Culture & Spirituality are in many ways intertwined. A culture is a matter of how we think the world ‘works.’ Coming into play here is language, knowledge, beliefs, assumptions, principles and values. Culture shapes the way in which we see the world, and how we view ourselves within the world.
Spirituality is profoundly intuitive. But it is not always consciously expressed. It is about the intuitive way in which we feel connectedness to the world in which we live. The most common cultural representation of spirituality is religion, a predominantly institutionalised and structured system of beliefs and rituals that form the channels of worship of the religion’s supernatural god, or gods.
Psychedelics and plant medicines influence both culture and spirituality in many ways; from giving us new perspectives about our purpose in life, to changing the ways we appreciate art and music.
It’s been truly a delight to bear witness to the expansion of Huni Kuin culture around the world, through the ever weaving nomadic tendrils of the global medicine tribe… through those of us from the Global North who have the good fortune of visiting their villages in Acre, Brazil, through the pajes that have increasingly…Read More
This version of the sublime medicine circle song Oso Blanco by Bóveda Celeste is sung by Diana Carr of the Birds in Paradise by the Bird Tribe music collective. Other artists in the song include Brian Taylor on guitar, Danny Pritchett on bass, and Tëté Bero, Sunny Solwind, and David Daniel Brown on percussion. The…Read More
This is one of my favorite medicine songs to hear in ceremony, because the words are so powerful and empowering, connecting us to the support and protection of our ancestors, teachers, and spiritual allies, lifetime after lifetime, in each new life incarnation and soul journey. It’s rare that I like medicine songs sung in English…Read More
This is a medicine song from the mountains of Ecuador, sung by Iván Donalson and Giannina Leyva. It’s a traditional song that talks about the great eagle, likened to either a grandfather or grandmother who sings in love. Eagle in different cultures symbolize different things – power, change coming your way, truth, honesty, connection to…Read More
This traditional Peruvian folk song is a beautiful and joyful prayer to the sacred Cuñaq spring. Mose, a DJ and downtempo electronic music producer based in Lago Atlitlán Guatemala, remixes this medicine song circle favorite with hypnotic, shamanic beats, making this track perfect for your Ecstatic Dance movement meditation. The original track is by Raio, featuring…Read More