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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.

    Multiple Selves Without a Central Self | Jordan Gruber

    Multiple Selves Without a Central Self | Jordan Gruber

    Jordan Gruber is one of the authors of "Your Symphony Of Selves" and joins us to discuss how we all have multiple selves, not a single self.
    Some of the topics we explore in this episode include an in-depth look at The Health Selves Model in comparison and contrast to The Single Self Assumption; why we mistakenly assume multiple selves to be pathological; how mental health is being in the right mind (self/selves) as the right time; and how we can start applying the healthy selves model into our lives today.
    We also talk about Monotheism’s influence on the single self assumption—“the single god assumption”; how Buddishm’s noself and interdependence relates to multiple selves; the difference between multiple selves and Jungian archetypes/autonomous complexes; how Sigmund Freud helped The Single Self Assumption dominate the western mind; and how the very origins of Freud’s model of the mind might be in the gaslighting of sexual abuse.
    Furthermore, we also explore psychedelic journeying and healing from a healthy selves model; how we might understand the effects of psychedelics on the ego, if there is no such thing as an ego; as well as all of reality being fractal iterations of various wholistic expressions of cosmic multiplicity while debating the validity of The Essential Self, Self Energy, and our ability to live in relationship to “Ultimate Reality”. And, of course, more. Enjoy.
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    Episode Breakdown
    (0:00) Opening (1:53) Overture (6:42) Patron Thanks | support the show! (8:03) Interview begins | James’ thoughts on Your Symphony Of Selves book (10:09) Why multiple selves can be very confronting (12:07) How we came to see multiple selves as being pathological | and why multiplicity is normal (17:40) Switching into younger/healthier selves in our aging, dying time, or Alzheimer's disease (23:43) How Sigmund Freud helped The Single Self Assumption dominate the western mind (26:31) The origins of Freud’s model of the mind might have be in the gaslighting of sexual abuse (32:37) Jung: the difference between multiple selves and archetypes/autonomous complexes (37:15) Monotheism’s influence on the single self assumption; “the single god assumption”? (43:23) How Buddishm’s noself and interdependence relates to multiple selves (49:51) Can a noself identity be a defensive compensation? (58:07) Centering our selves, without a central self (1:04:12) What about “I”? (1:09:49) Debating the validity of The Essential Self, Self Energy, and our ability to live in relationship to “Ultimate Reality” (1:19:06) Spiritual bypassing by evading the realities of relational life (1:27:02) All of reality is fractal iterations of various wholistic expressions of cosmic multiplicity (1:30:26) Psychedelic journeying and healing from a healthy selves model (1:39:31) Developing your “psychedelic journey self” | Interviews with Christopher Bache (1:41:38) Never do a psychedelic journey unless all selves are on board (1:43:02) Considering the effects of psychedelics on the ego, if there is no such thing as an ego (1:50:33) Why we need to give up on having big definite theories (1:56:10) Don’t force selves into integration or try to get rid of selves (1:59:24) The Single Soul Assumption? (2:03:04) How to star

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    ReAwakening Ancestral Wisdom And The Psychedelic Renaissance | Belinda Eriacho ~ ATTMind 167

    ReAwakening Ancestral Wisdom And The Psychedelic Renaissance | Belinda Eriacho ~ ATTMind 167

    Belinda Eriacho joins us today to explore the intersection of the psychedelic renaissance and ancestral wisdom; connecting with our own ancestry; and what indigenous people bring to the psychedelic renaissance and the problems created by their absence.
    We also talk about being in right relationship with sacred plants and where that does and doesn't not overlap with recreational use; how to cultivate reciprocity with indigenous peoples in psychedelic movements; the value and importance of supporting ethical psychedelic companies; and how legislating psychedelic medicine may help support the healing of intergenerational trauma held by indigenous people in North America.
    Enjoy
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    For links to Belinda's work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind167
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    *Promo Art For This Episode Courtesy of Simon Haiduk (slightly modified by James)*

     
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    Join Me For The Spirit Plant Medicine Conference!
    The episode is sponsored by The Spirit Plant Medicine Conference, happening online and in Vancouver BC Nov 4-6
    This year's theme is "The Role of Psychedelics for a Planet in Transition" and they are featuring Dennis McKenna, Paul Stamets, Belinda Eriacho, Wade Davis, Chris Bache, Jeremy Narby, Laurel Anne Sugden, Jamie Wheal, and more. The conference organizers have been wonderfully generous in offering the Livestream of the conference at no charge, all you have to do is register to get access.
    Head to jameswjesso.com/spmc to learn more and register If you want to attend in person, or purchase the VIP digital access, follow that same link and use the promo code JWJ to get 11% off your ticket
     
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    Episode Breakdown
    (0:00) Join me for The Spirit Plant Medicine Conference, Nov 4-6 2022, more details and no-charge access to livestream can be found here: https://www.jameswjesso.com/spmc (2:22) Introducing our guest and the topic of the episode (4:41) Thank you, Patrons! (6:49) Interview begins (7:46) Belinda’s offering of land acknowledgment (8:53) Belinda Eriacho’s cultural lineage (11:53) The meaningfulness of being able to openly speak indigenous languages (14:34) Our indigenous ancestry lives on in our blood | awakening to our ancestry (17:56) Connecting with our ancestry through the land, even if we no longer live on that ancestral land (21:47) The reawakening of ancestral wisdom is underway (25:39) The intersection of the Psychedelic Renaissance and Indigenous/Ancestral Wisdom (28:33) The cultural and relational context needed to awaken ancestral wisdom | the different possibilities of ceremonial vs recreational psychedelic use (33:38) What indigenous people bring to the psychedelic renaissance (36:27) Discussing the potential value and losses of the “middle ground” of psychedelic use, neither fully recreational nor fully ceremonial (44:46) Being in right relationship with sacred plants (and medicines) (48:21) Holding even psychedelic chemicals with reverence (49:56) Learning to deepen our relationship with all plants (52:33) The music of the plants | training our gut feeling (57:34) Connection, psychedelics, and the many levels of one’s being (1:01:20) Psilocybin mushrooms are not a tool | additional value (1:02:57) “Medicine” from a Native American perspective (is not the same as medication) (1:04:57) The meaning of “understand” vs “innerstand” (1:06:43) Two issues with indigenous people are not being included in the psychedelic rena

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    Restoring The Kinship/Indigenous Worldview | Four Arrows & Darcia Narvaez, PhD

    Restoring The Kinship/Indigenous Worldview | Four Arrows & Darcia Narvaez, PhD

    Darcia Narvaez, PhD and Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) join us to explore various precepts of the indigenous worldview—aka the kinship worldview—how we might restore that worldview in both our personal lives and the world at large.
    We also explore the basis of what a worldview is and why our guests propose there are only two, the indigenous/kinship worldview and the dominant/Western worldview. We go in-depth on the historical rise and impact of the dominant worldview and the intergenerational cycle of trauma it propagates; the left brain / right brain dynamic and how it aligns with worldview, perception, and behavior; how generations of anthropocentrism impact our capacity to perceive our interconnection with nature and each other; a substantial dive into death, dying, grief, and ceremony; and what it means to become fully human.
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    For links to our guests' work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind166
    Their Book: Restoring the Kinship Worldview: Indigenous Voices Introduce 28 Precepts for Rebalancing Life on Planet Earth
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    Episode Breakdown
    (0:00) Opening (1:30) Guest bios (6:11) Patron thanks (8:10) Interview begins (10:35) How Four Arrows came into the indigenous worldview through a near-death experience (14:05) How Darcia Narvaez came into the indigenous worldview through science (16:39) An explanation of “shifting baselines” and why understanding it matters (20:04) The dominant worldview, religion, trauma, the Roman conquest, and colonialism (32:00) What is a worldview and why there are only two worldviews that exist: Western/Dominante and Kinship/indigenous (35:16) Exploring these two worldviews and the history of their dynamic (38:39) The intergeneration cycle of trauma embedded in us through the Dominant worldview (43:53) How generations of anthropocentrism impact our capacity to perceive our interconnection with nature and each other (51:02) Feeling interconnected with life decreases fear of death, and vice versa (54:43) The left brain / right brain dynamic and how it aligns with worldview, perception, and behavior (59:31) Exploring a visit from some giant birds (1:02:10) A meditation practice on death from Four Arrows | Having a death song (1:05:01) The difference between courage and fearlessness | trust the universe (1:10:48) Ceremony and the indigenous worldview’s impact on death and dying (1:14:23) Grief in the indigenous worldview vs the dominant worldview  (1:21:22) Some anecdotes of psychedelic ceremony from Four Arrows  (1:27:09) Being in relationship with the spirit of psychoative plants (1:31:07) “Last resortism” in the medical system and Four Arrows’ journey with cancer (1:33:44) James’ thoughts on the value of leaning on last resortism to Insitute psilocybin for dying people (1:35:46) Cultivated interconnectedness and relationship throughout life and death | grieving together and ceremony (1:43:14) Becoming fully human—neurobiologically and culturally (1:46:08) Does it make sense to have hope that we will change our ways before it's too late? (1:50:28) Further links and contact information for our guests (1:53:16) Some closing words in Lakota from Four Arrows (1:53:55) Outro *****
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    • 1 hr 56 min
    Psilocybin and The Evolution of Life | Jahan Khamsehzadeh, PhD

    Psilocybin and The Evolution of Life | Jahan Khamsehzadeh, PhD

    WHAT IS THE EVOLUTIONARY ROLE OF PSILOCYBIN IN LIFE ON THIS PLANET?
    This is both an explicit question and an implicit guiding inquiry in the discussion you will hear on this episode Adventures Through The Mind. Our guest is Jahan Khamsehzadeh, PhD. He is the author of The Psilocybin Connection: Psychedelics, the Transformation of Consciousness, and Evolution of the Planet—An Integral Approach.
    Together we have a conversation that waves in and out from the microscopic to the cosmological. We explore topics such as
    the role fungi have played and continue to play in the evolution and existence of life on this planet; how psilocybin may have assisted in the development of human consciousness; the role psychedelics can play in cultivating a strong, but healthy ego; why taking heroic doses is not the best way to heal or learn and it may actually hurt you; why an understanding of psychedelics requires us to transcend reductionism and materialism; and more. *** FULL TOPICS BREAKDOWN BELOW**
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    For links to Jahan's work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind165
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    (0:00) Episode Sponsor:  (1:26) Intro & guest bio (5:24) Patreon Thanks (6:33) Interview begins (8:15) Speaking about my own book with Jahan (9:16) Participating in the wave of Psychedelic Culture (13:17) Psychedelics actually grow the ego—for good and ill (17:31) The Structure of Self, Life, and Reality (19:11) Masculine and Feminine Energy | Archetypal Reality (25:51) We are a symphony of selves, interpersonally and intrapersonally (27:12)Psychedelic molecules and the evolution of Gaia Mind (31:29) The damaging effects of failing to see the deep interconnection of life (34:56) Why scientific materialism is inadequate to explain psychedelics (39:38) Western reductionism is unable to see its own cultural frame of reference (45:27) There is no “The” mystical experience | There is an infinite variability of Unity (48:37) There is value in psychedelic experiences that aren’t “peak mystical experiences” (50:55) The role of psilocybin in the evolution of human consciousness; the Stoned Ape Theory (54:11) The role of fungi in the history of life surviving in the face of planetary crisis (58:06) Without fungi, there would be no life as we know it on this planet (59:52) The voice of the Mushroom; the voice of God (1:02:41) The specific role that the psilocybin mushroom is playing in life and consciousness (1:06:27) Taking heroic doses is not the best way to heal or learn, it may actually hurt you (1:12:24) Stop worrying about having “the” mystical experience, there is so much more there for you (1:13:39) The longing for belonging, Connection, and communion (1:16:04) the root of depression is a lack of connection (1:17:33) Disconnection beyond humanity (1:20:38) Living awake and mature in a relational reality (1:24:22) balancing care of self

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Authentic Relating and The Art of Conversation and Conflict | Sara Ness

    Authentic Relating and The Art of Conversation and Conflict | Sara Ness

    Sara Ness joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to have a conversation about the art of conversation and its role in our relationships and vice versa.
    We also explore how play can help us develop and exercise our relational and conversational skills, specifically what are called Authentic Relating games.
    Furthermore, we also speak about how the possibilities of conversations can be both literally and phenomenologically psychedelic.
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    For links to Sara's work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind164
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    Episode Breakdown
    (000) Opening (2:39) Thank you :) (4:02) Interview begins (4:08) What is a conversation? The levels of a conversation (8:40) Mindset context and its impact on meaning in conversation (11:52) Beyond the self; conversation and the boundaries of relationship (15:58) Conflict is not abuse (17:34) We are more than a single self; “No wonder conversations are so complicated” (19:02) The blurred line between what is conversation and what is relationship (20:11) Wounds from past relationships cloud our ability to see each other (23:15) Gaslighting and how do we determine if we are being gaslit? (27:00) Having conversations across polarization/ severe ideological differences; befriending the enemy (33:55) Meeting each other’s energy; navigating the levels of conversations (37:56) Conflict: what it is and how can we navigate it effectively (44:23) The value of conflict in relationship (46:25) The difference between conflict, fight, violence, power-over, and mutually empowered intense play (1:00:56) The value of listening (1:04:29) The 4 different relating languages (and how to determine them) (1:13:06) Games that teach us the skills we need to have healthy relationships; “authentic relating games” (1:24:52) What authentic relating games can offer us is similar to what psychedelic experiences can offer us (1:30:11) Accessing psychedelic experiences through authentic relating games; accessing shared flow state (1:39:49) Healing our nervous systems from the threat of slowing down (1:42:10) An authentic relating game for listeners to start with, “hot seat” (1:46:24) Not just about building skills, but building relationships too (1:47:47) Some follow-up links and content  
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    • 1 hr 52 min
    Integrating Internal Family Systems and Psychedelic Therapy | Robert Falconer

    Integrating Internal Family Systems and Psychedelic Therapy | Robert Falconer

    Robert “Bob” Falconer has been bridging his long history of IFS and psychedelics together into the body of work that informs the conversation you will hear today.
    Bob lays the groundwork for what Internal Family Systems therapy is; its foundational propositions about the nature of the mind; and both how IFS works and how therapists work with IFS to bring about healing.
    From there we go into the unique benefit IFS has to offer psychedelic therapy and how to use IFS in both preparation for and integration of psychedelic experiences.
    We also talk about generative change vs counteractive change; the harms of isolation and the healing of connection; the porous nature of the mind and relational nature of reality; and even Bob’s perspective on how to work with spirit entities, demons, and the intelligence of psychedelic medicines.
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    (0:00) Opening (4:47) Thank you! (7:06) Interview begins (8:13) An introduction to Internal Family Systems IFS therapy (12:34) What makes IFS “parts work” unique; Self-energy (16:10) No bad parts; all parts have good intention (19:54) Most people are civil wars, IFS helps heal us into a symphony (23:12) How IFS addresses our wounded parts, e.g. our “exiles” (26:58) “Insight is the booby prize” (28:40) Counteractive change vs generative change (32:00) The unique benefit of IFS for psychedelic therapy (25:40) How Internal Family Systems therapy works best with psychedelics (42:04) Where IFS fits into psychedelic integration (46:26) Separating internal vs external change during our psychedelic integration (47:37) Living in troubled times; therapy with the potential for exponential growth (55:04) The mind is porous; reality is relational (1:03:05) Falconer’s perspective on spirit entities and demons (1:11:13) The utility of regarding the intelligence of the medicine as full spectrum personalities (1:17:50) Some discussion on regarding nature as full-spectrum personalities (1:23:15) The harms of isolation; the healing of connection (1:27:19) IFS with MDMA or Ketamine? (1:30:18) The specific nuances of doing IFS therapy with ketamine (1:34:52) Can protector parts block the effects of psychedelics? (1:40:31) We don’t always need support to have a great psychedelic experience, but it helps (1:44:31) Suggestions on integrating IFS into your personal psychedelic practice (1:48:39) A final offering for us from Robert Falconer (1:49:22) Closing *****
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    • 1 hr 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
186 Ratings

186 Ratings

Iqbal Yusaf ,

Content, Content, Content

James discusses a wide variety of topics related to plant medicine, consciousness, human and transpersonal development, as well as other related topics. Occasionally awkward but so am I at times so it’s a good match. James is tireless and highly-focused in his efforts. I find his views to be incredibly insightful. This is some of the best content you will find in the space.

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Insightful Podcast

I first started listening to this podcast several months ago and now it’s one of the podcast shows I look forward in listening to when a new episode is available.

The most recent segment about the topic on HPPD was one that I can sincerely relate to,
This podcast is always bringing up great topics for thought and awareness.


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Thank you

One of the best shows in this space.

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