Psychedelics may help people get to the “roots” of their problems–but what does that mean? This essay explores the meanings of roots, and where they take us.
Linda Black Elk is a tribal coordinator of the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council, Lecturer in Ethnobotany at Sitting Bull College, as well as full time teacher and mother of young children. With her permission, I arranged some of her writing about Standing Rock into prose poems. This is the third in a series of Standing Rock Protectors features.
It was infuriating that the solution to much of life’s angst had always been hidden in plain sight if only the veil could have been lifted. The fights I could have sidestepped, the conflicts and squabbles, the overwhelming enormity of self-inflicted suffering that could have been avoided didn’t bear thinking about.
Scriptures, no matter how deeply revered, have never fallen out of the skies and hit prophets on their heads; they have always been written by inspired human beings who personally experienced alternate states of awareness in various sociopolitical settings and expressed the revelations they encountered as best they could in speech or writing.