An overview of the story:
Although this first event took place in 1897 I've always seen it as part of the timeline of TWRR's formation.
In that year, a meeting took place in a Moscow restaurant between two drama pedagogues Konstantin Stanislavski and Vladimir Nemerovich-Danchenko. They wanted to create an institution where actors would learn to act more realistically. This meeting, which lasted all night, led to the formation of the then-named Moscow Arts Theatre (MAT).
About 70 years later, after Stanislavksi's death, one Sam Kogan attended the school under the tutelage of the then principal, Maria Knebl, to learn to act and direct.
Fast forward 20 or so years, this same Sam Kogan opens his own drama school, now having emigrated to London, England. Here, he develops the System of Stanislavski into The Science of Acting, a technique to help actors understand what they think, as a necessary precursor to creating believable characters.
At this time, in the early 1990s, I (Sam Kogan being my father) started my degree in Neuroscience, which I would follow with a PhD in Behavioural Neuropharmacology, which can be simply translated as how drugs act on the brain and nervous system and affect our behaviour.
I was interested in this thing called consciousness and wanted to know anything I could about it. However, after eight years in academia, including stints in pharma, I was still far from the answers I was looking for, not that I could even pinpoint at that time what they were!
That all changed a few years after my father's death in 2004. Struggling with my grieving process, divorce after a brief marriage, illness and, put short and sweet, the meaning of life, I sold all my belongings and embarked on what started as a 6-month itinerary but became a deep internal and external journey that would last ten years (admittedly, it continues but now I live in one place and it's not so full on).
If you have read the book or watched the series, How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollen, I had some experiences similar to one's described there by both the scientists and the patients. Where after a single plant medicine ceremony, I awoke to my eight years studying neuroscience as being merely a minute rough scratch on the surface of a giant glacier of what consciousness really is. Gulp - I knew nothing.
After that first San Pedro experience I went on to Peru and Ayahuasca went on to blow the rest of my mind. These are not experiences I recommend for everyone but they were part of my path and so I went with them and the other healing, purification and transformational experiences that also came my way. Part of which was yearly or twice yearly panchakarma treatments, the Ayurvedic process of detoxification - plant medicines in their own right.
Along the way, I wondered if I would focus on becoming a 'shaman' or Ayurvedic practitioner because I had benefitted so much from this work. Instead, my journey had me focus on how to integrate expansions of consciousness into our everyday lives. I realised that if you know how to observe life and self-reflect, life is the One Big Trip. That's what the plants taught me: how to navigate the trip, its symbols and messages that are taking place every day. No substances are required.
As a side note, the Chakras are a fantastic framework for doing this because I'm talking about balancing all the Chakras from Root to Crown and beyond. Often the expansion in consciousness is thought to be about going up and up and out, disregarding the (most problematic for humanity at this time) three lower chakras, that are responsible for how engaged we are with the physical world, our finances, sense of security, the people in our lives (our family!!) and the material world around us.
This brings us finally to The White Rabbit Reveals' courses and mentoring programs. All of which are designed to bring the many teachings I acquired to one place, where they are accessible and applicable within one's everyday life.
Undoubtedly I learned a lot from plants, I've also incorporated other significant ancient wisdom teachings to structure the courses because they also contain the unity or universal consciousness that we need to be integrating to keep up with evolution.
If there's one thing I learned about consciousness, is that you need a degree of framework to explore it otherwise we get caught in our projections, filters and early life conditioning, thinking that we are progressing but in fact repeating the same scenes just on different sets.
The most useful framework I have found is the nature of holographic consciousness, understanding how the self functions as part of the whole and how to transform the whole by bringing attention to the self.
To assist individuals with understanding and experiencing the holographic nature of their consciousness and the mechanisms for transformation within this. To help them implement (integrate) this understanding in their everyday life - because this is where the change happens.
To help you master yourself. Meaning, know how to navigate your consciousness to achieve greater harmony, fulfilment and success in all your endeavours (which may involve redefining what all these three words mean to you).