My curiosity is piquing around entheogens -- plant medicine substances that can potentiate the direct experience of the divine. When I first read Robert Owings' description (Owing calls himself a "an explorer of consciousness") of some people's journey's with this plant, it struck me that his descriptor sounded a lot like a Depth Psychology experience might:
"Ayahuasca is a teacher, sometimes a harsh one. It can crack open one’s psyche and dismiss the gatekeepers of the unconscious that protect us from confronting the uncomfortable shadows that we all carry. Ultimately, this is where the work is.
It can also be a very Earth-centered experience, generating a lasting relationship to Deep Ecology. People often state how the experience changed their lives, their worldview, and their relationship to the Earth. More specifically, that it created a direct engagement with Gaia, the great mother of all Earth’s life. This awakening to the interconnectedness of all things and the sacredness of life is why many find ayahuasca so meaningful and profound."
Can I ask the readership of profound views of this experiential wisdom seeking? If I had the $$$ I might be tempted to seek out a legitimate Ayahuasca Shaman in the Amazon and travel this journey myself. How about the rest of youse? Any other inquisitive psychonauts out there?
Curiously yours, AAM