The Cosmic Serpent – DNA and the Origins of Knowledge


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.


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…

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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


”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 –


 Ancient Indian Petroglyphs Shaman



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   

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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


“The shamanic journey process requires that you do not leave your body behind but are always embraced by it. I have a sticker on the back of my auto which reads “keep shamanism alive, inquire within”. It is within that the shaman does the work. Astral projection is a process where one seems to effectively leave their body and travel/journey to other locations. Perhaps it is semantics at work here as the placement of conscious awareness is the crux of interpretation in these two methods of experience. If you could interview the person while on a shamanic journey and one that is astral projecting the AP person may not realize they had a physical body while the shaman would have a strong connection to their physical being. … The key to either of these methods is with our soul intention. We are each seeded with an aspect of our greater soul (or oversoul) when we incarnate which can be viewed like a hologram that is reflected in each of its parts as an aspect of the whole. It is this soul arrangement that can keep us in touch with absolutely everything at all times. You are really never alone in the shamanic journey process.”

                                                                                                        –Jeff Peters


“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