“The Lament of the Dead”: Five Questions for the Ayahuasca Adventurer

” The Lament of the Dead ” Five Questions for the
Ayahuasca Adventurer

Conversations with Don Machinga and Other Beings

ship illustration Red Book Illustration from Jung’s ‘Red Book’

“We are lived by powers we pretend to understand:

They arrange our lives; it is they who direct at the end.

The enemy bullet, the sickness, or even our hand.

It is their tomorrow hangs over the earth of the living.

And all that we wish for our friends; but existing is believing

We know for whom we mourn and who is grieving.”

W.H.Auden, “In Memory of Ernst Toller” (1940)

The marvelous line from this poem – “We are lived by powers we pretend to understand” – provides the link back to my previous blog about mind control.

In this blog, I tried to show how the encounter with La Madre Ayahuasca, especially when combined with a long term dieta of a powerful Amazonian medicinal tree or plant, shows us unequivocally how much of our mind is shaped by cultural conditioning and…

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