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The existence of a hallucinatory drink made from the South American tropical forest ayahuasca or yage vine (Banisteriopsis) was perhaps first reported to the Western world by the Ecuadorian geographer, Villavicencio. He observed (1858: 372-73):
This beverage is narcotic, as one might suppose, and in a few moments it begins to produce the most rare phenomena. Its action appears to excite the nervous system; all the senses liven up and all faculties awaken; they feel vertigo and spinning in the head, then a sensation of being lifted into the air and beginning an aerial journey; the possessed begins in the first moments to see the most delicious apparitions, in conformity with his ideas and knowledge: the savages (apparently the Zaparo of eastern Ecuador) say that they see gorgeous lakes, forests covered with fruit, the prettiest birds who communicate to them the nicest and the most favorable things they want to hear, and other beautiful things relating to their savage life.
Last week, I ingested ayahuasca. For those who are not familiar with ayahuasca: it is a potent psychedelic/entheogen derived from a particular set of South American plants. This is my account of the experience.
Usually, the brew is prepared as a medicinal tea and is ingested in a ritualistic fashion under the (hopefully competent) guidance of a shaman or an ayahuasquero. The name ayahuasca, which roughly translates to “vine of the soul” or “vine of death,” is often consumed as a spiritual purgative, a kind of curative solution for psycho-physical maladies. It is a somewhat ancient concoction and has been considered one of the strongest hallucinogens known to man, mostly due to its extremely potent effects on the psyche as well as the spiritual depth that it evokes in those who experience it. Its potency has everything to do with its active ingredient, DMT, an organic compound natural to most living beings, which is said to play an important role in dreaming.… Read the rest
If you’re concerned about the future of psychedelic medicines and ethical/sustainable sources, then please support this project by the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council. They are making big strides and can use all our help.
From The Nexian:
With the continued rise in popularity of psychedelic plant medicines, concerns surrounding sustainable harvesting methods and safe administration by practitioners are growing. The Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the sustainable and safe use of traditional plants and enriching the communities who work with them.
As we have seen in recent articles, unsustainable harvesting is a growing issue with ayahuasca, mimosa and acacia trees, iboga, peyote, and even sassafras in SE Asia. Quite antithetical to the earth-centered teachings of these plants, these harvesting methods have a devastating impact on the environment.
In order to truly heal with the planet we must not only have these experiences of higher awareness of the biosphere, but put our thoughts into action and become the stewards of nature, not its disease.… Read the rest
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The New York Times SundayStyles section’s lead cover story this weekend is about Bushwick hipsters experimenting with Ayahuasca, along with a photo collage of celebrities who have tried it, including Lindsay Lohan, Tori Amos, Penn Badgley, Devendra Banhart and Sting. What does mainstream media recognition mean for the future of the foul-tasting brew?
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On a recent Friday night, a dozen seekers in loosefitting attire, most in their 20s and 30s, climbed a flight of steps of a mixed-used community space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. After arranging yoga mats and blankets on the floor, they each paid $150, listened to a Colombian shaman and his assistant welcome them in Spanish and English, signed a disclaimer, and accepted large plastic takeout-style containers for vomiting.
Then, one at a time, each got up to receive a cup of thick brownish liquid with a muddy herbal taste. It was ayahuasca (eye-uh-WAH-skuh) tea, a hallucinogenic brew from the Amazon that they hoped would open them to personal insights through optic and auditory hallucinations.
[disinfo ed.’s note: the following is an excerpt from The Ayahuasca Sessions: Conversations with Amazonian Curanderos and Western Shamans by Rak Razam]
An Interview with Elias Mamallacta
Elias is the son of a well-known Ecuadorian family of curanderos, the Mamallactas. Ecuadorian shamanism stresses the spirituality of the ayahuasca medicine and Elias especially chastises those who treat it as a business. Here he talks about the nature of ayahuasca, spiritual tourism, and the need to preserve indigenous knowledge and cultures and protect them from oil companies and inappropriate development. Translation by Richard Grossman.
RAK: Thank you for chatting with us, Elias. I guess I’m interested in the Ecuadorian perspective on your lineage, how you came to be a curandero, and what shamanism’s like in Ecuador.
ELIAS: In Ecuador curanderismo is very sacred, and we don’t sell it, because it’s of the mother. You have to utilize what our mother, ayahuasca, says.… Read the rest
“There really has been an exponential increase of media interest in what’s happening. I think that’s the result of new research, (and) the result of some major international conferences that are really establishing the field of psychedelic science and medicine.” Brad Burge of MAPS.
It seems we’re finally at a turning point in The War on Drugs. All it took was a few decades of indoctrination, mass-incarceration, astronomical price tags and straight-up horrific body counts. Yet, society’s transition into a deeper understanding of these substances has been far from smooth. Yes, the people have clearly spoken on the subject of marijuana, and nearly half of all U.S. states have taken notice, putting some sort of marijuana-friendly law on the books. However, when it comes to Mary Jane’s more potent psychedelic cousins, the conversation is quite a bit more nuanced and controversial. Thankfully, for the first time in decades, the dialogue surrounding psychedelics is evolving.… Read the rest
We go all over the map with this interview. I loved recording with the fascinating and powerful Maraya and hope to do it again in the near future.
About Maraya Karena:
“I am a cyborg anthropologist and massage therapist.
This means that I study the relationship between humans and technology and that I study the body and the healing arts. To me these are not separate. To me these areas are very much connected.
They come together in texture of our felt experience. They come together in the tapestries of our created environments. They come together in the dynamic ecology of nature, people and technology that forms what the world is.”
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Occult Sentinel is a podcast covering the hermetic arts, secret societies and various spiritual traditions.… Read the rest
[disinfo ed.’s note: the following is an excerpt from Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey by Rak Razam]
Iglesia Matriz, Iquitos
The internet café is an invaluable gringo meeting spot and later in the day I bump into Theo Valis there. He’s been gone on a week-long botanical expedition about twelve hours down the Rio Ucayali, then further down a tributary to a remote Mastes village and another five hours trek into the jungle, not too far from the Brazilian border. There, in a crude open hut he did a mini-dieta and drank ayahuasca for a week with don Gallindo, a seventy-five-year-old maestro curandero who specializes in admixture plants.
Theo says the maestro showed him how powerful ayahuasca could be in potentiating other plants—not just ones containing DMT—and that he received an immense healing. During an eight-hour session he says he also received an icaro, despite repeatedly telling the ayahuasca spirit that he was not able to remember melodies.… Read the rest