Sacred Vine of Spirits: Ayahuasca

Sacred Vine of Spirits Ayahuasca A compilation of writings on the chemical biological psychological experiential dimensions of Ayahuasca Includes sthand accounts of Ayahuasca experiences resulting life changes including contri

  • Title: Sacred Vine of Spirits: Ayahuasca
  • Author: Ralph Metzner
  • ISBN: 9781594770531
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • A compilation of writings on the chemical, biological, psychological experiential dimensions of Ayahuasca Includes 24 1sthand accounts of Ayahuasca experiences resulting life changes, including contributions from J.C Callaway, Charles S Grob Dennis J McKenna Discusses the medical psychological applications of Ayahuasca Ayahuasca is a hallucinoA compilation of writings on the chemical, biological, psychological experiential dimensions of Ayahuasca Includes 24 1sthand accounts of Ayahuasca experiences resulting life changes, including contributions from J.C Callaway, Charles S Grob Dennis J McKenna Discusses the medical psychological applications of Ayahuasca Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic ian plant mixture that has been used for 100s, perhaps 1000s, of years by native Indian mestizo shamans in Peru, Colombia Ecuador for healing divination Many Western trained physicians psychologists have acknowledged that this substance can allow access to spiritual dimensions of consciousness, even mystical experiences indistinguishable from classic religious mysticism In Sacred Vine of Spirits Ayahuasca Ralph Metzner, a pioneer in the study of consciousness, has assembled a group of authoritative contributors who provide an exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological experiential dimensions of ayahuasca He has than 20 1sthand accounts from Westerners who have used ayahuasca also presents the history, psychology chemistry of ayahuasca from leading scholars in the field of psychoactive research He concludes with his own findings on ayahuasca, including its applications in medicine psychology, comparing the worldview revealed by ayahuasca visions to that of Western cultures.

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    1. Ralph Metzner

      Ralph Metzner Ph.D is an American psychologist, writer and researcher, who participated in psychedelic research at Harvard University in the early 1960s with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert later named Ram Dass Dr Metzner is a psychotherapist, and Professor Emeritus of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he was formerly the Academic Dean and Academic Vice president He received his undergraduate degree at Oxford University and his doctorate in clinical psychology at Harvard University, where he was also the recipient of an NIMH Post doctoral Fellowship in psychopharmacology at the Harvard Medical School He has a life long interest in the many different realms of consciousness and its modifications He is the author of The Well of Remembrance, The Unfolding Self, Green Psychology, Birth of a Psychedelic Culture with Ram Dass editor of two collections of essays on ayahuasca and on psilocybe mushrooms and author of a new series of seven books on The Ecology of Consciousness.

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    1. This book covers history, research, user experience and so much more. A good place to start for people looking into ayahuasca. The first four chapters are written by various experts and cover the history and research. The remainder of the book is written by individuals telling of their experiences with the medicine.What I liked: I liked the Introduction: ian Vine of Visions by Ralph Metzner, Ph. D A comprehensive and interesting opening on the history of the study of consciousness using this med [...]


    2. My very dear friend Michael sent me Metzner's books on Ayahuasca and psychoactive mushrooms for a recent birthday. I read one right after another, starting with the more familiar mushrooms. Both books have the same structure: an introduction by Metzner, a multidisciplinary series of essays about the plant/drug and a series of firsthand accounts of experiences under their influences. While I find the first two parts illuminating, especially as regards brain chemistry, I found the reminiscences qu [...]


    3. this is a good introduction to anyone interested in "the medicine," ie ayahuasca. Various sections are included: the plant-entheogen's traditional cultural history, its chemical make-up & probable biological reasons for healing/visions, its geography, its comparison/contrast to other psychedelics/entheogens and its current usage around the globe. One of the best parts of this book is the testimonial section. These eloquent, well-thought-out reflections from physicians to artists to psycholog [...]


    4. I found the scientific articles a bit dry and repetitive, but the various testimonies made up for it. It was interesting to see how the different settings from the Sainto Daime to the more New Age retreats to authentic shaman rituals didn't really change the end results: regardless of the setting people got what they needed from the brew and all the experiences were life changing. I' d be curious to see more formal studies done on the long term effects.


    5. Giving this five stars largely because of the 24 personal accounts. I'm pretty familiar with the ideas in the rest of the book so I just skimmed of it. However, the collection of stories was incredible. They were each very well written and I simply could not wait to get to the next one. Anyone remotely interested in the subject should check out that chapter.


    6. Metzner's collection of Ayahuasca journeys provides a wonderful view into the many visions produced by this powerful plant teacher. A must read.



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