Chronicles of a Psychonaut
010 The Learning Curve

010 The Learning Curve

September 2, 2018

We all have to start somewhere and for most of us, that somewhere is the beginning. Duh! I'm joined today by my long time friend Iskah Avaya to discuss the highs and lows of the spiritual path and in particular, some of the mistakes that are made when we first awaken to a greater sense of awareness. Are you someone who felt like you needed to enlighten ALL your friends and family to the awakened perspective that you so very recently grasped? Have you ever highlighted someone's indulgences and shortcomings while so conveniently ignoring your own? We've all been there. In this episode we discuss "spiritual bypassing" and also take some digs at the weird beliefs of the new age community. We also discuss masculine and feminine dynamics and where we think today's social trends will bring us.

Reach Iskah at medicineweaver@gmail.com
www.iskahavaya.com

Intro music by Timo Beckwith
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009 The Stuff of Myths and Legends

009 The Stuff of Myths and Legends

August 26, 2018

My guest today is Kai San and this was an impromptu episode that ended up going DEEP! We started off talking about his experiences traversing the underworld with ayahuasca and eventually wound our way into the realms of depth psychology, mythology, astrology, and archetype. It's the subconscious things that drive us and our inner world is inevitably characterized into myths about the deeper human story that we all share.

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008 Psychedelic Integration

008 Psychedelic Integration

August 19, 2018

Psychedelic integration is the process that takes place after a psychedelic journey and is the opportunity to come to terms with the experience as well as apply the insights learned to one's daily life. It's an essential process but is often overlooked by many people who explore the shamanic realms. Too often we go straight back to our lives or ignore the insights that we've gained from the experience. Today I'm joined by Daniel Shankin from Mt. Tam Integration to talk about the integration process and why it's important, as well as the importance and benefit of ceremony and intention around the use of these substances.

Learn more about the 6 week online integration intensive at tamintegration.com
Use the code "Finch" for $50 off.

Medicine song is Aguila Aguile by German Virguez y Lupita Castro.

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007 Ayahuasca - A Cautionary Tale

007 Ayahuasca - A Cautionary Tale

August 13, 2018

Ayahuasca and the medicine path can provide tremendous opportunities for healing and growth but a person can also find themselves in harm's way if they're not careful. Today I bring you the experiences of Jesse Klein, who sat in over 100 ayahuasca ceremonies over a 3 year period. He tells of the highs and the lows, but in particular how he found himself overextended and depleted after such a focused time on the medicine path. I relate my own story as well, which is similar to Jesse's and so many other people I know. It's very easy to get caught up in the highs of ayahuasca and want to keep going faster and faster, higher and higher. We share some of the wisdom gleaned from difficult experiences and learning the hard way.

I've decided to start sharing a medicine song after each episode because the music is such a beautiful and important part of these ceremonies. I speak a description and basic translation beforehand. The song at the end of this episode is Agua de Estrellas and it's performed by Diego Palma. 

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006 The Man With No Name

006 The Man With No Name

August 5, 2018

My guest today is The Man With No Name. He goes by Nanashi, which is Japanese for "no name," and he is a cultivator and exporter of psychedelic plants. This episode was recorded in Chiang Mai, Thailand when I was there in March 2018. Nanashi is an ethnobotanist and studies the relationship between people and plants. He has been nurturing his garden in Thailand for the last 15 years and I got to speak with him about his experiences with these plants as well as tap into the knowledge he has acquired through extensive study. He was willing to speak to me under the condition of anonymity, due to the fact that he puts himself at personal risk by doing the work that he does. We covered a number of subjects, including the benefits and dangers of datura, his experience gathering and eating peyote with the Huichol people, and a different way to make ayahuasca by using the leaves instead of the vine.

Reach out to Nanashi at nanashigarden@gmx.com
He's also an administrator on the website http://www.sharetheseeds.me/

Intro music is classical music from Northern Thailand

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005 Adventures in Hong Kong

005 Adventures in Hong Kong

July 29, 2018
I traveled to Asia for two months this Spring to experience different cultures and ways of being. It's so easy to forget the ways in which we view the world through our native cultural lens. Travel always helps me to illuminate those aspects of myself that are a product of cultural conditioning so that I can better understand who I really am apart from it.
 
In this episode of Chronicles of a Psychonaut, I sit down with new friend Natalie Goni in Hong Kong. She's originally from England and has been living there for the last 5 years. We talk about the differences between Eastern and Western cultures, the respectful nature and efficiency of Hong Kong (in spite of it being one of the most densely populated cities in the world), and a Brit's view on America and some of the advantages of American culture that some of us may not have considered.

With prior experience in corporate finance, Natalie is a personal and professional business coach and helps people strike a sustainable balance between functionality and personal wellness. Check her out at www.nataliegoni.com 

This is the first of two episodes I recorded in Asia. Tune in next week when I take us to Thailand to speak with an ethnobotanist who started a business there growing psychedelic plants.

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004 Intimacy and Sexual Healing

004 Intimacy and Sexual Healing

July 23, 2018
SEX. It's the topic of today's episode, as well as the word most likely to get your attention! Join me as I speak with Jasmyn, who works in the field of sexual healing and helps her clients recover from trauma and open into greater levels of intimacy. Her work involves sensual and sexual touch as well as relationship and intimacy coaching. The field certainly is taboo in our culture but we talk about the benefits of receiving services offered by a professional provider.
 
Intimacy is a huge part of relationships and we discussed some of the reasons why passion in relationships can fade and how to reignite the spark as well as some of the common misunderstandings between men and women and how to bridge the communication and intimacy gap to help overcome what lies between us. We also discussed feminine empowerment in the modern age and how women can find their power and feel safe to be radiant in an often sexually aggressive culture.
 

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003 Healing and Self-Understanding

003 Healing and Self-Understanding

July 15, 2018

Chronicles of a Psychonaut is about much more than psychedelics. It's really a platform for story telling. At one point I realized I have a lot of very wise friends with incredible stories that have largely gone untold. These are regular people with extraordinary experiences in the realms of visionary plants, sexuality, healing and trauma recovery, community building, etc. This podcast was created to be a repository for these stories from people like you and me. Have a story to tell?? Let me know!

Today's episode features Denell Nawrocki. She tells her story of how she healed herself from HPV and cervical dysplasia without the invasive methods used in Western medicine. She now helps educate other women on how to do the same. We also talk about sexuality and the 3 types of orgasm a woman can experience, the benefits of meditation, co-dependency and unconscious manipulation, and even a bit about American history. This episode was originally recorded back in February. We had a fascinating and in-depth conversation and I think you'll enjoy it.

Denell Nawrocki, MA is an Educator, Speaker, Guide and Facilitator specializing in women's health and earth-based healing. She believes in the body's ability to regenerate and guides others to connect to their body to find empowerment in self-healing.

Since 2010, Denell has done extensive study in the fields of health, healing, personal transformation, indigenous wisdom, plant medicine and history. All of this culminates in her mission to lead people to be in loving relationship with their Body so as to repair the Sacred Web of Life. She received her MA in Integrative Health Studies from Calfornia Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and a BA in History from UC Davis.

Reach her at:
http://www.cervicalwellness.com/
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/denell.nawrocki/
https://www.instagram.com/cervicalwellness/

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002 Cacao, Ayahuasca, and the Medicine Path

002 Cacao, Ayahuasca, and the Medicine Path

July 9, 2018

I am joined today by Sena Shellenberger, who organizes cacao retreats to help people get in touch with their emotions and open their hearts. She left her job at Google to pursue an interest in plant medicine and the healing path. In this episode we hear her story and experiences with cacao and ayahuasca. Cacao is the raw form of chocolate and has been used by indigenous people in Central and South America for thousands of years. It contains an alkaloid related to caffeine called theobromine, which is stimulating and increases blood flow in the body. It also helps people get in touch with their emotions, especially those related to the heart. 

Sena Shellenberger
Instagram @sena__maria
www.sena-maria.com

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001 Introduction to Ayahuasca

001 Introduction to Ayahuasca

June 30, 2018

Chronicles of a Psychonaut is about personal growth and the psychedelic experience. Human beings have been altering their consciousness since the beginning of recorded history, be it with caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco, or psychedelics such as marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, or recent chemicals like LSD. Come and listen to my real life tales of peering through the "doors of perception." We will delve into the insights and wisdom gleaned from the experience as well as the dangers and hard lessons.

This episode is an introduction to one of the most powerful psychedelic plants, the Amazonian medicine known as ayahuasca. I am joined by my friend Lauren Pittman to help describe the experience and we discuss the pharmacology, aspects of the ceremony, and the overall spiritual experience. Please enjoy, and I welcome your feedback and interaction on social media.

Intro and outro didgeridoo music by Jahni Coyote - http://www.jahnicoyote.com/

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