Experience Community

Welcome to our growing community of individuals who are speaking out about their anomalous experiences, and the experts working  to understand these experiences.

“Because we desperately need a new concept of what a human being is if we are to learn how to stop killing each other and poisoning our only planet. The old reductionist worldview has not enabled us to do this. The emerging worldview is of an increased sense not only of sentience, but of interconnectedness.”
Professor Allan Combs, PhD

Experience Interview: Jamie

Experience Interview: Jamie

This video is a recording of an interview with Jamie, a graduate student studying creativity, about her actual anomalous experience. By inviting people to share their experiences, we are hoping to remove some of the superstition and stigma from...

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Experience Interview: Melissa

Experience Interview: Melissa

This video is a recording of an interview with Melissa about her actual anomalous experience. She is a 26 year old former high school teacher now studying for her Master’s degree.   By inviting people to share their experiences, we are...

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Experience Interview: Matt Zion

Experience Interview: Matt Zion

This is an edited version of an interview with Matt Zion, 26, founder of music company TIMEWHEEL (www.timewheel.net), about his extraordinary experience. By inviting people to share their experiences, we are hoping to remove some of the...

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“Consciousness poses the most baffling problems in the science of the mind. There is nothing that we know more intimately than conscious experience, but there is nothing that is harder to explain.”
— David Chalmers, PhD


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UNDERSTANDING OUR INTERVIEWS AND PROCESS

The interviews reported here are true stories of anomalous or extraordinary experiences being shared by the people who had them and by experts in the field. We will be inviting people to share their experiences, and hope that many more will come forward. The interviews with people who are reporting their experiences are expressions of their unique experiences. Nothing in them should be construed as offering any type of expert opinion.

We will be inviting people to share their reports of their anomalous experiences with us and with others. Some of these extraordinary experiences that may be reported may have been stimulated by the use of various substances. We know that people who have had extraordinary experiences while using psychedelic substances may want to share their experiences and we certainly encourage this.  However, we must state that we in no way condone or encourage the use of illegal substances which are consciousness altering. If you have an interest in these types of experiences, we recommend you consult with well-trained and knowledgeable mental health professionals as regards the use of these substances. Currently there are active research programs at university medical schools, including UCLA, UCSF, John Hopkins, and NYU, to name a few.

Our purpose is to facilitate people sharing their experiences and show how these experiences can lead to advances in research on consciousness itself. If you are interested in submitting your own story of an anomalous experience, please contact us through the contact form at dancingwiththetrickster.com/contact

 

NOTE: If you (or someone you know) is or has had one or more of these types of extraordinary experiences, and is feeling seriously disturbed by the results of their experience, we strongly recommend that you contact a well-trained mental health professional as soon as possible. Call 911 if anyone is at immediate risk of hurting themselves or someone else.

“The way we organize society literally rests, in many ways, on our understanding of consciousness, and the prevailing paradigms are limiting the culture’s progress. It is that simple and that profound.”
— clinical psychologist and author Dr. David Feinstein, PhD