Sandra Ingerman – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Sandra Ingerman, MA, is an award winning author of twelve books, including Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self, Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins, Walking in Light: The Everyday Empowerment of a Shamanic Life(CD or eBook version), and The Book of Ceremony: Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred into Everyday Life. She is the presenter of eight audio programs produced by Sounds True, and she is the creator of the Transmutation App. Sandra is a world renowned teacher of shamanism and has been teaching for more than 30 years. She has taught workshops internationally on shamanic journeying, healing, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods. Sandra is recognized for bridging ancient cross-cultural healing methods into our modern culture addressing the needs of our times.

Sandra is known for gathering the global spiritual community together to perform powerful transformative ceremonies as well as inspires us to stand strong in unity so we do our own spiritual and social activism work while keeping a vision of hope and being a light in the world.

She is passionate about helping people to reconnect with nature. Since the 1980’s thousands of people have healed from past and present traumas through the classic cross cultural shamanic healing method Sandra teaches called Soul Retrieval.

She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional mental health counselor. She is also a board-certified expert on traumatic stress. Sandra was chosen as one of the Top 10 Spiritual Leaders of 2013 by Spirituality and Health Magazine.

Sandra has two new books released in 2018. The Hidden Worlds was co-written with Katherine Wood and is a novel written for young adults to help them navigate the changing world. And The Book of Ceremony: Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred into Everyday Life was written for a shamanic and general audience on how to bring the sacred into daily life by performing shamanic ceremonies designed for our times and the challenges we are facing.

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THE SECRET TO SPIRITUAL BLISS by Dr. Alberto Villoldo

Some people go to great lengths and expense in search of spiritual bliss — and are often disappointed. Shamans know that the secret to spiritual bliss is within easy reach of everyone, and the only thing that is required is having a healthy, upgraded brain.

Deep within the center of the brain is a small pine cone-shaped endocrine gland, called pineal gland, where the methylation of serotonin takes place. Also known as the “feel good” or “happiness” hormone, serotonin is chemically analogous to DMT, “the spirit molecule.”

DMT is not just found in the human brain, but in nature — most plants and animals have it. DMT is also a component of hallucinogens traditionally used by indigenous people of the Americas, including ayahuasca, a psychedelic concoction brewed up by Amazon healers as an aid to visioning and healing.

Today, DMT is a doorway for seekers in the Western world who are venturing into spiritual territory that was once the exclusive domain of shamans and other native psychonauts. “DMT can . . . really open up the layers of your ego,” explains Mitch Schultz, director of the documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule, about psychiatrist Rick Strassman’s pioneering research on DMT and spiritual experience. “Pulling back those layers of the ego, you start to get a sense of that perfect awareness of your being. And to me that is more real than real, if you will. More real than this hallucination that we’re living in on a daily basis.”
Clearly, DMT plays an important role in attaining the states of consciousness associated with One Spirit Medicine. I believe that nature designed the brain to allow serotonin to be turned into DMT by the pineal gland, granting us access to higher consciousness and direct perception of our interconnectedness with all creation.

A healthy brain is essential, however, because a damaged brain triggers an overactive fight-or-flight response and the release of cortisol and adrenaline. The brain cannot manufacture fear and stress molecules and bliss molecules at the same time. It’s either one or the other.

When the fight-or-flight system is quiet, the alchemical laboratory in the pineal gland begins to assemble endogenous psychedelics that flood the brain, creating states of joy, bliss, and communion.

A diet rich in phytonutrients (plant nutrients) not only helps us repair and prime the brain, but also creates extraordinary states of health. These superfoods are loaded with genetic modifiers that switch on more than 500 genes that create health and switch off more than 200 genes that create disease. Phytonutrients restore our neurochemical balance, allowing us to begin treating ourselves and our loved ones according to our best intentions.

A conscious commitment to a stress-free lifestyle is also essential for optimal brain health. Meditating, immersing ourselves fully in a pleasurable activity, or simply spending time in nature can be great stress relievers. Whenever we feel overwhelmed, we can stop and take a few deep breaths. This exchange of the toxic for the nourishing, of the deadly for the life-giving, is essential to recovering our health and attaining optimal well-being.

All of us will die someday; however, we don’t have to experience the slide to death prematurely. We can master our fear of death so that our lives are not dictated by dread and we are not constantly responding as if a jungle beast were poised to pounce on us at any minute. We can return to a balanced, calm, relaxed state, switching on our parasympathetic nervous system so the pineal gland can produce the spirit molecules, and be graceful jaguars, savoring our newly discovered visceral wisdom about the infinite nature of life.

Find the complete guide to optimum health in my book, One Spirit Medicine: Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness.

Healing the Luminous Body (Documentary) – Alberto Villoldo

Alberto Villoldo, PhD., introduces and explains the luminous energy field that surrounds and informs our physical body like a blueprint of life. It is a secret of ancient shaman-healers that many of our physical and psychological problems stem from imprints within our luminous body. Dr. Villoldo unveils how to heal and recover from these destructive imprints and regain our physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Join us as we travel to the Andes Mountains to learn the secret of the ancient Shamans, a secret that can lead all of us to health, happiness and beauty. It was here, that he discovered the wisdom of the luminous body from the indigenous shamans. This ancient knowledge reveals the secret of true health and happiness.

Three Causes of Spiritual Illness by Hank Wesselman, PhD.

As we pass through life on the physical plane, things happen. We contract flus and colds and viruses, and we sustain physical injuries, like falling off our bikes as children or experiencing sports injuries. As adults, we may throw our back out or experience a serious car accident, in the process, acquiring bruises, cuts, sprains, infections, lacerations, and sometimes broken bones.

Some of us may also experience serious illnesses of an internal nature like cancer or hepatitis, heart disease or multiple sclerosis. Eventually we pass through old age and the progressive infirmity and death of the physical body. These are the givens–they are all to be expected as part of what it means to be an embodied, living being. But these are all effects, and what the shaman is primarily interested in is the cause.

Watch a video of Hank discussing the three causes of spiritual illness:

Cause and Effect
In looking through the shamanic healer’s eyes, the ultimate causes of virtually all illness are to be found within the imaginal realms–in those same regions from which illness derives its initial power to affect us adversely. Because of this, it is not enough to simply suppress the effects of illness with medication on the physical plane and hope for the best. For true healing to occur, the causes of the illness must be addressed.

From the shaman’s perspective, there are three classic causes of illness, and interestingly, they are not microbes or bacteria or viruses. Rather, they are negative internal states that appear within us in response to negative or traumatic life experiences. The first among these is disharmony.

Disharmony
Disharmony is what we experience when life suddenly loses its meaning or when we have lost an important connection to life.
Let’s take the case of an elderly couple who have had a long marriage, and suddenly one of them dies. They may not have had a perfect relationship, yet there is a deep bond between them because of all they have shared together. The survivor may go into crisis upon the loss of their mate, and within a short time, he or she may come down with something medically challenging, like cancer. Suddenly, they’re gone too.

That’s disharmony.

The state of disharmony that we experience in response to such life situations causes a diminishment of our personal power. This can happen in a subtle manner on the one hand, or in a catastrophic, life-shaking way on the other like losing your job, and in the process losing your livelihood. When we experience disempowerment, or “power loss,” it affects our energetic matrix, rendering us vulnerable to illness.

Fear
The second classic cause of illness is fear. A person who is walking around with a chronic sense of fear gnawing away at them is doubly vulnerable to illness because their anxiety aggressively and progressively diminishes their sense of well-being, and this, in turn, affects their feeling of being safe in the world.

This sense of well-being is the base upon which our personal health system stands. When this foundation is affected negatively, it diminishes the ability of our immune system to function. And when our immune system goes down, we’re in trouble.

It’s not too difficult to see that there is a feedback mechanism at work here. Fear, and the anxiety it creates, produces disharmony. In the same breath, disharmony generates fear, and if the two of them are working together, it doubly affects the protective mantle of the body’s immune system, as well as the energetic matrix. Illness is the inevitable result.

It is no surprise to Western medical practitioners that disharmony and fear can manifest themselves in diseases that are recognizable to science. Almost 500 years ago, the Renaissance physician Paracelsus observed that “the fear of disease is more dangerous than the disease itself.”

This brings us to consider the third classic cause of illness–the phenomenon known to indigenous healers as soul loss.

Soul Loss
Among the traditionals, soul loss is regarded as the most serious diagnosis and the major cause of premature death and serious illness, yet curiously, it’s not even mentioned in our Western medical textbooks. The closest acknowledged context is “He/she has lost the will to live”.

In Western society, soul loss is most easily understood as damage to a person’s life essence, a phenomenon that usually occurs in response to trauma. When the trauma are severe, this may result in a fragmentation of that person’s soul cluster, with the shattered soul parts dissociating, fleeing an intolerable situation. In overwhelming circumstances, these soul parts may not return.

The causes of soul loss can be many and varied. There may be traumatic perinatal issues that happen around the child’s birth experience such as arriving into life only to discover that they are not wanted, or that they are the wrong gender—they’ve come in as a girl when everyone was hoping for a boy.

Soul loss can also occur when a child is mercilessly bullied or teased at home or at school, day after day, or when a young person is molested by the one who is supposed to be caring for them. When someone has been raped or assaulted, has suffered a shocking betrayal, a bitter divorce, a traumatic abortion, a terrible car accident, or even a serious surgery, soul loss is assured.

Many of the young men and women who were sent to war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Viet Nam, Korea and beyond, came home personally damaged because they had suffered terrible soul loss. Our medical specialists labeled their disorders as post-traumatic stress syndrome, but they had little to offer these “walking wounded” in terms of true healing, and many who survived are still deeply traumatized at the soul level by what happened to them in war.

Symptoms of Soul Loss

Soul loss is easily recognizable if you know what you’re looking for. Here’s a checklist of some of the classic symptoms:

• feelings of being fragmented, of not being all here.
• blocked memory–an inability to remember parts of one’s life.
• an inability to feel love or receive love from another.
• emotional remoteness.
• a sudden onset of apathy or listlessness.
• a lack of initiative or enthusiasm.
• a lack of joy.
• a failure to thrive.
• an inability to make decisions.
• an inability to discriminate.
• chronic negativity.
• addictions.
• suicidal tendencies.
• melancholy or despair.
• chronic depression.

Perhaps the most common symptom of soul loss is depression. In the early 1990s, Time magazine did a cover story on depression in America that revealed 60 million Americans were taking anti-depressant drugs on a daily basis, representing about 30% of our population.

Today that number is closer to 80 million, representing about 40% of society at large, and sometimes that number jumps in response to a national trauma. On the Friday following 9/11, a television newscast revealed that 7 out of 10 Americans polled were experiencing significant depression in response to the tragedy, an indicator of soul loss on a national scale.
Although the term “soul loss” is not familiar to most Westerners, examples of it are expressed daily in our language and descriptions of personal hardships. Media interviews and news reports include individuals’ comments such as “I lost a part of myself when that (trauma) happened” and “I have not been the same since.” When discussing soul loss with inquiring individuals, most everyone has a sense of having lost a “part” of themselves at some time in life, yet virtually no one has the awareness that the missing part(s) could be recovered.

They can.

About Dr. Hank Wesselman

Research paleoanthropologist Hank Wesselman is one of those rare cutting edge scientists who truly walks between the worlds. A native New Yorker, he has spent much of his life living and working among traditional tribal peoples, primarily in Africa and Polynesia. He served in the US Peace Corps in the 1960′s, living among people of the Yoruba Tribe in Western Nigeria for two years. It was there that he first became interested in indigenous spiritual wisdom.

Since 1971, he has conducted research with an international group of scientists, exploring eastern Africa’s Great Rift Valley in search of answers to the mystery of human origins. During this time, he has worked alongside such worthies as Dr. Don Johanson, Lucy’s discoverer; Professor Tim White, whose expeditions have been featured in several TIME magazine cover stories, as well as members of the famous Leakey family. He is one of the primary investigators involved in the discovery of the “Ardi” sites (Ardiptithecus ramidus) in Ethiopia–recently revealed to be the famous missing link between humans and apes that Charles Darwin predicted would be found in Africa. Hank’s research is involved with the paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the sites (4-6 million years old) at the time they were laid down.

Hank is also a shamanic student, practitioner and teacher, now in the 28th year of his apprenticeship.

In addition to his scientific papers and monographs, his books include his autobiographical trilogy: SPIRITWALKER: MESSAGES FROM THE FUTURE (Bantam, 1995), MEDICINEMAKER: MYSTIC ENCOUNTERS ON THE SHAMAN’S PATH (Bantam, 1998), and VISIONSEEKER: SHARED WISDOM FROM THE PLACE OF REFUGE (Hay House, 2001). These unusual books are focused upon a series of altered state experiences that began spontaneously out in the bush of Africa and document his investigations into a hidden reality that most of us have heard about, but few have experienced directly. In his explorations of these inner worlds, Hank may have also provided us with a glimpse into the possible evolutionary future of humanity. Combining the sober objectivity of a trained scientist with a mystic’s passionate search for deeper understanding, his books also contain revelations of the generally secret teachings of the Hawaiian kahunas.

His smaller teaching books include THE JOURNEY TO THE SACRED GARDEN: A GUIDE TO TRAVELING IN THE SPIRITUAL REALMS (Hay House 2003) and SPIRIT MEDICINE: HEALING IN THE SACRED REALMS (Hay House, 2004) co-authored with his wife Jill Kuykendall.

Hank is the co-author with Sandra Ingerman of the award-winning book Awakening to the Spirit World, voted the best Body-Mind-Spirit book of 2010 by the Independent Publishers Association.

His most recent book is The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman, a compilation of his mystical talks with the Hawaiian Elder and kahuna Hale Makua over the last eight years of his life.

Larry Dossey MD has described Hank Wesselman as an expert guide who fully realizes that he is playing with scientific and spiritual dynamite.

Hank currently lives on the Kona coast of Hawai’i island with his family, where they are involved in sustainable food production on their farm in Honaunau. He continues to write and to teach workshops across the country and abroad.

Learn more about Hank at SharedWisdom

Article courtesy of Hank Wesselman, Phd. and SharedWisdom.com

Chris Celine – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview


Published on Aug 1, 2016

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My childhood world was one of abuse, repression and terror. This is what I believed the world was about. Until, from the depths of my despair, I began searching for a new way. My conscious spiritual journey began when I was called as a young adult, determined to find new life and freedom from this limited world, to a higher quest for the Truth of myself. I studied many forms of spiritual practice, including Buddhism, Native American, Judaism and others, and soon became aware that the Source of All Life is within all traditions.

Approximately 15 years ago, I entered into a deep Shamanic /healing Path centered in the heart of Brazil. I remained fully committed and dedicated to my journey in this form for eight years, healing most of the false ideas that I carried through all of my lifetimes. After this I was called to enter a several year retreat. During this time I was guided to enter fully into the teaching of A Course in Miracles. I received the transmission completely through my heart, and guided by my prayers, intention and deep devotion to be healed of all that held me prisoner in this temporary illusion, my heart completely melted and I awakened to the Truth of All Love. Since my awakening, I have dedicated my life to guide, with radical gentleness and complete devotion, all beloveds who have a deep desire to come home easily and gently.

Chris Celine is an awakened spiritual Mystic and guide to many beloveds seeking a gentle way home. A powerful healer and seer, Chris Celine transmits the love of God in profound and life altering ways. Her pure love can be received in every cell. She is a living example of the Love of God manifesting on earth and walks in this world as a reminder that everything can be healed and transformed into Love.

Website: http://chrisceline.org

Weaving a Web of Light — Sandra Ingerman & Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee


Published on Apr 4, 2016

From the event “Weaving a Web of Light” with Sandra Ingerman & Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. February 26, 2006, Peacock Gap Country Club, San Rafael, California

Our light carries the secret of our divine purpose. When we connect together with the light of others we can weave a web of light that carries our shared power and purpose: the potential to help the world come alive with the wonder and magic hidden within it. We can help the heart of the world open and begin to sing.

Shamanic Transformations True Stories of the Moment of Awakening ~ Edited by: Itzhak Beery

Inspiring accounts from renowned contemporary working shamans about their first moments of spiritual epiphany

• With contributions by Sandra Ingerman, Hank Wesselman, John Perkins, Alberto Villoldo, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Tom Cowan, Lynn Andrews, Linda Star Wolf, and others

• Also includes shamanic awakening experiences from those with unique shamanic paths–teachers, mothers, social workers, academics, and even rappers

How does one receive the “call” to enter onto the shamanic path? What causes some people to change their safe, uneventful, and ordinary lives and start on a spiritual search? For many it is a singular instant, a flash when the mystical reveals itself and the person is drawn into the world of shamanic power. For a few, it is a more gradual awakening, filled with numinous events that build upon one another until the calling of the shamanic path can no longer be ignored.

In this book of remarkable stories, we learn firsthand about the many different forms of the “aha” moment of shamanic awakening, whether they arise from ceremony, near-death experiences, dream messages, or entheogenic substances. We travel alongside Sandra Ingerman, Hank Wesselman, John Perkins, Alberto Villoldo, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Tom Cowan, Lynn Andrews, Linda Star Wolf, and other well-known shamanic practitioners as they begin their transformations into the prominent shamans we know them as. We experience the real-life shamanic epiphanies of those with unique shamanic paths–teachers, mothers, social workers, academics, healers, and even rappers who have all experienced a moment in time in which they were awakened and the shamanic path showed itself to them.

As each of these unique and beautiful stories of unexpected realization, insight, and inspiration unfolds, we see how these single moments–usually entirely unexpected–are able to transform the individual’s life, clearing their vision and allowing a new consciousness to emerge. As a whole, this collection paints a breathtaking portrait of the intricacies of the shamanic path and the paradigm shift of which we all are part.

Itzhak Beery is an internationally recognized shamanic healer and teacher. He was initiated into the Circle of 24 Yachaks by his Quechua teacher in Ecuador and by Amazonian Kanamari Pagè. He has also trained intensively with other elders from South and North America. The founder of ShamanPortal.org and cofounder of the New York Shamanic Circle, he is on the faculty of New York Open Center. His work has been featured in the New York Times, films, TV, and webinars. An accomplished visual artist and owner of an award-winning advertising agency, he grew up on Kibbutz Beit Alfa in Israel and lives in New York.

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“Through his straightforward and surprising stories you can witness firsthand his transformation, from a skeptical nonbeliever who was a New York advertising executive, to a full-fledged shamanic practitioner and teacher for others around the world. This is a testament of personal awakening and a lesson to others, but most of all it is an affirmation of the power that shamanic traditions offer us during this time of extreme planetary vulnerability.

The Gift of Shamanism is also a tribute to Itzhak’s teachers, many of whom I know personally and have worked with. This book is written in the time-tested shamanic tradition of storytelling and from the perspective that only through personal examples can we learn the secrets of our own existence and achieve the goal of realizing our highest purpose.

Read on. Be amazed and inspired. Above all, be open to your own powers.”

JOHN PERKINS

Shamanic Transformations True Stories of the Moment of Awakening Edited by: Itzhak Beery

Inspiring accounts from renowned contemporary working shamans about their first moments of spiritual epiphany

• With contributions by Sandra Ingerman, Hank Wesselman, John Perkins, Alberto Villoldo, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Tom Cowan, Lynn Andrews, Linda Star Wolf, and others

• Also includes shamanic awakening experiences from those with unique shamanic paths–teachers, mothers, social workers, academics, and even rappers

How does one receive the “call” to enter onto the shamanic path? What causes some people to change their safe, uneventful, and ordinary lives and start on a spiritual search? For many it is a singular instant, a flash when the mystical reveals itself and the person is drawn into the world of shamanic power. For a few, it is a more gradual awakening, filled with numinous events that build upon one another until the calling of the shamanic path can no longer be ignored.

In this book of remarkable stories, we learn firsthand about the many different forms of the “aha” moment of shamanic awakening, whether they arise from ceremony, near-death experiences, dream messages, or entheogenic substances. We travel alongside Sandra Ingerman, Hank Wesselman, John Perkins, Alberto Villoldo, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Tom Cowan, Lynn Andrews, Linda Star Wolf, and other well-known shamanic practitioners as they begin their transformations into the prominent shamans we know them as. We experience the real-life shamanic epiphanies of those with unique shamanic paths–teachers, mothers, social workers, academics, healers, and even rappers who have all experienced a moment in time in which they were awakened and the shamanic path showed itself to them.

As each of these unique and beautiful stories of unexpected realization, insight, and inspiration unfolds, we see how these single moments–usually entirely unexpected–are able to transform the individual’s life, clearing their vision and allowing a new consciousness to emerge. As a whole, this collection paints a breathtaking portrait of the intricacies of the shamanic path and the paradigm shift of which we all are part

Itzhak Beery
is an internationally recognized shamanic healer and teacher. He was initiated into the Circle of 24 Yachaks by his Quechua teacher in Ecuador and by Amazonian Kanamari Pagè. He has also trained intensively with other elders from South and North America. The founder of ShamanPortal.org and cofounder of the New York Shamanic Circle, he is on the faculty of New York Open Center. His work has been featured in the New York Times, films, TV, and webinars. An accomplished visual artist and owner of an award-winning advertising agency, he grew up on Kibbutz Beit Alfa in Israel and lives in New York.

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The Gift of Shamanism – With Itzhak Beery

Published on May 17, 2015

Itzhak Beery, the author of The Gift of Shamanism,bridges the indigenous shamanic traditions his teachers entrusted in him with a contemporary shamanic approach relevant to our modern life.

Born in Israel he is a New York-based practitioner who conducts shamanic healing ceremonies, and teaches seminars internationally and co-lead trips to Ecuador and Brazil’s Amazon.

Itzhak apprenticed intensively and initiated by don Jose Joaquin Diaz Pineda an Ecuadorian Quechua Yachak from Iluman, into his family tradition and into the Sacred 24 Yachaks Circle of Imbabura. He was also was initiated by Shoré a North Amazonian Pagé in Brazil. He studied with and assisted Ipupiara Makunaiman a Brazilian Amazonian Pagé from the Uru-eu-wau-wau tribe for 12 years until his passing and with his wife Cliecha, Peruvian Curandera and also with other indigenous and contemporary elders and shamans from around the world.

Itzhak’s work has been featured in a variety of worldwide publications including the NY Times, radio and video interviews and he is often invited to speak on panel discussions, press conferences and festivals and to host and participate in Shamanic Webinars.

He was featured in the feature film “The Hindenburg Omen” and Parashakti’s “Dance of Liberation” documentary. He is also the featured shaman in the upcoming TV show “Soul Search.”

His website is: http://www.itzhakbeery.com/index.php

One Spirit Medicine Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.

Today our minds, our emotions, our relationships, and our bodies are out of kilter. We know it, but we tend to ignore it until something brings us up short—a worrying diagnosis, a broken relationship, or simply an inability to function harmoniously in everyday life. When things are a little off, we read a self-help book. When they’re really bad, we bring in oncologists to address cancer, neurologists to repair the brain, psychologists to help us understand our family of origin. But this fragmented approach to health is merely a stopgap. To truly heal, we need to return to the original recipe for wellness discovered by shamans millennia ago: One Spirit Medicine.

Through One Spirit Medicine, the shamans found that they could grow a new body that allowed them to live in extraordinary health. They learned how to switch off the “death clock” inside every cell, and turn on the “immortality” genes that reside in password-protected regions of our DNA. Cancer, dementia, and heart disease were rare. The shamans of old were truly masters of prevention.

Drawing on more than 25 years of experience as a medical anthropologist—as well as his own journey back from the edge of death—acclaimed shamanic teacher Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. shows you how to detoxify the brain and gut with superfoods; use techniques for working with our luminous energy fields to heal your body; and follow the ancient path of the medicine wheel to shed disempowering stories from the past and pave the way for rebirth.

Using the principles and practices in this book, you can feel better in a few days, begin to clear your mind and heal your brain in a week, and in six weeks be on your way to a new body—one that heals rapidly, retains its youthful vitality, and keeps you connected to Spirit, to the earth, and to a renewed sense of purpose in your life.

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., the author of numerous best-selling books, is a psychologist and medical anthropologist who has studied the spiritual practices of the Amazon and the Andes for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he instructs individuals throughout the world in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval. He has training centers in New England; California; the U.K.; the Netherlands; and Park City, Utah. An avid skier, hiker, and mountaineer, he leads annual expeditions to the Amazon and the Andes to work with the wisdom teachers of the Americas. Website: http://www.thefourwinds.com

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Published on May 20, 2015

Alberto Villoldo comes on Bulletproof Radio today to discuss healing with ayahuasca, hacking your brain, supplementing, and his new book One Spirit Medicine. Enjoy the show!

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., is a psychologist and medical anthropologist, a best-selling author and founder in the world-renowned Institute of Energy Medicine, The Four Winds Society. He was the youngest clinical professor at San Francisco State University where he directed his own laboratory, the Biological Self-Regulation Lab, investigating how energy medicine and visualization could change brain chemistry. He spent 25 plus years studying the healing practices of the Amazon and Inka shamans, and the producer of a documentary film, Amazonia: Healing With Sacred Plants.

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Speaking with Nature : Awakening to the Deep Wisdom of the Earth By Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts

Connecting with nature and nature beings to help heal us and the Earth

• Provides experiential practices to communicate with nature and access the creative power of the Earth

• Shares transformative wisdom teachings from conversations with nature beings, such as Snowy Owl, Snake, Blackberry, Mushroom, and Glacial Silt, exploring the role of each in bringing balance to the planet

Nature and the Earth are conscious. They speak to us through our dreams, intuition, and deep longings. By opening our minds, hearts, and senses we can consciously awaken to the magic of the wild, the rhythms of nature, and the profound feminine wisdom of the Earth. We can connect with nature spirits who have deep compassion and love for us, offering their guidance and support as we each make our journey through life.

Renowned shamanic teachers Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts explain how anyone can access the spirit of nature whether through animals, plants, trees, or insects, or through other nature beings such as Mist or Sand. They share transformative wisdom teachings from their own conversations with nature spirits, such as Snowy Owl, Snake, Blackberry, Mushroom, and Glacial Silt, revealing powerful lessons about the feminine qualities of nature and about the reader’s role in the healing of the Earth. They provide a wealth of experiential practices that allow each of us to connect with the creative power of nature. Full of rich imagery, these approaches can be used in a backyard, in the wilderness, in a city park, or even purely through imagination, allowing anyone to communicate with and seek guidance from nature beings no matter where you live.

By communing and musing with nature, we learn how to speak to the spirit that lives in all things, bringing balance to us and the planet. By tapping into the feminine wisdom of the Earth, we evoke a deep sense of belonging with the natural world and cultivate our inner landscape, planting the seeds for harmony and a natural state of joy.

Sandra Ingerman, M.A., is a renowned shamanic teacher who gives workshops internationally on shamanic journeying, healing, and soul retrieval. An award-winning author of 10 books, including Awakening to the Spirit World and Soul Retrieval, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. –

Llyn Roberts, M.A., is an acclaimed teacher of healing and shamanism who facilitates sacred journeys to work with indigenous people throughout the world. She teaches at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, and at Esalen in Big Sur, California. The award-winning author of several books, including Shamanic Reiki and Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness, she lives near the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington State.

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Shamanic Studies: Basic Shamanic Journeying by Sandra Ingerman

Sandra Ingerman introduction to Shamanic studies online courses for International Metaphysical University at Intermetu.com!

Becoming Yourself: The Journey from Head to Heart by Jan Engels-Smith (Author)

Author Jan Engels-Smith sees people as brilliant, magnificent, radiant beings. Becoming Yourself is finding the divine self, the work of art that the universe embedded in your soul. Becoming Yourself is the process of chipping away that which is not yourself and discovering the self that has always existed. Becoming you – the true you ? is a path to healing and enlightenment.

Engels-Smith draws on her extensive experience with the ancient wisdom of Native American culture, shamanism, mysticism and psychology to close the gap between traditional psychological sciences and a new era of spiritual awakening.Engels-Smith weaves spiritual lessons through personal accounts and offers proven healing methods and exercises based on decades of experience. Her supportive and welcoming manner creates a powerful, practical and comprehensive guide that enlightens and motivates readers in their spiritual quest for self.

Author Jan Engels-Smith illustrates how to incorporate creative heart and soul powers into the process of self-analysis, personal growth and healing. The results are a life-changing journey towards complete self-awareness?one that ultimately integrates the total self?mind, heart and soul.

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Shamanism and the Law of Attraction with Jan Engels-Smith

Published on Jan 2, 2014

Jan Engels-Smith is the founder of the LightSong School of Shamanic Studies. Jan is also an author, Shamanic practitioner and Reiki master. She has performed over 2,500 soul retrievals and is considered a leading expert in her field.

Celtic Tree Magic: Ogham Lore and Druid Mysteries ~ Danu Forest

Pub Date Oct 8 2014

Explore the powerful magic of the twenty-five trees in the ogham tradition. Enrich your spiritual practice with authentic Celtic wisdom and practical techniques. Written by a Druid witch and Celtic shaman, Celtic Tree Magic shows you how to practice Celtic divination, charms, and spells; make salves, tinctures, ointments, and green crafts; work with each tree’s magical correspondences and healing attributes; find tree-spirit allies in nature and the other-world; grow and tend trees with spirit guardians; and fashion wands and other magical tools with relevant woods.

With practical exercises, hands-on tips, and an accessible exploration of folklore and myth, this lovely and lyrical handbook provides practical skills and deeper understandings for beginners and intermediate practitioners.

Trees hold great power. They are our green kin, with much to teach us, if we will but listen.

Danu Forest wisewoman, witch, seer, shaman, walker between the worlds, healer, druid, priestess, teacher, writer, gardener, herbwife, stargazer, faery friend, tree planter, poet and wild woman…lives in a cottage near Glastonbury Tor in the midst of the Avalon lakes, in the South West of England.

Exploring the Celtic mysteries for over 25 years, and noted for her quality research, practical experience, as well as her deep love of the land, Danu writes for numerous national and international magazines. She has a regular column on seasonal celebrations and earth based spirituality for families in UK magazine ‘The Green Parent’ and is the author of three books; ‘Nature Spirits’, ‘The Druid Shaman’ and coming soon, ‘Celtic Tree Magic’ ( Sept 2014). She is a respected magical teacher with three online courses as well regular ceremonies and workshops in the UK.
http://www.danuforest.co.uk

The Shaman’s Last Apprentice by Rebekah Shaman

This self-published book is the true story about how I became the Shaman’s Last Apprentice.

Shaman’s Last Apprentice is the true story of my apprenticeship with a powerful, traditional and old Peruvian Ayahuasquero shaman. A vision summoned me from the mountains of Machu Picchu, where I was working in a hotel as a Cultural and Activities Manager, to a little village tucked away on a tributary of the Amazon River, deep in the heart of the Amazon Jungle. There I learnt the ancient wisdom of the powerful medicine plant Ayahuasca, discovered the truth about myself, and have brought back with me messages of hope from this sacred place, for these times of instability and change.

My story is also a reminder from the Shaman to the West that we urgently need to change our relationship with each other, and with mother earth. Each one of us has a specific purpose and destiny and is an essential part of this web of life, in order to maintain the natural harmony of the planet. When we act contrary to this, we feel it deep within ourselves because we are interwoven and interconnected to everything. Only when we understand how vital each one of us is to the future unfolding of this planetary story, can we find the courage to let go of the fear, evolve consciously, and step into our own power so we can be the change.

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The shaman’s last apprentice – Rebekah Shaman, UK

The Shaman’s Last Apprentice – Trailer

Published on Sep 14, 2012
‘The Shaman’s Last Apprentice’ is a narrative documentary focusing on the story of Rebekah Shaman, who in 1997 followed a vision she received from a Shaman calling her to the Amazon, where she found and studied intensively with a powerful Ayahuasquero Shaman in a little village nestled in a remote corner of the Amazon rainforest. Now she tells of her unique story working with the Shaman and Ayahuasca to connect with Mother Earth.

What follows is a warning from the Shaman to the West that we urgently need to change our relationship with each other, and with mother Earth.
Only when we understand how vital each one of us is to the future unfolding of this planetary story, can we find the courage to let go of the fear, evolve consciously, and step into our own power so we can be the change.

The shaman’s last apprentice – Rebekah Shaman, UK

Stonehenge Winter Solstice 2011 Poem

Psychonavigation: Techniques for Travel Beyond Time by John Perkins

The New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man documents John Perkins’ extraordinary career as a globe-trotting economic hit man. Perkins’ insider’s view leads him to crisis of conscience–to the realization that he must devote himself to work which will foster a world-wide awareness of the sanctity of indigenous peoples, their cultures, and their environments. Perkins’ books demonstrate how the age-old shamanic techniques of some of the world’s most primitive peoples have sparked a revolution in modern concepts about healing, the subconscious, and the powers each of us has to alter individual and communal reality.

This groundbreaking book is John Perkins’s firsthand account of his experiences with the shamanic technique of psychonavigation–a method of traveling outside the body by means of visions and dream wanderings–and his encounters with the Shuar of the Amazon, the Quechua of the Andes, and the Bugis of Indonesia. Shuar shamans psychonavigate for the purposes of hunting and healing, while the Bugis, among the most renowned sailors of the world, use these techniques to navigate without the aid of charts and compasses. Perkins explains how these techniques work and how the people of these indigenous cultures psychonavigate to both distant physical destinations and sources of inner wisdom.

Throughout history, psychonavigation has been practiced by highly creative minds such as Beethoven, Jung, and Einstein. Perkins’s riveting narrative takes us on a journey of personal discovery as he learns the great value of these techniques and their relevance not only to individual well-being, but to the health of the environment and of the world at large. He reveals how by attuning to the positive forces in nature and communicating with our inner guides we all can become psychonavigators, finding our way to wise decisions and developing innovative approaches to the challenges we face as individuals and a world community.

John Perkins website is http://www.johnperkins.org. His TWITTERID is economic_hitman. John Perkins has lived four lives: as an economic hit man (EHM); as the CEO of a successful alternative energy company, who was rewarded for not disclosing his EHM past; as an expert on indigenous cultures and shamanism, a teacher and writer who used this expertise to promote ecology and sustainability while continuing to honor his vow of silence about his life as an EHM; and as a writer who, in telling the real-life story about his extraordinary dealings as an EHM, has exposed the world of international intrigue and corruption that is turning the American republic into a global empire despised by increasing numbers of people around the planet.

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John Perkins “Time for Change”

John Perkins, one of the world’s foremost authorities on shamanism and shapeshifting, is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a world our children will want to inherit.

Perkins has studied with indigenous prophets and shamans and taught at universities and learning centers on four continents. A graduate of Boston University’s School of Business Administration, he served in the Peace Corps in the late 1960s and as United States Representative to the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency in the 1970s. He also served as chief economist at the international consulting firm Chas. T. Main, where he worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major companies. He has advised the World Bank, the United Nations, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

John Perkins has been featured on ABC Television and the A&E and History networks, and in many publications. He is author of several books on shamanism, including Shapeshifting; The World Is As You Dream It; Spirit of the Shuar, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and the New York Times best-sellers, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and The Secret History of the American Empire. His books on economics and geo-politics have sold more than 1 million copies and are published in over 30 languages.

View here on his book ” Hoodwinked: An Economic hitman reveals why the world financial markets imploded”

The Ayahuasca Experience: A Sourcebook on the Sacred Vine of Spirits Edited by Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.

Estimated release date: 2/17/14

About The Ayahuasca Experience

An exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of ayahuasca

• Details the scientific discovery of ayahuasca’s sophisticated psychoactive delivery system in the brain and body and its potential applications in medicine and psychology

• Includes contributions from Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., J. C. Callaway, Ph.D., and Charles S. Grob, M.D., on the ethnopharmacology, psychology, phytochemistry, and neuropharmacology of ayahuasca

• Provides 24 firsthand accounts of ayahuasca experiences and resulting life changes

Widely recognized by anthropologists as the most powerful and widespread shamanic hallucinogen, ayahuasca has been used by native Indian and mestizo shamans in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador for healing and divination for thousands of years. Made from the Amazonian vine Banisteriopsis caapi and the DMT-laden leaf of Psychotria viridis, ayahuasca is regarded as the embodiment of intelligent plant beings who can offer spiritual teachings and healing knowledge to those who respectfully engage with them.

Many Western-trained physicians and psychologists now acknowledge that ayahuasca allows access to spiritual dimensions of consciousness, otherworldly realms and beings, and visionary experiences indistinguishable from classic religious mysticism.

With contributions from leading psychoactive scholars Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., Charles S. Grob, M.D., and J. C. Calloway, Ph.D., on the ethnopharmacology, psychology, phytochemistry, and neuropharmacology of ayahuasca, Ralph Metzner provides a comprehensive exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of this Amazonian hallucinogen. He includes more than 20 firsthand accounts from people who have participated in ayahuasca rituals and experienced major life changes as a result. He details the scientific discovery of ayahuasca’s sophisticated psychoactive delivery system in the brain and body as well as the deep psychological impact of this potent entheogen. 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 modern cultures.

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist and professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He studied psychology and psychopharmacology at Harvard University and was part of the Psilocybin Research Project with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass). He is the author of Green Psychology, coauthor of The Psychedelic Experience, and editor of Sacred Mushroom of Visions: Teonanácatl. He lives in Sonoma, California.

Ralph Metzner: Ayahuasca

Ralph Metzner: My first ayahuasca experience

Ralph Metzner: Integrating these substances into our culture

The Shamanic Path to Quantum Consciousness The Eight Circuits of Creative Power By (author) Laurent Huguelit

Estimated release date: 12/21/13.

About The Shamanic Path to Quantum Consciousness

Uniting shamanism with quantum physics and psychology for conscious evolution, manifestation of desires, and the development of the soul

• Details each of the 8 circuits of consciousness, from the first circuit of physical survival to the eighth circuit of quantum consciousness

• Reveals how to balance and upgrade your circuits through shamanic techniques and activate your creative power to shape reality

• Explains how the 8 circuits are interconnected through feedback loops–if one is overactive, it can cause the others to shut down

First outlined by Timothy Leary and later expanded by Robert Anton Wilson and Antero Alli, the eight-circuit model of consciousness explains how the soul is multidimensional and functions on eight distinct interconnected planes that form the eight circuits of conscious awareness. Each circuit is connected to certain behaviors and personality traits–the second circuit, for example, is connected to emotional consciousness, such as intuition, feelings of courage, or, in its unbalanced state, aggression and domination, and the eighth circuit, the creative circuit of quantum consciousness, is related to limitless perception, understanding, and action that extends far beyond the limits of planet Earth.

Laurent Huguelit explains how these eight levels of awareness are interconnected through feedback loops, forming a cybernetic mapping of the soul. He explores the underactive, overactive, and balanced states of each circuit, offering many psychological profiles as examples. He reveals how activating a circuit that has been neglected can help bring another into balance. Connecting this model of conscious evolution to shamanism–the oldest consciousness science known to man–the author explains how to balance and upgrade your own circuits through shamanic techniques. He reveals how to reconnect with source energy by deprogramming trauma from your childhood that can affect your circuits. With access to this unlimited energy you can activate your innate creative power to manifest your desires and shape reality.

Uniting shamanism and the law of attraction with advanced concepts of modern psychology, quantum physics, and the Akashic field theory of Ervin Laszlo, Laurent Huguelit offers a practical map of human consciousness and the development of the soul as well as a vision for the cybernetic future of shamanism.

Laurent Huguelit is a shamanic practitioner and teacher, founder of L’Outre-Monde center for shamanic practice, and member of the European faculty of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, founded by anthropologist Michael Harner. He lives in Switzerland.

TOWARDS ABIDING IN NONDUAL BEING : An interpretive and limited account of the transformation of consciousness ~ Marcia Rich, Ph.D.

Marcia Rich, Ph.D.

Marcia Rich began passionately pursuing a formal shamanic path in her forties. Prior to that, she provided integrative psychotherapy as a transpersonal psychologist, engaging the consciousness of mind, body, emotion and spirit. She was searching for a more direct approach, which she found in shamanism.

Marcia began passionately pursuing a formal shamanic path in 2007 with her attendance at FSS workshops with Gizelle Rhyon-Berry, in Victoria, BC, Canada. A pivotal shamanic experience early on this path helped her to embrace the sacredness of her own “smallness and invisibility,” a teaching that she has returned to again and again. This teaching has fuelled her passion for shamanism as a spiritual path, particularly through the core shamanic approach originated by Michael Harner and taught via the FSS. Marcia says: “I am honored to have my relationship with the Foundation now extend to teaching in Alberta, Canada.

What is most inspiring for Marcia is supporting others in deep healing as they become increasingly independent and autonomous in their shamanic practice. This passion comes from her personal experience of intensive healing and transformation through practicing shamanism as a spiritual path.

Marcia received her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has completed research in integrating spiritual and transpersonal realms into psychotherapy. She is interested in the intersection of shamanic practice and transpersonal psychotherapy. Since beginning her training with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, she has maintained a shamanic practice, providing individual and group sessions for healing.

Recently, Marcia held the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Lethbridge in the Addictions Counseling Program, teaching courses in counselor training and mental health and addictions issues. She left academic life to devote more time to providing shamanic and psychotherapy services for others. She is currently on the Editorial Board of Reviewers of Pardoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology.

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Bird Medicine: The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism by Evan T. Pritchard

Explores the living spiritual tradition surrounding birds in Native American culture

• Pairs scholarly research with more than 200 firsthand accounts of bird signs from traditional Native Americans and their descendants

• Examines the legends, wisdom, and powers of the birds known as the gatekeepers of the four directions—Eagle, Hawk, Crow, and Owl

• Provides many examples of bird sign interpretations and human-bird communication that can be applied in your own encounters with birds

Birds are our strongest allies in the natural world. Revered in Native American spirituality and shamanic traditions around the world, birds are known as teachers, guardians, role models, counselors, healers, clowns, peacemakers, and meteorologists. They carry messages and warnings from loved ones and the spirit world, report deaths and injuries, and channel divine intelligence to answer our questions. Some of their “signs” are so subtle that one could discount them as subjective, but others are dramatic enough to strain even a skeptic’s definition of coincidence.

Pairing scholarly research with more than 200 firsthand accounts of bird encounters from traditional Native Americans and their descendants, Evan Pritchard explores the living spiritual tradition surrounding birds in Native American culture. He examines in depth the birds known as the gatekeepers of the four directions–Eagle in the North, Hawk in the East, Crow in the South, and Owl in the West–including their roles in legends and the use of their feathers in shamanic rituals. He reveals how the eagle can be a direct messenger of the Creator, why crows gather in “Crow Councils,” and how shamans have the ability to travel inside of birds, even after death. Expanding his study to the wisdom and gifts of birds beyond the four gatekeepers, such as hummingbirds, seagulls, and the mythical thunderbird, he provides numerous examples of everyday bird sign interpretations that can be applied in your own encounters with birds as well as ways we can help protect birds and encourage them to communicate with us.

Evan T. Pritchard, a descendant of the Mi’kmaq people, has taught Native American studies at Pace University, Vassar College, and Marist College and is the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture. Steeped in bird lore by his Mi’kmaq great aunt Helen Perley, he is the author of several books, including Native New Yorkers and No Word for Time. A regular on radio shows such as NPR’s Fresh Air and on the History Channel, he lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.

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Evan Pritchard Professor of American Indian Studies

Entangled In Darkness Seeking the Light ~ Deborah King

Pub Date Sep 17 2013

Come on an epic journey into the heart of healing with one of today’s foremost masters!

In Entangled In Darkness, noted teacher, healer, and NY Times bestselling author Deborah King takes you on the adventure of a lifetime—around the globe and into the inner sanctums of the planet’s most powerful and prolific healing traditions. Delve into mysterious modalities where “miracles” not only occur but are often commonplace, and understand why millions each year seek out these particular people and sites. With Deborah as your guide, you’ll learn to speak the language of unconditional love—the source of all true healing. Through her tremendous wisdom and rare insight, Deborah will help you uncover what these age-old yet cutting-edge spiritual techniques have to teach you about your inherent capabilities and how you can use them to heal.

Among those you’ll travel with Deborah to meet are John of God, the legendary psychic surgeon of Brazil; West Africa’s Malidoma Somé, whose teachings about reconciliation with the ancestors can facilitate personal and collective healing; the “visionaries” of Medjugorje, who for more than 30 years have been receiving apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, who emphasizes compassion as the way to a happy life.

The final destination of this adventure, however, is none other than your own heart. Journey into Healing will open the door to the infinite possibilities awaiting you on your path to heal.

This book has been impressed by Deborah with the Energy of the Ages. By holding the book in your hands, you too are the recipient of this universal vibration of boundless love.

DEBORAH KING is a New York Times best-selling author of “Be Your Own Shaman,” which takes you on a one-of-a-kind journey into the powerful esoteric world of healing. Traveling extensively, Deborah brings her knowledge and experiential workshops to audiences worldwide, hosts a popular weekly Hay House radio show, and offers an online program, 21st Century Energy Medicine, for those who are interested in healing themselves or others.

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Spiritual Teacher Deborah King Tells Us How to be Your Own Shaman

Deborah King, wellness coach and shamanic healer, explains how to be your own showman and energy healer on Lifetime Television. Spiritual Teacher Deborah King tells us what it means to be your own healer and educates us on alternative energy healing and energy medicine as well as the energy fields that surround us on a daily basis. You can learn all these techniques in Deborah King’s book, “Be Your Own Shaman”

Shamanic Quest for the Spirit of Salvia The Divinatory, Visionary, and Healing Powers of the Sage of the Seers By (author) Ross Heaven

About Shamanic Quest for the Spirit of Salvia

The first practical guide to the transformative uses of salvia

• Explains how salvia connects you with your higher purpose and aids you in envisioning your unique path in life

• Describes appropriate methods of use, a shamanic diet to increase effectiveness, and the meaning of the symbols experienced during salvia’s ecstatic embrace

• Explores recent clinical research into salvia’s long-term positive psychological effects and its potential as a treatment for Alzheimer’s, depression, and addiction

Salvia divinorum has been used since ancient times by the Mazatec shamans of Mexico for divination, vision quests, and healing. Known by many names–nearly all associated with the Virgin Mary, who has come to symbolize the spirit of salvia–this plant ally is now regarded as the most powerful natural hallucinogen.

Providing the first practical guide to the shamanic, spiritual, and therapeutic uses of salvia, Ross Heaven shares his in-depth quest to connect with the spirit of this plant teacher. He explores recent clinical research into its many long-term psychological effects, such as increased insight and self-confidence, improved mood and concentration, and feelings of calmness and connection with nature, as well as salvia’s potential for combating diseases like Alzheimer’s, depression, and even cocaine addiction.

Reviewing the traditional Mazatec ceremonies surrounding salvia’s harvest and use, Heaven describes appropriate methods of consumption, typical dosages, and the shamanic diet he used to increase salvia’s effectiveness. Examining firsthand accounts of salvia journeys from around the world, he decodes the meaning of the symbolic images experienced during salvia’s ecstatic embrace and details the interplay between salvia and the lucid dreaming state. Comparing salvia to ayahuasca and the San Pedro cactus, Heaven explains that salvia’s greatest strength as a shamanic plant ally lies in its ability to connect you with your higher purpose and aid you in envisioning your unique path in life.

About the Author of Shamanic Quest for the Spirit of Salvia
Ross Heaven is a psychologist and healer with extensive training in the shamanic, transpersonal, and psychospiritual traditions. The author of more than 10 books, including Plant Spirit Shamanism and Cactus of Mystery, he teaches workshops on shamanism and plant medicines and coordinates trips to Peru to work with indigenous shamans. He lives in Spain and the United Kingdom.

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