Ep. 91 – Notes on Being a Good Human
Play • 1 hr 12 min

Krishna Das explores the possibility of cultivating presence & compassion through spiritual practice and answers questions about Maharajji, working with longing, fostering generosity, & dealing with people at their worst.

Adventures Through The Mind
Adventures Through The Mind
James W. Jesso
A Somatic Relational Approach to Psychedelic Therapy | Tooth Fairy & Curlz ~ ATTMind 136
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 radically different approach to the psychedelic-assisted therapy you are likely aware of--headphones, eye shades, therapist there to hold a hand if needed. This is a therapy that is fully interactive and engaged. --LINKS-- For related links, Tooth Fairy's recently revealed identity, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind136 ***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, Nathan B & Chuck W ************** Episode Breakdown * Weathering transference during a session; positive versus negative transference * Why we were talking about somatic therapy with psychedelics * Healing our social fabric and up-skilling our community [link to Sweden lecture] * Neurobiology of connection and trauma healing * Neurobiology of co-regulation in infancy and adulthood * Applying co-regulation practices to psychedelic therapy, plus an example * How early life attachment wounds can become trauma in adulthood and how they are healed * How attachment wounds contribute to physical illness * The role of intellectual understanding during somatic healing * How to carry somatic healing into our lives afterwards; integration * “Symbolic“ versus body-based healing trauma * The first healing response to the wound is not always the final step in that healing * Becoming human through healing trauma in the body * How connecting to the earth is a vital part of our healing process * Connecting with the intelligence of plant medicine * The value of slowing down; finding optimal arousal state for entering into psychedelic spaces * Trauma expressing as hyper-function * What role does feeling the pain—shadow work—play in healing trauma with somatic psychedelic therapy * Bypassing shadow work euphoria addiction * A story of healing through abject terror on 5-MeO-DMT * The vital role of love in healing trauma through somatic therapy with psychedelics * How do different psychedelics fit with different needs and phases of somatic healing * MDMA, 3MMC, 5MEODMT, ketamine, psilocybin * The healing power of connecting with Transcendence * Healing ancestral trauma * More on the healing power of connecting with Transcendence ************** --- 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 --- 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 56 min
Plant Medicine Podcast with Dr. Lynn Marie Morski
Plant Medicine Podcast with Dr. Lynn Marie Morski
Lynn Marie Morski, MD, Esq.
Psychedelic Harm Reduction with Erica Siegal, LCSW
This episode of the Plant Medicine Podcast features a conversation with Erica Siegal about the intricacies of harm reduction. Erica is a licensed clinical social worker and a professional harm reductionist, as well as an MDMA-assisted psychotherapy researcher. She is the founder of NEST Harm Reduction, a California-based clinical practice that offers private therapy, harm reduction training, workplace consulting, and direct care of workers on the frontlines of secondary trauma. In this discussion, Erica shares the basic principles underlying harm reduction while also unpacking the nuances involved in providing care. The four principles Erica shares from the Zendo project are: 1) creating a safe space, 2) sitting, not guiding, 3) talking through rather than talking down, and 4) remembering difficult is not the same as bad. These principles provide a basic framework for providing harm reduction services for someone who has chosen to experiment with psychoactive substances. Erica also discussed the acronym SPACE, which stands for sustainable, patient, authentic, consensual, and empathetic, with each of these terms playing a crucial role in effective harm reduction work. Sustainable refers to the emotional and energetic toll this work can take, and ensuring one isn't spread too thin and heading towards burnout. Patience is necessary when engaging with someone who is going through a challenging experience, especially when their needs are shifting or they are having difficulties communicating. Erica describes authenticity in the harm reduction context as staying grounded in one's training and expertise and not trying to improvise modalities while sitting. Consent is also crucial when providing care, and Erica explains how to approach this topic both in the context of a pre-planned psychedelic experience and when the opportunity for harm reduction arises more spontaneously. Finally the harm reductionist should strive to be empathetic, providing proactive support through open communication and attempting to meet needs as they arise. In this episode: * The four guiding principles of psychedelic harm reduction * Why romantic partners often don't make the best trip sitters * The intricacies of consent in a harm reduction setting * Dealing with burnout as a harm reduction professional * How to hold space in an authentic, empathetic way * Gamifying harm reduction Quotes: "Harm reduction is a movement for people who believe in human rights and dignity for anybody, including people who are actively using drugs." [5:31] "When we go into an altered state or use psychedelics, we are obviously shifting our perspective and therefore we need to make sure we have some safe things that can ground us back into our bodies and our experiences." [11:57] "If you are burning out and you are becoming someone who needs help, you're not actually holding the space to do the work." [19:32] "I think all psychedelic practitioners, whether you are above ground or underground, should provide informed consent to clients." [30:23] "The only things that we do with somebody who is that significantly altered is be patient with them, and wait for them to be able to make decisions for themselves." [36:29] "Make sure you're checking in about peoples' basic needs because they forget. And that could be the thing that shifts it onto the right direction for them." [49:54] Links: NEST Harm Reduction Psychedelic Medicine Association Porangui
52 min
Buddha at the Gas Pump
Buddha at the Gas Pump
Rick Archer
582. Daniel P. Brown
Dr. Daniel Brown has been a clinical and forensic psychologist for almost 50 years. He has been at Harvard Medical School for almost 40 years. He has been a student of, translator for, and meditation master in the Indo-Tibetan and Bon meditation tradition for almost 50 years. He has the only Western neuroscience study identifying the brain changes in the shift from ordinary mind to awakened mind. Books: Pointing Out the Great Way: The Stages of Meditation in the Mahamudra Tradition Transformations of Consciousness: Conventional and Contemplative Perspectives On Development (New Science Library) Self-Arising Three-fold Embodiment of Enlightenment: [of Bon Great Completion Meditation] Websites: pointingoutway.org drdanielpbrown.com mindonly.com attachmentproject.com Main points discussed in this interview: Whether enlightenment is correlated with ethical behavior. Enlightenment is a holistic development, where all lines of development have flourished. An explanation of the four clouds of the Heart Sutra. Establishing neurophysiological correlates of enlightenment. What does it mean to see the world as sacred? Development of multiple bodies serving different functions simultaneously (as a result of enlightenment). Has the Dalai Lama done this? A baseball player who trained by having tennis balls fired in a batting cage at 200mph. A discussion of the relative speeds of thinking, attention, and awareness. Is there a personal self or entity which reincarnates? An enlightened person can choose an incarnation rather than being mandated to a particular life by existing “memory traces”. Detailed discussion on the rainbow body and relics found in the cremation ashes of enlightened beings who have mastered rainbow bodies. The potential pitfalls of silent retreats. Not mistaking preliminary stages for more advanced stages. The only true test of realization is conduct, how you live your life, and how you treat other people. Witnessing The difference between ordinary and awakened awareness. Integrating awakened awareness into all other activity. Stages in the development of concentration. The process of releasing memory traces. What practices are good for a beginner? Eligibility requirements for different stages of instruction. Discussion of the Padmasambhava quote, “Although my awareness is as vast as the sky, my attention to karma is as fine as a grain of barley flour.” The importance of continuing vigilance after enlightenment. Do enlightened people all experience a universal, ultimate reality in the same way, or do different spiritual paths and personal tendencies result in enlightenment being different for different people? Can you do anything to get to non-doing? Conspiracies and cult mentality. The importance of cultivating discernment on the spiritual path. The importance of enlightened leaders. Can they be effective without an enlightened populace? Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group. Interview recorded January 10, 2021 Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
1 hr 49 min
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