I have read all of your books and practice the different techniques in them. I had been reading the Castaneda books since the 70’s and attended several Tensegrity workshops, felt so let down at the death of Carlos Castaneda and the disappearance of the chacmools and Florinda Donner and Taisha Abelar.
Reading your books has been such a gift, and they have had such a profound impact on me.
I had a question: do you have any knowledge of Ibogaine?
A good friend of mine recently shared an experience he had with it and I am more than intrigued. I would definitely like your take on Ibogaine treatments. No, I am not an addict, but it sounds like it gives you what you need to move forward, I look forward to your reply.
Firstly, I would like to categorically state that hallucinogens do not have the propulsive power necessary to break us from the binding grip of the attention that is besetting planetary consciousness at the moment.
Every individual that I have encountered that has taken hallucinogens to relieve themselves of maladies concerning the hold that societal loops have upon us all experienced insights that primarily swelled from their need for recognition in terms of journeying beyond their own personal human imprisonment. In other words, their inability to escape the general fixation perpetuating itself around the world.
The plant medicine that you are speaking of can be very dangerous. It causes one’s motor functions to be impaired to such a degree that a person cannot walk without assistance. It can also cause cardiac arrhythmia that is a very serious heart condition that once triggered may never be resolved. It’s primary use is to assist drug addicts in their withdrawal process, by relieving symptoms.
Anything aligned with sorcery, witchcraft and voodoo is extremely unwholesome. Of course, this is my opinion because it is what I have experienced. No matter what my students have said they have done, it is what they can’t do in achieving permanent change which really is the issue.
When one progresses beyond a certain threshold it is clearly understood that there is nothing beyond the consciousness that becomes aware of itself within its own totality. Searching for this is the hardest journey that one can embark upon. There are no props. No crutches to lean upon to verify something that cannot be seen by another.
That is why the practice of Lo Ban Pai gently moves towards the unknowable and leaves the practitioner squarely within the reality that surrounds them. By virtue of this they embrace their destiny through kindness and devotion with eyes wide open. The doors cannot be forced ajar by hallucinogens. Through dedicated practice – not knowing whether one will achieve – is the only way to proceed.
Even though I have given an opinion, believe you me, I am not opinionated. This subject is huge and many people are trapped by virtue of the fact that they need to progress and this I acknowledge. But everything that we have done as a humanity has led us to this point. That is the issue.