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Ayahuasca in My Blood: 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming 1st Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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!
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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Took me through a full range of emotions... like the best of classical music. Thanks again for your story, my friend.Published 10 days ago
Gorman is an excellent story teller who shares his adventure in the Amazon jungle.Published 3 months ago by Vladimir R.
An excellent book by Peter Gorman. If you want to learn first hand about Ayahuasca and living in the jungle with all its ups and downs, then this is the definitive book.Published 3 months ago by None
I love this book, I am so very grateful for Peter Gormon, This book has helped me so very much. If you ever decide to do ayahuasca, this book is a must read.Published 5 months ago by Valerie Lovejoy
Same old information and filler. I wish we could find better books on this fascinating subject.Published 6 months ago by Gilligan
Excellent read. Sometimes gets too detailed on his own visions without delving into the big picture much but nonetheless fascinating stuff. Disappointing ending. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sir Charles
Great read! Very unique and personal look at Ayahuasca shamanism from probably one of the more experienced "gringos" in this area... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Travis Bodick