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Embarking upon The Shamanic Odyssey: J.P. Harpignies in conversation with Robert Tindall | Roaming the Mind

Embarking upon The Shamanic Odyssey: J.P. Harpignies in conversation with Robert Tindall | Roaming the Mind | Awakenings | Scoop.it
J.P. Harpignies, New York-based Associate Producer of the Bioneers Conference, and editor of Visionary Plant Consciousness recently corresponded with Robert ...
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AYA: Awakenings

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AYA: Awakenings is a narrative documentary into the world and visions of Ayahuasca shamanism, adapted from the cult book Aya: a shamanic odyssey by Rak Razam, to be released in early 2013.
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The Doors Of Reception; Psychedelics and Neuroplasticity

The Doors Of Reception; Psychedelics and Neuroplasticity | Awakenings | Scoop.it

It’s a somewhat technical review, so you’ll probably need some basic familiarity with cell biology and/or brain science to comprehend most of the jargon. If you are interested in psychedelic neuroscience, then I do, very much, encourage you to read it, because it reviews major and important advancements in the field of neuroscience (functional selectivity, receptor dimerizations & neuroplastic processes), how psychedelics tie them all together and the role they played in their discovery and elucidation, and touches upon the many implications these new paradigms have for medical and brain science in general, and psychedelic science in particular.


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THE AMETHYST PATH: SHAMANISM, DIONYSIAN SPIRITUALITY AND RECOVERY FROM 'ADDICTION'

This paper advances a “shamanic approach to drug abuse and addiction”, what I will call the Amethyst Path. What our modern culture typically calls “addicts” are misguided shamans who, having had a “thirst for wholeness” and sacred ecstasy, ventured into the realm of substance use only to end up compulsively consuming their “drug of choice”. While their “Will to Party” might be an innate, natural and healthy urge, without the shamanic wisdom of “controlled use”, many end up in self-destructive cycles of misuse and over-consumption. But, thankfully, these misguided shamans can become “wounded healers” with the gift of bringing health and happiness to others who suffer. While ceasing to use totally or perhaps just ceasing to over-consume substances, it is imperative that they find healthy ways to “dance with Dionysus”, keeping sacred ecstasy as part of their lives.


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zabelisa's comment, August 26, 2012 4:43 AM
Addicts have absolutely nothing in common with shamans since a shaman is a very wise person and the former is usually traumatized and emotionally immature - always seeking some form of comfort. Perhaps more research on trauma is needed and on why addicts keep their pain in check. Also, I suggest that you try Ibogaine or Ayahuasca to really understand what it is about. These ceremonies are cleansing and help to bring the fragments together. We all are brainwashed one way or another, not just addicts, and there is no need to compare them to wounded shamans. The emotional immaturity of addicts is what really is stopping them to become whole, Drugs do not help this at all, however, guided ceremonies might help to untangle all their confusion. The trouble with addicts is that they often suffer from too much anxiety due to past events and from recurring negative thought patterns (shame, guilt, anger, resentment, self-loathing, etc). Obviously, there no wisdom to be obtained by the constant use of drugs. When one stops living in the past and worrying about the future, then there is a chance to become whole. In essence, the goal is to eliminate conflicts and guided use of strong alkaloids can help catalyze this process with a cleansing effect of body and mind as well as spirit. The pineal gland is detoxified and can allow proper blood flow to the brain areas and needed to resume normal/balanced endocrine function. Like a reset button, this can remove all traces of trauma in the memory and allow for new neural connections to take place. The experience is always described very subjectively because we use symbolism and preconceived notions to express the release of this negative energy.
Simona Adriani's comment, August 29, 2012 5:27 AM
I agree because I understand what he's trying to say: starting using drugs means searhing something. In ancient society this search was recognized and guided by saviour mans, and than the searcher become a Shaman. In our society this calling is misunderstood, and ones becomes an addict. But with some fortune, he can escape his addiction finding a path, and, than, he can teach others to escape too.
Sorry for my bad english, I hope it is understandable ;-)
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Warriors of the Amazon - The Last Shaman (4) NOVA Online

Warriors of the Amazon - The Last Shaman (4) NOVA Online | Awakenings | Scoop.it

Mengatoi lives beyond the village edge. Somewhere between the human community and the natural community that envelopes it, lives a man who villagers believe has the power to transform himself into a jaguar. With fear and respect, they come to him when they need help to rebalance the natural forces that have made them ill.


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In the Valley of the Soul | Reality Sandwich

In the Valley of the Soul | Reality Sandwich | Awakenings | Scoop.it
Featureteaser:  Why do we tend to guru-ize the shaman? How do we reconcile our fantasies of what the shaman should be with what is often a very different reality? In this conversation, Stephan Beyer, Stanley Krippner, and Hillary S.

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Bia Labate » Update in legal status in Santo Daime Canada: Health Canada refuses to grant permission for importation of Daime

Bia Labate » Update in legal status in Santo Daime Canada: Health Canada refuses to grant permission for importation of Daime | Awakenings | Scoop.it

In April, 2001, having hired a lawyer to represent us and done the necessary research for the application, we applied to Health Canada, the Office of Controlled Substances (OCS), for an exemption under section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Acts, for the importation, transportation and administration of the sacrament. Five years of research and investigation followed, and in July, 2006 I was informed that the evaluation of our request had been concluded and that we were granted an exemption, in principle, pending Brazilian export permission.


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