Ancient Wisdom Today podcast host Shaman Durek is familiar with an "ecology of souls", as Terence McKenna once put it, which reside in realms often confused with fantasy and myth, belonging to an authentic lineage of shamans from the Yoruba tribes of Ghana and having also undergone thorough initiation rites including the biggest of them all. Hence he speaks with authority and wisdom but undeniable light-heartedness and great compassion.
Amy Venner-Hamdi is a successful businesswoman, having co-founded the "Superfoods" company Purium with her ex-partner David Sandoval, and now spearheading initiatives to elevate women in the world in part through her book Women on the Rise and the Million Mom Movement. She also tells her story growing up afflicted by acute acne and how this sent her on her path to greater health through better nutrition.
Brandon is prompted by a listener's message to elaborate on the theme of his last daily episode (#798) about surrendering personal preferences for a greater purpose that may be as yet unrevealed. This time he gets the opportunity to add subtlety to the subject and clarify that going with the flow does not mean sitting around waiting, just as it doesn't mean forcing things.
Allan Morelock is a published author and poet, and he is also a teacher and an energy healer who has been aware of his identity as a spiritual being since very early childhood in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee. In this episode he relates this formative event that triggered his realization, gives his take on current wordly events and offers insights into the subtleties of this global awakening process.
Brandon has been highly impressed by the writings of Michael A. Singer, having referenced and recommended his book “The Untethered Soul” several times and now, having just finished Michael’s book “The Surrender Experiment”, is motivated to talk about the concept of ignoring our personal preferences to allow instead for life's natural course to unfold, which in Michael's case resulted in attaining the ultimate flow state and extremely inspiring results.
Ingrid Fetell Lee specializes in connecting the experience of joy with its aesthetic and visual dimensions, which has led her to publish the "Aesthetics of Joy" blog, a recently-released book titled "Joyful" and a TED talk with over ten million views. In this episode she tells Brandon what role design and visual arts played in her background, and how factors like bright colors and sunlight in our environments all contribute to our experience of daily life as either joyful or draining.
Erica and her fiancé Bryan, who last accompanied her on the show back in June 2018 (#705) dedicate a full episode to meditation, a topic that ought to have great relevance to listeners of this show for good reason: it is a deep, healing and profoundly transformative practice that in one way or another forms the foundation of a person's spiritual development.
Erica reads from the book "The Kybalion" which was published at the dawn of the 20th century and is all about the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus and his Seven Hermetic Principles, which underlie not only the legacy of his wisdom but perhaps the very nature of reality itself.
Sarah Nehamen and Melissa Eliyahoo share passions and similar interests in design, entrepreneurship and spirituality, and together they developed a business based on a water bottle sticker that is helping to subtly elevate the vibrations of thirsty drinkers in a fun way, thanks in part to the principle of "water memory".
Erica takes the reins and is inspired to talk about confidence, starting with the beautifully simple synchronistic review at the top of the show, and on through authenticity and subtle awareness of the language we use as part the discussion on the broader subject. She also shares an Abraham-Hicks clip titled "Confidence is Worthiness".
Dr. Reed Tuckson is a physician dedicated to health beyond the merely physical who found his way to the life work of Korean spirituality and longevity pioneer Ilchi Lee, in particular his most recent book I've Decided to Live 120 Years. Needless to say, many concepts implicated herein are related to listeners familiar with meditation, yoga, and in particular Tai Chi and other Eastern-philosophy-aligned practices.
This episode features an excerpt from "The Psychic Explorer" by V. Van Dam, an older and little-known but very interesting book that ought to intrigue (P)Heads and which Brandon has referenced and read from occasionally. Here he reads the "Message from the Sun" that is part of a series of channeled messages from celestial bodies which closes the book.
Brandon discusses some interesting ideas that have not been touched upon often, like the fact that our expectations may subtly influence others more than we realize, how we get caught up in our own assumptions about those expectations and how this all can be turned around and used to our advantage, by inspiring us to act with deliberate confidence.
Ili Lagos is a special education teacher, writer, musician, metaphysical junkie and self-professed manifester. Hear her talk about her work with troubled children, the podcast and the community of listeners surrounding it, and how it helps like-minded people across the globe connect with each other and with empowering teachings like those of Abraham-Hicks, Brene Brown and others.
Chris Jackson returns after his last episode with Brandon (#746) from early August, and takes the chance to talk about everything related to "becoming a Heartist" which he has referenced before but now explores in greater detail, discussing aspects of this modality like aligning with expectations and intentions, and properly contextualizing beliefs.
Kalyn Nicholson has over a million followers on YouTube and appears like other fashion-aware and media-savvy internet sensations, but she also has great candor and curiosity about psychology and the nature of human relationships. In this episode she talks with Brandon about being honest with her intentions behind the content she publishes, how she uses meditation to deal with the anxiety-inducing aspects of her world, and more.
The inspiration for this episode came in part through the musical artist Volo, who submitted their music to be played on the show and gave Brandon the idea that things which are life-enhancing, constructive and "meant to be" tend to flow with the energy of ease, non-resistance and joyously detached, creative manifestation. He also shares an Alan Watts clip on the "power of trusting the Universe".
Brandon relates several synchronicities that have "rippled out" from his most recent daily episode (#783) like the quote from American writer Hunter S. Thompson, a post from recent guest Koko Kercher and the band Modest Mouse, and more. He also shares a memorable speech from Charlie Chaplin's movie "The Great Dictator" that was shared a long time ago on the show.
Tim Trottman is another (P)Head with quite an active presence on the Facebook closed group of podcast listeners—he is also partnered up with fellow listener and spiritual seeker Tom Steensma recently, and together they make regular contributions to the group and elsewhere. Tim is a keen mind interested in probing the secrets of ultimate reality and sharing his discoveries with other like-minded seekers.
Brandon leans on a quote for inspiration today—Hunter S. Thompson recommending living life more like a wild rollercoaster ride than a museum visit—and he offers his own take that this process is a dance between working with, playing with and delegating to the largest part of our selves, which we commonly call The Universe at large. This episode also features a clip from Alan Watts titled "Let it Happen by Itself".
Kim Fiske wants to get to the truthful emotional core of situations and people, with powerful nonjudgmental awareness, and though in this episode you will hear her talk about our childhood selves and monsters, "mental blood hounds", "reticular activation systems" and other concepts that may sound amusing or odd, the emotional core of authenticity behind them is undeniable.
Erica answers a question from a listener pertaining to death and crossing over—specifically, premonitions concerning the soon-to-be-departed that this person experiences. Erica offers her perspectives which clearly include the ultimate nature of reality, time and the fact that our experiences are multi-dimensional, layered and nuanced.
Erica takes over today and in turn gives the reins over to Sonya Sophia, who naturally was at Burning Man 2018 recently, offering her EFT or "tapping" services to many Burners and (P)Heads, and in this episode she also conducts a tapping session to help the global spiritual community connect and coalesce in love for one another and the planet.
Corey returns to the (P)Head Posse series as he felt called to share his experiences at Burning Man 2018 and what they meant to him. He is active on the Facebook (P)Heads group regularly and is a collaborator in the production of the show as well.