The Tecopia Essentia Earth Cures blog is written by me, Jason R. Eaton; just another being sailing through the sea of time on this tumultuous, wondrous Earth.
I’m a rather eclectic fellow with nearly twenty-five years of independent research experience into the realm of alternative and natural medicine. Based on the work I’ve produced over last few decades, it might be surprising for some people to learn that I’m actually not a health nut.
My motivation for researching and exploring alternatives is multifaceted but quite specific. First off, life circumstances has always thrown me, sometimes quite unwilling, into the midst of chaos. A refusal to accept things at face value has always led me in a quest for increasing levels of depth perception. This is true with all endeavors in my life. Necessity being the mother of invention, I have always elected to employ as much creativity in problem solving as possible.
Second, I learned at a very, very young age (starting at about the age of 12) that the mind is terrible thing and must be stopped at all costs! I learned that if I’m not involved in problem solving at a very deep level, employing both creativity and analytical discipline, that my life would become greatly imbalanced. The mundane was too boring to hold my attention for long. I quickly learned through the study of meditation and concentration that it would take me decades to master the ever-wandering mind. Keeping my entire being focused on dynamic, productive endeavors has been the key to avoiding self-destruction. Quite selfish, I know!
Third, my spiritual leanings and studies have ingrained a sense of deep responsibility for the suffering of others. I’m an idealist at heart, and having discovered something of benefit, I have always felt an obligation to do my part to make the world a better place. In fact, I can’t stand to see others needlessly suffer, no matter the surrounding circumstances.
And last, as noted author Richard Bach once realized: We teach best what we most need to learn.
Although I’ve written a book and over sixty or seventy articles related to natural health, alternative medicine, and a few articles on meditation and concentration, I’ve only published a very small amount of the research I’ve conducted. For example, I spent three years dedicated to the personal research of the paranormal and the study of many of the more authentic spiritual traditions of the world. It is unlikely that I’ll ever place to pen to paper and write about many of the things I learned and experienced during this time!
I have deep and profound respect for what I consider to be the authentic religious and spiritual traditions of the world. However, and this may at first seem contradictory, I also have a deep and profound respect for the intellectual philosophies of the world, which are often considered devoid of spirituality. The apparent contradiction is “solved” if one considers that it is not possible to suppress the spirit of humanity, and every being walking this planet has faith in something. Be it Taoism or existentialism, Catholicism or Hermeticism, I’m endlessly fascinated at how humanity works to understand the world in which we all live, and how Peoples have developed systems and ideologies to move humanity forward to a more prosperous and balanced state of being. I don’t have to agree with another’s personal beliefs to have an appreciation of their perspective.
Conversely, I have absolutely no tolerance for political rhetoric, prejudice, and cruelty. I also learned at a young age that when the people of a society decide that change is warranted, change comes. The same may be said for us as individuals.
When cornered (not an easy task!), and I feel I have to make a statement about my political leanings, I respond with: “I’m a conservative liberal libertarian.” Needless to say, there are not many politicians running that match that description!
It’s very hard to earn my vote; I prefer to vote with my wallet and my attention/intention.
I much prefer to sail in the realm of ideas and creative expression as I stumble my way through this life. I’ve always believed that life is about living, and living life has always been a great challenge for me personally. I’m pretty much backwards to how this world operates, but with much persistence and dedication, I’ve managed to somehow carve my way through the obstacles presented, and have thus far been the better for it all!
My greatest ambition is to peel away all fear, living this life in this very moment, in love with all that IS, among those I cherish most, doing those things which challenge me, bring joy to those I love, and bring a deep contentment to my own inner self, while allowing the universe to reveal what comes next (and without my conscious interference).
Interesting “Tid Bits”
My first introdution into herbology was at the age of 13. While hiking out in the high desert of Northern Nevada, I came upon a Shoshone or Washo Native American woman who was pulling up some sort of a plant growing along the hillside. I asked her what she was doing, and she told me that these lushly green, strange stalks made an excellent tea, which she called squaw tea. I was fascinated with this plant due to the fact that there wasn’t much green foliage in this part of the desert, yet this plant seemed to defy convention, which I liked.
She handed me a stalk and told me to chew on it, which I did. It had a strong but pleasant taste. I joined her in her wild crafting efforts, and lugged home a big bunch of stalks, which I now know were of the genus Ephedra. It was a very long trek home to be carrying a big bundle of stalks, but I was determined to try out this Tuttumpin. The lady told that the proper way to make the tea was to soak it in spring water out in the sun for a day (“sun tea”).
My mother made sun tea all of the time using Lipton tea bags. I thought she would be pleased at my discovery. Usually, when I thought my mother would be pleased at something, what I should have thought was “freaked out”. I was always bringing something strange home from my travels.
Undeterred, I proceeded to start chewing on a stalk before she could protest. From that moment on, I always had a fresh batch of tea brewing during that summer!
I didn’t revisit the art and science of herbology until my early 20’s, where I would wild craft chaparral as both a tea and a skin treatment ointment. I then studied several herbal disciplines, including (of course) the work of Raymond Dextreit.
I get annoyed when I see people sporting the title “Master Herbalist”. I don’t see how it is even remotely possible to achieve this title. I prefer more honest titles such as “Master of Cayenne”, or “Master of Chaparral”; there are far too many medicinal plants in the world to master them in one lifetime!
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