La Luna del Amazonas

Ayahuasca retreat outside Iquitos, Peru

September 6, 2020

It's been a challenging year for most, and La Luna is no exception.

From one day to another, on March 16, Peru went into one of the strictest lockdowns in the world.

The landscape changed completely in a day. The lively streets in Iquitos, with busy markets and chatting people turned into an apocalyptic scene strictly patrolled by military and police. Millions of people worldwide have lost their jobs and in a third world country such as Peru, the economic impact has been a true disaster for many families who already lived in a strained situation. Many cannot afford to put food on the tables anymore.

In the west, we have seen a similar situation but not as close to be as affected as the developing countries.

But it's not all painted in black.

There are certainly some benefits we can draw from all this. Pachamama has taken some time to heal herself, and in many places the otherwise polluted air got breathable, the poisoned water got clean and endangered sea turtles have hatched on deserted beaches. Otherwise stressed people striving for economic success, escaping reality with mindless consumption, alcohol and meaningless conversations, got a forced break and valuable time to reflect.

What are we doing to ourselves and the world we inhabit?

Can we take any good out of this, can this crisis be an opportunity to evolve as human species, or do we go back to business as usual?

I don't know. It seems to me that most strive to go back to business as usual. But maybe we can do it a little differently. I don't think we should stop travelling, but maybe we can pass that flight crossing the Atlantic for a shopping weekend Stockholm-New York.

Maybe we can find a more meaningful and sustainable way of filling our emptiness than with mindless consumption and accumulation of external things.

Maybe we can love not only our neighbours, but also those in Africa, Asia, South America and all other places far away from the western society.

Maybe we can reflect little more, and put some effort on the real threats to humanity. If you haven't heard about the doomsday clock, I recommend you spending some time on their website. https://thebulletin.org/doomsday-clock/. It's now closer than ever, 100 seconds to midnight.

Maybe we can just love little more.

But how can we change?

The living legend of consciousness and transpersonal psychology research, MD Stanislav Grof, has pointed out the importance of inner transformations as maybe the only hope we have left to avert a disaster from which there is no return.

In his lecture Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research from the conference World Psychedelic Forum in Basel (https://youtu.be/GYQY-AwtC2Y) he states:

“One of the really important and essential implications of working with holotropic states, was the understanding of some really deep roots of those two forces that have driven human history, which is this unbridled violence and insatiable greed...

We see those forces operate throughout history, but now it’s a different ball game. We are now facing a situation of population explosion, development of atomic weapons, we have about eight doomsday scenarios, we are poisoning the plankton in the oceans, we are deforesting the planet, we turn fossil fuels into stuff that are poisonous for us as organic creatures, so it became question of survival of the human species, and we would probably take a few species with us, unless this can be somehow stopped. Unless this inner transformation can get ahead of what we are doing.

I will not try to convince you that we are in a global crisis, I'm sure that you are pretty much aware of it.

What I would like to say is that people in transpersonal circles seem to have a general agreement that all the different symptoms of this global crisis that we see, really have a common denominator, that we are facing a crisis of the evolution of consciousness of the human species.

We have enormous amount of resources, enormous amount of know how, it would be easy to eliminate hunger, create a situation where nobody had to go hungry, heal most of the diseases, make people see, people who have cataracts and don’t have 5 dollars in Pakistan to have the lens operation and so on. If we had the heads and the hearts in the right place.

Somebody computed that if we take the money that is spent in the world in a week for arms raise, that you could create infrastructure that nobody had to be hungry anymore. You know, we have billions of dollars for stealth bombers, the Iraq war has now cost, according to some estimates, a trillion dollars, but we don’t have money for the kinds of things I'm talking about.

So the idea is that the current approaches, strategies, which are military interventions, economic interventions, diplomatic interventions don't work. They generally create more problems that they solve. It's easy to understand why it's so, because they essentially are extensions of the same strategies that got us into the trouble in the first place.

So we need something radically different, and again, I think, that in the transpersonal circles there is an agreement that the only thing that could really make a difference is inner transformation of humanity on a large scale.

We have all seen it individually, in certain kinds of experiences that transform you in such a way that it lowers the levels of aggression, creates compassion, tolerance, feelings of oneness, feelings of global citizenship, develop tremendous ecological sensitivity as a result of transpersonal experiences and so on.

So the question is: can it happen on a large enough scale, and do we have enough time to get ahead of what's happening already?

I hope so, and that's why I will always support this movement and the Sacred work of the good shamans.

Plant medicine is of course not the only way to inner transformation, but it's indeed a very powerful way for the brave and the ones that are called to it. It's also something that should be taken seriously, and not something you should do at the kitchen table at home or with one of the many self-proclaimed shamans. We call it "shamantitis" here in the jungle, a disease that usually affects gringos being in the beginning of the Dunning–Kruger curve.

"The force is neither good nor bad, but it does have a dark side and a light side. Beware.

Or as R Steiner said:

“All knowledge pursued merely for the enrichment of personal learning and the accumulation of personal treasure leads you away from the path. But all knowledge pursued for growth to rightness and within the process of human ennoblement and cosmic development brings you a step forward.”

Finally, as far as La Luna goes, we are of course struggling as many others.

The Peruvian government just extended the health state of emergency until December 7. On the other hand there are a glimpse of discussions about opening up the borders with restrictions already from October from a few cities. However it seems that tourists are gonna have to wait for some longer time to enter the country.

We hope and expect to be able to receive guest again in late December or January, depending on local regulations.

As our families, community and project are going through the biggest economic challenge so far, so we kindly ask, if you have the opportunity, for your support. https://lalunadelamazonas.com/about/Support-us/.

We would be forever grateful for any donation we can receive.

PS.

I remember when I came to Peru the first time and lived with Guido and his family under extremely humble conditions, he once told me about how the healing he did was not really about me or any other individual patient. It was about the ripple effect and the cleansing of the collective unconscious, healing whole humanity from that little dark hut in the middle of the rainforest.

Stay safe!

Luz, paz y amor

Enrique