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Adventures Through The Mind is an interview-based podcast hosted by Canadian author and public educator, James W. Jesso.

Although the show topics range---from spirituality, mental health, and emotional maturity; to love, relationships and sexuality; to history, philosophy, and neuroscience---there are two underlying themes that intersect them all: psychedelics & the mind.

James W. Jesso is the author of Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom and The True Light Of Darkness, both about his experiences exploring the potentials of psychedelics.

Adventures Through The Mind James W. Jesso

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Adventures Through The Mind is an interview-based podcast hosted by Canadian author and public educator, James W. Jesso.

Although the show topics range---from spirituality, mental health, and emotional maturity; to love, relationships and sexuality; to history, philosophy, and neuroscience---there are two underlying themes that intersect them all: psychedelics & the mind.

James W. Jesso is the author of Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom and The True Light Of Darkness, both about his experiences exploring the potentials of psychedelics.

    Yoga, Psychedelics, And The Spirit Of Cannabis | Chris Kilham

    Yoga, Psychedelics, And The Spirit Of Cannabis | Chris Kilham

    Chris Kilham joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to explore yoga, cannabis, and yoga and cannabis. We also explore the spirit of cannabis, psychedelics in general as a part of spiritual practice, and the dangerous pitfalls of spiritual narcissism and delusions that arise from all spiritual practice, and especially insular spiritual communities.
     
    For links to Chris' work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind151
     
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    Episode Breakdown
    Chris Kilham’s yoga practice history Yoga and cannabis for chronic pain and back injuries What is Yoga and what is the point of the practice? Spiritual narcissism and insular spiritual communities Psychedelic use and messianic delusions Spiritual/psychedelic practice for the development of the healthy self The importance of a healthy community in your integration Is cannabis a psychedelic? How? Yoga and the spirit of cannabis What message are the different plant spirits trying to teach us? Different cultivars and the spirit of cannabis Don’t anthropomorphize plant spirits The pharmacology of cannabis and endocannabinoid system (ECS) The wonder of LSD and the discovery of serotonin Is microdosing a placebo? the stigma again using drugs with spiritual practice The risk of psychosis with psychedelics Psychedelics are well beyond the therapeutic framework The value of psychedelics beyond therapy 2nd Gen psychedelics and the failings of the corporate mindset Important advice for your first cannabis-yoga experience

     
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Group MDMA for Grief And The Recently Bereaved | Shelley and Charley Wininger

    Group MDMA for Grief And The Recently Bereaved | Shelley and Charley Wininger

    Shelley and Charley Wininger join us to tell a story of great loss, one that provides the context to wonder about the potential of group MDMA experiences for grief and the recently bereaved, as well as questions about death and dying, feeling safe to be vulnerable, and the profound healing of togetherness in times of great loss. ... For links to Winingers's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind150
     
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    Episode Breakdown
    The relevant background of Charley & Shelley’s relationship and community The story of the death of Shelley’s son Their yearly group roll The MDMA grief circle Shelley sharing during the MDMA grief circle "I never want to go to a conventional wake again” The muting of emotions during modern funerals Feeling safe to feel the full pain of grief MDMA and learning to feel safe to be vulnerable Integrating MDMA into community grief processes Grieving the loss of safety and connection The MDMA middle way The MDMA experience is a holy space of profound togetherness and Love How MDMA impacted Shelley’s grieving process Learning to be wrecked on schedule Openly crying gives others permission to touch the tears in themselves Feeling safe to feel with MDMA Charley checks in with me The integration of a group MDMA grief circle Generational differences in stigma against MDMA

     
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Attention And Adderall Addiction In An Age Of Distraction | Casey Schwartz ~ ATTMind 149

    Attention And Adderall Addiction In An Age Of Distraction | Casey Schwartz ~ ATTMind 149

    Casey Schwartz, author of Attention: A Love Story, joins us talk about her journey with Adderall addiction; how social media technology influences our attention and behavior; internet reactivity and mob “justice”; psychedelics and their impact on attention; the deeper philosophy of what attention is; and why attention matters.
     
    For links to Schwartz's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind149
     
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    Episode Breakdown
    What if that final rug comes up from under us The beginnings of Adderall addiction The Adderall promise and of the attentional expectations of the modern world Adderall does not increase attention, not really If attention isn’t focused concentration then what is it? Is there such a thing as natural attention? Social media turning us into reactive children Bonding by bullying through canceling, Casey’s journey of watching her father get swept up in the metoo movement The difference between justice and vengeance, redemption, and a lack of much-needed nuance Adderall addiction in the age of technological onslaught How what we attend to changing the meaning landscape of our lives The deeper philosophy of what attention is, and why attention matters Where you put your attention is how you live your life Psychedelics and attention; how psychedelics alter how we attend to life Attention, prayer, and the discovery of divine A personal trip report of Vyvanse vs Adderall Attention: A Love Story and social links

     
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Wonder And Inquiry In Times Of Trouble | Stephen Jenkinson

    Wonder And Inquiry In Times Of Trouble | Stephen Jenkinson

    Our guest for this episode is Stephen Jenkinson and, with him, we will wonder about wonder and inquire–with wonder–about wisdom, prejudice, language, Mystery, generational truancy, the plague, and inquiry itself.
    For links to Jenkinson's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind148
     
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    Episode Breakdown
    Inquiry, wonder, language, and the end of our days Our education was a war on Mystery Wonder isn't necessarily safe or good-feeling We have no obligation to be ok Psychedelics, MAID, and modernity "We deserve an ordinary life" Ambivalence, and being a “divisionary” Wisdom and prejudice Owning the truancy of the boomer generation Fate and the gods The failures of the language of loss to speak to the realities of the plague  The plague is already a savagely lost opportunity The nostalgia of our pre-pandemic days A generation's worth Doomsday and the greatest trauma implemented on the English people The end of the pandemic will be only the beginning of our undoing

     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Other Magic Mushroom: Healing Trauma With Amanita Muscaria | Amanita Dreamer

    The Other Magic Mushroom: Healing Trauma With Amanita Muscaria | Amanita Dreamer

    Amanita Dreamer is on the show to talk about her story of healing from panic and anxiety with the amanita muscaria mushroom. 
    We also talk about the mushroom's pharmacology, safe preparation and use; and how (and why) it can help us heal from not only childhood trauma but pre-birth and infancy trauma by re-parenting us.
    Finally, we talk about what it means to live traumatized in a traumatized and traumatizing world and how the amanita mushroom might help us discover, and build, a world that feels like a safe home.
    For links to Amanita Dreamer's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind147
     
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    Episode Breakdown
    Introducing my own ignorance and resistance against amanita muscaria What is the amanita muscaria mushroom? Amanita Dreamer's journey through healing anxiety, panic attack and benzo dependence with amanita How finding Amanita in the forest saved AD’s life The active metabolites of amanita are they toxic? And how are they different in their experience Microdosing amanita is adaptogenic Healing pre-birth and infancy trauma with Amanita Muscaria Amanita is here to re-parent you | you are valuable Infancy trauma and anxiety disorders in adulthood Healing core wounds and become a truly human culture The amanita spirits are the cultural elders here to bring us back to our humanity Home is a place where you can exist without coercion Home means traveling and celebrating together Learning from the mushroom The difference between psilocybin and amanita Methods of amanita consumption | tea, smoking, microdosing, and macrodosing What an amanita experience is like Reviewing the psychoactive metabolites and metabolism of ibotenic acid into muscimol The amanita sleep and why you don't remember The other side of the trip Trip sitting amanita journeys vs journeying alone Smoking amanita muscaria and connecting with the ancestors Microdosing amanita muscaria How long does amanita tea last in the fridge Censorship and mushroom content
     
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    Can We Trust Science? | Danny Nemu ~ ATTMind 146

    Can We Trust Science? | Danny Nemu ~ ATTMind 146

    Danny Nemu is on the show to talk about Science Revealed, the failures of our scientific institutions, and their unreliability as proxies for sensemaking reality. 
    We explore the question: Can we trust science?

    ***Interview recorded April 29, 2021
    (This is a weird interview because there are several moments where my—I personally consider valid—inclination to push back against certain statements revealed myself as being somewhat wrapped in ideological assumptions and juvenile reactivity... It was an interesting learning experience for myself...
    That being said, Danny and I continued to have a thoughtful and respectful conversation and one that I hope you will appreciate.)
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    For links to Beiner's work, full show notes, and to watch this episode in video, head to https://bit.ly/ATTMind146
     
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    Episode Breakdown
    “It’s been a very interesting pandemic” does peer-review science actually create change (focus on cannabis legalization) Censorship in peer-review science (especially medicine) Close-mindedness and rationalism in scientific institutions Is science (actually) self-correcting? Science as a force of colonialism Is science (actually) self-correcting? pt.2 Grasping for theories and anti-science Conspiracy theories, mythic truths, and propaganda Debating covid narratives Viruses are information What is Covid revealing to us about ourselves? The damage caused by the prevailing human superiority complex The world is sick and we are in crisis Science and learning to know less
     
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    • 2 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
179 Ratings

179 Ratings

UzLurkin ,

Thank you

One of the best shows in this space.

oliviabaker13 ,

Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

Adventures Through the Mind is one of the best psychedelic shows out there. James is an extremely knowledgeable host who pulls from his own wealth of expertise when leading conversations with his guests. Together, they go beyond the basics to discuss cultural impact, philosophical questions, and a wide range of experiences. Really appreciate the diverse perspectives and deep insights explored on this show. 🙏

megan@podcastingyou ,

Useful Content!

James does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!

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