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[EPISODE] When Plants Dream
This week, on The Conscious Consultant Hour, Sam welcomes the co-author of the new book, When Plants Dream, Bestselling Author, Daniel Pinchbeck.
Psychoactive plants are met with intrigue and shrouded in controversy and are a heated subject of debate in the modern era. This is true for ayahuasca – a sacred, psychoactive tea with a long history of ritual use by communities of the Upper Amazon. Made from a vine and the leaves of a shrub, it is increasingly known as a powerful tool for personal transformation.
When Plants Dream explores the economic, social, political, cultural and environmental impacts of ayahuasca’s growing popularity, and the evolution of ayahuasca shamanism beyond the Amazon.
Daniel Pinchbeck is the bestselling author of Breaking Open the Head and 2012: The Return of the Quetzalcoat!. He co-founded the web magazine Reality Sandwich and the online platform Evolver.net. His essays and articles have appeared in a vast range of publications, including The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and ArtForum, and he has been a columnist for Dazed & Confused.
Sam opens up the show with the quotes of the day from The Universe and Abraham. Sam gives his interpretation of each quote. He believes if we change our way of thinking and our perspectives, we can change our situation. He says by changing what we are focused on, we can change our energy. He then talks about how we cannot eliminate everyone in our lives who disagree with us. We need to change our way of being and we will be happy. He talks of how we can shift ourselves out of what we don’t want to be. He shares an example of how if our back is aching, and we continue to focus on that, it will continue to ache. Sam says if we focus on positive things in our minds, there will not be room for negative thoughts. While there are problems in the world, instead of focusing on the issue, we can focus on creating a solution.
Opening this segment, Sam introduces today’s guest, Daniel Pinchbeck, recalling a brief encounter with him and discussing his desires to attend the Burning Man festival himself as well as sharing those values shared at the event with the rest of the world, upholding virtues of trust and selflessness, and letting go and allowing life to guide us to where we want to be.
Sam begins this segment by discussing the book, When Plants Dream. Daniel starts out by discussing what got him into plant medicine. He goes on by discussing the different places you can find plant medicine in the world. Daniel explains why plant medicine is relevant today. He also explains the many reasons to use plant medicine. He says having a mythical experience with plant medicine can help with depression. He believes it can have positive impacts on your mind spiritually and help with physical emotional healing. The segment ends with Daniel talking about the different benefits ayahuasca has.
The final segment opens with Daniel discussing the dangers of getting involved with certain circles who don’t take the practice as seriously, as well as people who work based on more monetary gain more than anything, the two urging people to be cautious when getting involved in certain ceremonies. Daniel talks about a growing mainstream audience in the United States and the recognition of the beneficial elements of these plant-based practices. He talks about the ultimate impact all of this will have in society, the two going into a talk about the environmental issues surrounding the health of natural plant life on the planet. The show closes with Daniel talking about what he hopes people will get out of his book, hoping people get a deeper insight into the world of plant-based medicines and its uses as well as its history and its future.