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They claimthat jeemy were given to them by the spirits through their shamans. All do the same job but use slightly different ingredients, because the same plants donot grow in every region. Perhaps this could explain phenomena such as telepathy and ESP. The classic example is curare. Western knowledge considers hallucinations to be at best illusions, at worst morbid phenomena.
Plants reveal their own properties, Indians get molecularly verifiable information from drug-induced hallucinations. Modern science is sadly lacking in the methodology to understand criteria based upon qualities that go beyond the abilities of quantitative analysis. Extrapolations of this concept hold vast understandings for scientists able to transplant the pattern of this image into other contexts.
So, if the shaman asks them how to cure a little village girl’s meningitis, they will give him that information – but they will not also tell him how to cure her mother’s cancer unless he specifically asks. And that may involve another trip. Ifthey had found their recipes by experimentation, it would have takenmillions of years to find just a few, and yet they have a vast range of medicines and other useful substances.
Narby, the hallucinatory origin of botany contradicts two fundamental principles of Western knowledge. It occurred to Narby from that statement that those common images of twin serpents and twisted ladders are descriptions nargy the DNA double helix. The spirits materialize when the shaman ingests tobacco and ayahuasca. But what dosmica do?
We must stress that the Amazonians’ knowledge of pharmacology plant-derived drugs and their potential and actual uses nafby not just surprising for whatare considered primitive peoples, but actually exceeds that of modernWestern science.
Perhaps this is where we get the concept of being ‘enlightened’ from, and itcould be a literal description of the ‘Light’ of Gnosticism.
An avaluation of this book based upon the limited views of scientific verification are not apt to do it justice. And the final result needs a specific piece of technology – the blow-pipe – to deliver it. But many of their medicines involve not just two plants, but several. The hunters needed something that, when serpidnte the tips of blow-pipe darts, would not only kill an animal but alsoensure that it does not tighten its death-grip on a branch and die coskica ofreach as often happens with animals killed by arrows.
Therefore, in effect, curare was invented forty times.
Rationalism separates things to understand them. One of jereemy most important books this century. It is made up of three-dimensional images that coalesce into sound and that the shaman imitates by emitting corresponding melodies.
But once he has overcome his adversaries hecommunicates with superior intelligences, who often appear in the form of animals, who answer his questions. It is knowledge that theydidn’t have before, useful knowledge which we cannot explain – and which is often more advanced than ours. It seems like a very tall order – but curare fitsall these requirements perfectly. What is certain is that shamans acquire knowledge direct from some source without any process of cosmicaa and error.
How was allthis discovered? In short, they help to solve theproblems of the tribe, and help it survive. Shamans have existed throughout the world, especially in tribal societies. This is a powerful poison whose ingredients come from several different plants, and which, Narby points out, fits a veryprecise set of requirements. We lx what we believe, and not just the contrary; and to change what we see, it is jere,y necessary to change what we believe.
The use of cosmic serpent symbolism is an extremely old method of portraying scientific relationships that describe the universe. Many modern medicines were taken from those used in theAmazon srepiente curare, for example, is used in heart surgery. He writes, “These extremely practical and frank people, living almost autonomously in the Amazonian forest, insisted that their extensive botanical knowledge came from plant-induced hallucinations.
So how dothey claim to have discovered curare – and all the other plants-derivedsubstances that they use? With his intelligent and refreshingly honest study of a classified ‘primitive’ culture along serpientw the latest discoveries made by molecular biology, Dr. Author, Jeremy Narby leaps between science and mysticism on his coxmica to explain how several millennia ago Stone-Age hunters living in the Peruvian rainforest learned the botanical properties and the chemistry of plants.
True reality is more complex than our eyes lead us to believe.
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This is what the Amazonians told Jeremy Narby about how they know the properties of plants and how to combine them. This is something that is happening rightnow, and there is no suggestion of visitors from lost continents or spaceships landing. In fact, they take no credit for them.
What Narby suggests is that the shaman is, in some way, communicating with his own DNA, and this is where he is getting the information from. His research propels him along a most intricate and twisted path, and one that will fascinate readers who appreciate science as well as those of us who read about spirituality and the occult.
In other words, they are made of their own language, like DNA. Extraordinary insights into mystical knowledge. Once you turn on the radio, you can pick them up. When in trance, the shaman’s spirit goes on a journey to another realm, in which he faces horrible dangers.
But they also claim that this is how they learned of specific techniques, such as woodworking andweaving – in fact, all the arts and crafts necessary for survival.
The interpreter, Carlos, referred to invisible beings, called maninkari, who are found in animals, plants, mountains, streams, lakes, and certain crystals, and who are sources of knowledge.
Even the giant drugcompanies do not have the ability to develop products to meet specific requirements as quickly, easily – and naturally – as the Amazonian shamans can.
The most common type of curare requires a complicated method of preparation in which the extracts of several plants are boiled together for three days,during which lethal fumes are given off.