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Podcasts 454 – Aldous Huxley: “Human Potentialities”

Guest speaker: Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley

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This podcast celebrates the ten year anniversary of programming from the Psychedelic Salon. And so we return to one of the men who was responsible for igniting today’s psychedelic renaissance, Aldous Huxley. The talk featured here was delivered at MIT in 1961, sometime after it was first given at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. The Medical Center version of this talk has been credited with giving Dick Price the inspiration to co-found the Esalen Institute. Today, more than 50 years after this talk was given, there remains much of current interest in the sentiments that Huxley so eloquently puts forth.

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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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The Shulgin Research Institute

Sasha Shulgin's Laboratory

Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate from George Wada on Vimeo.

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Podcast 451 – “Toad Venom & Other Things”

Guest speaker: Daniel Pinchbeck

Daniel Pinchbeck at Palenque Norte 2013

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Today’s podcast features the 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture delivered by Daniel Pinchbeck. Beginning with a discussion of his experimentation with toad venom (primary active ingredient 5MEO-DMT), his interaction with the audience leads down many of the different roads that Daniel has traveled as he was gathering information for his books Breaking Open the Head, and 2012 The Return of Quetzalcoatl. Daniel is also the co-founder of RealitySandwich.com, The Evolver Network, and the Center for Planetary Culture.

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Daniel Pinchbeck’s Website

Reality Sandwich

The Evolver Network

The Center for Planetary Culture

Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism
By Daniel Pinchbeck

2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl
By Daniel Pinchbeck

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Podcast 450 – “The Primacy of Direct Experience”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

B.B. King (9-16-1925 - 5-14-2015)

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“These psychedelics, which in the Sixties and Fifties were simply called consciousness expanding drugs, a good old phenomenological description, if there is an iota of possibility that they expand consciousness then we must put out attention on this area. Because it is the absence of consciousness that is making our situation so very uncomfortable.”

“Where spiritual advancement is discussed, I want psychedelics to be discussed. Where transformative social visions are put forth, I want psychedelics to be part of the agenda.”

“The historical enterprise is an effort to turn the human body inside out so that the soul becomes visible, and the body becomes a process that you can command in the imagination.”

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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.


Psychedelic Traveler

Your psychedelic travel guide around the globe


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Podcast 446 – “Closing In On Concrescence”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Pharmacotheon by Jonathan Ott

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“If I didn’t have cannabis I wouldn’t take a psychedelic drug. It is indispensable.”
Terence McKenna

In this talk, Terence McKenna tells some stories about how Gordon Wasson was first led to investigating the mushrooms of Mexico, and of possible use of magic mushrooms by the Sufi’s. We also get to hear one of the rare instances where the bard McKenna gives us his opinion about 5MEO-DMT, as contrasted with his primary psychedelic substance of interest, NN-DMT. Going on, he speaks about drugs grown out of cultured amphibian skin, and about ways to enhance certain psychedelics. At one point Terence takes off on what can only be called an anti-Myan rant, something I haven’t heard him say before. This talk also contains the most detailed and specific accounting of what he thinks would happen on December 21, 2012 that I have ever heard Terence McKenna give.

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Podcast 445 – “Navigating the Ayahuasca Experience”

Guest speakers: Meriana Dinkova & Shonagh Home

Meriana Dinkova

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In today’s podcast we get to listen in on a conversation between Shonagh Home and Meriana Dinkova. Meriana received her initial training in psychology studies at Vienna University and at the Free University in Berlin. And in 2003 she completed her MA in Counseling Psychology at the California Association of Integral Studies in San Francisco. In 2010 Meriana started two different monthly Meetups, which have been successfully running since: “Get Out Of Your Own Way- Conquering Self Sabotage” and “Sex Magic”– . She has also been a featured speaker at the Visionary Voices Salon in SF where she talked about Sex Magic and different uses of sexual energy to enhance awareness.

Meriana has developed a unique system of psychological and neo-shamanistic inner-space navigation tools for navigating non-ordinary states of consciousness and the Ayahuasca experience. Those tools are designed to maximize the experience and provide the opportunity for learning and healing, while safely navigating the inner landscapes, and avoiding common pitfalls. Learning how to use your consciousness in those ways can enrich your psychonaut toolkit and empower your inner shaman.

Meriana also organizes retreats to Peru, in which she combines her work with experienced shamans.

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Meriana Dinkova’s Web Site


“Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate” with Lorenzo

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Podcast 444 – “The Longest 100 Seconds You Will Ever Know”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Live streaming psymposia conference

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Today’s talk by Terence McKenna takes us on an in-depth description of what he experiences on a DMT trip. While it is a story that we have heard before in various guises, Terence once again manages to tell his DMT stories in a way that makes it seem like you are hearing it for the first time, and with new detail if that can be imagined. Who else, for example, would describe a DMT trip as feeling like you are a baby in a maternity ward’s playpen. And this was new for me, at one point Terence says that when it comes to DMT, “I like to do it outside on a sunny hillside.” His description of a new delivery method that he was developing for smoked DMT sounds almost medieval. Followers of Terence will find his answer about his health quite revealing. And in regards to machine elves, et al, he says it’s all a lie, but a lie which points toward a truth that cannot be told. If you only intend to listen to Terence McKenna talk about DMT one time, then this is the talk for you.

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Live Streaming of the Psymposia Conference

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Podcast 443 – “The Legendary Venice Salon”

Guest speaker: Kathleen Wirt

Bicycle Day in L.A. - April 18, 2015

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Today we feature a talk given by Kathleen Wirt, the hostess of the legendary salon that took place in Venice, California. While the stories Kathleen tells are of interest from an historical point of view, they are also very informative for anyone who is also interested in starting a salon in their area. Kathleen’s talk was given at the inaugural session of the Aware Project Salon, which has picked up the torch and is carrying this work to a new generation. You may know about Leary and McKenna, but if you don’t know about Kathleen’s Venice Salon you only have part of the historical story.

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Psychedelic Awareness Salon with Kathleen
(Video Jan 2015)

Ashley Booth’s Web Site

Aware Project: Rethinking Psychedelics

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Podcast 442 – “The Extraterrestrials Are Here!”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“One of the reasons I’m so fond of psychedelics is because they transcend rhetoric.”

“Meditation and all these other things I take to be co-options organized by beastly hoards of priests.”

“One of the most uncool things you can say to another human being is, ‘Could you explain to me what it is I just said?’”

“We are held together by our expressed assumptions.”

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