THE RESEARCHERS AND RENEGADES BRINGING PSYCHEDELIC DRUGS INTO THE MENTAL HEALTH MAINSTREAM.

Written by Michael Pollan

My first psilocybin journey began around an altar in the middle of a second-story loft in a suburb of a small city on the Eastern Seaboard. On this adventure I would have a guide, a therapist who, like an unknown number of other therapists administering psychedelics in America today, must work underground because these drugs are illegal. Seated across the altar from me, Mary (who asked that I use a nickname because of the work she does) began by reciting, with her eyes closed, a long and elaborate prayer derived from various Native American traditions. My eyes were closed, too, but now and again I couldn’t resist peeking out for a glance at my guide: a woman in her 60s with long blond hair parted in the middle and high cheekbones that I mention only because they would, in a few hours, figure in her miraculous transformation into a Mexican Indian.

I also stole a few glances at the scene: the squash-colored loft with its potted plants and symbols of fertility and female power; the embroidered purple fabric from Peru that covered the altar; and the collection of items arrayed across it, including an amethyst in the shape of a heart, a purple crystal holding a candle, a bowl containing a few squares of dark chocolate, the personal “sacred item” that Mary had asked me to bring (a little bronze Buddha a friend brought me from Tibet) and, set squarely before me, an antique plate holding the biggest psilocybin mushroom I had ever seen.

The crowded altar also held a branch of sage and a stub of palo santo, a fragrant wood that some Indians in South America burn ceremonially, and the jet-black wing of a crow. At various points in the ceremony, Mary would light the sage and the palo santo, using the crow’s wing to “smudge” me with the smoke — guiding the spirits through the space around my head.

The whole scene must sound ridiculously hokey, not to mention laced with cultural appropriation, yet the conviction Mary brought to the ceremony, together with the aromas of the burning plants and the spooky sound of the wing pulsing the air around my head — plus my own nervousness about the journey in store — cast a spell that allowed me to suspend my disbelief. Mary trained under one of the revered “elders” in the psychedelic community, an 80-something psychologist who was one of Timothy Leary’s graduate students at Harvard. But I think it was her manner, her sobriety and her evident compassion that made me feel sufficiently comfortable to entrust her with, well, my mind.

As a child growing up outside Providence, R.I., Mary was an enthusiastic Catholic, she says, “until I realized I was a girl” — a fact that would disqualify her from ever performing the rituals she cherished. Her religiosity lay dormant until, in college, friends gave her a pot of honey infused with psilocybin for her birthday; a few spoonfuls of the honey “catapulted me into a huge change,” she told me the first time we met. The reawakening of her spiritual life led her onto the path of Tibetan Buddhism and eventually to take the vow of an initiate: “ ‘To assist all sentient beings in their awakening and enlightenment.’ Which is still my vocation.”

And now seated before her in her treatment room was me, the next sentient being on deck, hoping to be awakened. She asked me to state my intention, and I answered: to learn whatever the “mushroom teachers,” as she called them, could teach me about myself and about the nature of consciousness.

PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY, whether for the treatment of psychological problems or as a means of facilitating self-exploration and spiritual growth, is undergoing a renaissance in America. This is happening both underground, where the community of guides like Mary is thriving, and aboveground, at institutions like Johns Hopkins, New York University and U.C.L.A., where a series of drug trials have yielded notably promising results.

I call it a renaissance because much of the work represents a revival of research done in the 1950s and 1960s, when psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin were closely studied and regarded by many in the mental health community as breakthroughs in psychopharmacology. Before 1965, there were more than 1,000 published studies of psychedelics involving some 40,000 volunteers and six international conferences dedicated to the drugs. Psychiatrists were using small doses of LSD to help their patients access repressed material (Cary Grant, after 60 such sessions, famously declared himself “born again”); other therapists administered bigger so-called psychedelic doses to treat alcoholism, depression, personality disorders and the fear and anxiety of patients with life-threatening illnesses confronting their mortality.

 

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This conference will explore new trends and technologies in the psychedelic community. This years conference will be bringing together diverse speakers from around the world to share there expertise in the entheogenic world. This years theme Entheogenics in urban environments.

August 10 – August 12

Aug 10 at 6 PM  to Aug 12 at 3 PM

St Matthews Church

8850 Woodward Ave Detroit Michigan 48202, Detroit, Michigan 48202

For More information go to the Facebook Group

The existence of inexplicable monuments, certain man-made marvels and archaeological discoveries pertaining to our ancient- and prehistory, are leading more and more scientists to believe long forgotten advanced technology existed. We can only speculate on the ways many of the devices in this video were created, used and why the ancient knowledge pertaining to them disappeared for millennia afterwards. If there is evidence and proof that differs from our “accepted” version of history, more than “if” it is being covered up from the general population we should ask, why? Here we look at a strange advanced ancient technology that leads us on an amazing journey through resurrection, ascension, star-gate portals, time travelling and all manner of amazing things.

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For all those who are curious as to what the Goddess Glo Up is all about allow me to take you on a journey. This clip was captured from the NYC Glo Up this past #fallequinox if you can’t make Atlanta no worries I have a (new moon circle tomorrow in NYC 7-9pm @arayanyc Link in bio for contribution) ✨ ✨ ✨ About the Glo Up The #goddesses that attended were from all ages, sizes, races, and walks of life. All are welcome no matter where you come from or your social or religious background. We are bringing back our old #wildwoman ways through the power of our #energies combined we bring an experience of #healing #laughter #education #dance #nutrition #adornment #ceremony as we bring forth the Spirit of the #divinefeminine I’m so excited to bring to you an amazing line up of women for the 11:11:17 Goddess Glo Up ATL Day Retreat. To fully understand what it means to #Glo Up you have to #showup @chefahki on holistic wellness @thetrapwitch on homegirl healing @olanikeeosi bringing you the @goddessdetox from NYC to ATL we have @maya_louisa on belly dance hall and her @kole_jewel waist beads we have @reignglobal on Manifestation Henna and the power of crystals jewelry and then we have myself bringing you the good word and ceremony…..yes I go deep we all go deep…and just know that most of these women coming together do not know each other. The connection here is by spirit deeper than what you can see and so much more!! Visit and follow 👉🏽👉🏽@goddessgloup 👈🏽👈🏽👈🏽@goddessgloup @goddessgloup to purchase your early butterfly 🦋🦋🦋ticket before they are gone!!! I promise you will never be the same. #allwhite #unity #womencrushwednesday #womensupportingwomen Thanks @eyefocus for such a lovely capture #atlanta #goddesslife #stillirise #queen

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The next Goddess Gathering will be taking place in Atlanta on 11.11  to view more info  go to EventBrite : The Goddess Glo Up ATL 

The chakras are wheels of energy inside the body. This ancient system is often thougth to have emerged from the yogic traditions of India, but in Opening to Spirit, Caroline Shola Arewa explores the importance of the chakras to the ancient Africans and Egyptians. She illustrates the common root of many of our spiritual traditions through the mythology and spirituality of Ancient Egypt, Early India and West Africa.

You can find this book on Amazon, I will update the post with a pdf down the line.

To learn more about the author Caroline Shola Arewa go to www.energy-4life.com She is the founder of Energy 4 Life wellness coaching   offering people the opportunity to get their Energy back and Life on track using health and conscious living techniques. Shola has five published books, including the best seller Opening to Spirit, now in its 15 year anniversary edition. Shola writes on psychology and wellness for numerous health and lifestyle magazines including, Yoga Magazine and Arik Airline. She is also a featured expert in the highly acclaimed film Yogawoman.

Join the tribe for a full day of dance, healing, sisterhood, wellness/nutrition and adornment. It’s time for you to show up to GLO UP! We are bringing New York to Atlanta and we are soooo excited to share this magic event with you.

Refresh your mind body and spirit with this full day of specially designed workshops to elevate your mind, to open your heart and spirit, and to recognize your full potential. Take this journey with us, this is your time to shine. It is our guarantee to you that you will not leave the same way you came.

The first 10 attendees will receive a VIP gift bag of goddess goodies filled with sacred meditation essentials, aura cleansing tools, and Special surprises.

This is the link to the EventBrite 

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For all those who are curious as to what the Goddess Glo Up is all about allow me to take you on a journey. This clip was captured from the NYC Glo Up this past #fallequinox if you can’t make Atlanta no worries I have a (new moon circle tomorrow in NYC 7-9pm @arayanyc Link in bio for contribution) ✨ ✨ ✨ About the Glo Up The #goddesses that attended were from all ages, sizes, races, and walks of life. All are welcome no matter where you come from or your social or religious background. We are bringing back our old #wildwoman ways through the power of our #energies combined we bring an experience of #healing #laughter #education #dance #nutrition #adornment #ceremony as we bring forth the Spirit of the #divinefeminine I’m so excited to bring to you an amazing line up of women for the 11:11:17 Goddess Glo Up ATL Day Retreat. To fully understand what it means to #Glo Up you have to #showup @chefahki on holistic wellness @thetrapwitch on homegirl healing @olanikeeosi bringing you the @goddessdetox from NYC to ATL we have @maya_louisa on belly dance hall and her @kole_jewel waist beads we have @reignglobal on Manifestation Henna and the power of crystals jewelry and then we have myself bringing you the good word and ceremony…..yes I go deep we all go deep…and just know that most of these women coming together do not know each other. The connection here is by spirit deeper than what you can see and so much more!! Visit and follow 👉🏽👉🏽@goddessgloup 👈🏽👈🏽👈🏽@goddessgloup @goddessgloup to purchase your early butterfly 🦋🦋🦋ticket before they are gone!!! I promise you will never be the same. #allwhite #unity #womencrushwednesday #womensupportingwomen Thanks @eyefocus for such a lovely capture #atlanta #goddesslife #stillirise #queen

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11am-11:30
Registration and intro

11:30-12:15
Glo Up with
Belly Dance Hall and Waist Bead presentation with Maya Louisa

Glo up with Maya she will be showing Belly Dancehall: a fluid mix of traditional North African Bellydance movement to dancehall music. Ignites rhythm and flexibility, improve posture and grace. The unique choreography that awakens joy and overall well being. Tones the abdominal region, firms thighs and glorious gluteus muscles.

Kolé Jewel waist beads …

Kolé Jewel (pronounced Kho-lay) was founded in 2012. All Kolé Jewel’s pieces are hand made with exceptional quality semi- precious stones, harnessing the powerful healing energy of the earth. Utilizing a keen eye for beauty and attention to detail, Kolé Jewel pieces blend the majesty of the old with the intensity of the new, yielding exotic expressions of passion, sensuality, and divine femininity.

Kolé Jewel’s exquisite pieces are crafted for those with the style and grace to wear stunning art work.

12:45-1:30
Glo Up with
Chef Ahki
Vegan Nutrition and wellness

Chef Ahki will introduce each attendee to an in-depth understanding of how foods harm and heal the reproductive organs as well as what daily practices will assist in nourishing and revitalizing the womb.

1:30-2:30
Glo Up Lunch
Lunch with Ahki and Shop the Goddess Goodies

2:30-3pm
Glo Up with
The Goddess Detox

Glo up with Vanessa, a self love manifestor, CEO of Goddess Detox selling the infamous Goddess Vaginal Detox Pearls , author of The Power of Looking at Your Yoni and the woman behind the brand #SelfishBabe.Vanessa will present on why detoxing your VAGINA is a must, how you can do this at home and the many benefits you will receive not only physically but spiritually and emotionally. Allow your yoni to Glo up and you will Glo up too.

3:15-345
Glo Up with
Trap witch

Glo up with the Trap Witch as she speaks of effectiveness of homegirl healing and also efficiently being able to divinate for yourself via the tarot and intuitive evolution. She will be sharing her personal story on spiritual evolution via tapping into her own divine relationship and how doing that for yourself will elevate you closer to you divine purpose. She will be giving a live collective reading specifically for the Goddesses in attendance for the Glo Up.

Pre book individual 15 or 30 minute readings for that day at her table. Limited to 4 -6 slots

4pm-430
Glo Up with @reign global

Glo up with Reign she will be joining us to speak at her very first workshop. She will be sharing personal stories about how she manifested love, art, people, experiences and personal assurance into her life using crystals and more! She will be also be giving us tips for manifestation using crystals, visualization, and the rest…. JOIN US TO SEE!!!

Henna Prices are 1 hand and forearm for $45 and $75 for both.

4:45-5:30
Glo Up with
@hadiiya barbel
Goddess Circle Meditation
Closing ceremony

Glo up with Hadiiya Barbel, an Intuitive health , beauty consultant and motivational speaker.

Hadiiya Barbel will lead the Goddess circle, guided meditation, aura cleansing,living in your truth workshop and the glow up closing ceremony.

Plus exclusive information from her up and coming women’s holistic lifestyle manual centering around heightening your intuition through trance, dance, and being present in the moment; how to lead a lifestyle of abudance, prosperity, and optimal health by finding and following your passions

5:30-6
Shop the Goddess Goodies

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GET READY TO ✨GLO UP✨ 9/23/17 #yourvibeattractsyourtribe 🔮💓🙏🏽💃🏽🦄🦋🐞🌕💫 If you want to get an idea what #thegoddessgloup will be like watch this video and take a journey with us. This clip is from the last #goddessrevival in May with my #sistergoddess @goddessbody All women come together to #heal cry #learn #dance and #commune together. It's a #tribe and it's more than just a #vibe it's an ongoing collective and #safespace for #sisterhood and #sharing This month we will be having an entire day of amazing women presenting a portion of their #magical #contribution to YOUR wellbeing. The Goddess Glo Up is held during the #fallequinox where healing and personal #rejuvenation is needed most. When the season changes so does our #mood ✨ ✨ The Glo Up is all about the mastery of your own #divinefeminine power with #bellydance from @maya_louisa As well as #waistbeads @reignglobal On #crystalhealing As well as #henna @loveleahleona On nutrition and meal prep for the Goddess on the move @barbiefab On 15 min Makeup application for the busy woman. And last but not least myself #hadiiyabarbel on living in your truth unapologetically and aura protection. I have extended the early bird special to one more week for those who need more time. I only have 6 seats left for this event. Show up to Glo up this is your time to shine! (Link in bio) #goddessretreat #sistercircle #womensupportingwomen #allwhite #thisislove #womenpower @eyefocus 📹

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Who feels like they need that #cure Like really needs it like really bad and there are circumstances holding them back? I'm happy to announce that I've just received a ticket donation for someone who really needs it like really really is having a #hardtime and seeking guidance but may not have the means to come. Please tag a friend below or DM me on why you need #thegoddessgloup ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ Tag a friend below 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽 I have one ticket to offer as a beautiful sister wants to share with an amazing #Goddess in her #healing journey. If you haven't gotten your ticket we still have a couple of slots left. Early Butterfly ends Saturday 9/16/17 #goddess #womensupportingwomen #MoreLife #dance #music #sisterhood #love #showup #gloup #nyc

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FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Age Requirement 18 and over

What can I bring into the event?

Must bring Yoga mats and wear white

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

email info@hadiiyabarbel.com

 

All photo and video shot by Infocus247