Ian Benouis

Earth medicines and self-surrender to source saved my life. The goal of the mystical experience is altered traits not altered states. Huston Smith. Nature loves courage. Terence McKenna. Ask the plants of the earth and they will teach you. Job 12:8. If you see the day of judgement coming finish planting a tree. Muhammad

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The angels are created to serve the jalal (power/infinity/transcendence) or divine masculine aspect to follow source’s command to praise it (reflect the light on the outside).  The animals, plants, fungi and all living matter are created to serve the jamal (beauty/eternity/immanence) or divine feminine aspect and experience its mercy (experience light on the inside).

Texas Veterans for Medical Marijuana made a moving display at the Texas Capitol on Monday.  The group displayed a military casket filled with prescription medicine bottles from veterans who say they need access to medical marijuana.

Each bottle contained a letter from the veteran who sent it, detailing his or her service and why they wanted access to cannabis.

As part of the team (I’m credited with hospitality and moral support) that helped in the creation of the movie From Shock to Awe I was invited to participate in the film’s premiere at the Illuminate Film Festival where it received an Honorable Mention for Social Impact in the category of Debut Feature Competition Jury Prize and it received the Mangurama Award for Conscious Documentary Storytelling.

botany, chemistry and cultivation of major and obscure psychoactive plants
history of modern ethnopharmacology and ethnomycology
peyote & solandra amoung the Huichol and the role of women in shamanism
ancient & contemporary Anadenanthera snuffs of the Atacama Desert
plant teachers of Amazonian shamanism and modern ayahuasca cults in Brazil
iboga ethnobotany and ibogaine in experimental research
training in field techniques used for ethnobotanical specimen collecting
native uses and preparations of entheogenic plants, past and present
practical methods for extraction, isolation and assay of active plant compounds
ayahuasca and admixture plants and novel ayahuasca analogs
ethnobotany, chemistry and cultivation of entheogenic mushrooms and fungi