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Adventures Through The Mind
Adventures Through The Mind
James W. Jesso
MDMA for Couples | The Love Doctor, Charley Wininger ~ ATTMind 138
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. For links to Wininger's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind138 ***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, Eliz C, Chuck W, Nathan B, & Nick M. _Episode Breakdown_ * MDMA for couples / MDMA in our aging time * How this interview came into existence * The history of MDMA, MDMA for couples, and MDMA's prohibition * Rediscovering MDMA at 50 years old * The benefits of MDMA for the individual * MDMA is the chemical of connection * Accessing profound self-love, and how it changes you * Transforming one’s relationship to their body with MDMA * The benefits of MDMA for romantic partnerships * Using MDMA for couples therapy * The power of deep love and safety in resolving long-standing relationships conflicts * We all have these little dark secrets that we’ll be rejected if known * The importance of being careful with who you take MDMA with * How a cult of two collapses a relationship * How our relationship fail when we forget generosity and gratitude within it - and how MDMA helps remind us * The profound value of touch * MDMA is sensual, not necessarily sexual (but cannabis helps) * How reconnecting with the loving vulnerability between you and your partner can reawaken sexual intimacy * WARNING: MDMA within abusive relationships might make things worst * Taking MDMA as a senior citizen * The danger of taking MDMA as an older person * Losing the magic – Can taking a lower dose of MDMA help to bring the magic back? * Integration: A different way of understanding the MDMA hangover * The pain of using MDMA to open your heart. * What does aging offer us; what does it take away; where does MDMA fit in the process * The disadvantages of aging vs internalized ageism * How MDMA has impacted Wininger’s relationship to death and dying * Bridging the age apartheid with MDMA and the rave scene * You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone; learning how important our relationships are before death ends them * The most important lesson MDMA has to teach us during the troubled times we are in ************** _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 ► Or, you can buy a copy of one of my books! * Decomposing The Shadow: https://www.jameswjesso.com/decomposing-the-shadow/ * The True Light Of Darkness: https://www.jameswjesso.com/true-light-darkness/
1 hr 53 min
Buddha at the Gas Pump
Buddha at the Gas Pump
Rick Archer
587. Sebene Selassie
Sebene Selassie is a teacher, author, and speaker who explores the themes of belonging and identity through meditation, creativity, and spirituality. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Washington DC, she began studying Buddhism 30 years ago as an undergraduate at McGill University where she majored in Comparative Religious Studies. She has an MA from the New School where she focused on race and cultural studies. For over 20 years, she worked with children, youth, and families nationally and internationally for small and large not-for-profits. Now she teaches classes, workshops, and retreats regularly and is one of the most popular teachers on the Ten Percent Happier app. Sebene is a three-time cancer survivor of Stage III and IV breast cancer. Her first book "You Belong: A Call for Connection" is published by HarperOne. Main points discussed: The importance of belonging and cultural/genetic heritage. The positive, relatable tone of Sebene’s book, You Belong. Trusting the sacredness of life vs. clashing with reality. Surrendering to the mystery that’s beyond our logical comprehension. We are not separate, and we are not the same. Living the paradox of unity and diversity. The importance of integrating absolute and relative. There’s a delusion of separation at the heart of all political and social divisions. ‘Unlearning’ that delusion is where the spiritual path starts. Those who enjoyed embodied presence since childhood may be less effective in teaching others than those who needed to achieve it. Marginalized people often have a broader and more holistic perspective on the world. Healing “epistemicide” – colonialism’s destruction of ancient knowledge. Modern mindfulness practice sometimes dismisses the deeper dimensions of its ancient roots. Everything is sacred. Technology is not the enemy. Benefiting from the best of ancient and modern knowledge. The pandemic may be the first time in history where we are all experiencing the same situation globally. The importance of discernment on the spiritual path, particularly in this time of conspiracy theories, polarization, and pandemic. The importance of community and dangers of isolation. Increased interest in meditation and spirituality during the pandemic. The authenticity, clarity, love, and spirituality of the younger generation. A discussion of Catherine Ingram’s Facing Extinction article. The leverage of technologies of consciousness, including ritual and ceremony. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Remaining curious and open. Ground yourself, know yourself, connect to the moment. Seeing parts of ourselves we don’t like. Meeting whatever comes up with kindness and compassion. Any motivation for starting on the spiritual path is a ‘good’ one. Other reasons will follow. Contemplating the beauty and mystery of nature. “Love yourself” could be the motto for the whole book. Detailed discussion mindfulness and its historical origins. Sebene’s “Elements Practice”: earth, water, fire, air. The importance of intimacy and imagination. Helping heal kids with emotional trauma. Trauma-sensitive mindfulness. Taking care of one’s self so as to care for others more effectively An invitation for white people to learn more about other cultures and identities. For mature spiritual development, we need to illumine our blind spots. Website: sebeneselassie.com Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded February 14, 2021 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
1 hr 37 min
Psychedelics Today
Psychedelics Today
Psychedelics Today
PT232 - Dr. Ryan Westrum - Who We Are Without Medicine
In this episode, Kyle interviews clinical psychologist focusing on sexual trauma, health, and identity, and author of The Psychedelics Integration Handbook, Dr. Ryan Westrum. Westrums' biggest focus and conversation with clients right now in our age of Covid concerns who we are without medicine- how we fill the liminal states between our sessions or rituals. He talks a lot about the work people can do on their own now: learning to listen to our inner healers, honing and sharpening what we already know, stretching ourselves, listening to the different parts of our intuition (our physical bodies, emotional hearts, and cognitive thinking) and realigning when one is out of sync, and maybe the most important lesson: embracing the idea that self-work doesn't have to be built on trials and tribulations, and often, challenging ourselves to use our hands and practicing something we know we're good at or getting back into a long-forgotten hobby can be just as effective towards growth and feeling better about ourselves. He also talks about solitude, how to use technology the right way and not fall into false engagement, what safety means to people in today's climate, the importance of tethering yourself to trustworthy allies, how psychedelics and his work with sexuality converge, and how to embrace the wonder and beauty of what we discover through psychedelics in everyday life. Notable Quotes “We have to consciously watch what we’re consuming, being prudently aware of this mindful consumption rather than this inappropriate consuming of information when we don’t even know why we just touched our phone or why we just engaged in learning more. Without sounding blasphemous (because I love the internet), what’s it for? What are we doing it for? ...How often are you getting lost in people you don’t even know? And how often are you reaching out to people that could actually be there for you? And it leads to psychedelic medicine work- are you leaning on the people that could actually support you?” “What is the higher level of intention we’re living? If we are going to take the challenge to dive into medicine work by ourselves, we should still be constructing something that’s higher level, and to speak volumes of motivating the purpose of why we’re doing it. If you’re just doing it to do it because you think that’s the next thing, I’d ask you: what are you doing in your life away from the medicine?” “Some of the most amazing transcendences are personal, and without being disrespectful to the medicine, do we need it to evoke that? Is that a state of being that we can find within ourselves through evocative breathing, through a great song, sexual pleasure with your partner, whatever? There’s other avenues. That’s what that leads me to, is the plethora of opportunity outside of taking psilocybin or doing an ayahuasca ceremony- [the] plethora of experiential experiences that are very evocative towards healing.” “Without going into hours of conversation, even in couples, people are unaware of what they can share, unaware of entering into what they want to ask for. And that’s where the intersection of psychedelics happens, is it gives them this embodied expression of: ‘This is genuinely who I am, sexually, emotionally, spiritually,’ and it’s quite beautiful.” Links Healingsoulsllc.com The Psychedelics Integration Handbook, by Ph.D. Ryan Westrum His last appearance on the podcast Thelightphone.com About Dr. Ryan Westrum Support the show * Patreon * Leave us a review on Facebook or iTunes * Share us with your friends * Join our Facebook group - Psychedelics Today group – Find the others and create community. Navigating Psychedelics
1 hr 6 min
Plant Medicine Podcast with Dr. Lynn Marie Morski
Plant Medicine Podcast with Dr. Lynn Marie Morski
Lynn Marie Morski, MD, Esq.
Psychedelics and Parenting with Rebecca Kronman, LCSW
This week’s episode of the Plant Medicine Podcast features a conversation with Rebecca Kronman, LCSW on the intersection of psychedelics and parenting. Rebecca is a licensed therapist with a private practice in Brooklyn, New York, where she helps clients integrate and prepare for psychedelic experience, in addition to providing therapeutic care for clients struggling with mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression. Rebecca is also the founder of Plant Parenthood, which is an online and in-person community of parents who use psychedelics, plant medicine and cannabis looking to de-stigmatize the conversation around psychedelics and parenting. In this wide-ranging discussion, Rebecca explores both practical and theoretical issues in the intersection of psychedelics and parenthood. The most controversial of these being, of course, minors using psychedelics themselves. Rebecca discusses the traditional cultural frameworks in societies which use psychedelics and how they handle this matter, contrasting this with the Western medical model where psychedelic use is highly stigmatized yet prescribing amphetamines to children is rather uncontroversial. Rebecca emphasizes that this is a topic which deserves more careful consideration, as ketamine treatments are already available and effective for treatment-resistant depression in teens. She also discusses how psychedelics can help us reparent ourselves and heal generational trauma, both of which can aid in improving parents’ relationship to not only their children, but to their own parents as well. In addition, Rebecca discusses some practical concerns, such as how parents ought to discuss psychedelic use with children. Here she draws a distinction between proactive and reactive conversations, the former being initiated by the parent, the latter by the child. Choosing to pursue a degree of proactive discussion with children around psychedelic use can have a positive impact, both in strengthening trust and openness between parent and child as well as preparing older children for encountering these things in their own lives as accessibility and awareness continue to increase. Rebecca closes this discussion talking about the high levels of scrutiny parents face socially, emphasizing the importance of parents having the opportunity to come together around this topic to determine the best solutions for their own families. In this episode: * The future of psychedelic medicines for minors * How psychedelics can inform one’s approach to parenting * Taking psychedelics with family members * Including children in integration practices * Proactive vs reactive conversations about substance use with children * Plant Parenthood’s upcoming events Quotes: “It’s something that needs to be on our minds: how do we approach this topic without stigmatizing it so that when our children inevitably find out about it, we can have an open dialogue.” [11:39] “A lot of the work of psychedelics, is the work of reparenting yourself. It’s the work of healing intergenerational trauma.” [16:49] “For some parents it’s not a problem for their children to be around during their psychedelic experience itself, and for some parents they feel like ‘you know what, I want this time for myself–this is my time to go inward, to journey into my psyche, and I don’t want to be a parent during that moment.’” [24:25] “We can start talking about plant medicine or substance use or addiction from the very earliest time our kids can understand.” [29:28] “As kids get older it does become more important to be a bit more proactive because the reality is they will be exposed to this, especially as access increases.” [32:43] “There is a level of scrutiny that parents face that is different than what other people face and it makes people more reticent to be honest and to approach these topics in a way that feels healing and that feels complete.” [41:29] “[Psychedelics] make us be able to inhabit that open, neuroplastic state that children naturally inhabit. So in a sense, it makes us be able to understand them better. It makes us be able to get into their experience in a deeper way.” [46:42] Links: * Plant Parenthood Website * Plant Parenthood Instagram * Plant Parenthood Facebook * Plant Parenthood YouTube * Rebecca’s website * Psychedelic Medicine Association * Porangui
52 min
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