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PREVIEW of Podcast 590

Today we continue with a workshop that Terence McKenna led at the Esalen Institute in June of 1989. Although he begins with an exploration of ideas surrounding the use of sound during psychedelic experiences, he also tells some great stories, including one of my favorites. I'd only heard it once before, and for me it's the funniest story I've heard him tell, and this is a new version that you won't want to miss. Additionally, this may be one of the earliest talks in which Terence addressed...


PREVIEW of Podcast 589 - "Understanding the Chaos at History's End" - Part 1

Today marks the official beginning of the 3.0 track of the Psychedelic Salon. The main difference between Salon 3.0 and the earlier podcasts from the salon is that this 3.0 track on will be where you will hear the programs three months before they appear on the "classic salon" feeds. So to mark this new beginning I am playing a recording of a Terence McKenna weekend workshop at the Esalen Institute that, as far as I know, has never been published before. Two interesting quotes...


Podcast 588 - "Good News on the Psychedelic Front" - Pt. 2

Today we continue with the second part of the 2018 Palenque Norte Lecture given by Rick Doblin, the president of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. In addition to learning some new information about the current state of MDMA research, Rick ends the Q and A session with some information about mescaline that I'd never heard before. As he says, "Mescaline is the most important psychedelic that isn't being researched." Also, there is an announcement about a screening of...


Podcast 587 - "Good News on the Psychedelic Front" - Pt. 1

Today's podcast features the 2018 Palenque Norte Lecture given by Rick Doblin, the president of MAPS. In addition to a detailed description of the interaction between MAPS and the Veterans Administration, Rick also gives a detailed account of the now concluded Phase 2 study along with an explanation of how they believe MDMA works to relieve the symptoms of PTSD. As he says about the efficacy of the process he says, "What we found at twelve months is that people keep getting better. So at...


Podcast 586 - "Psychedelics, Investors, and Politics"

Today's podcast features David Nickles, whose work may be found at the DMT-Nexus Website. The program is actually a recording of last week's regularly scheduled live version of the Psychedelic Salon, which takes place every Monday evening from 6:30-8:00 pm (Pacific) via a Zoom conference available to all of Lorenzo's supporters on Patreon. In this conversation, David provides some alarming details about the intersection of politics, psychedelic research, and big money.


Podcast 585 - "Psychedelic Clinics In Our Future"

Today's podcast features Dr. Will Siu, an MD and psychiatrist specializing, among other things, in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. Dr. Siu is also one of the participating researchers in the MAPS MDMA study. In this 2018 Palenque Norte Lecture, he not only provides us with an inside look as some of the issues now arising as the possibility of psychedelic therapy morphs into a reality. For anyone considering a career in the vast field of psychedelic medicine, this thought-provoking talk is...


Podcast 584 - "Traversing the Imaginal Realms"

Today's podcast features a recent talk given by Shonagh Home at the New Moon Mycology Summit that was held in Wingdale, New York. As she speaks of humankind's loss of some of the powerful symbols that paganism once provided, Shonagh weaves in specific examples of ways in which her clients have leveraged the imagery experienced in mushroom trips to resolve issues in their everyday lives. Shonagh also tells the story of how she came to be a medicine woman.


Salon2 051 - "Psychedelic Studies"

Dr. Kim Hewitt talks about her research into the history of psychedelics and their current manifestations. Her most recent academic paper is on psychedelic feminism.


Podcast 583 - "Psychedelics in the Age of AI"

Today's podcast features a talk that Lorenzo gave at the recent Imagine Orcas Island Music and Arts festival. The title of this talk is "Psychedelics in the Age of AI", and it is followed by a question and answer session. At the end of the podcast Lorenzo plays a song from the newly emerging psychedelic/country/rock band The Burned. Lorenzo also talks about the festival as well as the Imagine Convergence that will take place on Orcas Island in March of 2019.


Podcast 582 - "Graham Hancock - Glastonbury 2016"

Today's podcast features the talk that Graham Hancock gave at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival. He begins by talking about how he first became involved in psychedelics and how, after a 30 year hiatus, he became reconnected with the psychedelic community and is now a leading proponent of ending the War on Drugs. As he says, "Our governments are so determined to impose these insane [War on Drugs] policies upon us that the whole credit worthiness of government in every way becomes suspect, if it...


Podcast 581 - "Glastonbury 2016 - Dr. David Nutt"

At the 2016 Glastonbury Festival, Dr. David Nutt, formerly the Chairman of the UK's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, gave a presentation in which he illustrated the safety of psychedelic drugs, particularly when compared with alcohol. He also points out that religion has led directly to today's alcohol businesses and says, "The drinks industry is keen to keep its monopoly over drugs. And it fought battles over the last 150 years to make sure that no other drug got into the market....


Podcast 580 - "Psychedelic Feminism"

Today's podcast features a conversation between Zoe Helene and Lorenzo. After successful careers in the arts as well as in the corporate world, Zoe has transitioned herself into an advocate for the use of psychedelics, ayahuasca in particular, to help us all accept women as equals in our currently male-dominated societies.


Salon2 050 - "Lancaster Stories"

In this last episode of stories from the Blue Dot tour, you get to hear stories from the barn at Lex Pelger's parents' place in Lancaster, PA. Tales from Tipper and friends as well as a contest to see if you can find Lex's story in the back catalog.


Podcast 579 - "Meditation and Psychedelics"

Today's podcast features a talk that Myron Stolaroff gave at the 1997 Mind States Conference. It features his thoughts about ways in which psychedelics can become an aid in the practice of Buddhist meditation. The formal title of this talk is "The Trained User: Deepening Meditation Practice and Forestalling Aging", but I've abbreviated it a bit for this podcast.


Salon2 049 - "The Mushroom Cure"

Adam Strauss is a stand up comedian and the writer and performer of 'The Mushroom Cure' (www dot themushroomcure dot com), the true story of how he tried to cure his severe OCD with psychedelics, currently running in NYC through September 7th.


Podcast 578 - "1) Enemies of Freedom AND 2) Life After Death"

Today's podcast features two recordings of Aldous Huxley. The first is an interview conducted by Mike Wallace, and the second part of today's program features a lecture of Huxley's that speculates about the possibilities of some sort of existence after the death of our bodies.


Salon2 048 - "Mystical Systems and Psychedelics"

Daniel Greig studies cognitive science and philosophy. His lectures on psychedelics incorporate magic and mysticism. He uses the language of psychology and neuroscience. It makes for a fascinating mix. In this episode we will be hearing about his unique views on how these drugs are illuminated by the mystical systems of the past.


Podcast 577 - "Countdown Into Complexity" - Part 5

Today we conclude the Terence McKenna workshop that was held in March of 1996. Among other little tidbits, Terence had what I thought was a new twist on why the DMT experience is ineffable. A couple of my favorite quotes from this program include: "I'll tell you straight out, I'm an anarchist. I am an absolute anarchist. I believe in people more than in abstractions of institutions. I will always rely on people." AND "You cannot be a public figure and a practicing alchemist." AND "The basic...


Salon2 047 - "Philadelphia and Baltimore Storytelling"

Thank you to the Philadelphia Psychedelic Society and to Psychedelic Seminars in Baltimore for two beautiful locations to hear these stories. As two of my favorite stops on the Blue-Dot tour, I'm glad to be sharing these stories about the power of psychedelics. -Lex Pelger


Podcast 576 - "Countdown Into Complexity" - Part 4

This podcast features Terence McKenna in a March 1996 workshop where he goes into great detail about his Timewave idea. Although I haven't been including his Timewave talks in recent podcasts, since this series hasn't been posted elsewhere on the Net I've decided to keep the entire weekend's workshop intact. Baring any unexpected new recordings to pop up, this will be the last time that I include a Timewave lecture in the salon. However, this is one of his more comprehensive explanations of...