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Fishers of Men: The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest Hardcover – July 22, 2010
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The story of the author, in his experience of life, is just brutally - surprisingly brutally - honest. I may not have ever read such open recollections. It kept me interested in his personal story, although I mainly had picked the book because of the Ayahuasca topic. Yes, I kept thinking as I was reading about some of his more puzzling experiences, and I really felt for him - we are all connected.
The topic of shamanism is treated with much respect, and although I have read extensively on the topic, this book offered some unique perspectives about the purpose and function of the shaman that was rather new to me.
My initial impression of Elenbaas as I read Fishers of Men was that this is one hypocritical, hypercritical, self-righteous kid who's too smart for his own good. He rebels against his family by attending a fundamental Baptist church and starts speaking in tongues, all the while smoking marijuana. He begins competing with his adulterous father, who he deems too liberal, and he spirals into heavier drug use and indiscriminate, haphazard on-line dating while youth-pastoring a church in Chicago.
When he stumbles upon psychedelic mushrooms, something inside him is transformed. He halts the self-destructive behavior, becomes enthralled with shamanism and is eventually driven to the jungles of Peru, where he's led through ayahuasca ceremonies by a charismatic "gringo" shaman.
Only someone who's tried hallucinogenic drugs can understand how they may possibly be able to change your life for the better. If there are drugs for physical and mental ailments, why can't there be drugs for spiritual maladies also? My own experiences with mushrooms and LSD convinced me that there's more to these substances than just having a good time and feeling good. One particularly strong trip on mushrooms induced in me an attempt to change my life while I was in the early stages of an opiate addiction. While on this trip, I saw heaven and hell, and I perceived myself clearly and saw my downward spiraling life from beginning to end.Read more ›
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