Modernity biases our perception of the world and limits our imagination for the futures we want to build.

As part of my research on redistribution and our religious and aesthetic relation with nature, I’m also learning about the ceremonial use of plant medicine and psychedelics, and how different variations of set and setting can alter our perception of ourselves, our body, and the world. I’ll call them entheogens from now on.

This topic might be emotionally charged for some of us. I’m opening this space to have a safe, slow, careful dialogue. You can also send me a direct private message, if that feels more comfortable.

:point_down: Here I will be documenting the resources I’ve found useful on this exploration. Share your links! :spider_web:

[podcast] Plants of the gods
[book, 1954] Doors of perception
[book, 1968] The teachings of don Juan
[book, 1977, in Spanish] Vida de María Sabina
[book, 1993] Food of the gods
[book, 2000] Sisters of the extreme
[book, 2011] The psychedelic explorer’s guide
[documentary, 2016] Hamilton’s pharmacopeia
[documentary, 2019] Fantastic fungi
[article, 2020] Psychedelics for systems change: could drugs help us save the planet?
[article, 2020] A collective call for accountability in plant medicine experiences
[article, 2021] Relational processes in ayahuasca groups of palestinians and israelis
[documentary, 2022] How to change your mind
[article, 2022] Oneness, liberation, and revolutionary revelations observational research on ayahuasca rituals of israelis and palestinians
[article, 2022] Why the “psychedelic renaissance” is just colonialism by another name



I have participated and benefited a lot from ceremonial use of plant medicine. It’s great to see a thread for this.

Here’s what a friend wrote a while back: Where Web3 & Psychedelics Might Meet - Under The Palm

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Nice :heart_eyes:

Alienation from nature and the loss of experience of being part of the living creation is the greatest tragedy of our materialistic era. It is the causative reason for ecological devastation and climate change. Therefore I attribute absolute highest importance to consciousness change. I regard psychedelics as catalyzers for this. They are tools which are guiding our perception toward other deeper areas of our human existence, so that we again become aware of our spiritual essence. Psychedelic experiences in a safe setting can help our consciousness open up to this sensation of connection and of being one with nature LSD and related substances are not drugs in the usual sense, but are part of the sacred substances, which have been used for thousands of years in ritual settings. The classic psychedelics like LSD, Psilocybin, and Mescaline are characterized by the fact that they are neither toxic nor addictive. It is my great concern to separate psychedelics from the ongoing debates about drugs, and to highlight the potential inherent to these substances for self-awareness, as an adjunct in therapy, and for fundamental research into the human mind. It is my wish that a modern Eleusis will emerge, in which seeking humans can learn to have transcendent experiences with sacred substances in a safe setting. I am convinced that these soul-opening, mind-revealing substances will find their appropriate place in our society and our culture.

Albert Hoffmann