What I feel is wrong with Spirituality in today’s world…
Being my first post topic and the spiritual explorer I enjoy being, I’m going to cut some things open to set the tone of how I dig into life and further my spirituality. I’ll break it down like this; for some that are on the path to minimalism and non sequitur spirituality, this will seem counter-intuitive, and for those looking to come back down to the current societal reality, this will be a refreshing gem to regain balance to the Force.
So, here we go…
I recently stumbled upon an article talking about a Shaman that facilitates ayahuasca ceremonies for those in search of life revelation. This hallucinogenic plant can induce very insightful states of perception that shake the very foundation of existence (from testimonies). This usually brings in people who are looking for great emotional and spiritual change. However, for this Shaman, he has been bringing in those looking for intellectual and professional change.
Here is the article…
Ayahuasca Shaman Dreading Another Week Of Guiding Tech CEOs To Spiritual Oneness
IQUITOS, PERU—Saying he was trying not to think about how awful the next few days would be, master ayahuasca shaman Piero Salazar expressed his sense of dread Tuesday as he confirmed his week would once again be spent guiding American tech CEOs to spiritual oneness.
Speaking to reporters, the practitioner of ancient South American religious rituals involving the hallucinogenic ayahuasca plant explained that, while he was ordinarily happy to share his culture’s spiritual wisdom with others, the constant stream of wealthy Silicon Valley executives seeking transcendental enlightenment had become an increasingly loathsome and disheartening part of his occupation.
“These days, I can’t even look at my calendar without cringing—it’s pretty much all tech execs,” said Salazar, adding that he had thought the developed world’s interest in the ayahuasca tea ceremony was generally a positive until it became his full-time job to provide celestial guidance to Bay Area venture capitalists and app founders who had learned about the practice through a Viceland special. “I believe this source of healing should be available to everyone, but lately it seems like the people I guide toward a vision of cosmic wholeness are all 32-year-old billionaires hoping to gain a deeper insight into their SEO strategy or whatever.”
“In the past month alone, we’ve had half of Roku’s board of directors come through here,” he continued. “It’s getting kind of depressing.”
According to Salazar, his despair sets in long before the ayahuasca ritual begins, when the executives arriving at his meditation hut immediately start networking with one another and loudly discussing new start-ups they may want to acquire. Once the ceremony begins, the visibly disgusted spiritual guide told reporters, his ancient shamanic chanting is invariably interrupted by the sound of his guests’ Snapchat and WhatsApp notifications.
“I’m not sure if I can take another one of them telling me how some guy named Ryan or Spencer from their ZogSports league turned them onto ‘the whole ayahuasca thing,’” said Salazar, who reportedly spent years learning to prepare the traditional medicine from psychoactive plants he painstakingly gathers by hand from the rainforest. “Although, maybe the most insufferable ones are the guys who keep talking about how this is going to help them to envision new applications for their live-streaming platform.”
Wincing, he added, “Yeah, they’re definitely the worst.”
Salazar conceded the executives do at least quiet down a little bit once the psychotropic effects of the ayahuasca tea begin to take hold, but added that accompanying the hooded sweatshirt–clad tech entrepreneurs on their spiritual journey is both tedious and exasperating, and that none ever achieves any kind of unity with the infinite cosmos aside from feeling as if they have a fuller, more profound understanding of the “mobile social space.”
While stressing that he would never intentionally harm anyone under his shamanistic care, Salazar admitted he had, on occasion, derived satisfaction from watching CFOs from Zynga and Slack vomit all over their $300 sneakers during the purging stage of the ritual.
“I know it’s my job to guide them, but after meeting these guys, the last thing I want to do is witness the visions they have deep in their souls,” he said. “Even when I do manage to help one of them overcome a long-held fear, it’s always something really boring, like anxiety over a patent lawsuit, or concerns that one of their seed investors may fall through. And no matter what spiritual experiences they have, in the end, they all leave even more convinced than ever that their true purpose in life is to invent some new kind of crowdfunding app or teleconferencing software.”
“At least you can’t argue with the money,” Salazar said. “These people will pay almost anything to escape from themselves for a while.”
Pretty interesting, right? How could business professionals use such a piece of Earth for profitable gain? Sounds so “unspiritualistic.” Or is it? Here’s that breakdown as to why this is an awfully dreadful thing, but also not really.
On one hand, we have corporate fellows who already have tons of money to spend on whatever they want. They don’t seem to give that surplus to too many other people with much less or build something charitable without the intention of making an even more competitive market. “So corporate of them.”
Yes, they need to realize life is built on a feedback system, where they can’t just do whatever they please simply because they have the money. They do need to realize their impact on the other end of the spectrum. This is what the plant should be helping them through, rather than intensifying it.
However, is this really going to spiritually progress these businessmen by shaming their spirituality, can we really hold it against them, and is this Shaman really an understanding, patient, considerate, and wise being for holding it against them? It seems like he’s getting fed up with those he’s looking to service, which shows an unalignment with his purpose and something he spiritually needs to work through if he continues with this path. If he’s looking to heal people that are already healed in the way he wants to heal them, then there would be no one to heal! This is part of the gig of being a healer/coach/mentor/Shaman/guide/etc...They have to deal with those who don’t understand what they’re trying to help them to see. This is the work, and, they have to be willing to help them. So, if he’s frustrated with his clients’ inability of spirituality, then is he working for the paycheck just as much as his perceivably money-grabbing clients?
As much as the Shaman’s mortification of his newly found clients might make him seem more spiritual in nature (because it shows how much he understands what they don’t), he lacks empathy with their perspective. It can be stimulating to attack people doing things we don't enjoy, because it gives us something to fight, work on, and progress.
I used to be like this, and probably still am to a degree (as anything in life), but I have been seeing that the more I degrade others in life for not being as conscious, evolved, awakened, or spiritual (whatever my definition of those things are), I sever myself from truly understanding them and really being able to help them through what they wish to accomplish in life. The change and progression within myself and those I was "trying" to help was much slower than when I was trying to live in their shoes for a bit. These business people simply want to use this ayahuasca plant to further their work, just as anyone else looking for the next thing to further their work.
WE ALL DO IT.
This Shaman is simply playing egoic favorites as to what and how is being furthered. I’ve done the same, you’ve done the same, we’ve all done the same.
Spirituality is about awakening to deeper aspects of life, but when we sever ourselves from understanding others journeying through this Universe, we create an even greater divide within ourselves that will eventually need tending to. This is Karma. I’ve been seeing this divide within myself and the spiritual community, by believing we’re the ones doing it right and the others need to follow. But, isn’t this process just leading into another future religion? Truly breaking the concept of religion is by understanding we all come from the same Source…
It takes a lot of spiritual and conscious energy to move into that place of understanding what we don’t agree with and truly love them anyway. This doesn’t mean we have to do what they do, but realize they’re coming from a place of love, respect, and passion for creating a reality they wish just as we are. The difference resides in the type of reality we wish to create and the intention behind it. This is true transcendence, awakening, enlightenment, evolution, and spirituality; seeing love behind every decision by every being. It’s the most difficult thing I’ve personally pursued in life, but it’s the most beautiful thing to pursue…
After dealing with many divisions in life ranging from neighborly conflicts to religious and philosophical conflicts, reconciling them is my mission. These divisions can cause many mixed feelings that take longer to remedy and ultimately longer to achieve our unique purposes. My passion is assisting in spiritual evolution while being in the midst of our daily life circumstances...