In my last blog post I wrote about a trip into the world of make belief where there is an extortion of the senses through machinery, mass consumerism and the peak of commercial culture this writing described my experience going to Orlando FL and the amusement parks I visited as an invitation to join a family trip.
Well this time I would like to write about another trip, this time I would like to talk about a journey to the opposite side of the spectrum a deep travel with in. Into the deepest parts of the psyche, the mind, the intellect, unconsciousness and complete consciousness, a journey into nature and the soul of the elementals.
I would like to start out by recalling the evening of this sacred medicine ceremony. I arrive with my partner with the intention of making this experience a healing blessing for us. I take a walk around the area to get a sense of the place, I notice a beautiful place where there is a sand altar, it forms the silhouette of a woman’s womb, a sand heart in the center and above a sand circle resembling a round pregnant belly, to the bottom of the heart, into the matrix of the womb is where the nights fire will burn.
People gather into their appropriate place of sitting, men are seated with men and women seated with women. Facing each other across the fire like mirrors of opposite reflections, with the purpose to learn from our differences.
I proceed, receiving a powerful sinus cleanse of powdered herbal medicines they are inhaled, following a super sharp sensation of clarification and sedation of the prefrontal cortex (the planning brain) an instant opening of the third eye (the pineal gland) this herbal snuff immediately guides me into tuning inwards.
I start preparing the ground of the mind by invoking the sacred yogic mantras of meditation calling a stream of undisturbed continuing consciousness.
After this initial preparation we are each called on to drink the prime elixir, a blend of master healing herbals, decocted and sweetened with honey making a powerful and strong concentrated medicine for the mind and soul.
I return to my place of sitting. During meditation I feel the tea searching my stomach (this tea is an emetic and a purgative) meaning it cleanses and detoxifies the body of unnecessary pollutants by inducing vomit. Thank fully I fasted, nothing in my stomach to throw up.
Half an hour later, feeling the effects of the medicine a sense of relaxation invades me inspiring me to lay down to simply relax. I allowed my self to feel what I was feeling to not resist the fact that at this point I was the first one in the circle to lay down, I accepted my vulnerability and I did not take it as a weakness rather an honor and deep sense of listening to my body, not fighting with nature but working with her.
I felt like a child being lulled by a mother as I heard the sacred medicine chants and songs embedded with deep meanings about our connection with nature, songs of love, songs of peace, songs of the old ones, songs of the new ones, songs of the warriors of light, ancestral protectors, and the expressers of sacredness.
These sweet songs emanated from the female goddess Shaman’ess leading the vision quest and her group of lady angel helpers, it was such an honor to be in the presence of such divine female energy, supported and surrounded by the divine male medicine grandfather’s and brothers, gatekeepers and the fire keeper that also held space for this remarkable event.
My mind then began to produce the most wonderful inner visions similar to depictions of visionary artist Alex Grey. Images that words may not be able to describe accurately. It was not all visions all the time. In addition I also embarked on a very reflective processes that guided me to review my life and interpersonal relationships. A type of psychotherapy it was!
A child began to cry, yes there was children with their mothers. This ceremony was not only a medicinal communion but a celebration of life in all its stages, of parenthood and of the new generations to come. As this child cried I felt the primal cry of a young being getting to know life. I felt the pain he experienced as when longing for something.
He made me remember myself as a child and it took me back to a moment where I cried uncontrollably like that child, my memory gave me the answer of the reason to why children may cry like this at times besides being hungry, cold, ill or any other physical reason. I clearly recalled the melancholy that comes in the early years from missing the existence prior to the physical life.
I remembered and felt my Mothers embrace and her nurturance as she tried to bring comfort into the pain, it was the only way that a feeling of safety would return. Eventually the baby ceased and quiet returned.
There was a moment of complete synergy and synchronicity. Now the energy of the circle was so strong and harmonious. I envisioned a sort of energetic fountain in the inner screen of my mind each person around the circle was a pillar of the fountain and what would shoot out of each individual was a stream of multicolored light spilling out of each persons crown chakra forming a collective torus. There was complete serenity and boundlessness with everyone.
All of a sudden CRASH like a glass breaking the peace, I heard a person screaming profanity, loud and horrendous words. For a moment she caught everyone’s attention almost making it unbearable, we asked her to calm down, and to be in peace because we were praying and meditating, she began insulting the tradition of the medicine and accused us of being substance addicts, she said that she knew what real medicine and religion was and that we were all a bunch of maniacs practicing evil.
The fire keeper asked us to remove our attention from her and to focus on the fire, we continued singing healing songs even more powerfully than before to send her love and compassion. It then became apparent that attention feeds energy, when we took our attention into the songs she had no body to fight with.
The oppression, and the Ideas that get embedded into peoples minds to immediately judge an ancient, sacred, indigenous, native tradition and to overthrow it with the thinking of superiority " my way is the real way, your ways are the blasphemy " this thinking has encroached so many cultures around the world. Destroyed customs from peoples with important insights of wisdom from multidimensional spheres of existence.
The persecution of thousands of years continues to this day. This lady made me think, like her there are many. She is a reflection of the sickness of the majority of society, these are the victims of a toxic system that is inundated by pollutants and DNA altering chemicals in the environment, food, air, water, household, everyday products, and everywhere by now. People ingest this poisoning into their biological organs, through different means, dis-ease slowly creeps up and shows up as this type of not fully understood illness. Contaminants not only of matter but also of the mind acting out of violence, threatening us completely taken over by perceptions that did not even truly belonged to her. Hypnotized under the imprisonment and dependence of synthetic white collared patented meds. A soul in pain, all we could do for her was to prey and for all the others who have been cut off from the knowledge of their true selves.
Thankfully she disappeared from the scene after forcing her husband out of the ceremony exerting her extreme need to dominate and to subjugate. We later learned that she was suffering from bi - polar disease. She had agreed to sit with her husband through his healing process though she was not going to take the tea elixir because of her indifference and possible interactions with her medications.
After that horrible experience, I saw beings of the underworld, they were all different some looked like dragons and others like a blend of dogs and crocodiles. Their colors were dark, and had big teeth as they shifted forms.
I did not fear them. I understood that they too are part of the picture; just as the lady who had left she had a place in teaching us something. These beings do exist and have a role to play. They may not be the most desirable but a purpose they have.
I saw the contrasts of the luminescent colored beings and the somber, opaque beings. Both dancing in opposite flows like a yin, yang ball in synergy.
Visions changed one after the other it was like being in Disneyland and shifting themed parks, but it was all happening with in the holographic screen of my mind. An organic, natural virtual reality it was.
After that I began connecting with different people who have been in my life, I thanked each and every one of my relatives and relations for having been there for me. There was this particular case in which I found liberation from the past. I received a very special message and slipped into a state of wholeness.
I was able to look through the fire Into my partners eyes and feel understanding and gratitude for this person, a deep sense of appreciation of the extraordinary patience, compassion, and loving tenderness that this person offers me at all times. It is as if the divine it self was manifesting through his form to offer me the polar opposite that I need for balance.
As the night progressed there was many more learning’s to undertake.
In the morning I looked up into the sky, there was something uneasy about the sky, that I had not experienced during my travels while I spent my time outdoors and camping, where the sky was always clear from human activity. In this case there was much commotion, such as a helicopter that would not seize to surround the area, circling us almost as if it was curious to know what was happening and maybe even eves dropping through high tech surveillance equipment? There was jets and sky vehicles, flashing by pretty often, also some other objects that to me seemed like sky spiders. I am not sure what they were, maybe it was those drones people are playing around with? Ugh... not a nice feeling, I felt like I did not want to continue entertaining these thoughts. I said to myself maybe they are looking at me from up there and I am looking at them from down here and we are looking at each other, coexisting and sharing a reality from opposite sides of the spectrum. Like my visions in a " symbiosis" of polarity. So be it.
I removed my attention from the above and looked back down at the center of the gathering. Every thing was bursting with colors now appreciated by the morning sun. I could see the rainbows of flowers and crystals around the altar shining brightly, the flashy decored headpieces of feathered crowns.
I admired the beauty of the Shamaness and her helper family of young ones, mothers, and father's as they modeled the new, inspired by the old, cosmic, galactic, earth culture. Together at the fore front of the ceremonial circle, each one of them show casing something special and complex, an array of beaded necklaces with powerful symbols of geometrical patterns, totem animal images such as those of a jaguar, an eagle, a humming bird and the myriad of feathered hand fans used for cleansing auras. The scene reminded of an ancient past being relived in a modern present.
At one point a red cardinal bird was fluttering around and perched on a tree nearby, gazing at the feathered humans in silence for a few minutes, as if recognizing the origins of the feathers, he began calling out his morning song.
The arts of the indigenous traditions on people’s wardrobe created so much beauty to admire, my eyes were delighting in a form and color orgasm. I gazed upon Heaven on Earth. I always dreamed of living like this and here I was. I felt like this was an initiation on my path towards my dream life.
I could not help to notice that everything I had done in my life had lead up to this moment. I knew that this was not a casualty; I embraced the medicine leaders with awe and inspiration for a brilliantly attuned future. There’s a saying that you must know where you came from, to know where you are going and I knew in that moment that it is my path to follow.
A path towards: earth, body, mind and soul medicine. Through the sacred sacraments of medicinal elixirs that sprout from the womb of the heart of the mother earth, through her magic she connects us into the cosmic Internet of consciousness of the heart of the sky, father spirit.
At this time it was time to receive the glory of the morning grace with our final round of communion with the Cactaceae plant family of therapeutic, biological, curative compounds. At this time the Shamaness asked us to rise up to salute the sun, she sprinkled cedar into our hand, for us to make an intention and to later throw it into the fire for the universe to receive. She asked us to remain up and to not loose our cedar.
As I stood there trying to complete the task of staying up and not loosing the cedar, I felt a ray of heating light penetrating down on me from the Sun beaming into the crown of my head permeating my whole body. In complete ecstasy, I dropped down to my knees I trembled with a surge of Prana life force, now enlightening my entire nervous system, I looked at the cedar and made my own rule ... to sprinkle it all over my body and shower with it, in divine bliss! There was no way I could wait any longer! From my knees I dropped back and laid down to find the light blue sky above welcoming me with the serenity and the quietude that lifted me even higher into insurmountable union with all that is.
I then gazed at the movement towards the dancing treetops, with their gentle sway, a responsive reaction to the blows of the wind, expanded my senses to not only see, but to feel the interactions of life happening through me. I saw the trees looking down on me with that great patience that characterizes these living breathing, peaceful beings.
I have been studying the wave spell mayan calendar and in that moment it all became relevant. I am the hand of healing, love, and of nurturance with the electric tone of service seeing the connections where many don't. My divine challenge and gift is the navigation of synchronicity, the Earth, and orientation. In order for me to transcend my limitations, I must be aware and bring my attention to the now, trusting my individual process, increasing my attention span in order to magnify the impact of my intuition and wisdom of my healer nature to manifest fruition.
What does this experience of manifested mind through the medium of master plant organic compounds mean? If we look at their function they ease the way to achieve and to experience a window into nirvana, though the journey will have you encounter all the paradoxes of reality, good and bad, it hosts a portal for us to see into our highest selves and to understand the role we are playing in the web of life.
How can these practices of shamanic medicine serve the birthing of a permanent culture?
If you think about it peoples disconnection from nature stewardship comes from an idea of separateness, from the Idea that nature is inanimate (not endowed with life or spirit) with this plant spirit therapy you can see that nature is animate there is a community of life that is always interacting and making the richness of life possible, today this life is being threatened, endangered and many species extinct, do to the monopolization and the high jacking of resources in the name of commodities and profit .
Only in the undivided notion of all of us being part of a whole can we be impulsed into caring enough to wish to protect the innocent ones, the ones without voices, the animals, the plants, the environment. To attain a state of transcendence from the limited self, extracts you from the illusion of separation, the necessity for you to become a caretaker of your sisters and brothers of creation lies in plain sight. You become one, one with the land and one with the spirit. This is enlightenment.
Our Divine Feminine Spirit is to the right and the Divine Masculine Spirit is to the Left resembling the right and the left hemispheres of the brain. Heart of the Earth, Heart of the Sky.
We are the child of this union and it is us, who will channel this communion through permaculture, caring for the earth, creating resources rather than exploiting them, caring for the people, integrating rather than segregating, turning problems into solutions and all the principles and practices that permaculture teaches us, to learn from the use of sacred plants and spirit sciences so that we can perceive beyond our limitations to become the representatives of the cosmos and the biosphere to know the way of the way-seer, so that we may know how to steer our selves, families, and communities in the face of climate change and resource depletion. Instead we can dive into a future of abundance, justice and love for all.
A new paradigm is at the door waiting for us to open our arms and embrace it ! Lets do it.
I hope you can join me in our upcoming Permaculture Design Course to learn more.