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The Drunken Taoist Podcast BONUS Episode 2 – Duncan Trussell Joins Us in Honor of Geoff Moxham

“Fuck pain. Fuck heartbreak. I’m still in love with life.”
- Daniele Bolleli

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Intro:

Our listener Chimmy Moxham decided to sponsor a bonus episode in memory of his father Geoff. This is a non-commercial sponsorship since there’s absolutely nothing to sell. If you’d like to check out Geoff’s website purely for knowledge’s sake, here you go.

  • A podcast made with blood
    Being too safe is going to kill you
    Duncan and his ayahuasca trip
    Duncan may return from his trip as Priscilla Trussell
    Fun: tennis with an alien praying mantis
    Playing tag with machetes
    Amber Lyon is my new favorite mood-altering drug
    Rich’s father death journey
    Duncan and the pre-stage butterflies
    Michael Jordan, Robin Williams, Joe Rogan and being cool to your audience
    Despising one’s students: a teacher’s ultimate sin

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Ayahuasca: A Strong Cup of Tea

Peruvian Ayahuasca, Photo by Sascha GrabowThe New York Times SundayStyles section’s lead cover story this weekend is about Bushwick hipsters experimenting with Ayahuasca, along with a photo collage of celebrities who have tried it, including Lindsay Lohan, Tori Amos, Penn Badgley, Devendra Banhart and Sting. What does mainstream media recognition mean for the future of the foul-tasting brew?

On a recent Friday night, a dozen seekers in loosefitting attire, most in their 20s and 30s, climbed a flight of steps of a mixed-used community space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. After arranging yoga mats and blankets on the floor, they each paid $150, listened to a Colombian shaman and his assistant welcome them in Spanish and English, signed a disclaimer, and accepted large plastic takeout-style containers for vomiting.

Then, one at a time, each got up to receive a cup of thick brownish liquid with a muddy herbal taste. It was ayahuasca (eye-uh-WAH-skuh) tea, a hallucinogenic brew from the Amazon that they hoped would open them to personal insights through optic and auditory hallucinations.

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The Ayahuasca Sessions: Elias Mamallacta

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Elias Mamallacta

[disinfo ed.'s note: the following is an excerpt from The Ayahuasca Sessions: Conversations with Amazonian Curanderos and Western Shamans by Rak Razam] 

An Interview with Elias Mamallacta

Elias is the son of a well-known Ecuadorian family of curanderos, the Mamallactas. Ecuadorian shamanism stresses the spirituality of the ayahuasca medicine and Elias especially chastises those who treat it as a business. Here he talks about the nature of ayahuasca, spiritual tourism, and the need to preserve indigenous knowledge and cultures and protect them from oil companies and inappropriate development. Translation by Richard Grossman.

RAK: Thank you for chatting with us, Elias. I guess I’m interested in the Ecuadorian perspective on your lineage, how you came to be a curandero, and what shamanism’s like in Ecuador.

ELIAS: In Ecuador curanderismo is very sacred, and we don’t sell it, because it’s of the mother. You have to utilize what our mother, ayahuasca, says.… Read the rest

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Do Psychedelics Have a Place in the Future of Medicine? With Brad Burge of MAPS and Army Ranger Tim Amoroso.

Via Midwest Real

“There really has been an exponential increase of media interest in what’s happening. I think that’s the result of new research, (and) the result of some major international conferences that are really establishing the field of psychedelic science and medicine.” Brad Burge of MAPS.

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It seems we’re finally at a turning point in The War on Drugs.  All it took was a few decades of indoctrination, mass-incarceration, astronomical price tags and straight-up horrific body counts. Yet, society’s transition into a deeper understanding of these substances has been far from smooth. Yes, the people have clearly spoken on the subject of marijuana, and nearly half of all U.S. states have taken notice, putting some sort of marijuana-friendly law on the books. However, when it comes to Mary Jane’s more potent psychedelic cousins, the conversation is quite a bit more nuanced and controversial. Thankfully, for the first time in decades, the dialogue surrounding psychedelics is evolving.… Read the rest

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Occult Sentinel Podcast: Maraya Karena

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(used with permission)

In episode 48 of the Occult Sentinel Podcast, Joe Moore interviews Maraya Karena about the collapse of the New Age, Cyborg Anthropology, Mystic Permaculture, Process Work, and more.

We go all over the map with this interview. I loved recording with the fascinating and powerful Maraya and hope to do it again in the near future.

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About Maraya Karena: 

“I am a cyborg anthropologist and massage therapist.

This means that I study the relationship between humans and technology and that I study the body and the healing arts. To me these are not separate. To me these areas are very much connected.

They come together in texture of our felt experience. They come together in the tapestries of our created environments. They come together in the dynamic ecology of nature, people and technology that forms what the world is.”

About Occult Sentinel:

Occult Sentinel is a podcast covering the hermetic arts, secret societies and various spiritual traditions.… Read the rest

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The Ayahuasca Sessions: Love Creek

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Rak Razam

[disinfo ed.'s note: the following is an excerpt from Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey by Rak Razam]

Iglesia Matriz, Iquitos

The internet café is an invaluable gringo meeting spot and later in the day I bump into Theo Valis there. He’s been gone on a week-long botanical expedition about twelve hours down the Rio Ucayali, then further down a tributary to a remote Mastes village and another five hours trek into the jungle, not too far from the Brazilian border. There, in a crude open hut he did a mini-dieta and drank ayahuasca for a week with don Gallindo, a seventy-five-year-old maestro curandero who specializes in admixture plants.

Theo says the maestro showed him how powerful ayahuasca could be in potentiating other plants—not just ones containing DMT—and that he received an immense healing. During an eight-hour session he says he also received an icaro, despite repeatedly telling the ayahuasca spirit that he was not able to remember melodies.… Read the rest

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British Teen Dies During Colombian Ayahuasca Ceremony

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PIC: Terpsichore (CC)

They’re thinking that he might have had an allergic reaction to the potent psychedelic brew, but who knows? The fact that they just dumped the kid’s body on the side of the road doesn’t exactly suggest that he was dealing with a reputable group of people.

Via Raw Story:

The body of a British teenager has been found by the road in a Colombian forest, after he took part in a “shaman experience” advertised for tourists.

His family have said that Henry Miller, 19, from Kingsdown in Bristol, took part in a local tribal ritual, drinking a herbal concoction known as yagé and apparently suffering a fatal reaction to the hallucinogenic infusion.

Reports suggest that Miller was with a group of foreign tourists – all of whom had paid $50 (£36) for the experience and who drank the brew together – but who were ushered back to their lodgings when Miller took ill with the assurance that the tribespeople were looking after him.

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The Mystic Vision of Julieta Triangular (NSFW)

Julieta Triangular is a fantastic film maker from Santiago, Chile whose psychoactive films compel and inspire.

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Reminiscent of artists like Alejandro Jodorowski and Stanley Kubrick, her style sparks the imagination with a tense juxtaposition of beauty and mania. Her latest work, Bakenti is a fictional-magical short film, an accord with the jungle resting in the Peruvian Amazon. Born from the readings of the Shipibo-Conibo community, the wisdom of indigenous communities, and the supernatural and sacred dimensions of the Earth. Also based on our own reverence and gratitude for the power of Nature, the songs which reside in the heart of each and every human being, which allow us to reconnect with the divine teachings of our ancestors and our guiding plants, such as Ayahuasca.

Find out more about Julieta’s project here.

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Scientist Says Ayahuasca May Fight Cancer

ayahuascaVia SAGE Open Medicine, Brazilian scientist Eduardo E. Schenberg lays out psychedelic shamanic drug’s possible anti-tumor properties in great detail and calls for further investigation into its use as an alternative cancer treatment:

Used for centuries in the Amazon basin by healers and shamans for many different purposes, including the healing and curing of illnesses, ayahuasca is a plant decoction that may be useful in the treatment of some types of cancer. The decoction is most commonly made of two plants in two possible combinations: Banisteriopsis caapi with Psychotria viridis or B. caapi with Diplopterys cabrerana.

There are at least nine reports of cancer patients who consumed ayahuasca during their treatment. Four were reported in a peer-reviewed article, one in an institutional magazine, one in Internet sources, two in a scientific conference (later mentioned in a peer-reviewed article), and one in a book. The origins of these cancers were the prostate, colon, ovaries, breast, uterus, stomach, and brain.

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Graham Hancock Tries Changa

Changa blend. Photo: Retinafunk (CC)

Changa blend. Photo: Retinafunk (CC)

Graham Hancock has been very outspoken on the issue of sovereignty of one’s own consciousness in recent years, and has been quite open about his experimentation with hallucinogens including Ayahuasca, ibogaine and DMT. In a new article on his website he describes his new experience with changa (a smokable blend of plants including some with DMT):

One recent evening six sovereign adults, taking full responsibility for their own consciousness and their own bodies, gathered for sacred ceremony with changa, a herbal mixture rich in monamine oxidase inhibitors and infused with the forbidden fruit of DMT. I was one of those adults and the two bowls I smoked were respectively my twelfth and thirteenth journeys with inhaled DMT. I have done regular work with DMT over the years in its incarnation in the Ayahuasca brew, more than 50 journeys since 2003, but as everybody who chooses to explore these realms knows, drinking Ayahuasca is special, there is usually a fair degree of negotiation with the brew, the experience is drawn out over several hours and the loving spirit of the vine, Gaian mother of our planet, is the guiding hand.

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