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




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 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: Tweet him @jtwiz

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

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59 ancient coffins, buried for 2,600 years, discovered in incredible archaeological find in Egypt




(TMU) – 59 well-preserved and sealed wooden coffins were recently discovered by archeologists in Egypt, and it is possible that there could be even more waiting to be discovered.

Three weeks ago researchers first announced that they found 13 coffins, and then further searches in the area revealed that there were even more. Scientists estimate that the coffins were buried over 2,500 years ago, and some of the remains were wrapped in burial cloth that showed hieroglyphic inscriptions.

The discovery was made in the burial ground of Saqqara, which is located just south of Cairo, near the 4,700-year-old pyramid of Djoser.

“We are very happy about this discovery,” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in the Egyptian government.

Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said that the coffins can be dated back to the Late Period of ancient Egypt, which is estimated to be from the sixth or seventh century BC.

“I have witnessed the opening of one of the coffins … the mummy seems as if it was mummified yesterday,” al-Anani said, according to Aljazeera.

Other artifacts have been discovered as well, including a bronze figurine depicting Nefertem, an ancient god of the lotus blossom, as well as mummified animals like snakes, birds, scarab beetles. Dozens of statues were also found in the same area that the coffins were discovered.

It is suspected that the coffins belonged to high ranking figures in ancient Egyptian society, likely from the 26th dynasty.

The coffins will be taken to the Grand Egyptian Museum on the Giza Plateau, which is currently being built. The museum is expected to open soon, but the opening has already been delayed several times. At this point, the most recent opening date for the museum is planned for 2021.

The museum will feature an entire hall dedicated to the sarcophagi that were found in the region, and this hall will reportedly hold the new discoveries.

Saqqara, where the discovery was made features numerous pyramids, including the world-famous Step pyramid of Djoser, which is sometimes called the Step Tomb due to its rectangular base, as well as a number of mastaba tombs.

Saqqara and the surrounding areas of Abusir and Dahshur suffered damage by looters during the 2011 Egyptian protests. Storerooms were broken into, but the monuments were mostly unharmed. A series of discoveries have been made at the site in recent years. Some findings have been dated back to as far as 4,000 years ago.

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What Artists From Over 100 Years Ago Thought The Year 2000 Would Look Like




(TMU) – Art from the past is fascinating, from the most basic rock art, to the most detailed and realistic, the bizarre, the fantastical, the surreal and the futuristic, art provides us with insight into cultures and history. Visual records of the lives, struggles, triumphs and beliefs during the evolution of human kind.

Throughout our evolution, there has always been forward thinkers, those who could envisage a very different future, such as Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), best known as an artist, he was also an architect, scientist and inventor with the vision and imagination to create, on paper, inventions such as the bicycle, the helicopter and an airplane.

Perhaps da Vinci innovative ideas inspired artists through the centuries that followed, such as those created by French Jean-Marc Cote and others in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910 who were asked to imagine what life would be like in the year 2020. The futuristic images they created were originally in the form of postcards or cards enclosed in cigarette boxes.

These pictures were created before the second industrial revolution and high tech machinery and flying machines. Life was much simpler, food was still grown organically and the world still had clean air, rivers and oceans. Many of the illustrations turned out to be quite accurate, such as machines for farming, robotic equipment, flying machines, underwater breathing apparatus, and sadly, weapons of war. The buildings, clothing and hairstyles seemed to remain in the previous century.

Over 100 years have passed and some of those artists may have lived to see some of their ideas become reality. Unfortunately the third revolution brought with it innovations that propelled the modern human into an easier, faster lifestyle for those who could afford it. Machines and appliances do the work, in the home and workplace. Motor cars, appliances, pre-packed food, fast food and waste, so much waste! With not a thought of the consequences. Our air and water polluted by chemicals, of rivers and oceans choked by our single use waste and not just our planet, but our health suffering under the strain.

How would we, and the artists of our world depict life on earth in 2099, 2100, 2101 and 2110?

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World’s largest mammoth graveyard found near Mexico City with over 200 skeletons from Ice Age

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As construction workers race to complete building Mexico City’s new international airport, archaeologists have stumbled on the world’s largest graveyard of mammoths, with officials saying on Thursday that the number has risen to at least 200.

Experts believe that the site, which lies about 30 miles (50 km) north of the capital’s downtown at the Santa Lucía Air Force Base in the state of Mexico, is now the world’s largest concentration of skeletons belonging to the extinct Ice Age mammal – and a large number of them are still yet to be excavated.

The humongous creatures are believed to have died between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago, when the region was the site of a number of ancient lakes that both attracted and trapped the extinct relative of modern elephants.

Other Ice Age mammals have also been found at the nearly 200 excavation sites, including about 200 mammoths, 25 camels, and five horses, archaeologists with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) say.

Around 24,000 years ago, the geography of the region was a lush and vibrant place filled with sprawling grassland and lakes that attracted herds of mammoths.

“This place was like a paradise,” lead INAH archaeologist Ruben Manzanilla Lopez told Reuters, adding that the melting of the last glaciers happened at a time when ancient species of horses, camels, and buffalo thrived in the extremely muddy shorelines of the region.

“Then over many years the same story repeated itself: The animals ventured too far, got trapped and couldn’t get their legs out of the muck,” Manzanilla added.

Wild horses largely died out in North America at the end of the last ice age, and only returned during the Spanish invasion of the Americas, beginning with Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the West Indies in 1493 and continuing with the arrival of Hernan Cortes in Mexico in 1519.

A number of compelling finds are still being made at the site, including evidence that humans constructed tools from the bones of the massive creatures. The site lies roughly 12 miles from artificial pits or shallow mammoth traps dug by early inhabitants to trap and kill the creatures.

The flint arrows, spears, and rudimentary shallow water pits suggest that early humans may have also played a role in wiping out the lumbering beasts.

“What caused these animals’ extinction, everywhere there is a debate, whether it was climate change or the presence of humans. I think in the end the decision will be that there was a synergy effect between climate change and human presence,” paleontologist Joaquin Arroyo Cabrales told Associated Press.

However, the pure volume of mammoth remains unearthed – comprised of extraordinarily well-preserved skeletons including their long and curling tusks – is what has come as a shock.

“We had the idea that we’d find mammoth remains, but not this many,” Manzanilla said.

The sheer glut of mammoth remains at the Santa Lucía site is such that INAH observers are now accompanying construction workers using bulldozers to make sure that work halts when bones are found.

Manzanilla is confident that when the excavations are complete, the site will likely rank higher than similar sites in the United States and Siberia as the largest deposit of mammoth skeletons.

A museum-style mammoth exhibit is also being planned for the main terminal of the new commercial airport.

The Valley of Mexico was once a verdant and lush region rich in biodiversity that teemed with interconnected lakes and countless rivers. In 1325, the Aztecs or Tenochcas began building what would later become the major metropolis of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City, on a rock in Lake Texcoco.

However, in the 1600s the Spanish colonizers began draining the lakes in a bid to rein in annual floods and accompanying disease resulting from the region’s torrential rain seasons.

In the 20th century, local authorities continued to pave over the 45 rivers that still cut through the growing city. The process of urbanization transformed Mexico City into a dry, dusty, and smoggy region teeming with busy roads and working-class neighborhoods.

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