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May 10, 2019

Samantha Retrosi is on the show to talk to us about healing with ayahuasca -- what that means, how it happens -- and the importance of understanding that healing and illness go well beyond the individual and extend into relationships, society, and politics.

We start out exploring her journey from the Olympics into severe bulimia and eventually into working with ayahuasca before we dive into the sociological factors informing the multiple of civilizational crisis we are facing in the modern world and the role ayahuasca might play in a positive healing process.

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Episode Breakdown

  • From the Olympics to the Jungle
    • The psychological damage of the elite athlete training of children
    • The connection between mental health crisis and concussions (TBI)
    • How her elite training turned into bulimia after the Olympics
    • How ayahuasca saved Samantha from bulimia
  • Psychedelics as a path of empowerment — increasing personal agency
  • The internalization of society and its connection to personal illness
  • The big profit markets of medical treatment and illness
  • Do psychedelic agents have agency?
  • The self-destructive arrogance of deep criticism
  • Samantha’s research at The Temple Of The Way Of Light
    • The 5 main registers of social illness and the 5 main desires people have for healing
  • Is Western society fundamentally traumatic?
  • Developmental trauma comes from beyond the family
  • Re: ayahuasca — What is healing and what exactly are we healing from?
  • The skill of suffering and the consequence of having lost it as a culture
  • The ayahuasca fetish and the risk of an unhealthy fixation on ayahuasca
  • The limitations of personal growth
  • The political influence and potential impact of psychedelics on political identity
  • Is it politically responsible to drink ayahuasca given the historical context of genocide, ethnocide, and resource extraction in the Amazon?
  • What makes the difference between the people who get lost in their own bullshit and those who genuinely heal and become better people
  • The importance of guidance and integration when working with psychedelics
  • It’s not just about our own, individual healing


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