Podcast 542 – “Shamans of the Global Village”


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Guest speakers: Rak Razam and Niles Heckman

Shamans of the Global VillagePROGRAM NOTES:

Date this lecture was recorded: August 2016

Today’s podcast features the 2016 Palenque Norte Lecture by documentary film makers Rak Razam and Niles Heckman. In addition to discussing their work with indigenous people, they discuss the making of their documentary, “Shamans of the Global Village”.


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Shaman’s of the Global Village

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Phaze Theory

I was just wondering if anyone else out there on these forums is making psychedelic music with live instruments in or around London. I run Phaze Theory (phazetheory.com) which does a sort of Art Rock that is directly inspired by some incredibly high dose LSD sessions; literally 100 hits in some cases while listening to our heroes – Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis Electric, Jimi Hendrix and Funkadelic. We sing over the poetry of the great psychedelic poets and artists – William Blake, Aldous Huxley and W.b Yeats.

We take the light to the darkness.

I was hoping that someone might wish to open for us on 22nd of July in Servant Jazz Quarters (London). We are looking for someone who is also putting there psychedelic visions to the test in the crucible of live music. The gig is paid and you can see the details here.


You can hear some of the music here

Very Psychedelic ambient music – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE0XPduPQ5Y
Art rock on an incredible Yeats Poem – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMzjshHxyCE
A Huxley poem – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7qYH40wGcA

Posted in Ayahuasca, Consciousness, Culture, Kambo / Sapo, Niles Heckman, Palenque Norte, Psychedelics, Rak Razam, Shamanism.


  1. I find it completely un-shamanic that you have to have a “Facebook” to watch the series?

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: I must agree, as I abandoned FB many years ago and avoid it like the plague that it is.]

  2. Thanks so much for mentioning us Lorenzo. I hope you don’t mind me mentioning here that people can find out more about the band Phaze Theory at phazetheory.com

    I wonder if 5meodmt is proof that Blake was right when he said “Eternity is in love with the creations of time.” Eternity certainly reaches us through the 5meodmt experience.

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: I’d meant to post some links to Phaze Theory earlier. Thanks for reminding me. :-)]

  3. Gringo detox and rehab is a consequence of substance abuse not shamanising; however
    Druids are well known for liking a drink, or two.

    Octavio Rettig is a full-on publicist with an addictive personality type, the toad does not need
    his honorific interference. I lost count of his promotional youtube vids.

    Peter Gorman who has been selling his Sapo on the internet for some years now is also busy
    recently promoting (or honoring) his Amazon business in the Guardian newspaper.

  4. Rape of the Toad, another instance of entheogenic cultural-misappropriation
    of ancestral lineages to fund the White Man’s urban detox and rehab clinics because
    his own tribe continues to invoke a Schedule-1 prohibition on all sacred medicines.

    Colorado River toad is an endangered species, it has highly specialized environmental
    and nutritional requirements, they don’t do well in captivity and the spirits won’t
    thank neo-shamanic super-egos for disturbing their natural habitat.

    The Maria Sabina episode was a disaster, her house was burnt down because she was
    seduced by Gordon Wasson and exposed her medicine to the outside world.

    Leave the toad and the indigenous peoples who live with it in Peace.

    The recipe for 5-MeO-DMT is in TIHKAL.

    • You obviously haven’t even watched the episode, as they’re trying to do their small part to really honor the toad and it’s medicine and in the show stress not keeping any toads in captivity or to even go out searching for them yourself.

      In regards to “white man”, shamanism used to be everyone’s all over the planet. Including in areas such as the Druids of the ancient days in what is now the United Kingdon. Also in regions such as Lapland and Siberia, all of which were of caucasian descent and equally as prosecuted as other non-caucasian indigenous all over the world.

    • Life eats Life amigo. I suggest you Embrace Your Shadow instead of projecting on to the rest of the world.

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