I hope that by sharing this information on how to properly work with and administer rapé to yourself and others, we can begin to overcome the abuse of plant medicine through casual thought, something that is all too prevalent around the world. Once we are able to enter into the present moment and set an intention of healing, we can once again cultivate a healing relationship with one of the most powerful plant medicines on this plant.
What follows is the first of a series of posts I intend on doing over the coming year documenting my experiences supporting (and eventually partaking in) the Lakota Vision Quest. It is also a documentation of my experiences within the Eagle Condor Prophecy and how it stands to be the new myth we need to support the growing global consciousness that is emerging.
How does one fix past karmic ties? The knots of experience needed to be slowly untied so as not to cause any more psychic damage. I am reminded of a personal revelation from a ceremony last year. In this revelation, I had asked for a deeper understanding of how this type of work actually heals us. The response was quite simple: the conscious mind needs to acknowledge the experience through remembering and in that moment with a practice of mindfulness must not reattach again to the suffering. Remembering to do this in the midst of a deep emotional remembering is not an easy thing to do.
What follows is a basic explanation of plant spirit shamanism and its place within the greater alchemical tradition of the west. Plant spirit shamanism is one of the oldest traditions in cultures around the world, both mundane and magical. In the Amazonian traditions, the term used would be vegetalista, rather than shaman. A vegetalista is they who have received their power from the plants. Learning the plant life that is around us in nature was and still is one of the most important magical practices. What is food? What is medicine? What heals and what harms? It is arguably humans first foray into spirituality; traversing the Garden of Eden, developing relationships with spirits and peoples of the world. King Solomon had his angels and jinn, while the shaman has his plant allies, chants and power objects.