Saturday, May 12, 2007


Daniel Pinchbeck

Daniel Pinchbeck, (b. June 15, 1966) is a writer and advocate of psychedelic drug use and experience. Wikipedia says: "He is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism. In Breaking Open the Head, Pinchbeck explored shamanism via ceremonies with tribal groups such as the Bwiti of Gabon and the Secoya in the Ecuadorean Amazon. He also participated in the Burning Man festival in Nevada, and looked at use of psychedelic substances in a desacralized modern context. Through his direct experiences and research, and influenced heavily by the work of anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner, he became convinced that the shamanic and mystical view of reality had validity, and that the modern world had forfeited an understanding of intuitive and supersensible aspects of being in its pursuit of rational materialism." His recent book is titled "2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl." Hot Link: Breaking Open the Head

I would like to introduce you to Reality Sandwich - - a new web magazine. I am the editorial director for the site, and I am very happy with what we have assembled so far. Reality Sandwich is a place for exploring many aspects of our physical and psychic realities that are ignored and avoided by the media. As the author of two books on indigenous shamanism and psychedelic substances - 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Penguin, 2006) and Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002) - I have felt the lack of a cultural forum that could bridge between the alternative realms and mainstream culture. I hope that Reality Sandwich will fill that gap.

Please check out Reality Sandwich, and if you like what you see, tell your friends about it. We hope to create an active community, and eventually a social network that will allow for deeper engagement among people around the world who are interested in these topics. I look forward to hearing your reactions, comments, story ideas, and criticisms.

Our tagline is:

"Evolving consciousness, bite by bite."

About Reality Sandwich:

Reality Sandwich covers topics from sustainability to shamanism, alternate realities to alternative energy, remixing media to re-imagining community, holistic healing techniques to the promise and perils of new technologies. It hopes to spark debate and engagement by offering a forum for voices ranging from the ecologically pragmatic to the wildly visionary. Reality Sandwich includes news, reflective essays, arts, interviews, podcasts, and forums. Counteracting the doom-and-gloom of the daily news, the site is a platform for perspectives conveying a different vision of the transformations we face.

Among the more than 40 current contributors are: Daniel Pinchbeck, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Elizabeth Thompson (Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute), The Yes Men, David Rothenberg, Douglas Rushkoff, John Jay Harper, Kaliya Hamlin, Henri Poole, Andrew Boyd (Billionaires for Bush), Aline Duriaud, Ken Jordan, Jonathan Phillips, Melinda Wenner, Andy Dale, and Michael Brownstein.

Reality Sandwich is built with Drupal, the popular open source online publishing system, by the free and open source software consultants CivicActions.

Please forward this announcement to those who will be interested.

Daniel Pinchbeck
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