Democratizing Nirvana-Stealing Fire and Hacking Non Ordinary States of Consciousness

“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire!”–Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

This week:

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Galvanizing Our Democratic Privileges and Responsibilities & Standing Up for What We Believe
Please vote on June 5 and vote every day with your conscious choices June 1 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Santa Fe, We Will Stand Up With YOU! Wear orange June 1 and turn the ballot box orange on June 5!

If you are local:


June 5 is Election Day. Here is an online voter guide to make voting easier for you.
Just plug in your zip code and voila
VOTE! No excuses…

Don’t Curse the Darkness, Light a Fire: Let’s Democratize Nirvana
As we raise consciousness both personally and societally be it through mindfulness training, meditation, yoga, martial arts, or even electronic dance music (EDM), burning man sojourns, base jumping, & micro-dosing psychedelics in Silicon Valley, some are making a cogent argument that striving for non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC) is a 4th drive akin to our innate drives for food, water and sex!

The risk reward ratios are different; meditation takes months or years to cultivate and the benefits can be shorter term with no side effects and counter-indications v. base jumping where the risk is imminent death but the “high” lasts for weeks!

Recognizing the neurobiology behind these endeavors, humans are trying to hack NOSCs, getting to states north of “happy” and the emergence of this trend is evident in popular culture with recent books and podcasts.

Are ecstasis & flow, mystical states of being accessible to you?

If you are striving for something beyond happy and seeking that flow state of wellbeing, connection and purpose, you might enjoy

The vid on this site sets the tone for STER:

  • Selflessness
  • Timelessness
  • Effortlessness &
  • (Information) Richness all consistent with the highest states of consciousness aspired to by seekers of every time, tradition and culture

Note: I am not proposing we all go out and micro-dose or base jump. I am suggesting we pay attention to how we are getting closer to our own promethean drive to expand our consciousness and contribution to humanity…

On the same day as the passing of Tom Wolfe last week

I heard Terry Gross interview Michael on NPR (Fresh Air)…
‘Reluctant Psychonaut’ Michael Pollan Embraces The ‘New Science’ Of Psychedelics:

His comments at the very end of the interview about enhancing the wellness of ALREADY well people struck a chord and might with some of you too…

If you found Michael’s experiences with the plants “out there” and you think plants don’t have feelings/spirit…IKEA Asks People To Bully This Plant For 30 Days To See What Happens, And Results Are Eye Opening

More on NOSCs…

The Blog of Tim Ferriss: Experiments in Lifestyle Design
Michael Pollan — Exploring The New Science of Psychedelics
His most recent book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, might be my favorite yet. This is the first podcast interview Michael has done about the book, the science and applications of psychedelics, his exploration, and his own experiences. It is a wild ride.

June 1 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day from Students Demand Action
Wear orange June 1 and turn the ballot box orange on June!

Thanks this week go to the conscious leaders collective band of brothers, mama Marlaine and Parenting 2.0, and KPBS San Diego for the Voting guide to galvanize our other democratic privilege and responsibility- voting!

Don’t Curse the Darkness, Light a Fire & Pay it Forward

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make
ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy.
The amount of work is the same.”–
Carlos Castaneda


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