RULERS OF EVIL by F. Tupper Saussy

“The only new thing in this world is the history you don’t know.”

Rulers of Evil Introduction: (Rulers of Evil by F. Tupper Saussy)

Rulers of Evil Preface
THE ONLY PEOPLE in the world, it seems, who believe in the conspiracy theory of history are those of us who have studied it. While Franklin D. Roosevelt might have exaggerated when he said “Nothing happens in politics by accident; if it happens, it was planned that way,” Carroll Quigley – Bill Clinton’s favorite professor at Georgetown University – boldly admitted in his Tragedy & Hope ( 1 9 6 6 ) that (a) the multitudes were already under the control of a small but powerful group bent on world domination and (b) Quigley himself was a part of that group.

Internet conspiracy sites strive to identify the conspiratorial factions. We get pieces here and pieces there. The world is run by Freemasons, some say. Other say Skull & Bones, and a loose confederation of secret societies. C I A gets lots of votes, along with Mossad (though I suspect these factions are merely tools) and, of course, “the British.” A major frontrunner is the International Banking Cartel. When Victor Marsden published The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in 1 9 0 6, which purported to be a Jewish plan to take over the world, Jewish writers denied responsibility, charging a Catholic plot to defame Jewry. Whose side was Marsden on? You can get so deep into conspiracies that the suspects start canceling each other out. It can become frustrating.

I’m happy to report that F. Tupper Saussy has come to our emotional rescue. During his ten years as a fugitive from the Department of Justice (convicted of a crime that cannot be found in the lawbooks), Saussy occupied himself with an investigation into the powers that be. It was an investigation the likes of which, as far as I know, has never before been undertaken. The fruit of his amazing legwork is Rulers of Evil, a powerful book that in less loving hands might have been angry and judgmental.

Saussy’s thesis: There is indeed a small group that runs the world, but we can’t call it a conspiracy because it identifies itself with signs, mottoes, and monuments. Signs, mottoes, and monuments? you ask. Quick: what occupies the highest point on the U.S. Capitol building? It’s probably the most oft-published statue on earth, and you can’t name it? As long as you don’t know whose feet are firmly planted atop your country’s legislative center, or how she got there, or whence she came, the group that controls America remains invisible. Once you know these things, the fog begins lifting.

Saussy has analyzed hundreds of signatory clues left by the true rulers of the world, clues that we have perhaps been trained to ignore. He’s traced them to their origins, and matched them to facts of history going back six thousand years – all balanced against the most reliable human reference work there is, the Bible. The result: an unavoidable touchstone for all future works on the subject.

Rulers of Evil is an indispensable study book that you’ll probably deface from cover to cover with highlighting. By all means keep it on your lower library shelf, within close reach of inquisitive children.

— Pat Shannon
Journalist-at-Large, MEDIA BYPASS

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++ The Jesuits and Tupper Saussy   by Jon Rappoport


“It is impossible for anyone to start understanding what he thinks he already knows.”

Epictetus … Greek philosopher

The Spiritual Golden Rule

art by Tatiana Plakhova

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Warning! Before proceeding to review this article further, understand, you are about to be exposed to information that the majority of the gaggle you know may not be ready for. If you are sheepish or fidgety like a chicken, move along. If you are a believer and not a seeker, do not read this. This article is for seekers, not believers.

Now — here is the ‘death sentence’, a sentence the likes of which has gotten people killed for millennia: There is no God as monotheistic religious systems put forth. Apparently, most people who utter it are killed right as they say ‘there is no God…’ and they do not finish the sentence, as monotheists only seem to hear the first half.

There is the potential that any monotheistic interpretation of God is correct, but there is not only that potential, for God is limitless. Limitlessness cannot be limited to just one human interpretation, idea or religious construct. However monotheism limits the concept of “God” to a certain quantity with specific qualities, boundaries and definitions.

Monotheism also breaks the ‘Golden Rule’ — which is, essentially, do no harm to others and treat others mutually respectfully and compassionately. This rule extends to allowing others to pursue their spirituality however they see fit. Dictating how others proceed breaks that rule. We all can climb to the mountaintop using our own route. Your own spiritual path is your own path, only. Dictating otherwise through institutionalization and doctrine is harsh, and causes harshness.

In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the Prophets. — Matthew 7:12

God is Everything

There is no outside intelligent being watching over the entirety of creation. Rather, God is creation, creation is God. God is the intelligence inside of creation. God is the intelligence emanating from and underlying all creation, not an overseeing entity beyond creation. God is creation itself, here and beyond. God is the intelligence imbued in all of creation. God is everything, everywhere.

Everything is energy. The intelligence of God is energy, the most outstanding, loving, life-giving energy coursing through everything and all of us, uniting everything. This godliness, this holy wholeness, is expansive both inwardly and outwardly. God is energy both cosmic and atomic, here and now, but there is no God as monotheism most ardently puts forth — there is no detectable outside intelligence in charge, rather, there is intelligence and godliness in everything, charged.

God is the underlying, unifying, unspeakable intelligence that connects you to everything. God is not an outside entity, but the energy of holiness, wholeness, knowingness, lovingness, and expansion — the purity of entirety. Where monotheism bases itself on the concept of one God, outside creation, I believe God is infinite energy — it is creation. God is infinite, not finite.

That said, God is capable of Being in infinite forms in a singular moment, thus every speck of dust in the universe has a God — is God — as the Hindu traditions sometimes put forth. And thus, as the American Indian traditions variously put forth, everywhere has the potential to be the center of the universe, from heart to mountain. This fundamental understanding does not negate the concept of a supreme creator God consciousness, and more importantly, highlights that many systems and organizations that claim to offer the path to God do not actually operate in line with godliness, and walk in the dark rather than the light — in stagnation, disconnection and limitation instead of amplification, connection and limitlessness.

Of course, I could be totally wrong about this. God is limitless and timeless, like energy, and beyond our understanding, and there very well might exist the exact same figure monotheists believe in as “God”. Indeed, I don’t know. What I do know is that limiting God to one form or interpretation ensures that the interpretation will likely be wrong, and as history has proven, potentiates that the interpretation will be used for wrong — to institutionalize and therefore co-opt the individual relationship with God. 

If you believe that you know God, you really do not. If you seek to know you as God, you really might!

The Spiritual Golden Rule: Thou shall not force spirituality, religion, or dogma on others. Treat all pathways to the peak of enlightenment with kindness, so long as they also practice The Golden Rule.  

“Love the world as your own self, then you can truly care for all things. Look, it cannot be seen, it is beyond form. Listen, it cannot be heard, it is beyond sound. Grasp, it cannot be held. It is intangible. These three are indefinable. Therefore they are joined in one. From above, it is not bright, from below it is not dark, an unbroken thread beyond description. It returns to nothingness. The form of the formless, the image of the imageless, it is called indefinable and beyond imagination. Stand before it, and there is no beginning. Follow it, and there is no end. Stay with the ancient Tao. Move with the present. Knowing the ancient beginning, is the essence of Tao.” ~ Tao Te Ching, Lao Te Zu

The Metaphysics of Monotheism

Believers stop seeking. This book is for seekers, not believers.

Ethan Indigo Smith’s latest work, ‘The Metaphysics of Monotheism’, is a thought-provoking exploration of God, spirituality, monotheism and the occult, and reveals just how monotheism, through religious conditioning, turns seekers into believers, preventing the spiritual individual from continuing their personal spiritual development.

‘The Metaphysics of Monotheism’ is available on Amazon.

About the author:

Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity, humanity and justice, Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.

You can connect with Ethan on Facebook, check out his author page on Amazon, or visit his new websites, Geometry Of Energy and Meditation 108, where Ethan offers lessons on individuation, meditation, the conceptualization of energy, and the metaphysical significance of 108.



Expert says Humans are Aliens—and we were brought to Earth hundreds of thousands of years ago


What if  Humans are the aliens we’ve been looking for all along? According to experts, humans were most likely crossbred with another species, perhaps from the star system Alpha Centauri –which is one of the closest solar systems to Earth—in the distant past, giving birth to modern humans.

Tell Al-Uhaymir modern day Iraq, where the ancient Sumerian city of Kish used to be, archaeologists found one of the oldest ancient documents on the planet, the tablet of Kish which is believed to date back to the year 3500 BC.

The Sumerian king list states that Kish was the first city to have kings following the deluge, beginning with Jushur. Jushur’s successor is called Kullassina-bel, but this is actually a sentence in Akkadian meaning “All of them were lord”. Thus, some scholars have suggested that this may have been intended to signify the absence of a central authority in Kish for a time.

This ancient document is believed to precede the cuneiform writing of the Sumerians, and the Egyptian hieroglyphs for almost one hundred years.

Developing the ability to express thoughts through written language is one of the first ways in which man differed from the animal kingdom.

Five thousand years since, humans have developed electricity, divided the atom, developed computers, and led man to the moon. We have achieved things that other species have still not.

No other species on earth can attributure such unique achievements in such a short period of time. Interestingly, compared to other species of the earth, our ‘evolution’ is relatively short.

It has been a short period of time, most likely a few million years since the first hominid walked on Earth. Precisely this is one of the biggest scientific questions of all times: Why have only our species emerged to this truly advanced technological intelligence?

Evidently,  there is nothing more advanced than humans on planet Earth.

While there are different ‘intelligent’ species on Earth, none of them makes use of technology like us.

Just imagine for a second, if for some reason, mankind had to return to the jungle, and survive there. Many experts agree that most of them would not survive for a very long period of time.

Many scientists agree that humans, in addition to their intelligence, are not very capable to occupy a wide range of environments. In other words, we are very limited when it comes to our planet.

In addition to our fascinating intelligence, biologists have also noticed contrasts between human physiology and that of other animals on earth. Many scientists agree that compared to other species on earth, humans are rather strange. For example, a baby horse when born, is able to walk and function almost independently, but this a human baby can not do, which makes us quite helpless. In other words, we are born before being neurologically ready for life.

Many researchers agree that there are many vulnerabilities that accompany our intelligence.

Humans on earth eventually became bipeds, which freed up our superior extremities allowing us to manipulate objects, create tools and much more. But for all this, experts believe that our species has paid an expensive price. Lumbar pain a sign that according to many experts could tell us a lot about our species. Curiously, other animals on Earth do NOT have this problem. It’s as if only humans are affected by some of these problems.

So what does all of this mean? According to one expert, it means that we are the aliens we’ve we been looking for all along.

A new theory proposed by Dr. Ellis Silver states that there are several tell-tale signs present in the human race that suggest human beings did not evolve ALONGSIDE other lifeforms on Earth.

The book called ‘Humans are not from Earth: a scientific evaluation of the evidence’ is basically a resume of theories for and mostly against man’s evolution on Earth. In the book, leading environmentalist and ecologist Dr. Ellis Silver goes through an evaluation of thirteen leading hypothesis and seventeen factors which suggest HUMANS ARE NOT FROM EARTH.

Mankind is supposedly the most highly developed species on the planet, yet is surprisingly unsuited and ill-equipped for Earth’s environment: harmed by sunlight, a strong dislike for naturally occurring foods, ridiculously high rates of chronic disease, and more said Dr. Ellis in an interview.

According to Dr. Ellis, humans might suffer from back pain because our species initially evolved on another planet with a lower gravity, adding to the mysteries, Dr. Ellis also indicates that it is strange that newborns have large heads and make it difficult for mothers to give birth, which can result in fatalities for both mother and child.

So where do we come from? According to Dr. Ellis, Neanderthals were most likely crossbred with another species, perhaps from the star system Alpha Centauri –which is one of the closest solar systems to Earth— in the distant past, giving birth to modern humans.

According to Dr. Ellis, there are millions of people around the globe who ‘feel’ that they do not belong on Earth.

Dr. Ellis explains: “This suggests (to me at least) that mankind may have evolved on a different planet, and we may have been brought here as a highly developed species. One reason for this … is that the Earth might be a prison planet since we seem to be a naturally violent species and we’re here until we learn to behave ourselves.”

Dr. Ellis concludes that mankind did not evolve from that particular strain of life, but evolved elsewhere and was transported to Earth (as fully evolved Homo sapiens) between 60,000 and 200,000 years ago.

Furthermore, as noted by Robert Sepher, according to modern DNA sequencing, it is demonstrated that humanity as we know it, isn’t just ONE single ‘race’ that descended from the same ancestor in Africa, but a hybridized species, with a far more enigmatic truth behind it all.

Many questions have been raised in the discussion about Rh negative blood. If mankind did, in fact, evolve from a mutual ancient African ancestor, theories state that everyone’s blood would be compatible, but regrettably, this is not the case. This raises numerous questions that science alone has not been able to fully answer. Where did Rh negative blood come from? And why is it that a Rh negative mother carrying Rh positive children tries rejecting her own offspring? Is it possible that this can be explained by a rather controversial theory? A theory which suggests that humanity isn’t in fact one race, but a hybridized species.

The book was written by Robert Sepehr, Species with Amnesia: Our Forbidden History tells us more about the enigmatic blood type Rh-negative. Not only does Species with Amnesia suggest mankind is, in fact, a hybridized species, the author suggests that highly advanced civilizations have been on Earth before us, just to be destroyed by some great global catastrophe, as mysteriously, history tells us.

Sepehr argues that for each race that has died out, another has taken its place, with a selected few holding on to the memories and sacred knowledge of the past race. In our vanity, we think we have discovered some of the great truths of science and technology, but we are in fact only just beginning to rediscover the profound wisdom of past civilizations. In many ways, we are like an awakening Species with Amnesia, yearning to reclaim our forgotten past. –

The Basque people of Spain and France have the highest percentage of Rh negative blood. About 30% have (rr) Rh negative and about 60% carry one (r) negative gene.

“There are 612 primate species and subspecies recognized by the international Union for Conversation of Nature (IUCN), and not one has Rh negative blood”. – Robert Sepehr, Species with Amnesia: Our Forbidden History



Expert says Humans are Aliens—and we were brought to Earth hundreds of thousands of years ago

DNA as a Fractal Torsion Antenna and Activating it with Holistic Health ~ Jordan Sather


A video on the geometries of DNA, our nature as beings of light and how to best keep our DNA healthy and “activated” with holistic health concepts.

ABC Science: “Language in junk DNA” –
GW Hardin on DNA as a fractal –
Viewzone: “Is DNA The Next Internet?” –
in5d: “97 Percent of Our DNA Has A Higher Purpose And Is Not ‘Junk’ As Labeled By Scientists” –

Calling The Others

art by Benedigital

Visuals by: | Music by:

A companion video to the song “Calling The Others” by Anilah. Including motion graphics and artwork by Simon Haiduk, as well as an art feature by David Heskin.
These artists often create with an emphasis on exploring the relationship of sound and light to activate metaphysical aspects of our being, as well as an attempt to represent our connection to Earth and the energy of spirit that connects us all.

artists websites:

Woman Dies and Comes Back To Life With This Incredible Message For Humanity

Anita Moorjani had terminal cancer and fell into a coma, doctors gave her just a few hours to live…

Her story is one that echoes a similar experience many are having all over the world.

During the coma, Anita talks about experiencing and understanding of why she got cancer in the first place.

She also had great clarity and understanding of her life and purpose here on earth. She sensed some of her loved ones who had already passed.

They were communicating with here and guiding her.

She was given a choice of whether to return to life or not and chose to return to life when she realized that “heaven” is a state and not a place.

This subsequently resulted in a remarkable and complete recovery of her health.

Anita’s riveting talk will inspire you to transform your life by living more authentically, discovering your greatest passions, transcending your deepest fears, and living from a place of pure joy!

Her true story will radically alter your current beliefs about yourself, your purpose on earth, your health, your relationships, and your life!

In this new TED Talk Anita shares her unbelievable story.



Woman Dies and Comes Back To Life With This Incredible Message For Humanity

Hacking the Tripping Mind: A Fantastic Voyage Through Inner Space


Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us.


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Almost fifty years ago, ex-Harvard professor Timothy Leary and his colleagues penned an essay titled “On Programming Psychedelic Experiences.

Essentially, the article served as a field manual for navigating awareness during altered states of consciousness, a kind of map to help orient and manage subjectivity, a voyage chart to focus the attention of a tripping mind.


The basic premise was that if you could carefully curate the environment, and then pattern, sequence, and control the set of stimuli that individuals would be exposed to while under the influence of a mind-altering chemical or plant, you could orient awareness towards useful spaces of mind. You could, for example, willingly induce positive and cathartic, transformational experiences.

Psychedelic plants have been ingested in all kinds of sacred rituals, by all kinds of cultures, for millennia, and yet remain largely misunderstood by the mainstream today.

While their effects can vary, there seems to be consensus that these substances evoke a period of increased reactivity or sensitivity to the flood of sense impressions coming in.  Darwin’s Pharmacy author, Professor Richard Doyle, following psychologist Stanislav Grof, calls psychedelics non-specific amplifiers of consciousness whose effects are “extraordinarily sensitive to the initial rhetorical conditions” in which we take them.

What this means, as Leary explains, is that the subjective effects of psychedelics and marijuana are “user-constructed,” in that the initial conditions of the experience, both environmental and psychological, feedback into the subjective experience of the trip itself. Leary condensed this feedback effect in the notion of “set and setting,” which has remained a widely accepted heuristic by psychedelic explorers for fifty years.

“There is no drug effect by itself,” says Techgnosis author, media theorist and psychonaut Erik Davis—psychedelics “simply reflect and amplify beliefs and patterns of meaning already woven into the user’s intentional ‘set’ and environmental ‘setting’…endlessly reverberating feedback loops of mind, cultural context, and compound.”

Psychedelic researcher and professor Richard Doyle expands on this idea: “It gets curiouser and curiouser… for it is also the case that the language we use to describe an experience becomes part of the experience. So our description feeds back onto the experience itself.”  In other words, even the words we use to map and make sense of our experience, actually change our experience, in an infinite recursive feedback loop.


Doyle calls psychedelics “information technologies” that work through the capture and management of attention. By managing attention, you manage the overall field of awareness, and thus you can influence your perception of reality.

Erik Davis also says that drugs are like media technologies. Just as different media provide different ratios of sensation that can be designed to create different experiences, so can the internal mediation provided by these psychedelic “tools” be “programmed.”

He writes: “In order to successfully boot up these new semiotic universes within a users’ consciousness, the media technology must directly engage the machinery of human perception…It is a matter of directly engaging…the underlying technical ‘material’ of subjectivity itself.”

Again. When we speak about subjectivity we speak about attention. Attention is the hinge between conscious control and the patterns of reactivity that have already been set up by the psychological system or the environment (the now ubiquitous set and setting).

Attention is at the center of consciousness.

Author and psychedelic explorer Diana Slattery has written that the capture and control of attention is “a necessary condition for any interpersonal persuasion, education, or entertainment to occur.”

“Attention,” wrote Darwin, “if sudden and close, graduates into surprise; and this into astonishment; and this into stupefied amazement.”

Control attention, control consciousness.

Again, the way that these psychedelic substances mediate awareness and attention means that the environment and context end up informing the nature of the experience: The increased suggestibility of the user makes the set and setting crucial and delicate— and thus should be choreographed beforehand and planned accordingly.

This focus is crucial not just to altered states of consciousness but also to ordinary consciousness, and by working on attention through techniques such as mindfulness and self-inquiry, we can alter not only psychedelic experience, but experience itself!

We can untangle ourselves from our maps, we can decouple our minds from reflexive patterns, and create new patterns.


So here’s what we have so far:

A) Psychedelic experiences are extremely sensitive to the context (ie: set and setting) in which we experience them.

B) We can program these experiences by intentionally curating the “set” and “setting” in which we ingest them.

C) Appreciating just how profoundly this sensitivity to set and setting can shape the texture (and “reality”) of a psychedelic experience, can give us insight into the nature of how “design” affects the mind, even in a non-psychedelic state.

We are talking about feedback loops between mind and “world.”

Anne-Marie Willis calls the pervasive, mind-sculpting nature of these loops, (and of design in general), “Ontological Design.” The concept is fairly simple but the feedback loops are all-encompassing: essentially all of the things that we design and that surround us, from our language, to our dwellings, our cities, tools, aircrafts, bedrooms, kitchens, and religions, design us back. It all feeds back.

Design is pervasive: what we design is designing us.

Author Steven Johnson echoed the same idea: “Our thoughts shape our spaces and our spaces return the favor.” What we construct, what we architect, architects us in return.

Media theorist Marshall McLuhan: We build the tools and then they build us.

Here it is again: We are being designed by that which we have designed.


The question is whether we are aware that this is happening. The truth is we are likely not paying attention. What psychedelics can do, then, says Rich Doyle, is they can make us aware of these “feedback loops between our creative choices—and our consciousness.” And thus of “the tremendous freedom we have in creating our own experience.”

Leary called this “internal freedom.”

Again: Using psychedelics to aid in both perceiving and understanding the effects of language, music, architecture, and culture on our consciousness, can offer an awareness of the degree to which we have the “ability to affect our own consciousness through our linguistic and creative choices.”

We learn how our choices determine our fate.

I design therefore I become.


Because Psychedelics heighten perception almost immediately, users quickly shake off the deadening effects of habit.

Users may also temporarily lose their inhibitions as well as their ability to filter out or ignore certain stimuli, finding themselves extremely open to novel perceptions that may lead to unexpected observations, connections, serendipities, insights, and epiphanies.

Properly setting the environment of the “tripper” therefore, can serve as a modulator for those insights.

Pay attention to this notion because understanding this point is crucial to the entire argument of programming these experiences: the extreme “suggestibility” and “openness” of the user during a psychedelic state means that one’s measured choices of “set and setting” could be utterly transformational, and might include, for example, using the crescendo of a Hans Zimmer soundtrack to make the user understand the nature of being, or bringing the user’s attention to a specific Dali painting might convey the entirety of the human condition, or reading lyrics from a Pablo Neruda poem could utterly shatter and reconstitute that person’s entire worldview on love.

A walk down San Francisco’s Land’s End hiking trail, at sunset, listening to the Interstellar score might become the single most meaningful moment of that person’s life—and end up leading to life-altering shifts. Try to imagine the insights from 10 years of deep psychotherapeutic practice compressed into a single moment of “naked unmuddled meaning.”

The idea is that one can literally steer” awareness towards transformative encounters and ecstatic revelations. There have been accounts of how a single Ketamine trip will cure even the most extreme cases of depression.

This suggests that through the careful use of these substances, informed by scientific, medical, and shamanic knowledge, our stubborn defense-mechanisms, and our thick-skinned ego-identity, is dissolved, enabling a meta programming of the software of our being. Writer, physician, neuroscientist and philosopher John Lilly called it “Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer”.  Mindware upgrades. The implications are unprecedented.


Administering psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) or high grade marijuana before watching an IMAX film of deep space could be experientially akin to writer Ross Andersen’s virtuosic description of the Hubble Space telescope’s deep field images: blasting open “new tunnels between the mind and The Other” by “mainlining space and time through the optic nerve,” an encounter that Anderson describes as “nothing less than an ontological awakening…a forceful reckoning with what is.”

A psychedelically-tuned mind might see jaw dropping images of the universe and somehow “distill the difficult abstractions of astrophysics as singular expressions of color and light, vindicating Keats’s famous couplet: beauty is truth, truth beauty.”

We can imagine all sorts of novel coming-of-age rituals designed for transformation, psychedelic educational experiments, and even entertainment possibilities that push the envelope of experience.


In his book on shamanism, the historian of religion Mircea Eliade described various “techniques of ecstasy” that essentially helped mediate our encounters with the sacred. Though Eliade was critical of and misinformed about psychedelics, numerous scholars make the case that the origins of many of the world’s religions are richly embedded in the ritualized use of these sacraments, along with other techniques of ecstasy such as chanting, fasting, drumming, dance and meditation, all of which can act as passports to the numinous.

Today we are seeing a renaissance in the study of these plants and chemicals.

Organizations like MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) are working with researchers and governments to investigate the therapeutic potential of medicines such as MDMA, or Ecstasy, which is being used to alleviate such psychological problems as PTSD, Depression, and many other ailments. The results have been staggering.

Johns Hopkins University recently administered psilocybin, the active chemical in magic mushrooms, to patients dealing with terminal illness. The effects seemed to reconfigure their entire perception of death, giving them peace.

Much like riding a rocket ship into orbit will shift an astronaut’s perspective so dramatically that he or she may experience the often reported “Overview Effect,” a sort of techno-scientific spiritual awakening—the effect of which can utterly transfigure their psychological point of view—so too do psychedelics seem to trigger an analogous change in perspective, a kind of “orbital position,” that changes our sense of the big picture, and that can be as significant and profound as an orbital flight.


Although not usually included in the same category as LSD and psilocybin, Marijuana “fuses cognition and dream” and idealizes or “archetypilizes” perception, wrote author David Lenson, and is perhaps the most popular of what Doyle calls “ecodelics,” mild enough that most users seem to be able to manage the experience without much difficulty.

“You know how it goes, this italicization of experience,” wrote Michael Pollan in The Botany of Desire; “…familiar music becomes sublime, food tastes better, sexual touch revelatory. There is a seemingly virginal noticing of the sensate world.” […] “the cannabinoids are molecules with the power to make romantics and transcendentalists of us all.”

David Lenson: “Every object stands more clearly for all of its class: a cup “looks like” the Platonic Idea of a cup, a landscape looks like a landscape painting, a hamburger stands for all the trillions of hamburgers ever served, and so forth,” he writes.

“This dialectical pattern of reconcilable estrangement—experiencing first a new distance and then a new relationship that closes that distance—is central to cannabis. This applies perfectly to the aesthete who smokes pot before going to the Guggenheim.”

Today, America has hit a tipping point in its mainstream acceptance of marijuana as both a medicine as well as a recreational pastime.

Here too, we are seeing focus being placed on what we might call the curation of experience, with a particular premium placed on set and setting. Because marijuana consciousness is (like all ecodelics) so sensitive to the context in which we ingest it, it is no surprise that states like Colorado are seeing the emergence of a high-end pot culture: curated dinner parties, specialty concerts, and other discerning cultural events carefully designed with cannabis intoxication in mind are opening up a blank canvas for “experience design” that works in concert with the sensibilities of marijuana intoxication.

Cannabis, like other mind-altering plants and chemicals, creates what Doyle calls “infinite resonance with set and setting” so that both the expectation of the user, and his associations, will respond to the context in which he or she partake in the drug.

By changing the cultural context in which marijuana is used, you change the very nature of the marijuana high itself.

Flow Kana is a new medicinal cannabis delivery startup in the San Francisco Bay Area that wants to change the relationship between the patient and her cannabis medicine. Everything from the design of the web app, to the user-experience, to the aesthetic framing in which the patient interfaces with the transaction itself, has been designed for a particular experience, that is, to elicit a particular flavor of consciousness.

Flow Kana also serves as the first farm-to-table model in the industry, according to its founder Michael Steinmetz. By connecting patients directly to farmers, Steinmetz aims to re-contextualize the entire relationship between the patient and his medicine, and in doing so, perhaps impact even the nature of the medicine’s effects.                                                           


But what about recreational users who don’t suffer from a particular affliction? As legalization momentum continues to spread, what new cognitive thrills await the inner-space community?

David Lenson: “A positive drug experience can confirm the collaborative model of consciousness, since the user relates to objects not as if they were dialectically opposed to his or her own subjectivity, but as if they were co-contributors to the creation of the world.”

This change in perception creates all kinds of creative, theatrical possibilities and subjectivities. Entire new ways to program and design experience emerge.

Immersive experiences designed for turned-on brains, such as guided hikes with carefully curated soundtracks and soundscapes, could offer “cognitive ecstasy” on- demand: A Joseph Campbell-esque, artfully constructed Hero’s Journey of self- discovery and illumination could become a premium commodity, like a Spa for the mind, and could be designed to deliver cognitive effects that would do for our spirit what five-star spas do for our bodies.

We could see the rise of boutique movie theaters with vaporizing rooms for filmgoers to prime their brains with cannabis for enhanced cinematic immersion.

Interactive theater experiments, like Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, could encourage participants to smoke some marijuana before the show, rather than have a cocktail. The overwhelming sense of presence and subjective intensity that would ensue will surely jolt jaded theater goers from feeling like “they’ve seen everything before,” into feeling a bit like Alice, tumbling down the rabbit hole.

The possibilities for new “cognitive roller-coasters” are limitless.

And this raises the issue of what legal theorist Richard Glen Boire calls “cognitive liberty.”

Beyond the therapeutic and medicinal potential of these cognitive tools for those suffering from a host of maladies, shouldn’t we all have the freedom to probe the perimeters of our minds, to mediate our own ecstasies, in safe, controlled settings?

Haven’t our greatest innovations, our greatest adventures as a species come about thanks to individuals who dared to think differently?

It has been written that “reality is tightly coupled to perception”—change perception, and change reality.

David Lenson wrote: “Drugs may encourage the idealist notion that by changing the way perception is received and processed, an individual can actually change the world…in the ‘60s Jerry Rubin said “every time I smoke a joint, it is a revolutionary act”

I believe we need to reframe the way we think of drugs. We need a new story. A new conversation.


Moving beyond the psychedelic experience there is the question of integration, the takeaway so to speak. We’ve gotten the message, processed the insights, and now what? Many artists, musicians and elite athletes who have found their way, (with our without psychedelics), talk about “the flow state,” a kind of super-focused “zone” associated with extreme virtuosity, creativity, and “no-mind”; a state of ultimate performance where passion and skill meets the opportunity to express itself. This highly-sought after modality is as elusive as you might expect, yet recent advances in our understanding of the chemistry of lived experience are allowing us to peek beneath the lid, so to speak.

Rise of Superman author Steven Kotler and his partner Jamie Wheal co-founded the Flow Genome Project which is working with Fortune 500 companies to teach employees to get into Theta-wave brain states, typical of meditating monks, achieving nondual states and supercharging their focus and subjectivity. They say that flow states silence “our inner critic,” allowing us to get out of our own way and transcend our self-imposed limitations, dubbed by author Gary Weber the “happiness beyond thought.”

In his recent TEDx talk Altered States to Altered Traits: Hacking Your Flow State,” Jamie Wheal says that our self-systems are like colanders, constantly emptying, and we can’t seem to sustain these flow states. He says, “It’s easier than ever to get high and it’s as hard as it’s always been to stay that way…we get hooked on the state instead of raising the stage.”

Practices of mindfulness such as meditation, curating our environment, and self-inquiry are the next step for many to “raise their stage,” but the Flow Genome Project brings a technological focus to states of flow. By leveraging the latest brain-mapping technologies and insights into neurochemistry and behavior, Kotler and Wheal have a developed a program to supercharge flow states and decipher the science of human performance.

Transhumanist Philosopher David Pearce says we shouldn’t stop there. He advocates for the development of a cocktail of psycho-pharmaceutical technologies, brain drugs, that build and improve upon psychedelics and performance enhancing drugs. Cannabis breeders such as DJ Short might add that they have been working on this cocktail for some time. Pearce’s online treatise, The Hedonistic Imperative, calls for the use of such bio and nano-technologies to upgrade our Darwinian brains and usher in a new kind of consciousness: “gradients of bliss” inconceivable to us except in the briefest of mystical epiphanies.

Bring it on.