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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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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 461 – “Shake the mud off your shoes, monkey”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y.Evan Wentz

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“In hyperspace nothing is hidden.”

“Culture is a narrowing.”

“We’re about to have the chance to create a global culture, to essentially clean our basement and decide what we’re going to save and what we’re going to keep.”

“It’s the monotheistic religions that have to take a knock for the present situation.”

“The thing that I go back to over and over again, and that makes psychedelics different, and that makes what I’m doing different, is you are not asked to believe anything.”

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Psychedelic Salon Magazine

The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries: The Classic Study of Leprechauns, Pixies, and Other Fairy Spirits
By W.Y. Evans Wentz

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Podcast 429 – “Leprechauns, Elves, or Dead Souls?”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Dak Ring (circa 1999)

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“History is anomalous, and there is no way to get used to it.”

“The miracle of our predicament is not how long everything has been in place but how brief it all has been.”

“Each stage of cosmic development proceeded more quickly than the stage which preceded it.”

“A singularity is a place where the rules are broken. A miracle is a singularity.”

“That’s part of the nature of a fractal cosmos, nothing is utterly unannounced.”

“History is a series of approximations of the final singularity.”

“I believe in extraterrestrials, but I believe that real extraterrestrials are so peculiar that the job is to recognize them.”

“So when you look at the eschaton what you see, strangely enough, is your own face.”

“The things I encounter that I call elves or gnomes, it’s just a gloss. I mean, they’re small, and they have the archetype. They’re more like leprechauns, and this maybe raises a racial issue.”

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The Best Psychedelic Videos of 2014

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Podcast 423 – “Is There Hope In All Of This?”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna, alchemist

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Everything appears to me to be authored, in some strange way. And I wonder if this is not the spreading assumption of the psychedelic illusion/delusion/revelation that life is in fact art.”

“[This legendary Amazonian substance is] a cybernetic transdimentional medium of some sort that is generated out of the mysteries of the physiology of the human body.”

“You may miss the end of the world, but you definitely are going to have a front row seat for the end of your world.”

“Capitalism is not a human being. Capitalism is a Moloch, a god, a god of bloody sacrifice that sees human beings as ants”

“Capitalism is a gun pointed at the head of global civilization.”

“The only frontier now left to exploit is not a frontier in space but a frontier in time. We steal the future from our children by plunging massively deeper and deeper into debt.”

“We cannot evolve faster than our language. The edge of being is the edge of meaning, and somehow we have to push the edge of meaning. We have to extend it.”

“Although whenever you have intelligent life in the presence of large explosions, a safe bet is that the intelligent life is responsible for the large explosion.”

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Podcast 417 – “Earth Mind and Monkey Mind”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Alcohol could hardly be more different than psilocybin in terms of the social values that it promotes.”

“Warfare is the natural consequence of agriculture.”

“I really see psilocybin as a kind of inoculation against the primate nature.”

“Noting on Earth is as much like a man as a woman. We tend to forget this. And ego is not now a male problem. We are all completely infected by ego.”

“We do not have group values. The reason the planet is dying is because we cannot place the good of the group above our own desires, consistently.”

“The big news is that the rise of the ego has suppressed a portion of reality, which is that nature is an animate and minded thing of some sort.”

“Culture is the condensation of language.”

“Every society is based upon a lie of some sort.

“Drug smuggling is like assassination, if the government isn’t involved it never seems to really happen.”

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Podcast 410 – “Women and Psychedelics, a Discussion”

Guest speakers: Shonagh Home, Lily Kay Ross, & Nese Devnot

Sisters of the Extreme

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Today’s podcast features a perspective of the psychedelic community that sometimes gets ignored, a woman’s point of view. Shonagh Home is joined by Lily Kay Ross, and Nese Devenot in a wide-ranging conversation about not only womens’ roles in the community, but also how they are often perceived as second-class members of our community in many ways. While I am convinced that it is only the rare male psychonaught who is always a jerk, some of us have inadvertently slipped into jerkiness from time to time. This conversation may be just what us men need to hear.

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Shonagh Home
is an author, teacher, shamanic practitioner and doting beekeeper. Her offerings focus on the cultivation of our intuition, creativity and the essential awareness of our personal shadow. Her shamanic work with the sacred mushroom informs both her teaching and her private practice.
She is author of the books,
‘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

Neşe Devenot
is a founder the Psychedemia psychedelics conference and a PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies and teaches psychedelic philosophy and the literature of chemical self-experimentation.

Website: https://upenn.academia.edu/ndevenot
Contact: ndevenot (at) sas (dot) upenn (dot) edu

Lily Kay Ross
is a writer, speaker, and consultant. Her interests include marginalized religious groups and sexual violence in drug culture.

Follow her on Twitter: @lilykayross

Website: www.LilyKayRoss.com
Contact: lilykayross (at) gmail (dot) com

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Podcast 373 – “Thoughts About Gnosticism, Art, and Music”

Guest speaker: Terence McKennna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“A single chemist can produce ten million hits [of LSD]. Well this is not some guy getting rich, this is about changing history, when you’re talking about ten million consciousness-expanding experiences.”

“One of the ways of modeling the psychedelic experience is to see that it dissolves conventional wisdom. It dissolves adherence to group values, because it dissolves all structure, because it dissolves syntax. It shows the provisional nature of syntax.”

“Try and look at consciousness as a resource for want of which we are going mad.”

“And that what we really want, in the domain of planning, is an abandonment of ideology, that ideology is poisonous, all ideology is poisonous.”

“You just can’t go wrong as a heretic, because they’re always vindicated.”

“Permission for heresy is never a bad idea.”

“Television is not reality. Television is the cultural myth about reality.”

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Books mentioned in this podcast

The Art of Seeing
by Aldous Huxley

Myth of Invariance: The Origin of the Gods, Mathematics and Music from the RG Veda to Plato
by Ernest G. McClain

Hamlet’s Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge And Its Transmission Through Myth
by Giorgio de Santillana, Hertha von Dechen

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Podcast 356 – “The Psychedelic ‘Religious’ Agenda”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“You discover that truth is philosophical coinage for the naïve. The ‘banks’ of philosophy do not trade federal truth certificates.”

“All knowing is incredibly provisional, and this is something which is hidden within the context of the culture, because cultures don’t run around announcing how they haven’t got their act together.”

“What the psychedelic thing is about, or at least for me, is it’s a kind of sensual glorification of multiplicity.”

“We are, literally, a schizophrenic species. We are at war with our own nature. Civilization, whatever that means, is felt to be so fragile an enterprise that it’s constantly refusing to come to terms with the context in which it finds itself, which is the animal body, sexuality, emotion, pain, desire, elation, ecstasy, and so we go outside of those things and create a generalized abstraction and reason backward.”

“The reason psychedelics, I think, are so frightening to the guardians of social order is because they represent a direct addressing of experience.”

“What the psychedelics show, that is a secret that some people don’t want told, is that we can redesign our behavior. We can change very, very quickly.”

“The whole history of humanness is a history of unexpected adaptive response to unusual circumstances.”

“Whatever the imagination is, psychedelics catalyze it, psychedelics enhance it.”

“If we could feel the consequences of what we are doing we would stop doing it. . . . We’re like someone half-awake inside a burning building.”

“Everywhere where reason has shown its light the greater darkness has been revealed.”

“The truth, for sure, when it arrives, will make you smile. If it doesn’t you should seek a deeper truth.”

“History is the necessary distortion of an animal species to lead it to the brink of an ontological transformation.”

“The magic, if that’s the word, or the grandiosity, the power of ecstatic exultation that resides in the psychedelic is because it is literally a change of dimensional perspective.”

“The real test of your psychedelic authenticity is your ability to write a novel.”

“The quintessence of understanding is the ability to occupy other people’s points of view.”

“Not reckless dose but committed dose. Not to see if it works. It works, other people have established that. You don’t need to do research to confirm that it’s psychoactive.”

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“Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”

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Podcast 347 – “This counts, somehow it matters”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Our best efforts are nothing more than half-completed stories told around the campfire. We don’t actually know what our predicament is. We are up against a phenomenon which we can barely bring into focus in our cognitive sphere, and it’s the phenomenon of our own existence”

“These religions that are so freighted with their own pomposity are no better than inspired guesses.”

“Science works its miracles by turning its enterprise into a kind of parlor game confined to the category matter and energy.”

“In other words, all these things you might cling to, Catholicism, democratic ideals, Hasidism, Marxism, Freudianism, all of these things are exposed [through use of psychedelics] as simply quaint cultural artifacts, tainted masks and rattles assembled by people of good intent but clearly not great grasp of the situation.”

“To date, the enterprise of thinking has moved us radically away from understanding anything.”

“For me, what all these years of psychedelic taking came to was a new model of how reality works, a new model of what the world is.”

“And what is the primary datum? It’s the felt presence of immediate experience. In other words, being here now is the primary datum.”

“We need a metaphor that can contain the demon of the future that we have conjured into being.”

“Fine tuning the institutions built by powdered wig guys two hundred years ago is a long shot at holding the whole thing together.”

“Now, through the catalytic interaction with technology, the human species is getting set to redefine itself.” [Note: this comment was made a dozen years before the iPhone was released.]

“As I see it, Being, the Cosmos, whatever you want to call it, is a struggle between two implacable forces: Novelty on the one side and habit on the other side.”

“The sensory ratios that are being reinforced by the new electronic technology are like the sensory ratios that were in place fifteen thousand years ago. . . . Print imposes a condition on human mind which is now lifting.”

“History was an incredibly damaging experience, and now it’s over . . . in a sense.”

“What was created by the era of the proper gentleman was excellent table manners and genocide over most of the surface of the planet.”

“To me, the psychedelic experience is the experience of trying to make sense of reality.”

“If psychedelics are, on any level, to be taken seriously as catalyzers or expanders of consciousness, then we need them, because it’s an absence of consciousness that is making this historical transition so excruciating.”

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Books Mentioned in this podcast

Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
By Katie Hafner

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