With Amber Lyon
Experiential journalist Rak Razam meets Amber Lyon, an Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist, author, filmmaker and former CNNi correspondent. After CNN censored her report on the Arab Spring in Bahrain, she went public. Described by Wikileaks as an important "whistleblower", Lyon discovered the healing power of psychedelics and healed her own PTSD after experiencing ayahuasca in the Amazon and psilocybin in Mexico. She has since founded Reset.Me to provide journalism on natural therapies for depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD, addiction, and other health conditions, and strives to help expand consciousness and enhance spirituality and well-being by continuing her work as a "psychedelic whistleblower" to the mainstream. Here, these two leading "consciousness journalists" discuss psychedelic and shamanic culture, the unprocessed trauma behind the need for healing, and journalism's role in examining the deeper issues behind the headlines.
As mainstream press like NYT, Marie Claire and the like report on ayahuasca, can integral journalists help communicate the spiritual world to everyday audiences and win the War on Consciousness? Can we encourage each other to "come out of the psychedelic closet" to our friends and family to deepen our community and accept these substances? Is there a danger of Big Pharma commodifying psychedelic substances as a "soma" as they are integrated? What is the correct place for shamanic medicines in western culture? If we hit the RESET button, can we reprogram ourselves? For more information, visit: Reset.Me
Originally aired on: Jul 1, 2014