- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (May 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452882908
- ISBN-13: 978-1452882901
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ayahuasca in My Blood: 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming 1st Edition
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A wild mixture of adventure, horror, spirituality, tenderness, and insight, Ayahuasca in My Blood is most highly recommended! --Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D, President, Amazon Conservation Team and author of Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice.
About the Author
Peter Gorman has been medicine dreaming with ayahuasca for 25 years. He is also an award-winning investigative journalist who has covered stories from the streets of Manhattan and the slums of New Delhi to Peru's Amazon.
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Still I recommend it to anyone who is feeling out early experiences with ayahuasca or considering it for the first time. I recently had my first experience and was left with a lot of questions afterward that I feel I gained some insight to from this book. I also have a lot of questions going forward with the medicine that I feel like this book helped with.
In summary, a fairly easy read/must read for new students of the medicine.
If half of what Gorman relays is true about his experiences then we must believe that real magic exists. It is not on a Las Vegas stage but in the Peruvian Amazon. Here we read about "virotes" which are invisible spears nefarious "curanderos" use to attack others. Later, Gorman finds the source of some recent bad luck (a heart attack) in a voodoo doll of sorts, hidden within another doll.
At points it is difficult to keep track of a timeframe as Gorman only offers a few dates throughout the book, but that does not take away from the story. The ayahuasca visions are the most interesting parts. What Gorman sees in the visions does seem magical. He was able to see (and later confirm) what relatives were doing five thousand miles away. Most of what he saw was part of a process to help him evolve as a person, from simply wanting to fly in the beginning to becoming a full-fledged healer. Overall, the book was mostly fascinating and served to underscore my curiosity about ayahuasca and its purpose in our world.
The Author, Peter Gorman explains and takes you on a very detailed and spiritually deep exploration of what it is like to do the real thing over 25 years. He uncovers ever aspect of what you could, and probably will, experience taking Ayahuasca. And Ayahuasca is not for wimps. This is not a social drug... this is a complete and utterly deep, mind and body altering experience. I have heard some tales about it, but nothing like the experiences in this book.
If you are thinking of taking it, please, please read this book. It is an invaluable resource of one mans, (and a very sensitive and amazing mans) experience of a very misunderstood and complex plant... Ayahuasca.
This is a very complete and very deeply personal book. If you want to understand this plant in its complete and complex layers of experience, this is the book for you. I felt like I was on a journey while reading this book. It felt like a very sacred and very spiritual place to look behind the curtain into this fascinating world of ceremony and sacred teachings.