41 episodes

Welcome to Exploring Humanity!

Join us on a journey to explore the depths of humanity, mental health, self-development, and well-being. In this thought-provoking podcast, we embark on a quest to understand the intricacies of the human experience.

Our host engages in insightful conversations with experts in diverse fields, including psychedelic therapy, dance and art therapy, breathwork, yoga, meditation, and more. Together, we unravel the mysteries of the human psyche, our relationships, and the profound impact of somatic trauma recovery.

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Welcome to Exploring Humanity!

Join us on a journey to explore the depths of humanity, mental health, self-development, and well-being. In this thought-provoking podcast, we embark on a quest to understand the intricacies of the human experience.

Our host engages in insightful conversations with experts in diverse fields, including psychedelic therapy, dance and art therapy, breathwork, yoga, meditation, and more. Together, we unravel the mysteries of the human psyche, our relationships, and the profound impact of somatic trauma recovery.

    Opening Doors: Exploring MDMA Therapy with Jonathan Robinson

    Opening Doors: Exploring MDMA Therapy with Jonathan Robinson

    Summary

    Jonathan Robinson discusses the use of MDMA as a therapeutic tool in couples and individual therapy.

    He shares his personal motivation for getting into the field and highlights the benefits of MDMA therapy, including its ability to facilitate honest conversations and emotional connection.

    Robinson also discusses the transition to online therapy and the effectiveness of MDMA in couples therapy.

    He addresses the safety and purity concerns of MDMA and provides resources for testing its purity. Overall, Robinson emphasizes the importance of setting intentions and being flexible in MDMA therapy sessions. In this conversation, Jonathan Robinson discusses the therapeutic use of MDMA and addresses misconceptions about the drug.

    He emphasizes the importance of accessing the subconscious and the potential for profound transformation when fear thresholds are lowered.

    Precautions for therapists and clients are discussed, including the need for pure medicine and the importance of good boundaries.

    The chapter on dangers and contraindications highlights the potential after-effects of MDMA and the importance of testing any acquired medicine.

    The conversation also covers the benefits of preparation and integration, the role of social support, and exciting research on MDMA for treating anxiety disorders and addictions.

    The future of MDMA therapy is explored, including the potential for combining different compounds and the growth of the underground movement.

    The key points from the book include understanding contraindications, set and setting, and the transformative potential of MDMA therapy.



    Takeaways


    MDMA can be a powerful tool in therapy, facilitating emotional connection and honest conversations.
    MDMA therapy can be effective in both individual and couples therapy, helping to address deep-seated issues and improve relationships.
    The transition to online therapy has been surprisingly successful for MDMA therapy, providing a sense of safety and convenience for clients.
    Testing the purity of MDMA is crucial to ensure safety, and there are resources available for testing kits. Accessing the subconscious can lead to profound transformation when fear thresholds are lowered.
    Therapists and clients should take precautions, such as ensuring the purity of the medicine and maintaining good boundaries.
    Preparation and integration are important for maximizing the benefits of MDMA therapy.
    Social support plays a crucial role in the therapeutic process.
    Exciting research is being conducted on MDMA for treating anxiety disorders and addictions.
    The future of MDMA therapy includes the potential for combining different compounds and the growth of the underground movement.

    Discover more

    To discover more about Jonathan's work, visit: https://ecstasyasmedicine.com/



    For psychedelic-assisted therapy, visit: https://psychedelicmedicine.earth/



    Chapters



    00:00 Introduction and Background

    00:39 Motivation for Getting into the Field

    04:59 Benefits of MDMA Therapy

    07:23 Transition to Online Therapy

    08:16 Effectiveness of MDMA in Couples Therapy

    09:37 MDMA Facilitating Honest Conversations

    11:19 MDMA as a Tool for Facilitating Communication

    13:24 Working with Couples on MDMA

    15:21 Emotional Connection and Understanding in Couples Therapy

    21:53 Most Effective Approach in MDMA Therapy

    24:14 Accessing the Subconscious

    25:35 Precautions for Therapists and Clients

    26:13 Dangers and Contraindications

    27:32 Rare Bad Trips

    28:24 Preparing for the Journey

    29:21 Integration and Behavior Change

    30:36 Importance of Social Support

    31:21 Exciting Research on MDMA

    32:18 Misconceptions about MDMA

    38:39 The Future of MDMA Therapy

    41:17 Key Points from the Book

    42:35 Where to Find Jonathan Robinson

    • 43 min
    Navigating Psychedelic Journeys: Expert Strategies for Harm Reduction

    Navigating Psychedelic Journeys: Expert Strategies for Harm Reduction

    Summary

    In this episode, Thomas Westenholz interviews Victor from the Mind Foundation in Berlin about psychedelic integration. They discuss the importance of integration and the challenges that can arise after psychedelic experiences. They also explore different approaches to integration, including individualistic and social methods. The Mind Foundation's approach to integration, which includes structured exercises and group sharing, is highlighted. The conversation also touches on harm reduction and safety measures, such as testing substances and considering set and setting. The benefits of having a therapist and a secure attachment figure during the integration process are also discussed. In this conversation, Thomas and Victor discuss the risks of mixing substances, the different types of psychedelics, common misunderstandings and misinformation, and the future of the psychedelic space. They also highlight the importance of responsible use and supporting organizations like the MIND Foundation.

    Takeaways:


    Integration is a crucial part of the psychedelic experience, as it allows individuals to make meaning out of their experiences and increase their well-being.
    Different approaches to integration include individualistic methods, such as working with a therapist, and social methods, such as group sharing.
    Challenges in integration can include feeling overwhelmed, isolated, and struggling to implement changes in daily life.
    Harm reduction measures, such as testing substances and considering set and setting, are essential for ensuring a safe and beneficial psychedelic experience.
    Having a therapist and a secure attachment figure and participating in an integration-sharing circle or group can provide valuable support during the integration process. Mixing substances can be risky and potentially dangerous, so it's essential to be aware of potential interactions and consult resources like the Tripsit.me chart.
    There are different types of psychedelics, including classical psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin, as well as atypical psychedelics like MDMA and ketamine.
    There are many misunderstandings and misconceptions about psychedelics, including their addictive potential and their ability to solve all problems.
    The future of psychedelics is uncertain, but there is hope for increased research, legalization, and responsible use.
    Supporting organizations like the MIND Foundation can help advance the field of psychedelics and promote safe and informed practices.

    To learn more about the Mind Foundation, visit: https://mind-foundation.org/

    To learn more about psychedelic-assisted therapy, visit psychedelicmedicine.earth

    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Background

    02:09 Personal Journey into Psychedelics

    05:26 The Importance of Integration

    07:31 Different Approaches to Integration

    09:09 The Role of Safe Holding in Integration

    10:24 The Mind Foundation's Approach to Integration

    13:14 Challenges in Integration

    15:04 Preparing for Integration

    22:25 Avoiding Spiritual Bypassing

    23:26 The Importance of Set and Setting

    27:00 Testing Substances and Dosage

    29:19 The Benefits of Therapist and Secure Attachment

    30:26 Risks of Mixing Substances

    35:12 Different Types of Psychedelics

    45:06 Misunderstandings and Misinformation

    51:07 The Future of Psychedelics

    56:05 Supporting the MIND Foundation

    • 1 hr
    Psychedelic Harmony: Navigating Altered Realities Through Connection and Community

    Psychedelic Harmony: Navigating Altered Realities Through Connection and Community

    Welcome to 'Psychedelic Harmony,' where we explore the profound intersection of altered states, human connection, and the power of community.

    Join us on a journey through the realms of psychedelia as we delve into the transformative experiences, insights, and challenges that arise when individuals come together in shared exploration.

    From the mystical to the scientific, we navigate the diverse landscapes of consciousness. Please tune in for enlightening conversations on the importance of connection and community in the psychedelic space and discover how these shared experiences shape our understanding of self, others, and the world around us.

    Join us as we venture into the psychedelic realms and explore the threads that weave us all together in 'Psychedelic Harmony.



    Links for Jessica:www.jessikalagarde.comwww.womenonpsychedelics.orgwww.linkedin.com/jessika-lagarde

    Links for Thomas:


    https://psychedelicmedicine.earth

    https://ecstaticdance.earth

    • 49 min
    Awakening Connections: The Art and Science of Psychedelic Integration

    Awakening Connections: The Art and Science of Psychedelic Integration

    We embark on a journey of exploration, understanding, and transformation through the lens of psychedelic integration.

    Join us as we delve into the profound experiences that psychedelics can offer and, more importantly, the crucial process of integrating these experiences into our everyday lives.

    We dive deep into the importance of community, recognizing that the psychedelic journey is not meant to be walked alone. We explore the power of shared wisdom, support, and the sense of belonging that comes from connecting with others who have walked similar paths.

    Preparation is key, and we're here to guide you through it. From setting intentions to creating a safe and nurturing environment, we share insights and practical tips to ensure that your psychedelic experiences are approached with mindfulness and care.

    Safety is paramount in our discussions. We explore best practices, harm reduction strategies, and responsible use to ensure that the benefits of psychedelics are maximized while minimizing potential risks.

    But the journey doesn't end with the trip—it's just the beginning. Embodied integration is a central theme as we explore how to bring the lessons, insights, and healing from the psychedelic realm into our daily lives. We discuss practices, techniques, and stories that illustrate the transformative power of integrating these experiences on a profound, personal level.

    Join us as we navigate the realms of consciousness, community, and self-discovery. Whether you're a seasoned psychonaut or new to the world of psychedelics, our conversations are designed to inform, inspire, and guide you on your path to holistic well-being.



    You can learn more about Amanda on

    Websites:Online course: psychedelic integration for professionals starting January 24th: https://reciprocomethod.com/Integration newsletter: https://integraguide.substack.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/integra.guide



    For my work, you can check it out here

    https://linktr.ee/ThomasWestenholz

    • 52 min
    Psychedelics Unveiled: A Podcast on the Road to Legalization and Consciousness Expansion

    Psychedelics Unveiled: A Podcast on the Road to Legalization and Consciousness Expansion

    Step into the fascinating realm of Psychedelics Unveiled, where we embark on an enlightening journey that bridges the past, present, and future of psychedelics. Join us as we explore the intriguing intersection of these mind-altering substances and their transformative potential, both in personal growth and as catalysts for societal change.

    In each episode, we invite you to tune in to engaging conversations with leading experts, researchers, activists, and individuals who have experienced the profound effects of psychedelics firsthand. Together, we'll uncover the science, history, and cultural significance of these substances while delving into the latest breakthroughs in psychedelic research.

    As the world witnesses a dynamic shift in attitudes and policies toward psychedelics, we'll keep you informed about the ongoing journey towards legalization and regulation. We discuss the potential therapeutic benefits, the ethical considerations, and the stories of individuals impacted by these substances.

    Psychedelics Unveiled is your gateway to exploring altered states of consciousness, and our mission is to demystify, educate, and inspire. Whether you're a seasoned psychonaut, an advocate for change, or someone simply curious about the world of psychedelics, our podcast provides a platform for open dialogue and informed discussion.

    Join us as we peel back the layers of mystery and misconception surrounding psychedelics. Subscribe, embark on this enlightening voyage, and become part of the global conversation on the road to legalization and consciousness expansion. Welcome to Psychedelics Unveiled, where we seek to uncover the profound truths hidden within these remarkable substances.these substances have impacted

    • 57 min
    Art Therapy and the creative process

    Art Therapy and the creative process

    Today I spoke to Denise about art therapy. 

    Art therapy is a type of therapy that uses art as a means of expression and exploration. In this podcast, we will dive into the world of art therapy and explore how it can help individuals heal and grow.

    Art therapy is based on the premise that the creative process of making art can be therapeutic and can help individuals better understand and manage their emotions. This type of therapy treats various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and trauma. It is also used to help individuals struggling with addiction, eating disorders, and relationship problems.

    In this podcast, we will hear from Denise, who will share her experiences and insights about the therapeutic power of art. 

    One of the critical aspects of art therapy is that it provides a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to explore their emotions and experiences. Through the creation of art, individuals can express their feelings uniquely, which may not be possible through traditional forms of therapy.

    To learn more about Denise, you can find them here on the links below.

    www.denisesciclunaart.com

    IG: denisescicluna_art

    FB: https://www.facebook.com/denisesciclunaart

    To learn more about my work (Thomas Podcast host) see link below.

    https://linktr.ee/ThomasWestenholz

    • 51 min

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Listened to a couple podcasts and found it really relatable and skills that would be easy to apply. I’m enjoying listening to more each day.

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Insightful relationship advice

Having just discovered this podcast, I’m really impressed by the first conversation of 2020. It was a rich interview, enhanced by Thomas and guest both sharing their personal experiences to demonstrate how various theories of emotional self-awareness and skilful communication can be put into practice in real life.

Their candour in sharing their own learning journey and their own habits and faults in previous relationships was also really helpful in demonstrating how we are not stuck in our habitual patterns, but can learn new skills and apply these over time for healthier, more meaningful interpersonal relationships.

Highly recommended and I’m looking forward to more episodes.

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