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Plant Medicine by the Fire (Dr. Tom Garcia)

  • Episode #2

Host Melissa Deal and shaman Tom Garcia explore his Native American heritage, plant medicine, and fire ceremony as a path to awareness and healing.

Welcome to Consciousness Explored. This show dives deep into topics like the relationship between the brain and consciousness, ways to expand our consciousness, and the impact that our understanding of consciousness has on the quality of our daily lives.

Dr. Tom Garcia is a shaman and wisdom keeper living in the mountains of Durango, Colorado.

“I’m coming out of the closet about [plant medicine] because it’s on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the therapeutic arena.”

— Tom Garcia

Dr. Tom Garcia is a shaman and wisdom keeper living in the mountains of Durango, Colorado.

After 30 years in the chiropractic profession, he understands that the mind creates the conditions expressed in the body, and the need to heal the mind.

As a coach, guide, and teacher, Tom shares a way of living that comes from a practice of deep listening, ceremony, and the sacramental use of mushrooms.

He creates safe, sacred space that frees people to do the deep work to reclaim the memory of who they truly are. His clear guidance and gentle presence leads them past self doubt and uncertainty to clarity and peace.

Tom’s relationship with fire-expressed in a ceremony of beauty and power-draws people into the light of their own wisdom, authenticity, and deep purpose.

Meet Melissa Deal, the passionate host of Consciousness Explored. Melissa’s journey has been one of perpetual learning and teaching, fueled by an insatiable curiosity and a deep-seated love for personal development.

From a young age, Melissa found solace and inspiration in books, sparking a lifelong affair with the written word. Growing up in a cult from the age of seven, she navigated challenges with resilience, finding refuge in the world of literature and knowledge.

Throughout her diverse professional endeavors – ranging from drilling fluids lab tech to dance teacher, business owner, group fitness instructor, copywriter, podcast writer, and production manager – Melissa’s core desire to create, write, and teach remained unwavering.

Consciousness Explored serves as her platform to delve into the realms of neuroscience, spirituality, and emotional intelligence. Through her podcast, Melissa aims to empower others on their journey of growth and self-discovery, drawing from her rich tapestry of experiences and her unwavering commitment to helping others reach their full potential. Join Melissa on a transformative exploration of consciousness, where every episode is a step closer to unlocking the boundless potential within us all.

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Tom Garcia’s website:

Host: Melissa Deal
Producer: Cynthia Lamb
Assembled by: Michi Lantz
Audio Editor: Marvin del Rosario
Executive Producer: Danny Iny
Music Soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

Music credits:
Track Title: Travel The Emerald
Artist: Alsever Lake
Writer: Adrian Dominic Walther

Track Title: Inner Peace
Artist: Moments
Writer: Adrian Dominic Walther

Track Title: To Be Known
Artist: Adrian Walther
Writer: Adrian Dominic Walther

Special effects credits:

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Consciousness Explored

It seems that if we want to understand consciousness, we must explore it. If you are a seeker, interested in personal and spiritual growth, this is the podcast for you. In each episode, host Melissa Deal and her guests share their personal awakenings of consciousness and key expertise on the subject. And from these explorations we gain a deeper understanding of the human experience and unexpected insights into the human mind.