Spirit

All Entheogens Welcome at this Post-Modern Oakland Church

Members of Sacred Garden Church follow a “faith of least dogma,” but must be open to the possibility that psychedelics provide access to the divine.

What Mainstream Churches Can Learn from an Ayahuasca Church

Religious studies scholar William Barnard describes the Brazilian ayahuasca church, Santo Daime, as a modern mystery school in his book, Liquid Light.

A Legal Ayahuasca Church Thrives in Southern California

The church, called The Flower of the Divine Mother, offers a glimpse of what religious use of psychedelics could look like in the future.

A Santo Daime Church’s Legal Success Paved a Path Towards Psychedelic Legalization

The saga of the Oregon-based medicine church’s legal case set a precedent for the state’s current implementation of Measure 109 as psychedelics gain mainstream acceptance.

What Nitrous Oxide Showed The Father of American Psychology

David Yaden, whose new book continues the legacy of William James’s work on spiritual experiences, talks about James’s mystical encounter with nitrous oxide and what he would think of today’s psychedelic revival.

Chaplains Are Learning to Become Psychedelic Guides

A robust conversation has begun about preparing trained chaplains to support people on their journeys.

Pioneering Clergy of Diverse Religions Embrace Psychedelics

Some religious leaders are finding psychedelics a valuable way to have mystical experiences within the traditions of their faiths.

Survey Suggests Psychedelics are Linked to Neo-Shamanistic Beliefs

A recent survey about life-changing psychedelic experiences put out by Johns Hopkins confirmed something that many psychonauts have come to believe – that plants and the rest of the natural word are trying to tell us something.

The Faux Shamanism of Jake “Angeli” Chansley

The “QAnon Shaman,” who offered to testify against Trump at this week’s impeachment hearings, fancies himself a shamanic trickster. But shamanic authorities and practitioners like Dennis McKenna see him as a huckster and a clown.

What the Psychedelic Renaissance Could Learn from Amazonian Shamans

Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin hosts Colombian shaman Don Fernando for a discussion at UC Berkeley on the explosion of traditional plant medicines into Western society, and concerns around the inclusion of indigenous voices.