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Connecting philosophy and spirituality with the modern human experience. You are it.
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For this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I look at the evolutionary potential of humanity through a mystical lens in response to some questions posed by a listener through a recent e-mail discussion. Bailey asked:   1. What are your thoughts on humanity being a stepping stone for the evolution of Artificial Intelligence? 2. Should we fear the potential of losing our humanity? 3. While I agree that individuals are not special, do you think humanity itself is special? 4. Is there a case for staying human forever (with technological augmentation) vs evolving into something new (AI/singularity)? 5. Do you think a simulation that we create to mimic fear and the unknown is a trap?  I explore these questions by beginning our analysis through the eyes of Rudolph Steiner and anthroposophy since Steiner took a mystical perspective on these questions by introducing the concepts of the Lucifer/Christ/Ahriman archetypes to deal with the forces that have guided our philosophy through human evolution from the past to well into the future. I also deal with some of these questions from the perspective of Buddhism and Christianity, with a touch of vedantic and Zoroastrian cosmology. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss       Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
To Hell And Back

To Hell And Back

2021-02-0452:12

2021 has already been an interesting year for me, and on this episode, I  discuss my month long hiatus, what lead to me taking time off, and how I  learned to surrender and reconnect with the divine. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss       Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
For our first episode of 2021, I bring you a discussion with John Brooks, religion educator and host of Hard To Believe, to discuss the history of messianic cults in Western society, and particularly its resurgence in the 21st century. We discuss the societal shifts that lead to such ideology, the rise of political and UFO cults, the need for people to find a savior, and so much more. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss       Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
As 2020 draws to a close, I felt like it was apropos to discuss the secret to keeping your new year resolutions. We often get bogged down by setting goals for ourselves, following some plan or program, and forget the answer to accomplishing our goals is simple - close your eyes, and listen. On this episode we dive into mindfulness, the concept of wuwei, and how to use active imagination to overcome the biggest obstacles to accomplishing our goals - ourselves. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss       Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
For this episode, I am joined by returning guest, Anthony Tyler, author of Dive Manual: Empirical Investigations of Mysticism, to discuss the nature of good and evil, particularly as to how we view these concepts in a Western context. Stemming from this discussion, we dive into archetypes, egregors, and manifesting reality and as an added bonus for patrons, there will be an additional episode discussing how this all relates to the UFO phenomenon.  You can check out Anthony's book on Amazon, or on his website, DiveMind. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss       Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
Today, we are diving deep into the life and purpose of the shaman and how it relates to modern culture and how the path of the shaman can lead to finding awakening and true gnosis through direct personal experience. To do this, I'll be doing some commentary on two lectures, one from from Terence McKenna and another from Alan Watts, we'll explore different aspects of the life and purpose of the shaman in various cultures and traditions, and what they can tell us about finding a "pathless path" of understanding. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss       Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
At this time of year, there is always a lot of discussion about the origins of Christmas and how the early church co-opted many pagan traditions to create what we now consider Christmas, but is this actually true? While there are certainly many cultures and traditions that inspired Christmas, you may be surprised to learn its true origins and how it was even banned as a holiday by certain Christian sects. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss       Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
Alex from The Natural Born Alchemist joins me for an episode a long time in the making as we discuss the role of psychedelics in shamanic traditions, the impact of the commercialization of ayahuasca ceremonies on indigenous cultures, the trickster archetype, acquiring wisdom from an amalgamation of traditions and so much more. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss       Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
It feels like the deeper I dive into philosophy and spirituality and the more I learn about various traditions through time and space, the more I want to simplify my own practice. On today's episode, I bring you a lecture from Terence McKenna on the core of shamanism and what makes it different from other traditions. Of course, there's going to be a psychedelic angle - this is McKenna after all. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss       Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
As we continue to explore the origins of myth and culture, let's take a look at the symbolism behind the deer and the stag. Sometimes referred to as the Sky Deer or Sun Deer, this animal is an integral part of shamanic traditions all across the world with close ties to both sun and moon worship, but also connected to the rituals of life, death, and resurrection and often marking the path to awakening or enlightenment in traditions as varied as Bon, Celt, Huichol, Scythian, and Shinto. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss       Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
There's a lot of focus on various different kinds of meditation practices, but have you ever considered one of the simplest and often most rewarding for your every day happiness? On this episode, I bring you a guided gratitude meditation which I just made available on the Patreon exclusive "Living Mindfulness" course, but I felt that it was important enough to share on the public feed as well.  Let me know if you include gratitude meditation in your personal practice. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss       Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
Welcome to the first installment of Symbology 101, a series into which I dive deep into the symbols that create cultures and expand ideas. For this first installment, I dive deep into the sacred cow (and bull) and its importance within Indo-European civilization and how it has shaped our cultures, religions, and philosophies for millenia as the mother of all mythology. I dive into various aspects of the sacred cow in Hindu, Greek, Roman, Celtic and Germanic cultures, before heading to Persia to establish the symbolic link between astro-theology, history, and the influence of the Zoroastrian religion as we begin to dive into it over the next few episodes. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss     Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
For this episode, I bring you a short speech from Terence McKenna on the importance of surrendering and finding your own path, as an addendum to the discussion from the previous two episodes on learning to be honest with yourself and others. Stick around to the end of the speech for some commentary from myself as well as some announcements for what's coming up for the show in the coming week. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss     Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
As a follow up to the previous episode, I discuss how to use the techniques of shadow work to learn to be honest with others in order to achieve wholeness and further your own personal development. If you really want to learn that you are it, your really need to expand your own practice beyond the standard techniques of meditation, yoga, and self-inquiry and learn to use those techniques to deal with friends, family, and others around you. If you want to check out the episodes on shadow work referenced in this episode, here's the list below: Understanding The Shadow Self - https://anchor.fm/the-alchemical-mind/episodes/Understanding-The-Shadow-Self-egmq80 Embracing The Shadow Self - https://anchor.fm/the-alchemical-mind/episodes/Embracing-The-Shadow-Self-egmue5 Alan Watts On The Shadow Self - https://anchor.fm/the-alchemical-mind/episodes/Alan-Watts-On-The-Shadow-Self-egmum4   Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss     Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
In this episode, I discuss how to discover gnosis by dropping your  opinions and learning to be honest with yourself. As part of this  episode, I'll be guiding you through a quick exercise that better  details the "neti neti" method and what it truly entails. Be sure to subscribe. If you'd like to support the show, consider joining our Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thealchemicalmind If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss   Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
For the first episode back from my short break, I want to discuss the  difference between belief, faith, and gnosis and find a way to  understand how these ideas interact with how we choose to interact with  personal philosophical and spiritual work. The website is now live - https://thealchemicalmind.com. There you can also find links to our Discord channel as well as the Patreon. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss   Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
Let's talk about silence. Real silence.
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, we dive into understanding why you do not understanding true love, and how to break out of that. The website is now live - https://thealchemicalmind.com. There you can also find links to our Discord channel as well as the Patreon. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss   Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, we dive into the non-dual nature of fear. The website is now live - https://thealchemicalmind.com. There you can also find links to our Discord channel as well as the Patreon. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss   Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I dive into an introduction of cult psychology and why self-dissolution can become a trap when you forget how to dance and start taking your survival instincts too seriously. This will lead us into next episode as we go in-depth into fear. The website is now live - https://thealchemicalmind.com. There you can also find links to our Discord channel as well as the Patreon. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742   Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T   RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss   Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
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