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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.

    Veteran PTSD, Ayahuasca Healing, And The Military-Industrial Complex | Jesse Gould ~ ATTMind 154

    Veteran PTSD, Ayahuasca Healing, And The Military-Industrial Complex | Jesse Gould ~ ATTMind 154

    Jesse Gould of Heroic Hearts Project is on the show for this episode to talk about his own battle with PTSD and his recovery through ayahuasca therapy. We also talk about the challenges of integrating back into civilian life after combat, the tragic mental health and suicide statistics amongst veterans, and the role Heroic Hearts Project is playing to help those veterans.
    More than that though, Jesse and I speak about what it’s like as a soldier to find out that their government lied to justify the war they were traumatized by being in; the impact of military expansionism on the climate crisis; whether or not “the psychedelic cure” will be used by governments to justify continuing war; and, whether or not ayahuasca healing has any noticeable effects on one’s political stance on the military.
     
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    Episode Breakdown
     
    What is Heroic Hearts Project? The mental health crisis amongst veterans The two extreme realities of veterans’ life though The challenges of becoming a civilian after being made a soldier Jesse’s journey from the Military, through PTSD, and to ayahuasca Harming and self-harming amongst veterans The mismanagement of mental health care on behalf of the Veteran Associations Jesse’s journey into ayahuasca and what he learned A powerful story of a Veteran's transformation out of PTSD through ayahuasca The crisis of meaning when a soldier learns that the reason they were at war was based on lies Does ayahuasca change a veteran's perspective on the military-industrial complex? Does ayahuasca change a veteran's perspective on the military, itself? No, psychedelics do not fundamentally alter your political views or make you a better person Responding to the ecological destruction of the military-industrial complex and military expansionism Will “the psychedelic cure” for veteran PTSD be used by the military to justify continuing war The shifting cultural tides in the USA regarding kinetic warfare What Heroic Hearts is up to now (services and research)    
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Plant Intelligence | Monica Gagliano, PhD ~ ATTMind 153

    Plant Intelligence | Monica Gagliano, PhD ~ ATTMind 153

    Dr. Monica Gagliano takes us on a deep dive into the results of her scientific research into plant intelligence. But she also shares the profound impact of her personal encounters with the living intelligence of the natural world, and what those encounters have revealed about herself, about life, and about the murderous consequences of modern scientific training.
    We also explore definitions of intelligence and plant intelligence; the impact of anthropocentrism on our relationship to the natural world; listening to and learning from plants; and the role of altered states and psychedelics in our capacity to directly communicate with not only plants, but the intelligent life of nature itself.
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    Episode Breakdown
    What is intelligence? What is plant Intelligence? Why we assume plants aren’t intelligent Gagliano’s transformation away from “cold-hearted scientist” How anthropocentric bias in Academia delegitimizes plant intelligence research Plant bioacoustics and shamanic medicine songs Voice, plant voice, and how we silence them An example of listening to plants Appropriation and the silencing of plant intelligence The history of our enslavement to wheat What if plants listened to plants as a “someone” and not a “something” Slowing down and letting yourself be confused is a good thing The role of altered states in communicating with and learning from plants The psychedelic experience is happening all the time The role of plant dietas in healing Allowing our encounters with the natural world to become meaningful moments of learning and insight What medicine means A closing poem from The Spoke The Plant

     
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    • 2 hr 2 min
    Hallucinogen Perception Persisting Disorder (HPPD) | Ed Prideaux

    Hallucinogen Perception Persisting Disorder (HPPD) | Ed Prideaux

    Ed Prideaux joins us to discuss what Hallucinogen Perception Persisting Disorder (HPPD) is, its symptoms, its history, its association with other mental health conditions, how widespread it seems to be, and how it isn’t necessarily a negative experience. We also speak of psychedelic flashbacks--what they are and what they are not; the role of memory, trauma, and neuroplasticity in HPPD; the pathologizing of neurodiversity; and each of our personal experiences of the condition.
     

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    Episode Breakdown
    What is Hallucinogen Perception Persisting Disorder? James’ personal experiences of HPPD HPPD is much more common than we realize, and not always negative The potentially serious negative consequences of HPPD The harm of drug stigma, cultural ignorance, and pathologizing of neurodiversity The urgency of HPPD The pharmacological treatments for HPPD Psychedelic flashbacks: what they are, and what they are not HPPD is not necessary the consequence of psychedelics Genetic predispositions to HPPD Memory triggers, Neruoplastiocity and being traumatized by psychedelics (bad trips) HPPD can be positive, too The current treatments for HPPD The relationship between Cannabis and HPPD Something everyone should know about HPPD Why do people who don't have HPPD think it’s not real? How to create better awareness around Hallucinogen Perception Persisting Disorder Links to Ed Prideaux’s Twitter, The Perception Restoration Foundation, and some Australia studies happening now/soon

     
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    • 1 hr 50 min
    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.
     
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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.
     
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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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

victorj87 ,

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.


Peace and respect,
keep doing what you do.

- Victor

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. 🙏

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