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The blog is a showcase of where writing and my passion for the psycho-spiritual intersect. It is also an opportunity to offer good writing from select contributors.

Justin Craig

Prisoner of hope

Ayahuasca, Healing, Writing May 20, 2016 By

“Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you” (Zechariah 9:12).

I have been a prisoner of hope for too long. Hope as the promise of redemption. Hope as the last virtue standing. The stringy vestige of hope, apparently made of unbreakable sinew, that wouldn’t let me give up on my life and my dreams.

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Romulus Beginning

Is Ayahuasca Magic

Ayahuasca, Trauma January 30, 2016 By

I did not come to ayahuasca on a winning streak. I was desperate: desperate enough to spend several thousand dollars I didn’t have on a trip to Peru; desperate enough to drink a powerful psychoactive in the middle of the Amazon, despite the fact that my last psychedelic experience had been so traumatic that I swore off those substances for the rest of my life; desperate enough to “break” a dozen years’ sobriety in the process and try a strange and stigmatized new spiritual path.

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Justin Craig

Dark side of the moon

Depression, Transcendence June 22, 2015 By

I used to call my humble temporary abode, a lung-busting climb above Cusco, Peru, The Cave. Notwithstanding that the real caves were a few hundred yards away, at a sacred site known as the Temple of the Moon, The Cave was austere enough for my purposes: to hold my feet to the fire and see what happened to depression when I refused to run.

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Justin Craig

That’s my story – and I’m sticking to it

Stories, Writing June 16, 2015 By

I can’t do this anymore.

I don’t know about you, but I have uttered this refrain many times, often on the brink of crisis. The last time was when I had come to a point in my working career where the gulf between my aspirations and my day-to-day reality appeared a bridge too far.

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