The growing spiritual movement and neo-shamanic community are hotly debating a number of questions, such as: What is the role and relevancy of shamanism in our modern world? Who is a shaman? What function must a person perform to be called a shaman?
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There is no debating that entheogenic compounds have played a vital role in the development of a number of religious doctrines and practices around the world. They still persist, not unlike the sprig of acacia in Freemasonry, in the form of humble yet powerful symbols which communicate similar, if not identical Truths.
We've heard the story before. A patient slips into a coma and
nearly dies. He experiences lights,
colors, and landscapes, all while disconnected from his body. Messages
are imparted, deep feelings are felt, and then he is sucked back
into the material world, his whole perspective changed. The difference this time is that the patient is a neurosurgeon.
A culture based upon an abstract, disconnected
conception of space is re-shaping our world for the worse. A
parallel reality is replacing the living one. Architects have been commissioned to
destroy historic buildings and urban spaces worldwide. Such interventions are
praised by their promoters but are disastrous for the urban fabric.