In South American shamanism, world creation is an essential device that enables the shaman to gain access to an object that has been forgotten or lost in their present reality. Mircea Eliade calls the reality in which we inhabit ‘the profane’. This profane reality retains the flaws that hinder it from becoming the idealized reality accessed by the shaman. The constructed universe of the shaman may not be manifested at all but a shared reality that is only accessible to non-corporal deities. The shaman has access to this universe through the use of hallucinogens, a vital key that can access this universe. However, as we see in shamanism, the hallucinogen is simply not a fail safe pass into this realm. The access is granted solely not with the hallucinogen itself but the process or ceremony leading up to the ingestion of the hallucinogen. Peruvian shamans for instance, subject their bodies to several extremes in order to cleanse any impurities. These rituals may include sleep deprivation leading up to the hallucinogen, fasting for what could be several days, rigorous physical activities such as scaling the face of mountains under the guise of ‘spirit quests.’ It is important to recognize the female archetype that is apparent with the parallel of world creation and child birth and how it can explain this ‘work creation’ process.
I copied all of that from my PhD thesis to give you guys a primer on one of the many reason why hallucinogenics has been ingested throughout history, and to tell you guys I wrote an entire PhD thesis on hallucinogenics. I also didn’t want to write anything new. That’s the primary reason, actually. I just want to show you this video of Dan Hardy talking about his win at UFC 146 and how he plans to take an ‘ayahuasca retreat’ in Peru for a couple of weeks. See you in the next dimension, Dan. Just save me a seat when you get there.