You know... I really don't think you can beat the Beatles, Stones or Hendrix right? I feel like we kinda peaked in the 60s for a bit there.
We had an explosion of culture, music, art and philosophy, spearheaded by people like Alan Watts, Ram Dass and all the classic Shaman "Professors" who were teaching students in colleges about civil rights, self-expression and free love.
The 50s were pretty much defined by the Cold War between the US and Russia, so the amount of fear, suspicion and control had reached an all time high and finally hit a breaking point... but then something pretty groovy happened.
Albert Hoffman synthesised ergot fungus and created the substance we know today as LSD... one of the most powerful hallucinogens on the planet, and it changed everything.
There was nothing counter about the counterculture…
It was everywhere. Plant Medicines and Psychedelics were part of the air you breathed and the music your listened to.
*cue Sunshine of Your Love*
It all gave rise to one of the most transformative times in human history!
But you wanna know the best part….
The ideas that came from it all are STILL affecting us today...
Maybe we’re due a second Psychedelic Renaissance some time soon…
Today, we're gonna take you on a magic mystery tour of the 60s and look at how LSD, meditation and Neo-Tantra shaped the decade and gave birth to the New Age movement.
Love & Light
Patchman & Team Spirit <3
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