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Black Smoke: A Woman's Journey of Healing, Wild Love, and Transformation in the Amazon Hardcover – January 6, 2009

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Black Smoke is a wonderful, beautifully written story . . . a true adventure told in a style that rivals the best of novels. This first-person account by an extraordinary woman of her inner and outer journey through darkness into light is a must read for anyone interested in healing.”—John Perkins, The New York Times best-selling author of Shapeshifting, Spirit of the Shuar and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

 

“This book will thrill and support all readers traveling—or wishing to travel themselves—into the unknown and the mystery of the human spirit.”—Josie RavenWing, author of The Book of Miracles

About the Author

Margaret De Wys is a professor at Bard College's Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, as well as a composer and sound installation artist. Her pieces have been performed at the Museum of Modern Art, Pace Gallery, Kitchen and The Knitting Factory. A CD of her music, I Oh, was released in 2000.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402748833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402748837
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Visit www.blacksmokethebook.com for more information on the book and trips to the Amazon jungle with the author.

Margaret De Wys is a composer and faculty member at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. A dramatic shift in her life set her on a pilgrimage to Ecuador and to becoming a world traveler and explorer dedicated to the preservation and transmission of traditional wisdom in the modern world. She currently divides her time between Upstate New York and Southeast Nigeria.

Interview with Roberta Lewis of Shamans Drum http://bombsite.com/issues/999/articles/3404

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I am so excited to tell you all about this book my friend Margaret De Wys has recently published.

The book tells of her true experience of her adventures in the Amazon becoming healed from cancer, working as a student to a native Shaman healer and a whole lot more.

For me it is such a wonderful recommendation not only for what has been so eloquently written but because I personally know the folks involved in this book. Margaret truly captures the essence of her experience in a vivid masterpiece that describes a way of life and healing that we here in the west ignore and refuse to recognize as a possibility.
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I very rarely read memoirs, but something about this book just seemed so appealing. I loved the adventure and the spirit of it. I thought that it was captivating and applaud De Wys for her sincerity. All of us can learn from Margaret De Wys's journey: Traveling the road less taken can help us find faith where we least expect. Highly recommended!
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I loved this book and couldn't put it down, read it in just two days. It was inspirational!
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There are very few books I pick up and cannot put down until I have finished reading it cover to cover. Black Smoke is one of those books. It contains so many journeys within its pages: a journey through cancer; a journey through relationships; a journey through love; a journey through a world unknown to most of the western world; and most of all, a journey TO self awareness. Ms. De Wys opens her life and her soul for us all, that we may share her incredible adventures. Her courage is undeniable, her experiences extraordinary. I was entranced from beginning to end. Whether you are living with disease, questioning your relationships, searching for a deeper meaning to what love is, or on your own journey of self-discovery, Black Smoke will speak to you.
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A portal into a world populated by spirits, plants and human families living on the edge of time. This story gives an intimate glimpse at some of the issues that confront cultures living sustainably within a larger global struggle for resources. In revealing her path to physical health, we accompany the author on a magical expedition not only to the jungle but to NYC and a Canadian First People's community, all constantly in flux between the exotic and mundane.
As a reader / onlooker, I was captivated by the voyage, and didn't want it to end.
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Margaret de Wys' "Black Smoke" is a lucid, hypnotic journey--as enveloping as is her challenging and relentless healing commitment taking her into the rigorous rituals of shamanic transformation.

"Black Smoke" enters the realm of Castenada's earlier success-- but with a deeper reality risk, trust and the female voice at last able to establish psychic, physical authority.
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This is a beautifully written book, and it rings with authenticity. As an author myself, Akashic Records: Case Studies of Past Lives I do not hand out random praise. Margaret De Wys is a woman with a spiritual calling, and you will be riveted as you read her eye-witness accounts of the miraculous. I have had certain similar experiences, visited some of the same locations, and have enough experience in spiritual realms to know that all of this could have easily happened to someone who decided to "answer the call". This book is definitely one not to miss! I highly recommend it.

Luminous Blessings,
Lois J. Wetzel, MFA
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Like another commenter, I could not put this book down. I am now passing it around to several people who I know will enjoy it as much. If you are interested in shamanism or "plant teachers," I highly recommend this book. I imagine it would be very difficult to share such "other worldly" experiences, but the author did a tremendous job. Now, more than ever, I desire to follow in her footsteps to the Amazon basin in search of healing and insight.
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