Mar 10, 2020


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"Why Shamanism Now?" with Christina Pratt

Working with Plant Medicines with Stephan Beyer

Author, professor, and peacemaker, Stephan Beyer, joins host, Christina Pratt, this week to discuss the use of plant medicines (plant hallucinogens or entheogens) in shamanism. Drawing on his vast experience as an academic and deep experience as a shamanic practitioner, Steve will talk with us about the personalities of several of the sacred plants used in traditional shamanic healing and ritual.

We will explore their relevance in shamanic practices outside of these traditions, the contemporary search for healing and transformation, the "selling of spirituality", and what can we say about authenticity with these powerful teachers. Perhaps most importantly we will discuss these plants as teachers who open to us "the dark and luminous realm of the spirits."

In his book, Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon Stephan 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 his own experiences with two master healers of the Amazon." For more information go to

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.

**This show originally aired October 10, 2017.**

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM Pacific

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Voices of the Sacred Feminine

Who are the Tuatha De Dannan or Druid Clan of Dannan w/Hamsadevi Claudia

Fellowship of Isis member, Hamsadevi Claudia was initiated into the Druid Clan of Dana by the founders of the FOI at Clonegal Castle several decades ago and are practicing members of the Tuatha De Dannan. Learn more about the Goddess Dana and the Druid Clan of Dana. Discover the Aos Si or "people of the si" - and the hollow hills in Ireland to which they were banished. Sometimes called sidhe, or fairy folk, according to W.B. Yeats. We'l talk about druidry today and if its obsolete in the age of computers and virtual networks. You'll learn about the contemporary work in groves of the Druid Clan of Dana. Hamsadevi is calling in from the UK and she'll discuss how this path can bring positive change into our ordinary lives.

Wed, March 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm Eastern

Awakenings with Michele Meiche

Perception - Seeing is Not Believing with Entrepreneur James Purpura

Only two years removed from solitary confinement in jail, James Purpura began his journey into the tech world. In 2007, he took a chance on a small construction software startup called PlanSwift. He quickly ascended to Vice President of Sales and then, a year later, took over as President and became an equity partner is the company. Under James’ leadership, PlanSwift grew from $8,000 a month in volume to over $1,000,000 a month in volume and over 50,000 customers in 24 countries, becoming one of the most well-known and largest technology companies in the construction industry. Over the next few years James made some strategic moves in businesses with PlanSwift. With his company being firmly established.James negotiated a lucrative sale to a large competitor, allowing him to exit and pursue his dream of creating the world’s first personal evolution company Powerful U.

Wed, March 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm Pacific

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