That also rings truest sounding to me Liza...On the ayahuasca - I was gonna say - I once asked St. Mary of Egypts,Kansas Citys' Fr. Paisias why smoking marijuana was sinful when it seemed to have medicinal effects and he told me that because hallucinogens that put you into a trance state - or that being in a psychadelic drug induced trance state can open you up to demonic activity.Thats immediatly what I thought with ayahuasca so I googled "ayahuasca orthodox christian" and came across this article wich sorta detours me from wanting to mess with it after having been reading Fr. Seraphim Rose literature: AUTHOR ADAM ELENBASS DESCRIBES HIS JOURNEY FROM ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY TO AYAHUASCA SHAMANISM, ON THE 22 - 26 NOV 2010 “FUTURE QUAKE” RADIO PROGRAMS
Nashville, TN – Adam Elenbaas, author of the new book, “Fishers of Men: The Gospel of An Ayahuasca Vision Quest” (www.fishersofmenbook.com
), discusses his journey from his orthodox Christian upbringing to embrace shamanistic spirit visitations via use of the plant-based ayahuasca brew of South America, with host “Doctor Future” and co-host Tom Bionic, airing daily during the week of 22 November on the “Future Quake” program, broadcast on the Christian talk radio station WENO, 760 AM in Nashville, TN (and archived at http://www.futurequake.com
). Mr. Elenbass was raised in a somewhat conventional Christian home, as a son of an up-and-coming Methodist minister. However, his parents’ broad-minded views on spirituality opened an appreciation in Adam for Native American spirituality, which resonated more fully than the stale liturgical church practices. As his father’s career advanced and necessitated their relocation from rural to suburban environments, his family drifted apart, as his father coped with his increasing pastoral pressures with alcohol abuse and infidelity, and Adam advanced in his rebellion and association with parties involved in petty theft and substance abuse. An episode of his rebellion into a strict fundamentalist church fellowship, including experiences in Pentecostal ecstatic experiences, followed by additional exposure to practices such as contemplative prayer while attending a Christian college (while still openly practicing substance abuse), additionally served to prepare him to pursue a theurgic experience via the ayahuasca drink used by South American shamans to contact the spirit world, and to look inward to confront and face internal “demons”. He explains his ayahuasca ceremonies there in depth, involving confrontations with serpent-like and other entities, as well as one identifying himself as “Jesus” who presented a cosmology much different than that derived from a strict Biblical reading, including a dismissal of sin and “Bible-thumping”, and led to an understanding of Jesus not as deity but rather a higher-evolved being, nor viewing such spiritual matters and understandings as having eternal consequence. Some portion of the discussion critiques his interpretation of these events, as to the veracity of the messages provided by such entities encountered in these ceremonies, and the potential for deception by demonic beings masquerading as “angels of light”. The discussion concludes with an exploration of the potential for his experience to spread to other portions of the professing Christian community, especially some of those from the “Emergent Church” and Pentecostal backgrounds, whose pursuit of new mystical experiences might entice them to pursue this venue of spirit contact, in an unforgettable discussion.
“Future Quake”, hosted by “Doctor Future”, is a daily Christian interview and news review radio program, focusing on issues and events that will soon impact our collective futures. It features interviews with international experts on the topics covered (such as recent guests Alvin Toffler, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Alex Jones, Joseph Farah, Chuck Baldwin and Dr. Jerome Corsi), with constructive, intellectual discussions intended to better inform the public and provide useful information to prepare for the days ahead. It airs each weekday at 4 PM on WENO, 760 AM in Nashville, TN, the most popular Christian talk station in Middle Tennessee, and extending into much of the Mid-South. For those that miss the live broadcast, prior shows are archived in .mp3 format for listening on demand at http://www.futurequake.com
, or available as a podcast (under “future quake”) at I-Tunes (www.itunes.com
CONTACT: “Dr. Future”, Host, “Future Quake” Radio Show (firstname.lastname@example.org
) (This is also really weird cus I live in Nashville.)