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Dr. Bruce's Levity Zone

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December 31, 2012

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Welcome to the shiny new, ahem… Dr.Bruce (Damer) podcast! Journey with me into a liminal zone between visionary science and the edge of magic. Levity is my gift to you, for there is reason for hope and as we remake ourselves the world will follow us into the Great Project of Being.

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Subscribe to us on iTunes here, connect to our general purpose feed or at feedburner. We are also on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and learn more about Dr.Bruce here. Thanks to our launch team: Jacob Aman (website wizardry & graphics), Chris Aman (sound craftsmanship) and Jake McDonald (graphics craft & music mixes) for getting Dr.Bruce and the Levity Zone off the ground! And of course, thanks to my partner and muse Galen Brandt for helping steer the creative course to this goal. Artists are invited to contribute music mixes, voice, animations, and art for anything on Dr.Bruce. Listeners are invited to add their voices through questions, answers and numinous ruminations. Please get in touch through our Contribute section.

Dr.Bruce Podcast 025: Studio Sessions #1 Pt1 – The Bubble Culture

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Recorded at the Blue Lotus Temple of Sound and Light, this is the first of the “studio sessions” to be brought out into the Levity Zone. Featuring musician, artist and neighbor Dhiren Dasu in conversation with Dr. Bruce we tackle a topic not often taken on: the viability of the festival scene and the image and the reality of the “counter’ or ‘bubble’ culture lifestyle prevalent on the West Coast of the US and elsewhere. As the philosopher Alan Watts counseled fifty years before, Dr. Bruce offers loving but concerted advice to young people that while you pursue peak experiences you must also develop skills and a grounding in this life. Credits: Dhiren Dasu and Dr. Bruce Damer (discussants, recording, editing), Dubr8r (music), Penny Slinger (photography) and Jacob Aman (layout). [released 15 April 2014]

Dr.Bruce Podcast 024: Levity Zone Salon #1 pt2 – Chemical Consciousness

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Part two of the first Levity Zone Salon held in December of 2013 at Ancient Oaks Farm covers Dr. Bruce’s personal integration  guided by the teachings of Eckart Tolle and J. Krishnamurti. Travis then shared his heartbreak and frustration with powerful prescription drugs given to kids at his school putting them into a manic monkey mind state. The medicating of generations of youth by society may be altering the future of human consciousness and the very world in which we will all live. Mikey casts a more positive light on all this suggesting we may be actually moving toward balance and freedom rather than dysfunction. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (hosting, editing), William Sol Family (music-check out his Prana Crafter Soundcloud), Jacob Aman (art). [released 28 March 2014]

Dr.Bruce Podcast 023: Levity Zone Salon #1 – Integrating Experience

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In this special edition of the Levity Zone we embark on a new leg of our journey with the start of Levity Zone Salons. The first one was held at Ancient Oaks Farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains on December 7th 2013 and featured: Dr. Bruce, Jacob Aman, Mark Boolootian, Mikey Siegel, and Travis Rios. The theme was: how do you integrate deeply powerful spiritual experiences into your everyday life? Those precious elevated states doled out from some ineffable source are rare in the human experience and successful practices to integrate them not only honor their source but could help to create a new Earth. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (hosting, editing), William Sol Family (music see his Prana Crafter Soundcloud here), Jacob Aman (art). [released 22 February 2014]

Dr.Bruce Podcast 022: Leave the Machine @ BurningMan2012

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This “lost talk” from Fractal Nation at Burning Man 2012 was resurrected by Andrew O’Keefe! Introduced by the artist Android Jones, Dr. Bruce goes on to unbolt the gears and camshafts of the machine that drives society, from the Mad Men who created the advertising that is supposed to define who we are, to how the machine may rattle itself apart like the long lost Soviet Union. How do we prepare for when the wheels come off? Listen in and find your way to slowly, but surely leave that machine and live an independent and powerful inner and then outer life. Dr. Bruce concludes by bringing us wise words from Dr. R. P. Kaushik from his Levity Zone #005 appearance which shows how new communities we might build to replace the machine must be based on shared experience of spirit, not on ideas. Find artwork and a voice-only version here. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (presenting, editing), Dr. R. P. Kaushik (excerpts), Andrew O’Keefe (audio restoration), Dr. Magnus (music-find his track Waves of Tranquility here), Jacob Aman (art). [released 30 January 2014]

Dr.Bruce Podcast 021: Mitochondrial Eve @ Burning Man 2013

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The Levity Zone features the third and final 2013 Burning Man talk held at the Palenque Norte tent in Camp Soft Landing, Dr. Bruce takes up the vitally important theme of the re-balancing of the feminine in the world as a force to re-center the course of our crazily careening civilization. Dive into this fanciful yet provokative story, based partly on profound new scientific discoveries yes mostly drawn out of the imagination, Follow the life of one of the most important figures in our deep human prehistory: a woman known as: Mitochondrial Eve, the true mother of us all. Is she now on her return? Dr. Bruce supplements his own creative license with well founded excerpts from scholar William Irwin Thompson, find his talk here on Civilization and the Displacement of the Feminine. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (presenting, editing), William Irwin Thompson (excerpts), hiddenpath (music –  from his album Trinumeral), Jacob Aman (art). [released 15 January 2014]

Dr.Bruce Podcast 020: Re-Imagining the World @ Burning Man 2013

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Dr. Bruce returns with another 2013 Burning Man talk held in the spectacular dome at Fractal Planet, a camp centered around visionary art led by the eclectic crew of spectacular visionary artist Andrew (Android) Jones. Android and a large spirited audience resonated with a vision of how we monkeys might use our fully activated minds to re-imagine and then re-make our world. Is this even plausible or possible? Dr. Bruce invites you to try it in your own life and see for yourself, for the universe is a mighty big probability engine that is just waiting for you to plug in your big inspirational flash. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (presenting, editing), Andrew O’Keefe II (introducer, recording), Chris Adams (music), Jacob Aman (art). [released 15 December 2013]

Dr.Bruce Podcast 019: Sacred Monkey Power @ Burning Man 2013

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Dr. Bruce returns from the Amazon rainforest and opens the Burning Man 2013 talks series with “Sacred Monkey Power”, a talk about our 90 million year deep ancestry starting out on the limbs of rainforest giants. A real dragonfly graced the colorful pavillion of Sacred Spaces Village during the talk and adding to the magic. Pressing on Dr. Bruce showed how we may push back against the coiling snake of technology, the thrall of our manic monkey masters and aim our civilization for that bright crack opening to a future we all know is possible. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (presenting, editing), David Houle (introducer, host), Jake McDonald (music), Jacob Aman (art). [released 19 November 2013]

Dr.Bruce Podcast 018: Symbiosis2013-Monkey Ascension

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Join us on the Pantheon stage at Symbiosis Gathering 2013 for Dr. Bruce introduced by visionary activist and coyote spiritwoman Caroline Casey. Dr. Bruce threaded together five of his recent raps from the Levity Zone and Burning Man, weaving in the story of the birth of the visionary experience 300 million year ago, the Madre seeing through our tiny primate eyes and being challenged by the snake of tech, the birth and life of Mitochrondrial Eve, all the way up to the dreamed for ascension of us monkeys to a union with the universe. And hear a bonus piece on how we may find a way to move life off Earth to inhabit space. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (intro, editing), Caroline Casey (introducer, closer), Fabio Scalabroni (music-see his Facebook page here), Jacob Aman (art). [released 27 September 2013]

Dr.Bruce Podcast 017: Ojai Salon 3-The Highest Purpose of Humanity

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A spirited group in Ojai Salon number 3 takes on a big theme: what is the highest purpose of humanity? Topics include: our deepest origins in time, bringing a new myth to the extant world, alien abduction visions, Burning Man as a vehicle for ascension, the thinking of joseph campbell, or simply existing in the present. It is true that humanity is already on the best possible path, carried along by the enormity of nature, and that we are accelerating toward some kind of ascension? This positive group of young people including join Golan, Aleli, Ingrid, Johann, Immanuel, Andros, Nathalie, David, Beth, Sol, Rebecca and yours truly, Dr. Bruce seemed well prepared ready to take on this transformation and through each of their good works were well poised to make that come to pass. The Salon ended with all of us coming back to the present to a glorious fruit pie and some beautiful improvised strings on the oud, guitar,  flute and voice by David, Golan, Johann, Beth and Ingrid. Host a Salon for the Levity Zone in your own home, on a hill top, deep in the woods, or anywhere that inspires the discussion. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (intro, editing), David Bergaud, Aleli, Golan Donino, Johann Wolf, Beth Leone and Ingrid (music). [released 14 September 2013]