Rank #1: #4: Dr. Gerardo Sandoval Exploring the Sacred Power of 5-MeO-DMT
In our most recent podcast, Psychedelic Times founder Joe Mattia got to sit down and chat with Dr. Gerardo Sandoval, one of the world’s leading experts on 5-MeO-DMT about his own experiences with the psychedelic, his new book, and the work he’s doing to advance our understanding of this truly transformative substance.
5-MeO-DMT, also known as the God molecule, might be one of the most remarkable substances ever discovered. A naturally occurring tryptamine found in both plant species and the Bufo alvarius toad, 5-MeO-DMT acts directly on serotonin receptors to offer an intense, concentrated, and profoundly mystical experience. As Dr. Martin Ball says:
“The experience is a feeling of total surrender to the direct presence of our union with God. It is readily comparable to Hindu experiences of Moksha or Buddhist experiences of Samadhi and Nirvana, and it may be more profound than experiences attained through meditation alone. Advanced meditators tend to agree that their deepest meditations barely scratch the surface of the depth of the 5-MeO experience.”
- Dr. Sandoval’s introduction to sacred medicine and the spirit molecule. [04:20]
- What are DMT and 5 MeO DMT? [10:10]
- The differences between DMT and 5 MeO DMT. [14:00]
- Preparing yourself for therapeutic and entheogenic 5 MeO DMT experiences. [16:50]
- How to integrate entheogenic experiences. [23:20]
- Coping with spontaneous reactivations. [25:30]
- Overview of the Bufo Alivarius toad. [29:51]
- The building of the Toad Sanctuary. [32:30]
- Medical contraindications to toad medicine. [38:20]
- Combining 5 MeO DMT with ibogaine. [40:15]
- The God Molecule. [42:40]
- How Dr. Sandoval stays grounded and centered. [45:40]
- What kind of outcomes Dr. Sandoval sees. [48:00]
- Using 5 MeO DMT to cope with fear of death. [50:00]
- Thanks to Torkomji for our intro music!
May 26 2016
Rank #2: #3: Javier Prato Spirit Medicine Movie - Exploring the World of Psychedelic Plants
Javier Prato's brewing up something very special. Our third guest on the Psychedelic Times podcast series, Javier is in the later stages of shooting and directing a documentary about psychedelic plants called Spirit Medicine. The feature-length documentary is complete with forays around the world into the lands of indigenous cultures and their psychedelic healing traditions with Ayahuasca, Peyote, Psilocybin Mushrooms and Iboga as well as exclusive interviews with some of the leading figures in the psychedelic movement.
Some of those figures are Dennis McKenna (ethnobotanist), Gabor Mate (clinical psychologist and addiction expert), Claudio Naranjo (psychiatrist and author), Ralph Metzner(psychologist and consciousness researcher), Jordi Riba (pharmacologist), Rick Doblin (founder & executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies—MAPS), David Jay Brown (science writer and consciousness researcher), Daniel Pinchbeck, (author & Journalist), as well as several neuroscientists, shamans and plant medicine practitioners.
- Javier’s introduction to plant medicines [3:00]
- Javier's introduction to ayahuasca and first ayahuasca experience in Peru [4:00]
- Taking ayahuasca with psychologists and shamans [8:18]
- Javier's history with film [10:02]
- Filming, learning, and making connections at the ibogaine conference [11:50]
- The openness of the psychedelic community and benefits of interviewing people [15:15]
- The primacy of content creation in media [18:50]
- Integrating a psychedelic experience [21:18]
- Traveling to Africa for a traditional Bwiti ibogaine ceremony [24:30]
- Development of Spirit Medicine [31:54]
- Interviewing leaders of the psychedelic community like Dennis McKenna [33:10]
- Dr. Eduardo Jovel, ibogaine conservation, and the Ibogaine Conference [34:00]
- Use of ibogaine therapy for addiction treatment [35:55]
- Production of Spirit Medicine and Kickstarter campaign [36:50]
- Attending traditional peyote ceremonies with the Huichol in northern Mexico [38:15]
- Indigenous use of psilocybin and peyote in Mexico [39:05]
May 24 2016
Rank #3: #5: IMPORTANT 5-MeO-DMT Episode #4 Update - Dr Gerardo Sandoval
This is a special update to episode #4 with Dr. Gerry.
The topic was 5-MeO-DMT, and since this episode was recorded, there has been a surge in the media around the topic, including the Vice series: Hamilton's Pharmacopeia.
I have been contemplating deleting this episode and have finally come to the decision that the better thing to do, is to record this update, so here it is.
My team and I decided to keep the episode, because a lot of valuable information was covered. We are using this episode to fill in the gaps. Please consider this is a resource before making any decisions to journey with any specific facilitator.
Aug 09 2018
Rank #4: #10: Javier Regueiro Awakening the Heart with Plant Medicine
Author and ayahuascero Javier Regueiro occupies an important nexus point between indigenous healing traditions and Western culture. Mr. Regueiro is a Spanish national who was raised in Switzerland and moved to Peru in 2004, eventually training under Don Francisco Montes Shuña and becoming a full-time ayahuasca facilitator in 2006. He has also written two books: Ayahuasca: Soul Medicine of the Amazon Jungle, and San Pedro Huachuma: Opening the Pathways of the Heart. In this podcast, Joe Mattia speaks with Javier about the divine feminine, self realization, ayahuasca, and the importance of preparation and integration with ayahuasca and other entheogens.
Healing the feminine [7:45]
Javier’s personal history [16:15]
Apprenticing with ayahuasca [20:15]
Self realization and enlightenment [23:45]
Unique journeys with ayahuasca [27:15]
Spiritual bypass and the shadow [34:15]
Remaining a student [39:15]
Psychedelic preparation and integration [41:00]
Game of Thrones and ayahuasca [44:00]
The importance of integration coaches [50:45]
Authenticity and integrity [55:45]
Processing difficult journeys [59:15]
Approaching psychedelic experiences [63:00]
On healing the feminine:
“Particularly in our Judeo-Christian tradition, we have been repressing, oppressing, oftentimes abusing women and all expressions of feminine energy. Just recently for instance, here in the States, you’re experiencing another wave of women speaking openly about instances of sexual abuse in the workplace. So this is part of a larger process of healing a long history of abuse of women, of repressing their energy through judgement, even through religious and legal texts, limiting their freedom to be women. Women are invited now to not only heal their own wounds, but also whatever ancestral wounds have not been healed and integrated yet, for the sake not only of themselves but collective consciousness.”
On jungle ayahuasca experiences:
“In 2004 I went to the Amazon jungle. I had drank ayahuasca a couple of times a couple of years earlier, and finally I went to the jungle for an ayahuasca retreat, as I was once again running out of tricks, and getting increasingly bored with my own dramas. And that experience in the jungle was very healing- so much so as a result I entertained the possibility of studying plant medicine… The year after I went back to Peru to find out whether that idea was serious. While I was there for the second time, in the middle of an ayahuasca ceremony, I was so in awe of this medicine that from a place within me just came out the words directed to the medicine: you’re awesome, I want to work for you. And here I am 12 years later, still in service to this medicine, as well as San Pedro, and in service of all the people who feel drawn to engaging in this process.”
On self realization:
“There is a certain misconception about what the experience of enlightenment of full self realization is. We often perceive these episodes as an end, we've reached the goal, whereas in my experience, these experiences of awakening they are simply just another doorway, and that doorway is onto a more expanded state of consciousness and awareness, but also for me the work with plant medicine is not one that seeks transcendence or going away from this level of reality, actually I find that the invitation of plants as well as all of creation is for us to engage more fully with renewed enthusiasm in the process of life.”
On the importance of shadow work:
“There are some people who go to plant medicine ceremonies seeking an expanded state of consciousness, seeking a sense of connection, of unity with the cosmos, with everybody, with themselves, but struggle with exploring their own shadow. Basically they never do the dirty work. So in ceremony they experience an expanded state of awareness and consciousness which then dissipates within a few days or weeks or months at the most, because we always fall back into our densest vibratory state. Therefore if we don’t deal with our heaviest energies, with our shadow, our wounds, with our dysfunctions, with our projections and judgements, with our sense of separation, then that’s what we always fall back into.”
On the purpose of life on Earth:
“This is a healing planet. Planet Earth is as much a hospital as it is a classroom. It’s not a holiday place. If we are really ready to have a holiday, this is not the place to sign up for. We come here to heal our wounds and remember who we really are. Because this planet with its healing qualities which are expressed in all the plant medicines that grow all over this planet, and are expressions of this healing quality of this planet, is the most ideal place for us to come and do what we came here to do.”
Sep 11 2018
Rank #5: #9: Dr. Dan Engle Reframing the Western Medical Paradigm
With a background in psychiatric medicine, neurology, advanced ayahuasca dietas, psychedelic integration, and neurocognitive restoration, Dr. Dan Engle is one of the most unique and important voices in the psychedelic movement today. As founder of Full Spectrum Medicine and author of the new book The Concussion Repair Manual, Dr. Dan brings together a deep understanding of both the medical world and the psychedelic experience with an eye toward therapeutic personal transformation.
Psychedelic Times founder Joe Mattia spoke with Dr. Dan recently at a mutual friend’s float studio, and their conversation ranges from Dan’s fascinating personal story of ayahuasca dietas in the jungle to his return to the Western world to advance the cause of integrative, soul-centered healing.
Dr. Bronner’s was founded in 1948 by Emanuel Bronner, a third- generation master soapmaker. He used the labels on his superb ecological soaps to spread his message that we must realize our unity across religious & ethnic divides or perish: “We are All-One or None!” Still family-owned and run, Dr. Bronner’s honors its founder’s vision by continuing to make socially & environmentally responsible products, and by dedicating our profits to help make a better world.
The Temple of the Way of Light is an ayahuasca center in Peru that opened in 2007. Their team of indigenous Shipibo healers represents over 250 years of experience practicing the ancient art of ayahuasca shamanism. The healers are supported by highly trained and experienced Western facilitators, who act as a critical cultural bridge between the healers and guests. The Temple was founded on the philosophy that an atmosphere of genuine care and compassion provides the optimum conditions for healing.Show Notes:
The grassroots psychedelic movement [9:00] The powerful data from psychedelic research [12:00] The broken medical system [14:00] Psychiatry [15:00] Sustainability [8:00] Finding your truth [18:00] Ayahuasca and dietas in the jungle [20:30] Returning to civilization [26:30] Being an emissary from the forest [29:30] Full Spectrum Medicine [30:00] Western allopathic medicine [32:20] Pharmaceuticals [34:30] Detoxification and healing [37:30] Ibogaine addiction treatment [43:00] Drug policy and ibogaine experiences [50:00] Exploring the shadow [54:00] Being True to You [55:50] Preparation and integration [58:00] That place inbetween worlds [61:00] Kambo [62:00]
On balancing vision and action:
“It can be easy, particularly in the medicine space, to have the grand vision and to see the meta view, but it’s just as important- if not more important- to actualize that and move it into this 3-dimensional reality in the most effective way.”
On returning to civilization after intense ayahuasca dietas:
“I had married the medicine path so to speak, and I didn't have much of a desire or interest to come back to this way we collectively live in the West. But then I realized that if I was to be of support and a positive impact to the greatest degree that I could be, then it was probably not going to be just hanging out solo in the jungle. It was going to be coming back to potentially be a voice to bridge the psychedelic medicine community with the psychiatric medical community. If we do choose to see the right place that psychedelic medicines have in the unfolding potential of health care moving forward, then it’s helpful to have people who can speak from both perspectives.”
On jungle medicine:
“When we know that the pharmacy of the entire jungle itself, and the river system itself, with the soil and the animals and the plants and the fish and everything is this buffet of potential options for someone’s healing protocol, then all of these things are used synergistically.”
On Deanne Adamson’s program Being True to You:
“The program that Deanne has created with Being True to You does turn the whole addiction frame on its head. It encourages a shift from the victim role into an empowerment role. To be able to say “Ok, this experience that I’m going through is my journey towards personal development and towards a more whole, integrated self.” Some people choose the doorway of depression, some people choose the doorway of chronic anxiety, some people choose the doorway of chronic pain… we all have our own hero’s journey that we’re going through. And it is a liberating frame to be able to try on… all of a sudden, now it puts us in the driver’s seat.”
Sep 04 2018