“Magic” Psilocybin Mushrooms May Treat Depression

Magic Mushroom

“Magic” mushrooms and their active ingredient, psilocybin, may treat symptoms of depression, British scientists suggest. The research was posted in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal after one of the first studies done since the 1960’s.

“One of the parts of the brain that is markedly switched off [with psilocybin] is the anterior cingulate cortex, which is particularly overactive in people with depression,” said David Nutt, professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, London. Some researchers “put electrodes in that part of the brain to switch it off. It would be a lot simpler and safer to use psilocybin instead of electrodes.”

This study was very basic, but I think it merits further research. Psilocybin is labeled as a Schedule I Drug in the United States meaning that it has highly addictive qualities, no accepted medical value, and no safe method of conducting scientific research.

With the medical properties of marijuana becoming apparent to the public, it may facilitate open dialogue on these other potentially helpful and healing substances.

 

Why Do We Explore Space?

This short energetic video by Jason Silva asks the question, “Why do we explore space?”.  Silva among others believe that it is our desire to expand our consciousness. By seeking new horizons we develop new expectations of what the world is and what it can be.

I feel as we explore into the far reaches of the universe, we’re also delving deeper into ourselves. We’re questioning where we came from, what our future holds, and the laws that govern what lies in-between.

When we keep pushing beyond all limits, when we get to Kubrick’s “Beyond the Infinite”, the place where dreams are born…through the wormhole, down the rabbit hole… It’s glorious!

I like these shots of awe because they are short, energetic, positive jolts of futuristic philosophy. They’re a way to experience awe in compact form, and best of all it’s easy to share with others. I Hope you enjoyed.

When we dream of space, we dream of transcendence, we dream of what we might become.

A Brief Moment of Wonder

Universe is You

“When I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us” – Neil deGrasse Tyson on Universal Perspective.

The Real You

I’m more and more entranced by this video with each view. Alan Watts discusses what it is to find oneself and awaken to the universality of life.

You are something the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something the whole ocean is doing

I am you, you are me, they are all us… this is one of the messages conveyed in this post. Whether you believe that to its fullest extent like Alan Watts or not, there is a message that we can all benefit from.

Do good to others, when you are happy, share and spread the feeling, and let go of as much negativity as possible.

Jim Carrey on the Power of Thought and Positive Intent

A very introspective Jim Carrey speaks at  the 2009 Inaugural GATE Event (Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment) on how a drastic change of perspective taught him about the human connection, the power of thought, and positive intent.

I saw that I was bigger than what I do, I was bigger than my body. I was everything and everyone… I was no longer a fragment of the universe, I was the universe.

GATE is a group that basically wants everyone in the entertainment industry to go through a transformation similar to the one Jim Carrey went through. The purpose of this is to change the entertainment industry into projecting content that doesn’t make us think the world is a sick sad place.

Maybe one day it won’t be so depressing to watch the news.

the birth of the GATE movement, recognizing the role that entertainment and media plays in projecting our reality, and supporting the transformation of these industries in order to make those projections more positive and life enhancing.

How Do Our Thoughts Affect Reality?

This video talks about the observer effect in quantum mechanics. At the subatomic level it was noticed that matter, like light, can behave as a wave or as a particle. These electrons basically start as a wave, and then take form when looked upon or measured by a conscious observer.

We literally shape the reality around us and our thoughts help determine our daily paths. Duncan Trussell, a comedian and philosopher has said loosely that this correlates with the multiple universe theories. Where everything that can happen to you does actually happen in one of these universes, and by thinking about the future we want, we can manifest that reality into being.

So what do you think? How much do your intentions affect your world?

Happy Humpday and think positive!

Consciousness and Reality… The Power of Imagination



This is a mashup of content from Joe Rogan’s podcast The Joe Rogan Experience put together in YouTube video greatness by TheParadigmShift. Joe riffs on reality, conciousness, and the power of positivity in this mid to long(ish) video. I highly recommend it along with the podcast in general.

One of my favorite quotes from the video, “If you believe in things they have incredible power over you… both good and bad”