Index for Alex Porto’s stories:

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Hello and welcome.

If you are reading this you are interested in learning more about what I do.

I organized my Medium stories in themes and will update this document with some selections of my work from time to time.

One of the things I enjoy talking about is my professional passion:

How can LSD and Mushrooms change how we see ourselves?

Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons — Edited by the Author

To conquer yourself, one has to have a self.

One’s identity as an individual should be completely obliterated for your own self to be conquered. If the self-identity of an individual is not so easily destroyed, then it cannot be said that this person has conquered himself or herself. Because this kind of complete self-knowledge and control requires constant change.

Finding the Self

The Sun herb is your new herbal ally that will improve your life.

Nicolas Poussin, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons — Edited by the author

Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) is a sacred African plant that was traditionally used by the Khoi and San tribes as one of their main medicinal herbs.

This plant was initially imported to the world by the Dutch when they noticed the tribes in their colonies in Africa were using Kanna daily to improve the lives of both healthy and unhealthy people.

The two African tribes that are most commonly linked with the use of Sceletium are the San (hunter-gatherers) and the Khoi (pastoralists). …

These plants are your allies for improving the mood and enhancing performance in bed and life.

Sexual Plants — Pating by Eugene de Blaas, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

My career took a sharp turn when in 2019 I had the opportunity to work in a smartshop in Amsterdam.

Since then, I have learned to use natural tools in a totally different way than before.

By speaking with nearly thousands of people every week for one year about the responsible use of psychedelics and other sacred plants, I developed a perspective that aligns with what I learned from tribal medicine men and women — shamans — who believe that we can become allies with plants.

Your New Allies

To ‘create an ally’ means to develop your relationship with the plant and learn…

Understand yourself better by recording your dreams in your Dream Journal.

Painting by: Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Dream Journal

A dream journal is a diary or a notebook where you write down your dreams. This is an excellent tool for practicing dream recall.

As you try to go over and express your dreams on paper, memories, and fragments of the dream will be easily accessible to you, and it will be easier to rebuilt the storyline of the dream when you re-analyze your dreams in the future.

In order to better understand yourself, a clear insight into your subconscious is extremely useful. In order to do this one of the most accessible ways is to investigate your own dreams.

Dream herbs: Vivid dreams, better dream recall, and deeper sleep. Let Nature Heal You.

Top 5 Dream Herbs — Painting by Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The oneirogenic plants (óneiros = “dream” and gen = “to create) are a group of herbs and plants that are able to enhance the dream state and increase the chances of lucid dreaming:

Lucid dreamers who use herbs as allies for subconscious exploration report that the use of oneirogenic plants improves dream exploration by making the dream:

  • Appear more vividly and clear than usual: Rich in color, details, and allegories;
  • Easier to recall;

During the lucid dream, the person is aware of the fact that is dreaming without waking up.

To experience the lucid dream state is like living vicariously…

Human Until All The Stars Burns Out

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

We, humans, love to feel smart. We will do anything to convince ourselves that we are smarter than other humans and vastly superior to all of the organisms who came before us.

Humans have always wanted a way out;

An escape from our own imperfection, death, or whatever it is that has haunted us since the beginning of time.

Humans have always wanted a way out, and they’ve had many.

We invented religion to explain why some people are born good and others bad, but that didn’t stop us from sinning.

Humans invented science to explain where they came from, and how they work, but that didn’t…

One is rooted in the present; the other is aimed at the future

Photo by Nemuel Sereti on Unsplash

It seems to me that there are 2 paths to happiness.

  • The first is that you can achieve happiness by living in the present moment and appreciating what you have.
  • The second path is that you can achieve happiness by hoping for a better outcome in the future.

Living in the Present

Living in the present moment can be hard. It’s easy to let your mind drift to what you want or worry about things that are going wrong.

It’s easy to find yourself thinking about the future, which is something you can’t control. It’s important to remind yourself that the present moment is what you have right now and it’s good enough.

Hope for a Better Future

The other…

Lessons from the universe: Assume Ignorance and be Present.

Photo by Miha Rekar on Unsplash

Cats are interesting.

They seem to think in their own way. It really looks like they have an internal philosophical system that is different from ours. One that is not as systematic as ours but serves them well in their own environment.

There is no reason a cat should follow our standards of rationality and logic.

It would be like us going around acting as ants or bees do.

Cats live their lives in the moment, not planning for the future. It’s all very intuitive for them, they just feel when to be aggressive and when to back off. …

Consider the human element: The worst thing you can do is to play like a machine yourself.

Akira Tanaka (1918–1982), FAL, via Wikimedia CommonsAkira Tanaka (1918–1982), FAL, via Wikimedia Commons

You cannot beat a computer in chess by playing perfectly. It is not possible to win against a perfect opponent, because the outcome of each game will always be determined by one player or another making an error.

There’s no way to “solve” chess, but it sure feels hopeless to play against an opponent that is impervious to mistakes.

However, there is a way to beat the computer, and it’s not by playing well…at least not in the conventional sense.

Here’s how you win in chess:

The computer is not capable of understanding the human element in chess. It does not understand that there is a…

Alexandre Porto

Pieces of the integral man. Specialist in responsible use of psychedelics.

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