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Based on a lifetime of research into shamanism, visionary states, the evolution of written communication and the roots of storytelling, I will answer questions from anyone courageous enough to question the illusions that most of us think of as real as explored in my just released book,The Center Of The Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where the Heart Is. ASK ME ANYTHING!

Mateo
Dec 4, 2017

Please join me with questions about my in-depth analysis of human perception, shamanism, visionary states, cognitive neuroscience, plant and animal consciousness, and sacred geometry, as well as the prehistoric roots of our deepest cultural myths.

I hope user questions about the subject matter of The Center Of The Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is will open the door for them to discover ancient philosophies, preserved indigenous wisdom and recent discoveries in quantum physics, psychology, and the timeless, persistent archetypes of our subconscious.

If you have any interest in shamanism and the meaning of visionary experience, join a discussion informed by a lifelong study of shamanism and close to a half a century of extensive psychedelic experience, the last thirty years of which has been focused on shamanic plants, and the last twenty of those on first hand experience participating in shamanic plant diets in the Amazon with Ayahuasca and other helper plants as well as with other plants and traditions found in the mountains and deserts of North, Central, and South America.

To discover more about me, please visit:

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www.mattpallamary.com

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Do you believe in judgement day?

Dec 8, 8:33PM EST1

Within ourselves.

If we "face the music" and work hard to embrace our shadow, we can clear and resolve our inner conflicts and inconsistencies, so when it is time to pass on to new adventures, we can be free and clear to embrace the great mystery.

If we spend our time running from and denying it, it will continue to pursue us.

Collectively, we may be embracing a kind of judgment day as our continued, greed, rampant consumerism, and disregard for the natural world is catching up to us and it is of our own doing.

I go into depth about this in:

    The Center of the Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is

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Dec 9, 11:28AM EST1

For those of you who missed the live broadcast, Inner Journey host Greg Friedman and I had a spirited discussion about shamanism, visionary experience, and radical subjectivity among other topics covered in my new book:

The Center Of The Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is.

http://www.kx935.com/podcasts/inner-journey-greg-friedman-special-guest-matt-pallamary/

Dec 6, 2:19PM EST1

What was the first thing you wrote, book, article?

Dec 5, 2:47AM EST1

It was an article for an inspirational magazine titled "Whose Reality Is It Anyway?", which was written close to forty years ago.

 The Center of the Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is

Is the expanded version that came after all that time contemplating the same question.

:~D 

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Dec 5, 11:24AM EST1

How do you explain the universe?

Dec 5, 2:42AM EST1

As a dynamic holographic multidimensional web of creation that holds the great mystery,

Dec 5, 11:21AM EST1

When did you start getting interested in ancient philosophies?

Dec 4, 6:01PM EST1

From a very young age they have always held a fascination for me which has grown deeper the more I have dscovered the nature of their roots.

:~D

Dec 4, 7:55PM EST1

What is the common opinion of doctors about shamanism?

Dec 4, 4:19PM EST1

Some are open to it and there are some that are embracing it more, but for the most part "institutionalized" doctors are pawns of big pharma and benefit/profit from prescribing antidpressants, statins, and god knows what else.

Having said that, there are many psychologists and therapists who are embracing it wholeheartedly.

If you are interested, from a psychological perspective, I recommend Christa Mackinnon's book.

Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice: An Introduction 

  

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Dec 4, 7:54PM EST1

Can you help/give advice to someone from a distance?

Dec 4, 4:14PM EST1

I do that frequently.

You can go to my web page and find a contact form there if you have more questions.

http://mattpallamary.com/contact/

 

Dec 4, 7:49PM EST1

How do you live in harmony with nature in todays world; what can you do practically at home; and what are the matrices of nature?

Last edited @ Dec 4, 3:59PM EST.
Dec 4, 3:59PM EST1

Escape from technology as much as possible and spend as much time in nature away from civilization as possible, and if you are in some way stuck in a city, find a nature place like a park. 

Try in every way to be a part of it on every level you can.

At home, the more plants you have the better and when you go to bed at night, try your best to have everything electronic shut down.

The matrices of nature are a symphony of life that all interacts and cooperates for an overall balance, which is not what humans do.

I explore this in depth in:

 The Center of the Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is

Dec 4, 7:47PM EST1

Do plants have conscious? How does it compare to us and animals?

Dec 4, 3:30PM EST1

Yes, plants most definitely do have consciousness!

It's quite different from ours just as animal consciousness in all its variety is different from ours in so many ways.

I explore this in-depth in:

The Center of the Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is

I also highly recommend Michael Pollan's work.

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World 

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Dec 4, 7:42PM EST1

Where do you practice in terms of location or do you travel?

Dec 4, 1:38PM EST1

I am technically a nomad and primarily practice in the Peruvian Amazon!

:~D

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Dec 4, 1:56PM EST1

How do you explain time as a phenomena?

Dec 4, 5:19AM EST1

Time represents movement, natural cycles  and expansion. 

The mind has to order things in an intelligible way in order for us to make sense of the world, otherwise we would go out of our minds with information overload, so time and space are intimately related and presented to us in a flowing stream that we can process.

We refer to the fourth dimension as time, which is the natural extension of three dimensions and when you go beyond three dimensional perception, you tap into multidmensional expressions that can only be conveyed geometrically because of the density of information which is ulitimately non-rational as it is too much and too dense for the serial processing of the logical mind.

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Dec 4, 1:56PM EST1

What is sacred geometry?

Dec 4, 2:48AM EST1

Sacred Geometry is actually a graphic map of creation that holds self-evident and self apparent truth and it is a Universal language.

I explore it quite a bit in:The Center of the Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is

I've also co-written a similarly themed book. 

The Infinity Zone

and if you want to explore the basics, I recommend my friend Scott Olsen's book

The Golden Section

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Dec 4, 1:48PM EST1

Who did the artwork for the cover, it looks really good!

Dec 4, 12:12AM EST1

Thank you!

:~D

My good friend, artist, musician, and jungle companion William Llerena Murayari.

Here is a link to a press release with more information about him and a link to his music.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/11/prweb14931983.htm

Dec 4, 1:32PM EST1

What shamans know and practice that we are missing today?

Dec 3, 6:54PM EST1

Balance and harmony with the natural world among other things.

This is a general response, but shamans are in touch and deeply embedded and integrated in the natural world while overall, we as a society are quite out of touch with the natural world and wrapped up in our internet, rampant consumerism, and what the Kardashians are wearing today.

;~D

I explore this in-depth in:

The Center of the Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is

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Dec 4, 1:28PM EST1

What is the most amazing result you have achieved with someone with your practices?

Dec 3, 2:13PM EST1

Complete elimination of night terrors, long standing emotional blocks, and finding a balance and integration of the masculine and feminine aspects of people, and freedom from addictions to name a few.

It's always an individual thing.  

Dec 4, 1:23PM EST1

Are you a practicing shaman yourself? How does one become a shaman?

Dec 3, 11:41AM EST1

Hi Heenal,

Someone else asked a similar question, so I am cheating here and giving you a slightly edited version of my original response.

My website says, Author, Editor, Shamanic Explorer, and that is how I refer to myself.

Ultimately, everyone is a shaman, but most do not realize it.

Unfortunately, that word has lots of false pop culture connotations and people don't really understand what it truly means.

I can't tell you how many times I have lectured and had some cute young girl run up to me saying, "Oh, my boyfriend's a shaman, here is his business card!"

This makes me want to run!

I address this a bit in the book and suffice it to say that there are many people out there with some exposure to the work and because of a profound personal experience are suddenly "enlightened" and set themselves up as a guru in what I term guru-itis, which is not only an impediment to their own growth, but it is an ego distraction.

I've been teaching dramatic writing at major writer's conferences for the past 25 years and have been taught by the best, so I don't mind being called a writing guru or a mentor in that context, and most of my mentors have passed away, so I am carying the torch and accepting my elderhood.

Along those lines, I don't mind being called a psychedelic elder, or a veteran psychonaut, but for me personally to tout myself as a shaman brings unwanted ego attention for all the wrong reasons.

The path is infinite and you never really arrive or are "enlightened".

As you strip away the layers and uncover more, new challenges arise, and the more you embrace, the more you realize how much you do not know - and it is endless and infinite.

I have amassed a lot of knowledge and experience on my path, but that does not make me any better or smarter than anybody else, it just makes me more expereinced, so I have a lot to share.

I suggest reading up on good informative books about shamanism to get started.

I recommend my book:The Center of the Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is

And Christa Mackinnon's book:

Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice: An Introduction 

and

Shamanism

Best,Mateo

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Dec 4, 1:19PM EST1

Will you be doing a similar concept for a project in the future?

Dec 2, 11:57PM EST1

It's starting to look that way.

This book is a result of a lifetime of study and the response has been great.I've been writing for close to 40 years now and have 13 books in print in mutiple genres, so I follow the inspiration.If you have a moment and want to explore different works with related themes, check out:

Mystic Ink Publishing 

:~D

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Dec 4, 1:12PM EST1

Many people today are diagnosed with mental illnesses and many of those go to healers, shamans or any other spiritual workers. Some just really need mental; psychological help but reach out desperatly anyway. How sane, stable and not troubled or anxious do you need to be to do these drugs? How safe is this type of  work for the mind? In particular for this part of the population? Many of these are drawn to spiritual/"new age" work. Who would you not recommend this to? Why?

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Dec 2, 8:55PM EST1

Hi Henrikke,

It is a bit of a gray area as their are people who are neurochemically imbalanced with conditions like shizophprenia, who are simply too unbalanced to go anywhere near any of this, then there are people who are psychologically traumatized and emotionally wounded who don't neccessarily have physiological issues, who might benefit more, but even they and those who fall somewhere in between may be taking some medication that could create problems.  

This type of work is not for everybody and there are other methods and approaches, so those along the lines of being neurochemically imbalanced should be under the care of a professional who understands the dynamics and is in touch, and in some cases may prescibe drugs to help regulate things.

Those who are psychologically and emotionally wounded can benefit greatly if they are ready to face their demons, which is usually an unpleasant experience that can bring about drastic improvement after the experience.

In the end it is really an individual thing that needs to be analyzed on a case by case basis by someone who is qualified enough to do a thorough assessment and approach to healing.

Having said all that, you need to be cautious and go into anything of this nature with your eyes wide open as there are a lot of :"woo woo" practitioners who pose as authoritative gurus, or they have a few experiences that bring them personal epiphanies, making them think that they are suddenly divinely chosen as a healer and go off half-cocked as an expert, when in fact they don't know much of anything.

Anyone who is relatively stable without a history of mental illness, and is adventurous and willing to face what troubles them, and bear the discomfort that may come is a candidate for this work, and there are a number of therapeutic methods that don't use any substances that are also effective. It's an individual thing. The work is the same, but it is simply another approach.I think that covers things. 

I recommend my book:The Center of the Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is

And Christa Mackinnon's book:

Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice: An Introduction 

And if you want to delve further on the Psychedelic side, I recommend Jim Fadiman's book:The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide

Which gives one of the best overviews of a therapeutic approach and the issues and nuances related to it.

        Best,Mateo

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Dec 4, 1:05PM EST2

Is there anything you would pass to kids taken from shamanism? Are there any accessible ways for them to reach any information about it?

Dec 2, 9:42AM EST1

This depends a bit on their ages, but initially if they get the best exposure to nature and are taught respect and reverence for it and the natural world overall with teachings on how everything works together in a unified symphony of life and cooperation, then they will be on the road to shamanic thought.As they get older they can be taught little rituals and practices that reinforce this and as they progress, they can eventually be directed toward books, art, and writings that demonstrate these important truths.

Dec 2, 12:56PM EST1

How can one tell charlatans from real shamans?

Dec 1, 9:17PM EST1

Great question Vicky,

Primarily look for consistencey between thoughts and actions.

If someone says or espouses one thing with their words and their actions are not in integrity, then you have spotted a phony, just like all these supposed "spiritual leaders" with the multimillion dollar homes and lifestyles.If you are offered to go on a spiritual journey to sacred holy lands for "enlightenment" for  $10,000, then that is most likely false and the inly ting that is getting lighter is you wallet.

True spirituality and healing should be accessible to all.

Also, if they are out there pushing hard and more or less overtly trumpeting to the world that they are a shaman or "enlightened", then chances are they are not.

In the end, if it is possible, it is best to find someone to refer you and if possible ask for endorsements, but ultimately if you look deep into your heart, you will sense what you need there.

 Real shamans have humility and do not pursue followers. What they have to share they present as an offering 

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Dec 2, 12:49PM EST1

What is the implementation of shamanism in daily life for an average modern person?

Dec 1, 2:21PM EST1

Shamanism goes all the way back to the roots of all religions and there are numerous shamanic practices that can be incorporated and practced in your daily life. 

At the core of it is a deep respect for nature and a recognition for a balance in all things.

It is also the oldest known form of psychotherapy and a viable path for self-exploration and healing.Along with my book I recomend my colleague Christa Mackinnon's books.

Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice: An Introduction 

and

Shamanism: Awaken and Develop the Shamanic Force Within 

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Dec 1, 3:51PM EST1

Isn’t it dangerous to use hallucinogens? How do you learn about them and how to apply them correctly?

Nov 30, 5:20PM EST1

It is dangerous if you do not know how to use them in the right way with the proper respect just as it is dangerous to drive a car, fly a plane or handle sharp objects or dangerous tools without knowing what you are doing.

Aside from that they are not for everybody and should not be taken lightly, especially by a person who doesn't know what they are doing and may very well have some pre-existing condition, imbalance in brain chemistry, other medications that might impact things, or even some emotional instability.There are lots of variables to consider.

One of the best places I suggest starting at if you want to learn more is Dr. Fadiman's book. 

The Psychedelic Explorers Guide.

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Nov 30, 6:45PM EST1

were you born a story teller.

Nov 30, 7:40AM EST1

I do beleive I was!

I won the school spelling bee in the 6th grade and won a story contest around the same time.

English was always my best subject and I have always loved Shakespeare!

In my first college creative writing class I got an "A" from my instructor on a hand written first draft, which was supposed to be typed out and edited, so that was the push that convinced me!

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Nov 30, 2:22PM EST1

After 20-30 years of ceremonies and dietas, would you consider yourself a maestro curandero?  If not, why? 

Nov 30, 5:34AM EST1

No, I do not.

I've had some interesting interviews around this question.

My website says, Author, Editor, Shamanic Explorer, and that is how I refer to myself.Ultimately, everyone is a shaman, but most do not realize it.

Unfortunately, that word has lots of false pop culture connotations and people don't really understand what it truly means.

I can't tell you how many times I have lectured and had some cute young girl run up to me saying, "Oh, my boyfriend's a shaman, here is his business card!"

This makes me want to run!

I address this a bit in the book and suffice it to say that there are many people out there with some exposure to the work and because of a profound personal experience are suddenly "enlightened" and set themselves up as a guru in what I term guru-itis, which is not only an impediment to their own growth, but it is an ego distraction.

I've been teaching dramatic writing at major writer's conferences for the past 25 years and have been taught by the best, so I don't mind being called a writing guru or a mentor in that context, and most of my mentors have passed away, so I am carying the torch and accepting my elderhood.

Along those lines, I don't mind being called a psychedelic elder, or a veteran psychonaut, but for me personally to tout myself as a shaman brings unwanted ego attention for all the wrong reasons.

The path is infinite and you never really arrive or are "enlightened".

As you strip away the layers and uncover more, new challenges arise, and the more you embrace, the more you realize how much you do not know - and it is endless and infinite.

I have amassed a lot of knowledge and experience on my path, but that does not make me any better or smarter than anybody else, it just makes me more expereinced, so I have a lot to share.

I hope this is a good answer for you.

Thanks for checking in!

:~D

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Nov 30, 2:11PM EST1

Where is home? Is there such a place and is there the necessity for such a place? Aren’t we all after all kids of this planet and therefore any idea of « home » just divides people?

Nov 27, 3:11AM EST1

Home is where the heart is!

It's the emotional center of our being and it is with us all the time, no matter where we are physically.The book goes into great detail about this if you want to explore your question in more depth.

Nov 27, 3:34PM EST1

Do you believe in reincarnation?

Nov 26, 10:15PM EST1

Yes, but I think maybe not in the traditional sense that most people do. If we can do the "work" here, I beleive we can discover the freedom to move on to more expansive perception.  

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Nov 27, 3:37PM EST1

What are your views on religion and on death? How would you explain the two to a kid?

Nov 26, 8:21PM EST1

It depends on the age of the kid as to how I would go about it, but here is my stock response.

Religion is organized and based on the words of prophets, written down and translated over and over again, so that the original meaning is lost and/or distorted.

A prophet has a vision/revelation/epiphany, and others write it down and put their own spin on it.

Religion says these are the words of the prophet that have been written down.

Spirituality on the other hand is personal and as such the body is the temple, so that everything we put into it is actually an offering to divinity.

Shamanism is based on direct experience, so in essence shamans say, why read someone else's words about their revelations/epiphanies, etc.?

Go and do something that brings you your own truth/epiphanies etc.

They say that Jesus went out into the desert and fasted for forty days and forty nights and talked to God.

I guarantee you that anyone who went out into the desert and fasted for forty days and forty nights would also be talking to God.(If they survived.) 

Based on my experience, death is a transition and everything we do prior to that event dictates what happens then. I think that if we have led a life of denial and fail to learn what we need to understand the bigger picture of what I call "Cosmic Law", then we get sent back again until we learn what is needed to be trusted in more expansive, creative realms.

Based on my experience, I feel strongly about this, but I will not know for sure until I am at that actual threshold, which ultimately makes it part of the Great Mystery!

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Nov 27, 3:54PM EST1
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