Ayahuasca Medicine: The Shamanic World of Amazonian Sacred by Alan Shoemaker

By Alan Shoemaker

"Ayahuasca Medicine is a hugely readable selection of impressive tales approximately unbelievable healings and existence with indigenous healers bound to appeal to someone with an curiosity in ayahuasca and different psychoactive vegetation utilized in Latin the US. Cautionary recommendation admixes with infectious enthusiasm for the subject and offers a important contribution to the literature on useful functions of psychedelic plants' effects."—(Rick Strassman, M.D., writer of DMT: The Spirit Molecule and coauthor of internal Paths to Outer house)

For greater than two decades American-born Alan Shoemaker has apprenticed and labored with shamans in Ecuador and Peru, studying the normal tools of ayahuasca practise, the ceremonial rituals for its use, and the way to commune with the therapeutic spirit of this sacred plant in addition to the spirit of the San Pedro cactus and different sacred plant allies. Now a well-known and practising ayahuasquero (ayahuasca shaman) in Peru, he deals an insider's account of the ayahuasca culture and of its use for increasing realization and attaining therapeutic via entry to different dimensions of being. Shoemaker information his education and his personal curandero perform utilizing ayahuasca drugs, tobacco purges, psychedelic mushrooms, and different visionary vegetation. He discusses the several traditions of his finest academics and mentors—Don Juan, an ayahuasquero within the Peruvian Amazon, and Valentin, a San Pedro shaman in Ecuador. He unearths the essential function performed by way of icaros, the therapeutic songs of the plant shaman, and provides firsthand money owed of astonishing therapeutic as a result of ayahuasca's skill to bare the reason for an affliction, together with how he healed his mom from liver melanoma. the writer additionally addresses the emerging acclaim for Northerners touring to the Amazon to hunt therapeutic and brain growth via ayahuasca and exhibits how this fascination is brought on through humanity's reawakened have to hook up with the common lifestyles strength. ALAN SHOEMAKER is a officially informed ayahuasquero, curandero, and author. he's the host of the once a year overseas Amazonian Shamanism convention, administrator of the "Vine of the Soul Intensives," and founder and director of the Soga Del Alma church of ayahuasca. He lives along with his teenagers in Iquitos, Peru.

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I hadn’t expected anything so grand as what he was asking of me. I thought he was simply going to ask me to help plant an herb garden or something. ” I could tell from his expression I must have looked like a hooked fish and, certainly, he had another good story for me. And so he began: “A few years ago, a group of medical doctors and I heard that the Holy Mother, the Virgin María, had appeared to the villagers in the mountains near Caracas. We decided to journey there together in the hopes that we, too, might also witness this.

34 In Search of a Maestro 35 But the signs guiding, affirming, and maintaining my path left no room for doubt as to their authenticity; I would find my maestro and apprentice myself. Ayahuasca and the other Sacred Power Plants heighten our awareness, opening the doors to the spiritual plane of existence. They guide us to our center, where within each of us sleeps an internal doctor, the healer within, which, once activated, allows us to heal ourselves. These sacred medicines invoke a specific healing response, clearing out physical maladies and alleviating psychological duress from the past, such as ingrained habits and response patterns that have long outgrown their usefulness, allowing us to move on and continue to grow.

I spent many months afterward rethinking my philosophy of life. This, of course, also affected my approach to medicine. It changed everything. I no longer felt comfortable performing a surgery or prescribing a medicine simply because I could. I began searching for the roots of illness. This method brought me consolation but was not met with the same outlook by the hospital administration. I ultimately concluded that I could no longer pursue healing in just an allopathic way. ” Valentin laughed heartily at himself as he said this, then asked if anyone was yet beginning to feel the effects of the San Pedro.

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