Psychologist Dr. Rachel Harris describes her experiences with Ayahuasca and then discusses her extensive study that focuses on people's experiences after Ayahuasca. Many people are having extraordinary experiences after taking plant medicines - including, interacting with the spirit Ayahuasca (I'm not the only one! We had some technical issues during this show where Rachel had difficulty hearing me so there are times when my voice and hers overlap. Overall, the content comes through well on this edited version of the show. Enjoy!
Michael Cassidy hosts Iboga Talks - filling in for Rebecca Hayden. Michael discusses the rich history of Iboga and the Bwiti traditions. He takes a call from Italy from Rodolfo de Matteis who has also worked with Iboga. Due to technical difficulties, this caller will be difficult to hear but the rest of the show offers a lot of information about the tradition around this phenomenal and powerful African plant medicine: Iboga which is renown for treating additions, depression, anxiety and other psychological conditions that stem from deep emotional wounds. Rebecca Hayden calls in towards the end of the show to share her experiences with this magical entheogen which can be both strict and humorous. If you continue to listen to this series, you'll discover that these plant medicines all have a character associated with them and many people discover various traits that are similar about these colorful and unique characters that help us through some challenging personal struggles.
Marylou Sanchez of the Ayahuasca Association shares her beautiful story with us of how she came to know the medicine and how the medicine came to know her. Marylou reveals that the medicine asked her to work with it and share it. She gives a vivid account of her encounters with the medicine talks about how it has healed and worked with others.
Jonny shares his story about how he struggled with addiction and how Ayahuasca helped him to address the deeper issues behind the addiction. He talks about his visions and insights he received from Ayahuasca and how they helped him to repair relationships with others in his life. Jonny reveals how Aya helped him to understand himself better and he talks about how his life has changed since doing the medicine. We get into discussions about our inner world of the mind and how important it is to become aware of it. We talk about becoming more aware of our reactions and how much potential for healing there is in this awareness. There was a lot of integrative discussion that I hope will resonate with many people.
an shares his experience and talks about the changes that Ayahuasca has brought about in his life and the lives of those around him. We end up exploring the tremendous capacity of Ayahuasca to bring people together and erase some of the dividing lines we have created in our societies. It was such a powerful discussion in the end about the larger implications of the positive changes that Ayahuasca is bringing about and the incredible possibilities that are unfolding as a result of this medicine spreading throughout the world.
Drew shares his story of struggling with addictions and overcoming them with the help of Ayahuasca. Drew talks about the difficulties in sharing his plans to do Ayahuasca with his family and friends given his struggle with addictions and the common misconceptions about Ayahuasca as a drug. He also shares some intriguing stories about shared dreams and other inspiring changes in his personal life and relationships due to Ayahuasca. We get into some discussion about integration and about the kind of future we envision given all of the profound changes happening with this psychedelic renaissance. Instead of being counter-culture as it was in the 60s, we agree that it's now transforming culture.
Luis describes his experiences with Ayahuasca and the work he was asked to do afterwards including a long period of celibacy. He tells a fascinating story about a dream he had that revealed to him the face of the woman he would soon meet and marry! His wife, Alexandra also shares her experiences with Ayahuasca and describes a spiritual death & re-birth that brought about some big changes in perspective. It was a wonderful discussion full of profound insights.
Derek and Jane describe the unusual circumstances of their experiences in Peru with Ayahuasca and their experiences with the medicine itself and then we move onto the extraordinary ongoing experiences that Jane is having with Ayahuasca. In some ways this is similar to my own so it was such a pleasure to discuss this with Jane. She shared openly about her dream work and the herbal work she continues to do with the guidance of Ayahuasca.
I interviewed Carlos who is located in the jungle in Peru (near Iquitos) so the sound was difficult at times but his story is a powerful one. Carlos shared about his addictions and the crisis that preceded his trip to Peru to experience Ayahuasca. He shares his phenomenal experiences with Ayahuasca during which he discovered that he's a healer. He also shares stories about seeing his future children in his Ayahuasca experiences and meeting some fascinating spiritual entities that not only he saw and interacted with his friend was aware of their presence as well. It's a wonderful story and worth getting through the parts where the sound is a bit of a challenge. The story that comes through is one that is quite magical.
Zoe tells her story about how she became involved with Plant Medicines and shares her experience of Ayahuasca. She talks about early experiences that shaped her life and how Ayahuasca was an inspiration for the projects she's working on now. We discuss growing up in the '60s and '70s and Zoe talks about feminism now and then. She talks about her life, working in the jungle 'hunting for medicines' with her husband Chris Kilham, The Medicine Hunter. Zoe discuss some of the issues facing women working with Ayahuasca and Zoe offers some advice for women pursuing the medicine for the first time. It was a lovely hour discussing this magnificent medicine with a fellow female traveler.