Evolver the Podcast: Sacred Psychedelics and Their Transformative Power

Evolver on AlteratiChris Hopkins writes on Alterati:

In this episode of Evolver the Podcast we have discussions with two amazing individuals about their journey and transformation with psychedelics.

First up we have Evolver co-founder Jonathan Talat Phillips interviewing Reality Sandwich contributor Adam Elenbaas about his new book, Fishers of Men: The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest. Adam discusses his journey from being a “hell-damning” fundamentalist Christian to recovering from drug addiction and healing himself and his family line through ayahuasca ceremonies in the Amazon. He shares his encounters with mystical beings and inter-dimensional creatures during his adventures with this shamanic brew, as well as his thoughts on why Jesus was the social activist version of the Buddha, how there is nothing to fear in the entire cosmos, and ways we might redeem modern Christianity.

Next up I interviewed Isabella Stoloff who is the Evolver Regional coordinator for Evolver Orange County. She is also a practicing Shaman and heads up the Orange County Healing Center. She tells a little about how she came to be involved with Evolver through her Shamanic work in the Amazon. In this interview she mentions a Love meditation that she did at the Evolver Long Beach Love Spore and that was actually captured on video and is up on YouTube.

Finally we have another amazing story of transformation with Jennifer Palmer interviewing Charles Shaw talking about his journey, and how he had been “paroled from hell”. Charles has been a long time contributor with Reality Sandwich, he has also spoken at a number of different Evolver Spores. Currently his book Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics & Spirituality is being released chapter by chapter on Reality Sandwich, the most recent installation was chapter 12. Charles is also about to kick off his “Light and Shadow: Exploring Personal & Cultural Transformation” tour. The tour will be visiting over thirty cities and will feature both Charles Shaw and Michael Garfield. While on the road Charles will be shooting for his upcoming documentary project “Unheard Voices”. Charles has an inspiring story. Enjoy the interview and check out everything that Charles is up to.

I’m happy to announce that we’ve joined the Alterati family of podcasts, which I’m very excited about. I also want to thank everyone that helps make things like this possible, such as the Evolver Social Movement, and thanks to Inner Traditions for sponsoring this month. This is such an amazing, powerful and inspiring episode, I think you will all enjoy it very much.

I’m Chris Hopkins, if you would like to contact me at all you can find me on facebook as “Evolver Sacramento”, on Evolver.net “Chris Hopkins”, or just email me chris@barbelithlives.com, thanks for listening.

2 Comments on "Evolver the Podcast: Sacred Psychedelics and Their Transformative Power"

  1. Vox Penii | Sep 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm |

    call ’em “sacred” if you prefer, but a stoner’s still a stoner. claiming that the drug in question was taken by Druids or Easter Islanders or whatever doesn’t fool me for a moment into thinking these drugs automatically have “transformative” powers.

    as Zappa said, “A drug is not bad. A drug is a chemical compound. The problem comes in when people who take drugs treat them like a license to behave like an asshole. “

  2. “Where your attention goes, your experience flows.”
    In NLP: “think of a pink elefant” (and you will see/encounter one)
    This a very important law in all “travelling” with and without (chemical) helpers.
    So SET (your mindset and goals) and SETTING (your environment) become then very influential.
    Also somewhere is this place of being The Whole. This Oceanic, People have told stories about it for ages. And given receipe books for it, called religions.
    If you want a clear look at THAT, without spiritual fairytales (ALL spirituals wordgivings are culturally and subjective contaminated) go for the TED talk of Jill Bolte Taylor.
    To be able to be in this natural part of us, the oceanic (the art to go there got forgotten http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=825942553983229569# and disfigured by words) is very important. This can counteract the splintering of our culture. It brings you back in the wholeness of this creation as one interactive system.
    Yes a stoner is a stoner, but that is misuse and leads toward lower energies.
    Why do you think there is a normal use of alcohol possible (which gives not these precious gifts) and deny this holy use of certain “plant”helpers.

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