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Gnostic Epistemology In The Book Of Thomas The Contender
Oct 20 • 43 min
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I dive back into Gnostic literature to discuss The Book Of Thomas The Contender To The Perfect and the Gnostic idea of epistemology at least among the Thomasine tradition. We’re going to continue going deeper and…
Tat Tvam Asi: Listener Stories
Oct 18 • 46 min
This episode was originally supposed to be the first in the Symbology 101 series, but after a recent discussion, I decided to push it back until next week. Why that is, you’ll just have to listen to the episode, but it does lead nicely into what we are…
The Gospel Of Mary And The Union Of The Left And Right Hand Paths
Oct 13 • 74 min
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, we return to our deep dive of Gnosticism with a look at The Gospel of Mary, a beautiful and deeply esoteric text which dives into the Platonic influence on the early Christians, how the soul can return to the…
Tribalism And Critical Thinking
Oct 8 • 65 min
On today’s episode of The Alchemical Mind, I take a look at tribalism. Why do we create tribes, what are their purpose, and how can we be members of a tribe while maintaining critical thinking skills and not relegating our authority to them. While not…
Understanding Open-Mindedness And The Quest For Truth
Oct 5 • 62 min
For this episode of The Alchemical mind, we dive into some practical theory with a look at open-mindedness. What is open-mindedness and why is it a prerequisite in order to properly analyze evidence and understand truth? This is a key episode in our…
The Divine Feminine, Mystery Traditions, And The Exegesis Of The Soul
Sep 30 • 98 min
It’s time to go deep down the rabbit hole on this episode of The Alchemical Mind as we look at the importance of the divine feminine within mystery traditions as we continue our exploration of Gnosticism with a look at The Exegesis Of The Soul. Through…
The Valentinians And The Gospel Of Philip
Sep 26 • 99 min
For this episode of The Alchemical Mind, we switch gears from the dark cosmology of the Sethians to the Gospel of Phillip and the Valentinians. Valentinus was educated in Alexandria and set up his school in Rome and was largely influential in early…
The Secret Book Of John, Part 2
Sep 23 • 96 min
As we continue our deep dive into Gnosticism, I take a look at The Secret Book Of John. This is part two of a multipart series on this important Sethian text, as we look at the intricate Gnostic cosmology. On this episode, we’ll go into how the universe…
Terrence McKenna On The Gnostics and Early Christianity
Sep 18 • 59 min
Before we dive into part 2 of The Secret Book of John and dive deep into Gnostic cosmology, I wanted to bring you a bit of commentary on Gnosticism and the early Christians from none other than audience favorite, Terrence McKenna. In the first part of…
How To Find Out What Is True, Part 2
Sep 16 • 55 min
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, it’s time to look at some of the practical applications of finding gnosis as I take a look at how we can determine what is and isn’t true. This is not some esoteric view of finding some sort of “ultimate Truth,” but…
Life On Venus? Some Thoughts…
Sep 14 • 20 min
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I go a bit off-topic to talk about the news today that life may have been discovered on Venus. What does this mean in relation to topics I usually discuss on the podcast? Is this huge news or a sign of things to…
The Secret Book Of John, Part 1
Sep 9 • 60 min
As we continue our deep dive into Gnosticism, I take a look at The Secret Book Of John. This is part one of a multipart series on this important Sethian text, as we look at the intricate Gnostic cosmology. The Secret Book Of John is key to understanding…
Alan Watts On Gnosis And Dogma
Sep 4 • 46 min
I took the day off from recording, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be getting a new episode of The Alchemical Mind! For this special episode, I bring you a great speech by Alan Watts on the early Christian thought, the importance of gnosis in the early…
How To Find Out What Is True, Part 1
Sep 2 • 62 min
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, it’s time to look at some of the practical applications of finding gnosis as I take a look at how we can determine what is and isn’t true. This is not some esoteric view of finding some sort of “ultimate Truth,” but…
The Gospel Of Thomas
Aug 28 • 67 min
The Gospel of Thomas is a fascinating text from early in Christian history and one of the most accessible texts from the group that is generally dubbed as the Gnostics. On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I begin an exploration of Christian Gnostic…
The Hermetica and Mystery Traditions
Aug 26 • 58 min
Welcome back to another episode of The Alchemical Mind. This episode is part four of my deep dive into The Hermetica and since this text has inspired so much of Western esoteric thought, what better way to wrap this discussion up than by talking about…
Terrence McKenna On Magic and The Hermetic Tradition
Aug 19 • 99 min
This episode of The Alchemical Mind serves partially as a departure from our discussion on The Hermetica, but also as an added bonus with additional information on the influence of this work and the traditions it is based on on Western theology and…
The Hermetica, Part 2
Aug 13 • 62 min
Welcome to The Alchemical Mind. This episode is part two of a three part deep dive into The Hermetica, one of the most powerful and influential sacred texts of all times. Its origins are a bit of a mystery, but its influence on Western philosophy,…
The Hermetica, Part 1
Aug 10 • 67 min
Welcome to The Alchemical Mind. This episode is part one of a three part deep dive into The Hermetica, one of the most powerful and influential sacred texts of all times. Its origins are a bit of a mystery, but its influence on Western philosophy,…
Understanding Ego Backlash
Aug 4 • 53 min
Welcome back to The Alchemical Mind. This episode focuses on understanding ego death, and more importantly, ego backlash. What are these two concepts, how are they related, and how do they relate to mystical experience? I am going to dive deep into this…
Meeting The Infinite Self (Trip Report)
Jul 30 • 79 min
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I finally go in-depth with a psychedelic experience that changed my life and was one of main inspirations for this podcast. Buckle in, buttercup…we’re heading to infinity. If you haven’t subscribed yet, be sure to…
My Solo Meditation Retreat Experience
Jul 27 • 103 min
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I finally tell the story of my solo meditation retreat. I had a fantastic few days in the woods and learned more in that small bit of time than I may have possibly learned over the past twenty years of studying and…
Alan Watts On The Shadow Self
Jul 24 • 23 min
Welcome to The Alchemical Mind. On this episode, I will wrap up the three part series on the shadow self with a 20-minute speech by Alan Watts on Carl Jung and the concept of the shadow self. If you listened to the previous two episodes, you may find…
Embracing The Shadow Self
Jul 22 • 31 min
Welcome to The Alchemical Mind. In part two of our series on the shadow self, I will be discussing how to embrace the shadow self through some simple exercises you can do at home and at your own pace. Shadow work is not easy, nor is it recommended if you…
Understanding The Shadow Self
Jul 19 • 26 min
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, i dive deep into understanding the shadow self. Just what is the shadow self? How is it formed? What is its purpose? How can we learn to integrate it into our conscious selves to become better, more complete people?…
Introduction To Hemi-Sync
Jul 16 • 35 min
For this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I dive a little bit into the history of hemi-sync. First developed in the 1950s by Robert Monroe as he experimented with sleep-learning, hemi-sync has been used for decades as an aid to mediation, sleep, and…
Understanding True Meditation
Jul 13 • 43 min
I have discussed meditation a lot on the podcast since its inception, but what is true meditation? How can we better understand the process of meditation and become better at it? On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I go deep into the subject and the…
The Dive Manual With Anthony Tyler
Jul 3 • 88 min
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I am joined by Anthony Tyler, author of The Dive Manual: Empirical Investigations of Mysticism. In his book, Anthony weaves a fascinating story, part autobiographical, part fiction, of his journey into studying…
Beyond Hyperspace With Sean Cahill
Jul 1 • 117 min
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I am joined by retired U.S. Navy chief petty officer, Sean Cahill, that I feel really exemplifies just how connected alternative and mystical topics really are. Sean is more popularly known for his involvement in…
Finding Your Mind Escape With Mike Mazzei
Jun 29 • 81 min
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I am joined by Mike Mazzei, half of the team behind the excellent Mind Escape podcast. We begin this episode with a discussion about the importance of balancing open-mindedness with a healthy dose of skepticism,…
Psychedelics and Mindfulness With Justin Otto
Jun 27 • 78 min
Psychedelics and mindfulness must go hand-in-hand if you want to have a successful and rewarding experience. On a special swapcast episode of The Alchemical Mind as I am joined by Justin Otto from Dharma Junkie to discuss psychedelics, the breakthrough…
An Exercise In Silence
Jun 24 • 17 min
Silence is golden, says the famous proverb, but what exactly does this mean? On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I take a look at the importance of silence, not just on a philosophical level, but the actual real world effects of silence on our body…
Escaping The Matrix With DJ Briggs
Jun 21 • 132 min
The Matrix is undoubtedly one of the most Gnostic movies of our times. Twenty years after its release, the themes discussed in the film are just as relevant as ever. On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I am doing something a little different as I am…
I Am That I Am: Authority and Religion
Jun 19 • 54 min
Authority plays a large part in how we navigate our daily lives. On the last episode, I discussed the concept of authority and power, and why we choose to give our authority away. On this episode, I’ll discuss the topic in relation to religious concepts…
You Are It: Understanding That You Are The Ultimate Authority
Jun 16 • 58 min
What is authority? How do we gain our authority and why do we give it away? On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I dive into the concept of power and authority and why you are the ultimate source of it. Why? Because you are IT, of course! By exploring…
Knowing that you know nothing
Jun 7 • 48 min
“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” -Socrates On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I dive into an introduction to the mystical experience through a look at the 1884 book, “Flatland” by Edwin Abbott. What was originally supposed to…
Your mind is like water: a mindfulness exercise
Jun 2 • 67 min
Mindfulness is a key part of meditation. When we are learning to meditate, we often hear phrases like “clear your mind” or “let the thought go.” How do we do this? How do we stop our thoughts from clouding our minds? How do we stop them from taking…
The mystical poetry of Rumi
May 30 • 66 min
Rumi was a thirteenth century Muslim poet and mystic who is often touted as one of the more famous mystics to ever come out of the Islamic world. His poetry has been read by billions of people over the past eight hundred years and with good reason. He is…
The kingdom of god is within you
May 24 • 23 min
“The kingdom of God is within you,” says the famous quote from Luke 17:21. Yesterday, the president of the United States asked that all places of worship reopen to the public so people can worship God, as this should be an essential service. Is this true?…
Krishnamurti on meditation, authority, and fear
May 22 • 72 min
Krishnamurti was an amazing mystic and philosopher. He was born in India in 1895 and led a fascinating life as a member of Theosophy. He was brought into the organization at the age of 14 and regarded as the next World Teacher, a person born to usher in a…
Guided shamanic breathwork meditation
May 9 • 28 min
On the latest episode of The Alchemical Mind podcast, I bring you a guided shamanic breathwork meditation. This is a practice I perform at least a couple of times a week in order to recenter myself, so I hope you will try it and incorporate it into your…
Simple meditation techniques to quiet the mind
May 6 • 34 min
Meditation has become ever more popular and chances are that even if you’ve never tried any type of mediation - and I bet you have - you have a general idea of what meditation involves. Since we recently dove into the problem with the monkey mind, I…
An introduction to the Upanishads
May 2 • 37 min
For the third episode of The Alchemical Mind podcast, Martin dives into one of his favorite ancient texts, the Upanishads. What are the Upanishads and what can they teach us about ourselves? Can such an ancient text guide us into finding a deeper…
The Monkey Mind
May 2 • 7 min
As the world continues to deal with the current worldwide pandemic, you may find yourself filled with stress and worries which are beyond your control. You worry about washing your hands. You worry if you’ve washed your produce well enough. Will you be…
Introducing The Alchemical Mind Podcast
May 2 • 4 min
In this introductory episode of The Alchemical Mind podcast, Martin discusses how the podcast will differ from and complement the written site content. We will also discuss what to expect from the show. I hope the concepts presented in the podcast will…