In my own experience, plants of power became profound teachers on my path. I see them as earth’s sacred technology to help us awaken, reconnecting with the spirit world and divine creation. I understood that the awakening journey has many levels, thresholds and paths. It’s just not about one path or another. Ultimately “truth is a pathless land” as Krishnamurti said. The whole spectrum of the human experience is wider than our ordinary consciousness can grasp. One of those thresholds for me were plants of power. After more than 20 years of exploring that world in Peru, I clearly see the importance of true and sincere respect for those initiations and ceremonies with plants of power. They have the potential to open ourselves up into the remembrance of our own power, a power of creation but also a power of destruction. That power has a lot impact in human life. To keep that power in balance and aligned to the sacred divine will, we need to learn how to be respons-able, how to respond to trails, thresholds and challenges in life while dealing the matrix of control of this world. Working with these plants of power, I have been seen people experience great realizations, healing and awakenings, but also many by-passings and traps. It so easy to blame the plant of our own limitations or weakness, or to say that the “plant told me” what to do (“spiritual downloads”). The purpose of taking plant medicine is to remember your own power, your own inner medicine, inner “technology”, and inner healer; not depending on the “medicine” to keep walking your path in an embodiment way on earth.
“The basic story of the hero journey involves giving up where you are, going into the realm of adventure, coming to some kind of symbolically rendered realization, and then returning to the field of normal life. I think the shaman’s crisis is the most vivid and interesting example of the call in real life. Typically the young person is walking alone on the ocean shore or in the mountains or in the forest, and hears an unearthly music; this music then is accompanied by some kind of visionary visitation, which amounts to summons.” Joseph Campbell
Walking the path of plants of power is very narrow, like walking the edge of a knife. Many other spiritual teachings, healing, visions and insights came along the path. I have experienced diverse journeys since 1998 exploring medicine plants and training in the jungle and andes of Peru. I saw also the other/dark side of those practices. There is a very thin line between use and abuse when it comes to such powerful tools. That line becomes even more narrow when we start to awaken to a higher/deeper understanding and state of being/doing. I came to the realization that plants of power are doorways but not the path itself. I understood the initiation aspect to work with them in the journey of human existence. I also understood that those plants of power are on earth for everyone, but not everyone is for those plants. There is a whole movement of people in this day and age who are giving so much power to those plants and it is actually creating the opposite effect. Creating a whole industry and tourism around it; huge healing center businesses, retreats, dietas, etc. I understand on the basic level the intention to support and help others to awaken/heal – to share this “science” to more people, etc. But people are starting to confuse the real purpose of these plants. Even in indigenous tribes in the amazon, infected by this artificial system of control which has been programming millions of people into this artificial reality and paradigm, are abusing of these plants because of the profit of a pseudo shamanic tourism. Competing and hurting each other, even in parallel dimensions. One huge realization came very clear thought out these years in my own individual work is that, humans on earth are interacting with other multidimensional beings. Beings which are supporting in transcendental ways and other beings manipulating humans as food. A human farm on earth. I wrote about this realization in this article http://fredclarkealvarez.com/hyper-dimensional-revelations/
Time later the book the Active Side of Infinity resonated with me when Don Juan explained the rol of the predator to Carlos. This is a quote of the book: “We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The Predator is our lord and master. It has rendered us docile, helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don’t do so… I have been beating around the bush all this time, insinuating to you that something is holding us prisoner. Indeed we are held prisoner! “This was an energetic fact for the sorcerers of ancient Mexico … They took us over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance. just as we rear chickens in chicken coops, the predators rear us in human coops, humaneros. Therefore, their food is always available to them.” “No, no, no, no,” [Carlos replies] “This is absurd don Juan. What you’re saying is something monstrous. It simply can’t be true, for sorcerers or for average men, or for anyone.” “Why not?” don Juan asked calmly. “Why not? Because it infuriates you? … You haven’t heard all the claims yet. I want to appeal to your analytical mind. Think for a moment, and tell me how you would explain the contradictions between the intelligence of man the engineer and the stupidity of his systems of beliefs, or the stupidity of his contradictory behaviour. Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of belief, our ideas of good and evil, our social mores. They are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations and dreams of success or failure. They have given us covetousness, greed, and cowardice. It is the predators who make us complacent, routinary, and egomaniacal.” “‘But how can they do this, don Juan? [Carlos] asked, somehow angered further by what [don Juan] was saying. “‘Do they whisper all that in our ears while we are asleep?” “‘No, they don’t do it that way. That’s idiotic!” don Juan said, smiling. “They are infinitely more efficient and organized than that. In order to keep us obedient and meek and weak, the predators engaged themselves in a stupendous manoeuvre stupendous, of course, from the point of view of a fighting strategist. A horrendous manoeuvre from the point of view of those who suffer it. They gave us their mind! Do you hear me? The predators give us their mind, which becomes our mind. The predators’ mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now.” “I know that even though you have never suffered hunger… you have food anxiety, which is none other than the anxiety of the predator who fears that any moment now its manoeuvre is going to be uncovered and food is going to be denied. Through the mind, which, after all, is their mind, the predators inject into the lives of human beings whatever is convenient for them. And they ensure, in this manner, a degree of security to act as a buffer against their fear.” “The sorcerers of ancient Mexico were quite ill at ease with the idea of when [the predator] made its appearance on Earth. They reasoned that man must have been a complete being at one point, with stupendous insights, feats of awareness that are mythological legends nowadays. And then, everything seems to disappear, and we have now a sedated man. What I’m saying is that what we have against us is not a simple predator. It is very smart, and organized. It follows a methodical system to render us useless. Man, the magical being that he is destined to be, is no longer magical. He’s an average piece of meat.” “There are no more dreams for man but the dreams of an animal who is being raised to become a piece of meat: trite, conventional, imbecilic. “This predator,” don Juan said, “which, of course, is an inorganic being, is not altogether invisible to us as other inorganic beings are. I think as children we do see it, but we decide it’s so horrific that we don’t want to think about it. Children, of course, could insist on focusing on the sight, but everybody else around them dissuades them from doing so. The only alternative left for mankind is discipline. Discipline is the only deterrent. But by discipline I don’t mean harsh routines. I don’t mean waking up every morning at five-thirty and throwing cold water on yourself until you’re blue. Sorcerers understand discipline as the capacity to face with serenity odds that are not included in our expectations.
For sorcerers, discipline is an art; the art of facing infinity without flinching; not because they are strong and tough, but because they are filled with awe.”
― Carlos Castañeda, The Active Side of Infinity
In my understanding and experience, the delicate work with plants of power are initiations to doorways of a new awareness, thresholds to keep walking our path. A path which is lucid, like a lucid dream. But there are also dangers in these unseen realms with jungles far worse than any physical jungle on earth. Its about waking up not keeping up numb with plant medicine or to escape reality. It looks more easy to avoid or excuse live’s challenges through plant journeys, as an spiritual bypass, than to accept and do a sincere discipline self work, living in infinity, fully present in the world, a spirit embodied, aligned with divine will. The real ceremony starts in our daily life, the journey of the world, our families, the earth and all our relations.
“Now being a shaman is no fun in any of these societies, and a lot of young people just don’t want to accept it. Unfortunately, those who choose to refuse the call don’t have a life. Either they die, or, in trying to lead more mundane lives, they exist as nonentities, what T.S. Elliot called “hollow men”. If the called is heeded, however, the individual is invoked to engage in a dangerous adventure. It’s always a dangerous adventure because you’re moving out of the familiar sphere of your community. In myths, this is represented as moving out of the known sphere altogether into the great beyond. I call this crossing the threshold. This is crossing from the conscious into the unconscious world, but the unconscious world is represented in many, many, many different images, depending on the cultural surroundings of the mythos. It may be a plunge into the ocean, it may be a passage into the dessert, it may be a getting lost in a dark forest, it may be finding yourself in a strange city. It may be depicted as an ascent or as a descent or as a going beyond the horizon, but this is the adventure-it’s always the path into the unknown, through the gateway of the cave or the clashing rocks.” Joseph Campbell
After being in the world of medicine journeys for many years, I came to the understanding that in ancient times those plants were meant for initiations, not something to take every weekend, let alone one’s whole life. There were also many restrictions you may not have been allowed to take them but you needed to “earn” it as part of the initiations. Now there is hardly any guidance around it. It’s just about giving the “medicine”. I had a long pause in my personal journey around my work contemplating deeply this situation. In a way I was participating in the “movement of medicine journeys”. After a strong disillusionment in many ways, it took me around 4-5 years to find different ways and new understandings on how to see and work with myself, walk my path and to find respectful ways to work with plants of power. I needed to review and recapitulate to start being and doing the real work around it. Plants of power require a different work, a work of integration with other aspects of the healing process: understanding psychology, shadow work, hidden (hyperdimensional) forces, mythology, embodiment practices, a deeper understanding and application of spiritual and shamanic work in the process of awakening.
Theres is a lot of work to do and share in more grounded and embodied ways and we don’t need plant medicine to keep doing that work. Plants of power are part of the awakening of human consciousness evolution with no doubt. All around the world we will find different messengers in different plants of power. The spirit of the ancient ones is still around us. Music/sound, healing arts, fasting, talks, immersions in nature, embodiment practices, mediation, movement, martial arts and many other aspects of the human experience that allow us to keep working towards an awakening journey, to enjoy fully this sacred human experience in a deeper and higher way to become full embodied frequency anchors of divine will.
“The world of people goes up, and down and people go up and down with their world; warriors have no attention following the ups and downs. The warrior choose only once, chooses either to be warrior or to be ordinary men/women. Everyone can see, and yet we choose not to remember what we see. Everybody has enough personal power for something.” Carlos Castañeda