Without denying the importance of modern hygiene, antibiotics, and vaccines, there is evidence that when a jungle community abandons its use of Ayahuasca, its overall health deteriorates. Even non-natives like whites and mestizos, ...
Author: Luke A. Myers
Gnostic texts are filled with encounters of strange other worldly beings, journeys to visionary heavenly realms, and encounters with the presence and spirit of the divine. In Gnostic visions, author and Gnostic scholar Luke A. Myers presents evidence demonstrating how Gnostic visions were created and the connection these visions have to naturally occurring visionary compounds that are still in existence today. The culmination of more than ten years of research, "Gnostic Visions" advances the understanding of classical ethnobotany, Gnosticism, and the genesis of early Christian history. In this book the author discusses the prehistoric foundations of early human religion as well as the visionary religious traditions of the classical Greeks and Egyptians. Using these as a foundation, the book presents new and never before seen research explaining how Gnostic visions were created and what types of compounds were used by these ancient people to create them. "Gnostic Visions" presents evidence directly linking visionary Ayahuasca analogs with the creation of Gnostic and Hermetic visionary experiences. "Gnostic Visions" also describes the decline of Gnosticism, other visionary practices used in the Dark Ages and gives a brief tour of the visionary plants of the new world. In Gnostic visions, Myers tells of his personal experience with the divine and includes some of his own reflections of the importance of mankind's relationship to the natural world. He communicates that altered states of consciousness have been responsible for many of the most profound mystical religious experiences in human history.
These bear resemblance to the leaves of the ayahuasca plant, which Peruvians of the Amazonian jungle use to produce hallucinatory visions, much in the same way that certain native groups of North America use peyote.
Author: Emily Berquist Soule
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
In December 1788, in the northern Peruvian city of Trujillo, fifty-one-year-old Spanish Bishop Baltasar Jaime Martínez Compañón stood surrounded by twenty-four large wooden crates, each numbered and marked with its final destination of Madrid. The crates contained carefully preserved zoological, botanical, and mineral specimens collected from Trujillo's steamy rainforests, agricultural valleys, rocky sierra, and coastal desert. To accompany this collection, the Bishop had also commissioned from Indian artisans nine volumes of hand-painted images portraying the people, plants, and animals of Trujillo. He imagined that the collection and the watercolors not only would contribute to his quest to study the native cultures of Northern Peru but also would supply valuable information for his plans to transform Trujillo into an orderly, profitable slice of the Spanish Empire. Based on intensive archival research in Peru, Spain, and Colombia and the unique visual data of more than a thousand extraordinary watercolors, The Bishop's Utopia recreates the intellectual, cultural, and political universe of the Spanish Atlantic world in the late eighteenth century. Emily Berquist Soule recounts the reform agenda of Martínez Compañón—including the construction of new towns, improvement of the mining industry, and promotion of indigenous education—and positions it within broader imperial debates; unlike many of his Enlightenment contemporaries, who elevated fellow Europeans above native peoples, Martínez Compañón saw Peruvian Indians as intelligent, productive subjects of the Spanish Crown. The Bishop's Utopia seamlessly weaves cultural history, natural history, colonial politics, and art into a cinematic retelling of the Bishop's life and work.
The ayahuasca jungle elves, the little green guys, were carrying away what looked like armor plates and metallic pieces. I got the sense they were taking ... The rapid rhythm of the chants kept me moving through the jungle of visions.
Author: Ralph Metzner
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
An exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of ayahuasca • Details the scientific discovery of ayahuasca’s sophisticated psychoactive delivery system in the brain and body and its potential applications in medicine and psychology • Includes contributions from Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., J. C. Callaway, Ph.D., and Charles S. Grob, M.D., on the ethnopharmacology, psychology, phytochemistry, and neuropharmacology of ayahuasca • Provides 24 firsthand accounts of ayahuasca experiences and resulting life changes Widely recognized by anthropologists as the most powerful and widespread shamanic hallucinogen, ayahuasca has been used by native Indian and mestizo shamans in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador for healing and divination for thousands of years. Made from the Amazonian vine Banisteriopsis caapi and the DMT-laden leaf of Psychotria viridis, ayahuasca is regarded as the embodiment of intelligent plant beings who can offer spiritual teachings and healing knowledge to those who respectfully engage with them. Many Western-trained physicians and psychologists now acknowledge that ayahuasca allows access to spiritual dimensions of consciousness, otherworldly realms and beings, and visionary experiences indistinguishable from classic religious mysticism. With contributions from leading psychoactive scholars Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., Charles S. Grob, M.D., and J. C. Calloway, Ph.D., on the ethnopharmacology, psychology, phytochemistry, and neuropharmacology of ayahuasca, Ralph Metzner provides a comprehensive exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of this Amazonian hallucinogen. He includes more than 20 firsthand accounts from people who have participated in ayahuasca rituals and experienced major life changes as a result. He details the scientific discovery of ayahuasca’s sophisticated psychoactive delivery system in the brain and body as well as the deep psychological impact of this potent entheogen. He concludes with his own findings on ayahuasca, including its applications in medicine and psychology, and compares the worldview revealed by ayahuasca visions to that of modern cultures.
Release on 2014-01-10 | by Christine Simmonds-Moore
Shared Visions From an experimental perspective one of the best ways to discern whether people genuinely have shared ... as are commonly reported in traditional ayahuasca visions in the Amazon jungle (Naranjo, 1987; Shannon, 2002).
Author: Christine Simmonds-Moore
Category: Social Science
The study of the effect of “exceptional” experiences and beliefs on health—including anomalous, placebo, or hypnotic healing and mystical, religious, transpersonal, and creative experiences—is attracting increasing academic and public interest. This collection of essays explores the nature of mind, its impact on the body, and the relationship between “exceptional” experiences and physical health, mental health, and the potential for other types of perception. Examining the influence of spiritual practices, mental imagery, and alternative healing methods such as Reiki and Johrei, the essays encourage the expansion of mental health practice to include the full range of exceptional experiences. By normalizing experiences that are often pathologized, this book recognizes that exceptional human experiences can and do have value for physical and mental health.
Duringone nightof ayahuasca visions in the jungle, Raimundo Irineu Serragazed at a full moon, which appeared to draw closer to him. A lady materialised in its centre and introduced herself asthe Universal Queen.
Author: Aaron Smith
Publisher: Transit Lounge
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Get ready for a risk-taking rollercoaster ride through the favelas of Rio Di Janeiro and the wayside towns and jungles of South America in search of the secrets of shamans and ayahuasca – the vine of the soul. Aaron Smith’s often hilarious chronicle of love, danger and enlightenment, set in the one of most vibrant places on earth, is a true delight. Whether Aaron is being held at gunpoint in Rio, stranded on the Amazon River; interviewing musician Peter Gabriel for The Iquitos Times, dancing the samba at Carnival with the 60 Minutes team, undergoing initiation as a Matsés warrior, tripping the light fantastic, or falling in love with his beautiful Brazilian wife-to-be, you are bound to ‘experience’, along with him, more than a glimmer of gold. Like William Burroughs before him, Smith is on a journey to save his soul, but instead falls headfirst into the rich kaleidoscope of South American culture and ultimately discovers the truth that lies deep in the jungle or, sometimes, even closer to home.
Pablo Amaringo, Vision 44, Fighting through Tingunas (Luna and Amaringo 1999: 135). ... there may be giants (Luna and Amaringo 1999: 64–65, Vision 9) or tiny green “ayahuasca jungle elves” or little pastel cartoonlike people (figs.
Author: Rebecca R. Stone
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Category: Social Science
Shamanism—the practice of entering a trance state to experience visions of a reality beyond the ordinary and to gain esoteric knowledge—has been an important part of life for indigenous societies throughout the Americas from prehistoric times until the present. Much has been written about shamanism in both scholarly and popular literature, but few authors have linked it to another significant visual realm—art. In this pioneering study, Rebecca R. Stone considers how deep familiarity with, and profound respect for, the extra-ordinary visionary experiences of shamanism profoundly affected the artistic output of indigenous cultures in Central and South America before the European invasions of the sixteenth century. Using ethnographic accounts of shamanic trance experiences, Stone defines a core set of trance vision characteristics, including enhanced senses, ego dissolution, bodily distortions, flying, spinning and undulating sensations, synaesthesia, and physical transformation from the human self into animal and other states of being. Stone then traces these visionary characteristics in ancient artworks from Costa Rica and Peru. She makes a convincing case that these works, especially those of the Moche, depict shamans in a trance state or else convey the perceptual experience of visions by creating deliberately chaotic and distorted conglomerations of partial, inverted, and incoherent images.
and an amazing collection of paintings of ayahuasca visions by the erstwhile ayahuasquero Pablo Amaringo, along with his story of giving ... Ayahuasca jungle tours are advertised on the Internet and in magazines such as Shaman's Drum.
Author: Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A compilation of writings on the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of Ayahuasca • Includes 24 firsthand accounts of Ayahuasca experiences and resulting life changes, including contributions from J. C. Callaway, Charles S. Grob, and Dennis J. McKenna • Discusses the medical and psychological applications of Ayahuasca Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic Amazonian plant mixture that has been used for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years by native Indian and mestizo shamans in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador for healing and divination. Many Western-trained physicians and psychologists have acknowledged that this substance can allow access to spiritual dimensions of consciousness, even mystical experiences indistinguishable from classic religious mysticism. In Sacred Vine of Spirits: Ayahuasca Ralph Metzner, a pioneer in the study of consciousness, has assembled a group of authoritative contributors who provide an exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of ayahuasca. He begins with more than 20 firsthand accounts from Westerners who have used ayahuasca and then presents the history, psychology, and chemistry of ayahuasca from leading scholars in the field of psychoactive research. He concludes with his own findings on ayahuasca, including its applications in medicine and psychology, and compares the worldview revealed by ayahuasca visions to that of Western cultures.
I am sitting in a small jungle hut after having drunk ayahuasca. ... I am overwhelmed by the odors of the jungle, as if huge trumpet-shaped flowers are blooming just beyond my vision, as if I have tapped into the eternal cycles of ...
Author: Stephan V. Beyer
Publisher: UNM Press
This work seeks to understand this form of shamanism, its relationship to other shamanisms, and its survival in the new global economy, through anthropology, ethnobotany, cognitive psychology, legal history, and personal memoir. "An exhaustively researched and detailed study, unique among its kind and an absolute 'must-have' for college library collections strong in anthropology and information on indigenous religions."--Midwest Book Review
Purportedly - along with the transcendental jungle visions ascribed to it – Yage ( also known as Ayahuasca ) was said to possess other mysterious qualities . One such being the possible facilitation and / or increase of telepathic ...
Author: Kenn Thomas
Publisher: Book Tree
Category: Political Science
The most notorious conspiracy-minded zine, Steamshovel Press, presents what the conspiracy doesnt want the readers to have: Information. Both volumes contain powerful conspiratorial undercurrents from recent times and past history. Includes internet links to help involve the readers in the counterconspiracy. The New Yorker calls it on the cutting edgeand a strange place that is. Volume One includes Reich and Little Rock, Cord Meyer, book reviews, Gloria Steinem, bugs and bombs, Curtis Lemay, Jenny Randles, Iron Mountain, JFK, Lobster, Monicagate, Starbucks murders, right-wing conspiracy, Octopus, Crewes, Ginsberg, Liskers Birthday, Dr. John, Kerry Thornley, and more.
The story of Santo Daime--a new religion that blends elements ofÂ Christianity with older Amazonian indigenous spiritual practices--and the ecologically sound and spiritually centered utopian community it has inspiredÂ â€¢ A true ...
Author: Alex Polari de Alverga
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
The story of Santo Daime--a new religion that blends elements ofÂ Christianity with older Amazonian indigenous spiritual practices--and the ecologically sound and spiritually centered utopian community it has inspiredÂ â€¢ A true story of a classical spiritual encounter, as well as an intimate account of the genesis of an important religious tradition that continues to grow worldwideÂ â€¢ Edited and Introduced by Stephen Larsen, author of The Shaman's Doorway Alex Polari de Alverga spent years as a political prisoner during the rule of the military junta in Brazil, enduring torture, brutality, and deprivation. On his release from captivity and in search of something to restore his spiritual connection to life, he had a transformative encounter with one of the two revered founders of Santo Daime, Padrinho Sebastiao Mota de Mela. Santo Daime--an Amazonian religion, born out of jungle entheogens, mediumship, and healing, that is a potent and unique synthesis of Christianity and indigenous practices--provided Alverga with an alternative to his disillusionment with modern society. His quest for spiritual initiation eventually led him deep into the heart of the rainforest to Mapia, one of the spiritual centers of Santo Daime, where he became a teacher and leader of the Daime community.Â Forest of Visions is a story of a classic spiritual encounter comparable to the Tibetan Saint Milarepa's search for his teacher Marpa. It is also an intimate account of the genesis of an important religious tradition that from modest beginnings in Brazil has now spread throughout the world and continues to grow. It provides an inside look at the spiritually centered village of Mapia, a model for communities in the 21st century.Â
Ayahuasca is a jungle medicine from South America. The ayahuasca vine is mixed with the leaf of the chacruna plant, creating a powerful mixture that empowers the person who drinks it to experience visions and often journey into other ...
Author: Bloom Post
This is a book about re-membering: who you are, your true divine nature, and the many beautiful gifts you have brought to this life. It is time to re-member your connection to nature, your purpose on this planet and your deep abiding joy. If you are ready, you can walk between the worlds, entering into the realms to connect with Spirit Guides who will show you what you seek. If you desire answers, healing, clarity or guidance, Shaman's Toolbox contains easy-to-follow practices for shamanic journeying, allowing you to step into your personal power in order to live an authentic and joyful life. Learn how you can meet your animal and plant totems, connect with the angelic realms, talk to ancestors and other beings of light, and even create healing in past lives. Through the practice of shamanic journeying you can find your calm center, enjoy peace of mind, creating healing in your life and connect with your soul's mission. This book is for those who are ready to re-member and live in their true power.
I went to the jungle to experience ayahuasca in its place of origin. ... About a month into my stay, however, I realized that he was not the one I wanted to work with, and perhaps that realization opened me to the vision that came next.
Author: Ross Heaven
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
The history of San Pedro and its uses for healing, creativity, and conscious evolution • Includes interviews with practicing San Pedro shamans on their rituals, cactus preparations, and teachings on how San Pedro heals the mind and body • Contains accounts from people who have been healed by San Pedro • Includes chapters by Eve Bruce, M.D., and David Luke, Ph.D., on San Pedro’s effects on psychic abilities and its similarities to and differences from ayahuasca San Pedro, the legendary cactus of vision, has been used by the shamans of Peru for at least 3,500 years. Referring to St. Peter, who holds the keys to Heaven, its name is suggestive of the plant’s visionary power to open the gates between the visible and invisible worlds, allowing passage to an ecstatic realm where miraculous physical and spiritual healings occur, love and enthusiasm for life are rekindled, the future divined, and the soul’s purpose revealed. Exploring the history and shamanic uses of the San Pedro cactus, Ross Heaven interviews practicing San Pedro shamans about ancient and modern rituals, preparation of the visionary brew, experiences with the healing spirit of San Pedro, and their teachings on how the cactus works on the mind, body, and illness. He investigates the conditions treated by San Pedro as well as how it can enhance creativity, providing case studies from those who have been healed by the cactus and accounts from those who have been artistically and musically inspired through its use. Psychedelic researchers Eve Bruce, M.D., David Luke, Ph.D., and journalist Morgan Maher contribute chapters delving into San Pedro’s effects on conscious evolution and psychic abilities as well as its similarities to and differences from ayahuasca. Exploring plant communication and the vital role of music in San Pedro ceremonies, Heaven explains how healing songs are communicated by the sacred plants to the shamans working with them, much in the same way that other gifts of San Pedro--from healing to inspiration to expanded consciousness--are passed to those who commune with this ancient plant teacher.
For example, it is not explained why the visions triggered by ayahuasca often include Amazon jungle animals even when drunk by people from other continents who, possibly, have never seen such animals; see Lee, supra, note 1.
Author: Francesco Francioni
What is the relationship between culture and human rights? Can the idea of cultural rights, which are predicated on the distinctiveness and exclusivity of a community’s beliefs and traditions, be compatible with the concept of human rights, which are universal and ‘inherent’ to all human beings? If we accept such compatibility, what is the actual content of cultural rights? Who are their beneficiaries: individuals, or peoples or groups as collective entities? And what precise obligations do cultural rights pose upon states or other actors in international law, or for the international community as a whole? International instruments on the protection of human rights do not provide self-evident answers to these questions. This book seeks to analyse these dilemmas and to assess the impact that they are having on international law and the development of a coherent category of cultural human rights.
Last year as I was traveling to the Bolivian jungle , my friends pointed out the ayahuasca vine in the midst of a jungle ... When there are visions of other people in other times , it seems that the journeyer is accessing a deeper ...
Author: Françoise Bourzat
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A comprehensive guide to the safe and ethical application of expanded states of consciousness for therapists, healing practitioners, and sincere explorers Psychedelic medicines also known as entheogens are entering the mainstream. And it’s no wonder: despite having access to the latest wellness trends and advances in technology, we’re no healthier, happier, or more meaningfully connected. Psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, and LSD—as well as other time-tested techniques with the power to shift consciousness such as drumming, meditation, and vision quests—are now being recognized as potent catalysts for change and healing. But how do we ensure that we’re approaching them effectively? Françoise Bourzat—a counselor and experienced guide with sanctioned training in the Mazatec and other indigenous traditions—and healer Kristina Hunter introduce a holistic model focusing on the threefold process of preparation, journey, and integration. Drawing from more than thirty years of experience, Bourzat’s skillful and heartfelt approach presents the therapeutic application of expanded states, without divorcing them from their traditional contexts. Consciousness Medicine delivers a coherent map for navigating nonordinary states of consciousness, offering an invaluable contribution to the field of healing and transformation.
Afterward, she wrote, “No jungle creatures filled my visions. . . . The visions I had contained symbols of my own culture.” Were “leaf-faced visions” really a part of her culture? The anthropologist's insistence that ayahuasca visions ...
Author: Daniel Pinchbeck
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A dazzling work of personal travelogue and cultural criticism that ranges from the primitive to the postmodern in a quest for the promise and meaning of the psychedelic experience. While psychedelics of all sorts are demonized in America today, the visionary compounds found in plants are the spiritual sacraments of tribal cultures around the world. From the iboga of the Bwiti in Gabon, to the Mazatecs of Mexico, these plants are sacred because they awaken the mind to other levels of awareness--to a holographic vision of the universe. Breaking Open the Head is a passionate, multilayered, and sometimes rashly personal inquiry into this deep division. On one level, Daniel Pinchbeck tells the story of the encounters between the modern consciousness of the West and these sacramental substances, including such thinkers as Allen Ginsberg, Antonin Artaud, Walter Benjamin, and Terence McKenna, and a new underground of present-day ethnobotanists, chemists, psychonauts, and philosophers. It is also a scrupulous recording of the author's wide-ranging investigation with these outlaw compounds, including a thirty-hour tribal initiation in West Africa; an all-night encounter with the master shamans of the South American rain forest; and a report from a psychedelic utopia in the Black Rock Desert that is the Burning Man Festival. Breaking Open the Head is brave participatory journalism at its best, a vivid account of psychic and intellectual experiences that opened doors in the wall of Western rationalism and completed Daniel Pinchbeck's personal transformation from a jaded Manhattan journalist to shamanic initiate and grateful citizen of the cosmos.
... I had turned down the invitation to take ayahuasca in the jungle with that anthropologist in Cusco, preferring to go surfing instead. Now, another handsome anthropologist in his 50s had invited me to meet Jaguar in jungle visions.
Author: Marcela Lobos
Publisher: Hay House, Inc
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A powerful debut from one of the world's most respected shamanic teachers, following Marcela Lobos's journey in this world and the world of spirit. The stress, conflict, and crises of the outer world are a signal: the time has come to awaken your inner shaman. However, you don't need to be initiated into arcane mysteries to answer the call from Spirit. In this book, Marcela Lobos reveals how to use the maps offered by the shamanic Medicine Wheel and the hero's journey to activate your inner wisdom and live a self-realized existence of discovery, healing, and wholeness. From her childhood in a war-torn country to her initiation with the shamans of the Andes and her life today as a teacher and medicine woman, Marcela's story offers a flesh-and-bones context for each step on the archetypal journey to Self. It is also an invitation to step out from your ordinary life and take the first steps on your own quest for spiritual understanding and deep transformation: to learn to walk the Medicine Path and to find your own power and inner beauty.
The vine isnot usedasa recreational drug for the sake of the visions themselves, asis commonly donewith recreational drugs in today's society ... The dance with Mama Ayahuasca through the jungle was aspectacular experience for me.
Author: Dawn Paul
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
After twenty fruitless years on a frustrating spiritual search, Dawn Paul was faced with no other option but to give up. Disheartened and exhausted, she went on holiday to Peru and this changed her life forever. During a visit to Machu Picchu she received a mystical experience, a vision of the Inca, who instructed her to follow the path of the shaman. Feeling she had finally been given the direction she had been looking for all her life, Dawn promptly resigned from her six figure career in a bank and stepped onto the shamanic path. Over the following years Dawn worked worldwide as a shamanic healer and spiritual teacher, assisting many people of all ages, from all races and religions. A Healer of Souls is Dawn s gift to the general public, and to the wider community without which a shaman cannot exist.
Cultural stereotypic visions are most complete for the ayahuasca materials. Informants report a series of stereotypic visions with great frequency and jungle creatures such as boa constrictors and viperous snakes are said to appear ...