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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Rak Razam: Psychedelic Elder & Man of Wisdom • Episode 27 • Free •

Rak Razam: Psychedelic Elder & Man of Wisdom • Episode 27 • Free •

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Rak Razam: Psychedelic Elder & Man of Wisdom • Episode 27 • Free •
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I had the pleasure of meeting Rak Razam over ten years ago when he interviewed me for his podcast, In A Perfect World. I was taken by his warmth and generous spirit and impressed with his accomplishments in journalism, filmmaking, public speaking, and his intrepid spirit in exploring the psychedelic world. He is an elder voice in the psychedelic community and an inspiring and engaging speaker on the reverent use of these medicines and their potential to assist us in shaping our world for the better.
 
In the first hour Rak discusses the revolutionary potential of psychedelics, touching on their possible co-opting by those in power who would utilize them as a kind of Soma for the masses. He speaks to the importance of cultivating a relationship with nature to where it is actually felt rather than simply mediated through technology, comparing the modern mindset to that of the traditional healers found in intact indigenous communities. He weaves his words thoughtfully and I know you will appreciate what he has to say.
 
Hour two continues with more good words of wisdom on opening to a path of expansion, recognizing and responding to the needs of the planet and one’s communities, and so much more. Rak brings so much to the table and I think you will very much enjoy this episode.
 
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Ibogaine for Addiction and Psycho-Spiritual Transformation • Episode 26 • Free •

Ibogaine for Addiction and Psycho-Spiritual Transformation • Episode 26 • Free •

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Ibogaine for Addiction and Psycho-Spiritual Transformation • Episode 26 • Free •
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I am honored to introduce you to Richie Ogulnick, who has dedicated his life to helping people heal with Ibogaine. Very few people realize there is a natural cure for opioid addiction and other addictions like alcohol, cocaine, kratom, fentanyl, etc. Ibogaine has also helped many people who suffer from PTSD, depression, and a host of other challenges. It is a naturally occurring psychoactive compound found in the root bark of the Tabernanthe iboga, a shrub native to Central and West Africa.
Richie has been working with Ibogaine for almost 30 years and has much to share on the subject. In the first hour he begins by explaining the difference between Ibogaine and Iboga, then shares how he came to into connection with this powerful medicine and how it is used.
Hour two discusses the precautions as there are contraindications, and specific health requirements must be met in order to safely use Ibogaine. With his depth of experience I asked Richie to share stories of his work with people over the years, which was hugely educational and gave me great hope for the future. Truly, nature in her genius has the cure for every ill. Please share this episode with anyone you know who suffers from addiction, PTSD, depression, etc. This man is a national treasure!
Richie’s Cell: 352-519-6181
Truth Beauty and the Good • Episode 25 • Free •

Truth Beauty and the Good • Episode 25 • Free •

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Truth Beauty and the Good • Episode 25 • Free •
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Many are familiar with this phrase but few know its origins, nor do they realize just how bereft our culture is of that depth of knowing today. I asked Steve and Krys Crimi of Logosophia Books, www.logosophiabooks.com to once again share their depth of knowledge and wisdom with us on this topic. What they share offers a window into the ancient mystery tradition where direct experience through transcendent states ignited the flame that lives within each of us. They speak to the soul-stirring beauty of Islamic art, Plato’s folly in turning the mystery tradition into rationalism, thought vs direct experience, the usurpation of the luminous light of knowing through the theory of relativity, which branched out to art, literature, architecture, and more.
The second hour discusses in greater depth the abstraction of the numinous via intellect rather than inner experience. The conversation goes from polyester to Penn Station, to the light of the heavens flowing into the living experience through such masterpieces as gothic cathedrals, stained glass, and more.
I always feel like I am sitting at the feet of wise elders when I am in conversation with Krys and Steve. I invite you to brew a nice cup of coffee or tea, get comfortable and receive their striking insights and wisdom.
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Crowds, Propaganda, State Schooling, Oh MY! • Episode 24 • Free •

Crowds, Propaganda, State Schooling, Oh MY! • Episode 24 • Free •

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 Having read French Sociologist, Gustave Le Bon’s, illuminating book, The Psychology of Crowds, over the summer, I made a note to do an episode on crowd manipulation, the undermining insidiousness of propaganda, and the history of government-run schooling. Not a subject the average person wants to know about and yet each and every one of us continues to be saturated in propaganda and social programming everyday. If we put our heads in the sand on this our social issues will continue unabated. No hero is coming to save us and certainly no president from either wing of that same bird either.
 
Knowledge is power and those who have the curiosity and mental clarity to study how social manipulation works are able to see the con and avoid its spell. In this episode I will be sharing information that most people have little to no awareness of. Le Bon’s book explains the foundational steps of how control of the masses works, which may sound uncomfortably familiar to those who listen in. The subject of social engineering would be incomplete without discussing that odious character, Edward Bernays, and equally odious, Frederick W. Taylor, the anti-intellectual and hater of the individual and, I’m afraid, one of the architects of compulsory schooling.
 
The second hour focuses on the Prussian school system, which is the blueprint for compulsory schooling in this country. I share from the esteemed, John Taylor Gatto’s book, The Underground History of American Education, which is absolutely mind-blowing. In order to solve a problem properly we must address its cause. This will give you some food for thought and hopefully some inspiration as well.
 
Sláinte!
The Great American Eclipse Cycle • Episode 23 • Free •

The Great American Eclipse Cycle • Episode 23 • Free •

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The Great American Eclipse Cycle • Episode 23 • Free •
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This is my second time interviewing astrologist, Robert Phoenix, and he did not disappoint. Robert gave his listeners a big head’s up in fall of 2019 that something major and debilitating was coming in 2020. That information inspired me to prepare practically and mentally/emotionally for what was coming and I weathered that storm. We are now two eclipses into a notable eclipse cycle, with the third and final eclipse occurring in April of 2024. The above image is the path of these 3 eclipses happening right on the U.S.A. These particular eclipses mark massive upheaval in this country, rippling outward to the rest of the world.
 
A maxim of the medieval alchemists states, “As above, so below.” Our night sky has informed humanity for millennia, guiding ships and marking omens and major turning points. In this episode Robert discusses the astrology playing out through these eclipses and the effects that we’ve experienced thus far, and what is a likely scenario for the next few years. Astrology often feels like the script for what plays out here on earth and one can easily understand why kings, queens, presidents and other leaders and influencers have had their astrologists and continue to use them today.
 
Robert is not an astrologist who sugar-coats, and the information he brings for these next few years is sobering, but as the old saying goes, “forewarned is forearmed” and the practical, grounded side of me wants to know what’s ahead so I can prepare accordingly. Adversity is a great and powerful teacher and our spirit is more ready than many of us realize to greet the challenges with courage and aplomb.
 
To learn more about Robert and to book a session, you can visit his website, https://robertphoenix.com/
 
I recommend listening to his Sunday Night Astro-Live on YouTube:
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