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The Psychotropic Mind

The World according to Ayahuasca, Iboga, and Shamanism
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Inner Traditions
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December, 2009
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9781594773129
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In the Amazon, shamans do not talk about psychotropic plants in terms of hallucinogens but as tools for communicating with other life-forms. Ayahuasca, for example, is first and foremost a means of breaking down the barrier that separates humans from other species, allowing us to communicate with them.

These plants are tools, power tools that can be productive and also dangerous at the same time. Therefore the more intelligence we can transmit about how to use them, the better. —Jeremy Narby

The introduction of plant-centered shamanism into the Western world in the 1970s was literally the meeting of two entirely different paradigms. In The Psychotropic Mind, three of the individuals who have been at the forefront of embracing other ways of knowing discuss the ramifications of the introduction into our Western culture of these shamanic practices and the psychotropic substances that support them.

With refreshing frankness and depth, anthropologist Jeremy Narby, filmmaker Jan Kounen, and writer/filmmaker Vincent Ravalec explore the questions of sacred plants, initiations, hallucinogens, and altered states of consciousness, looking at both the benefits and dangers that await those who seek to travel this path. They discuss their own experiences with shamans, both positive and negative, as well as addressing philosophical questions such as: Is it possible for a Westerner to take a truly shamanic approach today? What is the relationship between civilization and nature? What about healing—is shamanism effective?

Focusing specifically on ayahuasca and iboga, psychotropic substances with which the authors are intimately familiar, they examine how we can best learn the other ways of perceiving the world found in indigenous cultures, and how this knowledge offers immense benefits and likely solutions to some of the modern world’s most pressing problems.

“These trialogues entice us with colorful personal encounters with South American and African shamanism. Brimming with practical and insightful advice, and displaying a refreshingly broad conceptual framework, this book is both entertaining and informative.” —Rick Strassman, author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule

Jeremy Narby is also author of The Cosmic Serpent.

 

 

 

 

 

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This book examines plant-centered shamanic practices, including initiations, hallucinogens, and altered states of consciousness. It discusses both the benefits and dangers that await those who seek to travel this ancient path.In the Amazon, shamans do not talk in terms of hallucinogens but of tools for communicating with other life-forms. Ayahuasca, for example, is first and foremost a means of breaking down the barrier that separates humans from other species, allowing us to communicate with them. The introduction of plant-centered shamanism into the Western world in the 1970s was literally the meeting of two entirely different paradigms. In The Psychotropic Mind, three of the individuals who have been at the forefront of embracing other ways of knowing look at the ramifications of the introduction into our Western culture of these shamanic practices and the psychotropic substances that support them.

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