I have met SW myself in Brazil. And although I agree with most of what has been said about the man himself, my last post on the [www.godlikeproductions.com
] (at the very bottom) shines a more discerning light on what happened to Stuie...
And for all the bad rep ayahuasca has been given on this thread, I would like to emphasise here that shamanism isn't necessarily a 'religion' as intimated by Nicole Bétrancourt. Shamanism actually originates from Siberia (the word shaman is derived from the Tungus language) and is the description by which the medicine man (healer) of the community worked for the well-being of the whole community in service and without charging money for his healing, knowledge of plants & herbs (much like the herbal women & medicine men that were burnt at the stake during the Spanish inquisition) and his visionary abilities.
John Dee was the first 'magician' of the Western world and was Queen Elizabeth of England's confidant, astrologer, as well as extremely knowledgeable in the occult (hidden) arts. He certifiably was the first secret agent for Her Majesty The Queen of England. [www.johndee.org
The Voynich Manuscript
which has not been deciphered to this day, contains drawings of completely unknown plants & very strange & peculiar drawings. [beinecke.library.yale.edu
Why am I mentioning these apparently unrelated two subject matters?
Because it as mysterious & ill-understood as ayahuasca for the Western mechanical worldview that cancels out anything that cannot be 'logically' be put into a 'box'. The great Inquisition is the original trauma of Western man's inherent ability (having been destroyed by the Catholic church's dogmatic 'iron-fisted rulership') to connect with something beyond the mere dogmatic worldview of 'religion'.
In that respect then, shamanism isn't a religion at all - it is the true reverence of nature where everything
in nature is infused with energy - or, if one were to borrow a scientific term - 'matter'. The original term for this is animism
religion. It was wide-spread across the entire the globe and was part of man's original relationship with his environment. One of the best books that has been written from a more scientific p.o.v, and approached ayahuasca from a more discerning perspective is Jeremy Narby's "The Cosmic Serpent". The symbolism of the snake (or, 'reptiles', to relate to some of the posts here) which also tie in with the lack of understanding of the spiritual context of ayahuasca, is that the double helix in medicine (two snakes intertwining up a stave also known as the aescolap) resembles the root of the ayahuasca vine - also two twisted branches in tight twirl growing up a tree.
That said, ayahuasca & the whole neo-colonialism of Westerners' (ab-)using ayahuasca (Ayahuasca tourism) for a 'kick' or "going on a little ego trip" has brought down the true purpose & ayahuasca's genuine healing properties.Ayahuasca Tourism: A Cautionary Tale
Although the author here focuses mainly on Peru, it includes the whole Amazon basin from Colombia down to the farthest corners of Northern Brazil. In Brazil, the Santo Daime Church uses ayahuasca as their sacrament and is approved by the government as an indigenous healing plant brew.
While ayahuasca certainly is not
a recreational 'drug' as some allude to it here, and while it has to be approached with caution, utmost respect
, the right intention
, mindset & in the right context
, it is still an extremely challenging experience that takes one to a whole different way of looking at oneself or one's past.
That the west has no ability to access a different kind of consciousness (which is neither here nor there, just different
), has much to do with the fact that the Western mindset is stuck in the mechanical Cartesian ('Descartes') manner of looking through a very restricted prism of 'healing' in a very
specific manner (i.e, real
drugs - such as pills, dependency inducing antidepressants, addictive syrups containing codeine, amphetamines and a whole array of 'medication' that the pharmaceutical mafia is intent on keeping people hooked on). In contrast to what somebody wrote here that when one has done deep meditations, ayahuasca can enhance a sotive experience and is not counter-indicative to medtiation practices, quite the opposite, as a matter of fact.
Whereas antideperessants burn one's synapses, and end up destroying one's braincells for good, ayahuasca, when
taken with deliberation
! on a regular basis) and with the right (spiritually clean) shaman can be extremely beneficial, deeply healing and truly life-enhancing.
Certainly, most Westerners approach ayahuasca as if it were LSD, which is chemically based & has no healing properties, whereas the ayahuasca vine is the root bark. DMT is a naturally produced chemical by the human brain. The root bark of the vine is most often cooked with Chacruna leaves (which induce the visions). Solely because it is not
understood & put in its proper
context, it is then demonised into a 'drug' whereas the pills in one's home cabinet are 'perceived' as "good" - which is peculiar, to say the least.
Stuart Wilde has corrupted & hijacked the true nature of ayahuasca as a healing plant & has become attached to drugs in general - especially
alcohol & 'E'. That he therefore disrespects what ayahuasca can truly do for those who are genuinely intent on healing themselves has gone lost in this whole thread - which is just more proof that he is debasing that which could be used in a much more positive & life-affirming fashion.
He's not alone in this for those that do not
know & have not experienced it first hand are eager to 'label' it merely as "substance abuse" when nothing could be further from the truth. It has been extremely helpful in my own healing (getting off
medication for good
) and being freed from physical ailments that the doctors weren't able to heal. I've been free of these conditions since & I've been able to get off the medication to alleviate the ailments I was suffering from.
I am not
intent on 'pomoting' ayahuasca. But I do not appreciate that it is being demonised without really understanding what is behind it (fear of the unknown) and immediately considering it as a 'no-no' and why so many Westerners, after having drunk the brew only once, just think of it as 'bad' or "crazy" or 'dangerous'.
That Stuart Wilde
is a dangerous, ill-begotten individual who has a very
sinister agenda is, however, undisputed.