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Supernatural Newsletter by Rachelle Robinett January 2018

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  • Physics and consciousness, still and forever.
    • The Physics of God: Unifying Quantum Physics, Consciousness, M-Theory, Heaven, Neuroscience and Transcendence. This book was very fun. I made notes all over the place.
    • Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law. I’m trying to be better about reading criticisms of things I might love or believe, because confirmation bias is too easy.
  • And plants: The final chapter of The Philosopher's Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium, which was absolutely beautiful and one of my favorite reads.
  • This is a great short podcast about nervines (herbs that work on your nervous system). Note the point about the effect of stress on the parasympathetic nervous system and then/therefore digestion.
  • Shilajit: Trying this for the first time, drinking it every single day, loving it. I’m into its trace-mineral content but also the fact that it’s essentially earth-pitch "made by the compression and biodegradation of plant matter over centuries." - Collective Evolution
  • Ayahuasca, because Peru is around the corner ...
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“The moment that ayahuasca takes you is called the mareación, literally, “the dizziness,” a phrase that does no justice to the feeling of being ushered into another world, in my case ... the secret kingdom of the plants. I felt I suddenly understood ... what it’s like to know, as one intrinsically knows love or grief, that plants are as alive as any animal, simmering with intelligence, with sentience, with what truly seemed a kind of spirit.
I felt myself swept up in what the poet Dylan Thomas famously described as “the force that through the green fuse drives the flower,” given to understand that there is a genius in the universe much larger than our own, ascending orders of genius braided into the DNA of every living thing. I heard other people singing out as if in celebration of the same epiphany ... some of the most exquisite wordless arias I have ever heard, icaros improvised in the moment, reverberating with joy, glistening like orchids made of sound.” - National Geographic

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Miscellaneous

  • Frog venom ceremonies in Brooklyn. I’ve known about kambo for a long time, but yet to try. This may be the year.
  • Africa is planting a tree-wall that spans 11 countries and counts 11 million trees.
  • “Roads of the future could be lit by glowing trees instead of street-lamps, thanks to a breakthrough in creating bioluminescent plants.”
  • “Long before she began writing poems, Emily Dickinson undertook a rather different yet unexpectedly parallel art of contemplation and composition — the gathering, growing, classification, and pressing of flowers, which she saw as manifestations of the Muse not that dissimilar to poems ... what emerges is an elegy for time, composed with passionate patience, emanating the same wakefulness to sensuality and mortality that marks Dickinson’s poetry.” Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium
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