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Adventures Through The Mind

Religion & Spirituality Podcasts

Adventures Through The Mind is an interview-based podcast hosted by Canadian author and public educator, James W. Jesso. Although the show topics range---from spirituality, mental health, and emotional maturity; to love, relationships and sexuality; to history, philosophy, and neuroscience---there are two underlying themes that intersect them all: psychedelics & the mind. James W. Jesso is the author of Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom and The True Light Of Darkness, both about his experiences exploring the potentials of psychedelics.

Adventures Through The Mind is an interview-based podcast hosted by Canadian author and public educator, James W. Jesso. Although the show topics range---from spirituality, mental health, and emotional maturity; to love, relationships and sexuality; to history, philosophy, and neuroscience---there are two underlying themes that intersect them all: psychedelics & the mind. James W. Jesso is the author of Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom and The True Light Of Darkness, both about his experiences exploring the potentials of psychedelics.

Location:

Kitchener, ON

Description:

Adventures Through The Mind is an interview-based podcast hosted by Canadian author and public educator, James W. Jesso. Although the show topics range---from spirituality, mental health, and emotional maturity; to love, relationships and sexuality; to history, philosophy, and neuroscience---there are two underlying themes that intersect them all: psychedelics & the mind. James W. Jesso is the author of Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom and The True Light Of Darkness, both about his experiences exploring the potentials of psychedelics.

Twitter:

@jameswjesso

Language:

English


Episodes

Deep Ecology, Earth Connection, and The Miracle of Life | Sky Otter/Bill Pfeiffer

12/31/2021
Sky Otter (Bill Pfeiffer) joins us to talk about Deep Ecology, the problematic place we are in as a planet, and the profound healing potential still available to us, personally and collectively, through coming back into ecstatic communion and relationship with the Earth. For links to Otter's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind156 ***Full Topics Breakdown Below*** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST ► Patreon:...

Duration:01:47:08

The Healing Potential Of Expanded States | Psychedelic Café 7aling Potential Of Expanded States | Psychedelic Café 7

12/17/2021
What are the healing potentials of expanded states? It is this question that guides the conversation featured on this episode of Adventures Through The Mind, another Psychedelic Café episode. Our guests are Maria Papaspyrou, Nir Tradmor, Natasja Pelgrom, and Renee Harvey. For links to our participants work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/PsyCafe7 ***Full Topics Breakdown Below*** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST ► Patreon:...

Duration:01:51:35

The Regenerative Power Of Mushrooms | Alex Dorr ~ ATTMind 155

12/3/2021
Alex Dorr joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to provide us an overview of mushrooms and the fungi kingdom; the anatomy, life cycle, and evolutionary history of mushrooms; and the role fungi play in the very foundations of life on this planet. We also talk about mycoremediation, mycotechnologies, and go in-depth about the health effects of functional mushrooms such as reishi, lion’s mane, and cordyceps. For links to Dorr's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head...

Duration:01:21:47

Veteran PTSD, Ayahuasca Healing, And The Military-Industrial Complex | Jesse Gould ~ ATTMind 154

11/19/2021
Jesse Gould of Heroic Hearts Project is on the show for this episode to talk about his own battle with PTSD and his recovery through ayahuasca therapy. We also talk about the challenges of integrating back into civilian life after combat, the tragic mental health and suicide statistics amongst veterans, and the role Heroic Hearts Project is playing to help those veterans. More than that though, Jesse and I speak about what it’s like as a soldier to find out that their government lied to...

Duration:01:35:04

Plant Intelligence | Monica Gagliano, PhD ~ ATTMind 153

11/5/2021
Dr. Monica Gagliano takes us on a deep dive into the results of her scientific research into plant intelligence. But she also shares the profound impact of her personal encounters with the living intelligence of the natural world, and what those encounters have revealed about herself, about life, and about the murderous consequences of modern scientific training. We also explore definitions of intelligence and plant intelligence; the impact of anthropocentrism on our relationship to the...

Duration:02:01:58

Hallucinogen Perception Persisting Disorder (HPPD) | Ed Prideaux ~ ATTMind 152

10/22/2021
Ed Prideaux joins us to discuss what Hallucinogen Perception Persisting Disorder (HPPD) is, its symptoms, its history, its association with other mental health conditions, how widespread it seems to be, and how it isn’t necessarily a negative experience. We also speak of psychedelic flashbacks--what they are and what they are not; the role of memory, trauma, and neuroplasticity in HPPD; the pathologizing of neurodiversity; and each of our personal experiences of the condition. For links...

Duration:01:50:51

Yoga, Psychedelics, And The Spirit Of Cannabis | Chris Kilham ~ ATTMind 151

10/8/2021
Chris Kilham joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to explore yoga, cannabis, and yoga and cannabis. We also explore the spirit of cannabis, psychedelics in general as a part of spiritual practice, and the dangerous pitfalls of spiritual narcissism and delusions that arise from all spiritual practice, and especially insular spiritual communities. For links to Chris' work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind151 ***Full Topics Breakdown...

Duration:01:19:37

Group MDMA for Grief And The Recently Bereaved | Shelley and Charley Wininger ~ ATTMind 150

9/24/2021
Shelley and Charley Wininger join us to tell a story of great loss, one that provides the context to wonder about the potential of group MDMA experiences for grief and the recently bereaved, as well as questions about death and dying, feeling safe to be vulnerable, and the profound healing of togetherness in times of great loss. ... For links to Winingers's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind150 ***Full Topics Breakdown...

Duration:01:27:17

Attention And Adderall Addiction In An Age Of Distraction | Casey Schwartz ~ ATTMind 149

9/10/2021
Casey Schwartz, author of Attention: A Love Story, joins us talk about her journey with Adderall addiction; how social media technology influences our attention and behavior; internet reactivity and mob “justice”; psychedelics and their impact on attention; the deeper philosophy of what attention is; and why attention matters. For links to Schwartz's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind149 ***Full Topics Breakdown...

Duration:01:16:34

Wonder And Inquiry In Times Of Trouble | Stephen Jenkinson ~ ATTMind 148

8/27/2021
Our guest for this episode is Stephen Jenkinson and, with him, we will wonder about wonder and inquire–with wonder–about wisdom, prejudice, language, Mystery, generational truancy, the plague, and inquiry itself. For links to Jenkinson's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind148 ***Full Topics Breakdown Below*** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations:...

Duration:01:12:15

The Other Magic Mushroom: Healing Trauma With Amanita Muscaria | Amanita Dreamer ~ ATTMind 147

8/13/2021
Amanita Dreamer is on the show to talk about her story of healing from panic and anxiety with the amanita muscaria mushroom. We also talk about the mushroom's pharmacology, safe preparation and use; and how (and why) it can help us heal from not only childhood trauma but pre-birth and infancy trauma by re-parenting us. Finally, we talk about what it means to live traumatized in a traumatized and traumatizing world and how the amanita mushroom might help us discover, and build, a world that...

Duration:01:54:04

Can We Trust Science? | Danny Nemu ~ ATTMind 146

7/30/2021
Danny Nemu is on the show to talk about Science Revealed, the failures of our scientific institutions, and their unreliability as proxies for sensemaking reality. We explore the question: Can we trust science? ***Interview recorded April 29, 2021 (This is a weird interview because there are several moments where my—I personally consider valid—inclination to push back against certain statements revealed myself as being somewhat wrapped in ideological assumptions and juvenile...

Duration:02:20:48

The Effects of Psilocybin on Creativity | Natasha Mason & Jan Ramaekers ~ ATTMind 145

7/16/2021
Natasha Mason PhD and Jan Ramaekers PhD are on the show to discuss the effects of psilocybin on creativity; the challenge of measuring creativity in a lab; the role creativity plays in mental health; and even the connections between psychedelics, creativity, and movements in art and culture. For links to out guest's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind145 ***Full Topics Breakdown Below*** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST ► Patreon:...

Duration:01:43:35

Ayahuasca Ceremonies and Conflict-Resolution in The West Bank | Leor Roseman and Antwan Saca ~ ATTMind 144

7/2/2021
Antwan Saca and Leor Roseman are two of the authors of the research paper Relational Processes in Ayahuasca Groups of Palestinians and Israelis. They are on the show to talk about that research and the complexities of conflict and conflict-resolution it explores. For links to our guest's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind144 ***Full Topics Breakdown Below*** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ►...

Duration:02:03:19

What Does It Mean To Have A Spiritual Crisis? | Psychedelic Café 6

6/18/2021
In this psychedelic café, we explore spiritual awakening and spiritual crisis; what they are, and what causes them. We also explore how we heal from spiritual crisis; their connection to trauma; the spiritual roots of healing bipolar; differentiating spiritual crisis from clinical psychiatric illness; the anti-theistic paradigm of psychiatry; personal crisis in the context of global climate crisis; and having a force larger than oneself un-make and remake our lives. Our guests are: For...

Duration:01:50:06

Somatic Ketamine Therapy For Depression | Pierre Bouchard ~ ATTMind 143

6/11/2021
Pierre Bouchard is on the show to talk about somatic therapy, the traumatic roots of depression, and the role ketamine-assisted somatic psychotherapy can play in healing that trauma, and thus the depression it produces. For links to Bouchard's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind143 ***Full Topics Breakdown Below*** SUPPORT THIS PODCAST ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/jameswjesso ► Donations:...

Duration:01:12:06

Global Collapse, Spirituality, and The Birth Of The Future Human | Chris Bache, PhD ~ ATTMind 142

4/23/2021
Chris Bache PhD has previously been on the show to talk about his work with high dose LSD journeys, out of his book LSD and The Mind Of The Universe. In that book, he discusses visions he had of ‘the birth of the future human’ emerging out of the incredible suffering and challenges of a total, global collapse. In this interview, Chris outlines why and where he sees this collapse as already having begun and what his LSD journeys into ‘deep time,’ the collective suffering of all humanity, and...

Duration:02:01:58

Drinking The Psychedelic Acacia Trees Of Australia | Psychedelic Café 5

4/9/2021
“Where do the Australian psychoactive acacia species fit into the contemporary, local psychedelic scene, and how does interaction with these species inform a deeper connection to this land and its dreaming?” That's the question we are discussing in this episode of the podcast, psychedelic cafe #5. We talk about the history, pharmacology, and phenomenology of drinking the psychedelic acacia trees of Australia. As well as their conservation, challenges of learning there being no known...

Duration:02:28:14

Neurofeedback Therapy and Psychedelics | Heather Hargraves ~ ATTMind 141

3/26/2021
Heather Hargraves joins us to discuss using neurofeedback therapy to heal the brain and build a resilient nervous system. We also talk about mental health disorders as an adaptive response of the nervous system, rather than a pathology. As well as where neurofeedback therapy fits in as an adjunct to psychotherapy in treat those disorders. We also talk extensively about ADHD, traumatic brain injury, and brain health. And, of particular excitement to you psychedelic-enthusiasts out there,...

Duration:01:38:27

Antidepressants and Psychedelics: Comparisons, Contrasts, and Combinations | Benjamin Malcolm, The Spirit Pharmacist ~ ATTMind 140

3/12/2021
Benjamin Malcolm, aka The Spirit Pharmacist, joins us on to explore and compare the pharmacological actions of antidepressant psychotropics with the actions of the classical psychedelics, ayahuasca, MDMA, and ketamine. We also explore the risk of combining psychedelics, MDMA, and/or ketamine with the different classes of antidepressants, including SSRIs, SNRIs, and MAOIs, and even NDRIs like Wellbutrin and Strattera. This episode is chock full of very specific information about...

Duration:01:45:34