"Trip of Compassion"  — The Most Compelling Movie I've Seen In The Last Year

"Trip of Compassion" — The Most Compelling Movie I've Seen In The Last Year

“I felt like I went through 15 years of psychological therapy in one night.”  – Actual patient featured in “Trip of Compassion” This post is about the most compelling movie I’ve seen in the last year. I first watched “Trip of Compassion” about six months ago, when I was sent a link to a private …

Stan Grof, Lessons from ~4,500 LSD Sessions and Beyond (#347)

Stan Grof, Lessons from ~4,500 LSD Sessions and Beyond (#347)

“I realized people were not having LSD experiences; they were having experiences of themselves. But they were coming from depths that psychoanalysis didn’t know anything about.” — Stanislav Grof Stanislav Grof, M.D., (stanislavgrof.com) is a psychiatrist with more than 60 years of experience in research of “holotropic” states of consciousness, a large and important subgroup …

Paul Stamets — How Mushrooms Can Save You and (Perhaps) the World (#340)

Paul Stamets — How Mushrooms Can Save You and (Perhaps) the World (#340)

“The war against nature is a war against your own biology.” — Paul Stamets Paul Stamets (@PaulStamets) is an intellectual and industry leader in the habitat, medicinal use, and production of fungi. Part of his mission is to deepen our understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep taken on this …

Hamilton Morris on Better Living Through Chemistry: Psychedelics, Smart Drugs, and More (#337)

Hamilton Morris on Better Living Through Chemistry: Psychedelics, Smart Drugs, and More (#337)

“It’s good to take things seriously. You don’t want to be afraid, but it’s a serious experience. I would say it’s no less serious than being reborn.” — Hamilton Morris Hamilton Morris (TW: @hamiltonmorris, IG: @hamiltonmorris) is a writer, documentarian, and scientific researcher who currently studies the chemistry and pharmacology of tryptamines at the University …

Michael Pollan — Exploring The New Science of Psychedelics (#313)

Michael Pollan — Exploring The New Science of Psychedelics (#313)

“Psychedelics, used responsibly and with proper caution, would be for psychiatry what the microscope is for biology and medicine or the telescope is for astronomy.” – Stanislav Grof This might be the most important podcast episode I’ve put out in the last two years. Please trust me and give it a full listen. It will surprise …

Discipline, Sex, Psychedelics, and More — The Return of Drunk Dialing (#306)

Discipline, Sex, Psychedelics, and More — The Return of Drunk Dialing (#306)

This episode is a rare exception to the rule — unlike my usual long-form interviews, this is a drunk-dialing Q&A with you guys, which I’ve done a few times in the last few years, including for the celebration of the 100th episode of this podcast. In preparation for this episode, I solicited phone numbers from …

Own the Day, Own Your Life – Aubrey Marcus (#302)

Own the Day, Own Your Life – Aubrey Marcus (#302)

“Welcome to heaven. Population: everyone.”  – Aubrey Marcus Aubrey Marcus (IG: @aubreymarcus) is the founder and CEO of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls Total Human Optimization. Onnit is an Inc. 500 company and an industry leader with products touching millions of lives, including many top professional athletes around the …

Jack Kornfield — Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy in the Present (#300)

Jack Kornfield — Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy in the Present (#300)

“Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed. This is the ancient and eternal law.”  – Dhammapada Jack Kornfield (@JackKornfield) trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma, shortly thereafter becoming one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He has taught …

Dr. Gabor Maté — New Paradigms, Ayahuasca, and Redefining Addiction (#298)

Dr. Gabor Maté — New Paradigms, Ayahuasca, and Redefining Addiction (#298)

“Trauma isn’t what happens to you, it’s what happens inside you.”  – Gabor Maté [HOUSEKEEPING NOTE: Some people in the comments are asking “Which ayahuasca/ibogaine retreat center would you recommend?” and similar questions. To avoid DIY medicine, potential injuries, and other liability headaches, we have decided not to publish these comments. There’s plenty of other …