Grit, resilience, and learning from failure

On this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss grit, resilience, and learning from failure. They explore the difference between growth and fixed mindsets, how attribution style affects resiliency, tips on how to reduce your fear of failure, and much more.

(1:33) How Batman deals with failure
(3:59) How our beliefs about failure affect how we cope with it
(7:23) Explanatory/attribution styles and fixed vs growth mindsets
(10:15) Mindset, by Carol Dweck
(11:44) How to develop a growth mindset
(16:38) How to expand your comfort zone
(19:30) The dangers of comparing yourself to others
(20:10) Outliers, by Malcom Gladwell
(20:46) Peak, by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
(21:42) There is power in sharing the vulnerability that is failure
(24:20) Blame vs ownership and how leaders can model how to deal with failure
(30:15) Tips on taking responsibility in relationships
(34:26) How to manage anxiety about failing

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Music as medicine

On this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer, Dr. Reid Robison, and Dr. Joe Flanders discuss the healing power of music. They share their personal journeys with and connections to music, childhood piano lessons, the powerful effect music has on emotion, how they use music in psychedelic therapy, and much, much more.

(1:55) Reid's music journey
(4:00) Steve's music journey
(7:05) Joe's music journey
(10:00) Why we pair music with psychedelic therapy
(13:52) What kind of music pairs well with psychedelic therapy
(16:20) East Forest and Trevor Hall concerts
(18:53) Fitting the music to the particular psychedelic medicine and Joe's interview with Jon Hopkins
(21:35) Wavepaths: music for psychedelic therapy
(28:43) Dose matters
(30:56) Connecting to the musician by feeling their music
(36:16) Bittersweet: How Sorrow And Longing Make Us Whole, by Susan Cain
(43:33) The arc of order and chaos in music and psychedelic therapy
(46:00) Steve's gong encounter
(47:20) How the Beatles were introduced to LSD

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Music for psychedelic therapy with Jon Hopkins

 

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers Podcast, Dr. Joe Flanders interviews musician & producer, Jon Hopkins. Jon has been producing music for over 20 years. He's written six studio albums and has produced albums for Coldplay & Brian Eno. His album Singularity received a Grammy nomination for best electronic dance album in 2018. His latest album, Music for Psychedelic Therapy, was written as a soundtrack for ketamine experiences. Joe and Jon discuss Jon's motivation to write the album, as well as his meditation practice, the role of music in psychedelic therapy, and the Ram Dass lecture that formed lyrics to the album’s powerful closing track. Jon also shares how ketamine played a role creating the Music for Psychedelic Therapy album.

(2:50) Jon's process for making the album, Music for Psychedelic Therapy
(7:05) The importance of music in psychedelic therapy
(10:10) How new technologies help artists create immersive music
(12:00) Wavepaths: music for psychedelic therapy
(17:18) What was Jon processing personally while making this album?
(22:40) What is healing about the beauty of being in touch with sadness?
(29:23) Joe's ketamine experience with Jon's album and how Jon used his own ketamine experiences to compose the album
(42:26) The song, Sitting Around the Fire, and using music with lyrics for psychedelic therapy
(52:44) The drawbacks of smartphone use and push notifications
(01:00:00) The music as medicine concert series and how it's different

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Coming home to yourself: Hannah & Reid on embodiment and psychedelics

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Hannah Cross, LCSW and Dr. Reid Robison talk about embodiment and psychedelics, and what it means to come home to oneself.

(2:27) Kundalini as psychedelic yoga
(2:42) Gabor Mate & compassionate inquiry
(2:58) Sat Dharam Kaur, kundalini teacher in Canada
(6:25) Yoga, breathwork, and other body-based practices as gateways to our inner worlds.
(7:52) Hannah’s Holotropic breathwork story, and how breathwork can be such a somatically activating practice using deep rhythmic breathing to attain altered states.
(10:58) Using the body for healing and growth, and to live a full and meaningful life with deep connections.
(11:30) Reid’s journey home to the body.
(14:40) Food and body as a mirror to your relationship to God, and all life.
(15:03) How yoga facilitates coming home to your body.
(17:13) Hannah draws a comparison between yoga and psychedelic experiences — learning to sit with the discomfort.
(21:05) “Get out of your head and into your senses, where the magic is.” ~Hannah & Reid
(22:00) Getting out of your head and into the body helps you move from fear to love, from judgement to compassion.
(23:30) Hannah’s journey home to the body.
(26:45) Your body as your sacred partner through life.
(27:15)  Listen to your body as you would your sacred partner; Seek first to understand, before you jump to reacting or imposing judgement. Yelling at the body doesn’t work.
(27:35) Balancing discipline and compassion.
(28:30) Hannah’s experiences working with a Tantra coach.
(30:00)  Psychedelic integration work, the body, and releasing energy. Sometimes, after a profound experience of expansion, the body needs to catch up.
(30:42)  Eckhart Tolle and the pain body (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-new-earth-the-pain-body-chapter-5/id1264843400?i=1000429115655)
(31:05) The body is like a pressure cooker and if we don’t have ways of consciously releasing that energy, the energy will blow or spill out in other ways
(36:50) How do you use somatics in therapy?
(38:54 ) The Dubliners, by James Joyce: The story of Mr. Duffy who lived a short distance from his body.
(39:40) The body as your greatest resource for weathering the storm of day to day life.
(40:30) Ask the body what it needs.
(40:49) Hannah provides an example of somatic therapy with EMDR.
(41:45) Emotions and embodiment.
(43:20) Journeys of Embodiment by Niva Piran.
(44:50) Trance dance as a practice for embodied healing and growth

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What is Hapé? The ceremonial tobacco snuff

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss the origins and uses of hapé, the tobacco snuff used by the indigenous cultures of the amazon basin for thousands of years.

(1:27) Steve's and Reid's hapé meditations
(4:41) What is hapé?
(6:35) Historical use hapé
(7:17) How hapé is prepared
(9:15) The varieties of the hapé experience
(17:45) Waking Up Course, with Sam Harris
(19:13) Dosage considerations
(20:56) The ordeal
(22:20) LSD episode
(24:30) Tobacco snuff usage in the post-colonial era
(27:25) Sourcing, nicotine concerns, and responsible use
(30:17) Hapé research and possible carcinogens
(33:00) Oomancy, scrying, and other mystical practices
(37:00) The synergy between science and spirituality; rationality and intuition
(44:16) Dangers of nicotine addiction with hapé

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Psychedelic breathwork and unleashing your inner healer

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison  discuss breathwork. Breathwork is all the rage in the wellness community right now, but humans have been using the power of the breath to heal and transform for thousands of years. We discuss a variety of breathwork practices and explore the similarities between certain of those practices and psychedelic medicine experiences.

(1:11) Intro to the topic
(2:28) Poem about a practice of breathing meditation
(4:51) The breath is the bridge between the mind and the body and between the conscious and subconscious
(8:04) Steve's psychedelic breathwork experience
(10:30) The power of the breath to alter physical capacity
(14:18) Correlation between slower respiratory rate and longer life
(15:25) Some breathing practices to calm down and become present
(17:00) Fitness is to do more while breathing less
(18:38) Breath, by James Nestor
(19:20) Intake nasal dilator
(21:00) Science of breathing
(22:50) Breathwork "lobster claws"
(27:24) Does holotropic breathwork release endogenous DMT?
(30:27) Psychedelic breathwork practices
(34:41) Research findings on holotropic breathwork
(35:45) Benefits of breathwork
(43:40) Start with a breathing practice before meditation
(57:00) Breathwork Beats YouTube channel
(57:22) Othership breathwork app
(57:48) Heart, Breath, Mind, by Leah Lagos
(59:26) Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy

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Making life sacred through ceremony and ritual

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison  discuss making life sacred through ceremony and ritual. Post-enlightenment and certainly post-industrial life in the west has become increasingly more profane. Reid and Steve explore the potential problems with this and the value of adding ritual and ceremony to your life if it isn’t already there.

(1:21) Chanting and toning
(2:23) PTF episode on setting intentions
(3:18) What is sacred?
(3:43) What are rituals and ceremonies for?
(7:24) The 6 attributes of ritual
(11:10) Rite of passage
(13:37) Ritual's bind communities together
(14:31) Ritual helping us create order out of chaos and give up the need to control and make sense of everything
(21:47) The depth and wisdom contained in traditional rituals
(23:30) The body is the vehicle for enlightenment
(27:10) Cold plunging and breath work
(29:39) Steve's first yoga class
(32:53) Ritualizing the things we do anyway
(38:25) Are rituals and ceremonies "cringe" or "cheesy"?

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We are Gods with amnesia with Demetri Vallejos

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison are joined by Demetri Vallejos. Demetri has dedicated his life to helping find optimal wellness and productivity by remembering a long-forgotten truth: that we are all gods. He has experience and skill with plant medicine, meditation, psychedelic integration, astrology, and something he calls quantum bionetic coaching. His website is https://www.rawdimension.com/

(2:10) Demetri tells his story
(6:08) Tool: Lateralus and Alex Grey artwork
(8:36) The nature of consciousness and "nous"
(12:26) Corpus Hermeticum
(16:08) Non-dual awareness
(21:19) Cosmobiology and the Kali Yuga
(27:58) Consciousness from a physics perspective
(28:30) Joe Dispenza
(29:41) We create our own reality and are gods with amnesia
(40:46) The nature of the divine
(45:26) The elements: magnetic and electric fluids
(48:10) The Immortality Key, by Brian Muraresku
(50:44) Demetri's spiritual and meditative practices
(54:30) Initiation into Hermetics, by Franz Bardon
(1:00:00) Decriminalize Nature

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Awakening, enlightenment, and self-actualization

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison explore the concept of psychological and spiritual awakening. Is awakening the same as enlightenment or self-actualization? Does it happen gradually or all at once? How does one know if and when you're enlightened? What role can psychedelic medicine play in the process of awakening or enlightenment? We discuss these questions and so much more in today’s episode:

(1:54) Are awakening and enlightenment the same thing?
(3:22) Sam Harris
(5:29) Effective altruism
(6:25) The illusion of self and looking for the looker
(12:42) Becoming awake to many things vs THE awakening
(14:10) Joseph Goldstein, imperfect gurus, and balance
(19:46) Psychedelic experiences and awakening
(21:53) Attachments and other obstacles to awakening
(25:50) Waking up to shame, fear, and your internal parts (Dick Schwartz)
(31:08) Teachings about enlightenment from various religions and ideologies
(34:15) Non-separation, the best and worst of humanity, and loving awareness
(38:23) The difference between doing and being
(40:37) Ayahuasca and ketamine experiences
(44:58) Sexual awakening and the body as a vehicle to enlightenment
(49:10) Abraham Maslow, self-actualization, and Transcend, by Scott Barry Kaufman
(54:21) Getting stuck in the healing process
(57:18) The value of ceremony and ritual in the healing process
(01:04:09) Stages to enlightenment
(01:06:11) Wake Up Now, by Stephan Bodian
(01:07:19) After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, by Jack Kornfield
(01:07:52) Awareness, by Anthony De Mello
(01:07:56) Letting Go, by David R. Hawkins
(01:08:16) The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
(01:08:31) No Bad Parts, by Richard Schwartz

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Cultivating stillness in a chaotic world

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison explore what it takes to cultivate stillness in our chaotic modern world. They discuss the following topics:

(1:12) Blaise Pascal and the challenge of being alone with oneself
(7:32) Bad habits, the monkey mind, and cognitive-behavioral therapy
(10:54) Be Here Now, by Ram Dass
(10:55) The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
(12:00) Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
(14:47) Meditation research on open vs focused practices
(16:59) Waking Up meditation app with Sam Harris
(17:38) Staying present
(20:50) Psychedelics and their effect on the default mode network
(23:45) Flow states
(24:30) The Art of Impossible, by Steven Kolter
(30:43) Mindful eating
(33:41) Urge surfing
(39:12) Compassionate awareness
(40:45) Journaling for introspection
(41:30) Physical practices for cultivating presence
(44:30) Integration of transcendent experiences

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