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May 7, 2018

Gringo Shaman Ron Wheelock - conscious plants, Ayahuasca's wisdom for humanity

"You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding. ...
If the words ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on." - The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss - My Life with Terence McKenna by Dennis McKenna

Wendys Coffeehouse Interview with Ayahuascero Ron Wheelock 

OddsnEnds -
  • Local News 8  - No explanation for activity uptick in Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser.
  • Last time it was active. 2014. Reuters - Said not to be connected to Volcano activity in Hawaii.
  • Sasquatch Connection Ontario Parks - Yes, it was posted April 1.
  • UFO over China - multiple, colored lights. UFO Sightings Hotspot
  • The New Science of Psychedelics - "Recent trials of psilocybin, a close pharmacological cousin to LSD, have demonstrated that a single guided psychedelic session can alleviate depression when drugs like Prozac have failed; can help alcoholics and smokers to break the grip of a lifelong habit; and can help cancer patients deal with their “existential distress” at the prospect of dying." WSJ
  • Plant Consciousness is suggested, regarding reaction to sedation. "They’re living organisms which have their own problems, maybe something like with humans feeling pain or joy. In order to navigate this complex life, they must have some compass." Frantisek Baluska, plant cell biologist at the University of Bonn in Germany and co-author of the study. NYTimes
  • Stream The Plant Teacher. - "The more we expand our consciousness, the more we realize how little we really know about nature, the universe and ourselves. The Plant Teacher challenges us to open our minds, learn how to truly see, and endeavor to understand the universal interconnectedness that binds us all." 
    Music featured in the background = Icaros. Icaros represent a system of communication between Shaman, Spirit and the participants in the ceremony. PuraVidya.

Ayahuasceros regard the plant as a sentient, intelligent being, that connects them to the natural world, and imparts ancient wisdom through ceremony the consciousness of plants. Ron Wheelock, based in Peru, is from Independence Kansas.

A visit to the Amazon turned into "love at first sight" ... As the Gringo Shaman, Ron has embodied his healing role for two decades. Featured in "This is Life with Lisa Ling" ...

Ron's Ayahuasca Healing Center is 23 km from the jungle city of Iquitos, Peru. Link: El Purguero
This is a sample info sheet from an upcoming session: Link
Frequently asked questions: Link
About Ron: Bio

We talk about how Ron ended up in Peru. Carlos Castaneda's influence played a part. But it might have been the heart-centered sense of connection with the Amazon that factored even more.

The Castaneda influence - no matter what controversy might exist around Castaneda - also resonates for me. I had a [paranormal] wake-up call in connection with his material.

Ayahuasca is said to be (studies underway) effective in helping PTSD patients. Ron talks about being a contributor to that research as well. The hope is that science will validate the use of Ayahuasca in treating PTSD (and possibly depression and anxiety). QZ

Rethinking our view of plants. Intelligence - not better, lesser or worse, simply different and quite possibly, wildly misunderstood and undervalued. Michael Pollan.

Taking a giant leap forward toward research and understanding of psychedelic compounds: Tim Ferriss commits a significant dollar figure to the study. Link includes podcast interview with Michael Pollan.

Related -
International Forum on Consciousness: Link
DMT: The Spirit Molecule,  Rick Strassman
The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss, Dennis McKenna
Cottonwood Research Foundation
Paititi Institute

Another Approach to plant engagement -
Music of the Plants
Indiegogo - for Bamboo - instrument giving voice to plants.

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Thank you for listening!
Stay Curious. 

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