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Scientists Discover 1,000-Year-Old Shamanic Pouch Containing Cocaine and Ayahuasca

Elias Marat, TMU
Waking Times

Archaeologists have found evidence of powerful psychotropic drugs inside of a 1,000-year-old leather pouch discovered in the Bolivian Andes. The pouch likely belonged to an indigenous shaman and contained traces of a dizzying array of plant-based psychoactive substances, ranging from coke to the ingredients used to brew ayahuasca, along with paraphernalia used to prepare and consume it.

The pouch—which is comprised of three fox snouts stitched together—contained two wooden tablets for grinding the plants into snuff, a woven headband, and a pipe-like tube with two human hair braids affixed to it that was used to smoke the psychotropic plants.

Photograph Courtesy Juan v. Albarracin-Jordan and José M. Capriles via National Geographic

An analysis of the pouch revealed traces cocaine, harmine, benzoylecgonine, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), bufotenine and possibly psilocin, a chemical component of psychedelic mushrooms. The find constitutes the earliest evidence of the ceremonial use of ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew associated with the Amazon jungle.

Ayahuasca is a fairly loose term that describes a range of shamanic concoctions, with the main components typically being harmine and dimethyltryptamine. There has long been a consensus in the scientific community that psychedelic substances were commonly used by ancient cultures for their hallucinogenic effects, but the current find provides proof of their use for millennia.

The expedition and analysis was led by a team from the University of California, Berkeley, who made the find along the now-dry Sora River valley in the southwest of Bolivia back in 2010. There is evidence that humans have inhabited the region at least as far back as 4,000 years.

According to a press release from the university, the “remarkably well-preserved ritual bundle was found by archaeologists at 13,000-foot elevations in the Lipez Altiplano region of southwestern Bolivia, where llamas and alpacas roam. The leather kit dates back to the pre-Inca Tiwanaku civilization, which dominated the southern Andean highlands from about 550 to 950 A.D.”

The find shows that human society was capable of not only using single plants to embark on psychedelic journeys and hallucinations, but were also adept at combining plant ingredients into potent compounds that amplified and lengthened their trips.

Head archaeologist Melanie Miller of the UC Berkeley Archaeological Research Facility announced:

“This is the first evidence of ancient South Americans potentially combining different medicinal plants to produce a powerful substance like ayahuasca.”

The range of different substances has led researchers to believe that the pouch is evidence of a major transcontinental trading zone capable of bringing medicinal plants and substances across great distances.

Miller explained to Science Mag:

“Whoever had this bag of amazing goodies… would have had to travel great distances to acquire those plants [or] they had really extensive exchange networks.”

For example, while some of the chemical traces were derived from plants grown throughout South America, they are not known to have grown in the Andean region where the pouch was found. Likewise, the chemical harmine—a common ingredient in Ayahuasca—is known to only grow in the Amazonian lowlands.

Anthropologist Jose Capriles of Penn State told ScienceAlert:

“We already knew that psychotropics were important in the spiritual and religious activities of the societies of the south-central Andes, but we did not know that these people were using so many different compounds and possibly combining them together.

This is the largest number of psychoactive substances ever found in a single archaeological assemblage from South America.”

Miller noted:

“Our findings support the idea that people have been using these powerful plants for at least 1,000 years, combining them to go on a psychedelic journey, and that ayahuasca use may have roots in antiquity.”

***This article (Scientists Discover 1,000-Year-Old Shamanic Pouch Containing Cocaine and Ayahuasca) was originally featured at The Mind Unleashed and is re-posted here with permission.

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Giant Jesus Figure Appears Above Argentinian City

Perhaps this is a sign of the times, many people are losing it…after seeing this image which resembles Jesus Christ. This Christ-like figure, has captivated the internet – yet the mainstream news seems to ignore it. Was this a some kind of projection or digital manipulation of some kind? People are searching for answers, as the symbolism of this simply cannot be ignored.

Let’s face it, the world as we know it is in trouble. Many people are acting bizarre over different issues and some cannot even think for themselves any longer. They are caught up in the phony culture of all material things.

Giant Jesus Figure Appears Above Argentinian City

One witness named Monica Aramayo, managed to capture a photograph of this spectacle. What an incredible sight it must have been, to see this in person. Seemingly hovering over top of the Argentinean city of San Salvador de Jujuy (in the northwest part of Argentina) was this Christ-like figure. This area is near the southern end of the Humahuaca Canyon, where wooded hills meet up with the lowlands.

The event took place back on Tuesday, May 14th. The surrounding settlements of Jujuy Province also noticed this giant Jesus in the sky. As seen in the photograph, Jesus appears to be peering out from the clouds, wearing a crown with his arms extended.

The image strikes a powerful pose into the minds of the people. The image of this holy figure, continues to go viral on the internet, as more people learn about it. Some are comparing this image to the Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil overlooking the city.

One person named Mariela Romano said, “The Lord will soon come for us all and we should be ready.

Romina Salinas said, “I personally only see the sun coming through the clouds, but people see what they want to see.”

Someone else said: “Thanks for the image that allows us to keep on our path and have a better hope for tomorrow.”

Rather incredibly, not everyone was able to see the Jesus figure in sky. Some wonder if their faith is strong enough. Is this merely an unusual formation of clouds in the sky? Likely not, it is far too amazing to be such a occurance.

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Aliens Among Humans and the Planetary Transmigration

People have always wondered if there’s life in other planets, if aliens ever visited humans and if they left descendants on Earth somehow.

What people don’t always know, is that aliens might be closer than they imagine. They can be next door. According to many different cultures, there are alien souls trapped in human bodies.

What is Planetary Transmigration

In occult philosophy it is said that humans live on seven different planets, evolving continuously from minerals until the soul reaches its final destination, which involves reuniting with God, or unity. In Hinduism, planets are considered living beings and have a specific time to exist. Like all living things, they die at some stage.

When planets cease to exist, the creatures that live in that planet have two possible destinations: if they have evolved enough to continue their journey, they incarnate in a new planet, where they will develop other faculties in order to continue the process of evolution.

However, if some of them haven’t absorbed all experiences that the planet offered – as it is believed that each planet is “programmed” in a way that enables creatures to develop a certain aspect of consciousness – some of them might migrate to a planet to repeat the same experience. This process is called planetary transmigration or transmigration of the soul.

Aliens Living on Earth – Sumerian, Hindu, Egyptian and Mayan Gods Were Extraterrestrials

According to Spiritism theories, a long time ago, a group of extraterrestrials arrived on Earth to repeat the human experience in this planet, since they could not continue the experience with the rest of their fellows. Having completed the human experience before, they were much more technologically advanced than Earthlings.

In many different religions and traditions, there are references to advanced beings that coexisted with primitive humans in ancient times. It appears in the Sumerian tradition, as the gods described in the Sumerian tablets are believed to have arrived from other planet that exploded.

It also appears in the Hindu tradition. The Mahabharata along with the Ramayana, the most important books of Hinduism, bring information about gods that had flying machines and could contact other beings from other planetary systems.

The Egyptian mythology is filled with references to beings with a certain knowledge and technology that could only be consistent with a more advanced civilization. There are also images of flying objects in the walls of Egyptian caves that look exactly like those described in the Vedas.

Mayan mythology also makes references to beings from other planets that arrived on Earth and genetically modified the earthlings, making the primitive human look more like them. Some argue that the Bible saying “God created men in His own image”, refers to these gods that engineered humans, helping in the transition from animal to man.

In short, the same history has been told in all religions and traditions, under different names and with the elements of each culture.

Extraterrestrials and Atlantis – the Lost Continent

Legends tell of aliens arriving on flying machines and genetically modified humans who mixed their DNA with normal humans and then…. what? If the original planets no longer existed, where did they go, and if they stayed, how come there is no trace of them anymore?

There are many possible explanations for that, but one possibility is that when the great cataclysm that destroyed Atlantis happened, the alien technology disappeared under the waters.

They escaped to Egypt, Europe and South America (it’s said that this is what allowed these people to have a great amount of information about alien visitors in their myths and legends) where they lived among humans. Without technology, they died.

The Reincarnation Process – Alien Souls, Human Bodies

Spiritism belief holds that that after death, the extraterrestrial visitors were reincarnated among humans, being born again in human bodies. The reincarnation process is the same for every human being on Earth and with aliens it was no different.

Once born in human bodies, with human limitations, all memories from previous lives were erased from the conscious mind, as it is said that the brain doesn’t support all the information from all incarnations, keeping only what is necessary for one life (the rest remains in the unconscious mind and is never lost).

Until now the aliens continue to reborn among humans. Without knowing their true origins, these people live normally keeping only a slight sensation that there might be much more out there than their ordinary lives.

By Thais Campos

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The Ground Rules of Life & Existence

Jed Shlackman, Contributor
Waking Times

If you happen to be reading this article it is safe to assume that you exist. However, the fact that any of us exist does not mean that we have much understanding of our existence or how Creation is manifesting. If we explore ancient wisdom teachings and discoveries from modern sciences like physics and parapsychology we can start to gain a better understanding of life and the principles that underlie our existence.

I have seen some of these principles best explained by beings or personalities who communicate through human channelers. A few sources I will cite are “Bashar,” an ET personality that speaks primarily through the channel Darryl Anka (you can also find video and audio recordings from the past with Bashar speaking through a medium named Andrew); “Abraham,” the consciousness that communicates through Esther Hicks, and the higher dimensional Pleiadian ET consciousness that comes through in the Handbook For The New Paradigm books published by George Green.

Bashar claims to be the product of a human-ET hybridization project and that he exists hundreds of years in our future as part of a race of beings called Essassani, while he reports that he is part of the same oversoul or spiritual self as the man channeling him. Thus, from Darryl Anka’s perspective as a human Bashar could be seen as a future self; except Bashar educates about seeing all time as simultaneous and therefore all realities exist at once even if our focus of attention and awareness is directed toward just one particular reality in any moment.

Bashar states that there are a set of basic rules or laws that are true Everywhere/Everywhen in the universe -including ALL dimensions.

1. You exist. (I AM)
2. Everything is Here/Now.
3. The All is one, and the One is all.
4. What you put out is what you get back.
5. The only constant in the universe is change –
except for the first 4 postulates, which never change.

1. You exist. (I AM)
If you exist now, your existence is eternal:
You have always existed and you always will exist. You may change form,
but you are existing always . So…..relax…..you’ll be around forever.

2. Everything is Here/Now.
Time and Space are illusions. (But your experiences within Time/Space are “real”.)
There is only Here/Now.

3. The All is one, and the One is all.
Just as each tiny section of a hologram contains the information for the entire
hologram, likewise we are all inter-connected.
Everything is truly just one totally-interconnected “thing”.

4. What you put out is what you get back.
The “outside” is a reflection of the “inside”.
Physical reality is actually a mirror:
Your physical reality is just a holographic reflection of
what you most strongly believe to be true. And like a mirror, physical reality
will not change unless you change first (change what you most strongly believe).

5. The only constant in the universe is change – except for the first 4 postulates, which never change.
So…..might as well get used to eternally-changing Creation.
Enjoy the ride! Surf the changes!

With those understandings we can also consider the common idea that each person creates their own reality. This does not mean that each ego self or focus of consciousness is creating or generating all of existence. It means that the individual’s personal experience of reality (using those seemingly external props) is solely the creation of that individual – you may not control everything that exists beyond yourself but you do control the story or meaning you apply to reality as viewed from your limited perspective (even though we may be conditioned to give the meaning to reality that is projected or suggested by other people around us rather than fully, consciously exercising the power of our own consciousness). Therefore you create your own personal reality. Also, as you do this you are having some influence upon the field of Creation itself and your waves of vibration and consciousness are having some impact on the universal or collective field of reality. This may seem quite subtle in the physical realm where the perceived constructs of time and space operate and the frequencies of vibration have been slowed down so much that we don’t see the relationship between our consciousness and external reality. However, physics experiments here in physical reality have shown how the observer influences what is being observed, and in the non-physical realms we can instantly visit or create a reality just by using our consciousness to do so, as recognized by those who have experienced astral projection (out of body experiences) or lucid dreaming.

If we review all the experiences reported by people who have had NDEs (near-death experiences), OOBEs (out-of-body experiences), and memories of other lifetimes or the between lives realm, then we see extensive evidence that our consciousness is indeed eternal and not a product of or confined to the physical life form. In those states as well as using remote viewing or other forms of psychic clairvoyance people often do perceive “future” realities that do manifest at a subsequent point in the linear time sequence. If people perceive those “future” realities it implies that they already exist in some greater field of information or intelligence, so they must co-exist with our present. People who have their consciousness guided into a spiritual realm during regression sessions often report meeting with spiritual guides or beings who help them select and plan their Earthly incarnations – as though those lifetimes in a sense already exist in some form, ready to be played out or experienced by the spirits involved. The books by the late psychologist Dr. Michael Newton give detailed accounts of those sessions, and as a regression therapist myself I have encountered the same type of phenomena from clients of mine. Those clients usually haven’t read Newton’s books and my verbal guidance in a session is provided in a cautious way to avoid leading or influencing people and to instead keep them open to whatever their own higher consciousness or inner awareness wishes to show them.

Regarding the holographic principle, this theme is found in many near death experiences where people feel or see themselves as united with the Source Energy or Light and perceive that all beings are merely facets or expressions of that one Supreme Being. Users of psychedelic drugs and plant medicines have also reported this type of experience, where they sense or perceive the Oneness of all life and the interconnectedness of everything while the ordinary perceptual filtering programs of the brain hemispheres are disengaged by the activity of the chemicals. Psychedelic drugs may foster these effects by stimulating the pineal gland, which enhances the connection between the brain hemispheres so that the intuitive, wholeness oriented aspect of consciousness becomes more accessible while one is still in a physically awake state. This idea of the holographic principle has also gained traction among physicists since it explains a variety of phenomena that would otherwise be difficult to account for. Michael Talbot’s book The Holographic Universe, published in the early 1990s, introduced this concept to the general public using a number of examples showing how interconnected our consciousness is.

To help us understand the holographic principle the Handbook For The New Paradigm states:

“In order for you to conceptualize a higher dimensional experience, it is necessary that you have some understanding of the experience of it from the creational perspective. Holographic interaction is basic to this understanding. Current methodology to produce this phenomenon involves a beam of light focused through a transparency that produces a floating dimensional replica. In an existing holograph (you) conceive a thought of a desire to be reproduced in like holographic mode. This thought thinking (you) focuses by enlarging this thought with details that further define the holographic desire and increases the energy of the beam like thought with emotions of what the experience of enjoying this new holograph will be like therefore empowering it to come into form.

You call the holographic concept 3D or third dimensional. How then is the 4th dimension different? 3D encompasses the conception of height, width and depth, but involves no motion within the holograph of its own volition. (3D movies involve dimensional glasses. Virtual reality is also a manipulation.) The next step into 4th dimensional experience superimposes the living or vibratory dimension of action within the purview of the holograph itself. A true holograph is projected through thought, not by a mechanism. Since thought has the power to act upon itself with further thought, it is self-aware. The higher the degree of self-awareness implies a higher vibratory rate or dimension of experience. The seeds of one dimension are planted within the lessor one.”

The idea that everything in Creation is constantly changing coincides with the idea that existence implies movement and vibration. Without movement from the unmanifest potential there is no individuality or differentiation. It is difference in vibrational frequency and wavelength that distinguish things from one another, that generates realities.

Bashar’s concept of what you put out is what you get back is a way of expressing the law of attraction, using a mirror metaphor. If reality reflects our thoughts and beliefs then we have the power to transform reality by shifting our thoughts and beliefs. The limitation on this is that our individuated self is not the totality of consciousness and not the biggest thinking force in Creation – there are aspects or levels of self beyond our level of awareness that are shaping reality on a more fundamental level than our conscious human persona can. Thus, when seeking to work in harmony with the law of attraction you can intend to do so in harmony with your higher self and with the highest or most fundamental Creative Force. Consider that life synchronistically provides what we need, whether or not that is what we as a personality currently want or desire.

The Handbook For The New Paradigm presents the four principles of attraction, intention, allowance, and balance. These principles will likely sound familiar to followers of the Abraham-Hicks teachings, As Abraham speaks of the law of attraction as the fundamental principle of Creation. Also, one of the main Abraham books is called “The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent: Living the Art of Allowing.” Abraham describes itself as a group consciousness from the non-physical realm using Esther Hicks to communicate with those hearing Abraham speak through her. Attraction is described by these spiritual teachers as the principle of like energy attracting like energy – we draw to us or have reflected back to us what we are putting out with our own vibration and consciousness. Intention is really whatever we desire or envision to create or manifest. We are using intention unconsciously in every moment, while we are applying our intention consciously or deliberately less frequently. Allowance is about surrendering control to the Creative Force itself and letting life unfold – rather than the mind seeking to control the external world to make it conform to one’s intentions. That mental attachment to control over the external world actually creates resistance that may lead you away from experiencing the manifestation of what you desire. It is also helpful to realize that our lives exist within a Universe that is being manifested by “higher” or “greater” intentions than our individual personality self may have – thus when our intentions align with those “higher” intentions things will likely manifest more easily than if we have intentions that conflict with those higher intents or purposes.

The Handbook states “Again we remind you that freewill allows those who choose to remain in the pattern of present existence. Do not be concerned with those. The ingredient of freewill in the soup of experience teaches us another of the Universal Laws, that of Allowance. Personal responsibility is just that—PERSONAL. It means that one is concerned with the choosing of his/her own experience and is not responsible for the experience of others. All are allowed to participate within a group focus of cooperative experience or not. However choosing not to participate does have its consequences. Those who choose deliberately to withhold their participation in ending the present paradigm will be allowed to continue it elsewhere in a somewhat different format. They are allowed to choose their mode of experience in this situation. Allowance is the most difficult of the laws to be learned at the 3rd dimensional level because of the deeply ingrained need to control. Control is transcended through the practice of the Law of Allowance.”

Finally, the principle of balance is the ancient, timeless idea of polarities and their union, such as the yin-yang concept in Taoism. Creation in its wholeness and essence always maintains balance, so any aspect that is moving in a direction of polarized expression is generating the necessity for the expression of the opposite polarity force to be energized. The more balanced we become the greater our capacity to experience unity with the Source. The Source allows all experiences and all polarities to exist and be explored – it has no need or desire to not allow the Infinite exploration of potential. If we wish to truly be “God-like” we need to master the principle of allowing and not feel compelled to control other beings. The Being with ultimate power unconditionally shares that power with all of its fragments of consciousness. Imagine how different our society would be if we could reflect that consciousness in our human interactions. The basic laws or ground rules of existence provide perfect feedback mechanisms for beings to vibrationally venture as “far” away from the Source state of being as they desire to. Since they are never truly separate from the Source they can never truly be lost and they will begin their journey back to awareness of the Oneness when they are ready to – as their existence is eternal and there is no time limit involved.

The Handbook For The New Paradigm states “Attraction, intention and allowance leading to balance through application within experience. A doctorate in those positively leads to ascension to higher dimensions.”

The Handbook presents these universal principles in the context of guiding an awakening humanity to apply them in a manner that helps uplift the collective consciousness and leads the population to embrace a more desirable experience that leaves behind the darkness and oppression that have plagued humanity. The Handbook For The New Paradigm (Vol. 3) states:

“The thought vibrations as those committed to the project read, reread and discuss the concepts with like minded individuals contribute greatly to the invocation of the Law of Attraction. The power of their intention and commitment then invokes the Law of Intentional Creation and it is further fueled into creative action by the emotions that accompany the desire for this new experience. At this point the person involved has initialized into motion two of the Laws. Holding the commitment and resolve to experience into wisdom this opportunity then leads to the difficult invocation of the Law of Allowance. This requires what has been called “faith” through “knowing” that the Laws are real, do work and are working in the midst of the continued apparent success of that which needs to be changed as well as while confusion breaks down what must change. The heroes, sung and unsung, of the new paradigm will be those who can commit, grasp the understanding of applying the basic Universal Laws and allow them to bring forth the desired goal through the breakdown and formation process. There will be no instant gratification. It will not happen overnight. The plan to dehumanize the population of this planet is too well established to be changed quickly. But, focused desire and purposeful intent can change it! It can only be accomplished by living, breathing citizens who know that they are powerful beings with the Laws of the Universe and the creative flow of Divine Intent that humanity be allowed to choose its own destiny and is deserving of its inherent right to do this. It must however choose its path of self-choice or bow to the overseers who await that choice and do all in their power to influence humanity’s decision. The decision can only be made by each individual and those individual choices then meld together into a rising tide of intent and purpose.”

Are we ready to ascend, to bring our focus of awareness to higher dimensions or layers of existence?

About the Author

Jed Shlackman, M.S. Ed., LMHC is a professional counselor, hypnotherapist and regression therapist, Reiki master and energy healer, and a sound healing musician and writer who is based in Miami, Florida. Jed has degrees in counseling and psychology from the University of Miami and has been working as a counselor and healer with thousands of clients over the past couple of decades. Jed’s website is www.phinsights.com, his facebook links are www.facebook.com/jedishamanreiki and www.facebook.com/jediholistichealing – Jed can be found on Twitter as #jedishaman and his meditation and music recordings are at jedishaman.bandcamp.com. Jed’s holistic wellness articles as the Miami Holistic Health Examiner can be viewed athttp://www.examiner.com/holistic-health-in-miami/jed-shlackman

Jed’s book Consciousness, Creation, And Existence: A Guide To The Grand Adventure is available from Amazon.com and other book sellers.

References:

http://www.trufax.org/handbooks/paradigmvol1.html
www.bashar.org
www.nohoax.com
www.abraham-hicks.com

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