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This remarkable and beautiful book suggests a path back to understanding the profound healing and spiritual powers that are here for us in the plant world. This extraordinary book shows a way toward reawakening our respect for the natural world, and thus for ourselves. I pray that we are not too proud, not too entitled, not too arrogant to heed the invitation. --John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution, Diet For A New America, and many other bestsellers

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Divine Arts (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161125003X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611250039
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I believe that The Shaman and Ayahuasca is unique in the ayahuasca literature. Don Jose Campos is a highly respected ayahuasca shaman, and he speaks directly and candidly about all aspects of ayahuasca. Trained in both Western medical and Peruvian Shamanistic traditions, Campos gives an engrossing account of the ayahuasca experience and the culture surrounding it.

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.
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Shadowy mysteries of the jungle spirit undulate through these pages...

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.
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I am happy to see that don Jose Campos has finally shared his wisdom and heart with the public through this book. In my book, Ayahuasca: The Visionary and Healing Powers of the Vine of the Soul, I write about "don Luis," which, I can finally reveal, was a pseudonym for don Jose Campos. In my work with him I found don Jose to be a man of integrity and humilty while also being a gifted healer, and those qualities come shining through in his book. This is not a book for the head: it is not an ethnobotany of the vine, does not provide dazzling tales of ayahuasca journeys, and the like; instead it is a conversation between hearts, between a master ayahausquero and readers, one in which readers will discover, as don Jose says in the book, that "there is a relationship of teacher/student that is mutual. Sometimes there is a thread we explore together. We complement each other. What matters is that there's an equality in all of us doing this work and in sharing what we learn from the work. That's one of the features of good Ayahuasca use." It was with this spirit of sharing that I wrote my book about my work with the Mother of the Voice in the Ear and don Jose, and it is in this spirit that don Jose shares his story in this book.

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.
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The author opens this book by saying "The spirit of Ayahuasca will come to you through my intention, my energy, for this is what a shaman does, he transmits energy and healing through his songs, through his presence and with the help of the spirits who he calls upon through his icaros." He succeeds. Enough said.
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