n this chapter Narby tries to understand why Ayahuasqueros constantly allude to spirits with their own light and what their relation with the consumption of Ayahuasca is during the ceremony.
Ayahuasca activates the perception of DNA which is found in every cell of our organism. Nicotine contained in tobacco accelerates the function of DNA. For that reason Ayahuasqueros refer to tobacco as "something delightful for the spirits".
Equally, the DNA contained in the rest of living beings is emitted by them as photons. In that way, and recognizing the identical side of DNA in all living beings, these can communicate, becoming receptors and emitters at the same time.
It is convenient to establish the main differences between the shamanic use of tobacco and the consumption of industrial cigarettes. In principle, the botanical variety used in the Amazon contains up to eighteen times more nicotine than Virginia type plants used in cigarettes. Amazonic tobacco is grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides and it does not contain any of the ingredients added to cigarettes such as aluminium oxide, potassium nitrate, ammonium phosphates, polyvinyl acetate and hundreds of others that make up about ten percent of their fundamental matter. During combustion, a cigarette liberates about four thousand substances, mostly toxic. Among them, some are even radioactive, making cigarettes the main source of radiation in the daily life of the average smoker. Smoking one or two packs a day, we absorb radioactivity, according to some calculations, equivalent to two hundred and fifty lung radiographs per year. Cigarette smoke is directly involved in more than twenty-five serious illnesses, seventeen of them some form of cancer. On the contrary, in the Amazon tobacco is considered a remedy. Among the Ashaninkas, the word for healer or shaman is Sheripiari, literally "one that uses tobacco". The oldest Ashaninka men are Sheripiari. They all enjoy very good health and maintain great physical shape.
Tobacco used in the Amazon belongs to the Nicotina rustica species, wild tobacco. It does not produce the damage registered for the Nicotina tabacum species.
A determining factor is the additives used in the manufacture of brand or industrialized cigarettes.
It seems clear that it is not nicotine that causes cancer, since it notoriously acts on the brain, and cigarettes do not cause brain cancer, but lung, oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, rectum, kidney or bladder cancer, in other words, where cancer causing tars penetrate after being also swallowed.
|Essay about the Book "The Cosmic Serpent"|
of Jeremy Narby by Patricia Burgos