The Cosmic Serpent
|"Cosmic Serpent" by Pablo Ameringo|
Currently I'm greatly enjoying re-reading Jeremy Narby's book, The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (1999). It only furthers my realization that when we speak of "the complexity of life," it's an understatement to the Nth degree. As we say in The Risen, "worlds within worlds." The further in you go, the bigger it gets. Do we really expect to find final, definitive answers? It's almost as if Creator Source, or Something, seeks to distract us by providing never-ending puzzles and mazes. Perhaps they eventually lead back to where we started - our Self. But wouldn't it be fun, as our Self, to then do it all over again, with a brand new perspective and awareness as Authentic Self?
Jeremy, who's an anthropologist and also a very fine writer, speaks of the visionary art of Pablo Ameringo, a Peruvian shaman-artist, (he transitioned in 2009) who was able to capture his shamanic journey visions in paintings. Shamans all over the world have the same visions of the double-headed serpent - even in Siberia, where there are no snakes - and Jeremy has determined that they are accessing knowledge at the bio-molecular level of DNA, and then bringing it back, primarily for healing purposes. His hypothesis suggest that what scientists call DNA corresponds to the animate essences that shamans say communicate with them and animate all life forms. However, modern biology, he adds, is founded on the notion that nature is not animated by an intelligence and therefore cannot communicate. (p. 132)
Some shamans use plant-substance induced trances, while others use chanting, drumming, and other techniques. It is clear that the double-headed snake is DNA. Such images of sacred serpents are found in all ancient cultures, including Egypt and the Aborigines of Australia.
Pablo's paintings clearly show, at the submicroscopic level, clearly detailed images of DNA, including its spread-out form, chromosomes at a specific phase, and triple helixes of collagen. See the book of his art, Ayahuasca Visions, for nearly unbelievable images.