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Ayahuasca in My Blood: 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming Paperback – May 26, 2010
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (May 26, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1452882908
- ISBN-13 : 978-1452882901
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.56 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #472,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is not trivial to step onto this path because ever more is demanded, as the stakes become correspondingly higher. Ultimately, your are asked to bargain with your soul. Food for thought for anyone considering dieta tourism.
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.
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.
Peter Gorman takes his readers on an "edge of your seat," "feel like you're there" extremely vivid tour of the untouched jungles of South America, a land so foreign to industrialized USA, and educates them to the world of healing plants and visionary vines. The reader is treated to an up front and personal look into the day to day lives of the natives of the area, including the shamans and healers who have become the author's closest friends. Having had over 25 years of visits to the Amazonian region, Gorman has become quite the expert and tour guide.
His very detailed accounts of his personal journeys into the spirit realm are quite fascinating, to say the least.
I could not put the book down and his stories have stayed with me for weeks after I was done reading. I wanted more.
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My only slight criticism (and it is slight) is that the book does in places come across as a series of trip reports in chapters, I suspect due to the fact that some of these chapters started out life as previously published articles. That said, there are threads that bind it all together.. his relationship with his Peruvian wife and family as well as his main ayahuasca maestro Don Julio feature, plus his own development in healing others and the visions themselves all serve to provide a sense of cohesion and over-arching narrative. Also of interest is the perplexing issue of brujeria in the context of Amazonian curranderismo.
All in all a very readable book thats a great page-turner and a good purchase.
Other books I would recommend would be... (i) The Jaguar that Roams the Mind. (ii) Singing to the Plants. (iii) Wizard of the Upper Amazon. (iv) Yage: Adventures in the New Purgatory. (iv) Ayahuasca Visions.
Buy it now.