Scummy British tabloid ‘The Daily Star’ (considered by many to be a small step up from The Daily Sport in terms of journalistic integrity) ran the following story on their website today:
After we complained to the editor The Daily Star changed the article’s headline to the “more accurate” but equally misleading and disingenuous:

These sensationalist headlines come in the wake of reports that LSD usage has increased among young people in Britain (almost doubling in the last year).

The article then goes on to speak about totally unrelated deaths in the area that were caused by dodgy ecstasy pills, you know: the kind that end up floating around countries where prohibitions makes safety and regulation take a back-seat. Nonetheless, the article seems to use these tragedies to further an anti-LSD agenda the newspaper appears to have.

Now, whilst it is “accurate” to say that he is “fighting for his life after taking LSD” it would be just as accurate to replace LSD with any previous life event or action – this would be just as accurate. It’s a wording that allows the insult-to-journalism that is The Daily Star to make LSD seem dangerous even though there is no actual evidence that LSD has caused the medical conditions being associated with it.

It’s also interesting to note that ‘lysergic acid diethylamide’ is referred to as ‘hippy acid’, I wonder what the psychology behind that choice of language might be? A kind of tribalistic hatred of the peace-loving counter culture: the kind of counter-culture that, if it were normalised, would spell the end of the hate-mongering tabloid newspaper industry.

At least The Mirror, with an equally dodgy headline:


Wrote, “The hallucinogenic drug rarely leads to death, however the man, 20, was rushed to Royal Blackburn Hospital at around 9.45pm on Friday.” and accurately clarified: “The drug is not known for being lethal, and drugs advice charity Talk to Frank said there is no evidence to suggest LSD does any long-term damage to the body or the brain, although it can have serious implications for people with a history of mental illness.”

Well, just to remind the writers at The Daily Star, and it’s unfortunate readers:

  • “No well-documented human deaths resulting directly from the toxic effects of LSD itself have occurred”. (Haddad and Winchester,1990)
  • Lethal doses of LSD are reckoned to be at least 100 times the regular dose, meaning accidental overdose is highly unlikely.
  • LSD has repeatedly been deemed to be considerably safer than alcohol (and even cannabis!) and is considered one of the safest recreational drugs available:
  • Graph clearly depicting the objective harms of controlled substances

    Source: Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs

Well, the Oxbridge graduates who run these tabloids may have successfully deceived the young people of the 60s and 70s, turning them away from the profound tool for human development that is LSD: but young people today have the internet, they know to trust the science instead of tabloid spin, and they have access to an endless supply of positive trip-reports on websites like Erowid where they can find honest accounts of different drugs.

The Psychedelic Revolution took a big hit because of papers just like The Daily Star, but now it is being revitalised and there’s nothing the establishment can do to stop it. Lies and deceptions are temporary: but the truth remains; LSD is a tool for good.

Perhaps, given The Daily Star’s obvious concern for human safety, they should combat our country’s culture of drinking the far more toxic drug of alcohol? Or advocate for the regulation and control of drugs: the only way recreational drugs will ever become truly safe?

Aside from an assault on The Human Rights Act, the new Tory government are in the process of removing their citizenry’s freedom to experience non-ordinary states of consciousness through the use of mind-altering substances.

The proposed legislation can be found here.

Key Points

  • The bill makes production supply, offer to supply, possession with intent to supply, import or export of any psychoactive substance illegal.
  • The bill lists various “legitimate” forms of mind altering substances: alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and medical products.


  • This legislation is tantamount to a prescription of approved psychological states: working, consuming, and self-abuse with alcohol/tobacco are the only options available to British citizens from now on.
  • The exception of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco make it clear that the “legitimacy” of given substances has nothing to do with harmfulness to individual users, but compatibility with current social norms and economic needs.
  • Banned substances will, presumably, include ALL ENTHEOGENS , regardless of their history of use, their spiritual associations, and their mind-expanding qualities.
  • Substances are banned are to be banned solely on the basis of whether or not they are psychoactive: regardless of any research or understanding of the potential harms or benefits of a given substance.
  • Controlling neurological states is a clear infringement of our right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion: given that all religious, cognitive and emotional states can be correlated with (and are widely believed to be caused by) neurological states.
  • With other countries making progress on the march against prohibition towards a free citizenry, Britain regresses into cognitive fascism.

Watch this space for a petition and protest information.


Taoists believe that the experience of ego death is evil.

Bliss, love, divine experiences, and visions of angels are carrier waves for sinister psychological forces.

Classic texts like The Philokalia,  The Way of the Bodhisattva, and the current understanding of the Tao Te Ching, all the way to modern books like Shaking Medicine and The Power of Now celebrate ego death but none of these books deliver the actual experience.

Ayahuasca does.

As you read this, Americans are chugging ayahuasca and reporting their experiences on youtube!

Now we can investigate the actual experience of ego death and not the sanitized version discussed by Eckhart Tolle, Bradford Keeney, and other spiritual writers.

Take the example from the video I have posted below… Taylor Marie is an attractive 20 something all American woman who is essentially advocating associating with oozing demons, little dead girls, hellish imagery, and terrifying…

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Weaning off of antidepressant medications after taking them for many years is very challenging, both physically and emotionally.  I knew that if I wanted to benefit fully from an ayahuascaceremony I had to clear all traces of SSRI (selective serotonin uptake inhibitors) drugs from my body. However, this was difficult because I had become dependent on them to function in everyday existence. Those that have used these drugs can attest to their power and the surprising nature of their strong withdrawal symptoms and side effects.  It is important not to consume ayahuasca if you are taking any drug that affects your serotonin levels because combining the two can cause serotonin syndrome, a very serious and potentially fatal condition.  Ayahuasca also contains several compounds that are MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitor). MAOI drugs have very strong negative interactions with a wide variety of medications. It is important to understand the potential…

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Ayahuasca and Depression

Ayahuasca is the name given to a brew that is usually a combination of two plants.  The first is a large vine, Banisteriopsis caapi.  This vine is also given the name of ayahuasca and it contains harmine, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine, which are all monoamine oxidase inhibitors. The second is a small ground plant, usually a member of the Psychotria genus, which contains the hallucinogenic DMT molecule.  The vine must be combined with the ground plant for the DMT to be absorbed into the bloodstream.  Due to the fact that the vine contains MAOI compounds, there are important dietary regulations that must be followed to avoid negative food-drug interactions.  Any food with high amounts of tyramine should be avoided with ayahuasca.

This plant mixture has been used for thousands of years by the native people of the western Amazon for its divination and healing purposes.  One of the most common themes of…

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“We believe that drug prohibition is the true cause of much of the social and personal  damage that has historically been attributed to drug use. It is prohibition that makes these drugs so valuable –  while giving criminals a monopoly over their supply. Driven by the huge profits from this monopoly, criminal gangs bribe and kill each other, law enforcers, and children. Their trade is unregulated and they are, therefore, beyond our control.

History has shown that drug prohibition reduces neither use nor abuse. After a rapist is arrested, there are fewer rapes. After a drug dealer is arrested, however, neither the supply nor the demand for drugs is seriously changed. The arrest merely creates a job opening for an endless stream of drug entrepreneurs who will take huge risks for the sake of the enormous profits created by prohibition. Prohibition costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year, yet 40 years and some 40 million arrests later, drugs are cheaper, more potent and far more widely used than at the beginning of this futile crusade.

We believe that by eliminating prohibition of all drugs for adults and establishing appropriate regulation and standards for distribution and use, law enforcement could  focus  more on crimes of violence, such as rape, aggravated assault, child abuse and murder, making our communities much safer. We believe that sending parents to prison for non-violent personal drug use destroys families. We believe that in a regulated and controlled environment, drugs will be safer for adult use and less accessible to our children. And we believe that by placing drug abuse in the hands of medical professionals instead of the criminal justice system, we will reduce rates of addiction and overdose deaths.”

Spiritual Transformations

Sacred ceremonies are containers within which psychic forces and people are held.  The form of the ceremony might differ, but there are essential elements in all traditions.  Take for example the peyote ceremony of the Native American Church.  nitetipiThe ceremonial space is a circular gathering with an opening in the east where the sun comes up.  This could be out in the open or enclosed within a Tipi or Hogan.  There is an altar, fire, and medicine.  There are sacred symbolic instruments which are used in traditional ways.  The pattern is well known by the participants.  The beginning involves prayers and activities such as making the crescent shaped altar, lighting the fire, placing the instruments and medicines in the right places at the prescribed times.  There will be another prayer with tobacco and/or cedar smoke by the leader(s) and the people, followed by sharing the peyote medicine.  Then the singing…

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