Psychedelika: A personal account of 3 Psychedelic medicines

When I think about the impact that psychedelics have had on my life, it’s difficult to overstate their significance. What started out as a relatively innocent curiosity into minutely perturbing my consciousness 7 years ago has led to an unimaginable unfolding of eye-opening events. My journey with psychedelic experiences began with cannabis while I was … Continue Reading

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Neurodiversity in Modern Times

My son, Michael, was diagnosed with autism when he was 17 years old.  For years, I had that nagging feeling that something wasn’t quite right, but I didn’t know who to go to with my concerns.  Michael used to come home from school every day and draw a map of the state of Minnesota by memory.  … Continue Reading

dementia: The human being; the particulars

What is dementia? What are the causes? Alzheimer’s is one of many types of brain diseases which have in common progressive difficulties in brain functioning: memory, judgment, planning. While we can describe dementia under the microscope, how it actually occurs is largely unknown. Scientists study how accelerated aging in dementia is associated with substances (such … Continue Reading

reflections from the underground, part 2

Addiction; Predator and Prey When an eagle seizes a salmon too heavy to carry yet its talons cannot release it, they both plummet. The predator becomes prey of the sea. My dearest friend lost her 39 year old son in this epidemic of poisonings with the contaminant Fentanyl. He was addicted to heroin; with compulsions, lack … Continue Reading

Virtual Reality to help with Grief and Anxiety

Grief. Anxiety. Main ingredients in the cuisine of human suffering. How much of our collective energy is focused on eliminating or understanding these primary fears? Scientists, thinkers, artists, healers, and anyone seeking to better understand these shadow parts of our psyche have offered innumerable ideas, songs, medicines, and rituals in an attempt to solve, or … Continue Reading

Changing the Language of Mental Health

Outcast. Bi-Polar. Crazy. Schizo. Anti-social. Disabled. Broken. Delusional.  Words.  How powerful. And equally sinister. It’s no wonder that we call the act of constructing words SPELL-ing. Language is truly a spell – an incantation that controls virtually every aspect of life, from media to politics to everyday interactions.  The world of mental health is no … Continue Reading

Addiction to Pleasure

Pleasure.  How tricky has our relationship to this basic human drive become?  Wikipedia defines pleasure as “…a broad class of mental states that humans and other animals experience as positive, enjoyable, or worth seeking.” Merriam-Webster offers a simpler  perspective: “A state of gratification.” Since time immemorial, people have largely misunderstood this primal drive, especially its … Continue Reading

The Wisdom of Pain

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”  -Washington Irving    Hello family. Long time no speak. I pray you’ve been well and that life has … Continue Reading

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