On Death Denial, Truth, and Transcendence with Dr. Jordana Jacobs

On this episode, I talk with Dr. Jordana Jacobs, a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. Her approach is integrative, combining psychodynamic and existential therapy into her treatment of patients. Dr. Jacobs’ training at Memorial Sloan Kettering working with terminally ill cancer patients, her studies in Northern India, and her Vipassana meditation practice inspired her research on the complex relationship between death awareness and love. Her dissertation, entitled “Till Death do us Part: The Effect of Mortality Salience on Satisfaction in Long-term Romantic Relationships” specifically explored the ways in which priming for death has the potential to increase intimacy in partnerships. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Jacobs now speaks and leads retreats aimed towards helping people accept inevitable mortality so that they are able to live and love more fully.

On Death, Imagination and Visionary Art with Alex Hedstrom

 

On this episode, I talk with Swedish visionary artist Alex Hedstrom about why he creates art, what psychedelic visions can tell us about the existence of a collective unconscious, and how his relationship with death has informed his art.

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You can find out more about Alex by checking him out on Instagram at @alex.hedstrom

Thank you to Alexa Spaddy for designing the graphics for this podcast. You can find out more about Alexa at alexaspaddy.com

Thank you to Kerusu for the soundtrack “Stay With Me”. You can find Kerusu on Spotify, Youtube and Soundcloud.

On Burning Man, Visionary Art, and Social Sculpture with Alex Grey and Allyson Grey

On this episode, Alexa Spaddy and I sit down with Alex Grey and Allyson Grey to talk about our recent trip to Burning Man.

You can find out more about Alex Grey, Allyson Grey and CoSM and cosm.org.

You can find Alexa Spaddy on Instagram at @alexaspaddy and on Facebook at Alexa Spaddy Art.

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Thank you to Kerusu for the soundtrack “Stay With Me”. You can find Kerusu on Spotify, Youtube and Soundcloud.

On Raising Interfaith Children with Dr. Susan Burger

On this episode, I interview Dr. Susan Burger, who is a chiropractor, public speaker, and my mother. One of the common themes I explore in this podcast is the “perennial philosophy”; the wisdom that threads itself through all religions and spiritual traditions. This is a curiosity of mine that I owe my mother for. We look back at her experiences with religion and spirituality, and what motivated her to raise my brother and I with and interfaith perspective.

You can find out more about Dr. Susan at livewithvitality.com

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On the Evolution of Plants with Caro Arevalo

On this episode, I talk with Peruvian visionary artist Caro Arevalo about one of her more recent paintings, “The Evolution of Plants”, where she maps the evolutionary journey of the plant kingdom on to a mandala structure. We talk about what inspired her to create this piece, and we geek out on plant consciousness, Jungian psychology, psychedelics, and the mysteries that the plant kingdom forces us to revel in.

Be sure to check out Caro’s work by following her on Instagram @cafeinacoli, or by checking out her Youtube channel.

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Thank you to Alexa Spaddy for designing the graphics for this podcast. You can find out more about Alexa at alexaspaddy.com.

Thank you to Kerusu for the soundtrack “Stay with Me”. You can find Kerusu on Spotify, Youtube and Soundcloud.

On Psychedelics and Creativity with Amy Mastrine

On this episode, I talk to Amy Mastrine from MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies. Amy is a brilliant artist who has tremendous insight into the intersection between psychedelics and creativity. We talk about how psychedelics can be used to enhance creativity, but we also talk about some really important points on this subject that I feel aren’t talked about often enough, such as the potential downsides of being too creative and open as the result of psychedelic use.

Thanks again for listening to the Lifting the Iceberg podcast. You can stay up to date on any new podcasts by following @liftingtheiceberg on Instagram and Facebook, or by going to liftingtheiceberg.com.

You can find out more about Amy and her art on Instagram at @Aimbow_, or on amy-mastrine.com

Thank you to Alexa Spaddy for designing the graphics for this podcast. You can check out Alexa at alexaspaddy.com.

Thank you to Kerusu for the soundtrack “Stay With Me”. You can find Kerusu on Spotify, Youtube and Soundcloud.

On Visionary Art, Mysticism and Mapping Mystery with Alex Aliume

On this episode, I talk with visionary artist and mystic Alex Aliume about his art, mysticism and the mystery that fuels his artistic inspiration.

This podcast is also available on iTunes and Spotify!

You can find out more about Alex by following him on Instagram at @aliumeart.

Thank you to Alexa Spaddy for designing the Graphics for this podcast. You can find out more about Alexa at alexaspaddy.com.

Thank you to Kerusu for the soundtrack “Stay with Me”. You can find Kerusu on Spotify, Youtube and Soundcloud.

On the Coevolution of Religion & Art with Professor Kareem Johnson

Kareem Johnson is a Professor of Psychology at Temple University, whose expertise, among others, is evolutionary psychology, but more specifically, what he calls Quantum Evolutionary Psychology, which is the name of the Capstone class of his that I took before I graduated at Temple, where I did my thesis on the influence that altered states of consciousness had on the emergence of art. His course was one of the most important ones I’ve ever taken, and it greatly influenced my focus for this podcast. It was an honor to have him on, and I know you guys will love it as much as I did.

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Thank you to Alexa Spaddy for designing the graphics for this podcast. You can find her at Alexaspaddy.com

Thank you to Kerusu for the soundtrack Stay with me. You can find Kerusu on Spotify, Youtube and Soundcloud.

On Parkour as a Spiritual Practice with Patrick Carbajal

On this episode, I have a discussion with Patrick Carbajal on how we view parkour as a spiritual practice. Patrick is a parkour athlete and coach based out of Philly, and we became friends a few years back at a jam back in Philadelphia, when we discovered our similar interests in flow states, psychedelics, meditation, spirituality, and how these things intersect with our parkour practice. Pat is a really insightful guy who has thought deeply on how his parkour practice has benefited him on many levels, and how it can do the same for so many others. Enjoy!

Thanks again for listening to the Lifting the Iceberg podcast. You can find out more about Patrick by following him on Instagram at @pat_carbajal or by following his team, The Venture Co.

You can stay up to date on any new podcasts at liftingtheiceberg.com or by following Lifting the Iceberg on Facebook and Instagram. Podcast available on Spotify, iTunes, and Youtube.

Thank you to Alexa Spaddy for designing the graphics for this podcast. You can find her at Alexaspaddy.com

Thank you to Kerusu for the soundtrack Stay with me. You can find Kerusu on Spotify, Youtube and Soundcloud.

On the Ecopsychology of Religion with Dr. Tom Berendt

On this episode, I have a discussion with Dr. Tom Berendt. Dr. Berendt is a Professor of Religion at Temple University whose work focuses primarily on the veneration, or worship, of animals and nature in different religious traditions throughout history. I first met Dr. Berendt when I took his “Earth Ethics” class at Temple, and continued to have discussions with him in this field when I joined his Pagan Studies club, where we looked deeply into nature-based religious traditions. In this episode, we explore the broad question of how religion mediates humanity’s relationship with the natural world.
Thanks again for listening to the lifting the iceberg podcast. Dr. Berendt is not currently active on social media, but within the next year he will be upon his release of his new book, “The Animality Manifesto”. So stay tuned and I will be posting about that when it is released.
You can stay up to date on any new podcasts at liftingtheiceberg.com or by following Lifting the Iceberg on Facebook and Instagram. Podcast available on Spotify and Itunes, and Youtube.
Thank you to Alexa Spaddy for designing the graphics for this podcast. You can find her at Alexaspaddy.com
Thank you to Kerusu for the soundtrack Stay with me. You can find Kerusu on Spotify, Youtube and Soundcloud.