Come see why CoSM’s Full Moon Ceremony is the anchoring event for our creative community.
Alex & Allyson
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To summarize this series of articles (The Second Psychedelic Revolution) so far, I have attempted to provide both a rough outline and quick examination of contemporary (21st century) psychedelic culture by proposing that a ‘Second Psychedelic Revolution’ has arisen phoenix-like out of the ashes of the original 1960’s acid-and-rock n’ roll revolution following the deaths of its two most famous voices, Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey at the end of the Twentieth Century. (Part One).
While undeniably influenced by the First Psychedelic Revolution, the current interest in readily available ‘research chemicals’, organic tryptamines, neo-tribal ‘techno-shamanism’, and Visionary Art—the defining parameters of this ‘Second Psychedelic Revolution’—have come not from the influence of Sixties psychedelic culture, but have evolved largely out of the publication in the early 1990’s of the collective works of the three seminal architects of this new psychedelic era—the chemist Alexander Shulgin (PIHKAL and TIHKAL)(Part Two), the author and mycologist Terence McKenna (The Archaic Revival and Food of the Gods)(Part Three)and the ‘Visionary’ artist Alex Grey (Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art of Alex Grey).
The influence of these 3 authors, along with the unprecedented world-wide rise in popularity of electronic music since the birth and exportation of Goa-Trance during the same early 90’s era, has resulted in an entirely new psychedelic culture best represented today by the blossoming Transformational Festival movement inspired by gatherings such as Burning Man (which moved to Black Rock Desert, NV, in 1992) and the BOOM! Festival in Portugal (first held 1996). Ironically, this latest psychedelic revolution was initially much hastened by the now infamous Kansas Missile Silo bust of 2000 that saw a (luckily temporary) halt to the world’s LSD production; proving once again that Prohibition only leads to diversification.
From what I can glean from Terence McKenna’s writing, he was never a great fan of LSD; he certainly never gave it much thought after he discovered the organic tryptamines (and especially magic mushrooms). Ken Kesey, who I have always considered the best authority on LSD and the 60s psychedelic culture that he undeniably helped create, very rarely ever mentions DMT in his writings, and according to his son Zane, was not much of a fan of it. On his deathbed, Timothy Leary was asking for cocaine and all anybody had was some DMT, which, Leary being Leary, he promptly smoked. When he ‘came back’ from what was his last psychedelic experience, Leary said in some confusion that he had just met up with William S. Burroughs in heaven. Burroughs meanwhile, despite the fact that his prose has become synonymous with opiates, was the original psychonaut-author, having written a book about his travels to Colombia and Peru in the 1953 in search of yagé (ayahuasca) in an effort to break his opiate addiction, (The Yage Letters), as well as being one of the first people to ‘shoot’ straight DMT ‘recreationally’ in London in the early 60’s. (An experience that terrified Burroughs so much that he wrote a letter to Timothy Leary warning him about the dangers of the drug). By the time LSD came along and kick started the First Psychedelic Revolution (with the enthusiastic help of Burroughs’s close friend Allen Ginsberg), Burroughs had apparently already seen enough, and he was a notable non-participant choosing to witness it all from the sidelines with an amused and knowing eye, his biographers now mostly erroneously reporting that Burroughs ‘didn’t like’ psychedelics.
One man’s medicine can be another’s poison, one man’s heaven another man’s hell. An individual’s biochemistry can be a very tricky thing, and if there is one thing that history has established it is that there is no universal cure. The common ground in psychedelics lies in the actual experience itself—the mystical transpersonal experience being remarkably similar irrespective of the vehicle that takes you there—while the psychoactive compounds involved are merely different fingers that point at the same moon.
The four authors cited above—McKenna, Kesey, Leary, and Burroughs—all deserve special mention because they have been most responsible for translating the psychedelic experience to the outside world, a custodianship held by writers since the Beat Generation. (Musician/writers such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, John Lennon, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane etc—who were the inheritors of the Beat Poet tradition—should also be included in this category.)
In a 1998 interview with Alex Grey published in ‘The Entheogenic Review’, the interviewer (Jon Hanna) points out that describing the Psychedelic Experience had until that point mostly been the territory of writers, since other than the poster and blotter art of the psychedelic 60’s, few visual artists have openly admitted the influence of psychedelics upon their work. With the publication of Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art of Alex Grey in 1990, the psychedelic community soon discovered that the art contained within its pages resonated to many like miraculous snap shots of the psychedelic realm, faithfully rendered vistas brought back with great skill from the far shores of the visionary experience. And when Alex and his wife and fellow-artist Allyson Grey first addressed the Psychedelic Community at the Mind States conference in Berkeley, CA, in 1997, they discovered for the first time an enthusiastic audience to whom they didn’t have to apologize for their own psychedelic use.
Since this fateful nexus, Alex and Allyson Grey’s influence on psychedelic culture has been unparalleled. The use of Alex Grey’s artwork on the album covers and stage shows of bands like Tool and The Beastie Boys greatly increased his general popularity with youth culture, while the inclusion of his artwork in the actual Burning Man structure in 2006 essentially anointed his chosen status as this generation’s most important psychedelic artist.
“The underlying primary psychic reality is so inconceivably complex that it can be grasped only at the farthest reach of intuition, and then but very dimly. That is why it needs symbols.’ –Carl Jung.
In the earliest body of work that has established Alex Grey’s special place in psychedelic history, his art manages to blend the physical realms of the human body—a feat in itself only achieved by many years of training in medical drawings—with the psychic energy fields and auras of the mystics and quantum physicists, the knowledge of which has come to the artist from years of meditation, study, and contemplation. Human figures are stripped of their covering (“the skin encapsulated Ego”) to reveal a complex multi-colored system of organs, bones, veins, and arteries that can be seen to be generating rainbow fields and crackles of pure white energy that penetrate the vacuum in every direction, an effect that could seem ghoulish were it not for the presence of the subjects eyes, which gaze out at the viewer with an often astonishing humanity and are revealed as the true ‘windows of the soul’.
Published in 1990, Sacred Mirrors; The Visionary Art of Alex Grey has now sold over 150,000 copies and has been translated into ten languages. The Sacred Mirrors series itself is twenty-one paintings that are conceived to be viewed as a single experience; and a kind of psychic ‘map’ to reconnect us with the spiritual by stripping away the various layers—the ‘biological, sociopolitical, subtle, and spiritual aspects of the self’—to reveal the universal essence.
Later Alex Grey paintings show these figures complete with skeletons, veins, and aura fields, in the acts of prayer, dancing, loving, dying, … all powerful visual metaphors that seek to integrate the connection between body-mind-spirit, and the great mythologist Joseph Campbell’s assertion that the human body is a ‘bio-organic field-generator’; a series of energy fields that are generated by the body’s major organs—the chakra system in the Vedanta—and that combine into one singular field of consciousness that is the ‘ego’ of the human individual.
Both mythology and great art often originate at the juncture of numerous competing and coalescing streams of human thought, and both Joseph Campbell’s ideas and Alex Grey’s art have arrived at a time where modern scientific thought is undergoing a radical paradigm shift as we move away from the old Newtonian ideas about singular points in time and space (a human construct) to the realization that the Universe is as series of interpenetrating fields being generated out of the Quantum Vacuum, and that all forces, (including most likely consciousness) that originate, and potentially operate, at this unseen quantum level.
‘The new spirituality in art—as well as in philosophy, psychology, and metaphysics—would have to be a Spirit approached more directly and immediately, not in mythic forms, but in direct intuition and contemplative absorption.’ – Ken Wilber, “In the Eye of the Artist: Art and the Perennial Philosophy,” from the foreword for Sacred Mirrors by Alex Grey.
Alex Grey’s art is a powerful visual metaphor for a concept that is often difficult to grasp, so skillfully combining the scientific vision that our generation has become accustomed to with the ancient knowledge of akashic energies and aura fields that the two become effectively integrated, and a kind of transmission of teaching or ‘enlightenment’ occurs, often without the viewer having any knowledge of the complex entanglement of meditations and philosophies that have resulted in the artist’s singular view.
Technically, Alex Grey’s paintings reveal great skill and years of training, while viewed from a strictly philosophical platform, they represent the hard-earned understanding of a significant philosophy, a viewpoint so clearly grasped that the artist is capable of transmitting that knowledge to others through the remarkable clarity of his vision. (Alex Grey himself often describes his art as a ‘visual philosophy’.) A stunning achievement, and one made all the more significant in these days of brutal prohibition by Alex (and Allyson) Grey’s enthusiastic championing of psychedelics (or entheogens as they prefer), and their frank admission that many of these visions have been delivered to them via the psychedelic experience.
The most obvious example of how influential the publication of the art-book Sacred Mirrors; The Visionary Art of Alex Grey by Inner Traditions has been to contemporary psychedelic culture is the fact that the entire contemporary genre of what would have once been called ‘psychedelic art’ is now called ‘Visionary Art’ by the growing number of artists, curators, galleries and collectors who participate in it. The term ‘Visionary Art’, as mentioned by Ken Wilber in his introduction to Sacred Mirrors, Alex Grey has taken from the mystic-artist William Blake, and was encouraged by his editor Ehud Sperling to include it in the title.
What exactly is meant by Visionary Art is hard to define and can mean a number of different things to different people, but it generally implies a respect for the Sacred or at least a glimpse into the Mystical, and the belief that the art has arrived as a ‘transmission’ from the Absolute or God, rather than purely as an invention of the artist. (Much in the same way many now prefer to use the term ‘entheogens’, rather than the more tainted term, psychedelics.) While not recognized or accepted by the traditional art world (Alex Grey, for example, has had few museum shows, and is not represented by any major gallery), the still nascent ‘Visionary Art Movement’ is undoubtedly the most vibrant and youth-driven form of art available in the world today, and it is quite happy to showcase itself at the events and festivals it creates, most notably Burning Man, which is arguably the most significant development in the art world, and should be recognized as the last 20th century/ first 21st century ‘art movement’. (‘Burning Man art’ and ‘Visionary Art’ are pretty much 2 sides of the same coin, with the incredibly profound and gorgeous Burning Man temples of David Best, Shrine, and others being the ultimate example of where the two meet.)
Alex Grey has said that after the unexpected death of Terence McKenna, he felt that he (and others) had felt the call to ‘step up and speak out about psychedelics’ to try and occupy the void in psychedelic culture that Terence’s early departure created. And one of the reasons that Alex Grey has become the most popular speaker on psychedelics since Terence McKenna—and perhaps the thing that separates him from other visionary artists—is the fact that there is a serious philosophy behind Alex’s work, and that he himself has been (and continues to be) one of the great students of psychedelic history.
The fact that Alex Grey was more than just a great painter became obvious in 1998 with the publication of his book The Mission of Art that revealed the extent of his underlying philosophies. (I personally consider Alex to be a philosopher who uses painting as the main medium for explaining his philosophy.) Tracing the development of human consciousness though art, and the role of the artist as a kind of lightning rod for the future, the corner stone in Alex Grey’s philosophy comes from the assertion by the universal historian Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975) that the growth and decline of civilizations is a spiritual process, and that new civilizations arise to give birth to ‘better religions’.
Proposing that the creation process of the artist is a mystical link with the source of the creation process of the Universe itself, and that Visionary Art itself can be the foundation for a new world religion, Alex Grey is the first major psychedelic voice since Aldous Huxley and Alan Watts to return the conversation about psychedelics back onto ‘traditional’ mystical grounds. A long time Vajrayana practitioner, Alex Grey’s personal psychedelic philosophy diverges sharply from Timothy Leary’s often politically-inspired rhetoric, or Terence McKenna’s fantastical talk of self-replicating tryptamine elves and the mushroom spore as a spaceship, by rationally arguing that psychedelics are in fact the most effective way for modern man to truly know God.
In his incredibly popular slide-show presentation that he and Allyson Grey offer to promote the construction of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, Alex Grey traces psychedelic history all the way back to the cave painters and explains to his enthusiastic audiences that both psychedelics and art have been an integral part of the religious experience for thousands of years. The only speaker in the psychedelic community these days that has the power to hush a packed dance floor and make the kids willingly sit down, Alex Grey’s ‘pull’ has in fact become so great that when he and Allyson appear at festivals to live paint and give their talk/slide show, they are now often in fact the headlining attraction. For while Alex Grey’s work is pretty much entirely outside of the mainstream art world, these days he may well be the most popular artist in America.
The test for that popularity will be the construction of the actual Chapel of Sacred Mirrors on land purchased by the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors Foundation in Wappinger Falls, New York, in 2008. An ambitious project that will take many years to complete, the Grey’s appear undaunted in their task, and CoSM was granted Church Status that same year. Since the unfortunate death of Terence McKenna in 2000, and the stroke suffered by Sasha Shulgin in 2010, Alex and Allyson Grey’s tireless advocating of both the importance of psychedelics to our society, and of having hope for our future, has made them both the psychedelic community’s most popular speakers, and its most important voice. 
To learn more about the construction of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in upstate New York visit COSM.org.
When we first fall in love we can be amazed with how perfect the beloved is for us, the answer to our prayer. The beloved can become a portal to the infinite because love is infinite and the beloved is the Sacred Mirror that shares this Divine energy. With the beloved, we step outside the safety of our own skin and open our heart to communicate soul to soul. This ultimate overlapping of souls comes from a deep compassion and respect for the other while celebrating the synchronistic journey that brought you together. The path of love is the supreme gift of the cosmos. Dr. Albert Hofmann called the experience of love "the highest transmutation of sunlight."
Someone who cares about you -- do we want anything more? With a beloved, we feel grateful personally and transpersonally. We feel like we've been gifted with good fortune in the relationship column. We feel overarchingly appreciative for the existence of our universe. When two people care about each other life becomes tolerable. The beloved is a sanctuary for our soul.
Join us for a very special Valentine's Dinner at CoSM. Amanda Beame, the CoSM's chef, a graduate of New York's venerable Culinary Institute of America, has an exquisite meal planned. Wine will be shared at dinner. After dinner, champagne and chocolate around the Library fireside. Us lovers will all discuss the pathos, the hilarity, the struggles, the joys of being in partnership.
On Sunday afternoon (1-5pm), Art Church will feature Sacred Relationships.
Why we fall in love is a mystery, but how we make our relationships work and last a lifetime has been studied and analyzed. The description of an ideal mate transcends physical appearance or material success. Qualities that one couple might treasure could be repellant to another. A pleasing balance of intimacy, passion and dependence is an interpersonal matter that may differ for any couple. Character flaws in our partners have to be expected. None of us are perfect but what is unacceptable?Are there any constants that can be identified, common criterion that make relationships work universally?
To honor Valentine's Day, we will lead Art Church with an illustrated interactive discussion about Sacred Couples. While statistics may tell us that 50% of marriages end in divorce, what of the other 50%? What is the recipe for choosing the best mate and remaining in love? Join in a discussion on why successful relationships are evolutionary. Hear how biological strategies like adaptability, symbiosis and "survival of the fittest" apply to relationship choices and sustainability. What is the anatomy of a healthy disagreement? Can "reciprocal altruism" result in a holy love pact that lasts a lifetime? It is our experience that a transformative bond can activate a spiritual/creative life and open a universe of possibilities otherwise unimaginable.
Join us this Sunday at CoSM for an Art Church honoring the undeniable treasure -- a life in love.
The Wappingers and Their Vision of the Land as a Living Being:
How the First People of Dutchess County Lived in Harmony with the Environment
Evan Pritchard, foremost scholar on the Hudson Valley native people, will present an illustrated talk at CoSM addressing the Wappingers Confederacy's relationship to the land we share today. Evan will discuss CoSM's land from a permacultural perspective that integrates social and natural systems of the land and its people. Evan is a professor and the author of Native New Yorkers: The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York, and 22 more scholarly and fascinating books on the history of native people of our region.
Join us in the CoSM LIbrary before a cheerful fire for an evening with this erudite educator on a topic of deep local history.
A & A Relationship Workshop Continues on Evolver
Check out our friend, Annie Lalla's series of conversations with leading edge thinkers all about Relationships, hosted by the Evolver Network. Our turn with Annie will be on Tuesday, March 17th when we will address Life Partnership and Collaboration. Join us for more blab about our favorite subject, the only subject, Love. Proceeds support Evolver. 7:30PM New York • 4:30PM San Francisco Full Course Description Here
Visionary Salon with Dennis McKenna
Alex and Dennis McKenna were roommates on Alex's first series of ayahuasca journeys some fifteen years ago in Brazil. Since then, Dennis, Alex and Allyson have attended numerous conferences addressing the subjects of cognitive liberty, psychedelic science and Entheoculture. Dennis shares a razor-like scientific intelligence from a soul that has stared God in the face. At CoSM, Dennis will also share his perspective on being a McKenna. Join us.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Alex & Allyson
Gems of Awareness
Visionary mystical experiences are humanity’s most direct contact with the Heaven worlds, and are recounted in scriptures of all traditions. The Hindu Ramayana called the “Other World,” Uttarakuru, “The country all around is covered by jewels and precious stones... Instead of sand, there are pearls, gems and gold form the banks of the rivers, which are overhung with trees of fire-bright gold.”
Recounting the jewel-like nature of his own mescaline experiences, Aldous Huxley mused that people’s attraction to gems, “clear or colored little rocks” may be due to their likeness to the visionary state. This is also perhaps one of the reasons that a lot of “hippie jewelry” favors the wire wrapping of precious stones. There has always been mystic qualities attributed to gems.
In the abode of Indra, the Hindu God of Space, a vast and infinite web stretches across the universe. At every crossing of the net there is a gem so highly polished that it reflects all the numberless gems in the lattice. Jewel Net of Indra is a symbol of the boundless holographic nodes of observation and cognition, the web of consciousness connecting all beings.
The 9th Annual Gem and Jam Festival in Tucson, Arizona is where we are off to next. Look forward to joining the Love Tribe at the world renowned Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, the biggest U.S. gem jamboree and mineral magnet in the U.S. since 2006. In the middle of the city of Tucson, an giant empty lot is transformed into festival grounds that hosts music, exquisite visionary art of all mediums, visual performers, live painting, a vast tribal market of food, crafts and apparel, workshops and lectures.
Gems of Awareness is our art workshop where all levels of experience are invited to draw from the wellspring of our imagination along with eclectic vision evoking music. We will discuss and then visually dig for gems from our own visionary consciousness. Saturday from 1-4pm at Solar Culture, 31 East Toole Avenue.
Calling all lovers to join us for the Valentine's Night dinner where we will enjoy delicious company and food, followed by fireside chatting with champagne and chocolate.
See you at a CoSM event.
Alex and Allyson
The Multidimensional Mind
Fearless seeker of truth, Alan Steinfeld has explored the occult, paranormal, sacred and mystical through New Realities TV, his interview program on Time/Warner cable for twenty years. New Realities has featured over 5,000 experts, authors and researchers speaking about body, mind and the awakening creative spirit Alan's youtube Channel is well-stocked with conversations on consciousness with leading-edge thinkers.
Alan asks, "Is there a world-view revolution in progress?
Using our multi-dimensional minds, we access the field of energy and consciousness we call reality. Through science and new realities, humankind today can activate realms once known only to our most enlightened ancestors. In this 3-hour workshop, we will learn and practice techniques that activate the “the multidimensionality of the greater mind." Co-creating a unique field of energy, our group will connect with realms of esoteric thought often hidden from the logical mind. Hear the latest updates on consciousness research in this pre-Full Moon Workshop addressing:
-- Remote viewing
-- Automatic writing
-- Lucid dreaming
-- Crop circles
-- Cosmic awareness
Come to CoSM from 3-6pm Saturday when we join Alan Steinfeld for in an interactive look at the extreme sport of consciousness exploration.
6pm -- Dinner follows for workshop participants.
FULL MOON GATHERING
7:30pm - 1am - CoSM's 146th Full Moon Ceremony featuring music, poetry, wisdom.
After the ceremony stay for:
-- Ecstatic dance to the electronic music DJ's Somatoast and Psylander
-- Live-painting by Seth Leibowitz, John Shook, Ivan Crocket and the Welch Brothers
-- Body painting with Caren Charles
-- Community sand mandala collaboration hosted by Rosie and Mike Garger
-- Fire circle and performances led by Phantomime … and so much more
Sunday Art Church is preceded by Shipra exquisite yoga class at 10am. The Mushroom Cafe opens after yoga at noon. Art Church begins with a drawing meditation/visualization at 1pm. Bring a sketchbook and colors to Art Church. Basic supplies are also available.
After the break, our attention will turn to Creating the Life You Love, an illustrated discussion led by Alex and Allyson.
Creating the Life You Love
"To live the life you love, love the life you have and imagine a future that draws you forward.”– Alex Grey
We are all artists of consciousness creating our "pictures" of reality. Neuroscientists concur, every bit of what we experience is a figment of our imagination. Authorship of the story of our lives is in our hearts, minds and hands. So, how will we most positively and powerfully interpret the circumstances of this moment to best inform and guide the precious life we have ahead? With the raw material of past experience, in the mental factory of our thoughts, our future is sculpted with the "chisel" of our worldview. To create the most evolutionary thoughts and ideas, the Craftsman-of-our-Being accepts mentorship from the divine imagination, source of beauty, truth and goodness.
"Kiss of the Muse" Drawing by Alex Grey
A life we love is filled with savoring our unique experience of the world, and instilled with a sense of purpose by contributing to a community. Developing personal connoisseurship of the beauty around us opens our senses and sharpens our visioning skills. No matter how difficult life's journey, harnessing the passion of our Soul's mission through a creative project leads to profound joy.
This Sunday at Art Church, we will contemplate our life as the aesthetic adventure it is.
Explore with us the skills and tools in the Art of LIfe.
-- What is the "anatomy" and characteristics of a "Love-able LIfe"?
-- When is it an advantage to be the cause of any "trouble" that currently exists in your life?
-- What are the "deals" and "deal breakers" in an ideal life?
-- If money and circumstances opened your life to unlimited possibilities, what passions would you pursue?
-- With unlimited possibilities, what would shift?
-- What effects, if any, do prayer, spells, hexes, charms, and protective talisman have on outcomes and circumstances?
-- What steps can you take to fulfill the higher love you are called to manifest?
Come to Art Church ready to write and draw from the wellspring of your imagination in service to the life you love.
We hope to see you soon!
Alex & Allyson
Duncan Trussell Family Hour
We had the most loquacious afternoon with Duncan Trussell today. If you haven't wizened to Duncan's podcast until now, now's the time. Get comfortable, preferably working on a drawing, and listen to us go on and on about art that arises out of the visionary state, the visionary mystical experience at the foundations of every religion, ancient and contemporary sacramental culture, cognitive liberty, building sacred space and how to live in this beleaguered world with joy in service. Thank you, Duncan. You are one excellent host. Listen here. ￼
Gem & Jam Pre-Party - Music and Painting in LA ￼
Here in unsurpassable Hollywood, we look forward to our big live-painting appearance on Friday at the historic Henry Fonda Theater with premier artists, Amanda Sage and Sam Flores and some of our favorite DJ's -- Random Rab, Thriftworks, Russ Liquid, Desert Dwellers, Soulular, and with Johnathan Singer providing mind expanding projections. Johnathan Singer is bringing the Entheon Altar DJ Booth, the first “3D print-out” of the Entheon architectural sculpture, which digital sculptor Ryan Tottle spent a year modeling based on Alex’s designs and drawings. Ryan, a visionary who won an academy award for his work in Frozen for Disney, will make an appearance Friday and together we will share a new sculpture that will be a benefit for the Entheon project. All of the events we are doing this year will be benefits to the building of Entheon. Come celebrate the Gem and Jam Pre-Party and enjoy L.A. winter with us.
Alex and Allyson
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Are language and consciousness co-evolving? Can psychedelic experience cast light on this topic? The first in-depth look at the relationship between language, consciousness, and psychedelics, Xenolinguistics is a quick-paced, immersive, and comprehensive course that draws from personal experience, ethnobotany, anthropology, the stories of other psychonauts, neurophenomenology, and the research and life work of legendary psychonaut Terence McKenna.
Xenolinguistics documents Diana Slattery's eleven-year adventure of psychonautic exploration and scholarly research; her original intent was to understand a symbolic language system, Glide, which she acquired in an altered state of consciousness. What began as a deeply personal search led to the discovery of others, dubbed xenolinguists, with their own unique linguistic objects and ideas about language from the psychedelic sphere. The search expanded, sifting through fields of knowledge such as anthropology and neurophenomenology to build maps and models to contextualize these experiences. The book presents a collection of these linguistic artifacts, from glossolalia to alien scripts, washed ashore like messages in bottles, signals from Psyche and the alien Others who populate her hyperdimensional landscapes.
With an entire chapter dedicated to Terence and Dennis McKenna and sections dedicated to many other xenolinguists, this book will appeal to science fiction fans, and all those interested in language/linguistics and the benefits of psychedelic self-exploration.
What readers are saying Diana Reed Slattery, the author and also the inventor of Xenolinguistics, her chosen field, has been exploring the far fringes of the entheosphere for some fifteen years now, mostly with the help of her fungal friends. She is a psychonaut’s psychonaut, boldly pushing off into the numinous oceans of mind in complete solitude, in darkness, often in isolated and remote locations, no copilot off the left wing for this pioneer. Equipped with nothing more than a journal, pen, and of course the key instrument, her discerning and penetrating intellect, she has established contact with an alien Logos, and not just contacted it, but wrested its secrets from the very heart of the Weird. She has returned from her expeditions to the Outer Mongolias of the mind with that rarest of gifts, an alien artifact, Glide, the sinuous, elegant and enigmatic metalanguage that she shares with us in this book. Anyone with serious interest in the cartography of the psychedelic cosmos and the wonders encountered there will find fertile ground for astonishment, appreciation, and puzzlement within these pages. —Dennis McKenna, author of The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss
Weaving together a wide range of scientific, artistic, and experiential voices, Diana Reed Slattery plunges into one of the outstanding enigmas of psychedelia: the place of language. Bringing extraordinary experiences into sparkling dialogue with critical theoretical issues, Slattery has created a marvelous and insightful exemplar of psychonautics in the 21st century. —Erik Davis, author of Techgnosis The investigation of language systems presented in Xenolinguistics: Psychedelics, Language, and the Evolution of Consciousness is a bold step forward into the documented but seldom discussed use of psychonautic practices by scientists and philosophers. As people from ancient times onward have used psychoactive substances to deepen their understanding of the world, this research into the construction of alien linguistics applies these venerable tools with focus and discipline. —Annie Oak, founder, Women's Visionary Congress Xenolinguistics Book Launch Party Friday, February 27th in Oakland, CA Please save the date. More information to come via e-mail.
The 27 Glide Forms in motion
What will we realize this year? This coming first Saturday of the year, we look forward to celebrating CoSM's 145th consecutive Full Moon Ceremony. Join us for the Pre-Full Moon Workshop to imagine, write and draw our highest intentions, through the lens of personal transformation and manifestation.
Just after New Years is a perfect time to reflect on positive future possibilities, supported by the group soul light body of the collective. Explore the alchemy of intention setting empowered by words and imagery that points to what is dearest to our hearts. Create a symbol, an artwork to assist us in visualizing and activating our declaration. To operate as a transmitter of consciousness, sculpt a charged artifact, a psychotronic talisman representing your intention. On an altar or place of attention, the self-created power-object offers support for focusing mindfulness on our important objective. Visualizing and embodying the heart of our commitment, we will plant seeds of awakening that will become the soul flowers of our future. Supercharge your most uplifting insights for 2015 with spiritual and creative friends at CoSM.
Art Church this Sunday -- Sacramental Culture
Every Art Church begins with a drawing meditation. This week we will focus on the holy subject of Sacrament. Bring a sketch book and/or journal and colors. A presentation on Sacramental Culture will follow the meditation and end with a drawing exercise.
From the cradles of Eastern and Western civilizations to contemporary trance and neo-shamanic subcultures, religion and the ingestion of sacraments is as old as history itself. Through plant medicines, contemporary explorers have reconnected with archaic cultural roots that precede Judeo-Christianity. Forming an underground planetary spiritual movement, a growing tribe of psychonauts risk hell to experience heaven. At January's Art Church, we will trace generations of God seekers through their extraordinary visual portrayals of inner journeys and glimpses of the divine imagination.
TIPPER CHILLOUT SET AT CoSM
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After Art Church, a "secret 'til now" special event with TIPPER!!!
This Sunday, join us for an early evening Red Rocks Pre-Celebration when Tipper comes to CoSM to offer an exclusive chillout set to help raise funds for Entheon.
This event will feature an hour long special selection of unreleased ambient music that Tipper has produced dating back to 2001. In the spirit of the ‘chillout rooms’ of old there will be plenty of seating, cushions, and opportunity to contemplate.
We will be live painting in the Dining Hall with Tipper, joined by Johnathan Singer’s projection wizardry, marrying the music and the art. Of the 150 tickets available, there are only 60 tickets left, with all proceeds being donated to CoSM, and the musical performance will be simultaneously patched into other rooms in the Gallery in expectation of this event reaching capacity.
This event will most likely sell out online. Purchase tickets now. [click here] Tickets are ONLY $15 for this special program by the sublime electronic musician, Tipper!
RED ROCKS - ALEX & ALLYSON WITH TIPPER AND OTT
May 15th, we will hit the big-time, painting on stage with Tipper at the glorious Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Boulder, Colorado. Get tickets online now [here] to this historic convergence that includes digital painting & light projection maestro, Android Jones. Johnathan Singer the light slinger extraordinaire will be mixing his dazzling animations with scenes of us live painting.
Before January 1st, consider an end of year contribution toward building sacred space at CoSM. As the walls are rising, join us in the epic construction of Entheon, Sanctuary of Visionary Art. We are here at CoSM to create this holy place with you as a gift to the world.
Wishing everyone the happiest of New Years. Build with us in 2015!
Alex and Allyson