Wade Davis, anthropologist and best-selling author, known for his work among indigenous communities in the Amazon, has written on topics ranging from Haitian voodoo to our current climate crisis.
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In March of 1992, William S. Burroughs underwent an exorcism — a healing ceremony led by Diné shaman Melvin Betsellie. Allen Ginsberg was visiting at the time and sat in on the ceremony. What follows is transcribed excerpts of 16 hours of recorded conversation between Burroughs and Ginsberg after the ceremony.
The fact that people can fall asleep to become a unicorn flying through the air, and then awaken to drive to work like nothing ever happened, is an accomplishment of composure that deserves recognition.
Celibacy, seminal retention, castration and Spermatorrhea all come from male-centered cultures and religions. Saving seed/oil/money from spilling and anxiety around wet dreams were also entangled in the cross-cultural need to distinguish dry men from wet women
Sky is a paradox and problem explored by phenomenologists and landscape artists. It blurs the line between self and other, and the specific way we perceive it is partially determined by our history, environment, and embodiment.
This is the year when we will channel
the spirit of the witch, honor the earth and our bodies, shift toward natural healing
and whole foods, share our resources, collaborate and communicate more openly, and elevate women and girls to equality all over the world: these
are all grand workings of feminine magic that we are manifesting
Now is the time for us to become visionary shamans, to
become more thoughtful and heart-centered in our treatment of the earth and her
resources. We must make conscious evolutionary changes. We can do it because we
have imaginal cells that are ready and waiting to transform our being, to create a
paradigm shift of seeing and being in the world.