"1-These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
"2-Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:
"3-And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place."
These people call non-believers by various names like heretic, infidel, heathen, pagan, and so on, and some of them have called shamanic culture "demonic."
|Khakas Shaman. Source: Wikipedia|
"To understand the deep-seated, emotional hostility that greeted the works of Castaneda...one needs to keep in mind that this kind of prejudice is involved. It is the counterpart of ethnocentrism....But in this case it is not the narrowness of someone's cultural experience that is the fundamental issue, but the narrowness of someone's conscious experience. The persons most prejudiced against the concept of nonordinary reality are those who have never experienced it. This might be termed cognicentrism...."
"Some might argue that the reason we spend most of our waking lives in the OSC is that natural selection intended it that way because that is the real reality, and that other states of consciousness, other than sleep, are aberrations that interfere with our survival. In other words, such an argument might go, we perceive reality the way we do because that is always the best way in terms of survival.
But recent advances in neurochemistry show that the human brain carries its own consciousness-altering drugs, including hallucinogens such as dimethyltryptamine. In terms of natural selection, it seems unlikely that they would be present unless their capacity to alter the state of consciousness could confer some advantage for survival. It would appear that Nature itself has made a decision that an altered state of consciousness is sometimes superior to an ordinary state.
We are only beginning in the West to start appreciating the important impact the state of mind can have on what have previously been too often perceived as questions of purely 'physical' capability. When, in an emergency, and Australian aborigine shaman or a Tibetan lama engages in "fast traveling"--a trance or SSC technique for running long distances at a rapid rate--that is clearly a survival technique which, by definition, is not possible in the OSC."