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Ritual Magic, Mind Control, and the UFO Phenomenon

crystal forestI’m sort of late to this party, but I’ve just recently become aware of the writings of Adam Gorightly, mainly because he contacted me on Facebook (friend me) and sent me some books. Anyway, I’m going to try and get him in for an interview regarding his most recent work regarding the history of Discordianism, but in perusing his website I found this gem of a rant. Really ties in with my book, The Galactic Dialogue: Occult Initiations which is finally coming out here on September 23rd. Fans of Cosmic Trigger and the Invisibles rejoice. Anywho, I’m sure most Disinfonauts are probably familiar with this material, but it’s always fun to revisit.

It was not long after my own encounter with strange aerial phenomenon that I began to see a link between UFOs to such seemingly disparate topics as psychedelics, psychotronics, and ritual magick. As the years pass, the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH) makes far less sense to the observer than other theories ranging from mind control conspiracies or — on the other hand — fissures in the space-time continuum which provide a portal of entry for ghostly apparitions that can be saucer-shaped or even take on the form of Moth-Men, Chupacabras or the Blessed Virgin Mary.… Read the rest

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What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital

Malidoma Patrice Somé. Photo: Andrew Parodi (CC)

Malidoma Patrice Somé. Photo: Andrew Parodi (CC)

Unless you see “beings” hanging around mental hospital patients, let’s just say that “What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital” isn’t the same as what you and I would see… From Earth. We Are One:

In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé. Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.

What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” The person going through the crisis has been chosen as a medium for a message to the community that needs to be communicated from the spirit realm. “Mental disorder, behavioral disorder of all kinds, signal the fact that two obviously incompatible energies have merged into the same field,” says Dr.

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The Ayahuasca Sessions: Elias Mamallacta

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Elias Mamallacta

[disinfo ed.'s note: the following is an excerpt from The Ayahuasca Sessions: Conversations with Amazonian Curanderos and Western Shamans by Rak Razam] 

An Interview with Elias Mamallacta

Elias is the son of a well-known Ecuadorian family of curanderos, the Mamallactas. Ecuadorian shamanism stresses the spirituality of the ayahuasca medicine and Elias especially chastises those who treat it as a business. Here he talks about the nature of ayahuasca, spiritual tourism, and the need to preserve indigenous knowledge and cultures and protect them from oil companies and inappropriate development. Translation by Richard Grossman.

RAK: Thank you for chatting with us, Elias. I guess I’m interested in the Ecuadorian perspective on your lineage, how you came to be a curandero, and what shamanism’s like in Ecuador.

ELIAS: In Ecuador curanderismo is very sacred, and we don’t sell it, because it’s of the mother. You have to utilize what our mother, ayahuasca, says.… Read the rest

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Shamanism as Spiritual Blackmail

PIC: David Revjoy (cc)

PIC: David Revjoy (cc)

Trigger Warning: The authors are evangelical Christians. John Ankerberg and John Weldon write at the Ankerberg Theological Research Institute:

The phenomenon of spiritistic intimidation is common to all categories of occult­ism. Thus, shamans who are “chosen” by the spirits as “healers” must either submit to the spirits or become ill, or even die.

The person called to be a shaman must learn to shamanize, that is, must take his powerful experiences and find a way to share the power with his people. If he does not shamanize, he will become ill again and may die, for the shaman is called to a certain kind of life, and if he does not lead it properly, his power will turn against him and kill him.[1]

In other words, to the spirits, human life is cheap. If their chosen host will not obey their wishes, they will destroy it and find another.

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Jack Kirby and Comic Book Mysticism

Jack KirbyYou may not recognize the name Jack Kirby, but if you’ve ever argued with your friends over who gets to be Cyclops when you were playing X-Men in your backyard, then you’ve been touched by his creations.

Jack “King” Kirby was a comic book artist/writer/creator between the 30s and the 70s, whose work is arguably the most influential in the medium.  He created and co-created some of the most recognizable superheroes: Captain America, Thor, the Silver Surfer, the Hulk, the X-men, the Fantastic Four, the New Gods, and on and on.

His era of the comic industry is marred by poor pay-rates and draconian business models, where more often than not, artists were handing over their creations for pennies, and were happy just to get their name in the credits.  To make any money at it, Kirby would sit at his drawing board for twelve to fourteen hours a day, pushing out four or five comics a month.  And we’re not talking about hack junkers.  His books were vital, exciting, and changed the face of comic books.… Read the rest

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PTSD Shaman: Involuntary Call and Covering Your “Spiritual Back”

PIC: David Revjoy (cc)

PIC: David Revjoy (cc)

Dr. John Zemler, PhD., writes at PTSD Spirituality:

When the Master Shaman sends the apprentice shaman into the wilderness to be tested by the spirits, the Master Shaman covers the apprentice’s “Spiritual Back.”  The phrase, “I’ve got your back” applies both to our spiritual development as well as to our physical protection.  For the modern American, however, the traumatic encounter in the wilderness with the spirit world is  an involuntarily experience.  We do not usually volunteer for clergy abuse, rape, or military trauma.  Yet, the outcomes of these involuntary traumas can be similar to the voluntary suffering observed in traditional shamanism.

The formation of a shaman is a three part process.  The first stage deals with the Call from the Spirits.  The formation process can kill the person who is called to this vocation.  In the case of PTSD it is not a voluntary call.

Authentic Meaning Comes from Body and Soul Experience

As mentioned in previous posts, our PTSD inducing ecstatic experiences occur on the mundane and the supernatural levels.  We experience reality at two levels, our bodies and our souls.  Depending upon our personal levels of awareness, we know that our experiences of intense joy or sorrow occur on these two levels.  Indeed, we derive meaning when our body and our soul are decisively engaged together in any particular reality, whether that reality is one of terror or one of delight.

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Illuminating the Darkness in Shamanism

7613489930_9aca4bd68b_bThe starry-eyed fascination with South American shamanism in the spiritual counter-culture is beginning to shift towards a more grounded, realistic perspective. Aurelia Hunter tells a personal tale of Q’ero shaman mistreating her when she was seeking a mentor.

via Teaching and Broken Trust | Reality Sandwich

It’s the beginner’s mind full of childlike curiosity that keeps us humble and fuels our evolution. However, I have also discovered that seeking too far outside of our own inner wisdom can cause a willingness to give away one’s own power. At the start, I could not comprehend that the true teacher would appear the moment I stopped seeking. So I am sharing a story of falling into the illusion that we have to be with certain teachers of particular backgrounds and in certain “power spots” to receive the appropriate energy transmissions to become shamans, medicine women, and other labels of the spiritual walk. I would like to acknowledge that this can be advantageous as well as dangerous.

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Richard Gordon: ‘Genesis of the Gods’

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Pic: ‘The Magic Circle’ by John William Waterhouse (PD)

In magick the circle has been generally accepted as being the universal symbol of protection, in ritual work it should not be seen as being a two dimensional disc but rather as a sphere of energy that totally encompasses the practitioner. This sacred space can then be safely utilized as a portal between our world and the mysterious other worldly realms of the gods.

The worship of gods and idols has been well documented throughout history and is evident within the belief structure of nearly every culture, but if asked the question, “From where and why did the pantheon of familiar idolized gods we know so well today arise?” most would be lost towards proposing a plausible answer, in fact I myself have been involved in many such empty ended raucous debates.Then several months ago whilst I was having an in depth chat on the subject of ritual healing, a chance remark by one of the people involved opened up a new avenue of thinking that may perhaps go a long way towards revealing the truth of the matter.… Read the rest

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Searching For the Coyote Totem

CoyoteinacanoeI came into this world as a throwback and a cultural bastard child. I had a deep yearning to connect with the other living things around me, yet no indigenous traditions to follow. I may never find an Indian Shaman to mentor me into ancient mysteries. Like a feral cat or an escaped hog, I need to let my instincts and ancestral wisdom come to of themselves as I enter the wild. I glean what native wisdom I can find. The traditional home of the coyote is the Southwestern deserts and the great plains, yet they are invading the Forests of the North, learning to hunt deer as they come to occupy a niche left by the wolf. They seem to stand with one foot on the former domain of the wolf and one foot on a new niche they found for themselves, living on the edge of civilization. They walk a new path.… Read the rest

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Why I Don’t Do Psychedelics Very Often Anymore

daemonicheatherblackrainbowI feel like I should start this off by saying that I’m never going to stop doing psychedelic drugs and to say that I don’t do them very often anymore would sort of ignore the fact that I get high almost every day. In my mind weed’s a bit more of hallucinogen than most people like to acknowledge, it just takes a bit more focus to be used in that capacity and people are lazy. Things like acid and mushrooms come right into your world impose their essence into the very fiber of your world. They’re the only reason I’m writing this weird shit for you today. I took mushrooms when I was 18 and saw a universe of transcendent shape shifting mutant space art that no one will ever be able to explain to me with conventional thought. One of the more mind blowing aspects of randomly experimenting with psilocybin as a teenager had to do with reading people like Carlos Casteneda shortly thereafter.… Read the rest

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