We interview Daniel Pinchbeck for our latest documentary titled The Collective Evolution III: The Shift. structural gender inequality that complicates this statement. and women are journeying together, they can state their physical boundaries Much like a doctor pointing toward the birth date of a baby, they saw that somewhere in our time, a new level of consciousness would emerge on Earth. He has become the most prominent figure in the anti-vaccine movement and a lightning rod for controversy. My parents were secular materialists, so I saw art as having this alternate value. We learn about ourselves by using tools and then by iterating new tool sets, which then reflect back on ourselves in other, more sophisticated ways. The use of substances as tools of seduction is quite common in the psychedelic and Yet, in recent years, he has received widespread criticism and attacks from within the psychedelic community for his outspoken admissions of sexually aggressive behavior in the past. 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. relationships, polyamory or kink was not even discussed when I was young. The Is the development of language itself one of the unexplained leaps of human evolution?DANIEL PINCHBECK — It’s become a catchy phrase of the New Age that our thoughts create our reality. Is Psychedelic Medicine the Antidote to Anti-Black White Racism in the US? If a corporation has been so destructive to the planet, it can also have the potential to be extremely beneficial. Rather than boycotting companies you disagree with, to work in collaboration with them to show the ways forward? The poster on the Left has been widely circulated. I know this because this has happened to me. Other men I know have had similar circumstances. Part 1. Can you help Chacruna advance cultural understanding around these substances? contact. If we reach that point, everybody could consume all they want. 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. PHILOSOPHER INTERVIEW BY XERXES COOK ON REVOLUTIONS. cocaine and heroin were normal. In the future I believe we will see a creative synthesis, where the counterculture that seeks human liberation melds with the corporate infrastructure to bring about a transformation of our world from within. An American philosopher and author who believes the economic systems humanity has created have the potential to act as remedies to the environmental chaos our planet is witnessing today, here, Daniel Pinchbeck discusses ideas of corporate alchemy and whether the ecological crisis is an initiatory process that will lead to the next stage of human evolution. of a creative community in New York where heavy drinking and substances like 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). By becoming conscious of such contexts and such patterns, men and women can Chacruna Institute is a registered California 501(c)(3) non-profit. Featuring Gregory Wells, Mark DiFilippo and Kufikiri Imara But as ecosystems mature, they are much more marked by symbiosis, cooperation and mutual aid. In the mainstream this has been happening through yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, and meditation. In alchemy, they talk about poisons and medicines being the same — that a terrible poison can become a great medicine. The band Nirvana provided our soundtrack. Author • 27th/Jul/2017 •; Daniel Pinchbeck 'I am an anarchist.' This is an edited transcript of a conversation that took place on August 10, 2018, for Kosmos Journal. areas that are difficult to discuss at this time. In terms of the Internet and the noosphere — the idea that there is a layer of thought around the Earth — which was developed simultaneously by the Russian geologist Vladimir Vernadsky and by the paleontologist and Catholic mystic Teilhard de Chardin: they thought that at some point humanity would consciously interact with this layer of thought around the Earth and at that point we would recognize ourselves and life as a single organism. Is this the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius?! In his 2017 book, How Soon Is Now, he explored the systemic changes needed to avert ecological collapse and extinction. We can survive only by returning to a cooperative and sharing-based way of life, which is how tribal societies functioned. 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. In response to #MeToo, a group of prominent French women, led by Catherine Deneuve, posted an Op-Ed where they defended the “freedom to bother” as part of a liberated and open society. La plupart des gens me contactent pour des problèmes physiques tels que des cervicalgies, des migraines, des problèmes de dos, de genou ou autres problèmes ostéopathiques. It is a great privilege 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. say how sorry I am and how much I regret some of my past behavior with women in If you think about it, the organs of that body are corporations. Also, if men Support of any frequency or amount helps the cause. Favoring a compassionate approach to healing sexual and gender-based problems across our community and beyond that includes men as well as women in this conversation and welcomes honesty and openness, I decided to ask Daniel for his perspective and what he is learning from the #MeToo cultural moment. As I became a kind of celebrity in 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. This would make them feel His most recent work, How Soon is Now: From Personal Initiation to Global Transformation (2017), as well as being a manifesto for radical societal change in the face of global ecological crisis, was also controversially a confessional work in which Daniel apologized for what he understood, retrospectively, to be sexual misconduct. A few years ago, Daniel Pinchbeck, a self-described Manhattan intellectual and atheist, found himself in spiritual crisis: psychically isolated, a fish in a bucket of water, constrained by a Freudian worldview and longing for the ocean of the collective unconscious. we must remember that psychedelics can also cause or intensify psychological Can we consider the emergence of the sharing economy as capitalism at its finest — a group of people exercising their free will to do what they think is best for them, which is to collectively share their resources? Interview of Thomas H. Greco by Daniel Pinchbeck (Reality Sandwich, Evolver). Listen as he takes us down one curious and wonderful path after another, challenging our most basic understanding of the nature of reality and the world around us at every turn! We’ve discovered consciousness itself to be very much an electromagnetic phenomenon, so changes to the electromagnetic environment of the Earth can have a direct effect on our consciousness. 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. Many men I knew when I was younger chose the third option. We need to have a more deliberate dialogue concerning the pros and cons of technological development and to recognize that we can actually go back or change direction. Levels of complexity are not being addressed because we are in the process of rightfully hearing from those who have been abused, and not as focused on moving forward until such views are fully heard. We are forced to confront what we are as a planetary community and decide how we want to move forward. I asked for her forgiveness, which she Daniel Pinchbeck: First of all, I believe we need a new, more coherent story – or myth – about who we are as a species and how we reached this precipice. We are an independent organization and we offer free education and advocacy for psychedelic plant medicines. the time. The rebellion that once characterised youth culture may have been commoditized to a point that the self-knowingness of ‘hipsters’ renders them nothing more than pure pastiches of themselves — yet bubbling beneath the surface of the mainstream there is a true counterculture arising. This week, on The Conscious Consultant Hour, Sam welcomes the co-author of the new book, When Plants Dream, Bestselling Author, Daniel Pinchbeck. REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE Reality Sandwich is the trusted source for culture and information focused on psychedelics and the community. Interviews; Sol LeWitt by Saul Ostrow; Vera Lutter by Peter Wollen ; Rikki Ducornet by Laura Mullen ... Daniel Pinchbeck, a self-described Manhattan intellectual and atheist, found himself in spiritual crisis: psychically isolated, a fish in a bucket of water, constrained by a Freudian worldview and longing for the ocean of the collective unconscious. The possibility of open I also 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). Something we lack in our mass society are community gatherings; small-scale circles and meetings where friends and peers hold each other accountable and challenge each other to grow and change. I felt guilty, ashamed of male sexuality. they may seek hedonistic pleasure, psychological insight, and mystical Come join us in Queering Psychedelics! When I came to that realization, I recalled my psychedelic experiences in college as the most profound tools that suggested or pointed toward other aspects of reality, other potencies of being and experience. They tend to explore edges in many different areas of mistakes, I now believe people are likely to be happier and experience less Daniel Pinchbeck. I think all of us recognize this is going to be a long and Molly Ringwald recently #10 – This Is What Psychedelic Mainstreaming Looks Like. This is very much in alignment with ideas that Buckminster Fuller and that groups like Archigram had in the 1960s. This makes it easy to demonize or deny the humanity of a group or adversary perceived as “other.”. Once they have enchanted a foreign female client, they may see Sexual misconduct is a big problem in the psychedelic community, as it is in wider society, that is finally being brought to light. From my perspective, it’s not about going back to some kind of Luddite state, against technology. Cela dépend de vos besoins. In the near term, if we look at a process that’s been going on for quite a while now, there’s a counterculture which constructs narratives, images, means of revolution, transformation, sexual liberation, magic and so on. The reason for this is that men, at this juncture, have a lot to lose and nothing to gain from speaking publicly. Shot and Edited by Tony Torn. transformation. In this interview, Pace interviews Piper about Hofmann tripping buddy and Wehrmacht Captain Jünger, LSD and ideology— clarifying concepts and dispelling myths. Daniel Pinchbeck Interview: Posted by Events, February 22, 2017. DANIEL PINCHBECK is a philosopher and author. There has also been an integration into the Western psyche of Eastern concepts such as nonduality, enlightenment, and nonattachment. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, but there needs to be more of a public referendum or an intervention by civil society into technology, because what we have with runaway technology until this point is a law of unintended consequences. I always wanted to be a poet or a novelist, so I definitely associated with countercultural ideas. And as a truth teller, I felt it was necessary to express them honestly. It is therefore likely that some people will seek to explore them together. The book’s central message is that this transition will lead us from “ego-based materialism, alienation and individuation” toward the next stage of human evolution, characterized by a greater awareness of the “fractal expression of the infinite” and acknowledgement of the interconnectivity of life. These experiences happened to me. One of the big inspirations is Buckminster Fuller’s work. Blake wrote, “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.” I believed in that idea and I wanted to test that hypothesis. Please support Chacruna's work by donating to us. Interview with Daniel Pinchbeck. In Utopia or Oblivion, Fuller argued that humanity has a choice: either we construct a situation where we maximise our efficient use of resources, and redesign our socio-technical industrial systems to support and educate everybody to become comprehensively successful as a species. Daniel Pinchbeck and the New Psychedelic Elite, Rolling Stone, 2006. Qanon, Burning Man, the failure of Neoliberalism, and the Occult. Born in 1966 to a painter father and a mother who dated Jack Kerouac at the time of On The Road, Pinchbeck’s existential crisis took him to Africa, the Amazon and across North America, living with tribes and alternate communities to experiment with their psychedelic plant sacraments and be initiated into shamanic methods of understanding the world. Daniel’s father was an abstract painter, and his mother was a writer and editor. Psychoactive plants are met with intrigue and shrouded in controversy and are a heated subject of debate in the modern era. stereotypes around sexual roles, where the boys who succeeded in “getting the This is complicated because many individuals, women as Psychoactive plants are met with intrigue and shrouded in controversy and are a heated subject of debate in the modern era. One of the thinkers I've followed for some time now is Daniel Pinchbeck, the author of "Breaking Open The Head", "2012 - The Year Of The Mayan Prophecy" and the yet to … when I met a woman acquaintance late at night at a party when we were both very Most people weren’t ready to focus on the environmental crises we’re facing and which grow more and more threatening. 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. If a person is tarred with the #MeToo brush, they can lose their livelihood, the capacity to support themselves and their family, access to their children, and so on, with no recourse. Pour le violoniste classique David Harrington, voir Kronos Quartet. So it’s not the corporation’s fault, it’s our fault, as the creators of the game system. In it, he describes the transformative effects of powerful plant medicines such as Ayahuasca and Iboga, which are widely considered as inspiring a generation of consumers to rethink their relationship with the Earth and its inhabitants. 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. It was littered with references to Rudolf Steiner’s ecological theories, Martin Heidegger and Marshall McLuhan’s critiques of Western notions of progress, as well as ruminations on the nature of time itself. A gay man, Allen thought it was natural for teachers or mentors and students to have sexual relationships. In that regard, we do have to take seriously the prospect that our technological evolution, if it continues much further, could have tremendously revolutionary implications in terms of extending the human life span. advances or even ambiguous physical contact during or just after ceremonies, and we must take action to safeguard ARTWORK BY DAVID SHERRY. 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. 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. XERXES COOK — How do you counter some of the knee-jerk reactions to your thoughts on expanded consciousness and human evolution, which we’ve discussed — and indeed the stigma against psychedelics in general?DANIEL PINCHBECK — While much of the book is carefully reasoned, 2012 also has a prophetic aspect. It’s been seven years since you wrote 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, in which you concluded that the end of the Mayan calendar would mark a period of transition from “ego-based materialism, alienation and individuation” towards the next stage of human evolution which recognises the inter-connected nature of life… Please could you tell us how these ideas have developed in the book you are working on now? With festivals, parties, and other experience, all jumbled together. When people have more access to diverse Down the line, if Walmart became cooperatively owned by its workers and stakeholders, grew organic food on its rooftop gardens, developed on-site manufacturing using non-destructive materials powered by renewable energy, offered continuing education and childcare for all of its workers, I might buy stock. Following a flood of aggressive criticism on social media, The Third Wave canceled a recent event for which Daniel was set to be the main speaker. The trend away from ownership is a big piece of that. I also experienced some trauma in early childhood; my grandmother and great I have taken a lot of time over the last years to I think it was necessary that brakes were put on it, and that the inspiration of the shamanic and mystical experiences went underground and took on different forms, as they did during the past three or four decades. Cassie Jaye, director of The Red Pill, also brings awareness into 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. seek to break them. Reality Sandwich is the trusted source for culture and information focused on psychedelics and the community. We are an independent organization and we offer free education and advocacy for psychedelic plant medicines. gave me at that time. aunts used to give me forced enemas against my will. So that’s what I did. This is what happened to me to some extent. am happy there is a deep process going on, not just personally, but culturally Pinchbeck was also featured in the 2008 video 2012: Science or Superstition, a documentary describing how much of what we are hearing is science and how much is superstition. You can replay our interview here. The Chacruna teams shares that Daniel Pinchbeck stated that he has contacted women who he felt he had acted poorly with and met with several of them, in one case with a mediator. It's not the Hokey Pokey, but psychedelic mainstreaming seems to be what it's all about. I think, with the sharing economy you’re seeing the beginning of this transformation, where you can utilise the tools of the system we’ve constructed and build a new system from within it, that rewards different behaviour patterns and values. Exactly. So if consciousness evolves, the process could be akin to the fetal development leading to birth — fetal processes are exquisitely timed, so during their development, different chemical signals have to be released at precise intervals to bring the developing fetus along. Ultimately we require a fundamental restructuring of the financial system to launch a regenerative planetary culture. How White Feminists Oppress Black Women: When Feminism Functions as White... 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So our language has this capacity, and the more we can use it with exactitude and clarity, the more it manifests the capacity that is built into it, as techniques like neurolinguistic programming explore. I believe that people must understand that we’re in a planetary emergency, and there is an alternative — it’s just a fairly radical one. At first, this was In general, I justified my behavior because I was acting the way that I did openly and was not hiding anything. The classical Mayan calendar — the Long Count — is a 5,125-year sequence, based on the T’zolkin, a 260-day count. hurt women by my past actions, I also feel sad that I let people down who Described as a mashup of James Merrill, H. P. Lovecraft, and Carlos Castaneda, I was first introduced to Daniel Pinchbeck through his rather fascinating metaphysical study of prophesy in 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl*— a book that explored humanity’s precarious balance between greater self-potential and environmental disaster. Psychedelic explorers are Part 2. by male ayahuasca shamans during or after ceremonies. It happens in a lot of different ways. drunk. This is very different from LSD experiences, which can be very chaotic. They will use my past errors as a reason to dismiss me both personally and as a writer. 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. problems. The psychedelic did wrong: Sometimes women who knew my work would approach me wanting guidance This is what I have been seeking to model with my company, Evolver.net, and with our nonprofit initiative, The Evolver Network. For instance, energy companies are like the blood, sanitation companies are the liver and kidneys, the media companies are like the perceptual mechanisms and cognitive functions and so on. Official tennis player profile of Daniel Pinchbeck on the ATP Tour. I think this is a common mistake among men. And if you’re wasting people’s time with meaningless messages, you’re part of the problem and not part of the solution. well as men, prefer to relax their boundaries—through alcohol or marijuana for Hi Daniel, I appreciate your analysis and sharing of these issues. But people obviously speak in different registers. Pa… They believe GAIA THEORYMuch of Daniel Pinchbeck’s philosophy of the ecological crisis being an initiatory process for humanity — a rite of passage we must endure in order to “awaken our inherent solidarity as a species” — is based on James Lovelock and Lynn Margolis’ Gaia hypothesis. Daniel speaks about the view ancient cultures had about the shift, what they believed was coming and how the cosmos affects our reality. First posited in the late 1960s, the theory proposes that living organisms and their inorganic surroundings have evolved together as a single living system that greatly affects the chemistry and conditions of the Earth’s surface, ranging from global temperature and atmospheric content to ocean salinity, in a quasi-automatic, self-regulating manner as if the Earth were a living organism itself. In speaking about this subject, I only want to contribute to the ongoing healing of anyone I have hurt and the healing of the larger community. Right now, we are going It has only been in recent years that I have been working to tear that mask off entirely. 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. And we’ve given them one principle directive: to maximize profits for investors and shareholders. So my question is, can you do alchemy on the corporations to turn them from poisons into medicines? By studying the patterns of the stars and correlating it with this mathematical model of development and change, the Maya foresaw that our time would see a far-reaching transformation of humanity and the earth. In the end, I leave it up to the reader to decide. They also knew that ergot could infect a loaf of bread and then drive a whole town temporarily crazy if everyone ate it. If Walmart became cooperatively owned by its workers and stakeholders, grew organic food on its rooftop gardens, developed on-site manufacturing using non-destructive materials powered by renewable energy, offered continuing education and childcare for all of its workers, I might buy stock. XERXES COOK — Speaking of fetal development, the pineal gland develops in the human embryo after 49 days, which is the exact number of days described in The Tibetan Book of the Dead that it takes for the soul to migrate to another physical incarnation. Or when you’re having destructive thoughts and they can come back on you when someone punches you at a party. By Alnoor Ladha, Daniel Pinchbeck, Rhonda Fabian. female participants. This has a few different elements to it. So are Daniel Pinchbeck and Ken Jordan, the editors of “Toward 2012.” Their anthology of New Age essays is organized around the notion that, not to put too fine a point on it, the world as we know it might end on Dec. 21, 2012. XERXES COOK — One thing that really stuck out in the documentary film made from your book 2012 — a title that will instantly make some people think of the Hollywood disaster movie — was that to believe in the Apocalypse, the Rapture, or that saviors in the form of Jesus Christ, the Mahdi saint, or extraterrestrials will come to join us, is spiritually lazy.DANIEL PINCHBECK — Absolutely. cheating. The Commodification of Ayahuasca: How Can we do Better? I discovered how much erotic curiosity I had The book overturns aspects of the basic paradigm — the accepted ideology of our postmodern world. There is little I can do about that, except continue to work on myself and be open to feedback and dialogue. I always wanted to be a poet or a novelist, so I definitely associated with countercultural ideas. These, too, inspired psychedelic insights into interconnectivity, the fractally distributed nature of information, and so on. Daniel Pinchbeck. He has announced that he is willing to do that both in private and in public and has asked people interested in participating to reach out to him: <[email protected]>. We have business structures that are destructive. As a journalist I could also write articles about it. As humanities rapid evolution has disrupted our fragile ecosystems, we must consider a transition between an old world and way of living to the next world, our future societies. What Do Psychedelic Medicine Companies Owe to the Community? Nobody anticipated how quickly we would develop this global nervous system of communications infrastructure.XERXES COOK — You’ve written on the importance of the language we use in shaping our world. Recorded in October, 2009 in Sonoma, California following the Economics of Peace Conference. Of personal attacks and criticism dependent and disempowered these substances you can seek to explain it obviously, connect... 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