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The Shaman’s Treasure: The Many Plants Added to the Ayahuasca Brew

It is a known fact that ayahuasca and yagé drinks consist of a pair of plants: vine or leaves of ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis...
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Translating Ayahuasca Shamanism and Western Medicine

There is still not enough dialogue between academic scholars and traditional men and women of knowledge. Unfortunately, remnants of Spanish colonialism still...
psychedelic visions

How to Think about Weird Psychedelic Beings

Psychedelic visions show us that there are different modes of being, that there are different ways that things flicker into being. What’s the core lesson...
Carl Jung Ayahuasca

Jung in the Jungle: What the Brew Ayahuasca Taught Me About...

Last year, I went to the Amazon jungle in Peru to take part in a nine-day ayahuasca retreat at a well-known center called the...
shaman plant science

The Forgotten Science of Shamanic Plant Whispering

Ridiculed, scorned, or deliberately ignored, the truth about anything is quirky and awkward when it first emerges. Germinating at the margins of familiarity, the...
ayahuasca wellbeing

Ayahuasca Gave Me a Backstage Pass to the Theatre of Well-being

Bodies moaned, contorted, and wrestled themselves, resisting or in denial of the ayahuasca that was penetrating their minds. The ceremony was well underway, and...
psychedelic animals

High Kingdom: Why Animals Take Psychedelic Substances

When some people get high, they become animals. But I don’t mean this in a negative sense. One of the key reasons indigenous Amazonian...
Ayahuasca-nature

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...
ayahuasca-sorcery

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...
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Psychoactive Plants and Shamanic Consciousness

The shaman is not only a hunter, warrior, healer, diviner, and entertainer, but also a natural scientist and thinker. Anthropologist Elizabeth Reichel-Dolmatoff reports that...