Episode 20: Ben Allen - Shamanism, Archetypes, the Wisdom of Elders, & Dying Well

Ben Allen taught business law at Humboldt State University for 22 years and didn't enter into the spiritual life until his fifties. He is now a shamanic practitioner and joyful elder, serving the Humboldt Community by co-hosting a monthly shamanic healing circle. In this conversation, we discuss Ben’s journey to wholeness, psychic abilities and astral travel, the wisdom of elders and dying well, the profound transformation potential of holotropic breathwork, spirit, the role of shamanism in society, Carl Jung’s shamanic initiation crisis, archetypes and the Jungian shadow as it relates to America’s collective psyche, and shamanic training and healing opportunities within the community. Enjoy!

The soul can observe. It is observing all the time. The soul is one of our senses, the highest sense.
— Ben Allen

Show Notes and Introductory Elements: Ben Allen can be reached at mountainofsolitude@gmail.com. Michal Mugrage was also mentioned in the conversation, and can be reached here.

The World of Shamanism: New Views of an Ancient Tradition by Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.

Jordan Peterson, Ph.D. Lecture on Carl Jung Shamanic Initiation Crisis: "Carl Jung was a Modern Shaman - Jordan Peterson"

Jordan Peterson, Ph.D. Lecture on Archetypes: "Jordan Peterson 'Star Wars,''It's the mythology of the modern person.'"

Book Mentions: Michael Harner's, The Way of the Shaman, Sandra Ingerman's, Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation and Walking in Light: The Every Day Empowerment of Shamanic Life, and Carl Jung's, The Red Book: Liber Novus.

Episode 19: Traci Webb - Ayurveda, EMF Toxicity, & Finding Your Doshas

Traci Webb is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and the founder of the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda. In today’s conversation, we discuss how Traci found Ayurveda, the history and theory behind Ayurvedic science, electromagnetic frequencies and health in the modern age, the three Doshas that determine our being, weaknesses, and strengths, and the opportunities available to the Humboldt County community through Traci's Institute.

Nothing is happening that isn’t meant to be happening.
— Traci Webb

Show Notes: The introductory text is from Dr. Vasant Lad's book, Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing. Find out more about the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda, training opportunities, and classes here.

Book Mentions: Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita

Episode 18: Reuven M. - Judaism, Kaballah, & Consciousness Evolution

In this conversation, we discuss Reuven’s childhood education in Yeshiva, the transcendent potential of the Judaic High Holy Days, Talmud and Kabbalah, Tefillin, commentary on the Hasidic Reggae singer, Matisyahu’s transformation, the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, esotericism and consciousness evolution, the mystic roots of the Judaic tradition, and much more. The closing track is Youtube remix of Matisyahu's "Warrior." Enjoy!

On the High Holy Days—Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah—they go into these prayers and mantra where they reach a state where they leave the physical body.
— Reuven M.

Show Notes: Introductory text came from an article entitled "What is Kabbalah?" by Rabbi DovBer Pinson and can be accessed here. The closing song can be found here.

Episode 17: Shiv - Simplicity, Liberation, & Living in the Flow

Shiv is a global traveler, spreading a message of silence, simplicity, and love. In this conversation, we discuss awakening into simplicity, deconditioning our minds and hearts from the illusions of religion and culture, realizing life and allowing it to happen through you, finding our inner Truth through silence, Shiv’s journey from living within culture to his dissolution into flow, the trap of materialism, living in love and sharing the light, the manipulative nature of religion, consciousness, and much more. The intro song is Rainbow Serpent by Xavier Rudd & The United Nations. Enjoy!

It’s not about what is happening to you in this moment: It’s all about how you are responding to life.
— Shiv

Show Notes: Find Shiv on Facebook by searching @Seedofnothingness. And purchase a copy of his book here: The Seed of Nothingness: Only Through Awakening to Self Can One Experience the Divinity of Bliss Within. The introductory song is perfromed by Xavier Rudd & the United Nations and the can be found here.

Book Mentions: Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Tao te Ching.

Episode 16: David Sandercott - Consciousness Calibration, Samadhi, & Spiritual Mastery

David Sandercott is a life coach, kundalini and meditation teacher. In this conversation, we discuss how he used meditation to go from being a fat, drunk, and stupid college student to becoming a high-fashion model in Vogue Magazine. We talk about his journey into spirituality and his guru, business success and entrepreneurialism, the scale of human consciousness, spiritual mastery, the story of Shivabalayogi, the various states of awareness and samadhi, the chakra system as it relates to the endocrine system, kundalini awakening and the path of fire, human frailty and living ethically in the modern age. This episode also contains a guided meditation. David's upcoming book, 21 Day Meditation Journey, will be available June 1st, 2018. Enjoy!

By raising your consciousness, you begin to have a profound effect on everyone around you.
— David Sandercott

Show notes: Follow David Sandercott on Facebook to get updates on his book.

Book Mentions: Sri Nisargadatta Majaraj's discourse, I Am That, Dr. Paul Hawkins', Power vs Force, Napoleon Hill's, Think and Grow Rich, and Stephen Mitchell's translation of Lao Tzu's, Tao te Ching.

Episode 15: Sitaram Dass - Grace, Mysticism, & Finding Your Guru

Sitaram Dass is a kirtan musician, bhakti yogi, and student of Ram Dass. In this conversation we talk about the meaning of grace, his spiritual opening on psychedelics & their potential and risks, The Hearing Voices Network for those amongst us living with uncommon perceptual capabilities, a nonjudgmental approach to mental health, clinging to grace as a form of spiritual bypass, Sitaram’s personal spiritual journey and his years living with Ram Dass, the spiritual path of following a guru, whether or not Albert Einstein was a holy man, the Hindu concept of satchitananda as it relates to the Holy Trinity, mystical interpretations of the teachings of Jesus Christ and Christian beliefs structures, living an ethical and conscious existence in the modern age, and ends with a kirtan song performed by Sitaram. Enjoy!

A lot of us have issues questioning our core beliefs. When we’re questioning the core basis of our understanding of reality, it can be really destabilizing for us.
— Sitaram Dass

Show Notes: The Hearing Voices Network can be found at www.hearing-voices.org. Text of the introduction can be viewed here. And Sitaram Dass's music and spiritual writings can be found at sitaramdass.com.

Book Mentions: A.W. Tozer's, Knowledge of the Holy, Ram Dass', Be Here Now and Miracle of Love: Stories about Neem Karoli Baba. Aso mentioned is Christian philosophy author Marcus Borg.

Episode 14: Earl Dippre - Shamanic Initiation in the Old Testament, Creation Mythology, & the Bhagavad Gita

Earl Dippre has a religious studies background and a scholarly soul. In this conversation we discuss the origins of religion, conscious capitalism, evidence of shamanistic initiation in the Old Testament, Hinduism and the Vedic traditions, the histories of mysticism and shamanism in Ancient Greece, Science as Religion, Self-Realization and Enlightenment, the monastic life in Buddhism, Creation Mythology, Ancient Greek Philosophers meditating and reaching states of samadhi, why Nikola Tesla and Isaac Newton might fit the shaman archetype, the Bhagavad Gita, consciousness, and so much more. Enjoy!

Philosophy in the West is completely sanitized of any of its mysticism. You have this head-bashing-against-the-wall search for rationality that leads thinkers in circles because you can’t get to a clear conclusion. Yet the Ancient Greeks had a lot of the mystical traditions.
— Earl Dippre

Show Notes: The introductory audio is the voice of Cindy Mastry, owner of Yoga Etc Studio. The audio is made available by the LIVESTRONG Foundation and can be found here.

Book Mentions: Daniel Quinn's Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit, Michael Harner's The Way of the Shaman, A.J. Jacob's, A Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, Zechariah Sitchin's, The 12th Planet (Book 1) (The First Book of the Earth Chronicles, Peter Kinsley's, In the Dark Places of Wisdom and A Story Waiting to Pierce You: Mongolia, Tibet, and the Destiny of the Western World, Victor E. Frankl's, Man's Search For Meaning, John G. Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, Manly P. Hall's, The Secret Destiny of America, and Joseph Campbell's, The Power of Myth.

Episode 13: Julia Muse - Subconscious Beliefs, Esoteric Ceremony, Synchronicity, & Transformation

Julia Muse is a spiritual ascension coach and Instagram personality. In this conversation, we discuss subconscious belief systems and cultural programming, Theta Therapy, Shamanism and Ayahuasca Ceremony, the power and possibilities of prayer, nature as a guru, Journey of Souls and past life regressions, Violet Alchemy and esoteric ceremony, the psychic influences of poetry, whether or not evil exists, Awakening, the synchronistic flow state of the mystical path, the healing magic lurking behind our wounds and suffering, and much more. Enjoy!

We all operate from subconscious belief systems that dictate our responses to situations. And if we can become aware of what those subconscious programs are, we can detect them and respond to life in a way that is not indulging in reaction.
— Julia Muse

Show Notes: Follow Julia on Instagram @innermuse and on Facebook by searching Julia Muse.
The Dr. Michael Newton interview can be accessed here.

Book Mentions: Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Dr. Michael Newton, Initiation by Elisabeth Haich, and Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Episode 12: Shannon Brawley - Kundalini, the Nervous System, & the Pineal Gland

Shannon Brawley is a Kundalini yoga instructor. In this conversation, we discuss how Shannon found Kundalini and became a Kundalini instructor, Kundalini history and theory, connecting to Source energy and stepping into higher consciousness, nurturing and strengthening the nervous system, meditation and mantra, releasing stored trauma, practical breathing exercises, chakras and the pineal gland, and how to protect your energy if you often feel drained after spending time around others. Enjoy!

Kundalini practice rewires our brain and our nervous system. The goal is to bring one into a higher vibration of living.
— Shannon Brawley

Show Notes: Shannon's website is lightsynergyyoga.com.

Episode 11: T Proctor - Spiritual Evolution, Psychedelia, Samadhi, & Integrating Spirit and Psyche

T Proctor is a spiritual counselor and teacher living in the Humboldt County, California. He and his partner, Christine Fiorentino, teach a philosophy coined, "Being Real, Being Embodied," guiding individuals as they transform their mode of interacting with the world around them. In this conversation, we discuss T's spiritual evolution and mystical experiences, psychedelics, various spiritual traditions and teachers, the Diamond Approach spiritual philosophy, integrating psyche and spirit, and everything and nothing. Enjoy!

The Ego is a Self-representation. It is the imagination of our Self. It’s an important development. But when we take that to be the ground of who we are, it’s a very shaky ground.
— T Proctor

Show Notes: T Proctor can be contacted through his website, beingrealnow.org.

Dr. Stanislav Grof - The Cosmic Game

Book Mentions: Ken Wilber's One Taste, Matin Buber's I and Thou, and A. H. Almaas' Diamond Heart: Book 1, Michael Meade’s Men and the Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of Men.

Episode 10: Alex Kantner - Zen, World Religions, Meditation, & Living the Dharma

Alex Kantner is an ordained Zen priest and long time member of the Arcata Zen Group. In this conversation we discuss how a Bay Area kid found Zen Buddhism, living the Dharma, schools of Zen, the similarities between Zen and Christian philosophy, peak experiences, enlightenment, the ebb and flow of multi-day meditation retreats, The Hobbit and how it relates to Trump's America, and how you can get involved in Humboldt's Zen community. Enjoy!

The basic Zazen instruction is simply to be aware of what is happening in the body and mind as it happens - not to cling to it, not to push it away. Just allow it to come, allow it to be and allow it to pass away. That’s Buddhahood: That open awareness of the world.
— Alex Kantner

Show Notes: Find out more about the Arcata Zen Group at www.arcatazengroup.org.

Episode 9: Dr. Pepper Hernandez - Spiritual Ascension, Self Care, Transpersonal Psychology, & Cannabis Therapy

Dr. Pepper Hernandez is a Naturopath healer, medical intuitive, and quantum alignment therapist. We discuss her journey from college student to where she is today, managing a thriving private practice while allowing herself to grow into her evolving interests and remaining mindful of her personal well-being. In this conversation, we discuss transpersonal psychology, chakra and kundalini theory, quantum alignment therapy and the experience of Self realization and spiritual awakening/ascension. We discuss CBD cannabis therapy for PTSD, detoxing to rejuvenate the aging brain, and the necessity of radical Self-care—especially for those with a foot in two worlds.

Think of your Self as a pond of water: Be careful about who comes and dips their toe in that pond.
— Dr. Pepper Hernandez

Show Notes: Find Doctor Hernandez at www.drpepperhernandez.com and on Instagram @dr.pepperhernandez

Find out more about Dr. Hernandez's Holistic Health Practitioner Program here. 2018 classes begin March 20th. 

Episode 8: Kelly O'Roke - Ashtanga Yoga, Your Gunas, Science, & Philosophy

Kelly O'Roke is a mother, an ashtanga yoga teacher and owner-steward at Om Shala yoga studio in Arcata, California. She is a talented photographer and a powerful thinker. Kelly holds a degree in Engineering Physics and as a result, this conversation ranged in scale from the sub-atomic to the cosmic and from the secular to the sacred. We talk about her role in filming the documentary, Mysore Yoga Traditions. Kelly opens up about her eating disorder and how her yoga practice freed her of those unhelpful impulses. We delve into yoga philosophy and history, gurus and aghoris, physics and chemistry, and between the lightness and the dark. This is a show of opposites and paradox as we linguistically dance around truths beyond language. Enjoy!

At the root of every being is pure bliss. It is pure understanding. That’s where the soul lives.
— Kelly O'Roke

You can purchase a copy of the documentary at www.mysoreyogatraditions.com.

To help with the yogic manuscript preservation discussed in this episode and learn more about the Samskriti Foundation, visit http://samskrti.org/about-us/

Show Notes: Visit Kelly O'Roke's photography website, Life Captured, at www.kellyoroke.com

Book Mentions: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as interpreted by Swami Satchitananda.

Episode 7: Hannah Apricot Eckberg - Permaculture, Climate Change, & Consciousness

Hannah Apricot Eckberg is the co-founder of Permaculture Magazine, North America, which can be found online at permaculturemag.org. She has recently returned from the International Permaculture Convergence Conference in India and is on her way to Cuba shortly. In this podcast we discuss climate change and its most recent impacts on California, permaculture as a philosophy to live by, politics, and how to actively participate in changing your community for the better. Enjoy!

Permaculture is a way of thinking, a way of acting, a way of being, and a way of interacting with others, nature, and yourself.
— Hannah Apricot Eckberg

Show Notes: Find out more about Permaculture Magazine, North America and sign up for a subscription at permaculturemag.org

Book MentionsCradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

Documentary Mentions: The Corporation, the trailer can be viewed here.

Episode 6: Mary Simpson Mercy - Buddhism, 1960's Culture, American Culture, & Life in America's First All-Woman Rock Band

Mary Simpson Mercy, is the lead guitarist and a singer for the band, Ace of Cups. The Ace of Cups is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1967 during the Summer of Love era. The band has been described as one of America’s first all-female rock bands. After taking several decades off to raise families and live their lives, the band is back together and in the studio finalizing their self-titled album. Their newest studio project is scheduled for release in the April of 2018, and had some major names attached to its production, including Jackson Brown, Taj Mahal, Buffy St. Marie, Jorma Kaulkonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Bob Weir of Grateful Dead, and Dan Shea, who has produced albums with Santana, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Lady Antebellum. In this conversation, we talk about the new album, Buddhism and mindfulness, alternative lifestyle choices, American culture, and life in the 1960’s counter culture. Enjoy!

This podcast is sponsored by the karma yogis at www.thekozm.com. Use the coupon code HUMBOLDT to get 20% off your purchase. You can watch their story here.  And you can watch how they empower combat veterans through their corporate philanthropy here.

We all have that choice: We can decide how we want to be in the world.
— Mary Simpson Mercy

Show Notes: The Ace of Cups story as told by Northern California's KQED can be viewed here.

Live Ace of Cups performance of the Gospel Song and Simplicity.

Sign up for Ace of Cup performance and album updates here.

Books Mentions: Ken Wilber's A Brief History of Everything, Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway's Merchant's of Doubt.

Episode 5: Joey Paz - Ashtanga Yoga, Self Realization, & the Yoga Sutras

Joey Paz is an Ashtanga yoga instructor at Om Shala yoga studio in Arcata, California. He has recently co-produced a ground-breaking documentary on the roots of yoga philosophy entitled, "Mysore Yoga Traditions." A preview can be viewed here. In today's conversation we discuss the making and message of this documentary, the eight-limbed Ashtanga yoga philosophy, the pathway to Self realization, and much more. Enjoy!

Political systems, religious beliefs, identities and all of this stuff will go, will fade, and will crumble. And what’s left after all of it’s gone? What’s left after your body is no longer serving you? What’s left after your mind is no longer serving you?

You have to find that out now, while you can. The practice of yoga is for that purpose: To know who you are. To know what all of this is about.
— Joey Paz

Show Notes:

You can purchase a copy of the documentary at www.mysoreyogatraditions.com.

To help with the yogic manuscript preservation discussed in this episode and learn more about the Samskriti Foundation, visit http://samskrti.org/about-us/

You can follow Joey on Instagram @jlunapaz and visit his personal website and blog at www.worldwideyogatribe.com

Joseph Campbell books mentioned: The Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Power of Myth

Episode 4: Sarah Matik - Yoga, Healing, & Being the Change

Sarah Matik is a yoga teacher and bodyworker that focuses on supportive and restorative techniques to help restore, balance, and calm the nervous system. In this episode, we discuss the healing potential of yoga practice, the radical activism of Self care, the connection between prayer and Magick, Witch Craft and intention setting, the Arcata community, and much more. Enjoy!

Everything we do has a ripple effect. So if we carry peace with our Self and interact with situations in a more compassionate way, it really is serving the whole community.
— Sarah Matik

Book Mentions:

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D., which can be viewed and purchased here.

Initiation by Elisabeth Haich, which can be viewed and purchased here.

Episode 3: Jonas Akers - Taoism, Movement Consciousness, & the Mind-Body Connection

Jonas Akers has recently co-translated and published Wang Feng Yi’s Discourse on Transforming Inner Nature. In this podcast, we discuss this book, internal alchemy, movement consciousness, the body-mind connection, spirit cultivation, Qi Gong, Tai Ji, Gongfu, and more. Enjoy!

A copy of Discourse on Transforming Inner Nature can be purchased here.

Whether you believe that there is a point beyond this reality or whether the point of being alive is this reality, that cultivation of your Self, your spirit, is pretty important.
— Jonas Akers

Episode 2: Grizz - Intellectual Freedom, Psychedelia, & Living off the Land

Grizz is a homesteader, artist, and family man living in the hills of Northern California. In this podcast, we discuss his time on walkabout and as a wilderness guide in the Uintah Mountains of Utah, interpretations of God and Bible stories, psychedelic exploration as related to psychologic healing, American culture, and much more. Enjoy!

I am. We all are. It is. And that’s the reason.
— Grizz

Episode 1: Trevor Grassi - Ancient Civilizations, Spiritual Traditions, The Standing Rock Protests, & the Revolution of Consciousness

Trevor Grassi is a musician and visual artist of many mediums. He has toured with the bands Balkan Death Grip and Deep Chatham. In this podcast we discuss ancient civilizations, spiritual traditions, culture, the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, revolution, and much more. Enjoy! 

The introductory song is a secret track from the Deep Chatham "The Catskill Session" album, composed by Trevor Grassi. Accordion: Trevor Grassi. Banjo: Matt Heckler

...physical revolution won’t do anything if there’s not the underlying psychological revolution, which is the real one that’s going on—and the only one that will make a real difference.
— Trevor Grassi