What to feed your pet mushrooms:

Many people don’t realize this, but you can feed your pet mushrooms things found around the house.

Our friend Roger Rabbit at the Shroomery feeds his shrooms all kinds of things…

  • Burritos
  • Bras 
  • Religious Books 
  • Old Hats and
  • Twenty Dollar Bills
*Note: this may be funny, but it is totally true. Mushrooms are natural decomposers and therefore will grow on a variety of things (even your girlfriend’s bra!) 
Wisdom can be found in many places…even in the lyrics of pop music songs.
Let’s be honest, most pop music songs are filled with empty lyrics that mean little to the person who wrote them and even less to the people listening.
But, every now and then you hear something that resonates with you.
It’s intelligent, it’s honest, it speaks to your human existence.
You might even go as far as to call it “wisdom.”
I heard something of the sort the other day while listening to the radio on my way to school.
(I’m not proud to admit it, but I do listen to commercial radio now and then.)
On this very day I caught a song by an upcoming Pop artist known as Lorde.
I’m not here to debate the merits of the song.
I just want to say that a line from the song caught my ear and sent me into a deep reflection.
Here’s the lyrics:

"We crave a different kind of buzz."

I know, at first read these words may not seem to be very profound, but I beg you to please hear me out.
As a person, I do crave a different kind of buzz. It’s a psychedelic buzz.
If you’re anything like me, you can relate.
The fact that we crave this buzz makes us different.
It means that we are willing to explore places most people are not.
This makes us unique, daring, cutting edge, and even brave.
So you see, wisdom can be found in unlikely places.
You just have to be willing to receive it.

Wisdom can be found in many places…even in the lyrics of pop music songs.

Let’s be honest, most pop music songs are filled with empty lyrics that mean little to the person who wrote them and even less to the people listening.

But, every now and then you hear something that resonates with you.

It’s intelligent, it’s honest, it speaks to your human existence.

You might even go as far as to call it “wisdom.”

I heard something of the sort the other day while listening to the radio on my way to school.

(I’m not proud to admit it, but I do listen to commercial radio now and then.)

On this very day I caught a song by an upcoming Pop artist known as Lorde.

I’m not here to debate the merits of the song.

I just want to say that a line from the song caught my ear and sent me into a deep reflection.

Here’s the lyrics:

"We crave a different kind of buzz."

I know, at first read these words may not seem to be very profound, but I beg you to please hear me out.

As a person, I do crave a different kind of buzz. It’s a psychedelic buzz.

If you’re anything like me, you can relate.

The fact that we crave this buzz makes us different.

It means that we are willing to explore places most people are not.

This makes us unique, daring, cutting edge, and even brave.

So you see, wisdom can be found in unlikely places.

You just have to be willing to receive it.

treywolfsky asked:

Just wanted to tell you that you have an amazing blog and I love YOU. I too use mushroom as an ally. Care to tell of your first experience?

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My first mushroom experience was terrifying.

I was thrown headfirst into a foreign dimension inhabited by spirits and demons who assaulted my consciousness.

The majority of the night was spent with me lying on the floor curled in a ball, with my friends trying to comfort me.

At one point, I was willing to die if it meant that I could escape the hell that I was stuck in.

Needless to say, the experienced humbled me.

I returned to reality with a belief that would change my life forever:

"There is a lot more to reality than what we experience here on earth."

Despite the hellacious journey that the mushrooms had provided, I I vowed to return.

I knew there was much more wisdom to be gained from the mushroom. Besides, that which does not kill you only makes you stronger.

I have been traveling with them ever since.

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*Thanks for contacting me Treywolfsky. Your question brought back some awesome memories.

Sincerely,
~FleshCap (Steve Savage)

How I Discovered the Sacred Language of Flow 
We could see the bright glow of fire spinners in the distance.
We wanted to go watch but we were scared.
You know that point during a psychedelic trip where other people seem scary? Yeah, we were at that point.
So we watched them for a long while, from a safe distance of several hundred feet.
"Like a whispering whistle." I thought to myself. That’s what the burning balls of fire poi sound like when you spin them.
A circle of people formed around the fire spinners.
"Wanna get closer?" I asked Meg.
"Maybe in a minute" she responded meekly.
She was still scared, and so was I. Two tabs of liquid and a fistful of mushrooms had turned us into timid individuals.
Then, a glow hoop went flying up into the air and landed into the hands of a girl we recognized from earlier in the night. Her playful nature was inviting and made the whole situation a little less scary.
"Ok, let’s go watch." Meg said.
Mind you, approaching the circle was difficult for Meg and I. It was only our second Full Moon Gathering, and we were tripping really, really hard.
Entering into the circle of fire spinners I encountered an interesting phenomenon.
After several moments of concentrating on the patterns of light created by the fire poi, my fear began to slowly disappear.
I entered into one of the deepest meditations that I had ever experienced.
For a brief time, I forgot that I tripping so hard.
Later, as I reflected upon the experience, I concluded that I had been introduced to a sacred language.
It is a language of light and patterns known as “Flow.”
From that night on, I have dedicated myself to becoming fluent in the sacred language of flow.
——————————*Learn more about the sacred language of Flow from FleshCap.

How I Discovered the Sacred Language of Flow 

We could see the bright glow of fire spinners in the distance.

We wanted to go watch but we were scared.

You know that point during a psychedelic trip where other people seem scary? Yeah, we were at that point.

So we watched them for a long while, from a safe distance of several hundred feet.

"Like a whispering whistle." I thought to myself. That’s what the burning balls of fire poi sound like when you spin them.

A circle of people formed around the fire spinners.

"Wanna get closer?" I asked Meg.

"Maybe in a minute" she responded meekly.

She was still scared, and so was I. Two tabs of liquid and a fistful of mushrooms had turned us into timid individuals.

Then, a glow hoop went flying up into the air and landed into the hands of a girl we recognized from earlier in the night. Her playful nature was inviting and made the whole situation a little less scary.

"Ok, let’s go watch." Meg said.

Mind you, approaching the circle was difficult for Meg and I. It was only our second Full Moon Gathering, and we were tripping really, really hard.

Entering into the circle of fire spinners I encountered an interesting phenomenon.

After several moments of concentrating on the patterns of light created by the fire poi, my fear began to slowly disappear.

I entered into one of the deepest meditations that I had ever experienced.

For a brief time, I forgot that I tripping so hard.

Later, as I reflected upon the experience, I concluded that I had been introduced to a sacred language.

It is a language of light and patterns known as “Flow.”

From that night on, I have dedicated myself to becoming fluent in the sacred language of flow.

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*Learn more about the sacred language of Flow from FleshCap.

"North Cali vs. South Cali Festivals"

Trust me, there is a difference.

North Cali festivals have a flavor all their own. Symbiosis gave me a good taste of it last weekend.

The West Coast has been called the epicenter of the Transformational Festival scene. However, to refer to the entire West Coast as if it were one place, or one scene is wrong.

Certainly West Coast festivals share a common energy, but I’ve discovered a distinct difference between the ones in the Northern region of the West Coast versus the Southern Region of the West Coast.

I’m a So Cal kid, born and raised just 30 miles east of Los Angeles. My first exposure to psychedelic gatherings was the massive Insomniac raves that began in the mid 90s.

I’m not going to sit here and argue that one region is superior to the other, but I do want to highlight some of the differences that I’ve observed.

  • North- a longer history of “camp-out” style festivals, a feature that the South has just recently adopted.
  • South- way more jaw-locked Ecstasy poppers (not that I have anything against the occasional Ecstasy trip.)
  • North- way more hippie mystics (interesting folks).
  • South- more urban raver kids. (among them are some very sexy people.)
  • North- more of an “earthy” vibe.
  • South- a sleek polished feel (even some of the outdoor festivals have an indoor club vibe.)
  • North- far fewer cops.
  • South- large sting operations resulting in large numbers of arrests.
  • North- loosely organized, off the cuff gatherings that feel a lot like your best friend’s cousin’s BBQ that everyone was invited to.
  • South- strictly organized, regimented, follow the schedule to the “T” kind of event.

Yes, of course there are a lot of similarities and overlap between the two regions. We all love to trip, and we all love to dance to good music.

After attending the Symbiosis Gathering in the Bay area last weekend, I walked away with a peculiar taste in my mouth.

It was like sampling a new food. It took me a minute, to decide how I felt about it, but by the end of the festival I had decided that I liked the taste.

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*Original festival photography by FleshCap.

Caution! Narcs Ahead.  (Don’t say we didn’t warn you!)
If your heading to the Symbiosis Gathering you’re going experience one of the best Transformational festivals that the West Coast has to offer.
A word of warning, however, Drug Enforcement Authorities may be targeting this event.
You won’t know them if you see them because they’ll likely be working undercover.
No one knows for sure what to expect at Symbiosis, but we do know that undercover agents ran a major sting operation at the Lightning in a Bottle Festival in July which resulted in the arrest of over fifty people.
Symbiosis is the sister festival of Lightning in a Bottle so I’m putting out this warning to the community. Be careful!
Many members of the community were upset with the DoLab for not warning festival goers about the presence of undercover agents at LIB. 
Honestly, I think it’s ridiculous that some people believe that festival organizers are responsible for warning them about police.
I don’t like the drug war any more than you do, but each of us has to take responsibility for our own actions.
This is a serious game that were playing. Losing the game can result in serious consequences. If you can’t live with those consequences then you shouldn’t play.
Here’s a great post that gives advice for dealing with the police at festivals. It was created for Burning Man but the info applies to any gathering.
How to Deal with Law Enforcement in Black Rock City
——————————*Learn more about the the Politics of Psychedelics with Fleshcap.

Caution! Narcs Ahead.
(Don’t say we didn’t warn you!)

If your heading to the Symbiosis Gathering you’re going experience one of the best Transformational festivals that the West Coast has to offer.

A word of warning, however, Drug Enforcement Authorities may be targeting this event.

You won’t know them if you see them because they’ll likely be working undercover.

No one knows for sure what to expect at Symbiosis, but we do know that undercover agents ran a major sting operation at the Lightning in a Bottle Festival in July which resulted in the arrest of over fifty people.

Symbiosis is the sister festival of Lightning in a Bottle so I’m putting out this warning to the community. Be careful!

Many members of the community were upset with the DoLab for not warning festival goers about the presence of undercover agents at LIB. 

Honestly, I think it’s ridiculous that some people believe that festival organizers are responsible for warning them about police.

I don’t like the drug war any more than you do, but each of us has to take responsibility for our own actions.

This is a serious game that were playing. Losing the game can result in serious consequences. If you can’t live with those consequences then you shouldn’t play.

Here’s a great post that gives advice for dealing with the police at festivals. It was created for Burning Man but the info applies to any gathering.

How to Deal with Law Enforcement in Black Rock City

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*Learn more about the the Politics of Psychedelics with Fleshcap.

Coming Back After a Bad Trip

  • Jade: I used to be a prolific psychedelic explorer until I had a bad trip three years ago. I'd like to resume my psychedelic explorations, but I'm scared. Is there anything I can do to ensure that I won't have a bad trip?
  • Fleshcap: The psychedelic experience can be rewarding, but it is also dangerous and unpredictable. Nothing you do can ensure a good trip, but there are precautions that you can take to minimize the risk.
  • Jade: I was thinking of asking my friend to serve as my trip-sitter.
  • Fleshcap: Having a sober friend accompany you is a great idea. In addition, I would strongly suggest picking a setting that will be free of any other people. Tripping in an outdoor, secluded location is ideal.
  • Jade: I can see why you would suggest finding a secluded location. Last time I tripped I was at my friend's house and his roommate brought over some unexpected guests. For some reason, having people around made me really self-conscious and paranoid. At one point in the night, they had to restrain me because I was trying to run away.
  • Fleshcap: It's quite common for the presence of other people, especially strangers to trigger a bad trip. That's why I'm fond of camping out in secluded locations where no one is around to bother you. BadTripGuide.com is a great resource for planning a positive psychedelic experience. Give it a read before your next trip.
  • Jade: Great, thanks for advice!

My friends sent me a disturbing, yet awesome postcard from Burning Man this year.

The image on the front of the card depicts a decaying man who looks like a cross between Jesus Christ and the Buddha.

A thin sheet of skin hangs over bulging rib bones. One of his eyes is fully decayed, and the other stares blankly out at the viewer of the card. Engraved upon his forehead is the mark of the Burning Man Cult- a head made of wood.

Hundreds of images of food surround the man on all sides. Is this the message? A dying man surrounded by an over abundance of food. I’m not sure.

A long line of people wait at the bottom of the card. Some of them have their hands raised as if they are caught in a spiritual rapture. What are they in line for? The food, perhaps? Or, maybe they’re in line to pay homage to the dying man?

I’m sure the statue with the Big tits who sits next to the line of people could tell us more.

After reflecting upon the hidden message of this card for two days, only one thing is clear, for some people Burning Man is a Cult.

Yes, I’m serious.

Think I’m reading too far into this? I think not. The back of the card states:

"Because one good cult deserves another."

But hey, you decide for yourself.

P.S. Thank you Tyler & Shannon for this wonderful postcard. It’s given me so much to think about.

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*Learn more about Burning Man with FleshCap

Lots of films claim to deliver an experience, Samsara really does.

It’s unlike any other film I’ve seen. It doesn’t tell a story, instead it provides a guided meditation.

I almost turned it off the first time I watched the film, thinking it was too slow. However, the curious nature of the images prevented me from doing so.

Ten minutes into the film I was hooked. It was as though I was on a guided tour of the world, carefully examining life in all of its beauty and suffering.

There are no spoken words in the entire film. The director said that he didn’t feel that words had any place in a film that was trying to portray something that is beyond language.

The images of the film were carefully chosen and they do a great job at striking emotional cords within us. But it’s not just the images that are important. It’s the way that the images are displayed. Images on the screen stay there for a long time allowing you to enter the very world that you are examining.

Perhaps the most profound aspect of the film is the ability it has to deliver you to the very places that the film was made.

I’m careful not to use cliches such as “triply” when describing this film. Samsara is not an overtly psychedelic film, but it does speak to the psychedelic mind.

Like an acid trip, it takes you somewhere, and shows you things that stir your spirit. When it’s all over, you can’t help but to reflect on your journey for days later.

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*Learn more about Visionary Film with FleshCap.

Federal Drug Enforcement Agents are coming to a festival near you.
Chances are you’ve already seen them.
So, has there been an increase in DEA presence at festivals, or is just our imagination?
Fifty Eight people were arrested at the Lightning in a Bottle festival this July in what was clearly a targeted sting operation directed at a festival known to be a psychedelic event.
Unconfirmed reports coming out of Burning Man early this week indicate that the BLM authorities are exerting a heavy hand on festival goers.
Heavier than usual? I don’t know. Like I said, these are uncomforted reports. We’ll just have to wait for the arrest report and compare it to previous years.
Burning Man has always warned festival goers in their annual "Survival Guide" that the BLM is out there and that these authorities will not play kindly with those who possess substances.
With paranoia rising, many festival goers are feeling the heat turn up.
Is this part of a concerted effort on the part of the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency to crack down on festivals, or is this just business as usual?
——————————*Learn more about the Politics of Psychedelics with FleshCap.

Federal Drug Enforcement Agents are coming to a festival near you.

Chances are you’ve already seen them.

So, has there been an increase in DEA presence at festivals, or is just our imagination?

Fifty Eight people were arrested at the Lightning in a Bottle festival this July in what was clearly a targeted sting operation directed at a festival known to be a psychedelic event.

Unconfirmed reports coming out of Burning Man early this week indicate that the BLM authorities are exerting a heavy hand on festival goers.

Heavier than usual? I don’t know. Like I said, these are uncomforted reports. We’ll just have to wait for the arrest report and compare it to previous years.

Burning Man has always warned festival goers in their annual "Survival Guide" that the BLM is out there and that these authorities will not play kindly with those who possess substances.

With paranoia rising, many festival goers are feeling the heat turn up.

Is this part of a concerted effort on the part of the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency to crack down on festivals, or is this just business as usual?

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*Learn more about the Politics of Psychedelics with FleshCap.

Are you heading to the playa of Black Rock City for Burning Man? 
Do yourself a favor, bring your bike!
My brother is traveling to Burning Man with a bunch of first-time Burners who seem to think that they’ll be OK without a bicycle.
Hearing this has compelled me to make a last minute announcement to any other Virgins who think they can navigate the Playa for a week without a set of wheels. 
I can see how first-time burners who might not have much vehicle space, or might not own a bicycle, may choose to ignore items listed on the Burning Man survival guide.
Consider this, the playa is a massively expansive landscape. So big and so populated that its is categorized a city. One can easily travel up to twenty miles in one day just crossing back and forth. So, unless your friend owns a mutant vehicle and will drive you around all weekend, you will need a bicycle! 
Take it from a veteran Burner, nothing feels better than blazing through the deep playa on three hits of acid while riding your bike! 
——————————*Burning Man is a portal. *Burning Man photography by FleshCap.

Are you heading to the playa of Black Rock City for Burning Man

Do yourself a favor, bring your bike!

My brother is traveling to Burning Man with a bunch of first-time Burners who seem to think that they’ll be OK without a bicycle.

Hearing this has compelled me to make a last minute announcement to any other Virgins who think they can navigate the Playa for a week without a set of wheels. 

I can see how first-time burners who might not have much vehicle space, or might not own a bicycle, may choose to ignore items listed on the Burning Man survival guide.

Consider this, the playa is a massively expansive landscape. So big and so populated that its is categorized a city. One can easily travel up to twenty miles in one day just crossing back and forth. So, unless your friend owns a mutant vehicle and will drive you around all weekend, you will need a bicycle! 

Take it from a veteran Burner, nothing feels better than blazing through the deep playa on three hits of acid while riding your bike! 

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*Burning Man is a portal.
*Burning Man photography by FleshCap.

Acid Trivia Episode #3 
He was an underground chemist responsible for producing vast quantities of LSD. His arrest in the year 2000 resulted in the largest LSD seizure in history. U.S. government officials contend that the world-wide LSD supply dropped by 90% following his arrest. Many people in the psychedelic underground see him as a fallen hero.
Answer: Who is William Leonard Pickard?
——————————*Acid Trivia by FleshCap. *Artistic portrait of William Leonard Pickard by Fleshcap.

Acid Trivia Episode #3 

He was an underground chemist responsible for producing vast quantities of LSD. His arrest in the year 2000 resulted in the largest LSD seizure in history. U.S. government officials contend that the world-wide LSD supply dropped by 90% following his arrest. Many people in the psychedelic underground see him as a fallen hero.

Answer: Who is William Leonard Pickard?

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*Acid Trivia by FleshCap.
*Artistic portrait of William Leonard Pickard by Fleshcap.