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Adventures Through The Mind is an interview-based podcast hosted by Canadian author and public educator, James W. Jesso. Although the show topics range---from spirituality, mental health, and emotional maturity; to love, relationships and sexuality; to history, philosophy, and neuroscience---there are two underlying themes that intersect them all: psychedelics & the mind. James W. Jesso is the author of Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom and The True Light Of Darkne ...
 
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WHAT DOES THE PSYCHEDELIC EXPERIENCE OFFER US IN SO FAR AS THE MEANING OF BEING IN RELATIONSHIP? That is the question we are exploring for this episode of The Psychedelic Café. Our Guests are: Mel Cassidy, Bruce Sanguin, Miriam Elise, and Adam Wilder --LINKS-- For links to Jeronimo's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head t…
 
Robert 'Rio' Hahn is on the show for this episode to present the explorer's mindset to us, and all that it can offer us, through sharing his history as not only an explorer but one of the founding fathers for ethnobotanical research of psychoactive plants in the Amazon. He is not only a curious and sharp-minded man but an important figure in the hi…
 
Each a leader in the field of psilocybin therapy and medicine, Francoise Bourzat and Rosalind Watts are on the show to talk with each other about psilocybin for depression, trauma, dying; as well as integration, the role of community in getting the most out of our psychedelic experiences, why the depression comes back after psilocybin therapy, and …
 
Greg Kieser is on the show to explore a hypothetical future where society is led by Super Aware Intelligence Machines as a framework to talk about systems thinking, supersystemic thinking, idea ecologies, the two cognitive impediments that prevent humanity from solving the largest problems it faces, and where psychedelics are sewn into the mix. --L…
 
What lessons do our psychedelics experiences offer us in making sense of the global pandemic and all the crises that have come with it? Our guests exploring this question are Rachel Harris, Maria Papaspyrou, Tarzie McLean, and Kyle Buller. --LINKS-- For links to all our guest's work, and to download an MP3 of this episode, head to https://bit.ly/Ps…
 
In 2017, Andrea Bird received her terminal diagnosis. In December of 2018, having no experience with it up to this point, she received underground psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy to grapple with the challenge of dying. She is on the show for this episode to share her psilocybin story publicly for the first time. (If you noticed this episode's mp3…
 
Welcome To The Psychedelic Café, a structured group conversation on curated topics, with curated guests, exploring a central question. This session's question is: What does it mean to be a Black advocate in the Psychedelic Renaissance? Our guests are The Dank Duchess, Darron Le Baron, Chor Boogie, Akua Ofosuhene, and Moudou Baqui --LINKS-- For link…
 
Dr. Douglas Tataryn joins us to explain the Four Facets Of Human Transformation, how they develop (or don’t develop) over time, what roles those facets play, what it looks like when one is more developed than the others, and how we might develop those facets in a way that leads us to removing perceptual distortions and living happier, healthier, mo…
 
Maria Balaet is on the show to talk about the impact of psychedelics on memory processing, the neuropharmacology of memory, the interplay of memory and personal consciousness, and the ethics of memory modulation with psychedelics. --LINKS-- For links to Maria Balaet's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly…
 
Jerónimo M.M. joins us on the show to discuss the cultural issues we are presented with insofar as integrating psychedelics into the mainstream of the Western World of the Global North. We also talk about preparing for the unintended consequences of ending prohibition and the amputation of culture that comes with our globalized export of psychoacti…
 
5-MeO-DMT and breath work facilitator Chad Charles joins me to discuss Leo Gura's Outrageous Experiments In Consciousness (30 breakthrough 5-MeO-DMT trips in 30 days, at increasing doses, in isolation). Our primary purpose was to discuss an element of the video that we both felt was outright dangerous, but the discussion expands to 5-MeO-DMT experi…
 
Dr. Oliver Grundmann joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to talk about Kratom. We discuss its traditional cultural use, legal history, pharmacology, modern cultural use, preparation best practices, its benefits and its risks, and how to safely start using kratom. --LINKS-- For links to Dr. Anderson's work, full show notes, and to watch this epi…
 
Dr. Frank Anderson joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to explore the Internal Family Systems model of therapy and its perspective on the nature of mind, trauma, “triggers”, and the symptoms of mental illness. We also talk about the transpersonal context of the self, choosing to grow up in the face of our own traumas, IFS’ application to psyche…
 
Francoise Bourzat joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to discuss the Mazatec mushroom tradition and her decade-long journey bridging indigenous wisdom with the western tradition while apprenticing under traditional mushrooms curanderas. She joins us to help us better understand the wisdom of the sacred mushrooms and how we might deepen our rela…
 
Patrick Kroupa and I share an off-the-cuff conversation about COVID-19. We talk about how it is impacting each of our lives, our thoughts on the socio-political responses to the pandemic, and what Patrick's experiences of watching friends and family die offers us insofar as how to show up to the upcoming mass fatalities due to the virus. --LINKS-- …
 
A short audio update as well as some resource links. ... Given the situation the world is in, it's necessary for us to talk about COVID-19. And, it is my responsibility, as a public figure, to share with you about where I am at with this as well as to share some reliable resources. That is what this update is. It lets you know where I am at with my…
 
The Dank Duchess is on Adventures Through The Mind to discuss hashish, from what it means and how its made to why it matters in the modern cannabis market. We also discuss the ongoing impact of cannabis prohibition on black culture in the united states, harmful trends in the modern cannabis culture, and the power of hashish (and cannabis in general…
 
Dr. Sam Gandy joins us is on Adventures Through The Mind to explore eco-therapy, nature-immersion, where the scientific observation that psychedelics increase nature-relatedness does and does not weave into our facing of the climate crisis. --LINKS-- For links to Sam Gandy's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https:/…
 
Mel Cassidy is a relationship coach and sex-positive nerd who guides social misfits and cultural rebels to experiences of joyful, embodied, authentic open relationships. Mel has also been engaging in a relationship with psychedelics since they helped Mel heal after multiple miscarriages earlier in life. Mel joins us on Adventures Through The Mind t…
 
David Grillot and Jonathan Glazer are the founders of #ThankYouPlantMedicine, a global wave of gratitude for happening on February 20, 2020. They are on the show to both talk about the movement itself and respond to some of my criticisms. We speak about the possible risks of "coming out of the psychedelic closet", the potentially adverse outcomes o…
 
Chad Charles is a Conscious Connected Breathwork practitioner, intimacy/eros educator, and substance(5-MeO-DMT)-assisted body-based therapist. He has been very active in helping co-create projects that bring 5-MeO-DMT/bufo practitioners together in hopes that the worldwide standards of facilitation may rise to the best possible practice. --LINKS-- …
 
Dr. Rosalind Watts joins us on the show to help breakdown and better understand the nuances of the psilocybin for depression trials she leads at Imperial College London. We also talk about what her team's research helped her understand about the nature of depression, the value of feeling into our emotional pain, and what makes the difference betwee…
 
David Krantz and I talk about how genetics affect the metabolism of cannabis (nutrigenomics) and the resulting impact of cannabis use on our epigenetic health. Furthermore, we reach into a discussion on how the same framework of understanding applies to our metabolism of psychedelics and the potential future of a genome-specific screening program f…
 
Hamilton Souther joins us on the podcast to talks about what it takes to become a true shaman, the medicine of the plants, and what the new age culture gets wrong about ayahuasca. --LINKS-- For links to Bruce's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to Https://bit.ly/ATTMind110 --- SUPPORT THIS PODCAST — Patreon: https://pa…
 
This episode features Amanda Seibert, a freelance cannabis writer, author award-winning journalist, photographer, videographer, and the author of The Little Book of Cannabis: How Marijuana Can Improve Your Life. We sit down to talk about what the science says about the pharmacology of the plant's various components as well as the anecdotal uses of …
 
In this interview, R. Coleman takes us through the wealth of knowledge he has earned over his 30 years of healing trauma with psychedelic psychotherapy. We discuss trauma in general, the value of psychedelic to heal it, and the nuances of working with different psychedelics, for different people, at different times, for different issues. **full epi…
 
Hey Y'all 3 things need to be shared as they may/do effect the future of the podcast. The potential of being delisted from iTunes (and what you can do about it to prevent losing access to the show) Issues around YouTube algorithms and secret ratings that are blocking the podcast's growth The inclusion of a sponsor for the podcast, FORMULA and what …
 
"Breaking Convention is a biennial multidisciplinary conference on psychedelic consciousness, featuring more than 200 presenters from around the world." It takes place in London, England and is one of the largest psychedelic conferences in the world. I was quasi-invited to speak (I was invited by a program curator, but wasn't an officially invited …
 
Adam Strauss is on the show for this episode to dive into the painful lived experience of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and what it was, exactly, that psychedelics did for him that helped him regain agency over his life. **full episode breakdown below** ***SPOILER ALERT: Ender's Game / Xenocide Novel Series *** --LINKS-- For more psychedelic conten…
 
Stephen Jenkinson joins us to discuss arguments against psilocybin for the dying, death as a god, the failures of hope, the cowardice of misanthropy, and the dangers of being arrogant when facing the divine. **full episode breakdown below** --LINKS-- For more psychedelic content like this and/or to access this interview on youtube, head to https://…
 
We welcome Maria Papaspyrou to the show to discuss what Jungian Psychology has to say psychedelics in general and psychedelic integration in particular. Maria is an integrative psychotherapist and systemic constellations facilitator in private practice in Brighton, UK. She has given talks and published articles on the sacramental and healing proper…
 
This post contains a discussion on suicide, psychosis, and abuse of power. It might be best to look at it at another time if you are not in the headspace to explore those topics right now. *** As many of you heard in my intro to episode 102 with Are Thoresen, kambo facilitator and former guest on the show, Tobias [last name removed on request of th…
 
Comedian Shane Mauss is on the show to talk about the context that led up to his drug-induced psychosis, his time in a psychiatric institution, and why he still sees psychedelics as valuable tools for mental wellness in general, but comedy culture in particular. **FULL EPISODE BREAKDOWN BELOW** --LINKS-- For full blog entry, all relevant links for …
 
This episode seeks to explore the phenomenon of spiritual forces, demons, and disease. But not so much from the "are spirits real?" perspective but from the position of assuming they are real and thus an exploration of what are they and how they operate on the human being. For this exploration, we welcome Are Thoresen, a veterinarian, acupuncturist…
 
Dr. Andrew Gallimore. Neurobiologist, chemist, and the author of 'Alien Information Theory: Psychedelic Drug Technologies and the Cosmic Game' joins us on the show to talk about extended-state DMT, the structure of reality, hyperdimensional alien intelligences, and the implications of dying while tripping DMT. ***Full Episode Breakdown Below --LINK…
 
To acknowledge the celebratory context of this epsiode I had done two things special with it. The first is that I took a pretty long time, in the beginning, to talk about my journey with the podcast (the actual episode starts 12:45, and the interviews at 18:00). Then, the second special thing, instead of one guest, or even two, or even three, there…
 
Jennifer Dumpert, the author of 'Liminal Dreaming: Exploring Consciousness At The Edge Of Sleep,' joins us on the show today to offer an introductory primer on the hows and whys of liminal dreaming, the differences between liminal dreaming and other forms of dreaming, as well as the cross-applicable skillsets shared between dream-tripping and psych…
 
This episode of the podcast narrows in on the manner in which early childhood experiences inform, often unconsciously, our adult perceptions, behavior, and self-identity. Our guest, author and former Christian minister Bruce Sanguin, takes us into and through a (common) legacy of early childhood wounds, the relational context through which they are…
 
Samantha Retrosi is on the show to talk to us about healing with ayahuasca -- what that means, how it happens -- and the importance of understanding that healing and illness go well beyond the individual and extend into relationships, society, and politics. We start out exploring her journey from the Olympics into severe bulimia and eventually into…
 
Kevin Tucker is the author of 'The Cull Of Personality: Ayahuasca, Colonialism, and the Death of a Healer'. He is on the show to talk to us about the history of resource extraction from the the Amazon, the devastation it wrecked on its peoples, and how he sees that history of extraction alive in the present in the form of the spiritual extractivism…
 
Salvia Divinorum, apparently, is an under-explored wonder plant that has not only been misused and misappropriated but highly misunderstood. Thankfully, we have the knowledgeable and experienced contributions of Christopher Solomon to help us cast out those misunderstandings and enter us into the beautiful world Salvia Divinorum has to offer. Head …
 
Our guest for this episode of the podcast is Deb Dana, LSCW and she is on the show to tell us all about Polyvagal theory and the explanatory power it has for how and why we are the way we are in the world and with each other in a psychological, neurobiological, sociological, but also practical way. Polyvagal theory is easily one of the most valuabl…
 
Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris heads the Psychedelic Research Group within the Centre for Psychiatry at Imperial College London. He joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to talk about the Entropic Brain (and mind) theory, complexity vs. order, the disproportionate representation of 'ego' consciousness in modern civilisation and its impact on the natura…
 
Tom and Sheri Eckert join us to talk about their initiative to legalize Psilocybin services in Oregon (#PSI2020). We talk about what they have accomplished and what's left to achieve on the road towards getting PSI on the 2020 ballot, the challenges they are facing in the process, and the visions of a potential future world where psilocybin is not …
 
In this (on-location) interview, Darren Springer talks about the ancient history of pan-African psychedelic use and travels forwards through time along the wings of mythology until the myths dissolve into the harsh reality of slavery, racism, and neighbourhoods infused with violence. It is grounded in this reality that Darren shares with us the pot…
 
Today's guests for the podcast --- three female, underground psychedelic therapists from Canada --- are on the show anonymously to share their wisdom, experience, and knowledge of psychedelic psychotherapy. Specifically, we talk about psilocybin, MDMA, and 3-MMC assisted psychotherapy; their methodologies and practices; cautions and concerns; and a…
 
According to today's guest, Tom Hatsis, Santa is not a mushroom shaman, Jesus was not a mushroom, and Christianity is not hiding a giant secret inside the biblical texts about the true hallucinogen at the root the religion being an amanita muscaria. But, therein lies a whole different set of questions: What is the actual history of Santa Clause? Wh…
 
Erik Davis, writer and host of Expanding Mind podcast, joins us on the show to share what he sees are the essential skills we need to navigate the chaos of a reality liquified. ***See Below for full episode breakdown Head to http://bit.ly/ATTMind88 for video, full blog entry, complete show notes, and relevant links. Head to the ATTMindPodcast subre…
 
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