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Apr 11, 2024

Tom Matte enters the mind meld!

Tom was a successful advertising executive with a family, but it all came crashing down.

After a battle with substance abuse and an intense bender, Tom had a psychotic break and lost everything. He eventually recovered, reconciled with his family, and got his business back on track, but the story doesn’t stop there. Even after over a decade of sobriety and being a functioning member of society, something about Tom’s perception changed permanently. He’s able to see and interact with what seem to be hidden layers of reality. He sees what appear to be holographic projections, mathematical objects, fields, higher geometry, and, yes, beings. 

Tom calls this mode of perception “upsight.” But these aren’t just claims — Tom’s brain and abilities have been studied. In fact, there’s a paper undergoing the peer review process that seems to verify that Tom is interacting with something strange. 

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Apr 4, 2024

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Author, Bob Peck returns to the mind meld!

In this one, we explore the highly suppressed, even persecuted wisdom of the so-called Gnostics. What was their philosophy and metaphysical outlook? Who are the movement's major figures? Why did religious authorities attempt to destroy any trace of their existence? What wisdom do they still have to offer us today? Why was Carl Jung so fascinated by the Basilides of Alexandria (an important gnostic figure)? We riff on all of the above.

Bob Peck is the author of Original Sin Is a Lie, which is out now.

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Mar 29, 2024

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Neuroscientist and author, Bobby Azarian returns to the mind meld!

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He’s the author of Romance of Reality, How the Universe Organizes Itself to Create Life, Consciousness, and Cosmic Complexity. It (and this episode) is a deep dive into complexity theory, consciousness, cosmic evolution and what Bobby calls poetic meta-naturalism: The idea that the universe is not a product of randomness, but an iterative, directed evolutionary creativity. This natural creativity, Bobby argues, seeks to complexify, connect and become more conscious.

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Mar 21, 2024

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Mollie Adler returns to the mind meld!

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In this one, Mollie shares a profound paranormal experience she had with Chris and Ryan Bledsoe. We also riff on the psychology of meaning-making, the relationship between spirituality and the UFO phenomenon, and more. 

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

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Mar 15, 2024

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Sarah Mergen enters the mind meld! 

Sarah Mergen is the creator of the podcast series Katabasis Anabasis, a psycho-spiritual, mythopoetic approach to the psyche and mental health (depression in particular). Hear the first two episodes for free here

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She's also the mind behind some of the finest esoteric memes on the interwebs. 

Sarah is incredibly well-read in not only the work of Carl Jung, but philosophy and the esoteric in general.

In this one, we riff on Carl Jung's mysticism, the importance of going beyond theory and getting to direct experience, Catafalque by Peter Kingsley, ancient wisdom, where modern therapy can fall short 

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Mar 7, 2024

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

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Alex is the author of The Bigger Picture, executive director of Breaking Convention, and co-founder of one of my favorite YouTube channels, Rebel Wisdom. Alex 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, alien, and life-changing.

In this one, we also riff on the importance of balancing intellectual and non-propositional (experience-based) knowing, wielding numerous philosophical lenses Carl Jung's mysticism, ancient wisdom, consciousness, and much more

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Mar 1, 2024

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Erick Godsey returns to the mind meld!

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In this one, Erick shares lessons and visions from his five-day darkness retreat. We also muse about natural visionary experiences, the importance of disconnecting from the outside world, the relationship between myth and psyche, NDEs, Carl Jung, and much more.

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Feb 22, 2024

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In this transmission, we explore the mysterious realm of dreams. We'll riff on how to decode their hidden meanings to gain insight into the unconscious realm of psyche and, ultimately, contribute to what Jung called individuation. We'll be pulling heavily from the work of Jungian analyst and author, Robert A. Johnson and his fabulous book, Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth

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Feb 9, 2024

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MJDorian of the fantastic Creative Codex podcast returns to the mind meld! 

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We riff on the philosophy of Carl Jung, archetypal encounters, active imagination, psychological alchemy, the strangeness of the psyche, creative inspiration, and much more.

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Feb 1, 2024

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Expert on all things archetypal, Laurence Hillman, Ph.D returns to the mind meld.

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Laurence holds a Ph.D. in psychology, is the author of Planets in Play, and co-creator of Archetypes at Work -- a method to assess and develop individuals and organizations based on archetypal theory.

He’s well-versed in archetypal psychology (he’s the son of its founder, the late James Hillman, who’s had a huge influence on me) He has over four decades studying the archetypal grammar of astrology. 

In this one, we riff on the archetypal meaning of synchronicity, fate versus free will, dreams as a conduit for archetypal communication and much more.

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Jan 26, 2024

Professor and author and panpsychist philosopher, Philip Goff enters the mind meld!

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In this one, we talk consciousness, panpsychism, mystical experiences, cosmic purpose, and more. 

Philip's new book, Why? The Purpose of the Universe is available now.

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Jan 18, 2024

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Long-time consciousness explorer, podcaster and author, Cory Allen returns to the mind meld!

In this one, we riff on deep meditative states (jhanas) , the nature of consciousness, the importance of personal consciousness exploration, how developing the inner eye brings you closer to the essence of beauty, truth, and reality, and much more.

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Jan 11, 2024

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Dr. Bernardo Kastrup returns to the mind meld! 

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Bernardo is the executive director of Essentia Foundation. His work leads the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental.

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Bernardo holds two Ph.Ds, one in philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind) and another in computer engineering. He's the author of several books, including Decoding Jung's Metaphysics, which features prominently in this mind meld.

In this one, we muse about the philosophy of Carl Jung, synchronicity, archetypes and why Bernardo believes Jung was clearly an idealist. We also riff on the high strangeness and the UFO / UAP phenomenon and why it's so intriguing, yet troubling.

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Jan 7, 2024

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Merry fresh solar cycle to you, my dear wonder-dippers. 

In this audio-only transmission, I riff on patron and listener queries. I'd wager that you'll find some of your very favorite topics within!

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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. 

Check out John's amazing YouTube channel here

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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).

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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.

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