Podcast 445 – “Navigating the Ayahuasca Experience”

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Guest speakers: Meriana Dinkova & Shonagh Home

Meriana Dinkova


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

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  1. Steeno Said,

    April 13, 2015 @ 7:32 pm

    Great talk. Helpful information.

  2. Frederik Said,

    April 14, 2015 @ 5:07 am

    Lorenzo – thank you for surprising me again this week. Every weekend, I become curious and impatient, because I want to know what will happen in the psychedelic salon on Monday.

    Now this week, while I was fascinated with some of the stories of Meriana, I was also a bit skeptical. When Meriana started to talk about her friend being exorcised and an entity that possessed her friend and the painful ritual of exorcism, I don’t know what to think of that.
    I remember Terence McKenna in your podcast saying: empower yourself to say “bullshit!”. And I might do that here…. After all, the belief that an entity is possessing a person can be very dis-empowering to that person and I’m not sure we should just buy into that…. Of course I’m not saying its impossible, but my gut tells me to be careful. As soon as you believe that entities are possessing us humans, your imagination is set free to use that interpretation for all sorts of purposes, and I’m not sure that will be empowering or true to experience.

    I would like to know what you think about it.

    By the way my background is also psychology degree and medical anthropology.

    peace and love from Heidelberg, Germany

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: I think that the opening line of my novel says it all: “Myths and legends only spare the nonbelievers.” . . . I’m a nonbeliever and thus am spared of worry about being possessed :-).]

  3. Blue buddha Said,

    April 15, 2015 @ 12:02 am

    Frederick while Terence is a wonderful man . He wasn’t as strong as you think . He stopped talking shrooms after a bad trip. He kept yellin loss of all meaning loss of all meaning . This is a common happening when ego loss is involved . So to me he might have been good at taking a big game . Yet lost his shit when he got to the deeper layers than elf machines and dancing mice . As someone who has done a exorcism . It’s real and there are enegrys and beings that can really fuck people up . They usually invited it or made them selfs open to this being or energy . Every shaman sees them differently . Some might say enegry some might say thought . Others will say beings or deamons . Regardless it’s like saying all humans are one . Yet someone can still walk up and smack the shit outta you . Not believing doesn’t make things true . Also being afraid doesn’t help. 😉

  4. Marshall Said,

    April 19, 2015 @ 3:56 pm

    Hear hear, Lorenzo! Thank you so much for these wonderful archives of priceless knowledge. More of Mariana, please 🙂

    Fredrik- I would like to hear what you think of psychic energies seizing part mind. If someone has very low esteem because of something like damaged childhood mixed with long term alcohol (or debilitating drug) dependence, is there a way that their psychic energy is weakened enough that dark energy takes hold and cause the person to change dramatically? I don’t think they are completely unconscious of it, but they don’t have many other decisions to make besides what feels so right to them which usually comes out as abuse in some form. What’s your take on how dependence can be so detrimental?

  5. Stanley Said,

    April 24, 2015 @ 6:36 am

    Very useful information Keep it coming lorenzo. You never know what little frase will keep some one from a horrible trip or push some one into hell our spells are very important and every tool makes us more prepared for what we may find. Thanks again