My name is Ronan Levy, and I’d like to invite you to join me on a field trip. Tune in each week as I speak with the scientists, entrepreneurs, artists and athletes exploring the limits of the human mind. Learn how psychedelics, meditation and self-discovery practices have changed their lives and can help YOU live a happier, healthier, more inspired life.
Natural Born Visionaries | Brian Muraresku
Brian Muraresku, author of “The Immortality Key,” joins Ronan to discuss how psychedelics may have been instrumental to the rise of Christianity, and why despite writing one of the most acclaimed books on psychedelics, Brian himself has never tried them. They dive into the mantra, “to die before you die means you don’t die when you die” and why it may be the secret to a lifetime of happiness. Brian’s debut book “The Immortality Key” explores pharmacological influence dating back to ancient times, impacting religion and even many of the scriptures we are all familiar with. His book argues that the use of psychedelics may have been instrumental to the development of many modern religions as we know them. Brian, a Georgetown Law graduate, also became the founding executive director of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. Their work has been featured on CNN, ESPN, as well as The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle. Brian has also been practicing law internationally for fifteen years. So sit down, buckle up, and tune in to an episode you won’t want to miss!
The Alter Ego Effect | Todd Herman
Todd Herman, the author of the WSJ and International Best Selling Book, “The Alter Ego Effect: The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life,” joins Ronan to discuss Todd’s experiences with MDMA assisted therapy to overcome sexual trauma, the power of alter egos, and whether there exists a one true authentic self. He is also a speaker and coach focused on mental toughness, leadership, and peak performance, and has been featured on NFL Films, Fox Sports, PBS, Entrepreneur, and the Today Show. His training programs have been delivered to over 2 million people and have won numerous awards and his coaching systems are used by teams in the NFL, NBA, and NHL, as well as major companies around the world. Todd just launched his own shoe line, and his work has even inspired the new FOX TV show, Alter Ego!
Music for Psychedelic Therapy | Jon Hopkins
Jon Hopkins, a highly acclaimed musician and electronic music producer, joins Ronan from across the pond to discuss the inspiration and creative process for his new record “Music for Psychedelic Therapy,” his own journey with psychedelic medicine, posthumously collaborating with Ram Dass, and more! Jon’s works have been Grammy and Mercury Prize nominated, he has done film scoring, and has collaborated with the likes of Brian Eno, Imogen Heap, Coldplay, Purity Ring, and previous Field Tripping guest East Forest. “Music for Psychedelic Therapy” (which is out now, available at https://smarturl.it/MFPT/) signifies a seeming departure from Jon’s trajectory as a more techno/club-centered act. The album’s first single, Sit Around the Fire, features the words of Ram Dass from a 1970’s recording as well as contributions from collaborator East Forest.
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The Bipolar Philanthropist | Sanjay Singhal
Sanjay Singhal joins Ronan to discuss his personal journey through his bipolar disorder diagnosis, what excites him about the changes and research emerging in the psychedelic industry, and what a better world looks like to him if all the hopes around psychedelics come to fruition. He gives some really sound advice on how to find happiness for yourself and the people in your circle, plus some tips on how to make decisions in your life without regret. Sanjay is a tech entrepreneur, author, and one of the leading psychedelic philanthropists. He founded (and sold) Audiobooks.com, created the 500 Startups Canada fund and is currently an investor in over 20 startups. Sanjay launched the Nikean Foundation in 2019 with a mission to fund mental health research focusing on novel psychedelic therapies to treat mental disorders including anorexia, depression, and PTSD. Sanjay is a committed supporter of psychedelics for mental health; his deep and eloquent discussion in this episode is not one to be missed.
All Out War | Jesse Gould
Jesse Gould joins Ronan to discuss his path into the Army and his difficulties of leaving the military, how psychedelics can assist the mental health of military veterans, and how the war on drugs restricted medicines that could have helped heal the traumas of countless servicepeople. After three deployments in Afghanistan as a US Army Ranger, Jesse Gould encountered a myriad of challenges in re-acclimating to civilian life, as do many war vets. Struggling for years with severe anxiety, he decided to try an ayahuasca retreat in Peru having been drawn to its cultural and ceremonial properties. Jesse was profoundly moved by this and soon after he founded the Heroic Hearts Project in 2017 with a mission to spearhead acceptance and use of ayahuasca therapy as a means of addressing the current mental health crisis among veterans. Since its launch, Heroic Hearts has raised over $350,000 in scholarships from donors including Dr. Bronner’s and partnered with the world’s leading ayahuasca treatment centers, as well as sponsoring psychiatric applications with the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Georgia.
Shabbat Sharoom | Greg Ferenstein
Greg Ferenstein joins Ronan to discuss how psychedelics can make you a better co-worker, his field research in Silicon Valley, mental health advocacy, psychedelic policy reform, and more! Greg is a scientific consultant to mental health programs and psychedelic startups through his firm, Frederick Research. He’s also currently a scientific advisor on psychedelics and gathers research on how people use medicines such as psilocybin and LSD to improve their health, relationships, and careers. He is also the research director for Tech4America, a non-profit organization that looks at how access to mental health services impacts low-income individuals seeking to get into high-tech careers. His research has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Guardian.
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One of my favorite podcasts!
Love the topics! Very helpful info. I always learn something new every single listen.
Keep em coming!
Thank you Field Trip Health for bringing this topic out of the shadows and making it accessible for everyone! These episodes are so insightful and exactly what our society needs.