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

We published our first story, We Will Call It Pala, in October of 2019. The story explores a commercialized psychedelic future gone awry. In the years since, the field has undergone great change. We find ourselves asking, "What energy is driving that change? Will it really help us heal? If not, what can be done about it?" We grapple with these questions every day.

Our second story, In The Light Of Dying Stars, explores some of the themes shaping the psychedelic field today. The story asks the question, "Can we make a better world with the actions that have made the world the way it is?" Put differently, "Can we heal others before we heal ourselves?"
About the author:
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 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 built on the principles of sacred economics, offering the stories on our site for free with the opportunity for people moved by the work to give a gift in thanks. If the stories have been meaningful to you, we invite you to give a gift to support the creation of future work.
Here & Now Studios is run by artist and storyteller David Alder. David's stories involve a weaving together of written word and art. The style of David's work is called, "nostosmic" - a blending of the words "cosmic" and "nostalgic" - setting the characters' everyday experience against the overwhelming beauty of the world around us; a world psychedelics are calling us to see.
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