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Adventures Through The Mind is an interview-based podcast hosted by Canadian author and public educator, James W. Jesso. Although the show topics range---from spirituality, mental health, and emotional maturity; to love, relationships and sexuality; to history, philosophy, and neuroscience---there are two underlying themes that intersect them all: psychedelics & the mind. James W. Jesso is the author of Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom and The True Light Of Darkne ...
 
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Jesse Gould of Heroic Hearts Project is on the show for this episode to talk about his own battle with PTSD and his recovery through ayahuasca therapy. We also talk about the challenges of integrating back into civilian life after combat, the tragic mental health and suicide statistics amongst veterans, and the role Heroic Hearts Project is playing…
 
Dr. Monica Gagliano takes us on a deep dive into the results of her scientific research into plant intelligence. But she also shares the profound impact of her personal encounters with the living intelligence of the natural world, and what those encounters have revealed about herself, about life, and about the murderous consequences of modern scien…
 
Ed Prideaux joins us to discuss what Hallucinogen Perception Persisting Disorder (HPPD) is, its symptoms, its history, its association with other mental health conditions, how widespread it seems to be, and how it isn’t necessarily a negative experience. We also speak of psychedelic flashbacks--what they are and what they are not; the role of memor…
 
Chris Kilham joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to explore yoga, cannabis, and yoga and cannabis. We also explore the spirit of cannabis, psychedelics in general as a part of spiritual practice, and the dangerous pitfalls of spiritual narcissism and delusions that arise from all spiritual practice, and especially insular spiritual communities.…
 
Shelley and Charley Wininger join us to tell a story of great loss, one that provides the context to wonder about the potential of group MDMA experiences for grief and the recently bereaved, as well as questions about death and dying, feeling safe to be vulnerable, and the profound healing of togetherness in times of great loss. ... For links to Wi…
 
Casey Schwartz, author of Attention: A Love Story, joins us talk about her journey with Adderall addiction; how social media technology influences our attention and behavior; internet reactivity and mob “justice”; psychedelics and their impact on attention; the deeper philosophy of what attention is; and why attention matters. For links to Schwartz…
 
Our guest for this episode is Stephen Jenkinson and, with him, we will wonder about wonder and inquire–with wonder–about wisdom, prejudice, language, Mystery, generational truancy, the plague, and inquiry itself. For links to Jenkinson's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind148 ***Full Topics Brea…
 
Amanita Dreamer is on the show to talk about her story of healing from panic and anxiety with the amanita muscaria mushroom. We also talk about the mushroom's pharmacology, safe preparation and use; and how (and why) it can help us heal from not only childhood trauma but pre-birth and infancy trauma by re-parenting us. Finally, we talk about what i…
 
Danny Nemu is on the show to talk about Science Revealed, the failures of our scientific institutions, and their unreliability as proxies for sensemaking reality. We explore the question: Can we trust science? ***Interview recorded April 29, 2021 (This is a weird interview because there are several moments where my—I personally consider valid—incli…
 
Natasha Mason PhD and Jan Ramaekers PhD are on the show to discuss the effects of psilocybin on creativity; the challenge of measuring creativity in a lab; the role creativity plays in mental health; and even the connections between psychedelics, creativity, and movements in art and culture. For links to out guest's work, full show notes, and to wa…
 
Antwan Saca and Leor Roseman are two of the authors of the research paper Relational Processes in Ayahuasca Groups of Palestinians and Israelis. They are on the show to talk about that research and the complexities of conflict and conflict-resolution it explores. For links to our guest's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, he…
 
In this psychedelic café, we explore spiritual awakening and spiritual crisis; what they are, and what causes them. We also explore how we heal from spiritual crisis; their connection to trauma; the spiritual roots of healing bipolar; differentiating spiritual crisis from clinical psychiatric illness; the anti-theistic paradigm of psychiatry; perso…
 
Pierre Bouchard is on the show to talk about somatic therapy, the traumatic roots of depression, and the role ketamine-assisted somatic psychotherapy can play in healing that trauma, and thus the depression it produces. For links to Bouchard's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind143 ***Full Topic…
 
Chris Bache PhD has previously been on the show to talk about his work with high dose LSD journeys, out of his book LSD and The Mind Of The Universe. In that book, he discusses visions he had of ‘the birth of the future human’ emerging out of the incredible suffering and challenges of a total, global collapse. In this interview, Chris outlines why …
 
“Where do the Australian psychoactive acacia species fit into the contemporary, local psychedelic scene, and how does interaction with these species inform a deeper connection to this land and its dreaming?” That's the question we are discussing in this episode of the podcast, psychedelic cafe #5. We talk about the history, pharmacology, and phenom…
 
Heather Hargraves joins us to discuss using neurofeedback therapy to heal the brain and build a resilient nervous system. We also talk about mental health disorders as an adaptive response of the nervous system, rather than a pathology. As well as where neurofeedback therapy fits in as an adjunct to psychotherapy in treat those disorders. We also t…
 
Benjamin Malcolm, aka The Spirit Pharmacist, joins us on to explore and compare the pharmacological actions of antidepressant psychotropics with the actions of the classical psychedelics, ayahuasca, MDMA, and ketamine. We also explore the risk of combining psychedelics, MDMA, and/or ketamine with the different classes of antidepressants, including …
 
Akua Ofosuhene is on the show to discuss the role psychedelics can play in dismantling racism in society by helping us learn to let go of the conditioned beliefs we are taught to hold about race in general. We also talk about how the dismantling of racism is actively harmed by the politics of outrage being carried into our personal relationships, a…
 
Charley Wininger, author of Listening To Ecstacy: The Transformative Power of MDMA, joins us to talk about MDMA for couples, as well as MDMA for personal healing, spiritual awakening, and staying connected to the joy of being alive as we age into the winter years of our lives. Of course, MDMA comes with certain risks, and we talk about that too. Fo…
 
Alexander Beiner joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to discuss the rise of psychedelic capitalism, its impact on the culture, and the risk of us losing something promising if we get swept up by various narratives for-profits models are seeding into our minds. We also discuss modern Western culture’s crisis of meaning, the dissolution of trust …
 
We feature two anonymous guests on today’s episode to talk about applying psychedelics to somatic relational therapy. One of whom is a practicing underground therapist. The other is not a therapist or doing therapy, but a social worker and researcher specializing in somatic healing, interpersonal neurobiology, and psychedelic therapy. This is a rad…
 
PSILOCYBIN AND COMPASSION ARE BOTH LINKED TO OUR ABILITY TO FEEL EMOTIONAL PAIN AS IT ARISES By examining this correlation from a trauma-informed, psychotherapeutic framework, we find an understanding of emotional healing and healthy emotional processes, with or without psilocybin on board. This lecture will explore the essence of compassion and ho…
 
What are heightened sexual experiences? How do we access them? How do they relate to our ability to access pleasure, multiple orgasms, and a profound sense of intimacy with ourselves and with others? What do we need to watch out for on our journey of awakening to these heightened sexual experiences in order to stay safe in ourselves and avoid accid…
 
TheraPsil is a coalition of healthcare professionals, patients, and advocates dedicated to fighting for the rights of Canadians facing end-of-life or illness-related distress to have legal access to therapeutic psychedelics. Members of the TheraPsil team join ATTMIND for a discussion about their legal argument for access to psilocybin-assisted ther…
 
What is the best way to address both the acute and systemic problems present in psychedelic culture? It's a big question, so we have invited a number of people to have a psychedelic café about it. Our guests, (in alphabetical order according to their last name, excluding host James W. Jesso) Marta Ketchmarchek, co-founder and coordinator of The Psy…
 
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