Here & Now Studios explores psychedelic healing through story and art. The question that drives our storytelling is, "What does it mean to heal?"

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Here & Now is named after the reminders of the mynah birds on the forbidden island of Pala in Island. The book, Aldous Huxley's last before his death, is the author's vision of a plausible utopia blending the best elements of eastern and western civilizations. It remains a vision worth working a lifetime for.

A short snippet:

"Here and now, boys," the bird repeated yet once more, then fluttered down from its perch…

"Is that your bird?" Will asked.

The child shook her head.

"Why does he say those things?… Why 'Attention?' Why 'Here and now'?"

"Well… " she searched for the right words… "That's what you always forget, isn't it? I mean, you forget to pay attention to what's happening. And that's the same as not being here and now."

From chapter two of Island by Aldous Huxley.

Here & Now Studios is run by David Alder, the author of We Will Call It Pala and In The Light Of Dying Stars.
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