Mind Meld 35 |Tales of the Vine with Master Shaman, Hamilton Souther
Featured art – Simon Haiduk
Hamilton Souther spent over a decade living in the rainforests of Peru studying the way of the shaman. He’s the founder of Blue Morpho Tours, an Ayahuasca-based Peruvian retreat organization and his new endeavor, the U.S.-based White Morpho.
We’ve all heard legend after legend about some sort of “other world.” It goes by many names in many cultures, but what if it’s more than a mainstay of fairytales?
Alright, let’s dispense with the hypotheticals. If you listen to this show, you’re well aware that you can alter your consciousness in such a way that something, or somewhere else seems to reveal itself to you. A “place” so mind-blowing and so alien that it’s easy to forget there are experts of this space.
That’s how I think of shamans. Hamilton Souther is one of them.
Musings in this mind meld include –
- Hamilton’s journey into shamanism
- The calling and the curiosity that lead to Hamilton moving to the jungle
- The harsh environment in the Peruvian rainforest – life covered in mosquito bites
- The importance of sensory alertness
- Making sense of the shamanistic universe as a westerner
- Spiritual cherry-picking and re-appropriating words like “karma” into the western worldview
- Making sense of all the different “answers” and philosophies trying to answer the same existential questions
- Where does “healing” come into play as a shaman?
- Shamanistic phenomena –
- Having visions of what seem to be mythical beings
- Psychic phenomenons between shamans
- Dieta and doing ayahuasca for 40 straight days
- How typical psychedelic experiences differ from ayahuasca
- Is it important to have a “traditional” ayahuasca experience?
- More thoughts on healing, the placebo effect, facilitating the healing process as a shaman
- There are many stories of sensing and communicating with animals, Hamilton’s take
- What is this “other world” you access via Ayahuasca?
- Our own abilities to change our minds and bodies in the right mindset
- Blue Morpho and White Morpho, Hamilton’s endeavors
- How Hamilton uses cannabis as tool for existential exploration
- Hacking your neurology
- When you start a practice, you realize your mind has been hijacked