In Tantra Yoga, the left-hand path provides a means to access deep spiritual wisdom by engaging in the use of substances and practices often considered taboo. Specifically, psychedelics like LSD, mushrooms, ayahuasca, DMT, and iboga can provide similar insights as years of disciplined meditation and spiritual practice if approached with the proper attitude and intention.
In this episode, we sit down with long-time psychedelic facilitator, qigong practitioner, and social entrepreneur Scott Vineberg to discuss his unique perspective on psychedelic journeywork informed by his practice and study of various spiritual traditions. Plus, we explore the emerging consensus that psychedelic-assisted awakenings need not be as difficult and confronting when aided by temperance and thoughtful preparation.
Whether you are a newcomer looking to dip your toe in the waters of psychedelic therapy or a practiced sadhu already walking the path, this episode delivers wisdom and unique perspectives.
“It’s fascinating to me that we can even just puff something to get these shortcuts to what many of the Kabbalistic mystics and mystics in all the traditions talk about as generally only the fruit of significant meditative labor. And then you might or might not get it at any point in your life. And here, whether you've done the work or not, you can take a couple of puffs, and you get a taste." - Scott Vineberg
Awakenings on the Left-Hand Path
Scott Vineberg - Seeker and Psychedelic Facilitator
Psychedelics, God, and Religion
Tips for Psychedelic Experiencing and Awakening
“You get the God in the interface that you’re capable of handling and that you project into.” - Scott Vineberg
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Social Entrepreneur / Psychedelic Facilitator / Qigong Practitioner
Scott is father to two young women and has been a versatile social entrepreneur for 35 years: starting & leading restaurant, hospitality, fashion, retail, e-commerce, data coop and real estate businesses, non-profit start-ups in youth mentoring and integrative health, and start-up social enterprises including board-shops that employed at-risk youth. Scott is a regular qigong practitioner since 1998, lifelong mystic philosopher, nondualist, and Chassidic Jew. He has hosted and led hundreds of community gatherings, council circles & ceremonies including Ayahuasca & Huachuma based at his community spaces in Topanga. Currently co-founder of Eden.CoOp - a democratic & soulful community cooperation dedicated to discerning and activating the top ‘trim tabs’ (or: ‘key force multipliers’) to make the world work for all.