What to consider before drinking Ayahuasca or Haoma

“The whole world is both rising and setting, a turning sphere, a travelling star.” ~ Ibn Arabi

Ayahuasca is a psychedelic (slow simmered) brew made popularly out of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine  in combination with the leaves of dimethyltryptamine (DMT)-containing species of shrubs from the genus Psychotria. The vine represents the actual spirit of the Ayahuasca.

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Scientific Medicine, Heroic Medicine, Wise Women Medicine and Muslim Women Medicine

“Man is the weakest of creatures because he is empty in himself. The central place of man is his heart. This is in the image of the Supreme Name of God, the hā’ of Allah, which in Arabic script forms a circle. This circle is at once a sign of the capacity of the circle to encompass everything, and also of its essential emptiness.” ~ Paul Ballanfat

“The Scientific Tradition defines truth as measurable and repeatable. The whole is the same as its most active part. Herbs are reduced to standardized extracts; only the active ingredient is important. Healing is fixing. Linear thought, linear time. Good and bad, health and sickness are always at war. (…).” ~ Susun Weed

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The Islamic Lunar Calendar, Introduction

“According to Islamic tradition, a new month or a new year can only be announced when the new crescent moon appears in the night sky and is seen by two reliable witnesses.”

The Islamic (Hijri) calendar is based on the lunar cycle, which means that each month is either 29 or 30 days (but never 28 or 31). Compared to the Western Gregorian calendar that makes it shorter by 10 or 11 days each year. The result is that every year the Islamic calendar ‘moves back’ compared to the Western year.

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On the Islamic treatment of Psychosis and Iatro-genesis (over-medication) of Psychiatric meds

"In my wildest dreams I couldn’t imagine more of a hell-realm than psychiatry. It was only years after I had left the psychiatric community that I began to re-contextualize and reframe my experiences with psychiatry as a shamanic descent into the underworld, into the depths of a modern-day Hades. What the psychiatrists were doing was truly maddening and crazy-making. Psychiatrists are trained to pathologize; once I was diagnosed and labeled with a mental illness, my behavior was myopically viewed through the lens of pathology, which only served to draw out the pathological aspect of my process, further confirming to the psychiatrists the correctness of their diagnosis in a self-fulfilling prophecy." ~ Paul Levy

This quote from Paul Levy reminds me of stories friends told about their psychiatric experiences and how difficult it was for them to get away from that hell. Psychiatric medications were prescribed to them without emotional support, proper diagnosis, holistic perspective and after-care. There is more then just one dimension to the suffering within psychiatry and the ongoing consumption of psychiatric medication.

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Entheogenic Islam – On Haoma and Ayahuasca

"The ḥarmal does not grow, whether from a tree, a leaf or a fruit, without there being an angelic guardian spirit attached to it." ~ Muhammed (a.s)

“I believe that Shiism is the only school which has preserved for ever the link of the divine guidance between God and the creatures and has kept alive the rule of the divine authority. I believe that all religions pursue a fact but it is only the Shia school which has preserved this fact believing that this characteristic remains for ever between the human and divine world.” ~ Henry Corbin

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When justice is absent – what can be a healing?

“If nothing flies, then at least let your imagination fly free and the rest may follow.”

Last months I received a devastating email from the UK by a woman who was raped by her husband, for which he was convicted to a six year prison term. But instead of being able to live her life from here on, her children were taken off her to be force adopted. UK Social Services alledge that she has “psychological issues post trauma” and “that she allowed herself to be raped”.

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On the Spiritual Health of Women

“Sometimes, when all seems lost and the temptations of madness and hatred are at their worst my advise is to turn into the quiet zones, to be grateful for every little good there is, and to build on this good and hold on to it for dear life.”

I have encountered a couple of female impersonations of dark female archetypes over the last years. All had much pain to carry and all had to endure much abuse by men and their legal, administrative and social systems, but also much pain and abuse through and by themselves.

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