Evolver the Podcast: Sacred Psychedelics and Their Transformative Power

by Joseph Matheny on September 17, 2010

in Evolver, Evolver the Podcast

Evolver the Podcast: Sacred Psychedelics and Their Transformative Power

In this episode we have discussions with two amazing individuals about their journey and transformation with Psychedelics.

First up we have Evolver co-founder Jonathan Talat Phillips interviewing Reality Sandwich contributor Adam Elenbaas about his new book, Fishers of Men: The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest. Adam discusses his journey from being a “hell-damning” fundamentalist Christian to recovering from drug addiction and healing himself and his family line through ayahuasca ceremonies in the Amazon. He shares his encounters with mystical beings and inter-dimensional creatures during his adventures with this shamanic brew, as well as his thoughts on why Jesus was the social activist version of the Buddha, how there is nothing to fear in the entire cosmos, and ways we might redeem modern Christianity.

Next up I interviewed Isabella Stoloff who is the Evolver Regional coordinator for Evolver Orange County. She is also a practicing Shaman and heads up the Orange County Healing Center. She tells a little about how she came to be involved with Evolver through her Shamanic work in the Amazon. In this interview she mentions a Love meditation that she did at the Evolver Long Beach Love Spore and that was actually captured on video and is up on youtube.com, you will find the link below.

Finally we have another amazing story of transformation with Jennifer Palmer interviewing Charles Shaw talking about his journey, and how he had been “paroled from hell”. Charles has been a long time contributor with Reality Sandwich, he has also spoken at a number of different Evolver Spores. Currently his book “Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics & Spirituality” is being released chapter by chapter on Reality Sandwich, the most recent installation was chapter 12. Charles is also about to kick off his “Light and Shadow: Exploring Personal & Cultural Transformation” tour. The tour will be visiting over thirty cities and will feature both Charles Shaw and Michael Garfield. While on the road Charles will be shooting for his upcoming documentary project “Unheard Voices”. Enjoy the interview and check out everything that Charles is up to.

I’m happy to announce that we’ve joined the Alterati family of podcasts, which I’m very excited about. I also want to thank everyone that helps make things like this possible, such as the Evolver Social Movement, and thanks to Inner Traditions for sponsoring this month. This is such an amazing, powerful and inspiring episode, I think you will all enjoy it very much.

I’m Chris Hopkins, if you would like to contact me at all you can find me on facebook as “Evolver Sacramento”, on Evolver.net “Chris Hopkins”, or just email me “chris@barbelithlives.com, thanks for listening.

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Steven Fisher November 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm

That is one of the dangers of the church..they forgive slower than they condemn. However, we hope that this will continue to change with articles like this one in addition to the movie that we are shooting.

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