Utne Reader editor Christian Williams hosts this podcast that explores the nature of consciousness through art, culture, and spirituality. Read more in the Abstract Notions blog.
Episode 4 - Alan Goltl and Sensory Deprivation Tanks
October 23, 2015:
In the fourth episode of the Abstract Notions podcast, Utne Reader
editor Christian Williams discusses the history and benefits of sensory deprivation tanks with Alan Goltl, proprietor of TankHouse Float & Massage
in Wichita, Kansas. Additionally, they discuss Alan's other explorations into altered states of consciousness, which include ayahuasca, lucid dreaming, and a two-week darkness retreat in Thailand.
Music clip: "9:01" by Floating Spirits from the album Earth Tones (Free Music Archive, licensed under Creative Commons).
More on Sensory Deprivation
• Float-Tank Therapy: Experiencing Sensory Deprivation
• Hearing Things: When Auditory Hallucinations Take Over the Mind
Episode 3 - Zoe Helene and the Psychedelic Renaissance
June 5, 2015:
In the third episode of the Abstract Notions podcast, Utne Reader
editor Christian Williams discusses the role of women in the psychedelic renaissance with Zoe Helene, an environmental activist and wildlife advocate who has started a women's advocacy group in the psychedelic community called Cosmic Sister
Music clip: "Ikaro de Proteccion" by Don Evangelino Murayay from the album El Canto del Tiempo/Ayahuasca Ikaros (Above Love Records, 2007).
More on the Healing Power of Psychedelics
• Amazon Ayahuasca Adventure (Photo Gallery)
• Medicinal Uses for Psychedelic Drugs
Episode 2 - Robert Waggoner and Lucid Dreaming
April 30, 2015: In the second episode of the Abstract Notions podcast, Utne Reader editor Christian Williams discusses the fascinating world of lucid dreams (conscious awareness of the dream state) with lucid dreaming expert Robert Waggoner, co-author of Lucid Dreaming: Plain and Simple. Their conversation includes some background on what scientific research has revealed about lucid dreaming, tips and techniques for increased lucid dreaming, and discussion of the healing potential of lucid dreams.
Music clip: "All I Have to Do is Dream" by The Everly Brothers.
More on Dreaming
• Meeting in the Dream World
• Finding a Dream's Meaning
Episode 1 - Chris Kilham and Ayahuasca
January 13, 2015:
In the first episode of the Abstract Notions podcast, Utne Reader
editor Christian Williams discusses the sacred Amazonian plant brew ayahuasca with medicine hunter and educator Chris Kilham, author of The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook
. Over the course of their conversation, Williams tries to find out if ayahuasca is right for him, and Kilham talks about his spiritual approach to the plant as well as the logistics of traveling to the Amazon and making sure you're in safe hands. Learn more about Chris Kilham at www.medicinehunter.com
Music clip: "Llamando la Mareacion" by Don Evangelino Murayay from the album El Canto del Tiempo/Ayahuasca Ikaros (Above Love Records, 2007).
More on Ayahuasca
• What Is the Ayahuasca Experience?
• Is Ayahuasca Right for You?