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This week’s guest, artist Lachlan Wardlaw, takes us on a journey to the Amazon by plane and to the mind of Nature by ayahuasca. What we find there is nothing short of an exact parallel to, of all things, Visitor phenomena.That is no coincidence, but the exact reason why remains a mystery.
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Lachlan Wardlaw. As I look at
Lachlan Wardlaw. As I look at your mandala, the Mandelbrot set comes to mind. Like Mandelbrot, each figure can be a little different but not by much. William Henry’s newest post also comes to mind; “THERE IS A LIGHT BEING LIVING WITHIN.” The circles in your mandala and the drops of (Chintamani).
In the upper right, multicolored (green, red and blue) Chintamani gems rain from clouds upon a monastery.
The heavenly palaces are said to be made of this gem. Monks collect and process the celestial substance.
The mathematics of fractals
The mathematics of fractals are a surprising and mysterious discovery for mathematicians; they indicate a fundamental link between simplicity, complexity, beauty, and reality, and offer, perhaps, even a hint at meaning, the latter of which may set their minds into a recursive loop of surprise and mystery…there are many interesting parallels between fractal geometry and Mandalas, including their link to the fundamental nature of reality, asserted in the case of Mandalas, and discovered in the case of fractals.
It seems to me what these
It seems to me what these substances do, perhaps universally, is put us in touch with the intelligence of nature – vast, wise, and ancient. Whether we can retain it or not, whether we can understand it or not, at the very least it shows us that its there, and the reason its there, more accessible than understandable at present, is because we are its children, perhaps metaphorically, perhaps literally, and perhaps a distinction without a difference. A child knows and recognizes its mother, but not in every sense of knowing, but only as a child. The mother knows and recognizes her child, but in a more integral and wise way. Not as bound in the moment, but seeing, in a sense, its whole life in every moment, which is what allows her to guide, to instruct, and to correct. There is wisdom in this Universe, and it is, at the least, as vast, deep, and fundamental, as the Universe itself.
At its core, this interview
At its core, this interview demonstrates, again, the importance of our connection to the Natural World. Some of us stay engaged with nature our whole lives, while many of us leave it by the wayside and ignore it. One of the things that I try to understand is why many of us have these experiences without Ayahuasca (or any other concoction or drug). The shamans of South America are already living a day-to-day experience embedded in Nature, but kick it up a notch and go deeper by using Ayahuasca. The fact that it was mentioned that non-native people from other places have begun using Ayahuasca and setting up their own ‘store-front’ experiences makes me wonder even more what is going on, and I have to wonder if people from Western nations have become so numb to life and nature that they have to get a good kick in the pants to get back to where they should have been in the first place.
If you want to get an idea of where Americans are in regards to their relationship with Nature, I recommend reviewing the findings of this study:
Yes, we are seriously out of touch over here. From my point of view, one of the most interesting findings of the study showed that children find and connect to nature in their own backyards, while adults feel a need to go to certain places to connect to Nature (parks and preserves, for instance.). I have always been a person that connects to nature in just about any environment that I happen to be in at the time. (I’ve even learned how to tune out the noise of traffic and focus on the sounds and songs of birds) While I prefer the wild, hikes in places like Big Bend, and quiet away from the city, I know that Nature never leaves me, because I am part of it. Because I am part of it, it also finds me if I just pay attention and notice it. (I would so love to teach others how to do this!). Noticing, then actively engaging with nature, takes you into the ‘timeless’ zone too (which might explain Lachlan’s vision of a possible future, or other reality).
I know that Jeremy and Jeff Ritzman have noticed that disruption and lack of structure can possibly lead to unusual experiences. Nature itself seems organized, but is also a true ‘wild’ card and full of surprises. (The next time you hear the chirp of a house gecko, try responding to it with a voice of kindness. His chirps soon change to delightful little trills, that are not unlike the purring of contented kitten. He KNOWS that you are talking to him!) And check out this guy…He’s tuned into Nature in the confines of his house.
Lachlan’s art is amazing…If you haven’t clicked on the link above and perused all of his images, take the time and check them out!
CL, you may find Song For
CL, you may find Song For America by Kansas of interest:
And a moving dialogue between the displaced and the displacer indicating it may not last:
Thanks for the
Thanks for the links! Beautiful, and haunting too…
I’m so glad you like them CL.
I’m so glad you like them CL. Here’s another, about the reality of earthly life, and the afterlife, and what it means when the bridge between them is love.
Great show and it’s
Great show and it’s encouraging to see all the threads agreeing that we’ve lost touch with the natural world and our ancestry.
Many scientists agree that we are very much biologically hardwired by evolution. For example our instinctive reaction to snakes or snakelike movement in our peripheral vision (happens quicker that you are conscious of it), or the fact that we have really sharp eyesight in our central field of vision (so we can spot those pesky serpents among the leaves), but relatively low resolution outside of that area (so we don’t get information overload). The reason we are like this is that these are the things that have worked again and again across time, and kept us alive long enough to reproduce. The ancient people who didn’t sit up and take notice of the rustling movement in the bushes…got eaten and didn’t stick around long enough to tell everyone else to just chill ;0)
I think both practices of meditation and Ayahuasca, tap into the same deep and very ancient part of us, which is why they feel real, and true. So it would seem foolish to overlook them. We certainly don’t get the same emotional and biological confirmations if we fully embed ourselves in capitalism and consumerism. We need science and technology for sure, but we also need to have a little faith in ourselves and respect where we have come from. I think Carl Jung was right when he said we are creatures who need a balance between the spiritual and the material to thrive. When we get it right we can glimpse heaven, but if we get off balance we can stumble all the way down to hell.
Keep up the good work Jeremy and unknowncountry.com…I LOVE IT.
Hi, Jeremy. For some reason,
Hi, Jeremy. For some reason, I got the impression that this show was a repeat of one from the past, but maybe not. Anyway, when Lachlan starting telling you about his experiences at the meditation retreat wherein his body spontaneously started moving, I was surprised that you didn’t mention how that paralleled your own ongoing experience of something similar happening to you.
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