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Can a Pill Spark a Mystical Experience?
October 14, 2016
Researchers are testing whether a psychedelic compound found in "magic mushrooms" can unlock doors to spirituality...and they may be enlisting your priest.
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A Woman Walks Us Through Her Spiritual Trip October 14, 2016
You may know psilocybin as the ingredient that makes magic mushrooms, well... magic. And if you were around in the 60s you may be thinking of tie-dye, Timothy Leary, and psychedelic music. But recently, psilocybin has been going through a kind of rehabilitation, as medical researchers explore the neurobiology of mystical experiences. Karin Sokel took part in a psilocybin trial 10 years ago. A longtime meditator, she describes her most memorable 'trip,' and tells us how it completely changed the way she thinks about life, death, and God. From March 2016.

Karin Sokel, life coach and meditator who had a spiritual experience during a psilocybin experiment
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Medicine, Magic Mushrooms, and Mysticism October 14, 2016
We speak with two leading researchers who are studying psilocybin, the psychedelic compound found in "magic mushrooms," and its effects on spirituality.  Dr. Anthony Bossis believes psilocybin can help cancer patients cope with existential and spiritual anxiety, and he is also partnering with Dr. Roland Griffiths in a trial that administers the compound to religious leaders. From March 2016.

Learn more about Dr. Bossis' study here and about the clergy study here. Listen to a  Radiolab story with Dr. Griffiths and Rev. Mike Young, who participated in a 1962 study in which psilocybin was administered to theology students in a church basement during a Good Friday service.

Dr. Roland Griffiths, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Anthony Bossis, co-principal investigator on the Psilocybin Cancer Project at New York University
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Calling All Clergy for the Psilocybin & Religious Leaders Study October 14, 2016
Are you a Hindu priest, a Catholic priest or an imam between the ages of 25 and 80?  Are you interested in being a volunteer in the Johns Hopkins Religious Leaders Study? Participants will have two experiences with psilocybin, one month apart, under the caring supervision of their highly trained staff. It could be a valuable contribution to religion, and to science. Click here to find out more details, and contact us here if you'd like to enroll. We will put you in touch with the research team.

One of the comfortable rooms at Johns Hopkins University used in clinical studies to determine the effects of psilocybin and other hallucinogenic drugs. Two guides are monitoring the experiences of the subject, and provide reassurance if volunteers experience anxiety.
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Nuns Now: Sister Rosemarie Milazzo October 14, 2016
Sister Rosemarie Milazzo joined the Maryknoll Community to be a religious globetrotter, imagining herself serving the poor in Africa or perhaps Peru or Japan, like other Maryknoll missionaries she knew. So she was a little surprised when she was handed her first assignment, and realized she’d be teaching in China… town. Chinatown, New York, to be exact.

Sister Rosemarie did eventually travel to Tanzania, Kenya, Iraq, and a host of other countries. She joins us to reflect on the people she has served all over the world, and the experiences that have left "a mark on my heart."

Sister Rosemarie Milazzo, member of the Maryknoll Community
Sister Rosemarie at work in Africa.