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Podcast 466 – “This Is An Incredible Moment”


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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 464 – “Temple of Light”


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Guest speaker: Bruce Damer
Photos from Bruce Damer's talk at the May 2015 Lightening in a Bottle Festival

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Today’s podcast features a talk given by Dr. Bruce Damer in May 2015 at the Lightening in a Bottle Festival. Building on a theme introduced by Lorenzo in a talk at Esalen, Bruce takes an in-depth look at the importance and essence of the Mysteries at Eleusis. In his concluding remarks, Lorenzo discusses the drawbacks of organized religion and suggests that minor children NOT be given religious instruction.
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Next:Space | Dr. Bruce Damer | TEDxSantaCruz


In the Beginning: The Origin & Purpose of Life | Dr. Bruce Damer | TEDxSantaCruz


Lightning in a Bottle Festival


The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries By R. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann, Carl A. P. Ruck
The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries
By R. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann, Carl A. P. Ruck

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Podcast 462 – “Psychedelic Advocacy”


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Guest speakers:
Ashley Booth and Amy Ralston Povah
Ariel Clark, Ashley Booth, & Amy Ralston Povah

Today’s podcast features Ashley Booth, scientist and psychedelic advocate, and Amy Ralston Povah, a victim and hero of the War on Drugs. The talk by Ashley was given at the 2014 Palenque Norte Lectures at the Burning Man Festival, and the talk by Amy was given at a Venice, California salon hosted by Ashley in celebration of Bicycle Day 2014. Together these talks will give you a lot of things to talk about, both with friends who agree with you and the old Nancy Reagan just say no crowd. . . . As Ashley says, “By being a psychedelic advocate, I’m not saying that psychedelics are good for everyone, by any means. I would just like it to be an opportunity for people who would like to try it.”

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Ashley Booth’s Website

Aware Project
Aware Project on Facebook

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


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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

PROGRAM NOTES:

[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 459 – “Apes shouting at the monolith”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“The most politically potent thing you can do for somebody is to educate them, to give them the facts. The facts are now so horrifying, and the means of delivering the facts so effective that there is no excuse for everyone not beginning to act in an informed manner.”

“How can we go to the place where ideas come from?”

“We are to life what life is to the inorganic realm.”

“I think psychedelics are catalysts to thought, to imagination, to understanding.”

“Our style of society is the historical equivalent of a temper tantrum. It has no viability. It’s completely self-limiting. It’s destructive. And it hands nothing on to its receivers.”

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From Larry to Lorenzo from Lorenzo Hagerty on Vimeo.

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Podcast 458 – “Practical Mushroom Activism”


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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”


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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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Rak Razam (home page)

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:

San Francisco – Roxie theater:

Berkeley – The Elmwood:

Sebastopol – Rialto:

San Rafael – The Smith Rafael Film Center:



Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies

We are a crowd-sourced, social enterprise dedicated to supporting  plant-based, non-profit health and well-being as a viable, sustainable, and growing option to corporate based, for-profit, pharmaceutical options.



Casualties of the State (trailer)

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

 

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Podcast 456 – “Engineering Enlightenment”


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Guest speaker: Mikey Siegel

Mikey Siegel delivering his 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture

PROGRAM NOTES:

“Technology is a manifestation of mind.”
Mikey Siegel, Consciousness Hacker

Have you ever given any thought to the proposition that perhaps human well-being, or enlightenment, may be approached through engineering? In today’s podcast, which is the 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture given by Mikey Siegel, you are going to learn not only about the possibilities of such a thing as engineering enlightenment, you are also going to learn about the rapid advances that have been made in this field during the past five years. Mikey Siegel is one of the pioneers of what has come to be known as “consciousness hacking”, which is a hands-on-approach to making new tools for self-exploration.

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Enlightenment engineering–tech as catalyst for inner & outer peace:
Mikey Siegel at TEDxSantaCruz

BioFluent Technologies: tools for integrating body, mind and spirit

Consciousness Hacking is a hands-on approach to making new tools for self-exploration, in order to change the way we think, feel, and live.

Psychedelic Thinking And The Dawn of Homo Cyber (PDF)
Lorenzo’s May 2001 Mind States Talk

Podcast 001 – “Psychedelic Thinking and the Dawn of Homo Cyber”

Podcast 226-McKenna: “Hermeticism and Alchemy” Part 4

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Podcast 455 – “Going Off the Psychedelic Rails”


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Guest speakers: Annie Oak, Irina Alexander, and Bruce Damer

“The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys”
By James Fadiman

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Today’s podcast features a panel discussion about some of the difficulties that can be encountered during a psychedelic experience. This panel discussion took place at the 2014 Palenque Norte Lectures at the Burning Man Festival and features Annie Oak, Irina Alexander and Bruce Damer. In addition to the featured speakers, several members of the audience also spoke about a few of their own difficult experiences with psychedelics and how they dealt with them. This would be a particularly good podcast to listen to before you attend a festival or other large event. And keep in mind, it isn’t just the inexperienced people who sometimes go off their rails. It can, and does, happen to highly experienced trippers as well. So be prepared!

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“The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys”
By James Fadiman

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Podcasts 454 – Aldous Huxley: “Human Potentialities”


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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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