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Sumiruna Awakenings: Emergence of a New Consciousness 23-26 June 2016

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Sumiruna Awakenings: Emergence of a New Consciousness 23-26 June 2016

23rd – 26th of June, Bucharest, Romania, Caro Hotel, 400 seats 7 presentations with special guests * 5 workshops * 3 interactive Q&A sessions * 7 visionary artists exhibiting * 1 movie screening with the director’s presence *4 days of networking Keynote presenters; Graham Hancock, Jeremy Narby, Jan Kounen, and Dennis McKenna Dedicated to the Visionary Wisdom and Art of Pablo Amaringo   The Conference title, Sumiruna, is inspired by the great visionary artist Pablo Amaringo. He described a Sumiruna as a human who through their years of spiritual evolution and learning has moved to the highest levels of knowledge...

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A Variety of Religious Paths in Psychedelic Literature

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This article is by Robert Dickins, author of Erin, and editor of the Psychedelic Press UK Journal. INTRODUCTION: THE RELIGIOUS QUESTION In the mid-to-late 1950s, after the publication of Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception (1954) and Heaven and Hell (1956), a debate ensued as to whether hallucinogens, soon to be coined ‘psychedelics’ by Dr. Humphrey Osmond in a letter to Huxley, could be used in order to facilitate a religious/mystical experience. Although Huxley did not go so far as to equate the visionary experience of mescaline with the mystical in those texts, as described in various works of scripture,...

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Christianity's use of Psychedelic Substances in the Ayahuasca Traditions

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Christianity's use of Psychedelic Substances in the Ayahuasca Traditions

This article was written by Danny Nemu, author of Science Revealed (2014) & Neuro-Apocalypse (2016) Ayahuasca religion is a strange concept to get your head around, even before you drink ayahausca. At my first session about ten years ago, I was very keen to try the brew, but the shirts and ties and general Christian vibe made me feel instantly uneasy. A question arose: What does Christianity have to do with psychedelics? Amongst anarchists, occultists and hedonists, there is much which is objectionable about Christianity. This article is about my induction into the Christian mythos; but fear not, you proud and proper...

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The Trippin' Spriggan call to poets...

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  Breaking Convention: 3rd Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness is happening in July, 2015 at the University of Greenwich, London. The previous two conferences have been fantastic events with over 700 delegates, 100 speakers, and some incredible workshops, and this third one looks set to be even better. It is our pleasure to announce that the Psychedelic Press will be teaming up with Breaking Convention to bring a beautiful poetry book to the event - The Trippin' Spriggan - and we'd like to ask poets to contribute to this collection. If you were interested in submitting your poetry for potential inclusion...

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The Political Science of Psychedelics

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When various State governments and international bodies made d-Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and numerous other psychedelic drugs, illegal in the mid-1960s, they single-handedly ended medical research and, apparently, politicised the psychedelic experience. Now, after a 40 year hiatus, human research with psychedelic drugs has tentatively begun again. But is the psychedelic experience any less political now than it was then? And, moreover, who has the right to dictate how the subjective effects of these substances are understood? To answer these questions, it is first necessary to return to the heyday of psychedelic research. The discovery of the psychoactive properties of...

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