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Moses and Hallucinogens: Plant Spirit Shamanism From the Bible

Moses and Hallucinogens: Plant Spirit Shamanism from the Bible The worldwide media interest in Benny Shanon's paper about Moses and entheogens, is encouraging us to take a good and hard look at the roots of religions and the notion that they were...

 

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The Importance of Plant Knowledge | Singing to the Plants

The Importance of Plant Knowledge | Singing to the Plants | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it

How important is traditional plant knowledge in the Amazon? According to a recent study among the Tsimane’ in Amazonian Bolivia, each standard deviation of maternal ethnobotanical knowledge increases the likelihood of good child health by more than fifty percent. And the study raises the question: What will be the cost — to the Tsimane’ and other indigenous peoples — if such ethnobotanical knowledge is lost? Read more by author Stephan Beyer PhD....

 

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On Magic, Shamanism, and Listening: The Collective Unconscious of C.G. Jung

On Magic, Shamanism, and Listening: The Collective Unconscious of C.G. Jung | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it

“If we open our eyes, if we open our minds, if we open our hearts, will find that this world is a magical place. It is magical not because it tricks us or changes unexpectedly into something else, but because it can be so vividly and brilliantly.”--Chogyam Trungpa


When I was a child, I longed for magic: actively, forcefully, wistfully. I spent thousands of hours reading books about witches and wizards and fairies and everyday objects endowed with supernatural powers, I read about kids who time-traveled or fell into other dimensions or discovered secret portals to other lives. I always wanted to be one of those characters from the story, happening on magic that would transport me from my problems, my boredom, my malaise (French translation: being poorly-at-ease) with life. As I grew older, I stopped believing...

 

Our ancestors had far more contact with magic. They lived life closer to nature, a force larger than life. They saw themselves as an intrinsic part of a pattern that happened around them and to them and in them and through them, an ongoing dialogue with equals. Rather than placing themselves above the objects we see as inanimate, everything they saw and experienced in the physical world was a endowed with the life force... (Click title to read full post)


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The History of Shamanism: A Brief Overview of Shamanism, Part 1

The History of Shamanism: A Brief Overview of Shamanism, Part 1 | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it

In this paper, I will explore the history of shamanism along with the origins of the word shaman. I will identify varying definitions of what it means to be a shaman and explain some of the different roles that a shaman may carry out. I will identify how some shamans have lost their roles through the development of political/social stratification. I will also examine how it is that one becomes a shaman and have a small dialogue with regard to schizophrenia. To begin, we will delve into some of the history of shamanism along with a derivation of the word ‘shaman.’

 

History of Shamanism

Shamanism has been part of history for quite some time, but that does not necessarily mean that there is agreement within the academic community as to when shamanism began. According to Walsh (1996), “Paleolithic art from Europe dated to over 17,000 [years] ago and from South Africa dated to 25,000 years ago appear to show shamanic practices” (p. 96). However, the earliest known archaeological record of a shaman excavation was from a burial site in... (Click title for more) 


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Consumption of ayahuasca by children and pregnant women: medical controversies and religious perspectives.

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In 2010, the Brazilian Government agency responsible for drug-related issues formulated official Resolutions that categorized the consumption of ayahuasca by pregnant women and children in the Santo Daime and União do Vegetal ayahuasca-based religions as an "exercise of parental rights." Although ayahuasca groups do enjoy a relative degree of social legitimacy and formal legal recognition in Brazil, the participation of pregnant women and children nevertheless continues to provoke heated discussion. This article raises the main issues involved in the public debate over this subject. In the first part, a diverse group of biomedical and health specialists was consulted, and their opinions were briefly analyzed. In the second, a full interview with a follower of one branch of Santo Daime, mother of four children who took ayahuasca during all her pregnancies, and whose children all drink ayahuasca, is presented. Her interview reveals important cultural parameters of ayahuasca consumption. The article explores common themes and contradictions found between the biomedical, anthropological, and ayahuasca-users' discourses. It raises central issues regarding the limits of freedom of religion and the state's right to interfere in family matters. The following analysis also has implications regarding the role of science in influencing policy decisions on drug use.


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Plants perform molecular maths

Plants perform molecular maths | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it
Arithmetic division guides plants' use of energy at night.

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Sakis Koukouvis's curator insight, June 30, 2013 6:58 AM

As if making food from light were not impressive enough, it may be time to add another advanced skill to the botanical repertoire: the ability to perform — at least at the molecular level — arithmetic division.

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Plants are so incredible!!!
robyns tut's curator insight, October 14, 2013 1:08 PM

This is an interesting science piece. You can research how this happens and whether research is going into learning how to replicate this in other objets.

-Tanah

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ScienceShot: Shhh, the Plants Are Talking - ScienceNOW

ScienceShot: Shhh, the Plants Are Talking - ScienceNOW | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it

Because light, touch, and chemical "smell" were ruled out, the team proposes that the finding points to a new type of communication between plants, possibly involving nanoscale sound waves, traveling through the dirt to bring encouraging "words" to the growing seeds.


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Spirituality correlates to better mental health regardless of religion, say MU researchers

Spirituality correlates to better mental health regardless of religion, say MU researchers | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it
Despite differences in rituals and beliefs among the world's major religions, spirituality often enhances health regardless of a person's faith, according to University of Missouri researchers.

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David Perry's curator insight, May 24, 2013 1:38 PM

Good news! The problem is some people's idea of religion is moving forward on automatic pilot without developing their own spirituality.

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Psychedelics in Unlocking the Unconscious: From Cancer to Addiction - Gabor Mate

Complex unconscious psychological stresses underlie and contribute to all chronic medical conditions, from cancer and addiction to depression and multiple sclerosis. Therapy that is assisted by psychedelics, in the right context and with the right support, can bring these dynamics to the surface and thus help a person liberate themselves from their influence. Special focus will be given to the speaker's experience in treating addictions and other stress-related conditions, both with aboriginal people and in non-indigenous contemporary healing circles. This work has been done under the guidance of indigenous Peruvian shamans and their Western apprentices.


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Jerónimo M.M.'s curator insight, September 19, 2013 6:24 AM

Well worth a listen

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Ditsöwö Tsirík: The Way of the Seed

Ditsöwö Tsirík: The Way of the Seed | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it

This is the journey of a people created as seed by Sibö (God) who resisted the Spanish conquest; their steps prove that their stories are not just myths, but a living history of struggle. This documentary invites you to get to know their word and their lives. Four Bribri-Cabecar sit down to talk about the resistance in Talamanca; the theft of their land, medicine, minerals and their balance, a way of life that is trying to be erased by a sick and devalued society. Hopefully they will be able to recover the Tsirík: the underlying mission of these people, chosen by Sibö to care for life, the secret of their survival, and the shield against alienation–the Guide to rediscover their path as seed.


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Fourteen Years of Clinical Research with Ayahuasca - Jordi Riba

Fourteen Years of Clinical Research with Ayahuasca - Jordi Riba | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it
http://psychedelicscience.org Help us caption and translate this video on Amara.org:‪ ‬http://amara.org/v/CbC2/ Fourteen Years of Clinical Research with Ayah...

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Conversations on Compassion: Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher and author

Conversations on Compassion with Dr. James Doty and Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher and author hosted by CCARE at Stanford University on February 12, 2013.

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Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, June 27, 2013 2:06 AM

Compassion opens many doors inside our heart, and it's the way for joy and peace.

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EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people

EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it
Pharmaceutical companies would need to compensate indigenous people for using their knowhow in creating new medicines

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The Roots of Medicine & Healing: Shamanism from Korea - Maui Weekly

The Roots of Medicine & Healing: Shamanism from Korea - Maui Weekly | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it
The Roots of Medicine & Healing: Shamanism from KoreaMaui WeeklyThe Roots of Medicine & Healing: Shamanism from Korea will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 9 pm at The Studio Maui in Ha'ikū.

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Universal Shamanism: The Japanese Context

Universal Shamanism: The Japanese Context | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it

One thing is certain: wherever humans went, so too did shamanism.

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I dare say the world is no longer waiting for "shamanic christianity" as it can be found in the syncretic practise of Santo Daime, a fusion of Christianity and Amazonian shamanism.

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How One Becomes a Shaman: A Brief Overview of Shamanism, Part 2

How One Becomes a Shaman: A Brief Overview of Shamanism, Part 2 | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it

How One Becomes a Shaman

Given the seemingly differing opinions on the history of shamanism and the definition of a shaman, there seems to be substantially more agreement on the process by which one must undergo to become a shaman. According to Merchant (2006):

 

The ‘call of the spirits’ to the shamanic vocation is experienced as a serious and disturbing psychological phenomenon early in life (often at adolescence) and this initiatory illness is interpreted as a (mostly unsolicited) calling, which is not only experienced as a destiny/fate but is articulated in these cultures as an election by the spirits. A strenuous and difficult initiation follows, involving altered states of consciousness, dismemberment imagery and death/rebirth phenomena. (p. 133-4)

 

The candidate is not fully recognized by their cultural group as a shaman until they are able to demonstrate their abilities of mastery over the spirits and communicate with them to acquire information for the purposes of healing (Merchant, 2006). Metzner (1998), like Merchant (2006), referred to a process where the shaman-to-be has visions in which they see themselves being dismembered...(Click title for more)


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AYAHUASCA: SANTO DAIME

The Use of special plants to induce altered states of consciousness has been documented since the dawn of civilization. In South America many indigenous trib...

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Lorenzo Amnio's curator insight, March 12, 2013 8:12 PM

muito controverso...vegetalismo!

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Literary Review: ‘The Religion of Ayahuasca’ by Alex Polari De Alverga

Literary Review: ‘The Religion of Ayahuasca’ by Alex Polari De Alverga | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it

Originally published in 1999 under the title ‘Forest of Visions: Ayahuasca, Amazonian spirituality, and the Santo Daime Tradition’; this edition, published under the new title ‘The Religion of Ayahuasca – The Teachings of the Church of Santo Daime’, came out in 2010. The author, Alex Polari De Alverga, tells the story of his own experiences with Santo Daime, alongside the history, and his relationship with, one of its leading members Sebastião Mota de Melo.

 

 

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72 years together: The couple who died holding hands

72 years together: The couple who died holding hands | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it
After 72 years of marriage, Norma and Gordon Yeager died within one hour of each other — and were buried in a single coffin

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Facebook sweat lodge, the online resurgence of native spirituality - Canada - CBC News

Facebook sweat lodge, the online resurgence of native spirituality - Canada - CBC News | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it
Once banned by federal Indian agents, and forced to be held under the cover of darkness, drum dances and sweat lodges are making a comeback, Waub Rice writes. Particularly online where an activist generation is making new plans with the old ways.

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I see it happening in the US as well with the resurgence of native spirituality online.
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Ayahuasca, broken down and described

Ayahuasca, broken down and described | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it

Ayahuasca is any of various psychoactive infusions prepared from a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as B. caapi...

If I had to choose a single substance for society to base its civilisation around it would be ayahuasca, not LSD and certainly not Alcohol.


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Happiness At What Price?

We received a secretly-recorded audio clip from a closed-door session of a recent Global Industry Summit. The subject was speaking about recent advances in neuro-marketing…

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Jon Freeland Clayton's curator insight, September 24, 2013 2:49 PM

 They target our minds in order to steal our happiness,which is the cornerstone of our true power as awakened activists. Yet a true heart, grounded in love, is immune and impenetrable to tactics of scarcity, fear, and deceit.

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Indigenous rights are the best defence against Canada's resource rush

Indigenous rights are the best defence against Canada's resource rush | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it
Martin Lukacs: First Nations people – and the decision of Canadians to stand alongside them – will determine the fate of the planet

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Soul Spelunker: The Archetype of Spirit

Soul Spelunker: The Archetype of Spirit | Spirit Medicine | Scoop.it

What we colloquially call the human "spirit," is among the archetypes of the unconscious. Jung says the spirit archetype usually appears in dreams as a "wise old man," who gives "decisive convictions, prohibitions, and wise counsels" (ibid.). Sometimes, it appears simply as "an authoritative voice which passes final judgments" (ibid.). It can appear as a ghost of a deceased one, or even as a "grotesque gnomelike figure or talking animal" (Jung 215). These spirit-figures are not always morally good. Jung says they often show "signs of duplicity" (ibid.).


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Spirit Child

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Generations of disabled children in Northern Ghana have been murdered because they're believed to be possessed with evil spirits.
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