Spirituality and the psychedelic renaissance

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Dr. Reid Robison and Dr. Steve Thayer discuss the historically messy relationship between spirituality and modern psychiatry and the role that psychedelics are playing in a spiritual renaissance. They cover the following topics:

  • Scientific American article by Harvard psychologist, David Rosmarin, about psychiatry and spirituality.
  • Sigmund Freud's assertion that religion is a mass delusion
  • Perhaps a spiritual renaissance is happening alongside the psychedelic one
  • The relationship between mental health problems, spirituality, meaning, and purpose.
  • How people are using psychedelics as a tool for spiritual inquiry
  • The hosts share their personal experiences and thoughts around spirituality
  • How to Change Your Mind, by Michael Pollan
  • Rick Doblin interview on JRE
  • The good Friday experiment
  • Mind/body dualism
  • Spiritual bypassing
  • The difference between pain vs. suffering and the role of struggle in growth
  • Spirituality vs. religion
  • Using ketamine as a "chemical mindfulness" tool
  • Tara Brach and forgiveness
Disclaimer: The content of this podcast does not constitute medical advice or mental health treatment. Consult with a medical/mental health professional if you believe you are in need of mental health treatment.


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