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Ayahuasca stirs up debate over its effects

A recent invitation I received to write an essay about yajé (or ayahuasca) for an academic-type anthology on the “the power of psychedelics for...

Remembering Wholeness: Ayahuasca and the Structural Violence of Modern Life

Why does one write, if not to put one’s pieces together? From the moment we enter school or church, education chops us into pieces:...

Creativity Enhancing Drugs: How Psychedelics Appear to Boost Divergent Thinking

Musicians, painters, dancers, designers, and other artists all have the urge to externalize inspiration through a given means. They all have access to something...
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Ayahuasca and Depression: Amazonian Tea Rapidly Helps Severely Depressed Patients

Long confined to indigenous societies of the Amazon rainforest, the ayahuasca tea is being researched by scientists as a potential medicine for depression. An article published...

Is it Cultural Appropriation for White People to Drink Ayahuasca?

White people in the Amazon, drinking a sacred indigenous brew, under a thatched roof, while a ceremonial leader in a feather crown and indigenous...

A Shamanic View of How Ayahuasca & Nature Communicate With Us

In a shaman's world view, everything is energy, and for them the word spirit and energy have the exact same meaning. Indigenous knowledge often...

How I Became an Ayahuasca Sorcerer

I have discussed the idea, widely held in the Upper Amazon, that human beings in general, and shamans in particular, have powerful urges to...