Founded in the UK in 1998 by Amanda Fielding, the Beckley Foundation is a think-tank and NGO focused on research into psychoactive substances and the related science and public policy. This well-constructed site hosts a number of interesting articles about psychotropics on their ‘press‘ page, such as this article on the role of music during psychedelic therapy. Their science content includes studies on LSD, psilocybin, cannabis, ayahuasca/DMT, MDMA and meditation for clinical applications that include depression, anxiety, cluster headaches, addictions and more – plus loads of global policy content! Overall, a good site for staying in touch with what’s happening on the global front in psychedelic medicine. YouTube channel.
This is the teaching arm of IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences), a group founded by astronaut Edgar Mitchell in the 1970’s which is dedicated to consciousness research and human transformation. This site is a new offering so the list of in-person and e-learning offerings is small so far; they’re also hosting ‘virtual gatherings’, workshops and even a Mayan tour. What caught my eye about this site is the content under the tab labeled ‘Research Participation’ where IONS lists any study open for online and in-person participation. Feel like testing your psi abilities to change the flow of photons? Want to participate in precognition research? Information and links for these and other studies – and IONS’ new ‘PsiQ‘ research app – are found here.
Billing itself as ‘one of the biggest psychedelic meetings in the world’, this biennial 3-day conference offers content from the numerous disciplines exploring psychedelic consciousness. After each conference, the organizers release a book of essays collected from the event – which you can find here and which I haven’t read. But I did find their Vimeo channel which offers over 250 videos from previous conferences in which speakers address everything from microdosing LSD to plant shamanism to sensory deprivation to … a Q&A with Russell Brand and Daniel Pinchbeck (?). The next conference is in 2019 so there’s plenty of time if you need to row your way across the pond. :)
In his weekly podcast, Rick Archer interviews ‘spiritually awakened’ people – some well-known and others unknown – and in allowing them to share their stories, seeks to help confront public skepticism about these extraordinary experiences. Rick’s guests discuss numerous spiritual topics; Christianity, Zen Buddhism, lucid dreaming, shamanism and psychedelics are a few examples. Started in 2008, the podcast now offers over 400 interviews with close to 300 wise women and men. The website also offers links to lots of additional content for each guest – a great way to find new material from these teachers.
I’m always on the lookout for blogs offering regular doses of support or new information for the nondual seeker and Matt Licata’s blog is one such site; he’s actually one of my favorite writers of this type of content. Besides the psychotherapy and retreat information found on his professional site, Matt shares regular doses of his warm encouragement and spiritual wisdom on A Healing Space – and has been doing so for six years so there’s plenty of backlog content if a binge session is needed ;)
While I might miss the smell of wood shelving and old books found in real-space bookstores, it sure is nice having immediate access to small cyberspace stores catering to the just about any interest. Non-duality Press (… to hyphenate or not to hyphenate…) Is relatively new (2004) so their inventory is small but such sites offer an easy way to discover offerings from new nondual teachers who have yet to gain the attention of larger publishers. The editor also publishes this blog which features unique articles about the larger nondual community, like this piece; Reflections on SAND 2017: The Emergent Universe. Hopefully the blog continues after the merger; Non-Duality Press is now affiliated with New Harbinger Publications, which publishes books on health, psychology and personal growth as well as spirituality.
Given America’s legal stance on the use of (non-prescription) drugs, it’s no surprise that some of the more public psychedelic events are happening elsewhere – in this case, London. The Psychedelic Society is one such group and I’ve come across several videos lately featuring members bringing their psychedelic advocacy to a variety of audiences. They often sponsoring various (UK) petitions for legalization and also host ‘Experience Weekends’ in the Netherlands using psilocybin truffles (in case you happen to find yourself in the neighborhood). The Psychedelic Society is a young group run by the young people shaping the next wave of psychedelic awareness; here’s hoping they stick around.
A project of The Psychedelic Society, this cool little site is quick way to tap into the local and global (public) psychedelic community. The interactive map is the eye candy but the site also lists 1,600+ people, 230+ organizations and a dozen discussion groups who have all stepped into the public square to learn and share. …”Find the others” …
For the second time, Prague will host Beyond Psychedelics in June 2018, a biennial conference that got some notice after their first event in 2016. The conference brings together leaders in psychedelics advocacy, medicinal applications, consciousness science and the related technology.