May 2, 2018

Altered states and the Ayahuasca journey of a Gringo Shaman

“The key to all of your behaviors is hidden in a box that you can’t open using normal tools, your subconscious needs a different recipe than the one you’ve been using.” - Gerard Armond Powell

Ayahuasca Icaro de Guardians - Translation, Icaro = medicine songs - translation.

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Previous guest John Alexander included fascinating details about his encounters with Shamans from around the world. John and his wife Victoria connected with The Gringo Shaman - Ron Wheelock. Through Victoria, I spoke with Ron to arrange our upcoming interview.

Here's a preview of Ron.

Referencing Reality Denied, John covers numerous encounters that defy explanation. One visit with a medium, well-known for her practice of table tipping (levitation), made a lasting impression. While the medium was unforgettable, details of the session faded. He says he wishes he had taken notes.

Life is like that. It happens in the details. Sometimes there are notes.

In prepping for the interview with Ron and to help integrate some of the crystal energy I started working with after our trip to Board Camp Crystal Mine, I scheduled an isolation float. (Floating KC)

About halfway into the session, there was an auditory cue, a short, staccato whistle. By that time I had slipped into an extremely relaxed state, almost to the point of dozing off. Improbable as it might seem, that sound was right next to me.

Alert and anticipating a follow up, the tapping started, a steady, rhythmic flow. As I counted the taps, I tried to rationalize that I could be hearing water dripping somewhere then opted to simply allow the process and stop putting energy into denial. 

The sound lead me into deeper trance state. That is when the visions started. Beautiful images of eyes. They morphed and changed colors. Yellows, greens, dark and deep hues of raspberry and vivid reds. The eyes blinked. Each was a reptile of some sort. Turtle, lizard, frog, snake. The snake was representational and carried the message. Interactive and engaging, information was given. The visions stopped and the tapping sound ended. I left exhilarated, grounded and refreshed.

Working with Spirit Animals and Symbols - sample references -
Ted Andrews - Animal Speak.
Symbolism Animal Totem.
Example of working with Snake Medicine.
Shamanic Journeys with Nicki Scully.

Since my STE in 1997, I have had extraordinary visions and dreams. Some are spontaneous. Others accompany the regular practice of meditating to access insight. I haven't required a psychotropic assist. However, I have spoken with others who affirm they could never have realized a liberating mind state without it. Each travels his own path.

Ron Wheelock, based in Peru, is from Independence Kansas. Thus the name, The Gringo Shaman. Taking a circuitous route, he has embodied his healing role for 25 years. In this interview, Ron describes some of the unique aspects of various Ayahuasca sessions.

After my float session, I discovered another video with Ron that I hadn't seen. DMT and the Spirit of Plants. He mentions, frogs, lizards and snakes. I believe in dots connecting. The purpose is self-revealing - and the symbolism with animal messengers is personal. Fascinating.

Related: We Plants are Happy Plants: Music and Terrence McKenna/YouTube
Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman

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