Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Ayahuasca and Human Destiny

An excerpt from the article below.

Just as ayahuasca has been for me personally something of a Holy Grail, as it has been for many others, I have the intuition that it may have a similar role with respect to our entire species. Anyone who is personally experienced with ayahuasca is aware that it has much to teach us; there is incredible wisdom and intelligence there. And to my mind, one of the most profound and humbling lessons that ayahuasca teaches – one that we thick-headed humans have the hardest time grasping – is the realization that “you monkeys only think you’re running things.”

Though I state it humorously, here and in other talks and writings, it is nonetheless a profound insight on which may depend the very survival of our species, and our planet. Humans are good at nothing if not hubris, arrogance, and self-delusion. We assume that we dominate nature; that we are somehow separate from, and superior to, nature, even as we set about busily undermining and wrecking the very homeostatic global mechanisms that have kept our earth stable and hospitable to life for the last four and a half billion years. We devastate the rainforests of the world; we are responsible for the greatest loss of habitat and the greatest decimation of species since the asteroid impacts of the Permian-Triassic boundary, 250 million years ago; we rip the guts out of the earth and burn them, spewing toxic chemicals into the atmosphere; at the same time we slash and burn the woody forests that may be the only hope for sequestration of the carbon dioxide that is rapidly building to dangerous and possibly uncontrollable levels. For the first time in the history of our species, and indeed of our planet, we are forced to confront the possibility that thoughtless and unsustainable human activity may be posing a real threat to our species’ survival, and possibly the survival of all life on the planet.

And suddenly, and literally, “out of the Amazon,” one of the most impacted parts of our wounded planet, ayahuasca emerges as an emissary of trans-species sentience, to bring this lesson: You monkeys only think you’re running things. In a wider sense, the import of this lesson is that we need to wake up to what is happening to us and to the planet. We need to get with the program, people. We have become spiritually bereft and have been seduced by the delusion that we are somehow important in the scheme of things. We are not.

Our spiritual institutions have devolved into hollow shells, perverted to the agendas of rapacious governments and fanatic fundamentalisms, no longer capable of providing balm to the wounded spirit of our species; and as the world goes up in flames we benumb ourselves with consumerism and mindless entertainment, the decadent distractions of gadgets and gewgaws, the frantic but ultimately meaningless pursuits of a civilization that has lost its compass. And at this cusp in human history, there emerges a gentle emissary, the conduit to a body of profoundly ancient genetic and evolutionary wisdom that has long abided in the cosmologies of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon who have guarded and protected this knowledge for millennia, who learned long ago that the human role is not to be the master of nature, but its stewards, Our destiny, if we are to survive, is to nurture nature and to learn from it how to nurture ourselves and our fellow beings. This is the lesson that we can learn from ayahuasca, if only we pay attention.

5 Comments:

Blogger AJ said...

You have tried this tea before Professor?

9:03 PM  
Blogger Professor Pan said...

If I told you, I'd have to kill you, AJ.

Let's just say that many years ago, a cartoon version of the Professor entered an amazing, multicolored, living dome of sentient energy.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Mort said...

I keep running into this stuff everywhere I go atm. Been totally blowing me away. Started from checking out some of the artwork from Alex Grey whos been working with the Band tool. He's been using ayahuasca (DMT) to develop hes style of artwork.

There's a good doco up on http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8714482344821425610&q=ayahuasca atm.

Natgeo have this writeup as well
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/0603/features/peru.html

You can even do Shamanic Tours into peru. Time to start saving for a trek to Machu Picchu with a little sidestep into the jungle.

6:36 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Time to start saving for a trek to Machu Picchu ...

@ $2500 a pop plus airfare and travel?
Could this possibly be worth it?

10:02 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

"..entered an amazing, multicolored, living dome of sentient energy. "

Sentient Energy???Living dome??

Another word for.. God?

10:06 PM  

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