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The Psychotropic Mind: The World According to Ayahuasca, Iboga, and Shamanism

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This book examines plant-centered shamanic practices, including initiations, hallucinogens, and altered states of consciousness. It discusses both the benefits and dangers that await those who seek to travel this ancient path. Jacket Description/Back: ENTHEOGENS / SHAMANISM "Wide-ranging and provocative, these trialogues entice us with colorful personal encounters with South American...

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This book examines plant-centered shamanic practices, including initiations, hallucinogens, and altered states of consciousness. It discusses both the benefits and dangers that await those who seek to travel this ancient path.
Jacket Description/Back:
ENTHEOGENS / SHAMANISM "Wide-ranging and provocative, these trialogues entice us with colorful personal encounters with South American and African shamanism. Brimming with practical and insightful advice, and displaying a refreshingly broad conceptual framework, this book is both entertaining and informative. It will satisfy both the newcomer to the field as well as those with a well-established interest in hallucinogens and their social implications." --Rick Strassman, author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule and clinical associate professor of psychiatry, University of New Mexico School of Medicine In the Amazon, shamans do not talk in terms of hallucinogens but of tools for communicating with other life-forms. Ayahuasca, for example, is first and foremost a means of breaking down the barrier that separates humans from other species, allowing us to communicate with them. The introduction of plant-centered shamanism into the Western world in the 1970s was literally the meeting of two entirely different paradigms. In The Psychotropic Mind, three of the individuals who have been at the forefront of embracing other ways of knowing look at the ramifications of the introduction into our Western culture of these shamanic practices and the psychotropic substances that support them. With rare sincerity and depth, noted anthropologist Jeremy Narby, filmmaker Jan Kounen, and writer/filmmaker Vincent Ravalec explore the questions of sacred plants, initiations, hallucinogens, and altered states of consciousness, looking at both the benefits and dangers that await those who seek to travel this path. Focusing specifically on ayahuasca and iboga, psychotropic substances with which the authors are intimately familiar, they examine how we can best learn the other ways of perceiving the world found in indigenous cultures and how this knowledge offers immense benefits and likely solutions to some of the modern world's most pressing problems. JEREMY NARBY is an anthropologist best known for his books The Cosmic Serpent and Intelligence in Nature. Filmmaker JAN KOUNEN has created a number of films and documentaries, including the celebrated Blueberry, released in the United states as Renegades. VINCENT RAVALEC is a prizewinning writer and filmmaker whose book Iboga has been translated into English by Park Street Press.

Biographical Note:
Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist best known for his books "The Cosmic Serpent" and "Intelligence in Nature." Filmmaker Jan Kounen has created a number of films and documentaries, including the celebrated "Blueberry," released in the United States as "Renegades." Vincent Ravalec is a prizewinning writer and filmmaker whose book "Iboga" has been translated into English by Park Street Press.

Table of Contents:

Introduction
Part 1: Ayahuasca and Iboga
The Dangers and the Benefits
Shamanism
The Ayahuasca Experience
Tools for the Trip
Iboga
Part 2: The Mysteries Encountered
The Visions
The Idea of God
Differences between Ayahuasca and Iboga
More Advice
Expectations and Misconceptions

Glossary
About the Authors
Index

Review Quotes:
"In "The Psychotropic Mind", three of the individuals who have been at the forefront of embracing other ways of knowing look at the ramifications of the introduction into our western culture of these shamanic practices and the psychotropic substances that support them. With sincerity and depth, noted anthropologist Jeremy Narby, filmmaker Jan Kounen, and writer/filmmaker Vincent Ravalec explore the questions of indigenous plant medicines, initiations and altered states of consciousness, looking at both the benefits and dangers that await those who seek to travel this path. Focusing specifically on ayahuasca and iboga - psychotropic substances with which the authors are intimately familiar - they examine how we can best learn the other ways of perceiving the world, as found in indigenous cultures, and how this knowledge offers immense benefits and likely solutions to some of the modern world's most pressing problems."

Review Quotes:
"Wide-ranging and provocative, these trialogues entice us with colorful personal encounters with South American and African shamanism. Brimming with practical and insightful advice, and displaying a refreshingly broad conceptual framework, this book is both entertaining and informative. It will satisfy both the newcomer to the field as well as those with a well-established interest in hallucinogens and their social implications."

Review Quotes:
"Since the 1950s there has been considerable interest in the use of natural hallucinogens by indigenous people as part of their spiritual beliefs. . . . the conversation that is recorded does offer some insights into this strange world."

Review Quotes:
"This book will be valuable to professionals counseling young people and to those working with 12-Step programs and rehab facilities. Salespeople should understand what it is about so that it does not get passed over as being sensational and exotic."
Conversations on shamanism and mind-altering plants by filmmaker Jan Kounen, anthropologist Jeremy Narby, and writer/filmmaker Vincent Ravalec
- Explores how ayahuasca and iboga are tools for communicating with other life-forms
- Offers insights into the role this indigenous knowledge can play in solving the current problems facing the world
In the Amazon, shamans do not talk in terms of hallucinogens but of tools for communicating with other life-forms. Ayahuasca, for example, is first and foremost a means of breaking down the barrier that separates humans from other species, allowing us to communicate with them. The introduction of plant-centered shamanism into the Western world in the 1970s was literally the meeting of two entirely different paradigms. In "The Psychotropic Mind," three of the individuals who have been at the forefront of embracing other ways of knowing look at the ramifications of the introduction into our Western culture of these shamanic practices and the psychotropic substances that support them.
With rare sincerity and depth, noted anthropologist Jeremy Narby, filmmaker Jan Kounen, and writer/filmmaker Vincent Ravalec explore the questions of sacred plants, initiations, hallucinogens, and altered states of consciousness, looking at both the benefits and dangers that await those who seek to travel this path. Focusing specifically on ayahuasca and iboga, psychotropic substances with which the authors are intimately familiar, they examine how we can best learn the other ways of perceiving the world found in indigenous cultures, and how this knowledge offers immense benefits and likely solutions to some of the modern world's most pressing problems.

Contributor Bio: Narby, Jeremy
Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist best known for his books The Cosmic Serpent and Intelligence in Nature.

Contributor Bio: Kounen, Jan
Filmmaker Jan Kounen has created a number of films and documentaries, including the celebrated "Blueberry", released in the United States as "Renegades".

Contributor Bio: Ravalec, Vincent
Vincent Ravalec is the screenwriter, producer, and director of numerous films as well as the author of many books in French.

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