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’.