Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ayahuasca - It's Self

Watch this full clip and get a real understanding of this ancient medicine. You have heard of meth and chemically induced drugs, but what about a natural one? Why is there this natural plant that takes people into another dimension? Is it the natural cure were looking for? The shaman in this clip is about to be 94 years old and has never been to the doctor, but has only taken his own medicine, Ayahuasca. Its quite intriguing and who knows?

Plants the Cure?

Here is a National Geographic video clip. I wanted to share with you, so everyone can see how intelligent these kinds of people are. The knowledge they have within them, which is soon going to become extinct, is incredible. They know everything about the land they have came to live on, and know which plants hold the power to cure disease and sickness. We have fallen away from these kinds of treatment which have been successful throughout mankind, think about it, its only been so long since we have invented medicines, what was done before this? These kinds of treatments which have worked forever are now becoming extinct as our elders pass away with the knowledge.

Ayahuasca (Vine of Blood/Vine of Souls)

Ayahuasca is a brew made with the stems and vines of the plant banisteriopsis, and mixed with another type of plant like this one to the right. The banisteriopsis plant is supposed to act as a guide for the spirits of the other plants incorporated with it and potentiate the effect. The result is a tea containing powerful hallucinogenic alkaloids harmine, harmaline, d-tetrahydroharmine, dimethyltryptamine (DMT). These compounds and effects are similar, but not identical to LSD.
It has been used throughout the world in different countries. Known most in the amazon this blend of plants is used to help people find their spiritual dimensions.
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An Inside Look

Here is 3 shamans who are medicine men. I wanted to give you an idea of how these rituals work and the how it all really goes down. The connection they get spiritually through the rhythm of their instruments. I wanted to give you an understanding of how these people work in this intense practice.

Core Shamanism

Core shamanism is the principles and practices of all shamanistic cultures, brought together, but isn't bound to any specific cultural groups beliefs or perspective. All done through and related to the research and development done by Michael Harner. Training in core shamanism requires students to alter their consciousness through classic shamanic non-drug techniques, such as meditation so students can find their own hidden spiritual connection, and transform their own lives. They learn how to utilize this, in restoring spiritual power and health, as well as how to heal yourself, others, and the planet. This practice is all over North America to Hawaii, over to Australia, New Zealand, and some even in Europe.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Foundation of Shamanic Studies

Founded in 1979 and based on the anthropologist work of Michael Harner, shown here in the picture. Presenting the worlds most fortelling training programs in shamanism and shaman healing. He brings shamanism tradition and the uniqueness to western society today. He's researched and developed core shamanism, a system so westerners can apply shamanic healing and shamanism into their daily lives, since most shamanic ways where overriden due to the religous oppression centuries ago. The idea was so westerners could reapply, and aquire this spiritual realm through quality workshops and training courses.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Culture and Way of Life

To understand these people you have to understand their culture, way of life, and most importantly their mind-set. They saw themselves as a small part of a bigger plant and animal system. Believing in an afterlife, everything was seen as having a spirit or soul, and where always careful when it came to respecting these spirits. For this, I also see shamans as a peacekeeper between spirits and humans. The fear of not knowing whether or not they could be extinguished by evil spirits, I think, is what kept the communities working and settling in a calm manner always being respectful and careful of what they do and how they do it. To Alaska natives from my understanding viewed the world as being "fluid" and within that world there was more potential for movement across physical, spiritual, and temporal dimensions. Compared to today where we have grown accustomed to the predictability of things, or fall into a pattern, and we become disturbed when that falls out of sync. To a lot of us these people aren't ordinary, but to understand them, like I said, you need to know what they believed in, what they feared, and what kind of mind set these people where in so many years ago.