Ayahuasca tourism is part of a much wider spiritual ecology and political economy. Will the enlightened and the healed help the overwhelming fight against big companies eating up the rainforest and destroying the territorial survival of the very Shipibo communities from whom they are receiving so much benefit?
America since its inception has rarely embraced true myths of self-sacrifice, and so it is hardly surprising that the Thor posters proclaim: "Courage is Immortal." It is the commando's slogan. Where in America is there a child who might learn that both Odin and Thor achieved their Archangelic and Angelic destinies by acts of self-sacrificing renunciation rather than self-aggrandizing physical violence against imaginary enemies?
Just as every human may have one or more animal forms, so too every animal may have one or more humanoid forms. "Therianthropes," or "man-animals," are some of the oldest images in the history of art. In some cases these figures are clearly shamans, who have undergone a transformation. In other cases, they appear to be inter-dimensional beings. How can we read these images?
Some people manage to grow food in ordinary pots. But watering twice a day? Who has time for that? Enter the SWC, an inexpensive device guaranteed to save you from your own brown thumb and allow you to start your urban victory garden.