‘The Role of Intention in the Shamanic Experience’ as part of the Series ‘The Shamanic Quest’ is a study that is based on the essential hypothesis erected in my report ‘An Ayahuasca Journey’ about my experience with the sacred Ayahuasca brew back in 2004 in Ecuador.The hypothesis I have erected in that report was that there is no linear causation by plant chemistry only, as most of the shamanism researchers admit, such as ‘it’s the DMT in the brew that causes the consciousness-altering cognitive experience.’My report showed with much evidence that it is rather the shaman’s intention for guiding the client’s Ayahuasca voyage that is the main causation, while this intention and the thought forms that go along with it, is amplified and transmitted by the plant’s entheogenic matrix.The present article generalizes this insight and tries to elucidate how intention plays a crucial role in all shamanic experience and is a practical tool of the experienced shaman in his healing efforts and his relations with the spirit world.
The Role Of
Intention In The
The Shamanic Quest
By Peter Fritz Walter
Looking over the fence of social and cultural
conditioning, and expanding conscious awareness is
what the shamanic quest is about; it is a quest of our
Developing awareness about the limitations of
perception is one of the reasons why the mind-open-
ing journey has much significance today for intellec-
tuals and seekers of truth from all walks of life.
Entheogens have not deserved the label ‘psyche-
delics’ as their purpose is authentic and religious.
They are not set in the world for distorting percep-
tion and render us ‘high’ or to alter consciousness,
nor do they serve entertainment purposes.
What they do is not really altering conscious-
ness; they actually sharpen it; instead of distorting
perception, they in a way purify it and render it more
immediate, more direct, and less conditioned by cul-
ture and language.
Native peoples around the world understand this
sacred purpose of entheogens, which is why they
have created that term in the first place, which means
that these plants are ‘awakeners of the god within.’
It is unthinkable for most natives to use en-
theogens for entertainment, as there is a belief among
them that doing so desacralizes the plants and of-
fends their protective spirits.
In modern society this view is not shared, at least
not on the government level, with the result that en-
theogens are indiscriminately put on the index of
forbidden drugs, with the idea in mind that, if al-
lowed, they would be used, and abused, for mere en-
tertainment, pleasurable indulgence and debauchery.
The idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds; if this
view is the dominant one in a society, the govern-
ment probably just acts on the line of the general
opinion. In addition, if behavior results in harm suf-
fered by citizens, it is correct that responsible gov-
ernment prohibits that behavior. That harm can be
done to self and others with strongly active com-