In 1962, Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert bridged the spiritual and psychedelic discourse, introducing the concept of reliable entheogens to the contemporary psychedelic research effort. Today’s guest, a former staunch atheist, tells us how he stumbled into God Consciousness via a mushroom journey and his passion for sharing that experience with others.
Join our survey of psilocybin through various historical, cultural, and religious lenses as we interview Josh Leonard, co-host of the Pursuit of Infinity podcast. Is the iconography we experience under the influence of psychedelics inspired by ancient cultures? How do western religions and eastern philosophies align with mystical experience? And how can we make use of psychedelics to heal and deepen our connection with our romantic partners?
Explore these questions and more in this week’s episode.
Mushrooms & Awakening
Mushrooms in History, Culture & Religion
Mushrooms Saved My Relationship
Reflections on Mushroom Journeys
The Pursuit of Infinity Podcast
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Im Josh, a podcaster from Pennsylvania who's life changed from taking psychedelics. The avenues of spirituality opened for me and the questions and curiosity I always had as a child and young adult were contextualized, and my relationships flourished. I was a staunch atheist, and that idea evaporated in what felt like an instant as a result of these experiences. Ive introduced these substances to family and friends and have seen great change in them as well. It had a particularly strong impact on my relationship to my fiance. It transformed everything about our relationship and my life. I feel like I owe everything to the mushroom.