It's All Happening Podcast

IAH – Episode 57 – David Jay Brown

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The mysterious, wondrous, fastidious and prolific David Jay Brown stops by the IAH podcast to discuss his new book “Dreaming Wide Awake” which deals with the very real phenomena of lucid dreaming. In the true spirit of Davids long standing role as one of the great psychedelic gnostic wunderkinds we cover much more than that. I’ve known David for the better part of 30 years and our conversation took on many twists and turns starting with a sort of nostalgic but necessary recap of the modern expansion of consciousness movement and all it’s players since the 60’s. We talked about all the great notables that we had the honor of knowing and why looking deeper is just as important in 2016 as ever before. Also, David’s new book helped shine much needed light on a lot of the floatation tank work that I’ve been doing as of late. This was truly a pleasure and I hope there will be more in the future.

INTRO RANT – (long) a trip down memory lane in LA and a look at the new anti-intellectualism movement that is unfortunately gaining steam

David Jay Brown (born 1961) is an American writer, interviewer and consciousness researcher. Brown has studied parapsychology, and the effects of psychoactive drugs. With parapsychologist Rupert Sheldrake, he studied pets and people who apparently anticipate events. Brown has served as a guest editor for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and he has published many interviews of prominent thinkers.

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    September 3, 2016 at 1:42 am

    This conversation is so fascinating. I am getting Mavericks of the Mind for my daughter. She went to Mysteryland on the holy ground of Woodstock earlier this summer. And she did Shambala BC when she stayed with us in Portland. It’s a new Woodstock Gen. The whole ‘shroom, acid, etal experience. Because I had wanted a Timothy Leary guide in my first experiences in the 70’s, we provided a safe place for her first time at our home so she could feel safe and guided and free. Love to you both! Much to consider in this podcast.

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    stacy Burk
    September 3, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Zach, I love you! I love your podcasts, your insights, and your voice is like a salve on the wounds of the world.
    So, I must comment on your opening monologue in this podcast and ask that you open your heart to some facts.
    Please don’t lump those of us who question the safety and efficacy of vaccines into the category of “anti-intellectual”. Please don’t use the term “anti-vax”. That is a divisive label foisted upon us to make us the “them” or “those” who are separate from the “we”. No one I know actually calls themselves anti-vax. It is derogatory and limiting. We want the freedom to make our own decisions regarding vaccinations. My children are completely vaccine free and I have never judged or labeled anyone who has chosen differently as a “vax-nut” or other term to create the illusion that we are somehow separate in our quest to do what we feel is best for our children and ourselves. This is a sticky, ugly issue right now thanks to the draconian laws that are being driven by politicians who, like modern day Casey Jones’ are drivin’ that train high on Big Pharma Money! Freedom, free will and the right of informed consent or dissent is our God given right as human beings and as Americans. Please, please, please dip your toes in a little deeper and listen to what is going on right now. There is a huge CDC scandal of destroyed evidence linking vaccines with Autism and over 10,000 documents provided by a senior CDC scientist to prove it. Watch the movie Vaxxed (, listen to the stories of the millions of families around the world whose children have been permanently injured by vaccines with no recourse because Big Pharma is immune from litigation in regards to the damages their vaccines cause. And all we want is the freedom to make our own choices regarding these injections, not to destroy the government (although that is tempting…;).
    My husband and I are Cannabis growers and medicine makers, we love entheogens and the incredible experiences that are possible when our minds are open and alive. It is because our minds are open and alive that we have made many alternative choices for our family. Lastly we are Dead Heads and believe strongly in Jerry’s sentiments of “Leave me alone, so I can find my own way home!!” We are not “anti-vax” we are pro freedom, pro love, pro kindness. Thanks for your time my friend, and if your travels ever find you in San Luis Obispo please let me know! I’d love to meet you and hear that sweet voice in person! Much Love, Stacy Burk

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