We cover Groundhog’s Day, the meaning of Shamanism, herbal medicines, symbolic practices, and bringing Shamanism into your daily life through mindful traditions. Michael Peter tells us of how he entered this field through his family history and business of undertaking and his first trip to Macchu Picchu. The importance of Nature and its creatures is discussed as is the use of hallucinogenic plants and trance states.
February 2 is Groundhog’s Day, Candlemas and Imbolc. It is also known as a cross-quarters because it is half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. At this time of year one can clearly see that the days are getting a bit longer.
On January 19, 2016 Kate Valentine and Fahrusha were pleased to welcome Kathleen Marden, who is currently heading MUFON’s experiencer investigations. Marden is the niece of two of the most famous abduction experiencers in US history, Betty and Barney Hill. She, with Stanton Friedman, chronicled their story in the book, Captured, The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience. This book has been optioned for a movie.
Kathleen Marden has written another book, The Alien Abduction Files, with experiencer Denise Stoner. She was the recipient of MUFON’s 2012 “Ufologist of the Year” award.
We talk in depth with Ms. Marden about her research into alien abductions and experiencer reports.
Errata: The author and book that slipped Fahrusha’s mind was John A. Keel and the Mothman Prophesies. Apologies to the late Mr. Keel, as we here at “Shattered Reality Podcast” are big fans.
On January 12, 2016 Kate Valentine and Fahrusha were honored to welcome Dr. Guy McPherson of the archived radio show “Nature Bats Last” to Shattered Reality Podcast. Dr. McPherson is a conservation biologist who has written numerous books, including most recently: Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind (with Carolyn Baker), Going Dark, and Walking Away From Empire: A Personal Journey.
This episode may be disturbing to many, because our guest causes us to consider the annihilation of homo sapiens and other species due to the ravages that civilization has wrought upon the biosphere of our dear Mother Earth. This conclusion does not arise from one single cause but a variety of contributing factors at play including burgeoning population, temperature rise, methane release, burning of fossil fuels, nuclear meltdowns and death of the oceans to name a few. It is quite important to listen to this, especially if you are a person who is deferring your joy to a time in the future when you believe things will be better for you. NOW is the best time, it is always now, so don’t postpone happiness.
“If you really think the environment is less important than the economy, try counting your money while holding your breath.” ~ Dr. Guy McPherson
We conclude this episode with a listener experience written by Adriana and narrated by Fahrusha. Adriana has had two major episodes of bi-location and one out-of-body experience, all in her native Romania.
Near-death researcher and experiencer P.M.H. Atwater explains the ins and outs of the near death experience to Kate and Fahrusha. What are the aftereffects of the experience? What different types of experiences are there? Some people go for prolonged periods without breathing but suffer no brain damage. Often experiencers report seeing religious figures from a religion other than their own. Unpleasant experiences (hellish) are reported but are not necessarily considered “bad” but rather instructive or helpful.
P.M.H. Atwater is the author of a number of excellent books. The book on which we focused in this episode was: Near-Death Experiences, The Rest of the Story, however she is a prolific author, with many other worthwhile titles to her credit.
We here at “Shattered Reality Podcast” welcome your feedback and suggestions as well as your accounts of paranormal experiences.
In November 2015 Kate Valentine and Fahrusha welcomed Todd Robbins of Investigation Discovery Channel’s True Nightmares to “Shattered Reality Podcast”.
Fahrusha has known Todd for at least 25 years. They have worked together at many events. She was both happy and surprised to learn that he was hosting a new TV program featuring bizarre but true stories that could definitely keep you up at night due to their uncanny and grisly nature. Clearly he was a natural for “Shattered Reality Podcast”.
Todd Robbins is a magician and side-show artiste who had a very successful Off-Broadway show called Play Dead written by Robbins and Teller of Penn & Teller. He is great at eating lightbulbs and hammering huge nails into his brain via his nostrils. 🙂 Todd is quite simply one fascinating guy.
On 11-3-2015, Greg Bishop joined Kate Valentine and Fahrusha for a lively discussion about his book, Project Beta, the Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth, and other UFO related topics. Greg is the host of the popular internet radio show Radio Misterioso on Kill Radio Los Angeles. Paul Bennewitz was a brilliant electrical engineer who observed unusual phenomena in New Mexico near Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia Labs. He believed this aerial phenomena was UFO related. The Air Force Security personnel did nothing to discourage this and in fact fed him disinformation and lies to bolster his beliefs. This led to him being put into a mental institution and entirely ruining his life. Kate and Fahrusha also discuss the general nature of the UFO phenomena with Greg and wonder out loud why many people in the paranormal field have had a childhood interest in sleight-of-hand magic. There is more. Be sure to listen and post your thoughts.