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Love hormones and new research chemicals

The month in modern shamanism and evolved consciousness is a magazine about far-out culture and evolved consciousness edited by longtime Dazed columnist Daniel Pinchbeck. Under this Blog, he and his colleague Faye Sakellaridis round up their favourite nuggets for the modern shaman. 

Oxytocin, nicknamed the "love hormone," is a neuropeptide that acts within both your brain and body, and has long been known to play a key role in social bonding and attachment. In this excerpt from her book Love 2.0, Barbara Fredrickson discusses how research has examined the impact of this fuzzy-feeling inducing neuron signal. 

2012 saw much of influential Beat writer and artist William Burroughs, from Viggo Mortensen's Burroughs-based character in the film version of On the Road, to art exhibitions about Burrough's life and work. In this timely article, Matthew Levi Stevens explores Burrough's beginnings as a visual artist. 

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the 50th anniversary of The Feminine Mystique, two of the past century's most quake-making reclamations of female power. It is not surprising, then, that Pam Grossman would dub 2013 the Year of the Witch. In this article, Grossman explores the powerful witch archetype and what it means for women in 2013. 

At its finest, Bioenergetics is "staggeringly improper" and "unwaveringly un-PC." Energy healer Talat Jonathan Phillips talks about how those dark, seemingly unredeemable places inside us need to be faced for truly effective healing work.

Environmentalist Bill McKibben wrote The End of Nature, which is the first mainstream book on global warming, and started the activist organization Daniel Pinchbeck writes about McKibben's recent talk at Cooper Union, noting that his message would be even more powerful with the inclusion a transformative vision. 

Methoxetamine, or MXE, is a new research chemical, designed just last year by an anonymous underground chemist. It is described as a "dissociative anesthetic," with reported effects that range from poignant and transcendent to nightmarish and dangerous. In this article, Alex Robertson examines what's currently known about the powdered, ketamine-like substance.