Medicine Children Book Project
I am in the process of writing my first book, Medicine Children. This book is about raising children in the US within the context of indigenous wisdom traditions that use sacred plant medicines, and about the culture of fear, misinformation, ignorance, and hypocrisy that exists in our country and attempts to prohibit the soverign, responsible choice to use such medicines as part of one's spiritual path. I have devoted myself and my resources 100% in order to give this project my all, based soley on my intuition and deep listening to fulfill my purpose at this time. With approximately another four-five months of writing time in order to complete my research (through September), my interviews of parents and children (October and November), and my investigation into the world of editing and book publishing (December), I am writing to ask for your support of this project. My goal is to complete the manuscript, have it professionally edited, and sent to an enthusiastic publisher by the end of December. Please go to www.medicinechildren.info to read the blog of my research. Thank you!
Thank you again for your support for my book project vision. In the past few weeks, I have started to feel that the blog was becoming a bit scattered, jumping between topics and not thoroughly exploring the ones brought up. There is a LOT of information out there - and I am not really interested in just simply presenting information. I want this book to be able to impact people powerfully, especially parents who are in the same situation in which I found myself. I also feel that my original timeline has become unrealistic, and at the risk of losing momentum, feel the need to take a step back in this process and regroup. As a result of these reflections, I have decided to take a short hiatus from writing the weekly blog, and focus instead on the essential questions I want the book to answer. I will also be continuing my research in all areas and intend to begin interviewing parents soon. Please look for another update in about 3-4 weeks. I hope to have some great news and more importantly, more refined writings to share with you all!
Here is an excerpt from my last blog, an interview with a lawyer (L) (for the full text see entry from 9/3/15 at www.medicinechildren.info):
H. What about the drug schedules? Labeling all psychoactive substances as Schedule One controlled substances is completely missing the point on so many levels...
L. The schedules are arbitrary and capricious, and are regulations at the agency level (H: a regulation is a legal norm intended to shape conduct that is a byproduct of imperfection - written by executive agencies as a way to enforce laws passed by the legislature. (6). They are arbitrarily written and applied, and are capricious in that they eliminate the proper uses of entheogens, and don't acknowledge the fact that these substances have not been proven to be addictive. This scheduling closes the door and says that all of these substances are bad, simply out of fear. Yet we know that entheogens are helpful to many people. It would be impossible to be addicted to using ayahuasca, for example. No one would want to or even be able to abuse it...
H: ...because it is quite an ordeal to take it in the first place! One of my main points here is that these entheogens are not correctly labeled as Schedule One substances, because they don't meet any of the criteria: they DO have medical uses (which would be accepted if research was allowed to continue), they do NOT have a high potential for abuse, and they do NOT cause psychological or physical dependence. That is why I am doing this - I want to be a part of the new conversation about these substances, bringing honest inquiry and science into the fear-based taboos our society has used as a basis for our policy and laws. I think we need a complete revision of the drug scheduling!
L. How could we draft a drug schedule that works? We should measure the Schedule One drugs based on their addictiveness and destructiveness. The latter is measured on the social, personal and interpersonal impacts on society. If you look at alcohol and tobacco, for example - two substances which are legal in this country and which are both psychoactive substances - if these were measured in terms of addictiveness and destructiveness, they would go to the top of the list of Schedule One substances! Millions of people use them, with incredible negative impacts to society measured in the high numbers of deaths, health care costs, accidents, and so forth (H. and the high cost of alcohol addiction in terms of the psychological and economic detriment to families and children).
When 'drugs' are involved there is a cultural bias, and a HUGE barrier of fear. I had that barrier until I tried it (ayahuasca) myself. Then I realized 'Oh my God there's a whole other world!' I personally know many lawyers who have participated in medicine ceremonies, but they have to be very secretive about this in their profession. (H: because of the potential ramifications to their professional lives if they were ever "outed.")
What a world we live in. Here is a professional woman who has found a path that helps her to be 'better' in her life, in every way - more conscious, more centered, happier, healthier, lighter (not as burdened) - and she has to live in fear of being discovered in her 'nefarious' activity of taking an entheogen for spiritual purposes. (Just to be clear - I am also talking about using entheogens in a very strict setting, as part of a church service - not just recreational use by an individual.) THIS is why I want to write this book. Entheogen users need to be able to come out of the closet and not be discriminated against, shunned, or prosecuted for the ignorance of the policy- and law-makers who have vilified - and mislabeled - these substances. It is time to revise the collective thought, and more importantly, the laws around the use of entheogens for spiritual purposes.
Just letting you all know how much I appreciate the phone calls, texts and donations in support of this project. Feeling really held by family and friends. Thank you!