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The Shaman & Ayahuasca: Journeys To Sacred Realms Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Don Jose Campos has a free spirit, a generous heart, and deep knowledge about Amazonian plants, in particular about the shamanic brew ayahuasca. And he tells good stories in a casual style. He speaks from experience, and champions simplicity and humility. I enjoyed his book for all these reasons. --Jeremy Narby, Ph.D., author of The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
Thank you, thank you for this book. Don Jose is not only personally warm and wonderful, caring and smart, but this is the side of the story that we have been missing the real teacher speaking, not another westerner reporting well or poorly that his head was blown off. --James Fadiman Ph.D., author and former president of The Association for Transpersonal Psychology
About the Author
Don Jose Campos lives in Pulcallpa, Peru. He studied with over 120 master curanderos throughout South America including Don Salon of Iquitos. He travels internationally conducting ceremonies. A CD of his icaros (ceremonial songs) is in distribution. This is his first book.
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I found this book the most accessible and easiest to read of several Ayahuasca books that I looked at. Michael Wiese traveled to Peru to research the book, and gained unprecedented access to Campos. The book describes the ayahuasca experience, its psychological and spiritual effects, and the culture that has grown up around ayahuasca since its recent and sudden popularlity. Campos's interview is the only account that I know of where a shaman shares intimate details of the preparation, culture and experience of ayahuasca.
Campos's background and education, as well as his extensive experience as an Ayahuasca shaman makes this book unique.
I recommend the book highly. If you read the book, watch Wiese's documentary film of the same name. (It is available on DVD) The documentary gives extra reality and depth to the voices, sounds and images described in the book.
I first learned about the book through my connection to Michael Wiese. His company MWP Productions published two of my own books on film making.
Ayahuasca is a seduction of expansive consciousness, healing magic, and an opening of boxes that keep one enclosed...
Don José Campos is an Ayahuascero - a shaman who works with the spirit, power, and energy of two plants. Ancient family recipes are passed down from generation to generation, mixing Banisteriopsis caapi - bark of the ayahuasca vine; and Psychotria viridis - selected leaves of chacruna. More broadly, Don José is a vegetalista, or curandero - a traditional healer who works with the enigmatic powers of the plants of the South American jungles. This book tells his story, some parts of the stories of the publisher and editor who came to meet him and experience Ayahuasca first hand, and finally, this book introduces the reader to the complex Ayahuasca spirit her self.
Reading this text is like sitting around a fire and listening to the stories and experiences of Don José and his friends. The book in fact came out of a series of interviews and recorded conversations, so the words come off the page in the way of the spoken. The manner is informal and accessible, but nonetheless conveys the depth of experience well - as much as is possible without actually partaking of Ayahuasca in the physical. Indeed, though the physical experience of Ayahuasca is intense and powerful, one can also meet and work with this commanding and assertive spirit in the non-physical realm. After deciding to read this book and posting the article written by publisher Michael Wiese telling of his encounters with Ayahuasca and Don José, the very next morning when I awoke, I looked out a window in my bedroom and saw a jungle - not the usual Vermont landscape.Read more ›
Through don Jose, you will discover the best of ayahuasca, as the healing spirit that it is, as the giver of gifts both light and seemingly dark, as the keeper of a doorway to the Self and beyond. Don Jose says in the book: "Thank you to the plants. They heal us. They cleanse us. They make us aware of our own spirituality. . . . [Nature] is a garden full of mysteries. And the illnesses are also a mystery. Thanks to the illnesses themselves we become aware of where we are not well. And that is where Ayahuasca and the plants really help.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
weird writing style, not what I expected, just can't get through itPublished 1 month ago by rose marsh
One reviewer praised this book as the first first-hand account by an indigenous ayahuasquero, or ayahuasca shaman, and as such a much welcome addition to the now burgeoning... Read morePublished 4 months ago by BJ
Must-read for anyone interested in Ayahuasca! Lots of great info!Published 4 months ago by Matija Bozic
Great and candid book; it reads like a nice and warm chat with an old friend who provides a good look at what it means to be a curandero.. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dale Newton Richardson III
I didn't feel it unless your into Ayahuasca if you are you'll need to book a trip to South America.
The book contains very little about Shamanism.
I made this purchase with an open mind, expecting lots of interesting stories and perhaps even to learn a thing or two, despite the fact that I'm not into this whole ayahuasca... Read morePublished 7 months ago by H R
This is one of the most moving stories I have read about this awesome vine, this book is magical, the sweetest explanation of this miracle vine I have ever read, I have ordered the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Valerie Lovejoy