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93: Grace and Madness
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February 02, 2015 05:52 PM PST
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Ayahuasca tourism is on the rise, for better or worse. Join experiential journalist Rak Razam as he meets the kingmaker of Peruvian ayahuasca tourism, Alan Shoemaker, on the Boulevard in Iquitos. Shoemaker is an influential and sometimes controversial gringo in the global ayahausca scene, and author of the recent Ayahuasca Medicine: The Shamanic World of Amazonian Sacred Plant Healing. Once a curandero-in-training with various curanderos himself, he was part of the early 1990s wave of western gringos drawn to Peru and engaging with indigenous shamanism. He has successfully run businesses that revolve around ayahuasca shamanism, from ayahuasca tour groups to founding the annual Amazonian Shaman Conference. He has also founded Soga Del Alma–the Vine of the Soul church, been an exporter of medicinal plants, and been busted by the American authorities and forced to become a fugitive. And as the wave of ayahuasca tourism has increased almost exponentially in recent years, Shoemaker has played an active role, promoting his conference, shamans, and pathways to hungry western audiences. But what are the repercussions of ayahuasca tourism? What are the effects on indigenous culture, and how do westerners mediate the two worlds of Grace & Madness? Photo credit: Vance Gellert

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92: EVOLUTIONARY
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January 01, 2015 08:00 AM PST
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It's 2015–find the OTHERS! Join experiential journalist Rak Razam as he talks with the Executive Director of the International Evolver Network Magenta Imagination Healer about another world that is sprouting from the cracks of the old… Evolver connects individuals and 'spores' into a global network that supports multiplatform initiatives to sustain new paradigm society, from permaculture to urban farming, shamanism, new economies and social resilience, co-operative timeshares and food co-ops, and so much more… But how does one best evolve a modern distributed network that facilitate individuals and still achieve consensus? How can we have right relationship with the earth and draw upon indigenous tribal logistics without misappropriation? How does a global network facilitate knowledge about plant medicines and non-denominational spirituality without becoming a cult? How to best embrace global diversity whilst creating the support structure for common change? Is the R-Evolution upon us, and will Russell Brand be at the fore? Seize the future, today! You are not alone! For more info see: http://www.evolvernetworkwork.org

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91: COSMIC CHRIST
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December 01, 2014 08:00 AM PST
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art montage: Alex Grey/ Matthew Fox Experiential journalist Rak Razam talks with brilliant theologian, author and religious heretic Matthew Fox, once an ordained Domenican priest, expelled by Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict) for his radical theological leanings… Fox later joined the Episcopolian church to redefine ritual and worship for the 21st century and find ways to make religion matter in the modern world. He formed a series of rituals called "The Cosmic Mass" which he still runs to this day that blend trance/dance and the rave as a techno religion for the masses to bring direct experiential consciousness back into religion under the doctrine of "creation spirituality". Does the original biblical idea of the "Cosmic Christ" parallel modern shamanic and scientific understandings? Fox discusses the perils of Western "fast mysticism", fad spiritualities, and the need for authentic elders, as he delineates in his recent book Occupy Spirituality. How can modern mystics, spiritual warriors and prophets be in service to the global community? How can we balance the healthy sacred masculine with the sacred feminine to sidestep dogma and express joy in our spiritual relationships, to be warriors for the planet? Can ritual help us face negativity and suffering in the world, and be creative and transformative? Is this the beginning of a new religious consciousness? For more info see: http://www.matthewfox.org

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90: GLOBAL SHIPIBO
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November 01, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
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How do indigenous cultures like the Shipibo of the Amazon preserve their traditions in a rapidly globalizing world? Writer-filmmaker Athena Gam is spearheading the 'Song of the Amazon' project in alliance with the Shipibo to anchor their art and stories–their world myths, into an upcoming animated feature film. The Shipibo tapestries anchor the "vibrational songs" (or icaros, as seen on ayahuasca), and these circuitry-like patterns are fast becoming an icon of the hip Global Village. But their culture goes much deeper than ayahuasca… And even so, can a cultural transplant such as theirs preserve wisdom, and memeticaly infect the West even as it is commodified? Can that spiritual energy inherent in their worldview kickstart a remembrance of spirit, changing one cultural dreaming for another? In the mashup of the 21st century world, are we all future Global Shipibo? Support the animated film 'Song of the Amazon', a visionary animated film based on the cosmology, art and wisdom of the Shipibo people of Peru by contributing to their Indiegogo campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/song-of-the-amazon Step up and join the Awakening! Join author Rak Razam in Peru on an ongoing series of intensive ayahausca retreats with curandero Percy Garcia. This is the time, you are the ONE: http://www.aya-awakenings.com/retreats
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89: SECOND GENESIS
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September 30, 2014 09:15 PM PDT
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Can we discover the exact origins of life on earth? Can shamanic plant entheogens help us reveal this knowledge? Experiential journalist Rak Razam and neuroscientist Dr. Juan talk with Dr. Bruce Damer, a technologist, virtual world pioneer, computer historian, CEO and founder of The Digital Space Commons and psychedelic explorer and commentator. Bruce has developed the unique endogenous ability to sustain altered states of mind–without external agents–and build a replicable neurolibrary of visionary states. After meeting Terence McKenna in 1997, Bruce introduced Terence to virtual worlds, and Terence introduced Bruce to the shamanic paradigm, which he has since explored to great depth using his endogenous navigational skills. Working in rare symbiosis with madre ayahuasca, Bruce uses the visionary state to refine and improve his scientific problem-solving, including his designs for NASA spaceships and the mission to bring an asteroid to lunar orbit to search for life. And if that mission succeeds, can we recreate the chemical conditions of life within a man-made "Genesis Engine" by 2039? Can we know the complete unification of spirit and the machinery of being? Is there an Entheogenic Singularity hovering in our near future? Find out, in perhaps the most intense episode of In a Perfect World yet…! And hear more from Bruce on his podcast, the Levity Zone: www.levityzone.com

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88: Psychedelic Design in Hollywood
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September 04, 2014 04:09 PM PDT
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With Niles Heckman In this special post-Burning Man 2014 edition, experiential journalist Rak Razam downloads with Hollywood writer and special effects guru Niles Heckman on the future of psychedelic cinema, and how the shamanic resurgence is being anchored in mainstream media. Heckman has worked on industry films like Tron 2, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Matrix 2 and 3 and Avatar, and brings an insiders view of Hollywood and an understanding of the shamanic archetype to the fore. From early cave paintings to 21st century blockbusters, art has always carried spirit. But can modern CGI anchor the psychedelic experience in film, and what happens when those energies connect with the audience? Is there a conscious art underground infecting the Hollywood meme machine? Can the aperture of the heart open us up on the silver screen, and can a Psychedelic Hollywood re-enchant the masses? And what does the Human Centipede have to do with all this? For more information visit: Production company - Aurora Lab Personal site -  www.nilesheckman.com and on Twitter - twitter.com/jnheckman

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87: ORACLE
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August 03, 2014 05:42 PM PDT
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Experiential journalist Rak Razam talks with mushroom shamaness and modern-day Oracle Shonagh Home, author of Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine and Love, Spirit, Medicine. Whilst entheogens like ayahuasca are peaking in mainstream media, other sacraments like psilocybin are also on the rise once more. Home resonates with mushroom magic, and was initiated by "the voice of the mushroom" on 5 dried grams. In the bemushroomed state Home feels spirits possess her body and speak through her, like the classical Oracle at Delphi of Greek antiquity. But can we trust the voice of the mushroom, what McKenna calls the 'Logos'? Is the psilocybin frequency a portal for the faerie folk, the fey, or other star beings? Are women more sensitive to ecstatic states of both sensuality and shamanism? Does the bloodline affect the proclivity to certain plant sacraments? Do we have magic in our blood? A provocative examination of the role of the woman shaman as a portal to the universe… For more information visit http://www.shonaghhome.com.

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86: RESET ME
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July 01, 2014 04:42 AM PDT
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with Amber Lyon. Experiential journalist Rak Razam meets Amber Lyon, an Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist, author, filmmaker and former CNNi correspondent, who went public after CNN censored her reportage on the Arab Spring in Bahrain. Described by Wikileaks as an important "whistleblower", Lyon discovered the healing power of psychedelics and healed her own PTSD after experiencing ayahuasca in the Amazon and psilocybin in Mexico. She has since founded Reset.Me to provide journalism on natural therapies for depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD, addiction, and other health conditions, and strives to help expand consciousness, enhance spirituality and well-being by continuing her work as a "psychedelic whistleblower" to the mainstream. Here, these two leading "consciousness journalists" discuss psychedelic and shamanic culture, the unprocessed trauma behind the need for healing and the role of journalism in examining the deeper issues behind the headlines. As mainstream press like NYT, Marie Claire and the like report on ayahuasca, can integral journalists help communicate the spiritual world to everyday audiences and win the War on Consciousness? Can we encourage each other to "come out of the psychedelic closet" to our friends and family, to deepen our community and acceptance of these substances? Is there a danger of Big Pharma commodifying psychedelic substances as a "soma" as they are integrated? What is the correct place for shamanic medicines in western culture? If we hit the RESET button can we reprogram ourselves? For more information visit: http://www.reset.me
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85: Navigating Altered States
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June 04, 2014 10:00 AM PDT
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with Meriana Dinkova How can the modern psychonaut best navigate innerspace? Experiential journalist Rak Razam meets Western psychotherapist and relationship counsellor Meriana Dinkova, who also organizes retreats in Peru combining Medicine Work and neo-shamanistic psychotherapeutic tools. Meriana discusses her experience as a women in the machismo-world of male shamans and how to use advanced psychological techniques to navigate the shamanic landscape and hacking the unconscious. Her spiritual toolkit embraces somatic techniques, mudras, NLP, breathing, visualisation, command words, hypnotic techniques and much more to maximise our potential within altered space. But how do we recognise and protect ourselves from the entities native to these realms? Can we choose our own cultural archetypes as allies and godforms in the shamanic space (Spiderman and Yoda vs. jaguars and snakes?). And can we integrate these deep experiences after the journey and find support within the psychedelic and shamanic community to facilitate this integration? Meriana is the author of the upcoming book ‘Navigating Altered States’ and is hosting deep shamanic healing retreats in Peru in July and December, 2014 with experienced shamans. (In a Perfect World is an affiliate partner so please mention us if you book: July Shamanic Retreat in Peru with Ricardo Amaringo and The Retreat's Facebook Event ) For more info about Meriana's work go to: http://merianadinkova.com and http://merianadinkova.com/events-2/
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84: Mythmaker
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April 29, 2014 09:02 PM PDT
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Snowed out in the aboveground world, experiential journalist Rak Razam and Benton Rooks, writer for Reality Sandwich, graphic novelist of the newly released 'Kali Yuga' and mythic worldbridger, descend to an underground carpark in Boston where they discuss the parameters of 'entheodelic' storytelling that represents entheogenic and psychedelic culture. What are the origins in indigenous stories, science fiction and Hollywood films? IS there an entheodelic movement of storytellers that parallels the visionary art explosion? Are these innerspace narratives fuelled by the plant spirit consciousnesses themselves? Can we explore and share the inner frontier through what Rooks calls 'narrative medicine'? Are we experiencing a 'divine invasion' of memetic form as the spirit world grounds itself through our media, and the contours of a new global mythology take shape in our stories? Can the military-industrial-entertainment complex co-opt the emerging shamanic paradigm? And what about Skrillex and machine- consciousness-glitch-magic? A provocative experiential discussion and call to arms for writers and artists everywhere, from the noisy depths of the Boston underworld. For more information on Benton Rooks, see: BentonRooks.com http://realitysandwich.com/u/benton-rooks twitter.com/bentonrooks https://www.facebook.com/benton.rooks.7 twitter.com/kaliyugacomic facebook.com/kaliyugacomic
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