Taking a shamanic medicine such as ayahuasca can be an intense experience. It can also be a painful experience, and a confusing experience. These psychedelics can show us parts of ourselves that we didn’t know existed, and ask questions that we didn’t know needed answering. Ayahuasca can be tough with us, especially when you attempt to evade or deny what She’s trying to show you.
In this episode, Kurt explains the second half of his second ayahuasca journey, explaining the lessons that it taught him about identity, asking himself who he wants to be, how he wants people to see him, and which 6 interlocking stories he wants to tell himself and others to establish his sense of self. What do you want people to write on your epitaph? How can you align your life towards that purpose?
Join us on another psychedelic, self-questioning epic in the next episode of… The Paradise Paradox!
In preparation for an ayahuasca trip, it’s best to prepare the body physically through a strict diet, for at least three days beforehand. However, one must also prepare oneself mentally by asking the question: what is the purpose of this journey? Some people will tell you that thinking deeply about your purpose isn’t necessary, because no matter what you come up with, Grandmother Ayahuasca is going to show you what you need to know, not what you want to know – which is true – but in my (Kurt’s) opinion, contemplating your purpose is vital, because you have to remember that the medicine is going to reveal a great truth to you, so you must be ready, if not to accept it, at least to face it, when it appears.
Before this, my second journey with ayahuasca, I tried to strip away some of my mental barriers – thinking that, I don’t really know what these visions are capable of showing me, so I have to ask myself the question: what knowledge would I ask for, if I knew I could receive the answer to any question?
At first I considered asking for some journeys to other realms, meeting strange beings, friendly buddhas on the astral plane, and extraterrestrials from distant star systems or adjacent realities. Yet, after some consideration, I decided to ask something more earthly, and perhaps more practical – to continue the work in healing my heart, to make my soul more complete.
In the end, I’m not entirely sure if I received the answers to either of these questions, or if I received answers that went far beyond my questions. Join us in the next universe-defying, soul-shivering adventure in … The Paradise Paradox!
Learning should be considered a super power! Traditional schooling illustrates that the ability to absorb knowledge, duplicate skills and regurgitate information, is a sliding scale. However, what if everyone has equally ability to learn, grow ideas and apply knowledge. We are aware that people learn in different ways and that mainstream topics may not be interesting to all.
Almost the complete first world has accepted a generic, one size fits all schooling system. Children and young adults are forced to forfeit their innocent years for behavioural pruning, locked-in then routinely fed approved programming. The brain training is extensive (13 years and growing) for a long future of receiving instruction. This destructive habit building process of uniform activities, has high jacked a ‘valued education’ of critical thinking and stolen the imagination of generations.
The students are distracted during critical years of mental and physical brain development, while their parents have 100% of their trust in federal government bodies and corporate interests. The socially accepted education system is believed to serve families, while economic constraints hold mum and dad at work, while the children are being baby sat.
Machines have no mind, machines are also rated on output. Our children are taught performance from day one – A, B, we ‘C’ that you are average, ‘D’ and why are you such an F?
Now lets explore some ideas, in short – everyone has a preferred learning style, visual, aural, read/write and kinaesthetic. You don’t need to be a professor to realise that combinations of styles accompanied with targeted studies that align with individual interests will improve learning effectiveness. Expanding the experience by including multiple senses can be very useful in effective learning.
Now for those jumping ahead, I am not setting up an argument pro the introduction of psychedelics to the classroom. However, being able to cross wire the human brain and experience short periods of synesthesia (seeing sounds, hearing colours and tasting language) could potential have some positive application. From the perspective of a sensible adult studying a vast topic (the life experience) and with no prescribed curriculum, perhaps psychedelics have something to offer? New research in the area of micro-dosing psychedelic substances (LSD) have published positive results and illustrated extremely interesting effects on the brain.
In this episode, we discuss a new found benefit to homeschooling and a few personal views on living to expand your mind. Kurt outlines the philosophy of trip life, an option to pursue a career as a psychedelic adventurer – ‘If you’re not coming down from a trip, you are preparing for another’. This came from the concept of avoiding the cage of a small-town mindset and expanding it to universes and possibly dimensions, If you dare.
Prepare yourself to slip and trip into The Paradise Paradox, where there is no such thing as a bad trip!
The Story: 2016 Presidential election: Two party clown show
This is the weirdest election ever! It doesn’t represent the idea of a democracy at all. The idea of allowing the whole population to have a say and choose representatives, has been lost long ago and apparently to the people in power, it’s obsolete. The US ’two party system’ has nothing to do with finding the best head and body for a free country, but rather a distraction for the masses. This current US election has the taken form of a celebrity reality TV show – just with a bigger budget. Where the contestants fight their way through a series of social media obstacles to a final and super episode. The winner takes all! Payment in full of all capital invested and a director’s seat to the empire. Presidential perks accompanied with all tools of the trade, the oak Hollywood desk, a fancy white house and a panel of shiny red buttons – 50/50, ask the audience, phone a friend.
After scratching the surface, it was evident that Kurt and I shouldn’t even be talking about this – why pay attention to the charade – other than for entertainment value? But this is no joking matter. Many, many people have given their power and responsibility away to these clowns. Watching the show, believing the lies and even picking a side. Who is actually involved here? Are your bets in? Unfortunately many continue to waste their friends’ time by talking about such rubbish.
Here is the truth – if we actually lived in a civilised society, with sound values and respect for others, there would be no need to live in governed regions, where people are controlled and manipulated. In today’s situation we need to be individually micro-managed – told what to eat, told how many hours to sleep and how we should be living.
Thank God that they all have television, I would hate to see what would actually happen it they started thinking for themselves, say the ‘people in charge’.
In a civilised country, government should be quiet and gradually shrinking away. A small and productive government shouldn’t even be noticed. Honestly, I am not even sure why free and civilised people would need a government. What they might need more is the protection from the threat of government.
Take a break from the direct mind control and plug into something alternative… The Paradise Paradox!
This is the rehash episode where I (Aaron) wanted to talk about ‘bugging in’, this episode also continues with the interesting adventures of returning to Australian life.
‘Bugging in’ is similar to the term ‘bugging-out’, it is the term commonly used by many preppers and military personnel when they find themselves in a undesired location and need to quickly vacate. Preppers are people which are preparing for the end of days mega event, or any situation where they may need to defend their survival. Plans need to be made for extreme situations, like where everyone looses the plot, turns crazy and start killing themselves or mass zombie attacks. Either way, you and perhaps a small team are the only ones who are now ready to save the planet and continue the human race.
Roughly two years ago I relocated to Mexico, which was suppose to be the key part of my planned bug-out mission. Other key factors in consideration were, a location on high ground, abundance of fresh food, preferably local farming, resistant population with traditional skills and a society with a high percentage of physical cash. Guadalajara, Mexico – Perfect!
Now having returned to Australia after an extended time in Mexico, its almost like the execution of my doomsday prepper’s plan to leave Australia didn’t happen at all. So here is where I was suppose to talk about the master bug-in plan. ‘Bugging-in’ is what happens when a prepper is unable to leave an undesired location, or when their location becomes the safest option, perhaps from a lack of local knowledge or planning. Usually this means boarding up the windows of your house or apartment and bunkering down. Of course a prepper would have this all organised, bug out bag packed (Bug in bag in this case), survival supplies, long-life food and weapons.
However with Australia being the extreme country it is, everyone should be prepared to be bugging in or bugging out on a weekend basis. By the way camping and outdoor life is the favourite Aussie pass time, so I guess most of us already do that.
Lets take an idea from within the idea that life is just an experience to be hacked. Assuming that the current human experience in nothing more than an experiment within a holographic universe, which is generated on constructs made up of data and code. A hyper complex simulation – where the information and instructions blend to become the rules of the game. These rules are just data and code, not fixed, malleable and of course, to be broken (As seen in the matrix).
We are the ones experiencing and creating this holographic reality, as players of this game – creating and participating, having been born into certain beliefs and assumptions. You may one day wonder, are we playing correctly, to our full potential or, are we even playing to win – if winning is what is the desired outcome. When you begin to question the boundaries of controllable reality, where and when did you decide to limit yourself? Where is the boundary of choice and/ or your interactive limit? Where is the boundary of you, your mind, your body, your human experience, your reality/or your total experienced environment?
It may be possible to expand yourself beyond the accepted norms, without limits – you would be able to adjust external parts of reality, just as you do with parts of yourself. Remember, it is only just rules of the program and to change the rules – you must understand that you are the rules. When playing a game, understanding the rules and outcomes will allow you to hack the game. When you incorporate the knowledge that you are the creator, choose to become a bigger game, as you are able to encompass it all.
Understanding the rules will help you play, but being the rules will give you the game.
To start this episode I wanted to talk about ‘bugging in’. Which in my world means, returning to Australia and reintegrating back into the first-world reality. But, of course we were distracted (mainly myself) and begin talking off topic. However, in a roundabout way we end up covered related stuff.
So after two years of Mexican experience under my belt, Australia doesn’t seem quite the same. Over all it feels pre-fabricated, packaged up and somewhat plastic like. Everything is in order and a sense control can be found everywhere. Everything is very tidy and neat. Everyone that arrives from somewhere else knows that – Australia is a dream. But, I believe deep down within the self, in the dark shadowy parts of the human experience, human beings have normal and natural urges to dislike such a level of nice. Somewhat like the urge that arises when approaching freshly poured concrete – to put your foot through it, or to at least write my name in it. Perhaps there is something wrong with me, looking for the imperfections that accompany these feelings towards this wonderful perfect world called Australia.
In this episode Kurt and I have an impromptu conversation based around my return to Australia. We discuss a few stories which I overheard on the local news, thoughts on the Australian real estate bubble and possible issues with the Australia welfare system. These ideas were originally shared by sponsored television programming.
Tele – transmission over a distance
vision – power of sensing with eyes
Programming Noun – the act or process of planning or writing a program.
Programming Verb – to write code for
I had forgotten what commercial television programming was all about – Turn off the box.
There is a natural phenomenon happening where ‘very normal’ people find themselves asking obvious and straightforward questions about everyday things. What’s happening to the weather? What’s happening to my neighbourhood? What’s happening to my investments? Many people can feel that there is something not right. These occurrences are now increasing, the questions are growing, people are peeling back the layers of illusion and asking for truth.
Now we live in a very different and very connected world, where social media and alternative media channels have been fueling ‘the awakening’. The sharing of knowledge, truth and ideas is having a massive effect in the fight to increase awareness. For all of us this is an on-going process, and the spiritual shift is now well underway, though we still have a long way to go.
In this episode Anam Paiseanta joins us to explain that we, as a society, must evolve individually, and join together, to consciously out grow of the current political system. The personal principles needed to get us all moving in the right direction can be found in anarchism. These are all ‘normal’ things – the love and respect for mankind, justice, cooperation, voluntaryism, the non-aggression-principle, personality responsibility and self-ownership. Your personal evolution will path the way to a much larger and social and political revolution. Anam also tells us about the progress on his team’s “Connector” app, which will allow people to connect with like-minded individuals, and even form hidden, counter-economies among themselves.
Here is where Anam’s formula of “A-Cubed” or “the three A’s” is leading to the evolution that enables the real world revolution:
1. Awakening – Sharing knowledge, memes – reminding each other of truth
2. Activism – Prevention of government indoctrination by educating the youth, alternative schooling
3. Agorism – Projects – Counter-economics, creating the new system, what can I do to add value?
The time is now – to tune in and turn up. The Paradise Paradox presents Anam Paiseanta!
The most dangerous man in your world – Episode 124
In this episode we are going for a man hunt, who is the most dangerous man in the world? In normal life, this is such a silly question, but lets play with it out. For ‘someone’ to be dangerous to you, they need to be real person that is actually in your reality. Generally a dangerous person is someone that is able or likely to cause you harm or injury, most people will never cross paths with a person in this category. However, television will create this concern and pump the message that terrorists are dangerous, yet I have never seen one and personally don’t know any.
Here is the idea: In my world, I am the most dangerous man in the world – this is because I am taking responsibility for the happenings within my reality. This is based on the idea that we all have our own individual created worlds, which is based on personal perspectives and belief systems.
Freedom via belief systems
In order to free our minds we must reconsider the rules of the game. We have all accepted a set of organised beliefs which guide our lives and sent the boundaries of our reality. which the majority have been passed on to us without any second thought.
Here is a definition from wikipedia: “A belief system is a set of mutually supportive beliefs. The beliefs of any such system can be classified as religious, philosophical, ideological, or a combination of these”. Another definition that might make more sense is: ‘Belief systems are the stories we tell ourselves to define our personal sense of Reality’ (Pdf).
Lets not see the world so subjective, there is no longer right and wrong, things just are as they are. Your mind can decide your preferences, you know deep in your soul that there are many paths, some easy and others hard. What you would prefer to deal with and how much you can you load your plate.
Becoming an ideas generator
Its important that we are have our own ideas and constantly have flow of fresh ideas. Free thinking opens you mind to new ideas rather than shutting down those ideas that don’t fit into your current belief systems. An open mind allows new thought to drop into your mind on a random basis. Not all ideas are unique and ideas are often not always yours. Ideas tend to be associated and are often sparked by your immediate surroundings.
Now be honest with your self, how many ideas do you have? How often does a new idea spontaneously pop up? Ideas require attention, otherwise like friends they will stop dropping in. If you are one who thinks they don’t generate many ideas, start an idea journal – you would be surprised how many ideas you have, but haven’t noticed. To help yourself join and birth more ideas – try exposing yourself to alternative topics and interest groups. This is as simple as reading genres that are not naturally on your personal list.
Bugging out on a daily basis
Bugging out concerns taking preventative planning, this is about taking your ideas and putting and creating action. How does one do this? Committing yourself your ideas with complete belief – changes the way you choose to live your life. Knowing that your idea is going to make your world better should be enough to get yourself started.
Trusting that the path is open for you to follow through will clear any speed bumps from your desired direction. The action doesn’t need to be of any great size, little steps for the greater good will open new realities. Your sheer positive intention will create the needed momentum. Being prepared for your day will take the average joe from zero to hero.
We don’t need to plan for the emergency scenario situations, at least not at first. Pack for your average day out with a few surprise items, matches, water bottle, bandaids, pair socks for your partner and your favourite machete.
One last thing once packed – don’t leave home without your day game back pack.
As we went through our posts and videos from the last month, we read many interesting comments and questions, so we wanted to give these valuable commentaries a platform. This is an ongoing conversation between us and you, so we can learn and grow together.
These highlights from previous episodes include; whether it’s good or bad to bring a child into the world today, what drugs or shamanic medicines peyote is possibly similar to – if any, Colombia being about much more than beautiful women and drugs, reading or not reading the Communist Manifesto, and the debate on whether Steemit is a valuable social media platform, or just a carefully obfuscated Ponzi scheme.
To comment – is to be involved, we are The Paradise Paradox!