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The Ayahuasca Experience



The Ayahuasca Experience

The Ayahuasca Experience
A Sourcebook on the Sacred Vine of Spirits

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. (editor)
with contributions by
J.C. Callaway, Ph.D., Charles Grob, M.D., Dennis McKenna, Ph.D., and others.
Published by Park Street Press, Rochester, VT 2014

A compilation of writings on the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of Ayahuasca

  • Includes 24 firsthand accounts of Ayahuasca experiences and resulting life changes, including contributions from J. C. Callaway, Charles S. Grob, and Dennis J. McKenna
  • Discusses the medical and psychological applications of Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic Amazonian plant mixture that has been used for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years by native Indian and mestizo shamans in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador for healing and divination. Many Western-trained physicians and psychologists have acknowledged that this substance can allow access to spiritual dimensions of consciousness, even mystical experiences indistinguishable from classic religious mysticism.
In Sacred Vine of Spirits: Ayahuasca Ralph Metzner, a pioneer in the study of consciousness, has assembled a group of authoritative contributors who provide an exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of ayahuasca. He begins with more than 20 firsthand accounts from Westerners who have used ayahuasca and then presents the history, psychology, and chemistry of ayahuasca from leading scholars in the field of psychoactive research. He concludes with his own findings on ayahuasca, including its applications in medicine and psychology, and compares the worldview revealed by ayahuasca visions to that of Western cultures.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Amazonian Vine of Visions Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.

Ayahuasca: An Ethnopharmacologic History Dennis McKenna, Ph.D.

Phytochemistry and Neuropharmacology of Ayahuasca J.C. Callaway,

The Psychology of Ayahuasca Charles Grob, M.D.

The Experience of Ayahuasca: Teachings of the Amazonian Plant Spirits

Initiation into ancient lineage of visionary healers Raoul Adamson

Experiencing the joyful phenomenon of re-creation Cristina Santos

Having so recently experienced my death, it felt miraculous to be alive Stefan C.

Breaking from the bondage of the mind Kate S.

A vision of Sekhmet Ganesha

The pieces of my life fell together in a more meaningful pattern Ava S.

Knowledge was graciously invoked in me by the plant teacher Oregon T.

Here began a series of teachings about the nature of the heart Joseph S.

A vision of the fabric that is woven by us all Caroline S.

Ethereal serpents held me in thrall Shyloh Ravenswood

I was exploring being with greenness Pamela C.

Liquid Plumber for the soul I.M.Lovetree

The plant spirits help me heal myself and others Eugenia S.

The great serpentine dance of life Raimundo D.

A most palpably Buddhist-like experience Renata S.

Journey to the Emerald Forest Richard N.

The long multi-faceted journey of Jewish experience Abraham L.

Teaching the body its relationship to the spirit Wahtola H.

Ancient augury of my resurrection Barry F.

An entirely new world of spirit beings Frank Owings

Death and rebirth in Santo Daime Madalena Fonseca

Nature has embraced me, blown the breath of life into me Stefan C.

The Buddha, the Christ and the Queen of the Jungle Ganesha

Agony and rapture with Santo Daime Raoul Adamson

Conclusions, Reflections, Speculations Ralph Metzner, Ph. D. 

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