How much change do you think you can handle? If it were possible for our species to experience a planet wide shift in consciousness, would we accept or resist this? Would the uncertainty of what the change would mean be too much for us, or would we put that fear aside and believe that it would be for our own good, and the good of our planet?
I have a suspicion that there is so much more available to us as individuals, as a species, and as an ecosystem, than we experience right now. In general our ability to incorporate new ideas and ways of being is incremental and slow, even though that seems to be accelerating over our lifetimes.
But while the speed of life is ever-increasing, and the development of new technologies and enhancements to our lives relentless, so much of the change they bring still seems to be harmful to this planet we live on, and brings disconnection rather than bliss.
I have a suspicion that we may come to a point where crisis, such as a climate crisis, or a mental health crisis, makes it much easier for us to consider the option and awaken us to the possibility of completely different ways of organising, being, and understanding.
Perhaps this is not quite the subtle disruption that is the theme of most episodes of this podcast, but it is the work of my guest for this week to help wake up humans from the confines of their current limited perception.
Jeffrey Slater calls himself an ‘innerpreneur’: a term he coined to describe the work he does in helping people transform themselves from the inside, and then allowing this to manifest externally through their businesses.
He is an author, speaker, and thought-leader who has shared stages with many a famous person and has his own success in business. He has also followed a spiritual path of meditation, self-help and inner transformation. But what he found during this process was that there was still something missing. Something that only seemed to open up to him through the assistance of the shamanic and consciousness opening plants.
According to Jeffrey there isn’t a billionaire alive that has not gone through an ayahuasca ceremony – a process of purging and opening that is millennia old. A process he thinks more of us need to go through to break through the manipulations and facades we are fed and believe as part of a daily existence.
This episode will not be for everyone, but I encourage you to keep an open mind and see how what he says sits with you. After we finished our recording Jeffrey also mentioned that ayahuasca is something that is not to be taken lightly – that the type of Sharman to approach is somebody who has done this kind of thing 1000 times before.
I personally have not gone through such a process, and cannot vouch for it either way. What I am fascinated by though is what is available to us as humans, and what we are deliberately or unconsciously blocking from coming into our way of being. I have had glimpses in the past as to what is available for us if we are willing to do the work, and to let go of the things around us the prop us up. I think the possibilities are profound and within reach, and I am curious about the different ways of accessing them.
Jeffrey speaks openly and freely about his ideas, and I hope you enjoy our conversation.