In this installment of the Free Radical Media podcast, hosts Eric Scott Pickard and Patrick Ryan are joined by their friend and former guest, Dan DeLion. DeLion, herbalist, forager, naturalist and teacher is the founder of the organization Return to Nature. This time around, Dan discusses his new, far-ranging documentary project, “Hunting the Medicine: Stalking the Wild Spirit,” which has taken him to such places as Columbia and India. He also details his recent personal experience with Ayahuasca in a Shamanic setting, and shares his views and insight into the world of herbalism and the philosophy of living in harmony with the natural world. Dan’s website can be found here.
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“The universe is a symphony of vibrating strings… We are nothing but melodies, we are nothing but cosmic music played out on vibrating strings and membranes.” –Michio Kaku
Alexandre Tannous is one of those guys whose insight just continually surprises you. It’s as if he’s studied everything and gone everywhere, yet, still manages to maintain a disposition that’s totally down to earth, openminded and in awe of everything. He’s some sort of humble scientist, mystic, musician, renaissance man hybrid.
To add some specificity, Alexandre holds multiple degrees in music and philosophy. More importantly, he has traveled to over 40 of countries where he has participated in dozens of shamanic, meditative and initiatory ceremonies. Alexandre also researches the esoteric and therapeutic properties of sound from scientific and shamanic perspectives. He has lectured at many major universities including Georgetown, Princeton and NYU.
You ever notice how supposedly smart people are often too dumb to realize that there are different kinds of intelligence. I mean, Jimi Hendrix probably wouldn’t be able to write code for shit, but he could play the hell out of a guitar. Last time I checked, Henry Miller isn’t a science legend and LeBron James isn’t a technological icon. I love that sermon that Jesus gave about organic chemistry. I’m pretty sure that’s the one that got him killed. Man, what’s at the movies this weekend? Yeah, a bunch of new films about how to make better computers, totally. I suppose the reason I mention this has to do with the fact that in the last week or so I’ve stumbled upon roughly 5 different articles by highly respected scientists informing me that computers are going be smarter than humans in the near future. Anytime anyone says something like this the appropriate response should be, what the fuck are you talking about?… Read the rest
Join me as I rant about my summoning into the Occult by mysterious 5th dimensional entities and the omnipresence of dualities in spiritual thought. Find out how this relates to the creative polarities of shamanic and western materialist philosophy and why these forces need to increasingly commingle if we’re to evolve heavenward.
I’m sort of late to this party, but I’ve just recently become aware of the writings of Adam Gorightly, mainly because he contacted me on Facebook (friend me) and sent me some books. Anyway, I’m going to try and get him in for an interview regarding his most recent work regarding the history of Discordianism, but in perusing his website I found this gem of a rant. Really ties in with my book, The Galactic Dialogue: Occult Initiations which is finally coming out here on September 23rd. Fans of Cosmic Trigger and the Invisibles rejoice. Anywho, I’m sure most Disinfonauts are probably familiar with this material, but it’s always fun to revisit.
It was not long after my own encounter with strange aerial phenomenon that I began to see a link between UFOs to such seemingly disparate topics as psychedelics, psychotronics, and ritual magick. As the years pass, the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH) makes far less sense to the observer than other theories ranging from mind control conspiracies or — on the other hand — fissures in the space-time continuum which provide a portal of entry for ghostly apparitions that can be saucer-shaped or even take on the form of Moth-Men, Chupacabras or the Blessed Virgin Mary.… Read the rest
Unless you see “beings” hanging around mental hospital patients, let’s just say that “What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital” isn’t the same as what you and I would see… From Earth. We Are One:
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In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé. Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.
What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” The person going through the crisis has been chosen as a medium for a message to the community that needs to be communicated from the spirit realm. “Mental disorder, behavioral disorder of all kinds, signal the fact that two obviously incompatible energies have merged into the same field,” says Dr.
[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
Trigger Warning: The authors are evangelical Christians.
John Ankerberg and John Weldon write at the Ankerberg Theological Research Institute:
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The phenomenon of spiritistic intimidation is common to all categories of occultism. Thus, shamans who are “chosen” by the spirits as “healers” must either submit to the spirits or become ill, or even die.
The person called to be a shaman must learn to shamanize, that is, must take his powerful experiences and find a way to share the power with his people. If he does not shamanize, he will become ill again and may die, for the shaman is called to a certain kind of life, and if he does not lead it properly, his power will turn against him and kill him.
In other words, to the spirits, human life is cheap. If their chosen host will not obey their wishes, they will destroy it and find another.
You may not recognize the name Jack Kirby, but if you’ve ever argued with your friends over who gets to be Cyclops when you were playing X-Men in your backyard, then you’ve been touched by his creations.
Jack “King” Kirby was a comic book artist/writer/creator between the 30s and the 70s, whose work is arguably the most influential in the medium. He created and co-created some of the most recognizable superheroes: Captain America, Thor, the Silver Surfer, the Hulk, the X-men, the Fantastic Four, the New Gods, and on and on.
His era of the comic industry is marred by poor pay-rates and draconian business models, where more often than not, artists were handing over their creations for pennies, and were happy just to get their name in the credits. To make any money at it, Kirby would sit at his drawing board for twelve to fourteen hours a day, pushing out four or five comics a month. … Read the rest
Dr. John Zemler, PhD., writes at PTSD Spirituality:
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When the Master Shaman sends the apprentice shaman into the wilderness to be tested by the spirits, the Master Shaman covers the apprentice’s “Spiritual Back.” The phrase, “I’ve got your back” applies both to our spiritual development as well as to our physical protection. For the modern American, however, the traumatic encounter in the wilderness with the spirit world is an involuntarily experience. We do not usually volunteer for clergy abuse, rape, or military trauma. Yet, the outcomes of these involuntary traumas can be similar to the voluntary suffering observed in traditional shamanism.
The formation of a shaman is a three part process. The first stage deals with the Call from the Spirits. The formation process can kill the person who is called to this vocation. In the case of PTSD it is not a voluntary call.
Authentic Meaning Comes from Body and Soul Experience
As mentioned in previous posts, our PTSD inducing ecstatic experiences occur on the mundane and the supernatural levels.