Psychedelics and the Primacy of the Human Imagination

Amongst certain sectors of the plant medicine/psychedelic scenes, there’s a widespread idea that ayahuasca and other psychedelic plants and substances are inherently benevolent, that they “know how to work with us”, that we always “get the medicine that we need, not the…

Remedios Varo, “Bordando el Manto Terrestre” (Embroidering the Earth’s mantle), 1961.

Generally speaking, I tend to believe that what some people call “synchronicity” is nothing but random chaos anointed with special meaning. Shit, that just happens, and for whatever reason, we decide it’s particularly meaningful.

These sort of “special” coincidences are bound to happen, as per the infinite monkey theorem: imagine…

Soda Pop and Ice-Cream, Venice (IG: @adamandros)

“…Othering the other while knowing there are no others…”

Venice Beach is without a doubt my favourite place in L.A. It is, probably, one of the best places in the world to practice the sublime art of people watching, camera at the hip, hunting for a visually interesting slice of…

On Sensory Enchantment (And Wet Hair)

Artist: Abduzeedo, “Tribute to Salvador Dali / Self Portrait”

One of my most memorable ayahuasca experiences invited me to joyously rediscover the awakened, sensuous nature of my own body. With my senses enchanted by an innocent and pristine child-like sense of wonder, I spent the most part of the evening running my hands…

We alternate between being tender flesh and being the knife that cuts through it. For a moment we are the wound, and we bleed and ache, gasping for the life that is escaping from the ripped epidermis, the severed capillaries, the mangled adipose tissue. We, the wound, the incomplete flesh…

A friend recently asked me how I was doing. Without thinking too much, I said: “I’m a little bit more brokenhearted, and a little bit more whole.” She needed an explanation, and I didn’t follow up with the conversation. I’ve been feeling that answer for the last few days, giving…

Adam Andros Aronovich

Medical Anthropologist, Creator of Healing From Healing (IG & FB), Co-Founder and COO of Hidden Hand Media.

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