Have you ever experienced a psychedelic encounter with a plant spirit or an entity?
Have you ever experienced a spirit realm or being healed by a shaman? Have you ever felt as though you invoked some type of divination or noetic insight while on psychedelics? Have you ever wondered if any of that was real or just merely a hallucination?
The increasing popularity of using psychedelic substances within so-called shamanic ceremonies has introduced ideas and beliefs into the modern world that push conceptual limits of the rational mind. The rise of plant shamanism is a cultural force to be reckoned with and that which we encounter with shamanism can feel urgent and real. Yet, however real the experiences with a shamanic encounter may feel, the question still remains: how real is it, really?
Different people take different stances on this question and perhaps the actual answer is impossible to truly know (especially, if you, like myself, are a postmodernist at heart), but the discussion as to what is real and what is hallucination is an important one for us to have. It is with this in mind that I introduce to you the guests for this episode of Adventures Through the Mind, Julian Palmer and James Kent.
These two gentlemen represent drastically oppositional positions on the reality of the shamanic experience. So I asked them to come onto the show and debate this question:
What do you believe is the fundamental nature of that which arises within a psychedelic experiences, in particular regards to what is often called The Shamanic paradigm, including the existence of a spirit realm, encounters with plant spirits or entities and the capacity to invoke healing or divination within a psychedelic experiences by way of this paradigm?
This is a juicy one.
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is psychonaut, author and ayahuasca facilitator whose book Articulations is a potent and interesting journey through the insights on psychedelics he earned over the course of the last twenty years. He is an expert in dimethyltryptamine(DMT)-containing acacia plants and is often touting as the man who named and popularized Changa —a smokable herbal blend infused with DMT and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), mimicking the pharmacological effects of Ayahuasca.
Check Out Palmer’s interview on ATTMind ~ On The Meaning And Utilization Of Psychedelics | Julian Palmer ~ ATTMind 16
has been studying psychedelics for over twenty-five years. He was the editor of Psychedelic Illuminations Magazine, publisher of Trip Magazine, and founder of DoseNation.com. His book, Psychedelic Information Theory, is an examination of the physical processes behind psychedelic hallucination. His latest project is the final ten episodes of the DoseNation podcast, where he explores the darker side of psychedelics and the psychedelic community.
Check Out Kent’s interview on ATTMind ~ The Psychedelic Dark Side: Cults, Psychosis & Delusional Ideation w/ James Kent ~ ATTMind 58
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