In this special episode, Dr. Daniel talks with Andrew Jasko M.Div (MA Counseling Psychology in progress). Andrew was a Princeton Seminary educated minister and missionary before he left his religion because of the severe psychological trauma he experienced as a result of toxic beliefs. He initially rejected religion and spirituality entirely, but then had an unexpected awakening to mystical experiences through psychedelics, meditation and other practices. Unlike many "deconstructed" Christians, Andrew ultimately found a way to embrace non-physical planes of consciousness without wrapping them in a religious context.
Our conversation covers a lot of ground, from religious trauma syndrome and childhood hell indoctrination to the use of psychedelics to assist individuals in releasing oppressive, fear-based religious ideas and reclaiming a healthy, authentic connection with spirituality.
LINKS REFERENCED IN THE INTERVIEW
Andrew Jasko's website:
Book a Discovery Session with Andrew to learn about coaching: https://innerfreedomsession.as.me/
The Conference on Religious Trauma
The Sinners Prayer for Grief Recovery?!
Recommended books on religious trauma:
Leaving the Fold
Breaking Their Will
Grief and God: When Religion Does More Harm Than Healing