Feb. 11, 2013

Feb. 10

I am a Rain-Bringer (Rain-Maker). Often, when I go,somewhere, it rains, even out of season. It doesn’t happen all the time, but often enough that I know it’s a weird phenomenon.

They just had a 7.1 earthquake in the Putumayo region of Colombia, where our Ayahuasca shaman (taita) Krispin is from. I wonder if it’s the time of the New Year celebration there now, and if the energy from the people “caused” the quake.

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(enjoyingcolombia.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/putumayo-land-of-shamanism/)

“Taita Lucho” as everybody calls him, is one of the last indigenous healers from the Inga tribe in the Amazonian region of Colombia, Putumayo. Lucho works with Yage in his Maloka, called “Amerrrikua” located only 15 minutes from Mocoa, the capital of Putumayo. It is in this place, and along with Mercedes his faithful wife, the taita has his own garden of medicinal plants and assist not only locals from his community but different people from all over the word who travel to heal their illness.

taita lucho

(from Wikipedia)

Putumayo is a department of Colombia. It is in the south-west of the country, bordering Ecuador and Peru. Its capital is Mocoa.

The word putumayo comes from the Quechua languages. The verb putuy means “to spring forth” or “to burst out”, and mayo is a variant of mayu, meaning river. Thus it means “gushing river”.

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Published on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 13:30

Colombia: Declaration By The Inga And Kamentsa Peoples Of Sibundoy, Putumayao

The ancestral and indigenous INGA and KAMENTSÁ peoples of the valley of Sibundoy, Putumayao-Colombia declare:

As ancestral peoples, the Inga and Kamentsá are thousand-year inhabitants of the Ancestral Carlos Tamoabioy territory which is located in the High and Middle Putumayao and the states of Nariño and Cauca in southern Colombia. We are protectors of life and guardians of the Earth. This is a duty and natural law inherited from our ancestors for our future generations and humanity. In our territory there is an understanding that our laws, traditional education, worldview and cultural identity are what our survival as ancestral peoples and our lives themselves depend on.

We denounce:

The encroachment upon our ancestral lands, which are in a high risk situation, due to the carelessness of the Colombian government’s institutions. In this case, the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Justice through its Directory of Ethnic Groups and Indigenous Affairs is refusing to acknowledge the existence of the Inga and Kamëntsá peoples in the ancestral lands Carlos Tamoabioy.

(There is more to this…)

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Listening to the Rebirth Brass Band on WWOZ, streaming live out of New Orleans, singing, DO WHATCHA WANNA. The slogan of NOLA.
New Orleans: Comforting the disturbed, disturbing the comfortable. (bumper sticker)
I am a dog /  wolf / coyote / foxes / dingoes person. Anything that barks that’s in the canine family group. They give me good advice, but they tend to be worriers.

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People who feel alone and vulnerable may become defensive and aggressive in order to protect themselves.

I told my CS host Seth that I try to keep about half of my activities shallow, superficial, and insignificant (like reading People magazine and following the lives of movie stars and famous musicians/singers). It lightens up my life and helps me be silly.

Mike Meyers: “Silly is you in a natural state, and serious is something you have to do until you can get silly again.”

I’m watching the Grammys. It’s silly and fun, and that’s why I like it. Oops! My oh-so-serious CS host turned it off. It’s too silly for her.

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An excerpt from an article on the connection between Aspies and IT on computerworld.com:

Asperger’s and IT: Dark secret or open secret?

Asperger’s Syndrome has been a part of IT for as long as there’s been IT. So why aren’t we doing better by the Aspies among us?

Where statistics come up short, anecdote is happy to take up the slack. Ask an Asperger’s-aware techie if there is indeed a connection between AS and IT, and you’re likely to get “affirmative, Captain.” (Yes, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock is often diagnosed online as having Asperger’s; see “Playing the Asperger’s guessing game.”)

When the question is put to Ryno, he e-mails back a visual:

Aspies --> tech as fish --> water

And Bob, the database applications programmer, says, “Yes, it is a stereotype, and yes, there are a higher than average number of Aspies in high tech.”

Nobody, it seems, has more to say on the subject than Temple Grandin, a fast-talking Ph.D. Aspie professor who’s the closest thing Asperger’s has to an elder stateswoman. Grandin made her mark designing livestock-handling facilities from the point of view of the animal; she now has a thriving second career as an Asperger’s author (Thinking in Pictures, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships) and speaker.

“Is there a connection between Asperger’s and IT? We wouldn’t even have any computers if we didn’t have Asperger’s,” she declares. “All these labels — ‘geek’ and ‘nerd’ and ‘mild Asperger’s’ — are all getting at the same thing. … The Asperger’s brain is interested in things rather than people, and people who are interested in things have given us the computer you’re working on right now.

Career opportunities, career limitations

Grandin has compiled a list of jobs and their suitability to Aspies and autistics according to their skills. No surprise, tech jobs are cited early and often. Her list of “good jobs for visual thinkers,” for example, includes computer programming, drafting (including computer-aided drafting), computer troubleshooting and repair, Web page design, video game design and computer animation.

Grandin’s “good jobs for nonvisual thinkers,” which she further defines as “those who are good at math, music or facts,” includes computer programming, engineering, inventory control and physics.

Why do Asperger’s individuals gravitate to technology? “Adults with Asperger’s have a social naiveté that prevents them from understanding how people relate. What draws them in is not parties and social interaction, but work that allows them to feel safe, to feel in control,” explains Steve Becker, a developmental disabilities therapist at Becker & Associates, a private practice in the Seattle suburb of Des Moines, Wash., that conducts ongoing small group sessions for adults with AS, among other services.

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Feb. 11

My potential Couchsurfing host in Tapachula is not answering my messages. I arrive in Tapachula at midnight Friday (fe. 15) after a three-day bus ride. This young host promised me a couch, but now–it’s like she’s dropped off the planet (and I see she has been online). I sent out some more Tapachula couch requests this morning.

Things always work out for the best, even if I can’t see it! I am definitely becoming more flexible and tolerant. And I feel the strength and faith of the Ayahuasca taita, Krispin, behind me, protecting and helping me in difficult times. I no longer feel alone and like I have to fight for the right to just exist (let alone get what I need).

The Rolling Stones were right: “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need.”

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Excerpt from Wikipedia on the 1969 Jagger/Richards song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” from the Let It Bleed album:

Meaning

The three verses (along with the varied theme in the fourth verse) address the major topics of the 1960s: love, politics, and drugs. Each verse captures the essence of the initial optimism and eventual disillusion, followed by the resigned pragmatism in the chorus.

(Richie Unterberger of Allmusic) concludes of the song, “Much has been made of the lyrics reflecting the end of the overlong party that was the 1960s, as a snapshot of Swinging London burning out. That’s a valid interpretation, but it should also be pointed out that there’s also an uplifting and reassuring quality to the melody and performance. This is particularly true of the key lyrical hook, when we are reminded that we can’t always get what we want, but we’ll get what we need.”

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Dreams last night: a big, beautiful, Golden Retriever type dog.

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