[Behind the Scenes of Shamans of The Global Village Episode 2: José Luis Ramírez & The Peyote Cactus]

Niles: What was the peyote medicine experience like?

Rak: So, um, it was very beautiful and very gentle. Like it’s bitter to eat but it’s not as bitter as San Pedro to get down. It’s very earthy and they say that peyote is like the grandfather energy, the masculine. …


[Behind the Scenes of Shamans of The Global Village Episode 2: José Luis Ramírez & The Peyote Cactus]

2) We Dream This Dream Into Reality

Niles: Yes. So obviously those are some thoughts from past experiences in this [peyote] experience added to in terms of like the specific details of what happened for you. Was it very, um, heart-based and feeling based, not so much visual based, not so much audible based? How, what happened with your senses and then what happened with your heart and your visuals?

Rak: It was very, very warming. It was very much like just…


[Behind the Scenes of Shamans of The Global Village Episode 2: José Luis Ramírez & The Peyote Cactus]

3) Fractal Ebb and Flow of Peyote Visions

Rak: What did you see?

Niles: Well, you’re right about the subtlety of it. It is a subtle medicine. I wasn’t sure if it was going to knock you out very instantaneously, but it’s instantaneous. It’s very similar to cannabis with what you eat and there’s a latent period of nothing really happening for about an hour. Right? So we each ate two pieces of peyote that were prepared for us on the altar…


[Behind the Scenes of Shamans of The Global Village Episode 2: José Luis Ramírez & The Peyote Cactus]

5) Sweet is the Nectar of the Lord

Niles: Yeah, and the DMT experiences for me personally have felt very kaleidoscopic and prismatic, right where you’re seeing kind of standard kaleidoscope changes, but this [peyote] always felt like I was on some sort of terrain. Like I was floating above a world and there was this terrain with all these characters that were constantly connected to the terrain. …


[Behind the Scenes of Shamans of The Global Village Episode 2: José Luis Ramírez & The Peyote Cactus]

7) We’re All Humans on Spaceship Earth

Niles: So true that we all have shamanic aspects within us and we are all shamans cause this experience on this show has showed that we do have focuses on elders that help teach.

But pretty much everybody here through the night that we just had, the ceremony that just lasted all through the night was contributing in a shamanic capacity. …


[Behind the Scenes of Shamans of The Global Village Episode 2: José Luis Ramírez & The Peyote Cactus]

6) We are All Shamans…

Niles: And it’s beautiful to be with people here who have had experiences with other medicines and this may or may not have been their first experience, but they understand that everything does happen for a reason where we are now as we’re recording this and we have certainly sure as shit found that on this show man, that we are guided in some ways, not to sound like it’s all for us, but…

Rak: Oh my…


[Behind the Scenes of Shamans of The Global Village Episode 2: José Luis Ramírez & The Peyote Cactus]

4) God’s Lego

Niles: And as we’re recording this, we’re sitting in a van surrounded by just, I want to say lush desert, you know, rolling…

Rak: Dry, dusty…

Niles: Dusty, but not empty void of just salt flat. It very much has a lot of vegetation and this experience feels like your channel of reality is switched and the current environment that we’re in moves to a higher vibrational version of itself that’s intelligent. And all of these plants, you’re seeing…


Episode 2: Jose Luis Ramirez & The Peyote Cactus

Greetings Villagers,

we find ourselves in unprecedented times, of a global lockdown, a coronavirus pandemic and a world which is more fragile than ever, and yet unified in so many ways. Now, more than ever, we need each other. We need to self isolate, to virtually check in, to remain calm and to dream of the better world that we can create from the ashes of the old. …


Astral comrades Dave and Octavio at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Niles: Alright, let’s do a call to action for the community to support the series.

Rak: Yes, Shamans of the Global Village is an online documentary TV show. It’s episodic in the sense that the vision for it is that we want to do either one or two seasons of this work to cover the full spectrum of these medicines and their caretakers. I’ve looked around and in my ten years of working with different entheogenic medicines and different practitioners around the world, we’ve seen many different substances that are secreted by the planet.

These substances are potentially exo-pheromones in…


The secret star of the show. A Bufo Alvarius / Incilius Alvarius Toad named Lazarus. His species contains the strongest entheogen on the planet within their glands — 5-Methoxy-N,N-Dimethyltryptamine. A natural Earth Medicine that when smoked, is an initiation into higher consciousness.

Niles: Let’s talk about how we got the initial beginnings of the first episode going.

Rak: Episode one of Shamans of the Global Village is focusing not just on the medicine, but on the practitioners. So what you and I have been interested in doing is documenting the role of the shaman in the 21st century. People that work with psychoactive materials or sacred medicines which connect them to the earth and connect them to the shamanic realms.

I have been initiated by Dr. Octavio Rettig, a Mexican physician, who is authorized to work with the medicine of the Sonoran…

ShamansGlobalVillage

A documentary series examining indigenous #entheogenic medicines and the western #shamanic resurgence. Hosted by @rakrazam & directed by @nilesheckman

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