Just published, and highly recommended…
The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide
You’ll recognize Jim’s name as one of our regular (though pithy) contributors. He’s a very dear friend of mine and a spiritual guide to me and many others. I have a feeling this important book will become an instant and lasting classic.
Called “America’s wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use,” James Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. In this guide to the immediate and long-term effects of psychedelic use for spiritual (high dose), therapeutic (moderate dose), and problem-solving (low dose) purposes, Fadiman outlines best practices for safe, sacred entheogenic voyages learned through his more than 40 years of experience–from the benefits of having a sensitive guide during a session (and how to be one) to the importance of the setting and pre-session intention.
miscellany from ireland…
Several of you sent in supportive messages, urgings to take it easy, etc. Thanks for those. I’m still searching around for my new pace, and my new focus, and my energy is beginning to return (hooray!). Whatever I end up doing, I won’t be ignoring cyberjournal. We’ve been through a lot over the years, and I’d be lonely without you folks.
Howard Switzer wrote:
I was thinking on what you should write about now and thought maybe what we need is a realistic but hopeful story of how humanity made the difficult passage through the collapse of civilization to a much more harmonious mode of human habitation. We need a hopeful but believable scenario to take hold in the collective mind to move us toward a more balanced relationship with the planet. Planetary thinking and networking with action focused on establishing the local food, fiber and fuel networks with all nutrient and materials loops in closed systems.
I think there’s plenty of green consciousness out there, active in some and latent in others. What I see as lacking is a certain strategic perspective in the localization movement, not seeing the equal importance of politics and sustainability. The We the People vision, of Jim Rough and Wisdom Councils, is not part of the localization movement generally. The two together, I think (hope?), is what could produce a truly empowered community.
In the story, as I tell it, the means of social transformation is a cultural virus. Not an idea or a story or a film, but a transformative collective experience. As a seed, I envision a diverse community, with internal conflict and strife initially, that emerges into an empowered We by means of learning to listen to one another. It then goes on to become a vibrant ‘model community’ of ‘the new sustainable empowered world’, and communities everywhere start emulating and improving on the process. Something along those lines.
If we take that as the bones of a storyboard, then I start thinking in terms of the film, Twelve Angry Men — the story of a jury that goes through a difficult and dramatic process of reaching consensus. One could almost use the same characters, and the same dramatic themes, only cast them into a community context instead of a jury trial context. I’m not a fiction writer however.
If what’s needed is a strategic upgrade in the localization movement, then efforts are perhaps best focused on that movement, rather than with general messages / films. One wonders.
Tony O’Reilly wrote:
Hi Richard,good to see your email, and delighted to read of your progress.Write some poetry! Or a play?!TonyCarrigaline
Sounds like fun. One thing I have been doing is getting new kinds of books from the library and spending more time reading. In the past, I’ve typically read non-fiction to learn, and thrillers and mysteries for entertainment. Now I’m finally beginning to appreciate good literature. Material that expands your own exploration of the human condition, material that comes from a mind you enjoy sharing experiences with.
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