We are sad to report that renowned psychedelic elder Ralph Metzner passed away on March 14, 2019, at the age of 82. Ralph was at the forefront of the psychedelic revolution, participating in the famous Harvard Psilocybin Projects in the early 1960s. He was the coauthor, with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), of the seminal book The Psychedelic Experience, published in 1963. A lifelong explorer of consciousness, he...
On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, NASA declared that Mars rover Opportunity’s mission was officially over. During Opportunity’s fifteen-year mission it captured over 217,000 images and other data, including a confirmation of the presence of water. But what if these reports of water on Mars and the possibility that it could sustain life were part of a process of slow disclosure, where the US government slowly releases previously classified information incrementally over time to avoid public panic? What if there was a bigger revelation to be found than the presence of water? What if we have already been to Mars?
According to a recent article published by the New York Times, Christianity has weakened drastically since the 1960s. Lots of people who once would have been lukewarm Christmas-and-Easter churchgoers now identify as having “no religion” or being “spiritual but not religious.” Yet, even with America’s churches in decline, the religious impulse has hardly disappeared. And whether they know it or not, the "spiritual, not religious" crowd is at the forefront of the pagan revival.
In the dark days of winter, since ancient times, humans have felt the need to bring greenery into their homes. Today we have Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, Hanukah bushes, and scores of houseplants, but many religions have embraced this spiritual need as part of their winter and solstice traditions as well as venerating trees throughout the year as a divine symbol that connects Heaven and Earth.
Recently our travels took us to Slovenia and Lake Bled (Blejsko jezero in Slovene), a breathtaking glacier lake that has an interesting history.
“A great possibility of modern science involves going to ancient knowledge and asking for help.” These are the words of Brazilian neuroscience professor Dráulio Barros de Araújo, Ph.D., during his presentation at the 12th annual Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics forum, held October 5–7 this year in New York City. Barros was presenting his findings on ayahuasca’s great potential for treating PTSD, and his words highlighted a major theme from the first day of the conference, which focused on the medical potential of psychedelics.
In herbal tradition, spring is the time for liver cleansing and detox—a sort of “spring cleaning” for the body and its systems. However, autumn is also a great time for cleaning the body and mind. Here are recommendations for books to help you prepare for the slowdown of the winter season (and indulgent holiday meals) and fortify your immune system as the winter cold and flu season peeks over the horizon.
At our reforestation project in Costa Rica (Hacienda Rio Cote), in addition to helping restore the native rain forest, our publisher Ehud Sperling is looking to give back to the spirit of the land. This summer a long-time dream seeded by this vision came true with the construction of the Inner Traditions labyrinth on Lake Arenal.
Did you know there’s an easy natural therapy that has been clinically shown to boost the immune system; lower high blood pressure, increase energy, and protect against inflammation as well as a long list of other benefits? It’s called forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, a therapy gaining popularity in Japan and increasingly recommended by physicians to patients suffering from ailments caused or aggravated by the rhythm and stress of urban and modern life.
As reported this week by BBC, CNN, Nature, and a host of other major media outlets, bone fragments found in a cave in Russia have been genetically identified as belonging to a little girl who was half Neanderthal and half Denisovan.This new discovery only further confirms Andrew Collins' ground-breaking research in his latest book, The Cygnus Key.