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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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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 470 – “Enter the Medicine Woman”

Guest speaker: Shonagh Home
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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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Podcast 468 – “Investigating Life – Part 2”

Guest speaker: Peter Gorman
Sapo In My Soul: The Matsés Frog Medicine By Peter Gorman

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I have never gone to bed in Peru without having learned something new that day.” -Peter Gorman

Today’s podcast features the second part of an interview with Peter Gorman, one of the larger-than-life figures to be found among our psychedelic elders. The program begins by picking up with a story about river pirates in the Amazon, migrates to tales of running a bar in the jungle town of Iquitos, Peru that was frequented by DEA agents, and continues with Peter talking about his interactions with luminaries such as Albert Hofmann, Alan Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, and Terence McKenna. Also, Peter talks about his new book “Sapo In My Soul”, which is the first book to be published about this interesting medicine. Of interest to our younger saloners will be his telling of how, as a young man himself, he financed his trips to the Amazon and the methods he used to search for medicinal plants in the jungle.

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Sapo In My Soul: The Matsés Frog Medicine
By Peter Gorman

Ayahuasca in My Blood: 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming
By Peter Gorman

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Podcast 466 – “This Is An Incredible Moment”

Guest speaker: Rick Doblin
The MAPS Zendo at the 2006 Burning Man Festival

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Rick Doblin.]

“When we take a psychedelic drug and material emerges from our unconscious . . . it’s not a psychedelic experience, it’s a human experience that psychedelics have catalyzed.”

“One of the most successful exports of the United States is the drug war.”

“Mescaline is the most important psychedelic drug that is not being researched.”

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Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

Why I am not going to Burning Man this yearby Daniel Pinchbeck

Podcast 432 featuring Rachel Hope

Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate
(Video interview with Lorenzo)

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Podcast 458 – “Practical Mushroom Activism”

Guest speakers: Kai Wingo & Shonagh Home

Kai Wingo
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A mushroom expert, Kai Wingo’s passion is highlighting the value of mushroom cultivation in the revitalizing of community. She is a mother, mycologist and lecturer on a quest to inspire reverence for earth’s exploratory treasures and in the utilization of their technology and curative abilities. Kai feels that if we, women especially, learn to embrace fungi as our allies, they will heal, empower and transform. In today’s program, Kai is interviewed by the salon’s resident correspondent, Shonagh Home.

[The following quotations are by Kai Wingo.]

“When you use entheogens you truly change minds, and that is what will truly make a change.”

“If you have the understanding that we are spiritual beings, the things that we do are spiritual. If we do it every morning, then it becomes ritual.”

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You can find Kai and her grass roots effort, Kultured Mushrooms, on Facebook.

Women and Entheogens2015 ConferenceSeptember 18-20, 2015

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 457 – “The Divine Invasion”

Guest speaker: Rak Razam

Rak Razam

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Today’s podcast features a talk given by Rak Razam this year at Byron Bay, Australia. Rak is an ‘experiential’ journalist, who writes about the emergence of a new cultural paradigm in the 21st century. Rak is the author of the critically acclaimed book Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey and the companion volume of interviews, The Ayahuasca Sessions. In this podcast he discusses the Gaian process underway spearheaded by ayahuasca and other plant entheogens healing and cleansing us humans, preparing us to return to the “Garden”, and the sudden popularity of 5-MeO-DMT Sonoran Desert Toad medicine.

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Aya Awakenings (trailer HD)

Ayahuasca Retreats


Dying to Know:
Ram Dass & Timothy Leary
– Official Trailer #1

Bay Area Release Info with Direct links to ticket sales
Film opens Friday July 10th at the following theaters:

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Casualties of the State (trailer)

Why watch “Casualties of the State,” a feature-length drama-thriller:

 

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Podcast 453 – “Palenque Norte Tribute to Sasha Shulgin”

Guest speakers: George Greer, John Gilmore, Rick Doblin, Annie Oak

Sasha Shulgin

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Today’s podcast features the tributes to Sasha Shulgin that were made at the Palenque Norte lectures during the 2014 Burning Man Festival. In addition to comments from the audience, we hear from Dr. George Greer (MDMA Researcher and Co-founder of the Heffter Research Institute), Rick Doblin PhD (President of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies), John Gilmore (Co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation), and Annie Oak (Co-founder of the Women’s Visionary Congress).

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Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate from George Wada on Vimeo.

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Podcast 447 – “Manifesting New Communities”

Guest speakers: La Laurien & Shonagh Home

La Laurien and Lorenzo at Burning Man 2002

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In this wide-ranging conversation between two experienced medicine women, in addition to talking about shamanism and psychedelic medicines, such as magic mushrooms, MDMA, LSD, and others, they also venture into such diverse areas as aliens and language. Most importantly, they talk about Atlan, which was co-founded by La Laurien. Atlan is a living and learning ecovillage dedicated to the artful co-creation of healthy living systems celebrating the connectedness and diversity of all Life. The village is located in the Columbia River Gorge.

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MIRRORACLE (La Laurien’s Web site)

Palenque Norte 2007 (on Vimeo)

Palenque Norte 2007 from Lorenzo Hagerty on Vimeo.


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