Organizations – Update

Adding these nine groups to the ‘Organizations’ page today:

The Beckley Foundation

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.

Noetic Infusions

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.

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Organizations – update

Adding these nine groups to the ‘Organizations’ page today:

Clinical Trials . Gov

Hosted by the National Library of Medicine, this site is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies being conducted in the US and abroad. Over the past few years, we’ve all been seeing more and more headlines touting newly ‘discovered’ benefits of one psychedelic substance after another – MDMA, psilocybin, LSD – for treatment of any number of chronic physical and mental health conditions – PTSD, depression, and addiction, to name a few. If you have interest in participating in a trial – or just want to see who’s doing what – this is the place to start. Searching on this site today for trials related to psychedelics returns 54 studies (!).

 

Esalen

Founded 55 years ago on almost 30 acres along the California coastline, this education center / retreat / spa became especially well known in the 1990’s through the work of scholar in residence Terence McKenna. There are now many similar ‘seminars and spas’ spots but this was one of the first in the US to curate a serious curriculum marrying the mysticism of the East with the science of the West as part of a larger vision to transform humankind. Their current faculty list runs the gamut from spiritual teacher Adyashanti to singer Alanis Morissette to filmmaker Andy Abrahams Wilson (and that’s just the A’s!), though it looks like their focus has shifted lately to the tech sector fallout we’ve been hearing about recently. Facebook page ; YouTube channel.Continue Reading

Organizations – update

Adding these groups to the ‘Organizations’ page today:

Stillness Speaks

This site provides nice summaries and resource libraries on a large number of non-dual teachers and traditions; they describe themselves as “the preeminent resource for self-inquiry and self-exploration”. I hadn’t yet reviewed their site until a few days ago when I learned they host a great big, beautiful, digitized copy of Carl Jung’s Red Book. And it’s yours to download for free (!!) for subscribing to the site – which I did immediately. After spending an hour zooming in on the first illustration, I can attest to the availability of gorgeous details. I’m grateful for their generosity as this book still costs a very big penny to buy new.

 

Conscious TV

This website is run by a small team based in the UK and from their studios in London, they’ve conducted over 400 interviews with a wider array of voices than usually encountered on the topic: former Catholic monk Francis Bennett, renowned musician and composer Jah Wobble, and non-dual teacher Loch Kelly (this interview is a nice introduction to Loch’s approach), for example. Being overseas, they introduce local folks we don’t hear about as often on this side of the pond.

 

PsychonautWiki

This is an excellent resource of up-to-date content on just about any psychedelic substance, author, physical effect … it seems to all be there.

From their website:  PsychonautWiki is a community-driven encyclopedia striving to formally document the field of psychonautics in a comprehensive, scientifically-grounded manner. Our primary motivations include:
~ documenting all aspects of psychonautics (including practices like meditationlucid dreamingpsychoactive substance use, sensory deprivation, ritual, etc.) from an evidence-based, scientific perspective.
~ providing accessible educationencouraging safe practices, and reforming cultural taboos associated with the use of psychoactive substances using expert and crowd-sourced information.
~ seeding a culture that promotes individual responsibility by providing the information needed to make conscious, informed choices.

 

Sounds True

A shout out to this group as I know they produced several of the interesting ‘consciousness’ films I’ve encountered on various streaming services; they also help produce Eckhart Tolle Now. Their website sells the popular titles but also offers an extensive collection of audio books and courses I haven’t seen elsewhere.