Psychedelic Press UK Literary Review: The Jaguar That Roams the Mind

Psychedelic Press UK Literary Review: The Jaguar That Roams the Mind

“There are an increasing number of psychospiritual drug narratives that centre around ayahuasca and the Amazon, and while they all retain a great number of similar threads, Robert Tindall’s The Jaguar the Roams the Mind stands out from the crowd… […]

Expanding Mind Interview — Shamanic Odyssey

Expanding Mind Interview — Shamanic Odyssey

Robert recently had a conversation with Erik Davis and Maja D’Aoust on the Progressive Radio Network’s program Expanding Mind, exploring indigenous versus modern consciousness, addiction, and the profound relevance of Homer’s Odyssey to unraveling the roots of our current ecological […]

Prospero — Shakespeare’s Shaman

Prospero — Shakespeare’s Shaman

“Animism” is a concept first introduced into anthropological circles by one of its founders, Edward Tylor, as the belief in supernatural beings permeating the natural world. In his Primitive Culture (1871), he wrote that animism is a perception held by […]

Psychedelic Press UK Review: The Shamanic Odyssey

Psychedelic Press UK Review: The Shamanic Odyssey

“I very much enjoyed reading the shamanic analysis of two of my own favourite books. The use of plants in the Odyssey, and the idea of an “intensified trajectory of consciousness” in Tolkien, and the phenomenological idea of presence in […]

Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ Flos Campi

Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ Flos Campi

The impulse to transcend, to rise to a higher plane, was deeply engraved upon Western spirituality by Plato and later Neo-Platonic Christians such as Saint Augustine. Yet Humanity’s primordial mystical desire, artistically rendered in the art of the Paleolithic caves, […]

Shamanic Roots of Western Culture: Odyssey & Tolkien

Shamanic Roots of Western Culture: Odyssey & Tolkien

“I love these kind of interviews – makes you feel like you’ve been sitting around the campfire with one of the ‘elders’ – out there in the jungle with the ancestors. You can almost hear their voices echoing in the […]

J.R.R. Tolkien and the Intensified Trajectory of Consciousness

J.R.R. Tolkien and the Intensified Trajectory of Consciousness

Although Middle Earth could easily be characterized as a product of the intensified trajectory, J. R. R. Tolkien, staunch Catholic, Oxford don, one of the most brilliant philologists of his age, gives scant evidence of a shaman adventurer. “I am […]

Embarking upon The Shamanic Odyssey: J.P. Harpignies in conversation with Robert Tindall

Embarking upon The Shamanic Odyssey: J.P. Harpignies in conversation with Robert Tindall

J.P. Harpignies, New York-based Associate Producer of the Bioneers Conference, and editor of Visionary Plant Consciousness recently corresponded with Robert Tindall, now located in the cacophonous mestizo wilds of the Peruvian Amazon, about his new book, The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, […]

Breath, Psyche, Life: an Interview with KMO

Breath, Psyche, Life: an Interview with KMO

KMO welcomes Robert Tindall to the C-Realm to discuss the experiences that inform his book, The Jaguar that Roams the Mind: An Amazonian Plant Spirit Odyssey, and the themes of his new book, The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the […]

You Get Told Exactly What You Need to Hear: A Visionary Summons to the Deep Rainforest

You Get Told Exactly What You Need to Hear: A Visionary Summons to the Deep Rainforest

I first encountered the Ashaninkan shaman Juan Flores within the Cinema de Indio, one of the magical* practices of the rainforest facilitated by the psychoactive brew ayahuasca. Even many years after that heady initial immersion in the vegetalista tradition of […]

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Luxurious, well-lit spirit boats plying the night waters? Bath houses for the spirits? The danger of total memory loss? Implanted spells in the shape of little black worms? Bitter medicines that provoke vomiting and purge the system of malign influences? […]

Speaking Truth to Power

Speaking Truth to Power

The president of Uruguay, Pepe Mujica, like a gadfly Socrates, lets the truth all hang out about the reality of economic progress in a recent meeting of world leaders in Rio: For more info on this most remarkable of world […]

The Pilgrim’s Progress #2: Tarapoto Mestizo Blues

The Pilgrim’s Progress #2: Tarapoto Mestizo Blues

Our first visit to Takiwasi, the center for the treatment of addiction that utilizes the methods of Amazonian shamanism along with Western psychotherapy, and its host town, Tarapoto, was many years ago, in a quieter age. Susana had arrived long […]

Odysseus as Western Literature’s First Economic Hitman?

Odysseus as Western Literature’s First Economic Hitman?

We are honored that John Perkins, founder of the Pachamama Alliance and author of the New York Times Bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hitman, has penned a preface for our forthcoming book, The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary […]

The Pilgrims’ Progress #1: Mayantuyacu

The Pilgrims’ Progress #1: Mayantuyacu

After seven years of residence in the California Bay Area, Susana and I have pulled up stakes and moved back to Peru, where we have been acclimatizing and settling down for about a month now. Our intention is to stay […]

Unravelling Some Strands: Seeking the Origin of the Eagle and Condor Prophecy

Unravelling Some Strands: Seeking the Origin of the Eagle and Condor Prophecy

The prophecy of the Eagle and Condor is remarkable in that it marks the first truly international indigenous prophecy widely embraced by both Native and European-descended peoples, yet in approaching it, we need to be wary of the word “prophecy.” […]

Have Euro-Americans Any Right (Or Hope) to Lay Claim to Indigenosity?

Have Euro-Americans Any Right (Or Hope) to Lay Claim to Indigenosity?

A reader, Elina, wrote this response to my posting Indigenize Yourself!: “How lucky for you to have become Indigenous without ever having to have experienced colonization, racism, etc. How miraculous for you to have received “the seed of an indigenous, […]

How to Cross the Mythic Line

How to Cross the Mythic Line

Some years ago in Argentina, a gaucho who loved the works of J.R.R. Tolkien politely inquired of me if there was actually a place like the Shire he could go to visit in England.

Shamanic Song among the Ancient Celts

Shamanic Song among the Ancient Celts

Indigenous, shamanic ways of healing and prophecy are not foreign to the West. Rather, they are simply unrecognized. Native symbiosis in a living, sentient cosmos is found at the very origin of the European literary tradition.

On Paleolithic Dreamtime

On Paleolithic Dreamtime

Traditional people, and I think the people of the Paleolithic had, very probably, two concepts that change our vision of the world. The concept of fluidity and the concept of permeability,

The Minotaur of the Behaviorist Maze: Surviving Stanford’s Learning House in the 1970’s

The Minotaur of the Behaviorist Maze: Surviving Stanford’s Learning House in the 1970’s

Readers of The Jaguar that Roams the Mind occasionally want to learn more about my experiences growing up on the streets, in shelters, and in group homes in California during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, especially in the Skinnerian […]

Icaros: Song and Healing in Ayahuasca Ceremonies

Icaros: Song and Healing in Ayahuasca Ceremonies

The healing power of icaros, the magic melodies of Amazonian shamanism, were the focus of Susana’s research in the Peruvian Amazon in 2004, where she participated in numerous ceremonies and conducted extensive interviews with healers and their clients in the […]

The Road of the Single Hearted

The Road of the Single Hearted

I am sharing this letter from an earthquake survivor in Japan to illustrate the heart of the Hopi prophecy explored in my earlier posting, Awakening Our Indigenous Mind. Is this the road of the single hearted?

Ayahuasca Matters: Interviews with Robert Tindall

Ayahuasca Matters: Interviews with Robert Tindall

“My take is “salvation” or “obtaining liberation,” in the Western sense, is clearly an import into Amazonian culture. Their concern is in how to walk the way of life and death, how to understand their world in greater depth. Juan […]

Awakening Our Indigenous Mind: Hopi Prophecy on the Coming Great Purification

Awakening Our Indigenous Mind: Hopi Prophecy on the Coming Great Purification

Between the underground kivas of the Hopi and the astronomical temples of the Maya where prophecy of world shaking events were received in ancient times, and contemporary apocalyptic fantasies such as the film 2012, lies a vast distance. Yet somehow […]