TeleSeminar Series: The Future of Psychedelics: Exploring Their Potential for Insight and Healing

Join Daniel Pinchbeck, bestselling author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl and Breaking Open the Head, on a 4 - part journey of discovery and illumination, exploring a deeply controversial and mysterious subject that has profound implications for the future of the self (yes, you), our society and our world. This first Reality Sandwich Intensive will explore promising, fascinating, liberating and often taboo possibilities of psychedelic substances, such as LSD, mushrooms, iboga, ayahuasca and peyote. October 28th teleseminar: Ever wonder who is doing the hard research on the therapeutic value of pscychedelics, MDMA, medical Marijuana, etc? Have you wanted to get beyond the rumors and the propaganda? Well, Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is exactly the man you want to talk to, and you will, in this live call. Bringing almost 25 years of research to our discussion, Rick will explore… * How psychedelics are valuable tools with specific roles and breakthrough potentials at different points throughout the life span. * Why non-profit psychedelic and medical marijuana drug development is a sensible, practical -- and essential -- practice today * Why psychedelics are one of the most important paths to healing the trauma of war and ameliorating anxiety associated with end-of-life. * Why even in this seemingly boundary-less world of psyedelic exploration, . scientific methodology is king -- and what each of us has to learn from that. * What the non-experimental world needs to know about psychedelics, and how you can be an ambassador of truth and transformation. About Rick: Rick founded the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in 1986. His dissertation (Public Policy, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government) was on "The Regulation of the Medical Use of Psychedelics and Marijuana," and his master’s thesis (Harvard) focused on the attitudes and experiences of oncologists concerning the medical use of marijuana. His undergraduate thesis (New College of Florida) was a twenty-five year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He has also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Tim Leary’s Concord Prison experiment. Rick studied with Stan Grof, M.D., and was in the first group to become certified as holotropic breathwork practitioners. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise "healthy" people, and to also become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He resides in Boston with his wife and three children. ----------------------------------------- How Do Psychedelics Heal? Repressed and reviled since the 1960s, these substances are now getting a second look in many areas. Researchers around the US and abroad are completing groundbreaking studies on the value of psychedelics for treating depression, mental illness, for alleviating the fear of death in terminally ill cancer patients and healing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Iraqi Vets. The US Supreme Court recently awarded legal protection for the sacramental use of ayahuasca, a visionary drink from the rainforest, to the Unaoi do Vegetales, a religion founded in Brazil. Meanwhile, thousands of Western spiritual adventurers have been going to Central and South America to take plant-based psychedelics with tribal groups and Mestizo shamans -- including many in our Reality Sandwich and Evolver Communities. You Will Speak Directly To Thought-Leaders and Psychedelic Pioneers… During, this, our first Reality Sandwich Intensive, a series of four intimate conference calls, we will speak with thought-leaders and researchers at the forefront of discovery in this exciting and edgy field. When you join the series, you will have the chance to ask your questions and share your concerns with our experts. The series will include ancillary material and a live forum on our companion social network, so you can connect with others, both newbies and edge-walkers, in our community -- to deepen your insight, knowledge and human connections with like-minded people. Together, we will explore the following questions: * What is the value of the psychedelic experience for people in our society? * How can we frame this value in a powerful new language that can help pave the way for more powerful discussion and transformation? * What are the true dangers of psychedelics? Some people have had "bad trips." What are the most effective ways to address the psychic and emotional scars that can accompany the sometimes shocking illuminations produced by visionary substances? How can you assist someone who is in the throes of a negative experience? * While most psychedelics remain illegal in the US, it is possible to have legal experiences with visionary plant-based psychedelics in South America, Africa, and elsewhere. How can one find a trusted shaman or native guide for these explorations? * What is the connection between psychedelic use and innovations in fields ranging from art and music to biology and software development? * Is there any connection between psychedelics and the world's mystical traditions, such as Hinduism, Gnosticism, and Qabala? * Why were psychedelics suppressed and demonized in the past? Are there reasons to think that our society is prepared to reconsider them today? If so, what can we do to advance that evolution? To guide us through these fascinating and illuminating discussions, we have gathered some of the world's leading thinkers and spiritual explorers. You Can Be A Part of This Intensive… Participation in this important and landmark series is only $50. As an active participant, you will… Participate in each of the live calls and have the opportunity to have your most pressing questions and challenges answered by our guest teachers. Receive a recorded copy of each of the calls for download once the call is over, for your review and audio library (and, in case you have a scheduling conflict). Participate in our new exclusive "EvolverIntensives - Psychedelics " online forum where you can meet the other participants, share ideas, tips, tools, questions and knowledge. We created the Evolver Intensives to bring you the best, most useful and most inspiring thought leaders alive today to help you prepare for, and thrive in, a time of radical change. We deeply appreciate your support and your ideas, and hope you join us for this series. Once you register, we will send you all the information on how to join the calls and the online forum. For more information, see
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