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Part I: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape: Joining the Hive Mind, Seeing Your Dreams, Crushing the Ego and… Meeting the Dead?

14 Jun

In A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape: The Topography of the Psychedelic Experience, author Dan Carpenter makes many startling claims based on his experiences with the dissociative psychedelic DXM. (Yep, dextromethorphan – the stuff of cough syrup!) He’s not simply having a subjective journey inside his mind; DXM actually takes him to an objective […]

Part II: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape: Can We Trust Our Own Experiences?

14 Jun

A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape

  All the questions brought up in this book answer to a bigger question, perhaps the biggest question of all: Can we trust our own subjective experiences? This innocent-sounding question is one of enormous implication. At times when I read his words I thought to myself that if I accept what he says, than by […]

Part III: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape: Parting Words, Parting Sorrows

14 Jun

A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape

  The book is at its best when, instead of merely being a log of his trips, the author expounds on their philosophical and spiritual implications. In other words, What does it all mean? While he does get into this a bit, occasionally using quantum physics to help makes sense of the experience, unfortunately this […]

What Does Dream Food Taste Like?

5 Jun

What Does Dream Food Taste Like?

  What is it like to eat “dream food” in a lucid dream? What does dream food taste like? Does it taste better or worse? Would it alleviate any cravings you have for certain foods like chocolate or candy? Here’s a really over-the-top question: Could you go on a dream diet to eat foods you […]

Dreams, Film, and David Lynch

15 May

Watching films like Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive is like entering into someone else’s dream. Just like a dream, every scene carries an intangible sense of meaning to it while it is happening. Yet once it’s over there’s a disconnect to what was before and what is next; how this leads to that, how this […]

How To Make Calea Z Tea Taste Bitter…I mean Better!

10 May

Boiling a few grams of Calea Zacatechichi doesn’t leave you with the bestest tasting tea. In fact, it’s pretty nasty. I found the following quotes in the Erowid archives expressing this point, saying: “The tea is down right disgusting even when mixed with camomille, california poppy, and honey” ” How bad can boiled leaves possibly […]

Rob Bryanton, author of Imagining the 10th Dimension, visits Dreaming Life!

1 May

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding a new book out there called Imagining The 10th Dimension. Singer / songwriter, thinker, philosopher and amateur scientist (although he insists he’s not a scientist!) has pieced together a means of actually explaining a way to understand the idea of not just 4 or 5 dimensions, but 10. (10 […]

How Well Can Can You Read in Your Dreams?

23 Apr

Can You Read In Your Dreams?

  I had a dream last night that Rob Bryanton from Imagining the Tenth Dimension wrote me a long letter. The pages were oversized and his handwriting style created big, large letters, making it appear almost comically cartoon-like. I knew I was dreaming when all I could read was the first line on each page, […]

An excerpt from the The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

22 Apr

Yesterday I was at Whole Foods drinking a Yuengling and reading The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche in the outside cafe. This book is the best I’ve found so far on Buddhism – especially because it intertwines an understanding of quantum physics and neuroscience into a Buddhist framework for understanding the mind and […]

Chacruna Report by Juan from DreamMagick

13 Apr

Moon photo by Jason Bache

Here is another guest post by Juan from Dream Magick on his experiences in Peru. This could be the last addition by Juan to Dreaming Life as he has recently set up his own website to publish his writing himself! Please check out his site at Hello everyone! Since coming back from Peru I […]

Exploring the Oneiroverse with Chad Watts: On Lucid Dreams, Entheogens, and the Spiritual Experience

10 Apr

Pinhole by Virginia Park

  When I first started blogging, I naturally sought out other blogs on lucid dreaming. One of the most unique blogs out there was called Exploring the Oneiroverse, the contents of which were based on a book by fellow blogger and lucid dreamer Chad Watts. Soon enough, we started writing emails back and forth discussing […]

Bi-Weekly Dream Report: Lucid Dreams all night long, Calea Z in a bong, 10x Calea Z capsules

30 Mar

The other night I had lucid dreams all night long. Funny, as nothing seemed to particular cause this except for an uncomfortable bed. Somewhat like the Wake Back to Bed (WBTB) method for lucid dream induction, the pain in my back and shoulders kept me half-conscious throughout the night. What kills me is I know […]