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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
- Dub the sound by rerecording in studio.
- Cleaning the sound up with software such as Audacity- which is the tip I am presenting today.
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’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.