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Conversations With The Mind

By Shane LeMaster
We discuss a variety of interesting topics with interesting people in an effort to engage our collective Mind, experiences, and knowledge to raise the consciousness within all humans.
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Episode 98 - Sean McAllister - Chacruna, Many Selves, Shifting the Collective Consciousness

Conversations With The Mind

Episode 105 - Dr. Megan Oxley - Psychological Sources of Physical Illness, Location of Mind, & Collective Consciousness
Today on the podcast we speak with Dr. Megan Oxley about intergenerational teaching and learning, collective consciousness, and the psychological sources of physical illness.  She shares with us her path to becoming an emergency medical physician and her interesting pathways into the field of psychedelic healing.  Megan reflects on how both psychedelics and her love for studying consciousness have informed who she is and how she shows up as a mother.  What a fun and fascinating conversation with a total badass!!!  So come along and join me in another journey further into that which we all have but that none of us have figured out -- the deepest recesses of our consciousness, both individual and collective. Mind-Ops YouTube Page
July 12, 2022
Episode 104 - Dr. John Moos - Soul Surgeon, Soothing Our Suffering, The Human Condition
Today we speak with an amazing person, trauma surgeon, creator, father, and friend in Dr. John Moos.  We discuss the vastness and intricacies of the Human Condition.  We touch on his experiences as a trauma surgeon, his multiple online projects, and John tells us how he thinks about the human body, mind, and soul from the perspective of his Western Medicine training as well as through his upgraded spiritual lens after having experienced the Mystical directly through non-ordinary states of consciousness.  He and I share our love of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and we compare an contrast Colorado vs. Cali livin'. So sit back, crack your favorite beverage, and prepare yourself to blast off into the mind of another for a little while.  I hope you enjoy this one! It was super fun to make.   Mind-Ops YouTube Page  CMO | Greenlight Metamorphosis Center  LinkedIn | John Moos  Instagram @greenlight_metamorphosis   Writer | Dear John, MD  Instagram @dearjohnmd  TikTok @dearjohnmd  Facebook John Moos   Founder | I Am | Soul Surgeon  Instagram @iamsoulsurgeon   Managing Partner | Pardee Properties   Partner | Varro Venice   Link Tree
March 15, 2022
Episode 103 - Dr. Kylie Rogalla - 2nd Grade Reflections, Celebration in Grief, Post-Traumatic Growth
On today's mind-expanding episode we chat with Dr. Kylie Rogalla, another seeker of Universal Truths.  Kylie tells about her work exploring existential psychology and her own personal path of inner-exploration around the biggest existential questions we humans ask ourselves.  We talk about grief and anticipated grief and how we can move through the grieving process and many trauma-healing practices to find ourselves stronger than before.  This description is just scratching the surface, so strap in, hit that subscribe button, share the show link, and hit play.... You are about to take a ride you will never forget!   Mind-Ops YouTube Page
February 17, 2022
Episode 102 - Rafael Lancelotta - Non-Binary Experience, Life as a Persistent Stable Dream State
Today on this long-awaited episode I speak with return guest and dear friend Rafael Lancelotta.  I ask questions about the experiences Rafael has as a self-identified non-binary [Superstar* - added by me] individual.  Rafael tells me all about their recent research, experiences, and interests in the field of psychedelics and they tell us about their experiences as a new PhD student at Ohio States.  We discuss the importance of Social Work in the modern world and how it is needed now more than ever amidst a divisive tribal atmosphere in this country. Get yourself a cool drink, kick back in your favorite chair, and enjoy the show!! Mind-Ops YouTube Page *Please reach out to me via the above website if you wish to get in contact with Rafael ***Please support my friend Jeff Niccum's GoFundMe to help him battle his rare olfactory cancer since his insurance is not covering any of his treatments. Let's show the world that community compassion is still the best way to get our fellow man the help they need.  Power to the People!!
January 02, 2022
Episode 101 - Shivani Kaushik - Defining your own Life through the Contemplation on Mortality, Caged Consciousness
Today on the show we talk with multiple award-winning human, Shivani Kaushik.  Shivani is a friend and fellow Social Work PhD cohort member and comes to the show to discuss DEATH & DYING!!! Super spooky and timely for this Halloween season 2021.  But all fear-inducing stereotypical culturally stigmatized thoughts about death aside, Shivani tells me about her work to bring dignity to the dying in correctional settings and her work exploring the benefits and effects of peer-support inmate-to-inmate programs designed to ease and assist in the natural dying process when in incarcerated settings.  We discuss some aspects of her Canadian culture in comparison to the United States including the private prison industry, rehabilitative models of corrections, and punitive models of corrections.  We talk about how important it will need to be in the future that we begin talking about death in a more constructive and beneficial way, rather than the current cultural programming narratives. Mind-Ops YouTYube Page Shivani's Professional Bio  -
October 29, 2021
Episode 100 - Kevin Matthews - Human Rights, Mindlessness, Freedom, & Peak Experiences
Today, on the BIGGEST award-winningest 100th Podcast Episode premier deluxe release, we speak with friend of the show, Kevin Matthews.  Keven, a return guest, spoke a bit about re-democratizing aspects of politics through his new online platform  We talk drug policy and reform including touching on the subject of Legalization/Decriminalization/Regulated/Unregulated-or Both for future drug reform and Kevin shared with us about all of the different projects he has recently been active with.  Kevin and I share some personal stories of healing from recent and riff on the BIG existential questions!! You'll definitely want to get down on some of this today!! Hope you enjoy!   DO IT!!! PLEASE LIKE, SHARE, AND SUBSCRIBE!!!   Full Audio Version   Mind-Ops YouTube Page   @psukev  @votenature       ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA, FACEBOOK, AND INSTA
September 22, 2021
Episode 99 - Dr. Jen Currin-McCulloch - Mind/Body Connection, Gaining from Suffering, Grief/Loss/Hope/Meaning
On today's award winning episode of the Conversations With the Mind Podcast, we speak with very special guest Dr. Jen Currin-McCulloch.  Jen and I discuss the importance of the Mind-Body connection and find ourselves deep in the weeds discussing existential questions as well as discussing the concept of finding and living into one's life purpose.  Jen tells us all about her research into hope and meaning-making as well as her COVID research into the impact that pets have had on people during their time in isolation.  Super interesting!!!  We share our love for doggies too.  Jen and I also discuss how we can find benefit and positive gains from experiences of suffering if we can find ways to change how we think about challenging times.  Check it out! It was a super fun and informative conversation. Mind-Ops YouTube Page
August 29, 2021
Episode 98 - Sean McAllister - Chacruna, Many Selves, Shifting the Collective Consciousness
Today we speak with esteemed guest Sean McAllister.  Sean and I discuss his work as a lawyer focusing on cannabis and psychedelics and his work on numerous national decriminalization campaigns.  He and I discuss his long history of drug policy reform advocacy and the the struggles and successes of these ventures as well as what the future holds and how you, the listeners, can help move these issues forward.  Sean and I discuss his personal stories of trauma and healing through alternative states of consciousness and try to sort out the differences between Mind and Consciousness.  What a great show!!  Please like, share, and subscribe!! YouTube Mind-Ops Page
August 08, 2021
Episode 97 - Tiffany Banks - Mystical Experiences, Neurodiversity, Social Norms
Today we speak with esteemed guest Tiffany Banks.  Tiffany and I are both in the same PhD cohort at the School of Social Work at Colorado State University.  She specializes in research and advocacy for individuals who are neurodiverse, a much needed field of study.  Tiffany and I discuss her work in the field and then dig deep into my work on the Mystical Experience.  Tiffany has some great questions regarding my research topic that we sort through as I attempt to make it clearer for her and for the listeners what it is exactly that I am studying.  We discuss social norms in a changing society and talk to each other and the listeners about the importance of finding your passion in this life. Mind-Ops YouTube Page
July 23, 2021
Episode 96 - Sara Gael - Harm Reduction, Treating the Mind Like A Puppy, Psychedelic Horizons
Today we speak with esteemed guest Sara Gael with whom I serve on the Denver Psilocybin Policy Review Panel.  Sara and I talk about her psychedelic origins and what got her interested in the study of consciousness and the application of harm reduction strategies for challenging experiences.  We cover some of her amazing career working for MAPS (the Multi-Disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies), some of her ground breaking past projects, and some of her new and upcoming projects in this space.  We speak a bit about Astrology and connect on a number of different ideas as well.  I hope you enjoy it! PLEASE LIKE, SHARE< and SUBSCRIBE!! Mind-Ops YouTube Page
July 14, 2021
Episode 95 - Jason Sienknecht - Mind at Large, The Addiction of Mental Illness, Sacred Texts & Poetry
On today's fantabulous episode of the Conversations With the Mind Podcast, we speak with good friend, fellow Ketamine Therapist, and long-time explorer of Consciousness, Jason Sienknecht.  Wow, what an amazing show this was as we delved into the deep recesses of our individual and collective consciousness.  Jason reflects on his years of experience as a psychonaut exploring his and others' consciousness and he shares some of his most transformative stories of his journeys.  I ask Jason about his experience being a twin and if there are any instances of "strange happenings" between them through their shared genetic connections.  We talk about the modern addiction to mental illnesses in our Western Societies and how it is perpetuating continued individual and collective suffering at some of the greatest levels we've seen in history.  And lastly, Jason shares with us his passion for sacred texts and poetry and how it has helped him in his life for deeper self-understanding. Mind-Ops YouTube Page 
January 29, 2021
Episode 94 - Nicole Blanchette - Combat Athlete Research, Overcoming Sport Injuries through Sport Psychology, Community Neurosis
You're going to love this new episode of the Conversations With The Mind Podcast!!! Today we interview Nicole Blanchette, a PhD student working in the fields of clinical mental health and sport and performance psychology.  We talk about her current research project focusing on female combat athletes.  Nicole tells us about her more than 10 year experience with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai and her challenges in overcoming a double hip injury as well as other challenges.  We discuss her experience as a therapist both in New York City and how it compares to therapy work in a small town community and the possible factors underlying heightened numbers of mental illness in bigger cities.  What a fascinating conversation.  Thank you Nicole for sharing your extensive wisdom and knowledge. Full Audio Version Mind-Ops YouTube Page
January 23, 2021
Episode 93 - Milena Casamassima - Self as Devine Collective Energy, Building Empathy Through Community, & Masculinity vs. Toxic Masculinity
On today's award winning episode of the Conversations With The Mind Podcast, we speak with Milena Casamassima about her interests in Social Work and Public Health and how her interests have changed or been enhanced during the global pandemic.  We talk about different views and approaches towards COVID and the next phase of overcoming this virus.  She and I delve deep into our shared interest around drug policy reform, harm-reduction, and safe use sites as means to change our public perception of healthy drug use for our modern society.  We also dig into the idea of policing, not only for the drug war, but also in general and how policing is viewed and experienced differently by different groups of people in our country.  Lastly, i ask Milena about her opinions around the difference between healthy masculinity and toxic masculinity and we try to find a healthy pathway for everyone to embrace and promote healthy and productive manifestations of masculine energy in our changing world.  What a fun show!! Thanks Milena for joining us! Mind-Ops YouTube Page
January 15, 2021
Episode 92 - Dr. Jim Fadiman & Adam Bramlage - Your Symphony of Selves, Psychedelic Exploration in the 60s and 70s, and Psychedelics for Human Performance and Evolution
On today's AMAZING episode of the Conversations With The Mind Podcast, we speak with esteemed guests Dr. Jim Fadiman and Adam Bramlage in a whirlwind of consciousness topics.  Jim tells us both stories about his life and of the world of psychedelics back in the 60's and 70's up until today.  Jim discusses his newest book about Consciousness and the Self. Adam talks to us about his collaborations with Jim in the realm of microdosing and his company Flo State micro.  We talk about the healing potentials of altered states and even more exciting, the potentials that these states of being have for enhancing our everyday performance and evolution as humans in our lifetimes.  We go deep in this one and cover so many fun topics. So grateful to share virtual space with these two innovators of the mind.   Mind-Ops YouTube Page   @Jfadiman on Twitter
December 20, 2020
Episode 91 - Dr. Matthew MacKenzie - A Philosophical Journey Through Consciousness, Living a Wise Life, & Embodied Luminosity
On today's episode of the Conversations With The Mind Podcast I speak with my 'Metaphysics of the Self' professor at Colorado State University, Dr. Matthew MacKenzie.  Matt is the current Chair of the Philosophy Department at CSU and teaches a variety of interesting subjects including Metaphysics of the Self, Philosophy of the Mind, and takes much of his philosophical expertise from the Indian, Buddhist, and Contemporary Western Philosophical Traditions.  On today's show we discuss the Self and Consciousness at great depths and look at constructs such as; the Embodied Self, the Life-Mind Continuity Thesis, the Advaita Tradition of Indian Thought, and Emergence.  Matt talks with me about how he thinks 'Living a Wise Life' could look as a philosophy of living.  We parse out individualism and egoism and Matt tells me all about his upcoming book Embodied Luminosity which he is still writing and his personal philosophy of a multi-dimensional network-based self which is best explored through an interdisciplinary lens.  I hope you all enjoy this deep conversation and that you all find some value in the conversation. (for more of his publications) Mind-Ops YouTube Page
December 13, 2020
Episode 90 - Spencer Bath - America is Not the America You Think It Is, Deso-despair, Parasitic Magic
Ready to go on a ride within the mind of Spencer Bath?  Well today on the show that is exactly what we do.  We talk about dozens of alternative theories on history as well as on today's events which I found very compelling to think about and consider.  We talk about the possibility that COVID and the way it is being handled is a planned action against the human population meant to divide and isolate us and prepare us for an ushering of further future restrictions.  We talk all things mind-control and dig into the history around this malicious practice as well as how it is possibly being used in today's world through parasitic magic.  Spencer delves into numerous topics that surround the potential of a 'great reset' and the 4th industrial revolution which includes globalism, climate control, and ideas that have been presented by some of the world's richest and most influential figures that, on the surface seem good, but may have ulterior motives driving them which could be disastrous.  He talks about esoteric politics, it's roots, and how our voting is a form of signing away spiritual energy and consent so that others can use them as they wish.  This and so much more!! Lastly, we talk a lot of solution.  We attempt to reduce the attitude of fear towards these topics and promote greater awareness and personal and collective healing and give some strategies to do so. Fun times. Spencer - Mind-Ops YouTube Page
December 04, 2020
Episode 89 - Sean Lawlor - Ego Attachment, Integrating Heart & Mind, The Many Constructs of the Self
Today on this Pulitzer Prize winning episode of the podcast we speak with Sean Lawlor, a good friend, freelance journalist, and traveler of inner and outer worlds.  Sean and I talk about his journalistic endeavors and how he uses his fiction writing to not only aid in his personal exploration of his many selves as well as a tool for personal therapeutics, but how he utilizes his writing to assist others in their own similar processes.  We both share stories of consciousness exploration through our psychedelic adventures and tap into the monomyth, the great Hero's Journey that we all are living both individually and collectively to try to hack our stories for health benefits.  I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!!! Instagram - @seanplawlor Mind-Ops YouTube Page
November 13, 2020
Episode 88 - Adam Bramlage - Microdosing for Life and Performance, Practicing Daydreaming, Bringing the Universe to You
On today's award winning episode of the podcast we speak with Adam Bramlage about all things microdosing.  He discusses his company Flow State Micro and his efforts to both educate and coach individuals in their personal use of microdosing psilocybin both for healing and for physical, mental, and spiritual performance enhancement.  We dig into the many benefits of microdosing including but not limited to; enhanced creativity, enhanced problem solving, improvements in athletic performance, eliciting the FLOW state, and overall general mental health.  We discuss the origins of the wise mushroom as well as how humans co-evolved alongside and even from the mushroom.  We share stories of healing and trauma as well as sharing some laughs along the way.  I have met a true friend and brother in Adam and I hope you all will too!!  Please Like, Share, Donate, and Reach out to the others!!! Facebook - Flow State Micro                        Flow State Community                       Adam Bramlage Instagram - hummingbird_medicinals Mind-Ops YouTube Page
November 06, 2020
Episode 87 - Melanie Jimenez - Religion & Politics, Shadow Work, America is a Teenager
On this Nobel Prize Winning Episode we speak with superstar Melanie Jimenez.  Melanie is an Austrian-born badass and she come to the show to share her numerous perspectives on American culture, Consciousness, and Jiu-Jitsu among other topics.  We spend a good deal of time talking about the many ways in which the United States is just in its teenage years and how the American culture and political systems are viewed from other countries.  She and I talk about her 5-MEO-DMT experience and her ongoing but fruitful Shadow Work.  I also enlighten her on a few Sport Psychology concepts that are applicable to both sport and everyday life.  What a fun episode this was! And thanks Melanie for being such an amazing guest! Enjoy! And as always, please LIKE, SHARE, and SPREAD the word about the podcast!! Find Melanie on Facebook AND Instagram @ melschki_jimenez Mind-Ops YouTube Page
October 09, 2020
Episode 86 - Michelle Trumble - Shamanism, Women's Groups, Re-Wilding
What a pleasure to have Michelle as a return guest to the show! Today we dig a little deeper into her shamanic path.  She discusses her interests, healing, and organization of healing women's groups and widens my perspectives on the power of community.  We talk about her journeys through motherhood and how she tries to treat each day as its own ceremony.  Powerful! We talk about the need in our culture to re-wild ourselves to bring us into better balance and harmony, not only within ourselves, but also with nature and the world around us.  We talk balance in the context of a technological world and how we can reconnect with ancestral energies. What a fun conversation. Thanks Michelle for joining the show again. Mind-Ops YouTube Page
September 19, 2020
Episode 85 - Del Jolly - Your Children Are Not Your Children, Unlimited Sciences, Psychedelic Refugees
Today we speak with esteemed guest Del Jolly.  Del is a co-founder and director with Unlimited Sciences, a psychedelic research organization dedicated to studying the impacts of Decriminalization.  Del comes from a position leading business development for Charlotte’s Web Hemp oil, the world’s largest CBD oil producer. Del is currently on the community board of advisors to the Realm of caring, a high impact cannabis non-profit, and was the outreach director to the Decriminalize Denver campaign, which passed a historical initiative to decriminalize psilocybin in the city of Denver.  He is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (No-Gi) practitioner under the 10th Planet System.  He tells us all about his work with Unlimited Sciences and we delve into our shared passion for BJJ as well as the potentiality of mixing psychedelics with BJJ practice and competition.  Few consider the physical and mental performance enhancement potentials but we dig deep into some of the limited research on this topic as well as our own experiences and ideas for this marriage.  We talk about "Psychedelic-Informed Parenting" and how the use of psychedelics and the insights gained about reality and life can be integrated into an interesting and largely healthy parenting framework. What an interesting and informative conversation. Enjoy!! Del Jolly on Facebook Mind-Ops YouTube Page
September 12, 2020
Episode 84 - Christine Pateros - Honoring the Elements, Safety in Witnessing, Why Are You Doing What You're Doing?
Today we speak with friend and professional peer, Christine Pateros.  She is a Seeker and Seer and acts as a bridge between worlds in hers and others' lives. On top of that, Chris is a painter, a Western trained Registered Nurse, a Ketamine Psychotherapist and a psychedelic researcher.  She was trained in shamanic energy medicine by the indigenous peoples of Peru.  What a fantastic connection and conversation we had!  We get into the weeds about Ceremony and Ritual in medicine work and for use in general through our life experience, the healing potentials of altered states, and the possible landscapes of the spirit realms including all of thier otherworldly entity inhabitants.  Chris discusses her training in Peru under the close direction of indigenous shaman of the area.  We get into her work as a Medium and discuss alternative perspectives on Death that can bring us greater joy and compassion for ourselves and others as infinite beings in the most wonderful, yet finite vessels of experience.  I loved this one. It made my heart bigger. Enjoy!!! "Christina Peteros Art" on Facebook Mind-Ops YouTube Page
September 05, 2020
Episode 83 - Alyssa Gursky - The Path of the Bodhisattva, Healthy Skepticism, and Immersive Art
Today we speak with friend and professional peer, Alyssa Gursky.  Alyssa is an art therapist, an artist herself, and a psychedelic therapist working with Ketamine and Cannabis.  We had a lovely discussion about her experiences and adventures in Colorado as well as her path of growth and learning through her time at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.  We question whether this reality is actually one of the heaven realms, to be realized with a change in perception.  We discuss the times of COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, and some wonderful potentials in the world of alternative healing; much needed in a time of apparent,yet illusory divide.  We talk about her work within the immersive art world and her experiences of the famed Meow Wolf group, coming soon to Denver.  What a wonderful conversation with an awesome slice of Consciousness!!! Enjoy and share!! Mind-Ops YouTube Page
August 28, 2020
Episode 82 - Andrew Walsh - Formative Experiences, Harnessing Vibration, Sound Bathing
Today we speak with Andrew Walsh, a therapist in training specializing in sound therapies and psychosomatic modalities. He tells us about the science and healing potentials behind sound therapies and gives good advice for us all who are interested in using this available tool.  We go into some of the history of the science of sound and its uses across the ages for healing, architecture, and connection to the Gods! We distinguish between subconscious and unconscious and unfold deeper layers of the great mystery. Mind-Ops YouTube Page
August 21, 2020
Episode 81 - Mike Bidwell - Positive Spin on the Apocalypse, Martial Arts Beyond the Martial, and Trip that is Parenthood
Today we speak with esteemed guest, Professor Mike Bidwell.  He is a BJJ blackbelt and the mind, body, and soul behind FloLife BJJ both online and in his academy in Lakewood, Colorado and is the creator of BJJ after 40.  Mike and I went deep on this one and discussed all sorts of things ranging from: martial arts as a spiritual practice, warriorship in the modern age, BJJ philosophy and BJJ parenting, the intersections of BJJ/Psychedelics/Cannabis, and a positive spin on the current apocalypse.   We discuss the importance of learning from everyone on our journeys through this dimension and how we can make the most of it.  Enjoy folks! This one was super fun!   Full Audio Version  Mind-Ops YouTube Page Mike Bidwell Instagram/ Facebook & YouTube @bjjafter40 Main website: Instructional series available: The HeadHunter, The Bone Breaker & The Leg Strangler Available At:
July 17, 2020
Episode 80 - Ontorio Jackson - Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, and the Politics of the Modern World
Today we sit down for a deep conversation with friend Ontorio Jackson.  We address the state of society, politics, and human evolution.  Ontorio and I cover a wide range of relevant topics and come to some personal solution and action steps to affect positive change in our modern world.  Check it out! This is a good one!! Mind-Ops YouTube Page
July 10, 2020
Episode 79 - Kevin "The Soul Assassin" Ross - Doing the Difficult, Making the Moment Better, & Persistence
Today we speak with esteemed guest, Kevin "The Soul Assassin" Ross.  Kevin has long been one of my all-time favorite fighters previously having held numerous top-level Muay-Thai belts in countless promotions.  We discuss a great number of topics including but not limited to; embracing challenge, persistence and adversity, social conditioning and politics, psychological return from injury, and the insides of a fighter's mind.  He tells us about his upbringing and his path to get to where he's at, useful for us all.  Thanks Kevin for coming on the show! This was one of my favorite conversations yet! Mind-Ops YouTube page
June 26, 2020
Episode 78 - Dr. Scott Folkman - Mind as Commentator, Cultural/Ancestral Programming, & Meta-Consciousness
What a treat! Today we speak with dear friend, Dr. Scott Folkman.  Scott is a good friend of mine that shares interests in Jiu-Jitsu, Holistic Health, and the quest for Knowledge.  We go deeper into the discussion of meta-consciousness in this episode than we have ever gone before.  Truly mind-expanding!!  He and I discuss a number of topics including but not limited to; free-will, simulation theory, undoing intergenerational trauma, yoga, BJJ, and the habit traps we often fall into.  What a fun time!! Thanks Scott! Enjoy folks! ThisYogaJourney on YouTube Mind-Ops YouTube page
June 19, 2020
Episode 77 - Colby Kelly - Examining Whiteness, the 10,000 hour Idea, & Riffing on the Stream of Consciousness
We got to sit down today and speak with good friend, Colby Kelly.  A friend from the Jiu-Jitsu and MMA world, initially, we talk about the evolution of friendship and individual paths.  He and I discuss all sorts of aspects of consciousness and how it interacts with the human Ego.  We talk oppression, ancestry, spirituality, and many other subjects. Thanks Colby! This was a spectacular episode!! ColbyMKelly on Instagram Colby Kelly on Facebook Mind-Ops YouTube page
June 12, 2020
Episode 76 - Dylan Rivard - Silence, Balancing Masculine and Feminine Energies, & The Mental Health of a Pandemic
Today we speak with good friend of the show, Dylan Rivard.  Dylan and I go so deep into the idea of Consciousness in this one, traversing new territory.  He and I speak about balance in all aspects of life and in life beyond the body.  We discuss both masculine and feminine energies that reside in all of us and try to untangle the puzzle of harmony and balance around these forces.  We talk on all sorts of interesting topics including but not limited to Wiccanism, and Paganism in their original and beautiful forms and have a discussion about the return to these older forms of connection with ourselves and the Earth.  Thanks Dylan! This was a fun one! @dylanrivardcounseling on Facebook Mind-Ops YouTube page
June 05, 2020
Episode 75 - Mark Cunningham - The Four Shields Model, Nature-Based Therapies, & Beautiful Change Amidst COVID
Today we speak with very special guest, Mark Cunningham and dig deep into the idea of Consciousness.  We talk about numerous modalities to personal change and growth that often don't get enough attention.  He tells me about fatherhood and we discuss his past military experience.  What a great show!! Mind-Ops YouTube Page
May 29, 2020
Episode 74 - Katie Markley - Psychedelic Parenting, Necessary Suffering, & The Tools to Transcend
Today we speak with good friend Katie Markley about her work as a Ketamine and Somatic-based Trauma Therapist.  We discuss the necessity of suffering for certain types of personal growth and dig more deeply into Consciousness as a construct.  She and I share some stories of personal transformation as well.  She tells us about motherhood and what it is like to engage in psychedelic-informed parenting.  Lastly, we discuss the sometimes uncomfortable but necessary process of purging to cleanse and heal. Mind-Ops YouTube Page
May 12, 2020
Episode 73 - Dr. Cole Marta - Ketamine Therapies Comparison, Treatment Resistant Depression and The Mystical State, Trust and Surrender
Welcome back my little bundles of joy! Today on the Conversations With The Mind Podcast, we speak with esteemed guest Dr. Cole Marta.  Cole is a leading Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Practitioner, as well as a Psychedelic Researcher, holding leading positions on research teams in the Los Angeles area.  Today, we get into the differences between Ketamine-Therapy and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy delving into the realms of ethics and morality along the way.  He enlightens me on his personal take on the efficacy potentials hidden within the Mystical State Experience and how we might utilize trainable mental tools to extract the highest orders of learning from altered state content.   We go a bit deeper into the construct of Consciousness and Existential Purpose on a philosophical level and get into some of the details for integration and application of consciousness constructs into physical reality.  Ready to blow your mind once again?  Hope you like this one. Mind-Ops YouTube Page
April 27, 2020
Episode 72 - Nate Perkins - Cactus, Punk in the West, and A Man's Journey in a Van
Today we speak with an amazing guest in Nate Perkins.  Nate and I get into his life journey and how it intersects with the West, the desert, and cactus!  He shares his thoughts around his published books and speaks about the story behind the story.  He an I delve deep into cultural appropriation, chaos magic, and Western living. Books: Cactus - 2018, The Way Cities Feel To Us Now - 2019, Wallop - 2020 Mind-Ops YouTube Page
April 11, 2020
Episode 71 - The Arturo Complex - Collective Consciousness Creating Auditory Alchemy
Today we speak with very special guests Dylan Quick, Joe Hittle, and Josh Barratt of the Denver-based instrumental band The Arturo Complex.  These are the guys who created all of the music for the podcast so by now you should be familiar with some of their work.  We discuss their individual journeys of self-discovery and how their individual paths have helped to inform and create the musical alchemy they engage in today.  We talk about their new album, now available for streaming, and the process it takes for them to create such amazing work.  We talk about the intentions of sharing a message between musician and music listener and the non-verbal energetic collaboration the band engages in with their audiences.  Thanks for coming on the show guys! Mind-Ops YouTube Page The Arturo Complex on Facebook https://the
March 05, 2020
Episode 70 - Jason Vetrano - Detroit Techno in the 80's, Music as an Internal Vehicle, Music and Healing
Today we conversate with very special guest Jason Vetrano who holds an unusually refreshing wealth of musical experience and knowledge.  We delve into many topics related to music's ability to transform consciousness and its many uses as an intentional tool for change processes and healing.  Jason delights us with his memories and experiences of the start of the techno genre of music in Detroit during the 80's and the role he played in it.  He shares his experiences of collective consciousness during music events and how he literally reads the energy off the crowd to taylor his musical prescription to the needs of the group.  What an informative and exciting talk! Thanks Jason! Mind-Ops YouTube Page
February 26, 2020
Episode 69 - Brad Smith - The Potential of Nothingness, Cultural Appreciation, Trusting The Pull
Today we speak with return guest Brad Smith after his return from Peru and his "Jungle Journey."  We go super deep into the nature of Consciousness and delve into other related topics such as; Shamanism, Counselling, Conscious Dying, and the idea of a Western Altered States Culture.  Brad tells us how his ideas about consciousness, tradition, and ritual have changed since returning from his international trainings and self-explorations.   He shares with us how we can attempt to maintain clarity and grounding in our daily modern lives after reflecting on our past.  And I get some of my existential shit worked out on the air as Brad and I pick apart some of the hardest questions we all ask ourselves from time to time about the nature of existence. Mind-Ops YouTube Page
February 19, 2020
Episode 68 - Jessica Breemen - I Love LOVE, Risk Reduction & Benefit Maximization, Drug Policy, and Collective Awakening
Today we speak with Jessica Breemen, active member of PRaTI (Psychedelic Research and Training Institute), a board member of DanceSafe, and a Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy training program developer about a huge range of topics.  We spend nearly the entire first half rapping about Consciousness and our own formative Awakening experiences.  The second half is full of great information about drug policy reform efforts, our psychedelic vision for the future of humanity, and the role that Social Work plays in the new revolution of consciousness expansion.  One of the most fun podcasts to date!! Enjoy! Mind-Ops YouTube Page
February 13, 2020
Episode 67 - Dr. Michael Winkelman - Consciousness as Knowing, Shamanism, Neurophenomenology, and Genetic Epistemology
Today we speak with esteemed guest Dr. Michael Winkelman, a well published author on Consciousness.  He and I connect across the equator while he speaks to us from Brazil, his home for the last 10 years.  We talk shop on Consciousness and how it interacts and utilizes the mechanisms of the human brain to channel experiential phenomena.  We attempt to cover a great deal of the BIG existential questions about existence and our purpose here at this time in space and do a pretty good job in only an hour.  This one will need to be unpacked through more than one listening and examination.  Enjoy!!! Mind-Ops YouTube Page
February 06, 2020
Episode 66 - Dr. Rob Colbert - Unseen Aspects of Mind, Conversations with Altered Minds, NOWAK Society Origins and Current Projects, Western Psychedelic Culture
We delve deep into so many great topics on this one! Dr. Rob Colbert and I try to tackle BIG questions such as; Is any of this even real? Can we enhance communication through shared altered states? and How can we examine the unseen aspects of ourselves for enhanced growth?  Rob tells us all about the origins of the NOWAK Society, a non-profit dedicated to education and forward movement in the social consciousness and he shares about his current projects.  We discuss the importance of establishing a "Western Psychedelic Culture" so as to refrain from appropriating to the maximum extent possible.  Hope you like this one! We had fun making it! Mind-Ops YouTube Page 
January 29, 2020
Episode 65 - Dr. Dustin Dippen - Perspectives from an Integrative Psychiatrist, Collective Sharing of Consciousness around Common Goals, Energetics and Networks
Today we speak with Dr. Dustin Dippen about his formative experiences that led to his current interpretation of medicine and Consciousness.  We delve into his younger years and discuss how we change over time based on new information and the social constructions we are conditioned by.  Several pathways out of contemporary suffering are reviewed and some novel theories of mental and physical constructs are attempted by yours truly. Enjoy!! Mind-Ops YouTube Page Contact Dustin - 1-(802)-316-8116
January 22, 2020
Episode 64 - Dr. Dennis McKenna - Insightful Experiences of "Other" Consciousness, Plants as the Dominant form of Consciousness, Decriminalization, The Future of The Mind
Today we speak with esteemed guest Dr. Dennis McKenna about a great number of deep topics including his personal experiences of the living plant cycles and their influences on the Earth and Human Consciousness, We discuss how we can talk about deeper issues with the masses to raise collective Consciousness, and the Future of the Mind.  We delve in and discuss the Decriminalization efforts as a pathway to greater freedom over individual Consciousness as well as a couple of his books that have helped shape my own understanding of this vast inner world.  We discuss the Philosopher's Stone and other gateways to a deeper understanding of our realities. Enjoy folks!! Mind-Ops YouTube Page
January 15, 2020
Episode 63 - Ronald Wilder - We All Use Drugs, Destigmatization, Visualization for Success, Inner Explorations of an Introvert
Today we speak with Ronald Wilder about his personal growth as a self proclaimed shy introvert and how he is transforming his connections with others and the world around his by challenging his own fears and nerves.  We talk about his applications of mental hacks and tools to enhance his success both inside and outside of combat sports competition.  And we delve into the wonderful world of self-modification and altered states seeking through drugs we all use.  Interesting stuff. Hope you enjoy!! Mind-Ops YouTube Page
January 08, 2020
Episode 62 - Autumn Young - Social Connections, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Thinking for Yourself, and Anarchy
Today we speak with Autumn Young on a wide range of topics including the importance of making social connections and leaving others uplifted, challenge as a necessary part of personal growth, and her experiences recently in Asia.  She speaks about her parental influences being raised by her father, how it has shaped her personality, and how it has influenced her passion for criminal law and juvenile diversion, to include her desires towards adoption.  We speak to the importance of thinking for yourself outside of cultural programming and the linkages between human rights and the anarchist perspective.  Much much more too!! Mind-Ops YouTube Page
January 02, 2020
Episode 61 - Dr. James Fadiman - The Godfather of Microdosing
Today we speak with the Godfather of Microdosing, Dr. James Fadiman.  We cover a few of his writings as they relate to consciousness and the inner selves that we all have.  We discuss the nature of consciousness and how the use of psychedelics in both micro and macro doses can produce amazing, long-lasting, positive changes in peoples' lives.  He and I chat about the use of microdosing in sports and specifically the combat sport of Jiu-Jitsu and the implications that these micro-technologies can have for evolving the human being.  We cover the issues of prohibition as well as restrictions being imposed on our innate human freedoms, including the freedom over our own minds and connection to the spirit.  He ends by informing us all of the pitfalls to avoid in the new psychedelic renaissance as well as his outlook for the future of Mind Studies. Mind-Ops YouTube Page
November 14, 2019
Episode 60 - Micheal "Sully" Sullivan - Deconstructing Power, Oppression, Tribalism, and Cultural Pride
We talk with long time friend and mentor, Michael "Sully" Sullivan.  about a variety of highly relevant topics in modern culture.  We cover topics such as ethnic and cultural identity, ethnocentrism, generational education, and barrier to human evolution.  Sully and I rehash the beginnings of my MMA/Sambo?BJJ journey as he was my first real martial arts coach.  We discuss "the old ways" and "hard" vs' "soft" training and the influence of age on the use of these methods.  He breaks down for us what it means to be a warrior in today's world and what it means to get serious about training. Sambo 1 The Viking in Vahalla Podcast Mind-Ops YouTube Page
November 13, 2019
Episode 59 - Neil & Kamilla Yazdandoost - "Vegetarians that Hate Animals"
Today we talk with an old college friend and his new wife.  They were married the day we recorded and my wife and I were the first couple to have dinner with them after being married.  An interesting conversation, we traverse a variety of topics speaking about the military, spirituality, higher states of being, and connection.  Kamilla shares her perspective on current issues of interest after having been raised under communism in Hungary.  Neil and I reconnect and share stories of growth since the last time we saw each other over a decade ago.
November 12, 2019
Episode 58 - Rosie De La Fuente - Faith and Work with Challenging Others
In this episode we speak with Rosie about her personal take on faith and how she pulls strength from it to support her conscious experience of reality and conectedness with others.  She talks about her work as a para-professional working with at-risk youth and their many unique needs.  She talks about her approaches to overcoming her own internal struggles and gives key advice on navigating relationships with joy and success.   We touch on her journey through the martial arts and the many benefits she receives in relation to her daily conscious experience.
October 22, 2019
Episode 57 - Adam Williamson - Perspectives from A Childhood Friend
In this episode Adam and I talk about corporate america pros and cons from an insider and Adam's transition out of that world into small family business. We share lots of funny memories from our childhood together and Adam talks about the masks he wore back then before he knew himself.  Adam opens my mind and helps educate me on the perspective of a gay man in modern U.S. society and the challenges he faced in figuring out who he was and how to live in better alignment with his Truth. We discuss the importance of mentorship experiences in identity formation and healthy growth as a human and lastly discuss our strategies for the potential of a Zombie Apocalypse. Mind-Ops YouTube Page The "Conversations With The Mind" Podcast
October 12, 2019
Episode 56 - Jeremy Hastings & Tyler Alan - Connections, Challenges, and Growth
Today we speak with Jeremy Hastings and Tyler Alan.  Warriors in their own respects, they bring an amazing viewpoint to the show as we explore topics such as Microdosing in Sport, Cannabis & BJJ Culture, Plant Intelligence and their ability to communicate with humans, and Personal Growth through Challenge Experiences.  Jeremy and I rehash a little of our Jiu-Jitsu Pro Match last February where we battled it out on the big stage, with a little help from our molecule friends.  What an amazing show full of great new information to integrate and connect up to our shared knowledge-base! Mind-Ops YouTube Page
October 02, 2019
Episode 55 - Lauren Ciovacco - Many Levels of The Mind
Today we talk with very special guest and fellow Mental Health Practitioner, Lauren Ciovacco about his education at Purdue in Neuropsychology and Naropa University in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology.  He and I talk at length about a variety of concepts in Buddhism that help to map Consciousness.  Lauren talks about the various paradigm shifts in his mind and perceptions of reality as he transitioned through addiction, violence, and self-deception into scholarship, innovation, compassion, fatherhood, and Truth.  We go really deep on this one so buckle up! You may want to listen to it a number of times to get the full detail of the conversation. Mind-Ops YouTube Page
September 20, 2019
Episode 54 - Christopher Jimenez - Loving Others
We speak with Christopher Jimenez about his initial experiences in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and how he is already seeing profound shifts in his life for the better after only four months. We chat about his multicultural background and the cultural influences that still stick with him to this day as well as how he has shaped large aspects of his own path such as his spirituality through the Christian faith. We talk about humor, heaven, and his passion for gaming. Check out Chris's video game streaming and help support stroke victims at the link below!\ryuzakiL12 Mind-Ops YouTube Page
September 10, 2019
Episode 53 - Ben Mangina - Shaping Your Destiny
We chat with Ben Mangina about his adoption and practice of Native American Spiritualism and how it has changed how he thinks about reality and consciousness. He shares his experiences in Mastery around drumming, injury rehabilitation mindset, and seeking moderation. We touch on Collective Consciousness and Ben tells us about his website and mobile app building business 7xMoble. Mind-Ops YouTube Page.
August 29, 2019
Episode 52 - Jarl Endrez - Human Biocomputer
We talk with Jarl Endres today about a wide range of topics including: Neuroscientific Frontiers, Neuroprogramming, The Power of Belief, and Nordic Mythology. You won't want to miss this one!! AND Mind-Ops YouTube Page
August 22, 2019
Episode 51 - Ryan DeHart - Bombshell Tattoo
We speak with a long time friend and my tattoo artist since I was 18, owner and operator of Bombshell Bodyworks and Custom Tattoo in Greeley, Colorado, Mr. Ryan DeHart. We discuss a wide range of cosmic and mind-bending topics all while he drills into my skin millions of times over the course of 4 hours. Enjoy folks!!!
August 13, 2019
Episode 50 - Coleman Manchester - Keepin' It Real Real
We talk with my Cousin and life-long role-model, Coleman Manchester about his lifestyle as a professional dirt-bike athlete, a father, and as an all around good dude. We discuss how we both overcame traumatic injuries in our careers and how we've come out stronger from it. And we touch on how kindness and a little extra effort in chance encounters with strangers can lead to some of the most wonderful relationships and experiences.
July 25, 2019
Episode 49 - Reilly Capps Stocism on the Wave of Reality
We chat with Reilly about his experiences as a drugs reporter for the Rooster Magazine as well as his experiences as an EMT, witnessing and confronting other peoples' crisis. He talks about his work, shapeshifting in and out of eclectic groups. And he speaks to his beliefs about Consciousness, reality, and life from a Stoicism point of reference. @reillycapps on Twitter Mind-Ops YouTube page
July 20, 2019
Episode 48 - Avery & Jake Sage
We talk to this fighter couple about their own individual concepts around Consciousness and how they came to form their views and beliefs.  We discuss both of their interesting professions and how their training and experiences have colored their perceptions about reality.  Lastly, we discuss martial arts, philosophy, spirituality, and a number of other important and interesting topics!!! 
July 16, 2019
Episode 47 - Matt Vogel - Snow Frogs "Rip-It"
Today we talk with Matt Vogel, perhaps my best friend from college at the University of Colorado. We talk about memories of the past, life transitions, and married life. What a fun discussion on a variety of status-quo societal circumstances.
July 07, 2019
Episode 46 - Abdul Wilkins "The Bean Town Ghetto Shaman"
We welcome The Bean Town Ghetto Shaman to the show and discuss Martial Arts Philosophy Differences Between the "Softer" and "Harder" Arts, Finding and Using the Flow of an Opponent's Energy, and Learning to See Your Opponent as Your Greatest Teacher.   Abdul shares his family history and his Journey to Becoming a Seeker of Spiritual Knowledge, Holistic and Natural Treatments, Reiki, and Urban Shamanism.  Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation are discussed and we talk about Actual Time Travel Achieved Through The Mind Space.  And we share a Spirited Conversation about Different Cultural Uses and Stigmas for Psychoactive Molecules, Use in Infants and Youth, and Psychedelically-Informed Parenting.  What a Life, what a Journey, Listen in and Learn from a Life Full of Experience. 
June 18, 2019
Episode 45 - Patrick Gorman - Geometry of Consciousness in The Vacuum
We speak with Patrick about the Geometric Nature of the Cosmos and Consciousness and the Possibility that Consciousness is the Transition Space Between Action Potentials in an Infinite Web of Holographic Possibility.  Patrick share his Accumulated Knowledge around Vibration, Frequency, and Sound Science and we get into the Healing Implications of Tapping Into These Spectrums of Energy.  And lastly, we delve a bit into Martial Arts Philosophy from a Metaphysics and Quantum Physics Perspective and Compare Mental Strategies Between Judo and Jiu-Jitsu. 
June 18, 2019
Episode 44 - Joe Moore - Mind/Brain Delineated, The Psychedelic Nature of Everyday Existence, Compassion Informed Rehabilitation
We talk to Joe Moore from Psychedelics Today about the Theory of Mind and particularly the Delineation of the Brain and Mind. We speak about the Recent HUGE Shifts in Colorado Drug Policy and What This Means for Our Future and His Role as an Educator to the Masses. Lastly, we discuss the Systems of Group-Mind and Collective-Mind and Share many Inspiring Pop Culture Influences on Our Individual Journies to Explore the Limitless Inner-Worlds. Mind-Ops YouTube page
May 29, 2019
Episode 43 - Dr. Christopher Bader - Performance-Oriented Lens, Preventative Mental Health, and The Nature of Escapism
Today we speak with Dr. Christopher Bader and Share Stories on how we became interested in Exploring the Mind and Finding Deeper Meaning and Understanding Through a Performance-Oriented Lens.  We Share Ideas on Preventative Measures We Can Take and Teach to Improve Mental Wellness and Reduce Instances of Mental Disturbance or Disharmony.   Chris talks about his personal interest in The Relationships We Hold Dear and Improving How We Relate To Ourselves.  Existential Questions are Unpeeled Even More in this Episode and we attempt to tackle the Age Old Behavior/Mental Construct of Escapism.
May 28, 2019
Episode 42 - Brad Smith - Losing One's Mind to Find One's Heart, The Path of the Medicine Man, and Finding Balance Through Healthy Relationships
Today we speak with Brad Smith about his Experiences and Insight around Losing One's Mind through a variety of means in order to Find a Deeper Connection and Relationship with our Heart Space.  He talks about his own Journey through his Exploration of Mind and how his Path has unfolded into his pursuits now as a Medicine Man and through Rites of Passage.  He speaks to how he has found that Seeking Extremes Pays Little in comparison to Finding Proper Balance Between Masculine and Feminine Energies and how we can all Seek to Find Harmony in our Relationship To Everything we come into contact with. Mind-Ops YouTube Page
May 23, 2019
Episode 41 - Cody Weese - Unpacking and Unraveling Inner-Space, Differing Psychotherapeutic Theories
We welcome Cody Weese back to the show as we Unpack and Unravel Meanings Within Our Inner-Space. He and I discuss Differing Psychotherapeutic Theories and Approaches to The Psyche. Among many other topics discussed, Cody and I Explore Answers to Life's Deepest Existential Questions and The Importance of the Questions Themselves.
May 20, 2019
Episode 40 - Kevin Matthews - Finding Freedom From Systematized Trauma, The Path To Decriminalize De
We speak with Kevin Matthews, former Campaign Director for the Denver Psilocybin Initiative, about his Political and Personal Journey to Successfully Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms in Denver after Decades of Unjust and Unwarranted Legal Persecution of Mushroom Users. He discusses his path Through and Beyond his Childhood Dreams of Military Service and how he Overcame his own Depression through Psychedelic-Guided Insight and Integration. We talk about Initiative 301 and what that means for the Future of Psychedelic Medicine, he shares about How To Overcome Barriers to Drug Policy Change, and speaks on Being Responsible with This Wonderful Opportunity We've All Fought So Hard For!!! Congrats Denver!! And Congrats Kevin!! Mind-Ops YouTube
May 13, 2019
Episode 39 - Tom Martin - Maturing Into Ourselves, Fear-Based Mindsets, and Creating Our New "Normal"
Today we explore Three Different Frameworks to Approach The Mind and Tom shares his insights through a Competitive Downhill Mountain Biking lens.  Tom and I attempt to define aspects of Maturity and share experiences around Redefining a New Normal for ourselves, avoiding Fear-Based Mindsets, and Orienting Towards the Silver Linings in Life.  We are all on this personal journey to discover, to awaken, to self-actualize and with every interaction and experience we gain one more piece to the puzzle.  
May 06, 2019
Episode 38 - Master Sylvio Da Matta Behring - A Master's 53 Year Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Journey, Strivi
We talk with Master Sylvio Behring about his 53 years thus far in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, share stories, and speak about Jiu-Jitsu in the early days of its development. He discusses various Spiritual Experiences he's had and how Surfing and BJJ have provided Wholeness in his life. He shares some Wisdom for Life through BJJ Philosophy and speaks to the various Martial Arts Mindsets.
May 01, 2019
Episode 37 - Daniel McQueen - Working With Our Fractalized and Wholistic Selves, Pure Consciousness, and the Spiritual Use of Cannabis
Today we chat with Daniel McQueen about his Breathwork and Spiritual Cannabis Work at Medicinal Mindfulness. We go deep into the Meaning of the Self and its relationship to Pure Consciousness. And we cover our personal growth through our own Explorations in the Landscapes of the Mind.
April 27, 2019
Episode 36 - Michelle Trumble - Transformational Breathwork and the Internal Visionary Experience, Shadow-Work Defined, and the Subjective Experience of Memory
We talk with Michelle Trumble about her work as a Transformational Breathwork and Shadow-Work Facilitator as she breaks down the Practices for us. We rehash some childhood memories and discuss the Subjectivity and Innacuracies of Memory in the Mind. Lastly, Michelle discusses how a Significant Trauma in her youth has helped Shape Who She Is Today.
April 18, 2019
Episode 35 - Adriane Ehmann - Mentally-Engaged Recovery and the WTF Yoga System, Muay Thai Culture in Thailand, and Finding Total Mastery through Acceptance and Connection
We talk with Adriane Ehmann, creator of the WTF Yoga System about Yoga Philosophy and how to be more Mentally Engaged in one's Physical Recovery Efforts. She tells us a great deal about some of the cultural intricacies in the Muay Thai Fighting Culture in Thailand. And she and I get deep into Conversation around Consciousness and Achieving Total Mastery through Acceptance and Connection rather than Control.
April 16, 2019
Episode 34 - Pow Srikachorn - Street Smarts to Counter-Terrorism, Building a Martial Arts School on New/Old Values, and Engaging the Playful Mindset
We talk with Pow about his upbringing as a first generation immigrant and his experiences through bullying and self-discovery, his early street education as a "hustler" and his commitment to something greater after 9/11.  We discuss his exciting military career as a former Counter-Terrorist Operations Analyst for United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and how he found Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through his time overseas.  He discusses his new venture, the opening of The Compound BJJ Muai-Thai Combatives in Washington DC and how he is applying a new and novel reexamination of the martial arts philosophy around bringing together knowledge from any and all arts as the Mission of The Compound. Lastly, Pow shares his strategies on maintaining a playful mindset and gives us all a piece of advice to not take life and ourselves too seriously because after all, it is only a game.
April 11, 2019
Episode 33 - Natas - What a Life WTF Episode
We talk with my hippie friend Natas about his crazy life and the lessons he has derrived from it. Gangs, Drugs, Jail, Government Conspiracy, The Mob, and Crystal Mining are just some of the topics we explore.
April 10, 2019
Episode 32 - Dustin Taylor - Meditation During Lucid Dreaming, Imagination vs. Intelligence, and Moving from Knowing to Understanding
We talk with Dustin Taylor about all sorts of meditation practices including Meditating While Lucid Dreaming. Dustin and I discuss Einstein and his thoughts on the utility of Imagination vs. Intelligence. And we delve into the topic of human growth potentials as we share personal experiences of moving from Knowing to Understanding.
April 04, 2019
Episode 31 - Galen and Kali - Transferrable Life Lessons, Mind-Muscle Connection, and Battling National Leaders
We speak with my wife Kali again and welcome to the show our Strength and Conditioning Coach Galen. Topics such as nutritional health and physical conditioning are discussed as well as how we can improve our Mind-Body Connection to enhance performance and enjoyment. We briefly throw around the idea of one-on-one battles between national leaders and touch on our acquiring of transferrable trainable values and skills.
March 31, 2019
Episode 30 - Professor Peter Iacavazzi - World Champion Jiu-Jitsu Journey, Black Belt Mindset vs. Champion Mindset, and Getting the Most Out of Our Journey
We speak with Professor Peter Iacavazzi about his lineage and journey through a 30 year Jiu-Jitsu career that has led to Numerous World Titles. He shares with us his conceptualization of Black Belt Mindset and compares it to Champion Mindset. Lastly, he talks about his Special Operations and High-Risk Law Enforcement Combatives Training Program (5x5 Mission Ready) and how he is helping to bring our military and police home safely.
March 08, 2019
Episode 29 - John Hendrix - Psychological Rehabilitation from Injury, Social Psychology, and Human Growth Potentials
We talk with John Hendrix about his study of Eco-System Science and Sustainability at Colorado State and how our paths to our passion is not always clear at first. Jiu-Jitsu enters the conversation again as we talk about how its benefits transfer to everyday life and how we have made psychological recoveries from serious injuries. Lastly, we take it back to John's origins in Georgia and discuss differences in cultural conditioning.
March 03, 2019
Episode 28 - Spencer Bath - Organics and Soil Health, Nurturing Every Biome, Healing Through Interdimensional Balance
We welcome back Spencer Bath to enlighten us on Organic Horticulture and the importance of Soil Health. We also spend some time exploring our Programs of Conditioning and the process of Breaking Maladaptive Modes. We talk about finding Healing and Balance through accessing our Spiritual Self, our Inner-verse in an effort to Inner-stand!
February 21, 2019
Episode 27 - Dr. Scott Shannon - Modern Consciousness Theory and Exploration, Reprogramming Our Minds for Optimal Experience and Performance, and Enhanced Learning through Ketamine-Assissted Psychotherapy
We talk with Dr. Scott Shannon about his research and work as a psychiatrist at the Wholeness Center We discuss the shifting treatment paradigm away from reducing symptoms towards a more evocative model of treatment through evoking new consciousness experiences in the reprogramming of the mind. Lastly, we touch on cognitive enhancement techniques to improve learning, the enhanced regulation of mind and body, and to enrich our everyday human experience.
February 16, 2019
Episode 26 - Chris Manchester - Exploring and Pushing the Edge, Leaving Our Mark, and Strength in Vulnerability
We talk with lifelong extreme-living enthusiast and my literal cousin, Chris Manchester about his adventures across the world and some of the life lessons he's brought back to share. We also discuss the idea of pushing our Edges in Life to grow and to more fully take advantage of this rare gift. Lastly we speak to the power and fear that lies within vulnerability and the richness that comes in the love we receive.
February 04, 2019
Episode 25 - Michael Sullivan - Warriorship Across the Ages, Combat Philosophy, and The Breakdown of Morality and Values
We talk with Micheal Sullivan about both historical and modern Warriorship, the loss of Morality and Values in a changing culture, and touch on Rites of Passage. We also delve into Sully's life journey and how they have shaped his understanding of himself, others, and the idea of Consciousness.
January 28, 2019
Episode 24 - Rafael Lancelotta - New and Exciting Progress in Psychedelic Research, Somatic Therapies, and Healing Through Relationship and Connection
We talk with Rafael Lancelotta about his research and work within the field of psychedelics, and his Cannabis-Assissted and Ketamine-Assissted Therapy work in Denver, CO. We discuss the Knowing of Consciousness through Present-Moment Experience. Lastly, we delve into the power of Relationship and Connection in Self-Healing.
January 17, 2019
Episode 23 - Dr. Carlos Garcia - The Depths of Psychedelia, Consciousness as an Operating System, and the Malnurishment of a Species
We talk with Dr. Carlos Garcia about his last three years exploring 11 different psychoactive medicines, a deep well of experience and insight indeed. We dissect the idea of consciousness as an operating system. And we talk about the holistic malnurishment of the current human condition.
January 14, 2019
Episode 22 - Kali LeMaster - Thailand Honeymoon Adventure!!
Kali and I recap our two week Thailand Honeymoon. We go day by day and share our adventures, the rich history we learned, and the lessons we have brought back. We hope we can share some different culture to broaden our understanding and application of compassion, common sense, and curiosity. Enjoy!
January 12, 2019
Episode 21 - Radwyn Sawer - The Nature of Existence, Healing Ourselves, and Vibrational Science
We talk with Radwyn about the nature of mind, body, spirit, frequency and vibration. We discuss the complexities of morality and the current state of affairs in the world. Lastly, we touch on human potentials for evolution to higher states of being by tapping into innate but perhaps forgotten skillsets.
December 29, 2018
Episode 20 - Scott - Transformative Vision Questing in a Bus, Pushing Our Potentials and Knowing Our Limitations, Theories of Existence
We talk with Scott again today and discuss his journey of self discovery across the continent in a bus, realizations and transformative experiences along the way, and his return to society. We also discuss his new journey through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and finding balance between our feminine and masculine energies.
December 03, 2018
Episode 19 - Peter - Growing Up In Vietnam, A Hero's Journey To America, and Martial Arts Philosophy
We talk with my good friend Peter who hails from Vietnam. He tells us about his upbringing and details some key differences in cultural ideology. We discuss the value of freedom and the inborn desires to follow our dreams.
November 26, 2018
Episode 18 - Simone Shepard - Transcending Limitations, Relearning Forgotten Connections, and Healing Oneself
We talk with Simone Shepard about her path of self discovery through meditation, spiritual connection, and psychedelic medicine work and touch on rediscovering our lost abilities to heal ourselves from anything. We also discuss our journeys to "the other side" and the lessons we've brought back.
November 19, 2018
Episode 17 - Courtney King - Knowing Oneself, Fighter Lifestyle, Sacrifice
We talk with the Lion King about her inner dialogue and techniques she uses as a professional fighter to maintain productive mindsets. She also breaks down her martial arts journey so far and talks about sacrifices that one must make to achieve a vision.
November 07, 2018
Episode 16 - Cody Weese (Part 2) - Untapped Human Potentials, The Fixed-Mindedness Pitfalls, and Opening Ourselves to Change
In part 2, we talk with Cody about human potentials and how we hold ourselves back with patterns of limited thinking, how to overcome Fixed-Mindedness, and how to move ourselves and humanity towards greater self-knowledge.
November 05, 2018
Episode 15 - Cody Weese (Part 1) - A Neuroscientific Perspective on Consciousness, College Dorm Stories, and the Benefits of Therapy
We talk to Cody about how his Neuroscientific training influences his conceptualization of consciousness. We share some of our college dorm stories, to always/never be remembered. And we discuss the benefits of therapy for personal growth.
November 05, 2018
Episode 14 - Jerome Caro - Industry, The Nature of Consciousness, and a Beginner's Perspective of Jiu-Jitsu for Optimizing Potentials
We talk with Jerome Caro about his experiences in industry, his take on the nature of Consciousness, giving back more than we take from the world, and how he has benefitted from and evolved through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
October 14, 2018
Episode 13 - Brandon Talbot - Finding Your Passions and Becoming Obsessed, World-Level Competition, and Future Potentials for Mental Training
We talk with Brandon Talbot, NASM CPT, PES, CES, MMACS, about his story transforming from a life of laziness and disconnect into a Professional World Level Athlete and overall badass now experiencing a life of fulfillment and true connection. We discuss mental tips, tools, and personal experiences that have helped us compete at the highest levels.
October 10, 2018
Episode 12 - Dr. Joe Miles - A Path of Self-Discovey, Getting Into the Minds of Our Opponents, and Overcoming Pain with The Mind
We talk with Dr. Joe Miles, a Professional MMA fighter, BJJ Brown Belt, and Electrical Engineer. We talk about the concept of consciousness and how we can use our mind to overcome pain and self-doubt, fun problem solving, and engaging creativity through our passions.
October 08, 2018
Episode 11 - Kali and Vince - Spontaneous Podcast
We talk with my wife Kali and brother Vince about random yet important experiences in our shared and individual experience.
October 04, 2018
Episode 10 - Tom Gemignani - The Power of the Mind, Why it is Important to Develop Mental Tools, Task vs. Emotional Focus for Performance, and Formal Study of BJJ
We talk with Tom Gemignani, mental performance consultant in training about the importance of our mind in everyday tasks, athletic performance, and in how we view ourselves. We touch on how scientifically based mental skills that can be trained up and how they can benefit our lives in all contexts. And we discuss his research with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu combat athletes and conclusions made about the mindsets of beginner and advanced athletes.
September 16, 2018
Episode 9 - Dr. Rob Colbert - Philosophy of the Mind, Facing Crisis During Personal Transformation, and Following Your Passions
We talk with Dr. Rob Colbert about the Philosophy of the Mind through cultures, history, and modern Western society as well as the usefulness of facing internal and external crisis with growth mindsets for personal progression.
September 12, 2018
Episode 8 - Spencer Bath - Addiction, Psychedelic-Assisted Recovery, and Accessing Inner Dimensions
We talk to Spencer Bath about his journey through addictions, traditional and Psychedelic-Assisted treatment centers, transcending traumas, and both accessing and creating infinate dimensions of inner space.
September 10, 2018
Episode 7 - Brian "Z" Zehler -\u000A Redefining Identity, Using Challenge for Growth, Mentorship
I talk with Brian "Z" Zehler about redefining our identity after reality is disrupted, overcoming injury, using challenge for growth, mentorship, and maintaining a mental emphasis on the present moment goals we set for ourselves.
August 25, 2018
Episode 6 - Jeff Ternasky - Positive Focused Mindset, Fatherhood, and Effective Goals
We discuss aspects of the mind that motivate us to improve as humans in every area of our lives, as well as the barriers to engaging this mindset. Jeff touches on what fatherhood means to him and the importance of modelling positive values.
August 06, 2018
Episode 5 - Neil Pappas - Trauma, PTSD, Post Traumatic Growth and Ketamine Therapy
We talk to Neil Pappas, retired Marine and Army Veteran about his journey through trauma and depression, the broken prescription medical systems, and the benefits of Ketamine Therapy and EMDR for reprocessing and living more effectively from a growth mindset with trauma.
August 05, 2018
Episode 4 - Dr. Shannon Hughes - Tapping into Spiritual Source and Developing through Connection,
Dr. Shannon Hughes and I talk about constructs surrounding spiritual experience and connection to Source. We touch on the scourge that is capitalistic, fundamentalist, power-hungry conditioning through our everyday social systems and how we can "deprogram" ourselves to live more fulfilling lives.
July 22, 2018
Episode 3 - Scott - Exploring Ourselves Through Altered States
Today we talk with Scott, immediatly post-NN-DMT journey and talk about how the mind constructs life on our Hero's Journey, Rites of Passage, and finding the Teachers in our lives.
July 16, 2018
Episode 2 - Aaron Molnar - Taking Personal Stock and Finding Fulfillment
Todeay we speak with Aaron Molnar, retired Marine vet, gym owner, and general do-gooder about self-evaluation, personal development, and giving back to others
July 08, 2018
Episode 1 - Kali Quaranto - Positivity, Self-Talk, and The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Kali Quaranto, my fiance', and I talk about feeding our inner dialogue, positivity, and our conscious impacts on our environments and body systems.
June 23, 2018