Photos, Artwork, & Musings on Life, Spirit, Entheogens, Time, & Travel

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Welcome to my Blog – David Crews

This is a blog about the Big Questions, Life, Travel, and Creativity.

Along with posting some of my photography and writings, I’ll be exploring ideas about the nature of Life and What Is Real.

This will take us into some very human yet very strange territories ranging from ancient history to the underpinnings of the religious idea in mankind, and from science and exotic physics to the lands beyond the boundaries in the shamanic practices of the world. We will explore the sacred use of plants and the glories of the ritual entheogen experience, from the home fronts to the depths of the Amazon jungle.

I’ve been on a life-long journey to try to make sense of the world; to seek to understand what is really going on – before I run out of time. It is the eternal question. Why are we here?  What is the nature of reality – of consciousness?  Are we alone?

I will be adding new essays, thoughts, poems, photos, artwork, links to music and more, as often as I can, or as the Muses allow.

Your considered comments are always welcome.

– David

What is an Entheogen?

A modern word used to describe and include any psychoactive plant or man-made compound used in a sacred or ritual manner for spiritual, inspirational, or religious purposes (as opposed to recreational use or abuse). These include things like Ayahuasca, Peyote, Salvia Divinorum, San Pedro cactus, DMT, and many others.

The term entheogen is usually attributed to R. Gordon Wasson from a 1979 group of scholars and bio-scientists. Wikipedia provides a good definition:

“The term is derived from two words of ancient Greek, . . . entheos . . . and  . . . genesthai. The adjective entheos translates to English as “full of the god, inspired, possessed,” and is the root of the English word “enthusiasm.” The Greeks used it as a term of praise for poets and other artists. Genesthai means “to come into being.” Thus, an entheogen is a substance that causes one to become inspired or to experience feelings of inspiration, often in a religious or “spiritual” manner.”

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6 responses

  1. Good Morning David,

    I was so excited when I came across your blog post last night. I am interested in being a part of helping people move into the future world of enlightenment and love.

    I’m sorry, let me first introduce myself. My name is Ginger Martin, my blog post is http://www.gvaguelymusing.com Recently I have become consumed with finding answers to some of my “why” questions. I have been a very intuitive person all my life, and I feel I’m being called to “do something” although I’m not sure what it is yet, I know it begins with research and gaining knowledge.
    You seem to be so much farther than me in your knowledge of the workings of the world and universal system, and I wonder if you would be willing to help me and work with me on my quest for further enlightenment.

    There are deffinate changes that will be coming about in the near future and beyond. People will begin to seek out knowledge and guidance as I feel compelled to do right now.

    Best Regards to you,
    Ginger

    September 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

    • Hi Ginger,
      Thank you for your comments!
      I don’t know how much I can help, but I’ll be happy to talk with you. Email me at david @jaguarfeather.com. I’m traveling right now, doing some healing and spirit work in the canyons of the Four Corners, so internet is spotty. Be back for sure on the 24th.

      Blessings and Light!
      David

      September 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm

  2. Dan

    Hi David,

    I located your blog from a comment you wrote on my blog post about hiking in Canyonlands National Park. I just read your whole series on Ayahausca and found it fascinating–great stuff. I’ve always wanted to read a first-person account like that and you did a fantastic job relaying both the history of the substance and your experience. I also enjoyed your images of the pyramids in Belize. I visited Tikal last year and found it really transformative.

    Anyway, as part of the content I create for my camping blog, I do a lot of interviews and profiles of bloggers and writers who are producing engaging content about the outdoors. You certainly fall into that category and I’d love to get in touch about doing an interview for the site. Here’s an example of the last profile I did.

    http://www.camping-gear-outlet.com/blog/channeling-your-inner-wildness-a-conversation-with-kenton-whitman/

    Anyway, shoot me an email if you’re interested and I can give you more details. Additionally, I have a few questions I woud like to ask you about your experience in the Amazon for my own knowledge base.

    Best,

    Dan

    September 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    • Hi Dan,
      I’d be happy to talk with you. Go ahead and email me at david@jaguarfeather.com. As I told Ginger, above, I’m out in the canyon country again, so may not be able to respond for a while. I’ll be in the Needles in a week and a half or so, and back on 24th. Talk with you more soon.
      Thanks!
      David

      September 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

  3. I am awarding you the Versatile Blogger Award for the quality of your work. Further information is available at this site – http://wp.me/p2FYRz-9F. I hope you received much-deserved additional visibility.
    Congratulations! Keep up the good work. I will be following along. – Mike

    January 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

    • Thank you, Mike. It’s an honor.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

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