I didn’t mean to imply that shamans understand molecular biology literally in the way a scientist would. ” ― Jeremy Narby, quote from The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge “In shamanic traditions, it is invariably specified that spiritual knowledge is not marketable. I feel my mind crack, and in the fissures, I see the bottomless arrogance of my presuppositions. Screenwriting Competitions for Scripts and Stage Plays 2021, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. I connect deeply to the aspect of the feminine within. Most are hypnotized by the round and round, round and round. Femininity. In Africa the chief centre of serpent worship was Dahomey, but the cult of the python seems to have been of exotic origin, dating back to the first quarter of the 17th century. We’ll never understand anything until we understand our own minds, but as you say, that seems to be the least interesting thing to so many people. i was looking out over a landscape. So, if, at the dawn of man’s creation we have a pair of serpent-like beings who created us, then those of the serpent cult must have been their direct descendants, either by blood or by spirit. For example, the dragon lives in water and breathes fire, and so represents the union of opposites. But I have no feeling it’s somehow more immanent in DNA than it is in dog droppings, much less that the DNA has any need to ‘communicate’ consciousness to the rest of me via it’s (ahem) ‘aperiodic crystal structure’ generating (sigh) ‘coherent laser light’ that for some reason generates illuminated trance visions in my visual cortex (last I checked the vision centres of my brain ran off electrochemical reactions, not lasers). The idea that there could be a connection between a plant and a human mind is absurd. If you say a tree is conscious, they would say that’s absurd, how does it think, it doesn’t have a brain! This is one for Qi. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of AncientPages.com, Kaldera R. The Jotunbok: Working with the Giants of the Northern Tradition, Burial Practices In Unified Cultures Of Early Medieval Europe, ‘Euros Of Prehistory’ Were Currency Of People From The Early Bronze Age Of Central Europe, America’s Oldest City Caral Illegally Invaded And Archaeologist Threatened With Death, 1,500-Year-Old Inscription ‘Christ, Born Of Mary’ Engraved On Magnificent Building Discovered In Israel, Ancient Mystery Of The Enigmatic ‘Cat Men’ – Advanced Prehistoric Machines Or Humanoids? See Ouroborus. DNA made the air we breathe, the landscape and all the creatures. Narby was sceptical at first, but then became increasingly drawn into a quest to understand how this was possible. It’s impossible! The Shamanic ladder is the earliest version of the ‘axis of the world’ or World Tree that connects different levels of reality. I must follow up on some of these statements about DNA. An interesting historical side note: With the rise of monotheism the meaning of the ancient neolithic mythologies was inverted and distorted. Another well-researched and beautifully written piece by Jessica Davidson. This fascinating book will completely change your view of what it’s possible to know and how that knowledge can be achieved. The earth is surrounded by and teeming with DNA in a global network. Highly recommended reading. 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Yahweh has defeated the Leviathan. I feel so ashamed that I no longer dare feel ashamed. He desperately wanted to understand what the shamans were trying to show him, but couldn’t take it seriously because he didn’t believe it. By the conquest of Whydah the Dahomeyans were brought in contact with a people of serpent worshipers, and ended by adopting from them the beliefs which they at first despised. however not really needed at the point. Then it dawns on me that this self-pity is part of my arrogance. Left: Ouroboros - in the form of a symbol often found on Celtic Crosses; Right: Ouroboros in the Hindu religion. The Cosmic Serpent is one of those books that turns your mind inside out. Or something like that. The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge is a 1995 non-fiction book by Jeremy Narby.Narby performed two years of field work in the Pichis Valley of the Peruvian Amazon researching the ecology of the Asháninka, an indigenous peoples in Peru.. The DNA bases are hexagonal but they each have a slightly different shape. Adam was an hermaphrodite who was split to make Adam and Eve. From your review it would seem that Narby’s book is a very good example of the sort of thing that gives both science and spirituality a bad name whenever someone tries to synthesize the two disciplines. How could a plant communicate in symbols and images the way we do? A big part of it is the blind leading the blind, or leaders and followers, or however you wish to say it. A. Sutherland - AncientPages.com - Widely known in many religions around the world from Europe, Asia even to Africa, this mystical, very old symbol means “the end is the beginning”. I wondered what all these twin beings in the creation myths of indigenous people could possibly mean. Hope your having a good weekend! It was all very neon and moving around in a way I cannot put into words. Decode Hindu Mythology blog by vineet agarwal is a neat read on such mythology, Thanks for the tip, hobbyie. The Cosmic Serpent is probably the most interesting serpent day because the energy is so well matched. It is also often associated with Gnosticism, and Hermeticism. It’s this view of consciousness that creates a massive blind spot and makes it hard for us to understand the claims of shamans. This is where we find endless examples of twins and trickster figures, such as the Ashaninca story of Avireri and his twin sister. An outpouring. All cells contain salt water which helps the DNA to twist into the double helix shape. The Cosmic Serpent. ( Log Out /  Hallucinations aren’t ‘real’. Cheers for checking out my stuff too. I don’t know, of course. Originally, the twin beings in the garden were one. But over recent centuries subjective experiences have not only become increasingly disreputable – even pathologised – we’ve also lost a lot of the vocabulary needed to discuss them. Shamans also use these symbols and talk of ladders, braided ropes, vines, or bridges that connect heaven to earth. Very little of the ‘science’ cited above would be recognised as such by specialists in the relevant fields, but seen as ‘fringe’ or ‘junk’ science at best and pseudo-science by most. I saw the dream world. However, the fundamental reductionist approach to the matter is still prevalent today, although i ask myself for how long and the cost? It’s the aperiodic crystal structure that allows DNA to emit light, or biophotons, and sound. But equally, those who try to fold science into spiritual beliefs or use one to justify the other also abuse both fields, especially science. His quest began when a shaman called Roberto Gomez told him, “You know, brother Jeremy, to understand what interests you, you must drink ayahuasca.” He didn’t really take it seriously, but agreed to try, and found himself confronted by two florescent snakes who gave him a hard time for being human: “These enormous snakes are there, my eyes are closed and I see a spectacular world of brilliant lights, and in the middle of these hazy thoughts, the snakes start talking to me without words. He was deeply humbled and apologised to the snakes for stepping over them as he went outside to be sick. Every python of the danh-gbi kind must be treated with respect, and deat… You’ve gotta find some kind of cultural hook to hang your words off so what you say will reflect your pre-existing belief system more than the experience itself. It is profoundly true that I am just a human being, and, most of the time, I have the impression of understanding everything, whereas here I find myself in a more powerful reality that I do not understand at all and that, in my arrogance, I did not even suspect existed. Wow. Learn how your comment data is processed. The biosphere is constantly interacting with us, trying to guide us and share its vast knowledge and wisdom. Post Scriptum – i do feel that the main line why this book is essential reading is not because Narby is completely coherent in his writing, he is not, he draws analogies, that from my perspective are interesting (mythology of serpent etc.) Swiss-Canadian anthropologist Dr Jeremy Narby argues in his book, The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, that the twin snake-shaped vital principle - … Yes, I agree with your point. – Part 2, A 500-Year-Old Stolen Copy Of da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” Painting – Found By Italian Police. The shamans are interacting with all sorts of beings, not just serpents, and the knowledge seems to go beyond the basic instinctual survival stuff you’d get from those ancient memories. Each human cell contains DNA about 2 metres long, so there’s about 125 billion miles of DNA in your body – enough to wrap around the earth 5 million times. To copy itself, the DNA molecule uncoils and unzips so it can make an identical copy – like twins. Does that mean my DNA is in communication with Ausgrid infrastructure or does it just mean that (as any rope-maker could tell you) by twisting fibres together you get something stronger and more resilient than the sum of its parts? What’s experienced under entheogens goes way beyond anything you could dream up or imagine. It was very small, but in focus quite well. He imagined believing what other cultures told him. Jessica is right: calling it a “hallucination” and then just ignoring it as unreality is not right. No time, space, or dimension can hold the Cosmic Serpent. The breakthrough came when he when made the connection between DNA and serpents, and realised the source of the hallucinations could be internal and external at the same time. It is samsara. Cosmic serpents are also associated with creation myths. Inside of this spiral-moving neon glowing helix thing deep in my LSD-induced hallucinations. The cosmic serpent is androgynous, neither male nor female. ( Log Out /  . For anyone interested, here’s the link: http://decodehindumythology.blogspot.co.uk, Hi Jessica, Peter and cabrogal! I feel a reblog is in order. The Cosmic Serpent carries with it the story of creation, universal wisdom, and truth. In making the new gods, the patriarchy split the function of the old gods in two, so the new gods aren’t entirely whole. The cosmic serpent. The Cosmic Serpent carries with it the story of creation, universal wisdom, and truth. Rummage in the archives here or explore my books. Thanks cabrogal, you’ve made some fair points. The nature of consciousness seems a good place to look for an answer, but I doubt we’d be able to nail it down in any scientific sense. Narby describes the process of learning how to ‘defocalise’ and shift his thinking away from the limited ‘rational’ approach in his search for an answer to this problem. Also, some people just want to make money and will prostitute themselves in what they perceive to be the most effective manner to accomplish their aims. The symbol of the Cosmic Serpent, the snake, is a central theme in your story, and in your research you discover that the snake forms a major part of the symbology across … Narby’s biologist friend instantly recognised the molecular structure of DNA hidden within the artwork: “Those are triple helixes… And that’s DNA from afar, looking like a telephone cord. And you’ve gotta wonder why our bodies would go to all that energy intensive trouble with sluggish synapses, biologically expensive neurotransmitters and sodium-potassium ion pumps if it could just grow a few cellular optical fibres and manage its internal communication at lightspeed. Serpent also symbolizes Kundalini energy which is believed to reside in your base chakra. T and C are hexagonal, while A and G have a 9 atom structure – a hexagon next to a pentagon. The Cosmic Serpent is a fascinating exploration of the links between DNA and molecular biology by anthropologist Jeremy Narby. Perhaps at that level the world is experienced just like a shaman’s image of his dreams. There’s way too much misappropriation of shamanic culture and lots of people willing to misuse it, I agree. This looks like chromosomes at a specific phase… There’s the spread-out form of DNA, and right next to it are DNA spools in their nucleosome structure.”. Ananta is associated with Vishnu and Shiva. I’m not sure people are uninterested in what’s possible with their own minds. People get all excited about photos of Pluto, but very few people care what is possible with our own minds. Don DeGracia has been running an interesting series on his blog all about consciousness and quantum physics. One one hand there is always distortion and it will only confuse those who are already in a confused state. Although femininity is socially constructed, some research indicates that some behaviors considered feminine are biologically influenced. All living things emit biophotons and DNA is the source of this light. Jeremy Narby is a trained anthropologist, accustomed to the study of "primitive" societies. Sign of the times. The eternal wheel goes round and round, round and round. THE COSMIC SERPENT . I wish I knew more about Hindu philosophy and cosmology because then I could talk more coherently about this – consciousness and the bindu and siddhis, etc. …But he was not smiling.”. (freemasonryesoterica.tumblr.com). Cheers for the mojo. Quantum theory, relativity, evolution and genetics are particularly prone to that sort of abuse and it would seem Narby’s book is an example of that sorry genre. Really, I don’t know what else one can do but try to describe these visions as best as one can. She pretends to pull him out by lowering a thread, then a cord, then a rope, but none of them are long enough. Red Magnetic Serpent Red Lunar Serpent Red Electric Serpent Red Self-Existing Serpent Red Overtone Serpent Red Rhythmic Serpent Red Resonant Serpent Red Galactic Serpent Red Solar Serpent Red Planetary Serpent Red Spectral Serpent Red Crystal Serpent Red Cosmic Serpent. The shaman may be just accessing the depths of their long-forgotten pre-reptilian consciousness. In the lore of many cultures, this serpent laid the eggs out of which the cosmos grew. Generally, the symbol’s meaning remains the same – eternal cyclic force both destructive and regenerative as well. Something is going on and the Western traditions have, in net, not given this stuff the attention it deserves. Thanks for posting such wonderful material! It’s really a lack of imagination that seems to cause this blind spot. Thank you! At Whydah, the chief centre, there is a serpent temple, tenanted by some fifty snakes. The light is transmitted in a narrow band of visible light and is ultra-weak but very coherent, like a laser. The old gods were more complete within themselves. I knew the concept “anima” where we can shrink in our perceptions, as described in the Yoga Sutras. If I ever get my hands on some ayahuasca I’ll be pretty disappointed if it doesn’t go to my head. of consciousness on which these kinds of experiences of consciousness are to be found and on which they operate. 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