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ayahuasca spirits

Ayahuasca Spirits Are Special Because They Are Not Real

Many people report encountering spirits and other extraordinary entities under the effects of ayahuasca and similar psychedelic substances. But are these entities...
Ayahuasca Visionary Art

Eleven Otherworldly Visionary and Ayahuasca Artists You Probably Don’t Know

I often hear people say, “I cannot really describe it,” when speaking of their ayahuasca visions. And, it makes sense—how can we...
ralph metzner

In Memory of the Psychedelic Pioneer, Ralph Metzner (1936 – 2019)

The corporeal world has bid farewell to a great psychonaut and pioneering researcher of consciousness and its incredible altered states. The erudite...
ayahuasca shamanism

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...
after ayahuasca

We Need to Talk About When People Feel Worse After Ayahuasca

Ryan was a meditator, experienced with ayahuasca, so it surprised him (not in a good way) when a disturbing ayahuasca ceremony revealed...
traditional ayahuasca ceremony

The “Traditional” Ayahuasca Ceremony Is Probably a Recent Invention

An ayahuasca ceremony is a ritual dedicated to immersing yourself fully into the effects of the sacred brew, ayahuasca. As the brew...
ayahuasca integrating shadow

Ayahuasca Integration Means Facing the Shadow in Daily Life

I used to have a therapeutic relationship with ayahuasca, the plant spirit or teacher, the energetic presence that has guided me for the past...
ayahuasca integration

Integrating Ayahuasca Experiences Requires an Integrated Approach

In 1980, I initiated my first contact with the famous Mazatec ethnic group that was popularized by R.G. Wasson and A. Hoffman in...
ayahuasca ancestors

What Does Ayahuasca Have To Do with Ancestors and the Dead?

Ayahuasca is a powerful psychoactive brew that originates from the Amazon rainforest. The word comes from the Indigenous Quechua words huasca, meaning...
global ayahuasca

Ayahuasca Can Help Us Heal Deep Wounds of Global History

When I first flew above the Amazon, I admired a solid sea of canopies that reached from one horizon to the other...

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