Contact high? Listen to Jungian Perspectives on Psychedelic Consciousness with Drs. Monika Wikman and Alexander Shester!

Monika Wikman, Ph.D. was my guest on episodes #372 – Exploring Holotropic Breathwork, #344 – Archetypal Phenomena Surrounding Death, #286 on Jungian Active Imagination and #235 – Using Alchemical Archetypes in Jungian Analysis. She is a Jungian Analyst and author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness (2005) and a chapter entitled Sophia’s Dreaming Body: Night Sky as Alchemical Mirror in the book The Dream and its Amplification (2013), along with various articles in Jungian psychology journals. Monika obtained her BA from UC San Diego and her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, where her research took her deep into the study of dreams of people with terminal cancer. After teaching graduate students at California State University, Los Angeles, she graduated as a diplomat from the Jung-Von Franz Center for Depth Psychology in Zurich. She lectures and runs retreats locally and internationally on Jungian depth psychology, dreams, myth, and alchemy. Along with her partner, Tom Elsner she hosts a non-profit project under, The Center for Alchemical Studies.

Alexander Shester MD bio is as follows:
Medical School – UC San Francisco, 1971
Psychiatric training – UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, 1978
Analytic training – C.G. Jung Institute, Los Angeles, 1990
Past president of the San Diego Society of Jungian Analysts
Experiential shamanic practices x 25 + years

Areas of specialization:
1) Cross cultural healing practices, Vision Quests
2) Shamanism and its practice in modern culture including working with practitioners
3) Psychedelic studies and experiences – Ayahuasca and its analogs, Peyote, Iboga, Psilocybin, LSD, San Pedro cactus,
DMT, Toad (5-MEO-DMT), cannabis
4) Ecopsychology; Jung and the Natural World
5) Music and the Psyche
6) The Men’s Movement – working with Robert Bly, Michael Meade, James Hillman, Robert Moore, etc. (1980’s-90’s)
7) Psychopharmacology
8) Lecturer and workshop leader on the above topics

Psychiatric practice emphasis – outpatient treatment of various Affective Disorders including severe depressions, bipolar disorders, panic disorders, various anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD

Current practice – retired, musician of Americana, rock, country, bluegrass and Old Time Appalachian music genres.
Now writing a book about all of the above
Cultivar of cactus and succulent gardens

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