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"Why Shamanism Now?" with Christina Pratt
The Psychedelic Marine, PTSD, and Tools for Change with Alex Seymour
The Psychedelic Marine is a vivid portrait of both the anguish of war and the power of entheogens and shamanic ritual to help combat veterans complete the inner journey combat begins, and heal from PTSD and the deep, traumatic loss from war. Author, Alex Seymour, enlisted as a teen in the Royal Marines Commandos and served for six years, completing two tours of duty, only to re-enlist 20 years later. Alex served another tour of duty in Afghanistan where he suffered severe losses. Host and shaman, Christina Pratt, speaks with Alex about the relationship between our fears, beliefs, traumas, and PTSD and the depth at which we can let go when faced with our own direct experience of The Sacred. Join us this week as we explore how ayahuasca in shamanic ceremony can offer a way to help soldiers prepare for war and help combat veterans heal from it.
This week's guest:
Alex served in the Royal Marines Commandos for 6 years and completed 2 tours of duty on active service. He then returned to serve as a reservist 20 years later as the oldest front line commando in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. After returning from a tour of duty during the war in Afghanistan, he needed a way to cope with the extremes he experienced in the war, losing 7 men in his unit, and having his best friend critically injured by a Taliban bomb.
Already familiar with entheogens, Alex traveled to the Amazon in search of ceremony and a shaman to guide him to something sacred to draw meaning from his experiences. His book 'Psychedelic Marine' tells this story and is available on Amazon.com.
Alex is the Technology Account Director for a global technology company and lives in Buckinghamshire, England, with his wife of 18 years, Julia, and his two children.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM Pacific
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