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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I could not put this book down! Peter Gorman isn't just writing about ayahuasca experiences -- he's telling tales of 25 years of traveling and living in the Amazon. The chapter "Chepa and the Pirates" alone is worth the price of admission. He explains how ayahuasca is used to treat physical ailments as well as psychic ones. One thing is missing from the book: any trace of ego. Quite the contrary, the writer is quite willing to reveal his fear, weakness, uncertainty. This serves him well. I just wish he had 50 years of experience so that he would write a sequel. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Amazon, native healing, mind-expanding plants. And people who don't care about those things will find a ripping yarn.
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This book incorporates some of Gorman's articles for Shaman Drum Magazine with a wealth of new material. It tells the story of his 25-year evolution from tourist to researcher to tour leader to reluctant healer. I didn't think a book about ayahuasca could be such a page turner, but it was by turns fascinating, scary and emotionally moving. I didn't want it to end, but I had to see how it ended.

It gives us interior struggles related to substance abuse and relationship issues; a cast of fascinating personalities, vividly evoked -- Peter's family, friends, employees, clients, and, perhaps, a couple of enemies; descriptions of Iquitos and the surrounding rainforest that are worthy of the highest standards of travel writing; and fantastic psychological adventures in which the dark and bright miracles of the ayahuasca are detailed with a poet's eloquence.

Another excellent book on ayahuasca that was published recently is Singing to the Plants, by Steve Beyer. Beyer's book gives an eagle's perspective: he takes the reader high above the phenomenon of mestizo ayahuasca practice in Peru, and shows its major patterns, and the different peoples who practice it, and their ideas about it. The material is presented coolly, clearly, and encyclopedically with various well-organized topics. Peter's book, in contrast, gives an anaconda's perspective, swimming deep in the dark rivers of an individual's very personal experience as he reluctantly takes on some of the functions of a curandero while struggling to keep his family together.
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I first met Peter Gorman in 1999 after being stranded with Iquitos guide Carlos Grande with the Mayoruna 'Cat People' Indians deep in the Amazon. Carlos split, and I 'rented' at machete point a child's hand hewn canoe and paddled like Indiana Jones to the Brazil border and was medevac'd to Iquitos for the hospital, but decided to drop into Peter Gorman's waterfront Cold Beer Blues Bar to tip some medicine. 'They're my friends!' he shouted of the Mayorunias. 'Next time just tell them Peter sent you.' I did, and would discover that Peter knows and is known throughout the Amazon as 'Ground Zero' of Ayahuasca, the first to introduce it and other medicines from the green pharmacy to North America in the June, 1986 High Times cover story 'Mindbending drug of the Amazon'. It initiated Ayahuasca Tourism to Peru, and Peter's friend Alan Shoemaker read the piece and followed him down to Peru and struck out alone around the globe as the Johnny Appleseed of ahahuasca.

Three years ago, I was able to repay Gorman for nursing me back to health in the Cold Beer Blues Bar by advising him to write up his ayahuasca adventures. In fact, I importuned him over the course of a year, as he had me to heal my jungle injuries, to keep churning out the colorful and educational shaman, plant medicine and jungle lore sketches and putting them into a book he finally titled Ayahuasca in my Blood: 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming. The books came off the self-publish press in 2010 two months before the annual July Iquitos International Shaman Conference where he had totted and sold the first copies to the conventioneers.

The narrative weaves wonderful, honest and horrifying anecdotes in and out an educational journey through the personal and public evolutional of ayahuasca tourism, and much more.
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I absolutely love this book! Its truly a work of high art....A phenomenological memoir of sorts rich with insight and wisdom......Gorman renders his visions and relays his experiences with precision and intelligent detail, all with an air of honesty, humbleness, and clarity. I am new to Ayahuasca shamanism, but feel that its safe to assume that this book would be accessible, engaging, and relevant to a wide range of people with all levels of familiarity and experience with Ayahuasca.....

I read a lot in general, but usually put down most books as I get bored with them at some point during the process......This one however, I could not put down and even had to force my self to read only a little at a time towards the end just to extend my enjoyment of reading it...........I am keeping my fingers crossed that Gorman will release a sequal(s) or some kind of writings that follow up where he left off.......Eagerly waiting and in full support....and yes....once again....highly recommended!
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A friend of mine was going to Peru to take Ayahuasca and was reading this book to help her understand the experience. I decided it might be fun to read about. Boy! and Wow! I just loved this book. I had no idea about all the ins and outs of this drug and the experiences that people might have had with it. FASCINATING. I won't ever want to take this drug, but reading this book was the closest thing to experiencing it. I am glad I read this book. I felt as if I were on a very sacred journey, the way this book is written. Who doesn't want that?

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.
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