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Ayahuasca is a powerful tool for transformation, that more and more Westerners are flocking to drink in a quest for greater self-knowledge, healing and reconnection with the natural world. This formerly esoteric, little-known brew is now a growth industry. But why? Ayahuasca is a psychoactive tea that has a long history of ritual use among indigenous groups of the Upper Amazon. Made from the ayahuasca vine and the leaves of a shrub, ayahuasca is associated with healing in collective ceremonies and in more intimate contexts, generally under the direction of specialist - an ayahuasquero. These are experienced practitioners who guide the ceremony and the 'drinkers' experience. Ayahuasca has gained significant popularity these days in cities around the world. Ceremonies happen nightly and Hollywood stars, Wall Street players and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs now drink the brew. Why? What effect might ayahuasca be having on our culture? Could it be the LSD of our time? Does the brew, which seems to inspire environmental action, simplified lifestyles and more communitarian behaviour, act as an antidote to frenzied consumerist culture? In When Plants Dream, Pinchbeck and Rokhlin explore the economic, social, political, cultural and environmental impact that ayahuasca is having on society. Part 1 covers the background; what ayahuasca is, where it is found, and its cultural origins. Part 2 explores the role and practices of the ayahuasquero in both Amazonian and Western cultures. Part 3 examines the medicinal plants of the Amazon, looking particularly at the ingredients in ayahuasca and their therapeutic qualities, covering the most up-to-date biomedical research, psychedelic science and psychopharmacology. Part 4 looks more closely at how ayahuasca is perceived and used today, covering law, the drug wars, media and money. Lastly in Part 5 Pinchbeck and Rokhlin question the future of ayahuasca. When Plants Dream is the first book of its kind to look at the science and expanding culture of ayahuasca, from its historical use to its appropriation by the West and the impact it is having on cultures beyond the Amazon.
Starting with the dawn of what we would recognise as modern human thought, this book journeys through 35,000 years of our human past. It shows how our earliest ancestors learnt to enter trance states and the revolutionary effect this had on the way they interacted with their world. Moreover, by marrying the very latest research with vivid first-person reconstructions, the book will actually take readers back in time. In its pages we join Stone Age hunting parties, steal food from desperate, starving cannibals, sit eye-to-eye with a mouldy Bronze Age mummy and join the Celts for a feast where you truly are what you eat. The story of our past has never been told this way before and has never been brought to life with such vividness. This is the past as our ancestors would have known it.
The Book of Hedge Druidry is for those who feel called to explore the magic and mystery of the powerful earth-based spirituality of the British Isles. This tradition will help you look to your ancestors, to the spirits of place, and to the fair folk for the guidance and inspiration they breath into your life. Explore the awen, the gods, the world tree, the four quarters, and much more. Develop your own practice with mystical meditations, prayers, and magical rites that will help you create balance and harmony in all that you do. Learn how to become a hedge rider who straddles the boundary between this world and the Otherworld, finding spiritual guides and companions whose insights will alter your own understanding of yourself and the world. Druidry is a powerful tradition that evokes the mystical spirit of times past. This book is a guide to the techniques of Druidry so that you can connect to a higher wisdom for the benefit of all.
Paganism In Depth is a next level book for Pagans interested in taking their practice deeper. Author John Beckett helps you develop a detailed understanding of practical knowledge as well as ideas for working through new challenges you'll encounter as you advance in your practice, such as what happens when a deity makes demands of you, and how to form and sustain a community. This book shares several keys to help you find your way forward when you feel you've gone as far as you can, including daily spiritual practice, ancestor veneration, perceiving the otherworld, religious ecstasy, direct experience of the gods, offerings, divination, magical practice, and devotional practice. Your relationships with your community and with the gods and spirits are of the utmost importance. John Beckett helps you navigate those relationships so you can give and receive the energy you need on your unique spiritual journey.
Journeying Between the Worlds shares Native American shamanic teachings in a way that is easily understood by people from any culture. This book is filled with practices that will open the door to dynamic, ever evolving relationships with the Great Spirit, your sacred Self, and your Ancestors. With simple exercises that help you build your skills and knowledge, this powerful guide teaches lessons based on Native American spiritual concepts, including shamanic journeying, the Medicine Wheel, dreams and visions, symbols, power animals, the elements, shamanic tools, the three realms, and much more. Written for beginner and intermediate shamanic practitioners, Journeying Between the Worlds shows you how to use shamanism to make sacred connections with the natural world, divine beings, and your own soul.