Tom Lane is a treasure chest of little known, valuable—and applicable—knowledge about psilocybin mushrooms. He studied and trained with masters in Mexico and now after decades of experience is ready to share secrets of how to best benefit from their use. Here he talks about: the importance of the feeling body; how to prepare for and take the mushrooms; how to learn to see emanations of energy for healing and divining; how to move gracefully through difficulties with an open, loving attitude; and much more.
As with the other 20 or so (as of April 2021) interviews with leading visionaries, this one is also available in video format on the StephenGray Vision YouTube channel, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leFAh0fbIqw.
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Mark Haden is one the great advocates for the legal and effective use of psychedelics. Among his many accomplishments, he was chair of MAPS Canada for years. Here he talks about: the increasing importance of skilled guides; the 6 essential competencies; trauma resolution skills; what would disqualify a guide; red and green flags for screening clients; an effective protocol for before, during, and follow-up; the components of effective integration; and much more.
Mark's excellent new book is "Manual for Psychedelic Guides," available at Amazon.
Note: As with the other nearly 20 StephenGray Vision interviews, this interview with Mark Haden is also available on the StephenGray Vision YouTube channel, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqTAERg5Z_8
Chris Becker is a wonderful example of someone who did psychedelic therapy right and turned his life around. Chris had a traumatic childhood that led to alcohol addiction beginning in adolescence. Here he talks about the careful, extended process he undertook with a skilled guide; the dynamics of childhood trauma; essential qualities for psychedelic guides; the necessity of quality, ongoing integration, including regular spiritual practice like meditation and yoga; and how this kind of therapy could be more accessible and affordable.
Note: As always these interviews are also available in video format on the StephenGray Vision YouTube channel, along with about a dozen and a half other interviews with leading visionaries, particularly those involved with psychedelics.
Here's the direct link to this interview with Chris Becker. https://youtu.be/WLTPbaICdkI
Tyson Yunkaporta is a brilliant, visionary Australian aboriginal academic, researcher, author, and artist. In his remarkable—and essential for our times—book "Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World," he talks here with Stephen Gray about: the illusion that many repeated psychedelic journeys are necessary for healing and awakening; the unsustainability of the growth economy in large nations; the need for regional and local governance and small communities; the necessity of non-hierarchical, decentralized, ego-free relationships for innovation and problem-solving; the value of interactive story-making (yarning); how to enter timeless Ancestral Mind; listening to animate nature, even rocks; our crucial role as a custodial species; and much more.
NB: As Always, these interviews with leading visionaries on consciousness transformation and the urgent need for an awakening humanity are also available on the StephenGray Vision YouTube channel. This interview with Tyson Yunkaporta can be found at this link: https://youtu.be/KmLrgS_m3AU
Author/editor of "Cannabis and Spirituality" and ceremony leader Stephen Gray talks about how cannabis can deepen simple presence meditation; the Yogic principle of stopping the chatter of the mind; a basic guide to meditating with cannabis; the central importance of breath; working with thoughts; dosage and strains; methods of intake; and more.
NB: This half hour video is also accessible with video on the StephenGray Vision YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/A5cqVNoJhPs
And: There are more than a dozen interviews with leading visionaries and spokespeople in fields related to psychedelics here and on the StephenGray Vision YouTube Channel.
Chris Bache is one of our most important visionaries. He sees clearly where we have been as a species, where we are now, where we need to go, and where we can go if we bring our best to the work ahead. We are in an extraordinary new phase of collective transformation, a great unraveling as we engage our individual and collective shadows and submit ourselves to the transforming fire. This short message from our 2020 winter solstice event is essential for us to take to heart now if there is any hope of birthing the New Human and collectively manifesting a mature planetary civilization.
NB: This stunning message is also accessible, along with more than a dozen other interviews and talks with great visionaries, on the StephenGray Vision YouTube channel at this link. https://youtu.be/sFt_BVbMyls
We'll be hearing a lot more from Laurel Sugden in the years to come. She has been studying Huachuma, - aka, the San Pedro cactus, for years, both on the ground in Peru and in the academy. Laurel has now become a remarkable source of knowledge on most subjects related to the sacred cactus. In my interview with Laurel, she discusses such topics as: How Huachuma’s time has come as she “gathers the world under her wings” and helps humanity restore balance; the mysterious and sudden explosion of art and culture in northern Peru just as the cactus appears in the archeological record about 4,000 years ago; the many different species of Huachuma with diverse effects and Spirits; the vast difference between plants grown with love and those treated only as product; and much more.
NB: As always, these inspirational interviews and talks are available on the StephenGray Vision YouTube channel. Here's the link for the interview with Laurel. https://youtu.be/PrR4-AwgffQ
We're experiencing a dramatic revolution of understanding and application of all things fungi/mushrooms. Alex Dorr is on the leading edge of this revolution and has an encyclopedic knowledge. Here he talks about: a "heroic" psilocybin journey at age 18 that changed his life and set him on a lifetime commitment in service of the fungi; the extensive historical use of psilocybin mushrooms; some of the most important medicinal mushrooms; cutting edge developments using mushrooms/fungi for everything from leather to environmental clean-up to delicious natural foods like fungus bacon; and much more.
NB: Also accessible on the StephenGray Vision YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/K0cQNcyJbtY, along with 14 other interviews with leading visionaries such as Paul Stamets, Dennis McKenna, Wade Davis, and Françoise Bourzat.
The trajectory of the human enterprise has reached a nexus point. We are into the vortex of dramatic change. From here on it's transformation or disaster. Clear, awake visions and actions are essential. Along with intelligent, compassionate activity, radical inner transformation has become increasingly important. We must make skilled use of all our available tools. That, I believe, is why the psychedelic medicines are beginning to take their place on the world stage.
This 30 minute talk is also available with video on the StephenGray Vision YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/IdDtHCKdxIs
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The now legendary Tea Faerie has worked as a "trip sitter" about 25 times per year for 20 years at transformational festivals. She is compassionate, brilliant, and visionary. Here she talks about such illuminating subjects as: how she works with people in crisis in the psychedelic sanctuary to help them move from breakdown to breakthrough; what kinds of psychedelics are showing up at these events, PEBD (Post Ecstatic Bliss Disorder); quality post-event integration; the ego problem with self-declared "shamans"; how to discern reliable from problematic "advice" from the "spirits" of the medicines; and where the whole psychedelic and consciousness transformation process and movement could and probably should go in the years to come as we face threats to existence from climate change and spiritually disconnected human activity.
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Julie Holland, MD is a leading spokesperson on behalf of psychedelics and healing altogether. Here she talks about: how we are collectively suffering from a spiritual crisis, at least in part from disconnection and isolation; how psychedelics can help remake the connection; the therapeutic benefits of MDMA; how psychedelics can prepare us for death and how they can heal national and ethnic divisions; and much more.
This interview is also accessible with video on the StephenGray Vision YouTube channel.
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Paul Stamets is one of the world's leading experts on all things fungi (mushrooms). Here he talks about important issues like: our disconnection from nature; the tragic loss of bio-diversity in our soils affecting life-supporting fungi; factory farming threatening all existence; the innate intelligence of fungal networks; how communities thrive because of the generosity of surplus and how psilocybin mushrooms inspire that generosity; the explosion of solid research on psilocybin mushrooms; . . . and much more
Note: This interview is also accessible with video on the StephenGray Vision YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/u4jM_pCJ3Rc
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Chris Kilham is the Medicine Hunter. He knows more than most anyone about medicinal and sacramental plants. He also has 50 years of yoga experience and deep understanding of cannabis. Here he talks about: yoga as a wisdom current moving through human history; how cannabis added skillfully to yoga practice can deepen and empower awakening; how the two together help create new neurological pathways; the formless yet vast Spirit of cannabis; opening kundalini energy; the importance of dosage; and practice as the essential wellspring for spreading intelligence and compassion.
Wade Davis is one of the world's leading voices on behalf of cultural- and bio-diversity. Here he shares such penetrating insights as: how psychedelics have catalyzed major cultural shifts; psychedelics as subversive agents of liberation; the war on drugs as a deliberate lie for political gain; the South American indigenous recognition that plants and animals are just people in another dimension; the unexpected ascendancy of ayahuasca as the global "superstar" psychedelic; the true role of the shaman and the dangers of the shamanic path; the de-animation of the world and the necessity of reciprocity and connection.
Note: Wade has a new book out (Sept. 15, 2020) called, Magdalena: Rivers of Dreams. Wade told me it's a love letter to Colombia in all its troubled glory.
Note: The interview is also available with video on the StephenGray Vision YouTube channel, here: https://youtu.be/PmwAkWv23uE.
Zoe Helene is a visionary and a pioneer. She coined the term "psychedelic feminism" and founded Cosmic Sister to support women of all ethnicities in the field of psychedelics. Here she talks about such timely topics as: the centrality of nature in spiritual awakening; the importance of ancestral healing; the confusing messages women still get about sexuality; cannabis as a powerful spiritual medicine and ally; what Psychedelic Feminism is and how lifting women lifts men; the necessity of suspending belief and surrendering to ayahuasca; why community is an essential component of integration after powerful medicine journeys; the value of humour in this work; and finally, some of the remarkable women she is supporting to speak at the 2020 Spirit Plant Medicine Conference on Oct. 23-25.
This interview is also available on the StephenGray Vision YouTube channel, here: https://youtu.be/braxlBoNkK0.
I invite you to also check out the other interviews I've done with world leaders in psychedelics and consciousness transformation both here on Anchor and at the above YouTube channel.
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Nan Shuni Giron is truly a force of nature. She is an internationally recognized Guatemalan shamanic plant healer; ceremonial leader known as Mayan Ajq’iij; Mayan calendar day keeper; spiritual guide; environmentalist – and a whole lot more. Here she talks about the roots of Mayan spirituality, the necessity of direct connection to the wisdom voices of the ancestors, keeping the ancient fire ceremony alive, the frequent occurrence of what many would call miracles in the mushroom ceremonies she leads, and the necessity and potential for we of the human species to find our gentleness, to listen to the living intelligences of the animals and the plants, and to come back into balance with the Earth and with Spirit.
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Bruce Damer is an astrobiologist but more importantly for our purposes here, one of our truly great visionaries. Topics discussed include: Plant medicines are doorways into the numinous field; Intention is generating a "meta-organism"—a "global body" is being born; A global shift as people recognize their trauma as "parts" that can be owned and healed, especially with the medicines; life's origins and our future as communities in collaboration, not an individual project; And, the need for confidence and optimism in the stupendous brilliance of the collective consciousness field and shared intention.
Padrinho Paulo Roberto Silva e Souza is a deeply spiritual man who has experienced the light of divine reality and has influenced thousands as an educator, activist, and minister/ceremony leader in the Brazilian ayahuasca-using Santo Daime religion. Here he talks about topics such as: meeting the spirit of ayahuasca before he had ever heard of it during a journey with "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" overlooking Machu Picchu; the origins of the Santo Daime religion; his apprenticeship to lineage founder Padrinho Sebastião; the necessity of saving the Amazon for the whole world and what we can do to help; developing skills of adaptability in a fast-changing world; and the sacred use of cannabis, or Santa Maria as he calls it.
Note: This interview is also available in video format on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mxa8CGO3_pc
After 40 years on plant medicine pathways—often studying with Mazatec wisdom carriers in Oaxaca, Mexico—and 25 years teaching psychedelic therapists and guides, Françoise Bourzat has earned her wisdom. Here she discusses the need for well-trained practitioners; concerns about the neo-shamanic movement; the importance of understanding the cultural context of the plant medicines; how our own healing pays it both back and forward; bridging indigenous practice and western psychotherapy; and much more. Brilliant earned insights. (And, she's delightful.)
Note: This interview is also available as a video on the YouTube channel StephenGray Vision: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUEuQ6AITHg
This is the 4th StephenGray Vision interview with visionaries and wisdom carriers bringing us essential information and inspiration on how humanity can navigate increasingly turbulent waters by changing our consciousness to align with unconditional reality and "The Great Project of Being", in particular (though not solely) through the skillful and responsible use of psychedelics (entheogens.) The first 3 in this series are also with brilliant spokespeople for this vision: Chris Bache, (author of the stunning LSD and the Mind of the Universe: Diamonds from Heaven); legendary psychedelic elder Dennis McKenna; and Michael Stuart Ani (author of The Ghost Dance: An Untold History of the Americas).
StephenGray Vision interviews Michael Stuart Ani. Michael is a truly remarkable character. He has spent much of his adult life with indigenous people in Central and South America where he has learned a number of the languages and has been instrumental in helping keep ancient knowledge alive. Michael has dedicated himself (and sometimes risked his life) to honour this mission because the knowledge that has been nearly lost but still carries living threads is essential for the survival of humanity as we enter ever more deeply into a crisis that calls out urgently for a radical re-understanding of our place in nature and the cosmos altogether.
As an added "bonus," Michael is a lovely and wise soul with the gift of the silver-tongued raconteur.
Dennis McKenna is truly one of the great elder spokespeople of the psychedelic, plant medicine world. From his youthful adventures through wild jungles of South America with his still-influential brother Terence McKenna to his continued commitment to educating and inspiring, Dennis is still going strong and clear.
In this interview he shares sharp insights on topics such as: the true function of the "plant teachers" and their role in global awakening; our proper place in nature and the cosmos; the limits of science; and the rebirth of mystery schools.
Chris Bache is a brilliant visionary. Between 1979 and 1999 he undertook an extremely demanding journey of 73 high-dose private LSD sessions (with a sitter.) In every session 'he' broke out beyond the self into the vast intelligences of the universe. The "diamonds from heaven" Chris brought back and shares with us are absolutely paradigm-shattering and essential material for anyone who cares at all about the condition and fate of humanity. We're in for massive changes now, yet this is ultimately a hopeful and beautiful vision.