and less strife. We have corporations. the psychedelic community. term with different areas or categories. Yet, many people in the psychedelic community believe that his behavior is unforgiveable and, exercising a “no second chances” approach, have sought to ostracize him from community circles and public events. Daniel Pinchbeck went to some trouble to insert himself into the media as one of the leading Burning Man scenesters, following in his counter-cultural heritage at the heart of the Beat scene growing up on Ginsberg’s lap.. Pinchbeck’s “Evolver” group was a Burning Man-related social engineering think tank run out of Baltimore, Maryland. It is therefore likely that some people will seek to explore them together. We are a team of dedicated volunteers! think the model of not just consent, but “enthusiastic consent,” is a good Obscenely powerful, conventional in view of technology and markets. It happens in a lot of different ways. Talk about a slap in the face. Please support Chacruna’s work by donating to us. In the interim, we can think about things like conscious consumerism. Rather than boycotting companies you disagree with, to work in collaboration with them to show the ways forward? mid-thirties and my second when I was forty. The evidence, he believes, is all around us. He believed in erotic freedom and the pursuit of ecstasy as part of our birthright. ... 2020 Liked by Daniel Pinchbeck. It is a great privilege What Do Psychedelic Medicine Companies Owe to the Community? Daniel Pinchbeck is a prominent American writer and public figure who catapulted to fame and celebrity status in the psychedelic scene for his books Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism (2002) and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (2006). Most people weren’t ready to focus on the environmental crises we’re facing and which grow more and more threatening. understanding and be able to love each other in the future with more clarity by Joseph Durwin, The Orbits Project, 2000. In alchemy, they talk about poisons and medicines being the same — that a terrible poison can become a great medicine. But we must enact that on a planetary level. But our idea is to make use of the tools of the corporate business structure rather than protest against them. behavior. Some have suggested this might resemble, in some ways, the Truth and Reconciliation commissions in South Africa after Apartheid. transformation. The poster on the Left has been widely circulated. The result was the literary and metaphysical epic 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (2008). The indigenous cultures of North and South America described this as the shift from the Fourth World to the Fifth World, or the age of the Fifth Sun transitioning into the age of the Sixth Sun. I see the Occupy movements as prophetically significant — a foreshadowing of this birthing of the next level of human consciousness, which transcends separation and egotism. One way of doing that was to create cultural tropes that became clichés around psychedelic culture, but simultaneously they instigated governmental and subsequently police oppression against any experience of an expanded consciousness, especially one that could be attained through visionary plant and chemical substances. aunts used to give me forced enemas against my will. cocaine and heroin were normal. Part 1. It can be found in the proliferation of alternative energy organizations, digital democracy advocates, yoga retreats, urban homesteaders, organic food outlets, and of course the Occupy movement. selfish and unconscionable. Or we will fail together and annihilate ourselves. I hope that the next evolutionary step in our collective consciousness around gender relations and relationships goes beyond vilifying and blaming to developing mechanisms and societal processes that allow for rehabilitation and reconciliation. Cela dépend de vos besoins. And I think that’s going to be necessary at some point. We can look at the corporation as an artificial life form, that we have constructed out of legal code, ideas, brand logos and so on; and we have injected that artificial life form into a game, the stock market. We need to question the idea of a salvation point and shift to a different relationship in terms of what’s happening in the world. While we can’t just wish away the reality that surrounds us, I feel it’s true that our thoughts and our use of language co-create our reality. ARTWORK BY DAVID SHERRY. step. Yet, It calls for “armed marches” to the capitals of all fifty states on January 17. I think, on a global scale, we need to repurpose the media, including social media and mass media, to bring about a rapid evolution of … Now we must step back, take a meta-systemic approach, and reinvent the game. In this interview with Rebel Wisdom’s David Fuller he discusses the deeper story of what the pandemic crisis is revealing, and also addresses some of the criticisms of his work, most notably from Daniel Pinchbeck. Part of being a pioneer involves taking the initial volley of arrows that come in the form of personal attacks and criticism. There are many ways to look at what’s happening now. While I did commit many wrongs, I have also been accused of horrible things that I did not do as a vengeance tactic by a former partner. 32:50 After reviewing Daniel’s experiences at Burning Man, and how they can shed some light onto the malleability of human nature, Greg and Pinchbeck pivot to discuss another topic covered in his book: his noble goal “to influence the influencers”.Daniel reflects on his potential impact on people like Russell Brand and his experience charting a copter to view crop circles with Sting. We can survive only by returning to a cooperative and sharing-based way of life, which is how tribal societies functioned. What role does the media have to play today?DANIEL PINCHBECK — I think the revolution is television. Hi Daniel, I appreciate your analysis and sharing of these issues. First of all, I want to He has become the most prominent figure in the anti-vaccine movement and a lightning rod for controversy. It calls for “armed marches” to the capitals of all fifty states on January 17. Directed by Emmy Award nominee João Amorim, the film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. We recently published the Ayahuasca Community Guide for the awareness of sexual abuse, which, in addition to helping to safeguard women in ayahuasca contexts, is aimed at raising awareness and creating much needed dialogue across the psychedelic community around the issue of sexual misconduct. In this interview with author Daniel Pinchbeck, we explore the ultimate meaning of the psychological and civilizational crisis we are facing today. But recently, more and more people have been going to South America and building relationships with these shamanic traditions, including the influence of ayahuasca, which is done in a group setting with a properly trained guide or shaman to contain the energy. 52 Insights Daniel Pinchbeck 'I am an anarchist.' If we reach that point, everybody could consume all they want.  He interviewed Alejandro Jodorowsky for the German/French art television network Arte in a very personal discussion, spending a night together in France, continuing the interview in different locations like in a park and in a hotel. I felt guilty, ashamed of male sexuality. GUEST BIO: Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The … instance, when I was in high school in NYC in the 1980s, John Hughes films, Counter culture provocateur. Alex Tsakiris: Today we welcome Daniel Pinchbeck to Skeptiko. What is so special about the Mayan method of keeping time that you consider to be so prescient? If a woman stands alone at a warehouse party or a DJ set at These films, like much of our culture, put forth degrading Official tennis player profile of Daniel Pinchbeck on the ATP Tour. The Plumed Serpent Returns: An Interview with Daniel Pinchbeck, Catalyst Magazine, 2006. drunk. Later she felt she had been too intoxicated to consent. beforehand. Astrological conjunctions and epochal shifts. These, too, inspired psychedelic insights into interconnectivity, the fractally distributed nature of information, and so on. Author. For Pinchbeck, 2012 is not the apocalypse or the second coming — notions he considers “spiritually lazy” — but instead the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. community gatherings, it is harder to propose strict rules. He has written many books including Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010). and women are journeying together, they can state their physical boundaries am happy there is a deep process going on, not just personally, but culturally We have to say, Okay. as thrilling as it was puzzling. outrageous violation. There were times that I acted I believe that the root of “toxic masculinity” is not that men are inherently bad, but that we have remained indoctrinated into a patriarchal social system that dehumanizes both men and women in different ways. Most people in our culture believe consciousness is purely brain-based; therefore, there can be no continuity of being — of any sort — after death. I have taken a lot of time over the last years to In many indigenous societies, the constant watchfulness of the collective keeps people’s egos in check. I'm not sure there's megalomania there just not coherent in his approach. difficult process. When we become conscious of the repressed and distorted parts of ourselves, we can integrate our shadow. This is exciting but may create confusion and Do you see the Internet as a series of parallel worlds or — with its invisible hum of information above the Earth transferred via satellites — to be a manifestation of Teilhard de Chardin’s noosphere, his word coined in the 1920s to mean “mind-sphere?” Is the Internet the last strata of Gaia?DANIEL PINCHBECK — I think that technology is an aspect of conscious process and of evolution. I also uncomfortable and less valued for themselves. So, over the last 40 or 50 years, the West has undergone a deep development that has involved the integration of mystical traditions into the Western psyche. As an example of what I It would be great if we could develop community processes to reckon with the wounds of the past and get beyond them. I realize that, for some people, nothing I can ever do or say will be enough. Five years later, in 1943, in the middle of the Nazi’s Final Solution — and with Switzerland being this tiny island of neutrality in Europe, and Basel being a medieval centre of alchemy, where Paracelsus had lived — Albert Hoffman began to have recurring dreams of the molecular structure of LSD-25. My view is that the ecological crisis is potentially an initiatory process for humanity, that’s going to force us to awake to our inherent solidarity as a species, and shift from our sense of separate identities to being aware of ourselves as constituting a planetary super organism that is in a symbiotic relationship with the planetary ecology as a whole. By the end of the book, one could easily think I’ve gone off the rails and have become possessed with this idea that I’m some kind of avatar or incarnation of Quetzalcoatl or some messianic figure. The revolution of media is an absolutely necessary part of the evolution of consciousness. But they can be remediated to have a positive impact. If we take this idea that humanity constitutes a planetary super-organism in a symbiotic relationship with the whole Earth as a system, then we can consider this organism to have a body, and ask, what are the organs of that body? Part 3. This is true for ayahuasca - a sacred, psychoactive tea with a long history of ritual use by communities of the Upper Amazon. If a corporation encounters an environmental restriction or regulation, it intrinsically seeks to corrupt or evade it. Following that assumption, you can’t really care all that much about the environment or the future, because you don’t have an investment in anything but getting the most you can from your moment. If somebody tells you they are trying to write a book or trying to stop smoking, you can almost guarantee that they are not going to finish the book or stop smoking anytime soon, because they are literally trying to do it. While women are speaking out, men remain very reluctant to discuss their experiences, as well as how their attitudes and behavior patterns have been shaped by their own social conditioning. So it’s not the corporation’s fault, it’s our fault, as the creators of the game system. Many of us are starting to realize that our psychic capacities are intensifying; it’s almost as if there was once a very firm and impermeable boundary between the physical and the psychical, and that boundary is becoming more and more permeable, more available, and more subtly interactive, like when you remember someone after not thinking about them for a while and you run into them or they call you. us to memorize historical dates and learn calculus, but do very little to teach In 1938 he first synthesized LSD-25. My parents were secular materialists, so I saw art as having this alternate value. Indeed, a simple google search of “Daniel Pinchbeck” at the time of writing brings up the earlier described Chacruna interview on “Confronting Sexual Assault” with Pinchbeck as the 7th result. Daniel speaks about the view ancient cultures had about the shift, what they believed was coming and how the cosmos affects our reality. So they produced LSD-25 in a series of syntheses. their initial sexual contact without substances and with enthusiastic consent, I want to make amends. Now that we’ve integrated the whole world into one global market and now that we’ve consumed a great deal of the world’s resources, the constant increase that’s necessary for a parasitical system like capitalism to continue is just not possible. This is an edited transcript of a conversation that took place on August 10, 2018, for Kosmos Journal. Daniel is an author and well-known figure in the modern consciousness transformation movement that we talk so much about on Skeptiko. In When Plants Dream, coauthored with anthropologist Sophia Rokhlin, we look at the global spread of ayahuasca. “Psychedelic spaces” is an umbrella The psychedelic This would make them feel It might be valuable to institute such circles as a daily practice at festivals, and even within local or urban communities. 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