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Entheogen focuses on psychedelics used in therapeutic, medicinal, sacramental, and recreational contexts.

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044: Interview with Dr. Rosalind Watts, Clinical Psychologist in the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London

This is Entheogen. Elevate the Conversation.Please support Entheogen by making a donation on Patreon. Become a Patron for as little as $1. Pledge just $3 or more, and get early access to new episodes, plus exclusive Patron-only features. Head over to EntheogenShow.com and click on Support.Find the notes and links for this and other episodes at EntheogenShow.com. Sign up to receive an email when we release a new episode. Follow us @EntheogenShow on Twitter and like EntheogenShow on FaceBook. Thanks for listening.It’s April 2, 2017, and we are talking with Dr. Rosalind Watts, Clinical Psychologist at Imperial College London, working alongside Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris.Joe’s story of psilocybin on his first “date” with his now-wife, and psilocybin’s role in their engagementThe Couples Using Magic Mushrooms as Relationship TherapyKevin’s regular practice of taking psychedelic medicine with his wifeHow Ros came to study psychedelic therapy after initially becoming disillusioned with the limits of talk therapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression; her initial skepticism about psychedelics based on their negative legacyThe importance of the patient-therapist relationshipSome guidelines from one of the father figures of psychedelic therapy, Bill Richards: “We prepare people to welcome whatever they may encounter – no picking and choosing. Sometimes you have to go through the dark night to get to the top of the mountain and the sunrise. If the inner dragon or monster appears, look him in the eye – go straight towards him. If you look the monster in the eye and go towards it, ask it what it wants – there’s always resolution, transformation, and new knowledge. When you run from it, you get into panic and paranoia, like a typical nightmare – and then you say, ‘I’ve had a bad trip.’”Although psychedelics including psilocybin tend to be considered non-addictive, there are examples of people using them habituallyRos mentions some examples of people in the psilocybin study for depression giving up addictions and habitual behaviorTo help fund this important research, visit the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London

19 Dec 2017

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037: Dr. Sarah Mennenga from NYU Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory on Using Psilocybin to Treat Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients

This is Entheogen. Talk about tools for generating the divine within.Today is December 18, 2016, and we are discussing the recent publication of studies from NYU and Johns Hopkins showing that psilocybin can reduce anxiety and depression in cancer patients, and we’re pleased to be joined by Dr. Sarah Mennenga from the NYU Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory.Find the notes and links for this and other episodes at EntheogenShow.com. Sign up to receive an email when we release a new episode. Follow us @EntheogenShow on Twitter and like EntheogenShow on FaceBook. Thanks for listening.Your pledges make the show possible! We're trying to cover expenses by asking our fans to pledge at Patreon.com/Entheogen. We really appreciate your support!Topics:We are grateful to be joined by Dr. Sarah Mennenga, Doctor of Neuroscience, NYU Experimental Therapeutics LaboratoryNYU and Johns Hopkins just released studies showing that psilocybin can reduce anxiety and depression in cancer patients80 percent of participants showed significant reduction of anxiety and depression“One theory is that psilocybin interrupts the circuitry of self-absorbed thinking that is so pronounced in depressed people, making way for a mystical experience of selfless unity” i.e. interrupting or disrupting the Default Mode Network?What is the neurological basis for the geometric shapes and auditory effects that characterize the psilocybin experience. What part does suggestibility play in the experience?The “intensity of the mystical experience described by patients correlated with the degree to which their depression and anxiety decreased” – Why is that? What is it about the nature of the psychedelic or mystical experience that does this?Octavian Mihai “saw black smoke rising from my body”Kevin, a participant in the Johns Hopkins study saw “spirals of iridescent spheres that folded in on themselves”. “But you have to approach the session with the right intentions of why you’re doing it. Because you’re going to meet yourself.”Study protocols, and the unique considerations for psychedelic session“seven-hour music playlists.[...] N.Y.U. leaned toward New Age and world music — Brian Eno; sitars; didgeridoos. Johns Hopkins favored Western classical.”ChaliceBuddha statueCollaboration among the few institutions doing psychedelic researchCriticism from the academic/scientific community?Political concerns; safety concerns around legalizationStigma in the academic community?fMRI scanning during a psychedelic experience?NYU seeking participants in two upcoming studies:Psilocybin for alcoholism and addictionPsilocybin for clergy/mysticism; see also Griffiths’ 2006 study at Johns HopkinsContact NYUCancerAnxiety.org for more informationEnroll in Clinicaltrials.govNYU seeking $10 million funding for center to study psychedelicsHow to Help:Contact NYUCancerAnxiety.org for more informationEmail alcoholdependencestudy@nyumc.org to donateGive to Heffter, helping fund the NYU studiesTim Ferriss raising money for psilocybin researchFurther Reading:NY Times: A Dose of a Hallucinogen From a ‘Magic Mushroom,’ and Then Lasting PeaceBig Think: One Dose of "Psilocybin" from Magic Mushrooms Relieves Depression in 80% of Cancer PatientsAlterNet: 'Magic Mushroom' Drug Eases Cancer Patient Anxiety

10 Jan 2017

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036: Dr. Jami – Broaching Psychedelics with the Uninformed

This is Entheogen. Talk about tools for generating the divine within.Today is October 23rd, 2016, and we are talking with, Dr. Jami, a psychologist in the Bay Area of California.Find the notes and links for this and other episodes at EntheogenShow.com. Sign up to receive an email when we release a new episode. Follow us @EntheogenShow on Twitter and like EntheogenShow on FaceBook. Thanks for listening.To reach Jami, please get in touch with Entheogen.Topics:Jami’s professional experience with couples therapy, Imago, Attachment theoryEncounter-centered Couples Therapy (EcCT)Burning Man experiencesOur Burning Man opening ceremony this year, incorporating a buddhist meditation and mindfulness exerciseJustin’s poem: “...and with the power of our Eucharist, the mystical compound more commonly known as lysergic acid diethylamide, we can, as smarter minds than mine describe, 'disrupt the default mode network' in our brain, allowing us to relish in our pleasure receptors, illuminating the interconnectedness of life, and urging us to, quite literally, trip the light fantastic.”Joe and Jami discuss their Zendo experiencesDiscussing psychedelics with the uninformed: strategies for raising the conversation, the uninformed vs. the misinformed, psychedelics in relationshipsOpportunities for therapistsCertificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research from CIIS

21 Dec 2016

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029: Build Entheon with Alex and Allyson Grey

This is Entheogen. Talk about tools for generating the divine within.Today is May 24 2016, and we are discussing Building Entheon with Alex and Allyson Grey.Find the notes and links for this and other episodes at EntheogenShow.com. Sign up to receive an email when we release a new episode. Follow us @EntheogenShow on Twitter and like EntheogenShow on FaceBook. Thanks for listening.Topics:Entheon is a place to discover the divine withinWhy build a psychedelic temple?BuildEntheon.com – Almost to the stretch goal of $200KEntheon is a 12,000 sq ft building, three floors including a gallery of international visionary artPrehistoric artifacts document early cultures who made art and had a relationship with entheogens“It’s important for our psychedelic sacramental culture to have evidence that in our generation there were people who valued love, unity, spirituality, and peace over commerce and war.” - Allyson GreyLSD is derived from ergot fungus, which shares similar characteristics with psilocybin mushrooms.Allyson recommends Robert Barnhart’s movie, A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin. (We have interviewed the producer and discussed the film on Entheogen.)Visit BuildEntheon.com to support the campaign! Check out the amazing original works of art and other rewards.

25 May 2016

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031: Dr. Julie Holland

This is Entheogen. Talk about tools for generating the divine within.Today is June 6, 2016, and we are talking with Dr. Julie Holland, psychopharmacologist, psychiatrist, and best-selling author of several books.Find the notes and links for this and other episodes at EntheogenShow.com. Sign up to receive an email when we release a new episode. Follow us @EntheogenShow on Twitter and like EntheogenShow on FaceBook. Thanks for listening.Topics:Julie’s origin story: how did she get interested in this area of researchJulie took MDMA with Rick Doblin on the last day it was legal: June 30th, 1985“Cancer of Yang” – Jeremy Wolff’s phrase (Julie’s husband)Vaginal administration of cannabis to avoid the liver from edible ingestion, 11-OH-THCEdibles: Julie emphasizes the need to wait two hours before re-evaluating dosageOvermedication of society“Do you ever overeat and then feel bad about it?” Big pharma’s answer: strong, long-lasting amphetamine daily.Medical and Recreational Entheogens“Recreation is therapeutic”THC, CBD and TerpenesSome people don’t want to get high from their medicine.Munchies mitigation tip: don’t start eating.Punishment doesn’t work with addictionPornography and the “new normal”: no pubic hair vs. “very bushy” 70’sJulie’s Books:Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, The Sleep You're Missing, The Sex You're Not Having, and What's Really Making You CrazyEcstasy: the Complete GuideThe Pot BookWeekends at Bellevue

12 Jul 2016

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040: Checking in with Kirk Rutter, Psilocybin Research Participant

This is Entheogen. Elevate the Conversation. Please support Entheogen by making a donation on Patreon. Become a Patron for as little as $1. Pledge just $3 or more, and get early access to new episodes, plus exclusive Patron-only features. Head over to EntheogenShow.com and click on Support.Find the notes and links for this and other episodes at EntheogenShow.com. Sign up to receive an email when we release a new episode. Follow us @EntheogenShow on Twitter and like EntheogenShow on FaceBook. Thanks for listening.It’s February 26, 2017, and we are checking in with Kirk Rutter, who joined us for Episode 025: Psychedelic Medicine Trials with Participant Kirk Rutter.Topics:Kirk’s Organizational UpgradeGanesh Chant/Mantra (108 times)Barack Obama’s “Fired up, ready to go”The zooEcological mindsetVegetarianismHanlon's razorBurning Man changed Brad’s life

10 Apr 2017

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028: Intro to Entheogenic Comedy with Matteson Perry

This is Entheogen. Talk about tools for generating the divine within.Today is April 3rd, 2016 and we’re talking about Entheogenic Comedy.Find the notes and links for this and other episodes at EntheogenShow.com. Sign up to receive an email when we release a new episode. Follow us @EntheogenShow on Twitter and like EntheogenShow on FaceBook. Thanks for listening.We’re delighted to be talking with Matteson Perry, writer and performer based in Los Angeles.We start with a quote from Bill Hicks.Matteson has a humorous memoir coming out on May 24.Topics:Comedy as an EntheogenLaughter is an involuntary response, requires no thought.Some people are just funny. Even just adjusting a mic stand.Andrew Dice ClayJerry Seinfeld’s theory of comedy: getting an audience to laugh at joke is like getting them to jump across a ditchGeorge CarlinSteven Wright a.k.a. Bucky GoldsteinMitch Hedberg: “I used to do drugs…. I still do, I used to too.”Jon Stewart, carrier of Carlin’s torchMissed satire: the Steven Colbert effect.Comedy is tragedy avoided; or, comedy = tragedy + timeStorytelling as quasi therapyLincoln jokes vs. JFK jokesWhen you laugh so hard you cryThe Psychedelic Yawn can yield entheogenic tears, discussed in episode 025: Psychedelic Medicine Trials with Participant Kirk Rutter.“Kids” movies: entheogens for everyone!In Living Color, Kevin’s “gateway drug” into Entheogenic Comedy.Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

17 May 2016

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034: Remastered: Interview with Rick Doblin, Alex Grey & Allyson Grey at Burning Man 2016

Do we have a treat for you.To welcome our new listeners, we present you a re-mastered special edition of the episode we recorded live at Burning Man on August 31, 2016, which features three pioneers and key drivers in the movement to mainstream psychedelic medicine.Special thanks to Rod for the audio engineering!Special note for Patreon supporters: you will get a special before-the-show "opening conversation". Check patreon.com/Entheogen.@RickDoblin, quoting Einstein: There's no real conflict between science & religion; there's a conflict between bad science & bad religion.— Entheogen (@EntheogenShow) November 3, 2016 Burning Man 2016We had the great pleasure and honor to speak with three pioneers and key drivers in the movement to mainstream psychedelic medicine:Alex Grey & Allyson Grey, co-founders of CoSM, the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM.org).Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS.org).We thank deeply all three of our esteemed guests for their time and generosity of spirit.We’d also like to thank Dr. Bronner’s ReFOAMation Village for their hospitality and Alex & Allyson for graciously hosting the recording in their RV.Topics:Alex & Allyson Grey’s take on the state of the movement to mainstream psychedelicsHas non-violence slowed our progress?Alex & Allyson’s $2000 fine for cannabis possession upon entering Burning ManAlex mentions Roland Griffiths’ reprisal of Walter Pahnke’s Good Friday Experiment at Johns Hopkins University: Hopkins Scientists Show Hallucinogen In Mushrooms Creates Universal “Mystical” ExperienceRick Doblin discusses the improved relationship with Law Enforcement and the Burning Man organization including better integration of the Zendo Project at Burning Man 2016Rick quotes Einstein: “There’s no conflict between science and religion. There’s a conflict between bad science and bad religion.”Rick talks about how he sees psychedelics being integrated into society in 25 yearsRick discusses the “beautiful breakup” he had while on MDARick compares MDA to MDMAAllyson discusses her personal experiences with MDA and MDMAThe idea of patient self-titrationAlex, Allyson, and Rick discuss their milestones this year: 20 years since the founding of CoSM and 30 years since the founding of MAPSRick describes building a handball court at New College of Florida, overlooking the nudist colony where his girlfriend was lifeguardingRick discusses the first responders and veterans enrolled in the MDMA for PTSD study (“not just for hippies at Burning Man”)Cannabis as a neuroprotective, anti-tumor agent (and it makes you feel better too)Carl Sagan’s friendship with Lester GrinspoonCarl Sagan’s secret use of cannabis for 40 yearsPsychedelics and schizophreniaRick’s idea to create a “drug license” systemTime to “come out of the psychedelic closet”MAPS organizes Global Psychedelic Dinners to encourage “coming out” about our psychedelic useBuildEntheon.com Thank you so much for listening to Entheogen and for supporting us on Patreon and for telling your friends.

13 Nov 2016

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046: Stealing Fire, Part 2

Part Two: The Four Forces of Ecstasis Chapter 4: PsychologyChapter 5: NeurobiologyChapter 6: PharmacologyChapter 7: TechnologyTopics:Demystifying mystical experiences and the democratization of information, language, practices, and substancesAlexander Shulgin, the “Johnny Appleseed of Psychedelics”Etymology of the phrase “hocus pocus” and its unexpectedly religious rootsRegarding communion, specifically, consuming the body of christ, “That’s not a nice thing to do to Jesus.” - Kevin“I used to be a Catholic until I reached the age of reason.” - George CarlinSomeday soon you will be able to use a 3D printer to print your drugs at home- weighing the possible benefits and risksWhat’s up with Landmark?“Capitalism is one amplifier for different movements.” - JoeDangers of capitalism: proliferation of crap music and crap writingAre there aspects of psychedelic experiences that are anti-capitalistic?Sipping the soup of capitalism“When your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” - Abraham Maslow. How does this idea relate to capitalism? How does this idea relate to our neurobiology? “Every issue we encounter we try to solve by thinking.”The gut-brain axis - do you know where most of your neurotransmitters are?Farting in yoga classSugar addiction is addictionHow much sugar is in a two-liter bottle of Coca-cola? 216 grams of sugar = 54 dang teaspoons!The Flow Dojo- get high on gravity! ...shake your snowglobe!Inventory of animals’ psychedelic-seeking behaviors and their respective preferred substancesClosing montage of goats braying. You’re welcome.

31 Jul 2018

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039: Reflections on Our Interview with Dr. Julie Holland

This is Entheogen. Talk about tools for generating the divine within.Today is July 20, 2016, and we are reflecting on our interview with Dr. Julie Holland from last season.Find the notes and links for this and other episodes at EntheogenShow.com. Sign up to receive an email when we release a new episode. Follow us @EntheogenShow on Twitter and like EntheogenShow on FaceBook. Thanks for listening. Your pledges make the show possible! We're trying to cover expenses by asking our fans to pledge at Patreon.com/Entheogen. We really appreciate your support!Topics:Julie’s story of being a college girl reaching out to Rick DoblinJulie’s story of having taken MDMA with Rick Doblin on the last day it was legal: June 30, 1985. Listen to our interview with Rick Doblin from Burning Man for his recollection of the story!George Carlin’s concept of “More Than Happy” as a “dangerous mental condition.” See alsoThe culture of pathologizing things like restless leg syndrome and excessive daytime sleepinessThe consumerization of medicine in the United StatesCannabis edibles: who eats one third of a cookie?Julie’s recommendation to wait two hours after consuming a cannabis edible before considering re-dosingWhen consuming cannabis orally, THC is metabolized into 11-OH-THCHow cannabis can be part of an anti-inflammatory dietMoody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, The Sleep You're Missing, The Sex You're Not Having, and What's Really Making You CrazyRecreation is therapeuticWeekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ERThe Pot Book: A Complete Guide to CannabisEcstasy : The Complete Guide : A Comprehensive Look at the Risks and Benefits of MDMAFollow @BellevueDoc on TwitterThanks again, Julie!

14 Feb 2017

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038: Interview with Alasdair from Bluelight.org

This is Entheogen. Talk about tools for generating the divine within.Today is December 4, 2016, and we are talking with Alisdair from BlueLight.org.Find the notes and links for this and other episodes at EntheogenShow.com. Sign up to receive an email when we release a new episode. Follow us @EntheogenShow on Twitter and like EntheogenShow on FaceBook. Thanks for listening.Your pledges make the show possible! We're trying to cover expenses by asking our fans to pledge at Patreon.com/Entheogen. We really appreciate your support!Topics:BlueLight.org was founded in 1997, and Alisdair has been a member since 2002.What is BlueLight.org?Why “bluelight”? Is there significance to that?How did you get introduced to BlueLight?Legal considerations?Relationship with MAPSDonate to BlueLight

24 Jan 2017

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035: MAPS to Move Ahead with Phase 3 MDMA Trials

F.D.A. Agrees to New Trials for Ecstasy as Relief for PTSD Patients – NY Times, Nov 29, 2016“It changed my life.”It allowed me to see my trauma without fear or hesitation and finally process things and move forward." – study participant Ed Thompson“There is now a clear path ahead to make MDMA a legal medicine for millions of people suffering from PTSD.” – MAPS BulletinMAPS needs to raise approximately $25-30 million (of which they’ve already raised more than $10 million) to complete these Phase 3 trials and all associated toxicity and pharmacology studies over the next 5 years. – NY TimesMAPS.org

12 Dec 2016

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033: Interview with Rick Doblin, Alex Grey & Allyson Grey at Burning Man 2016

Thank you so much for listening to Entheogen and for supporting us on Patreon and by telling your friends.At Burning Man in 2014, we were inspired to create Entheogen (after a talk with Meriana Dinkova). Since then, we’ve released about one-and-a-half episodes per month.On this, our two-year anniversary since posting the first episode, we are beyond overjoyed to share with you our very first “on location” recording, and the first time we’ve all recorded in person together –Burning Man 2016.We had the great pleasure and honor to speak with not one, not just two, but three pioneers and key drivers in the movement to mainstream psychedelic medicine:Alex Grey & Allyson Grey, co-founders of CoSM, the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM.org).Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS.org).We thank deeply all three of our esteemed guests for their time and generosity of spirit.We’d also like to thank Dr. Bronner’s ReFOAMation Village for their hospitality and Alex & Allyson for graciously hosting the recording in their RV.Topics:Alex & Allyson Grey’s take on the state of the movement to mainstream psychedelicsHas non-violence hamstrung our progress?Alex & Allyson’s $2000 fine for cannabis possession upon entering Burning ManAlex mentions Roland Griffiths’ reprisal of Walter Pahnke’s Good Friday Experiment at Johns Hopkins University: Hopkins Scientists Show Hallucinogen In Mushrooms Creates Universal “Mystical” ExperienceRick Doblin discusses the improved relationship with Law Enforcement and the Burning Man organization including better integration of the Zendo Project at Burning Man 2016Rick quotes Einstein: “There’s no conflict between science and religion. There’s a conflict between bad science and bad religion.”Rick talks about how he sees psychedelics being integrated into society in 25 yearsRick discusses the “beautiful breakup” he had while on MDARick compares MDA to MDMAAllyson discusses her personal experiences with MDA and MDMAAlex, Allyson, and Rick discuss their milestones this year: 20 years since the founding of CoSM and 30 years since the founding of MAPSRick describes building a handball court at New College of Florida, overlooking the nudist colony where his girlfriend was lifeguardingRick discusses the first responders and veterans enrolled in the MDMA for PTSD study (“not just for hippies at Burning Man”)Cannabis as a neuroprotective, anti-tumor agent (and it makes you feel better too)Carl Sagan’s friendship with Lester GrinspoonCarl Sagan’s secret use of cannabis for 40 yearsPsychedelics and schizophreniaRick’s idea to create a “drug license” systemTime to “come out of the psychedelic closet”MAPS organizes Global Psychedelic Dinners to encourage “coming out” about our psychedelic useBuildEntheon.com Update: this episode has been remastered since the original release.

16 Sep 2016

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047: Stealing Fire, Part 3

Part Three: The Road to EleusisChapter 8 - Catch a FireChapter 9 - Burning Down the HouseChapter 10 - Hedonic EngineeringBurning Man: it’s a unique thing, and hopefully Donald Trump doesn’t know it existsHow important is Burning Man after the event is over?For the individual, it’s akin to the idea of an ayahuasca ceremony where people often say, “the real work is after the ceremony.” Integration of the inspiration is the “work”.What about for the community or society at large? Burners without Borders, Black Rock Solar, and other indirect influences.Mount HugmoreBecause Burning Man is so inaccessible and inhospitable, attendance requires effort, planning, and intention, which fosters a grateful and positive community.Summit Series: ski trip for the ultra successfulMindfulness: it’s big business!Yoga is bigger than footballThe internet is doomed to be a tool of hegemonyConsequentialism vs. IntentionalismSocial media’s ability to divide populations in half in order to increase the marketable population of consumers, even more effective than 24 hour cable newsThe term “conspiracy theory” was invented by the CIAWeapons designed to turn us all into masturbating monkeysHedonic Engineering: get high with intention, and on a schedule that works best for you“After the ecstasy, the laundry.”Wabi Sabi - Japanese concept that values transience and imperfection“The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” - William Butler Yeats“Ring the bells that still can ringForget your perfect offeringThere is a crack, a crack in everythingThat’s how the light gets in.”- Leonard Cohen

23 Oct 2018

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032: On the way to Burning Man 2016

I'm posting this while literally on the road to Burning Man. Enjoy the tease!We're planning to interview Rick Doblin, Alex Grey, and Allyson Grey at Burning Man! Sign up for our newsletter for the latest updates.See you in the dust!

27 Aug 2016

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045: Stealing Fire Part 1

This is Entheogen. Elevate the Conversation.Today is November 5, 2017, and we are discussing Stealing Fire, a book by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal.Find the notes and links for this and other episodes at EntheogenShow.com. Support us on Patreon with a small monthly contribution to help keep the show going. Follow us @EntheogenShow on Twitter and like EntheogenShow on FaceBook. Thanks for listening.IntroductionIn more contemporary terms, the Eleusinian Mysteries were an elaborate nine-day ritual designed to strip away standard frames of reference, profoundly alter consciousness, and unlock a heightened level of insight. Specifically, the mysteries combined a number of state-changing techniques—fasting, singing, dancing, drumming, costumes, dramatic storytelling, physical exhaustion, and kykeon (the substance Alcibiades stole for his party)—to induce a cathartic experience of death, rebirth, and “divine inspiration.”Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann and Harvard-trained classicist Carl Ruck argued that the barley in kykeon might have been tainted with an ergot fungus. This same fungus generates lysergic acid (LSA), a precursor to the LSD that Hofmann famously synthesized in his Sandoz pharmaceutical lab. — Excerpt from Stealing FirePart One - The Case for EcstasisChapter 1: What Is This Fire?Chapter 2: Why It MattersChapter 3: Why We Missed It“The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.” —David Foster WallaceEntheogen’s take on the book: “We like it.”Debate on how to pronounce the word ecstasisWhy does “fire” need to be stolen? Why does access to altered states need to be banned?How the Navy SEALs train for dynamic subordination, another kind of altered statePartying with Eric Schmidt at Burning ManFinding “flow” and why it mattersSignature characteristics of ecstasis: selflessness, timelessness, effortlessness, richness (STER)An examining of the word “pale”The “state sanctioned triad” of mind altering substances: caffeine, nicotine, alcohol -- what makes these special? What ends does accepting these particular substances serve?The institutions that create / endorse stigma: the church and the stateAre humans already cyborgs? What is truly “unnatural” anyway? If humans are beings of nature, is anything that humans create also natural?How altered states are directly related to evolution of humans as well as certain plants and other animals (like French Bulldogs)The current and historical balance of individualism vs. collectivism, and its impact on the proliferation and acceptance of certain types of altered states

20 Mar 2018

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Listener Update and Season 3 Trailer

We're excited to be back after our summer hiatus!Over the coming months, we'll post our in-depth review of Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work, a National Bestseller by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal.

5 Dec 2017

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041: Reflections on our Burning Man 2016 Interview with Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, Rick Doblin

This is Entheogen. Elevate the Conversation.Please support Entheogen by making a donation on Patreon. Become a Patron for as little as $1. Pledge just $3 or more, and get early access to new episodes, plus exclusive Patron-only features. Head over to EntheogenShow.com and click on Support.Find the notes and links for this and other episodes at EntheogenShow.com. Sign up to receive an email when we release a new episode. Follow us @EntheogenShow on Twitter and like EntheogenShow on FaceBook. Thanks for listening.It’s February 26, 2017, and we are reflecting on our conversation with Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, and Rick Doblin at Burning Man 2016.Topics:Finding people at Burning ManReFOAMation VillageGetting foamedMeeting our humble heroesPsychedelics as pretense-obliterating substancesEffects of MDA vs. MDMADe-scheduling vs. rescheduling cannabisMAPS-hosted Global Psychedelic Dinners raising funds for MDMA researchPsychedelic medicine trials beginning to reach a broader audience P.S. Neal Goldsmith interview coming up next! Sign up to be notified.

17 Apr 2017

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042: Interview with Dr. Neal Goldsmith on Psychedelic Healing

This is Entheogen. Elevate the Conversation.It’s March 12, 2017, and we are discussing psychedelic healing with Dr. Neal Goldsmith.Topics:Neal’s book Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development provides copious discussion points for our conversation today.Neal's therapy practice, and how his use of psychedelics has informed his practice of psychotherapyImago therapyLSD is a tool: Charles Manson becomes more Charles Manson; Richard Alpert becomes Ram Dass.The substitution of the eucharist as a proxy for the original psychoactive sacrament. Can we please go back to the active version? What are the consequences of inactive substitutes in religious ceremonies? How have alternative spiritual practices sprung up in the absence of sanctioned Entheogenic rituals?George Carlin’s Modern Man.Are we in the midst of McKenna’s Archaic Revival? Is this another way to internalize the unfolding ecological apocalypse?“If we’re going to be post-post-modern, if we’re going to be integral, we can’t have a fight between tribalism and modernity. We can’t have a fight between spirituality and the material world.”Meditation, mindfulness, yoga, breathing…Deep breathing to expel carbon dioxide in addition to inhaling oxygen.McKenna’s conjecture that it’s possible to get to the same state of consciousness that psychedelics provide access to, using meditation or chanting or drumming, but who has time for that?What do you recommend to listeners who might be interested in some form of psychedelic therapy, present company included?The dichotomy of tribalism vs. modernism: our human ancestors living naturally but for shorter time, vs. modern humans living longer but disconnected from nature. Spiraling up vs. retreating to tribalism.Spirituality vs. science. The concept of rational mysticism. Einstein quote via Rick Doblin: “There's no real conflict between science & religion; there's a conflict between bad science & bad religion.”Please support Entheogen by making a donation on Patreon. Become a Patron for as little as $1. Pledge just $3 or more, and get early access to new episodes, plus exclusive Patron-only features. Head over to EntheogenShow.com and click on Support.Find the notes and links for this and other episodes at EntheogenShow.com. Sign up to receive an email when we release a new episode. Follow us @EntheogenShow on Twitter and like EntheogenShow on FaceBook. Thanks for listening.

2 May 2017

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043: The LSD-assisted Dock Ellis No-Hitter

This is Entheogen. Elevate the Conversation. Please support Entheogen by making a donation on Patreon. Become a Patron for as little as $1. Pledge just $3 or more, and get early access to new episodes, plus exclusive Patron-only features. Head over to EntheogenShow.com and click on Support.Find the notes and links for this and other episodes at EntheogenShow.com. Sign up to receive an email when we release a new episode. Follow us @EntheogenShow on Twitter and like EntheogenShow on FaceBook. Thanks for listening.It’s March 5, 2017, and we are discussing the famous LSD-assisted Dock Ellis No-Hitter.Links:Check out the Video: Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden and No Mas, posted by Victory JournalSee also: The Electric Dock Ellis Acid Test: An Attempt To Recreate His Drug-Addled No-Hitter, On XboxAV Club articleSnopes: “he worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to rehabilitate black prisoners, helped start the Black Athletes Foundation for Sickle Cell Research, and served as the coordinator of an anti-drug program in Los Angeles before passing away from liver disease in 2008.”Dock Ellis on WikipediaOther Notes:“I’m high as a Georgia Pine”Dexamyl - 90% of the league was usingBenzedrine - also heavily consumed by prosLady in San Diego with the gold pouches“They knew I was high but they didn’t know what I was high on.”Dealing with the fear, the fear of losing, the fear of winning

23 May 2017

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