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You can see the emerging consciousness movement everywhere: the mainstreaming of mindfulness and yoga, the popularity of all things witchy, the growing interest in whole plant botanical medicines, the respectful study of indigenous wisdom traditions, the rise of the divine feminine, and the long overdue awakening to the potential of psychedelics. Each week host Ken Jordan talks with guests who share insightful stories about their own awakening experiences, and how they bring that awareness into what they do in the world.

You can see the emerging consciousness movement everywhere: the mainstreaming of mindfulness and yoga, the popularity of all things witchy, the growing interest in whole plant botanical medicines, the respectful study of indigenous wisdom traditions, the rise of the divine feminine, and the long overdue awakening to the potential of psychedelics. Each week host Ken Jordan talks with guests who share insightful stories about their own awakening experiences, and how they bring that awareness into what they do in the world.
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You can see the emerging consciousness movement everywhere: the mainstreaming of mindfulness and yoga, the popularity of all things witchy, the growing interest in whole plant botanical medicines, the respectful study of indigenous wisdom traditions, the rise of the divine feminine, and the long overdue awakening to the potential of psychedelics. Each week host Ken Jordan talks with guests who share insightful stories about their own awakening experiences, and how they bring that awareness into what they do in the world.

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Starhawk – The Feminist Future

11/14/2018
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The witches among us are pioneering the link between feminine empowerment and environmentalism. And no one has done more here than Starhawk. Her bestselling book, The Spiral Dance, helped bring Goddess worship to the religious forefront, and left an indelible mark on feminist spiritual consciousness. She talks with Ken about the current political moment, the future of feminism, and how to use permaculture principles to heal social ills. Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer...

Duration:01:10:13

Dennis McKenna, Ben De Loenen, Andrea Langlois – Making Ayahuasca Legal

11/7/2018
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In recent years, as plant medicines like ayahuasca and iboga have gained traction in the West, there’s been a lot of tension between our society’s attitudes about what it calls “drugs”, and the sacred nature of these powerful messengers. In this episode, Ken speaks with three expert activists dedicated to society’s healthy use of plant spirit medicines: Ben De Loenen, the founder and Executive Director of ICEERS, Andrea Langlois, ICEERS’ Director of Engagement, and Dennis McKenna, who we...

Duration:01:40:05

Pam Grossman - Being a Real Witch

10/31/2018
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This Halloween edition of The Evolver we look at witchery as a spiritual practice. The witches are rising, reintroducing our culture to the importance of natural cycles, the intelligence of the body, the prevalence of occult energies, and the profound healing potential of plants. Ken’s guest, Pam Grossman, sees the return of the witch as a global movement — a part of fourth wave feminism, and an embrace of rebellious feminine power. But Pam herself is a longtime practicing witch for whom the...

Duration:01:31:20

Daniel Siegel: The Science of Expanded Awareness

10/24/2018
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If meditation didn’t exist, would scientists have had to invent it? Dr. Daniel Siegel is a scientist by training and disposition who found his way, unbeknownst to himself, into creating a powerful, innovative meditation technique that is now used by many thousands of people. As he discusses with Ken in today’s episode, Dan came to it as a psychiatrist with no prior experience of meditation. But his study of the brain and body and how to treat his suffering patients led him to develop a set...

Duration:01:24:43

Robin Rose Bennett - Listening to Plants

10/17/2018
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Nature is speaking to all of us with a gentle insistence, asking us to pay attention to so much that modern society has taught us to ignore. Robin Rose Bennett is one of the innovative teachers of a new generation of plant conscious people who are learning to how to listen in a modern way. She is a renowned herbalist who combines study of indigenous practices with the scientific understanding of the healing properties of plants. Through her work, she gives voice to the healing wild food and...

Duration:01:05:31

Alex Grey - Art and The Visionary Experience

10/10/2018
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Visionary artists draw maps of the ineffable for the rest of us. In today’s episode, Alex Grey talks with Ken about his approach to this visionary plane, and the steps it took for him to give himself fully to expressions of the cosmic. In the process, they discuss Alex’s deep connection to Ram Dass, his thoughts about gurus, about working with shadow material, the drug war, and what it’s like to see your artwork tattooed on thousands of people. They also dive into the inspiration behind the...

Duration:01:17:14

Kim Krans - The Art of Tarot

10/3/2018
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“Season of the Witch, Ep. 2” - Tarot has returned as a popular intuitive practice, and The Wild Unknown Tarot, a New York Times bestseller, has become one of the definitive decks of the decade. Kim Krans’ delicate and numinous pen and ink deck has an indie music confidence about it. As Kim discusses with Ken on today’s episode, The Wild Unknown deck, and the decks and books since, appeared as she opened herself toward synchronistic and mystical currents in her own life — then led her in...

Duration:01:08:03

Dennis McKenna - The Entheogenic Imagination

9/26/2018
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The McKenna brothers — Terence and Dennis — are widely regarded as having paved the gringo road to the Amazonian plant medicine experience. Dennis’ exploration of this territory dates back a half century, and he is among its most knowledgeable cartographers. In this episode, he and Ken discuss questions that arise when entheogens are an important part of your life: What’s the difference between a plant psychedelic and a chemical? How should you choose a shaman? What role does integration...

Duration:01:30:39

Allyson Grey - Making Visionary Community

9/19/2018
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“Season of the Witch, Ep. 1” - The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM), is among the most vibrant, innovative, and long-lived transformational communities on the East Coast. It revolves around the Visionary Art of painters Alex and Allyson Grey. Located about 2 hours north of New York City along the Hudson River in the town of Wappingers Falls, CoSM has long been a community where the psychedelic approach to the visionary experience is honored and supported, and the role of creativity in...

Duration:01:07:10

Alberto Villoldo - The Heart of the Shaman

9/12/2018
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As Alberto Villoldo explains in today’s episode, when shamans are trained in an ancient lineage, they become versed in the way that spiritual energy operates in the universe. They develop special abilities that are present but latent in all of us, including the ability to see auras, clairvoyant communication, and the channeling of spirits. In the shamanic world view, the tool kit you use to heal the sick also provides the context for understanding what illness actually is — an energetic...

Duration:00:57:16

Mitch Horowitz - The Power of Your Mind

9/5/2018
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Can the right thought, properly focused and articulated, get you what you want? Mitch Horowitz insists that it can. He sums it up with the phrase, “Thoughts are causative.” In his forthcoming book, The Miracle Club, Mitch brings a level of intelligent reflection to the power of the mind to create reality that it hasn’t see since the days of William James. As you will hear, he’s also a wonderful teacher with a passionate feeling for his subject. Mitch Horowitz is a PEN Award-winning...

Duration:01:21:00

Jules Evans – The Insights of Ecstasy

8/22/2018
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Ecstatic experiences can be doorways to knowing, opportunities for profound transformation. The British philosopher Jules Evans joins Ken to discuss his own exploration of ecstasy, as chronicled in his book “The Art of Losing Control: A Philosopher’s Search for Ecstatic Experience.” They start with the stoics and the practical side of ancient Greek philosophy, then dive into the many ways that the ecstatic is now making itself available in our world, after centuries of repression— from raves...

Duration:01:28:30

Gino Yu - The Science of Consciousness

8/15/2018
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We’re learning a lot in the lab about higher consciousness, about the neuroscience and physiology of the states that lead to “enlightenment” — or at least what some people mean by that word. Dr. Gino Yu is a consciousness researcher at PolyU in Hong Kong, with 80 published academic papers to his credit. Gino and Ken discuss digital technologies to support awakening experiences, psychic phenomena, energy healing, the stages of awakening consciousness, what could be called “enlightenment,” and...

Duration:01:21:35

Jeff Krasno - Wanderlust and the Global Yoga Movement

8/8/2018
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Wanderlust has become one of the largest yoga communities in the world — certainly the largest in the West. This year they produced some 65 yoga festivals in 16 countries. Jeff Krasno, Wanderlust’s co-founder and executive chairman, talks with Ken about the importance of community in yoga practice, about how an activated yoga community could transform American political culture, and why the network of thousands of yoga studios could be home base for the change. They also explore Wanderlust’s...

Duration:01:14:16

Nichol Bradford - Technologies for Transcendence

8/1/2018
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Could tech be designed to catalyze spiritual awakening? Transformative technology is an approach to innovation that aims to give people tools that can support human wellbeing, and, most interestingly, catalyze expanded states of consciousness. Gadgets today can help you learn to meditate. Could future devices help you transcend your ego? There’s a burgeoning trans tech scene, much of it centered in the Bay Area around the Transformative Technology Lab at Sofia University co-founded by...

Duration:01:17:10

Sharon Gannon - Inventing Yoga for America

7/25/2018
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How did yoga become so popular in America? One of the epicenters where the transformation took place was Jivamukti Yoga Center in New York's East Village. Ken talks with Jivamukti co-founder and legendary teacher Sharon Gannon about how she wedded rigorous asanas with Sanskrit chanting and meditation, presented it as a complete philosophy grounded in Eastern mysticism, and somehow, improbably, made yoga hip. People showed up in droves, as did celebrities like Madonna, Sting, Willem Defoe and...

Duration:00:54:32

Jamie Wheal - The Power of Altered States

7/18/2018
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“We now understand the neuro-biological mechanisms for changing consciousness at will,” explains Jamie Wheal, co-author of the bestseller Stealing Fire. Jamie reveals the passion behind the writing of Stealing Fire, which he describes as a “love letter to hidden prometheans and priests,” and the personal experiences that inspired his creation of the Flow Genome Project, where he is Executive Director. Jamie Wheal is a leading expert on the neuro-physiology of human performance. His work...

Duration:01:10:15

Rachel Harris, PhD - Ayahuasca and Psychotherapy

7/11/2018
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Could ayahuasca replace your therapist? Psychologist Rachel Harris, PhD, has 35 years in private practice and is an award winning academic researcher. But the most profound emotional healing of her life came from ayahuasca ceremonies. Rachel talks with Ken about her own healing journey, and how it led to the groundbreaking research presented in her book “Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety.” Rachel was in the 1968 Esalen Institute Residential...

Duration:01:02:29

David Sauvage - An Empath’s Self-Discovery

7/4/2018
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Recently we’ve been hearing more about “empaths”, those who pick up and internalize the feelings, the emotions, of other people. That’s how David Sauvage describes his own experience. We discuss how David discovered that much of the pain he carried was not his own, and how he learned to protect himself by creating safe boundaries, and at times consciously processes those emotions to release them. As he came to understand his capabilities, David turned his vulnerability into a power to help...

Duration:01:06:09

Duncan Trussell - Meditation Tips and Disembodied Gurus

6/27/2018
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How do you get present, truly in the moment? The comedian Duncan Trussell (@duncantrussell) talks with humor and insight with Ken about his meditation practice, his connection to his guru, his time with Ram Dass, the period when he thought his stand up wasn’t funny, and the immeasurable benefits of mala beads. He’s the host of the popular podcast, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour. Follow us on Instagram at The Evolver Podcast. The Evolver is sponsored by The Alchemist’s Kitchen, a botanical...

Duration:00:56:06