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Ibogaine, The Godfather of Entheogens

Imagine combining  a phenethylamine plant teacher such as mescaline-containing peyote, with a tryptamine entheogen like ayahuasca. Why stop there? How about throwing in an NMDA receptor dissociative like ketamine, as well as a k-opioid receptor dissociative-psychedelic entheogen like Salvia. Wow! That sounds like the grand, supreme, master guru of entheogens, does it not?

Ibogaine has all of these characteristics- though it is officially classified as a “complex tryptamine.” The visions can last for days and are often incredibly lucid. I have a friend who journeyed with Ibogaine, and he was completely immersed in other worlds for days.

It’s interesting that the Bwiti ,who use the ibogaine-containg Tabernathe iboga ceremonially, are syncretistic in their belief system. Similarly, ibogaine is seemingly all-encompassing in its pharmacological  effects.

This amazing substance is also incredibly stimulating to the nervous system while potentiating morphine analgesia.  Because of ibogaine’s effect on so many parts of the brain, and the profound learning experience that comes with it, it has been shown to be incredibly effective at treating an array of addictions from heroine to meth.

To put it in simple terms:

Ibogaine, The Godfather of Entheogens.

Ayahuasca Journey Report

The following is a short  fictional account of how I felt after an “imagined” ayahuasca journey from several years ago.

I had an experience with ayahuasca last Saturday. There was absolutely no nausea after taking it. I felt incredibly blessed. I was reminded of the perfect design of which we are all a part. I was shown the stuff of creation permeating all things. The beauty of this stuff was so far beyond words like divine, sublime or even ineffable. We are all a apart of this. We are more than just instruments in a cosmic band. It’s as if the music makes the instrument as much as the instrument the music. I’m reminded of a poem by Tagore: “Let this be my parting word, that that which I have seen is unsurpassable, I have tasted of the hidden honey of this lotus, that expands on the ocean of light, and so I am blessed that this be my parting word, in this playhouse of infinite form, I have had my play and here I have caught sight of him that is formless, my whole body and my limbs have thrilled with his touch, whose beyond touch, and if the end come here, let it come, let this be my parting word.”

Delicate Rupture

The torrential rain of the moment

is the same as the unyielding drought of the now.

The violent explosion of the present

is the same soft unfoldment of each second.

The cosmic shower of the stars,

is but a reflection,

within a reflection,

within your own eyes.

The Purpose of the Blog

I am not sure anyone will ever read anything that I post, but at least I can partake in some form of public catharsis. I am not making much of any effort to carefully tag and/ promote my blog posts as I once did with my youtube vids- at least not at the moment. At the very least this blog is one more way for me to collect my thoughts by committing them to the electronic page.

Noise Issues in my Video

I spent a lot of money on 2 Rode NTG-2 microphones because I know the importance of quality sound in film and video production. The audience will forgive poor video before they forgive poor sound. We used the Zoom H4N as our recording device.

No matter how good your equipment is,  you will still inevitably run into noise issues. Filming a movie in Taiwan makes things worst. Temples, advertisement cars, firecrackers and cicadas are but a few of the sound issues that we had to contend  with.

Of course, air/room tone must always be recorded, but you still might end up with too much noise around your dialogue when you boost the levels.

What can you do?

Well you have two options.

  1. Dub the sound by rerecording in studio.
  2. Cleaning the sound up with software such as Audacity- which is the tip I am presenting today.
Thanks Bill  Myers! Hope you also find this helpful.

The In-between

The beauty of the in-between

all-pervasive, but never seen

It’s both here and there

and in the air

yet nowhere at all

that silent call

unspoken truth shouting out loud

pristine clarity doth confound

Only the brave and the true receive its gifts

Deny denial and the veil lifts

DSLR Filmmaking- Panasonic GH2

DSLR’s have created a revolution in filmmaking that us indie filmmakers have embraced. I remember my excitement at first using the  Letus Extreme. I was enthralled by the tremendous control over depth of field that I was given. I was able to enjoy the aesthetic beauty of bokeh, and all of the emotional gravitas that it commands, coupled with the use of a rack focus to shift one’s attention as well as one’s state. Basically, it was just pretty darn cool.

But, the letus was also a pain to set up.
Now with DSLR’s, we can run and gun and still have tremendous quality- if we can manage to keep things in focus.
I love my Panasonic GH2- I highly recommend it to anyone looking to quality film-like video.

Filmmakers of Note

Hello World,

This is my first blog post. In this blog I hope to express things that interest me in the worlds of film, filmmaking,  photography and psychedelics.

I hope that there are others that share my interests and, as such, find the contents of this blog to be stimulating.

If I’m the only one who ever sees this blog, than so be it, I am really writing it for myself. Perhaps by writing it for myself, others are more likely to find it interesting- perhaps not.

For starters, here are a couple of lists.

First, a  list of filmmakers that have greatly influenced me, followed by a wishlist of filmmakers that I wish to study more.

Filmmakers that greatly influence me:

  • David Lynch
  • Roman Polansky
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Sophia Coppola
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Joel and Ethan Coen
  • David Cronenberg
  • Richard Linklater
Filmmakers that I wish to study more:
  • Werner Herzog
  • Frederico Fellini
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Lars Von Trier
  • Wong Kar-wai
The above lists by no means represent the entirety of filmmakers that interest me,  just those that come to mind as I write this post.