Psychedelic Shamanism

The Cultivation, Preparation, and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants

Psychedelic Shamanism

"Psychedelic Shamanism presents a useful guide to the cultivation of psychedelic plants and their use as catalysts for exploring the structure of human consciousness and imaginal realms of reality as described by Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, modern depth psychology, and indigenous cultures throughout the world"--Provided by publisher.

Psychedelic Shamanism, Updated Edition

The Cultivation, Preparation, and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants

Psychedelic Shamanism, Updated Edition

Psychedelic Shamanism presents the spiritual and shamanic properties of psychotropic plants and discusses how they can be used to understand the structure of human consciousness. Author Jim DeKorne offers authoritative information about the cultivation, processing, and correct dosages for various psychotropic plant substances including the belladonna alkaloids, d-lysergic acid amide, botanical analogues of LSD, mescaline, ayahuasca, DMT, and psilocybin. Opening with vivid descriptions of the author’s personal experiences with psychedelic drugs, the book describes the parallels that exist among shamanic states of consciousness, the use of psychedelic catalysts, and the hidden structure of the human psyche. DeKorne suggests that psychedelic drugs allow us to examine the shamanic dimensions of reality. This worldview, he says, is ubiquitous across space, time, and culture, with individuals separated by race, distance, and culture routinely describing the same core reality that provides powerful evidence of the dimensional nature of consciousness itself. The book guides the reader through the imaginal realm underlying our awareness, a world in which spiritual entities exist to reconnect us with ourselves, humanity, and our planet. Accurate drawings of plants, including peyote, Salvia divinorum, and San Pedro, enhance the book’s usefulness.

The World of Shamanism

New Views of an Ancient Tradition

The World of Shamanism

Fascinating, comprehensive, and eminently readable, this guide explores shamanism—the world's most enduring healing and religious tradition—in the light of modern medicine, psychology, neuroscience, consciousness disciplines, and religious studies. Praise for The World of Shamanism "As if on cue, just when I am beginning to think that shamanism is the ground from which all religions spring, along comes this book. I cannot imagine a book that would be more helpful to me in thinking through this important subject." —Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions "...Unquestionably the most rounded compact introduction to shamanism, particularly the inner world of shamans, available today. A door-opening book for students of consciousness and spirituality." —Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., M.Litt, author of The Yoga Tradition "A splendidly clear and timely survey of shamanism." —Jean Achterberg, Ph.D., author of Imagery in Healing "Quite simply, this book is a major step forward in understanding the vital phenomenon of shamanism. I recommend it highly." —Charles Tart, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California at Davis, author of States of Consciousness "...Eminently useful and inspiring. A brilliant integrative work that pushes the frontiers of consciousness in insightful, practical, and powerful ways." —Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropologist, author of The Four-Fold Way and The Second Half of Life "...Unique in bringing together the full range of anthropological, psychological, and psychiatric literature on this vital subject. It does so with admirable scholarship yet still manages to be sensitive and clear." —Christie W. Kiefer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of California at San Francisco

The Re-Enchantment of the West, Vol 2

Alternative Spiritualities, Sacralization, Popular Culture and Occulture

The Re-Enchantment of the West, Vol 2

Challenging some assessments of religion in the West, this study argues that, although much organized religion, particularly Christianity, is in numerical decline, in actual fact we are witnessing an alternative spiritual re-enchantment of society and culture.

Darwin's Pharmacy

Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noosphere

Darwin's Pharmacy

Are humans unwitting partners in evolution with psychedelic plants? Darwin�s Pharmacy shows they are by weaving the evolutionary theory of sexual selection and the study of rhetoric together with the science and literature of psychedelic drugs. Long suppressed as components of the human tool kit, psychedelic plants can be usefully modeled as �eloquence adjuncts� that intensify a crucial component of sexual selection in humans: discourse. Psychedelic plants seduce us to interact with them, building an ongoing interdependence: rhetoric as evolutionary mechanism. In doing so, they engage our awareness of the noosphere, or thinking stratum of the earth. The realization that the human organism is part of an interconnected ecosystem is an apprehension of immanence that could ultimately benefit the planet and its inhabitants. To explore the rhetoric of the psychedelic experience and its significance to evolution, Doyle takes his readers on an epic journey through the writings of William Burroughs and Kary Mullis, the work of ethnobotanists and anthropologists, and anonymous trip reports. The results offer surprising insights into evolutionary theory, the war on drugs, the internet, and the nature of human consciousness itself. Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xof-t2cAob4

Ayahuasca Glimpse 2012

Ayahuasca Glimpse 2012

Ayahuasca Glimpse is a sui generis book , focusing in the practical preparation of sacramental use of etheogenic substances, it does encourage us to take a good and hard look at the roots of shamanic rituals and the notion that they were based on fertility cults, and shamanic practices such as Ambrosia and Soma rituals, it is a source of spiritual communion with the universal consciousness, of God. Goithyja is Another great explorer and pathfinder in human consciousness Such mind altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of ancient peoples. He approaches such matter in a popular type of writing, that the otherworldly and the ordinary, participation and observation; the result is a easy to ready book out there, enforcing a practical approach to such field of knowledge, I do suspect that ethnobotanists and anthropologists familiar with the Amazon will find relatively few surprises, on this book, But the ant hills of detail are not the point. Ayahuasca Glimpse is designed to inform a wider audience of how to safely communicate with entheogens, Goithyja with his background in meditation and mysticism or other more internalized psychedelics, has the Holy Vedas as spiritual guidance to follow, making easy for Psychonauts to experience with entheogens. Ayahuasca glimpse can be pretty handy to novices and neophytes, to safely approach such realm, pointing also the best entheogenic substances to use, and the best countries to partake with them.

Why Feminists Are Wrong

How Transsexuals Prove Gender Is Not a Social Construction

Why Feminists Are Wrong

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Acorns: Windows High-Tide Foghat

Acorns: Windows High-Tide Foghat

Acorns delineates the future of humanity as a reunification of intellect with the Deep Self. Having chosen to focus upon ego (established securely by the time of Christ), much more beta brain wave development will destroy our species and others, which process has already begun. We create our own realities through beliefs, intents and desires and we were in and out of probabilities constantly. Feelings follow beliefs, not the other way around.

When Plants Dream

Ayahuasca, Amazonian Shamanism and the Global Psychedelic Renaissance

When Plants Dream

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.

Psychedelic Information Theory

Shamanism in the Age of Reason

Psychedelic Information Theory

Psychedelic Information Theory is a formal analysis of the physical mechanisms underlying hallucination, shamanic ritual, and expanded states of consciousness. Written by James L. Kent, this text was researched for over 20 years and includes over 200 references and 31 images related to the latest science in the diverse fields of pharmacology, shamanism, and perception. As a succinct yet comprehensive formal analysis of the nonlinear dynamics of hallucination and shamanic ritual, Psychedelic Information Theory is destined to become the modern textbook on psychedelic phenomena. Chapters include information on the physiology of perception, types of visual hallucination, psychedelic pharmacology, psychedelic neuroplasticity, chaos theory, shamanic therapy, shamanic sorcery, and group mind phenomena related to psychedelic consciousness. "Psychedelic Information Theory will prove, no doubt, to be an important work primarily because it provides researchers, in both the sciences and humanities, with numerous new avenues down which to investigate. PIT provides us with a serious, and in many respects successful, recalibration of the different psychedelic knowledge bases. In great respect to the author, I believe PIT will attract both plaudits and criticism with equal fervour and, in doing so, help proliferate serious psychedelic research for some time to come." - Rob Dickens, PsyPressUK.com Review, December 2010 "In his new book, Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason, James Kent has attempted to describe both the experience and underlying mechanisms of consciousness, in the language of classical wave mechanics, with terms like neural oscillators, periodic drivers, wave entrainment, resonance and coherence. His book offers the first steps in developing a more refined and quantifiable theory and terminology of psychedelic action. It suggests many rich opportunities for further research that are bound to reveal some pragmatic and novel applications. Not since "The Invisible Landscape," by the McKenna brothers, have I found a book so original and propitious." - Jedi Mind Traveler, Evolver.net Interview, January 2011 "James L. Kent has proven himself to be the 'Mythbuster' of the New Psychedelic Age. His book, Psychedelic Information Theory is the everyman's guide to inner consciousness, unraveling the scientific foundations of altered states. PIT challenged my views on the psychedelic experience: I might not agree with some of the conclusions, but I have a firmer grip on the basics because of it. Kent helps outline the mechanics of the mind, but his reductionist approach also leaves room for further mysteries to grow." - Rak Razam, author of Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey, November 2010 "Kent's clear trail through volumes of research gave me a solid understanding of how rod and cone vision, phosphenes, the visual information processing rate, and the brain's pattern-recognition function all come together or come apart to modulate hallucinatory states. Kent deserves a place next to Grof on the psychonaut's, scientist's, and psychologist's bookshelf." - Sheldon Norberg, author of Healing Houses, Erowid.org Review, October 2010