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Podcast 478 – “Breaking The Spell On You”

Guest speaker: Shonagh Home

From the "Married to Nature" series by Terra HolcombPROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Shonagh Home.]

“The mushroom has a wildness to it because it is wild, just as our minds once were wild.”

“I see the mushroom as the ultimate test of the initiate because you’re on your own. There’s no shaman to guide you, and so it is up to you to determine how this [experience] is about to look.”

“What is the point of doing these medicines if you are not going to break the spell of your perceptions, of who and what you think you are, and what you perceive this world to be.”

Exploring Psychedelics Conference, 2015

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Podcast 477 – “What is this medium called consciousness?”

Guest speaker: Hamilton Souther

Hamilton SoutherPROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Hamilton Souther.]

“In the jungle, the ayahuasca is used traditionally to heal what are known as mystical, non-ordinary, problems.”

“I came to look at it and realize that what we [North Americans] were looking for wasn’t specifically an experience that would produce healing, but we were looking for a shift in consciousness that would produce healing.”

“We are self-regulating, universal beings.”

“There can be negative effects, and that’s very real. The psychedelic plants are crap shoots in their own right, which makes having the presence of someone very trained very important. And that’s a departed point out in the world, like, take it and go and see what happens. I’m not of that group of thought. I think it’s very important to have people there who really, really know what they’re doing, like REALLY know what they’re doing.”

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Hamilton Souther’s Website

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Podcast 476 – “Origins of the Choice-Maker”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today we pick up on the February 1996 Terence McKenna workshop that we began with Podcast 472. When he gets to his overview of habit and novelty and then moves into a discussion of time, his poetic language provides several interesting mental footholds from which we can expand on some of his thinking about the topic of time. As he says, “We are very naieve about the nature of time,” pointing out that the concept of using an average of measurements taken in a science experiment requires that all moments of time must be the same. “Are they?” he asks. “Is every moment just like the others?” From there he takes us on an interesting journey into the I Ching.

“We get to the point then with modern science where you could almost say that modern science is the art of describing those systems so crude in their structure that they are not subject to temporal variables.” -Terence McKenna

“Time is a series of fluctuating variables.” -Terence McKenna

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Victory for Users:
Librarian of Congress Renews and Expands
Protections for Fair Uses

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Podcast 475 – “The Path of a Medicine Woman”

Guest speakers: Borka Cafuk & Shonagh Home
Borka Cafuk

Today’s program features a conversation between Shonagh Home and Borka Cafuk, who is a remarkable medicine woman. Not only does Borka provide interesting details about plant medicines such as ayahuasca, sapo, and nu-nu, she also tells the fascinating story of her transition from working as an environmental journalist from Europe into a South American medicine woman. And she minces no words in talking about the difficulties that she has encountered being accepted by the indigenous people, and in particular the male ayahuasceros, where she now lives. Much plant knowledge is being lost as traditional healers are being subsumed into the Western culture that is now seeping into the Amazon basin, and so it has fallen to people like Borka to help the local medicine men and women hold together the threads of this important work.

Yana Puma Healing Center

Yana Puma (Black Jaguar) is a plant medicine healing and educational center located on river Momon in Loreto, Peru. The center offers traditional healing treatments using a variety of Amazonian plants, ayahuasca, sapo, nu-nu and tobacco ceremonies, as well as plant diets.


Our primary objectives are to preserve the jungle and its biodiversity, and to preserve the incredible knowledge and culture of the indigenous people.

The mission of Yana Puma Healing and Educational Center is to help people on the path towards spiritual, physical and mental healing and growth, to ultimately reach their true purpose in life. This is done through unparalleled support on all levels, healing and education while simultaneously preserving and spreading the knowledge, culture and traditions of the indigenous people, who are in danger of being lost forever.

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Shonagh Home is a teacher, shamanic practitioner, and the author of

‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’

‘Love and Spirit Medicine’

and the upcoming, ‘Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissae Speaks.’

Website: www.shonaghhome.com

Contact: shonagh.home (at) comcast (dot) net

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Podcast 474 – Important Podcast – This Affects YOU!

Guest speaker: Cory Doctorow

cory (at) eff (dot) org
Electronic Frontier Foundation

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast features a 2015 Palenque Norte Lecture given by Cory Doctorow at this year’s Burning Man Festival. Cory is a well-known science fiction writer and lecturer who warns us about how much of our freedom has already been assumed by rich corporations through their manipulation of the law through the use of technology. Whether you realize it or not, your personal freedom has already been significantly compromised in the digital domain, and unless you become aware of what is taking place, and then do something about it, Orwell’s world of “1984” will continue to encroach on your life.

“We have not reached peak surveillance . . . but we have reached peak awareness of surveillance.” -Cory Doctorow

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF.org)
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Podcast 473 – “Outcasts and Future People”

Guest speaker: Timothy Leary

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Timothy Leary.]

“We deliberately keep kids dumb by treating them like kids.”

“We all know that if voting would change anything it would be illegal.”

“The future belongs to those who can see the future.”

“The smarter you are, the higher you want to be.”

“The key to the Sixties, as we see it now, was a period of self-discovery, of self-indulgence, and the refusal to accept the adult hive’s over-specialized models.”

“Show me a taboo, and I’m interested in it.”

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Podcast 472 – “The Timewave & The Watkins Objection”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“An interesting thing about drugs is often, when a new drug is discovered, it takes a long time to figure out how do you do it.”

“In 1948, television was introduced, and millions and millions of people lead larval, low-awareness, warehoused lives mainlining an electronic drug straight into their brains.”

“I would argue that it’s almost better to do heroin than to watch TV. At least when you’re doing heroin you’re responsible for your own reveries and thought processes. When you’re mainlining TV what is it but endless messages to fetishize products?”

“If the world is made of language, then you can hack it in the sense that you can hack code.”

“My idea of enlightenment is when ego and Tao are fused, and Tao is perceived as ego. Then everything happens with complete appropriateness.”

“I think of the mainland as Blade Runner Land.”

“Anything which must be understood by millions of people is so hopelessly divorced from how it is that it becomes a form of fiction.”

“I think what we have to do is convince people that matter is tacky.”

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Hyperborea – Terence McKenna’s Website

Autopsy for a Mathematical Hallucination? by Matthew Watkins Introduction by Terence McKenna

2012 and the “Watkins Objection” to Terence McKenna’s “Timewave Theory” . . . by Matthew Watkins

Terence McKenna’s Reading List

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Podcast 471 – “Healing For PTSD Is Available”

Guest speakers: Janine Sagert, Saj Razvi, Ryan Le Compte, & Shonagh Home

FROM SHOCK TO AWE (Indigogo Campaign)

From Shock to Awe, the documentaryFrom Shock to Awe is a feature-length documentary that will chronicle the journeys of military veterans as they seek relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with the help of ayahuasca, MDMA (“Ecstasy”), and cannabis. It will be an intimate look at how these substances can be used to heal our wounded warriors—and, by extension, their loved ones.

Our intention with this film is to raise awareness of the healing properties of, and help change the laws regulating, ayahuasca, MDMA, and cannabis so that these substances can be legally available for responsible use in therapeutic, and spiritual, settings—especially for veterans with PTSD. Because we believe that all vets have the right to choose their own path to healing.

PROGRAM NOTES:

“What we’re finding is that after three full dose MDMA sessions, with each session lasting about a day and spread three to four months apart, we’re finding that 83% of chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD sufferers no longer qualify for the diagnosis.”Saj Razvi

If you are (or know) a military veteran (or anyone else) who has PTSD, then you owe it to yourself to listen to the conversation featured in today’s podcast. In this program Shonagh Home interviews Janine Sagert, the producer of “Shocked and Awed”, Saj Razvi, who is an MDMA clinical therapist, and Ryan Le Compte, an ex marine who now runs an organization called Veterans for Entheogenic Therapy. Their discussion focuses on ways in which veterans and others suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorders can get relief, and in some cases even be cured, through the use of MDMA, ayahuasca, and cannabis.
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Veterans for Entheogenic Therapy

From Shock to Awe:
Healing PTSD with Ayahuasca, MDMA, and Cannabis


Shonagh Home is a teacher, shamanic practitioner, and the author of
‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’

‘Love and Spirit Medicine’and the upcoming, ‘Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissae Speaks.’
Website: www.shonaghhome.com

Contact: shonagh.home (at) comcast (dot) net

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Podcast 470 – “Enter the Medicine Woman”

Guest speaker: Shonagh Home
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PROGRAM NOTES:

Today we feature Shonagh Home from a talk that she gave at the recent Women & Entheogens Conference that was held in Cleveland, Ohio. The focus of Shonagh’s presentation has to do with breaking the spell of our cultural constructs that are preventing us from living informed and satisfying lives. She begins with an excellent overview of how, over the centuries, the ruling elite have conditioned society in ways that keep most of us from being truly free to pursue our lives in ways that suit us. She then introduces the ancient concept of the medicine woman and suggests ways in which we can embrace their return.
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BBC Documentary: The Century of the Self

John Taylor Gatto: The Pathological Methodology of Forced Schooling

Documentary: Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century

Shonagh Home is a teacher, shamanic practitioner, and the author of
‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’

‘Love and Spirit Medicine’and the upcoming, ‘Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissae Speaks.’

Website: www.shonaghhome.com

Contact: shonagh.home (at) comcast (dot) net

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Podcast 469 – “Philosophy With The Gloves Off”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“We don’t produce enough seritonin for living above 20 degrees latitude.”

“I’m not a big advocate of mixing drugs, anyway. If you really want to get out into unknown territory, where there is the potential for danger, then start pouring these things together.”

“It’s a funny thing the way people relate to drugs. Many people take them in environments that couldn’t be better designed to suppress the effect of the drug. For instance, crowded singles bars, noisy social environments with everybody hitting on each other, and loud music, and lots of activity, and maybe lots of vigorous dancing. Well, this is an environment designed to suppress drug effects. . . . To really see what these things do, you need and atmosphere of quite, sensory deprived darkness.”

“My attitude is always if it’s legal it ain’t gonna work.”

“People have trouble saying a lot about many of these things. I think that’s a learned skill; narrative ability and to keep your wits about you in those places, and to try and bring back some kind of coherent metaphor.”

“The strange thing about opium is that it’s so endlessly fascinating while it’s happening, and there’s just nothing to be taken out of it. It apparently does not transcript into short term memories.”

“It’s as important to tell the trip as to have the trip.”

In answer to the question, “How do you regain yourself when having a difficult trip?” Terence answered, “I always have cannabis ready. It’s the rudder of the boat.”

“The key when you’re having a bad trip is to make your mind wander from the bummer.”

Legal status of Salvia divinorum

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