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Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

Posted in Pagan, Psychology, SCOD Thesis, Trips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2013 by Drogo

This powerful psychoactive drug is also called LSD-25, lysergide, and commonly ‘acid’. LSD is a psychedelic catalyst derived from the fungus ergot. It is well known for its extreme psychological effects. Affected mind functions include altered sensory perception and transcendental cognitive processes. Most of the effects LSD has on the mind, are still mysterious; despite years of scientific research and civilian recreational experimentation.

LSD is NOT addictive, does NOT physically ‘damage’ the brain, and is chemically NOT lethal (low toxicity). Despite those known facts, it is also true that the psychological reactions of LSD are unpredictable; but often include extreme amounts of anxiety, delusions, illusions, confusion, trances, and paranoia. So users of LSD should be warned in depth, and have therapy support resources before, during, and after LSD affects their system. Experiences on LSD are called ‘trips’, referring to how our mind can ‘travel’ in various ways, get ‘tripped-up’ (and fall afterwards), and how such shifting thoughts create and become adventures.

The first scientist to synthesize LSD was Albert Hofmann in 1938. Arthur Stoll discovered the chemical found in the grain-fungus ergot that grows on rye (grain / bread). In 1947 Sandoz Laboratories made and sold LSD as an industrial product called Delysid. In the 1950’s the CIA composed proposals and conducted programs involving LSD. The main CIA LSD research program was ‘MK-ULTRA’. CIA officials covertly gave the drug to many young American military soldiers and students; in attempts to discover chemical weapon and mind control applications. Within a few years LSD had gone ‘main-stream’, and was being used nation-wide ‘recreationally’ by the 1960’s popular counter-culture movements (hippies and other radicals). Main-stream political authorities were opposed to the mass protestors, and therefore banned the ‘consciousness-expanding’ drug LSD, “for their own good”. Now, it is currently still illegal to possess or sell LSD.

In pure form it is a clear, odorless, tasteless, solid; however it is usually transferred to paper, or administered as a liquid. LSD liquid is usually dripped onto ‘blotter’ paper, gelatin, or sugar cubes for consumption. Small drops are used because of the potency of small quantities. LSD affects 5-HT(2a) receptors in the brain.

Despite our linguistic lack of words, and the limits of those words, to describe mental or spiritual experiences; I will attempt to list and explain some of what is known by scientists and users alike. I have divided the subject of LSD effects into two main categories: sensory perception and cognitive reasoning. The two functions of ‘sensing’ and ‘thinking’ are obviously connected, but this deconstruction is meant to logically explore and understand what a human mind can go through, while on LSD. All LSD experiences depend on the user’s previous experiences, current state-of-mind, and environment; as well as dose strength of the drug. Timothy Leary spoke about the ‘set & setting’ of LSD use.

Sensory Effects: LSD can cause physical sensory (and nervous system) reactions such as visual ‘illusions’, pupil dilation, synesthesia, audio echoes, sound confusion, electro-magnetic sensitivity, time perception changes, appetite changes, wakefulness, numbness, weakness, nausea, temperature changes, hyperactivity, goose bumps, clenching, perspiration, hyper-reflexia, tremors, strong metallic taste, and heightened senses. The sensory effects of LSD are highly variable and often vague, some of which may be secondary to the psychological effects of LSD, the user, the environment, and other drugs. Time sense experience repeats, stops, slows, stretches, and quickens. Visual ‘illusions’ for LSD include: colors, tones, shades, patterns (textures), hallucinations, blurs (tracers), image replication, eidetic imagery, flight, floating, and many other optical deviations. Objects and surfaces appear to ripple, flow, breathe, change shape, change color qualities, and animate.

Cognitive Effects: LSD trips often have long-term psychological effects. It can cause significant changes in mental conditions, life goals, personality, social perspective, and universal consciousness. LSD affects thought in relation to memory, time, objects, senses, self identity (ego and personality), emotional feelings (moods), connectivity, and every other type of cognition. When LSD is taken ‘Doors of perception’ tend to open in the mind, allowing users to ‘look or move into another way of perceiving reality’. LSD works within the first hour of taking it, but lasts for an average of 12 hours. LSD is used as an ‘entheogen’ by psychedelic shamans and new-age ‘psychonauts’ for spiritual therapy. Higher doses often cause intense distortions of perception such as synesthesia, catatonic trances, distortions of space, temporal dimensions, and temporary dissociation. LSD is often helpful for intense therapeutic sessions like: pain reduction, anger management, aura cleansing, soul searching, inspiring creativity, enhancing imagination, self-awareness, pattern recognition, metaphysical sexuality, empathetic melding, and other forms of psycho-therapy.

 

Warning! If the user is in a hostile or otherwise unsettling environment, or is not mentally prepared for the powerful distortions in perception and thought that the drug causes, effects are more likely to be unpleasant; in contrast to a pleasant atmosphere in a comfortable environment with a relaxed, balanced, and open mind-set. This strong drug is illegal, but the US DEA makes false statements regarding it, just as they do with other illegal drugs. LSD may trigger panic attacks or feelings of extreme anxiety, colloquially referred to as a ‘bad trip’. No real prolonged effects have been proven; however, people with such conditions as schizophrenia and depression can worsen with LSD. CIA tests show that LSD does make people more susceptible to suggestion and interogation. LSD ‘flashbacks’ (intense deja-vu) can occur sometimes, from related ‘triggers’. Flashback triggers can be caused by other drugs, or just mentally (drug-free). Flashbacks can be as real as hallucinations recreating specific experiences, or simply vague feelings of recollection.

New clinical LSD experiments started in 2009 for the first time in 40 years. From 2008–2011 there has been ongoing research in Switzerland into using LSD to alleviate anxiety for terminally ill cancer patients coping with their impending deaths. Preliminary results from the study are promising, and no negative effects have been reported. The Beckley Foundation, MAPS, Heffter Research Institute, and the Albert Hofmann Foundation exist to fund, encourage and coordinate research into the medicinal and spiritual uses of LSD and related psychedelics. Thanks Wikipedia!

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Blackberry Cove Herbal Book

Posted in Book Reports, Food & Drink, Medical, Nature Studies, Organic Agriculture & Horticulture, Organic Gardens, Pagan, Trips, Walks with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2013 by Drogo

BLACKBERRY COVE HERBALS

West Virginia Wise-woman healing with wild herbs in the Appalachian Mountains; according to organic, rural folk-traditions.

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SCOD Summary of EARTHFORCE!

Posted in Book Reports, Environmentalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2013 by Drogo

Earthforce!

An Earth Warrior’s Guide to Strategy

From the First Edition by Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd (Whale Wars)

Summary by SCOD – Interpretation and Summary based on the book, as an independent review and to support environmentalism.

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Foreword by Dave Foreman

Acknowledgments, contributors

Introduction, Foundation: Path & Art Strategies

Spiritual foundation for Eco-Warriors

Life Continuum

Media Laws

Ecology Laws

Eco-Guerrilla Activist Laws (13 Chapters): Preparations, Confrontation, Fighting without Fighting, Tactics, Earthforce, Stealth & Unpredictability, Maneuvering, Center Maintenance, Field Confrontation, Terrain & Situation, 9 Situations, Fire Attack, Intelligence Agents

36 Strategies

After words, bibliography

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SUMMARY

Foreword by Dave Foreman (author of Eco Defense, Field Guide to Monkey-Wrenching, & Confessions of an Eco-Warrior) – Dave explains why Captain Paul Watson is his #1 eco-warrior hero.

Acknowledgments, contributors – Mother Earth, grey wolves, and many people.

No one will believe you. That is exactly as it is meant to be.” Salavi laughed. “But tell them anyway. Tell them once. Then tell them they have been told and leave.” – Vision of Salavi, Chichimeca story from ancient Mexico

Sun Tzu – Chinese Art of War

Miyamoto Musashi – Japanese Art of War, Five Rings

Marshall McLuhan – Canadian communications philosopher, 1911-1980, Media Theory

Author Paul Watson – born in 1950 in the Ontario Huron Lands, lived at sea as a youth, 1973 Lakota medic at Wounded Knee, 1970-1977 Greenpeace founding member, founded Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Introduction – “The Environmental Movement is growing stronger.” Ask questions to get answers. “When do we fight?” This book is about environmental strategy, and strategy is a ‘martial discipline’. The objective of militant strategy in conflict is PEACE. The individual eco-warrior should strive to maintain various disciplines in harmony with Nature; sometimes by using modern technology and social media.

5 Path Foundation Strategy – Nature Elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Quest (all have their own essential life meaning)

1 Earth – shallow or deep, no answers are truly fixed, firm, or final

2 Water – flows, quenches, adapts, change is a constant

3 Fire – fighting, combat, confrontation, train to attack

4 Wind – air we breathe, follow directions our life takes us, learn from the past, live in the present, live for the future

5 Quest – Vision World, this meaning of life is the experience of the journey (more than start or finish), live in ‘the now’ present by cultivating a spiritual nature that respects and combines the other four elements, because this is ‘with Nature’.

Mother Earth is the foundation: truth is relative, there are many realities, hold to your own way, evolve, and respect others

Bend like the Willow, Flow like Water, Focus but also stop to look around; be aware

Learn to appreciate some type of discipline. Realize the realities, patterns, and cycles of Nature: birth, life, death

6 Eco-Warrior Strategic Arts: Healing, Communication, Art, Infiltration, Activism, Spirituality

1 Healing – healers restore biological organisms or eco-systems

2 Communication – students and teachers ask and answer questions socially

3 Art – artists use imagination and creativity to bridge social gaps and create environmental architecture that involves all of the senses

4 Infiltration – infiltrators work within the corrupt system to affect changes best fitting for civilization and Nature

5 Activism – catalysts provoke and confront opponents of Nature, boldly, publically

6 Spirituality – shamans connect spirit and matter, intuition, empathy, magic, ritual, spells, prayers

4 Eco-Warrior Selfless Oaths

1 Respect ‘The Way’ of Eco-Warrior Elemental Arts

2 Serve Mother Earth

3 Respect the Children of the Earth

4 Evolve beyond personal ambition, for the greater good of Nature

Success or failure is less important than ‘seeing things through’ and following ‘The Way of the Eco-Warrior’.

Spiritual Foundation for Eco-Warriors – “An Eco-Warrior’s life is an eternal quest for wisdom, harmony, and understanding.” However cynicism results from not accepting that complete peace, knowledge, or success is not possible in reality during life. Eco-Warriors are scholars (using past knowledge), activists (using present actions), and dreamers (using future wisdom). Direct your passions, and manage your needs, addictions, thoughts, and actions. Take responsibility for your own life, and how you affect other beings, and realize your place in the World as much as possible.

Life Continuum – “Time flows like blood, through the veins of reality.” Life is energy, and energy cannot be created or destroyed, only harnessed, transferred, or dissipated. All Life, the Earth, and the Universe are inter-connected; objects and beings change into each-other over time, and are in many ways part of one-another. Anthropo-centric conventional life-styles lead to ecological disorders, value quantity over quality, and are a temporary fad that will self-destruct. Bio-centric people are interested in past ancestors, all present life, and the future of all those concerns.

Eco-Warrior Legal Code

Media Laws – media is corrupt, visuals are key, speak only to the point, be amiable, ask questions, seek answers

Ecology Laws – Interdependence, Biological Diversity, Finite Resources, Stewardship, Sacredness of Life

Eco-Guerrilla Activist Laws (1-10): Never get caught. Be silent. Leave no trace. Know a friend for 7 years, before you trust them as a partner. Train.

Preparations, Confrontation, Fighting without Fighting, Tactics, Earthforce, Stealth & Unpredictability, Maneuvering, Center Maintenance, Field Confrontation, Terrain & Situation, 9 Situations, Fire Attack, Intelligence Agents

Weapons of the Eco-Warrior – pen, sword, camera, charisma, and courage (the will to challenge)

Good Leader Types – Humanist, Honorable, Courteous, Clever, Responsible

Good Follower Types – Generous, Loyal, Respectful, Swift, Trustworthy

Lakota saying “Hoka hey” (it is a good day to die)

Live most days, as though they were your last; this will help prepare for victory and death. Do not burden your soul with unfinished business. Be loving and at peace as often as possible. The opinion of loved ones should matter the most, make sure you love those who deserve it. Fight despite fear. Minimize attacks, to save strength; use reconnaissance strategy, hit-and-run, spiking, monkey-wrenching; raids should have a strong leader. It is better to fight for what you want using politics, espionage, and other passive tactics, to win a victory before ever needing violence. Know when to fight, and when not to fight. Know yourself, and your enemy. Respect karma and resolve problems.

Ronald Reagan Interrogation Response Strategy: “I cannot remember anything about what you are asking. I have no recollection, I cannot recall. I was not aware of any wrong-doing.” If caught, use intentional and selective Amnesia.

36 Eco-Warrior Strategies: Invisibility, Big Brother, Friends, Rest & Weary, Use Weaknesses, Spread False Rumors, Create Ghost Illusions, Wizard of Oz (False Target), Survey & Salvage, Cloak & Dagger, Sacrifice, Resourcing, Pierce the Veil, Innovation & Imagination, General Wolfe, Patience, Trade Glass for Diamonds, Target the Leader, Water on Powder, Harness Chaos, Shed Shell, Keep Locks, Watch Others, Enemy of My Enemy, Convert Enemy Ranks, Remember the Enemy, Appear Ignorant, Appear Weak, Manipulate by Lure, Create Legends, Guest to Host, Beauty Beast, Harness Double Agents, Create Double Agents, Orbit Circles, Retreat is not Defeat.

After words, bibliography, index – Author Captain Paul Watson invites correspondence with his mailing address (1993).

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This summary is meant to bring attention to Captain Watson’s book, and to summarize it for those unable to read it. This summary does not claim to be an exact interpretation, and we recommend reading the complete book. The 2nd edition book can be ordered online from their Website.

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