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Adventures Through The Mind

Adventures Through The Mind is an interview-based podcast focusing on psychedelic culture. It is hosted by Canadian author and public educator, James W. Jesso. "My primary goal with this podcast is to introduce and explore positively inspirational contributions to psychedelic culture. However, attached to that primary goal is a secondary goal: curating guests who contribute to a greater capacity for understanding the nature of our selves and our journey through the highly psychedelic experience of human life. This is why I also explore topics around sexuality, mental illness, love, death, and relationships. " James W. Jesso is the author of Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom and The True Light Of Darkness, both about his experiences exploring the potentials of psychedelics.

Tracks

Psilocybin and The Evolution of Life | Jahan Khamsehzadeh, Ph.D. ~ ATTMind 165
WHAT IS THE EVOLUTIONARY ROLE OF PSILOCYBIN IN LIFE ON THIS PLANET? This is both an explicit question and an implicit guiding inquiry in the discussion you will hear on this episode Adventures Through The Mind. Our guest is Jahan Khamsehzadeh, PhD. He is the author of The Psilocybin Connection: Psychedelics, the Transformation of Consciousness, and Evolution of the Planet—An Integral Approach. Together we have a conversation that waves in and out from the microscopic to the cosmological. We explore topics such as the role fungi have played and continue to play in the evolution and existence of life on this planet; how psilocybin may have assisted in the development of human consciousness; the role psychedelics can play in cultivating a strong, but healthy ego; why taking heroic doses is not the best way to heal or learn and it may actually hurt you; why an understanding of psychedelics requires us to transcend reductionism and materialism; and more. *** FULL TOPICS BREAKDOWN BELOW** ... For links to Jahan's work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind165 ... SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter ❤︎❤︎❤︎ Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially my $23+ patrons, Andreas D, Clea S, Ian C, Yvette FC, Alex F, Eliz C, Nick M, Michelle M, & Chloe C Another special thanks to Allison, Cameron, and Carl for their generous one-time donations   Episode Sponsor THE EVOLVING PSYCHEDELIC ECOSYSTEM (Free Livestream) Happening Tuesday, Sept 20, 2022 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. CEST Register now to secure your no-charge seat at this unique live event where you’ll meet and have the opportunity to interact with renowned psychedelic experts who will be revealing what they see on the horizon for the rapidly changing psychedelic landscape and the impact expected on those co-creating this burgeoning space.   ***** Episode Breakdown (0:00) Episode Sponsor:  (1:26) Intro & guest bio (5:24) Patreon Thanks (6:33) Interview begins (8:15) Speaking about my own book with Jahan (9:16) Participating in the wave of Psychedelic Culture (13:17) Psychedelics actually grow the ego—for good and ill (17:31) The Structure of Self, Life, and Reality (19:11) Masculine and Feminine Energy | Archetypal Reality (25:51) We are a symphony of selves, interpersonally and intrapersonally (27:12)Psychedelic molecules and the evolution of Gaia Mind (31:29) The damaging effects of failing to see the deep interconnection of life (34:56) Why scientific materialism is inadequate to explain psychedelics (39:38) Western reductionism is unable to see its own cultural frame of reference (45:27) There is no “The” mystical experience | There is an infinite variability of Unity (48:37) There is value in psychedelic experiences that aren’t “peak mystical experiences” (50:55) The role of psilocybin in the evolution of human consciousness; the Stoned Ape Theory (54:11) The role of fungi in the history of life surviving in the face of planetary crisis (58:06) Without fungi, there would be no life as we know it on this planet (59:52) The voice of the Mushroom; the voice of God (1:02:41) The specific role that the psilocybin mushroom is playing in life and consciousness (1:06:27) Taking heroic doses is not the best way to heal or learn, it may actually hurt you (1:12:24) Stop worrying about having “the” mystical experience, there is so much more there for you (1:13:39) The longing for belonging, Connection, and communion (1:16:04) the root of depression is a lack of connection (1:17:33) Disconnection beyond humanity (1:20:38) Living awake and mature in a relational reality (1:24:22) balancing care of self and service to others (1:30:22) ADHD drove the evolution of human consciousness (1:31:57) ADHD is not a cultural construct, it has a genetic basis that goes back thousands of years (1:34:08) the evolutionary advantage of ADHD in early humanity; including being the first to eat psilocybin (1:37:09) dismantling ADHD shame (1:40:12) Psychedelics are helping resolve our crisis in perception (1:43:58) Follow-up links (1:44:53) Outro ***** SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter OR you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom – https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness — https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
107:44 09/16/2022
Authentic Relating and The Art of Conversation and Conflict | Sara Ness ~ ATTMind 164
Sara Ness joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to have a conversation about the art of conversation and its role in our relationships and vice versa. We also explore how play can help us develop and exercise our relational and conversational skills, specifically what are called Authentic Relating games. Furthermore, we also speak about how the possibilities of conversations can be both literally and phenomenologically psychedelic. ... For links to Sara's work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind164 *** FULL TOPICS BREAKDOWN BELOW**   SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially my $23+ patrons, Andreas D, Clea S, Ian C, Yvette FC, Alex F, Eliz C, Nick M, Michelle M, & Chloe C  Another special thanks to Julie D for their generous one-time donation *****   Episode Breakdown (000) Opening (2:39) Thank you :) (4:02) Interview begins (4:08) What is a conversation? The levels of a conversation (8:40) Mindset context and its impact on meaning in conversation (11:52) Beyond the self; conversation and the boundaries of relationship (15:58) Conflict is not abuse (17:34) We are more than a single self; “No wonder conversations are so complicated” (19:02) The blurred line between what is conversation and what is relationship (20:11) Wounds from past relationships cloud our ability to see each other (23:15) Gaslighting and how do we determine if we are being gaslit? (27:00) Having conversations across polarization/ severe ideological differences; befriending the enemy (33:55) Meeting each other’s energy; navigating the levels of conversations (37:56) Conflict: what it is and how can we navigate it effectively (44:23) The value of conflict in relationship (46:25) The difference between conflict, fight, violence, power-over, and mutually empowered intense play (1:00:56) The value of listening (1:04:29) The 4 different relating languages (and how to determine them) (1:13:06) Games that teach us the skills we need to have healthy relationships; “authentic relating games” (1:24:52) What authentic relating games can offer us is similar to what psychedelic experiences can offer us (1:30:11) Accessing psychedelic experiences through authentic relating games; accessing shared flow state (1:39:49) Healing our nervous systems from the threat of slowing down (1:42:10) An authentic relating game for listeners to start with, “hot seat” (1:46:24) Not just about building skills, but building relationships too (1:47:47) Some follow-up links and content   ***** SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter OR you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom – https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness — https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
112:45 08/26/2022
Integrating Internal Family Systems and Psychedelic Therapy | Robert Falconer
Robert “Bob” Falconer has been bridging his long history of IFS and psychedelics together into the body of work that informs the conversation you will hear today. Bob lays the groundwork for what Internal Family Systems therapy is; its foundational propositions about the nature of the mind; and both how IFS works and how therapists work with IFS to bring about healing. From there we go into the unique benefit IFS has to offer psychedelic therapy and how to use IFS in both preparation for and integration of psychedelic experiences. We also talk about generative change vs counteractive change; the harms of isolation and the healing of connection; the porous nature of the mind and relational nature of reality; and even Bob’s perspective on how to work with spirit entities, demons, and the intelligence of psychedelic medicines. Enjoy ... For links to Bob's work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind163 *** FULL TOPICS BREAKDOWN BELOW**   SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially my $23+ patrons, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, Yvette FC, Chuck W, Alex F, Eliz C, Nick M, & Chloe C ——  ***** Episode Breakdown (0:00) Opening (4:47) Thank you! (7:06) Interview begins (8:13) An introduction to Internal Family Systems IFS therapy (12:34) What makes IFS “parts work” unique; Self-energy (16:10) No bad parts; all parts have good intention (19:54) Most people are civil wars, IFS helps heal us into a symphony (23:12) How IFS addresses our wounded parts, e.g. our “exiles” (26:58) “Insight is the booby prize” (28:40) Counteractive change vs generative change (32:00) The unique benefit of IFS for psychedelic therapy (25:40) How Internal Family Systems therapy works best with psychedelics (42:04) Where IFS fits into psychedelic integration (46:26) Separating internal vs external change during our psychedelic integration (47:37) Living in troubled times; therapy with the potential for exponential growth (55:04) The mind is porous; reality is relational (1:03:05) Falconer’s perspective on spirit entities and demons (1:11:13) The utility of regarding the intelligence of the medicine as full spectrum personalities (1:17:50) Some discussion on regarding nature as full-spectrum personalities (1:23:15) The harms of isolation; the healing of connection (1:27:19) IFS with MDMA or Ketamine? (1:30:18) The specific nuances of doing IFS therapy with ketamine (1:34:52) Can protector parts block the effects of psychedelics? (1:40:31) We don’t always need support to have a great psychedelic experience, but it helps (1:44:31) Suggestions on integrating IFS into your personal psychedelic practice (1:48:39) A final offering for us from Robert Falconer (1:49:22) Closing ***** SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter OR you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom – https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness — https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
111:17 08/06/2022
Why Our Sense of Connection Matters | Psychedelic Café 9
WHY DOES OUR SENSE OF CONNECTION MATTER? This is the central question that guides the conversation you will hear today, another session in our Psychedelic Café series, where we featured a curated selection of guests to explore how "whether or not we feel connected affects everything". We also explore the neurobiological origins of our sense of connection/disconnection with each other and how that is wrapped up in personal and collective traumas; our sense of connection with nature and the consequences that our lack of it is having on our lives and all life on this planet; as well as strategies and pathways of increasing our sense of connection with ourselves, each other, and the natural world. We also talk about connecting with spiritual energies and our dead loved ones; ancestry in general; the importance of being able to grieve together; and the value of learning to turn towards pain. Our Guests for this Café are: Darcia Narvaez, Robert Gilman, Rita Bozi, Charley Wininger, Jean Robertson, Sky Otter, and Sam Gandy Enjoy. ... For links to our guest's work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/PsyCafe9 *** FULL TOPICS BREAKDOWN BELOW**   SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially my $23+ patrons, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, Yvette FC, Alex F, Eliz C, Nathan B, Nick M, & Chloe C. — Another special thanks to Magnus D for their generous one-time donation ***** Episode Breakdown (5:37) Cafe begins; Introducing our guests (12:00) Introducing the question “Why does our sense of connection matter?” (26:58) Whether we feel connected or not affects everything (29:42) The neurobiological origins of our sense of connection/disconnection (31:36) The path out of early life trauma - our birthright is to live in a safe healthy state — learning to lift ourselves and each other out of trauma (35:22) A brighter future is available to us through our reconnection with our origins (38:24) Wondering about connection forged through war/displacement-based trauma (40:40) Various ways/techniques that we come back into connection (51:13) Increasing connection with nature, increases the sense of connection more broadly (54:57) Longing is the first step to coming back into connection (56:49) How to do a neurological reset (a technique for resetting the nervous system) (1:02:42) Building relationships of deep connection with each other (1:08:23) Connection with ancestry, dead loved ones, spiritual energies, and different generational perspectives (1:20:14) Our shared  ancestral trauma of war (1:24:23) Grief, grieving in community, and turning towards pain (1:30:59) How we respond to a stubbed toe as an example of moving through pain (1:35:00) Calling in “Reverence” (1:36:37 ) Closing thoughts on the conversation from each guest ***** SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter OR you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom – https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness — https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
118:18 07/15/2022
Getting Discomfortable With Shame | A.J. Bond ~ ATTMind 162
A.J. Bond—author of Discomfortable: What Is Shame and How Can We Break Its Hold—joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to talk about what shame is, what it feels like, and how it impacts our sense of self and perception of the world. We also talk about healthy vs unhealthy shame; internal vs. external shame; attachment styles and shame’s link to our developmental past and early relationship with our parents; intimacy and how shame hinders our ability to truly connect with others; unconditional love and ayahuasca’s impact on AJ’s healing through shame; and, of course, how to navigate shame in a way that supports healing the wounds around which our shame directs us. ... For links to A.J.'s work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind162 *** FULL TOPICS BREAKDOWN BELOW *** ... This episode is sponsored by Maps of the Mind and their upcoming workshop Facilitating Psychedelic Experiences, happening on Saturday, July 2nd More details can be found here: mapsofthemind.com/facilitating-psychedelic-experiences-workshop/ Use discount code JESSO40 in the section that says 'have a coupon' to get a ticket for £40 ... SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially my $23+ patrons, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, Yvette FC, Chuck W, Alex F, Eliz C, Nathan B, Nick M, & Chloe C ***** Episode Breakdown (0:00) Opening | Ad for upcoming workshop sponsoring this video (6:01) Interview Begins (6:31) Why shame is an important topic for psychedelic culture (8:31) Shame: what it is and what its made of (11:57) The affect of shame (13:34) Shame as an evolutionary survival adaptation  (21:07 ) Healthy vs. unhealthy shame (24:30) Internal vs. external Shame (27:58) Narcissism, canceling, and toxic shame (34:35) Shame’s link to our developmental past and early relationship with our parents (40:01) Healing the past to liberate ourselves from unhealthy shame | getting discomfortable with shame (46:18) Why how we do a thing matters as much as the thing we do (51:58) Bringing our shame healing/liberation to a systemic level (55:40) All the ways shame will weave itself into your healing (57:32) Intimacy and how shame hinders our ability to truly connect with others (58:18) Connection and relationship is essential components of our healing  (1:05:07 ) Unconditional love and ayahuasca’s impact on AJ’s healing through shame (1:11:59) Develop a meta-scaffolding that allows us to be with our reactivity in a healthy way (1:14:06) Some basic steps for navigating shame (1:18:26) Follow-up and social links (1:20:41) Outro | Info about workshop sponsoring this video ***** SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter OR you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom – https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness — https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
84:39 06/26/2022
Safeguarding The Sacredness of Psychedelics Against Profit-Driven Industrialization | Martijn Schirp
Martijn Schirp of Synthesis Institute joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to wonder with us about the potential harms that will come from the profit-driven industrialization of psychedelics and psychedelic therapy; how we might safeguard the sacredness of psychedelics and people seeking psychedelic therapy against those harms; and where and how he sees Synthesis Institute as attempting to do so. We also talk about cultural maturity; the systemic issues that lead to broad-sweeping ill-health amongst modern people; why no, it’s not “just business”; psychedelics’ role in helping us to learn to be better people in uncertain times; indigenous issues, and our personal sense of where we land in the long history of colonial harms; and why choosing love ain’t easy, but well worth it.  ... For links to Martijn's work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind161 *** FULL TOPICS BREAKDOWN BELOW**   SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially my $23+ patrons, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, Yvette FC, Chuck W, Alex F, Eliz C, Nathan B, Nick M, & Chloe C ***** Episode Breakdown (0:00) Opening (1:59) Overture (4:28) Guest bio (640) Support the show (7:29) Interview begins (7:48) What is (and what inspired) the Synthesis psychedelic retreat centre? (12:39) The complex legality of psychedelics (psilocybin) in the Netherlands (18:53) The impact of capital on the psychedelic space/industry (26:42) How profit-driven management will impact people undergoing psychedelic therapy (36:08) What is the proper container for holding the full depth of learning present in learning to institutionalize psychedelic therapy? (38:08 ) Psychedelics’ role in being better people in uncertain times (43:14) Further possible issues of psychedelic underground therapy in the growing industrialization of psychedelics (46:01) Psychedelic therapy is expensive; who’s gonna pay for it? (53:44) Cultural maturation | It’s safer to critique than to do the work (58:28 ) Choose love. It ain’t easy, it’s but well worth it. (1:02:06) Safeguarding the sacred through Steward Ownership (1:10:53) How might Synthesis’ move to steward ownership positively impact the larger psychedelic space (1:14:51) Why work towards greater ethics as a company, even though it might not succeed financially (1:22:44) No, it’s not “just business”; how you use money is a reflection of who you are (1:26:21) What is making us sick? | Systemic institutional change is needed to optimize psychedelic healing (1:33:56) Addressing these questions in the context of indigenous issues (1:43:02) Wondering about our place in the long history of colonialism (1:48:20) Is the shadow of historical displacement and ancestral disconnection at the root of white nationalism? (1:52:52) Compassionately wondering about the psychological impact of widespread displacement from heritage amongst Western people (2:01:31) Information about Synthesis’ facilitator training course (2:06:18) Synthesis’ new psychedelic retreat centre in Oregon, USA (2:08:16) Follow up links (2:11:20) Outro ***** SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter OR you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom – https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness — https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
133:05 06/17/2022
The Dark Side Of Dharma: Adverse Effects Of Meditation | Anna Lutkajtis ~ ATTMind 160
Anna Lutkajtis is the author of The Dark Side of Dharma: Meditation, Madness and other Maladies on the Contemplative Path. Lutkajtis joins us on the Adventures Through The Mind podcast to discuss mediation; the adverse effects of meditation; where those adverse effects may arise from; the importance of meditation teachers having psychotherapeutic skills; the nerfing of spirituality; and why it is that Western meditation contexts not only generally lack an awareness and understanding of mediation adverse effects, but why those harms are seemingly actively and explicitly ignored. Furthermore, we touch on psychedelic experiences as well; the media landscape surrounding their industrialization; the influence psychedelics have had on meditation culture (and vice versa); and how Anna’s research into the adverse effects of meditation overlaps with the growing interest in psychedelics amongst clinical practice, investors, and the wellness industry at large. ... For links to Anna's work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind160 *** FULL TOPICS BREAKDOWN BELOW**   SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially my $23+ patrons, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, Yvette FC, Chuck W, Alex F, Eliz C, Nathan B, Nick M, & Chloe C ——  ***** Episode Breakdown (0:00) Opening (2:05) Overture (4:05) Guest Bio (6:56) Patreon Thanks (8:51) Presenting the thesis of The Dark Side Of Dharma (12:42) What is Mediation? | Transcendental Meditation, Vipassana, & Mindfulness (18:02) The adverse effects of meditation (including spiritual crisis) (21:33) Pathologizing the adverse effects of meditation might be a mistake (25:48) The harms of secularising/decontextualizing meditation from its historical traditions (32:53) Colonial extractivism and the distorted hubris of Western secularism (36:38) The central role of mediation is a response to colonial conquest (39:34) Repackaging Buddhism as a science to appeal to the Western Mainstream (41:19) What’s missing in Western meditation contexts vs traditional ones (a personal story) (44:38) Traditionally, “Having good health is a prerequisite for meditation” not the other way around (49:26) Some adverse effects can come from the misinterpretation of meditation (and psychedelic) insights (55:14) The trickster energy of high dose psilocybin (58:04) The importance of meditation teachers having psychotherapeutic skills (1:05:03) A concussion-symptom break (1:09:19) Presenting meditation as a cure-all is harmful | what drives this presentation? (1:19:09) Might the shifting media-tech landscape support psychedelics from falling into traps of corporate branding (1:24:42) Anna asks James about how he feels The Dark Side Of Dharma might apply to psychedelics (1:27:06) The influence psychedelics have had on meditation culture (and vice versa) (1:27:37) Once you open the door, it can never be closed again (1:29:56) Nerfing spirituality, spiritual bypassing, deception, and no, it’s not all good. (1:34:08) Places to reach out if you are experiencing adverse effects (1:36:11) Follow-up links (1:37:46) Outro ***** SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter OR you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom – https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness — https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
100:10 05/27/2022
Reconciling Humanity and Nature Through Ethnopharmacology | Psychedelic Café 8
Featuring speakers from the ESPD55: Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs symposium, this cafe explores the question: What does ethnopharmacology have to teach humanity in our present times?  Topics include: the reconciliation of humanity with nature; what traditional and indigenous knowledge systems hold for our capacity to facilitate this reconciliation; the importance and challenge of good reciprocity, fair compensation, and the prioritization and protection of indigenous sovereignty in the process; the importance of all of this in the face of a growing, global ecological crisis; and where psychedelic plants and psychedelic experiences fit within it all. Our guests: Michael Coe, David F. Rodriguez-Mora, Colin Domnauer, and Jerónimo Mazarrasa ... For links to our guest's work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind159 *** FULL TOPICS BREAKDOWN BELOW**   SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially my $23+ patrons, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, Yvette FC, Chuck W, Alex F, Eliz C, Nathan B, Nick M, & Chloe C —— Another special thanks to Tanya for their generous one-time donation   ******** Episode Breakdown (0:00) Opening (5:38) Cafe begins | Participant intros (11:02) What does ethnopharmacology have to teach humanity in our present times? (28:52) The reconciliation of the relationship between humanity and nature (33:01) The hubris of thinking we can create all that we need in a lab (39:58) When customs become products (45:51) Reconnecting with the spirit of nature for the good of the future (50:14) The importance of financially compensating indigenous cultures (52:49) Extracts and Standardisation vs whole plant medicine (55:42) The challenge of financially compensating indigenous cultures (59:05) Could the industrialization of psychedelics help fund global ecological/cultural sustainability? (1:06:05) Supporting the sovereignty of indigenous peoples (1:09:53) Given the scale and complexity of the problems, is it even possible to solve them? Does it even matter if solutions are possible? (1:18:15) Taking an honest look at ourselves; being a catalyst of change (1:24:50) Participants concluding thoughts on the conversation (1:26:12) “The lungs of the world?” (1:28:09) There is so much to learn (1:35:21) Closing ... SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter OR you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom – https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness — https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
96:59 05/13/2022
Adventures Through The Mind Podcast | James W. Jesso
ATTMind is an interview-based podcast focusing on psychedelics. It is hosted by Canadian author and public educator, James W. Jesso. Thanks for checking it out. Thanks again for subscribing! ◇ Main website with all show notes, audio-only streams, and other work by James W. Jesso -- https://www.jameswjesso.com   Our Clips Channel -- https://bit.ly/ATTMindClips Various Podcast Subscribe Options: https://linktr.ee/jameswjesso Support the show on Patreon! -- https://www.patreon.com/jamesjesso Other Support Options -- https://www.jameswjesso.com/support
01:35 05/09/2022
A Cartoonist Vision of Psychedelic History | Brian Blomerth
Brian Blomerth joins us on ATTMind to discuss his journey into drawing and comics, his artistic process, the intense journalistic research that went into both his psychedelic history graphic novels Mycelium Wassoni and Bicycle Day, the strange findings and complexities he uncovered during that research, and why making these cartoonist accounts of Psychedelic History matter to him. ... For links to Blomerth's work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind159 *** FULL TOPICS BREAKDOWN BELOW**   SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially my $23+ patrons, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, Yvette FC, Chuck W, Alex F, Eliz C, Nathan B, Nick M, & Chloe C Another special thanks to Tanya for their generous one-time donation   ***** Episode Breakdown (0:00) Opening (2:07) GIVEAWAY CONTEST! (2:43) Episode overture (6:26) Patreon thanks (8:24) Interview begins (10:20) The history of dog people in comics (11:29) Brian Blomerth’s inspiration and journey into cartooning (13:26) What inspired Brian to explore psychedelics as a topic for his comics (16:16) The role psychedelics play in Brian Blomerth’s creative and artististic journey (17:09) Creative inspiration vs the grind in the artistic/creative process (20:33) The research involved in the production of Mycelium Wassoni (22:43) The easter eggs Brian has woven into the background of the art (25:14) Brian’s experience with mushrooms before producing this book (27:34) Exploring some history of R. Gordon and Valentina Wason (29:25) Why Brian chose to strongly feature Valentina Wasson’s part of the story (32:29) The strange discoveries Brian made while researching the Wasson story (34:24) The CIA controversy with R. Gordon Wasson, psilocybin mushrooms, and the differing opinions of how it unfolded (39:53) Some discussion around Wasson’s obsession with Soma (42:23) A review of the bicycle day story, and what we often get around about it (46:13) The powerful impact of couples in the psychedelic history (47:53) Maggie and the dolphin; and other stories of dolphin love (51:35) No person is an island (54:50) Follow up links and contact info (57:00) Closing   ***** SUPPORT THE PODCAST Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso Paypal Donation: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS Merchandise:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ More Options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support Newsletter:  https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter OR you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom – https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness — https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
58:34 04/22/2022
Reclaiming Our Humanity with The Evolved Nest | Darcia Narvaez PhD - ATTMind 158
Dr. Darcia Narvaez joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to explore how early life experiences shape our morality and culture in adulthood and the kind of early life that leads to human thriving—what she calls The Evolved Nest. We also explore the impact 10,000 years of unnested children is having on our psychology, our morality, and our civilization as a whole; how early life nesting experiences lead to what Narvaez’s calls Cycled Of Cooperative Companionship; and how the undercare of being unnested leads to Cycles Of Competitive Detachment—the cycle most of us are locked into now, a cycle that is definably unhuman.  Furthermore, we explore what it means and what it takes to break that competitive detachment cycle and come back into healthy connection with ourselves, each other, and the natural world. For links to Narvaez's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind158   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially my $23+ patrons, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, Yvette FC, Chuck W, Alex F, Eliz C, Nathan B, Nick M, & Chloe C Another special thanks to Andrea, Luke, Andrew, & Makea for generous one-time donations     Episode Breakdown   (0:00) Opening (1:48) Episode Overture (7:09) Patreon Thanks (8:05) Setting up for this episodes content (11:03) The Nine Components of the Evolved Nest (see below for a list) (22:12) The cycles of adult behaviour, culture, and child rearing echoing from the impact of early life experiences. (27:08) Early life stress leads to self-centered morality in adulthood (30:30) Early life “nestedness” leads to Cycles of Cooperative Companionship (31:51) The early life experiences that lead to the Cycle of Competitive Detachment (34:33) How the cycle of competitive detachment impacts the community (38:18) Undercare of children leads to authoritarianism, tribalism, and supremacy in adult cultures (46:13) North American culture raises of to be unhuman (52:44) Connection is an essential nutrient and its deficiency creates a society of hungry ghosts (57:00) The differences between how undercare impact males vs females (1:03:46) The pandemic isolation has damaged our nervous systems (1:05:35) It’s important to expand our sense of connection beyond our anthropocentric conditioning | Connecting with nature (1:09:58) Are we really more busy than before, or just more inclined towards an anxious stress response (1:11:47) Practices to increasing our sense of connection | https://ecoattachment.dance (1:18:02) The potential impact of psychedelics to increase our sense of connection (1:21:36) The wellness-informed pathway vs the trauma-informed pathway (1:24:18) My sense of the value of Darcia Narvaez’s work (1:26:18) Links for further connecting with Dr. Narvaez (1:27:22) Closing   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop-2/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/  
89:36 04/03/2022
Astrology and Tarot for Psychedelic Preparation and Integration | Noah Cebuliak ~ ATTMind 157
Noah Cebuliak joins us to explore what Tarot and Asotlrogy are and are not; their use and history of involvement with psychedelic work; wagering fair skepticism with pragmatism and opportunity; the use of astrology for spiritual bypassing; how we can work with both astrology and tarot for our psychedelic preparation and integration; and more. For links to Noah's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind157   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, Yvette FC, Dima B, Chuck W, Alex F, Eliz C, Nathan B, Nick M, & Chloe C Another special thanks to Makea, Trent, Bernie, and Peter for the generous Paypal donations. ... ***Feature Image made from the art of Oliver Hibert and his Psychedelic Tarot Deck***   Episode Breakdown   What Astrology is (and is not) Astrology is correlation, not causation (Grof and Tarnas) Using astrology to time our psychedelic journeys How "the godfather of LSD" Stanislav Grof discovered astrology’s link to psychedelic experiences Wagering fair skepticism with pragmatism and opportunity Omen logic and navigating the brilliant mystery What a natal chart is, how to get one, and how to use it Mercury retrograde and Saturn’s return—the good, the bad, and the bypassing We need to grow up out of cultural and spiritual neoteny Your life is not about you What Tarot is (and is not) Noah’s perspective on how I (James) use tarot Debating the value of using a book reference to read tarot Reading tarot while on psychedelics The conflict between the medical model and encounters with entities? The bottom line is that we need to have humility to navigate the Mystery How astrology and tarot can help with psychedelic integration How to start with tarot Noah’s contact info   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/  
95:24 03/05/2022
Deep Ecology, Earth Connection, and The Miracle of Life | Sky Otter/Bill Pfeiffer
Sky Otter (Bill Pfeiffer) joins us to talk about Deep Ecology, the problematic place we are in as a planet, and the profound healing potential still available to us, personally and collectively, through coming back into ecstatic communion and relationship with the Earth. For links to Otter's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind156   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown   Deep ecology, alienation, and spiritual activism  The value of a spiritual connection to the earth The trauma of disconnection, perpetuated A civilization of misery and violence Hatred against our greatest villains Jeff Bezos is a hero (and a villain) The profound grief of collapse; the profound miracle of being alive What do we do about this? Deep Ecology Skepticism and the separate-self Changing our perceptual apparatus towards Connection and Mystery A moving quote from John Seed Finding balance in facing collapse
55 Feeling the pain of the earth; community holds the grief Doing the best we can, even though it's nearly impossible The role of psychedelic plants in healing our disconnection from nature A ceremonial community of psychedelic practice is vital Ceremonial maturity in our psychedelic practice Befriending our parts through psychedelic mushrooms Are psychedelics “tools”? The fungi open us up to the ongoing revelation of nature. Links to more of Bill/Sky’s work Landscape Shamanism (course) Bill’s dream for your life   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
107:13 12/31/2021
The Healing Potential Of Expanded States | Psychedelic Café 7aling Potential Of Expanded States | Psychedelic Café 7
What are the healing potentials of expanded states? It is this question that guides the conversation featured on this episode of Adventures Through The Mind, another Psychedelic Café episode. Our guests are Maria Papaspyrou, Nir Tradmor, Natasja Pelgrom, and Renee Harvey. For links to our participants work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/PsyCafe7   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***    SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M   Episode Breakdown Introducing participants One clear thought on the question (round 1): What is the healing potential of expanded states? Open discussion (round 2) Entering into the “we” space, relational work, the healing of connection Getting permission from the plant | giving permission to meet ourselves The shadow of the mainstream medical psychedelic narrative The judgments against “recreational” psychedelic use The importance of arriving to psychedelics with beginner’s mind The psychedelic other | can we trust what “the medicine” tells us? The spirits have ego, too | negotiating with The purge as a healing mechanism Psychedelic marketing and the cringey direction of mainstream psychedelic culture “Who owns psychedelics?” The impact of psychedelics on how we approach death Reciprocity with psychedelics medicine Why do we sabotage ourselves? The healing potential of expanded states to help us connect with ourselves The value of sharing our gratitude for each other Belonging, feeling alone, and grieving the loss of belonging Psychedelics and working with psychosis Closing thoughts on the question (round 3) Social Media details for each participant   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/  
111:39 12/17/2021
The Regenerative Power Of Mushrooms | Alex Dorr ~ ATTMind 155
Alex Dorr joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to provide us an overview of mushrooms and the fungi kingdom; the anatomy, life cycle, and evolutionary history of mushrooms; and the role fungi play in the very foundations of life on this planet. We also talk about mycoremediation, mycotechnologies, and go in-depth about the health effects of functional mushrooms such as reishi, lion’s mane, and cordyceps.  For links to Dorr's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind155   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/ ▷ AFFILIATE: Mushroom Revival inc   Mushroom revival is a functional mushrooms supplement company focusing on high-quality, science-informed mushroom extract products.   Use promo code ATTM to get 10% off your order ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown   An overview of mushrooms and the fungi kingdom Mushroom evolution, anatomy, and life cycle How mushrooms support the foundation of life itself Mycoremediation (using fungi to fix industrial pollution) Using psilocybin is mycoremediation of human trauma Criticisms of the mainstreaming and industrializing of psilocybin Functional mushrooms and their benefit on human health The health effects of Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Reishi mushrooms Four guidelines to follow for finding good quality functional mushrooms (sourcing, extraction, lab-tested, dose) Issues around Chaga mushroom extraction and sourcing Importance of ensuring good extraction methods The importance of ensuring functional mushrooms are certified organic and lab-tested Getting the right dose for your functional mushrooms Mycoprotein, aka mushroom meat Mycowood for making musical instrument Mycopesticides for malaria mosquitos  Malaria medication nightmares   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
81:49 12/03/2021
Veteran PTSD, Ayahuasca Healing, And The Military-Industrial Complex | Jesse Gould ~ ATTMind 154
Jesse Gould of Heroic Hearts Project is on the show for this episode to talk about his own battle with PTSD and his recovery through ayahuasca therapy. We also talk about the challenges of integrating back into civilian life after combat, the tragic mental health and suicide statistics amongst veterans, and the role Heroic Hearts Project is playing to help those veterans. More than that though, Jesse and I speak about what it’s like as a soldier to find out that their government lied to justify the war they were traumatized by being in; the impact of military expansionism on the climate crisis; whether or not “the psychedelic cure” will be used by governments to justify continuing war; and, whether or not ayahuasca healing has any noticeable effects on one’s political stance on the military.   For links to Gould's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind154   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***   SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown   What is Heroic Hearts Project? The mental health crisis amongst veterans The two extreme realities of veterans’ life though The challenges of becoming a civilian after being made a soldier Jesse’s journey from the Military, through PTSD, and to ayahuasca Harming and self-harming amongst veterans The mismanagement of mental health care on behalf of the Veteran Associations Jesse’s journey into ayahuasca and what he learned A powerful story of a Veteran's transformation out of PTSD through ayahuasca The crisis of meaning when a soldier learns that the reason they were at war was based on lies Does ayahuasca change a veteran's perspective on the military-industrial complex? Does ayahuasca change a veteran's perspective on the military, itself? No, psychedelics do not fundamentally alter your political views or make you a better person Responding to the ecological destruction of the military-industrial complex and military expansionism Will “the psychedelic cure” for veteran PTSD be used by the military to justify continuing war The shifting cultural tides in the USA regarding kinetic warfare What Heroic Hearts is up to now (services and research)     ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/  
95:07 11/19/2021
Plant Intelligence | Monica Gagliano, PhD ~ ATTMind 153
Dr. Monica Gagliano takes us on a deep dive into the results of her scientific research into plant intelligence. But she also shares the profound impact of her personal encounters with the living intelligence of the natural world, and what those encounters have revealed about herself, about life, and about the murderous consequences of modern scientific training. We also explore definitions of intelligence and plant intelligence; the impact of anthropocentrism on our relationship to the natural world; listening to and learning from plants; and the role of altered states and psychedelics in our capacity to directly communicate with not only plants, but the intelligent life of nature itself. ... For links to Dr. Gagliano's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind153   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown What is intelligence? What is plant Intelligence? Why we assume plants aren’t intelligent Gagliano’s transformation away from “cold-hearted scientist” How anthropocentric bias in Academia delegitimizes plant intelligence research Plant bioacoustics and shamanic medicine songs Voice, plant voice, and how we silence them An example of listening to plants Appropriation and the silencing of plant intelligence The history of our enslavement to wheat What if plants listened to plants as a “someone” and not a “something” Slowing down and letting yourself be confused is a good thing The role of altered states in communicating with and learning from plants The psychedelic experience is happening all the time The role of plant dietas in healing Allowing our encounters with the natural world to become meaningful moments of learning and insight What medicine means A closing poem from The Spoke The Plant   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/  
122:03 11/05/2021
Hallucinogen Perception Persisting Disorder (HPPD) | Ed Prideaux ~ ATTMind 152
Ed Prideaux joins us to discuss what Hallucinogen Perception Persisting Disorder (HPPD) is, its symptoms, its history, its association with other mental health conditions, how widespread it seems to be, and how it isn’t necessarily a negative experience. We also speak of psychedelic flashbacks--what they are and what they are not; the role of memory, trauma, and neuroplasticity in HPPD; the pathologizing of neurodiversity; and each of our personal experiences of the condition.   For links to Prideaux's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind152   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown What is Hallucinogen Perception Persisting Disorder? James’ personal experiences of HPPD HPPD is much more common than we realize, and not always negative The potentially serious negative consequences of HPPD The harm of drug stigma, cultural ignorance, and pathologizing of neurodiversity The urgency of HPPD The pharmacological treatments for HPPD Psychedelic flashbacks: what they are, and what they are not HPPD is not necessary the consequence of psychedelics Genetic predispositions to HPPD Memory triggers, Neruoplastiocity and being traumatized by psychedelics (bad trips) HPPD can be positive, too The current treatments for HPPD The relationship between Cannabis and HPPD Something everyone should know about HPPD Why do people who don't have HPPD think it’s not real? How to create better awareness around Hallucinogen Perception Persisting Disorder Links to Ed Prideaux’s Twitter, The Perception Restoration Foundation, and some Australia studies happening now/soon   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
110:56 10/22/2021
Yoga, Psychedelics, And The Spirit Of Cannabis | Chris Kilham ~ ATTMind 151
Chris Kilham joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to explore yoga, cannabis, and yoga and cannabis. We also explore the spirit of cannabis, psychedelics in general as a part of spiritual practice, and the dangerous pitfalls of spiritual narcissism and delusions that arise from all spiritual practice, and especially insular spiritual communities.   For links to Chris' work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind151   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***   OUR SPONSOR   R/EVOLUTION: A Deep Dive Course for Psychedelic Explorers Use code JESSO for 15% off until November 1st Before then, there are also 15 tickets for a greater discount with code ADVOCATEJESSO until that tier sells out. For more info visit the course page. ***Course begins on November 1st.   SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown Chris Kilham’s yoga practice history Yoga and cannabis for chronic pain and back injuries What is Yoga and what is the point of the practice? Spiritual narcissism and insular spiritual communities Psychedelic use and messianic delusions Spiritual/psychedelic practice for the development of the healthy self The importance of a healthy community in your integration Is cannabis a psychedelic? How? Yoga and the spirit of cannabis What message are the different plant spirits trying to teach us? Different cultivars and the spirit of cannabis Don’t anthropomorphize plant spirits The pharmacology of cannabis and endocannabinoid system (ECS) The wonder of LSD and the discovery of serotonin Is microdosing a placebo? the stigma again using drugs with spiritual practice The risk of psychosis with psychedelics Psychedelics are well beyond the therapeutic framework The value of psychedelics beyond therapy 2nd Gen psychedelics and the failings of the corporate mindset Important advice for your first cannabis-yoga experience   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
95:49 10/08/2021
Group MDMA for Grief And The Recently Bereaved | Shelley and Charley Wininger ~ ATTMind 150
Shelley and Charley Wininger join us to tell a story of great loss, one that provides the context to wonder about the potential of group MDMA experiences for grief and the recently bereaved, as well as questions about death and dying, feeling safe to be vulnerable, and the profound healing of togetherness in times of great loss. ... For links to Winingers's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind150   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown The relevant background of Charley & Shelley’s relationship and community The story of the death of Shelley’s son Their yearly group roll The MDMA grief circle Shelley sharing during the MDMA grief circle "I never want to go to a conventional wake again” The muting of emotions during modern funerals Feeling safe to feel the full pain of grief MDMA and learning to feel safe to be vulnerable Integrating MDMA into community grief processes Grieving the loss of safety and connection The MDMA middle way The MDMA experience is a holy space of profound togetherness and Love How MDMA impacted Shelley’s grieving process Learning to be wrecked on schedule Openly crying gives others permission to touch the tears in themselves Feeling safe to feel with MDMA Charley checks in with me The integration of a group MDMA grief circle Generational differences in stigma against MDMA   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
80:35 09/24/2021
Attention And Adderall Addiction In An Age Of Distraction | Casey Schwartz ~ ATTMind 149
Casey Schwartz, author of Attention: A Love Story, joins us talk about her journey with Adderall addiction; how social media technology influences our attention and behavior; internet reactivity and mob “justice”; psychedelics and their impact on attention; the deeper philosophy of what attention is; and why attention matters.   For links to Schwartz's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind149   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown What if that final rug comes up from under us The beginnings of Adderall addiction The Adderall promise and of the attentional expectations of the modern world Adderall does not increase attention, not really If attention isn’t focused concentration then what is it? Is there such a thing as natural attention? Social media turning us into reactive children Bonding by bullying through canceling, Casey’s journey of watching her father get swept up in the metoo movement The difference between justice and vengeance, redemption, and a lack of much-needed nuance Adderall addiction in the age of technological onslaught How what we attend to changing the meaning landscape of our lives The deeper philosophy of what attention is, and why attention matters Where you put your attention is how you live your life Psychedelics and attention; how psychedelics alter how we attend to life Attention, prayer, and the discovery of divine A personal trip report of Vyvanse vs Adderall Attention: A Love Story and social links   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
70:05 09/10/2021
Wonder And Inquiry In Times Of Trouble | Stephen Jenkinson ~ ATTMind 148
Our guest for this episode is Stephen Jenkinson and, with him, we will wonder about wonder and inquire–with wonder–about wisdom, prejudice, language, Mystery, generational truancy, the plague, and inquiry itself. For links to Jenkinson's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind148   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown Inquiry, wonder, language, and the end of our days Our education was a war on Mystery Wonder isn't necessarily safe or good-feeling We have no obligation to be ok Psychedelics, MAID, and modernity "We deserve an ordinary life" Ambivalence, and being a “divisionary” Wisdom and prejudice Owning the truancy of the boomer generation Fate and the gods The failures of the language of loss to speak to the realities of the plague  The plague is already a savagely lost opportunity The nostalgia of our pre-pandemic days A generation's worth Doomsday and the greatest trauma implemented on the English people The end of the pandemic will be only the beginning of our undoing   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
66:12 08/27/2021
The Other Magic Mushroom: Healing Trauma With Amanita Muscaria | Amanita Dreamer ~ ATTMind 147
Amanita Dreamer is on the show to talk about her story of healing from panic and anxiety with the amanita muscaria mushroom.  We also talk about the mushroom's pharmacology, safe preparation and use; and how (and why) it can help us heal from not only childhood trauma but pre-birth and infancy trauma by re-parenting us. Finally, we talk about what it means to live traumatized in a traumatized and traumatizing world and how the amanita mushroom might help us discover, and build, a world that feels like a safe home. For links to Amanita Dreamer's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind147   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown Introducing my own ignorance and resistance against amanita muscaria What is the amanita muscaria mushroom? Amanita Dreamer's journey through healing anxiety, panic attack and benzo dependence with amanita How finding Amanita in the forest saved AD’s life The active metabolites of amanita are they toxic? And how are they different in their experience Microdosing amanita is adaptogenic Healing pre-birth and infancy trauma with Amanita Muscaria Amanita is here to re-parent you | you are valuable Infancy trauma and anxiety disorders in adulthood Healing core wounds and become a truly human culture The amanita spirits are the cultural elders here to bring us back to our humanity Home is a place where you can exist without coercion Home means traveling and celebrating together Learning from the mushroom The difference between psilocybin and amanita Methods of amanita consumption | tea, smoking, microdosing, and macrodosing What an amanita experience is like Reviewing the psychoactive metabolites and metabolism of ibotenic acid into muscimol The amanita sleep and why you don't remember The other side of the trip Trip sitting amanita journeys vs journeying alone Smoking amanita muscaria and connecting with the ancestors Microdosing amanita muscaria How long does amanita tea last in the fridge Censorship and mushroom content   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
103:40 08/13/2021
Can We Trust Science? | Danny Nemu ~ ATTMind 146
Danny Nemu is on the show to talk about Science Revealed, the failures of our scientific institutions, and their unreliability as proxies for sensemaking reality.  We explore the question: Can we trust science? ***Interview recorded April 29, 2021 (This is a weird interview because there are several moments where my—I personally consider valid—inclination to push back against certain statements revealed myself as being somewhat wrapped in ideological assumptions and juvenile reactivity... It was an interesting learning experience for myself... That being said, Danny and I continued to have a thoughtful and respectful conversation and one that I hope you will appreciate.) ... For links to Beiner's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind146   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown “It’s been a very interesting pandemic” does peer-review science actually create change (focus on cannabis legalization) Censorship in peer-review science (especially medicine) Close-mindedness and rationalism in scientific institutions Is science (actually) self-correcting? Science as a force of colonialism Is science (actually) self-correcting? pt.2 Grasping for theories and anti-science Conspiracy theories, mythic truths, and propaganda Debating covid narratives Viruses are information What is Covid revealing to us about ourselves? The damage caused by the prevailing human superiority complex The world is sick and we are in crisis Science and learning to know less   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
129:30 07/30/2021
The Effects of Psilocybin on Creativity | Natasha Mason & Jan Ramaekers ~ ATTMind 145
Natasha Mason PhD and Jan Ramaekers PhD are on the show to discuss the effects of psilocybin on creativity; the challenge of measuring creativity in a lab; the role creativity plays in mental health; and even the connections between psychedelics, creativity, and movements in art and culture.   For links to out guest's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind145   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown A disambiguation of the term Creativity; convergent vs divergent thinking The difficulty of determining what qualifies as creative in creativity research Creativity is defined by culture, too Creativity and its role in mental health; creativity is an essential cognitive ability How creative thinking can help with depression Cognitive flexibility, psychedelics, and healing depression The neurophysiology of creativity Creativity and the default mode network Outline their study on the effects of psilocybin on creativity and its results How much psilocybin (dose) were they giving people and why? How they measured the personal sense of being creative Psychedelics, art, and creativity research The role of glutamate in the ego dissolution experience The window of opportunity for neuroplasticity after psychedelics Glutamate, psilocybin, excitotoxicity, and depression The psychedelic encounters with near-death are protecting the brain (maybe) What’s next in their research on the effects of psilocybin on creativity   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/  
91:14 07/16/2021
Ayahuasca Ceremonies and Conflict-Resolution in The West Bank | Leor Roseman and Antwan Saca ~ ATTMind 144
Antwan Saca and Leor Roseman are two of the authors of the research paper Relational Processes in Ayahuasca Groups of Palestinians and Israelis. They are on the show to talk about that research and the complexities of conflict and conflict-resolution it explores. For links to our guest's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind144   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown Introducing the complexity of this topic Why Leor and Antwan were called to doing this research The dynamics in joint-space ayahuasca ceremonies with Israelis and Palestinians Facing the elephant in the room The role of cultural identities in the perpetuation of conflict The power dynamic on the west bank is more than just a cultural narrative The limitations of apolitical, individualistic "inner spirituality" narratives The vital importance of anger in facing injustice The challenge of integrating ayahuasca ceremonies (and conflict-resolution experiences) in the West Bank Communitas: can it change an unjust political reality or does it keep that reality as it is through evading it? Learning new ways of engaging the challenge of an unjust political reality that help encourage actual change The danger of these ayahuasca ceremonies and conflict-resolution in the West Bank. Drug stigma and the emergence of ayahuasca in Middle Eastern countries Movements towards using local plants in Middle Eastern Ayahuasca brews The different kinds of experiences reported Unity-based connection (and criticism of the “individual spirituality" of perennial philosophy) Recognition and difference-based connection Conflict-related revelation Awe and Silence Paraverbal qualities of language Delivery of conflict-related revelation and the need to ‘share the message’ Journalism and the complexity of reporting on ayahuasca ceremonies and conflict resolution in the West Bank   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
110:56 07/02/2021
What Does It Mean To Have A Spiritual Crisis? | Psychedelic Café 6
In this psychedelic café, we explore spiritual awakening and spiritual crisis; what they are, and what causes them. We also explore how we heal from spiritual crisis; their connection to trauma; the spiritual roots of healing bipolar; differentiating spiritual crisis from clinical psychiatric illness; the anti-theistic paradigm of psychiatry; personal crisis in the context of global climate crisis; and having a force larger than oneself un-make and remake our lives. Our guests are: Anna Lutkajtis Dayle Mcleod Benjamin Mudge Michelle Anne Hobart Kyle Buller Dr. Nicole Gruel For links and Bios for each guest, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/PsyCafe6   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     .....     Episode Breakdown Spiritual crisis as a way of discovering who we really are What makes spiritual awakening a crisis and how do we learn from them Spontaneous transformations of worldview Being dazzled by truth Living in a secular society increases the likelihood of spiritual crisis Where is the line between psychosis and spiritual crisis True spirituality is about love What does it mean to have a spiritual crisis? Bipolar, schizophrenia, and being unable to resolve a spiritual crisis The efficacy of psychiatric drugs in treating bipolar The role of the body in resolving spiritual crisis The importance of social context in spiritual crisis Spiritual crisis as a call to your ancestral lineage Preparing the cultural grounds for psilocybin introduction into the medical system The paradigm of psychiatry is anti-theistic The importance of including indigenous voices We are in a global spiritual crisis Trauma’s role in spiritual crisis How we ground through spiritual crisis experiences We need to upgrade our language around religious experiences Should we be trying to feel better?
97:42 06/18/2021
Somatic Ketamine Therapy For Depression | Pierre Bouchard ~ ATTMind 143
Pierre Bouchard is on the show to talk about somatic therapy, the traumatic roots of depression, and the role ketamine-assisted somatic psychotherapy can play in healing that trauma, and thus the depression it produces. For links to Bouchard's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind143   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown Somatic therapy vs traditional talk therapy The objectivity of sensation How somatic sensation can be used therapy We are all creatively organized to get love in the world How somatic therapy helps heal trauma Adding low-dose ketamine to somatic trauma therapy | ketamine therapy for depression How ketamine’s dissociative effects assist in safely accessing trauma feeling Developmental trauma and the roots of depression Treating depression through healing developmental trauma Trauma, depression, and healing through relationship How many somatic sessions does it take to heal depression? (integration) The problems of the present industry of ketamine therapy for depression Therapists should experience ketamine before providing ketamine In the absence of somatic ketamine therapists, how can we get the help we need to make sense of our ketamine experiences It’s never too late to have a good childhood   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
65:53 06/11/2021
Global Collapse, Spirituality, and The Birth Of The Future Human | Chris Bache, PhD ~ ATTMind 142
Chris Bache PhD has previously been on the show to talk about his work with high dose LSD journeys, out of his book LSD and The Mind Of The Universe. In that book, he discusses visions he had of ‘the birth of the future human’ emerging out of the incredible suffering and challenges of a total, global collapse. In this interview, Chris outlines why and where he sees this collapse as already having begun and what his LSD journeys into ‘deep time,’ the collective suffering of all humanity, and divine encounters with oneness have revealed about what it will take for humanity to make it through collapse into the future anew. A spiritual approach to the crisis of global collapse. For links to Chris' work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind142   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown Going even deeper into the mind of the universe The pandemic is only the begging of the global collapse that’s coming What we are learning during the current global crisis we are in Its ego that built our culture We need to learn how to not turn away from our pain, personally and collectively Doing shadow work for the collective Suffering and shadow work in acute time and deep time “A mature spirituality doesn’t take us away from the challenges of the world.” One of the greatest risks of psychedelic work is ego inflation (integration) What does it mean to be a good person, psychedelically? How to show up as a good person through integrating a mystical experience How to live spiritually without isolating from the challenges of the world Is it foolish to think that we are actually doing “good”? The balance of free speech in the context of doing spiritual good The forced radical reassessment of all our truth claims It’s grow up or die time | global collapse is here The mode of inquiry is as important as the content Why we need to step outside of social media What life is like when it is lived in intimacy with the mind of the universe   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
112:00 04/23/2021
Drinking The Psychedelic Acacia Trees Of Australia | Psychedelic Café 5
“Where do the Australian psychoactive acacia species fit into the contemporary, local psychedelic scene, and how does interaction with these species inform a deeper connection to this land and its dreaming?” That's the question we are discussing in this episode of the podcast, psychedelic cafe #5. We talk about the history, pharmacology, and phenomenology of drinking the psychedelic acacia trees of Australia. As well as their conservation, challenges of learning there being no known history of their ceremonial use, and the complications of using them in the context of colonialism. We also talk about plant intelligence, interspecies communication, and encounters with “the unseen realm” of spirits that exist beyond the human mind. Our Guests For This Episode: Nick Sun Jef Baker Rohan B. Dr. Liam Engel Julian Palmer For links to our guests' bios and work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/PsyCafe5   ***Full Topics Breakdown Below***     SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   *** Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine, Dima B, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M     Episode Breakdown Communicating with psychedelic acacia trees of Australia Connecting to the spirit of the land A growing language between humans and the acacia Conservation of Acacia in the face of wild harvesting The modern cultural context of acacia drinkers Australian Psychedelic Acacia spirituality is an unexplored area of psychedelic anthropology Acacia species that are orally active without separate MAOIs? Psychedelic alkaloids in Acacia other than nn, DMT—e.g. NMT, 5-MeO-DMT, and other undiscovered alkaloids Why plants produce alkaloids (beyond survival) Experiential differences between psychedelic acacias problems and concerns for conversation and preservation DMT and Acacia general usage patterns in Western Australia Ask not what the plant can do for you, but what you can do for the plant Finding a sustainable commercial source for  the psychedelic acacia trees of australia The complexity of drinking acacia in the context of colonialism Will drinking the plants reconnect us with the land Asking for permission Learning the plants and how to take them with integrity without a culture to guide us Psychedelic encounters with spirits — DMT, acacia, and “the unseen realm” You can’t just chalk entity experiences up to 'just a trip' All non-human life has intrinsic value Grow plants Existence is just a joke but you have to take it seriously or it isn’t funny Learn to en-joy The message DMT is attempting to give humanity Different plants from different lands, consumed on different lands, invite different insight   ************** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
126:23 04/09/2021