Recorded on 8/29/13 at Palenque Norte 2013 in Black Rock City, NV.
In this talk, Daniel Jabbour, the founder of the Psychedelic Society of San Francisco, discusses the importance of coming out of the psychedelic closet and outlines strategies for building a mainstream psychedelic movement. To learn more about Daniel's work please visit psychedelicsf.com.
Daniel Jabbour tragically passed away in April of 2014. He was a benevolent and brilliant person who is missed dearly, and it our hope that this video will help to preserve his memory.
Hamilton is a maestro Ayahuasquero who lives and trained in the Peruvian amazon. Hamilton’s talk will focus on Ayahuasca shamanism and the traditional uses of Ayahuasca, how it is practiced, apprenticeship, working with elders and the modern uses of Ayahuasca for healing. Hamilton created a project called Modern Shamanism designed to create a unique form of shamanic/spiritual exploration for Modern people based out of modern life experience. He will be leading trances/meditations through this practice. modernshamanism.org
Hamilton has studied and practiced traditional Amazonian shamanism (with a focus in Ayahuasca, tree, and sanango shamanism) in the Peruvian Amazon for the last ten years. He became interested in how the shamans utilized sound, chant and music to guide and affect trance states as well as healing. He has practiced as a healer at the Blue Morpho center (bluemorphotours.com), specializing in using Ayahuasca and sound to heal depression and generate transcendent experience of consciousness.
Quotes from this talk:
“Even they [the shaman] do not know what ayahuasca is, because you’re never experiencing ayahuasca. You are always experiencing ayahuasca plus you, and that combination is not ayahuasca. That combination is you and ayahuasca. And that means ayahuasca then is undefinable, we don’t know what it is, which then always allows us to continue to explore the unknown. And it becomes an unlimited journey for us to be able to continue to go further and further and further in our understanding.”
“The shamanism becomes a guide, and the ayahuasca becomes a guide for an exploration of the purity of consciousness.”
“[When interviewing a shaman] especially look at everybody in the eyes. The eyes in ayahuasca tell you everything. If you see people with eyes that get really glossed over and become really shifty, it’s letting you know something there is going on that maybe you don’t want to become like that. Maybe that’s not why you’re there.”
Bruce Damer takes the 2012 Palenque Norte audience at the Burning Man Festival on a far flung journey into what he calls his practice of “global multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-technic shamanism” where you “put yourself on the shelf” and dive deeply into the worlds of Pentagon think tanks, NASA mission designers, the tribal cultures of Pakistan, the Swiss, Egyptologists, IT professionals, and Christian Evangelicals, to come back with the true alchemical gold. With apologies to Terence McKenna, he says “there is no dominator culture” and that if we aren’t careful we can collectively fall for cartoon epistemologies, chase chains of weaker and weaker claims, and become a victims of our own delusions, and fall prey to others’ unsubstantiated theories. Bruce advises everyone to become their own best skeptic and develop “critical intelligence”. If someone says something that strikes you as flaky or just doesn’t feel right, Bruce suggests that you think it through before you pass on their meme.
Check out all of the projects Bruce talks about at his personal site at: damer.com
Serving on the playa for the second year, the Full Circle Tea House is developing a model for community Tea Houses that offer guests a place to rest, rehydrate and participate in the Chinese Gong Fu tea ritual. This form of compassionate hospitality is particularly helpful for people under stress on their journeys who need a calm place to center themselves. This talk explores how Tea Houses can provide harm reduction services and welcome refreshment in challenging environments.
Annie Oak is the founder of the Women's Visionary Congress (WVC). She is a journalist and businesswoman who creates gatherings that celebrate the work of visionary women. Annie is a student of tea and launched the Full Circle Tea House to help hydrate and hold space for people attending art and music festivals. When not planning hiking trips to wilderness areas, Annie is writing a book that profiles WVC presenters.
Allyson and Alex Grey deliver the closing talk at Palenque Norte 2012.
“If it’s a psychedelic family business, then you’ve got to consider the ‘top line’ [as contrasted with 'the bottom line']. What’s the top line? The top line is: You have one unique life, and what do you love to do? What do you want to spend your life doing? What is the highest impact you can have on the world in a positive way?” -Alex Grey
“We know that in the wake of our psychedelic experiences we’re awakened to a oneness with the environment and with a sense of the need to protect it. And at least the dream of Eco-sustainability and how could we possibly manage that at this point in our trip. And yet it’s up to us to take responsibility for it. All of these things kind of naturally evolve in the wake of the psychedelic experience for many people.” -Alex Grey
“If you really want something big to happen in your life you have to make promises that you don’t know how you’re going to keep, and you have to keep them. That’s all. That’s all it takes.” -Allyson Grey