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Shamanic Freedom Radio
A deep dive into the new paradigm
SFR 88 - Roamcast: Bitcoin, Russell Brand and integration/alienation
November 19, 2013 05:56 AM PSTIn this episode, Mr Lens goes into the great outdoors, and puts his Bitcoin evangelist head on, describing how Bitcoin works, and the advantages/disadvantages getting into the bitcoin econimy in the hope of 'turning people on' to something which could be as potentially groundbreaking as LSD or the internet itself.
Further ponderings are about alienation and integration in work and social situations, and the controversial question - is Russell Brand kosher?
Music by Jimi Hendrix & Shpongle.SFR 87. Three lost interviews from Breaking Convention 2011
October 23, 2013 01:26 PM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens digs out three interviews recorded at Breaking Convention in Canterbury which were originally intended for the podcast in 2011 before the hiatus. The first in with Paul Devereux, discussing amongst other things 'strange ringing sounds' emitting from standing stones. The second interview is with Kylindi Iyi about super high doses of psilocybin to reach an 'organic singularity', and it it concludes with Andy Roberts, and a chat mostly about LSD.
Terence McKenna sees out the episode.Shamanic Freedom Radio ep 86 Roamcast: "If we'd learned how to procrastinate before we learned to walk, we wouldn't be able to walk."
September 29, 2013 05:17 AM PDTIn this episode Mr Lens takes Shamanic Freedom Radio to the great outdoors, where the lack of ceiling allows higher idea to come in! Topics mulled over include all sorts of stuff, ranging from social engineering, socially embedded patterns, the nervous systems and operatings systems of people and systems, collectivist limitations, epistemological naïvety, 2012 and the end of epistemological naïvety, and more.
Music by The Damned.Shamanic Freedom Radio ep 85 - Fraser Clarke's 'Monkey's trip' talk remastered.
September 10, 2013 10:34 AM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens plays a talk entitled Monkey's Trip by the late Fraser Clark of Megatripolis fame, originally featured on Lorenzo's Psychedelic Salon podcast in October 2005.
However the original recording was a lo fi tape recording on a podcast with a low sample rate, and Mr Lens couldn't resist a cleanup job, especially as this is such a significant talk by one of the psychedelic community's most original thinkers.
Music by Nik TurnerShamanic Freedom Radio Ep 84: Sport, War and News - The unholy trinity
August 16, 2013 09:55 AM PDTIn this episode Mr Lens discusses three pieces of old paradigm cultural furniture which keep the world as it is - namely sport, war and news.
Sport is presented as a way of keeping everyone knowing their place in society, keeping people in that fiercely competitive state. War tackled as a state of human malady at every level from arguing over "not doing the washing up" to nations bombing each other. And news as a malevolent form of programming which makes grown ups say impulsively "Ssshh! The news is on!".
The podcast ends with a few minutes of Robert Anton Wilson.Shamanic Freedom Radio Ep 83: What's wrong with Aldous Huxley
August 10, 2013 01:19 AM PDTIn this 'sequel' to episode 82, Mr Lens takes one of Jan Irvin's 'malevolent secret society members', namely Aldous Huxley, and plays an interview from the late 50's/early 60's, in which Huxley is discussing the combination of intelligence and goodwill, seers and visionaries escaping from their culture, and how we have to get away from political ideologies and think of the world in a more ecological way.
Mr Lens argues that Huxley left a legacy has been positive and empowering to him personally, and there is no reason to think otherwise save for a few aggressive, coercive academics with an agenda of historical revisionism.
Are we been told this seemingly benevolent and intelligent man is part of the same evil as Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheyney and Zbigniew Brzezinski? Join in the debate and let us know.
Terence McKenna ends the podcast, talking about the archaic, and rejecting 'constipated' male dominance.Shamanic Freedom Radio Ep 82: What's wrong with Jan Irvin?
August 04, 2013 09:09 AM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens exposes Jan Irvin as a malicious man who sends abusive bullying messages to people who apparently don't do their research properly, disagree with him or dismiss his work. Having received a spate of these messages recently from Jan Irvin on Facebook, Mr Lens makes an example of him as a warning to future dissenters that they run the risk they of becoming famous for the wrong reasons. It ends with Terence McKenna describing the flaw of our cultural operating system. Shamanic Freedom Radio ep 81: Dark side of enlightenment/Bashing the hell out of David Cameron
July 28, 2013 12:09 PM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens starts of by talking about the 'dark side of enlightenment', and how the new age and the conspiracist mentalities seem to act as traps for those who escape consensus reality, and how anything resembling a spiritual path can only begin once the 'unveiling' stage has been transcended. After a musical break, Mr Lens goes red as he gets into a Max Keiser style rage, slagging off David Cameron, who is featured in this episode in soundbite form, to add more amusement to it, and not satisfied with slagging off Cameron himself, the episode ends with an unnamed American laying into Cameron for wanting to ban porn. Warning: This episode contains industrial strength bad language. And more big words to compensate. Music by the Levellers. Shamanic Freedom Radio episode 80 - Renaissance fountain of bulletproof ideas in the new paradigm.
July 17, 2013 05:41 PM PDTAfter a break of 2 years and 2 months, Mr Lens makes a triumphant return to pod land, and the focus of this episode is about ideas, and how the domain of ideas can transform reality in the new paradigm. Subjects include money, England and its low self esteem, Bitcoin, transcending ideologies and belief systems, benevolent entrepreneurs, anarcho capitalism and 'renaissance fountains' of ideas. WARNING: Has swearing. Not a sign of a limited vocabulary though. Shamanic Freedom Radio Episode 79: Caroline Chatwin & William Rowlandson at Breaking Convention, and a molologue about the England riots
August 28, 2011 08:37 AM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens plays two talks from Breaking Convention. Caroline Chatwin talks about the Psy Trance scene from the perspective of academic criminology study, and William Rowlandson bounces the perspectives of Jorge Luis Borges against Terence McKenna, and points out that the psychedelic journey is paradoxical in the sense that it is about trying to understand the ununderstandable.
Sandwiched between talks is a monologue by Mr Lens himself entitled 'England Riots, I Reflect' in relation to recent events. Other topics covered are Freeman's theory of the Obama family being clones of ancient Egyptians, and Charlie Veitch's conversion to the official story of 9/11.
Music by The Clash.Shamanic Freedom Radio Episode 78: Interview with Graham Nicholls
August 08, 2011 01:26 AM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens starts off by expanding on the previous episode's idea of wealth vs illth and how it could be used as a meme to get academics to draw graphs which could expose the effects of greed.
This is followed up by an interview with Graham Nicholls about out of body experiences. Graham has a new book out called Avenues of the Human Spirit which can be found here. What makesGraham's approach to OBE's unique is the combination of him coming from a rough working class environment rather than an academic background, and the fact that he errs towards the rational and scientific as opposed to the mystical and ineffable in his approach to what OBE's are about.
Music by Madness and David Sylvian/Robert Fripp.Shamanic Freedom Radio Episode 77: Aeolus strikes again.
July 15, 2011 04:39 PM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens starts by talking about wealth, economic growth and capitalism, and divides them into positives and negatives such as wealth and illth, benign and malignant economic growth, and virtue and gangster capitalism. The last phrase - gangster capitalism is reiterated by recordings of Terence McKenna and Neil Kramer using that phrase in Mr Lens's attempt to make it more in common use.
This is followed by a chat with Jason (Aeolus Kephas) Horsley recorded in August 2010 in Hampstead, North London. The topics mostly revolve around SWEDA - an online group - based around, in a nutshell, going into one's deepest sub and unconscious to put right deeply ingrained and embedded habits, patterns of behaviour, and to make the subconscious conscious.
Music by De La Soul and The Wonder StuffShamanic Freedom Radio Episode 76: Graham Hancock at Breaking Convention, Canterbury, April 2, 2011
May 30, 2011 02:01 PM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens begins by reading an email from regular listener Byron, and then plays a recording of Graham Hancock talking at Breaking Convention in the University of Kent, which takes us to a realm of spirits, elves, aliens and other strange entities.
One of the more profound statements during this talk is how limited Western man's understanding of prehistoric man is, because of the legal taboos concerning altering one's mind. This talk is met with a thunderous applause afterwards.
Music by Shpongle.Shamanic Freedom Radio Episode 75: Charlotte Walsh at Breaking Convention, Canterbury, April 2, 2011
May 10, 2011 06:06 AM PDTIn this first episode in five months, Mr Lens explains that his life has gone through somewhat of an upheaval, and it took some re-inspiration to get back into podcasting.
To begin with, Mr Lens talks about his recent victory against the system, Wikileaks, the royal wedding and the Osama Obama facade before playing a controversial anti royal wedding song which can be found here.
After that, Mr Lens plays a talk by Charlotte Walsh recorded on April 2 at the Breaking Convention conference in the University of Kent at Canterbury. Many topics are addressed, but the crux of the argument she puts across is freedom of religion, thought and cognitive liberty under Article 9 of the European Convention, and how it could be used to undermine the UK Misuse of Drugs act 1971, as well as other similar European legislation.
This is followed by Mr Lens's closing rant in which he talks of other gems from Breaking convention to come on future podcasts, and ends by playing a very emotional 10 minute talk by Charlie Veitch broadcast in the immediate aftermath of being detained for 24 hours for 'conspiracy to cause a nuisance' at the royal wedding.
Music - William and Kate (the anti royal wedding song) by 'englishwhiteboy'Shamanic Freedom Radio Episode 74: Dr David Luke "Energy/Conciousness duality" part 2 - questions & answers, Hampstead 19/10/2010
December 04, 2010 01:03 PM PSTThis episode is mostly taken up by the questions and answers section of Dr David Luke's talk on Energy/Conciousness duality. Music by Gong Shamanic Freedom Radio Episode 73: Dr David Luke "Energy/Conciousness duality" lecture, Hampstead 19/10/2010
November 11, 2010 12:39 PM PSTIn this episode, Mr Lens reads a few emails from listeners and gives the lowdown on the mimosa legal issue of late, thus ranting about his contempt for authorities with some more industrial strength language, not for the well to do! He then plays a talk by Dr David Luke recorded at a hall in Denning Road, Hampstead on October 19 2010. Here's the blurb: David Luke - Energy-consciousness duality: Parapsychology as a scientific mystery tradition This talk will illustrate how in the ancient mystery traditions energy and consciousness were never considered separately. In their search for the ultimate nature of physical reality, modern day physicists have finally come full circle and have had to consider consciousness in their equations, a factor more at home in the field of psychology. At the genuine confluence of both of these disparate fields is parapsychology, the enigmatic study of the marriage of mind and matter. Delving into the past, ancient wisdom will be used to illuminate the way forward for the future scientific study of energy-consciousness. Music by The Levellers Shamanic Freedom Radio Episode 72: Anti DMT Propaganda (Roamcast)
October 27, 2010 01:03 PM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens starts by reading a few comments off the podcast page, and then takes to the open heathland of Blackheath for a roamcast centred on the topic of 'anti DMT propaganda' that has been rife in the tabloid newspapers, and the overzealous nature of the authorities towards shops that sell ethnobotanicals with some rather amusing impressions of officials and authority figures! Contains industrial strength language which may not be favourable to terminally adult, uptight or constipated listeners (if there are any). Music by Robin Williamson and Shivkumar Sharma Shamanic Freedom Radio Episode 71: Bruce Damer at the October Gallery Part 2
October 01, 2010 02:13 PM PDTIn this second part of Bruce Damer’s lecture, he starts this part of the talk about virtual worlds and Terence’s adventures in 1990’s style virtual reality in the weeks leading up to his first seizure.
Bruce plays more recordings of McKenna and Tolle, focussing on a similar topics concerning how we could end all wars, famine, desease etc if it was not for the imbalance of the ego and the lack of intellectual vision, but described in the two radically different styles.
Bruce concludes by mentioning that the modern technology is having a worrying collective brain reworking of people which is causing less empathy and more ADHD, and what the implications of an iPad is, as it is at the moment an unplanned experiment.
Then it goes to questions and answers. During which Bruce suggests to Mr Lens that he put a meter on the podcast so the listeners could rate his sociopathic behaviour level!
Music by GongShamanic Freedom Radio Episode 70: Bruce Damer at the October Gallery Part 1
September 24, 2010 01:25 PM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens plays part 1 of the talk by Bruce Damer entitled “Egos, Elves and Avatars - Tools to Forge or Forego a New Earth” at the October Gallery in Holborn, London on July 13 2010. Here is an excerpt from the press release:
On this the 10th anniversary of the passing of Terence McKenna, we can now look back at his Copernican explorations of the mind with some hindsight and ask many questions: what where his voyages into deeper conscious states all about? do the machine elves really exist? how do his warnings about the current state of Humanity play out today? But perhaps the most powerful insight gleaned from McKenna's many journeys might be related to the more recent work of Eckhart Tolle and others on the Ego.
McKenna and Tolle both describe mind states in which the Ego may be sensed briefly as a separate entity from oneself, providing momentary release and the sense of exquisite presence of the unencumbered self. For Tolle the recognition that the Ego is an inner actor with an agenda is the key to the transformation of the individual and of planetary civilization. McKenna clearly describes the Ego manifesting itself within elevated mental states, providing a possibly unique opportunity to understand and deal with it then and later in normal states of mind. If this is in fact a common experience, it could, in combination with regimens proposed by Tolle and others, give us a vital new tool to forge a New Earth.
Damer will bring into this mix the newly pressing issue of Humanity's increasingly intense exposure to technology, especially digital screens, and how that may be affecting a planetary change in mind state . Loading more of our selves into avatars, social networks, and endless update/interrupt streams may be dissolving or may be enhancing a species consciousness millions of years in the making. The future of us and our world is at stake in this giant unplanned experiment.
Bruce Damer is a visionary technologist and humanist who may be found farming with his partner Galen Brandt in the redwood forests in Northern California and occasionally trekking along back roads into adjacent Silicon Valley. His work for twenty five years has been in innovative human-computer interfaces: in the 1980s bringing graphical user interfaces to the PC platform, in the 90s pioneering work in virtual worlds inhabited by avatars, in the 2000s creating 3D mission visualizations and designs for NASA, and in the 2010s creating a simulation framework to study the origins of life on Earth. Bruce's 1999 project with Terence McKenna brought virtual worlds into Terence's reality and led to Bruce's interest in the inner virtual worlds and avatar-like inhabitants experienced by Terence himself:
More about Bruce's life and work at http://www.damer.comShamanic Freedom Radio Episode 69 - Could every 9/11 be used as a day of positive sorcery? (Guest: Aeolus Kephas)
September 11, 2010 09:28 AM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens rants about recent overzealous treatment he received from the security staff at Gatwick Airport, and points out that even if one does not fully buy into the 911 truthers, it still doesn’t stop the official story being full of holes. Rather than go into the ‘911 was an inside job’ routine, Mr Lens then comes up with an idea of what the countercultural community could do in the name of gathering outside the officially sanctioned criteria every September 11, and how it could be used for benevolent sorcery on one hand because it could be a networking day for alternative people, but also could be used to ‘lure’ riot police as to demonstrate to straight people how 911 has been turned into a day of tyranny by the authorities rather than a day of remembrance.
Aeolus Kephas joins the chat, talking about how his view of the world was particularly apocalyptic leading up to 911, and that 911 was a positive day because it was a ‘tear in consensus reality’, but in the long term, consensus reality became more restricted. Aeolus also theorises that 911 may have been a ripple back in time from a more apocalyptic event in the future. Also mentioned it Neo’s (Thomas Anderson’s) passport in the matrix expiring on Sep 11 2001 (the film was released in 1999).
Check out Aeolus Kephas’s podcasts by clicking here. After the chat with Aeolus, Mr Lens goes into depth about how Cass Sunstein (one of Barack Obama’s ‘Czars’) wishes to make it illegal or taxable for people to harbour other opinions about such events as 911. Mr Lens points out that if there really is no conspiracy, then the apparent conspirators would not feel the need to stop people thinking there was, so are they confirming the conspiracy?
Other “guests” include George W Bush, Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobi and Barack Obama!!
Music by Gong.ShamanicFreedomRadio 68: ARC Convention Discussion Panel part 2
June 03, 2010 02:16 PM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens announces that this is the last podcast until September. He plays the concluding part of the ARC panel discussion, which focuses mainly on history including Trojan war, and how history may have been distorted to fit an agenda, justification for the use of the word Celtic, and the historical origin of the words Celtic, Gnostic and Vandal. Biblical history including Jesus castrated as a Nazareen, and his disciples as eunuchs, Adam and Eve, the Arthurian legend, ancient Egypt in depth relating to the primeval Adam as an androgynous character, the ages of Taurus, Aries and Pisces and the religious implications, the Aria as a the original Irish, a prophecy of a future ‘Diana’ goddess, etc. After the talk, Mr Lens reads an email by Byron, which focuses on Star Trek, and Gene Roddenberry’s , left field progressive ideas despite his military background. Music by Herbie Hancock. ShamanicFreedomRadio 67: ARC Convention Discussion Panel part 1
May 26, 2010 05:02 PM PDTShownotes to follow shortly. ShamanicFreedomRadio 65: Interview with Doug Lain of the Diet Soap podcast
May 13, 2010 03:14 PM PDTIn this installment, Mr Lens chats to Doug Lain of the Diet Soap podcast. This tangental yabbering goes all over the place and covers much ground, varying from alien abduction, abstract expressionism, Doctor Who as a shaman(!), the media, politics, time travel, Philip K Dick, Terence McKenna etc. During the talk Doug gets interrupted because a rather special parcel arrives for him. Mr Lens decided not to edit this out. Music by the Rolling Stones. ShamanicFreedomRadio 65: Interview with Tony Wright part 2/Mathhew Holbrook's Beltane poem
April 28, 2010 03:14 PM PDTIn this installment, Mr Lens starts off by playing an excerpt of last years Beltane podcast featuring Matthew Holbrook reading his Beltane poem. This leads into the concluding part of the interview with Tony Wright, co author of Left In The Dark. Music by Ozric Tentacles ShamanicFreedomRadio 64: Interview with Tony Wright part 1
April 14, 2010 04:02 AM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens starts by having a rant about the doomsayers in the truth movement, and the fact that there is a lot of stifling flakiness in the general alternative perception crowd. Could this be because we all have half of our brains missing?!
This segways nicely into the guest on this show, Tony Wright, co author of the book ‘Left in the dark’. He has a theory that our brains have become neurodegenerative since we left the tropical rainforests approximately 200,000 years ago, and that we may be starved of certain foods - flavonoids, endocrine disrupters, MAO inhibitors, certain fruits and nuts etc - which may have been responsible for making our human brains grow to the size they are today. His argument is that as a result of us severing the connection with a set of plants we may have symbiotically co evolved with, our brains have failsafed into one side dominance causing right or left handedness, left brain dominance, delusion and dysfunction. He is currently promoting the controversial theory to academics, who assume the human brain is in perfect working order, that in fact the brain is not fully functional, and that everything which has happened in the age of civilisation has happened in an era of brain dysfunctionality.
The second part of this interview continues in the next episode. To find out more about Tony’s work and order a copy of the book, click here.
Music by Led ZeppelinShamanicFreedomRadio 63: Equinox Drumming at West Kennett Long Barrow
March 30, 2010 10:47 AM PDTIn this episode Mr Lens starts by reading an article in Schnews about the possible cancellation of Strawberry Fare in Cambridge this year, and the over zealous police agenda concerning festivals since the Big Green Gathering issue last year.
After this it’s over to Matthew Holbrook for his latest Spring Equinox poem, followed by a lot of drumming (and a digeridoo too) recorded on the eve of Equinox in West Kennet Longbarrow. Mr Lens uses the same venue for a bit of roam cast monologuing a few days later before it’s back to the studio.
Music by David BowieShamanicFreedomRadio 62: Trans operating system podcast
March 16, 2010 02:39 PM PDTIn this episode, Mr Lens attempts to record himself on the same file opened in Mac OSX 10.6, Ubuntu Linux and Windows XP. Ubuntu and Mac are successful but Windows XP makes Mr Lens come out at twice the speed! This experiment is to demonstrate that we now live in a time where you can run 3 operating systems on one computer and manipulate the same file in each, though it is buggy and clunky and somewhat in its Beta stage. He talks about how much computers have advanced in the last 40 years and there are still things that are in their infancy stages on computers with lots of potential.
As the show draws to a close Mr Lens talks about a squat party he recently visited.
Music by The Damned and Julian Cope.ShamanicFreedomRadio 61: Nutt & Gnosis
March 04, 2010 02:03 AM PSTIn this episode Mr Lens apologises for the computer problems which have delayed this episode and thinks of this time as a death and rebirth for both himself and his computer! In the time of hanging up the anthropomorphic personification of Opaquelens, Mr Lens had a bit of time to rediscover himself over the last three weeks.
One of the themes of this podcast is Professor David Nutt. Mr Lens reads out an email from 10 Downing Street in response to an epetition to reinstate David Nutt. A bit later in the programme, Mr Lens plays a couple of interviews with Professor Nutt.
During his break, Mr Lens guested on Carlita’s Sailing Beyond Knowledge podcast, where he spoke about his ‘second matrix in crowd’ gripe. He elaborates on this now to point out that back in the day when he knew nothing about the contemporary psychedelic community, he was having direct gnosis when it was legal to buy mushrooms in Camden, and if anything, the present psychedelic ‘in-crowd’ seem to be repeating a few usual human patterns rather than transcending them.
Music by Harry Belafonte, The Levellers and Ozric Tentacles.ShamanicFreedomRadio 60: Andy Roberts Part 2/Imbolc Special
February 09, 2010 05:35 AM PSTIn this installment, Mr Lens plays the remaining 20 minutes of the questions and answers session with Andy Roberts. During this bit it’s clear that Andy does not think any entities you’d meet whilst tripping have any bearing in this reality, and seems to dismiss them as illusions. After that it’s the latest poem by Matthew Holbrook, celebrating Imbolc - the mid point between winter solstice and spring equinox.
Mr Lens talks about Imbolc for a while, and what it means to him to feel the ‘pre spring’ hopefulness in the air. He wraps up by announcing that due to feeling a tad uninspired, the podcast will have a three week break, as he attempts to free himself from the ball and chain.
Music by Ozric Tentacles and Weather Report.ShamanicFreedomRadio 59: Andy Roberts at the October Gallery Part 1
February 01, 2010 04:06 PM PSTIn this installment, Mr Lens sounds happy and on form again, especially as he has been back to the October Gallery to record a talk by Andy Roberts of the Fortean times on 26/1/2010. According to the blurb Mr Lens received in an email:
“Andy [Roberts]'s book, Albion Dreaming: A popular history of LSD in Britain (Marshall Cavendish, 2008) was born from a desire to chronicle the history of this intriguing drug. Andy's talk, illustrated by powerpoint and DVD takes you on a history picnic to sample everything from the drug's arrival on these shores in 1952, through the medical and military experiments, the counterculture, to the sad death of Albert Hofmann. It is probably the only talk on LSD in which you'll hear the words of the Reverend Ian Paisley.”
Mr Lens cannot resist an impression of Ian Paisley which causes distortion on the microphone. It’s worth hearing this podcast for that alone!
Music by Neil Young.
Previous guests include Rupert Sheldrake, Neil Kramer, Graham Hancock, Bruce Damer and David Icke.