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Abracadabra ~ . . historically was believed to have healing powers when inscribed on an amulet. The word is thought to have its origin in the Aramaic language in which abra means “to create” and cadabra, means ‘to say’ providing a translation of abracadabra as “create as I say”, thus its use in magic. ~ Wikipedia

Abrahamic – There are ongoing discussions on the differences between, as well as within, the Abrahamic (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) and the Vedic (Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism) religions in regard to ecological consciousness. – David Orton 2) “The inflectional speech – the root of the sanskrit, very erroneously called “the elder sister” of the greek, instead of its mother – was the first language (now the mystery tongue of the initiates, of the fifth race). At any rate, the semitic languages are the bastard descendants of the first phonetic corruptions of the eldest children of the early sanskrit. The occult doctrine admits of no such divisions as the aryan and the semite, accepting even the turanian with ample reservations.  The semites, especially arabs, are later Aryans-degenerate in spirituality and perfected in materiality.  To these belong all the Jews and the Arabs.  The former are a tribe descended frome the Tchandalas of India, the outcasts, many of them ex-Brahmins who sought refuge in Chaldea, in Scinde, and Aria (Iran), and were truly born from their father A-Bram (no Brahmin) some 8000 years B.C.  The latter, the arabs, are the descendants of those Aryans who would not go into India at the time of the dispersion of nations, some of whom remained on the borderlands therof, in Afghanistan and Kabul, and along the oxus, while others penetrated into and invaded Arabia. – Blatavsky, from the ‘Secret Doctrine’

abreaction – decisive moment in (psychoanalysis) when the patient intensively relives the initial situation from which his/her disturbance stems, before it is ultimately overcome.  In this sense, according to Levi-Strauss, the shaman is a ‘professional abreactor’. – mb

accessory properties – ‘ Caffeine, for instance, is found in many botanicals besides coffee beans, including tea (Thea sinensis), yerba mate (Ilex paraguayiensis), kola nut (Cola acuminata) and guarana (Paullinia cupana). While each of these plants has stimulant properties, they also have uniquely different effects.  By standardizing only to the caffeine content, these accessory properties are ignored, such as the tonic, long endurance effect of guarana due to its guaranine content, the antioxidant and nutritional effects of yerba mate, and the antitumor properties of green tea.’ –   Michael Tierra

acoustic mirror –  look at yourself in an acoustic mirror, and hear what you’re saying. Notice repeating words, excessive cliches, unconscious patterns, intonations, sloppy expression. You can do some linguistic grooming . . . – mb

acting at a distance – bureaucracy overcomes pity by distancing the human subject and by spreading responsibility across the organization and diffusing it down the hierarchy. The distancing is accomplished in two ways: the human affected by our actions is redefined as an “animal”, as “the other”; and technology permits us to act upon humans who are at such a distance that we cannot directly observe what we have done to them. This last point–that the psychological consequences are less when technology permits us to act at a distance– is supported by studies comparing the post-Vietnam war suffering of infantry, who had shot people at close range, and of pilots who had dropped bombs on them from higher altitudes. Bauman says that animal pity is inspired by the proximity of the sufferer, and it seems contradictory but true that it is harder to kill one person with one’s hands than a million by pressing a button.

addiction – possessive condition of dependence.  Yes, a kind of possession. – mb   2) , “addiction is a form of pathological learning” in which the brain has created a rewards system for something that is harmful to the body.”I would not call it damage — the circuit is working the way it should. But it has been remodelled in a maladaptive way,” said Kauer. –;_ylt=AtTbB8qxIXBCM3ujcEhalsbMWM0F 3) it is lack of meaning in life that generally leads to drug addiction.– Michael Sonn 4) Addictions and compulsions, whether consumptive (drugs, alcohol, food) or behavioral (sex, gambling, shopping) can be understood as involving contracted states of consciousness, where attention and awareness is fixated on repetitively and ritualistically taking in something or doing something. The treatment of addictions and compulsions with psychedelic, consciousness-expanding drugs was (and is again now) one of the most promising applications of these substances in health care. – Ralph Metzner 6) . . . .Millions are waking up, but there are still billions of walking dead, those who continue to anesthetize themselves with addictions, including the greatest addiction of all – conformity.’  Leon Shenandoah

Adom – Adam hybridized with Atom – the interrelated human – mb

Adversarial trance – What you resist persists.  Are you a peace advocate resisting war, or promoting mutual harmony?   We win wars, thus creating a definition of peace as an absence of war, rather than peace as a pro-active culture.  How then to employ advocacy strategies that do not resist, and thus fuel persistence, of what they oppose?   How do you be for something and against nothing?   Ultimately the urge to attack others is a projection of one’s own unresolved conflicts.  The goal, thru self-understanding, is to collanborate rather dissasociate – ?

adults – obsolete children – Dr. Seuss

adulthood – in the cocoon if all goes well, we’re granted a vision or revelation of our unique place in the world.  When we commit to practical embodiment of that vision, we enter adulthood.

adventures in consciousness – the human life well lived – S. Grof

aesthetic frames – ‘It has been suggested that this visual art, along with the melodies of the icaros, combine with the synaesthetic effects of the potion (ayah . . ) to produce an “aesthetic frame of mind” central to the healing process.’ –

aesthetics of resonance –

afterglow –  As you are on the spirit communicatory wavelength on yage, you carry that frequency over to afterglow conversations which allows your spiritual essence to relate to the spirit in others, thus bypassing egoic barriers. You could also say you ‘outfeel’ those egoic barriers. – mb

aging – the natural process of impermanence – Dzigar Kongtrul

Agni – Deity of fire in Vedic cosmology.  Has aspects of world creator heating up the waters of creation;  of digestive fire, a principle that allows, encourages, and propels growth;  sacrificial fire – is both mediator between the gods and transformer of the offerings into energy acceptable to the gods.  Life feeds on life, requiring the digestive fire that transforms organic energy into life energy;  Agni as destructive and purifying agent.  – David Kinsley 2) Agni, the Vedic sacrificial fire and the interior fire of Kundalini Yoga. –

agreeway –

agriculture – ‘Contrary to what we’ve all been taught, agriculture was not an “advance” (of civilization) per se, but a Faustian bargain with managed catastrophe. Agriculture thrives on the disruption and destruction of natural processes. The ensuing chaos, while manageable in its nascent forms, is very hard to stuff back into the box once industrial agriculture takes root, so to speak. – Jeremy Raymondjack (in review of the book ‘Against the Grain’) 2) ‘The assumption is that nomads and hunter-gatherers, who usually traded with civilized folk, knew a good thing when they saw it and so simply adopted the farming technology. In other words, a bunch of guys who spent their time running around the woods, hunting and fishing and trading meat for sex, one day saw someone hoeing weeds and said to themselves, ‘What a fine idea! Let’s go do that instead.’ Is it possible that the technology did not spread entirely by adoption, that hunter-gatherers were wiped out or displaced by an advancing agricultural imperialism? The record suggests that although some adoption did occur, by and large farming spread by genocide.” Richard Manning, p 45

agriglyphs –  crop circles.  ‘Look through 20 years of aerial photos of these agriglyphs and it is hard to deny their melodic precision, their circular forms resplendent with abstract, yet harmonic waves of invisible energy’.  Also looked upon by some sceptical observors as, ‘British rural fun’.  2)  Magnetic field transfer from higher to lower dimensions. Your media resists, why? Suggest discussion – Cassiopaea

aimless weariuness ~ aimless weariness is most common in the people who have few friends or nourishing family relationships, and are not connected with spiritual community, or community of any kind, and thus are not charged and empowered by a flow of feeling and inspiration. – Dan Furst

akasha – Akasha is what Western Tradition calls Spirit, or Quintessence, and like the four base elements all deriving from Spirit, “it is out of Akasha that every form comes, and it is in Akasha that every form lives.” The Akasha Tattva, when used as a “doorway” for scrying can allow one to scan for information within what Theosophists have termed the Akashic Record. The Akashic record contains, as the quote states, all forms. It could be compared with the “collective unconscious” of Jungian psychology. It contains all memories of human experience, but beyond it contains all future “history” in seed form. –

alef – In Hebrew mystical spirituality it is the alef that is at once, both primordial God and the numinous breath that “sounded” all into existence, and the alef, while not Creation, is found in Creation. – Frank Mills

algion – . . . is sold as a powder and added to products including Velveeta cheese, Corona beer, Eclipse breath strips and Mrs. Fields cookies.  Algin makes ice cream’s texture feel less like ice crystals and more like cream. It keeps spice suspended in salad dressings. It coats paper to block ink from sinking through. It removes the brush strokes in a fresh coat of paint.  – Shannon Macmahon

alien – an old paradigm term for our extra-celestial ancestors

allergies – a protein recognition problem

allometric growth – the pattern of growth whereby different parts of the body grow at different rates with respect to each other.

allometry –  “ . . . this point is made most compellingly by allometry, when parts of the body grow at different rates. A familiar example is the slower growth of the human skull relative to the body in children, causing adults to end up with heads not much larger than those of infants but atop large muscular bodies. If the allometry of a species is strong, small adults can be strikingly different from large adults in many biological traits, even if they are all identical genetically in the trait under consideration. Among animals the process can be taken to bizarre extremes. In some stag-beetle species, such as the European Lucanus cervus, little males have relatively short, simple mandibles, while large males have more massive mandibles half as long as the rest of the body, an armament that gains them superiority in combat. What is inherited in the males is not one of a series of body types, and not necessarily even a particular body size, but rather the allometric growth pattern common to all the males. Males that obtain less food or terminate growth early end up small and feminized; those that reach large size become hulking, top-heavy supermales. The allometry itself is relatively simple, dependent only on differences in rates of growth among certain patches of tissue. It is easy to imagine a rapid switch of a magnitude often associated with the origin of species that is nevertheless based on the simplest hereditary change. Minor mutations in one or several genes might easily alter the allometric pattern, so that all of the males come to more closely resemble females. Alternatively, the change could push the pattern the other way, so that all stag-beetle males sprout huge mandibles. The social systems of ants illustrate the power of allometry even more dramatically. The caste system of each ant colony, from queens to big-headed soldiers to small-headed workers, is based on a single allometric pattern common to all female members of the colony. Depending on the food and chemical stimuli she receives as a larva, a female ant becomes a queen or a soldier or a minor worker. All fall within the same allometric framework. Genes have nothing to do with the caste determination of the female, but they do determine the allometry of the colony and thus the characteristics of the caste system as a whole. If the allometry is changed even a little by gene mutations, a different caste system emerges.” – Edmond Wilson

allopathy – a system of medical practice which aims to combat disease by the use of remedies which produce effects different from those produced by the disease treated.  It derives from the law of contraries, which aims to contradict or suppress symptoms.  In the history of Western medicine, Galen (2nd century Greece), an exponent of rationalism in medicine, was the first to formally institute the law of contraries as the basis of practice.  However, his opponents, the empirics, maintained that experience taught them that the law of similars healed, contrary to rational doctrine.  The law of similarities treats symptoms as the body’s adaptive defense against disease rather than the disease itself, and acts to express them.  It is the basis of homeopathy, and appears in many vitalistic medical philosophies which have made their way into contemporary discourses on holistic medicine.  The doctrines that derive from the law of contraries or similars therefore define main streams of medical thought in Western medicine.  Allopathy is now synonymous with modern biomedicine.  – mb

Altair – Although the names of modern planets and constellations are Latin, the names of most major stars — Altair, Deneb, Rigel, Sirius, Fomalhaut, Aldeberan, Betelgeuse — are Arabic as are many of the other terms of astronomy, such as azimuth, almagest, almanac, and the Zodiac.

alternation – Alternation is a natural rhythm that is woven into the fabric of life on this planet. We go back and forth between day and night, the seasons of the year, breathing in and breathing out. By tuning into and aligning ourselves with alternation, we can come into deeper harmony with nature and with ourselves. When alternation is not naturally present, by consciously creating it, we bring our lives into greater balance and open ourselves to accelerated healing. – Andrew Oser

alter-native – I met Klee and his sister Jeneda and brother Clayson at a preview for the Tree Sit: Art of Resistance film many years ago where their band Blackfire ( was performing. I loved their powerful lyrics and their self-called “alter-native” punk sound. They are ‘Dine’ and they bring together their traditional native beliefs and ways with music and activism. – Julia Butterfly

altruisim – If there is anything I have learned about men and women, it is that there is a deeper spirit of altruism than is ever evident. Just as the rivers we see are minor compared to the underground streams, so, too, the idealism that is visible is minor compared to what people carry in their hearts unreleased or scarcely released. ~ Dr. Albert Schweitzer

anamnesis – In modern societies, the successors to the shamans of indigenous peoples are the psychiatrists and psychotherapists, who seek to unravel the tangled skeins of dysfunctional mind-body patterns and integrate them into a more harmonious, less painful wholeness. The psychiatric anamnesis (“un-forgetting”) is exactly analogous to the shamanic soul retrieval, and the divinatory re-membering. The broken connections of one’s past history to one’s present condition are recalled and recollected, and can then be integrated and made whole again. Painful, traumatic or confusing experiences tend to freeze or distort the normal processing of our experience. – Ralph Metzner

Anarchism –   “a tendency in the history of human thought and action which seeks to identify coercive, authoritarian, and hierarchic structures of all kinds and to challenge their legitimacy, and if they cannot justify their legitimacy, which is quite commonly the case, to work to undermine them and expand the scope of freedom” – N. Chomsky

anatomy of contact – Analysis of the process whereby cultures previously isolated from one another make contact.  E.g. with tribes previously isolated from Westernizing influence.  And to take that further, note the anatomy of contact created when Western (Global industrial) minds are brought in contact with the spirit worlds. – mb

anatta – ‘or no-self. It basically means that nothing in the universe has a fixed identity – especially you. If you’re breathing and have a heartbeat and just read this phrase, billions of things changed in your mind and body right now. So you’re fundamentally not the same you were five seconds ago, let alone five years ago. So quit trying to defend something that essentially isn’t there.” – Alex Benzer

ancient corporeality –  The performer, with a capital ‘P’, is a man of action.  He is not a man who plays another.  He is a dancer, a priest, a warrior;  he is outside aesthetic genres.  He doesn’t want to discover something new but something forgotten.  Essence interests him because in it there is nothing sociological.  This is not externally learned, but accessed thru an ‘ancient corporeality’ (which might lead thru ancestral memories to . . . origins).  Primordial body memory accessed thru engaging body intelligence.  – Grotowski

anchiant –  really old . . . \

ancestral chi ~ ‘In Taoist medicine we find that one of the descriptions of our life force includes our “ancestral chi,” and that one of the images of chi is the vapor that rises from the warmth of the blood. How interesting then, that Mayan shamans would retire to fast and pray in deep caves, and in a moment of ecstasy sprinkle drops of their blood on coals in sacred altars, and see within the rising wisps of smoke the spirits of their ancestors taking form, and hear them speaking wisdom that only those gone beyond could possess. I heard something similar but different from Tibetan doctors in the Himalayas, who claimed that once, when physicians were more spiritually developed, a sick person did not need to travel to receive a pulse diagnosis, but a close relative would suffice, so deep and intimate is the entwining of our energies. Knowing that our ancestors live on inside us can illuminate many mysteries of karma, both individual and familial, and it is not difficult to see blessings and curses passing through the generations. We need not feel envious of those families of extreme but ill-begotten wealth, for it is accompanied with much spiritual sickness; it is enough to know that whatever seeds of goodness we plant in this lifetime will not only bear fruit for ourselves but also for our descendants, and there is always the possibility that a descendant may actually be our future self.’ ~ David Crow

ancestors –   The Ancestors are a spiritual experience not common to most modern religions. (They are the same thing as “the Saints” in Catholicism, but the Saints are little appreciated nowadays either.) The Ancestors are not easy to describe, but the following could be said about them. One’s beneficent genetic ancestors, as well as the people who inhabited one’s homeland in the past, as well as one’s personal spiritual antecedents and inspirational guides, whether genetically related or not, comprise the Ancestors. In addition, the animals and plants of one’s homeland would also have to be included here—or rather, they include themselves, because they claim to have helped build our bodies and the bodies of our ancestors up from the soil. The Ancestors are an indispensable part of life, material and spiritual. They are not some mysterious people out there to spook us (though that is possible to the careless), but they are the people who went before us, who kept alive the traditions of fairness, decency, love, compassion, and spiritual wisdom, so that we, who came afterwards, could have a world that was worth living in. By being good, kind, spiritual people, the Ancestors earned the respect of the Creator, so that after their death they were allowed to continue as sentient beings. And now, from the other side, they still look over us, guiding, protecting, teaching, loving us. But of course, they can only be perceived by people who are, like themselves, dedicated to humane and spiritual purposes. The Great Creator respects the Ancestors. Because of their spiritual activities they stand justified before him. Because he respects them, and because we stand on their shoulders, we are required to acknowledge and respect them as well. The Indians would say that it is not possible to communicate with the Creator unless one has this connection. The Ancestors are braided into the over-all human divine interconnection. In Indian ceremonies they act as a channel between us and the other world. The Indians never held that they were gods, except in periods of cultural degradation, but only that they are an indispensable part of the link to God. As an Indian medicine man once said, “The whiteman has his medicine, but he will never be able to heal because he does not know the Ancestors.” – Matthew Wood 2) ‘It is important to understand the increasing light vibration (of planet earth) will call all of us to take responsibility for our ancestor’s deeds, words and actions through bringing them into our hearts with compassion, love and forgiveness and through enacting the wisdom to not create the same reality through fear that some of our ancestors have created for our collective here. – Qala 3) For our ancestors and guides who are always with us are exactly this… our past and and future selves guiding us because they ARE us and we are interdepent, interconnected and all evolving as one united being comprised of infinite manifestations across dimensionality and the constructs of form and time, as they exist within each level of existence. – Jessica Begin

angelic updraft –  good . . . singing

anger – 1) “I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson is to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.” – Gandhi 2) a double-ended knife, that stabs those that wield it at others. –Amma 3) in Chinese, anger is ‘Sheng chi’, translated as ‘lively chi’.  4) anger is a form that fear can express itself as.  Feel the anger. .  maybe put a color to it.. place in your body.  Breath into it.   Visualize love and light into fear place in your body. .  may start to feel the fear that lies beneath the anger. .  might also feel sadness.   Allow yourself to feel the fear. . Think what is it that I am believing that is causing this fear.. contemplate it and feel that fear behind the anger. .   hold a compassionate space for yourself. . usually then the fear will vanish and the anger will transform. .  it is in a way, a way for the emotion of fear to transmute into passion.  ~ Pleiadians (Dante)

anima mundi – the soul of the world

animacy ~  ~ In some languages, the characteristic of a noun, dependent on its living or sentient nature, which affects grammatical features (it can modify verbs used with the noun, affect the noun’s declension, etc.).  2) “grammar of animacy”. This means viewing nature not as a resource but like an elder “relative” – to recognise kinship with plants, mountains and lakes. The idea, rooted in indigenous language and philosophy (where a natural being isn’t regarded as “it” but as kin) holds affinities with the emerging rights-of-nature movement, which seeks legal personhood as a means of conservation. ~ robin wall Kimmerer

animal transformation –  When a myth relates the transformation of a human being into an animal of the same name, the change in status is often marked by the loss of spoken language and the acquisition of a specific call.  Descola

Animate essences – Yaminahua model of cognition, wherein one perceives animate essences (called Yoshi), which are shared by human and nonhuman alike, creating for them (the shamans) a shared space of interaction, between human and other-than-human worlds

Anna Mystic –

annual herbalism – “annual herbalism” is allied to egoic ways of self-understanding, and self-expression. It cyclically reappears allied to whatever medical ideology is then in vogue at different life-phases of the Empire archetype. It contrasts with “perennial herbalism,” which seeks to align with designs, purposes, and needs of natural ecosystems (earth wisdom), and is given continuity by these identifications. – mb

anormal – “Still the driving motor of shamanism is, besides the social needs, the shaman’s contact with the spirits.  This contact is realized through experiences that are anormal, transferred to another world, the world of gods, spirits, and ghosts.”  Hultkrantz

antenna head –

anthropocene – Humans have altered Earth so much that scientists say a new epoch in the planet’s geologic history has begun. Say goodbye to the 10,000-year-old Holocene Epoch and hello to the Anthropocene.Among the major changes heralding this two-century-old man-made epoch: Vastly altered sediment erosion and deposition patterns. Major disturbances to the carbon cycle and global temperature. Wholesale changes in biology, from altered flowering times to new migration patterns. Acidification of the ocean, which threatens tiny marine life that forms the bottom of the food chain. The idea, first suggested in 2000 by Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen, has gained steam with two new scientific papers that call for official recognition of the shift. – Robert Britt

anthropocentric detour – ‘the anthropocentric detour of industrial society out of ecocentrism and into the present ecological dilemma . . . ‘ – Sessions

anthropomorphic drama –   . . . during the (ayahuasca) tryp all of nature turns into an anthropomorphic drama.’  Andritzky

anusaya – (Sanskrit).  Buddhist term referring to the fears and latent tendencies that lie deep in our unconscious.  According to Thich Nhat Hahn:  ‘Because we are not able to resolve the anusaya, we repress them and they grow stagnant and cause sickness whose symptoms can be recognized in everything we do.  Buddha taught that rather than repressing our fears and anxieties, we should invite them into consciousness, welcome them . . . quite naturally they will lose some of their energy . . .’ as in ~~ laws of natural healing . . . .

Anyi – In quechua translates as reciprocity, for in everything there is always an exchange of energy

Apocalypse – Our situation is extremely dire, while at the same time there is nothing to become pessimistic about. Being able to hold this paradox is the “crux” of the matter. This involves being able to hold these seemingly contradictory opposites together as both being true simultaneously. Our apocalyptic situation is very dire, while at the same time it is (potentially) the highest blessing: If we recognize what the darkness is revealing to us, it can (potentially) wake us up. Interestingly, the inner meaning of the word “apocalypse” is something hidden being revealed.”  – Paul Levy

apology ~ The beauty of an apology is that everyone wins because it reveals not only who we are, but who we hope we are. ~ Tom Hallman Jr., The Oregonian

appreciation –   Appreciation is a form of synergism.  For example, we can only minimally understand a painting by reducing it down to the different paint colors used.  The effect of looking at a (good) painting brings on feelings of appreciation.  These feelings tell you something of the intent of the artist, what he/she was trying to express.  Thus you understand intent, you feel relational to the painter, and you can thus be moved or healed by this relatedness.  Through experience with nature you develop an aesthetic.   You do this by thinking with the heart.  For this you need an eye for beauty  2)  Appreciation is a fascinating vibrational field with multiple effects. As you watch your economic system go through its metamorphosis, as you watch earth changes increasing and the stresses upon those around you escalating, including the escalation of stress on yourself, remember the doorway of appreciation. All you have to do is step into this field and the disturbances around you will be less able to effect you negatively. The situations you are dealing with might not change, but your emotional response to them will be of a higher order. And you will be more resourceful in how you deal with the challenges you are facing. . . . How do you escape the negative, imprisoning forces that continue to confine you and the human spirit? The most efficient and simple way is to cultivate appreciation — as ridiculous as that may sound in the face of the immense challenges facing your earth. Appreciation is a key that will unlock the doorway to the new world, even as the old world dissolves and falls apart, as it must. . . . If you learn to live in appreciation, you will enter a domain, a vibration that will carry you through the chaos of these times. You will find a type of solace and comfort, and the vibrational rate of your energy body will increase. At some point you will reach what we call escape velocity. You will easily step out of the illusions and the lies of the old world. You will see them for what they are, and you will become a joyous co-creator of a new world that is being birthed even as the old world passes away right before your eyes. ~ Hathors  2) appreciation evokes creation continuously~ Ken Carey

aromotherapy –  Aromatherapy is based on absorption by the nasal mucous membranes of volatile elements, ionized and made pranic.  Noses are then ‘pranic antennas.’ – Adidrevan Lysebeth

archetypal moment – the astrological onfiguration of one’s birth

archetype –  1)  the primary colors of character.  2)  “We seeded and assisted this early symbol (Hator) of the feminine mystery.  She is an archeytpal pattern, a cosmic force that can be metaphorized, and we, as a culture, have identified with her qualities of love, ecstacy, and bliss.” – Hathors  3)  The dance of the many as one. –Sheoekah 4) what the DNA is to the physical world, archetypes are to the psyche – Marrion Woodman 5) Qualities have devic presences.  We’ve personified them into god and goddesses.   The age of rationalism kicked them out, and they crept back in thru Jungian archetypes.  6) a universal principle or force that affects–impels, structures, permeates–the human psyche and human behavior on many levels. One can think of them as primordial instincts, as Freud did, or as transcendent first principles as Plato did, or as gods of the psyche as James Hillman does. Archetypes (for example, Venus or Mars) seem to have a transcendent, mythic quality, yet they also have very specific psychological expressions–as in the desire for love and the experience of beauty (Venus), or the impulse toward forceful activity and aggression (Mars). Moreover, archetypes seem to work from both within and without, for they can express themselves as impulses and images from the interior psyche, yet also as events and situations in the external world. Jung thought of archetypes as the basic constituents of the human psyche, shared cross-culturally by all human beings, and he regarded them as universal expressions of a collective unconscious. Much earlier, the Platonic tradition considered archetypes to be not only psychological but also cosmic and objective, as primordial forms of a Universal Mind that transcended the human psyche. Astrology would appear to support the Platonic view as well as the Jungian, since it gives evidence that Jungian archetypes are not only visible in human psychology, in human experience and behavior, but are also linked to the macrocosm itself–to the planets and their movements in the heavens. Astrology thus supports the ancient idea of an anima mundi, or world soul, in which the human psyche participates. From this perspective, what Jung called the collective unconscious can be viewed as being ultimately embedded within the cosmos itself. – R. Tarnas 7) “Freud, who started as Jung’s mentor and later became his rival, generally viewed the unconscious mind as a warehouse for repressed desires, which could then be codified and pathologized and treated. Jung, over time, came to see the psyche as an inherently more spiritual and fluid place, an ocean that could be fished for enlightenment and healing.” – Sarah Corbett, NYTimes, Sept. 16.’09

archon ~ is a Greek word that means “ruler”, frequently used as the title of a specific public office. It is the masculine present participle of the verb stem αρχ-, meaning “to be first, to rule”. Derived from the same root as words such as monarch and hierarchy. ~ wikipedia

art – to effect creative transparency to the transcendence – the transcendent reality that is living in  and thru the concrete. 2) The artist’s task is to create doors in the wall of the Reality Police so that invisible magic can pour forth into the world again – Caroline Casey 3) I think the purpose, at least for me, of any art is to leave us something elegant that enriches our spirit, touches our heart, probes our intellect and improves the human condition. I don’t know if that’s something which is a primal urge, but when I want to enrich myself, I steep myself in art of all kinds and my spirit and my intellect are elevated. I look at myself as an individual in a long string of creative artists, be they in music or sculpture or poetry, that have done whatever they could, oftentimes in very dire circumstances — in poverty and emotional difficulties, health problems — and I am simply a member of the human species that’s part of this process that’s doing his utmost. There are so many things that are counteractive to that in our life today and I think it is our duty, if we can, to counteract forces that detract, that denigrate, that lower us. We have to do what we can to turn the tide to this kind of stuff. – Morten Lauridsen 4) It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see.- Anais Nin   5)  art is a mirror, a way of looking back of yourself ~ Bashar

A.S.C. (altered states of consciousness) – 1) is an arena outside time and space, containing metaphor and imagery as latency.  Metaphor here is an external mental form which corresponds to latent symbolic structures.  It is being in energy, thru a ritual focus that engenders an ASC, which in turn translates the ‘numinous’ qualities of metaphor into human experience, that the initiate then integrates with physically.  Knowledge therefore becomes deeply embedded in the body as physical experience.  *The importance of ASC is that it lessens taints from accompanying ‘projections’ into the energy state.  In this process the qualities inherent in particular metaphors can be eventually given form .  ASC permits shifts in cognitive/perceptual mindstates and permit the initiate to see a larger picture of interconnectedness that was formerly not possible (or ‘noteasilyaccessed’). Symbols as musical tones:  e.g. qualities associated with the Star of David, the cross, the Om mantra take shape in the structure of symbol, and sequence of visualization and experience.  In meditation (ASC / trypping) these qualities are transformed by being traced out in white light (as symbol) and experienced in the body (as vibration). The step from metaphor and symbol is also expressed as the step from mental constructs to vibration – i.e. the physcial experience in the body of the tonal frequencies associated with the numinous qualities of the metaphor.  Without physical feedback from the body one remains in mental constructs only – the books and reports of experiences told by others.  The physical aspects of meditation:   vibrations, circulations in the body, energy pulses – enables one to own the experience of meditation for oneself.  Thus one’s own internal experience can be a basic referent for ethnographic accounts.  Trust in the bodily truth.  (This is why the Gnostics got kicked out of orthodox Christianity.  They were actually having, owning, and being empowered by religious experiences)  So:  vibrational frequencies or tones represent particular metaphorical qualities that are held mentally and once experienced physically, translate into form in terms of how we think, speak, and act.  Bourguignon (1973) considers A.S.Cas part of the psychobiological heritage of our species.  It is ‘therefore a universal feature or process innate to humans that is expressed culturally in variable ways’. I. Prattis.  2) To scramble the senses and cognition is to release impacted ideas and rigidities of perceptions.  Colonic . . . A.S.C. allows the human organism a period of sloughing off of the old and an integration of the new.  Our history of A.S.C. experiences properly utilized are the growth rings of our psyche.

asanas – Yoga postures called asanas, exercise and massage the glands to control the overactive hormones and to activate the dormant hormones. Shyness, depression, dogmatic thinking and fear can be overcome by performing yoga postures prescribed by a properly qualified teacher. Asanas also stimulate compassion, hope, sacrifice, rationality and determination. By applying and releasing pressure on those inactive or underactive glands, the hormones will work to help the individual to move more efficiently towards expansion of mental outlook and the Supreme Goal of life.

Ascension – The ascension process is now geared to the masses and not just the select few – Archangel Michael 2) ‘At this moment Planet Earth, whose real name is Gaia, is in transit through the third stage of the third dimension. It should ascend to the next evolutionary level, or the first stage of the fourth dimension. In order for this change to happen humans need to identify their evolutionary level, and strive to reach the next one. The process of stepping to the next levels in the evolutionary spiral is called ascension. Ascension happens when the vibration of the cells of the human body are increased through a change of consciousness and eating habits. This way the cells produce higher levels of light inside and create a Body of Light.’ ~ 3) “The divine beings of the order of light can never force us to do anything. They can help us, but they cannot force us. We have to want this help, for our free will is always respected. We have to ask for the connection, but we only do this once we have grown tired of playing at being self-centred; when we have had enough of going round in the circles of ignorance. There comes a time when we say: ‘Enough: I can’t take any more suffering (even though I’m quite enjoying it…).’ Then, naturally God makes us a link in the chain of happiness. Happiness flows through us and is passed on to other people. This is how this plane works. This is how we ascend, by placing our gifts and talents at service of the common good. In fact then it is no longer we who are using our talents for the common good — it’s God who uses them through us.” – Prem Baba   4)  the ascension process ~ in a solar system, often a pass thru a photonics belt will excites particles in the sun that then put out a different range of radiation, putting out new frequencies, now energies, which then tells all the species in the solar system that things are moving up in frequency, kind of like a spiraling up . .  ~ ‘P’leiadians

ascension movement – “Hal’s son, Dr. Joshua David Stone, is a well known author and teacher in the ‘ascension movement’ and his daughter, Judith Tamar Stone, is one of the foremost Voice Dialogue teachers.” –

asceticism – “Asceticism doesn’t lie in ascetic robes, or in walking staff, nor in the ashes. Asceticism doesn’t lie in the earring, nor in the shaven head, nor blowing a conch. Asceticism lies in remaining pure amidst impurities. Asceticism doesn’t lie in mere words; He is an ascetic who treats everyone alike. Asceticism doesn’t lie in visiting burial places, It lies not in wandering about, nor in bathing at places of pilgrimage. Asceticism is to remain pure amidst impurities. (Suhi) – Guru Nanak

ashes of Eden –

astral memory – ‘. .  imprinted layers of existence cling to astral memory, like the layers of an onion’. – Rick Phillips

astrology – After English, astrology is my second language. Like a language, it’s both logical and messy; it’s useful in making sense of  the world, yet full of crazy-making ambiguities. At its best, astrology is a playful study of the metaphorical link between the human psyche and the sun, moon, and planets. It’s not a science. It’s an elegant system of symbols, an art form with a special capacity to feed the soul and educate the imagination. When regarded as a precise method for predicting the future or when used to pander to the ego’s obsessions, it becomes a deserving target for satire. – R. Brezsney  2) the oldest science of human history.  According to this cosmology the planetary energies reverberated through the spheres and echoed through the four realms of existence leaving their mark or signature in all aspects of the manifest and non-manifest world. – 3) a kind of intrinsic aesthetic splendor in the universe, an overflow of cosmic intelligence and delight that reveals itself in this continuous marriage of mathematical astronomy and mythic poetry. But in more pragmatic, human terms, my sense of astrology is that the constant coincidence between planetary positions and human lives exists as a kind of universal code for the human mind to unravel, so that we can better understand ourselves and our world, rediscover our deep connection to the cosmos, and be more complete human beings. – R. Tarnas 4) You qualify for the time of your birth, just as you would for a particular type of employment. – The Pleiadians 5) “Astrology has and should again be a spiritual science. Our birth chart is, in a sense, a mirror of our soul and its orientation to our particular incarnation. In our stars, we see our destiny as a soul, we see our growth and evolution of our inner being from life to life. Astrology gives us the keys to the unfoldment of the spirit, as this is the essence of the cosmic life. The planets show the energies we need to master our minds.” ~ David Frawley

astronomy – the rebellious teenage son of astrology

Asura – “supra-human spirits (in Buddhist and Hindu mythologies), inhabiting their own worlds, which nevertheless intersect and interact in consciousness with the world of humans, in complex ways. They are violent, destructive counterparts to the Devas, or light-inhabiting beings. . . . The asuras correspond most closely to what I (and other writers) have called dominator or counter-evolutionary, or “dark force” spirits. – Ralph Metzner

atom – ‘Structures of activities rather than changeless inert things” – R. Sheldrake.  2)  ‘each an intention, a consciously created system for cultivating and regulating its particular field of space.’ – K. Carey

atomismmechanism – The belief that the universe is divisible into simple and similar particles and that all wholes (forms) are fundamentally made up of these particles and nothing more can be termed atomism. The different concrete wholes, like rocks, trees, planets, and air, are simply different configurations of these particles; and change in wholes, such as the growth of a rose from seed to flower, comprise only changes in the configurations of particles.  Atomism began with the philosophy of Leucippius and Democritus, who found a compromise between the universal unity and unchangeability of Parmenides and the commonsense world of diversity and change. Their argument was that the sensory world was reducible to indivisible particles, called atoms, which themselves were identical and unchanging–hence providing a fundamental unity and unchangeableness to the universe. Thus, nature’s wholes were simply a sum (configuration) of its parts (atoms).  From its beginning, this basic doctrine has undergone a number of interpretations as it was espoused by such as Epicurus, Lucretius, Gassendi, and William Boyle. However, its core notion of irreducible particles common to all wholes became a general theory of mechanistic science in the seventeenth century, underlying the philosophical perspective of, say, Hobbes and later Holbach and La Mettrie. This view was pervasive in nineteenth-and twentieth- century physics, chemistry, and biology, and we are now seeing its influence in the social sciences (behaviorism). Essentially, the mechanistic philosophy à la Hobbes sees commonsense wholes as made up of patterns and motion of basic particles. The fundamental laws involve the motions of these particles and their configurations; regularities found for wholes should be reducible to these laws. Moreover, causes are simply the action of one particle upon another (action-at- a-distance, such as gravity, was indeed troublesome to this philosophy, and led to imaginative attempts to define a corpuscular ether transmitting such causes). Things themselves can only act as a consequence of being acted upon.  Because particles were considered similar, if not identical, this mechanistic perspective generally led to emphasizing quantity over qualities, “primary” over “secondary” characteristics. Mass, length, and velocity become fundamental concepts of reality, superordinate to “subjective” qualities like color, texture, odor, taste, and shape. Reality was seen as a universal machine, set in motion, perhaps by God, constructed of elementary particles, governed by mathematical laws, and fully determined.  Mechanism, while still a popular commonsense philosophy and a methodological paradigm for social scientists, has lost its scientific base. Few physicists accept it today. The mechanical view has failed in its attempts to construct ethers, light corpuscles, and mechanical models to account for physical phenomena. Scientists increasingly have had to employ constructs without mechanical meaning (such as electromagnetic field) whose interpretations lie wholly within the mathematical equations of which it is a part. Mechanical models are no longer felt to be needed, even if at all conceivably possible. The focus is now on mathematical abstractions–functions, not material particles.– rj rummel

attachments ~  a fear of not having something

audit culture – ‘The economic imperatives of neoliberalism combined with the technologies of New Public Management have wrought profound changes in the organization of the workplace in many contemporary capitalist societies. Calculative practices including `performance indicators’ and `benchmarking’ are increasingly being used to measure and reform public sector organizations and improve the productivity and conduct of individuals across a range of professions. These processes have resulted in the development of an increasingly pervasive `audit culture’, one that derives its legitimacy from its claims to enhance transparency and accountability.’ – Cris Shore

auric wounds – “ . .  and psychic scars can be repaired quite automatically, like the way the body heals itself, but others can remain in the auric field as long as a lifetime and even be carried into future lifetimes, depending on how deep they are.  Wounds remain in the field so long because people usually avoid directly experiencing their wounds, but suppress them deeper into the field and then bury them with an energy block.  Deep wounds of this sort occur from one extremely harsh interaction or from habitually repeated negative interaction.  – Barbara Brennan

austronomy –

authorial bloat –  a condition brought on by becoming drunk on the ego elixirs that often accompany a feeling of expertise or status of expert . .  – steve buhner (word);  mb  (definition). 

Autarky –  means economic self-sufficiency

authentic ~ from greek ‘authentikos’. The first part means creatie, the second ‘entikos’ means essence. . Something that had the authority of its original creator.

authoritree –

autochotonous – pertaining to autochthons;  aboriginal, indigenous.  ‘This work has led us to meet about 70 local healers in this region, most of them mestizos . . .although the influence of autochotonous groups substantially affects the practices and imagery of the healers’.

autopoesis – Teachers of biology used to teach a list of properties of living things to distinguish them from non-living things, because it simply had no basic definition of life. This list included such properties as irritability (reactivity), mobility, growth and reproduction. A few decades ago, two Chilean biologists, Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela, gave us our first basic definition of life as autopoiesis, a Greek word meaning “self creation.” The definition that goes by this name is as follows: A living entity is one that continually creates its own parts. Note that this basic definition says nothing about growth or reproduction, which may or may not be properties of a living system. Some of you may be happy to know that you can be alive whether you reproduce or not. In any case, this definition seems to apply admirably well to our planet Earth, which scientists used to think of not as a living entity, but as a non-living geological ball upon the surface of which, by some miracle, life sprang from non-life. Now we can see that the Earth constantly creates itself from the inside out, lava erupting from its molten insides to form new rock, while old rock is eroded, carried to the oceans and remelted at the subduction zones of tectonic plates, where the edge of one slides beneath the edge of another. This great recycling system of magma to rock to magma is joined by those of Earth’s waters and atmosphere as the sources of endless creativity, endless supplies of materials to be incorporated into microbes, plants and animals. The entire planet regulates its temperature like a warm-blooded creature, which indeed it can be see to be, as well as regulating the delicate chemical balance in the composition of its atmosphere, seas and soils, further evidence that it is a great living cell or body. Note well that it can function as such only because all its parts are in constant communication and because of the ceaseless planetwide flow of its energy and materials. Life will never evolve naturally on one part of a planet; planets either come to life as wholes or do not come to life at all. – E. Sahourtis

autoscopy – More relevant may be the kinds of double seen in autoscopy, literally ‘seeing oneself.’ Although the OBE (out of body experience) is rarely distinguished from autoscopy in the psychiatric literature, other distinctions are made instead. The main distinction is that OBE involves feeling of being outside the body while autoscopy usually consist of seeing a double. Some people see the whole of their body as a double; some see only parts, perhaps only the face. There is an internal form in which the subject can see his internal organs; and a cenesthetic form in which he does not see, but only feels the presence of his double. There is even a negative form in which the subject cannot see himself even when he tries to look into a mirror. –

avatar – ‘Whenever righteousness wanes and unrighteousness increases I send myself forth. In order to protect the good and punish the wicked, In order to make a firm foundation for righteousness, I come into being age after age.’ (4.7–8) – Bhagavadgītā 2) Theologically an avatāra is a specialized form assumed by Viṣṇu for the purpose of maintaining or restoring cosmic order. The form is suited to particular circumstances, which vary greatly, and therefore the different avatāras that Viṣṇu assumes also vary greatly. All the avatāras, however, perform positive functions vis-à-vis the cosmic order and illustrate Viṣṇu’s nature as a deity who is attentive to worldly stability. Historically the different avatāras of Viṣṇu often appear to represent regional, sectarian, or tribal deities who have been subsumed by established Hinduism under the rubric of one of Viṣṇu’s many forms. By viewing these regional deities as so many varying forms of one transcendent deity, Hinduism was able to accommodate itself to a great variety of local traditions while maintaining a certain philosophic and religious integrity. This process also obviated unnecessary tension and rivalry among differing religious traditions. Although the number of Viṣṇu’s avatāras varies at different periods in the Hindu tradition and in different scriptures, the tradition usually affirms ten avatāras. While the sequence in which these avatāras is mentioned varies, the following order is common: fish, tortoise, boar, man-lion, dwarf, Rāma the Ax Wielder, Rāma of the Rāmāyana, Kṛṣṇa, the Buddha, and Kalki. Traditionally, each avatāra appears in order to perform a specific cosmic duty that is necessary to maintain or restore cosmic order. Having performed that task, the avatāra then disappears or merges back into Viṣṇu. –

Ave Marie – Ave Marie is a common mantra chanted by Christians around the world. The Angelic Salutation, Hail Mary, or Ave Maria (Latin) is a traditional biblical catholic prayer asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.
In Latin ~ Avē Marīa, grātiā plēna, Dominus tēcum. Benedicta tū in mulieribus, et benedictus frūctus ventris tuī, Iēsus. Sāncta Marīa, Māter Deī, ōrā prō nōbīs peccātōribus, nunc et in hōrā mortis nostrae. Āmēn.
In English ~~
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

avenues of thought – ‘If one does not reject patent and observable facts, we are inevitably led by these considerations on ayahuasca to a necessary epistemological revision of modern science, especially medicine. Conceptual frameworks, experimental models, and classic paradigms are all shown here to be inadequate to explain such an experience. Aristotelian thought, the foundation of modern science, provides an inadequate system of coordinates. It appears to us that one cannot undertake a serious and audacious (and ambitious) study of phenomena in the modification of states of consciousness without previously accepting an eventual change of paradigm. The pertinence of these themes enlarges the concepts currently in vogue in order to open up new avenues of thought. Ayahuasca constitutes an intellectual challenge for our time. We cannot overemphasize the need to approach the study of ayahuasca through experiential practices enriched by generations of Amazonian therapists and ayahuasqueros.  J. Mabit et al

aversion – aversion is attachment standing on its head.

awakening – to actually wake up does not result in an awakened self. Rather, it results in the disappearance of the self that had been seeking. After awakening one sees, for the first time, that that seeking self is not one’s actual true identity. Normal life, pre-awakening, is life within the dream of separate self and personal will. To awaken from that dream is to awaken to reality, and that reality does not include an improved or wiser separate self. Upon awakening to reality, it can be seen that awareness is the ground of all being. It can also be seen that ultimately there is only one awareness. That is, “I” do not possess an awareness of my own. Awareness is basic, and the notion of “I” is now seen to be the central illusion of human existence. This could be expresses as: Awareness is real, but “I” am a dream. . . Living in reality means identifying as the All and not as any particular. It means seeing that there is only one awareness, and that everything is that one awareness. As the years post-Awakening pass, this knowing is more and more omnipresent- Donovan Thesanga

awareness flows – Integrative (as opposed to adversarial) approaches to truth might benefit a population that is becoming increasingly congested in its planetary home. Freeing epistemology from the so-called ‘Age of Reason’ might even bring scholarly benefits, such as opening areas of inquiry notoriously resistant to logical investigation, e.g., the visionary quests of sorcerers, the meditational insights of lamas, or just those evanescent understandings people sometimes grasp in that never-never land between sleep and waking. It might also help us understand those awareness flows that can occur across seemingly impenetrable cultural and cognitive barriers. Inquiry into such matters has long resisted both syntax and logic as well as the crucial pillars underlying them: e.g., quantification, measurement, and classification. – Sorenson, R.

ayahuasca – 1) can be viewed as a cleanser; infiltrating and clearing at every possible level of being, chelating wherever darkness hides in the body and energy field, and expelling it. – 2) A gateway – Deborah Frances 3) Despite its growing popularity Ayahuasca remains an exotic mystery. Still used as an important part of spiritual life in many tribes of the South American rain forest it acts as an ethnobotanical medicinal system, in which the tea is the key for healing and progression of human consciousness. Ayahuasca opens the doors and leads to a state where the crystal energy fields of our environment are perceived. The usage of the force of words and sounds in the work with this mystical substance manifests clarity about our mission and the development of the human species. Therefore it transmits huge individual changes. No other substance known to us includes such a wonderful progressive effect on daily-life like it is the case with Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is regarded by its consumers as the real manifestation of god on earth, thus it is the essence of the two Amazonian plants – the mariri and the chacruna. The unification with the tea elevates our consciousness and sensitizes our perception. That opens the opportunity to understand the simplicity of life and the miracle of being itself. Ayahuasca awakes us. It helps to realize the importance of life, the respect towards our body and mind, charity, passion, love and forgiveness. Consequently for everything that stands in relation with survival of humanity and our planet.  The tea is divine for Ayahuasqueiros, because it catapults consciousness out of the material world into spiritual realms. Suffer, conflicts, physical and psychological injuries are reduced step by step depending on the individual degree of readiness of each traveler who had chosen this path to walk on. Taking Ayahuasca is like receiving a divine gift; drinking its own sacral light transmits peace for the spirit, opens the heart and manifests wisdom. ~ From a Brazilian website ~~ 4) How can I best describe the ayahuasca experience to one who has never encountered? We are used to our normal 3 dimensions in this reality with time being the fourth, with ayahuasca feeling becomes the fifth dimension. Imagine being a flower opening under the dawn suns rays; actually try to experience the feeling of being that flower. Feel joy in opening, being. Now imagine being that flower located in the center of the Amazon jungle. The sun rises and you are now the entire jungle, from horizon to horizon, opening in joy. Can you feel being the entire jungle? Inner vision and physical sensation synthesise to create a new sense.- 3) ‘A prasad of the queen of the rainforest, a gift from this queen. Of course to those who are in tune to this frequency of work. It is a spiritual remedy, that works with the fear of healing, potentializing the process of healing. The goal of this medicine is similar to meditation, but acts thru different paths. Ayahuasca goes thru the path of healing, as it purifes the system, helping you to identify the miseries of the soul, the ‘open accounts’, hurts, resentments, and helps you close these accounts thru forgiveness, while opening the channels of gratitude, thru which spiritual ascension can happen. This is about making the transition from fear to trust, which means liberating yourself from the fears from the past, that only possible thru forgiveness, experiential (thru deep comprehension), not intellectual forgiveness. Ayahuasca has fulfilled its work when you are able to look back, thru your parents eyes, thru the eyes of each person of your family constellation, and you are able to sincerely give them thanx for everything. When you are able to see God in your mother and father, in all members of your family, then you are ready to be reborn in spirit. This the gift that thre Amazon rainforest brought to the world. – Prem Baba, Maui Satsang 5/10 4) ‘ . . . when the team (of scientists) then gave the volunteers a dose of ayahuasca and repeated the experiment, they found that the level of activity in the primary visual cortex was virtually indistinguishable when the volunteers were really viewing an image and when they were imagining it.
According to the researchers – “This means visions seen have a real, neurological basis, says de Araujo – they are not made up or imagined.” One may however question this interpretation of the findings – why should visions that have a measurable neural correlate be considered more “real” that those in the inner vision? One might instead say that the power to image or imagine is amplified by the medicine, just as it amplifies other modes of perception and cognition. ~ Aran Frood (  5)  magical pipeline to the supernatural realm ~ Sachahambi  6)  As an embodied plant deva, this cosmic intelligence helps us heal from the human enigma and fast track our progress into illumined understanding. . . a gift from both Mother Earth and our star lineage to transform our human consciousness and ways ~ Tiara Kumara

ayahuasca’s helpersThe leaves were Ayahuasca’s “helpers,” I was told, and their purpose was to “brighten and clarify” the visions. The vine is like a cave, and the leaf is like a torch you use to see what is inside the cave. The vine is like a book, and the leaf is like the candle you use to read the book.  The vine is like a snowy television set, and the leaf helps to tune in the picture. There was a subtle attitude that the need for strong leaf was the sign of a beginner: An experienced ayahuasquero could see the visions even in low light. ~ Gayle Highpine

ayni – ” . . . This state of harmony is epitomised by the sacred law of Ayni, a law taught within this tradition but essentially one of the most sacred universal laws governing life. ‘Ayni’, simply put, means reciprocity. This law ensured, in its practice, social balance within the Incan empire. At its core, it is the act of giving, and the honour that exists with this act is the sole motivator for the giver. In the west we tend to lean towards energy exchange – ‘A’ gives to ‘B’ and ‘B’ reciprocates. Ayni expresses this differently – ‘A’ gives to ‘B’ motivated purely by the love of giving. This law teaches that what has been given is an energy, no matter its form, and cannot be kept. So ‘B’ is obliged to give to another who may have need, at any time. This law is supported by nature and is obvious in our natural surroundings. A tree does not hold jealously to its fruits but gives to the birds, insects, earth, and so on, its excess. In return the tree receives what it needs to grow – water, sunlight, and minerals, for example, from nature. And so the cycle of life perpetuates in flow and harmony.’ –