Third Eye Drops #10 - Alexandre Tannous and the Hidden Realms of Sound

LISTEN | ITUNES YOUTUBE ARCHIVE STITCHERWelcome wonderlings!tannousAs our guide on this week's ride, we welcome another ridiculously intelligent, well-spoken open-minded multidisciplinary mind freak, Alexandre Tannous.Alexandre has everything you want, the academic credentials, the musical background (he could easily show up somewhere with Zeppelin and you’d be like, oh yeah this guy’s in the band, no doubt). But more importantly, he’s done the subjective inner-work by traveling the world, participating in indigenous shamanistic ceremonies, steeping himself in history and mysticism and so much more.To dig further head to Alexandre's site

Third Eye Drops #5 - Dennis McKenna and Bruce Damer

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Greetings godlings! I am ecstatic that you’ve decided to once again plug your consciousness into the conversational coven that is the Third Eye Drops show!

There are a few unicorns running around who've figured out a way to re-appropriate the dusty old construct of academia to their own terms. Both Dennis McKenna and Bruce Damer were brilliant enough, brave enough and tenacious enough to do it. If you’re familiar with them you already know, if not, you’ll hear exactly what I’m referring to in this chat. 

7bfc8dcf59eae10235a4670d9096d59c_400x400Dennis McKenna is an ethnopharmacologist, researcher lecturer and author. He has spent decades doing deep academic and personal research on consciousness and psychedelics. Dennis is also the author of Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss, a memoire chronicling his adventures with his brother, the late Terence McKenna.

In addition to being part of the same circle as Dennis and Terence McKenna, Dr. Bruce Damer, is a researcher at UC Santa Cruz focusing on origin of life theory. Bruce has also worked on projects for NASA in which he developed asteroid-capturing spacecraft.

Third Eye Drops #3 - Daniele Bolelli - Professor, Savage, Author, Philosopher, Boob Poet

 Seeking a show about angry goats, psychedelic gnosis and Theodore Roosevelt? Then congratulations my friend, you've found your grail!LISTEN ON ITUNES ARCHIVE STITCHER YOUTUBEbolelliTo everyone else rereading that seemingly nonsensical combination of topics: no, the forceps of destiny didn't get drunk on the job and start plopping subject matter into reality at random with zero care, I promise. This conversation is actually (fairly) coherent.To whom do we owe that coherence? Professor, Author and Podcaster extraordinaire, Daniele Bolelli!

Daniele hosts two tremendous podcasts, The Drunken Taoist (a conversation-based show, not dissimilar to this one) and History on Fire .

Daniele is also the author of stellar works like Create Your own Religion and his latest, Not Afraid,  "a meditation on facing fear, heartbreak, and mortality. The story of a man who in rapid succession has his wife die in his arms, loses his house and his job, and is left to care for his 19-month old daughter." 

For more - Daniele's Site

Musings in this chat:

  • Trying not to be a volatile, reactionary dick
  • Overcoming and coping with fatigue and stress
  • Anger, how to deal with it and not deal with it
  • Fear, how to deal with and not deal with it
  • Is there ever a time where violent confrontation is justified? (plus, a personal story on that)
  • Different examples of how people deal with loss 
  • Authentic creativity versus cries for attention
  • Substance induced revelations versus natural ones
  • A future nobel prize winning poem about boobs
  • Wim Hof is a real-life superhuman bad ass
  • Theodore Roosevelt was crazy
  • Living a wild life as coping mechanism for trauma 
  • Psychedelic gnosis and horror stories

  

Third Eye Drops #1 + #2 - Android Jones on Art, Purpose, Technology and Personal Transformation

If you want to know what The Third Eye Drops show is all about, look no further than Android Jones.

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Android’s otherworldly collection of psychedelic masterworks are a feast for the eyes, sure, but they're more than just a spectacle for your spectacles. Each piece is a rabbit hole unto itself. You can (and I have) sit there and dissect his pieces pixel by pixel, it's epic stuff.

android-jonesEven so, Android refers to his art as mere “residue" of a deep ecstatic revelry he comes into contact with when he takes up the pen. As he says in our conversation, "my art is how meditate and my art has always been the way I access the spirit of creation."

As you’ll hear throughout this chat, Android’s aim is more than art. It’s a revolution in thought, action and purpose. It’s a collective awakening to the cultural conditioning that coerces us into thought prisons and mediocrity. Pretty lofty ambitions for one man, but then again, maybe that’s fitting because it feels like the spirit that’s flowing through Android and his work is bigger than him to begin with.

In a roundabout way, I’ve also more or less described what’s driving me to embark upon this Third Eye Drops thingamajig, so there you go!

  • Topics of musing in this conversation (in no particular order) include:
  • How Android got his nickname
  • Major catalysts for change both personal and creative in life
  • The need for rites of passage and initiatory experiences
  • Burning Man
  • Artistic Challenges
  • How important it is to never discourage a creative
  • The role of technology, virtual reality and augmented reality in art, philosophy and consciousness
  • The importance of not measuring your success by the success of others. (There will always be a girl with big boobs who gets twenty times the love you do on social media).
  • Casting out the serpent of doubt
  • The power/insidiousness of social media  
  • How to be responsible for your own success and happiness
  • Meditation
  • Psychedelics
  • Overcoming fear and self-doubt
  • When you sharpen a skill enough, you start using it to bring the transcendent into the world and inspire others with it.

Third Eye Drops #0 - NOW ADMINISTERING THIRD EYE DROPS

ITUNES ARCHIVEThe very idea of an "episode zero" causes a revolving Pizza Pizzaz-like cycle of anxiety and conflict in my ego. I get that anxious indigestion in the old bowls because I know this is the place where I'm supposed to hook you in and make you excited about this show and tell you about all the great things and people we’re going to cover here and all of that self-promotional jazz. How do you not make that awkward and contrived?Genuine enthusiasm, that's how!

cropped-thirdeyedropslogo-1-1Luckily I've got that in spades because we've captured what I'd classify as some pretty spectacular, life-affirming and entertaining mind melds with some of my favorite minds.

Speaking of which, at present, I’ve got just shy of ten conversations in the bank (or at least planned) with intensely excellent humans like Android Jones, Daniele Bolelli, Dennis McKenna, Erik Davis, Michael Garfield, Zoltan Istvan, Shane Mauss and more. As tempted as I am to start ranting about the nitty-gritty particulars of some of the rabbit holes I dove down with them, this thing is supposed to be short and punchy, so I gotta move on.

What I'm trying to say is, if you are a human being with the requisite hearing ability who's interested in a conversational coven filled deep dives down the old rabbit hole featuring wonderful and successful artists, authors, thinkers philosophers, scientists and talented and creative humans of all stripes, this might be a fun place for you to hang out.