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#33: Bett Williams - Instrumental Breakthroughs by Tam Integration

Instrumental Breakthoughs

Bett Williams is a literary writer and psychedelic explorer, and the author of The Wild Kindness; A Psilocybin Odyssey (Dottir Press Fall, 2020), a memoir about growing mushrooms in the high desert of New Mexico. Her other works include The Wrestling Party and Girl Walking Backwards (St. Martin’s Press), which was named as one of the Ten Best Young Adult Queer Novels by Vogue Magazine. She has written for several publications including DoubleBlind, OUT Magazine, Flaunt, Lucid News and Lenny Letter.

1hr 20mins

1 Mar 2021

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254.Best Approach to Magic Mushrooms with Bett Williams Marketing Info

Real Herbalism Radio | Herbalism | Plant Medicine | Botany | Wild Crafting

Herbal Medicines may come in neatly packaged boxes or beautifully labeled bottles today, but they were all once rooted in the healing space of Nature. We can still touch the Magic and power of thse spaces to deepen the medicine for ourselves and others.Today, we're talking with Bett Williams, author of The Wild Kindness: A Psilocybin Odyssey and who's essays appear in Lucid News and Double Blind Magazine, about ceremony, the Mushrooms, and the Medicine of ritual. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

44mins

4 Feb 2021

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Bett Williams discusses The Wild Kindness: A Psilocybin Odyssey (Dottir Press, Sep. 1), a shimmering literary memoir about growing and taking psychedelic mushrooms in the New Mexican desert. Kirkus: “An exuberant endorsement of the use of psychedelics as an instrument of self-discovery.” Then our editors join with their reading recommendations for the week, with books by Ruby Bridges, Gloria Chao, and Shirley Hazzard.

50mins

10 Nov 2020

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Being A Psychedelic Person In The Modern Political Landscape | Bett Williams ~ ATTMind 132

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Podcast: Adventures Through The Mind (LS 50 · TOP 0.5% what is this?)Episode: Being A Psychedelic Person In The Modern Political Landscape | Bett Williams ~ ATTMind 132Pub date: 2020-11-06Bett Williams and I explore a number of issues facing the modern politically switched on psychedelic person. We do so with special reference to the damaging impact of social media technologies on our perceptions,  identity, and  behavior; cultural appropriation within psychedelic ceremony building; and the Dark Side of leftist psychedelic politics. All of which grounded in a discussion around what it means to live psychedelically, as a psychedelic person in relationship with the psilocybin mushroom. For context,  this interview was recorded a couple months ago and it’s actually just a coincidence (or accidental synchronicity) that it is being released during the week of the 2020 US presidential election. I'm definitely holding a particular curiosity as to how much the ideas discussed in this episode will be relevant or illuminating to the events that are going to follow in the next coming weeks. But that is a topic for larger wanderings beyond the podcast. I will leave it to the r/ATTMindPodcast subreddit. In the meantime, though, enjoy this interview with Bett Williams --LINKS--   For links to Bett's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind132 Full Topics Breakdown Below   --- SUPPORT THIS PODCAST —   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine,  Dima B, Chuck W, Alex F, & Eliz C   ** EPISODE BREAKDOWN There is no psychedelic without culture The satanic trinity of Facebook Reddit and Instagram How mushrooms can help us break out of social media reality James’ first psilocybin experience  Social media becomes our mind : our mind becomes social media  “Psychedelics and the internet go hand in hand” The importance of discipline with psychedelic practice Building ceremony culture as a non-indigenous person How culture defines what comes of our psychedelic experiences  Are mushrooms have wisdom or do they just connect us to wisdom “The mushroom contains multitudes” The mushroom experience is build by our relationship to them Mushrooms revealed the ego saturation of social justice outrage politics What does it mean to engage politics ‘psychedelically’?        The politics of the history or Maria Sabina  Getting beyond party line politics to appreciate the good work being done  Bett Williams’s criticisms on Micheal Pollan  Growing mushrooms | What it means to be in relationship with the mushroom  Respecting the risk being taken by those who grow and provide psychedelics Respect your drug dealer! The potential (and failings) of the psychedelic left to be leading the political conversation in a good way The moral obligation of breaking unjust laws  There is something gained by psychedelic being illegal  The unknown unknowns of the history of traditions Will more people eating more psychedelics help us with the crisis we are fading? What it means and what it takes to live a psychedelic life  Psychedelic mushrooms are serious work, but won’t work if you take it too seriously How to live life with psychedelics without hurting yourself  Working out your buffalo problem  How does age impact our ability to access depth with psilocybin The wild kindness  The podcast and artwork embedded on this page are from James W. Jesso, which is the property of its owner and not affiliated with or endorsed by Listen Notes, Inc.

1hr 25mins

7 Nov 2020

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Being A Psychedelic Person In The Modern Political Landscape | Bett Williams ~ ATTMind 132

Adventures Through The Mind

Bett Williams and I explore a number of issues facing the modern politically switched on psychedelic person. We do so with special reference to the damaging impact of social media technologies on our perceptions,  identity, and  behavior; cultural appropriation within psychedelic ceremony building; and the Dark Side of leftist psychedelic politics. All of which grounded in a discussion around what it means to live psychedelically, as a psychedelic person in relationship with the psilocybin mushroom. For context,  this interview was recorded a couple months ago and it’s actually just a coincidence (or accidental synchronicity) that it is being released during the week of the 2020 US presidential election. I'm definitely holding a particular curiosity as to how much the ideas discussed in this episode will be relevant or illuminating to the events that are going to follow in the next coming weeks. But that is a topic for larger wanderings beyond the podcast. I will leave it to the r/ATTMindPodcast subreddit. In the meantime, though, enjoy this interview with Bett Williams --LINKS--   For links to Bett's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind132 Full Topics Breakdown Below   --- SUPPORT THIS PODCAST —   ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=383635S3BKJVS ► Merchandise: https://www.jameswjesso.com/shop/ ► More options: https://www.jameswjesso.com/support/   ► Newsletter: https://www.jameswjesso.com/newsletter   Extra BIG thanks to my patrons on Patreon for helping keep this podcast alive! Especially, Andreas D, Clea S, Joe A, Ian C, David WB, Yvette FC, Ann-Madeleine,  Dima B, Chuck W, Alex F, & Eliz C   ** EPISODE BREAKDOWN There is no psychedelic without culture The satanic trinity of Facebook Reddit and Instagram How mushrooms can help us break out of social media reality James’ first psilocybin experience  Social media becomes our mind : our mind becomes social media  “Psychedelics and the internet go hand in hand” The importance of discipline with psychedelic practice Building ceremony culture as a non-indigenous person How culture defines what comes of our psychedelic experiences  Are mushrooms have wisdom or do they just connect us to wisdom “The mushroom contains multitudes” The mushroom experience is build by our relationship to them Mushrooms revealed the ego saturation of social justice outrage politics What does it mean to engage politics ‘psychedelically’?        The politics of the history or Maria Sabina  Getting beyond party line politics to appreciate the good work being done  Bett Williams’s criticisms on Micheal Pollan  Growing mushrooms | What it means to be in relationship with the mushroom  Respecting the risk being taken by those who grow and provide psychedelics Respect your drug dealer! The potential (and failings) of the psychedelic left to be leading the political conversation in a good way The moral obligation of breaking unjust laws  There is something gained by psychedelic being illegal  The unknown unknowns of the history of traditions Will more people eating more psychedelics help us with the crisis we are fading? What it means and what it takes to live a psychedelic life  Psychedelic mushrooms are serious work, but won’t work if you take it too seriously How to live life with psychedelics without hurting yourself  Working out your buffalo problem  How does age impact our ability to access depth with psilocybin The wild kindness 

1hr 25mins

6 Nov 2020

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246.The Wild Kindness with Bett Williams

Real Herbalism Radio | Herbalism | Plant Medicine | Botany | Wild Crafting

We often talk as Herbalists about the Wisdom of the Plants and the Deep Healing and Lessons they offer. Their cousins, the Fungi, can open us up to a whole new world of wisdom, if we dare to explore it in partnership with them.Today, we're talking with Bett Williams, author of The Wild Kindness: A Psilocybin Odyssey and who's essays are apprearing in Lucid News and Double Blind Magazine, about partnering with the mushrooms. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46mins

28 Oct 2020

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SKYLIT: Bett Williams, "THE WILD KINDNESS" w/ Michelle Tea

Skylight Books Podcast Series

The Wild Kindness: A Psilocybin Odyssey is the lyrical, unforgettable memoir of Bett Williams's relationship with psilocybin mushrooms, otherwise known as magic mushrooms. In pursuit of self-healing, she begins experimenting with mushrooms in solitary ceremonies by the fire. Word soon gets out about her New Mexican desert mushroom farm, though, and people arrive in droves. Not long after, the police read her her Miranda Rights, her relationships fall out of whack, and her dog Rosie just might be CIA. On a quest to find help through the psychedelic community, Bett is led to Cleveland to meet Kai Wingo, an African American leader within a high-dose psilocybin community, and to Huautla de Jim nez, home of well-known, well-respected curandera Mar a Sabina. Back home, Bett begins a solid ritual practice with the help of her partner and friends, bearing in mind the medicine's indigenous roots and power to transform one's life. Amidst the mainstream flood of New Age practices and products, The Wild Kindness: A Psilocybin Odyssey is a dreamlike reminder that psilocybin mushrooms are a medicine of the people, not to be neatly packaged, marketed, or appropriated. Williams is in conversation with author, poet, and arts organizer Michelle Tea  _______________________________________________ Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang. Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

44mins

10 Sep 2020

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Episode 28: Mushroom Journeys with Author Bett Williams

The Stoned Ape Reports

In this episode, I had the honor of speaking with author Bett Williams. We discussed her new book, The Wild Kindness: A Psilocybin Journey. The conversation covered her journeys and some ideas of hers that go a bit outside today’s psychedelic community norms. The book is awesome and her point of view is really refreshing.    Bett’s Website: https://www.bettwilliams.com/ Bett’s Podcast: https://www.bettwilliams.com/psychedelics-culture-podcast We discussed: What do mushrooms mean to you, in your life?Do you tap into that when you write? Yes, resulted in this bookSo you think a solo journey without a shaman or therapist or sitter is okay, even preferred?You compare mushrooms to a sadistic, Jungian psychotherapist? One that kills you for a few minutes? How did you experience that?Like many, you started young for your first psychedelic experience, right? Can you share a story of transformation, how mushrooms helped your life? What lessons have the mushrooms taught you? Not to see yourself as sick? Your Alan Ginsberg-like God trip? What did you take from it?You’ve done up to 7g (30g?). How did you experience the different doses? (Walk with Clem, low dose)What else about mushrooms?What do you make of the psychedelic movement today?You don’t recommend going into a journey with a “singular” expectation — intention? — right?I love your conversation with Rosie…CIA. Btw, I love your PSA…everybody needs to read that, but they need to read the whole book anyway.Fair to ask specific questions? My book/forgot entire character’s names. “ a mushroom trip can accelerate the karma that exists between people.” What do you mean by that?You share stories of other peoples’ journeys. Did you see friends and partners experience life-changing trips?Stigma: you ended up losing a job b/c you “came out” about mushrooms. As a member of the queer community, I assume you’re used to dealing with stigma. How have you had to deal with the stigma around psychedelics? Does it seem trivial next to what you’ve had to deal with in life?Set and Setting? Is integration really necessary? [hint: no]Anything else? She mentioned: Bia Labate Kai Wingo Tom Robbins Ken Kesey The post Episode 28: Mushroom Journeys with Author Bett Williams appeared first on The Stoned Ape Reports.

50mins

4 Sep 2020

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Bett Williams

The Psychedologist

In this hilarious, wise and heart-filled episode, Bett and Leia share some back and forth on the current climate of psychedelia. Bett graciously reads us two amazing excerpts from her upcoming book, The Wild Kindness, and we reflect on the moments that draw us to ask ourselves, "what do I stand for?"

1hr 35mins

16 Apr 2019