The Whole Earth Catalog, first published in 1968, can be considered the bible of counterculture in the 60s and 70s. It compiles tools that can empower the individual within the global community.
Photojournalist Sebastião Salgado traveled the Brazilian Amazon for six years to document the unfathomable wonder of this last frontier. The forest, the rivers, the mountains, and the people who live there.
Lloyd Kahn is arguably the most influential pioneer of the DIY building movement that emerged in the 1960s.
His buildings are nothing less than an exuberant act of self-expression by Bolivia’s long-marginalized indigenous majority.
Sophy Hollington is a Brighton-based illustrator who has made a name for herself through her unique take on futuristic folklore realized in linocut.
The following drawings are taken from the Wurzelatlas, a book series that began in 1960 and is regarded as the standard work on root research.
This book is a New Age classic but just one of many publications in the same spirit springing from the counterculture of the late 1960s.
Each picture reveals minute features and textures that are normally invisible to the naked eye.
A book of unseen photographs documenting the early days of the British direct action environmental movement from 1995—1999.
The Light of Asia is a famous narrative poem that tells the life and time of Prince Gautama Siddhartha, who after attaining enlightenment, became the Buddha.
From detached gaze to initiatory knowledge: Verger is a true messenger between worlds.
A numinous, archetypal event that can lead to enhanced consciousness and is therefore crucial to the psyche of modern man.
This book is leading you on travels in a mysterious and visionary world.
There is already another post about Philip Kirkland but these images I’ve just found deserve to stand alone.
This seminal book by Stanley Keleman explores the notion that physical human shape is interrelated with one’s emotional and psychological reality — mapping the geometry of somatic consciousness.
“We exist in relation to three things: The forest, wild animals, and our ancestor spirits. Once we lose the connection to these things, we invite demons to take hold of our destiny.”
I grew up with Tintin and I just realized how formative Hergé’s ‘ligne claire’ was for me. His distinct visual…
Seeds are the most complex organs produced by plants, capable of traveling space and time to ensure the biodiversity of our planet.
A cosmic drama featuring the two interstellar repairmen Stel and Atan who rediscover humanity’s true state of being.
For more than fifty years the Dillon’s formed one of the most successful and influential illustrator partnership.
This film is based on the 1967 book of the same name. It’s a radical critique of mass marketing and its role in the alienation of modern society.
The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead is an instruction manual intended for use…
The term Mysore Style means you practice a memorized yoga sequence without being led by a teacher. The role of the teacher is to guide as well as provide adjustments or assists in postures.
Osho’s discourses on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, given in Pune from 1973-76.
Continuum Movement is a dynamic inquiry into what it is to be a human being, providing a method to consciously explore ourself as an unfolding biological and planetary process.
A primal heart still beats in Europe. Rural people all over the continent kept the connection to nature’s rhythm and celebrate the seasonal cycle. They invoke death but bestow fertile life.
This little chapter from The Center of the Cyclone by John C. Lilly turned out to be a piece of wisdom that stood the test of time.
This book isn’t a novel but rather a manifesto. The final work of Huxley is a sociological blueprint, a manual for living, loving and dying.
Michael O’Neill’s quest to capture the essence of yoga spans time, space, and peoples.
Filmed mostly on a stationary 16mm camera, this documentary is the modern-day Walden.
“The American literature doesn’t have a more beautiful and more profound book than Walden” commented Hermann Hesse. And I knew…
End Time City is Michael Ackerman’s radical portrayal of the Indian city of Benares, the holy City of Light on the shore of the Ganges.
The presentation of love as as a skill that can be taught and developed is all the more important for modern humans alienated from each other and from nature.
Alexander Shulgin’s lab books were scanned in 2007 and made available online.
Frieder Grindler is one of the big names of German poster design in the second half of the 20th century.
Yoga: The Art of Transformation was the first major exhibition that explores the visual history of yoga.
Dürckheim’s legacy is psychotherapy in the spirit of Zen. His books are classics of transpersonal psychology.
Robert Gordon Wasson was an international banker, amateur mycologist, and author. It was him who reintroduced the ‘divine mushrooms’ to the West.
This book is the best reminder that a computer screen can’t replace the printing quality of a well produced book. The nuances of black are outstanding…
For any culture which is primarily concerned with meaning, the study of death – the only certainty that life holds…
A practice of self-enquiry like yoga isn’t on the agenda of a system of control and conformity. But even in East Germany people pursued this path, despite the risk of arousing suspicion.
If you think you are a spiritual energetic being then you will heal yourself by merely realizing what you truly are. Shamans are your helpers on this path.
This is a simple yet powerful method for clear, empathic communication beneficial for all of us.
Gabor Maté is a Canadian physician who specializes in the study and treatment of addiction. He radiates kindness and a deep understanding of the human condition.
There are contemporary “back to the land” communities practicing a hunter-gatherer way of life. Projects like this will serve as a touchstone to those interested in living differently.
Research indicates that shamans access an intelligence, which they say is nature’s, and which gives them information that has stunning correspondences with molecular biology.
Published in 1973, The Secret Life of Plants was written by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. It is described as…
Simon G. Powell had no real budget or crew, but he did have a Hi-8 video camera, some music equipment, a computer and lots of inspiration.
The art of the Australian Aborigines is one of the oldest artistic traditions alive. This selection shows paintings from the mid-fifties until now by artists from the Arnhem Land region in Northern Australia.
My own infrequent writings are purely experientially and I’m not well-read enough to refer to the spiritual heritage of millenia. However others can.
The mere fact that you exist is quite awesome. The way you came into this existence is a unsurpassable miracle hard to believe.
Karl Blossfeldt was an attentive observers of nature, a teacher of contemplation.
Gurdjieff’s teaching combines mystical elements of Sufism, Buddhism, Christianity, Gnosticism, Zoroastrianism and the Kabbalah.
I’m reading the autobiography of Carl Gustav Jung. It was a name I’ve come across constantly and I knew there’s…
I am fascinated by people who make the bold step into alternative ways of living. If none of the given choices seem to fit you, create your own!
Many people ask me about Ayahuasca and I’m happy to share my experiences and the information I gathered.
Every belief system has to offer a good story. The more poetic and sensational the more likely to find followers. Paul Gustave Doré‘s way of depicting Christian imagery is a great example.
The photographer Jimmy Nelson visited 31 secluded and visually unique tribes around the world. The result is huge — in extend and significance.
Dennis McKenna shared a life’s devotion to psychedelics with his better known brother. And he wrote a book about it.
At the age of thirteen he was discover by the Theosophical Society and proclaimed to be the new World Teacher to guide the evolution of humankind.
Traveling south, being outdoors and reading Hesse goes well together.
And I’m realizing again how deeply this man talks to me.
Heinz Edelmann‘s illustrations really made a lasting impression on me as a child. His distinct style seemed all-around and I remember one picture book in particular.