- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,095 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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Peter Gorman already enjoys some success as a journalist when he first travels to the Amazon; he has taken a few drugs, and he has a budding personal problem qualifying him for a transformative journey. Yet he has never heard of the "vine of the little death" and begins his journey into health and healing as an abstract experiment, "to see the Amazon before capitalism destroyed it".
Travelling on water and through the forest, guided by former military man Moises Torres Vienna, Peter hears of ayahuasca and drinks it for the first time with Alphonse, a bull of a man who lives in the jungle outside of Requena, a town south of Iquitos located on an arm of the Ucayali River. In his first vision, the author experiences the realm of the spirit and flies on the white-tipped wings of a big brown bird.
The following year, he travels further into the Amazonian hinterland, to the border town of Jenaro Herrera and down the Rio Aucayacu to meet his teacher of many years to come, the honorable Julio Jerena. Peter also befriends Pablo, a man with the face of a jaguar, member of the tribe of the Matses. Over the next few years, jungle immersion turns into the main reason for Peter's visits. He thrives on the rivers and in the Peruvian rainforest, is fascinated by the animals and the plants he encounters there and has fallen in love with the people living along the banks of the Amazon and its tributaries.
Ayahuasca helps him ease into this greater reality. The teachings take place at irregular intervals, preferable with Julio but also with various other healers. Meanwhile, Peter has gone from being single to having a family, being married to Chepa from Iquitos. He gets a first inkling of his healing capabilities when he intercedes on behalf of his mother-in-law who suffers from cancer of the cervix, and, again, going through a traumatic period with his son, when the boy falls seriously ill. By now Peter is spending four or five months out of the year in the Amazon and the rest of the year in New York.
Six years have passed. Since writing is not enough, and he needs to find a way to finance his family when in Peru, Peter begins to organize healing journeys for American tourists, taking them to different curanderos and into the jungle. And he opens the Cold Beer Blues Bar and Restaurant Madeleina in Iquitos, a hangout where ex-pats and people on expeditions meet with local folk. It is during this time that his alcohol problem becomes acute and his family starts to fall apart.
During the next ceremony, in come the master teachers, the doctors who to show him that suffering cannot be avoided. In order to heal this heart, he must relive each and every bad moment of his life. Helped by red magic, he fights his demons until he learns unconditional love. This process takes a number of years.
When the doctors finally leave, so does Peter's wife, taking their young daughter with her. There is nothing left for our author but to continue his life with his two adopted sons, his wife's from an earlier marriage, and to keep on going, writing and taking tourists to the Amazon and the healing ceremonies they have come for.
During one of these sessions, Peter is magically attacked by two of his enemies, but he fights them off and is rewarded by a stream of unconditional love from his entire clan. He finally realizes what has been missing in his marriage, what he has not been able to give. Half a year later, he quits drinking and comes to terms with his family's new life.
Though the outcome of Peter's adventures and life changes remains uncertain, its empathy and racy style make this book a real potboiler with the best - and wildest - descriptions I have read of the state of mind produced by the sacred vine.
Susanne G. Seiler
As for Peter, I apologize for judging his behavior with alcohol and his lack of willingness to act on the messages given by the spirit of the plant regarding his relationship with his wife.... his big question was "how to get my family together" got the same answer over and over,for he was not willing to stop drinking for the sake of this precious relationship....What puzzle me the most is that ayahuasca in known for healing.... alcoholism!!!!!
This book was for me just another "description genre" of visions and hallucinations....if you want to know more about the healing power of this plant, I would not recommend this book.All of it is superficial.I would recommend Simon ROBINSON instead.