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The Ayahuasca Experience

A Sourcebook on the Sacred Vine of Spirits
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Inner Traditions
 | 
March, 2014
ISBN:
9781620552629
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$19.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Ayahuasca is an Amazonian plant brew that has been used, often as a sacrament in religious ceremony, by Native Indian and mestizo shamans in Peru, Colombia and Ecuador for healing and divination for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. The name is from the Quecha language: huasca means “vine” and aya means “souls” or “spirits.” Made from the Amazonian vine Banisteriopsis caapi and the DMT-rich 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.

Increasingly, shamans and guides trained by elders in Amazonia are introducing ayahuasca healing sessions to people worldwide. Ralph Metzner, who has been at the forefront of the field of consciousness studies since the Harvard Psilocybin Project of the early 1960s, has assembled a diverse group of contributors who provide an exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological and experiential dimensions of ayahuasca.

A powerful resurgence of respectful and reverential attitudes toward the living Earth and all its creatures seems to be a natural consequence of explorations with visionary plant teachers. As such, this revival of entheogenic shamanism can be seen as part of a worldwide response to the degradation of ecosystems and the biosphere… a revival of ancient awareness of the organic and spiritual interconnectedness of all life on this planet.

The book includes 24 personal accounts with such titles as “Here Began A Series of Teachings about the Nature of the Heart,” “A Vision of the Fabric That Is Woven by Us All,” “Liquid Plum’r for the Soul,” and “Teaching the Body Its Relationship to the Spirit.”

With contributions from leading psychoactive scholars Dennis McKenna, Charles Grob, and J. C. Calloway on the ethnopharmacology, psychology, phytochemistry, and neuropharmacology of ayahuasca, Ralph Metzner also 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.

Why do so many plants carry psychoactive tryptamines and other chemicals that are capable of producing profound consciousness-transforming perceptions in human beings, opening them up to the deepest mysteries of life and death?

Also by Ralph Metzner is Sacred Mushroom of Visions: Teonanacatl.

Publisher’s Description: 

An exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of ayahuasca

Details the scientific discovery of ayahuascas 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 ayahuascas 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.

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