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News for the modern shaman: LSD's invention, brewing ayahuasca and documenting DJ culture

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One topic that enjoys frequent and fervent debate is the accusations of insensitivity and cultural appropriation among today's Transformational Festival attendance, particularly in the case of non-natives wearing sacred Native American garb. Brian Duffy discusses what's happening beneath the surface of such appropriation, and the healthier options for embracing other cultures.

Thinking of doing ayahuasca but have no idea where to start, or how to prepare? Dani Katz doesn't claim to be an expert, just a gal who has participated in lots of ayahuasca ceremonies. In this essay, she's compiled helpful hints for anyone's first ayahuasca ceremony.

The blooming transformational festival scene is about the art of connecting and joining ourselves with the energy of life. Terra Celeste details the scene's evolution and impact on the larger transformational culture, highlighting prominent members and festivals. This piece is an extension of Evolver EDM, home of all things related to EDM culture.

Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmuller's book, "Mystic Chemist: The Life of Albert Hofmann and His Discovery of LSD," is the authoritative new biography of the Swiss chemist who discovered LSD, as well as a historical survey of the impact of LSD on culture. This excerpt details Hofmann's discovery of the synthetic hallucinogen. 

What does the word "local" really mean when talking about local food? Is "local" about location and distance, or is it just about physical geography? In this excerpt from "Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems," author Philip Ackerman-Leist parses through the layering meanings of the term "local."

Aldous Huxley, among others, believed that the brain functions as a filter, shutting out perceptions that are not necessary for survival. What's filtered through is a consciousness Huxley describes as a "measly trickle." In this essay, Larry Dossey MD explores how one might go about "unstuffing the keyhole," and bypassing the brain's filter mechanism. 

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