What we're about

Come and join us as we explore new research into the mind and the materials and/or techniques that can change it. We will also probe backward, into the history of both the science and the hype of psychedelics and other mind-altering tools used throughout the generations of civilization.

We plan to examine entheogens (primarily plant-based and generally of indigenous origin) as well as new materials derived from clinical studies in laboratories around the world. Certain physical exercises and movements also claim the ability to transform consciousness. We want to know more of those processes as well.

These meetings are purely discussions concerning these of topics of interest. We recognize that people have divergent reasons for their interest in this subject and we welcome all. However, as many of the items discussed are federally controlled substances, we will not conduct any meetings for "Show-and-Tell" and the meetup will respect all laws which may relate to these substances."

Please note: this group is committed to building an intentional community of like-minded individuals who share common interests. You are welcome to join if you live in the State of Hawaii and you intend to be an active participant.

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Trip Reports: Hallucinations and What They Teach Us

3601 Waialae Ave

"A hallucination is a perception in the absence of external stimulus that has qualities of real perception. Hallucinations are vivid, substantial, and are perceived to be located in external objective space." Some people in the psychedelic community prefer to avoid the term 'hallucination,' since it is popularly understood to mean something unreal ... often a byproduct of illness. But hallucinations are the proper term for perceptual experiences that do not correspond to external stimuli ... and they are not necessarily "unreal." Despite its remarkable accomplishments, neuroscience is still in its infancy--the human brain is amazingly complex, with an estimated 100 billion neurons--and more than 100 neurotransmitters which allow these cells to communicate. Studying hallucinogenic or psychedelic experiences has the potential to reveal much about the brain and its functioning. Beyond that, however, many people are convinced that these experiences also have much to reveal about the universe and reality itself. During the first hour of our September meeting, we will invite several members to share "trip reports" ... detailed descriptions of hallucinogenic experiences that they have had. Some of these experiences might follow the use of entheogens or other psychotropic drugs, others may have happened spontaneously, or have resulted from spiritual practices such as meditation or contemplative prayer. These reports will follow a specific format, allowing us to compare and contrast experiences--as well as the lessons (if any) that the participant gleaned from the event. If you have had a hallucinatory or psychedelic experience, and are willing to discuss that with others, please email me directly at [masked]. I will send you a copy of the format for the trip report. Your willingness to share will be much appreciated ... while we love all of our members, there is a special aloha for volunteers! The last half hour of the meeting will be a Q & A session ... if you have any questions about any of the topics that we hope to cover, please bring it and ask--if no one is able to give you a satisfactory answer at the September meeting, we will jot the question down and get back to you later with as much information as we can find. I look forward to seeing you at Coffee Talk in Kaimuki on the 29th! NOTE: There is no fee for this meeting--but please show your appreciation to Coffee Talk by buying something to sip or munch on!

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