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A Pipe of Salvia: A Psychedelic Extract from Erin

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This is an extract from the novel Erin – featured in our latest journal – the book is available from both the Psychedelic Press UK bookshop and Amazon. Have I slept? I thought so, though I couldn’t be sure. My dreams had been so real; my reality seemingly but dreams. I didn’t dare open my eyes for fear of seeing Charlie; the grotesque stranded in mud. Why did I leave him in the mud? I tried to wrestle back my reasons but they eluded me. Fear, came a whisper from outside my thoughts. Fear of what? I replied. Fear of what we can turn into. I remembered an air of paranoia, waves...

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Preparing the Gaia Connection: An Ecological Exposition of Psychedelic Literature 1954-1963

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Preparing the Gaia Connection An Ecological Exposition of Psychedelic Literature 1954-1963 by Robert Dickins, author of Erin   ABSTRACT: This paper investigates the extent to which psychiatrically-mediated drug texts, published in the mid-twentieth century, reveal an ecological awareness in their form and content. Primarily, this exposition extrapolates how the understanding of personal interconnectedness with wider systems—culture, nature, or the universe, for example—is provided by the ingestion of psychedelics under the auspices of psychiatry and psychoanalysis. It argues that this allowed a territory for the recognition of both the dangers that humanity pose to our ecological systems, and the understanding that...

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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 Importance of Occupy, Anarchy, and the Apocalypse: An Interview with Reverend Nemu

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Hi Reverend Nemu, thank you for agreeing to answer some of our questions. Science Revealed, part 1 of the Nemu’s End series, has just been published. The whole project is concerned with the apocalypse, but not necessarily the ‘end of the world’ variety filled with fire and brimstone. Could you tell us about what you mean by the apocalypse, and how it is relevant for people today? Well, thank you for agreeing to publish the result of a ten year compulsive disorder! The word apocalypse means unveiling (apo- ‘un-’ + kaluptein ‘to cover’). Other cognates are ‘discovery’ (dis-cover), ‘disclosure’ (dis-close) and ‘revelation’ (re- expressing reversal + velum ‘veil’ in...

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