Preferred Ally

“If you follow my advice and don’t rush, the smoke may become your preferred ally too.”

“Don Juan described an ally as being ‘a power capable of transporting a man beyond the boundaries of himself’; that is, an ally was a power that allowed one to transcend the realm of ordinary reality.”

“In don Juan’s teachings, there were two allies. The first was contained in the Datura plants commonly known as Jimson weed…The second ally was contained in a mushroom I identified as belonging to the genus Psilocybe;”

“…a smoking mixture made of dried mushrooms mixed with different parts of five other plants, none of which was known to have hallucinogenic properties…the teacher thus used the word humito (little smoke) to refer to the ally contained in it. But I have called this process ‘ingestion-inhalation’ because it was a combination of ingesting first and then of inhaling. The mushrooms, because of their softness, dried into a very fine dust which was rather difficult to burn. The other ingredients turned into shreds upon drying. These shreds were incinerated in the pipe bowl while the mushroom powder, which did not burn so easily, was drawn into the mouth and ingested.”

– Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

Preferred Ally

  • 2010 • fall
  • ceramic and cord
  • Description

    20” x 10.5” x 11”