Scientists Studied What Psychedelics Do to the Brain, And It’s Not What You’ve Been Told

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mushroomIt turns out that psychedelics aren’t just good for turning into an elf and jousting a car. Psychiatrists, psychologists and specialists in addiction and recovery from traumatic experiences have been investigating the use of hallucinogens in treatment programs, and the results indicate that psychedelics actually have practical therapeutic uses.

And one drug has proven particularly useful. Repeated studies have found the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, can help people move past major life issues — like beating alcoholism and becoming more empathetic.

The research: One study concluded that controlled exposure to psilocybin could have long-lasting medical and spiritual benefits. In 2011, Johns Hopkins researchers found that by giving volunteer test subjects just the right dose (not enough to give them a terrifying bad trip), they were able to reliably induce transcendental experiences in volunteers. This provoked long-lasting psychological growth and helped the volunteers to find peace in their lives, all without side effects. Nearly all of the 18 test subjects, average age 46, were college graduates. Seventy-eight percent were religious and all were interested in finding a scientific experience.

Fourteen months later, 94% said their trip on magic mushrooms was one of the five most important moments of their lives. Thirty-nine percent said it was the most important thing that had ever happened to them. Their colleagues, friends, and family members said the participants were kinder and happier; the volunteers had positive experiences ranging from more empathy and improved marriages to less drinking.

Lead author Roland Griffiths told TIME’s Healthland that “The important point here is that we found the sweet spot where we can optimize the positive persistent effects and avoid some of the fear and anxiety that can occur and can be quite disruptive.”

What’s more, the researchers say that those changes in personality are highly atypical, because personalities tend to be pretty set in stone after the age of 25-30. According to postdoctoral researcher Katherine MacLean, who contributed to the study, “This is one of the first studies to show that you actually can change adult personality.”

“Many years later, people are saying it was one of the most profound experiences of their life,” she continued. “If you think about it in that context, it’s not that surprising that it might be permanent.”

This is strictly do-not-try-this-at-home. Maclean says that “in an unsupervised setting, if that sort of fear or anxiety set in, the classic bad trip, it could be pretty dangerous.” But “On the most speculative side, this suggests that there might be an application of psilocybin for creativity or more intellectual outcomes that we really haven’t explored at all.”

More research: Within the past few decades, interest in hallucinogens has expanded from the counter-culture to dedicated, methodological research. For example, another study published in 2010 conducted research into whether psilocybin can lend some comfort to terminal cancer patients — finding evidence that it reduced death anxiety and experienced significantly less depression. According to study researcher Dr. Charles Grob, “Individuals did speak up and tell us that they felt it was of great value.” NYU’s Dr. Stephen Ross, who conducted a similar study, told SCPR that “To me it’s been some of the most remarkable clinical findings I’ve ever seen as a psychiatrist.”

Psychologist Clark Martin, Ph.D., who participated in the study as a volunteer, describes his experience below:

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Neil Kramer – The Gates of Awakening & Polarity of Consciousness

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Navigating the ancient pathways of gnosis, esoteric knowledge, consciousness and the divine, writer, speaker & researcher, Neil Kramer from “The Cleaver” is back. For the first hour, he talks about ”The Gates of Awakening” and increasing polarity of consciousness, LRP flash analysis, field uplink and finding yourself. We begin to talk about the natural process of how consciousness is engaged, challenged and raised. Also, Neil talks about the different steps one can take to avoid getting stuck in one area or subject. Other Topics Discussed: cognitive dissonance, the programming language of reality, expansion, escape, imagination, The Akashic Field, remote viewing, shamanism, the brain, curiosity, quantum theory, integration and much more. For our members in the second hour, we continue or excellent conversation Neil Kramer about increasing polarity of consciousness. We discuss how those who walk the path of selfhood, gnosis and integrity are finding it harder and harder to relate to those with lower consciousness. This type of person may also find it diffcult to talk to people at work or at home. Is there a schism in humanity? Neil shares with us a microcosm version of this experience that he had in Glastonbury. We discuss the idea that the soul or the essence of a person is something that you create or locate during your lifetime and refine over many lifetimes. We talk about the concept of free will, the holographic universe, multiple universes, 4D experience, “echoes” from the future. Later, we talk about the “LRP flash analysis” and how the occult media spinners manifesting reality and enforcing their own world view with the help of unaware people.

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Neil Kramer – Hour 1 – Imperial Culture vs. Tribal Heritage

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Neil Kramer is a British philosopher and esotericist. His work focuses chiefly on spirituality, metaphysics, mysticism, freedom, and inner development. He returns to discuss the differences between imperial culture and organic human culture, which is rooted in spiritual mortality and a relationship with the land. Neil elaborates on how imperial culture functions, what it requires of its citizens and how it ultimately keeps people ignorant. We’ll also discuss complex ignorance vs. self awareness. Then, Neil explains how the masses have been confused and conditioned by self censoring thought patterns such as political correctness, within imperial culture. We’ll continue on the importance of understanding our tribal heritage. Without it our identity and inner development is impeded. Also, Neil explains how the belief that we are all one and the same, is death. He’ll talk about what empire gains from sameness. Later, we discuss why it’s crucial to maintain our tribal mythologies. In the second hour, we discuss the importance of community. We’ll also talk about massive population growth and the resources needed to sustain the population. Neil brings forth the idea of “mindful reproduction.” Later, we talk about how empire is constantly growing without an end in sight, always seeking to become more but throughout time glorious cataclysms have set things back into place. Neil discusses nature’s regular purification process on the planet. At the end, we speak about the preparation for self-governance, for what will come when the empire begins to crumble.

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Graham Hancock, Sacred Plant Explorer

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Graham Hancock discusses ayahuasca experiences and safety and why he detests the failed War on Drugs. Hancock is an explorer and journalist with a passion for sacred plants and ancient civilizations. He is the author of the major international bestsellers The Sign and The Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, and Heaven’s Mirror. His books have sold more than five million copies worldwide and have been translated into 27 languages.

Hancock is one of the world’s leading experts on the historical use of psychedelics. He has become recognized as an unconventional thinker and philosopher who raises controversial questions about humanity’s past. One of his primary beliefs is that psychedelics played a key role in the intellectual evolution of humanity and can help save mankind from going extinct. He has written and co-authored several books and essays, both fiction and nonfiction, the most recent of which is the 2005 nonfiction book, Supernatural: Meetings With the Ancient Teachers of Mankind. His books have been translated into 27 languages and sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

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Reincarnation Proof : The James Linegar Case

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A young American boy remembers his past life as an American fighter pilot fighting the Japanese During World War II. He recalls information that only his past life sisters and his own past life incarnation know.

Meeting up with old pilots, he manages to name them all and they confirm his story.
The odds that he can do the aforementioned are off the scale, we can say clearly, to claim a child’s imagination, watching old documentary war films or even playing war games on gaming machines are the explanation, rather than symptoms, are ludicrous statements and far removed from reality. Continued……

Something else to take from James story is that past lives can influence ones current human experiences therefore if your mind is not at least open to the holistic approach of problem solving YOU MAY WELL; JUST NOT MOVE ON THIS TIME ROUND, which would be a great shame.

Here’s James and his family being interviewed about the book of his story : Soul Surviver.

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THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE

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From Grassroots Films of Brooklyn, New York comes THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE – the story of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of the answers to the burning questions: Who am I? Who is Man? Why do we search for meaning? Their journey brings them into the middle of the lives of the homeless on the streets of New York City, the orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana, Africa. What the young men discover changes them forever. Through one on one interviews and real life encounters, the brothers are awakened to the beauty of the human person and the resilience of the human spirit. Trailer here 

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Cactus of Mystery : Interview with Ross Heavan

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I had the great opportunity to attend a couple of Ross’s San Pedro ceremonies and can not recommend the experience enough. I also had the opportunity to meet persons he mentions when talking about its curing abilities.

For anyone dealing with serious illness, or feeling generally ‘stuck’, looking for answers to shift levels, they should give sacred medicines serious thought. The good news is that ceremonies are become more regularly in the west.

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