Some Good Internet resources:

Steven Beckow and Link TV  –  for excellent videos, reportage and commentary from the left field, the back of beyond, the New Age, the cutting edge, the emerging paradigm. Steve Beckow is a gentle, humble Canadian who uses his central site to publish a stream of resources concerning 2012, UFOs, ET ‘Disclosure’, channellings from discarnate, ascended entities, NESARA and the general collapse of time, money, society and government as we know it and the future (rapidly becoming current) 5th dimensional reality.

SOME GOOD BOOKS:

Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes by Daniel Everett – fascinating autobiography by an American missionary and linguist. In this account, his attempts to Christianise the fully present living, numbers-eschewing, Jesus-rejecting, forest dwelling Amazonian Piraha community, results in him losing his religion altogether. A compelling and often self-deprecating chronicle that shows the gradual dismantling of one man’s sense of cultural superiority in the face of happy indifference.

Life After Death – The Book of Answers, by Deepak Chopra – comprehensive musings on our  broader existence beyond physical death. Combining perspectives on animal telepathy, Indian Buddhist parables and quantum physics.

The Silent State – Secrets, Surveillance and the Myth of British Democracy by Heather Brooke – good to read another perspective on what we already suspect.

Best Lesbian Erotica 09, edited by Tristan Taormino – just because.

DMT – The Spirit Molecule, by Rick Strassman – more people know about DMT (dimethyltriptamine) these days, partly due to the New Age and Shamanic/anthropological revival movements of the past 20 years. A substance found in hallucinogenic plant entheogens and the pineal gland (also bone, blood and spinal fluid) of humans, DMT has a mysterious relationship to our concept of  the soul or spirit. Spontaneous releases of DMT during phenomenal events such as conception, birth, death or near-death and dreaming, produce fully involving, transcendent hallucinations that can include communications with non-human worlds and entities. I am not so keen on the science lab context of this book, preferring perspectives that are rooted in authentic shamanic settings. However, it’s illuminating reading nonetheless and the research is worthwhile. A perennial question arises in the mind of the reader – how can naturally occurring bodily substances be classified and subject to legal control by the state? Who owns our bodies, minds, food and medicine – and why do we let them? The next concern that arises for me, is this: I have a troubled, hollow feeling with experiments with magical practice or substances that look to me like pure recreation with no protocol – or just to ‘prove to science that it can happen’.  I respect the Shamanic ethic of knowing why you are going somewhere, for what purpose, in order to do what, for the benefit of whom. Not just to be a tourist.

I Got Thunder – Black Women Songwriters on their Craft, edited by LaShonda Katrice Barnett –  inspirational interviews with 20 seminal female heroes of jazz, gospel and soul. Fascinating and nourishing to hear how other artists create art. Infinite reasons and motivations – lifetimes of determination and sometimes, happy accident.

Left to Tell – Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, by Immacurlee Ilibagiza – difficult but necessary to know stories from this era. I once got into a random conversation with someone at a party. She turned out to be a researcher into genocide, as a phenomenon. She told me that at any given time, there are about 60 genocidal movements taking place on the planet, probably more. We hear about some, and not others – but it’s always present, and something humans can be manipulated into relatively easily. Unspeakable. Words run out. Don’t even have a platitude about the enduring strength of the human spirit in the face of evil blah etc. A great deal of food for a great deal of thought, from a very brave woman, whose tale we are lucky to be able to read.

Onwards…with inspiration, healing, mental fuel and unbounded imagination…

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