The shaman's way...is inexorable
It is my joyful sense that we—humanity—have turned a corner in our collective dreaming. I was running errands in Ojai yesterday and found that feeling reflected in various shopkeepers and cashiers, as well—an almost giddy excitement: We did it!
“We did what?”
“I don’t know really,” they’d shrug. “We turned a corner!”
Yes, we did. We survived 2012—and not only that, we anchored a new awareness, a collective longing-turned-to-commitment, for oneness, for ayni; for healing the Earth and all our relations. Even a scientist friend from the Methow Valley, Washington, shared an excerpt (below) from a talk given perhaps over a decade ago by the now-deceased evolutionary biologist Terence McKenna, calling for a return to the magical ways of the shaman. Here’s a brief quote: “At the centre of that ‘archaic revival’ impulse is the shaman: stoned, intoxicated on plants, speaking with the spirit helpers, dancing in the moonlight, and vivifying and invoking a world of conscious, living mystery. That’s what the world is. The world is not an unsolved problem for scientists or sociologists. The world is a living mystery: our birth, our death, our being in the moment – these are mysteries. They are doorways opening on to unimaginable vistas of self-exploration, empowerment and hope for the human enterprise.”
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