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YAPM16 Waking Up & Growing Up

Season 4, Ep. 16

In this series I read chapters from my 2019 book Yoga & Plant Medicine: Integrating Yoga & Psychedelics for Your Healing, Growth & Transformation.

Print version is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Plant-Medicine-Psychedelics-Transformation/dp/1088479847

Digital download from my website: https://www.brianjames.ca/downloads/p/yoga-amp-plant-medicine-pdf


Tags: yoga, plant medicine, ayahuasca, psychedelics, healing, trauma, addiction

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  • 126. Dylan Hoffman PhD | Vine Deloria, Carl Jung, James Hillman & Decolonizing Psychology | HITW 126

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    This is an excerpt of a longer conversation. If you’d like to gain access to early release of full, ad-free episodes and support the podcast, consider becoming part of the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewilderness. We are an independent production and rely on the support of listeners like you. Make a one-time contribution to http://paypal.me/brianjamessoulThis episode has been a long time coming. I’ve wanted to speak about this topic for quite a while and have been looking for the right person to have the conversation with. When I found out that my guest today, Dylan Hoffman, has included the work of Indigenous author and activist Vine Deloria in his depth psychology courses at Pacifica Graduate Institute, I suspected that I might have finally found the right person to have this conversation with.I wasn’t disappointed.In the discussion that follows, you’ll hear Dylan and I address the topic of decolonizing psychology — what that means, why it’s important to recognize it and call it out, and why including Indigenous voices like Deloria into psychological training is essential to that project.We discuss the ways Deloria both appreciated and critiqued the work of Jung, how colonization can’t be separated from Christianity, what our favourite renegade psychologist James Hillman contributes to the decolonizing project, and how a marriage of archetypal psychology and shamanic practice might just offer an authentic and effective animist spiritual practice for a post-colonial, post-Christianity west.This was a fantastic conversation and I’m sure I’ll be speaking with Dylan again down the road. Works Discussed:C.G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions: Dreams, Visions, Nature and the Primitivehttps://www.amazon.com/C-G-Jung-Sioux-Traditions-Primitive/dp/1882670612God Is Red: A Native View of Religionhttps://www.amazon.com/God-Red-Native-View-Religion/dp/168275314XLight in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality (Latin America Otherwise)https://www.amazon.com/Light-Dark-Luz-Oscuro-Spirituality/dp/0822360098Epistemologies of the South: Justice Against Epistemicidehttps://www.amazon.com/Epistemologies-South-Justice-Against-Epistemicide/dp/1612055451/Show Links:http://brianjames.cahttp://instagram.com/brianjames.soulworkhttp://youtube.com/@howlinthewildernesshttp://paypal.me/brianjamessoul
  • 125. Erik Davis | Is Generation X Still Relevant? | HITW 125 PREVIEW

    57:03
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  • 124. Stephanie McKay Part One | Martín Prechtel, Wilderness Education, Mythology | HITW 124

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    This is an excerpt of a longer conversation. If you’d like to listen to the full episode and support the podcast, consider becoming part of the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewildernessSupport the podcast:HITW Patreon: http://patreon.com/howlinthewildernessSend a contribution: https://paypal.me/medicinepathyogaOn this episode I speak with Stephanie McKay, an educator and mentor in earth-based skills and ancestral ways, located on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.Stephanie and I met when I attended one of her Mythology Club sessions and found that we shared a common passion for tending to old stories in a way that reveals their deeper layers of meaning.In the first part of our conversation, we talk about her transition from working as a video artist to becoming a wilderness educator, and her 12-year participation in Martín Prechtel’s school Bolad’s Kitchen.In the second half, we take a deep dive into the old Germanic folk tale Iron Hans, also known as Iron John, the subject of Robert Bly’s seminal 1990 book. Stephanie offers some unique insights into the historical layers of the story that are fascinating and surprising.Even though I’ve read Bly’s book many times over the past 30 years and recently conducted an 8-week online group where we read and reflected on the story, Stephanie’s insights opened up a whole new area of inquiry for me. In the audio version of part two, I’ve included an afterword where I share some of that research.If you have any interest in this story, or pre-Christian European culture and spiritual traditions, I highly recommend you check it out.Listen to Part Two "A Deep Dive Into Iron John" here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/hitw124-mckay-pt-92425341Links:Stephanie's website: http://fianna.cahttp://brianjames.cahttp://instagram.com/brianjames.soulworkhttp://youtube.com/@howlinthewilderness
  • 123. Dick Russell | James Hillman, Schizophrenia & Shamanism | HITW 123 (Preview)

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  • 122. PREVIEW | Rune Rasmussen (Nordic Animism) | Animism For a Living World | HITW 122

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  • John Lee | Creativity & Addiction | BONUS EPISODE

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  • John Lee | From Hero to Elder | BONUS EPISODE

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  • 120. Joshua Schrei | The Road to the Emerald Podcast | HITW120

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