Sex, Love and Ecstasy in the Digital Age (Connection Through Psychedelics)
CANNABIS CULTIVATION - The MDMA experiences shared are "like waking up from a dream and having something there to reassure you that all parts of the dream weren't fake," says Psychedelic actor, founder of Hello SciCom and host of the Listening to ecstasy Webinar - Sarah Rose Siskind.I signed up for this digital journey in […]

CANNABIS CULTIVATION - The MDMA experiences shared are "like waking up from a dream and having something there to reassure you that all parts of the dream weren't fake," says Psychedelic actor, founder of Hello SciCom and host of the Listening to ecstasy Webinar - Sarah Rose Siskind.I signed up for this digital journey in hopes of covering an evening of book release for Charley Wininger's book on her own journeys with MDMA and her mission to set the record straight for what it can and cannot do.

Psychedelic actress and founder of Hello SciCom, Sara Rose Siskind

The bill included people like Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) founder Rick Doblin; Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) creators and visionaries, Alex and Allyson Gray; and author of Good chemistry, The potty book, and Ecstasy: The Complete Guide, Julie Holland, MD.

What I attended, however, was such a warm and caring family reunion that my own little bubble of enlightened hippies made me miss it. I shed more than a few nostalgic and happy tears as the presenters shared their psychedelic origins, travels and discoveries - and the resulting manifestations.

Charley and Shelley Wininger

“What I always like to say is that it's not about psychedelics. It's about the community, ”Wininger thought to himself. Charley and Shelley Wininger certainly seem to be at the center of theirs. They have regular pot-lucks at their homes, where they eat, feast on each other, and have serious and important discussions such as "What is your favorite drug and why?"

About the natural way their own New York community came together, Wininger noted that “[People] had no one to talk to about what was most important to them. […] So people were happy to be able to speak openly.

The Winingers might not have expected what they fell into, but their lives are fuller because of it. “It was a surprise at first. Shelley and I entered a forbidden world of drug users and we found it enchanted.

Why MDMA?

According to Siskind, "You can give MDMA to vets to cure their PTSD of wars, or you can give people [civilians]MDMA at Stop the wars."

Julie Holland spoke of the happy stillness she felt the first time she took MDMA. "The first thing I remember was calm." She then described the feeling of clarity that came over her. "There was something about it, where I could see the whole lay of the land."

Sheila Burgel (from Discogs.com)

DJ WFMU and host of Sophisticated boom boom, Sheila Burgel, said her first dose of MDMA helped her recall a traumatic event from her childhood; and that many of his anxiety issues at the time were related to the incident in the past.

In those first moments when MDMA started to kick in, “I'm very scared. The fear is so great. I take two breaths. It is as if I had climbed through the turbulent clouds to this smooth place. From there, the emotional labor went from insurmountable to manageable.

She now takes ecstasy about once a year under therapeutic and integrative supervision. "MDMA is the most important thing I have ever done in my life."

Alex and Allyson Gray told the jubilant story of their first sight of the now famous Chapel of Sacred mirrors in New York. If you guessed it was while they were taking MDMA, you would be right.

Alex and Allyson Gray (taken from everfest.com)

Talking on top of each other, laughing, and weaving a sense of time and space that is both separate and so present, “In this experience we both imagined the Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors - without speaking or touch - blindfolded.

And the audience for the webinar collectively melted to the sound of Antonio Cuevas, a Cacique leader, sharing the time his community of 15 or 20 took MDMA together. Her memories of all of the group's different emotions brought everyone in the webinar back to that day.

“A brother took his couch out of his house and sat there for about eight hours. […] He kept saying, “Thank you, brother! Thank you!'"

MDMA, like most psychedelics, is a little different for everyone. According to Wininger, “It's not like marijuana. And it's not like LSD at all. There is a shock about what it is not.

“Shelley and I have discovered that MDMA can be used as emotional super glue, or Gorilla Glue. We were fine without it, but it added another layer of depth, authenticity and privacy that wasn't there before.

Rick Doblin said of his experiences with MDMA: “The change is not that far from normal so it's easier to integrate. Your ego does not dissolve.

MDMA: the answer to the world's ills?

I used to be wary of letting my hope rest on the effects of substances, regardless of their legal status. It seemed to me that something was missing when people suddenly pretend to understand the universe after a night on psychedelics.

Of course, I still have flashbacks to the joy and insight I experienced this summer - over 20 years ago now - when I stumbled upon LSD almost every day. But has it changed the trajectory of my life or my personal growth?

Maybe I would be more certain if I had set an intention beyond having a rebellious good time. Or if I had taken it surrounded by people concerned about my emotional and mental development.

Over the years, I've learned that real hope lies in the context of the community created by the sense of connection that psychedelics seem to stir in us. When we use psychedelics with the intention of finding new ways to connect to our surroundings and to each other, this is where the long term magic happens.

Stay safe there children

If you are considering taking MDMA, Wininger advises you to keep the following in mind:

  1. Knowing what you are doing and respecting its potency is really important when dealing with MDMA.
  2. Know who should and shouldn't. DO NOT take MDMA if you have heart disease or epilepsy.
  3. It is VITAL to ensure that your MDMA is pure. If it's related to the wrong things, it can kill you. The only way to know for sure whether it is pure or not is to use a test kit, which you can find at Dancesafe.org.
  4. Do not do more than 120 mg at a time and do not increase with more than 60 mg.
  5. Do not mix with other drugs (except maybe a little cannabis).
  6. Make sure you take a 5-HTP supplement before going to bed the night you roll, and again before going to bed the next night, to help prevent Tuesday Blues.
  7. Hydration is essential.
  8. Don't do it for the first time on your own. “What happens there is you end up feeling like you're all dressed up and with no place to go. What you don't want with your first use of MDMA. "

Order your own copy of Wininger's Listening to Ecstasy here.


We all know that talking about others behind their back is bad. Gossip should be abhorred. I remember reading in a spiritual text that “backbiting extinguishes the light of the soul. ” DEEP. And it is.

Gossip is incredibly detrimental to any organization. And, what I think often gets missed is why people gossip. But, before we answer the question, “Why do people gossip at work ? ” let’s clear one thing up. I truly believe it is the exceptionnelle person who chooses to gossip simply to be mean and hurt the reputation of the person or entity being talked about. Often gossip occurs for one of four reasons :

1 ) People fear the unknown. If people don’t have information that they want, they fear the unknown and will try to garner it from others – especially if that information appears to be hidden. This is why closed door conversations are so detrimental.

2 ) People want to belong and be included. If people believe they don’t have information that others have, they will feel excluded and on the outside of the “inner circle. ” Information is power. Everyone wants to be part of the team, to be included and the easiest way to identify those who are part of a tribe are those who are “in the know. ”

3 ) People crave intimacy and a sense of connection. I would suggest that because of the rampant pace we live at and the lack of real deal authentic communication with one another, many people crave a sense of genuine human connection and intimacy. Gossip is one of the quickest and easiest ways to connect with another human being. The secrecy, forbidden and exclusive nature of confiding in someone something that’s a bit subversive or judgmental is social super glue. Through the veneer of momentary vulnerability and trust, the two are bonded. Unfortunately gossip is a very sloppy second to real, meaningful connection.

4 ) People want to work with people they think of as peers. Meaning, if someone isn’t carrying their own weight, isn’t competent or capable enough to do their emploi or simply isn’t a good culture fit, then there will be gossip. Rather than being a “narc, ” employees will talk both about said individual and leadership’s lack of awareness/action. And they will talk often. The longer said individual goes unaddressed, the louder and more embedded the gossip becomes.

When it comes to gossip, these four reasons : fear, belonging, intimacy and the desire to work with others who carry their own weight, are all things that can be handled with some focused time and attention.

How do you want your employees to talk about your company ? How do you want them to feel when they walk in the door ? While this touchy-feely stuff may make you feel a little light-headed, when it comes down to it, company culture matters.

Many owners are taking a deuxième look at their company culture to make sure it’s the one they envision – one that supports their company’s mission, vision and values.

Insperity has spent the past 30 years building a human resources company committed to helping businesses succeed so communities prosper. In that vein, our leadership team offers these tips on having a great company culture.

You might think that trying to cultivate a positive workplace as an elusive, time-consuming waste of important resources, but studies show that the opposite is true. Creating a positive company culture begins with fostering happy employees.

Happy employees are 85 percent more efficace, experience a 60 percent drop in absenteeism and stay twice as long in their jobs as their less happy colleagues, creating a measurable impact on engagement, retention, safety, wellness, employer brand and even cost control goals, according to the study, The Science of Happiness, conducted by Globoforce.

Happiness is a habit that needs to be modeled. As a manager or business leader, your demeanor and attitude in the office has an effet on your employees. When you demonstrate happiness you’re training your employees to follow suit.

Get in the habit of being grateful and showing gratitude for what you have. It can be a small thing – I am thankful for this cup of coffee, for the sun coming out today. When you make an effort to find things to be grateful for, you’re training your brain to be on the watch for more of what is good in your world. By making gratitude a habit, you will set the example for others and create a positive work environment. Focus on the positive when interacting with your employees. Point out their accomplishments and abilities. Remind them that they are a positive puissance within your company and that they have much to offer. This is a powerful détermination tool and it will help to create a “can-do” attitude in your workforce.

As a leader you’re influential – your opinion matters, especially to your employees. Make it a goal to compliment people. Recognizing even small accomplishments and praising your team members in meetings or in an courier can make a big impact. It doesn’t have to be a big gesture.

We all know that sometimes work can get monotonous and overwhelming. Say for example that Mike is feeling a bit underappreciated and is frustrated with his current project. He comes to a meeting feeling defeated and unmotivated. Then you, as his manager, compliment his exercices and praise him for a travail well done. The impact is immediate – he feels valued. His demeanor changes, he becomes engaged and leaves the meeting with a newfound energy to tackle his project.

People need to have a sense of purpose at work. Their happiness is directly connected to knowing that they make a difference. It’s not enough for a manager to dole out tasks. Take the time to explain why the individual task is important to the company as a whole. This will give your employees a sense of purpose and belonging that will motivate them to strive for more. Engaged employees are efficient, enthusiastic and are willing to do what it takes to help your organization succeed. Creating a sense of purpose for your employees is an investment in developing a positive workplace.

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