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Dec 29, 2023

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Author and Scholar of Carl Jung, Dr. Kevin Lu enters the mind meld! Professor Kevin Lu, PhD is a scholar of Jung and co-author of the new book C.G. Jung’s Collected Works, the Basics. 

Kevin served as head of the Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic studies program at the University of Essex and is currently a Professor of Applied Psychoanalysis and Head of Department at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

In this mind meld, we riff on all the Jungian and esoteric goodies — Synchronicity, individuation, the shadow, how archetypes impact the media and society, and more! 

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Dec 21, 2023

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Philosopher, Cognitive Scientist and University of Toronto Professor, John Vervaeke returns to the mind meld!

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In this one, we muse about the immortal wisdom of Platonism and Zen Buddhism. We also riff on the importance of direct, embodied experiences (both mystical and mundane), why reductionism is doomed, and why reality is neither top-down (created) or bottom-up (emerging), but both. Other topics include the meaning crisis, Carl Jung, how the above merge with modern cognitive science, and more. 

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Dec 14, 2023

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Cognitive scientist and author of The Case Against Reality, Dr. Donald Hoffman returns to the mind meld!

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Don is a professor of cognitive science at UC Irvine who is proposing something radical yet fully backed by scientific rigor — 

First, you perceive zero percent of reality. You live in an evolutionarily convenient illusion akin to a computer desktop interface. Second, what’s truly real underneath that illusion (and all of our scientific models) is a realm of consciousness populated by what Don calls “conscious agents.”

So, despite how the world appears, no matter what happens at the large hadron colder or what we find peering through the James Webb telescope; what all of it is, at bottom, is consciousness expressing itself.

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Dec 7, 2023

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What does it really mean to mature psychologically and spiritually?

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Carl Jung’s answer to that question was what he called ‘individuation’ — a lifelong process aimed toward becoming whole, unique, and integrated. But what does that mean practically? What is its deeper, esoteric psycho-spiritual goal? How does it relate to archetypes, our shadows, and even our souls? In this transmission, we explore.

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Nov 30, 2023

Writer, podcaster, and seeker, Erick Godsey returns to the mind meld!

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In this one, we riff on Carl Jung's psychological and spiritual process of becoming, individuation. We also muse about the link between the psyche and the soul, how the shadow camouflages itself in relationships, the strange, wisdom-filled realm of dreams and visions, and much more. 

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Nov 23, 2023

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Mollie Adler enters the mind meld!

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In this one, we riff on finding meaning through creativity, the terrifying yet liberating decision to quit our day jobs, the myth that feeling bad is a pathology, the soul-enlivening philosophy of Carl Jung, the paranormal, soul vehicles, the so-called "gateway process" and much more!

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Mollie is the host of two fantastic podcasts: Back From the Borderline and Night Night B*tch, Esoteric Stories for Sleep and Meditation. 

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Nov 17, 2023

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Author of Seek, Scott Shigeoka enters the mind meld!

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In this one, we riff on the importance seeking and how curiosity and courage play key roles in psychological and spiritual well-being. Scott also shares the story of a destabilizing, yet powerful visionary experience that changed his life forever.

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Scott Shigeoka is a curiosity expert, speaker, and the author of Seek: How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World. He's also taught at UC Berkeley, UT Austin and the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Nov 9, 2023

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Max Derrat returns for a deep dive on alchemy, Carl Jung, and the hidden esoteric themes in video games and media!

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On his YouTube channel, Max decodes the esoteric and philosophical undercurrent of media. His work exposes the hidden wisdom in your favorite video games, anime, and more.

In this one, we pay special attention to alchemy. What is it really? What does its strange symbolism mean? Why do alchemical themes and symbols remain so pervasive in media? We also riff on why storytellers continue to propagate esoteric symbolism in general. Max's Channel: https://rb.gy/pg34q Max's Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaxDerrat

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Nov 2, 2023

Legendary ethnopharmacologist, Dr. Dennis McKenna enters the mind meld!

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Dennis McKenna has spent his life studying and consuming mind-altering molecules and plants.  He has developed a singular expertise on the topic and as a result, has invaluable insights to share.

Dennis is also the author of Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss, my life with Terence Mckenna (who if it wasn’t obvious via the shared surname is Dennis’ late brother).

Check out the important conversation and educational work Dennis is through The Mckenna Academy 

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Oct 26, 2023

If you had to boil down why you are where you are in life, how would you characterize that? Would you reverse engineer the circumstances of your life? Would you ascribe it to external forces? Would you liken it to fate, nature, or nurture? Perhaps a nice cocktail, a compatibilist concoction of all of the above?

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I pose this question to because we're at a checkpoint (at least for me) -- It has been over a year since I made one of the most consequential decisions of my life, to quit my day job. 

I've been thinking a lot about the forces that led me to make that decision and I think I've had something of a revelation. In this transmission, we'll explore said realization and more.

Oct 19, 2023

Author, Bob Peck enters the mind meld!

In this one, we talk  mysticism, the esoteric, hidden ancient wisdom, the unified non-dual truth beneath all spiritual traditions, and more. Bob Peck is a filmmaker, author of Original Sin Is A Lie, and founder of Meta's mindfulness club.

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Oct 12, 2023

MJ Dorian of Creative Codex enters the mind meld!

MJ Dorian is the artist, composer, and seeker behind the truly fantastic Creative Codex podcast. In it, he explores alchemy, Carl Jung, his incredible Red Book, and, numerous other bits of esoteric psycho-spiritual fare.

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In this mind meld, we riff on the above and more: Alchemy, The Red Book, sacred creativity, why esoteric truths are never really lost, dreams, the realm of psyche, etcetera.

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Oct 5, 2023

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There's nothing like experiencing a really compelling synchronicity. As I said in my last transmission on the topic, it's like a glitch in the matrix orchestrated just for you. In that same video I covered a lot of the basics of synchronicity according to the man who coined the term, Swiss Psychiatrist, Carl Jung.

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That said, I also shied away from some big questions -- What is synchronicity? Can we construct a compelling architecture for synchronicity that's plausible? Can you and should you try to bring more synchronicity into your life? Now that I've gathered some new information, I think we can answer those questions.

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Sep 28, 2023

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Neuropsychologist, Dr. Julia DiGangi enters the mind meld!

Dr. Julia DiGangi is an expert on stress, trauma, and working with emotions. She has developed unique techniques for understanding and wielding our most precious resource — mental energy. In doing so, we open the door to real self-empowerment, growth, and healing.

Dr. DiGangi also has a new book on that topic (among other things) — Energy Rising, The Neuroscience of Leading With Emotional Power. 

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Sep 21, 2023

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Andy J. Pizza enters the mind meld!

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Andy is the best-selling author of Invisible Things, an illustrator, and student of Carl Jung. In this one, we riff on the relationship between the collective unconscious and creativity, active imagination and illustration, the labyrinth that is modern spiritual meaning-making, Ancient Greek platonic and hermetic musings, and oodles more.

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Sep 14, 2023

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Dr. Bruce MacLennan enters the mind meld! 

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In this brain-melting transmission, we talk consciousness, the link between Carl Jung and hidden ancient wisdom, platonism, why the platonic realm of forms is logically inescapable, the mysterious esoteric practice known to the ancient Greeks as "theurgy," why ancient philosophy is more important than ever, and much more.

Bruce J. MacLennan, Ph.D. is a professor and author with forty years of experience studying ancient Greek philosophy and religion. He has published journal articles and book chapters on Neoplatonic spiritual practices, Jungian psychology, and neurotheology. He is Associate Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Tennessee where he had a special interest in neural networks, swarm robotics and emergent phenomena in artificial systems. 

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Sep 6, 2023

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Mythopoetic psychologists like Carl Jung and James Hillman knew we needed to re-ensoul the psyche if we wanted to find real purpose in life. But what does that really mean? How do we even begin to go about understanding and finding our souls? In this transmission, I’ll attempt to answer those questions through ancient Platonic wisdom, the thought of Jung and Hillman, and, of course, some speculative wonder-dipping.

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Aug 30, 2023

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Writer, podcaster, and consciousness explorer, Erick Godsey returns!

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In this one, we muse thoroughly about the phenomenon of synchronicity along with a little-known but plausible explanation for how and why they happen.

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We also riff on the philosophy of Plato, Carl Jung, what Erick calls "cathedral consciousness," the mental pitfalls of the spiritual path, and more!

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Aug 24, 2023

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Psychologist, author, and long-time Tibetan Buddhist, Dr. Miles Neale returns!

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In this one, we muse about lost ancient knowledge, whether or not we're heading toward mass awakening or delusion, and Miles' painful decision to put his spiritual life first (which involved moving his family to the other side of the world). We also riff on the importance of Carl Jung, Tibetan Buddhism, trusting psyche, and much more.

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Aug 16, 2023

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Sonic wizard and seeker, East Forest returns to the mind meld!

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In this one, we muse about the UFOs / UAP phenomenon from a number of angles and how it greatly complicates our efforts to make sense of the human condition. We also riff on AI, spiritual awakening, the importance of simplicity, and more. 

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Aug 11, 2023

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Lama Lhanang Rinpoche, and Mordy Levine enter the mind meld! We muse about seeing through the illusion of self, karma, the power of compassion, reincarnation, and their new book, the Tibetan Book of the Dead For Beginners.

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Lama Lhanang Rinpoche is a teacher of Vajrayana Buddhism of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in Tibet, he currently directs the Jigme Lingpa Center in San Diego.  Mordy Levine is president of the Jigme Lingpa Center and creator of the Meditation Pro Series which has taught meditation to more than 250,000 people.

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Aug 4, 2023

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What are dreams? Where do they come from? Do they hold deep hidden meaning or are they neurological nonsense? Whatever your opinion, we've collectively struggled to make sense of dreams since time immemorial.

In this transmission, we'll investigate the phenomenon of dreams. We'll primarily look through the lens of mythopoetic psychologists like Carl Jung, and especially, James Hillman.

Hillman was a post-jungian depth psychologist, author, and founder of what he called archetypal psychology-- A philosophy that seeks to re-ensoul the psyche through a combination of mythology and psychology. If you're interested in exploring this one further, check out Hillman's The Dream and the Underworld and his A Blue Fire lecture series.

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Jul 27, 2023

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Depth psychologist, Dr. Ido Cohen returns to the mind meld! 

In this one, we muse about the ever-interesting and elusive shadow archetype. What is your shadow? What is shadow work, really? 

We also discuss Jungian archetypes, the ups and downs of psycho-spiritual individuation, spiritual bypassing, what Ido has learned from losing nearly all of his possessions in a house fire, and much more.

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Jul 20, 2023

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Author of The Bigger Picture and co-founder of Rebel Wisdom, Alexander Beiner enters the mind meld!

Making sense of the human condition is, at best, a juggling act. Making sense of the human condition within a hyper-connected info-sphere that panders to your bias and base instincts… that’s an emergent, unsolvable sense-making puzzle that we’re all left to cope with.

Luckily, there are existential balms in the form of human beings like Alexander Beiner. He commands a wide breadth of knowledge across many disciplines — philosophy, psychology, sociology, and spirituality, to name a few. He blends them all together beautifully in this mind meld and throughout his new book, The Bigger Picture. Alexander also participated in a groundbreaking study at Imperial College London, in which, participants were given extended-state, high-dose, intravenous DMT. His experiences, as you’ll hear, were profound.

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Jul 13, 2023

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How did the great mythopoetic psychiatrist, Carl Jung, view God? When Jung was asked whether or not he believed in God in a now-famous 1959 BBC interview near the end of his life, he mused, “I don’t believe, I know.” 

But what did he mean by that? What view of God does a lifetime of inquiry into medicine, the psyche, and the esoteric lead to?

As we’ll see in In this transmission, Jung’s view on the great mystery existence is both compelling and cryptic. A way of seeing that opens a door to massive philosophical questions.

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Jung's Full letter to The Listener:

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