Episode 33: Andrei Hedstrom - Salvation, Business Ethics, a Compassionate Economy, & the Spiritual Path

After a tour of combat in the Persian Gulf War, Andrei Hedstrom set out to become a Lutheran Minister. But fate had other plans for him. Andrei is a husband and father, a painter, art community builder, shamanic practitioner and the CEO of the eLearning and cultural transformation firm, SweetRush. He holds a Masters of Science in pastoral counseling, a BA in Religious Studies and is a Dzogchen practitioner. In this conversation we discuss Andrei’s rite of passage as a combat veteran, his healing journey and entry into academia and spiritual life, cutting free of religious dogma, whether the Nobel Laureate and cultural disruptor, Bob Dylan, fits the prophet archetype, the internal experience of grace and salvation, accepting death in war and drinking condensation from air brakes to survive, a spiritual view on the modern economy and the possibility of an empathic civilization, a Christ-centered economy and how to implement it, raising children to be conscious and aware, the intersection between shamanism and art, and a whole lot more. Find out more about Andrei at andreihedstrom.com. Intro music by @willevansmusic.

This episode is sponsored by the karma yogis at www.thekozm.com. Use the coupon code HUMBOLDT to get 20% off your purchase order. The Kozm, manufacturing yoga clothing and the conscious capitalism movement.

Your name is the beginning of a sentence. What you make of that sentence is the heaviest responsibility you get. And it’s an immense gift.
— Andrei Hedstrom

Show Notes: Find out more about The Great Turning at joannamacyfilm.org, visit ompractice.com for online yoga and meditation access, and support Isaac Bluefoot’s Kickstarter campaign by visiting Omen Quest Cards.

Multimedia Mentions: John Neihardt’s Black Elk Speaks, Thich Nhat Hahn’s, Living Buddha, Living Christ, and Jeremy Rifkin’s, Empathic Civilization: The Rise to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis, Manuel De Landa’s, A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History, David Abrams’, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World, and Martin Prechtel’s, The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise.

A film about the life of the 14th Dalai Lama’s Life, Kundun.

A conversation between Huston Smith and Bill Moyers.

A documentary summarizing Jeremy Rifkin’s philosophy, The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy.

Episode 32: Maya Cooper - Energy Healing, Psychic, & Connecting to Source

Maya Cooper is a local energy healer and founder of the Isis Osiris Healing Temple and Wholistic Heartbeat Magazine. In this conversation we discuss Maya’s childhood trials coping with psychic abilities in a world that didn’t understand her experience, how she came to learn to work with her uncommon perceptual abilities, energy healing, connecting to Source energy and softening into unconditional love, the mass awakening, Maya’s most profound spiritual experience, and all the ways she is helping heal the Humboldt County community. Find out more about Maya’s work at www.wholisticheartbeat.com.

This episode is sponsored by the karma yogis at www.thekozm.com. Use the coupon code HUMBOLDT to get 20% off your purchase order. The Kozm, manufacturing clothing and the conscious capitalism movement.

Intro Music by The Dubbadubs ft. Kyla Rose

Healing is an ever evolving and deepening understanding of what love really is.
— Maya Cooper

Show Notes: Find Isaac Bluefoot’s Kickstarter Campaign at OmenQuest Cards Kickstarter Campaign.

Episode 31: Ryan S. - Conscious Capitalism, Leadership, Psychedelics, & Why Community Matters

Ryan S. is a yogi that decided to pursue his dharma through agriculture. In this conversation we discuss trends in agriculture, conscious capitalism and intentional living, the burdens of awareness, how yoga empowers men, whether progressivism is elitist, authenticity as activism, reluctant leadership, humans as pack animals and why community matters, how the failure of organized religion has created an existential vacuum in American society, how culture stifles Self realization and why it matters, how therapeutic psychedelic therapy heals individuals by establishing a clean cognitive slate, Ryan’s transformation in his yoga practice, and much more.

This episode is sponsored by the karma yogis at www.thekozm.com. Use the coupon code HUMBOLDT to get 20% off your purchase order. The Kozm, manufacturing clothing and the conscious capitalism movement.

Intro Music by @willevansmusic

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Episode 30: Justin Dzuban - The Responsibility of the Arts, Moving West, & the Light.

Justin Dzuban is a musician and audio engineer dividing his time between L.A. and Humboldt County. In this conversation we discuss the light, the responsibility of the artist, manifesting houses and why it’s not magic, identifying with our suffering as an identity, why not watching the news might be good for your community, Justin’s Westward migration to California, shooting for the stars and delusions of grandeur in Hollywood, whether or not Elon Musk is a saint, what Justin hopes to inspire in the Humboldt County community, and it all ends with a musical performance. Enjoy!

This episode is sponsored by the karma yogis at www.thekozm.com. Use the coupon code HUMBOLDT to get 20% off your purchase order. The Kozm, making yoga gear while building the conscious capitalism movement.

All we have in our life is our mind and our perception of reality. However you feel about the world is all that matters. It’s just energy.
— Justin Dzuban

Show Notes: Here is a link to the Flight of the Hummingbird talk by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Episode 29: Heidi Bourne - Mindfulness Meditation, Spiritual Teaching, & the Wisdom Traditions

Heidi Bourne @pacificmindfulness is a mindfulness meditation teacher and the founder of Humboldt County’s Pacific Mindfulness. In this conversation we discuss Heidi’s journey into mindfulness, the definitions of mindfulness, wisdom traditions, the role of a spiritual teacher, Spirit Rock Buddhist meditation center, what it means to connect the heart and mind, and what Pacific Mindfulness has to offer the Humboldt County community. You can learn more about Heidi at www.pacificmindfulness.com

This episode is sponsored by the karma yogis at www.thekozm.com. Use the coupon code HUMBOLDT to get 20% off your purchase order. The Kozm, making yoga gear without wrecking the planet!

We have to ask ourselves: How is my practice reflected in my life, and how is my life a reflection of my practice?
— Heidi Bourne

Show Notes: Heidi Bourne's website can be visited here: Pacific Mindfulness. The intro music can be found here: The Dubbadubs featuring Kyla Rose - Vibes.

Book Mentions: Huston Smith's, The Religions of Man and Sylvia Boorstein's, Pay Attention, For Goodness' Sake: Practicing the Perfections of the Heart -- The Buddhist Path of Kindness.

Episode 28: Krystal Cooke - Healing, Music, & Holistic Medicine

Krystal Cooke is an singer-songwriter and visual artist spending the summer in Humboldt County, California. In this conversation we discuss her up bringing and healing journey into holistic medicine, setting boundaries, physical and emotional healing, traveling and the art of building bridges of understanding by making friends with strangers. Krystal also performs two original songs. Enjoy!

This episode 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.

We’re not taught to respect our bodies and our minds to the degree required to meet our true potential.
— Krystal Cooke

Show Notes: Intro Music: The DubbaDubs featuring Kyla Rose; Trevor Hall tickets for the September 19th show at the Mateel Community Center can be purchased here. Trevor Hall's song, You Can't Rush Your Healing, can be streamed here or purchased directly from iTunes. Find more of Krystal Cooke's music here and here and watch her perform here.

Book Mentions: Donna Gates and Linda Schatz's The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity, Louise Hay's, You Can Heal Your Life, Jack London's, Sea Wolf and The Call of the Wild, Jared Diamond's, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, and Jospeph Campbell's The Power of Myth.

Episode 27: Jodie DiMinno - Pregnancy and Child Birth, Doulas, & Living a Life of Service

Jodie DiMinno is a doula serving the Humboldt County community. In this conversation we discuss Jodie’s personal journey, the transformative potential of yoga, the range of birthing options and the role of a doula in the birthing process, how to get the most out of your doula, birthing expectations versus reality, how to process the birthing process postpartum, living a life of service, and of all the ways Jodie is serving the Humboldt County community. Enjoy!

This episode is sponsored by Kozm clothing, men's yoga gear that won't wreck the planet. Available at www.thekozm.com.

We Bee Kind CBD Wellness Products can be viewed and purchased here.

Sometimes you just need to step back, soften, and allow.
— Jodie DiMinno

Episode 26: Shane Keller - Regenerative Agriculture, Economics, Climate Change & the American Delusion

Shane Keller is a local regenerative agriculturalist and is currently founding the Liscom Hill Permaculture Project outside of Blue Lake, California. In this conversation we discuss how his love for nature began, America’s plantation economy complex, the limits and trap of dualistic thinking, the importance of spaciousness and non-doing, climate change and intentionally participating in the carbon drawdown, the collapse of the American delusion, collaborative business models, and the benefits the Liscom Hill Permaculture Project envisions offering the Humboldt community.

This episode is sponsored by Kozm clothing, men's yoga gear that won't wreck the planet. Available at www.thekozm.com.

The dualistic mindset is truly a prison. It creates a horrific kind of ping pong match within one’s own psyche. It’s an internal battle of sorts.
— Shane Keller

Episode 25: Isaac Bluefoot - The Arts & Society, the Chakras of Mary Magdalene, & How to Build Community

Isaac Bluefoot is a local artist and game maker. In this conversation we discuss astrology, a moral economy, what it is that makes us human, programming corporate structures with Isaac Asimov’s law of robotics, art’s function in society, the gnostic gospel of Mary Magdalene, building community, Isaac’s development as an artist, and Isaac’s upcoming kickstarter campaign for his OmenQuest card game. He requests the community’s support making his vision a reality. You can find Isaac’s work at www.dragonflower.ink and follow him in Instagram @dragonflower.ink

This episode is sponsored by Kozm clothing, men's yoga gear that won't wreck the planet. Available at www.thekozm.com.

Creating a mythos, living and enacting it, and creating ritual is one of the only things that can keep you from spinning back into chaos and returning to your animal state. The arts are here and they are uplifting us and they are turning us human by giving us stories that deliver us from chaos.
— Isaac Bluefoot

Show Notes:
The introductory audio of Joseph Campbell can be found here: The Need for New Mythology
The introductory audio of Terrence McKenna can be found here: All About Shamanism

Episode 24: Cameron Nelson - Light Work, Christ Consciousness, Ayahuasca, & the Zen of Slacklining

Cameron Nelson (@thevoyageforward) is a high line and slack line adventurer spending the summer in Humboldt County, California. In this conversation we discuss his upbringing in Arizona, psychedelia, light work, the works and consciousness of Jesus Christ, the journey of the soul, slack lining as a mindfulness practice, consciousness, Trump’s America, Cameron’s Ayahuasca healing journey in the Amazon, living in gratitude, manifestation, dancing with our fears, and a lot more. 

This episode is sponsored by Kozm clothing, men's yoga gear that won't wreck the planet. Available at www.thekozm.com.

Those of us that are in tune with our own light can help shine our light onto the darkness of others.
— Cameron Nelson

Episode 23: Samantha Akers - Holistic Healing, Yoga, Fascia, & Gut Health

Samantha (Sam) Akers, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, CMT, found yoga and massage when she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia in 1998. Today, Samantha is a vibrant and heart-based yoga instructor and teacher trainer serving the Humboldt County community with her unique TheraYoga approach. In this conversation we discuss Samantha's healing journey, PTSD and the nervous system, fascia as they relate to our emotional and physical health, chi and prana, chakras and the endocrine system, the enteric nervous system and gut health, meditation, kundalini yoga, Samantha’s role within the community, and much more. You can learn more about Samantha at www.therayogamethod.com. Enjoy!

I believe in two things: I believe in a greater power, and I believe that every single one of us is a part of that greater power. I believe we are that power.
— Samantha Akers

Show Notes: The Heart Math Institute can be found here.

Book Mentions: William G. Crooks' The Yeast Connection: A Medical Breakthrough

Episode 22: Toad - Visionary Art, Literature, Motherhood, & the Journey of Souls

Toad is a cosmic landscape artist living in Humboldt County, California. In this conversation we discuss the purpose and source of art, our favorite literature, psychedelic and spiritual work, God, astrology, consciousness, synchronicity and coincidence, motherhood, destiny and purpose, the law of attraction, the Tarot and the archetypical journey of the soul, and following your bliss. Follow Toad on Instagram (@art.by.toad) and at www.toadart.co Enjoy!

I think there can either be meaning in everything or no meaning in anything. It’s a choice, and I prefer for there to be meaning.
— Toad

Show Notes: Follow Toad on Instagram @art.by.toad and view and purchase her art at www.toadart.co.

Book Mentions: Tom Robbin's Another Roadside Attraction and Jitterbug Perfume, Osho's Love, Freedom, and Aloneness, Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna, Clarissa Pinkola Estes' Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, Jared Diamond's The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?, Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success, and Red Pine's (Bill Porter) The Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits.

Episode 21: Seth Powell - Yoga Philosophy, Sanskrit, Consciousness, & Yoga History in America

Seth Powell is a longtime practitioner of yoga and a scholar of Indian religions, Sanskrit, and yoga traditions. He is currently a PhD Candidate in South Asian Religions at Harvard University. In this conversation we discuss Seth’s journey into meditation and yoga, his travels in India to his entry into academia, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, the purpose and goal of yoga, yogic philosophy as it relates to consciousness and mind, the evolution of yoga throughout history, and his online classroom, yogicstudies.com, for yogis wishing to deepen their understanding of yoga history and literature. Enjoy!

Yoga is primarily a meditation practice. Physical postures are meant to support the meditation.
— Seth Powell

Show Notes: Find out more about yogic educational opportunities at www.yogicstudies.com. You can follow Seth Powell on Instagram and Facebook @yogicstudies

Book Mentions: Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Vedas and the Upanisads.

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: Rueven M. - Judaism, Kaballah, & Consciousness Evolution

In this conversation, we discuss Rueven’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.