Rank #1: 003-Dr.Bruce: "The Day the Universe Becomes Conscious" @ Burning Man (Aug 2003)
Dr. Bruce Damer's first talk at the first Palenque Norte, Burning Man, August 2003. Credits: Lorenzo Hagerty (event), Jake McDonald (cover art, editing), Ankur Dnyanmote, ChaosLab, Arturo and Kianna Alarid Cameron/Svamps (music).
Jan 31 2013
Rank #2: 018-Dr.Bruce: Symbiosis2013-Monkey Ascension
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), Jacob Aman (art). [released 27 September 2013]
Sep 27 2013
Rank #3: 017-Dr.Bruce: Ojai Salon 3-Highest Purpose of Humanity
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, Alali, 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 hilltop, deep in the woods, or anywhere that inspires the discussion. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (intro, editing), David Bergaud, Alali, Golan Donino, Johann Wolf, Beth Leone and Ingrid (music). [released 14 September 2013]
Sep 14 2013
Rank #4: 048-LevityZone: Primal Theory
Dr. Bruce returns for a Studio Session with Dhiren Dasu recorded back in 2012 where he dove into his primordial thinking behind the recently published hypothesis on the origin of life, musings on the origin of the cosmos, and the unique place of life and God in the universe. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (speaker), Dhiren Dasu (interview and audio recording), Ryan Norkus (cover art) Mental Physix (theme music). [released 2 July 2016]]
Jul 02 2016
Rank #5: 022-Dr.Bruce: Leave the Machine @ BurningMan2012-Fractal Nation
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. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (presenting, editing), Dr. R. P. Kaushik (excerpts), Andrew OKeefe (audio restoration), Dr. Magnus (music), Jacob Aman (art). [released 30 January 2014]
Jan 30 2014
Rank #6: 006-Dr.Bruce: Dr.Kaushik-The Universe Within Energy
Dr. Kaushik reveals how the energy moves within the universe inside each of us and gets caught up as tension. This tension is the source of all of our needs and ills and to move beyond it is to become a new kind of human being. Recorded Ithaca, NY, 1978. Find many more talks by Dr. Kaushik linked off our site at levityzone.org/podcasts. Music by Mystical Sun titled: Place of Refuge from his new album 26000.
Mar 14 2013
Rank #7: 044-LevityZone: Merry Pranksters-The Acid Test Turns 50!
The Merry Pranksters return to Santa Cruz to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Acid Test! Hear George Walker, Mountain Girl Carolyn Garcia and Ken Babbs on stage at Don Quixote's hold forth on deep counter-cultural history. Hosted by County Supervisor John Leopold, this important historical event, which back in 1965 spawned the Grateful Dead, is commemorated by a proclamation, and a historic marker... a bus stop! Santa Cruz honors its Psychedelic history and Dr. Bruce was there to capture it for you here the Levity Zone. Credits: John Leopold, George Walker, Jami Cassady, Carolyn Garcia, Ken Babbs (presenters), Dr. Bruce Damer (recorder and editor), Rob Menzies and Galen Brandt (cameo appearances), Slugs N' Roses (closing music). [released 17 December 2015]]
Dec 16 2015
Rank #8: 064-LevityZone: Shahnaz Minallah on Lock-In, Jedis and Crafts
Your Dr. Bruce finds himself back in Islamabad, Pakistan spending one beautiful April spring day at a flower-decked lakeside retreat hand-crafted by a dear friend, Shahnaz Minallah. We spent a delightful time "gup shupping" (Pakistani for shooting the breeze) while breezes flowed and Pashtuns from the wild north worked around us. We explored the theme of "lock-in" which is entering Pakistani society with Chinese development to garner millions in apartment building/shopping mall/smartphone living. Lock-in will soon threaten thousand year old ways of life including craft hand-workers such as a Pashtun weaver who "says a prayer with every thread." Shahnaz vows to do something about it by creating an online export business to preserve these ancient and beautiful crafts and village ways. In between we speak about our shared passion for healing practices and the rise of "Jedis" and their energetic "Force" around the world. Credits: Shahnaz Minallah and Dr. Bruce Damer (recording and discussion) [released 26 April 2018]]
Apr 26 2018
Rank #9: 065-LevityZone: Deepak Chopra and Dr. Bruce's Emergent Connection
Dr. Bruce Damer and Dr. Deepak Chopra meet and share news and views about the science of life's origins, old rocks and new chemistry, and the fundamental engine of creation in a mutual sense of spirit of healing in this emergent connection. Recorded in Facebook Live in front of 22,000 of Deepak's followers on Friday April 6th at the 2018 Science of Consciousness Conference in Tucson, Arizona this was Dr. Bruce's first experience of mass audiences in social media. It was fun so there is more to come! Credits: Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Bruce Damer (recording and discussion), Kristof (editing and cover art) [released 29 May 2018]]
May 29 2018
Rank #10: 013-Dr.Bruce: Ojai Salon 2-The World of 2050
This second Ojai Salon opens with the sharing of a vision transporting us to the world of 2050. In this wondrous world of the imagination the ideal outcome has occured and we are living in a safe, sane and healthy civlization nestled nicely on a recovered and restored verdant Earth. How did we get there? Suspend yourself in disbelief for a while and just settle back and enjoy the given vision. In the next episode the audience dialogue will dive into how we might actually get there. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (intro, editing), Steve Murtaugh (music), Jacob Aman (art), Jeffrey Harris (introduction, photography). [released 19 July 2013].
Jul 19 2013
Rank #11: 063-LevityZone: Tubcast03-Healing Humanity
Dr. Bruce and Al Lundell submerge together in the hot tub on Future Peak to record a new Tubcast. Levity Zone listeners get a first peek into a whole new practice Dr. Bruce has been immersed in for several years within a community called the Luminous Awareness Institute. In Luminous, skilled practitioners use powerful combinations of methods for healing various types of trauma which, for many of us, were "coded in" by experiences in childhood. As living conditions have improved worldwide, people are healthier and live longer than ever before. However, many suffer in a state of anxiety induced by destructive narratives that can lead to depression and dissociation. This situation seems to be rooted in a variety of character styles driven in party by these core traumas. Will science and the healing arts converge to discover how to rewrite our "psychological boot code" and heal humanity? Hear how this audacious possibility, perhaps the biggest story of our time, may hold the key to creating a beautiful and sustainable civilization. Credits: Dr. Future-Allan Lundell (recording and discussion), Dr. Bruce Damer (discussion and editing), Ryan Beck (music-ProgeNotes), [released 31 March 2018]]
Mar 31 2018
Rank #12: 055-LevityZone: Dr. Kaushik from Body to Realization
Dr. R.P. Kaushik returns to the Levity Zone to describe how listening to the body and becoming the observer separate from mind can open us to a healing and transformative intelligent energy. This energy can unify us with what is: the source of life itself. Dr. Bruce has recently been engaged in practices that are taking him closer to opening to this energy, so his heart was wide open to Dr. Kaushik's telling of this link between the body, the mind and this path to transformation. As our world is increasingly dominated by fear and anxiety through politics and the pressures of life, we need such sage guidance more than ever. When it comes right down to it, as Dr. Kaushik says... "there is only one problem and one solution". Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (introducer), Dr. R.P. Kaushik (presenter), Mystical Sun (music), Jacob Aman (site and cover art). [released 21 March 2017]]
Mar 21 2017
Rank #13: 012-Dr.Bruce: Dr.Kaushik-The Evolution of God to the Energy Within
Join Dr. Kaushik in this tour de force talk from the late 1970s.The Doctor shows how our concept of God has undergone an evolution, from animalistic entities, to angry human deities, and finally progressing to compassionate avatars such as Jesus or the Buddha, But these gods always occupy a part of our mind that allowed them to manifest their opposite. This mind/opposite duality comes down to the persistent duality of the observer and the observed. In those rare moments, or for those rare people who are able to come to the end of thought, and for whom the observer vanishes, the fundamental energy of the immensity then pours in. In this state, the dualistic gods of the opposite have come to an end, replaced by a direct connection to God within and without that infuses the universe. Credits: Dr. R. P. Kaushik (speaker), Bruce Damer (intro, editing), Mystical Sun (music), Jacob Aman (art). [released 29 June 2013].
Jun 29 2013
Rank #14: 004-Dr.Bruce: "Raising the Ruby Keystone - how one may hold the visionary state" (Nov 2012)
Dr. Bruce on how one may hold the visionary state. Credits: Bruce Damer (author and reader), Chris Adams (music), Chris Aman (editing), Jacob Aman (art).
Feb 15 2013
Rank #15: 005-Dr.Bruce: "Introducing Dr. R.P. Kaushik" (Feb 2013)
Dr. Bruce introduces Dr. Kaushik. Credits: Students of Dr. K (digitizing this session from Ithaca, NY, 1978), Cynthia Copple (photo), Bruce Damer (editing, introducer), MysticalSun (music).
Mar 01 2013
Rank #16: 010-Dr.Bruce: Conversations with the Madre (Part 1)
There is reason for hope as I take you on a very personal voyage into a lifelong quest for contact with nature and the biosphere: the Madre. She is the entity that for me represents the sentient yet very alien presence that is the planetary living bolus, The following interview, conducted in Sierra Madre, Califonria in November 2012, is the first of two parts in what became a conversation with the Madre. It is a drama of the evolution and the fight for the soul and survival of us monkeys and the Madre herself. Credits: Bruce Damer (speaker, intro, edit), Chris Aman (editing), Mystical Sun, William and Bruce Damer (music), Jacob Aman (art). [released 24 May 2013].
May 24 2013
Rank #17: 009-Dr.Bruce: The Ojai Salon
Journey to the beautiful valley of Ojai in Southern Californa where Dr. Bruce engages an intimate audience in the first Ojai Salon at the visionary compound of Jeffrey Harris near where J. Krishnamurti sat under the teaching tree.Come now with us in an inner journey from our insectivore primate ancestors 90 million years ago all the way out to the first flash of the total conscious manifesting rendering of the cosmos in our own minds in our own time. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (speaker, intro, edit), Jeffrey Harris (host), Mystical Sun (music), Jacob Aman (art). [released 2 May 2013].
May 02 2013
Rank #18: 050-LevityZone: Fire in the Sky
For the 50th Levity Zone podcast Dr. Bruce offers: "Fire in the Sky" a four part full tilt poetic journey from the birth of the cosmos through the origin of life and human conscious awareness. This piece was later performed on stage with Android Jones and Val Santana at the 2016 Lightning in a Bottle festival. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (performer), Lisa Cory (cover photography), Val Santana/DJ DISSOLV (recording and music mixing). [released 29 September 2016]]
Sep 29 2016
Rank #19: 020-Dr.Bruce: Re-Imagining the World @ BurningMan2013
JDr. 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]
Dec 15 2013
Rank #20: 049-LevityZone: Prime Driver
Dr. Bruce returns with a report on science field work in Australia and at the Bumpass Hell volcanic springs in California. And then following on to our last episode "Primal Theory" which took up questions on how the universe might work, Dhiren Dasu and Dr. Bruce sit down in the studio and take up the more pertinent, personal question of where humanity might be going next. We asked ourselves the question: "what is your prime driver?" We cycled through whether we should live in tune with rhythms, seeking equlibrium or be driven by cause and effect. Should we always expect to be in reaction, find vision only through strong drivers like psychedelics, be ruled by difference and inequality or come to rest in the magic of just "being here now".Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (speaker), Dhiren Dasu (interviewer and audio recording), Ryan Norkus (cover art), Mental Physix, Paradiso and Rasamayi (music and mixing). [released 31 August 2016]]
Aug 31 2016