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A No Nonsense Guide To Preventing A Bad Trip – Psychedelic Harm Reduction 101

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Throughout many cultures, entheogens have been used for thousands of years by Shamanic healers around the world. Modern psychotherapy is just beginning to scratch the surface of realizing the potential applications of using psychedelics in therapy. The past decade has shown a surge in western interest towards shamanic medicines such as Ayahuasca and Iboga. Psychedelics are tools that can help us on our journey, provided that we use them responsibly. It is important to realize that there are psychological implications of abusing them and not using them in the right setting. This article and the video below will detail various steps you can take to prevent yourself from having a bad trip. Armed with this information, you will be able to have a better experience should you choose to add entheogens to the equation of your spiritual exploration.

When using entheogens one should be aware that they have a profound effect on our emotions. Whatever emotion you are experiencing will be felt 10 times more intensely. If you are happy you will feel extremely happy, and if you are sad, you will feel extremely sad. It is important to assess your mental state of mind prior to consuming a psychedelic. If you are going through a rough time in your life, it may not be the best time to do a psychedelic because the memories, feelings, and thoughts associated with this rough patch of your life may and likely will resurface throughout the experience. However, if you feel you have the mental fortitude to trip, then having those experiences resurface can be very therapeutic. It can be a way of conquering your fears and past trauma. Ayahuasca, MDMA, and psilocybin mushrooms have all been know to improve our personal development and allow us to process past trauma in a way that we can come to terms with.

Prior to doing psychedelics, every effort to avoid negative thoughts from infiltrating your trip should be taken. Even if you aren’t necessarily going through a rough time in your life but you simply had a bad day, that alone can makes its way into your experience and manifest into something negative. I would recommend meditating for 5 minutes prior to tripping. Always use entheogens in an environment that is safe and peaceful. Nature is a great place to use them, or the safety of your own bedroom. Laying down in bed and listening to relaxing music is a good way to navigate your trip into a positive space. Always keep your environment clean and free of clutter because this can infiltrate your experience and cause anxiety. If you are a less experienced entheogen user, you should always have a sitter with you (someone who is not on any psychedelic who can watch over you while you trip).

You can also talk to your experience as if it was an intelligent entity. Whenever negative feelings unfold, simply talk to it and say “Take me somewhere else, show me something new!” You don’t have to repeat this out loud, you can simply think this silently in your mind. I have used this method many times and it has worked wonderfully on many occasions.

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Another way of preventing a bad trip is to have a safe word that you can say out loud or think silently in your mind. It can be any word that you associate with positivity. A mantra, your mother’s name, your kid’s name, your favorite color, anything that makes you happy and is associated with love and safety. I use the word “Light,” which I repeat several times when my experience is taking a turn for the worse. I will also try to visualize light as if it were bursting through the cracks of the bad experience, allowing my consciousness to be showered in light and love.

You also have to be able to put things in perspective and understand that sometimes having a bad trip isn’t always a negative thing. Entheogens can reveal things to you in the most unforgiving manner but it can still be an experience that you need to go through in order to better understand yourself, your environment, and your purpose. I have walked away from bad trips feeling much more awake and empathetic to certain injustices that are occurring environmentally and culturally. I was shown and felt things throughout the trip that were hard to experience but made me more conscious of it nonetheless. You can learn more about one of those experiences here.

Bad trips have also made me confront issues about myself that haven’t been addressed or were swept under the rug. I have sometimes felt extreme empathy for anyone I may have hurt in the past. Certain responsibilities I may have put off or procrastinated on eventually get shoved back into my face during my trips. If anything, entheogens have made me a more responsible person, especially through some of the bad experiences I have encountered. We are unaware that most of the time there is likely a positive learning experience to gain from a bad trip.

I always say that psychedelics aren’t for everyone. Not everyone is meant to use these medicines for spiritual and personal growth but if you do decide to dive into the world of entheogens, it is important to take the above precautions and trip responsibly. You should never solely rely on psychedelics for spiritual growth, but rather you should look at them as an additional tool you can use for your ever expanding conscious evolution. With the right intention, you can gain access to parts of yourself that you may not have been able to access before in the most ego shattered abstract state of awareness you can experience. You can visit jtwiz.com for more resources pertaining to psychedelic harm reduction.

About the Author

Jonathon Twiz, a self-proclaimed psychonaut, a lover of creating music, a contemplator of physics and the unseen world. He stands by the Socratic philosophy that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Follow him at: jtwiz.com Tweet him @jtwiz

**This article was featured at Learning Mind and was used here with permission.

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6 Year Old Finds Fossil In Family Garden That May be 488 Million Years Old

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Children have a natural fascination with rocks, with many of us having spent some days as children standing awe-struck at our museums or science centers looking at dazzling arrays of stones, or learning about the different types that can be found out our local beaches, parks, or hiking trails.

However, none of us managed to make the sort of discovery that one young boy in the U.K. did.

Siddak Singh Jhamat, known as Sid, found a fossil in his garden that dates back millions of years.

Sid found the fossil in his backyard garden in the town of Walsall using a simple fossil-hunting kit he received as a gift, reports the BBC.

His father Vish Singh was then able to identify the fossil as a horn corral that dates back 251 to 488 million years with the help of a Facebook fossil group.

“I was just digging for worms and things like pottery and bricks and I just came across this rock which looked a bit like a horn, and thought it could be a tooth or a claw or a horn, but it was actually a piece of coral which is called horn coral,” Sid explained.

“I was really excited about what it really was.”

His father Vish added:

“We were surprised he found something so odd-shaped in the soil… he found a horn coral, and some smaller pieces next to it, then the next day he went digging again and found a congealed block of sand.

“In that there were loads of little molluscs and sea shells, and something called a crinoid, which is like a tentacle of a squid, so it’s quite a prehistoric thing.”

The father believes that the distinctive markings on the fossil make it a Rugosa coral, meaning it could be up to 488 million years old.

“The period that they existed from was between 500 and 251 million years ago, the Paleozoic Era,” Vish said.

“England at the time was part of Pangea, a landmass of continents. England was all underwater as well… that’s quite significant expanse of time.”

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Researchers Find 50,000-Year-Old Frozen Body of Extinct Woolly Rhino in Siberia

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Researchers in Siberia have stumbled upon the 50,000 year-old remains of a rare woolly rhinoceros that was trapped in permafrost.

The remains of the woolly rhino were excavated from the Abyisky district of the Sakha Republic. The rhino was first discovered by a local in Siberia named Alexei Savin, Business Insider reported.

Savvin stumbled upon the remarkable find walking near the Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia, Siberia last August.

It’s worth noting that this woolly rhino was found close to the site where a previous baby woolly rhino named Sasha was discovered back in the year 2014. Woolly Rhinos were once believed to have been prevalent in Europe, Russia and northern Asia thousands upon thousands of years ago until they ended up extinct.

Paleontologist Albert Protopopov of the Academy of Sciences of the Sakha Republic unveiled that the baby woolly rhino would have been approximately three to four years old when it died presumably from drowning.

The only other woolly rhino thus far that has been discovered in these regions — Sasha — was dated to be from around 34,000 years ago. However, Protopopov suggests that the newly discovered body could be anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 years old.

However, despite the body being there for so long according to Protopopov “among other things, part of the internal organs are preserved, which in the future will make it possible to study in more detail how the species ate and lived.”

Protopopov further added, “Earlier, not even the bone remains of individuals of this age were found, not to mention the preserved carcasses of animals. As a rule, these were either cubs or adults.”

A fellow paleontologist Valery Plotnikov from the Academy of Sciences further adds, “We have learned that woolly rhinoceroses were covered in very thick hair. Previously, we could judge this only from rock paintings discovered in France. Now, judging by the thick coat with the undercoat, we can conclude that the rhinoceroses were fully adapted to the cold climate very much from a young age.”

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Isaac Newton’s Secret “Burnt” Notes Included Theory That Great Pyramids Predicted Apocalypse

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Sir Isaac Newton, one of the most famous scientists of recorded history, left behind a large body of work that is still vital in our understanding of the world today. However, as with many public intellectuals, he also had plenty of work that was never shared with the public, even after his death.

Now, for the first time ever, some of these unpublished notes are being auctioned off, and these notes contain some of his most wild theories, and includes his thoughts on the occult, alchemy, and biblical apocalypse theory. Newton was known to dabble in the more esoteric realms of study, but very little written evidence remains about his specific thoughts on mystical topics.

Some of the remaining manuscript notes are currently being auctioned by Sotheby’s. The notes have been through a lot, and are obviously burned. The auctioneers claim that the notes were damaged in a fire that is believed to have been started by a candle that was accidentally toppled by Newton’s dog, Diamond.

According to the auction listing, “These notes are part of Newton’s astonishingly complex web of interlinking studies – natural philosophy, alchemy, theology – only parts of which he ever believed were appropriate for publication. It is not surprising that he did not publish on alchemy, since secrecy was a widely-held tenet of alchemical research, and Newton’s theological beliefs, if made public, would have cost him (at least) his career.”

The notes currently have a leading bid of £280,000, the equivalent of about $375,000.

In the notes, Newton speaks on some far-out topics that would surprise modern thinkers. For example, Newton’s notes include a theory that ancient Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza predicted the apocalypse. While it is unclear what logic he used to get to his conclusion, the theory began with his study of how the pyramids were designed according to an ancient Egyptian unit of measurement called the royal cubit.

While studying the pyramids and the cubit, Newton believed he developed an insight into sacred geometry, which somehow aligned with the apocalypse predictions in the bible.

“He was trying to find proof for his theory of gravitation, but in addition the ancient Egyptians were thought to have held the secrets of alchemy that have since been lost. Today, these seem disparate areas of study – but they didn’t seem that way to Newton in the 17th century,” Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby’s manuscript specialist, told The Guardian.

“It’s a wonderful confluence of bringing together Newton and these great objects from classical antiquity which have fascinated people for thousands of years. The papers take you remarkably quickly straight to the heart of a number of the deepest questions Newton was investigating,” Heaton added.

Interest in alchemy and mysticism was not unusual for serious scholars at the time, in fact, it was recognized as a legitimate field of scientific study.

“The idea of science being an alternative to religion is a modern set of thoughts. Newton would not have believed that his scientific work could undermine religious belief. He was not trying to disprove Christianity – this is a man who spent a long time trying to establish the likely time period for the biblical apocalypse. That’s why he was so interested in the pyramids,” Heaton said.

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