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Head Over Heels at Green Angels, June 2004

Head Over Heels at Green Angels

An evening of talks, films and music around the theme of altered states, religion and healing to celebrate the launch of the website.

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Anthropologist Hugh Brody at the October Gallery


Readers may be interested in an upcoming talk at the October Gallery in London. Hugh Brody, an anthropologist and filmmaker who is among the foremost authorities on hunter-gatherer cultures, will be appearing on 29th October 2013, discussing his 40-year career studying, living with, and fighting for hunter-gatherer peoples, and how these cultures raise huge issues relevant to us all. We can highly recommend his book The Other Side of Eden, about the Arctic Inuit, and his recent DVD Tracks Across the Sand, which follows efforts to assist Kalahari Bushmen with their land rights claims.

For more details on the talk, check the Facebook page.

A Series of Workings Using Stanislav Grof’s Methodology

A handout by Dave Lee presented as part of his talk on Psychedelics, Ritual & Time.

Dr. Stanislav Grof‘s methods of spiritual exploration and healing with psychedelic sacraments were extremely simple, and simply extreme. The client was given a very high dose of the sacrament, and virtually no external stimuli other than music. The facilitator / coach / healer took a smaller dose, and the session proceeded typically for about 8 hours.

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The Structure of Ritual

A handout presented during Dave Lee’s talk on Psychedelics, Ritual & Time.

The Structure of Ritual

First we conceive of and plan what kind of ritual we want to do.

Then we create a sacred space with the use of banishing rituals, circles, smudging and so forth.

Now we focus on the purpose of the ritual, using statements of intent, silent focusing and objects that symbolize our goals.

This is woven in with the exaltation of consciousness that forms the main part of the ritual.

Finally we need to let go of our intention, and eventually of the ritual itself as we leave the sacred space.

Beyond Recreation: Psychedelics, Ritual & Time

A talk by Dave Lee presented at the Head Over Heels event at Green Angels, Borough, London, 5 June 2004

The psychedelic experience challenges us to make better use of its incredible potentials for healing, ecstasy and transformation. Using the techniques of breathwork, energy work, chanting, meditation and magic, how do we create psychedelic rituals for the 21st century?

In this talk I’m going to review some of the ideas and techniques that have accompanied my work with psychedelic sacraments over the last 30 or so years, and draw a few lessons for future practice.

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Neo-Shamanic Healing Practices in Contemporary Holland

A talk presented by Daniel Waterman at the Head Over Heels event at Green Angels, Borough, London, 5 June 2004

Hallo, my name is Daniel Waterman. I am going to tell you a little about myself, then I will speak briefly on two subjects that are very important for those working with Plant teachers:

  • The first subject deals with the nature of the Shamanic journey, and whether this voyage teaches us anything of real value.
  • The second subject I will cover briefly, if there’s any time left, is the question of guidance during therapeutic rituals.

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