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Disinformation: The Podcast: Episode 13 — Ayahuasca Vision Quest

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This episode features an interview with Adam Elenbaas, author of Fishers of Men: The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest. Adam discusses his experiences in the Peruvian jungle with a psychedelic tea called Ayahuasca, and explains how it changed his spiritual outlook.

Stay tuned after the interview for details on Raymond & Joe’s upcoming appearances at Dragon*Con 2010 in Atlanta. The guys will be supporting events and lectures by Disinfo favorite Graham Hancock.

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I've always wanted to try that. Under proper supervision and with a certain attention to the spirit of self examination and openness to experience…I suspect it would be a wonderful experience. I know mushrooms certainly were…although its been about a decade since that little joyful journey inward. Psychedelics are like roller coasters…they are not for everyone. Some are comfortable letting go of the reins of the imagination…others are totally unsuited for it. If anyone is contemplating doing pschedelics unsupervised or casually for the first time…let me recommend against it. Have experienced trustworthy company before even thinking of it.

    • Haystack

      From what I understand, it makes you shit and vomit at the same time while you're in the middle of a baking-hot, bug-filled jungle…and it may take several trips before you get the psychedelic effect. Granted, the trip reports are incredible, but it's probably more than I would want to put myself through, and I've drank some pretty nasty concoctions in my time. I have to wonder if its being over-hyped, since so few people have actually been to the Amazon to try it who aren't selling books or giving lectures–a drug tourism industry seems to be growing up around this.

      • brian

        It is extremely challenging when I tried it in Peru. We did 7 ceremonies. After some very nice, really beautiful experiences, on the 5th ceremony I went for it and took a double dose. I wasn't prepared for the experience. I literally disappeared and entered a different “place”. Scariest thing ever and thankfully the shamans helped me get back as I was completely overwhelmed. Looking back at it and from talking to people I realized that I was afraid to let go and hopefully if I ever go back I will be more prepared. It really is worth having this experience once in your life though. Highly recommended.

        • Haystack

          Yeah? I'd be interested in hearing more. Have you had any comparable experiences with other substances?

      • Chilcotinkid

        You need to partake in the drinking of this ancient brew under ceremonialy context before commenting! Not everyone purges the first time or ever and the expierence is like no other when done under shamanistic supervision and you do not need to go to the amazon for this! Good luck!

      • Androsan

        Purging is common – though not guaranteed – and is an important aspect of the healing process during ayahuasca ceremonies. As for baking-hot, ya, it’s obviously humid and warm, but ceremonies are always done at night and bugs were never a problem as many malocas or ceremonial huts have appropriate mosquito netting and doors. Not all, but most of the ones I saw in and around Iquitos, Peru. I’m from Alaska and even I acclimated to the heat and humidity after a couple of weeks. It’s intense but not unbearable.
        There is absolutely a tourism industry growing around this phenomenon. It was obvious even five years ago when I was there. However, this should not dissuade you from giving it a try if you feel that’s your path: the experience gradually builds on itself with successive ceremonies and I assure you from one psychonaut to another, this is an authentic, worthwhile experience. It goes beyond LSD or Psilocybin. It’s in its own category.

        I’m just a lay-person with considerable experience with psychedelics, many life-changing and mystical in nature, but even after three ceremonies it was patently clear ayahuasca, in a traditional ceremonial setting, goes much, much deeper.

        There are many good books, most recently Peter Gorman’s ‘Ayahuasca In My Blood,’ with great stories to pore over, but if you’re considering actually doing it just go for it. Hope this helps.

      • Thejakeyl88

        Let it then, the fools who go thinking it will be a fun “trip” will have the ride and most terrifying experience of their life. The main drug, dmt, is in everything, every living creature, or plant. Its the molecule that the Pineal gland releases at birth and death, creating the vibratory conditions in one physicality for the soul to enter, or leave. Every one makes it all the time in their brain, just an anti-dmt molecule is being released at the same time which binds and makes it inactive. That is why it must be taken combined with a few items, to use an MAOI and inhibit the metabolizing effects of the liver,

        Its not hard to get at all, take 1 minute out of your life and research, and you will see how simple it is. Its the most simple drug to come by if you have the internet, or know certain grasses, ect. If its the right time in YOUR life, you will find it, but only then.

  • Earbudcontender

    yeah seems kool but way too hard to get. Sitting and paying attention to something for about 2 minutes will start to change your spiritual out look. BTW most people cant pay attention for that long. Or try to envision yourself from a third person point of view, self remembering that results come in very subtle ways its the hermits way.

  • Haystack

    Yeah? I’d be interested in hearing more. Have you had any comparable experiences with other substances?

  • Chilcotinkid

    You need to partake in the drinking of this ancient brew under ceremonialy context before commenting! Not everyone purges the first time or ever and the expierence is like no other when done under shamanistic supervision and you do not need to go to the amazon for this! Good luck!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NWLGJBOJNKYNEUSIKHP7XLL7PI Greg

    Interesting subject, well presented. I found it annoying, however, that the interview was accompanied by consistent mike noise. As a community radio DJ one of the first things I learned was not to speak directly into the mike, but instead to speak across it, to avoid the kinds of puffs that at times, during the interview, made me think someone was pounding war drums. Not to complain too much–its great to see subjects like this brought to life by Disinformation. Thanks

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NWLGJBOJNKYNEUSIKHP7XLL7PI Greg

    Interesting subject, well presented. I found it annoying, however, that the interview was accompanied by consistent mike noise. As a community radio DJ one of the first things I learned was not to speak directly into the mike, but instead to speak across it, to avoid the kinds of puffs that at times, during the interview, made me think someone was pounding war drums. Not to complain too much–its great to see subjects like this brought to life by Disinformation. Thanks

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y7R5AOAPSSVE3NTRGMM7UX3CFQ Xiuli Lin
  • Androsan

    Purging is common – though not guaranteed – and is an important aspect of the healing process during ayahuasca ceremonies. As for baking-hot, ya, it’s obviously humid and warm, but ceremonies are always done at night and bugs were never a problem as many malocas or ceremonial huts have appropriate mosquito netting and doors. Not all, but most of the ones I saw in and around Iquitos, Peru. I’m from Alaska and even I acclimated to the heat and humidity after a couple of weeks. It’s intense but not unbearable.
    There is absolutely a tourism industry growing around this phenomenon. It was obvious even five years ago when I was there. However, this should not dissuade you from giving it a try if you feel that’s your path: the experience gradually builds on itself with successive ceremonies and I assure you from one psychonaut to another, this is an authentic, worthwhile experience. It goes beyond LSD or Psilocybin. It’s in its own category.

    I’m just a lay-person with considerable experience with psychedelics, many life-changing and mystical in nature, but even after three ceremonies it was patently clear ayahuasca, in a traditional ceremonial setting, goes much, much deeper.

    There are many good books, most recently Peter Gorman’s ‘Ayahuasca In My Blood,’ with great stories to pore over, but if you’re considering actually doing it just go for it. Hope this helps.

  • Thejakeyl88

    Let it then, the fools who go thinking it will be a fun “trip” will have the ride and most terrifying experience of their life. The main drug, dmt, is in everything, every living creature, or plant. Its the molecule that the Pineal gland releases at birth and death, creating the vibratory conditions in one physicality for the soul to enter, or leave. Every one makes it all the time in their brain, just an anti-dmt molecule is being released at the same time which binds and makes it inactive. That is why it must be taken combined with a few items, to use an MAOI and inhibit the metabolizing effects of the liver,

    Its not hard to get at all, take 1 minute out of your life and research, and you will see how simple it is. Its the most simple drug to come by if you have the internet, or know certain grasses, ect. If its the right time in YOUR life, you will find it, but only then.

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