Once the dieta is put into the framework of a relationship building experience, it is easier to understand that the focus is not on the sacrifices, but on the rewards. If someone in a relationship is just focused on what he/she has to give up for that relationship, then it is most likely not a healthy relationship. In reality, the sacrifices are accepted without hesitation. We do whatever we can for our true friends and loved ones, and will often give our own lives for the ones we love the deepest. We are willing to make such profound sacrifices because of the profound emotional satisfaction we receive from those relationships. In short, we care so much, that we are more than willing to give up anything that might hinder that relationship. It is not really what defines the relationship, but rather what expresses the level of care put into that relationship. Plant dietas can be considered in the same way.
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Jason came to the Temple in 2012. After having worked with ayahuasca quite extensively, he began the process of dieting plants. He has dieted in the Shipibo tradition and began working with Maestro Ernesto in 2013, delving deep into the world of dieting. Through a prolonged apprenticeship and training, he was eventually given authorization to begin working with plants. After working as a tabaquero, he was also given the blessing to administer diets, and to share in the tradition from which he has learned and which has taught him so much. He has been living, learning, and working in the jungle for the last six years.
People are suffering, the world is suffering, and relief is being asked for, cried for, prayed for. Another human story exists to replace the self-destructive mythic addictions of modernity. A story of human lifeways repatterned onto principles of organismic growth and evolution, healthy ecological relations, and recognition of the worlds of spirit and vitality. This story comes from an in-place wisdom native to this earth, and it is breaking like a wave upon this planet. The knowledge that runs this story is now growing like mycelium through the cultural deadwood of the colonizers. It is coming out of the forests and deserts and mountains, out of the many earth-based cultures whose wisdoms are spreading through the air (and electronic) currents of world. It is working through people in the West who are returning home to the community of life, who are engaged in healing themselves and others of the chronic homesickness that manifests in so many of the ills of modernity. This is what the world-wide renaissance in the way of the plants is about. This is why herbalist Rosemary Gladstar calls plants “the umbilical cords to the planet.”
It is only by creating an indirect dependence on the land (e.g. modern city life) that nature is easily perceived as “less than” the humans that manipulate it. The world split into the religious and secular is a world judged to have constituents of moral and ethical value (religious) and those of dross (secular), the pure and the impure, the worthy and the worthless. This world view projected onto plants also sees them as having constituents of value (active) and those of dross (inactive). For purposes of utility this can be a useful distinction. But when utilitarianism is raised to a guiding social ethic, an approach to all of the natural world, it cuts off spiritual relations with it.