13. Psychedelic Healing: From Microdosing to Transcendence - Jim Fadiman

Safe, therapeutic, and sacred psychedelic journeys have the potential to enact profound transformation and healing on both a personal and a societal level. Many mistake these substances for party drugs, but their true medicine lies in the properly prepared and undertaken journey inward.

Scientists were just starting to understand the therapeutic benefits of LSD, psilocybin, and more in the 1960's when the many studies being done were suddenly shut down. Research is thriving again today, and we are beginning to understand their role in healing addiction, PTSD, anxiety and depression, and so much more.

James Fadiman has been at the forefront of this research for over 50 years. He is a writer and researcher with a PhD in Psychology and is the author of many books, including The Psychedelic Explorers Guide, which details how both journeyers and guides can create optimal conditions to have the best possible experience. Jim has also popularized the phenomenon of microdosing (taking tiny, sub-perceptual microdoses of psychedelic substances to enhance performance and treat ailments). 

In the Intro:

  • How Jim and I met
  • The amazing free resource Jim is making available to listeners

In the Interview:

  • That feeling when the future Ram Dass gives you LSD in Paris and changes your life forever
  • Ken Kesey, Albert Hoffman, Huston Smith and other heroes of mine who Jim knew
  • Why psychedelic research got shut down in the 60's and what was being researched then
  • How psychedelics work
  • How to have safe, therapeutic, and sacred journeys
  • Microdosing for: depression, colds, menstrual problems, asthma, allergies, stroke, and SO MUCH MORE
  • Dying is absolutely safe

Links:

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8. Planetary Intelligence, Ancestral Resonance, & the Perception of the Heart - Stephen Harrod Buhner

There is a vast intelligence in Nature, which both precedes and envelopes human consciousness. By opening our doors of perception- the heart, the senses, the nervous system- we can engage in communion with this field and come to know the world in which we are embedded as sentient, responsive, and ever-adapting, just as our ancestors did.

Stephen Harrod Buhner is an earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. He teaches about the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth. 

In the intro:

  • The attentive noticing of the soul
  • An herbalist's perspective on cold & flu
  • Empowerment & herbalism
  • Giveaway!

In the interview:

  • Stephen’s memories of his physician great-grandfather, and how DNA carries more than just physical information down through the generations
  • The tendency toward high sensitivity in plant people
  • Sensory gating channels & discerning meaning from the touch of the world upon us
  • The doors of perception & how psychedelics, or “neurognostics”, effect them
  • Plant perception and the neural networks in root systems- humans do not have a monopoly on intelligence
  • The function of psychedelics in the ecosystem, apart from and long before human use
  • The birth of James Lovelock’s Gaia theory and how real innovation & paradigm shifts can only happen outside of institutions
  • How we can recover the intelligence of the heart in the direct perception of nature
  • Visionary plant encounters & knowing plants through dreaming states
  • Aisthesis- the exchange of soul essence between two life forms 
  • The misunderstood nature, vast intelligence, and ecological necessity of bacterial & viral life forms
  • The age of miracle drugs is over, just as so many people are stepping into the world of herbalism
  • Herbs are much better able to deal with infections and disease than technological medicine is
  • Stephen’s opinion on whether or not humans, and the earth, will survive
  • What happened in the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918: “The thing we haven’t learned is the dangers of our hubris”
  • True self-empowerment v reliance on outside medical knowledge
  • The paradigm shift that happens when you realize that all around you are plants with exceptional medicine that you can learn to use
  • The process of eldering and the point when the inevitability of dying becomes predominant 
  • Herbal lineage, the march of generations, and young folks as the torch-bearers for the future of herbalism

Links:

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6. Naming Your Lineage & Deeply Releasing Fear - Amy Mea Woodruff

When she was 7 months pregnant, Amy Mea Woodruff's best friend was murdered by a stranger in her home. Amy speaks about this experience publicly for the first time, sharing the alternative grieving pathway she quickly carved out for herself as she sought to nurture and protect the life growing inside of her while simultaneously mourning the loss of her beloved soul sister.

Experiences from her past that had grounded Amy deeply into herself were an anchor throughout this process, including the conscious use of psychedelics and a longstanding practice of learning about and connecting with her ancestors. 

Amy (aka Daughter of the Sun) is a mother, craftswoman, land steward, budding flower farmer, and the founder and organizer of the Spirit Weavers Gathering.

 

In the Intro:

My experience with Spirit Weavers (from skeptic to enthusiast)

My first psychedelic experience

 

In the Interview:

Amy (Mea)’s two (& more!) names

Claiming your lineage and invoking your ancestors by speaking their names aloud

Amy shares the story of her best friend Cheree’s murder and her grieving and healing process

My and Amy’s journeys with forgiving the people who caused the deaths of our loved ones

Diving deep with Amanita muscaria & the time/space collapse (we also each speak about our relationship with cannabis)

Naming the land that raised us and listening to indigenous women

Amy’s feral childhood, Choctaw & Cherokee ancestors, and the wild foodways she grew up with

The challenges and rewards of founding and running the Spirit Weavers Gathering

Stewarding land and listening to nature

 

LINKS:

Amy's blog post expanding on this conversation and sharing photos of Cheree and of her ancestors

The Spirit Weavers Gathering

Alela Diane

Hawane Rios talk

Lyla June on the For the Wild podcast- On Resistance and Forgiveness in the Final Years of Patriarchy

Stay on the Spirit Weavers land in Southern Oregon via HipCamp

Music by Mariee Sioux (from the song Wild Eyes)

Mythic Medicinals herbals

Which Magical Herb is Your Spirit Plant? quiz

Medicine Stories Facebook Group

Medicine Stories Patreon

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5. Reclaiming the Ancient Human Way of Death - Cari & Richard Leversee

Six days before leaving her body, Cari Leversee and her husband Richard spoke with me about their journey together unto death. Cari died the way she had lived- with curiosity and grace, exploring, learning, and teaching every day. Our conversation is both profound and beautiful, and I am honored to have been a conduit through which Cari's wisdom, in her time of dying, can reach a wider audience.

In the intro:

  • How some people become exalted beings in their time of dying

In the interview:

  • Dying out loud + creating a living funeral

  • Approaching death with wonder, & finding love in the face of terror

  • Mushrooms & microbes as honored elders / Cari’s experience microdosing on psilocybin during the dying process  / Mushrooms teach us to lead with soul consciousness, show us how to die, and greatly reduce fear in terminal patients

  • Bringing together the love and life and grief and pain and agony of death is where the healing happens

  • Grief and love are not different emotions- the depth of love equals the depth of grief

  • Home funerals: ecstasy, healing, and community / Alternative options for body disposal- deep sea burial, alkaline hydrolosis (or water cremation), green burial / Casket art

  • “I want to go into my death with my arms open”

  • What it is like to watch your beloved life partner die, “I have no intention of getting over my grief.”

  • How our culture gets grief wrong

  • I ask Cari if she's afraid

  • In death, you recognize the true source of self

In the Outro:

  • Cari's passing
  • We die how we lived
  • More about microdosing

Links:

Cari Leversee

4. Multidimensional Plants & the Fabric of Consciousness - Asia Suler

There are countless medicinal plants and fungi out there, and among them are a special class of vision-enhancing gatekeepers to the Otherworld. These beings can expand our consciousness and allow us to perceive more than our physical senses can normally detect.

Asia Suler of One Willow Apothecaries is an herbalist, educator, and writer with a deeply layered, highly intuitive relationship to the medicine of the earth. Her incredible way with words and ability to convey complex subjects with ease have made her a highly sought after herbal teacher (lucky for us she has many online courses!). I love the plant haling and consciousness exploring aspects of our talk, but I also *really* love our conversational foray into living under patriarchy and why the nice girl trope has to die.

In the intro:

  • Bear medicine 
  • My ancient ice age grandmother & the Saami
  • Herbal Tip - drawing salves
  • "The center is the goal, and everything is directed toward that center"

In the interview:

  • How Asia’s full name is "a pretty perfect etymological encapsulation of what I ended up doing with my life”

  • Journeying to ancestral lands & how the ancestors are in the land (literally tho)

  • The fabric of the Otherworld: the limits of our senses, atomic space, the playground of consciousness, and dark matter

  • Dream visitations from the dead

  • Angelica: a visionary plant / opens portals of imagination / releasing trauma & coming in to our bodies

  • Reishi as a psychedelic, and the untapped potential of the subtle

  • Asia’s encounter with a creepy dude in the woods, #MeToo, and how being a nice girl is no longer a good evolutionary strategy for staying safe

  • Ghost Pipe as a tool for releasing ghosts

Links:

Asia's website, One Willow Apothecaries

Sylvia Lindsteadt

Sean Donahue

Rainbow Heart Beams Elixir

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker (READ IT)

Mythic Medicinals herbals

Which Magical Herb is Your Spirit Plant? quiz

Medicine Stories Facebook Group

Medicine Stories Patreon

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