Watch Living Mystery Symposium HERE!

As promised, here are the Youtube Live feeds for all three days! It also streams live on Facebook and Twitch.

PLEASE share this with everyone!

If you have questions for the Q & A with all speakers on Sunday, please either click through the player to go to the Youtube live chat or leave them in the comments here, or email me. I will read them through Saturday night, but not Sunday. For Sunday you will have to ask in the chat.

As this is a free event, I must urge you to check out the speaker-recommended charities & nonprofits here: If you can afford to give and want to give back, this is the place to do it.

You may also find official descriptions of the speaking events at What I write below (at least thematically for Saturday) just occurred to me now.

Thanks for being a part of this special event. We all look forward to engaging with you on Sunday!


FRIDAY June 4th 8pm EST/5pm PST
Tiokasin Ghosthorse & Lehua Lopez Present:
Relational Rhythms
A Dialogue on Lakota and Hawaiian understandings and Western mind.

SATURDAY June 5th 1pm EST/10am PST
Dennis McKenna on the origins of human consciousness and revolutionizing the internal through external substances.
Jeffrey Kripal on internal consciousnesses speaking their way out of us.
Whitley Strieber on a consciousness that is at once internal and external.

SUNDAY June 6th 4pm EST/1PM PST
90-Minute Speaker Roundtable
where we talk of what we learned this weekend
and take your questions!

Countdown To The Living Mystery Symposium

Aloha, Gang!

The Living Mystery Symposium 2021: Diversity In Consciousness is almost upon us! It begins Friday at 8pm EST/5PM PST and rolls through the weekend, but I will post the Youtube Live links here on Thursday so that you may easily view it right here–and also share it.

Yes, please share this symposium with everyone. Why not? It’s for everyone, that’s why it’s free. So, whether you’re watching here or at,, from a Facebook page, Twitter, or Twitch, please share it to your social media on Thursday. Give your friends and family a heads up and ask that they share it, too. Let’s get this thing circulating out there or else what’s the point?

There’s no time anymore for closed-off conferences about deep issues you’ve got to pay an arm and a leg to get into. Society needs a stiff shot of depth to remind us who we are and what we can be when we’re not arguing over obvious crap because picking a side and defending it feels empowering for 10 minutes at a time.

Let’s go. Let’s show up. Let’s spread the word. Let me show you what’s in store:

Friday and Saturday are live-streaming but they are prerecorded. Sunday is a truly live livestream. And it will go something like this….


Relational Rhythms – A conversation between Tiokasin Ghosthorse and Lehua Lopez. This is one of those fascinating discussions you’re going to want to watch again and again. You’ll keep getting something from it, it’s just that good. They discuss issues of Western and Indigenous mind and culture as they share their respective Lakota and Hawaiian points of view with us. The way we’ve treated indigenous people around the world is as if they have different beliefs. They may, but what they truly have are completely different, completely brilliant minds. Their understanding of Earth rivals that of Western science because they never separated themselves from her to observe and dissect life as “objects” apart from themselves.


Origins of the Imagination: Speculations on the Antiquity of Consciousness – Dennis McKenna takes us on a tour through the orthodox view of human evolution and asks if ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms was the difference-maker in human imagination becoming what it is today. Then, after the formal talk is done, Dennis takes off the scientist mask and reveals his true feelings about the limits of knowledge and our place in the universe.

2:40PM EST/11:40AM PST

The Superhumanities – Jeff Kripal gives an informal version of his scholarly lecture that completely changed my mind about philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. I don’t want to give away too much here, but this one tackles the problem of visions and wisdom in a flatland, materialistic world in terms of how visionaries are received and mistranslated by scholars. Where does deep knowledge come from? A person pondering real hard, or somewhere else speaking through them?

3:50PM EST/12:50PM PST

Mysterious Consciousness of the Interconnecting Kind – Okay, I’ll just say it: In my opinion, this is the best Whitley Strieber talk I have ever seen. This is like when your favorite musician performs their greatest hits unplugged–Intimate, beautiful, touching, brilliant, and the right amount of humor that comes with being this honest about your life.

All of that plus a little kundalini demonstration by yours truly, hiding in the second intermission on Saturday.


Live Roundtable Chat – All of the speakers will be there taking your questions and talking to each other about what they’ve learned from each other. This ought to be A.MAZ.ING!

If you’d like to ask questions of our speakers, you may do so by either typing them into the chat box of whichever platform you’re watching on or writing to me directly at, In the subject line just put the name of the person your question is for.


That’s it! That’s everything but my babble in between speakers. I’m giving you their times on Saturday so that you may plan around your favorite speakers, but I urge you to watch everyone if you have the time. Branch out. Take a chance. So many of us are attracted to the idea that established views of reality are actually blinding us. Our systems are broken. We’re dysfunctional.

All of that? True. But then we often make the mistake of stumbling into the open arms of worse views promoting worse dysfunction. I think it’s because we’ve never been taught–or allowed might be the right word–to just be alone with ourselves in a way that lets truth break through all of the neuroses we’ve built up in and as ourselves. We’ve certainly been steered away from paying attention to those who have genuinely broken through and those who never built up such a sense of self in the first place.

This weekend, all you have to pay to hear from some of these people who cut through the establishment noise is attention. And then you sit with this. Relax with this. Reclaim your smile and wonder about the diverse consciousness we all are and are in. That, too, is free.

And freeing.

DMT Research and Racism

This is a draft of an essay I was working on a couple of years ago and never did anything with. 

Here. It’s yours now.

Scientists are just now figuring out the medicinal properties of Ayahuasca. They are dissecting in a lab what shaman have known since before science. When asked how they came up with the brew, the shaman say plants told them how to make it. Five bucks says the scientists won’t believe that until a dedicated bunch of ethnobotanists come to an agreement that plants communicate through root systems in the dirt with people via nerve receptors in their feet. I’m just making that explanation up, but you get the point.

It’s the height of arrogance for you, the student, to pick and choose what to believe about the advanced knowledge you’re given of the thing you’re studying. Perhaps the shaman, who has been around longer than the scientist, knows a thing or two missing from science: namely that you cannot divorce the subject from the object. There is communication; there is meaning. These are as much a part of the universe as mathematical laws.

The White-guy version of history tells us we’re rising up out of the muck of ignorance. These forest savages are a relic of what we used to be before we killed the forests and turned their carcasses into houses and furniture. You know…  before we became civilized? Why should we listen to them about the origins of Ayahuasca simply because they invented it? They are, after all, anthropomorphizing future tables and chairs and sofa beds.

I think if you’re going to the noble savage as a student you might want to rethink both of your places in the world.

Two-year-olds think they rule everything. And when they get mad at their parents, they blurt out the worst thing they can imagine: “I hate you!” And the parent, if not abusive, takes the abuse and teaches them, grows them out of being selfish, cruel toddlers because they have wisdom. Wisdom enough to know who the adult in the room is. Wisdom to see the aliveness of all beings, not just the ones who are convenient to what they desire at the moment because they falsely believe the world revolves around them and the biblical-adjacent story of their society’s destiny.

In order to grow into an adult, you need to talk to the plants, not just study their properties. Not just stamp your name on a “discovery” about them and tour the world on a lecture circuit where other closed-off toddlers listen to you and internalize the cold deadness of your autopsies. You need to talk to the plants. You need to internalize them, perhaps literally through Ayahuasca.

You, I, we need to understand all life as the sole universal mathematical symbol: equals.