Nen was an early pioneer of the visionary use of acacias in the early 90s while completing his psychology degree, and has been researching their wider medicinal use and spiritual significance ever since. In 1992 he became the first modern person to utilize Acacia obtusifolia. In the mid 90s he began working closely with several Australian indigenous clans to archive and preserve ethnobotanical and esoteric knowledge, and was inducted into customary law. Since 2001 he has been preserving important song lines, and studying their connection to other ancient traditions, such as the Vedas. His book on the spiritual traditions of the acacia is in progress and due at the end of 2015. He has pioneered research into compounds found in acacias, such as NMT, and their therapeutic use. Nen has also actively campaigned for ecological awareness of these trees, and spoken out against their exploitation. On the internet, he is involved in harm minimization and education. He advocates in general a disciplined and spiritual approach to plant entheogens.
Nen will be presenting: Lore and Protection of the sacred Acacia
Nen will look at the spiritual significance of the Acacia tree, and the ancient and modern lore of the visionary species. While the tryptamine containing acacias have been called ‘ayahuasca analogs’, they cannot be casually substituted or compared in this way. Their importance in a number of cultures, and their mode of medicinal action and chemistry differs from ayahuasca.
It is different ‘lore’.
Increased interest in their utilization in this manner, and as DMT sources, has led to serious ecological threat to a number of species. Their destruction needs to be addressed with education about sustainability and increased awareness of the uniqueness of these trees. One species faces possible extinction at its current rate of abuse. The quest for the ‘spirit molecule’ needs to be balanced with accurate information about the consequence of market forces, and encouragement of the cultivation of the trees.
Those who know well the acacia know of the need to protect these wonderful living beings from increased exploitation.
In this talk we will see what a gift we have, and how the modern lore needs to grow, in particular to distance these plants from ‘ayahuasca’, which they are not. And to understand the wide variation in compounds, some very unknown, found in different species, hence the greater need for research and careful study by those wishing to access these plant teachers.