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Modern Shamanism & Ayahuasca Awakening | Rak Razam – EN08

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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. He is author of the critically acclaimed book Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey and the companion volume of interviews, The Ayahuasca Sessions. 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 and he leads ayahuasca retreats in Peru. 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”. Our episode starts the dialogue about the awakening and spiritual connection that ayahuasca brings to humanity. Both Rak and I share the awakening encounters that we experienced with ayahuasca. In this engaging episode, we are going to discover:

  • [5:45] What shamanism is
  • [8:17] The reason for ayahuasca’s popularity today
  • [12:45] The difference between LSD and ayahuasca
  • [20:02] What Western society is missing out on in our relationship with nature
  • [24:10] What the words “entheogen” and “psychedelic” mean
  • [29:25] What inspired Rak to film his documentary: ‘Aya: Awakenings’
  • [33:30] How known visionaries relate their experiences in the shamanic realms
  • [35:30] How the world should view shamanism
  • And much, much more!

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About the author, Lorna

Lorna Liana is a new media strategist and lifestyle business coach to visionary entrepreneurs. She travels the world while running her business as a digital nomad. Lorna's boutique agency provides “done for you” web design, development and online marketing services for social ventures, sustainable brands, transformational coaches and new paradigm thought leaders. She is also a personal development junkie, and 20 year practitioner of shamanism, with extensive training in Tibetan Bon Shamanism and the ayahuasca traditions of the Amazon Basin.

A self-professed ayahuasca snob and perennial ayahuasca tourist, Lorna has been drinking ayahuasca since 2004. She's been in approximately 150 ayahuasca ceremonies (from terrible to fantastic), and tasted wide variety of ayahuasca brews (from awful to exquisite).

Her ayahuasca experience spans 30+ different shamans and facilitators, 7 indigenous tribes, several Brazilian churches, and a host of neo-shamanic circles, in Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Europe, the US, and Asia.

Through this widely-varied background, she hopes to shed some perspective on the globalization of ayahuasca.

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  1. Kyrie Eleison on 07/18/2017 at 2:36 AM

    Go into nature,pick mushrooms,eat some,and sit down and listen.

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