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Manifesting the Mind: Footprints of the Shaman (2009) [Full Documentary]

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 This film is the first in a series of three films discussing various aspects of shamanism. 

This first film, Manifesting the Mind, is a broad look at psychedelics in general. 

Why are psychedelics so brutally suppressed in our culture? 

What exactly are some of the psychedelic plants and chemicals and how can they benefit us? 

With philosophy and insight from Dennis McKenna, Daniel Pinchbeck, Alex Grey, and many others, this film is not to be missed by anyone interested in psychedelics and shamanism. 

 

Interviews include - Robert Bussinger, Mike Crowley, Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy, Alex Grey, Clark Heinrich, Nick Herbert, John Major Jenkins, Dennis McKenna, Terence McKenna, Daniel Pinchbeck, and Dr. Rick Strassman.

 


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Thanks Floyd 2.0.

 

I watched the documentary a few days ago. Was great to update stuff I've been looking into a few years ago. Feel the need to explore again :-), especially substances I'm not familiar with yet.

 

I like the way psychedelics (I'll use this term even though they don't really agree on which one to use: psychedelics, entheogens ...) are seen as a possible way to discover things, or even to heal. I like also how Dennis McKenna insists that it's no panacea and that it's possible that you're still addicted or depressed or stuff, but it shows one a way. I'd have liked a little more info on how it affects the brain but maybe we simply don't know because of lack of research. DMT everywhere, in each and every plant or animal, that's fascinating.

 

I don't really know how much one can relate psychedelic experiences with traditional faith, especially through the "ersatz" of eating and drinking the body and blood of Christ, and the amanita muscaria proofs are quite dodgy I think. Maybe the artists had tried them and wanted to play with the public, but the overwhelming majority of the artistic production does not refer to it at all which makes it quite difficult to believe that all these psychedelics were behind everything. I guess (but it's pure speculation) that the use of these in Christian countries was more or less the same as now quite early after taking over other religions. And shamans turned into witches. I don't really like the almost conspirationist view that some of the interviewed people adopted. These "drugs" have such a bad press that probably most rulers are simply biased against them without even having tried. And even if they are not biased against them, the vast majority of the public is, and it would be a threat to the politician's own agenda to defend them. They would appear as drug addicts and be pushed out of the scene I guess. These are almost non acceptable opinions on the public sphere.

We can apply Chomsky's example about the media (in manufacturing consent): saying that Saddam is a terrorist is easy because it has been said again and again but saying that the United States are a terrorist state is not easy because you have to develop thoroughly to explain that kind of revolutionary idea. Replace "Saddam is a terrorist" by "psychedelics are bad drugs" and "the United States are a terrorist state" by "psychedelics can take you to higher dimensions" ...

Plato's cavern metaphor seems very attractive to me to explain these behaviours.

 

And Noah, I'm a little more skeptical about the giant footprint haha. A single footprint does not make the case for the existence of giant on Earth to me ...

 

Cheers

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