A Final Visit With Prince: Rolling Stone’s Lost Cover Story

PrincePrince held forth on sex, religion, conspiracy and much more during an in-depth 2014 interview at Paisley Park. Patrick Kovarik/Getty

Scenes from an intimate 2014 interview at Paisley Park

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It is, in theory, a mundane sight, nothing 2 get excited about: just a 55-year-old man in his suburban Minneapolis workplace, scrolling through a Windows Media Player library on a clunky Dell computer. An equally ordinary multi-line phone sits beside it, near a lit candle, bottled water and some expensive-looking lotion. A huge old Xerox machine looms over the desk; a window at the far end of the room looks out onto barren trees and an empty, snow-lined highway. It’s early evening on Saturday, January 25th, 2014, in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The office is on the second floor of the 65,000-square-foot Paisley Park compound. The little guy sitting at the keyboard owns it all, had it all built back in the Eighties. And Prince being Prince, it’s fascinating to watch him do just about anything. The more ordinary the activity – clicking a mouse, say – the weirder it feels. Prince has a large Afro, and he’s dressed in dark, diaphanous layers, with a vest over a flowing long-sleeved shirt, form-fitting grayish-black slacks, and sneakers with high Lucite heels that light up with every step. He’s wearing obvious makeup – foundation, eyeliner, probably more. His thin, precision-trimmed mustache extends just past his lips in a semicircle.

On characteristically short notice, Prince invited me here to report what we intend to be his seventh Rolling Stone cover story. I spend seven hours at Paisley Park, and he sits for two lengthy, thoughtful, amiable interviews. I was told not to curse or to ask about the past; though I eventually violate both rules, he invites me to join him on the road later. In the end, however, he won’t sit for a photo shoot, instead offering us pre-prepared, heavily retouched pictures. The whole thing falls through. I hold on to my reporting, assuming, all too correctly, that we will save the material for our next Prince cover.

That night, Prince doesn’t look his age – doesn’t look any particular age, really. He’s very thin, but not fragile – a strict vegan who, by his own account, sometimes doesn’t eat at all (“I have gone long periods with no food, and also water – people have to remind me to drink water because I always forget to do that”). He doesn’t sleep enough, either, and he avoids sex: One of the most deliriously sensual performers who ever lived – the one who sang “Jack U Off” and “Gett Off” and “Do Me, Baby” – insists he’s celibate. His reasons are both religious and “energy”-related (“The hunger turns into something else,” he says), though he maintains close relationships with several young female singer-songwriters. He is, at this stage in his life, a kind of cheerful musical monk. “I am music,” he says. Playing it is his greatest and perhaps only pleasure. But he’s been an ascetic even on that front as of late, recording less than ever, waiting four years between albums. It’ll stand as the longest break of his career.

Prince famously liberated himself from his record deal with Warner Bros. in 1996, and it apparently took him years to realize that his freedom extended to not releasing music. “I write more than I record now, and I also play live a lot more than I record,” he says. “I used to record something every day. I always tease that I have to go to studio rehab.

“I’m a very in-the-moment person,” he continues. “I do what feels good in the moment. … I’m not on a schedule, and I don’t have any sort of contractual ties. I don’t know in history if there’s been any musicians that have been self-sufficient like that, not beholden. I have giant bills, large payrolls, so I do have to do tours. … But there’s no need to record anymore.” He makes a direct connection between fasting, celibacy and his abstention from recording. “After four days, you don’t want food anymore. … It’s like this thing that says, ‘Feed me, feed me.’ When it realizes it’s not going to get fed, it goes away. … It’s the same with music. I had to see what it’s like to stop making albums. And then you go, ‘Oh, wait a minute, I don’t feel the need to do that anymore.'”

Prince brings me up to the office to play tracks from Plectrum-Electrum, the album that would finally break his recording fast. He chose from 100 or so songs laid down in one of the downstairs studios with his recently formed backing band, 3rdEyeGirl – the hardest-rocking ensemble he ever assembled. “All recorded live, no punch-ins,” he says. “You just do it till you get the take you like.” (The album doesn’t come out for another eight months, by which time it’s accompanied by a more traditional Prince LP called Art Official Age.)

Prince and I meet for the first time a few minutes earlier, as he emerges from a rehearsal space with the young women of the band. Hannah Welton, the drummer, a bubbly 23-year-old who looks like Carrie Underwood and plays like John Bonham, introduces herself brightly: “Hi, I’m Hannah!” Prince laughs, not unkindly, and imitates her, chirping “Hi, I’m Prince” in a high voice, as he reaches out a firm, businesslike handshake. His actual speaking voice is deep, soft and calming, like a DJ on a smooth-jazz station…

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More than words

Header 110149395 masterAt ‘La Révolution Surréaliste” exhibition, Centre Georges Pompidou, 2002. Photo by Raphael Gaillarde/Gett

Human communication is a glorious chaos. And images, from art to emojis, sometimes say it so much better than language can

by Thom Scott-Phillips

Thom Scott-Phillips is a senior research fellow in cognitive and evolutionary anthropology at Durham University in the UK. His latest book is Speaking Our Minds: Why Human Communication Is Different, and How Language Evolved to Make It Special (2014).

If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.’ These words are attributed to the realist painter Edward Hopper. Few can paint like Hopper could, but all of us can relate to the feeling that words are sometimes not enough. Having said that, what makes images any better?

Words are, after all, incredibly versatile things. Even one as supposedly simple and unambiguous as, say, ‘rain’ can be used to suggest a multitude of meanings, an infinity of implications. As part of a conversation about my mood, the exclamation ‘Rain!’ can mean something like: ‘Even the weather is bringing me down.’ If, on the other hand, I am making plans for the day, the statement ‘Rain!’ could instead suggest that I should take an umbrella with me. And then there’s metaphor and simile and irony.

Ordinary communication is replete with figurative, non-literal word use. Juliet is the Sun. Time is money. Cognitively minded linguists have documented in detail how metaphor, among other types of figurative expression, is so pervasive in everyday language that we usually don’t even notice it. Societies are not biological organisms, but you wouldn’t know it from our everyday language. We talk of social afflictions, of a plague on society, of the body politic, and of how we should give our nation a shot in the arm. The examples are endless, and this expressive flexibility is powerful. How is painting, or any art form, going to do anything that language can’t?

To answer this question, we need to look at human communication in the round.

As is so often the case, xkcd – a web comic with themes of ‘romance, sarcasm, math, and language’ – puts it best. In arecent strip on the indeterminate nature o­­f language, one of the characters reflects that:

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Damn right it is. Even something as supposedly literal as ‘The next train is at 12 o’clock’ could be interpreted in a figurative way (‘Things are really organised and efficient here!’). The technical term is underdeterminacy: my words underdetermine my meaning. And the same is true of other, non-linguistic means of expression. We shrug and point and grunt and scream. Sometimes these behaviours are idiosyncratic and highly context-dependent. Others, like a nod of the head, can be as conventional and formulaic as words are.

There are also many partly conventional, quasi-linguistic cases, such as ‘Yuk!’ and ‘Ow!’, or winking to indicate a light-hearted implication. The recent cultural success of emoticons and emojis is built on such cases, and here too, as with language, there is no fully determined, formal system of coding and decoding. It’s not just language that is glorious chaos – it’s human communication in general…

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THE DAY I TOLD MY FATHER TO SHOOT HIMSELF

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I’ve never spoken about what it was like growing up in a house overflowing with guns. But now I understand how even weapons that are never fired can wound us for life.

Istand sweating and anxious in a downtown Seattle courthouse. I am here to perform the frequently groaned about, but required responsibility as a citizen – jury duty. I am 32 and have reported for jury duty twice, but have never been called in for questioning. For this case, a high-profile gang-related shooting, every single person who showed up is questioned.

Already I’m nervous. Just the word “shooting” has me twitching and looking for exits. The judge asks the group: “Do you have strong feelings about guns?”

“Yes, everyone should have one. I have three,” says one man in a kilt.

“Constitutional right,” says another.

“Be responsible, but yeah. I like guns.”

“I just don’t like ’em,” says one woman who wears a locket holding a photo of her children. She had shown me while we were in the waiting room.

The judge, wanting to parse out those just looking to get out of their civic duty, questions everyone mercilessly.

I don’t want to draw attention to myself. I don’t want to answer questions on my reasoning. Not to all these people, these strangers around me. But this is something I feel strongly about.

Tentatively, I raise my hand. When called upon, I shake. My legs wobble. I try to look past the man on trial – wearing a lovely knit argyle sweater – to the judge’s bench. Behind me, I hear the sharp clicks of boots on the marble floor. A steady rain outside. My breathing. The breathing of the person next to me and the breaths of the man in front of me, of the entire room, in which there are over a hundred potential jurors.

“I don’t like guns,” I say.

“What is the origin of your feelings?” he asks. I have never spoken of this before, even to close friends.

“Do you want me to shoot myself?” My father asked me, thick metal in his thick hand – loaded, I knew. It was always loaded. After one or two drinks, the gun was directed at me. Three or more and he turned it on himself. “Is this what you want me to do? ”

I was twelve. We were in my parents’ bedroom, strewn with papers and empty vodka bottles and an unmade bed. He sat in a ’70s floral patterned chair that, when he got up, held on to a deep indentation of his body. When he sat in it, you could barely see the chair. It was as if he was levitating on his own heft; he was well over three hundred pounds. The blinds were drawn. The television was blaring a “M*A*S*H” rerun – war and helicopters and a dark humor I couldn’t yet understand. My mother was curled in the far corner of the bed, knees pushed into her eye sockets, crying.

“Yes,” I replied. I did want him to shoot himself. Put an end to it, finally. I was over living in a home where all kinds of violence ran rampant at the fat fists of my father. There was always the thought that this would be the time he did it, but like the many other times that came before it, he set the weapon down, gulped his vodka straight, and looked at me equally as straight.

“Who’ve you been talking to?” The honest answer was no one but, finally, at the mature age of twelve, I realized I had some leverage. My word was enough to put him in jail. I could wield it just as easily as he could wield his many firearms. It took me twelve years to stand up to my father. At that moment, I felt my life – even if just tenuously – become my own. Years of all kinds of abuse had shunted me into being a co-conspirator, all silence, no freedom…

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Did you know that most vitamin C comes from GMO corn and is made in Chinese chemical plants?

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by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) So, you’ve decided to supplement your diet with extra vitamin C because you don’t think you’re getting enough, but you want to know where the brand you are considering purchasing actually comes from. Those are good instincts on your part, because the truth is, if you were planning on picking up a bottle of vitamin C from a local grocery store or online, chances are really good that the product you would have received would not have lived up to your expectations of high quality.

As noted by Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, lab science director of CWC Labs, and author of the new book, Food Forensics, most common supplements on the market today are filled with hidden toxins, despite the fact that they’re marketed as being “pure” and, sometimes, “organic.”

One of those is vitamin C:

Here’s another whopper that’s sure to open some eyes: Nearly all the “vitamin C” sold in vitamins across America right now is derived from GMO corn.

This means that many of the supplements sold at Whole Foods, the vitamins sold on Amazon.com, the pills at your local pharmacy, and especially the products at the grocery store are (nearly) all routinely made with genetically modified vitamin C. It’s typically called “ascorbic acid,” and nearly 100% of the ascorbic acid used in the natural products industry is derived from GMOs.

Sourcing non-GMO vitamin C requires you to go outside the United States. There is no existing supply chain of certified organic, non-GMO ascorbic acid available anywhere in America (at least not to my knowledge). You can’t even run batches of non-GMO ascorbic acid production in the USA because all the facilities are contaminated with residues of GM corn.

Rest assured that all those cheap “vitamin C” pills sold at retail are derived from genetically modified corn.

100 percent guaranteed clean

Later that same year, we also reported that some of those same commercial vitamin C supplements do little to protect you from winter colds and flu, and may actually be adverse to your health, because, again, they aren’t really vitamin C.

We noted:

Most supplements being sold as “vitamin C” do not contain true, natural vitamin C at all, but is “ascorbic acid,” a synthetically manufactured chemical derived from glucose using a chemical process involving microorganisms, acetone – a dangerous solvent and sodium hypochlorite bleach.

Synthetic ascorbic acid does not have the same biological properties and therefore benefits as true vitamin C found for example in fruits, berries, vegetables and many other natural sources.

What makes biological vitamin C more effective is because when it occurs naturally – as in clean foods or as a clean supplement – it contains a number of other crucial elements like enzymes that make it much more available to the digestive system and the body as a whole.

Fortunately, there actually is a vitamin C that has been thoroughly vetted and meticulously tested by Adams and his CWC Labs team. And it’s guaranteed to be free of GMOs and many of the toxins that are found in products that are made in China.

You can help others

What’s more, when you purchase a bottle of it, you’re going to be doing someone else in need a huge favor. Through Adams’ Nutrition Rescue project, one bottle of clean vitamin C will be donated to those in need around the world for every bottle sold.

“As part of my ongoing mission to save lives and treat nutritional deficiency all around the world, I’m announcing a new initiative called “NUTRITION RESCUE.” It can not only vastly improve your own health; it can help save lives all across the globe,” he says on the project’s web page.

“The idea is very simple: We source the cleanest, non-GMO vitamin C from the United Kingdom and offer it to quality-conscious customers. Every bottle that’s purchased generates another bottle of vitamin C that gets donated to someone else in need. …

“With hundreds of millions of people around the world now malnourished and suffering from basic nutritional deficiencies, therapeutic-grade vitamin C is in desperate need all across the planet,” he continued.

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THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN AMERICA: GOING TO THE HOSPITAL

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Before the 20th century, the average person would only go to the hospital as a last resort. That’s because hospitals were where you went to die. They were unhygienic hell holes staffed by unprofessional doctors who knew as much about medicine as you or I know about nuclear physics. Even when a healthy person was admitted to a hospital, there was a really good chance that they weren’t coming out alive.

A lot has changed since those dark days, but there are still plenty of ways to die in a hospital that are very preventable. In fact, so many people die from “medical errors” in our hospitals, that it’s become the third leading cause of death in America. It outranks car accidents, murders, and suicides put together, and by a wide margin. It’s only surpassed by cancer and heart disease as the leading causes of death. According a report published by The BMJ, over 250,000 people die from medical errors every year. They define these errors as:

“An unintended act (either of omission or commission) or one that does not achieve its intended outcome, the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended (an error of execution), the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim (an error of planning), or a deviation from the process of care that may or may not cause harm to the patient.”

And the true number of deaths could be much higher. “Medical error” isn’t something that shows up on death certificates, and the people who do die from these mistakes are just the individuals that we know about.

While the study doesn’t mention this, there shouldn’t be any doubt that at least some of these numbers are related to America’s prescription drug epidemic. Americans are prescribed more drugs than anyone else on the planet, and while estimates vary, the deaths that are related to these prescriptions number in the tens of thousands. The statistics surrounding opioid drugs alone are harrowing.

Approximately 4,263 deaths were linked to opioid overdoses in 1999, but that number had climbed to 17,000 in 2011, and didn’t include those from benzodiazepine drugs such as Xanax and Klonopin. The numbers could be even higher because specific drugs weren’t named in about 25% of all drug deaths. The greatest increase in death rates occurred in Americans between 55-65 years old.

“The amount that [opioids] are administered by well-meaning physicians is excessive,” said Dr. Robert Waldman, an addiction medicine consultant not involved with the research. “Most physicians are people-pleasers who want to help and want to meet people’s needs, and they are more inclined to give people the benefit of the doubt until you are shown otherwise.”

Unfortunately, there’s no reason to believe that these numbers will fall in the near future. Between the proliferation of socialized medicine (which results in fewer doctors who are under more stress, and thus, make more mistakes), the rise of superbugs, and doctors who give out drugs like candy, someday soon going to the hospital may be just as hazardous for your health as it was before the 20th century.

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Friendships Better Than Morphine

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Friends ‘better than morphine’ – Larger social networks release more pain-killing endorphin, University of Oxford reports

People with more friends have higher pain tolerance, Oxford University researchers have found.

Katerina Johnson, a doctoral student in the University’s Department of Experimental Psychology, was studying whether differences in our neurobiology may help explain why some of us have larger social networks than others.

She said: ‘I was particularly interested in a chemical in the brain called endorphin. Endorphins are part of our pain and pleasure circuitry — they’re our body’s natural painkillers and also give us feelings of pleasure.

Previous studies have suggested that endorphins promote social bonding in both humans and other animals. One theory, known as ‘the brain opioid theory of social attachment’, is that social interactions trigger positive emotions when endorphin binds to opioid receptors in the brain. This gives us that feel-good factor that we get from seeing our friends.

‘To test this theory, we relied on the fact that endorphin has a powerful pain-killing effect — stronger even than morphine.’

The researchers therefore used pain tolerance as a way to assess the brain’s endorphin activity. If the theory was correct, people with larger social networks would have higher pain tolerance, and this was what their study found. Friendships may really help take the pain away!

Katerina commented: ‘These results are also interesting because recent research suggests that the endorphin system may be disrupted in psychological disorders such as depression. This may be part of the reason why depressed people often suffer from a lack of pleasure and become socially withdrawn.’

There were also two other findings of note. Both fitter people and those with higher reported stress levels tended to have smaller social networks.

Katerina explained: ‘It may simply be a question of time — individuals that spend more time exercising have less time to see their friends. However, there may be a more interesting explanation — since both physical and social activities promote endorphin release, perhaps some people use exercise as an alternative means to get their ‘endorphin rush’ rather than socialising. The finding relating to stress may indicate that larger social networks help people to manage stress better, or it may be that stress or its causes mean people have less time for social activity, shrinking their network.

‘Studies suggest that the quantity and quality of our social relationships affect our physical and mental health and may even be a factor determining how long we live. Therefore, understanding why individuals have different social networks sizes and the possible neurobiological mechanisms involved is an important research topic. As a species, we’ve evolved to thrive in a rich social environment but in this digital era, deficiencies in our social interactions may be one of the overlooked factors contributing to the declining health of our modern society.’

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The Massive Push to Decriminalize Psychedelics That You Haven’t Heard About

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by Isiah Holmes

(ANTIMEDIACountless individuals are aware of America’s unofficial ganja-day, 4/20, but few find significance in the prior 24 hours. April 19th, dubbed “Bicycle Day” by psychedelic adventurers, immortalizes the night Albert Hoffman took a riveting bike ride home under the grips of LSD-25. This year’s holiday saw massive protests demanding the U.N. end the modern-day witch hunt that is prohibition psychedelics.

Alternet was quick to point out a growing representation of civic voices — separate from government — at this year’s U.N. Assembly. Demonstrators flooded the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza daily, located near a U.N. headquarters, calling for reform. The measures only augment the already intriguing dynamics of 2016’s U.N. General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS), which was also held around the same time in New York City. Months before, U.S. officials hinted at an impending push by the United States for international decriminalization. This political build up, however, failed to climax with tangible reform, which disappointed many attendees.

Nevertheless, activists from the Latin American Caravan For Peace, Life and Justice, Students For Sensible Drug Policy, and Moms United brought hundreds out to demonstrate against global drug prohibition on Monday, April 18th. Moms United, Alternet reports, consists of mothers who have lost children to drug overdoses,incarceration, and other plagues compounded by prohibition.

The Bicycle Day events on Tuesday were spearheaded by psychedelic activist group Psymposia, as well as the Psychedelic Society of Brooklyn.

“The science has been there for 50 years,” says event MC Lex Pelger, “but that doesn’t change hearts and minds.” Pelger insists “when used properly and with intention,” psychedelics “can be tremendously beneficial.” The word “intention” is key, as psychedelics, like DMT and psilocybin, have been used by indigenous cultures for centuries. Although other compounds exist throughout the world, few seem as adaptable as DMT, sometimes dubbed “The Spirit Molecule.” The naturally occurring brain hormone can be smoked or ingested, the latter normally in a traditional brew known as ayahuasca.

Several ayahuasca shamanic practitioners spoke during the Bicycle Day event, some more frank than others. Psychedelics can help shake you free of your shit, said one. Another reported their experience “gave [them] a feeling of happiness, energy, and contentment.” More professional representatives, like psychotherapist and author Neil Goldsmith, said, I do them and bring that insight and wisdom to my practice. Psychedelics should be permitted as an adjunct to psychotherapy.”

Think about the impact that psychedelic culture could have,” proclaimed one ayahuasca user. These substances can open up to the try to build a better world, to save the world.

These advocates have a point, given the daunting dilemmas coming to define our century. Humanity will need to consider radical new lines of thought in the near future, and psychedelics might be the vehicle. On a milder note, a resurgence in psychedelic research, as well as recent developments from the DEA, suggest a change is afoot. Terence Mckenna might be proud — if only he’d lived to see the day.

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Sukaramaddava and Psilocybin

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According to legend, the last meal of the Buddha, the same of which effectively killed him, was something called sukaramaddava, meaning boar’s delight, and was given to him by the village goldsmith. As others have speculated, sukaramaddva is a likely allusion to a sclerotia or truffle of some variety. For, truffles are a favorite food among wild boar, and specially trained pigs are employed to this day in order to locate these culinary delicacies.

Psilocybe tampanensis and P. mexicana are two species of psychedelic mushroom that are prone to producing sclerotia. In Amsterdam, where psilocybin-containing sclerotia are not controlled, these are known asPhilosopher’s Stone Truffles and have in recent times become all the rage since psilocybin-containing fruiting bodies were outlawed there a number of years ago. Even Tuber melanosporum, the so-called black truffle, arguably the most sought after delicacy of the culinary world, is possessed of a certain “bliss molecule” called anandamide which, according to enthusiasts, offers a THC-like high.

Sclerotia are formed by arresting the life-cycle of sclerotia-prone mushroom species before they’re able to produce fruiting bodies. This makes sclerotia cultivation significantly easier than the delicate cultivation of fruiting bodies as, up until the sclerotia are harvested, the production process never goes beyond the inoculation stage.

Mike Crowley, author of Secret Drugs of Buddhism, has suggested that a further proof of the identification of sukaramaddava as a psilocybin-containing truffle lies in the fact that it was offered to the Buddha in an attempt to save his life. For, the Buddha was suffering from dysentery. According to Vedic scriptures, Soma is said to confer upon its drinker the gift of immortality. In 1984 heterodox Bengali Hindus announced the identification of the Vedic intoxicant Soma as being Psilocybe cubensis, one of the many psilocybin-containing fungus species. What better way to reverse the Buddha’s ill fate than a purported elixir of immortality?

Considered allegorically, on the other hand, the story of the Buddha’s demise may not refer to an actual death at all, but rather to the so-called ego death (comparable to the Buddhist concept of Anata or No-Self) which is commonly reported by users of psilocybin. This effect is believed to be caused by the silencing of the brain’s ‘central hub,’ resulting in a decreased sense of self as well as in the “hyperconnection” of certain portions of the brain which do not normally communicate.

Whatever the case of sukaramaddava and the death of the Buddha may be, almost two-thousand five hundred years after his death, one cannot help but be repeatedly amazed by the persistent relevance of the Buddha’s life and teachings.

References

Crowley, Mike Secret Drugs of Buddhism

Fleming, Nick Truffles Contain ‘Bliss’ Molecule

Ghose, Tia Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain

McKenna, Terence Food of the Gods

McKenna, Terence Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide

Morris, Hamilton Hamilton and the Philosopher’s Stone

Rig Veda

www.buddhanet.net (The Life of the Buddha Pt. II)

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SNOWDEN: “WE ARE LIKE TAGGED ANIMALS”

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In a new piece out in The Intercept, whistleblower Edward Snowden has summed up what smart phones really are:

By preying on the modern necessity to stay connected, governments can reduce our dignity to something like that of tagged animals, the primary difference being that we paid for the tags and they’re in our pockets. It sounds like fantasist paranoia, but on the technical level it’s so trivial to implement that I cannot imagine a future in which it won’t be attempted. It will be limited to the war zones at first, in accordance with our customs, but surveillance technology has a tendency to follow us home…

But most people still don’t get it.

Inevitably that conceptual subversion finds its way home, along with the technology that enables officials to promote comfortable illusions about surgical killing and nonintrusive surveillance. Take, for instance, the Holy Grail of drone persistence, a capability that the United States has been pursuing forever. The goal is to deploy solar-powered drones that can loiter in the air for weeks without coming down. Once you can do that, and you put any typical signals collection device on the bottom of it to monitor, unblinkingly, the emanations of, for example, the different network addresses of every laptop, smartphone, and iPod, you know not just where a particular device is in what city, but you know what apartment each device lives in, where it goes at any particular time, and by what route. Once you know the devices, you know their owners. When you start doing this over several cities, you’re tracking the movements not just of individuals but of whole populations.

And he points out that, while all of this is going on, government employees sit, day in and day out, willfully participating in the Orwellian electronic enslavement of their fellow citizens:

One of the challenges of being a whistleblower is living with the knowledge that people continue to sit, just as you did, at those desks, in that unit, throughout the agency, who see what you saw and comply in silence, without resistance or complaint. They learn to live not just with untruths but with unnecessary untruths, dangerous untruths, corrosive untruths. It is a double tragedy: What begins as a survival strategy ends with the compromise of the human being it sought to preserve and the diminishing of the democracy meant to justify the sacrifice.

(Read the rest here.)

Every bit of computer technology we have today began as a weapon of war, from the computers themselves which were first used to tag people in concentration camps and to break the German and Japanese code during World War II, to the Internet designed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). To think the military created these devices without weaponizing them first is just silly. That people continue to believe the military-industrial complex has only our best interests at heart is stunning.

But most are too busy merging with their smartphones to care.

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The Future Science of God Consciousness & Pineal Gland Activation

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by Christina Sarich, Staff, Waking Times 

Many who have studied the workings of the pineal gland realize it has earned the name ‘the seat of enlightenment’ for good reason. The pineal is a transmitter of the spiritual or divine self as well as the grosser, earthly or physical self. Science is just beginning to unravel how this tiny endocrine gland in the center of our mind is able to turn humankind’s barbarous cravings into a yearning for oneness with Cosmic Consciousness or the ‘Kingdom of God Within,’ – while giving us the physical ability to realize it.

Modern medicine is altogether ignorant of the ‘ductless’ glands. The scientific study of endocrines and their hormones, in fact, is just shy of forty-five years standing, although about 170 years ago a French savant, Theophile de Bordeu, entered some study of the subject, including the making of an elixir which was injected into the skin of his subjects. His presumption that spirit was freed through a chemical process alone was wrong, however, he was correct in understanding the importance of neurochemistry in awakening the Cosmic Mind.[1] This does not mean that scholars and shamans, yogis, and seekers of spirit going back thousand of years are not well versed in the alchemical magic the pineal can induce.

Though a guru might tap a student on the forehead, giving what is called ‘shaktipat’ to induce an enlightened awareness or kundalini experience, all the guru is really doing is observing that a yearning spirit is ready to experience a dissolution of ego. When the time is ripe within any individual, be it from yogic practice, a karmic predisposition, a near-death experience or any number of other ‘priming’ activities, a neurochemical process unfolds from the tiny ‘spirit’ factory within the pineal itself. 

The Neurohormonal Cascade of God Consciousness

There are a few neurohormones produced by the pineal which are key to unlocking the secrets of the ages. When these hormones are released, under rare and specific circumstances, a spiritual big bangoccurs. 

Melatonin production is instigated by the pineal gland in periods of darkness via indirect stimulation from the optic nerve, and this neurohormone modulates our sleep-wake states. Melatonin allows waking self-consciousness to rest, so that our body consciousness can focus on its work of repairing itself without the meddling distractions of the ego/body consciousness and the various physical activities of the body associated with being awake. Melatonin silences self-consciousness, but METAtonin goes one step further. It allows the consciousness to remain in-tact while freeing it from the confines of the ego-based physical body.[2]

METAtonin production takes place when the pineal gland internally secrets an enzyme called methyltransferase (INMT) that catalyzes two methyl groups to combine with a serotonin molecule. Melatonin is a linguistic derivative of serotonin (serotonin + one methyl molecule), METAtonin, then, is a derivative of Melatonin (melatonin + one methyl molecule). Each of these is a higher octave of the previous one. Hence METAtonin, a higher octave of melatonin.  Each of these hormones neurochchemically shapes the state of consciousness in a distinctive manner.

METAtonin allows self-consciousness to remain active and simultaneously separate from the sleeping body. Unlike melatonin, METAtonin is not produced on a daily basis, and instaed is very rarely produced except in crucial situations; also it is not primarily delivered to its target, the central brain, via the blood. Once DMT enters the blood supply, it is immediately destroyed by the DMT scavenger monoamineoxidaise or MAO. For this reason, unlike all other hormones, it is very difficult to measure METAtonin, endogenous DMT, levels in the blood. 

When METAtonin is Activated

When METAtonin is activated the mind is given a jet-pack into a level of consciousness that frees it altogether from the physical confines of reality. Many who experience this the first time fear the out-of-body of egoless state because it is so unfamiliar, but shamans and spiritual adepts who have shaped their neurochemistry appropriately can not only enjoy the elevated consciousness, but tap into its many lessons once they return to their physical form.

LSD and other Chemical Stimulants of METAtonin or DMT

Some make the distinction that when a person uses an outside source of chemical stimulation to change their state of consciousness, they enter a state of altered consciousness; when one is experiencing a higher state of consciousness that is stimulated by a natural, internal, endogenous hormone, they have entered a state of enhanced consciousness; but many herbal remedies and chemical drugs, even diet can affect our endogenous hormones…

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About the Author

Christina Sarich is a writer, musician, yogi, and humanitarian with an expansive repertoire. Her thousands of articles can be found all over the Internet, and her insights also appear in magazines as diverse as Weston A. Price, NexusAtlantis Rising, and the Cuyamungue Institute, among others.

This article (The Future Science of God Consciousness and Pineal Gland Activation) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Christina Sarich and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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