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Psychedelics in Unlocking the Unconscious: From Cancer to Addiction - Gabor Mate

Complex unconscious psychological stresses underlie and contribute to all chronic medical conditions, from cancer and addiction to depression and multiple sclerosis. Therapy that is assisted by psychedelics, in the right context and with the right support, can bring these dynamics to the surface and thus help a person liberate themselves from their influence. Special focus will be given to the speaker's experience in treating addictions and other stress-related conditions, both with aboriginal people and in non-indigenous contemporary healing circles. This work has been done under the guidance of indigenous Peruvian shamans and their Western apprentices.

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Long-term follow-up of psilocybin-facilitated smoking cessation

Background : A recent open-label pilot study (= 15) found that two to three moderate to high doses(20 and 30 mg/70 kg) of the serotonin 2A receptor agonist, psilocybin, in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for smoking cessation, resulted in substantially higher 6-month smoking abstinence rates than are typically observed with other medications or CBT alone.
 
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7702B - Peyote Songs, by Leonard & Mary Crow Dog


7702B - Peyote Songs by Leonard & Mary Crow Dog, released 21 April 1977

1. Leonard Crow Dog - Side 1
2. Mary Crow Dog - Side 2

This tape contains Native American Peyote Songs, sung by Leonard and Mary Crow Dog. The style is non-traditional, using material from the Sioux and other Native American sources, as well as material of their own.

"Leonard Crow Dog is a traditional Sioux Medicine Man from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. He is widely known as an Indian Civil Rights Leader. He was medicine man to hundreds of Native Americans who occupied Wounded Knee in 1973, and is recognized as a spiritual leader by more than eighty Indian tribes. He is the director of the annual Sun Dance of the Plains Indians. Thousands gather each year at his place, called "Crow Dog's Paradise," for this most solemn of all Indian rituals. Crow Dog has also revived the old Ghost Dance, suppressed and unperformed since 1890 when 300 peaceful ghost dancers, mostly women and children, were massacred by U.S. troops. Crow Dog is a Yuwipi--a healer, finder, interpreter. He is also the road Man of the Native American Churhc--in other words, a priest of the Peyote Cult using the sacred cactus as a sacrament in the ceremonial meetings of the religion.

"'Grandfather Peyote,' says Crow Dog 'is a teacher. He teaches us to know ourselves and to see the world around us with our hearts rather than our eyes.'

"The members of the Crow Dog Family are traditionalists who, for generations, have preserved the Sioux tribal culture and religion, in spite of years of repression by missionaries and bureacrats. Rituals, songs, legends and tribal history have been faithfully transmitted from grandparents to grandchildren. Song and religion being inseparable, all members of the family have always automatically also been musicians. Crow Dog's old father, Henry, has always been known as a fine singer. So are Crow Dog's sisters and his wife, Mary. Even his small sons Richard and Pedro, the latter only four years old, sing vigorously and beautifully during all rituals. Crow Dog's grand-uncle, Fool Bull, who died recently at the age of almost a hundred years, was one of the last Sioux flute makers and players. Crow Dog himself is recognized as an innovative musician who makes up many of his songs, rendering them in a uniquely individualistic style. He is possibly the finest Peyote Singer of our time.

"Sioux songs mainly fall into two categories: old style Sioux, and Peyote. It is the Peyote songs which are heard on this tape. The Peyote Cult was introduced among the Plains Indians comparatively recently, during the second half of the 19th century. It became a major religion among the Sioux only in the teens and the twenties of this century. Peyote music is markedly different from traditional Sioux music.

"The instruments used during meetings of the Native American (Peyote) Church are the gourd-rattle, the small water drum and the feather fan. Each worshiper, in turn, sings for four songs as gourd and drum go round and round.

"Sioux music is haunting and compelling. It expresses the zest, as well as the sadness of life. It reverberates with the sounds of the Indian's environment--the sounds of nature and the cries of animals. In its high-voiced Brave Heart songs it thrills singers and listeners with the fighting spirit of a people struggling bravely for survival and the preservation of a way and philosophy of life." --Richard Erdoes

Richard Erdoes is an artist, photographer, and writer who was actively involved in Indian causes through the second half of the twentieth century and is known and respected by Indian tribes throughout the country. He has written several books and many articles on Native Americans.
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5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before Taking Ayahuasca

5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before Taking Ayahuasca | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Taking Ayahuasca was one of the most transformative events of my life.  I don’t say that lightly.  Throughout the past decade I’ve read a library of books on personal growth, meditated for hundreds of hours, traveled the world, worked with therapists, attended personal growth workshops and the list goes on.  Amidst it all, Ayahuasca stands on a league of its own.  Don’t get me wrong, everything I just listed was crucial in my development, but the sheer volume of growth compacted within the week of my retreat can’t be compared to anything I’ve done previously.  I learned more about myself within 7 short days than I had the previous 7 years.
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Feature: Mainstream MDMA - Pacific Sun | Marin County, California

Feature: Mainstream MDMA - Pacific Sun | Marin County, California | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Federal approval brings the psychedelic from club to clinic
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9 Investigates hallucinogenic drug used in local church

9 Investigates hallucinogenic drug used in local church | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
9 Investigates found out a drug considered to be as dangerous as LSD or heroin is being used legally here in Central Florida through Ayahuasca tea ceremonies. 
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The future of psychedelics

The future of psychedelics | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

There is much happening in psychedelics, both at the research side (into effects, new substances, anthropology) and in society. But can we sketch a future for these at the same time scary and yet promising substances? I develop here some speculative thoughts, but also pose some serious questions about the relevance of psychedelic experiences. Questions for researchers, for policy makers, the Law and the medical world

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Psychedelics, Social Justice, and Identity Politics (2016)

Psychedelics, Social Justice, and Identity Politics (2016) | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

The decades-long “War on Drugs” has created a situation in which the use of psychedelics is a social justice issue. Since psychedelics are deeply entwined with some individuals’ sense of..

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Click here to support The Soldiers of the Vine by Ian Benouis

Click here to support The Soldiers of the Vine by Ian Benouis | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
The Soldiers of the Vine by Ian Benouis - THE SOLDIERS OF THE VINE — PROJECT UPDATE www.thesoldiersofthevine.com The initial project, Unfolding Flower, was amazingly successful, as you'll see in the teaser footage of the six initial veterans we captured below, and we also recorded hours of material that are now being transformed int
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“I am happy to be proved wrong”: Amanda Feilding on drugs, trepanning, and the benefits of LSD

“I am happy to be proved wrong”: Amanda Feilding on drugs, trepanning, and the benefits of LSD | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists are investigating the effects of drugs on the brain. Meet the woman leading the charge to bring evidence into drugs policy. 
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I'm a huge fan of Amanda Feilding

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How to Pick Music for People on LSD, From a Scientist Whose Job That Is

How to Pick Music for People on LSD, From a Scientist Whose Job That Is | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Neuroscience PhD student Mendel Kaelen researches the relationship between psychedelics and music. He explains how he picks the songs.
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11 cosas que aprendí la primera vez que tomé ayahuasca

11 cosas que aprendí la primera vez que tomé ayahuasca | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Se pasa mal, se pasa bien, se disfruta, se teme, se vomita, se sana.
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Why some therapists are risking arrest to heal trauma using psychedelics

Why some therapists are risking arrest to heal trauma using psychedelics | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
As psychedelics show promise in treating addiction and PTSD, underground therapists can't wait on the laws to catch up
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Argentino vende bebida sagrada indígena como medicina de uso libre

Argentino vende bebida sagrada indígena como medicina de uso libre | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Un argentino de ciudad pretende ser el dueño del conocimiento ancestral de los indígenas cofanes de las selvas del Putumayo y está vendiendo como medicina de
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Techniques of Luminosity: Iron-Ore Mirrors and Entheogenic Shamanism among the Ancient Maya

Techniques of Luminosity: Iron-Ore Mirrors and Entheogenic Shamanism among the Ancient Maya | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

The ancient Maya created one of the most elaborate civilizations of pre-Columbian America. Their complex, hierarchical society evolved and flourished in the tropical lowland rainforests of Central America during the Classic period ca. AD 250. They developed a rich cosmology and formal religious system, which can be partially reconstructed today using methods of archaeology, art history, and ethnohistory. This chapter considers complex lithic artifacts termed “mirrors,” elucidating their sociopolitical and ideational func-tions for the ancient Maya individuals who possessed and used them. Moreover, I advance a hypothesis and evidence regarding how the ancient Maya likely harnessed certain psychoactive substances to augment the effectiveness of their mirrors for consulting (what they believed to be) a spiritual Otherworld

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Fake Buddhist monks a growing global problem

Fake Buddhist monks a growing global problem | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Buddhist leaders in New York City are warning the public to be cautious of the panhandling trend that takes advantage of the public’s image of Buddhist monks as harmless.
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Theresa May: The New UK Leader's Drug Policy

Theresa May: The New UK Leader's Drug Policy | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
As home secretary, Theresa May has overseen the annual number of drug deaths rising to its highest level since 1993.
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Menéndez, rey de la Patagonia: Selk'nam, cazadores del viento

Menéndez, rey de la Patagonia: Selk'nam, cazadores del viento | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Como nómadas que eran, los selk'nam de Tierra del Fuego se desplazaban de un lugar a otro en función de la existencia de comida y de los itinerarios de los animales que cazaban. Del guanaco, su sustento principal, no desperdiciaban nada; comían su carne, usaban su piel para vestirse y otras partes del animal para confeccionar sus útiles domésticos. En sus desplazamientos, los selk'nam examinaban con atención las señales de la naturaleza y, sobre todo, estudiaban la dirección del viento que les permitía, por ejemplo, situarse en posición ventajosa antes de lanzar sus flechas. Fue precisamente su relación con la naturaleza lo que les permitió, durante miles de años, vivir armoniosamente en un entorno de clima riguroso que, para los colonizadores recién llegados, era desolado y hostil.
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La operación "Iron Belt" acaba con 94 detenidos y 100 kilos de droga incautados

La operación "Iron Belt" acaba con 94 detenidos y 100 kilos de droga incautados | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

42 de los detenidos han ingresado en prisión, 4 armas de fuego, 5 armas simuladas, numerosas armas blancas y 19 vehículos.Las drogas requisadas son 24 kilos de cocaína, 45 kilos de hachís, 11 de marihuana, 5 LITROS DE AYAHUASCA y 16 kilos de sustancia de corte para la cocaína.

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Los traficantes de drogas de toda la vida están empezando a traficar con ayahuasca?

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The role of traditional medicine practice in primary health care within Aboriginal Australia: a review of the literature - Stefanie J OliverEmail 

The role of traditional medicine practice in primary health care within Aboriginal Australia: a review of the literature - Stefanie J OliverEmail  | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

The practice of traditional Aboriginal medicine within Australia is at risk of being lost due to the impact of colonisation. Displacement of people from traditional lands as well as changes in family structures affecting passing on of cultural knowledge are two major examples of this impact. Prior to colonisation traditional forms of healing, such as the use of traditional healers, healing songs and bush medicines were the only source of primary health care. It is unclear to what extent traditional medical practice remains in Australia in 2013 within the primary health care setting, and how this practice sits alongside the current biomedical health care model. An extensive literature search was performed from a wide range of literature sources in attempt to identify and examine both qualitatively and quantitatively traditional medicine practices within Aboriginal Australia today. Whilst there is a lack of academic literature and research on this subject the literature found suggests that traditional medicine practice in Aboriginal Australia still remains and the extent to which it is practiced varies widely amongst communities across Australia. This variation was found to depend on association with culture and beliefs about disease causation, type of illness presenting, success of biomedical treatment, and accessibility to traditional healers and bush medicines. Traditional medicine practices were found to be used sequentially, compartmentally and concurrently with biomedical healthcare. Understanding more clearly the role of traditional medicine practice, as well as looking to improve and support integrative and governance models for traditional medicine practice, could have a positive impact on primary health care outcomes for Aboriginal Australia.

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Medicinal plants sold at traditional markets in southern Ecuador

Medicinal plants sold at traditional markets in southern Ecuador | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

The traditional markets in southern Ecuador and within the Andean region are especially important for plant resource trading among local people, even since before Spanish colonization; therefore, ethnobotanical studies are currently necessary and important. These strategic spaces persist for the traditional medicine cultural value reflected in the higher consumption of medicinal plants, which span all socioeconomic levels of rural and urban people. The purpose of this study includes the following: 1) to create a novel list of medicinal plants sold at 33 traditional markets; 2) to establish medicinal plant use agreement amongst vendors with the Factor of Informant Consensus (FIC); and 3) to determine the most sold medicinal plant species using the Fidelity Level (FL).

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Timothy Leary's archivist on Leary's prison escape, Algerian exile, and Swiss prison-time

Timothy Leary's archivist on Leary's prison escape, Algerian exile, and Swiss prison-time | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Lisa Rein writes, “In less than a year, Timothy Leary was imprisoned in three different continents–and it could’ve been worse. After escaping from a California prison with the hel…
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These Leary archives are pure gold

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Whoring the Goddess – Ayahuasca takes her revenge.

Whoring the Goddess – Ayahuasca takes her revenge. | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Beware ye pilgrims who be messing with the medicina!  It is well past time to call this out: real people ARE dying in ayahuasca ceremonies - and not all those deaths are accidental.  The Vine of the Dead always came with a curse, so beware the cup you drink from! This time it came by email:…
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This article has been doing the rounds, the research is shoddy and although I agree with the theme can't say I agree with everything said. Still, is it me or ayahuasca articles have taken a turn towards "the dark side of ayahuasca" lately?

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Shamans of The Global Village (Episode 01 Trailer)

COME ON AN INTIMATE JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF MODERN GLOBAL SHAMANISM WITH WESTERN PRACTITIONERS AND SEE NEVER BEFORE FILMED FOOTAGE OF ANCIENT MEDICINE PRACTICES……
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Conferencia de Josep Vila 25/05/16

DEJA QUE SUCEDA Conferencia de JOSEP VILA sobre la AYAHUASCA y las PLANTAS MAESTRAS de la Amazonia Peruana. Video realizado por VIDEO IMAGINE "Jesús Mourelo".

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