Alberto Villoldo On Ayahuasca

Alberto Villoldo

Alberto Villoldo

Disinformation’s sister video label True Mind has just released a documentary film featuring Alberto Villoldo, Amazonia: Healing With Sacred Plants. Dr. Alberto Villoldo writes for True Mind about his film:

I started out in the brain laboratory at San Francisco State University – literally surrounded by hundreds of formaldehyde preserved brains. We were studying how we develop psychosomatic disease, and how we could create psychosomatic health.

One day I realized that I had been looking out of the wrong end of the microscope, becoming caught in the minutiae of neurons and brain chemistry, and missing the larger picture of the mind. I decided to leave my lab and travelled to the Amazon, to work and study with medicine men who had no MRI’s and brain scans, only the power of the mind and local herbs to heal their patients.

For twenty-five years, I apprenticed with extraordinary shamans and healers, and learned the use of the fabled vine of the dead, ayahuasca. My new documentary film, Amazonia: Healing With Sacred Plants is the product of my decades of study among the jungle shamans, and explains the levels of non-ordinary reality that one enters during the heightened state of consciousness that ayahuasca affords. It presents the rigor and discipline that the shaman undergoes as part of his training, and the dangers and cautions westerners must have when exploring these domains.

Amazonia is also available to Watch Now and on DVD:

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  • Anonymous

    i am never sure how i feel about non indigenous people becoming “shaman,’ but a serious interest in ayuhuasca will have me watching the full docu.

  • Jin The Ninja

    i am never sure how i feel about non indigenous people becoming “shaman,’ but a serious interest in ayuhuasca will have me watching the full docu.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      If anything its what non-indigenous people really need. People in non-indigenous cultures have become so detached from using altered states as means for healing consciousness. I do believe they cant do it by themselves though. They need the thousands of years of knowledge and expertise that only indigenous shamans can provide.

      • Jin The Ninja

        I have no problem if non indigenous people visit/patronise/use shamans. My ONLY issue is non indigenous people BECOMING shamans or trying to CAPITALISE on shamanism (ahem michael harmer!). I myself have visited several shamans outside of my ethnic group (as such) and the HS i attended had a substantial number of hmong scholarship students who introduced me to the hmong belief system. While i ascribe to a certain animist/shamanist beliefs, as a person who was not raised within an indigenous culture- i cannot simply appropriate the culture/beliefs of these cultural groups.

        I highly encourage the use of ethnogenics and traditional medicine among any right-minded adults particularly under shamanic supervision. I very much enjoyed graham hancock’s account of iboga, mushrooms and ayuhuasca in supernatural (which you mentioned on the cave art post).

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    If anything its what non-indigenous people really need. People in non-indigenous cultures have become so detached from using altered states as means for healing consciousness. I do believe they cant do it by themselves though. They need the thousands of years of knowledge and expertise that only indigenous shamans can provide.

  • Anonymous

    I have no problem if non indigenous people visit/patronise/use shamans. My ONLY issue is non indigenous people BECOMING shamans or trying to CAPITALISE on shamanism (ahem michael harmer!). I myself have visited several shamans outside of my ethnic group (as such) and the HS i attended had a substantial number of hmong scholarship students who introduced me to the hmong belief system. While i ascribe to a certain animist/shamanist beliefs, as a person who was not raised within an indigenous culture- i cannot simply appropriate the culture/beliefs of these cultural groups.

    I highly encourage the use of ethnogenics and traditional medicine among any right-minded adults particularly under shamanic supervision. I very much enjoyed graham hancock’s account of iboga, mushrooms and ayuhuasca in supernatural (which you mentioned on the cave art post).

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