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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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YouTrip: An Ayahuasca Shaman Invents a New Spiritual Trip, and It's Happening Online

YouTrip: An Ayahuasca Shaman Invents a New Spiritual Trip, and It's Happening Online | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

Being illegal, an encounter with ayahuasca is out of reach for many people.

Hamilton Souther says he has a way around all that. The Bay Area native and veteran ayahuasca shaman, who spent 12 years in the jungle and has the bonafides from Peruvian masters to show for it, says he has discovered a path to a similar "authentic spiritual experience," with the same benefits and none of the risk.

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I'm very curious about how this will evolve.

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Wanting to be an Indian and Guilt Seeking Redemption

"What are the problems with these two traps [Wanting to be an Indian and Guilt Seeking Redemption]? First of all, this redemption we find is really a cheap grace. It makes us feel better but doesn’t transform the situation of Native peoples. The injustices keep happening. Secondly, by denying the spiritual and political autonomy of Indian people, the New Age “rainbow” people subvert whatever good intentions they may have about multi-cultural community. What gets created is multi-cultural white middle class dominance in yet another form. Thirdly, these options perpetuate the fantasy image of the Indian, and distort the real picture. They prevent us from seeing the real lives of Native people. They obscure and drown out their voices and expression of self."
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Howard G Charing | Medicine for the Soul | Plant Spirit Medicine of the Amazon

Howard G Charing | Medicine for the Soul | Plant Spirit Medicine of the Amazon | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

Article first published in Sacred Hoop Magazine Issue 41 2003.


In the Amazonian tradition working with planta maestras (teacher plants) is known as the Diet. The working can be seen as a conscious body of actions to incorporate the plant spirit into one’s own consciousness. From this incorporation or union, the plant spirit informs and teaches the maestro or apprentice. They learn the magical chants (icaros) which invoke the power of the plant, how to use the plant for healing purposes, and how to strengthen the dieter both psychologically and physically. The purpose of the diet is to prepare the body and nervous system for the powerful knowledge and expansion of consciousness given by teacher plants.

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This Generic Ad Perfectly Sums Up How Every Company Tries To Convince You They're Changing The World

This Generic Ad Perfectly Sums Up How Every Company Tries To Convince You They're Changing The World | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Low, warm, voiceovers. The obviously forced inclusion of different ethnicities. Sped-up footage of people walking through cities. These are just some of the generic images and graphics that this hilarious video parodies with "This is a generic brand."
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tales from the world » Santo Daime

tales from the world » Santo Daime | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
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A couple of days ago I posted about photographer Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak's tour of ayahuasca shamans of Ecuador and Colombia.  Here are the (somewhat darker) pictures from an earlier trip to the heartland of the Santo Daime: Colonia 5000 & Ceu de Mapiá.  

Stay up to date here 

https://www.facebook.com/swiato.slav 

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Boletín Electrónico Nr 7 - Museo de Plantas Sagradas, Mágicas y Medicinales

Boletín Electrónico Nr 7 - Museo de Plantas Sagradas, Mágicas y Medicinales | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

CAMPAÑA DE FINANCIAMIENTO "SALVEMOS EL MUSEO DE PLANTAS SAGRADAS, MÁGICAS Y MEDICINALES"


Necesitamos de vuestra ayuda. Nos encontramos en una muy difícil situación financiera y probablemente tengamos que cerrar el museo en los meses que vienen, si cada personas en esta lista nos donase 10 US$ nuestro problema tendría solución.

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Muy importante!

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Save the Museum of Sacred, Magical and Medicinal Plants

Save the Museum of Sacred, Magical and Medicinal Plants | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
The Museum confronts a financial emergency and needs your support to continue its mission of preserving indigenous traditional knowledge on S. American plants
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please contribute!

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Ayahuasca goes Global

Ayahuasca goes Global | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

Judging from recent magazine and newspaper articles, ayahuasca seems to be entering mainstream society as growing numbers of people are taking it.

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A good summary

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At last, a few clever people are ringing the bell !

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Smoking or eating marijuana is not a cure for cancer

Smoking or eating marijuana is not a cure for cancer | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
There’s a modern myth that marijuana (cannabis sativa), in its natural form, is effective at both preventing and treating cancer. This myth has become ever more popular with the gradual approval of marijuana…
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interesting addition to the debate

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Carnivorous snail key to ‘new morphine’

Carnivorous snail key to ‘new morphine’ | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
AN experimental drug made from snail venom has shown early signs of promise in numbing pain, raising hopes in the hunt for new, non-addictive medications, an Australian researcher says.
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La hora del porro en la ONU

La hora del porro en la ONU | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Hoy comienza la reunión de la Comisión de Estupefacientes en Viena.
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Earth Rites

Earth Rites | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
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José Carlos Bouso entrevistado por Juan Carlos Usó & Xavier Vidal

José Carlos Bouso entrevistado por Juan Carlos Usó & Xavier Vidal | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

“Si pudiera, primero me independizaría de mí mismo para, seguidamente hacerme apátrida” A principios de siglo llevabas a cabo una de las escasas investigaciones oficiales en psicoterapia–amparado por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) y autorizado por la Agencia Española del Medicamento (AEM)– realizadas a nivel mundial con MDMA. ...

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Appeal for Amazonian Shamanic Assistance - Reality Sandwich

Appeal for Amazonian Shamanic Assistance - Reality Sandwich | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Richard Saunder is an American living in Ecuador that has experienced the dark side of shamanism. He is currently in a legal battle to expose the shaman that almost killed him, and is asking for support from the shamanic community.
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A cautionary tale and a plea for help, to which I will add a personal recommendation: stay away from datura.

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Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
It's a foul-tasting, vomit-inducing concoction but it's got thousands queuing to try it. Ayahuasca is an hallucinogenic cocktail made from jungle vines and everyone is trekking deep into the Amazon to test its supposedly magic properties.
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Australian TV report with most of the stereotypes you'd expect

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First Animal to Survive in Space - YouTube

Tardigrades or "Water Bears" are the only creatures that can survive the extreme conditions in the vacuum of outer space. Watch the comments response video h...
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Sorry everyone, completely offtopic, nothing to do with ayahuasca, but -I'll be dammed- pretty interesting stuff if you are a science type nerd

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EL GRAN DRAGON

EL GRAN DRAGON | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

El Gran Dragón est un film documentaire qui s'intéresse aux médecines traditionnelles. Des milliers de kilomètres parcourus et autant de rencontres variées nous interpellent sur ces savoirs ancestraux qui reposent sur une biodiversité exceptionnelle. Ce patrimoine est menacé par les influences du modèle de développement occidental. L'avenir d'une population est en jeu.
 
 



 

 

 

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A new French documentary about ayahuasca and traditional amazonian medicine

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Meeting the Mareación and Paying Attention

Meeting the Mareación and Paying Attention | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
I am currently about half-way through a nine-week dieta with the legendary Amazonian tree Noiya Rao, also known in Spanish as Palo Volador (the flying tree).The seventy-seven year old Shipibo Maest...
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Another great post in Don Machinga´s blog

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Rachel Aviv: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer

Rachel Aviv: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Tyrone Hayes, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has devoted the past fifteen years to studying the herbicide atrazine, which is applied to more than half the corn in the country. During that time scientists around the world have expanded on his findings, suggesting that the herbicide is associated with birth defects in humans as well as in animals. Company documents show that while Hayes was studying atrazine, Syngenta, the agribusiness firm which had originally asked him to conduct experiments on the herbicide, was studying him, as he had suspected for years. Syngenta’s notes reveal that the company’s employees struggled for years to make sense of him.
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A really really scary article about the methods of multinationals

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Ayahuasqueros Online Guide by S. Wojtkowiak

Ayahuasqueros Online Guide by S. Wojtkowiak | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
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Photographer Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak did an amazing tour of ayahuasca shamans of Ecuador and Colombia and poured the results into his blog.  Beyond the fantastic pictures the site is quite a resource, as it includes all names and contact numbers of each curandero.   Highly recommended.  He even spells ayahuasqueros correctly! (a personal pet peeve of mine).  Apparently there's more to come.  Follow him here to stay up to date

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Thanks to Jerónimo M.M. for sharing... Comment by Jerónimo M. M.: "Photographer Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak did an amazing tour of ayahuasca shamans of Ecuador and Colombia and poured the results into his blog. Beyond the fantastic pictures the site is quite a resource, as it includes all names and contact numbers of each curandero. Highly recommended. He even spells ayahuasqueros correctly! (a personal pet peeve of mine). Apparently there's more to come. Follow him here to stay up to date https://www.facebook.com/swiatoslaw.wojtkowiak";
Laurent RIVIER's curator insight, March 22, 4:59 AM

pour se faire une idée de la réalité sur place décrite de manière assez objective

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Sinchi, sinchi, negrito. El uso medicinal del tabaco en la alta amazonia peruana. - YouTube

El centro Takiwasi (http://www.takiwasi.org), de Tarapoto, y la asociación GASS -Grup Associat pels Serveis de Salut- propusieron en el año 2010 una conferencia sobre el uso tradicional del tabaco en Barcelona. En una época en la que se criminaliza a un ser vivo, como la planta del tabaco, la cual es un claro ejemplo de que según cómo se utilice puede ser un remedio o un veneno, se propone devolverla a su sagrado lugar. 

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Estupenda charla sobre el tabaco en la medicina tradicional amazónica

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MAPS Media Archive: Public Health Service Approves Medical Marijuana Study, Marking Historic Shift in Federal Policy

MAPS Media Archive: Public Health Service Approves Medical Marijuana Study, Marking Historic Shift in Federal Policy | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
On March 14, 2014, in an historic shift in federal policy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services granted permission for MAPS to purchase research-grade marijuana from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for our planned study of marijuana for symptoms of PTSD in U.S. veterans. MAPS has been working for over 22 years to start marijuana drug development research, and this is the first time we’ve been granted permission to purchase marijuana from NIDA, the sole provider of marijuana for federally regulated research in the United States. It took over four and a half months for reviewers at the Public Health Service (PHS) to respond to our October 24, 2013, protocol resubmission. The study still requires final approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and we are optimistic they will approve the study in a timely manner. The study will also require funding support. “When it comes to researching the medical potential of Schedule I drugs,” said MAPS Founder Rick Doblin,“Privately funded medical marijuana drug development research has been the last domino to fall.” The tide has turned for medical marijuana research, and we look forward to starting the study. View the cover letter from HHS…
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Girl Moves To Jungle To Become Shaman - Taylor Marie – Psychonaut

Girl Moves To Jungle To Become Shaman - Taylor Marie – Psychonaut | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

After watching an episode of the Joe Rogan experience she went to Peru to have her first Ayahuasca experience, despite her father trying to stop her at the airport.


When her 'trip' was over she decided to give up her life long ambition of being an actress and decided she should move to the jungle and become the apprentice to a Shaman.

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Garra Rufa (Doctor Fish) - YouTube

Garra Rufa (Doctor Fish) - YouTube | ayahuasca | Scoop.it

A short animated film that explores the mind of a therapist

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Great video!

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Personajes de la Ciudad de los Reyes Valle Dupar: Juan Bautista Villafañe Mestre "Duane"-Biografía

Personajes de la Ciudad de los Reyes Valle Dupar: Juan Bautista Villafañe Mestre "Duane"-Biografía | ayahuasca | Scoop.it
Este enigmático personaje, a pesar de no haber tenido estudios escolares, y mucho menos universitarios, fue respetado y admirado por indígenas y blancos. Su sola presencia infundía respeto y don de mando. Era alto, de tez blanca y su vestimenta lucía siempre impecablemente blanca, parecía un sacerdote tibetano.
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