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Meet the greatest graffiti artist in the world: Eduardo Kobra

Let’s talk about brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra, who is the greatest graffiti artist in the world. He started painting in São Paolo’s suburbs and one year ago he stayed in Lisboa’s suburban neighborhood of Marvila for the MuroFestival. Also São Paulo is a global capital of street art and no-one embodies this better than muralist Kobra.

Born in the poor southern neighborhood of Campo Limpo, Kobra learned about graffiti in the early 1980s through his love of hip-hop and by watching movies about New York. Kobra started drawing on walls in hiding, as tagger, even during adolescence. Eduardo Kobra utilizes bright colors and bold lines while staying true to a kaleidoscope theme throughout his art. Specifically, his cunning use of brushes, airbrush, and spray cans serve as a means of bringing to life notable figures from the past, emphasizing their true dignified nature and beauty. His works range from political issues to music, passing by anamorphosis.

“These are the indigenous people of the world,” says Kobra on the Rio 2016 official website. Kobra’s most famous piece to date is Etnias, a massive mural painted to commemorate the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“The idea behind it is that we are all one. We’re living through a very confusing time with a lot of conflict. I wanted to show that everyone is united, we are all connected.”

Today, Kobra’s work can be found all across Brazil and five different continents, and he is constantly receiving invitations to create pieces in the farthest-flung corners of the world.

Raoni by Eduardo Kobra
RAONI – Potugal (2017) The first wall of the Brazilian artist Kobra, in Portugal, a picture of the chief Raoni.
stop wars (Miami, United States 2018) art by Eduardo Kobra
STOP WARS – Miami, United States (2015)
Dali by Eduardo Kobra
DALI – Murcia, Spain (2017)
Mandela by Eduardo Kobra
MANDELA – Malawi (2017) In the city of Blantyre in Malawi, Madonna
Wealth of St. Louis, Maranhao (2017)
ethnicities art by Eduardo Kobra
ETHNICITIES -All Are One (ethnic) – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016)
ethnicities art by Eduardo Kobra
ETHNICITIES -All Are One (ethnic) – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016)
ethnicities art by Eduardo Kobra
ETHNICITIES -All Are One (ethnic) – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016)
ethnicities art by Eduardo Kobra
ETHNICITIES -All Are One (ethnic) – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016)
ethnicities art by Eduardo Kobra
ETHNICITIES -All Are One (ethnic) – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016)
Genial Riding Bike SAO PAULO Brazil - art by Eduardo Kobra
GENIAL RIDING BIKE – São Paulo, Brazil (2015)
NEIL ARMSTRONG - Cincinnati, United States (2015)
NEIL ARMSTRONG – Cincinnati, United States (2015)
FIGHT FOR STREET ART - New York, United States (2014)
FIGHT FOR STREET ART – New York, United States (2014)
MARIARTE - Mexico (2014)
MARIARTE – Mexico (2014)
THE KISS -New York, United States (2012-2016)
THE KISS -New York, United States (2012-2016)
TUPAC AND NOTORIOUS BIG - Miami, United States (2013)
TUPAC AND NOTORIOUS BIG – Miami, United States (2013)

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Taking The Psychedelic Leap

Are you curious about psychedelics? Discover how to potentiate tremendous spiritual transformation, transcend your inner-demons, and deal with “bad trips”.
Richard L. Haight, bestselling author of The Unbound Soul provides a powerful, intimate, unbiased account of hallucinogens as they relate to the spiritual path.
“This book is a page-turner, exciting, and written with captivating imagery that transports you on this psychedelic journey.”
For his journeys, Haight makes use of three ancient shamanic plants found in South, Central, and North America, and he discovers a fresh perspective that catalyzes tremendous personal transformation.


Taking The Psychedelic Leap
Taking The Psychedelic Leap: Ayahuasca, Mushrooms, and Other Visionary Plants along the Spiritual Path

“I’m a purist,” my teacher said. “I don’t believe that psychedelics are necessary or even useful on the path of awakening. I feel that it is up to me to awaken on my own.” He echoed my personally held belief exactly. We were discussing my upcoming trip to the Amazon, where I was considering partaking in an ayahuasca ceremony with an Achuar shaman.

Although I’d had many visions throughout my life, without aid of psychedelics, and I was an avid meditator, actively dedicated to my path of awakening, I felt undeniably pulled to the ayahuasca experience. I had experienced such a pull many times in my life, and I have learned to trust it deeply; with each one that I followed, there was a great, if not always pleasant, lesson that invariably proved to be a milestone in my life.

My purist ideology and the pull to take ayahuasca were diametrically opposed inner forces, so I took the matter to my mentor in hopes of gaining some clarity on the issue. As my mentor and I were of the same ideology, he said that he was ill-suited to advise me on the decision, but he assured me that he trusted whatever I chose. Somehow that helped me, for I was still at a somewhat insecure place in my awakening process. My mentor, sensing my insecurity, told me plainly, “Trust yourself, for in every interaction I have ever had with you, it was clear that you have powerful inner guidance.” Hearing that, I decided my course, and a few months later I was lying at the forest edge of an Achuar village in the midst of a harrowing vision.

After that trip I spent the better part of a decade exploring what I had received from my Amazon experience before I felt the draw to explore psychedelics further. By that time I was an instructor of meditation, autonomic therapy, and Japanese traditional martial arts, as well as a bestselling author on spirituality.

My meditation students and I were discussing the ayahuasca experience when a student asked my opinion about psilocybin mushrooms and whether I thought they could be used as a tool for awakening. As I’d only had one psychedelic experience up to that point in my life, and as mushrooms are distinct from ayahuasca, I had no opinion to offer.

I have had numerous visions throughout my life, and as a result of them I have discovered many powerful tools of awakening: unconditioned meditation, autonomic releasing, and specialized internal martial arts training. Surely there were many other effective tools, I thought. Could psilocybin mushrooms prove themselves to be another spoke on the wheel of awakening leading to the hub—Oneness?

To my surprise during my drive home, while considering my student’s question, I felt a strong pull to try the mushroom. This pull led to an exploration of psychedelics that began with psilocybin mushrooms and ended with the pound-for-pound most powerful of naturally occurring psychedelics known to the modern world, Salvia divinorum, “the diviner’s sage.”

Psychedelics are both hyped and denigrated by differing factions within the awakening community. The more traditionally inclined tend to look negatively upon the use of psychedelics, whereas the more open-minded individuals tend to hail psychedelics. The chasm between these two groups is quite vast. I was caught between these two worlds by my “purist” ideology and the opposing pull to explore these substances.

Heading into this experiment, I hoped that my experiences could somehow begin to bridge the gap between these two groups. My policy is to follow the pull wherever it leads me, come what may. To do otherwise would mar integrity and halt my awakening process. My subsequent experiment with psychedelics involved 12 trips over a two-year period.

In this work I intend to walk you through my approach to psychedelics and to detail my key journeys and what I learned from them. I will also share with you the most current scientific information available on these substances and their potential medical uses, legal statuses, safety profiles, and methods for usage.

Although I thoroughly researched the available literature on these substances before taking them myself, I ultimately followed my inner guidance regarding method, which resulted in an approach that is somewhat distinct from what is typically recommended. I share it with you in case you, too, might find it useful.

This book is not intended to advocate the use of hallucinogens. Instead, it is meant solely as a means of sharing my experiences (the pleasant and the unpleasant), what I learned from them, and how those experiences aided me on my path of awakening.

In the Appendix I include scientific studies and other need-to-know information on the substances that I used.

Before I go further, I need to state that the decision to write this book did not come without much consideration. Although my inner feeling strongly indicated that this book needed to be written, I was concerned—no, highly concerned that the information presented here could inspire some reckless individuals, who neglect common safety protocols, to harm themselves. While the plants that I discuss in this work all have extremely safe profiles, they need to be respected and treated with care, for not every form of death is physical.

After much consideration I realized that people who read and study before taking psychedelics are also likely to be more respectful of psychedelics, and therefore more likely to explore them safely. Please prove me right.

My hope is that this work be of some aid to you in your life and on your path of awakening, regardless of whether you incorporate psychedelics into your path. It is not my intent to persuade the reader one way or the other, regarding psychedelics, but instead, to offer a fresh perspective that will help you to have penetrating clarity in all that you do.

Many readers are doubtlessly more experienced with psychedelics than I am, so I am not writing this work as an expert on hallucinogens. Honestly, human beings know so little about these substances that it might be arrogant for anyone to claim expertise on this topic. Instead, what I am offering is an approach to life that also applies extremely well to psychedelic journeys.

Surely there are many readers who have yet to try psychedelics but who feel drawn to do so at some point along their paths. It is my hope that the approach, information, and resources provided here will help those individuals to have greater understanding of and respect for psychedelics before jumping in.

To those individuals who are convinced that psychedelics have no place on the path of awakening, I know exactly how you feel, for I too held that view for the majority of my own process. Even if you find yourself opposed to the use of psychedelics, it is my hope that you find my approach to life useful and stimulating.

In my case, were it not for an unexpected, deep inner pull that led me to the Amazon, I might never have questioned my ideology. Even with the strong inner knowing that I should take ayahuasca, I did not enter the world of psychedelics lightly, and, in my opinion, neither should anyone else. Whatever the individual chooses on the path of awakening is ultimately the responsibility of the individual—or at least it is wise to behave as if that were the case.

In this work I often describe a “pulling feeling.” The pull is a powerful sign of inner guidance that should not be confused with a common compulsion or urge. It is of a different nature entirely. The more that one follows this pull, when it arises, the more powerful its guidance becomes in your life.

In a way, following the pull requires a leap of faith, for often it will lead you to face your fears and do things that you have been avoiding, despite knowing deep down that those things are right. Sometimes, as is often the case with me, the pull may force you to directly confront your ideologies and beliefs. Eventually it can become so powerful that your body will begin to move entirely on its own through complex activities, so long as you allow it.

In my estimation, the single most powerful thing that people could do on their paths of awakening is to awaken to the pull, for that is your guidance system on your path. From this place of inner guidance I entered my psychedelic journeys.

If the reader has never experienced such a pull, this book might be easily misunderstood. As there is no way to give the pulling experience to the reader, I must accept that limitation and work around it as best as possible. Just know that the rational mind is but one of the most recently developed areas of the brain. Many other powerful structures in the brain can also serve to guide our lives. I merely ask that you suspend your disbelief while reading, so that you may receive as purely as possible.

Here’s to your path of awakening, whatever it may entail!

Many blessings,
Richard L. Haight
January 1, 2018


The Vine of Souls

In late June of 2009, I joined an ecotour group in Ecuador. We spent several days traveling around the country by bus, going from the capital city of Quito to the cloud forest of the Andes, then into the lowland jungles to the headwaters of the Amazon River. We flew into the jungle via a prop-driven Cessna plane, piloted by an Achuar tribesman. Once we landed, we canoed to a small village that had been constructed by the Achuar specifically for ecotourism. We spent a few days at this camp, where we lived in Achuar-made, palm leaf-covered huts, and we hiked through the surrounding jungle to learn about the local flora and fauna.

After a few days we were invited by a shaman in a nearby village to take part in a traditional natem ceremony. Natem is the local word for a powerful psychedelic commonly known as ayahuasca, “the vine of the soul.” We were given detailed information on what to expect once we arrived at the village, what the ceremony would entail, and how to safely navigate the ayahuasca experience. We were all eager to begin our three-hour hike to that village the next day. Those of us who were intending to receive the ayahuasca began fasting.

We left the next afternoon for a silent, prayerful hike to the shaman’s village, led by our Achuar guide. I think I was still a bit nervous at the idea of taking ayahuasca. I didn’t have a very positive view of mind-altering substances because, as a young man, I had used marijuana and alcohol to escape. A lot of resultant suffering followed my misguided use of those substances. Although we had been told that ayahuasca would not alter our sense of self, I was still somewhat suspicious, even as I felt strongly drawn to take it.

A few hours into our trek, we came across some fresh jaguar tracks. The Achuar guide indicated that the cat had passed only minutes earlier, and that our presence had probably scared it off. The tracks, each of them larger than my palm, were clearly visible on the trail. We were in the thick of it, for sure! Unexpectedly, the inspiration I felt from seeing those paw prints put me at ease about the upcoming ceremony.

As we neared the village, we took time to spread out and find solo sit-spots where we could privately construct a list of questions to be answered through the ceremony. After assembling my list, I had a strong feeling that the ayahuasca vision would provide guidance for my life’s mission.

We remained in our sit-spots for 30 minutes before we continued our trek. Within a few minutes we came to a deep, flowing creek with a large fallen tree bridging its banks. A loinclothed Achuar villager looked on in amusement as our guide led us across the creek. We continued through a small valley and up a hill to a clearing atop it that overlooked a vast Amazon tributary. There at the flat center of the hill were two large community huts. We had arrived.

It was already well into afternoon at the time, so we set up our tents near the manioc gardens, a bit away from the main tribal huts.

After setting up our tents, we gathered to discuss the upcoming ceremony and to decide who was going to take the natem and who was planning to help. The helpers assist journeyers in getting to a secure place in the forest for some privacy and safety, and they lead the journeyer back safely once the visionary experience is complete.

We waited in silence near the edge of a high cliff for the sun to set over the vast tributary that flowed below us. The ceremony was soon to begin. About a half hour later, when it was dark enough, we were led to the shaman’s hut and asked to sit on benches around the pillared, open-air rim of the space.

The shaman was an elderly gentleman in traditional attire with an orange, parrot-feathered headband. He was clearly in deep prayer as he stirred the cauldron of neon-orange natem. He whispered in a songlike rhythm as he blew tobacco smoke into the brew, which had been simmering for most of the day. He stirred the natem with clear affection, and then he turned and greeted us.

The ceremony began as he directed me to sit on a stool in front of him. He blessed me with a feather and then gazed at me before he filled a large, decorated clay bowl to the brim with natem. Through a translator, I was told to drink all the liquid quickly. After downing the bitter stuff, I was given some water to wash out my mouth.

Although we were told that the effects of natem would probably start about an hour after consumption, I was feeling something strange within 15 minutes. My entire vascular system began to vibrate, and my blood felt electric. Because we were told that ayahuasca comes on slowly, I thought I might be imagining the strange feelings. Within a minute, dizziness overtook me, and I told my helper, Larry.

“You’re imagining things,” Larry said. “Fifteen minutes is way too quick for effects to begin.” I told him that I was about to puke, and without delay, he guided me away from the hut to the edge of the forest.

My eyes must have been dilated, because the light from the shaman’s hut was overwhelming. I lost all sense of direction and was unable to stand on my own. It was the most disorienting experience of my life.

Larry kindly took my arm over his shoulder and guided me safely to our destination. Once there, I got on my hands and knees to purge before I rolled onto my back, thankful to the earth for holding me steady. A mosquito landed on my forehead and speared my third eye. I felt a pinch, and with that I closed my eyes—the journey had begun.

I heard an undulating vibration like that of millions of cicada in chorus. As the sound intensified, I could feel an energetic pressure rising from the base of my body up to the top of my head, threatening to blow like a volcano. By the time the energy reached the crown of my skull, it was a screaming, high-pitched, frenzy of intensity that finally exploded from the top of my head.

I found myself sitting, eyes open, on the jungle floor during the day. A small, light-blue butterfly fluttered just before me. It had a dot on each wing that looked like eyes. The butterfly fluttered off just as the image of a boldly colored fluorescent lizard flashed before me. Then I found my perspective no longer in the forest but instead in the heart of the earth. A frighteningly powerful voice addressed me. My lesson had begun.

The voice started by teaching me the purpose of life on Earth. I was shown rapidly approaching societal destruction and the renewal to follow. I was taught of the coming of Christ and the resulting shift that would cascade throughout humanity. I was shown that humanity is on the verge of an incredible enlightenment that would come with the mass exposure of corruption rampant at all levels of society. I saw that the three pillars of humanity—economy, ecology, and society—will soon fail.

I was shown that consciousness from the center of the galaxy will be bathing the solar system with ever-increasing intensity. And with this intensity, the corruption, greed, and selfishness that run through society will cause civilization to implode, destroying everything around it.

I was shown that the attitude people take toward the changes in society will determine one of two possible futures. If people selfishly resist positive change, the human population, as well as most of the flora and fauna of the planet, will be reduced to near-extinction levels.

Suddenly, I found myself immersed in the unbearable suffering of humanity. Although there were no images, what I felt is well beyond my capacity to describe.

Then I was removed from that hell and shown the second possibility. If humans choose to embrace the changes with a positive attitude, determined to learn and to live in a way that loves and honors all of life, then things won’t be quite as difficult.

I was dipped into the hellish suffering represented by this possible future. Even in this lesser hell, the mass suffering was beyond my comprehension. Due to the momentum of our societal structures, I was shown that mass suffering was unavoidable. The only question remaining was the degree of suffering that we would experience on this planet. I so wanted to know whether there was some other path that didn’t result in hell, but ayahuasca denied me.

After the collapse, I saw that the remaining population would transition into a truly inspiring, enlightened way of life. People will live positive, inspired lives in communion with all things. I was shown that, after the collapse, what we now call miracles will be considered perfectly normal and natural.

I saw how truly important attitude is to the awakening process. It is wise to treat our experience on Earth as we might a school and a teacher. Use the experiences that life offers as opportunities to exercise a positive, loving attitude. The experiences will not always be pleasant, and many will be hard. But consider any good sports coach. Does that coach baby us in hopes that we will gain skill and ability? Not at all. The coach challenges us to our limits, and sometimes even beyond, knowing that through hard training we will gain ability and strength. How well we do is dependent upon how coachable we are. Consider that the Earth experience is training, but instead of adding through this training, we are stripping away all that is blocking us from our deepest, innermost harmony.

I saw an image of the planet wrapped by a serpent that was eating its own tail—the ouroboros. I saw in this symbol the idea that experience is earned by the individual, and that there are no accidents. The head of the snake, representing the present moment, is consuming its own tail, the past.

I was shown that we have created the world we live in through past incarnations, just as we are now creating the world we will be born into in future incarnations.

We get experiences that will challenge us. The attitude that we take toward those experiences is totally up to us. Eventually, when the shallow life that prioritizes pleasure, power, safety, comfort, approval, and distraction fails to satisfy, we will wake up to the training opportunity. Upon taking up the training, we will find the opportunity to realize our fundamental nature, which is harmonious.

I was shown that there are many more people on the planet now who are ready to graduate the school of the Earth than there have ever have been at any time in the history of this planet. First, one person will graduate and light the way for a great enlightenment on Earth.

I was shown that, for roughly the next thousand years, this planet will remain at a high state of harmony and provide a wonderful opportunity to graduate for many individuals. Imagine living in a world where everyone lives positive, inspired lives and seeks understanding, a world where awakening is possible for all. What a beautiful world it would be.

I saw that attitude is the key to awakening, and that an awakened individual has mastered right attitude. We must not seek a savior. Each individual needs to take responsibility for their own path, with integrity, ever opening to the deepest place of being within.

You may have many teachers and guides during your life, but learn from them wisely, without relying on them or trusting them blindly. Do not worship them, for no one is any more or less spiritual than you are.

With right attitude, one learns constantly from others while questioning and testing everything within one’s own life. Most importantly, we will begin to learn from our innermost being, through the process of awakening; we will no longer treat the people, the flora, and the fauna of the world merely as resources to be exploited, for we will see the intrinsic value and beauty that is inherent to everything. That doesn’t mean we will no longer participate in the harvest. Instead, we will see that harvesting with right attitude is vitally important to maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

I was given instructions to prepare for my mission on Earth. By combining the martial, meditation, and healing arts that I was studying in Japan, I would discover a principle that would then transform those arts into a path of enlightenment that would, in turn, aid many to graduate the school of the earth.

After the vision was over, Larry led me back to the shaman’s hut. I was directed to the shaman’s table, where I was energetically cleansed with a feather and the shaman’s breath. I spent the next few hours lying on the ground, stargazing until my body had normalized enough to walk, and then I returned to my tent and slept for the rest of the night.

I woke up the next morning feeling physically healthy aside from the miserable pain of hemorrhoids that had blown up to the size of a golf ball from the internal pressure generated by the experiences of Hell.

Psychologically, I was in a state of shock, for I could not forget what I was shown of the horrors to come. I wanted to discount the vision, but the more I thought about it, the more I was convinced that our society was sprinting off a cliff. I knew that nations worldwide were suffering social decay, and that the financial system was already careening. After all, it was 2009, just a year after the global financial system almost collapsed. Thanks to corruption in banking and in government, I didn’t believe that the banking system was being honestly reformed. And regarding the environment, I could clearly see decline in my own lifetime. Rationally speaking, I could see that all three pillars of civilization were in rapid decline. To me, there simply was no logical escape route for humanity, and that was a depressing realization.

Although we returned to our village later that morning by canoe, I do not remember much of the trip, so immersed within myself was I. I was trying to get a grip on the enormity of what I was shown, but my psychological grasp was just too small for the task. In retrospect, I am sure I was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. My own mission regarding the coming changes was too much to digest, so for the rest of the trip, I was pulled into myself and out of touch.

Before the vision I was a highly engaged, positive, leading element in our group, but after the vision, it was as if a switch were flipped. I was quiet and disengaged. Many group members kindly showed concern and tried to get me to speak of my vision, but I felt that sharing the vision was inappropriate, so I remained bottled up for the remainder of the trip.

Several years passed before I had digested enough of the vision to share details with anyone other than my wife and my martial arts instructor. My instructor found the idea of combining the healing, meditation, and martial arts intriguing, so we began training privately for many hours every day—he taught me martial arts, and I taught him meditation and Sotai-ho, a healing art that I was licensed to teach.

As I was living in Japan for the purpose of training, I used the next few years to explore the power of attitude within my training. I was interested in how the unconditioned power of appreciation and love could be applied to the therapy, meditation, and martial arts that I was studying. I was searching for a way of being that expedited the path of awakening, while simultaneously advancing my studies in the arts.

My martial arts instructor fully supported my search, and by means of inner correction, we progressed rapidly in the arts. After a few years, I received master’s licenses in four samurai arts to go along with my license in Sotai-ho. I returned to America to fulfill my responsibilities.

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Taking The Psychedelic Leap is a book for you if:

  • You are serious about spiritual awakening but are unsure whether psychedelics are right for you
  • You are frightened by the prospect of “bad trips” but still feel pulled to psychedelics
  • You already employ psychedelics but are looking for a fresh, more powerful approach
  • You want to confront your own deepest, oldest inner demons, but you’re having trouble “getting there”
  • You want to live a life filled with love and courage, beyond all excuses

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Thank you for reading From the Soul. It is my deepest prayer that you enjoyed the story and that some of the insights held within these pages prove valuable to you on your personal path of awakening.

For countless eons human beings have initiated the transference of knowledge through story, and learning through stories is in the very nature of human beings. It is in the spirit of honoring human nature that I include my personal story of awakening in hopes that it will expedite your own awakening process.

Stories, when properly applied, give context to teachings, and without context all teachings, all principles may lead astray or be forgotten entirely. It is essential, however, that the learning not end with the story. We need to embrace the teachings and principles through practice in daily life to awaken the seed of consciousness within. Once we begin applying these principles to our lives the awakening process gains momentum and ultimately reveals the harmonious power within that transforms your life.

It is my sincerest hope that you are inspired to take the next step by reading further to discover the principles, teachings, and methods, so that you may begin applying them to your life. In this way you will discover the pearl beyond price that lies hidden within you!

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Transylvaliens Festival – The aliens have landed

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In the heart of nature, far away from daily life, stressful environments and crowded cities, we welcome you, aliens from all over the world, to a one-of-a-kind open-air gathering where the most amazing people coexist in full harmony like one big and beautiful family, the Transylvaliens Festival!

Surrounded only by the beautiful scenery of the wild Transylvanian landscapes we gather every year to celebrate people, nature and arts through music, painting, visual projects, theater shows, handmade workshops and a lot of other activities that bring us together. We started in 2014 with positive vibes, a lot of love and good friends and our family has been growing and growing since!

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The sound of the Transylvaliens Festival is gifted to you by fantastic goa trance & psychedelic trance artists from all across the globe. They will make you dance, day and night, at one of our two stages, each one with its specific mood and own character.
Before the big gathering in Romania, we travel around the world to diverse locations to meet you and bring the Transylvaliens spirit closer to everyone. All eyes and ears on us to find out where we will land next for one of our “out of this world” promo parties!

Join the global Alien family and meet new and exciting people, dance under the summer sky, relax in the sun, heal and meditate in the moonlight, disconnecting from your everyday life and celebrate arts and nature with us!

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Shrooms Are the Safest Drug

Shrooms are the safest drug, even safer than smoking weed! A study from the annual Global Drug Survey in 2017 polled 120,000 people from 50 different countries and discovered the safest recreational drug is Psilocybe Cubensis.

Also known as Magic Mushrooms or simply ‘Shrooms’, the psychedelic drug is popularly known for its hallucinogenic ‘mind expanding’ experiences. Psilocybin, the magic mushroom’s active ingredient, has become increasing relevant in recent news as it has been linked to dramatic improvements in the treatment of anxiety and depression, while also aiding in curbing addiction.

According to the study, of the 12,000 people that took shrooms, less than 1% experienced the need to seek emergency medical care afterwards. An eye-opening number compared to other recreational drugs. The rate for ‘bad trips’ was five to 6 times lower than cocaine, acid (LSD), MDMA (ecstacy) or alcohol and three times lower than cannabis (marijuana, weed) the world’s most popular recreational drug of choice.

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The Global Drug Survey 2017 reveals the percentage of people who reported taking certain drugs in the last 12 months who also sought emergency medical treatment. Photograph: Global Drug Survey 2017

“Magic mushrooms are one of the safest drugs in the world. Death from toxicity is almost unheard of…” According to Adam Winstock, a consultant addiction psychiatrist and founder of the Global Drug Survey, the risk with shrooms is greatly related to accidentally eating the wrong variety of mushroom.

To avoid any bad trips, Winstock advises to avoid mixing shrooms and alcohol. It is very important to be with good company you trust and experienced in a place you feel safe. The chance of disorientation, panic attack, or risk of injury from a bad trip will reduce greatly. Interestingly enough, another study out of Johns Hopkins states 84% of users who claimed to have a bad trip, admitted the experience was actually beneficial.

You know what they say….what trips us out, only makes us wiser.

How Do Psychedelics Work? A Look Inside the Hallucinating Brain

How Do Psychedelics Work A Look Inside the Hallucinating Brain-Art by Alex Grey

Explaining what it’s like to trip on psychedelics is difficult to explain to someone who’s never tried them. And while LSD, mushrooms, DMT, ayahuasca, and MDMA elicit different effects, they’re all responsible for producing (often vivid) hallucinations in the people who take them.

How do psychedelics work, though? What’s happening in the brain that makes a person experience reality on a totally different plane? What do psychedelics do to bend the mind to perceive things in a way that’s impossible without them?

How Do Psychedelics Work in the Brain?

It’s widely accepted that psychedelics have a powerful effect on neural activity. Brain imaging scans have shown certain parts of the brain light up when under the influence of psychedelics, connecting different networks in the mind that typically don’t dance in psychedelic symmetry.

While the nature of exactly how psychedelics work in the brain isn’t completely understood, it’s believed they work in the cortex, where they’re known to activate serotonin receptors. One of these is known as 5-HT2A. It’s this 2A subtype of serotonin that’s believed to alter perception, however its not fully understood how exactly the effects psychedelics have on 5-HT2A produce hallucinations within the mind.

Neuroscientist Stuart Sealfon of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York speculates, “In order to function [the cortex is] integrating different signals, for example glutamate and serotonin signals, and what hallucinogens must be doing is they are disrupting the process so that the sensory perception is altered by them.”

Hallucinogens Hinder the Restriction of Conscious Awareness Said Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley - Writer, Screenwriter, Author
Aldous Huxley – Writer, Screenwriter, Author

In 1954, Aldous Huxley, philosopher and author of The Doors of Perception and Brave New World, proposed that the brain works as a “reducing valve” that constricts conscious awareness. He speculated that hallucinogens inhibit this filter and thus produce psychedelic effects. This was long before the psychedelic revolution of the 60s and 70s, as well as any real modern science of the mind had been conducted.

A study conducted almost 60 years later showed that Huxley was most likely right. In the study, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to study the effects of psilocybin on 30 people who had previous experience using hallucinogens. The 2mg of psilocybin patients were given intravenously produced relatively intense psychedelic effects that were accompanied by reduced neuron activity in the prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex.

These two parts of the brain are connected to other parts of the brain that have to do with functions like introspection, cognitive processing, and emotional regulation. Restricted consciousness is basically obstructed under the influence of psychedelics, much like Huxley described hallucinogens to inhibit the filter of the conscious mind.

In other words, psychedelics work by opening the mind to what’s beyond the waking conscious realm.

A Brief Look into the Mind on LSD

LSD Selectively Increases Global Functional Connectivity of Higher-Level Integrative Cortical and Sub-cortical Regions
LSD Selectively Increases Global Functional Connectivity of Higher-Level Integrative Cortical and Sub-cortical Regions. (source)

One researcher in a 2016 study on LSD described, “You don’t recognize yourself as a separate being from the universe. It feels, in a way, like transferring the consciousness from within your own body to the outside world; the focus is in the objects that surround you rather than outside.”

One thing researchers noticed in this study was the regions in the brain involving introspection (thinking about one’s self) and the way one perceives the outside world communicated much more intensely under the influence of LSD.

“When we measured the brains of subjects who were really blown away by LSD, who had a really strong feeling of ego dissolution, they were also the ones who had the strongest increase in communication between the network regions in charge of introspection and the network regions in charge of perceiving the external world,” researchers noted.

Whole-brain cerebral blood flow maps for the placebo and LSD conditions, plus the difference map. (source)

Another study conducted by many of the same researchers the same year found that LSD alters visual information in the brain. When on LSD, people begin to perceive activity going on in the brain, which is typically suppressed. This is much in line with Huxley’s idea that psychedelics allow for what is usually constricted in the mind to surface under the influence of psychedelics.

The Mysteries of the Psychedelic Mind

Psychedelics have been used for centuries all over the world and are as much a mystery as the mind itself. How psychedelics work is a question that has been asked by countless people who have experienced the mysteries these substances contain.

There is a definite correlation between psychedelics and neural activity that seems to lie dormant without them. Can these realms of consciousness be touched without psychedelics? Or are these parts of ourselves subject to the psychedelic experience? Perhaps with more research, the mysteries will one day be revealed.

Waha Festival – Come in peace, leave in love

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Waha Festival 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.

Europe is spoiled for choice, as many countries host great psytrance scenes, including Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, the Netherlands. Even smaller countries like Lithuania and Greece do so. But what about Romania? Well, we have something to say about this and we are proud to announce you about another psychedelic event that will take place in a beautiful country like Romania and that is it Waha festival, a place where all people understand each other and there are no prejudices.

If you like to feel the grass under your feet, breath fresh forest air and dance under the stars, make friends and learn how to enjoy music and nature, at the Waha you will be able to listen to techno underground and psytrance, you will find a live scene powered by Funktion One with alternative music, jam stage, chill space, healing, camping in the woods, children’s area and restaurants.

The Psy stage offers a lineup that goes through progressive, forest, psychedelic, and also a bit more intense styles for the special before sunrise hours.

Psytrance stage @ Waha Festival 2017
Psytrance stage @ Waha Festival 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.

Apart from the musical side, Waha offers a great opportunity to get deeper into awareness and self-development practices, have guided meditations and Yoga. The Luminish area is the special place you shouldn’t miss to have a holistic Waha experience. The festival takes place in a forest, which means you will be surrounded by nature the whole weekend. Waha means celebration, manifestation, vibration, dancing, cooperation, sharing, harmony & love.

The 7th edition of the festival will take place between the 12rd and 16th of July in a amazing location deep in the Carpathian Mountains.

Kids are welcome! For this there is a fun and creative area dedicated to families, where children have games and paints and lots of other activities to learn and keep them entertained.

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Waha Festival 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
psytrance kid waha festival
Waha Festival 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.

We invite all free spirits and open minds, regardless of nationality, age, sex and race to join this gathering. Waha guarantee five days of music, dance and a deeper connection with nature under the mountain sky. With Love from Romania.

Check this gallery of photos captured by us at Waha Festival 2017 edition:

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Waha Festival 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha Festival 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha Festival 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha Festival 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha Festival 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
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Waha 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.

Come in Peace, Leave in Love

Here's our official invitation for the 7th edition of Waha Festival. Come in peace, leave in love <3Video: Iulia Constantin // COSMICMusic: Rishi Harshil, Ada Kaleh, Flooting Grooves, David Nicolas (Barac Remix)

Posted by Waha Festival on Thursday, February 1, 2018

Learn more about Waha Festival 2018 here: http://wahafestival.ro/
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184 Documentaries To Expand Your Consciousness

I watch a lot of mind expanding documentaries. I think they are incredible tools for learning and increasing our awareness of important issues. Listed below is a complete list of 184 different films, videos, and documentaries you can watch for free online that are guaranteed to open your mind and expand your consciousness. There is an endless amount of topics to explore, from aliens to politics to animal rights.

On this list of mind expanding documentaries you will find different viewpoints, controversial opinions and even contradictory ideas. Critical thinking is recommended.

If you find a link that doesn’t work or find a video that has been removed, please let us know and we will find another to replace it. Enjoy!

184 Documentaries Guaranteed To Expand Your Consciousness

  1. Home (2009)
  2. Thrive (2011)
  3. Paradise or Oblivion
  4. Love, Reality and the Time of Transition
  5. Earthlings(2005)
  6. DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010)
  7. Baraka (1992)
  8. Samsara (2011)
  9. Samadhi “Maya, the Illusion of the Self” (2017)
  10. Samadhi “It’s Not What You Think” (2017)
  11. Samadhi – Guided Meditation – “Prana” (2017)
  12. Samadhi – Guided Meditation – Know Yourself (2017)
  13. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 1: Akasha (2012)
  14. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 2: The Spiral (2012)
  15. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 3: The Serpent and the Lotus (2012)
  16. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 4: Beyond Thinking (2012)
  17. Everything You Know Is Wrong (2000)
  18. Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008)
  19. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)
  20. Zeitgeist: Loose Change
  21. The Money Fix (2009)
  22. The Wikileaks Documentary
  23. Owned & Operated (2012)
  24. Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis (2010)
  25. Apologies of an Economic Hitman (2010)
  26. The Beautiful Truth (2008)
  27. The Awakening (2011)
  28. What Would It Look Like? (2009)
  29. The World According to Monsanto (2008)
  30. Esoteric Agenda (2008)
  31. Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging (2008)
  32. College Conspiracy Scam in USA (2011)
  33. The Indigo Evolution (2005)
  34. Edible City: Grow the Revolution (2012)
  35. Collapse (2009)
  36. The Global Brain (1983)
  37. The White Hole in Time (1993)
  38. The Primacy of Consciousness (2011)
  39. Fuel (2008)
  40. Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil Crisis (2006)
  41. What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire (2007)
  42. Resonance: Beings of Frequency (2012)
  43. War by Other Means (1992)
  44. Endgame (2007)
  45. War Made Easy (2007)
  46. The War on Democracy (2007)
  47. Rise Like Lions: The Occupy Wall Street Documentary (2011)
  48. Propaganda (2012)
  49. The Secret of Oz (2009)
  50. The One Percent (2006)
  51. The Shock Doctrine (2009)
  52. Iran Is Not the Problem (2008)
  53. PsyWar: The Real Battlefield Is the Mind (2010)
  54. Vaccine Nation (2008)
  55. Psychiatry: An Industry of Death (2006)
  56. Flow: For the Love of Water (2008)
  57. Kymatica (2009)
  58. Pots, Pans, and Other Solutions (2012)
  59. Manna: The Psilocybin Mushroom Documentary (2011)
  60. What in the World Are They Spraying (2010)
  61. Why in the World Are They Spraying (2012)
  62. Globalization: The New Rulers of the World (2001)
  63. Terrorstorm (2006)
  64. Fall of the Republic (2009)
  65. Crop Circles: Crossover From Another Dimension (2006)
  66. The Day Before Disclosure (2010)
  67. 9/11: The Road to Tyranny (2002)
  68. 9/11: In Plane Site (2004)
  69. 9/11: Press For Truth (2006)
  70. The Revelation of the Pyramids (2010)
  71. Ancient Knowledge (2012)
  72. The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007)
  73. Money As Debt (2006)
  74. Money As Debt II (2009)
  75. The Age of Stupid (2009)
  76. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism (2004)
  77. Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview (2013)
  78. Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century (2010)
  79. Renaissance 2.0 (2010)
  80. Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood (2008)
  81. The War on Kids (2009)
  82. Palestine Is Still the Issue (2002)
  83. Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land (2004)
  84. Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority (2006)
  85. Walmart: The High Cost of Low Prices (2005)
  86. Big Sugar (2005)
  87. The Fluoride Deception (2011)
  88. Fluoridegate: An American Tragedy (2013)
  89. An Inconvenient Tooth (2012)
  90. The Great Culling: Our Water (2013)
  91. Shots in the Dark: Silence on Vaccines (2009)
  92. I Am Fishead: Are Corporate Leaders Psychopaths? (2011)
  93. Capitalism Is the Crisis (2011)
  94. Slavery By Consent (2012)
  95. The Crisis of Civilization (2011)
  96. No Logo: Brands, Globalization, and Resistance (2003)
  97. 97% Owned (2012)
  98. Culture in Decline – Episode 1: What Democracy? (2012)
  99. Culture in Decline – Episode 2: Economics 101 (2012)
  100. Culture in Decline – Episode 3: C.V.D. (2012)
  101. Culture in Decline – Episode 4: War on Nature (2013)
  102. Ethos: A Time for Change (2010)
  103. Rich Media, Poor Democracy (2003)
  104. Weapons of Mass Deception (2004)
  105. Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within (2007)
  106. American Blackout (2006)
  107. Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections (2008)
  108. Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)
  109. Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs (2006)
  110. The End of Suburbia (2004)
  111. Rethink Afghanistan (2009)
  112. There’s No Tomorrow (2012)
  113. Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006)
  114. Priceless (2012)
  115. What the Bleep Do We Know? (2004)
  116. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (2010)
  117. The 11th Hour (2007)
  118. Paradise With Side Effects (2004)
  119. Starsuckers (2009)
  120. Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream (2011)
  121. Religulous (2008)
  122. Sir! No Sir! – The GI Movement to End the Vietnam War (2005)
  123. Gasland (2010)
  124. Hacking Democracy (2008)
  125. Real Estate 4 Ransom: Why Does Land Cost the Earth? (2012)
  126. Vanishing of the Bees (2009)
  127. Tapped (2009)
  128. Cut Poison Burn
  129. The Business of Being Born
  130. The Cove
  131. Ayahuasca: Ancient Plant Medicine
  132. Hempster – Plant the Seed
  133. Coca Lives
  134. Forks Over Knives
  135. Dirty Pictures (The God Father of Ecstasy)
  136. All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
  137. The Money Masters
  138. The Secret of Oz
  139. Spirit Science 1-15
  140. Garbage Warrior
  141. Top 10 Eco Films of All Time
  142. What Babies Want
  143. Ring of Power
  144. House of Numbers
  145. SiCKO
  146. True History of Marijuana
  147. Run From The Cure
  148. Eye of The Illuminati
  149. Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business (2011)
  150. Shaman Voyage
  151. Libertopia
  152. Zeitgeist
  153. Stepping Into The Fire
  154. Propaganda
  155. Secret Ancient Knowledge
  156. The Holy Mountain
  157. Food Inc.
  158. The Silent Revelation of Truth
  159. The Obama Deception
  160. The Great Culling: Our Water
  161. Dreaming Awake At The End of Time
  162. The New American Century
  163. ZERO: An Investigation into 9/11
  164. The House I Live In
  165. Black Whole
  166. We Are Legion – The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)
  167. Sirius – 2013
  168. The Shock Doctrine
  169. Manifesting the Mind: Footprints of the Shaman
  170. Genetic Roulette
  171. The Disclosure Project
  172. Detox or Die
  173. The Corporation : The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
  174. The Cosmic Giggle
  175. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
  176. The Mindscape of Alan Moore
  177. The Century of The Self
  178. The Power Of Nightmares
  179. Free To Play
  180. Waking Life
  181. Freakonomics
  182. COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret
  183. END CIV Resist Or Die
  184. China Or Bust
This list wouldn’t be what it is today without your comments and suggestions! If you think there’s something that deserves to be added to this list, let us know in the comments below or by contacting us. We’ll get it added right away!

7 Reasons why we love Romania

7 Reasons why we love Romania

If you have followed our trip through Romania, it wouldn’t surprise you to learn that we absolutely loved our time there. A little off the current tourist trail of Europe, Romania isn’t the kind of place that get a lot of attention from the mainstream travel community; However, we think this is something that definitely needs to change as Romania is a perfect travel destination for anyone looking for something a little different in Europe.

Here are some of the reasons that we love Romania – and why we think you will too!

Picture Perfect Town Squares

Much like Poland, Romania’s town squares still feel like they are there for a reason other than to house crappy restaurants and souvenir shops. Big or small, every town has at least one large, beautiful square – and the vast majority of these still exist as the centres of everyday life for your average Romanian. Plus they are just so darn beautiful!

Piata Mare is one of the most beautiful in all of Romania
Piata Mare is one of the most beautiful in all of Romania
Beauty of Romania
Photographer: Aurel Paduraru
Piata Unirii – Just one of Timisoara’s great town squares.
Piata Unirii – Just one of Timisoara’s great town squares.

Amazing Food

Romania may not be the first place that comes to mind when talking about great food in Europe, but it definitely should be. Whether you want down-to-earth cooking the way mamma used to do it, or you’re looking for fancy fine dining – Romania has it all. And at great prices to boot. Much of this relates to the huge farming community still in existence in Romania, and it means you can barely walk 10 feet down a street without coming to a place literally bursting at the seams with fresh fruits and vegetables or freshly-butchered meats and cheeses.

romanian food soup
romanian food
romanian food shrimps

Ease of Transportation

After being in the Balkans for a month, Romania’s transportation system came as a welcome relief. With frequent (and constantly improving) train and bus systems, you can get just about anywhere in the country fairly easily. Train travel is still much slower than other places in Europe, but the scenery outside more than makes up for it. Plus tickets are very affordable compared to western prices.

Friendly People

A trend that has been evident in almost all of the Central and eastern European countries that we’ve visited is the friendly attitudes of the people that live in these places. And this definitely held true in Romania as well. From old ladies teaching Travis Romanian to people giving us directions when lost, people seemed eager to help and never looked for anything in return.

Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț

Architectural Wonderland

The amazing architecture of Europe is one of the main reasons that millions of tourists flock there each year. Coming from North America, it is surreal to stare up at gorgeous baroque or renaissance buildings that have existed for longer than Canada was a country. But Romania seems intent on one-upping the rest of the continent. From the huge spired mansions that cover Transylvania, to oversized squares encircled with colourful buildings, to fortified churches and castles – Romanians seem to be in some sort of a competition to build even more inspired architectural designs than those that surround them.

So many colourful and beautiful buildings!
So many colourful and beautiful buildings!
Cantacuzino Castle Romania
Cantacuzino Castle Romania @ Photographer: Incrosnatu Dănuț

Beautiful Natural Landscapes

One of the things we’ve been most surprised about on our trip, and one thing that held true in Romania, was the amazing natural landscapes we encountered. Romania is the kind of country that takes you from high mountain passes to flat “prairie-like” terrain and back again in less than an hour. Bears and wolves will even come into some cities to look for food – there’s not many places like that left in Europe.

The view from atop Rasnov Fortress
The view from atop Rasnov Fortress
Clopotiva paraglading Romania
Clopotiva @ Photographer: Incrosnatu Dănuț
Romanian forest
Photographer Încrosnatu Dănuț.
The forest surrounding Rasnov
The forest surrounding Rasnov
Romanian forests
Photographer Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dambovicioara Romania
Photographer încrosnatu Dănuț
Retezat national park
Retezat national park @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Clopotiva Romania
Clopotiva Romania @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.
The Sphinx of Romania Bucegi
The Sphinx of Romania Bucegi @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Moeciu de sus Romania
Moeciu de sus @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Barn @ Moeciu de sus Romania
Moeciu de sus @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Parâng Mountains
Parâng Mountains @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.
sheep flaock Parâng Mountains
Parâng Mountains @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.

It still feels Authentic

Because of the lack of tourism, Romania is one of the rare places that seems to be holding on to its authenticity. People traveling by horse-and-cart is not an uncommon sight in the country, and this provides a nice respite from much of the continent. So often we hear travelers looking for places where they can still get an authentic travel experience – well Romania might be a place to consider!

Transportation you are still likely to see in Transylvania
Transportation you are still likely to see in Transylvania
Vama Veche Romania
Vama Veche Romania @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.

Honestly, we feel like we barely scratched the surface during our 2 weeks in Romania – and that’s because we did just barely scratch the surface. Romania is a huge country with so many different amazing places to explore, and it is definitely a place we can see ourselves coming back to!

Have you ever been to Romania? What did you like or dislike about the country?

But It’s In Romania – The Most Beautiful Spots

What is Psychedelic Therapy?

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We are slowly moving away from outdated thinking, and embracing alternative ways of healing mind, body, and soul. As we emerge into a new age, traditional treatments for mental health, addiction, and other psychological disorders are doing little to treat what’s actually wrong with someone.

Rather than treat the underlying causes of such problems, people around the world are instead offered a cocktail of prescription medication that temporarily numbs their feelings. Prescription medications don’t make a person’s problems go away, they just cover them up.

Because these traditional treatments continue to fall short of what they’re intended to do, countless people are turning to alternatives to help them overcome their issues and embrace the life they should be living. Psychedelic therapy is one such alternative…and is quickly becoming one of the most sought-out ways in helping people overcome their problems for good.

A Short History of Psychedelic Therapy

Although psychedelic therapy is making a name for itself in mainstream culture, its anything but new. Cultures around the world have used psychedelics for thousands of years. Plant medicine is sacred to several indigenous cultures, with countless using psychotropic substances found in their native environment.

In the Amazon, its reported that ayahuasca has been used for 5000 years by indigenous tribes. In southern Mexico, the Mazatec have used psilocybin mushrooms for spiritual reasons for generations. To the Bwiti, iboga is an integral part of their life and has been used for hundreds of years in rites of passage ceremonies, as well as a powerful spiritual healer.

Those who historically used psychedelics for healing understood these medicines carried messages we are meant to hear. They understood that psychedelics open a way to heal at the fundamental levels necessary for lasting change. Shamans and healers throughout the ages have relied on various psychedelics to help transform the lives of others, releasing their souls of what binds them to their pain.

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Albert Hofmann, 1976. (Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Psychedelics first made into mainstream therapy practices in the mid-1900s. LSD was first synthesized in 1943 by chemist Albert Hoffman. It was widely used by psychiatrists in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, and was successfully used to treat alcoholics starting in 1953, with scientists reporting “sufficiently encouraging” results. By the end of the 1960s, over 2000 people had been treated for alcoholism with LSD.

When psychedelics substances were banned in the US and classified as Schedule I drugs (the most dangerous and habit-forming substances), all research on the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics ceased. It wasn’t until the 90s that psychedelics made their way (slowly) back into the mainstream.

Where we are today regarding psychedelic therapy has taken decades of research and dedication by those who believe these substances have real therapeutic value and should be available to those who need them.

What is Psychedelic Therapy?

In psychedelic therapy, individuals are given measured doses of a specific psychedelic to help penetrate the depths of their subconscious mind and release what is binding them to the pain associated with their condition.

What Conditions are Treated with Psychedelic Therapy?

Just like traditional therapy, psychedelic therapy is used to treat a number of different conditions that can affect each and every one of us. Some common disorders treated with psychedelic therapy include:

  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Psychedelic medicines have the ability to help a person break through their normal barriers to better understand the root of the problem that is causing their condition. Psychedelics can offer a “breakthrough” of understanding, ultimately urging acceptance, awareness, and the insight to let these problems go.

It’s important to appreciate that psychedelics aren’t a “miracle cure” by any means. No such thing actually exists. They can however, open a person to a new way of perceiving what keeps them connected to their pain. Psychedelics can allow for a glimpse into the deeper parts of themselves, something many believe can only be seen through using these visionary medicines.

What is Treatment Like?

There are several types of treatment settings and styles of psychedelic therapy. From ceremonies deep within the jungle with a shaman to modern doctors’ offices, psychedelic therapy isn’t reserved for a specific treatment setting.

Typically (but not always), psychedelic therapy involves taking a large dose of the intended medicine. In these situations, patients will stay overnight in a comfortable setting with staff members to support them through their journey. When given larger doses in these types of settings, it is typically intended to involve a strong visionary period with a peak that is ultimately transformative.

Once a person’s trip has subsided, time is spent exploring what was discovered during their journey. Continued therapy sessions are often integrated into the experience, urging a person to work through what they encountered.

Other times, professionals specializing in psychedelic medicine will suggest low to moderate doses for their patients. They then have patients undergo therapy sessions while “tripping.”  Known as psycholytic therapy, this practice was popularized by LSD researcher and psychiatrist wh

o first used the term after successfully using moderate doses of LSD to treat a wide range mental disorders.

During psycholytic therapy, the therapist stays present with the patient and helps them navigate what they uncover. Smaller doses help to keep patients from becoming too overwhelmed, but still allow them to go deeper into the depths of their subconscious mind.
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The Benefits of Psychedelic Therapy

Health care professionals are utilizing the transformative power of psychedelics to help patients treat conditions by exploring the hidden dimensions of their mind.  Several individuals who have undergone psychedelic therapy have found unprecedented success in overcoming conditions that are seemingly impossible to overcome.

Whether they have explored traditional therapy in the past with little success, or they are just starting out on their healing journey, psychedelic therapy has the potential to offer life-changing benefits and instill hope for a brighter future.

Dakini Festival – Another psytrance culture growth into Romania

Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Dakini Festival 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț

We had the honor of attending the first edition of the Dakini festival that took place on the virgin beach in Tuzla, Constanta. Now it’s time to talk about the second edition of the festival that will come with more surprises for you. The magic land of Dakini will settle once again on the virgin beaches of Tuzla, where will write another beautiful story. Between 27 June and 1 July 2018 be prepared to ascend to another dimension.

Astrix Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Astrix @ Dakini Festival 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.

The fans of outdoor trips, personal development workshops and various meditation and yoga techniques, those who listen to psytrance, chillout and micro music, now will have 5 days of peace, music, dance, fun and relaxation.

The organizers said that this edition the camp will be included in the ticket and will be free drinking water and of course direct entrance from the camping.

Dakini is a spectacular festival with many different genres of psychedelic music.

The Dakini Festival addresses to international communities that are familiar with festivals such as Shankra, Ozora, Boom Festival, Psy-Fi or Tree of Life, but also to Romanian audiences, eager to discover unique experiences, relaxation in the middle of nature, at the seafront, away from urban noise and the routine that inhibits creativity and handles the mind.

Amazing music delivered, there will be more than 120 international artists performing on three stages and more than 80 yoga classes, workshops and lectures. We want to inform you that this is just the first announcement wave for the next edition:

Chill/Live: GAUDI AllStars Orchestra Live, Prem Joshua & Band, Ott. Live, AES Dana Live, Solar Fields, Anna Rf Live, Djane Gaby, Symbolico, Óperentzia, Vibrasphere, Fishimself, Ancient Core – LIVE, Anael Ra, Globular, Kukan dub Lagan, Entheogenics, Suduaya – LIVE

Psy Trance: Astrix, Ace Ventura, E-Mantra, Atma, Asura, Alpha Portal, DJ Emok, Sideform, DJ Tsubi, Zegotha, Dr Space, Dj Tsubi, Latam, Juno Reactor, Goasia, Dj Gahabbi.

Micro: Ada Kaleh, Tulbure, Paul Agripa, Petre Inspirescu, Mauss, Matei Tulbure, Marius Iorga, Bianca Mandoiu, Alsi.

The early bird tickets are flying fast! Be sure to catch one! Let yourself guided by the spirit of Dakini and become a sky dancer!

More information about the lineup and the event can be found at the official website: www.dakinifestival.com

Check this gallery of photos captured by us at the first edition of the festival:

Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Astrix @ Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.

Psy-Fi Festival 2018 “A Shamanic Experience” Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Psy-Fi 2018 A Shamanic Experience
Psy-Fi 2018 A Shamanic Experience

Welcome to Psy-Fi 2018 “A Shamanic Experience”

Trance is ancient and it has always been the shamans that guided participants into deep states of trance with their medicines, singing and drums. Often around campfires they sing their songs. We invite shamans from all over the world to the festival to set the energy on the dance floors and to heal on our sacred island. We view the Dj/producer as a modern day shaman that guides our visitors on our dance floors into trance. Our dance floors are sacred spaces where people connect as one living organism with the music being the binding factor.

Psy-Fi FestivalPsy-Fi “A Shamanic Experience” is our 6th edition and all your positive feedback, love, kind words and many hugs we got, gave us the energy and confidence to start working on “A Shamanic experience”. For that we are ever grateful.

The Psy-Fi festival is set up to be one of the bigger Psy-Trance festivals in Europe. Offering a large variety of music, arts and space for personal growth. Bigger is not always better and we do not strive to be the biggest at all. We strive to deliver the most amazing festival experience we can give you. Leeuwarden city gained the title of cultural capital of Europe in 2018. Thus they are more then happy to help us create this event and allow us to use this amazing place in nature that has it all; swim lakes, islands, beaches, forest and grass planes.

Next to that we aim to provide you with one of the best line-ups of the coming festival summer! After all we are all there for the music. However we are not only there for the music, there are so many aspects that make a Psytrance festival so great! We feel that the learning experience is extremely important and we encourage you all to integrate what you learn on the festival into your daily lives. To help you do that we’ve invited some of the worlds leading experts on many topics such as Psychology, Psychedelics, religion, Shamanism, sociology and much more to lecture for you.

DATE AND TIME: Wed, 15 Aug 2018, 08:00 – Sun, 19 Aug 2018, 23:00 CEST
LOCATION: De Groene Ster, 8926 XE Leeuwarden, Nederland


For more info and updates on the lecture program, follow Psy-Fi on Facebook or visit the website www.psy-fi.nl. For more informations you can contact directly psy-fi team at info@psy-fi.nl. We wish all of you a great festival experience and look forward to see you in August!

Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn

39 Psychedelic & Visionary Art Drawings and Paintings

Guardian of the Future by Juan Carlos Taminchi
Guardian of the Future by Juan Carlos Taminchi

A new generation of psychedelic artists have emerged in the past ten years who have taken visionary art to a new peak becoming one of the most culturally relevant art forms of our time. Since the dawn of art, artists have attempted to reach and to show what the eyes don’t see, but the inner voice or the soul comprehend. Visionary art is art that purports to transcend the physical world and portray a wider vision of awareness including spiritual or mystical themes, or is based in such experiences.

Psychedelic art is informed by the notion that altered states of consciousness produced by psychedelic drugs are a source of artistic inspiration. The psychedelic art movement is similar to the surrealist movement in that it prescribes a mechanism for obtaining inspiration.

Different psychedelic substances give rise to different experiences.  Pablo Amaringo’s work deals primarily with the ceremonial use of ayahuascaAlex Grey’s work springs forth from his experimentation with a variety of substances including LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, salvia divinorum, and DMT, the psychedelic component of ayahuasca.  All of these substances provide enhancement of colors, heightened awareness of details in the visual field, distortion, and hallucinations.

The artist’s mission is to make the soul perceptible. Our scientific, materialist culture trains us to develop the eyes of outer perception. Visionary art encourages the development of our inner sight. To find the visionary realm, we use the intuitive inner eye:  The eye of contemplation; the eye of the soul. We are happy to share with you a list of visionary artists.

“Symbiosis” by Autumn Skye Morrison
“Symbiosis” by Autumn Skye Morrison.
“Pieta” by Autumn Skye Morrison
“Pieta” by Autumn Skye Morrison.
“The grace of Mer” by Autumn Skye Morrison.
“The grace of Mer” by Autumn Skye Morrison.
Concept artwork for The Fifth Sacred Thing Film by Jessica Perlstein
Concept artwork for “The Fifth Sacred Thing Film” by Jessica Perlstein.
"Sacrament For The Sacred Dreamers" by Cameron Gray
“Sacrament For The Sacred Dreamers” by Cameron Gray.
The Neverending Dreamer Tapestry by Cameron Gray
The Neverending Dreamer Tapestry by Cameron Gray.
Caspi Maman Painting by Pablo Amaringo
Caspi Maman Painting by Pablo Amaringo
Barco Fantasma by Pablo Amaringo
Barco Fantasma by Pablo Amaringo
Unicornio Dorado Painting by Pablo Amaringo
Unicornio Dorado Painting by Pablo Amaringo.
A Waking Dream by Amanda Sage
A Waking Dream by Amanda Sage.
Ana Suromai by Amanda Sage
Ana Suromai by Amanda Sage.
The New World by Jake Amazon
The New World by Jake Amazon.
Oversoul by Alex Grey
Oversoul by Alex Grey.
Embryo by Alex Grey
Embryo by Alex Grey.
Gaia by Alex Grey
Gaia by Alex Grey.
Dying by Alex Grey
Dying by Alex Grey.
Moksha’ (2014) by Android Jones.
Moksha’ (2014) by Android Jones.
Refuge by Android Jones
Refuge by Android Jones.
Dryad by Mugwort Artemisia (Isaac Mills)
Dryad by Mugwort Artemisia (Isaac Mills)
Parasite' by Andy Thomas
Parasite’ by Andy Thomas.
Discoverey by Simon Haiduk
Discoverey by Simon Haiduk.
Peeling Bodies painting by Chris Dyer
Peeling Bodies painting by Chris Dyer.
Unknown by Moises Llerena
by Moises Llerena.
Moises Llerena
Art by Moises Llerena
Alfredo Zagaceta
Art by Alfredo Zagaceta
Medico Toé Sanguinea by Jheferson Saldana Valera
Medico Toé Sanguinea by Jheferson Saldana Valera.
Guardianes Art of Luis Tamani
Guardianes Art of Luis Tamani.
Chanting Down Babylon by Daniel Mirante
Chanting Down Babylon by Daniel Mirante.
Mauro Reategui Perez
Art by Mauro Reategui Perez.
Ruysen Venancino
Art by Ruysen Venancino.
Soveriegn of Nebadon by Robert Venosa
Soveriegn of Nebadon by Robert Venosa.
Ave María by Isabela Hartz
Ave María by Isabela Hartz.
Alexandre Segrégio
Art by Alexandre Segrégio.
Born out of Nature by Edward Foster / Sacred Geometry
Born out of Nature by Edward Foster / Sacred Geometry
Ayahuasca - Paulo Jales 2015
Ayahuasca – Paulo Jales 2015
Iluminacion by Juan Carlos Taminchi
Iluminacion by Juan Carlos Taminchi.
La Profecia del Aguila y El Condor by Juan Carlos Taminchi
La Profecia del Aguila y El Condor by Juan Carlos Taminchi.
Guardian of the Future by Juan Carlos Taminchi
Guardian of the Future by Juan Carlos Taminchi.
Art by Joey Baker
Art by Joey Baker.

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What is Peyote? (Mescaline)

Peyote Cactus
Peyote Cactus

Mescaline is a naturally occurring psychedelic found in several cactus species, most notably, Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) and San Pedro (Trichocereus pachanoi) native to northern Mexico and the southwest United States. Several other members of the trichocereus family also contain mescaline.

Peyote Cactus
Peyote Cactus

Mescaline belongs to a family of compounds known as phenethylamines, making it quite distinct from the other major psychedelics which belong to the indole family. LSD, psilocybin, harmaline, and DMT are all indoles. Many synthetic “designer” psychedelics, such as ecstasy (MDMA) and 2C-B, are phenethylamines, and are related to the chemistry of mescaline. It was the first psychedelic drug to enter mainstream US culture, long before LSD and psilocybin.

In addition to containing mescaline, the cacti mentioned above contain a large variety of related psychoactive compounds, and will produce experiences that are qualitatively different than pure mescaline. The experience produced by Peyote is also quite distinct from that produced by cacti from the trichocereus family.

The literature I’ve read indicates that many members of the trichocereus family are psychoactive. I’ve only tried three or four of these and found them to be basically equal in potency. Many references indicate that one variety, Trichocereus peruvianus, is several times as potent by weight as the other trichocereus species.


Peyote and San Pedro are New World psychedelics. In ancient times their use was concentrated in the regions to which they are native. Peyote was used throughout Mexico to as far north as Texas, San Pedro in the Andes mountain region of South America. A 2005 study found traces of peyote in Native American ruins that date back at least 5,700 years, making this its earliest known use.

Peyote was used extensively in pre-columbian tribal rituals throughout modern-day northern Mexico and the southern plains of the United States. Various accounts and evidence suggest it first used by the Tonkawa, the Mescalero and Lipan Apache in present day northern Mexico. This plant medicine later spread to migrating tribes from the north, such as the Comanche and Kiowa.

Mescaline, the active compound in peyote, was first first isolated in 1897 by German chemist Arthur Heffter and the first synthetic synthesis of the compound came in 1919 by Austrian chemist Ernst Spath.

After the US military learned of mescaline being used in “truth serum” experiments by the Nazis, the US Navy began its own interrogation experiments with mescaline and other drugs under the secret program named “Project Chatter”, lasting from 1947 to 1953. That same year, in 1953, Aldous Huxley famously first ingested mescaline and would later write about his experience in The Doors of Perception.


The effects of mescaline are similar to LSD, profoundly altering perception of self and reality, increase suggestibility, and intensify emotions. The amount of mescaline sulfate required for a full experience is about 500 mg. (or approximately 350 mg. of mescaline hydrochloride) Pure mescaline should be taken in two half-doses about 30 minutes apart. This will minimize disturbance of the stomach, which usually passes after the first couple hours of the high. When consuming whole cacti one is actually taking a combination of alkaloids which synergistically interact with each other, producing an experience which is different, and sometimes more desirable, than pure mescaline.

Many describe mescaline described as more sensual and perceptual and less altering of thought and sense of self when compared to LSD, while some experienced users have trouble telling the difference between the two drugs.

If you follow the 6S’s of psychedelic use, and avoid taking psychedelics if you have a family history of mental health issues, they will not make you go crazy.

If you follow the 6S’s of psychedelic use, and avoid taking psychedelics if you have a family history of mental health issues, they will not make you go crazy. Peyote cacti are legal to grow in some places (including Canada), but it will take several years to establish a decent sized garden. Growing them is not particularly challenging, and requires only occasional monitoring of sun and water levels.


  1. The Essential Psychedelic Guide
  2. The Essential Psychedelic Guide
  3. The Essential Guide to Peyote

Altered Conference | Bryan Duggan Interview

Altered Conference - Bryan Duggan Interview

Altered Conference is an international gathering of consciousness explorers from all backgrounds to take part in talks, workshops and rituals on the subject of psychedelics, conscious practices, and social issues facilitated by leading experts and researchers coming to drop jaws and bend minds on 3-4 November 2017 at the Essentis Biohotel, Weiskopffstraße, Berlin. Will you be there?  

We’re delighted to offer Sociedelic readers 20% off tickets with the code SOCIEDELIC [tickets here]

Interview with Altered speaker and virtual reality pioneer Bryan Duggan

As Berlin gets ready for Altered Conference, Mary Knight from the Altered team gets trippy on virtual reality and psychedelics with AI developer Bryan Duggan. Duggan will be giving intrepid digital explorers the chance to play his latest virtual reality game, DEEP, at Altered, in a special, on-site installation.

Altered Conference - Bryan Duggan Interview”Virtual reality can reveal to us aspects of our true nature. This can cause us to consider the nature of reality”, says Bryan Duggan, lecturer in computer science and game development at Dublin Institute of Technology. Duggan’s unique AI creations explore the idea that many elements of the psychedelic experience can be conveyed through immersive virtual reality.

In DEEP, the user wears a VR headset and a custom-breathing sensor and explores a beautiful mysterious underwater world. The breathing sensor allows the environment to respond to the player’s breathing. Duggan has been working on DEEP for the last three years in collaboration with game designer Owen Harris, artist Niki Smit and musician Andy Mooney: a meditative VR game controlled by breathing in order to reduce symptoms of anxiety and mild depression.

“The project feels a little like deep sea diving. As you breathe in the real world, it transforms your breathing into buoyancy in the virtual reality experience. With DEEP, we wanted to build VR project that encourages people to explore deep yoga breathing to reduce anxiety and still the mind.”

At Altered, Duggan will be talking about parallels between the psychedelic experience and virtual reality. “I’m looking forward to discussing the psychedelic experience from the perspective of Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna, Alan Watts, psychedelic scientists and others.”

Before Terence McKenna died, he got to experience the first wave of virtual reality enterprises in the 90s. According to Duggan, McKenna did not want virtual reality to be seen as a substitute for the psychedelic experience – merely a safer way to have psychedelic experiences.

Ballasting this bridge between psychedelic and technological realms, an earlier immersive creation by Duggan, called Forms, is a virtual reality world entirely made from programming code. This is an idea that has a long history in computer science and in the study of biological systems. For example mathematician John Conway’s famous Game of Life is based on the idea of a cellular automaton. It is essentially a 2D board with some very simple rules, from which amazing patterns and creatures begin to evolve.

”I am really intrigued about this idea of complexity emerging from simple rules. This is exactly what I explore in Forms, where everything is created from code, algorithms and maths. There are so many examples from the natural world and from physics, where this is the case. For example, consider the algorithmic nature of DNA encoding. In that way, virtual reality can show us the mathematical nature of reality.”

Duggan derives his view on the psychedelic experiences from Timothy Leary’s 1964 book, which describes the three phases of a psychedelic experience: the transcendence phase, the visionary phase and the return to game consciousness. Could this be the emergence of a formula for crafting a psychedelic experience in virtual reality?

“Some contemporary virtual reality projects attempt to convey psychedelic consciousness. For example stilling the mind, like meditation VR projects. Secondly, there is the visionary aspect: VR can convey – to people, to some degree – what the psychedelic experience looks and sounds like.” He gives Robin Arnott´s project, Sound Self, as an example of a project that combines psychedelic consciousness with the psychedelic aesthetic. In Sound Self, Arnott tries to capture, what it looks like and feels like to have an LSD experience through virtual reality.

“In virtual reality we can become whatever we want,” says Duggan, “we can basically become our thoughts.”



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