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The shamans were the first healers and holy peoples on Earth. Many writers speculate that shamanism is at the root of all the world religions and at the root of all healing practices. Shamanism also is cross cultural. It has wide spread use across the time encompassing human history. The shaman frequently ventures into the furthest regions of consciousness at will. Their experiences are the foundation of much of our civilization. The shaman is an important piece of the community in non-industrialized world and held it together with their ability to heal and to utilize extrasensory powers. The shaman is ancient, its beginnings can only be guessed because its past extends deep into prehistory. Shamanism could in fact be the first healing art and the shamans could be the first mystics, saints, doctors, yogis, magicians and healers in human history.

The shaman is the first “technician of the sacred” according to Micea Eliade. The shaman is a specific kind of healer found primarily in non-industrialized communities; however, a growing number of industrialized peoples are developing the abilities of shamanic healing despite the lack of lineage transmission. Michael Harner a western anthropologists describes shamanism in the introduction to his classic book, The Way of the Shaman. “Shamans – whom we in the “civilized” world have called “medicine men” and “witch doctors” – are the keepers of a remarkable body of ancient techniques that they use to achieve and maintain well-being and healing for themselves and members of their communities. These shamanic methods are strikingly similar the world over, even for peoples whose cultures are quite different in other respects, and who have been separated by oceans and continents for tens of thousands of years.”(Harner Pg. xvii).


Stanislav Grof the foremost research of non-ordinary states of consciousness, comments on shamanism saying: ”shamanism, the oldest spiritual system and healing art of humanity…. Accomplished and experienced shamans are able to enter into a trance state at will and in a controlled way. They use it for diagnosing diseases, healing, extrasensory perception, exploration of alternate dimensions old reality, and other purposes. They often induce holotropic states in other members of their tribe and play the role of “psychopomps” – provide the necessary support and guidance for those traversing the complex territories of the beyond.” (Grof 2000 Pg.7-8).

Grof also notes how ancient and universal shamanism is he writes: “Shamanism is extremely ancient, probably at least thirty to forty thousand years old; its roots can be traced far back into the paleolithic era… Shamanism in not only ancient, it is also universal; it can be found in North and South America, in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. The fact that so many different cultures throughout human history have found shamanic techniques useful and relevant suggests that the holotropic states engage what the anthropologists call the “primal mind,” a basic and primordial aspect of the human psyche that transcends race, sex, culture and historical time. In cultures that have escaped the disruptive influence of the Western industrialized civilization, shamanic techniques and procedures have survived to this day.” (Grof f2000 Pg. 9).

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Shamanic trance

The shaman is not just one who can enter non ordinary states of consciousness but enters specific non-ordinary states in order to heal, diagnose, contact spirits and receive information. Mircea Eliade used the term “ecstacy” to describe these non-ordinary states of mind achieved at will by the shaman but notes: “…any ecstatic cannot be considered a shaman; the shaman specializes in a trace during which his soul is believed to leave his body and ascend to the sky or descend to the underworld.” (Harner pg. 21).

It is important for the shaman to be able to function in society and to work with the consensus reality of the average person. The shaman also has the ability to voluntarily alter his consciousness and enter into another reality. Micheal Harner calls this other reality a “Shamanic State of Consciousness”. Carlos Castaneda called it, “non-ordinary reality”, Stanislav Grof calls these states holotropic (moving toward wholeness) states of consciousness and others have suggested “extraordinary states of consciousness”. Many of the shaman themselves call it “the spirit world”, “the other world”, “the ultimate reality” or “god”. In the west we recognize this reality to be that of the mystic and often confuse the mystical reality with madness.

The career of many shamans begins with a spontaneous psychospiritual crisis (“shamanic illness”). This is a powerful visionary state during which the future shaman experiences a journey into the underworld, the realm of the dead, where he or she is attacked by evil spirits, subjected to various ordeals, killed and dismembered. This is followed by an experience of rebirth and ascent into the celestial realms.  “The shaman is transformed from a profane into a sacred state of being. Not only has he effected his own cure through this mystical transmutation, he is now invested with the power of the sacred, and hence can cure others as well. It is of the first order of importance to remember this, that the shaman is more then merely a sick man, or a madman; He is a sick man who has healed himself, who is cured, and who must shamanize in order to remain cured.” (Mckenna pg. 5).

Journey of the Wounded Healer by Alex Grey

Journey of the Wounded Healer by Alex Grey

Spirit communication

Shamans work with spirits which exist in another dimension of being which is not always visible to the ordinary person. This other world has many realms like the underworlds, celestial realms and more. These various realms are filled with spirits with whom the shaman communicates. The shaman is chosen by the spirits and can develop their skill without training in some cases. Other times an elder shaman will guide the young shaman to learn from the helping spirits. The elders select particular people for the shaman training and can recognize the signs of a future shaman from a very early age.

Graham Hancock notes, “Shamans acquire supernatural helper or guides – spirits who teach them how to become great healers. These spirit guides almost always appear… and frequently begin to play a role in the future shaman’s life while he is still a child long before his initiation.”(Hancock  Pg. 138).

Shaman's Last Journey by Andrew Rosinski

Shaman’s Last Journey by Andrew Rosinski


Shamanism may be an example of a collective archetype or myth which manifests physically in cultures around the world. It is the story of the healer, magician and hero. The shaman appears around the globe and their story and life seem like myth to those unfamiliar with the subject. Joseph Campbell is the foremost authority on myth and comments, “It will always be the one, shape shifting yet marvelously constant story that we find…It would not be too much to say that myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into the human cultural manifestation. Religion, Philosophies, arts the social form of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth… The symbols of mythology are not manufactured; they cannot be ordered, invented, or permanently, suppressed. They are spontaneous productions of the psyche, and each bears within it, undamaged, the germ power of its source” (Campbell Pg. 1). This is a great description of this mysterious shaman and shamanism in general.

There is much more to be said about the world of the shaman and this brief article simply outlines general terms and qualities of shamanism. In reality all shaman are different and each one has their own way of healing and communicating with the spirit world. In different cultures the shaman will be very different from another distant culture, yet there are similarities. In India the shaman and the yogi may be one and the same. In Japan the Buddhist meditation master can play the role of shaman. In the United States the Native American medicine man is shaman.

To get a better picture of shaman’s around the world one needs to study each individual shaman and compare their way with that of others. In future articles I will give examples of shamans from other cultures so one can see the differences and similarities play out.  To see some examples of yogis from India who often take on a similar role as that of the indigenous shaman as healer and psychopomp please read my saints of India article series.

By: Transpersonal Spirit

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Boyd, Doug. Mad Bear Spirit, Healing, and the Sacred in the life of a Native American Medicine Man. Touch stone Simon and Schuster. NY. 1994.

Campbell, Joseph, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Bollingen seres XVII, 3rd ed. New World Library, novato, CA. 1949, 1968, 2008.

Castaneda, Carlos. The Teachings of Don Juan A Yaqui Way of Knowledge. University of California Press. 1969. 1998.

Elide, M., Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstacy. Princeton, NJ.: Princeton University Press, 1964.

Grof, Stanislav. The Cosmic Game Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness. State University of New York Press. 1998.

Grof, Stanislav. Psychology of the Future Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research. Suny Press Albany NY. 2000.

Halifax, Joan. Shaman the Wounded Healer. Crossroad, NY. 1982.

Hancock, Graham.  Supernatural Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind. Rev. ed. The Disinformation Company LTD. NY, NY. 2007.

Harner, Michael. The Way of The Shaman. Harper San Francisco. Tenth anniversary edition. 1980, 1990.

Ingerman, Sandra. Shamanic meditations Guided Journeys for Insight, vision and healing. Sounds True CO. 2010.

Krippner, Stanley and Villoldo, Alberto. The Realms of Healing. Celestial Arts, CA. 1976.

Mckenna, Terence. Food of the Gods The search For the Original Tree of Knowledge A radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution. Bantam Books. 1992.

Wesselman, Hank PH.D, The Bowl of Light: Ancestral wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman, Sounds True, Boulder Colorado, 2011.

Visionary Art: H.R. Giger

Visionary Art

H.R. Giger

Spell II By H.R. Giger

H.R. Giger is an established master in the realm of sci-fi, surreal art, and visionary art and is the inventor of the Alien creatures from the famous film series Aliens. Unlike other artist focused on non ordinary states of consciousness Giger displays the hellish realms of the subconscious, or the bad trip.

The Spell I By H.R. Giger

H.R. Giger shows the incredible pain of alienation from each other and nature. Displaying humanoid figures who are deformed part alien, part machine engaged in sadomasochistic eroticism.  H.R. Giger is a master of displaying the dark side of human nature and the dark side of the inner journey.  H.R. Giger himself is not a dark and twisted person but rather intelligent, friendly and humorous. He sees his work as art therapy allowing him to come to resolution with the dark side of his psyche. His artwork often triggers emotions and reactions with-in the psyche of the viewer challenging them to understand themselves more deeply.

The Spell IV By H.R. Giger

Many of H.R. Giger’s work deal with the themes of birth, sex, violence, alienation and death, these same themes are major topics of discussion in our contemporary times. The images of Giger do seem to reflect the mentality of the 20th century. The ‘malignant violence’ of modern culture is unique to the human kingdom and shows the shadow side of the human mind emerging into the material affairs of the world. In fact, now humanity is the number one threat to human survival. Giger’s work deals directly with the deep psychological drives that may expose the core wounds afflicting human kind. Humans have become a part of the machines they have create they alienated themselves from the natural world and their of mind and body.

Famous psychological researcher Stanislav Grof specializes in non ordinary states of consciousness and utilizing their healing potential;  he has written a lengthy essay ( can be read here: on the psychology of the realms portrayed in Giger’s work. Grof has experienced and has heard recollections from his clients describing the states of being represented by Giger’s work. Clients in deep trace from breathwork or psychedelics will experience extreme terror, fear and anxiety along the path the healing deep psychological wounds. Many times these images of the grotesque are related to overwhelming stressful events from the past which have left a traumatic imprint upon the clients mind.  In order to help clients heal from trauma they must face the full charge of their experience in order for it to be resolved and healed.

Grof’s research has revealed that the birthing process itself causes considerable trauma for the majority of humanity. In non-ordinary states of consciousness the person will relive the biographical traumas and later, may, find them linked to the birthing process, in essence the individual was traumatized from birth and the absence of integration of these traumas has led to cultural pathology. The various phases of the birth process lead traumas related to that phase of birth and each phase is related to visions, sensations, and behavioral patterns of a certain character. The visions related to this traumatic material in the psyche, sensations and behavior patterns described in transpersonal psychological literature are coincidentally depicted by H.R. Giger visually.

H.R. Giger uses the symbols of inverted stars, coiling serpents and other symbols borrowed from spiritual traditions. These symbols show that he is still speaking of the spiritual journey but he is focused on processing and revealing the shadow side of the transcendent experience. As the spiritual energies increase the process of purification also intensifies and hidden secrets and unknown drives with-in our individual and collective consciousness move into our awareness. These visions of the shadow are so powerful that they often frighten people away from spiritual journey, psychedelics and their own mind leading one into a state of denial or repression. Repression of the material arising from the subconscious leads to pathology and ultimately one reaches a breaking point where these subconscious drives manifest externally . By processing the material which arises internally we can free ourselves from the need for these subconscious drives to enter our external world.

Stanley Krippner likes to speak about the shadow side of the spiritual and mystical experience when he reminds us that many are driven to kill by an experience with God. They will believe that god told them to kill a certain person or to commit suicide and they will go out and kill. H.R. Giger reminds us all of this shadow side of the spiritual realm and even shows how art therapy can help to heal these wounds and make our spiritual experiences positive transformations. He is a example of how these repressed realms of our minds can become a work of art.

Alien Monster IV By H.R. Giger

Alien Monster V By H.R. Giger

Lilith By H.R. Giger

The Shiner By H.R. Giger

Spiegelbild By H.R. Giger

ELP II By H.R. Giger

Landscape VIII By H.R. Giger

Alister Crowley By H.R. Giger

Heiroglyphs By H.R. Giger

Jericho By H.R. Giger

Li II By H.R. Giger

Landscape XIV By H.R. Giger

Necronomicon V By H.R. Giger

Witches Dance By H.R. Giger

Links to H.R. Giger


H.R. Giger’s Necronomicon, Morpheus International; First US Edition edition (January 1, 1993)

H.R. Giger’s Necronomicon II, Morpheus international; first Us edition 1993.

H.R. Giger’s Biomechanics, Morpheus International; 2nd edition (January 1, 1993)

Stanislav Grof, The Visionary world of H.R. Giger,

HR Giger Icons by H. R. Giger and Stanislav Grof M.D. Ph.D. (Jun 1, 2002).

Stanley Krippner, audio interview at the institute of noetic sciences.

Psychedelic Poster Art: Victor Moscoso

Psychedelic Poster Art

Victor Moscoso

Victor Moscoso 1968

Victor Moscoso is an academically trained artist who emerged as one of the most respected psychedelic poster artists. His posters turn traditional colour theory on its head. He used his training in colour and simply did the opposite of what he was taught. He created evocative, vivid, erotic, patterned posters designed for the newly emerged psychedelic culture of San Fransisco in the late 1960’s. He utilized hand made font, photo collage, and op art to create a new aesthetic portraying psychedelic consciousness. He created “slow read” posters where the text was nearly unintelligible unless times was taken to stare into the image and sort out the dazzling effects of the contrasting colours and intense patterns.

Many of these posters were displayed in rock concert halls like the Matrix, Avalon Ballroom and the Fillmore. These concerts had improvisational rock music and elaborate light shows with coloured lights, projections and strobe lights. The poster’s colours would appear and disappear as the various coloured lights shined upon their surface further adding to the dynamics of the posters and the psychedelic aesthetic of the time.

Moscoso created works which are classic examples of the peak of psychedelic poster art and commercial graphic design. He changed the rules and developed a visual lexicon which juxtaposed psychedelic art and the traditional arts of the past. He moved from the simple design and subdued colours of the past to hot colours and use of the artistic hand.

Victor Moscoso Avalon Ballroom 1966 Big Brother and the Holding Company

Victor Moscoso Avalon Ballroom 1967 The Doors, Steve Miller Blues Band

Victor Moscoso The Matrix 1967 Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company

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Victor Moscoso KMPX Radio

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Victor Moscoso Rites of Spring 1967

Victor Moscoso

Victor Moscoso


Gastaut, Amelie and Criqui Jean-Pierre. Of the Wall Psychedelic Rock Posters from San Fransisco. Thames and Hudson 2005.

Hathaway, Norman and Nadel Dan. Electric Banana Masters of Psychedelic Art. Damiani. Bologna, Italy. 2011.

Owens, Ted and Dickson Denise. High Art: A History of the Psychedelic Poster. Sanctuary Publishing Limited. 1999.

Visionary Art: Fred Tomaselli

Visionary Art

Fred Tomaselli

Glassy, 2006
Mixed media, acrylic and resin on wood panel
12 X 12 inches

Fred Tomaselli is a part of the contemporary art scene showing at major galleries and museums around the world. He uses collage, painting and objects like marijuana leaves, pills of ecstasy, photos and other materials under an epoxy resin. The works are often very large in scale and are highly detailed using collage and painting. He likes to make multiple realities to intermix in the images and attempts to be ambiguous about the reality of the work to get the viewer to be aware of their own perception. He states, “For me art is primarily about perception and how it modifies perception… The picture is a window to another reality and there is this other world represented in a painting, This concept dovetailed uncannily with the rhetoric coming out of psychedelic drug culture, it also intersects with the idea of losing one’s self in this other place. Like something was so great you were diminished in by it. That sort of danger tangentially related to drugs and art. For me, when I started to putting psychoactive material in the work the pot leaves and that sort of thing, I was really thinking about rearranging the use value of those objects instead of traveling through the blood stream to alter consciousness they travel through the eyeballs… You can use them over and over again instead of it being consumed dissolved and excreted… they can be inexhaustibly psycho active.” (Fred Tomaselli except from interview at

Abductor, 2006
Leaves, photocollage, acrylic and resin on wood panel
96 X 78 inches

Fred Tomaselli says that his own psychedelic experiences have transformed his perception and inspired some of the imagery in his works.  The work invokes the sense of dissolution of boundaries and the micro and macro colliding. Often it is difficult to tell if the image is portraying the vastness of a star filled universe or the infinite combinations of chemicals the make up our environment and bodies. Human beings composed of thousands and geometrical chemical molecules creating the vary substance of who we are shown in a backdrop of deeply layered pattern freeing the viewer from the need to relate to observable landscape.

Halo of Flies, 2006
Mixed media, acrylic and resin on wood panel
18 X 18 inches

Avian Flower Serpent, 2006
Leaves, Photocollage, Acrylic, Gouache and Resin on wood panel
84 X 72 1/2 inches

Guilty, 2005
13 X 13 inches
Edition of 100

Geode, 2006
Leaves, photocollage, Acrylic, gouache and resin on wood panel
24 X 24 inches

Fred Tomaselli

Fred Tomaselli (American, b. 1956). Untitled (Expulsion), 2000. Leaves, pills, insects, acrylic, photocollage, and resin on wood panel, 84 x 120 in. (213.4 x 304.8 cm). Collection of Peter Norton

Fred Tomaselli, Hummingbird Bird, Courtesy of James Cohen Gallery

Fred Tomaselli

Detail of Fred Tomaselli’s work

Fred Tomaselli, ‘After Utah Saint’, Iris print, 46.3×33.7cm, 2000.

Fred Tomaselli

Fred Tomaselli (American, b. 1956). Big Raven, 2008. Acrylic, photocollage, and resin on wood panel, 84 x 72 in. (213.4 x 182.9 cm). Private collection, courtesy of the artist, White Cube, London, and James Cohan Gallery, New York

Fred Tomaselli (American, b. 1956). Echo, Wow, and Flutter, 2000. Leaves, pills, photocollage, acrylic, and resin on wood panel, 84 x 120 in. (213.4 x 304.8 cm). Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. James G. Forsyth Fund

By Transpersonal Spirit




Autumn Skye Remembering Eternity

Parapsychology is the study of extended mind, esp, telepathy, clairvoyance, remote viewing, psi, the seventh sense, and psychic abilities. Parapsychology currently is being researched by credentialed scientists with the strictest of controls to insure accuracy. The results show statistical support that many forms of psychic phenomena happen. The results have been repeated in scientific research carried out over the last 150 years.  There is so much evidence for the existence of these extended mind abilities that many skeptics and intellectuals are beings forced to take a look at ingrained assumptions in the scientific community and look at the results of the research.

Human beings continuously score above chance, statistically, in numerous tests to study the wide variety of psychic abilities. How is it possible that one can repeatedly guess above chance in situations like guessing the image before it shows up on a screen, synchronizing brain waves with someone thousands of miles away, or faster healing for patients being prayed for? These types of studies are forcing us all to question whether humanity has the ability to access information using channels unknown to standard science.

Psychologist Stanislav Grof comments on parapsychology because he has encountered it repeatedly in clients during therapies which induce non-ordinary states of consciousness.  He says,

“Traditional scientists consider psychic phenomena impossible because they imply transfer of information or even influence on material processes without the mediation of known channels and energies. The common denominator of the experiences and events belonging to this category is that they transcend the usual limitations of space and time. Psychic phenomena can manifest under ordinary circumstances and do not necessarily require a change in consciousness. However, holotropic states (a category of non-ordinary states) greatly increase their incidence… Telepathy is direct access to the thought process of another person without using words, non -verbal clues, signs, or other conventional means of communication. Out-Of-Body Experiences are episodes during which disembodied consciousness is capable of moving in space and accurately perceiving the environment. When such perception involves remote locations, it is referred to as astral projection. … precognition is accurate anticipation of future events without any objective clues. Clairvoyance is the capacity anticipation of future events without using the ordinary channels; it involves transcendence of spatial barriers, temporal barriers or both. Psychometrics is a process of obtaining information about the history of an object, facts and impressions about a person to whom this object belonged by extended tactile contact with that object. The term psychokinesis refers to situations in which material objects or processes are influenced by psychological means.”  (Grof 2006 pg 169 – 170).

Robert Morris studied the effects of thought on random number generators concluding that thoughts effect the sequence of numbers in random number generators.

“Until his death in 2004, for 19 years Robert Morris and his parapsychological colleagues around the world conducted experiments that showed statistical evidence for the existence of psi abilities with odds against chance of millions to one….And the results obtained by Morris and his team at the Koestler Institute and other centers of such research, such as Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) Laboratory in the US, are tens of thousands of times more significant then the evidence required by the governments to allow pharmaceutical companies to market a new drug!” (Laszlo, Currivan 2008 Pg 95).

Remote viewing is seeing a place in the present time which is far way through closing the eyes and imagining. Many organizations began a series of studies starting in the 1970’s; the CIA, Stanford Research Institute (SRI) from 1973 to 1988, a government funded think tank called Science Applications International Corporation from 1989 to 1993 all found positive results supporting the existence of remote viewing these studies where then replicated at Princeton University showing statistical odds against chance to 100 billion to one. (Laszlo, Currivan 2008, Sheldrake 2003).

Well documented cases of precognition have been collected since the 1880’s up to the present and taken all together the results show that there are precognitive events occurring in humans. In a total of over 2 million individual trials the combined results of these studies produced odds against chance of 10000000000000000000000000 to 1. (Sheldrake 2003).

These statistical numbers such as a billion to one, mean that the odds of a person guessing as documented in the studies by mere chance is a billion to one. It suggests that people have the ability to produce results that are contrary to what should occur by chance. For example, the odds of guessing the top card in a deck of cards in 1 out of 52, however, humans get the card correct more often than 1 out of 52. The compiled results prove that humans in precognitive tests guess above chance to such a significant degree that the odds of it being pure luck or chance are a billion to one. The deeper meaning of this statistic is that humans have the ability to guess better then chance in precognitive tests and no one knows how or why.

Randolph C. Byrd (1988) conducted a double blind experiment on distant prayer healing. This occurred in The San Francisco Hospital. The patients and physicians had no idea what patients were being prayed for at a distance by a prayer group. The group which was prayed for had decreased recovery time and thus healed faster. (Laszlo, Currivan 2008, Sheldrake 2003).  Astronaut Edgar Mitchell believes he was healed by a distance healer from Toronto and that inspired the creation of IONS. These results have been tested repeatedly since that time by organizations like IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) with similar results.

By Android Jones

The idea of psi abilities is paradigm shattering and is in stark contrast to the Newtonian and Cartesian worldview of many atomistic scientists. However, many brilliant scientists are embracing the psychic research.  Ervin Lazslo and other quantum physicists see psi phenomena as an experiential component of the quantum level of reality.

In quantum physics space and time are non-existent, information is non-local in nature, the information in the universe is holographic and everything is interconnected.  This suggests that all information in the history of the universe is within each piece at all times. In this level of physics all information is theoretically available to anyone at all times. These theories are developed with complex mathematics and are accepted by the scientific community yet the actually experience of these quantum realities in modern humans is very controversial.

Laszlo suggests in his books that psychic phenomena and accessing information through unknown channels is simply the experiential component of quantum physics at play. When humans guess above chance repeatedly they may be utilizing a quantum information system which gives them the ability to guess above chance. Likewise, when one is healed from a distance or senses a loved one has died or is in danger they too maybe accessing this quantum reality.

In-depth psychology, individuals experiencing non-ordinary states of consciousness report gaining insight into their birthing process, past lives and divine realities. This is often related to the collective unconscious of humanity coined by Carl Jung. This kind of information is obtained through channels which are unknown to science. In recent times, many of the states involving the collective unconscious have been called transpersonal experiences by psychologists and represent the variety of phenomena which occur when one can transcend the spacial limitations of the ego encapsulated self. When this occurs individuals experience what is thought impossible, ESP, precognition, clairvoyance, telepathy and access to detailed and verifiable non-local information among them.

Psychic phenomena is not just a creation of myth, superstition and fantasy, but is a controversial field of science which is fast gaining credibility. Thousands of tests have been conducted which point to the existence of psi phenomena as a reality. Quantum physics has put forth a view of the universe which can serve as an explanation for how it is possible with in the laws of mathematical science and theory. Multiple branches of psychology have observed these phenomena in therapies which trigger access to the depths of the psyche. Once the depths are reached people transpersonalize, or leave their limited self and enter into the collective unconscious and experience the quantum realities first hand. It gives us a glimpse into the miracles performed by the great saints of India and insight into experiences which emerge from spiritual practices.

Stanislav Grof states, “Once we accept the existence of transpersonal experiences, we realize that all or most of them can mediate access to new information through channels unknown to present science, whether they involve other people, other life forms, archetypical figures and realms, or various episodes from human history. Once the ability of the human psyche to access new information without the mediation of senses is generally accepted, there will be no need for a disincline specializing in the study of a relatively narrow selection of specific psychic phenomena. What in the past was considered “paranormal” will be seen as a normal capacity of the human psyche.” (Grof 2006 pg 173).

By Transpersonal Spirit

By Amanda Sage


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Grof, Stanislav, Erin Laszlo and Duane Elgin. New Frontiers for Science and Healing: Is Science Ready to Welcome Spirit? Wisdome University teleseminar june 5 2012

Laszlo, Ervin, Currivan, Jude. CosMos: A co-creator’s guide to the whole-world. Hay House Inc. Carlsbad, ca. 2008.

Sheldrake, Rupert. The Sense of Being stared at and Other Aspects of Extended Mind. Crown Publishers New York. 2003.

Visionary Art: Pablo Amaringo

Visionary Art

Pablo Amaringo

“The pictures themselves have messages and teachings that train the mind to see what could have happened in the past and what can happen in the future. They open up other ways of seeing, which you could call sacred or divine. I would like my pictures to inspire a different idea of religion, one that is not given in exchange for something but is free.” (Amaringo 1).

Unicornio Dorado By Pablo Amaringo.  Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing; Peter Cloudsley


Pablo Amaringo was born in 1938 in Loreto, Peru. His artworks are known world-wide and he is considered one of the most influential Peruvian painters in history. His paintings show the world he is familiar with painting the rainforest in the Amazon region with the many plants and creatures living there. His paintings also depict the spirit world known to the peoples of his region. This spirit world is entered through prayer and through the use of visionary plants most commonly ayahuasca. The spirit world includes spirit beings of all kinds, ufos, giant serpents, angels, luminous cities existing in another plane of consciousness; this is what Pablo Amaringo called the divine or sacred reality. Each object, intelligent being and motif has specific meanings which are revealed in the book, “The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo”. These paintings give a glimpse into the unseen world of the Peruvian healers, shamans and common peoples.

Pablo Amaringo tried ayahuasca for the first time with his grandfather when he was ten years old because he had heard of others who drank it and was curious. He entered the spirit world and lost feeling of his body. He was a bit frighten but saw spirit beings traditionally spoken of in the region.  Ayahuasca was and still is a sacred sacrament which connects the person to the spirit world. Ayahuasca is a combination of plants cooked down in a specific way and contains psychedelic compounds. There are many ayahuasca churches both indigenous and Christian throughout South America and is commonly used for healing and spiritual purposes.

Transformacion del Chaman en Aguila By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing; Peter Cloudsley

Pablo Amaringo faced a deep sickness after his family was killed in a car accident. He went to his fathers house and was healed with ayahuasca in the 1970s. Pablo said, “I thought ayahuasca must be a good medicine because it worked for me – I saw visions, and even today remember everything that I saw.” After his recovery he realized, “life had no meaning unless one looked for the spiritual whether through taking plants or by following a religion.” (Amaringo 21).

Ayahuasca Raura By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing & Peter Cloudsley

Pablo Amaringo was an artist, spiritualist and healer. He made art works which depicted the spiritual world of his people which he accessed with ayahuasca. He infused his paintings with icaros or magical incantations. He says, “If you concentrate and meditate on the paintings, you will receive this spiritual energy.” Howard Charing writes, “Although he had stopped drinking ayahuasca many years prior, he had the ability to perfectly recall each of his visions. On one occasion he said to me, ‘I do not need to drink again; ayahuasca has connected me to the spirit world.’” (Charing xi).

Jehua Supai  - Featured in the book 'The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo' by Howard G Charing &; Peter Cloudsley

Jehua Supai – Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing &; Peter Cloudsley

He did conduct healing ceremonies with ayahuasca as a medicine man or shaman. He stopped because of threats from sorcerers. The sorcerers are those who use ayahuasca and the spirit world to do harm to others. He later stopped doing healing for people saying that even healing is a form of sorcery. He came to teach art and opened a school to teach Peruvians painting and drawing. He felt that art was the highest pursuit. He painted ayahuasca visions but also painted many landscapes filled with the diverse plants and animals of the amazon.  Collector world-wide have gone to Peru seeking Pablo’s artworks as well as artists imitating and developing his style.

Pagoda Dorada By Pablo Amaringo

Pagoda Dorada By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing & Peter Cloudsley.

Pablo states, “The best thing you can leave is a seed for others to work with. I am not just a person; I am a spiritual person. I always communicate with the great universal force, which is the rock of perfection – Dios – that I have seen in my ayahuasca visions, and which has always spoken to me. “ (Amaringo 1)

Llullon Llaki Supai By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book 'The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo' by Howard G Charing &; Peter Cloudsley

Llullon Llaki Supai By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing &; Peter Cloudsley

Nukno Maschashka By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing & Peter Cloudsley

Nukno maschashka has people chanting in a ceremony at the bottom and shows how prayers and songs are sent into the higher spheres of the cosmos. The chant is a song gained from the spirits in a quite place in the woods.  Each of the plants, peoples, animals and spirits represented are specific beings and objects with a deeper meaning for the whole of the image. One can see angels, healing medicine women,  ceremony, serpents of wisdom, healing plants and the high realms of the spirit world resounding with music. The healing ceremony and healing chants are carried by the spirits into the spirit world.

Sumac Icaro By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book 'The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo' by Howard G Charing; Peter Cloudsley

Sumac Icaro By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing; Peter Cloudsley

Yana Huarman By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing & Peter Cloudsley

Angeles Avatares By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing; Peter Cloudsley

Templo Sacrosanto By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing & Peter Cloudsley

Alli Mariri By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book 'The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo' by Howard G Charing; Peter Cloudsley

Alli Mariri By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing; Peter Cloudsley


La Principa de la Vida by Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book 'The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo' by Howard G Charing; Peter Cloudsley

La Principa de la Vida by Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing; Peter Cloudsley

Ondas de la Ayahuasca by Pablo Amaringo

Ondas de la Ayahuasca by Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing & Peter Cloudsley

Los Grados del Curandero By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing & Peter Cloudsley

Amazónica Romantica By Pablo Amaringo. Featured in the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ by Howard G Charing & Peter Cloudsley

Misterio Profundo By Pablo Amaringo

By Transpersonal Spirit


Charing, Howard; Peter Cloudsley, Pablo Amaringo. The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo. Inner Traditions.  Vermont. 2011.

Saints of India: Haidakhan Babaji

Saints of India


Haidakhan Babaji

Part Two

“I am everywhere.

I am in your breath.

I am the mirror in which you can see yourself.

I am Bhole Baba, the father who is simple.

I have come to help you, to guide you. Place your burden at my feet.

I will carry your burden.” -Babaji (Caddy 143).

“I have come to lead you to the awareness of oneness beyond duality, to dispel the disunity caused by confessions of faith, religions and castes. There is only one humanity, be human! Seek to experience in your awareness that we are all one. I want to show you a freedom beyond your perceptions, where the lions and the goat are drinking together from the same spring.” – Babaji. (Caddy 143).

Babaji taught Karma Yoga with mantra repetition as the fastest way to God in our chaotic times. He emphasized the path of selfless action in order to see god in everything and wanted his followers to see the divine in all things. He always emphasized that all peoples of the world are divine and accepted people of all religions and faiths using saints and teachers from other traditions as examples of aspects of his teachings. He embraced the world and helped remove the ego limitations of his followers. He opened numerous hospitals and social service centers in India with the help of his followers. Babaji was creating a more just world filled with universal peace guided by good will.

Many of those who came to him recall the power of his presence with floral language and deep love. Around Babaji is a feeling of unconditional love, his gaze sees into our thoughts and into our karma. He knows the best and worst parts of who you are and loves you unconditionally.  The teachings are unique for each individual and his reasoning is mysterious. He is a god realized being here to teach and guide humanity. They speak of his eyes so deep, profound and mysterious as though his gaze sees every cell in the body. They speak of blissful union with the divine and challenging lessons which delivered great spiritual rewards. Many followers devote their lives to his teachings and continue to honor their guru. They say that even though Babaji has left his material body that he still guides them and teaches them.

Haidakhan India

Shri Haidakhan Wale Babaji mysteriously appeared in June 1970 in a cave at the foot of Kumaon Mount Kailash in the Nainital district of Uttaranchal. The cave is spoken of in the Vedas as a dwelling place of the divine.  Babaji was a youth between the ages of 18 and 20 and he had no birth record or known family. He could quote Sanskrit scriptures from memory and could live with little to no food for three years at a time.  He would move into deep meditative trances for up to 45 days and radiated wisdom. Babaji has spiritual powers and could heal the sick, predict the future, read minds and bring people into relationship with the divine.

The stories of his appearance spread quickly and many came to be with Haidakhan Babaji. Those who came to him say they were summoned in visions, dreams and by synchronic events. Often Babaji would materialize in front of the person calling them to his side at the ashram in Haidakhan.  His followers included a wide range of ages and races with many western devotees. At the Ashram the devotees and visitors would bath in the river, meditate and practice karma yoga until sunset. Babaji spoke rarely and usually spoke a few words in the morning and evening Aarati (spiritual service).

Babaji said, “To follow and demonstrate the path of Truth, Simplicity and Love is man’s supreme duty and the highest yoga. Diligent work is a quality of this Path, and laziness is death on earth. Only by work can one claim victory over karma. All must strive to do their duty in the best way possible and not wander from that duty. Service to humanity is the first duty. During these times, inhumanity and laziness have increased, so it is important that you work hard and not lose heart. Be brave, be industrious, work hard and have courage.” (Haidakhandi Samaj 1990 pg. 8).

Babaji led his devotees by example. He would help serve food, help with the dishes, often he would only speak a few words a days and stay up all night meditating. He loved all who came and met all his followers where they were at in their spiritual journey. He demanded unshakable faith from his devotees. He wanted each person to keep their mind in god and love and if one was not doing their best to hold their awareness he would ask them to leave the ashram.

As with all gurus Babaji makes statements and tasks which are intended for specific individuals in order to trigger spiritual growth in the devotee. At a later time he may encourage the devotee to do the opposite of what he told them in the past. This leads to Babaji making contradictory statements often because each individual needs to hear and experience different things at different times to grow spiritually.  Sometimes lessons can seem harsh but the followers often come to a deep epiphany about why they received the challenging teaching.

Babaji once sent a western devotee home because they had lost faith. Babaji said, “You are being sent back to your country because you have lost faith. If you were a true devotee, you would have unshakable faith and a steady mind…By giving temple duties, I accepted you as a devotee…I am responsible for you and your liberation! Whatever initiation you need, I will give you. Why then should you doubt or seek elsewhere? … Your faith must be as mighty as Mount Meru. Even the sun and the moon can move from their course, but the faith of the devotee should not be shaken. A true devotee will be ready to shed their life for God and will have faith to his last breath. Never be moved by false doctrines! You are protected in every moment.” (Shyam pg 184).

Babaji could be the compassionate Shiva and could also be the harsh teacher bringing people to fully experience their limitations and their emotional limits. Babaji states,”The path of God-realization is a most difficult one. Few are those who will walk it. It is difficult as walking on the edge of a razor. The grace of the guru is everything. No knowledge is possible without the Guru.” (Shyam 184).

To keep the mind focused on God one should repeat a mantra continuously. He said all mantras are good to do but Babaji preferred ‘Om Namah Shivay’. This means “I take refuge in God” or “I surrender to you Lord”.

Babaji said, “Om namah shivay is the great original mantra, it is one with the primal sound of the creation. The power of OM namaha Shivay is infinite, it is stronger then all the atomic bombs of the world.” (Caddy 145).

He wanted to bring his followers to the essential nature of the universe and it could not be reached without continuous awareness and dedication. His devotees have to be who they truly are, they have to reach beyond their limitations to experience themselves as one with all existence. He said they must stop the cycle of karma through selfless action and awareness focused one god.

Babaji spoke of karmic law saying, “Karma is an inevitable law of cause and effect by which all living beings reap the fruits of their actions and thoughts…The law of karma is above all things. Karma starts when movement starts in the mind. To stop karma, we must bring the mind to that state of silence and voidness beyond which god can be known…Otherwise, as long as a man breaths, he is creating karma. No one can remain without action, even for a minute. Therefore, learn how to dedicate your every action to the Lord.” (Shyam 234 – 236).

The devotee Sheila asked Babaji about why he struck a man. She said, “Baba you are the lord of forgiveness; why did you do this to that man? Why not forgive the man? You shouldn’t be so angry.” Babaji replied, “Forgiveness has gone to the Himalayas! I cannot forgive that. I am bound by laws… This is to be understood: there is nobody above the law! … The law is above everything: even I am not above the law.” (Shyam 169).

Part of this law is the law of karma. It is possible that due to past actions this man could have a great deal of karma that threatens his health or his life. By the firm hand of the guru this karma can be resolved.

This type of action by Babaji drew many questions from his devotees. One of Babaji’s closest devotees, asked about non-violence, Babaji said, “I want brave and courageous people. A man must have great courage… I want a creation of brave, fearless and courageous people. I want people with a strong revolutionary spirit who are willing to fight for the truth. I want to root out the present spirit of non-violence from the world; this emphasis on non-violence has brought an increase in atrocities and injustice in the world. I do not want a world in which the rights of human beings are trampled, as the world today. This practice of non-violence has led people into ignorance, instead of leading them into knowledge. Due to this kind of non-violence, man has been deprived of his rights and he is afraid of his own shadow. I want a creation of powerful people throughout the world.” (Shyam 219).

Babaji never defined exactly what he meant with the term non-violence but did emphasis the need for action, truth, courage and the dangers of laziness. Also this term could have been used to trigger a specific association in a particular devotee. Babaji frequently made statements about the need for revolution, justice and active strength. He often suggested that simply by allowing malignant violence to occur and not standing in opposition we ourselves participate in the injustice. Babaji wanted courageous and brave followers willing to advance humanity through selfless action, Karma Yoga focused on Gods endless love.

He called for a revolution which could move humanity in the direction of global peace and divine realization. Karma Yoga, selfless action, was the ultimate path toward realization in this age.  It required unshakable faith, strength and a steady mind focused always on God. Babaji says, “…you must keep your duty before you always. We must all have one purpose before us – to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of humanity. We must live for humanity and die for humanity. We must offer our loves for the welfare and security of society. This must be our aim our bhajan. This is our bhajan, our kirtan; this is our repetition of the name. We should always proceed with this in mind.” (Shyam).

Babaji also had predictions for the future which he would spoke of many times. His predictions are of a future world filled with destruction and warned all devotees to be prepared. He said, “Be strong in the time of great revolution which is coming. No one can stop the fire coming in the world now. The bells of great destruction are already ringing. The war will be such that people sleeping will die immediately in their houses from gas, atomic and nuclear radiations.” (Haidakhan Samaj 21). He made many statements about the coming fires and storms and the death of millions of peoples.

Haidakhan Babaji left his body on Valentine’s day Feburary 14th 1984. He stated, “This body is nothing; it is here only to serve people.” (Haidakhandi Samaj 1990 pg. 9). He went through months of incredible suffering before passing. He was taking on the karma of millions breathing in the suffering of the world and exhaling love and peace. His passing was accompanied by large storms and flooding in Haidakhan. At his cremation the full moon was surrounded by rings and light appearing to devotees like a jeweled net in the sky.

Babaji became the great love of hundreds of devotees and followers. He opened their heart moved them forward in their spiritual understanding and personal development. His ability to lift devotees to transcendent heights is a great gift to the world. Many of his followers are true embodiments of karma yoga and driven passion for serving others and bettering the world.

“Seek harmony in everything you do. I am harmony.”-Babaji (Caddy 144).

By Transpersonal Spirit


Caddy, Renata. Encounters with Babaji Master of the Himalayas. Findhorn press. Germany. 2012.

Rdhe Shyam, I am harmony a book about Babaji.  The American Haidakhan Samaj. Crestone, Co. 1990, 2006.

Haidakhandi Samaj. The Teachings of Babaji. Haidakhandi Samaj Haidakhan Vishwamahadham. 1984, 2004.

Haidakhandi Samaj. The Teachings of Babaji. Haidakhan Samaj. Haidakhan Vishwamahadham. 1983, 1990.

The Haidakhandi Samaj (UK).