Secular Ecstasy: Mystical States Without the Supernatural Element

It is possible for anyone, regardless of his or her religious or metaphysical beliefs, to have a mystical experience. These mystical states of consciousness have been accessible since time immemorial. You can find accounts of profound altered states in ancient Hindu and Buddhist scriptures and in the descriptions of the Eleusinian Mysteries, those secret rituals…View Post

Asemic Writing: The Drive to Create Imaginary Languages and Alien Alphabets

I have long been fascinated by the artistic drive to create imaginary languages. Countless numbers of them exist. And some of them have made their way into public consciousness since they have been integrated into the fictional worlds and universes portrayed in popular books and television shows. These fictional languages include Elvish in the works…View Post

Yu Maeda: A Psychedelic Artist Blending Japanese and American Influences

Yu Maeda is a Japanese-American artist, born in 1984 in Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan, now residing in Southern California (and planning to return to Japan). He is known for his highly unique psychedelic paintings, the influences of which he has discussed in a fascinating interview featured in Juxtapoz (many examples of his art are included…View Post

DMT-Inspired Artwork by Ayjay

Ayjay is a digital visionary artist from Australia who strives to encapsulate his psychedelic experiences in his artwork. Particularly striking about his work is the unique and accurate way in which he depicts the DMT experience. His pieces portray the DMT world, replete as it is with neon-bright colour, strangeness, entities, alien machinery, and jewel-like,…View Post

How Does Culture Influence a Psychedelic Experience?

It is clear that expectations and beliefs can shape a psychedelic experience. Your ‘set’ (or mindset) is one of the vital components – along with your external setting – that can steer your psychedelic journey in a certain direction, colour it with a certain emotional tone and significance. I don’t wish to explicate all the ways in…View Post