Episode 21 – Rak Razam


Rak Razam is the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalist, writing about and helping shape the emergence of a new cultural paradigm in the 21st century.

Author of the critically acclaimed book Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey and the companion volume of interviews, The Ayahuasca Sessions (www.ayathebook.com), he is a frequent lecturer on ayahuasca and the shamanic revival sweeping the West. He wrote, produced and co-directed the groundbreaking new visionary documentary Aya: Awakenings (www.aya-awakenings.com) and he leads ayahuasca retreats in Peru:  http://www.aya-awakenings.com/retreats

He has been hosting dynamic speaking engagements, panel facilitation and lectures across Australia and North America at conferences, transformational festivals and other events for the past five years, weaving together the New Age, counter-culture and progressive thought. He has been called one of the “leading spokespersons for the new paradigm”.

His video interviews for website Reality Sandwich, New MAPS of Hyperspace, (http://vimeo.com/album/1688275) feature Sasha Shulgin, Alex Grey, Stan Grof, Rick Doblin, Ralph Metzner, Mountain Girl, and more luminaries, and do his interviews with ayahuasca experts, Awakenings, (https://www.youtube.com/playlist list=PLb3lNZCb4bKiH94yqz45xONBNi3xNzE6k) .  A prolific media maker and networker, he hosts a popular podcast show In a Perfect World (http://in-a-perfect-world.podomatic.com)

In this episode we discuss moving past the memetic architecture Terence McKenna established; the absorption of the psychedelic experience into the mainstream and the dangers inherent in that; the value of psychoactives to re-awaken the soul exactly at the time we need a higher perspective; and the role of mother earth as a macro organism we are embedded within and need to work in synergy with her. Is the next wave of psychonautica the harnessing of our own endogenous neurochemicals to reclaim our full potential?   How does the Western ayahuasca movement spearhead a planetary religious impulse? What is the purpose of life and how can we work with it?

 

Find Rak here:

http://www.rakrazam.com

http://www.aya-awakenings.com

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