by Caitlin Johnstone Waking Times I’ve been putting off writing this article all year, but readers keep asking for it, and since I’ve been writing about mass enlightenment a lot lately I figure I might as well slip it in now. It is a well-documented fact that it is possible for the human organism to move into a far more healthy relationship with thought than the one which most people experience. This shift has been written about for as long as there has been written language, and scientists have been confirming its existence using modern studies now. Spiritual enlightenment is real, and it is possible. It is … Continue reading HOW TO WAKE UP

It’s the Journey, Not the Trip

Photo by Rodger Evans | Psychedelics aren’t a shortcut for Buddhist practice, because practice involves every moment of life—especially the boring ones. By Brad Warner People get mad when I say it’s not right for drugs to be promoted as Buddhism. But that’s OK with me. Sometimes you have to make people mad. When a recent spate of articles espousing drug use as dharma practice appeared in popular Buddhist magazines, like this one, they required a strong rebuke from someone with the proper credentials to say, “No, it isn’t.” I knew no one else was going to step up. So I … Continue reading It’s the Journey, Not the Trip

On going on and on and on

The Triumph of Death, anonymous, early Renaissance. Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena. Photo by Scala/Getty The fantasy of living forever is just a fig leaf for the fear of death – and comes at great personal cost by Paul Sagar is a lecturer in political theory in the department of political economy, King’s College London. He is the author of The Opinion of Mankind: Sociability and the Theory of the State from Hobbes to Smith (2018). Edited by Nigel Warburton The finale of Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) sees the quest for the Holy Grail reach a dramatic conclusion. The film’s villain – the Nazi collaborator … Continue reading On going on and on and on


by Sigmund Fraud, Staff Writer Waking Times  “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ~Carl Jung Flip this quote from Dr. Jung around and it suggests that once you become aware of the unconscious forces directing you, you will experience freedom and gain newfound control over your own life. This realization gives us extraordinary power. Based on what we know about the brain, mind, and consciousness, most of our decisions are made without conscious thought, that is, we are driven by low-level mental activity which happens automatically. This level of thinking is the … Continue reading THE 5 MAIN CULTURAL INFLUENCES CONTROLLING YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND

Sutta Study: The Ship

Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen | “Letting go” is not so easy. It takes work and time, the Nava Sutta teaches. By Peter Doobini This article is part of Trike Daily’s Sutta Study series, led by Insight meditation teacher Peter Doobinin. The suttas, found in the Pali Canon, comprise the discourses the historical Buddha gave during his 45 years of teaching. Rather than philosophical tracts, the suttas are a map for dharma practice. In this series, we’ll focus on the practical application of the teachings in our day-to-day lives. In the Nava Sutta (The Ship), the Buddha describes the goal of the path as the … Continue reading Sutta Study: The Ship


by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times There’s an old saying, rumored to be an ancient Chinese curse, but it’s been a favorite in the West for some time now. “May you live in interesting times.”  Political figures like to use it when they want to emphasize just how screwed up things are. For example, Robert Kennedy is quoted here from a speech in 1966: “There is a Chinese curse which says “May he live in interesting times.” Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also the most creative of any time in … Continue reading ESSENTIAL TAOIST WISDOM FOR LIVING IN POLITICALLY CHARGED AND CHAOTIC TIMES

DMT makes your brain think it’s dying—and it’s completely wonderful

Photo: Mark Garlick / Science Photo Library  by DEREK BERES Back in the mid-nineties, I read a first-person article about the near-death experience (NDE) one curious traveler braved under the influence of ayahuasca while visiting the jungles of Brazil. The potent brew, which requires plants featuring the psychoactive compound, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), as well as plants that provide alkaloids to elongate the hallucinogenic effects, has been ritualistically used for, well, “a long time” is the best guess anyone can muster. While memory is notoriously spotty, I specifically recall the writer lying down on the jungle dirt and watching his body from the … Continue reading DMT makes your brain think it’s dying—and it’s completely wonderful