Pot, Paranoia, and Buddhist Wisdom: A Conversation with Stephen Gray

For the majority of human history, spirituality has been intertwined with plant medicines such as cannabis, soma, the kykeon, ayahuasca, iboga, and psilocybin mushrooms. While today’s major religions try to hide this fact, researchers are uncovering evidence that strongly suggests visionary plants have even played a role in traditions like Buddhism, Christianity, and Judaism. In […]

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Beyond Materialism: Interview with Rita Kočárová about International Transpersonal Conference 2017

As humanity sits on the cusp of a new paradigm that moves beyond strict materialism and into a holistic understanding that includes subtle forces and the subjective experience, we find ourselves needing to have new conversations that bring together multiple disciplines to achieve a higher order of understanding. While this sounds like a lofty undertaking, […]

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The First Graduating Class of the CIIS Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research

If you have been following the field of psychedelic research, then you know that the last few years have seen some big strides forward for psychedelic therapy. You most likely heard the news that MDMA has been approved for Phase III PTSD trials (the final phase before potential legalization), but there’s been another major step […]

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Neurosis is Natural: Human Development and Rites of Passage with Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.

The Western world’s psyche is not doing so hot right now. Children and adults are overmedicated on pharmaceuticals, depression and anxiety are rampant, and addiction is reaching epidemic proportions. Could it be that our collective neuroses are due to us missing something fundamental about life? Clearly something needs to change for things to get better. […]

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The Middle Age Trip: Musings on Midlife Psychedelic Use and Psychotherapy with Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.

You don’t have to be a wide-eyed millennial to have a mind-opening and life-changing experience with psychedelics. As the media coverage and scientific validity of psychedelics continues to expand, a growing number of middle aged and senior adults are taking note, and some of them are taking the leap of faith into experiencing it for […]

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