In A Perfect World
memetic r-evolution for the species upload
90: GLOBAL SHIPIBO
November 01, 2014 11:00 AM PDTHow 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
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. 89: SECOND GENESIS
September 30, 2014 09:15 PM PDTCan 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
Join author Rak Razam in Peru on an ongoing series of intensive ayahausca retreats with curandero Percy Garcia: http://www.aya-awakenings.com/retreats
September 04, 2014 04:09 PM PDTWith 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
Join author Rak Razam in Peru on an intensive ayahausca retreat with curandero Percy Garcia: http://www.aya-awakenings.com/retreats
August 03, 2014 05:42 PM PDTExperiential 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.
Join author Rak Razam this September or December in Peru on an intensive ayahausca retreat with curandero Percy Garcia: http://www.aya-awakenings.com/retreats
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. 86: RESET ME
July 01, 2014 04:42 AM PDTwith 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
June 04, 2014 10:00 AM PDTwith 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/
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. 84: Mythmaker
April 29, 2014 09:02 PM PDTSnowed 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
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. 83: Big Think
April 15, 2014 11:27 PM PDTCome on a guided tour of evolutionary hyperspace with experiential journalist Rak Razam and paleontologist-poet-philosopher, visionary artist, electroacoustic musician, futurist, cultural critic, intellectual avant guard thinker and "Big Ideas" bodhisattva Michael Garfield. If the medium is the message, as Marshall McLuhan said, how do we communicate the BIG IDEAS that matter, that can help us survive in the changing paradigm we find ourselves in? Garfield offers a long and provocative burst of synaptic ideation that explores ideas like: mind viruses, transparency-surveillance culture, the technocratic priestcraft, Buckminster Fuller, Teilhard de Chardin, machine super intelligences, the Church of Goople and AI's, Big Mama vs. Big Brother, TechnoUtopia, psychedelics, ego dissolution, fembots, synergistic bacterial lifeforms and the cosmic biosphere, romancing the Skynet, BitCoin and Cyptocurrencies, Vernor Vinge and ensemble/wearable computing, having sex on GoogleGlass, cyborg anthropology, mesh networks and the bit torrenting of culture, capitalism vs. unitarism and species extinction, open source power redistribution, superhuman-metahumans and the war on transhuman consciousness, surfing the wave of chaos, the transcendental mystery and the species nanorgasm of singularity… Is this really the ENDOFTHEWORLDASWEKNOWIT? BIG THINK will guide you through… For more ecodelic explorations that map the evolutionary landscape, see Garfield's art : michaelgarfield.blogspot.com , music: https://michaelgarfield.bandcamp.com and videos: www.youtube.com/user/michaelgarfield
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. 82: The Cannabis Shaman
March 14, 2014 07:15 PM PDTExperiential journalist Rak Razam interviews Hamilton Souther, one of the more prominent Western ayahuasca shamans and the founder of the Blue Morpho lodge outside Iquitos. Souther is also pioneering 'Cannabis Shamanism' using the songs and structure of his ayahuasca lineage with cannabis as the active sacrament. Cannabis has been revered as sacred by Hindus, Rastafarians and others, and with Souther's '420 Shamanism' movement there is the opportunity to resacralize the West's dominant recreational drug into something more, at the same time as marijuana legalisation sweeps America. If recreation and medical use of marijuana is becoming accepted, can spiritual use as well? Is this the start of a cannabis-shamanism revival, as the modality of shamanism itself crosses the tipping point into the mainstream? Souther shares his initiation story on the shamanic path, the difficulties of training as a Westerner and the secret bias towards many Westerners from local practitioners. How do we separate the indigenous wisdom from the dogma to apply shamanic training for the modern world? How do we become our own Western Shamans, not culturally repackaged copies? How far can we integrate and change the existing styles? For instance, as well as integrating icaros or healing sounds into Western dance music for consciousness expansion, Souther is about to sing his healing in ceremony, livestreaming across the internet in a 21st century 'distributed shamanism' modality. A provocative interview that will challenge your conceptions of what shamanism is, and how it can be integrated into the West… The 420 Cannabis Shamanism Movement launches April 20th, 2014. For more information, see: http://hamiltonsouther.org/
The groundbreaking shamanic documentary Aya: Awakenings is now available for viewing and download on Vimeo on Demand and you can read the book that inspired the film and join the discussion on our Facebook page.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. 81: Dinner with Dr. Juan
February 22, 2014 01:59 PM PSTAn intimate dinner party-neuroscience conversation with experiential journalist Rak Razam, Dr. Juan Acosta, the 'mad scientist on the frontiers of consciousness' that starred in the film Aya: Awakenings, and Cheryl. Dr Juan has mapped EEG data from subjects legally ingesting Salvia Divinorum, 5-MeO-DMT, experiencing kundalini activation and monks meditating. Neuroscience can now map our brain states, but it takes a real neuroshaman to tell what occurs experientially within the journey itself… And why does nature make these substances that fit our brain systems, anyway? Can the EEG data sets recorded from one subject be rolled out onto the mindfield of another subject via neurofeedback? Can we electronically stimulate and repeat these transcendental experiences? How does language change the brain? When both psychedelics and meditation shut off the Default Mode Network what happens to the brain? Is the brain structure is like an ecosystem that mirrors the planetary ecology, which is itself a nested consciousness? Was the 'fall' into consciousness the turning ON of the species' Default Mode Network? Is the imagination a receiver of the infinite fields of Gaian consciousness we are embedded in? Oh, a feast of ideas awaits you! The groundbreaking shamanic documentary Aya: Awakenings is now available for viewing and download on Vimeo on Demand and you can read the book that inspired the film and join the discussion on our Facebook page.
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Podcast SummaryA regular series of “experiential journalism” podcasts exploring the evolution of the new global paradigm. In a Perfect World will chart the meetings, musings and collective dreamings of gonzo reporter Rak Razam amongst the cultural creatives of the global tribe,the Ultraculture of the 21st century. These recordings are raw snatches of Beatnikian immediatism, unedited downloads from the tribal journey of remembering... Come anchor the vision and spark the new paradigm alight...
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Rak Razam is the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalist, writing about and helping shape the emergence of a new cultural paradigm in the 21st century. Author of the critically acclaimed book Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey and the companion volume of interviews, The Ayahuasca Sessions (www.ayathebook.com), he is a frequent lecturer on ayahuasca and the shamanic revival sweeping the West. He wrote, produced and co-directed the groundbreaking new visionary documentary Aya: Awakenings (www.aya-awakenings.com) that toured across 10 cities in the USA in early 2014. He has been hosting dynamic speaking engagements, panel facilitation and lectures across Australia and North America at conferences, transformational festivals and other events for the past five years, weaving together the New Age, counter-culture and progressive thought. He has been called one of the “leading spokespersons for the new paradigm”.
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