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What does it mean to reawaken ancestral wisdom and how does this connect with both the psychedelic renaissance and indigenous peoples?
This is what we are exploring in this episode of Adventures Through The Mind, with our guest Belinda Eriacho.
Belinda Eriacho is from the lineages of the Diné (Navajo) and A:shiwi (Pueblo of Zuni). Her maternal clan is One-Who-Walks-Around and she was born of the Zuni Pueblo people. She is the wisdom carrier, healer, and founder of Kaalogii LLC—which is focused on cultural and traditional teaching, inner healing—and an international speaker on various topics impacting Native American communities in the United States.
Additionally, Belinda is one of the founding members and a member of the board of directors of the Church of the Eagle and the Condor. She has also appeared on many podcasts on the topics of intergenerational trauma, cultural appropriation, and cultural appreciation, and healing with sacred plant medicines. Belinda is the author of numerous articles available on charuna.net.
You can find more of Belinda’s work here.
Also, this article is explicitly spoken to in the interview, Guidelines for Inclusion of Indigenous People into Psychedelic Science Conferences
I interview Belinda today on the intersection of the psychedelic renaissance and ancestral wisdom; connecting with our own ancestry; and what indigenous people bring to the psychedelic renaissance as well as the problems created by their absence.
We also talk about being in right relationship with sacred plants and where that does and doesn’t not overlap with recreational use; how to cultivate reciprocity with indigenous peoples in psychedelic movements; the value and importance of supporting ethical psychedelic companies; and how legislating psychedelic medicine may help support the healing of intergenerational trauma held by indigenous people in North America.
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The episode is sponsored by The Spirit Plant Medicine Conference, happening online and in Vancouver BC Nov 4-6
This year’s theme is “The Role of Psychedelics for a Planet in Transition” and they are featuring Dennis McKenna, Paul Stamets, Belinda Eriacho, Wade Davis, Chris Bache, Jeremy Narby, Laurel Anne Sugden, Jamie Wheal, and more.
The conference organizers have been wonderfully generous in offering the Livestream of the conference at no charge, all you have to do is register to get access.
Head to jameswjesso.com/spmc to learn more and register
If you want to attend in person, or purchase the VIP digital access, follow that same link and use the promo code JWJ to get 11% off your ticket
- Belinda’s offering of land acknowledgment
- Belinda Eriacho’s cultural lineage
- The meaningfulness of being able to openly speak indigenous languages
- Our indigenous ancestry lives on in our blood | awakening to our ancestry
- Connecting with our ancestry through the land, even if we no longer live on that ancestral land
- The reawakening of ancestral wisdom is underway
- The intersection of the Psychedelic Renaissance and Indigenous/Ancestral Wisdom
- The cultural and relational context needed to awaken ancestral wisdom | the different possibilities of ceremonial vs recreational psychedelic use
- What indigenous people bring to the psychedelic renaissance
- Discussing the potential value and losses of the “middle ground” of psychedelic use, neither fully
- recreational nor fully ceremonial
- Being in right relationship with sacred plants (and medicines)
- Holding even psychedelic chemicals with reverence
- Learning to deepen our relationship with all plants
- The music of the plants | training our gut feeling
- Connection, psychedelics, and the many levels of one’s being
- Psilocybin mushrooms are not a tool | additional value
- “Medicine” from a Native American perspective (is not the same as medication)
- The meaning of “understand” vs “innerstand”
- Two issues with indigenous people are not being included in the psychedelic renaissance
- Belinda’s thoughts on how to cultivate reciprocity with indigenous peoples
- The value of supporting ethical psychedelic companies
- Legislating psychedelic medicine and healing the intergenerational trauma of indigenous people
- We need to protect the spiritual element of psychedelic medicine
- Crazy;Wise (a documentary suggestion from Belinda)
- Why any of these actually matters
- Closing comments and a final invitation to listeners
- Follow up links and contact information
- Outro | Please support ethical psychedelic companies/organizations!