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Barbara Meyerhoff - Tries Peyote cactus



Type of Spiritual Experience


The following is an account by an anthropologist who ingested peyote cactus under the supervision of a shaman called Ramon

If the communication is in words and sentences it is a bodied or disembodied soul.  If the communication is symbolic, or uses words as puns, or is simply a ‘thought’ without words – an impression conveyed, communication is with a Spirit being , Spirit helper or Intelligence

A description of the experience

Barbara Myerhoff – Peyote Hunt

[from Hans Peter Duerr – Dreamtime]

 ....a tiny speck of brilliant red flitting about a forest darkness.  The speck grew as it neared.  It was a vibrant bird who, an insouciant flicker landed on a rock.  It was Ramon as psychopomp, as Papageno – half man, magic bird, bubbling with excitement.  He led me to the next episode, which presented an oracular gnome like creature of macabre stickiness.  I asked it the question, the one that had not been out of my mind for months.  ‘What do the myths mean?’  He offered his reply in slimy tones, melting with a deadly portentousness that mocked mysteriousness.  ‘The myths signify nothing.  They mean themselves’.

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