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Rick Doblin on Science and Sacraments

By on June 11, 2015


Rick Doblin on Science and Sacraments

Long-time friend of CoSM, Rick Doblin, returns for this Saturday’s Visionary Salon. Founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, MAPS, Rick is among the most intelligent and effective advocates for the healing properties of psychedelics. MAPS, founded in 1986, is a non-profit research and educational organization developing medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the conscious uses of psychedelics and marijuana. MAPS envisions a world where psychedelics and marijuana are safely and legally available for beneficial uses, and where research is governed by rigorous scientific evaluation of their risks and benefits.

Research funded by MAPS is responsible for the treatment of shattered U.S. veterans returning from Iraq, plus victims of sexual assault and violence, helping patients to resolve their psychic trauma within 1-3 treatments with supportive therapists. Rick brought psychotherapists from war-torn Jordan, Palestine and Israel together to learn about the remarkable healing properties of MDMA for soldiers suffering from severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. MAPS has always embraced visionary art as an important outgrowth of psychedelic culture and just published a new book about Visionary Art featuring H.R. Giger and many others, written by Stanislav Grof with a foreword by Alex Grey.

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Rick Doblin got his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His dissertation was on “the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana.” For Rick’s Master’s thesis, he surveyed oncologists comparing smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in controlling nausea experienced by cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. Rick also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment, and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork  practitioner by its originator, Dr. Stanislav Grof.

When CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, first opened in New York City in 2004, MAPS was the first organization to hold their benefit party there.  At Burning Man in 2006, MAPS and CoSM worked together to build Entheon Village. Rick joined Johns Hopkins scientist Roland Griffiths at CoSM in 2008 to discuss the future of psychedelic medicine.

Come to CoSM this Saturday for a very special afternoon and evening of talks by Rick Doblin, an unstoppable super-hero of mind expanding compassion and one of our most profound teachers.

Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism & Psychedelics
A newly updated edition of the book, Zig Zag Zen, published by Synergetics Press is being launched at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York on Wednesday, June 17th. Get a personalized copy of this groundbreaking book when you join authors Allan Badiner, Alex Grey and Julie Holland at the Rubin to discuss the deep spiritual connections between psychedelics and Buddhism.

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Electronic Music Training at CoSM
Derek Van Scoten, aka DVS, great friend of CoSM, has performed his amazing blend of live guitar and electronic mixes at numerous CoSM events.  Now DVS is sharing his Ableton wisdom in a special workshop on live looping, performing and music production at CoSM.  Sign up and study with this skillful wizard to advance your musical mastery. Music, art and the exquisite nature of June in the Hudson Valley weave together a memorable opportunity for musicians at CoSM.

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Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice tickets are still available and going fast.  Purchase tickets online now (before it is too late) for this annual multi-sensory extravaganza in the CoSM woods.  Come for the opening at 8pm when we will share a multicultural perspective on the Solstice, followed by live-painting and performances by many friends.  Check out all the extraordinary music producers and performers.  Align with the Cosmos and celebrate the longest day of the year at CoSM!

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Much Love,

Alex & Allyson



Aligning with the Nature Field

By on June 4, 2015


Aligning with the Nature Field

Michael F. Garger, D.C., teaches Chi Kung, Taoist Yoga and foundational health. Promoting optimal vitality and creativity, Dr. Mike brings 25 years of training, experience and his knowledge of Eastern and Western traditions to lead a body/mind fitness program aligned with rhythms of nature. Knowing the principles that guide our body’s place in the Nature Field can frame our thoughts and actions, help us reprogram behaviors and take advantage of the organization and perfection of the bio-energetic grid. This workshop will offer exercises to boost and supplement our daily health regimens, such as meditation and mindfulness activities that offer enhanced physical, mental and emotional power drawn from the Nature Field through our energy bodies. Learn the six healing sounds, stretch to unblock stagnant energy and fortify your connection with essence at Dr. Mike’s pre-Full Moon Workshop this Saturday afternoon. Stay for dinner and then join us for the 162nd in an unbroken chain of Full Moon ceremonies at CoSM.

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Sacred Geometry at Art Church

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Sacred geometry is the study of mathematical principles and core spiritual, energetic, and physical blueprint patterns at work in nature. The chambered nautilus shell grows at a logarithmic rate allowing the spiral shell to increase in size without changing shape. To hold their honey, bees construct hexagonal cells. These correspondences prove underlying natural significance in geometric forms.
Geometry and mathematical ratios reflect harmonics and proportions found in music, light and cosmology. Universal patterns of sacred geometry are found in the design of everything in the real world. Often considered in the creation of sacred art is the symbolic meaning ascribed to geometric shapes and proportions.

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Ancient of Days (God as an Architect), by William Blake, 1794

The belief that God created the universe according to a geometric plan has origins in science and mathematics in every century since Plato who said, “God geometrizes continually.” Pythagoras, father of geometry, said, “There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.”Johannes Kepler, 16th century discoverer of the laws of planetary motion, described how geometry offered the underpinnings of the cosmos.






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Explore with us the meaning and craft of contemplative sacred geometric drawing at Art Church this Sunday afternoon where we will uncover the basic Sacred Geometric forms from one to six sided figures. We will discuss the principle of sacred geometry woven into natural forms and describe how the golden section and fibonacci sequence is evident in growing plants and living creatures. We will draw the CoSM Eye in the triangle.  Bring a sketchbook, (9″ x 12″ OR 11″ x 14″), a decent compass and a cork back metal ruler or other straight-edge. Loaners available but limited. See you there.


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Allyson’s Day – 40 Year Anniversary of My First Date with Alex, May 31,1975

By on May 31, 2015

May 30th, 1975, Alex appeared at the door of my Cambridge apartment for my end-of-year party accompanied by our Boston Museum School Conceptual Mixed Media professor whom I had been casually dating. In Alex’s hand was a half-drunk bottle of Kahlua mixed with a giant dose of LSD. My first of many LSD trips was in 1969. Alex’s had postponed that experience until that very night at my house… on my couch.

On May 31st we had a self-revelatory conversation about the profound spiritual opening of LSD. I remember loving his large hands, his courage and adventurousness.

Returned yesterday from a lovely stay in West Palm Beach where we led the Body & Soul Drawing Ritual for friends of Eddie H2Ocean and the FloridaTattoo Convention.

Visited the fabulous studio of West Palm Beach artist and old CoSM friend, Alexander Krivosheiw who is spreading his glorious sculpture far and wide.

Today, looking forward to an illuminating Sunday talk on Buddhism with the Harvard University’s Buddhist Chaplain, Lama Migmar Tseten.

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Alexander Krivosheiw with his sculpture “MOORE’S CANOVA”

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Allyson, Alex, Eddie H2Ocean and Eli Morgan in West Palm Beach

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Harvard Buddhist Chaplain, Lama Migmar Tseten