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183: Back to Surrender Again


This installment features the conclusion of KMO’s conversation with Jason Horsley about the limits and pitfalls of entheogenic self-exploration and the utility of surrender. The second half of the program brings together clips from other podcasts and excerpts from Carolyn Baker’s book Sacred Demise: Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization's Collapse to communicate the possibilities for transformation that collapse presents to each of us. At the end of your rope? Good on ya!

Music by Jesse Miller of the Mystic Mind Podcast

To learn more about the C-Realm/Cleaver Couch Surfing Tour or to lend a hand, please contact the following folks:

Los Angeles: Jesse Miller Neil Kramer only.

San Francisco: William Wardlaw

Portland: Doug Lain

Seattle: Volunteer Needed

Vancouver: Justin Ritchie

156: Insideous Hope


KMO welcomes Danny Paradise, world traveler, yoga instructor and musician to the C-Realm to look for signs of hope amidst the increasingly obvious markers that bode ill for our collective destiny. Later, KMO plays a clip from Doug Lain's Diet Soap interview with Neil Kramer.

You can hear more of Danny's music on his MySpace page.

142: Altered Traits


Hear the conclusion of AyasminA's interview with Dr. Tom Pinkson as they discuss the practical purpose of shamanism, giving our negative judgments to the fire, the importance of death and decay and the five steps to attitudinal healing on the topic of the end of life.

You can learn more about the path that Tom walks at these websites:


Music by Float23

109: Women Are Medicine


"C" stands for consciousness

109: Women Are Medicine

In this final podcast in the series of Friday shows meant to raise awareness of the 4th Annual International Amazonian Shamanism Conference, AyasminA talks with heterogeneous curandera, Wendy Luckey, about the path, about not fitting in, and about the role of women in humanity's collective healing.

99: Slapping the Monkeys Upside the Head


KMO gets an ayahuasca retreat update from Matt W. of the Temple of the Way of Light. After that Dennis McKenna manifests in the C-Realm to solve the riddle of consciousness and shine the light of his awareness on such topics as environmental degradation, the evolution of machine intelligence, and, of course, Amazonian ayahuasca shamanism.

93: Diet and Preparation


KMO welcomes Matthew J. Pallamary, author of Land Without Evil, back to the program to talk about the preparations one can make prior to departure in order to get the most from one's ayahuasca experiences.

Here is a list of dietary 'do's and 'don't's from Ayahuascero Javier Arevelo Shahuano, who will preside over the Temple of the Way of Light program that the C-Realm listeners can attend prior to the 4th Annual International Amazonian Shamanism Conference: Continue reading 93: Diet and Preparation

87: The Way of Light


KMO welcomes Matt W. of the Temple of the Way of Light to talk about the experiences that lead him to start this community in the Amazon and what awaits the C-Realm listeners who join KMO for a pre-conference retreat there in July of 2008.

If I didn't respect intellectual property rights on the podcast I would have played 'The Light' by Love and Rockets.

75: Archaeologies of Spirit


In this episode, KMO discusses the temptations of power on the shamanic path with Matthew J. Pallamary and techniques for reconstructing the prehistoric human mind with Gyrus.

Matt Pallamary (or Mateo as he likes to be called) is the author of Spirit Matters and Gyrus is the author of Archaeologies of Consciousness. You can find either book in the C-Realm Amazon Store, or you can order directly from the publishers. Normally I would encourage folks to order through Amazon so that the C-Realm Podcast earns a commission, but in this case, you might want to get the books directly from the publishers. The authors get a larger share of your purchase price when you order directly from the publisher.

Mateo's publisher:

At the end of the show, I read an excerpt from American Vulgar: The Politics of Manipulation versus the Culture of Awareness by Robert Grudin.

Gyrus' publisher:

KMO interviewed Matt Pallamary in May of 2007 for the Psychonautica podcast. You can find that episode here:

65: Shaman’s Orbit


In this 65th installment, KMO welcomes Mike Hagan of RadiOrbit back to the program to discuss the changing media landscape and the transformation of consciousness that the evolution of the media reflects. Later, Dr. Martin Ball joins the conversation to talk about his work with Mescalero Apache medicine people in New Mexico, music, visionary plants, and the Big Change.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have
into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos
to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a
house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes
sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision
for tomorrow.

-Melody Beattie

40: Aye, Ayahuasca!


In this 40th installment of the C-Realm Podcast, KMO talks across months and continents with Lorenzo of the Psychedelic Salon, Max Freakout of Psychonautica, and Viking Brian of the Viking Youth Power Hour.

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37: Flailing in the Dark


KMO talks with Alan Shoemaker about the practicalities of lodging at the Soga del Alma site, and then we hear Peter Gorman's presentation entitled "Flailing in the Dark" about his experiences in the Peruvian Amazon with ayahuasca and other plant teachers.

Peter Gorman's Website:

27: Trans-Metro-Shamanism



You can learn more about Mike LaTorra's Trans-Spirit Project here:

and here:

And you can find the episode of Changesurfer Radio I excerpted for this week's show here:

And you can find a podcast of an introductory Trans-Spirit lecture by Mike LaTorra here:

Nat Bletter

Nat Bletter is Ph.D. candidate at City University of New York and New York Botanical Garden in Ethnobotany and he specializes in medicinal plants of Peru and Mali, quantitative ethnobotany, and stimulant plants such as cacao. He has also work as a computer graphics and virtual reality researcher for 7 years, and created sculpture, graphic art, music, electronic art, and fire art from an early age.
He is the author of a chapter on the psychoactive effects of chocolate in the recently released book Chocolate in Mesoamerica: A Cultural History of Cacao (Maya Studies).

You can learn more about Nat Bletter here:

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