Do shamans pick-up where gurus left off?

It used to be an easy shorthand to describe somebody at the top of their game as the “guru” of fill in the blank… the tech guru, the marketing guru, the fitness guru, etc. In Western vernacular, “guru,” came to mean someone who possesses deep wisdom, experience, and insights, and is often sought after for guidance or advice.

The cultural shift from pills to psychedelics

Take a pill and feel better! As Westerners that’s what we’ve been conditioned to do. No muss, no fuss! Just take the pill and be done with it! Of course, as we know for these “mood managing”medications, the trade-off is side effects. The side effect reported to me most frequently is the narrowing of the whole emotional spectrum.

For real? Demons, entities and psychedelic plant medicine

Demons – or spirit entities are a very real thing in the beliefs of indigenous cultures. And one of the beliefs is that whenever a person is in a state of altered consciousness, a portal can open for these malicious entities to “possess” a person – and maybe hang around long after. Having said that, we know that when a person takes psychedelics they are entering an altered state of consciousness.

Psychedelics: Preparing for an intense experience

An important tool I use in my emotional release work is psilocybin microdosing. And, because of that, as a clinician, I’m tuned into the latest developments and research on psychedelics. In a world where psychedelics often get a cheerleading squad, I think it’s crucial to talk about why I adhere to tiny amounts of the substance in my work.

Why the 60’s psychedelic revolution didn’t work

There’s a lot of talk these days about getting the most out of a psychedelic journey. Of course, if you’re plotting and planning to do one, it makes sense that you focus on the best way to leverage the experience in the long-term. And as I discuss in this reprise video, that also means taking a cue from how the 60’s missed the mark.

Predators at Psychedelic Retreats… a cautionary tale

There are people – generally wealthy, white and bored people – who frequent psychedelic retreats to entertain themselves by drawing others into, essentially, a game of seduction. What I’m about to tell you is the first time I’ve ever spoken publicly about this experience. It’s long but I want to share it with you as … Read more

Gurdjieff: Your misery will save you 😳

He was what you’d call a modern day mystic committed to waking up as many people as possible. Waking up? George I. Gurdjieff’s mission was to guide people living in the U.S. and Europe to higher consciousness believing that humans exist in a state of “waking sleep”…