Guest post by Chris Kilham, Medicine Hunter
The anonymous AIDESEP worker – who is without question a man – expressed the usual self-loathing that is so often the “white man’s burden.” As someone who works with indigenous native rights globally, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and other treaties, I can respectfully say that the notion that foreign-owned ayahuasca lodges are illegal is patently false. But that isn’t the issue here, is it.
The issue is self-loathing pure and simple, and the anonymous rage arising from that troubled and terribly scarring state of being. J. Krishnamurti famously commented that “truth is a pathless land,” and others have noted that spirituality and consciousness belong to nobody. Who said the first prayer? Are we ripping them off? If all of us originated from Africa (genetically this is so), and the first cooking fires were African, aren’t all of us who make dinner on a stove ripping off our brethren of the so-called Dark Continent? All circumstances arise from a concatenation of causes. I defy anyone to find the actual origin of anything. Everything goes back to something else.
Calling shamans who conduct ceremonies at gringo-owned centers prostitutes is a howling scream for help, not a truth of any sort. Consider the dignity, power and grace of don Alberto Davila at Blue Morpho, and the notion of prostitution should stick in your throat. Real shamans live to work, to share the medicine, to help others heal. I suspect that senor Anonymous AIDESEP could benefit from some deep heart healing. Why not go to don Alberto? Hell work with you no matter how troubled you are.
The first gringos to sit in ceremony did so around the early 1600’s, invited into primitive jungle spots and given cups to drink. From that point forward, ayahuasca shamanism has taken in those who are not “pure” natives, and today mestizo shamanism is a huge dimension of the ayahuasca scene. Oh anonymous enraged self-loathing critic- are the mestizo shamans hookers as well? Was Manuel Cordova Rios a prostitute too? After all, he was a rubber-tapper.
My heart goes out to the man who wrote that sad article, both for his evident racial self hatred (he’s white for sure), and for his fear of self identification. Please, seek kind and loving help.
Consider yoga, Buddhist meditation, Tibetan teachings, Asian martial arts, and all the “whites” who run ashrams, dojos, meditation halls. Are all these people really just soul-sucking opportunistic hookers lifting their skirts and spreading their legs for a few dollars, or are they engaging in worthy practice, offering safe places (when they are safe) to learn, and spreading the dharma? Who owns God? Who owns truth? Who owns meditation? Nobody and everybody.
Some very good people are running ayahuasca centers, and people are undergoing healing. This is no jungle blowjob. This is healing. Would the self-loathing Anonymous AIDESEP deny that healing? And would that be to protect a racial ownership that does not exist? I think that allowing people to heal, to experience greater peace and happiness is at very least a good thing, and often noble, high and loving. Music, language, art, cuisine, and a thousand other things including healing modalities spread all over the world, and are taken up by one culture after another. Will Anonymous self-loathing AIDESEP next go after French owners of Thai restaurants?
I work to protect native people in many situations, and am sensitive to biopiracy and other acts of cultural theft. But when something is offered and given, as in the case of hundreds of years of non-native ayahuasca shamanism, then the situation is not the same. Anonymous AIDESEP missed his chance to rage and scream by about 500 years.
The most critical issue is not whether someone is dark-skinned, light-skinned, almond-eyed or has kinky hair. The real issue is whether or not they are practicing honestly, with dignity and a clean mind and heart, without deception or adverse manipulation. Give it a try, Anonymous AIDESEP. Take a look around and open your mind and heart. A lot of people will welcome you.
Gringo Self-loathing and Ayahuasca
Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author and TV commentator. He is the FOX News Medicine Hunter, and is the founder of Ayahuasca Test Pilots, a group dedicated to safe and healthy journeying with ayahuasca. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife Zoe and their dog Boo. Check out Chris’s fascinating web site www.medicinehunter.com
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