Third Eye Drops #33 - If You Name Me, You Negate Me, with Alexandre Tannous

Featured art by Simon Haiduk tannousSound researcher, musician and world-traveling gnostic-adventurer, Alexandre Tannous returns for another mind meld!LISTEN|ITUNES YOUTUBE ARCHIVE STITCHERThese mind melds are brought to you by YOU! Find out how to support us and receive rewards in the process at our Patreon page.

This episode features one of those time-traveling flow-state dialogues where nearly 90 minutes flies by seemingly instantaneously (at least from my perspective). It was like some tiny quantum brain fairy caressed my pineal gland causing it to secret just the right amount of tryptamine to elicit an extended state of wonder and awe. It was truly that pleasurable. On that note, it would be fascinating to see what’s going on neurologically during an awesome, life-affirming, metaphysically stimulating chat like this one. 

Musings in this mind meld include -

  • Why we lose the feeling of awe and mystery as we age and what we can do to nurture it
  • The cultural forces that compel you to think the way you do and value what you do 
  • Why we romanticize ancient cultures 
  • Why religion and science alone aren’t existentially satisfactory  
  • Fine-tuning your awareness and curiosity and creating a practice 
  • Were the works of Plato hiding universal truths about math and melody?
  • The trial of Socrates and his forced suicide 
  • What were the ancient “mystery schools" that so many famous philosophers speak of?
  • Hermeticism and the Kybalion
  • The shamanic model, ayahuasca and the culture clash that occurs when they enter modern life and the modern mind
  • The power of sound in shamanistic systems 
  • You can only listen to the experiences of others for so long, eventually you have to do your own work
  • Why the language we use for "spiritual" experiences is lacking
  • Exploring inner-spaces takes practice, just like anything else   
  • John Lamb Lash and his book Not in His Image
  • The importance of the multidisciplinary approach and why we need a well-rounded tool set to explain reality 
  • Alexandre’s personal spiritual experiences and
  • The difference between romantic love and cosmic love 
  • The power of sound to enhance meditative or psychonautic exploration
  • Unlearning and creating  a new relationship with sound   

Third Eye Drops #31 - FOURTH EYE DROPS with Cory Allen

Cory Allen is a sound-smith, meditation instructor and the host of the Astral Hustle podcast. Cory has taught thousands the practice of meditation through his guided workshops and delivers lectures on mindfulness and the expansion of consciousness.

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static1.squarespaceEvery time I talk to my friend Cory Allen it’s a tastier Swiss Cake Roll of absurdity and profundity. Ever since he came on the show a few months back, we’ve been keeping in touch and something has blossomed. Some sort of playful ping pong of creative scheming, insight and wild degenerate goof sessions that would probably get us banned from everything for life if they ever leaked out.

 I like this recipe. If I’m not laughing enough in a conversation, it’s like there’s a very important spice missing or something. I've found there's absolutely Goldilocks zone of high highfalutin idea slinging and satire and (at least as from my perspective) Cory and I wiggle right into that nook.

Musings in this mind meld -

  • You don’t really have free will unless you exercise and sharpen it 
  • Another rap on simulation theory 
  • Michael’s ridiculous daemon/mason/Price is Right synchronicity
  • Synchronicity  
  • The Buddhist parable of the arrow in modern terms 
  • Insufficiently melted cheese and other jaded first-world disappointments 
  • If you want novelty, inspiration and a juicy life, don’t expect to find it sitting around 
  • Visions of quantified social media burrowing into your biology and the algorithms that will map your psyche  
  • The phrase “third eye” is heavily overused and ambiguous. Is it really a useful term and what does it mean?
  • How sound and binaural beats profoundly alter your state of consciousness
  • Why it’s hugely beneficial to let someone else drive your experience regularly 

Third Eye Drops #30 - I Believe in a Laughing God with Daniele Bolelli

Daniele Bolelli is an writer, martial artist, university professor, and podcaster. He is the author of several books including Create Your Own Religion and Not AfraidLISTEN | ITUNES YOUTUBE ARCHIVE STITCHERThese mind melds are brought to you by YOU! Find out how to support us and receive rewards in the process at our Patreon page.One of the hallmarks of our time is the tension stemming from the tug of war between raw information and our attempt to funnel it into a worldview. Our inherited ideas, religions, political affiliations and flags.bolelliOf course, none of them fully cut it. How could they? They predate the mass of data and stimulation that has become the stuff of everyday life.So we're really left with two choices- isolate ourselves in an echo chamber of like-minded thinkers and information where our philosophies won't be challenged  (a tactic that seems to be more popular than ever), or we can sacrifice some sacred cows. We can actively create a more nuanced, adaptable philosophical scaffolding that's suited to the ever-intensifying blasts of information that have become the norm.This actually feeds right into the central theme of our conversation and guest, Daniele Bolelli's book, Create Your Own Religion, a task that we should all be embracing. 

Third Eye Drops #29 - Amit Goswami and the Conscious Cosmos

Dr. Amit Goswami is a retired professor from the University of Oregon’s Department of Physics where he served from 1968 to 1997 and a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness,” an idea he explicated in his seminal book, The Self-Aware Universe.LISTEN | ITUNES YOUTUBE ARCHIVE STITCHERThese mind melds are brought to you by YOU! Find out how to support us and receive rewards in the process at our Patreon page.

dr-amitIf you dig deeply enough into the fabric of reality, you'll eventually bounce your pickaxe of inquiry off of quantum bedrock. The uniformed layer of potential and spooky circumstances that gives birth to all matter. 

To navigate this rabbit hole of rabbit holes, we meld minds with author, philosopher and Theoretical Physicist, Dr. Amit Goswami.

Musings in this mind meld include -

  • Amit's journey from materialist to quantum spirituality 
  • Amit's response to the standard materialist view of consciousness i.e., Daniel Dennett's arguments
  • Is there a relationship between physics and consciousness?
  • Non-local communication through space and time
  • The relationship between consciousness and oneness 
  • Is the moon there when no one is looking?
  • Is the weird behavior in quantum experiments in the micro realm applicable to the macro realm?
  • How does Dr. Goswami define consciousness?
  • Why the idea of synchronicity is getting so popular
  • Choose to find meaning, or don’t. Choose to see connection or choose randomness
  • The power of intuition 
  • Placebo effect 
  • Meditation’s healing effects and lengthening of tilameres
  • Avoiding the "setting sun," scarcity mindset
  • Douglas Hofstadter, Godel, Escher, Bach and the brain as a tangled hierarchy 
  • The observer implies an object, the object implies an observer 
  • Was there a time where there were multiple realities? 
  • Eugene Wigner and his paradox

 

Third Eye Drops #28 - The Heart in the Network with Dr. Bruce Damer and Michael Garfield

Featured art - Alex GreyDr. Bruce Damer is a multidisciplinary researcher at UC Santa Cruz focused on origin of life theory, a speaker, performer and host of the Levity Zone podcast.Michael Garfield is an artist, musician, speaker and co-host of the Future Fossils podcast.LISTEN | ITUNES YOUTUBE ARCHIVE STITCHERThese mind melds are brought to you by YOU! Find out how to support us and receive rewards in the process at our Patreon page.As you probably know by now I’m an idea explorer, not an idea swallower. I’ve never been one to fully commit to a well-established reality tunnel. That said, last year I did an experiment with the I Ching, an ancient Chinese divination tool. Entering into it, I admittedly kept the “this is all just for fun" excuse at the ready.

bruce-damer-mpnI posed this question to the oracle: "Are we anything more than fancy apes? Is there a higher consciousness or purpose that we are connected to?"

The answer it gave was hexagram 53 changing into 13. Which, in a nutshell, means that we are when we come together in the spirit of something larger than ourselves. Shockingly profound.

As ontologically powerful as that moment was for me, I admit it’s all subjective. One could easily chalk up the spot-on nature of that answer to coincidence and confirmation bias.

Nonetheless, the more I consider it, it really does seem that networks, are the most potent expression of life. A network of beings with a purpose can accomplish practically anything, whether it’s a colony of ants architecting a massive system of tunnels, a group of creative friends endeavoring to elevate their respective talents, the building of the Large Hadron Collider or the horrors of war, we owe it all to networks.

This podcast you’re about to hear,  just like that I Ching moment, has really intensified my fascination with the concept of the network. We spend quite a bit of time rapping about networks at all levels of existence, from the microbial mats that gave birth to life on this planet to the modern, technology-soaked process of manifesting a technosphere that's evolving us as a species, a society and as a vessel for consciousness in general. 

Musings in this mind meld

  • The blessing and curse of the creative 
  • How VR will bring us together 
  • Massive leaps forward in understanding where life came from 
  • The basic unit of life is a network  
  • How the younger generation seems to reflect more of a group mind than an individual one
  • How the internet was born
  • Is the best model for society an open-source collective network?
  • The future of innovation isn’t in monolithic huge organizations, it’s in creative groups with singleminded missions
  • What’s the future of space travel? Why would we ever need to physically go anywhere if we can experience it through technology?
  • Bruce’s thought experiment on how consciousness began 
  • The unlikelihood of the universe existing at all 
  • Theoretical ideas versus practical ones
  • Hear the full recording of the I Ching reading 

Third Eye Drops #25 - Trying to Levitate with Claire Hoffman

Featured art - BeepleClaire Hoffman is a an author and journalist with work published in Rolling Stone, The New York Times and GQ. Her book, Greetings From Utopia Park is an autobiographical account of growing up in in the heart of the Transcendental Meditation movement in Fairfield Iowa.LISTEN | ITUNES YOUTUBE ARCHIVE STITCHERThese mind melds are brought to you by YOU! Find out how to support us and receive rewards in the process at our Patreon page.For most Earthlings, the topic of "childhood in America"  does not evoke images of a utopian community filled with guru devotees that meditate all day in hopes of eventually existing in a state of boundless cosmic consciousness (though that does sound a lot more exciting than my chicken nugget and BPA-filled upbringing). 5b2sltq9As unconventional as it is, that was everyday life for our guest on this show, Claire Hoffman, who spent a good portion of her childhood living on the grounds of the Transcendental Meditation movement’s compound in Fairfield Iowa.  What I enjoy about both Claire’s book and this conversation is that no clear answers are offered here. This isn’t a whistleblowing hatchet-piece. This is a nuanced, honest onion comprised of layers of gray area. Not only is that a more accurate portrayal of everything in life, it shines a light on the fact that Claire isn't out to make a quick buck as a whistleblower. She’s telling her story and sharing the insight she’s gathered throughout her fascinating hike up life's existential incline.   Musings in this mind meld include : 

  • What it’s like to grow up with meditation 
  • Growing up idolizing a guru you've never met
  • Psychedelic revelatory experiences versus self-generated ones
  • The TM Siddhi program and levitation
  • The weird rituals of successful people
  • Drala
  • An exploration of the order, disorder nonsense and conflicting messages of the human condition 
  • Striving for betterment even though perfection is ultimately impossible
  • Is it dangerous to believe too much in something?
  • The impossible task of not wanting to corrupt the beauty and purity of your children
  • Tummo (Wim Hof) breathing and its benefits 
  • Can a bunch of people get together and change the world with their consciousness? 

Third Eye Drops #20 - RESONANCE, with Cory Allen

Cory Allen is a sound-smith, a meditation maestro and the host of the Astral Hustle podcast.LISTEN | ITUNES YOUTUBE ARCHIVE STITCHERThis mind meld is a love letter to everyone making the art, reading the books, having the conversations, or diving into experience. It's also blazing-hot laser of vitriol directed toward the demagoguery, fear-mongering and fast-food philosophy permeating our news cycle.static1.squarespaceIn the sinew of the show, we converse with Cory Allen (a man who would definitely be a recipient of the psychic love letter mentioned above). Cory has not only developed a method for inner-exploration and self-realization, he's helping thousands of others do the same through his podcasts, music, meditation courses and binaural beat projects.Musings in this mind meld -

  • Binaural beats, what they do and how to use them to enhance life, meditation and work performance
  • Is there a "best" way to meditate? How I do it, how Cory does it
  • Cory's "astral" meditation
  • Subjectivity, cultivating a positive mindset and the fact that the exact same circumstance can be interpreted in polar opposite ways
  • The mystery of sound, from pop music to rapturous bliss
  • Experiencing sound with multiple sense and augmenting your consciousness with it
  • How to tell the difference between an earnest, authentic piece of work and an ego-driven one
  • Psychedelic stretching and Yoga
  • Cory's Ayahuasca revelations
  • Cory's turbulent teenage psychedelic bathroom adventures

For another auditory adventure down the sound rabbit hole, get amongst our mind meld with sound expert, mystic and world-traveler, Alexandre Tannous

Third Eye Drops #17 - Rick Strassman, THE STRASSMAN BIBLE

Dr. Rick Strassman is a researcher and author best known for his DMT studies and the book inspired by them, DMT The Spirit MoleculeDr. Strassman's newest work, DMT and the Soul of Prophecy explores the similarities between the visions of the biblical prophets and the DMT state described by his research volunteers.LISTEN | ITUNES YOUTUBE ARCHIVE STITCHER

strassmanBy virtue of the time we were gooily extruded into this dimension, we've been charged with an odd task. We've got to grapple with cultural expectations, the informational techno-torrent we're immersed in and we've got to work on ourselves. Making those disparate duties harmonize in a way in a way that makes some sort of existential sense can require some serious ontological gymnastics.

Or you can always go the willful ignorance route, that is an option. 

Anyway, let's discuss the wonder of Dr. Rick Strassman. He’s most well known for DMT studies he orchestrated in the early 1990’s, which were immortalized in his book, DMT the Spirit Molecule (and a great documentary by the same name).  

You’re not familiar with the mystery of DMT, watch this. 

As the person behind those studies, Dr. Strassman sat with person after person having the most impactful, mysterious and sacred experiences of their lives and it fundamentally shifted his priorities. Since then, he’s been digging into the spiritual experiences outlined in sacred texts, juxtaposing them against the mystical experiences of the participants in his DMT studies. The similarities are striking. 

So to bring my musings full circle, Rick has made tantalizing progress when it comes to merging modernity and the mystical. He's really one of the best, most well informed guides out there, so I highly encourage heading to his site when you wrap up here.

Musings in this Mind Meld -

  • The disinformation, censorship and demonization, of psychedelics and why it occurred
  • Mainstream psychedelic studies, media acceptance and whether or not it's making a dent in the collective conditioning of society
  • Eastern philosophies and their relationship to psychedelic substances 
  • Bodhicitta  
  • Parallels between prophecy and psychedelics
  • Rick’s thoughts on whether or not psychedelic substances were involved in biblical prophecy 
  • Maimonides
  • Spinoza
  • Is true prophecy still around?
  • Mega-churches and alternate realities, mass altered-states 
  • What is prophecy?
  • Is consciousness completely self-generated, or are there other external influences on us we don’t understand?
  • Juxtaposing the western worldview against the shamanistic one
  • Finding value in esoteric texts that deal primarily with spiritual allegory
  • Rick’s understanding and definition of the notion of God
  • The cosmic law of cause and effect
  • The universe is made of vibration and resonance  

Third Eye Drops #15 - Kindness Vitamins with Thubten Chodron

Thubten Chodron  is a Tibetan Buddhist nun, author, teacher, and the founder of Sravasti AbbeyShe is a student of the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan masters. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and is the only nun who has co-authored a book with the Dalai Lama.

LISTEN | ITUNES YOUTUBE ARCHIVE STITCHEROne of the biggest everyday travesties of the paradigm we’re all fumbling around within is the way we've been conditioned to define ourselves. We are taught that we, as individuals, are simply the sum total of our actions, physical body, salary, failures, successes etcetera. But on some level, I think we've all felt, or at least considered that our true nature is something more than that.So what is it?Considering the phrase "raw, pristine, ever-renewing, universal, conscious nowness" sounds fabulously squishy, I advise that you contact it directly and define it for yourself. In other words, meditate.(This bonus content contains an introduction to meditation and a guided meditation on self-forgiveness and not dwelling on mistakes)I think of meditation like an exercise to awaken a dormant, psychic muscle. This muscle has the ability to sense the external forces exerting control over your mind. This recognition allows you to work with those forces and eventually gain more control over them. When you're more in control, you have more awareness. When you have more awareness, you feel more present and fulfilled.thubtenOf course gaining control of your mind in any situation isn't easy, but it doesn’t take years to see a benefit from meditation either. In fact, you'll see a number of physiologically measurable positive results on the first try, along with a number of subjective ones.When you become more adept at cutting through all of that aforementioned mind pollution, that's when the fun starts. You might even get a peek at the serine truth, that unshaped emptiness behind your ego that we're all harboring.How I meditate -