During the wave of psychedelics use in the 60’s, millions of people dropped acid for the first time and had enormous breakthroughs in political and ecological awareness. From speaking with these people, I’m struck by their body of wisdom around psychology, spirituality, and decades of living with a psychedelic awareness of society. Indigenous people have worked with psychedelic plants for thousands of years and many continue their traditions to this day, carrying deep knowledge of the natural world, biochemistry and genetics. These folks are also often guardians of endangered habitats, if not the entire planet’s climate balance. Today, researchers and facilitators continue to develop protocol around using psychedelics for psychological and somatic healing. Lastly, during the current psychedelic resurgence hundreds of millions of young people are opening their minds, hearts and bodies to these substances. More often than not, they encounter them for the first time at electronic music festivals with little to no education or safety precautions. However, there seems to be an unprecedented power dynamic breakthrough where youth have opportunities to transform the landscape of business and government to create truly healthy, supportive civilization in balance with nature’s ecosystems. I believe a key to activating this potential lies in dialogue between these groups of people.
From my perspective there is a real need for more education about psychedelic journeying, and these groups of people would greatly benefit by having more dialogue spaces together. Further, mushrooms, Ayahuasca, acid, MDMA and more have somewhat distinct cultures and explorers would benefit from hearing about them in juxtaposition with each other. My intention with this podcast is to cross-pollinate wisdom from the diversity of cultures and communities working with psychedelic substances for healing, insight, creativity and collective liberation.
I personally believe that decriminalizing psychedelics is the #1 best thing that governments could do to address the economy, climate change, crime and public health. A good start would be for the UN to disband its treaties on narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. Healthy examples of policy change that I see include state legalization of cannabis and hemp production, MAPS’ work in legalizing MDMA in a clinical setting, Portugal’s decriminalization of all drugs, Peru’s statute of Ayahuasca as a cultural heritage, and Brazil’s policies on religious uses of Ayahuasca.
Host: Magenta Ceiba. Magenta is an artist, healer, and organizational development consultant. She is the executive director of Bloom Network, a global social network and incubator for regenerative culture. She does coalition building among organizations and leaders from different sectors who share a focus on regenerative culture, while making and sharing media that boosts their representation to a more mainstream audience. Magenta has served as editor and curator for ArtXX Magazine, a magazine for female and trans-identified radical political artists. She advocates for the legalization of entheogens and awareness of the history of indigenous medicine practices.