Heather Grzych interviews podcaster and psychedelic expert Zach Leary about why such a high percentage of people are turning to psychedelics today to improve their wellbeing, and the importance of using these medicines with ritual and sacredness. Zach explains why your life changes after a psychedelic experience, and why integration is so important, whether you’re using LSD, psilocybin from mushrooms, MDMA, ayahuasca or other natural or synthetic medicines in the psychedelic category. They discuss how the psychedelic movements actually led to modern Americans connecting with Indian sciences like yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, despite these medicines often being frowned upon in these communities. They also delve into how technology and AI is being used to recreate famous deceased teachers like Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Alan Watts, etc.
Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility and the host of the Wisdom of the Body podcast. A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she teaches the Regenerative Fertility Method to support future generations worldwide. Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and has been a consultant for doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She offers virtual consultations and programs worldwide. www.heathergrzych.com
Zach Leary is a podcaster, writer, cognitive dissident, yogi and psychedelic advocate. Growing up in Beverly Hills in the 1980s, he came to realise that the man who often took him to school in the morning and “tossed the ball” in the backyard with him, was not only one of the instigators of the counterculture movement of the 1960s, but also “had a front row seat for some of the most important cultural movements of the late twentieth century.” This led Zach to create a path for himself that’s been rich with many different incarnations ranging from digital marketing ace for Apple to futurist to psychedelic integration specialist and advocate.
Zach currently hosts The MAPS podcast and has in depth knowledge of psychedelic assisted facilitation, is a trained meditation teacher, a student of bhakti yoga, an IFS enthusiast and expert in the history of psychedelic culture and its many methodologies. Zach is also a facilitator at the Evolution Retreat Center in Negril, Jamaica. Evolution Retreats is a beautiful retreat center that does legal psilocybin retreats using the most modern and effective methodologies available. As an author, Zach’s first book “And Now, The Work Begins – Psychedelics in the 21st Century and How to Use Them” will be published by SoundsTrue in late 2023.
Books referenced: Obedience to Authority by Stanley Milgram, Ayurvedic Pharmacology and Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants Dravyagunavignyan by Vaidya V.M. Gogte, Be Here Now by Ram Dass, and Zach’s book in development about the history and modern use of psychedelics being used safely, wisely and effectively.
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