Another episode of ATTMind Radio has come to fruit and I am happy to announce the guest is Jef Baker.
From his bio:
Jef is a Cultural Studies and Communications graduate from Southern Cross University. His thesis ‘A Thread in the Vine-The Deep Ecology of Contemporary Ayahuasca Discourse’ played an important role in his rediscovering the plant medicine path. Jef’s research interests are now centred on exploring the ritual aspects of the psychedelic experience and how entheogenic plants inform people’s notions of self, agency, identity and community in postmodernity. A particular focus is the way the integration process is critical in bringing about pragmatic change at the personal, cultural and social levels.
Jef and I initially met online and when I was blessed with the opportunity to be in Sydney, Australia to give a talk for the Sydney Spore, he and I met up for falafel and conversation. Starting with a discussion around the underlying themes and conflicts within the larger online Ayahuasca discourse, we quickly transition into discussing the somewhat elusive puzzle of what it means to ‘integrate’ one’s psychedelic experiences. In particular we discuss the role of community engagement and the difference between a change in perspective and a change in behaviour.
While touring Australia, I had the opportunity to sit down with Sebastian Job, Ph.D. Him and I originally met in 2014 through Rak Razam while we are all in Peru to study and work with the plant traditions down there.
He joins us to talk about his path from studying the psychology of racist Russian nationalists to the sociopolitical significance of entheogens. We discuss his personal journey with plant dietas, entheogens and the potential they hold as allies in advancing our local and global sociopolitical context, and his advancement of Terrence’s McKenna’s Stoned Ape Theory, which he calls Stoned Cyborg Theory (yes it is as awesome as it sounds, however not nearly as far out as you’d think).
It was a gift to have some a well read and articulate gust to the show and I’m sure you will enjoy this one.
Well, here are 17 questions and answers about enlightenment from professor, author, and host of The Entheogenic Evolution, Martin Ball Ph.D.
Unlike other episodes of the podcast, this is not an interview between Martin and I. It is a reading of one of his essays. It was initially released on his podcast a few years ago, which is where I first heard it. Unfortunately, when I tried to find it in order to share it with some friends, I found it out it had been taken down. I felt this an important piece of work and thus messaged Martin and was granted his permission to release it through ATTMind Radio. It offers some highly relevant, albeit tough to swallow, information for people in spiritual culture.
I was also given a bunch of Martin’s art work to play with in the video. Although my video editing skills are amateur at best, his art is fresh. Enjoy the journey.
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The somewhat painful emergence out of the the “Just Say No” fallacy of the Nancy Reagan DARE moment is underway at the cutting edge of festival and nightlife culture. In it’s place, Harm Reduction has come to the forefront as the next wave of drug education. But more than just drug education, Harm Reduction is a public health philosophy that basically says “people are gonna do risky things, might as well give them real, evidence based information to at least make informed choices, so as to minimize risk”.
On this episode of ATTMind Radio, we feature Paul Brooks. He is a journalist and founding member of Calgary Party Safe, a not-for-profit harm reduction organization. He is also manager of a popular downtown club in Calgary, Alberta, Communication Director for Bass Coast Music Festival, and a super great guy. He is on the show to explore not only the philosophy and evolution of harm reduction, but some practical information about staying safe when sampling psychoactives.