'Ibogaine : Rite Of Passage' is a revealing documentary produced and directed by Ben De Loenen about the most promising treatment modality for drug dependency available now, Ibogaine. It is the only substance we know, which is capable of blocking acute withdrawal in opioid addicts as well as cocaine and alcohol.

Daniel Pinchbeck refers to his evolutionary Iboga ritual experience with the Bwiti Tribe of Africa in his book '2012 The Return Of Quetzalcoatl' ...

Here is an excerpt ...

"At the beginning of the night-long ordeal, while the tribe drummed and sang around me, I saw, open-eyed, a golem-like figure made of rough tree branches sit down on a bench, cross his legs, and lean forward, observing me curiously. I was later told this was the spirit of Iboga, coming to meet me. Afterward, I watched Scrabble-like letters turn in the air to spell out a curious phrase : "Touchers Teach Too" - one of a series of hints that seemed vaguely prophetic. For much of the night I was taken on a detailed tour of my early life. Many reports of Iboga trips describe such a biographical survey, though nobody knows how a complex alkaloid molecule can unlock such deep doors in the psyche, or how neurochemical reactions can create the palpable sense I had - reported by others as well - of a presence guiding me through the process."

Although the FDA decided in 1993 that Ibogaine showed enough signs of being an effective tool in the treatment of addiction, money is the problem; this natural occurring molecule cannot be patented and is not a maintenance drug with addictive properties; reason for the pharmaceutical industry not to invest in its development... Educate yourself about this unique tool ! Our vision of saving the many lives of people with a chemical dependence is only as strong as the people who support us !

About three years ago, Ben De Loenen read an article about Ibogaine in a Dutch magazine. The cultural/spiritual background of this substance and the economical interests of the pharmaceutical companies in particular caught Ben's attention. Ben was a second year student at the Utrecht School of the Arts at that moment, and decided to dedicate his final exam project to this subject. This was the beginning of a long research period in which he managed to get the cooperation of many people in the field. In particular Howard Lotsof, who in the late sixties discovered that after ingesting Ibogaine, he could instantly stop his heroin use without having any withdrawal symptoms or craving. Next to that he had gained more insight in the cause and nature of his addiction because of the psychoactive phase he had gone through and has been very supportive in the realization of this project.

Three treatments were recorded for the film; one in Sara’s House in Breukelen (The Netherlands), one in the Iboga Therapy House in Vancouver and the third one in the Ibogaine Association in Mexico. Because of the large amount of footage shot for the film, only the last treatment was finally used in the final edit. Also a lot of interviews were conducted with ex-addicts, treatment providers, the father of an ex-addict, a psychotherapist, scientists, a Bwiti shaman and Howard Lotsof. And finally a traditional Bwiti initiation in Central West Africa was shot in June of 2004.

What’s finally used in the film brings the spectator close to the personal experience of the (ex-) addict and focuses less on the science behind Ibogaine. Next to that, the spectator becomes a witness of the spectacular traditional Bwiti-ritual, which contrasts very much to the use of Ibogaine in the Western World. Unfortunately, it wasn't possible to get people of pharmaceutical companies and regular treatment centers in front of the camera, as they didn’t react on the invitation, or stated that they "had no comments." For more information on the film, go to www.ibogainefilm.com.

The ritual eating of iboga has been a psychopharmacological sacrament in the Bwiti religion for several centuries, and was likely practiced among Pygmies in much earlier times (Fernandez, 1982). In Gabon and elsewhere in West Central Africa, ibogaine is ingested in the form of scrapings of Tabernanthe iboga root bark. The ritual aim of eating iboga has been conceptualized as "binding"; the binding across time through ancestral contact, or binding participants socially on the basis of a common shared experience of a distinctive consciousness and system of belief (Fernandez, 1982; Fernandez and Fernandez, 2001).

In the colonial era Bwiti became a context of collective psychological resistance to the anomie and demoralization related to the strain on indigenous community and family institutions. Bwiti offered a dignified realm of spiritual endeavor, "the work of the ancestors" and social cohesion. Following Gabonese independence in 1960, Bwiti has remained constellated with national identity and contemporarily retains significant social and political importance (Swiderski, 1988; Samorini, 1995).

Iboga has not commonly been used to treat addiction in the traditional African Bwiti context. Iboga has been sought as a treatment for some somatic conditions, in particular for infertility (Fernandez, 1982). In the colonial era the indigenous community experienced a crisis due to a sharp decline in fertility caused by venereal disease stemming from prostitution and the separation of men from their families by the large-scale physical relocation of indigenous workers.

The possibility of an objective basis for the use of iboga in this setting is suggested by evidence associating iboga alkaloids with antimicrobial activity or effects on cell-mediated immunity. Iboga alkaloids are reportedly active against Candida albicans in the intact animal (Yordanov et al., 2005). In vitro studies indicate reversal of multidrug resistance in human cancer cells (Kam et al., 2004) and activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Rastogi et al., 1998), human immunodeficiency type 1 virus (Silva et al., 2004), and the tropical parasite Leishmania amazonensis (Delorenzi et al., 2002).

The first observation of ibogaine as treatment for substance related disorders in 1962 involved a network of lay drug experimenters who ingested a variety of hallucinogens and systematically recorded their experiences (Lotsof and Alexander, 2001). Withdrawal symptoms were unexpectedly absent in heroin-dependent individuals who had taken ibogaine. Common to various sociological definitions of the term "subculture" is a system of beliefs, norms and values apart from a superordinate culture (Clarke, 1974; Dowd and Dowd, 2003).

The ibogaine subculture has elicited wariness from the "superordinate culture" of conventional clinical medicine (Kleber, 2001), and has been invoked regarding the null hypothesis that ibogaine's reported effect in opioid withdrawal is not pharmacologically mediated, but is instead accounted for by suggestion and ritual (Sharpe and Jaffe, 1990). The ibogaine subculture is also significant as the setting of case report evidence that influenced the decision of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to pursue its ibogaine project (Alper, 2001), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve a clinical trial (Mash et al., 1998).

Ibogaine is unscheduled in most of the world, with the exception of the US, Belgium, Denmark, France, Sweden, Switzerland, and Australia where it is illegal. Ibogaine has not been popular as a recreational drug regardless of its legal status (Kleber, 2001), and apparently only two arrests involving ibogaine are known to have occurred in the US (Ranzal, 1967; Lane, 2005). Iboga alkaloids reportedly are not self-administered, and do not produce withdrawal signs following chronic administration in animals (Aceto et al., 1992).

As of late 2006, ibogaine hydrochloride (HCl) was available for $400-$500USDper gram (ethnogarden.com, 2006), and the dosage typically used for opioid withdrawal is in the range of 1-2 g. Purity on the order of 97-98% has been reported on certificates of analysis for supplies of ibogaine HCl used in the subculture. Ibogaine is also available as Tabernanthe iboga extract or dried root bark.

The Iboga Experience from a Buddhist Perspective ...

First off let me start by saying that my belief system is closest to that of the Buddhist and in fact I adhere somewhat to a Tibetan Buddhist way of perceiving things. Thus my experience in the jungles is coloured by this perspective and to try and describe things without referring to Buddhist conceptual models would be tying my own hands.

Profound experiences of insight have happened to me on a couple of occasions, experiences that left me with a harmonious and centred being, and the effects stayed with me for up to a year. These experiences were understandings of the essential emptiness that is our fundamental reality, the 'skylike' nature of mind. Some came through psilocybin and others through trichocereus cactus, but all were all conducted with the aid of a loving and benevolent teacher, without whom I would never have approached these states of being.

Essentially these states allowed me to perceive that the fabric of our reality is our imagination, and thus with that understanding, anything, absolutely anything is possible in the universe (however, it is important that we realise that it is all a product of our imagination). This is the fundamental nature of exoreality - and endoreality. The intellectual, however, can never come close to the experiential as much as we try. Using words and concepts to describe the subtlety of the experience can be compared to using a ten pound hammer to forge butterfly wings - the wrong tools, clumsy and blunt.

Iboga functions in a subtly different way from these other plants. In small amounts it seems to somehow slow the metabolism down, more so the more you take. Your entire being becomes still and, through the stillness, you begin to see. You begin to be aware of what is going on around you, as your intellectual mind is stilled and the mechanisms that cloud your mind with random thought are all put on slow, or pause. Other senses start coming alive, as the five senses mix synergistically. This is the case up until you take the barely sub-lethal doses they give you in an initiation.

Then you really start to see! Somehow the iboga manages to change your vibration, slow you down to such an extent that you become super-aware on the physical plane (exoreal) of events occurring at other dimensional vibrations (endorealities). Your body cools down, you seem no longer to even breathe and it would look to an outsider as if you were comatose. In fact, although your motor coordination is not functioning properly, your consciousness is now coming into its own.

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This film looks at the last 100 years of marijuana use, culture, and legislation, compiled from 400 hours of archival footage. Narrated by the celebrity weed aficionado Woody Harrelson, whose very name in the credits will ensure a laugh from audiences.

"This film explores the history of the American government's official policy on marijuana in the 20th century. Rising with nativist xenophobia with Mexican immigration and their taste for smoking marijuana, we see the establishment of a wrong headed federal drug policy as a crime issue as opposed to a public health approach. Fuelled by prejudice, hysterical propaganda and political opportunism undeterred by voices of reason on the subject, we follow the story of a costly and futile crusade against a substance with questionable ill effects that has damaged basic civil liberties."

- Kenneth Chisholm

"The history of marijuana in the United States since its unofficial introduction in the early twentieth century is presented. As a product, it has been a focus of a strong government campaign to rids its distribution and use, primarily from the 1930's to the 1970's. Harry J. Anslinger, the first Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and President Richard Nixon were the chief persons waging the war. During the early battle, marijuana was popularly thought to cause a slew of maladies, including temporary insanity and murderous tendencies, as depicted through such movies as Marihuana (1936/I) aka "Reefer Madness". This popular belief led to marijuana being effectively classified an illegal substance in the United States in 1937. When some of these myths were debunked, especially through the free-wheeling 1960's, anti-marijuana messaging turned to it being a gateway substance to stronger more dangerous illicit drugs, such as heroin. As much of the marijuana coming into the United States since the 1950's was from China, the government also used anti-Communist messaging. Both Anslinger and Nixon quashed any scientific reports that came out refuting the government's claims, such as a report commissioned by New York Mayor 'Fiorello Laguardia' . To the end of the century, America's war on marijuana has cost the government several billions of dollars."

- Huggo

"Most of my films celebrate popular culture, underground artists, marginal artists," says Mann.

"They bring them to a mainstream audience. This film brings an underground issue forward, but it's motivated by a desire to do what's right. That's very different. That makes the film political. I was surprised at the reaction to the political content. I think people do respond to the wastefulness of the American war on marijuana ... especially the cost. There is a political point being made more overtly political than anything I've ever done ... and it's summed up by Woody Harrelson saying the American anti-marijuana campaign has been misguided and totally ineffective."

The political nature of drug laws and anti-drug campaigns, incidentally, was underlined by a story in The Globe and Mail the week before the screening of Grass at the Toronto International Film Festival. The story detailed how Mexico's economy was harmed by being designated as soft on drugs, an idea spearheaded by the United States ... the kind of moral and political chicanery Grass exposes.

One of the funniest movies on the American history of Marijuana !

For some more laughs ... Here is 'Reefer Madness' ... :D ...

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In this talk titled 'Spiritual Dimension Of Time Travel' presented by the Theosophical Society in America in Chicago, Fred Alan Wolf, PhD discusses spirituality and the concept of self from his unique perspective as a physicist, explains some of the fundamental premises of quantum theory including the observer effect, and how the concepts of time and mind are reconcilable and can, in fact, have the same meaning. Fred Alan Wolf quotes Buddha's teaching of a realm which he describes as unborn, unoriginated, uncreated ... unformed ... Fred says his purpose is to understand what this means and bring to us the same understanding the best possible way he can ... Fred says ... besides calling this knowledge 'The Yoga Of Time Travel' he would call it the Physics of Shiva, The God Of Time !

Dr. Quantum expresses all of the complicated serious stuff about Science, Quantum Physics, Yoga, Time Travel in an extremely easy to follow and awesomely humorous way ... signature style Fred Alan Wolf ! He made me laugh a lot as the 'I' was watching these videos late last night !!! ... HAHAHA ツ ... One of the best videos I've seen in recent times ....

Fred Alan Wolf is a physicist, writer, and lecturer who earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at UCLA in 1963. He continues to write, lecture throughout the world, and conduct research on the relationship of quantum physics to consciousness. Dr. Wolf has taught at the University of London, the University of Paris, the Hahn-Meitner Institute for Nuclear Physics in Berlin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and San Diego State University in the United States. Aka "Dr. Quantum," he is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars and the author of eleven books, including the National Book Award-winning "Taking the Quantum Leap." Wolf's work in quantum physics and consciousness is well known through his popular and scientific writing, and his radio talk show, television and film appearances across the United States and abroad.

An excerpt from the book 'The Yoga Of Time Travel' ...


“I don’t understand you,” said Alice. “It’s dreadfully confusing!”

“That’s the effect of living backwards,” the Queen
said kindly: “it always makes one a little giddy
at first—”

“Living backwards!” Alice repeated in great
astonishment. “I never heard of such a thing!”

“—but there’s one great advantage in it, that one’s
memory works both ways.”

“I’m sure mine only works one way,” Alice remarked.
“I can’t remember things before they happen.”

“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works
backwards,” the Queen remarked.

— Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

Most of us assume, as Alice does, that whatever we can remember has already taken place. If asked why we don’t remember scenes from our future, we might answer: “Because, dummy, they haven’t happened yet!” But as the Queen in Lewis Carroll’s delightful book suggests, perhaps we do have memories of the future, however nonsensical that may sound. Consider the albeit radical possibility that the Queen is right: memory does work both ways. That is, you are perfectly able to remember the future just as well as you can recall the past. Further, consider that having a two-way memory could lead, as the Queen suggests, to distinct advantages. For example, it might help you deal with synchronicities and experiences of déjà vu, avoid health problems, make significant predictions about your life, and offer many other benefits, as may become clear as this book unfolds.

A Quick Look into the Future of This Book

In the chapters ahead, we will look at space and time with new eyes, taking into consideration how both relativity (the science of the very large) and quantum mechanics (the science of the very small) have completely altered what we mean by time and space. We’ll look farther into physical time and space and learn why they are considered manifestations of one thing rather than separate categories. We will also explore the notion of sacred time. We will see how time, mind, and spirit have a surprising relation with each other. And we will learn how a mind yoga for time travel springs forth from this relationship, offering surprising benefits and accessible to us all.

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The Secret Life Of Plants is a 1979 documentary directed by Walon Green based on a book of the same name written by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. It is described as "A fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and spiritual relations between plants and man."

The movie also features the deep insightful knowledge of the African Dogon Tribe about the nature of the Universe ... They share sacred knowledge about Po Tolo, Sirius's companion star invisible to the naked eye. This is proven by modern astrology today ... Sirius does have an orbiting companion star invisible to the naked eye and the Dogon Tribe have known this for thousands of years without any astronomical equipment. The Dogon Tribe have known to have had an extraterrestrial contact with beings from Sirius and they shared much knowledge with them about the universe ... and the unity of all creation .

The movie shows us that plants too are sentient and respond to human emotions, despite their lack of a nervous system and a brain. This sentience is observed primarily through changes in the plant's conductivity, as through a polygraph, as pioneered by Cleve Backster.

It features the Stevie Wonder soundtrack Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. The film made heavy use of time-lapse photography (where you can see plants grow in a few seconds, creepers reaching out to other plants and tugging on them, mushrooms and flowers popping open, etc.), certainly in order to portray them as animate beings. When the film was released, such images were a novelty to the general public.

Psychobotany: Psycho (from the Greek psyche meaning mind or soul); botany (the study of plants).

Psychobotany attempts to cultivate a cultural terrain that includes a wide array of efforts at human/plant communication. Artists, scientists, subcultures, religions, activists, and visionaries all share plots in the field of Psychobotany. Combining elements of scientific truth, spiritual beliefs, aesthetic savvy, and social expression, Psychobotany is a fertile ground where the diverse cultural roots of human/plant communication can take hold.

That said, this book is about much more than just plants; it delves quite deeply into such topics as the aura, psychophysics, orgone, radionics, kirlian photography, magnetism/magnetotropism, bioelectrics, dowsing, and the history of science.

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"Microcosmos : Le peuple de l'herbe" captures the fun and adventure of a spectacular hidden universe revealed in a breathtaking, close-up view unlike anything you've ever seen! Your family will marvel at a pair of stag beetles dueling like titans.

The kids will stare bug-eyed as a magnificent army of worker ants race to stock their larder ... while tyring to avoid becoming a feisty pheasant's dinner.

This film provides a fascinating, up-close view of the world of insects, snails, and other tiny invertebrates as they work, eat, fight and procreate. This acclaimed French documentary was filmed with special microscopic cameras and high-resolution microphones, which bring the viewer into the subjects' figurative living room.

You'll have a front-row seat to witness an amazing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, the remarkable birth of a mosquito, and several other minute miracles of life. With its tiny cast of thousands, MICROCOSMOS leaves no doubt that "Mother Nature remains the greatest special effects wizard of all"

- New York Times

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"Water is the driving force of all nature." - Leonardo da Vinci

Water makes most of earths surface and most of our human bodies ... but do we really know the secrets of this amazing element.

From agriculture, to factories and hydropower, we put water to work in a million different ways every day. And yet water acts outside all known physical laws of nature.

At a time of global climate change, understanding the mysteries of water is critical. Every living thing needs it to survive ... Our ignorance of its function and capacities has lead us to abuse its quality and forget its potential. Witness WATER’s capacity and challenge historical assumptions. Unveil enlightened information and new scientific discoveries that create new possibilities for water’s use in every field of endeavor.

These new discoveries go beyond human reckoning – beyond the solar systems and galaxies to the Source of life itself..

Featuring breathtaking discoveries by researchers worldwide including Masaru Emoto from "What the Bleep Do We Know" ...

"Just as with the film "What The Bleep Do We Know" , "Water" shows us through science that our thoughts have an effect on our external reality. Imagine the possibilities when people realize their own potential for creativity. Films like this give me hope that there is an emergence of collective intelligence that can solve the problems of the world."

- Deepak Chopra

This film is about water, the most amazing yet least studied substance. From time immemorial, scientists, philosophers and theologians tried to understand its explicit and implicit properties, which are phenomenal, beyond the common physical laws of nature.

Witness recent, breathtaking discoveries by researchers worldwide from Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Israel, the USA, Britain, Austria, Japan, Argentina, China and Tibet.

The arguments expound upon unexpected and challenging assumptions enlightening many years of research to open humankind to new horizons, such as the applications of structured water in agriculture, or the use of water in treatment for the most serious diseases and more.

The Geography of the film spans the globe. The implications go beyond the solar system, suggesting that water has the ability to convey messages faster than light, perhaps linking water with the absolute. Water is so unique, and so profound, its miraculous properties are still awaiting to be discovered.

Crop Circles have been known to appear predominantly in many areas of Southern England where many underground currents and streams run below the fields where the Crop Circles appear ... Crop Circles have a strong electromagnetic field around them and have known to affect the consciousness of people walking into a crop circle who feel a sense of awe and tranquility when inside a Crop Circle formation ... These crop circles are encoding the underground water with positive energy which adds on this magical healing energy to the seas and the oceans it merges with ... On a Quantum Level anyone around the world viewing these Crop Circle formations as images is also adding on to the energy they transmit onto the water flowing underground ... :)

The movie has served it's purpose if we can change the way we see water,ourselves and all of life that surrounds us ... for all of it is mostly water and our thoughts carry the resonance to alter and change the quality of water ... with a shift in consciousness from the I to the WE ... we change ourselves and purify everything else around us in this grand evolution unfolding here & now ...

Be Love ... Be Light ... :)

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The Mahavakyas are "Great Sayings" of the Upanishads, the foundational texts of the Vedanta. Though there are many Mahavakyas, four of them, each from one of the four Vedas, are mentioned often as Mahavakyas.

The subject matter and the essence of all Upanishads being the same, all the Mahavakyas essentially propagate the same, say the same in a concise form. The four statements indicate the ultimate unity of the individual (Atman) with the Absolute (Brahman - The Cosmos).

The Mahavakyas are :

  • Prajanam Brahma - "Consciousness is Brahman" (Aitareya Upanishad 3.3 of the Rig Veda)
  • Ayam Atma Brahma - "This Self (Atman) is Brahman" (Mandukya Upanishad 1.2 of the Atharva Veda)
  • Tat Tvam Asi - "Thou Art That" (Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7 of the Sama Veda)
  • Aham Brahmasmi - "I AM Brahman" (Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.10 of the Yajur Veda)

The Kanchi Paramacharya says in the book Hindu Dharma: "It is to attain this highest of states in which the individual self dissolves inseparably in Brahman that a man becomes a sanyasin after forsaking the very karma that gives him inward maturity. When he is initiated into sanyasa he is taught four mantras, the four Mahavakyas."

Swami Krishnananda says that the "Mahavakyas convey the essential teaching of the Upanishads, namely, Reality is One, and the individual is essentially identical with it ... the identification of the self with the Absolute is not any act of bringing together two differing natures, but is an affirmation that absoluteness or universality includes everything, and there is nothing outside of it."

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Gregg Braden is one of the prominent pioneers of the evolutionary paradigm in our world today, bridging science and spirituality, highlighting our relationship with the complex nature of our holographic universe in simple terms making it easier for all to understand ... Gregg Braden is a great teacher and you will love reading his books and hear him say, what he has to say ...

In this video Gregg talks about the intrinsic nature of the Universe ! How everything within the universe is holographic in nature and the implications for anyone interested in directing the amazing power of their mind.

"A hologram is a pattern that is whole and complete unto itself and, at the same time, it is part of an even greater pattern that is whole and complete unto itself ... while at the same time is part of an even greater pattern." (ad infinitum) And here’s the staggering part .... the beauty of the hologram (is that) any place in the pattern of a hologram where you make one little change, that change is mirrored throughout the rest of the hologram.

An excerpt from The Mystery of 2012 : Predictions, Prophecies & Possibilities ...

According to Hudson Smith, each brain is already capable of a greater number of associations than the number of atoms in the universe. Morever, there is a strong evidence that the holographic universe acts as an interconnected mind to which each human being can have direct access. Humanity is already capable of remote viewing, telepathy and clairvoyant vision. The reality of humanity's interconnected thought field has already been rigorously demonstrated by psychophysiological researchers and found to be based on quantum physical principles called 'entanglement'.

New capabilities of clairvoyant sight will become more common place in future generations. Some signs that this is developing can already be seen in the demonstrated abilities of some unusual children, who have been given names such as Indigo, Dolphin or Crystal Children. These children are demonstrating advanced mental and emotional capabilities that will become commonplace within all of humanity. There will also be breakthroughs in inter species communication technology, allowing humans to have dialogues with intelligent creatures such as whales and dolphins. This will aid humanity in becoming better environmental stewards of the planet.

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Orbs, Balls of Light, Crop Circles, UFOs, Merkaba ... all the mentioned phenomena have one evidently visible aspect in common, Light ! It is this light we see and the love we experience which is the essence of who we really are ... :) and there are millions of Orb photographs clicked all around the world each day in all possible colors such as Blue, Golden, Purple, Yellow, White ...

Orbs have known to manifest almost anywhere if they will to ... especially around places and people with good vibrations, emanating positive energies ... This is a common experience with most Orb photographers and enthusiasts who have a direct experience with Orbs, Angels, Spirit Guides and Fairies.

Here are some photographs of our transdimensional light friends who are always around us ... guiding us ... healing us ... playing with us ... communicating with us in subtle ways which sometimes emerge as thoughts within our own consciousness ... can also be perceived as enhancement of one's own power of intuition or clairvoyance !

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Sasquatch, the wild man of the woods as known to the Native Americans is known by many names today across the world such as Bigfoot, the Yeti, Ape Man ... In the folklore of many Native American tribes, as well as the indigenous people of the Himalayas, the Sasquatch is described as a peaceful, supernatural creature with intelligence and spiritual powers such as telepathy.

The term "Sasquatch" is an anglicized derivative of the word "Sésquac", meaning "wild man". The original word, in the Stó:lõ dialect of the Halkomelem language, is used by the Coast Salish Indians of the Fraser Valley and parts of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Attitudes Toward Bigfoot in Many North American Cultures By Gayle Highpine

"Here in the Northwest, and west of the Rockies generally, Indian people regard Bigfoot with great respect. He is seen as a special kind of being, because of his obvious close relationship with humans. Some elders regard him as standing on the "border" between animal-style consciousness and human-style consciousness, which gives him a special kind of power. (It is not that Bigfoot's relationship to make him "superior" to other animals; in Indian culture, unlike western culture, animals are not regarded as "inferior" to humans but rather as "elder brothers" and "teachers" of humans. But tribal cultures everywhere are based on relationship and kinship; the closer the kinship, the stronger the bond. Man Indian elders in the Northwest refuse to eat bear meat because of the bear's similarity to humans, and Bigfoot is obviously much more similar to humans than is the bear. As beings who blend the "natural knowledge" of animals with something of the distinctive type of consciousness called "intelligence" that humans have, Bigfoot is regarded as a special type of being."

"But, special being as he is, I have never heard anyone from a Northwestern tribe suggest that Bigfoot is anything other than a physical being, living in the same physical dimensions as humans and other animals. He eats, he sleeps, he poops, he cares for his family members. However, among many Indians elsewhere in North America... as widely separated at the Hopi, the Sioux, the Iroquois, and the Northern Athabascan -- Bigfoot is seen more as a sort of supernatural or spirit being, whose appearance to humans is always meant to convey some kind of message."

"The Lakota, or western Sioux, call Bigfoot Chiye-tanka (Chiha-tanka in Dakota or eastern Sioux); "chiye" means "elder brother" and "tanka" means "great" or "big". In English, though, the Sioux usually call him "the big man". In his book "The spirit of Crazy Horse," (Viking, 1980), a non-fiction account of the events dramatized by the excellent recent movie "Thunderheart", author Peter Mathiessen recorded some comments about Bigfoot made by traditional Sioux people and some members of other Indian nations. Joe Flying By, a Hunkpapa Lakota, told Mathiessen, "I think the Big Man is a kind of husband of Unk-ksa, the earth, who is wise in the way of anything with its own natural wisdom. Sometimes we say that this One is a kind of reptile from the ancient times who can take a big hairy form; I also think he can change into a coyote. Some of the people who saw him did not respect what they were seeing, and they are already gone."

"There is your Big man standing there, ever waiting, ever present, like the coming of a new day," Oglala Lakota Medicine Man Pete Catches told Mathiessen. "He is both spirit and real being, but he can also glide through the forest, like a moose with big antlers, as though the trees weren't there... I know him as my brother... I want him to touch me, just a touch, a blessing, something I could bring home to my sons and grandchildren, that I was there, that I approached him, and he touched me."

Ray Owen, son of a Dakota spiritual leader from Prairie Island Reservation in Minnesota, told a reporter from (the) Red Wing (Minnesota) Republican Eagle, "They exist in another dimension from us, but can appear in this dimension whenever they have a reason to. See, it's like there are many levels, many dimensions. When our time in this one is finished, we move on to the next, but the Big Man can go between. The Big Man comes from God. He's our big brother, kind of looks out for us. Two years ago, we were going downhill, really self-destructive. We needed a sign to put us back on track, and that's why the Big Man appeared".

Ralph Gray Wolf, a visiting Athapaskan Indian from Alaska, told the reporter, "In our way of beliefs, they make appearances at troubled times", to help troubled Indian communities "get more in tune with Mother Earth". Bigfoot brings "signs or messages that there is a need to change, a need to cleanse," (Minn. news article, "Giant Footprint Signals a Time to Seek Change," July 23,1988).

Mathiessen reported similar views among the Turtle Mountain Ojibway in North Dakota, that Bigfoot --- whom they call Rugaru -- "appears in symptoms of danger or psychic disruption to the community." When I read this, I wondered if it contradicted my hypothesis that the Ojibways had identified Bigfoot with Windago, the sinister cannibal-giant of their legends ; I had surmised that because I had never heard of any other names for, or references to Bigfoot in Ojibway culture, even though there must have been sightings in woodlands around the Great lakes, and indeed sightings in that region have been reported by non-Indians. But the Turtle Mountain band is one of the few Ojibway bands to have moved much farther west than most of their nation; and Rugaru is not a native Ojibway word. Nor does it come from the languages of neighboring Indian peoples. However, it has a striking sound similarity to the French word for werewolf, loup- garou, and there is quite a bit of French influence among the Turtle Mountain Ojibway. (French-Canadian trappers and missionaries were the first whites that they dealt with extensively, and many tribal members today bear French surnames), so it doesn't seem far-fetched that the Turtle Mountain Ojibway picked up the French name for hairy human- like being, while at the same time taking on their neighbors positive, reverent, attitude toward Bigfoot. After all, the Plains Cree -- even though they retain a memory of their eastern cousins tradition of the Wetiko (as the Windigo is called in Cree) -- have seemed similarly to take on the western tribes view of Bigfoot as they moved west.

The Hopi elders say that the increasing appearances of Bigfoot are not only a message or warning to the individuals or communities to whom he appears, but to humankind at large. As Mathiessen puts it, they see Bigfoot as "a messenger who appears in evil times as a warning from the Creator that man's disrespect for His sacred instructions has upset the harmony and balance of existence." To the Hopi, the "big hairy man" is just one form that the messenger can take.

The Iroquois (Six Nations Confederacy) of the Northeast -- although they live in close proximity to the eastern Algonkian tribes with their Windigo legends -- view Bigfoot much in the same way the Hopi do, as a messenger from the Creator trying to warn humans to change their ways or face disaster. However, mentioned among Iroquois much more often than Bigfoot are the "little people" who are said to inhabit the Adirondacks mountains. I never heard any first-hand stories among the Iroqouis about encounters with these "little people" -- for that matter, I never heard and first- hand stories in that region about Bigfoot, either -- but the Iroquois pass down stories about hunters who occasionally saw small human-like beings in the Adirondacks (which are not all that far from the Catskills, where Rip Van Winkle was alleged to have met some little bowlers) (and slept for 100 years -HF). Some present-day Iroquois assert that the "little people" are still there, just not seen as often because the Iroquois don't spend as much time hunting up in the mountains as they used to. many Iroquois seem to regard both Bigfoot and the "little people" as spiritual or interdimensional beings who can enter or leave our physical dimension as they please, and choose to whom they present themselves, always for a reason.

Stories about small, humanoids who inhabit wild places are found in many areas of the world, especially Europe. (The Kiowa tell a story about several young men who decide to go exploring south from their Texas home for many days, seeing many new things, until they came to a strange forest [obviously the jungles of southern Mexico] whose trees were home to small, furred humanoids with tails! This they found to be too weird, so they immediately headed back for home). I never thought to connect the stories about the "little people" with the Sasquatch until Ray Crowe brought up the possible connection. After all, if there may be large relatives of humans living in remote areas, would it be so impossible for there to be small ones? Details that stretch credibility, such as pots of gold, pointed and belled caps, games of ninepins, etc., could conceivably be embellishments added over generations to some genuine accounts of sightings.

Throughout Native North America, Bigfoot is seen as a kind of "brother" to humans. Even among those eastern Algonkian tribes to whom Bigfoot represents the incarnation of the Windigo -- the human who is transformed into a cannibalistic monster by tasting human flesh in time of starvation -- his fearsomeness comes from his very closeness to humans. The Windigo is the embodiment of the hidden, terrifying temptation within them to turn to eating other humans when no other food is to be had. he was still their "elder brother", but a brother who represented a human potential they feared. As such, the Windigo's appearance was sort of a constant warning to them, a reminder that a community whose members turn to eating each other is doomed much more surely than a community that simply has no food. So the figure of the Windigo is not so far removed from the figure of the "messenger" coming to warn humankind of impending disaster if it doesn't cease its destruction of nature.

The existence of Bigfoot is taken for granted throughout Native North America, and so are his powerful psychic abilities. I can't count the number of times that I have heard elder Indian people say that Bigfoot knows when humans are searching for him and that he chooses when and to whom to make an appearance, and that his psychic powers account for his ability to elude the white man's efforts to capture him or hunt him down. In Indian culture, the entire natural world -- the animals, the plants, the rivers, the stars -- is seen as a family. And Bigfoot is seen as one of our close relatives, the "great elder brother" !

The Clackamas Indians (a branch of the Chinook), maintain that in the lands of the headwaters of the Clackamas river, adolescent Bigfeet beings have to pass a test to become an adult members of the Bigfoot tribe. They must jump in front of a human on a trail, and wave their hands in front of the humans face, without being seen.

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