By Margaret De Wys
• Explains in vibrant aspect De Wys’s adventure of being healed from melanoma via visionary ayahuasca rituals in Ecuador
• Describes her apprenticeship and dating with the shaman who cured her
• Explores the methods this non secular drugs can heal the emotional origins of ailment now plaguing our sleek technological tradition
• selected as one of many “Top 10 Books of the hot facet” through Jonathan Talat Phillips on The Huffington Post
When composer and Bard university tune professor Margaret De Wys realized she had breast melanoma, the analysis shattered her cozy existence. Seized by means of worry, beaten via existential loneliness, she couldn’t reply while her family reached out to her. To everyone’s drawback, the sickness propelled her clear of her kin and deep into the Amazon to paintings with Carlos, a charismatic Shuar shaman and grasp of medicina milenaria, an historical mystical culture with a hugely subtle and certain know-how of therapeutic. In Black Smoke, De Wys writes of her striking come upon with Carlos as he guided her right into a international of effective visionary crops, harrowing initiations, ritual purification, and unbelievable healings, together with the full disappearance of her melanoma. It was once, as Carlos known as it, “the course of the warrior.”
Sharing a trip not just via melanoma but additionally via self-transformation, De Wys offers an intimate within examine the shamanic ceremonies of ayahuasca and the methods this non secular medication can heal the emotional origins of illness now plaguing our sleek technological tradition. taking pictures her actual, emotional, and “holy voyage” via a global that differs drastically from our personal in its notion of therapeutic and wholeness, she deals a revealing chronicle of religious perception and a trenchant exploration of the boundaries of idealism. She not just presents a probing examine how our society can examine and make the most of indigenous knowledge but in addition weaves a cautionary story approximately how in all probability harmful it is--on either sides--to attempt to go these frontiers.
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Black Smoke: Healing and Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon by Margaret De Wys