Category Archives: Shamanism

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 For what follows is a ”short collection” of narratives and explorative’s  from around the globe of viewpoints, experiences, both cultural and personal perspectives.

The crossover point to the realm from which this aspect of physicality is structured, is accessible through varied methods and disciplines of which some are here described, emotional, spiritual healing are a matrix of being, it is apt to describe such quests as seeking knowledge and true wisdom   – Maccy

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The Cosmic Serpent – DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

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Extract: The symbol of the Cosmic Serpent, the snake, is a central theme in your story, and in your research you discover that the snake forms a major part of the symbology across most of the world’s traditions and religions. Why is there such a consistent system of natural symbols in the world? Is the world inherently symbolic?           chromosome

This is the observation that led me to investigate the cosmic serpent. I found the symbol in shamanism all over the world. Why? That’s a good question.My hypothesis is that it is connected to the double helix of DNA inside virtually all living beings. And DNA itself is a symbolic Saussurian code. So, yes, in at least one important way, the living world is inherently symbolic.

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Both shamans and molecular biologists agree that there is a hidden unity under the surface of life’s diversity; both associate this unity with the double helix shape (or two entwined serpents, a twisted ladder, a spiral staircase, two vines wrapped around each other); both consider that one must deal with this level of reality in order to heal.

We are made of living language….

In their visions, shamans take their consciousness down to the molecular level and gain access to information related to DNA, which they call “animate essences” or “spirits.” This is where they see double helixes, twisted ladders, and chromosome shapes. This is how shamanic cultures have known for millennia that the vital principle is the same for all living beings and is shaped like two entwined serpents (or a vine, a rope, a ladder … ). DNA is the source of their astonishing botanical and medicinal knowledge, which can be attained only in defocalized and “nonrational” states of consciousness, though its results are empirically verifiable. The myths of these cultures are filled with biological imagery. And the shamans’ metaphoric explanations correspond quite precisely to the descriptions that biologists are starting to provide. Like the axis mundi of shamanic traditions, DNA has the form of a twisted ladder (or a vine … ); according to my hypothesis, DNA was, like the axis mundi, the source of shamanic knowledge and visions…

Further reading – http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/ciencia_adn12.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjo_ok42hcM

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There is a great phobia about the mind: the Western mind is very queasy when first principles are questioned. Rarer than corpses in this society are the untreated mad, because we can’t come to terms with that. A shaman is someone who swims in the same ocean as the schizophrenic, but the shaman has thousands and thousands of years of sanctioned technique and tradition to draw upon. In a traditional society, if you exhibited “schizophrenic” tendencies, you are immediately drawn out of the pack and put under the care and tutelage of master shamans. You are told: “You are special. Your abilities are very central to the health of our society. You will cure. You will prophesy. You will guide our society in its most fundamental decisions.” Contrast this with what a person exhibiting schizophrenic activity in our society is told. They’re told: “You don’t fit in. You are becoming a problem. You don’t pull your own weight. You are not of equal worth to the rest of us. You are sick. You have to go to the hospital. You have to be locked up.” – You are on a par with prisoners and lost dogs in our society. So that treatment of schizophrenia makes it incurable. – Terence Mckenna

http://www.wilderutopia.com/performance/literary/terence-mckenna-on-shamanic-schizophrenia-and-cultural-healing/

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http://mathisencorollary.blogspot.ie/2014/05/the-ancient-wisdom-unlike-modern.html

”The awareness of “the other realm” or “world of the gods” in addition to the world of ordinary reality, and the practice of techniques for actually traveling between the realm of ordinary reality and the realm of the gods in order to obtain knowledge or effect change not possible to obtain or effect through any other method”. – David Mathisen

Excellent Resource – http://mathisencorollary.blogspot.ie/2014/09/humanitys-shared-shamanic-heritage.html

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 Ancient Indian Petroglyphs Shaman

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The Renaissance of an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally –

QUOTE; So then, what about these claims of spiritual benefit for a plant that a lot of people see as a recreational substance and is so often derided as escapist and even stupefying? Given that cannabis grows well in many different climates and has been used for multiple purposes as far back as anyone can determine, it stands to reason that the earliest humans would have discovered the plant’s mind-altering and spiritual potential as well. All you had to do was eat a little of it or toss some plants on a fire and stand close, as the nomadic Scythians of pre-Christian era Eurasia were described as doing by the Greek historian Herodotus (c.484-c.425 BCE). We know from archaeological records that shamanic and healing use of cannabis goes back to at least the Neolithic Era, roughly 7,500 years ago, where cannabis residue and paraphernalia have been found in the gravesites of shamans.

The key issue then is what you do with this amplification, this charged equilibrium. The starting point is intention. Cannabis offers us a great gift, but it’s only “great” if we channel the energy effectively. One way of saying it is that the plant, or plant spirit if you will, wants to know what you’re asking it to do. If your intention, at whatever conscious or unconscious level, is to escape—to avoid feeling, insight, engagement, and responsibility—she can graciously assist you in that direction. In other words, as a non-specific amplifier, cannabis can take you farther down whatever road you are already facing.

This journey – from the second-hand guesswork of the confused ego to the calm and open-hearted unconditional confidence of nowness – requires us to learn how to get out of our heads to a great degree. The compulsive thinking mind is our predominant strategy for obscuring the ever-present truth beyond our concepts. Echkhart Tolle sized this up succinctly in The Power of Now: the ideal relationship with our thinking mind is to use it as a tool we can pick up when needed and put back down when not. Another way of putting this is that instead of thinking life we are learning to feel life—in the most encompassing meaning of the word feel.

And how do we make that understanding real and lasting? It may require discipline, perseverance, and courage, like the courage to expose our hidden obstacles and unresolved wounds to the light, and the courage to preside over the falling away of our comforting but limiting stories. It may require us to engage in spiritual practices with the assistance of the cannabis plant. – Stephen Gray – https://grahamhancock.com/grays1/

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The strong pattern of female shamans in eastern Asia has been erased from the history that most people know. Yet women predominated in shamanism of ancient China, Japan and Korea, and have persisted into modern times in eastern Siberia, Korea, Manchuria, Okinawa, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.”  = Max Dashu           

http://www.suppressedhistories.net/catalog/shamans.html

  See Also – http://suppressedhistories.academia.edu/MaxDashu

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“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”

                                                                                                        –Max Planck

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Excerpt:  Despite Russia often being regarded as very white and Orthodox Christian, the spectrum of religions, cultures, and beliefs within its vast territory is incredibly diverse, from organized religions such as Buddhism and Islam to the rituals of the Mari people, who are regarded as the last pagans of Europe. An authentic local tradition of spiritual practices has been going in Tuva for centuries

“Shamanism is officially recognised and is not considered a sect or cult,” Ivanova explains. “During Soviet times the rituals were banned but the tradition was still passed on, and in mid 90s completely re-emerged from the underground thanks to Mongush Kenin-Lopsan, now the head shaman of the republic and a respected historian, writer and poet. This year he is 90 years old.”  https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/capturing-the-treasured-wisdom-of-female-shamans-in-russia

Photo by Anastasia Ivanova

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http://rainqueensofafrica.com/category/priestesses-shamans-healers/

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Shamanic Ritual & Role of the Pharaoh

In essence, a shaman is someone who has an out-of-body experience in which they undergo a journey as a spirit on behalf of a person or a community in order to find answers to particular questions. The kind of shamanism that is practiced these days is more usually on behalf of a sick person or child so as to identify remedies will cure the patient. It is important to understand that the information thus obtained is not discover-able through experimentation as it often involves the use of poisons that have to be treated in a particular way first otherwise they would be fatal.

These shamanic journeys are trance-like dangerous, frightening, near-death experiences that can result in the actual death of the shaman. They are therefore to be avoided by anyone who is not properly trained or prepared [one of the problems with modern drug taking that it can result in mental damage from ignorant use]. The initiation or training of the shaman is thus critical from an early age. In addition, the preparation of the substance that brings on the trance is also key to the whole process.

Pyramids – not tombs

It is our cultural problem that we think of pyramids as tombs. Very few dead bodies have ever been found in them. The Egyptians buried their dead either in the Royal tombs on the West bank of the Nile opposite Luxor or in mudbrick mastabas. The Egyptian word for pyramid is mr which has the idea of an instrument for ascending. Another clue as to their function is to examine closely the structure of the most famous, the Great Pyramid at Giza.

Some statistics: the Great Pyramid covers 13 acres; 2.3 million blocks on solid rock; an average weight of 2 tons per block; some blocks are 50 tons each; four corners are true 90 degree angles ‘to within 1/100th of an inch’; it is aligned on the cardinal points and deviates by only 5 degrees.


Figure: The Great Pyramid, Egypt

What is remarkable about this pyramid is that it has clearly been constructed very carefully and very deliberately and it is devoid of any kind of internal decoration or ornamentation; whereas the mastaba tombs at Saqqara are beautifully decorated with the most exquisite bas-reliefs of life scenes that would help a pharaoh on his way in the afterlife.

To take the most important of the all the chambers in the great pyramid, the Kings Chamber, an enormous effort was made to bring extraordinary granite slabs – megaliths – that weigh up 50 tons 500 miles from the quarry in Aswan. And then these slabs were used in the chamber in such a way that their function was obviously not visual. Furthermore the chamber is deliberately constructed so that its walls and its ceiling are not connected. The ceiling is supported by walls beyond the internal walls. Above the ceiling are also a series of hidden granite beams with bits taken out of them.

A plausible explanation for all of this is that the purpose of the chamber was to create an electrical field using vibration. The quartz in the granite has piezo-electric properties. The reason for not tying in the walls to the ceiling was so that they could vibrate freely and the explanation for the gouges in the beams above the ceiling could have been for fine tuning the resonances.*

By way of reinforcing this idea of vibration in an electrical field, the pharaoh either lay in a sarcophagus of alabaster or granite or on a special Heb Sed festival bed covered in gold leaf – Tut’s golden bed can be seen in the Cairo museum – gold being a good conductor of electricity.

Before doing this the pharaoh put on the qeni garment over his chest and participated in the Wepwawet opening of the mouth ceremony. Was the point of using the qeni garment – which the pharaoh described as the embrace of Osiris – to protect the pharaoh’s heart from the electrical field? And was the ‘opening of the mouth’ ceremony to stop him from swallowing his tongue during his trance?

What confirms my suspicions that this was all part of a shamanic ritual are the Pyramid or Coffin texts. These texts were discovered in the C19th by Flinders Petrie, the Victorian archaeologist. Again it is our cultural problem that we think of them as the description of the journey of the pharaoh’s soul after death whereas it is more likely that they describe his soul’s journey in life. Dr Jeremy Naydler, an Oxford academic, is one of the few who has come to this conclusion.

The Pyramid Texts frequently refer to the pharaoh taking on the form of a bird and flying up or climbing a ladder. Chapter XX of The Book of the Dead, for instance, talks of the pharaoh rising into the sky ‘like the mighty hawk’.The Antechamber Texts in the Pyramid of Unas at Saqqara refer to ‘a stairway to the sky [which] is set up for me that I may ascend on it to the sky, and I ascend on the smoke of the great censing. I fly up as a bird’

* The importance of materials is not unique to Egypt and maybe explains the presence of a giant slab of mica found hidden in the pyramid of the Sun in Mexico. One modern commentator, Christopher Dunn, who has a technical background, has worked out that the Egyptians knew about ultrasound and used it for carving and drilling (that is how he explains the amazing accuracy of Egyptian stonework and the fine carving on very hard stones like basalt and granite – examples of which you can see in the British Museum, exquisite examples of vessels)

When the Romano-Christians killed the last Egyptian priests at the temple of Isis in 394 AD all knowledge of hieroglyphs was lost and only rediscovered 1,500 years later in the C19th with the translation of the Rosetta Stone by Frenchman Champollion. As a result, one means of accessing Egyptian wisdom and knowledge was soon forgotten. By the end of the fourth century AD the Romano-Christians had symbolically and literally cut us off from the ancient past. Not surprising then that we knew nothing about the shamanic ritual of the pharaohs or the connections between megaliths and cities.

The Egyptians were especially keen that their secrets should not fall into Roman hands. The Romans were powerful enough as it was but they never knew how to move the big stones. And if anyone still falls for the explanation that megaliths are moved by teams of slaves, then they need to consider the point that Rome was the ultimate in slave society and still couldn’t move megaliths. The Romans HAD to invent the pulley and mortar. Roman building is either smaller dressed stone or many many bricks on a spectacular scale.

 

Read In Full;  Megaliths, Shamen & the City Builders – the hidden connections https://grahamhancock.com/wyattl1/

 

 

 

A Perspective – Graham Hancock

 

Amazon tribe creates 500-page traditional medicine encyclopedia

In one of the great tragedies of our age, indigenous traditions, stories, cultures and knowledge are winking out across the world. Whole languages and mythologies are vanishing, and in some cases even entire indigenous groups are falling into extinction. This is what makes the news that a tribe in the Amazon—the Matsés peoples of Brazil and Peru—have created a 500-page encyclopedia of their traditional medicine all the more remarkable. The encyclopedia, compiled by five shamans with assistance from conservation group Acaté, details every plant used by Matsés medicine to cure a massive variety of ailments.

“The [Matsés Traditional Medicine Encyclopedia] marks the first time shamans of an Amazonian tribe have created a full and complete transcription of their medicinal knowledge written in their own language and words,” Christopher Herndon, president and co-founder of Acaté, told Mongabay in an interview (in full below).

The Matsés have only printed their encyclopedia in their native language to ensure that the medicinal knowledge is not stolen by corporations or researchers as has happened in the past. Instead, the encyclopedia is meant as a guide for training new, young shamans in the tradition and recording the living shamans’ knowledge before they pass.

“One of the most renowned elder Matsés healers died before his knowledge could be passed on so the time was now. Acaté and the Matsés leadership decided to prioritize the Encyclopedia before more of the elders were lost and their ancestral knowledge taken with them,” said Herndon.

Acaté has also started a program connecting the remaining Matsés shamans with young students. Through this mentorship program, the indigenous people hope to preserve their way of life as they have for centuries past.

“With the medicinal plant knowledge disappearing fast among most indigenous groups and no one to write it down, the true losers in the end are tragically the indigenous stakeholders themselves,” said Herndon. “The methodology developed by the Matsés and Acaté can be a template for other indigenous cultures to safeguard their ancestral knowledge.”

AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER HERNDON, M.D.

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Christopher Herndon: The unprecedented meeting was held in one of the most remote villages in the Matsés territory. It is extremely difficult to describe in words the emotion felt by all in attendance as the elder Matsés spoke of the battles they fought—literally—to defend the Matsés territory and their way of life. Many were choking back tears as one elder after another called on the youth to seize this opportunity to fill the impending void left as the elders pass away, just as they did when their grandfathers were alive. I have been working in biocultural conservation in the Amazon for 15 years but it was one of the most inspirational experiences to hear the power of their oratory and the determination in their voices. You realize at once that the Matsés are warriors at heart, who have long fought to protect their lands and they are going to continue that fight.  – Read in Full – https://news.mongabay.com/2015/06/amazon-tribe-creates-500-page-traditional-medicine-encyclopedia/

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“There is only one sky and we must take care of it, for if it becomes sick, everything will come to an end.” Davi Kopenawa

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