A Postcard from the Amazon

The night air is heavy and thick, a weight upon my skin, almost like a lover’s breath. Fecund with sound, the warm, damp darkness is a sonic tapestry of insects, tree frogs, occasional night birds, and a chorus of amphibians along the stream that joins the river nearby—a timeless jungle symphony. Alone in my tambo…

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The Choices That Do Not Betray

The buzzing of honey bees halted me as I walked. On my early morning stroll through the desert neighbourhood nestled at the feet of arid, sun-bleached mountains, out early for some exercise before the summer heat grew too intense (already 80F/27C shortly after 6:00 am, and projected to be 103F/39C by noon), pausing occasionally to…

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The Soul’s Journey: A Path with Heart

My face pressed against the small oval window beside my airplane seat, gazing down at a retreating landscape of juniper trees and snow-capped volcanic peaks while the jet climbed higher, a familiar pang of sadness echoed in my heart. For a moment, the melancholy blue notes took me by surprise, like an old friend not…

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Ayahuasca, the Vine of Souls: Part 2

The second post in a two-part installment on my initial encounters with the visionary plant medicine of ayahuasca. ~ LRH ❧ ❧ ❧ Three months have passed since my initial ceremony with ayahuasca, the entheogenic medicine from the Amazon; an initiatory experience wherein I was ritually dismembered by the plant’s spirit embodied as a powerful black jaguar, and…

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