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.
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.”