Natalia Oganesyan: Good Medicine & the Shadow of Aya • Episode 32 • Free •

Natalia Oganesyan: Good Medicine & the Shadow of Aya • Episode 32 • Free •

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I have known Natalia Oganesyan for many years and have witnessed her growth as a medicine woman of great depth. In the first hour of our interview she discusses her Armenian heritage, her journey on the plant medicine path, motherhood, the accrued wisdom in aging, her practice, and more. She shares candidly and honestly and I found so much inspiration in her sharing.
 
In the second hour Natalia opens up for the first time about her experience with her teacher, an ayahuasca shaman from a long traditional lineage. Here, she shares what is rarely talked about, and that is the psychological hold some shamans have on their students, and the black magic that is used in the process. It’s important to know this goes on, especially for those new to this path who are genuinely seeking help and spiritual guidance. With visionary plant and fungi so regaled today, we need to have the full story and that means the dark side too.
 
Natalia’s website: https://www.eridu.life/
Veda Austin: Water As Healer • Episode 31 • Free •

Veda Austin: Water As Healer • Episode 31 • Free •

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I had the great privilege of interviewing water researcher, Veda Austin, recently and what she shared is nothing short of groundbreaking. The results of her research have extraordinary implications for healing in a way that can free humanity and this earth from so much suffering.
 
In the first hour Veda shares how she came to this research, and her backstory is truly inspiring. You will not believe what she went through before arriving at her work today. With regard to the horrific car crash she experienced, Veda shared an element with me that she has not shared publicly before. She explained how she came to explore water through written, photographic and thought promptings beneath a petri-dish of water she then froze for a certain amount of time, which revealed the image of her prompt. If you are unfamiliar with Veda’s work, you will learn things about water that you may never have thought possible.
 
In the second hour Veda focuses specifically on how to heal with water using the crystalization method she has developed. The possibilities here are infinite and Veda shares how one woman, with curiosity and faith, used the crystalization method to heal herself from crippling vaccine damage. Veda discusses the healing elements of different colored glass bottles, and how water uses its own intelligence to heal itself. What a blessing and a grace to be alive now and receive this life-changing information. Veda is a treasure-trove of illumination for this time and what she offers is a quickening to the heart of mankind.
 
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A Stirring Interpretation of The Tree of Knowledge Biblical Story • Episode 30 • Free •

A Stirring Interpretation of The Tree of Knowledge Biblical Story • Episode 30 • Free •

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The oral tradition continued for who knows how many thousands of years until written books began to appear. Many ancient books were composed in a veiled way, utilizing symbol and allegory to tell stories that conveyed a deeper message. Unlike today, where authors express in a forthright manner through books that will hit the printing press to reach the masses, books in the ancient world were written by hand and available mainly to the priestly classes and the very wealthy. Care was often taken to hide the deeper meaning in an effort to preserve the text and protect it from distortion and fabrication. It was mainly the priestly class that interpreted the meaning of a number of these books and this is certainly so for the bible, whose parables and scriptures have shaped the hearts and minds of countless people for the past sixteen centuries or so. 
 
I recently discovered the work of Alvin Boyd Kuhn, who was a writer, philosopher and esotericist who authored over 150 books, essays and published papers. With his years of dedicated study of symbolism, Theosophy, and the wisdom of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, he has written a number of unique and profound essays on his interpretations of common bible stories that are unlike anything I have ever read. His essay on the Tree of Knowledge, the story of Adam and Eve, is one of the most healing pieces of writing I have ever experienced on this topic, as it takes the literal surface story and exposes the extraordinary symbolism within it that speaks to deep and profound principles of Truth on the nature of the soul. Having grown up Catholic and been unmoved by the catechism and the church experience, I can’t help but wonder how I would have responded if I’d been availed of this sublime wisdom.
 
As I realize that many people prefer to listen than read, I begin the first hour with some of my thoughts and then read 2/3’s of Kuhn’s essay, and I think many of you will find his meaningful interpretations of the tree and its leaves, among other elements to be very stirring. The second hour completes his essay, and wait till you hear his interpretation of Eve! My commentary follows on my takeaway from this very evocative interpretation. I also include a few paragraphs and thoughts on his essay titled, The Lost Key to the Scriptures. For anyone who was raised Christian, I think this great man’s insights and research will serve you with a depth of meaning on this particular story that is not found in the conventional interpretations. Personally, I have always found this story to be one that instills shame, particularly on the woman’s role in that telling, and I think many women have been made to carry the shame of that supposed error for well over a thousand years. Kuhn’s sagacious insights and depth of knowledge shatter the purblindness of the conventional interpreters and open the gates of knowledge, wisdom and understanding to the intrepid reader.
Sláinte!
A Psychedelic Facilitator with Heart and Wisdom • Episode 29 • Full •

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I first heard from Aaron Donne early last year when he contacted me and we’ve since had some very deep conversations on the power of the mushroom to heal, and what it means to make that experience available for others. I was struck by his maturity, knowledge and depth of wisdom so of course I asked him if he would be amenable to being interviewed, and lucky for all of us, he agreed.
 
In the first hour Aaron tells how he came to work with the mushroom, sharing a poignant and touching story of an epiphany he experienced while in military school. He goes on to discuss his work and approach, and I think you’ll find what he shares to be incredibly inspiring. In the second hour he discusses his facilitation practice as well as the body-work he does, which comes from an ancient practice using bundles of twigs on the body to stimulate circulation and healing. As well, he shares inspiring stories of experiences working with people with this incredible medicine. I could listen to this kind man for hours.
 
Enjoy this conversation!
 
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A Conversation with Vanese McNeill • Episode 28 • Full •

Happy New Year to you! For this year's first episode I'm sharing a 2-hour recording from a little podcast my friend, Vanese McNeill, and I set out to do back in 2021, called The Bright Knowledge.

The first hour discusses sunlight, light therapy and water and there are some good gems in there to ponder on your health and healing journey. Hour two begins with a poetic transmission Vanese had asked me to share and that got the conversation going where we talked about getting your mind right, working with an archetype for healing, the virus of fear, initiation and more. It is a lively discussion and I hope you'll enjoy it.

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A Conversation with Vanese McNeill • Episode 28 • Free •

A Conversation with Vanese McNeill • Episode 28 • Free •

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A Conversation with Vanese McNeill • Episode 28 • Free •
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Happy New Year to you! For this year’s first episode I’m sharing a 2-hour recording from a little podcast my friend, Vanese McNeill, and I set out to do back in 2021, called, The Bright Knowledge. Our schedules, however, did not allow for it but we had two really interesting conversations that were dynamic and fun and I thought that would be a great way to start the year.
 
The first hour discusses sunlight, light therapy and water and there are some good gems in there to ponder on your health and healing journey. Hour two begins with a poetic transmission Vanese had asked me to share and that got the conversation going where we talked about getting your mind right, working with an archetype for healing, the virus of fear, initiation and more. The sound on my end for this is not great as I was working with a computer that really should have had the heave-ho a couple of years prior. That said, it is a lively discussion and I hope you’ll enjoy it.
 
Sláinte!
 
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