An Ayahuasca Journey within the Series ‘The Shamanic Quest’ is a report of my Ayahuasca voyage in 2004 to Ecuador, where I was drinking the sacred brew in the presence of an experienced Shuar shaman.
I erect the hypothesis that when the traditional Ayahuasca brew is ingested, it is not, or not directly, the plant’s DMT that causes the spiritual voyage, as it is assumed in the overwhelming part of the literature on shamanism and entheogens, but the shaman’s superconsciousness impacting upon the consciousness of the shaman’s client, the seeker of truth who comes to drink the brew.
I explain in this paper the various theories of causation, report my own Ayahuasca experience in all detail, and cite the few research results from other consciousness researchers (Narby, Leadbeater, Villoldo) that seem to corroborate my hypothesis.
My hypothesis is that the shaman’s directed superconscious intent impacts on the plant’s consciousness matrix and uses this matrix as a transmitting and amplifying agent of his powerful thought forms. I call this a multi-causative theory of causation versus the reigning single-causative theory that holds it was solely the plant’s or the brew’s DMT that causes the consciousness-altering effects. I also bring forth evidence from the experience itself that appears to strongly corroborate my conclusions.
The Matriarchal Science within the Series ‘The Shamanic Quest’ is a study that outlines the present debate about the dichotomy of matriarchy-patriarchy.
On the level of the collective unconscious, the study demonstrates that the historical transition from matriarchy to patriarchy has not taken place in so far as the matriarchal symbols and cosmic energy holders, such as the lunar bull, and the serpent, are still present as ‘counterplayers’ to patriarchy within the universal unconscious.
What we can learn from mythology, as this study shows, is to find solutions that are viable and durable because they are integrated in the landscape of soul, and our collective unconscious, and not just green table solutions that may appeal to our rational mind only.
The Role of Intention in the Shamanic Experience as part of the Series ‘The Shamanic Quest’ is a study that is based on the essential hypothesis erected in my report ‘An Ayahuasca Journey’ about my experience with the sacred Ayahuasca brew back in 2004 in Ecuador.
The hypothesis I have erected in that report was that there is no linear causation by plant chemistry only, as most of the shamanism researchers admit, such as ‘it’s the DMT in the brew that causes the consciousness-altering cognitive experience.’
My report showed with much evidence that it is rather the shaman’s intention for guiding the client’s Ayahuasca voyage that is the main causation, while this intention and the thought forms that go along with it, is amplified and transmitted by the plant’s entheogenic matrix.
The present article generalizes this insight and tries to elucidate how intention plays a crucial role in all shamanic experience and is a practical tool of the experienced shaman in his healing efforts and his relations with the spirit world.
The Shamanic Method as part of the Series ‘The Shamanic Quest’ is a study that is based on my essential hypothesis that shamanism is a science, the first real science that humanity has developed through the wisdom of native aboriginal peoples around the world.
The article first elucidates what detracted shamanism from being recognized as a valid science, based on objective observation of nature and repeatable experimentation, then it shows shamanism’s model function in our culture, and finally explains how shamanism has finally, in the 20th century, entered our own Western culture, and what this means for our cultural and spiritual development.
In the last chapter, it is further explained how shamanism can be a science and a tool for achieving ecstasy—the contemplation of wholeness—at the same time, something that our Western science has never even attempted to achieve.
The Warrior-Scientist as part of the Series ‘The Shamanic Quest’ represents a closer look at the figure of the Shaman, who is not only a healer and a sage in all tribal shamanic cultures, but also a trusted communicator with the sacred, invisible realms inhabited by spirits, and last not least a healer.
The role of the shaman in these cultures has been misunderstood and devalued by early Western ethnology, but since the 1960s, and the starting point taken with Mircea Eliade’s academic study ‘Shamanism’ (1964), this image of the shaman or native priest has been revised. It is now established research that shamans are people with superior personal and interpersonal skills who often as early as in adolescence follow a call to become a guide and healer for their clan or even their entire tribe.
The article has been completed with a review of Dr. Alberto Villoldo’s book ‘Shaman, Healer, Sage’ (2000) which today can be considered as one of the best resources on the subject of shamanism in general, and the role of the shaman, in particular.
Inner Child Workbook: Recovering and Healing Your Inner Child within the Series ‘The Journey to Self’ is a comprehensive guide and roadmap to recovering and healing the inner child.
Experience has shown that Inner Child Recovery and Inner Child Healing are two different processes and need to be done subsequently, with the recovery process logically being before the steps taken to healing the inner child.
Hence a successful Inner Child Healing process can only build on the smart you have applied to recovering your inner child in the first place, and this can be a tricky matter, which is why a step-by-step plan is needed. Thus follow the guide through from beginning to end without skipping a page! It is important! These are the steps to take:
—Inner Child Recovery
—Mastering Your Resistance
—Getting in Touch
—Inner Child Healing (In 3 Acts)
Inner Child FAQ within the Series ‘The Journey to Self’ is a traditional Frequently Asked Questions that is not meant to be exhaustive. Though the most common questions have been answered, inner child recovery and healing is a complex process that has many different facets for different people, thus a FAQ can never really cover all the questions.
Inner Child Essays within the Series ‘The Journey to Self’ are essays that provide unusual or uncanny insights and perspectives on the inner child, and how the recovered and healed inner child is different from the wounded or mute inner child, and how to use its creative energy constructively and for the purpose of our spiritual development. These are the 6 Essays in this volume:
1) Feel Good for No Reason
2) Inner Child Recovered
3) Inner and Outer Child
4) Child Play
5) The Invisible Artist
6) Violence Begins Inside
The ‘Inner Child Art Guide’ within the Series ‘The Journey to Self’ is a systematic roadmap to create art without any artistic technique, solely by trusting the awakened and healed inner child to express his or her intrinsic talent.
The audio version of the essay comes with an additional bonus for the preparation of your first child-art session: a complete 13 min. long relaxation session, with which you proceed from light to deep trance in 4 subsequent phases, composed by Peter Fritz Walter.
Please be aware that Inner Child Art can only work with a recovered and healed inner child, hence you need to work through the following guides first:
—Inner Child FAQ
—Inner Child Essays
—Inner Child Healing
From Imitating to Originating within the Series ‘The Journey to Self’ is a systematic roadmap to entering the exciting life of a creator, and leaving imitating others behind forever.
The essay explains that it all starts with a change of attitude, because ‘attitude counts.’ How to nurture a creative mind is the opening question that is answered through four distinct methods or work duties for the aspirant creator, which are explained in all detail:
1) Write Your Story
2) Practice Meditation
3) Note Your Dreams
4) Experience Solitude
Each of these steps toward creatorhood is a challenge, especially the adventure of solitude as an essential step for affirming the autonomy of one’s selfhood.