This is the crucial moment for our species, and we have to give it everything we've got. Ayahuasca is moving out in the world and making new covenants.
From the author: TeaFairie "Ayahuasca is a jungle spirit, but she's a space-faring spirit as well. She's as futuristic as she is archaic. She knows everything. She's not some kind of a country bumpkin that gets confused by them-there city folk. She talks to you in whatever terms you have in your head. If your background is in jungle mythology, she might give you a giant anaconda. But if your background is in science fiction, then she'll give you Shai-Hulud, the sandworm from Dune. And maybe this is partially the same image, I don't know. But I know that when I asked the plants what I should talk to you about here tonight, they said that I should talk about founding the Jedi Temple."
A study by Adina Racoviteanu, Todd Ackerman, Mark Williams, William Manley of the Department of Geography and INSTAAR, University of Colorado, INSTAAR and LTER Niwot Ridge, Quaternary GIS Lab, INSTAAR
An excerpt from the study:
Recent discoveries of high-altitude ceremonial sites and human sacrifices in the Andes brings about the question of why these ceremonial sites were located mountains peaks at altitudes often up to 23,000ft.High-altitude archeologists believe that rituals were meant to appease the “Apus”(Andean Mountain Gods),held responsible in Andean beliefs for rai, water sources and fertility of the fields.While the rituals themselves seem to be motivated by abrupt past climatic events or natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions,other hypotheses suggest that the location of these sites was linked with the expansion of the Inca Empire,or the canal system used for irrigation by the Incas.While these hypotheses can explain the location of a few ritual sites,there is currently little understanding of how and why the Incas chose these locations to perform their ceremonies at such high elevations.This paper attempts to fill in some of this gap in the understanding of Inca culture by using geo-visualization tools to infer spatial and temporal patterns of these archeological sites.
BLOG: The Path of the Sun blog has been featured on Typepad. It is a compelling documentary film and blog by artist, anthropologist, photographer and filmmaker exploring shamanism and whether the knowledge and wisdom of its practitioners can better our lives and enhance our well being. The blog itself is a fantastic resource, designed to be provide information on shaman, shamanistic practice, ritual and concepts as well as a source to follow the happenings of the film.
The International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS) is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of ethnobotanical knowledge and its applied practice in the interest of the intellectual, practical and spiritual advance of society. Our aim is to marshal the forces of ancient indigenous ethnobotanical knowledge and modern therapeutic practice in the search for new directions in the evolution of contemporary society.
A documentary film by Wade Davis Anthropologist and Ethnobotanist.
Excerpt from Top Documentary Films:
There’s something about the inherent tolerance of Buddhism that is inherently attractive. It's totally non-judgmental.
There’s no notion of sin, there’s no notion of good and evil, there’s only ignorance and suffering. And this is the most important thing, it places all emphasis on compassion; you do not embrace negativity. Buddhism asks the fundamental question: What is life and what is the point of existence?
Wade Davis goes on an anthropological and spiritual journey into the Himalayas of Nepal to learn the deepest lesson of Buddhist practice.
Hasta el momento, no tenemos ningún estudio especializado en la situación jurídica relacionada con el consumo y el comercio de Ayahuasca en Colombia, a diferencia del caso brasilero, de Europa y de Estados Unidos. Esta nota pretende introducir tres fuentes primarias sobre el tema, en la espera de que puedan incentivar la realización de investigaciones en la materia.
"A shaman is singled out by spirits in animal or disembodied forms and survives a critical wound or illness that demands isolation from his fellows for a period of healing—a period that is in reality a process of changing his attunement from society to the new spiritual world. The shaman is called apart, and in this retreat, he is granted his power vision that determines his life’s work." WILLIAM IRWIN THOMPSON
Researchers at The University of Reading have identified ground-breaking information from the world’s flower and tree population that could have a huge impact on global health.
The results revealed that not only did researchers find examples of very closely related plants being used independently as medicines in different parts of the world, they also discovered they were being used to treat the same ailments.
There have been many misconceptions about the nations of people who first roamed what is now called the United States. Is a shaman a medecine mand and what does this mean? What is a spirit guide and what is the ghost dance? And who are some of the great spiritual leaders of our proud native american heritage?
In the wake of the recent tragedy at the Shimbre shamanic center in Peru, this article entitled "You Can't Call 911 in the Jungle" calls for a risk management plan for Ayahauasca centers.
In the jungle, you might be hours away by boat from medical services that may be less than optimal for many medical emergencies. In fact, you may be days away from even an ill-equipped local medical center.
Ayahuasca, or spirit vine, is the key ingredient in a plant mixture that shamans of the Amazon have used as a psychotropic healing method for centuries.
Soundwalk Collective’s Stephan Crasneanscki has attempted to film the unfilmable: the trip through the subconscious that begins with the ayahuasca ceremony. The film is not just a literal scene of the ceremony. It actually takes the viewer through the experience of the ceremony.
The major premise of the documentary The Path of the Sun is that indigenous culture, shamanistic practice, wisdom and knowledge learned through 1,000's of years of human experience and observation as expressed through the ceremonial and ritualistic practices and belief has value to us in the 21st century.
The Jungle prescription is a documentary that tells the story of several drug addicts and their medical doctors Dr. Gabor Matte and Jaques Mabite and others who use Ayahauasca and shamanic ritual to treat their patient's addictions and look at ayahauasca as an alternative treatment to fialed treatments used in the west.
What does it mean to be human and alive? The thousands of different cultures and languages on Earth have compellingly different answers to that question. "We are a wildly imaginative and creative species," declares Wade Davis, and then proves it with his accounts and photographs of humanity plumbing the soul of culture, of psyche, and of landscape.
The threat to cultures is often ideological, Davis notes, such as when Mao whispered in the ear of the Dalai Lama that "all religion is poison," set about destroying Tibetan culture.
The genius of culture is the ability to survive in impossible conditions, Davis concludes. We cannot afford to lose any of that variety of skills, because we are not only impoverished without it, we are vulnerable without it.
The Q'eros identify themselves with the ancient Inka. Living in stone huts much as they did for 100's of years the Q'eros consider themselves the keepers of knowlede and still practice the ceremonies and rituals as they have done since the times of the Inka Empire. CRG working with National Geographic hae tied to take genetic samples form the community to find out through science if whe the Q'eros say is genetically valid. The Q'eros have refused stating that they know whe they are.
The concept of Ayni is central to the thought and way of being in the Andean Cosmovision. It is a systm of reciprocity and allowing a community to not only live in harmony with mother nature (pachamama), but also within the community.