Dec 26, 2017
Lana and David speak with British Author Charles Langley about his upcoming book "Spiritland - The Peyote Dairies of Charles Langley". Charles talks about his experience with a Navajo Indian Healer named Blue Horse.
"In 1968, Carlos Castaneda expanded our vision of the universe with his shamanistic journey into the ancient metaphysical knowledge of Mexico withThe Teachings of Don Juan. SPIRIT LAND: The Peyote Diaries of Charles Langley (February 1, 2018) is his spiritual successor for a new generation, detailing the contemporary journey of a British journalist who becomes enveloped in Navajo rituals dating back to the Ice Age and the work of the powerful medicine man, Blue Horse.
Langley stumbled upon Blue Horse when a series of unexpected detours during a cross-country trip brought him to a peyote ceremony on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Intrigued, and recognizing that young Navajos were seeking their future in the material world and not studying with the aging medicine men, Langley committed to keeping a record of Blue Horse’s work. To get an insider’s view, he became an apprentice to this mysterious holy man and faced an unexpected dilemma—how do you maintain journalistic objectivity when describing miraculous, unworldly events and healings you witness firsthand?
The certainties of his Western education and upbringing were challenged as evidence of the metaphysical accumulated. Langley’s dismissive notions about witches, witchcraft, cursing, divination and spirit guides faced increasing pressure – until he was forced to confront the dangerous and terrifying reality of Navajo witchcraft. Ultimately he had to decide—does he maintain his objectivity or listen to Blue Horse and surrender to his teachings in order to learn more and help document a priceless and vanishing tradition."
CHARLES LANGLEY is the former news editor at the London Evening Standard, Europe’s best-selling evening newspaper. Raised in England, he set out across the United States in 2003 to drive from Florida to California but wound up on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. At a peyote medicine ceremony he met a shaman named Blue Horse. After earning a degree in anthropology at the University of New Mexico in 2007, he became Blue Horse’s apprentice and began compiling an archive on the workings of Navajo traditional medicine. Langley and his wife, nuclear physicist Andrea Palounek, live in New Mexico.