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#34 | Psychedelic Integration and Bedding Down New Knowings — Sean O’Carroll (Wild Mind Institute)

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Sean is a man, a voice, and a guide I’ve been tracking for some time, for his work in the eco-psychotherapy and psychedelic-assisted therapy space. Within the frame of rewilding, or de-domesticating the mind, remembering and reclaiming what Martin Shaw calls the ‘wild twin,’ the selves it can be easy to exile in our culture, we explore how both ecological re-connective practice and psychedelic-assisted therapies support us on this path of deliberately and pre-emptively meeting the wild.


As the founder and director of the Wild Mind Institute and therapist trainer in 2 of Australia’s psychedelic research trials, Sean and I dive into some of the nuances of bridging transformative process with everyday life, specifically psychedelic integration practices in ‘bedding down new knowings.’


It was an honour to share in this rich exchange with Sean, and we trust there are some fruits that fall from our conversation to support you in your journey of wholing, healing and remembering.

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Guest bio


Sean O’Carroll is an integrative psychotherapist – specialising in relational Gestalt, experiential, and transpersonal psychotherapy – in private practice 2 days a week, and runs workshops on eco-psychotherapy and psychedelic psychotherapy through the Wild Mind Institute.  He is a senior consultant to the Monash University Psychedelics team, and to St Vincent’s Hospital Mental Health in Melbourne. He is currently involved in developing and delivering training to psychotherapists working on a number of psychedelic research trials in Australia, and is also working as a therapist on three upcoming psychedelic research trials. He is currently undertaking the MAPS training in MDMA for PTSD. Sean has lectured in transpersonal psychology for 7+ years, and has a long-time specialisation in “bad trip” integration.

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Essay | Eros, Evolution and Moving from Psychology Toward Soul-Making — Al Jeffery

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In this episode, I read my most recent essay on “Eros, the Evolution of Life and Mind, and Moving from Psychology Toward Soul-Making.” This paper explores Eros (in its mythological and evolutionary sense) as a guiding organisational principle of life and invites us to tend to our connection to Eros as a partner in our renewal and re-engendering of relationship. 


Drawing on evolutionary biology, integral theory, attachment theory, theories of mind, developmental moral imagination, and more, I attempt to show how an Eros-(re)infused way of seeing and being might afford us great energy and direction in this time of fragmentation. 


Dive in, come to understand, and feel Eros in a renewed way. Let it animate your life and leadership. You can also download the paper here.

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#33 | Queerness, Identity and Inhabiting Self and Soul — Eamon Armstrong (Life is a Festival)

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In today’s episode, I had the honour of connecting in with dear brother Eamon Armstrong to explore ways of being that allow for greater degrees of integration, and soul to live through us. In a world that prizes some expressions, criticises and condemns others, it’s no wonder we become partial even to ourselves. Through an exploration of queer ways of being, masculinity, and festival culture, we touch the nerve of a broadening sense of ‘self,’ to open to more inclusive and honouring epistemologies. Diving into temperament, attachment, identity, and character we explore what it means to shape identity and a ‘peaceful not-knowing’ from the inside, rather than from outside forces. 


We share a playful energy together, and always have, and so you’ll enjoy this one full of all of its wit, wonder and banter.

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Eamon is a dear friend, and host of both the Life is a Festival and Psychedelic Therapy Podcasts. Through his gift as a host and community-building, he’s been tracking the threads of cultural pioneering, mental health, psychedelic medicine and healthy masculinity. I’ve admired his ability to live into the corners of the human experience often untouched.

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