychedelic closet.” That’s why conversations, like this one between long-time Reality Sandwich contributor and author Gabriel D. Roberts and Dr. Ingrid Walker of the University of Washington Tacoma, are critically important. Gabe and Ingrid discuss some of the paradoxical ways we think about psychoactive substances in American culture through fear and embrace.

Read the full blog post on Reality Sandwich

The 6th Annual Ayahuasca Monologues: 2015

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Here are a  few shots from last night's Ayahuasca Monologues, the 6th annual event originated by Jonathan Talat Phillips. A spin off the Vagina Monologues, the Ayahuasca Monologues is an attempt to bring healing, and transformative, psychedelic experiences "out of the closet" in modern culture. This year we held the monologues at the Santos Party House in Manhattan.

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Speaking above is Luis Eduardo Luna, anthropologist and ayahuasca researcher (who discussed the fascinating history of ayahuasca, the very little we know about it, and the important recognition of the loss of knowledge from the destruction of the indigenous populations of the Americas). Other speakers in our line up included Chris Kilham (FOX Medicine Hunter), Hamilton Morris (VICE), Shelly Mars (performance artist), John Sheldon (musician) and Alexandre Tannous (ethnomusicologist).

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I spent most of my time helping with the wares and assisting Jeff, our event organizer. With a line out the door and a packed house, it's clear to me that events like these appeal to a diverse demographic. What I'd like to see is events like this one popping up all over the states, and as one woman noted towards the end of the event: Ayahuasca is just one of many possibilities for a monologue series.

Personally, I'd dig one themed around the modern gnostic/contemplative.

Video/audio recordings are likely on their way (we had a great media team), so stay tuned!

If you're interested in starting an event like this in your city, feel free to reach out to me (jeremy (at) evolver (dot) net) and the rest of the Evolver team.

PS: Here's author Steve Beyer from the 2009 Ayahuasca Monologues, "Out of My Mouth There Flew A Spider":

Let me tell you how I became a sorcerer...

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