10 December 2008 @ 03:11 pm
paintings by A l e x a n d r e   S e g r e g i o
Excerpts from Enlightened by Hoasca :: Enchanted Journeys with the Sacred Tea
by Annelise Schinzinger
from the Issue No.78 of Shaman's Drum magazine, 2008
Countless moments of ecstatic joy, sublime bliss, and cosmic "ah-has" have punctuated my trajectory with Hoasca. However, it is the deep, transformative inner work facilitated by the tea that I have come to appreciate most, and that I want to highlight in this article. This plant teacher has an uncanny ability to focus attention on aspects of our lives that are ripe for growth and healing. It has certainly helped me face and transform negative personality traits and habits, such as self-doubt and blame.
Looking back now, from my present age of fifty-two, it seems like lifetimes ago that Hoasca helped me overcome a debilitating eating disorder. During my early twenties, I suffered from bulimia. It was painfully obvious that I needed to put an end to my destructive cycle of bulimia - and that it was up to me to do so. But I needed a reason and an awareness far greater than my myopic self, in order to break my addiction. I found it ironic that the spiritual group I was drawn to in Brazil uses a sacrament that prompts purging as a form of psychospiritual and physical cleansing. It didn't take long before I grew disgusted with the correlations between my purging in sessions and my vomiting at home.
In a few sessions, Hoasca had managed to instill in me a deep appreciation of our ultimate interconnectedness and a deep reverence for the sacredness of creation, compelling me to have more respect for the living earth and myself. Hoasca also helped me see that my behavior was an offense against nature, and I was struck with the need to assume full responsibility for my thoughts and actions. The profound psychospiritual insights facilitated by the tea, as well as my newfound appreciation of our Divine nature, made it possible for me to face and heal my eating disorder.
I have learned that the spiritual state of consciousness facilitated by Ayahuasca empowers us to confront and shake loose the shackles of self-defeating beliefs, and to reprogram our behaviors so they are conducive to personal and planetary health. The tea functions as a truth serum par excellence, helping us face our inner demons and the probable consequences of our addictive behaviors. By bringing memories of traumatic experiences into consciousness so that they can be relived, the tea heals and transforms the emotional defenses that underlie our imbalances and addictions.
This sacred tea has the amazing ability to take us on transformative journeys through unresolved past experiences. Sometimes it invites us literally to get under another person's skin and experience that person's feelings. For example, a friend who had betrayed his wife told me that he had experienced merging with her being and feeling the agonizing pain that his actions had caused her.
Hoasca engenders a profound sensibility that helps us connect to all creation and that seems to awaken our compassion and concern for the welfare of others. As we learn to trust the expanded state of consciousness and the exquisite sensitivity that is induced by the tea, we are able to surrender ever more deeply, allowing us to shed layer after layer of protective armor until we discover a fresh, untainted being underneath.
Working regularly with Hoasca helps us become aware of and grow familiar with the transcendent nature of consciousness. Many times, I found myself, and even the entire group, in an all encompassing field of clear light. Once, in a small ceremony held on the banks of a tributary in the Amazon, I saw a marvelous being of light, and I was transfixed by her wisdom, beauty and clarity. She appeared as a feminine presence who knows all and who has full access to everything. She taught me that consciousness can access everything - past, present, and future - in the timeless now, allowing us to be present in one time or another, all depending on our focus.
One obstacle to becoming more aware and present is that the Western mind has been conditioned to focus on the finite, material orientation of reality, thus emphasizing our physical manifestations. We have created the illusion of the primacy of time in order to facilitate consensus reality. In contrast, Hoasca opens us to other realities by facilitating our access to other realities by facilitating our access to past lives and future occurrances.
One of the marvelous transpersonal experiences afforded by the tea has been the gift of experiencing Gaia as a sentient living being - and as an extension of myself. Hoasca is sometimes referred to as a "religion of feeling," because it opens us to the realm of feelings, enabling us to sense and feel more deeply. By engaging the senses, it not only primes the body to experience colors, scents, sounds, textures, and tastes more fully, but also helps us open and attune in subtle ways to the Divine presence inherent in our bodies. Over the years, I have been given many opportunities to embody Gaia - both in her feminine glory and in her pain.
The first time I experienced Woman as an embodiment of Gaia was on the wedding day of close friends, celebrated in a session in Sao Paolo. In an expanded state of consciousness, I experienced the awesome, pristine, virginal beauty that suffused Gaia's paradise of forests, rivers, and waterfalls before the heavy-handedness of humans upset the balance. I was invited into the sacred place accessed through the inner garden of Woman, and I was shown that it is the portal to Gaia's womb.
During that session, I realized an old truth - that the human body is the temple of our consciousness in physical existence - and a new truth - that as guardian of the womb, the source of creation, the woman is the guardian of this treasure. I was shown how women are given the responsibility of embodying and taking care of this sacred garden, the chamber of creation, and how it is a blessing for spirits to be invited to dwell in the garden of creation with Love.
10 December 2008 @ 01:45 pm
Your task is not to seek for Love,
But merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
.: R U M I :.
If God's secrets are unknown, don't despair.
Behind the mystery-curtain is a love-affair.
.: H A F I Z :.
I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.
.: D a w n a   M a r k o v a :.
Ours is a religion of Love,
and yet it is not a religion
in the way that you understand religion.
We do not do our practices in order to come to realize God,
but rather we accept the Unity of God first
and then everything follows from that
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
Those who have awakened live in a constant state of amazement.
My religion is simple; my religion is kindness.
.: H.H. the D A L A I   L A M A :.
Ultimately what we're touching is the invisible, all-pervasive Intelligence that surrounds us and penetrates us. It is grooming us to be able to tolerate its splendor. It can't just reveal itself openly because we would be forfeited; we'd never know what hit us.
.: T e r e n c e   M c K e n n a :.
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paintings by T o m   P e r k i n s o n
gratitude to K a l a   W r i g h t
05 December 2008 @ 12:20 am
d r e a m
30 November 2008 @ 09:36 pm
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"The shaman seers of the Fourth World generally agree that those who tenaciously cling to the past will fall into mass insanity. The serpent power of the Aquarian Age is upon us. The Kundalini of Gaia is about to awaken. No one can avoid being affected. Most human beings may go out of their minds; others will go beyond mind."
— John Hogue
17 November 2008 @ 05:04 pm
May You Soar In Peace
10 November 2008 @ 02:07 pm
10 November 2008 @ 01:57 pm
Art by Dennis Konstantin
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TRUST * TRUTH
Trust = Totally Receiving Unconditional Support Today
Truth = Touching Reflections of Unlimited Totality & Holiness
03 November 2008 @ 11:20 pm
Painting by Alex Grey
(( big gratitude to both visionary geniuses ))
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may you channel the cosmic yearning
of a million frustrated hearts
whose trembling frustration with a malignant government
have succumbed to the loss of democracy
at the hands of exploitative power elite
may you bring democracy back to the people
may you bring the vision to the future
may you be the voice of 21st century transformation
as we walk away from old paradigms that no longer serve us.
may our opportunities expand
towards sustainable alternatives and healthy environments
towards healthy communities and compassionate foreign relations
may our country be an example
of our highest ideals of equality, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness
may we walk boldly into the future
where paradigms of prejudice are as quaint as crinolines and horse'n'buggy
may we walk boldly into the future
with our vision set upon the seven future generations
may we walk boldly into the innovative future
emboldened with our genius creativity allowing sustainable technologies
to create dramatic pathways forward toward whole planet wellness.....
may we be blessed by your coming
and the footsteps of thousand generations coming
behind your trailblazing vigor
in all love and gratitude!!!!
BARACK THE CASBAH!
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03 November 2008 @ 11:06 pm
art by KA
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As foretold by the ancient prophecies of many indigenous peoples, we are now living in the tail end of this current world age era. As huge cosmic cycles are aligning and shifting, all life everywhere is affected. Upon the backdrop of complete uncertainty, relentless challenges and unfathomable universal sufferings, the Light is pouring into the inner domain of all willing souls. For those receptive beings, a new dimension of awareness is dawning - we are collectively awakening to a divine remembrance of who we are in our true nature as cosmic beings; warriors of love, truth, compassion and humble empowerment. This remembrance is the medicine our species needs to heal the dysfunctions and errors we have incarnated as children on this sacred earth. This remembrance is landing upon our planet, emanating throughout our universe, and catalyzing the illumination of our human consciousness and actions. This remembrance is guiding our journey of redemption, evolution and transmutation into our highest potential as awakening beings.
.:. 13 Moon .:.
03 November 2008 @ 12:03 am
30 September 2008 @ 12:16 pm
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"Let me remind you who you really are: You are one of the chosen ones. You're a luminous being. A primordial miracle. A resplendent avatar. You are a deity in disguise--not a Buddha or a Christ, but of the same lineage and made from the same mojo.
I want to be sure you get what I'm saying. You're an immortal messiah. You have been around since the beginning of time and will be here after the end. Every day and in every way, you're getting better at playing the mysterious master game we all dreamed up together before the Big Bang bloomed.
Let me put it another way. You're a rebel creator longing to make the whole universe your home and sanctuary. You are a dissident bodhisattva joyfully struggling to germinate the seeds of divine love that are packed inside every moment.
It's time to remember. You are a shimmering burst of spiral hallelujahs that has temporarily taken on the form of a human being, agreeing to endure amnesia about your true origins. And why did you do that? Because it was the best way to forge the exquisitely unique and robust identity that would make you such an elemental force in our 14-billion-year campaign to bring heaven all the way down to earth.
You and I are freedom fighters scrambling and finagling and conspiring to relieve all of our fellow messiahs from their suffering and shower them with more blessings than they know what to do with. "
......::::: Excerpt from Pronoia by Rob Brezsny ::::::......
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