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Ayahuasca: Hallucinogens, Consciousness, and the Spirit of Nature Paperback – June 2, 1999
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Most interesting were the 25 or so personal accounts, 3-4 pages each written by people who appeared to Americans/Westerners who took the drug for religious/spiritual purposes and in a religious/spiritual setting. It was clear, based on their mindset (objectives and beliefs) and the religious setting that Ayahuasca seems to somehow create a religious construct through which a person can work through personal issues or sort through personal beliefs. The experience seemed to have a profound affect on most of these people.
Overall, I got the impression that Ayahuasca was not connecting these individuals to something divine outside of themselves, but rather that it was freeing the brain up to explore the subconscious/ID in order to resolve problems or explore issues in the persons life.
Well worth reading if you're interested in this sort of thing.
Anything with the name Ralph Metzner even remotely attached to it is a safe buy. Metzner brings vitality and encyclopedic awareness to every project. An elder statesman responsible for such dramatic shifts in consciousness within this nation and throughout the world, buy his works and read them with pleasure.
What is striking about this work is the respect he brings to the subject and the well-constructed tapestry of thought contained within the pages.
Also, the design of this book is beautiful.
Solid content with the stamp of greatness. Palatable to the senses and nourishing to the neurons.
Cannot go wrong here!
In addition to this invaluable source material, the introduction and comments by the editor of the book, Ralph Metzner, a widely acclaimed authority on shamanism and entheogens, are precious and well-written. The book throughout is very readable; there is no ethnobotanic gibberish, and the editor has mastered the task to unite different energies into a powerful laser.
I had an immense interest and pleasure reading this book, and it captivated me page after page. It is an absolute must-have in a personal growth library, in a spiritual library, in a library about tribal peoples, in an ethnobotanic library, and in a specialized library about shamanism.
Terence McKenna emphasized in all his books another important aspect of psychedelics: their boundary-dissolving nature. Patriarchy is unique in human history in its obsessional and neurotic striving for setting boundaries, putting up limits, erecting fences, dividing naturally grown landscapes, dissecting bodies for ‘vivisection’, splitting the atom, dividing life and nature into ‘white-god’ and ‘black-devil’, and so on and so forth. We won’t get rid of our patriarchal tradition by a magic stroke of destiny nor by rebellion. The way to go is to overcome the boundaries and gain access to the whole.
With erecting a divider between man and nature, our culture has developed a schizoid and delusional fantasy of man being ‘superior’ in creation, having ‘dominion’ over nature, obviously forgetting that we own our very existence to this nature that we tend to condemn as low and unspiritual.Read more ›