Apr 27, 2010


Around the Web, Around the World

"Why Shamanism Now?" with Christina Pratt

Shamanism and Plant Medicines

Author, professor, and peacemaker, Stephan Beyer, joins us this week to discuss his new book, Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon. Stephan explains, "Singing to the Plants seeks to understand one form of shamanism, its relationship to other shamanisms, and its survival in the new global economy, through anthropology, ethnobotany, cognitive psychology, legal history, and my own experiences with two master healers of the Amazon." Join us as we discuss the use of plant medicines (plant hallucinogens or entheogens) in shamanism in the Upper Amazon and its relevance-should we or shouldn't we-in shamanic practices outside of these traditions. We will reach into the depths of Stephan's personal experience to discuss the healing potential of shamanism as well as the potential to do harm through attack sorcery. Ultimately we will explore the idea that shamanism is " irreducibly social" such that all shamanic healing as well as harming takes place within a cultural context where shared values like trust, reciprocity, or generosity are at the root of personal illness and suffering.

This week's guest:
Stephan Beyer

Professor and author, Stephan Beyer, brings us a beautiful guide to mestizo shamanism in the Upper Amazon and the use of the sacred, plant medicine ayahuasca in his new book Singing to the Plants. Stephan holds doctorates in both religious studies and psychology, was a lawyer and a litigator as well as a wilderness guide, peacemaker, community builder. He has worked with ayahuasca and other sacred plants in the Amazon, peyote in ceremonies of the Native American Church, and huachuma in Peruvian mesa rituals; undertaken numerous four-day and four-night solo vision fasts in Death Valley, the Pecos Wilderness, and the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico; and lived in a Tibetan monastery. From these experiences have come books on Buddhism, Tibetan language and religion, and now, mestizo shamanism.

Stephan has long had an interest in wilderness survival in a variety of terrains, especially jungle survival. He explains that "as I learned more and more about the ways in which indigenous people survive - indeed, flourish - in the wilderness, it became increasingly clear to me that wilderness survival included a significant spiritual component - the maintenance of right relationships both with human persons and with the other-than-human persons who fill the indigenous world. Thus I began to explore wilderness spirituality, to learn ways to live in harmony with the natural world, striving, like indigenous people, to be in right relationship with the plant and animal spirits of the wilderness." In addition to studying how indigenous peoples of North and South America survive and thrive, Stephen studies sacred plant medicine with traditional herbalists in North America and curanderos in the Upper Amazon, where Stephan has received coronaciĆ³n by banco ayahuasquero don Roberto Acho Jurama.

New Time & New Location
Why Shamanism Now? A Practical Path to Authenticity will have a new home and a new air time. Beginning April 13, 2010 the show will air live on Tuesdays at 11:00 AM Pacific time and be available for download the next day from the Co-Creator Network website. Recorded shows will continue to be available on iTunes. The new url will be http://www.co-creatornetwork.com/hosts/shamanism/host_bio.htm

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM Pacific

Awakenings with Michele Meiche

James Baird Ph. D -- Happiness Genes 4/28/2010 3:00 PM EDT James D. Baird, Ph.D. has more than forty years of experience as a successful inventor and graduate engineer. His inventor background instilled in him a persistent curiosity about how things work, translating from mechanisms to life. His passion for understanding the bioengineering that makes us human combined with his religious and spiritual beliefs has led him to research the subject of happiness for more than 20 years, and in the process, earned him a Ph.D. in Natural Health. Happiness Genes: Unlock the Potential Hidden In Your DNA is his fourth book. It presents convincing evidence of our genetic spirituality, and the nature of its rewarding happiness. To help the reader develop natural happiness habits, it provides epigenetic methods that suppress the subconscious thinking that hinders spiritual expression

Liara M. Covert Ph. D --- Empowerment Guide 4/30/2010 3:00 PM EDT Liara Covert is an Empowerment Guide and author. She offers tools as well as individual and group-oriented teachings to help people raise awareness about their thoughts, feelings and programmed beliefs and to what degree they live in the present moment. Her mission is to encourage more widespread awakening about the nature of reality and each person's innate abilities to reclaim inner power. Her expertise and insight into conscious awareness stem from extensive travel and experiences in fifty-five countries, including spiritual places, astral planes and beyond. Her experience as a weekly newspaper columnist blossomed to more widespread dream interpretation consultations. Her insights grew out of self-directed learning, spiritual awakenings and contributions to university help-lines and wider on-line forums. The scope of her training includes transference energy, intuitive healing, cultural & interdisciplinary studies and psychology. As alumnus of McGill (Canada), La Sorbonne, CEDS-EHEI & International Space University-ISU (France), and Oxford (U.K.). Her Dreambuilders Australia Blog offers 2000+ articles that serve as a resource for expansion and awakening. You can also find extensive samples of her writing in academia and the internet. Her print books include; Self-Disclosure: Changes from Within (hardcover, Strategic Book Publishing, March 2009) and Cosmic Synchronicity (Paperback, InnerCircle Publishing, February 2010). Another book, Transform Your Life: 730 Inspirations, is coming around April 2010. Her writing exists to find its way into the scope of who is ready and willing to take the next step in their own transformation and awakening. http://blog.dreambuilders.com.au/


Just Energy Radio

Susan Shumsky - Connecting with the Immortal Masters

Dr. Susan Shumsky is a pioneer in the field of personal development, professional speaker, Doctor of Divinity, author, and workshop leader who is highly respected in the spiritual community. Foremost authority in spirituality, meditation, and prayer, she has written several books teaching her own unique form of meditation, prayer, and spiritual healing.

Friday 4/30/2010 3:00PM EST/2:00PM CST

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