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The Jaguar That Roams the Mind: An Amazonian Plant Spirit Odyssey

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Robert Tindall shares his journey through the inner and outer landscape of the churches of ayahuasca and with indigenous shamans in the Amazon. He explains the three pillars of Amazonian shamanism: healing through purging, the ritual use of ayahuasca, and communing with the innate intelligence of plant teachers. Review Quotes:...

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Robert Tindall shares his journey through the inner and outer landscape of the churches of ayahuasca and with indigenous shamans in the Amazon. He explains the three pillars of Amazonian shamanism: healing through purging, the ritual use of ayahuasca, and communing with the innate intelligence of plant teachers.
Review Quotes:
"If you want to know what vegetalismo is really like, you could go to the Amazon, or you could read this book."

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SHAMANISM / VISIONARY PLANTS "A beautifully crafted account of a man's psychospiritual healing quest, from his traumatic childhood and early drug addiction, to an ill-fated pilgrimage to the Sahara, to finally finding his path in the depths of the Amazon. Robert Tindall writes with exquisite fluid clarity and fearless, openhearted honesty. The book is a riveting, pleasurable read but is also profoundly sophisticated and deeply informative. I couldn't put it down." --J. P. Harpignies, editor of Visionary Plant Consciousness The Jaguar that Roams the Mind is a journey into the vanishing world of Amazonian shamanism--an adventure of initiation and return--that explores the unique reality at the heart of the healing system. Robert Tindall shares his journeys through the inner and outer landscape of the churches of ayahuasca and with the Kaxinawa Indians in Brazil; his experiences at the pioneering center for the treatment of addiction, Takiwasi, in Peru; and his studies with an Ashaninca master shaman deep in the rainforest jungle. Moving beyond the scientific approach to medicinal plants, which seeks to reduce them to their chemical constituents, Tindall illustrates the shamans' intimate relationships with plant spirits. He explores the three pillars of Amazonian shamanism: purging (drawing disease out of the body), psychoactive plants (including the ritual use of ayahuasca), and diet (communing with the innate intelligence of teacher plants). Through trials and revelations, the subtle inner logic of indigenous healing unfolds for him, including the "miraculous" healing of a woman suffering from a brain tumor. Culminating in a ceremony fraught with terror yet ultimately enlightening, Tindall's journey reveals the crucial component missing from the metaphysics of the West: the understanding and appreciation of the sentience of nature itself. ROBERT TINDALL is a writer, classical guitarist, and inveterate traveler who has lived in England, Argentina, Peru, and Mexico. With his wife, Susana, he leads groups into the Amazon rain forest to encounter the indigenous healing traditions there. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Biographical Note:
Robert Tindall is a writer, classical guitarist, and inveterate traveler who has lived in England, Argentina, Peru, and Mexico. With his wife, Susana, he leads groups into the Amazon rain forest to encounter the indigenous healing traditions there. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Table of Contents:

Foreword "by Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D."
1 Prelude--It's Better to Pray Than Sleep
2 The Jaguar that Roams the Mind
3 Fear No Spirits
4 Close to the Hurt Lies Growing the Balm
5 The Spirit of Mist
6 The Sacred City
7 The Will to Heal Is the Will to Be Whole
8 A Sweet Odor Shall Enter Their Bones
9 The Holy Tree
10 Our Revels Now Are Ended
Acknowledgments
Appendix: The Verse of the Plant We Follow "by Susana Bustos, Ph.D."
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Review Quotes:
"If you want to know what vegetalismo is "really" like, you could go to the Amazon, or you could read this book."

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"I invite you to sink your mind into one of the most delectable and rapturous soul-twisters I have read in quite a while. It is completely worth the effort and will leave you permanently changed."

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"It is an exploration into the mind of the seeker as Tindall struggles to comprehend the culture around him--and, himself. . . . Well-crafted, this quest of indigenous healing in the Amazon could be read like a novel."

Review Quotes:
"A beautifully crafted account of a man's psychospiritual healing quest, from his traumatic childhood and early drug addiction, to an ill-fated pilgrimage to the Sahara, to finally finding his path in the depths of the Amazon. Robert Tindall writes with exquisite fluid clarity and fearless, openhearted honesty. The book is a riveting, pleasurable read but is also profoundly sophisticated and deeply informative. I couldn't put it down."

Review Quotes:
"Like the twists and turns of ayahuasca, the sacred vine of the Amazon, this wonderful narrative of love and self-discovery connects vast inner worlds of dream and vision, power and magic, with a passionate pilgrimage in time and space. A joy to read."

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"There are an increasing number of psychospiritual drug narratives that centre around ayahuasca and the Amazon, and while they all retain a great number of similar threads, Tindall's The Jaguar the Roams the Mind manages to stand out from the crowd; not least because there is a more learned literary repartee being made use of metaphorically. For the scholar of pharmacography this is an excellent example of ayahuasca literature and, for the general reader, it is an illustrative and engaging story that probes both mind and culture."
A journey into the deeper workings of indigenous healing in the Amazon
- Explores the three pillars of Amazonian shamanism: purging, psychoactive plants, and diet
- Shares the experiences of apprenticing with an Ashaninca master shaman
- Reveals the intimate relationship between shamans and plant spirits
"The Jaguar that Roams the Mind" is a journey into the vanishing world of Amazonian shamanism--an adventure of initiation and return--that explores the unique reality at the heart of the Amazonian healing system. Robert Tindall shares his journeys through the inner and outer landscape of the churches of ayahuasca and with the Kaxinawa Indians in Brazil; his experiences at the pioneering center for the treatment of addiction, Takiwasi, in Peru; and his studies with an Ashaninca master shaman deep in the rainforest jungle.
Moving beyond the scientific approach to medicinal plants, which seeks to reduce them to their chemical constituents, Tindall illustrates the shamans' intimate relationships with plant spirits. He explores the three pillars of Amazonian shamanism: purging (drawing disease out of the body), psychoactive plants (including the ritual use of ayahuasca), and diet (communing with the innate intelligence of teacher plants). Through trials and revelations, the subtle inner logic of indigenous healing unfolds for him, including the "miraculous" healing of a woman suffering from a brain tumor. Culminating in a ceremony fraught with terror yet ultimately enlightening, Tindall's journey reveals the crucial component missing from the metaphysics of the West: the understanding and appreciation of the sentience of nature itself.

Contributor Bio: Tindall, Robert
Robert Tindall is a writer, classical guitarist, and inveterate traveler who has lived in England, Argentina, Peru, and Mexico. His work explores themes of pilgrimage and the crossing of frontiers into other cultures and states of consciousness. With his wife, Susana, he leads groups into the Amazon rain forest to encounter the indigenous healing traditions there. In addition to The Jaguar that Roams the Mind, he is the author of The Battle of the Soul in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Contributor Bio: Plotkin, Mark J
LYNNE CHERRY has devoted her life to sharing her concern about environmental issues with others. Her important children's books also include The Armadillo from Amarillo and two tales from the Amazon rain forest: The Great Kapok Tree and The Shaman's Apprentice. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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