It may be best to sanctify her scorched shell instead. To turn it into a true sanctuary, a hortus conclusus or enclosed garden, a teaching of the noble truth of impermanence.
You probably won’t be finding any of this in your Zen master’s upcoming teishos, but it is nonetheless worthwhile to get caught up on recent neurological studies of meditation and its impact upon the brain.
Animistic perspectives, which hold the cosmos as “a being to whom prayers and offerings are made, who is endowed with understanding, agency and sentience, and responds to the actions of humans,” are often dismissed as primitive, yet this account of a healing within the shamanic traditions of the Native American Church and the vegetalistas of the Peruvian Amazon reminds us of how profound healing can be when it arises from indigenous perception of a sentient, living cosmos.
Filmmakers Jim Sunday and Andre Clement wandered into Mayantuyacu some years ago wanting to make a short film on Amazonian shamanism. They found themselves swept up into a story of pilgrimage and apprenticeship instead.
Magic mushroom use among Tolkien’s contemporaries and a review of The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience, by Carl Ruck of Boston University.
Subversive Spiritualities is the fruit of many years of anthropological fieldwork and meditations upon the “cosmocentric economy” of indigenous peoples and the “Modern Constitution” of the West. In it Apffel-Marglin weaves a fugue.
Ayahuasca translated means “the vine of the dead,” and the taste
of the dead is familiar to a portion of our psyche we touch only in
The prophecy of the Eagle and
Condor, which is common to several traditional
indigenous cultures of North, Central, and South America, points to a time when humans face the evolutionary choice of moving into symbiotic presence within the
Indigenous, shamanic ways of healing and prophecy are not
foreign to the West. Rather, they are simply unrecognized. Native symbiosis in
a living, sentient cosmos is found at the very origin of the European literary