I came here after Bisbee for a couple days. I woke up to a turkey hanging out in my campsite. I likewise woke up to food poisoning. I booked a hotel room in Tucson to recover.
So, Friday morning (~12AM), I woke up to food poisoning, and spent Friday laid up in bed, recovering, and likewise, not eating.
Saturday I was better and drove 2-3 hours outside of Tucson into the desert to begin a 24 hour fast (which ended up being a 48 hour fast with my food poisoning experience) to prepare for my ceremony with Father Peyote.
To clarify about the legality of this, joining the Native American Church of God is what makes ingesting the holy sacrament, Peyote, legal.
I learned a lot of interesting facts about Peyote whilst there. Because of the war on drugs, Peyote populations are very low, with genetic variation between individual buttons being even lower. Peyote should be on the Endangered Species Act, but because the government sees this plant as a drug, they refuse to classify Peyote as threatened/endangered and are allowing vital habitat for this plant to diminish, giving this species no legal protection.
Peyote is slow growing and slow to reproduction, which means, it is very difficult to get populations back up once they’ve dropped to a critically low point. The Native American Church of God is helping to protect this plant from extinction, raising awareness of this issue, and likewise, allowing people of all races and backgrounds to experience the powerful medicinal properties that this species offers.
The owners of this church have dedicated literally their lives to the cause of Peyote and I find it admirable and inspiring. I made the comment to them that the Peyote was their babies (with some of the plants they’re caring for having been with them for 30 years), and they smiled and said “Well, really we are their babies”.
I left to recuperate and continue integrating lessons in the desert, driving back to the Tuscon area.
I experienced so many emotions that I simply had to sit with and allow to pass when they were ready. It was beautiful to allow myself to just BE.
Hard, but absolutely neccesary.
I had a rather quick visit to Petrified Forest National Park and then found myself in Flagstaff, Arizona, taking a few days to further integrate my time sitting with Peyote.
With Love and Light,
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