I have worked with entheogens for 20 years, starting with my first journey with Ayahuasca in Peru in 1997. They have allowed me to delve deep into the mirror of myself, heal life traumas, and understand the nature of self and god and reality through my own experience, not books, not hearsay.
Underneath the stories of pleasure and pain that we live, there is another movement happening—the journey of consciousness in time. A journey from blindness to vision. From ignorance to wisdom. From alienation to love. At some point in their life-time(s), individuals become aware of this process of awakening and the journey takes on momentum and critical mass.
Keys are found and doors open —across time and culture. The person in quest-in begins to see that there are bridges to understanding that are fragmented and buried in the myths and stories of many cultures. Perhaps some of these associations resonate in the context of a past-life memory, or a feeling of inexplicable familiarity. One’s own “body of knowledge”—this very flesh— awakens to a celebration of the cosmic principles of life. Belief systems and values within the single lifetime collapse and are reintegrated over-and-over, leading to many rebirths in one life.
I’ve understood something about this as revealed through the sacramental journey, the iChing, sacred geometry, the spelling of words, and the meaning of archetypes. This understanding is transformative. It has a consistent and demonstrable logic to it. It is a code. You could call it the awakening code.
Like DNA, it is a pattern which informs and enlightens. The inter-connections between apparently dissimilar things or people. The levels of spontaneous unfoldment in a process. The nature of divine Mind.
There are myths about individuals who have achieved enlightenment, but the stories usually focus on the personality and not the process. While the process itself has as many flavors as the personality, it is intrinsically timeless, and is happening to us even when we are ignorant of it. The process of awakening has relevance to our time because it is largely forgotten as a human evolutionary purpose.
Jack Cross is an ecstatic poet and psychonaut who writes about a “Christ Complexicon,” of Word, Logos, Logic, the Geometry of the English/Latin Alphabet, Archetype, Myth, the language of time, polarity and the reconciliation of opposites.
For me, the psychedelic experience, the enTheogenic experience, the Sacramental experience, have always been one and the same. There is only a slight difference of inflection and reflection between recreation and re-Creation, part-y and Holy. And WHO is to say? Certainly not a secular fiction.
“God isn’t found with a microscope or a telescope, God is found with a mirror.”
“The Mind/Soul-Manifesting effects of psychedelics are prohibited by nearly every civilization on earth for this very reason. Psyche-delic is no misnomer.
One could even say that civilization itself rests upon the prohibition of mind-altering substances. Secular fictions, and Theocratic fictions, perpetuate themselves by Law and violence. Law perpetuates itself with the principle of precedence, of that which came before, and what came before was the First Law, “Do not eat of the fruit of this Tree.” This is the world we wake up in, as Spiritual Criminals.
Psychedelics are not for the faint of heart, nor the faint of mind, they are for pilgrims journeying home.
Shonagh Home is a shamanic therapist, teacher, writer and poet. Her specialized private sessions and retreats are probing and revelatory, assisting clients to break chronic, self-defeating patterns, and move into empowered personal sovereignty. She conducts therapy sessions with clients around the globe via Skype and hosts personal retreats at her cottage on a horse farm outside of Seattle. There, she inducts her guest into areas of expansion and awareness through deep soul work, resulting in exponential shifts that are life-changing.
Shonagh is an international public speaker on the subject of visionary shamanic-spirit medicine, a voice for stewardship of the honeybees, and a teacher on the subject of Traditional Foods. She is author of the books, Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine, Love and Spirit Medicine, Poetic Whispers from the Green Realms, and Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissa Speaks.
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