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Portier Supplies — Sacred Psychonautics, the Space Beyond Healing, and Spiritual Business (#50)
Is it possible to bring the level of reverence and integrity that we see in traditional plant medicine ceremonies into our own homes?
Koen and Sebastian, the team over at Portier Supplies have created a product that is doing exactly this.
"Psychedelics deserve a beautiful place in people’s lives, not shoved in a closet, hidden away somewhere’"
— Sebastian from Portier Supplies, HEx Podcast #50 There is a lot of shame that many well-intentioned psychedelic users carry around due to misinformed stigma and misplaced projections.
Initiatives such as Portier Supplies are putting that to an end.
This conversation is a dive into psychedelic healing and the exciting realms beyond, as well as a front row seat to the tricky business of psychedelic entrepreneurship.
What We Cover:
2:40 - The journey that led to the creation of Portier 11:35 - What the Portal Box is 17:00 - The true meaning of luxury 20:05 - What comes after healing with psychedelics? 24:00 - Maintaining integrity when combining business and spirituality 43:25 - Growth as the accumulation of responsibility 44:25 - Practices that support psychedelic use 53:55 - Bufo vs Ayahuasca MUCH MORE...
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John Vervaeke 2 – Redesigning Religion, Culture Hacking, and Saving Spirituality (#49)
If you identify as spiritual but not religious, then this one is for you.
In our second interview with John Vervaeke, he urges those who have been traversing the spiritual path on their own up until now to come together and join forces:
“We need the best wisdom we can come up with. The chances that you’re going to get that on your own are very small.”
— John Vervaeke, HEx Podcast #49
What forms as we come together is what John calls, ‘the religion that is not a religion’.
If you extracted everything that was valuable from traditional religions and left behind what was constricting and harmful, this is what you would get.
“We need to reach deeply into the roots of our traditions in order to grow up into the novelty of the sunlight, if we’re going to grow what we need here.”
Why do we need something like this? And how do we begin to build it?
Eric and John dive deep into these questions and surface with a stash of nuggets pointing the way to a world of wisdom.
What We Cover:
Why we need a religion that is not a religion The problems that arise from being ‘spiritual but not religious’ Why it’s not a religion Untangling the supernatural from the spiritual How to build up your own community Metapsychotechnologies for curating ecologies of practice Yoga’s 4 paths to Union as an example of pluralism Western traditions as equally viable paths to wisdom MUCH MORE… Please leave a review if you enjoy The HighExistence podcast.
John Vervaeke — The Meaning Crisis, Stealing the Culture, & Redesigning Religion (#48)
“We need to have a deep dialogue between science and spirituality.”
John Vervaeke, HEx Podcast #48
It’s easy to say that science and spirituality are being summoned to sit down together for a deep conversation — but much harder to actually make this happen without things devolving quickly.
John Vervaeke has taken it upon himself to come in and, not only translate, but provide an entire vocabulary and grammar for both parties to use to allow for deeper understanding and more nuanced agreements.
This is a mammoth task. For this reason, John has an entire 50 episode YouTube series called The Meaning Crisis exploring the past, present, and future of this dynamic between science and spirituality. It is one of the most significant series I’ve seen in a while.
If you don’t have 50 hours to spare, fear not, for we have an exhaustive summary of it all for you right here.
Originally posted on John’s Youtube channel under the title ‘Best Synoptic Overview of The Meaning Crisis & my Work’, this interview is an action-packed call to arms against the spiritual challenges we are facing today, featuring misunderstood vampires and re-spawning Hydra heads.
By giving us a strong foundation to stand on and bringing spirituality back down to earth, John is creating a platform for this crucial merging to take place.
“We can go from these being terms that are wrapped in mystique and obscurity to being a realizable continuum that we can start engaging in right now right here.”
— John Vervaeke
With the groundwork in place, please enjoy this deep dive into the meaning crisis, stealing the culture, and redesigning religion.
WHAT WE COVER:
An exhaustive summary of The Meaning Crisis John’s own personal meaning crisis and how meaning began to emerge in his life The deep mechanisms underlying downward spirals/addiction Perennial Problems: the eternal spiritual problems of man Jordan Peterson’s role in the reawakening Hamlet as an example of over-self-consciousness The pros and cons of the scientific mindset The 4 ways of knowing Psychotechnologies Strengths and weaknesses of Eastern and Western approaches Ecologies of practices: responses to the Perennial Problems An introduction to the Religion that is not a Religion Serious play as the bridge between two worlds MUCH MORE… Please leave a review if you enjoy The HighExistence podcast.
The Mind Illuminated: The Ultimate Meditation Manuscript
Have you been struggling to keep a consistent meditation practice?
Switching around between different types, trying to find the right one for so long that you eventually forgot why you were even doing it in the first place?
This is a common complaint many aspiring meditators face.
Without a clear understanding of why we are doing what we are doing and a way to know that we are doing it right, we are destined to fall off track.
In comes The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa (John Yates, PhD).
The Mind Illuminated is the result of 50,000 hours of meditation and decades of neuroscience study.
This book is arguably the clearest, most systematic, and well-researched meditation manual ever written.
In this episode of the HighExistence podcast, Jon Brooks and Eric Brown discuss the 6 steps Culadasa recommends in the book to prepare the mind for practice.
But these 6 steps, as you'll see, have far reaching applications beyond just meditation.
“This stuff is not separate. The lessons you learn in mediation are lessons that apply to life. The stuff going on in your life will carry on into your mediation practice.”
— Eric Brown, HEx Podcast #47
IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
Why you should meditate Culadasa’s 6 steps for preparation for meditation How TMI has impacted not only Eric’s meditation practice, but his life Is enlightenment actually possible? What does it take to get there? Meditation as a tool for tragedy How to find and renew the motivation to do anything The first 3 stages of the meditation journey Meditation as a microcosm for life The importance of posture How showing up is all you need to do The value of taking a moment to clarify intent before starting anything MUCH MORE…
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Justin Noppé: Success is a Skill That Can Be Trained Like a Muscle (#46)
Learn more about The Ascent here.
In the first podcast I did with Justin, we discussed the secret strategies of super-learners.
In the follow up YouTube video we dissected the best ways to get the most from the books that you read.
In today's episode, my main question was to find out Justin's origin story.
I knew that he had suffered from depression as a teen, and also grew up in South Africa, and was curious how he transformed himself from this state to being a nuero-resilience coach and learning expert living out of LA.
My hope is that anyone who is struggling with their current living situation or feels burdened with an overactive mind can find great inspiration in Justin's story, and of course... we will learn a lot along the way.
IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
Justin's origins and childhood The issues with the traditional school system Science proven learning strategies The value of learning to think for yourself Justin's experience with life-threatening depression The power of stillness practices How to get over an emotional slump Justin's method for interpreting "negative" feedback MUCH MORE…
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Bonus: Justin's Top 3 Recommended Blog Posts
The Human OS: Part 1 Introduction to the Principles Weakness is Strength Models of perception: the light switch, the dimmer switch, and the lighting board
Marie Lou – Plant Diets, Shamanism, & the Nature of Illness (HEx #45)
It’s not every day you sit down with a shaman to explore their life, beliefs, practices, and opinions.
But today, we’re doing just that.
We have the pleasure of sitting down to talk to our friend Marie Lou of Infinity Retreats. We have worked with Marie Lou and her partner Anke at our Apotheosis Retreats, and it was Marie Lou and Anke who ran the diet that Jon and I discussed in Episode 28.
Marie Lou is a true example of where ‘doing the work’ can take you. Through extensive study, diets, and work with the plants, she moves gracefully through the world with the poise and power of someone who walked the path for a long time.
But this isn’t just an exploration of her work, we get the opportunity to go into much more with her.
And much more ground is covered. This is an up close and intimate look at how one moves down the path from just interested to awakened, what work is required to hold space and conduct ceremonies, and why anyone would do this and what results they can see.
It is an exploration into the world of the plants, the nature of reality, and the purpose of the here and now.
We are so honoured to bring this to you, and hope that this will be the start of many more conversations to come.
If you liked this and want to hear more from Marie Lou + Anke, send us an email or give us a comment to let us know.
IN THIS EPISODE: How has the past year with COVID been for you? How do you describe what you do? Exploring Bufo and how to diet the medicine. Understanding diets and how to do the work. How did you get started doing this work? What’s your definition of a shaman? German New Medicine and the nature of illness. Does a shaman still feel fear? Infinity Retreats and the path forward. MUCH MORE… Please leave a review if you enjoy The HighExistence podcast.