– Power vs. Love
There are really only two paths. The path of power and the path of love.
The people who are attracted to power are attracted to the tools and objects that they think will bring them power.
What people on the path to power do not realise is that those tools and objects are manifestations of love. With some of those manifestations we may have a hard time finding love, but love is still there. Love is the source of EVERYTHING, including power.
So, to follow the path of power is actually quite limited. It only includes those tools, objects, and power itself. This, in the grand scheme of things, is tiny.
The path of love on the other-hand is UNLIMITED. Love is INFINITE. Love is the source of power. Love is beyond power.
“No matter how far you have gone down the wrong path, it is never too late to turn back.” – quote from a forgotten Sufi.
– The White Shaman
I have to admit, when I decided to make the first trip to Peru and Blue Morpho one thing that wriggled around in the back of my mind was that Hamilton was a white guy. I thought, “Ugh, a white shaman!?! WTF!?!?” The fact that I knew ayahuasca was unpredictable and with The National Geographic article backing up Hamilton and Blue Morpho, I figured it was the safe way to go. I was happy I did, as Hamilton and Blue Morpho opened up a new world and in fact a new life for me.
What is interesting is that I have come across this attitude about the ¨White Shaman” several times since then in conversations with others. There seems to be a negative sentiment regarding this issue that appears to be wide spread. There are a few points that I want to bring up that may change peoples perception a bit:
-Shamanism has been practiced all over the world for thousands of years.
-People that have the gift to heal and see receive this calling regardless of ethnicity.
-Culturally westerners tend to want to talk and process their experiences/feelings more than Latin Americans. Because of this there can be a communication gap beyond just language. The “White Shaman” has been gifted with understanding both cultures and having the ability to articulate concepts in both worlds. He is the bridge that many people need.