Shamanism is not some obscure concern of cultural anthropologists. Shamanism is how religion was practiced for its first million years. Up until about 12,000 years ago there was no other form of religion on this planet. That was how people attained some kind of access to the sacred…The sine qua non for obtaining a psychedelic experience is humbling yourself to the point where you admit that
you must submit to the experience of the plant or the drug. This act of surrender is the major technical function you will be called upon to perform during the psychedelic trip…The same organizational principles which called us forth into self-reflection have called forth self-reflection out of the planet itself. And the problem then is for us to suspect this, act on our suspicion, and be good detectives, and track down the spirit in its lair. And this is what shamans are doing. They are hunters of spirit…I don’t believe that shamanism without hallucinogens is authentic shamanism or comfortable shamanism…Don’t diddle the dose. Once you have done your homework, go for IT!