In this blog entry, I would like to express a little more on what I feel A.S.A.P. will become.
Many of us realize the world is in a bit of a mess at the moment(slight understatement), and seek to make a difference, to change things for the better. I believe the best way to do this (with thanks and acknowledgement to Buckminster Fuller) is not to fight the the existing reality, but to build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. This is a huge part of the ethos of A.S.A.P.
One of our first projects is to establish our community headquarters in Puerto Maldonado, Peru. This community will be the initial nerve center and think tank, where we will explore the many elements, especially plant medicine, technological innovation/integration and permaculture, that will make up the basis for this new model of living.
The plants that we work with (grow or wildcraft), will also allow A.S.A.P to become a self-sustained entity almost immediately. This amazing project to conserve the rain forest and other threatened eco systems will be funded by the sale of herbs and other products harvested on site or in the nearby jungles (*note: all harvesting from the jungle will be carried out responsibly in accordance with existing indigenous practices).
Those who wish to will be given the opportunity to work with consciousness enhancing plant medicines, including the jungle brew Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca holds a special place in my heart due to the fact I am only alive today because of the benevolent intervention of this mystical vine. These days, many feel the call of the curanderos, the doctors of nature; who combine the treatment of the spiritual, alongside the physical, to effect true lasting healing. This knowledge, this connection to the natural world, needs to be maintained, preserved and honoured. It is as important to the human race as the oxygen we breathe(which plants provide).
Visualize a network of communities surrounded by old-growth forest; co-existing with nature, developing consciously, in unity; as it should be.
Food will be our medicine, the jungle our television, and nature our guide. Let’s put down some deep roots; there’s a storm coming.