All healing is first a healing of the heart. Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it. We hope you come to understand that love heals everything, and love is the answer.
The Mazatec Church originated in Mexico. In the Sierra Mazateca in the state of Oaxaca and some communities in the adjacent states of Puebla and Veracruz.
The Mazatec religion represents a syncretism of traditional beliefs with Christian beliefs brought by the Spanish conquistadors.
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Fossil evidence supports that humans have made use of sacred plants and fungi, such as our sacrament the sacred mushroom, for as much as 10,000 years during ritual ceremonies. Our ceremonies today may look somewhat different than they did so long ago. What binds us together through these many generations is the understanding that nature provides a means by which to connect to the divine. This sacred connection provides insight about how to improve our world.
In 2006 the U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision written by the new chief justice, John G. Roberts Jr., ruled that the UDV, a tiny religious sect that uses a hallucinogenic tea called ayahuasca as its sacrament, could import the drink into the United States, even though it contained the schedule 1 substance dimethyltryptamine, or DMT.
The ruling was based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which has sought to clarify the right (under the First Amendment’s religious freedom clause) of Native Americans to use peyote in their ceremonies, as they have done for generations.
The 1993 law says that only if the government has a “compelling interest” can it interfere with one’s practice of religion. In the UDV case, the Bush administration has argued that only Native Americans, because or their “unique relationship” to the government, had the right to use psychaelics as part of their worship, and even in their case this right could be agridge by the state.
The Court soundly rejected the government’s argument, interpreting the 1993 law to mean that, absent a compelling state interest, the federal government cannot prohibit a recognized religious group from using psychedelic substances in their observances.
Evidently, this includes relatively new and tiny religious groups specifically organized around a psychedelic sacrament, or “plant medicine,” as the ayahuasqueros call their tea. … At the time of the ruling there were only 130 American members of the UDV.
With the 2006 decision, the Supreme Court ... opened up a religious path ... firmly rooted in the Bill of Rights to the legal recognition of psychedelic [substances], at least when they are being used as a sacrament by a religious community.
The previous statement is an excerpt from Michael Pollan’s book How to Change Your Mind.
The SMC appreciates and honors the sacrifices of the UDV and the Native American churches that have fought so hard for the religious freedoms that we enjoy today.
To enlighten all people to understand that our true selves are separate and apart from our physical selves and self-identities. From this perspective we are able to begin to understand the true nature of God and God’s relationship to man.
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