Archive for the ‘psychedelics’ Category

New Book

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The Paradox of Lucid Dreaming – A Metaphysical Theory of Mind is out folks. I try to keep post outs to a minimum so as not to fill your inboxes with junk so I will be brief – It’s my own personal take on altered states of consciousness. The pivot of concern in the book is lucid dreaming but I extend the theory into a more holistic vision of the nature of mind. The book is available on Amazon or direct from me if you inbox me. Please feel free to review on Amazon as this helps t spread the idea.Lucid Dream book cover 7

The podcast is undergoing some reconstruction so please be patient there for those of you who tune in but I will be some some live talks in London, beginning with the book launch which you can find on http://www.fallingapple.org.uk/current-talk

Otherwise may I just thank you for taking the time to check out my work. Please share – R

Gateways of The Mind Ireland

Friday, April 25th, 2014

OK tomorrow night is the last Saturday of the month which means…set your passwords and let’s see what we can discover about mutual dreaming..!

I would also like to briefly tell you about my appearance at the Gateways Of The Mind conference in June (7-8). What an incredible line up the guys have again, with some familiar faces from the consciousness scene. I have the pleasure of being involved with the Gateways gang since the beginning of their wonderful journey of sharing and I have the privilege of sharing my new video collection with them on stage in my home country, so I am overjoyed.

I will be looking to meet and greet and make contact with anyone interested in collaborating and creating, so if you can make it there, please stop by and say hi, I am always ready and willing to chat.

OK folks, here is the link and I hope to see you all soon, here there, maybe everywhere …

http://www.gatewaysofthemind.com/events/gateways-ireland-14

Could This Life Really Be Dream..?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

What do we mean when we say that “we are dreaming” , is it really so different to what you are experiencing now?

I put some words together to share with you all on this subject, I hope you like and share. See you this weekend for the dream share experiment…

The World is Made of Langugae

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

I will let the video do the talking here folks
#Language

Mind Altering Agents..?

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

I tackle the question of mind altering agents here and offer a different perspective on the subject, could you be tripping right now..?

Enter The Mouth of Madness

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

I have been struggling with an idea for some time, what is this war at the heart of nature between order and chaos, is it something inherent in the process of the Universe, a necessary cause for creation, a catalyst or side effect?

I don’t want to enter into a dissection of the laws of thermodynamics, not the least because the subject largely alludes my own understanding, but I do want to point out to a certain feature, specifically, the second law, which states that the entropy of an isolated system never decreases, because isolated systems spontaneously evolve towards thermodynamic equilibrium —the state of maximum entropy (yes straight of Wikipedia, that one), but what exactly, or at least what roughly does that mean (let’s not get too daring in our demands)?

In essence, what it means is that systems decay, they naturally tend to a state of disorder and if left to do so, the Universe itself would simply, gradually fall apart at the seams, being reduced to nothing more than stardust, given a sufficient period of time. In fact, this second law is thought to be what gives time an arrow or direction, but we won’t get into that right now.

This incidental passage from order into chaos, as it is often prescribed by hardened materialists, seems to seal the fate of our world and yet, contrary to what one might have anticipated, recent findings at the periphery of our expanding Universe, found the rate of expansion to be accelerating and not, as was expected, slowing down…!?

This really has got scientists in quite a stir as it simply doesn’t fit their model, and what does one do when their model comes unstuck? We surely change it..? Now there, however,  is a concept that fundamentalists are slow to embrace and make no bones about it, the scientific avenue of inquiry is riddled with rigor.

I recently had a discussion with a colleague of mine, we are both medically qualified, my area being the oral cavity, his being the brain. As a psychiatrist, I gave him the benefit of the doubt as to having an informed view of the mind but I was quite shocked when I brought to his attention the work of another neuro-biologist, Dr J Allen Hobson, a Harvard professor, a researcher of altered states of consciousness, a pioneer of consciousness studies and the one half of the pair of minds that offered us the activation synthesis theory of dreaming. Whatever your opinion of the implications of this theory, the chemistry and physiology is flawless, how we interpret that, I will leave to debate, but the brain activity and function, during dreaming is brilliantly illustrated by the system.

Hobson is not one for controversy parse, in fact he is quite a conservative soul, I know as I have spoken to him at length. The topic we discussed, among others, was his diagnosis of dreaming as a form of acute psychosis. He uses a medical device, known as a mental status exam (MSE) to illustrate our nightly descent into disorientation and disorder of the self, a meeting with other persons in places, neither of which have any bearing in the so called physical world, we have effectively entered the the time and space of the schizophrenic.

Hobson goes on to illuminate us on how a model of the dreaming brain may be the road to understanding the schizophrenic essay, he outlines how it might be the dreaming brain leaking into the waking state that causes the alleged dysfunction to occur. Although I agree on the physiology, I might dispute the word dysfunction but that is another conversation.

I am an advocate of Hobson’s view and as an amateur dream researcher (it will become momentarily apparent why I do not chain myself to the constraints of academia), although the prescription of psychosis as a pathology, I would have to ask to be revised. Yes, the process can erupt into problematic situations, but as I said to my psychiatric colleague, surely this is as much of a product of how society treats the condition as much as the underlying biology. In the Bible, we had people visited by angels and demons alike, to say you are the son of God might land you a sentence in the loony bin in an increasingly cynical society.

Who decides who is mad? It is simply a matter of cultural perspective. In aboriginal societies, the shaman, the healer of souls is usually selected out of the community at a young age if he exhibits a certain kind of behavior…you guessed it, the hall marks of schizophrenia. I went on to explain this to my colleague and although, he could not argue to the contrary, he was certain that dreams had nothing to do with schizophrenia, that somehow chaos was an offspring of order and that we should continue to numb people up with drugs, if they did not meet the criteria of of our culture.

I was disappointed to see how attached a scientist of the mind could be to his view, especially in the evidence of something to the contrary. I say evidence but I did nit sit him down with a plethora of academic research, I felt a little anecdotal insight form the world’s leading researcher and a dose of investigative intuition would be sufficient but I was left wanting…

Change is precisely what underlies chaos, we need to let go of what we think we know in order to encounter what we don’t, let go of your assumptions, feel the chaos erupt, to feel it is to know it, the truth is that there is no fine line between madness and genius, they are on in the same…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Red Pill

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

So, I spent the weekend doing a little energy work with some friends in preparation for an out of body experience attempt.

Currently, I lean towards a more Chi Kung based  approach to induce lucidity, something I can say for certain will be the path most people will start to use in the future. From what I hear, Bob Bruce is making some noise about the same approach and any of you who have attended any courses or talks with the IAC (International Academy of Consciousness) will be familiar with their bio-energy approach, something I highly recommend.

As well as my more raw approach to lucid dreaming, I am also a firm advocate of technology. My view is if it helps improve your understanding of things without too much cost, then it is simply a case of textbook maths, use it. In this case, I was employing my own mix of dream herbs, some of which happen to come in capsule form… therein lies the controversy…a pill…?

Let’s make something clear, there is no such thing as drugs, there are only words and the cultural model you apply to them. Take for example, the native plants of the Amazon Forest used by the indigenous peoples to cure and heal, they are commonly referred to as the medicine, as they should be!

The very same plants, pscilocybin mushrooms and DMT containing vines are regarded by the Western governments as  Class A drugs, which by definition are not even allowed to be studied without having special licence, the likes of which can be a real headache to get.

Let me break that down for you, the very thing that heals your soul is being banned by your oppressive paternal system to keep you ignorant and hungry for the stale milk from its breast! Maybe it’s high time you saw through the illusion of language and considered these matters with a little more objective insight…

As it happens, on the weekend, we were not employing any Class A substances but the very appearance of a pill or two certainly caused a social speed wobble or two. If you haven’t taken the Red Pill approach, I suggest you do, I have been working on a new formula recently and it looks like we have something very powerful on our hands, the only thing we need is to lift the taboo on this terrifically effective approach and then surely there will be more of us to share the awake of the dream…stay alert

Book Your ticket To the Ultimate Destination – The Gateways of your Mind

Friday, October 26th, 2012

For those of you who take this subject seriously….            View Gateways_logo_datessml.jpg in slide show

 

Reward yourself this November and book yourself in for 2 full days of lucid consciousness exploration led by some of the worlds finest lucid dreamers and astral travelers.

 

Gateways of the Mind Conference

The Royal Geographical Society, London, 3-4 November

An exploration of Lucid Dreaming & Out-Of-Body Experiences.

Cultural Practices In Perspective.

At this event you will be able to:

–              Find out exactly what Lucid Dreams and Out of Body Experiences actually are from the experts.

–              Discover the differences in the realities encountered in states and how they relate to other similar phenomena such as astral projection

–              Uncover why ancient cultures have been using their own techniques for millennia and what the significance of these are for NOW and in relation to the modern view of non-physical consciousness exploration

–              Learn those techniques of both the elders and the current mavericks and induce your own lucid dream or OBE experience

–              Be amazed at what can be achieved in these realities and what the real and tangible benefits are to you in our daily and waking life

–              Meet fellow consciousness explorers and join a growing global community that’s waking up to the possibilities of being asleep!

Your journey awaits. Dont delay!

 

Book your ticket now – http://www.archetypeevents.com/tickets

 

Keynote speakers:

  • Robert Waggoner
  • Charlie Morley
  • Dr Michael Katz
  • Graham Nicholls
  • Sergio Magaña

Guest speakers:

  • Mary Ziemer
  • The Monroe Institute
  • Rory MacSweeney

 

Why You Should Be At Gateways, According to The Experts!

–              “To me, this seems a once-in-a-lifetime event! To collect together some deep explorers and thinkers in the realm of lucid dreaming and OBE’s with an audience of deep explorers and thinkers seems a global happening.” Robert Waggoner

–              – “It’s going to be amazing! This is the first time ever that lucid dreaming and OBE exploration has had such a high profile platform in the UK. I believe that lucid dreaming will be a household term within the next 2 years. We are reaching a tipping  point and the Gateways of The Mind conference is going to help make this tipping point happen.” Charlie Morley

–              “Gateways feels like an event for people interested in cultural exchange and learning something that can have real value to the world. And simply because Gateways is like nothing else happening right now.” Graham Nicholls

–              “We are entering a new period, The Sun Of Darkness. For us darkness means what is hidden, including the dreams, so now it is time to share the knowledge about the dreaming because people will be looking for new order of consciousness” Sergio Magana

–              “Gateways of the mind conference will provide the opportunity for many people who otherwise would not hear of dream yoga to understand its importance and benefits.” Dr Michael Katz

 

 

The Psychedelic Renaissance….

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

How do you feel today?

Sound like a shrink, do I? Well let’s try a more existentialist posture, shall we? How does your Universe feel today? Enlightened, vibrant, curious?

Have you considered that this whole 2012 thing could be for real? Well if you are on my page, you might be a little hazy on just what term “real” actually means, but I guess you get the point, something fantastic, somewhere is waiting to happen, to paraphrase physicist, John Wheeler. What we was talking about was an underlying matrix to our 3 dimensional nature, we so casually refer to as reality and this layer of activity wants to be known, it wants to reveal itself to us, but it knows we are scared.

Bowie spoke of this, when he told us of a “star man waiting in the sky”, he tell us that he would like to come and meet us but “he’s afraid he’d blow our minds”    Notice how Bowie says, he would blow our minds and not our bodies, for what are we but creatures of the mind, this is the true home of our perception, the brain merely acting to conduct the stream of information, an information stream, which as described by Aldous Huxley, is in fact a traffic reduction system and not, as we may have presumed a means to actually gather information!

Where is the proof for this? Well, let’s not get into too much of a debate here, as my fingers my tire but let me show you a little something to raise your awareness of what it is I speak of. The psychedelic compounds that are once more making the stage in medical research such as MDMA, DMT, psilocybin and  the likes actually cause blood flow to the brain to reduce and not, as we may have previously anticipated, cause flow to increase!!! The brain acts in a similar way to a near death experience, that is to say, it reduces participation in funneling our awareness into a time constrained, matter matrix and instead allows something far more substantial to be experienced by the observer.

Channel 4 recently screened the wonderful Professor David Nutt and his team discussing the use of MDMA for treating clinical depression and post traumatic stress disorder. “Drugs Live” did what it said on the tin – an ethical committee passed the screening of the use of this currently scheduled Class A compound, to be interpreted under brain scanning devices and what we saw was a remarkable and terrifically misunderstood substance, one that will no doubt now, need to be completely revised for use.

This is a revelation to the bystanders but hardly news to those who have ever experienced the compound, the question is what now? The answer surely has to be to take psychedelic research out form under the carpet from where it was swept in the neurosis of the 70s capitalist dogma that prevailed and once more we will be sat at the table of nature to offer us a more authentic relationship with the Gain mind, to beg her forgiveness for the delusion of the psyche and the pathology it has unleashed on the planet. The future is uncertain but one thing is clear – “Go green or die, the plants can show us the way!”