Martin Ball, Ph.D.
Martin W. Ball, Ph.D., is a writer, independent publisher, energy worker and musician currently living in Ashland, Oregon. In the spring of 2009 Martin underwent a profound energetic opening and transformation - the result of intensive work with Entheogenic medicines and a year of profound self-exploration. The result is Martin's articulation of what he calls the "Entheological Paradigm," a Grand Unified Theory of all of reality from God to the direct experience of each human being.
Martin's latest books, Being Human: An Entheological Guide to God, Evolution and the Fractal Energetic Nature of Reality (2009) and The Entheological Paradigm: Essays on the DMT and 5-MeO-DMT Experience and the Meaning of it all (2011) are his most radical and hold the potential to dramatically alter humanity's understanding of itself and its place in the grand order of things. The result of Martin's personal energetic opening, these books are a genuine account of the fundamental nature of reality as a unified expression of the One Fractal Energy Being, God.
Martin is also the author of the epic fantasy series, Tales of Aurduin, and has authored four books on Entheogenic spirituality, Mushroom Wisdom: How Shamans Cultivate Spiritual Consciousness, by Ronin Publishing, and Sage Spirit: Salvia Divinorum and the Entheogenic Experience, The Entheogenic Evolution: Psychedelics, Consciousness and Awakening the Human Spirit and the recently released (Summer, 2009) Entheologues: Conversations with Leading Psychedelic Thinkers, Researchers, and Explorers by Kyandara Publishing.
Martin earned his B.A. at Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1994 where he studied Philosophy and Religious Studies. From there he went to graduate school at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. In Religious Studies in 2000 with an emphasis on Native American traditions, Philosophy of Science and Religion, and the Phenomenology of Mystical and Shamanic Experience. For his Ph.D. Dissertation, Martin performed fieldwork at the Mescalero Apache reservation in New Mexico where he studied with a number of medicine people and researched the Mescalero Mountain Spirit tradition. His dissertation was published as a book, Mountain Spirits: Embodying the Sacred in Mescalero Apache Tradition, in the summer of 2009.
Currently, Martin works as an adjunct professor teaching Religious Studies and Native American Studies in southern Oregon. He also provides personal healing and energy sessions for those looking to advance on their personal, spiritual paths and enjoys servicing others as the ultimate "reality coach" for those who are truly ready to transcend their egos and embrace their true energetic natures as embodiments of the One Being.
Martin is also a prolific composer and musician. His music spans many styles and blends genres into a unique musical expression. Using a variety of instruments from acoustic guitar and mandolin to didjeridu, flutes, throat singing, percussion and a wide range of electronic instrumentation, Martin's music expresses the full spectrum of experience and is an ever-shifting and transforming art.
Orobai's Vision - In the tradition of Tolkien and Herbert, "Orobai's Vision" is the captivating first installment of the four volume fantasy/sci-fi epic, "Tales of Aurduin," by Martin W. Ball. When the creature Orobai discovers an unusual jewel that transforms into a mysterious young girl, he knows that his destiny is at hand. For 23,000 years Orobai has wandered the lost forests and towering mountains of Aurduin, a mythical land created by the Illan. The sole remaining practitioner of the Altfein-Aryat, the Illan's mystical art of creation, Orobai has patiently awaited the fulfillment of his magical purpose: to heal the world of Aurduin in the aftermath of a prophesized apocalypse. Now it is a race against time as Orobai struggles to piece together the intricate puzzle of his fate, the identity of the young girl, Miraanni, and the devastating ecological sickness that is overtaking Aurduin. Join Orobai as he seeks a vision that will reveal his path through the terrible apocalypse and healing that is to come.
Digesting the Spirit Molecule - In this article I provide an entheological analysis of the DMT experiences of Rick Strassman's study volunteers as recounted in the new film, "The Spirit Molecule," by Mitch Schultz
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