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The Ayahuasca Experience
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Amazonian Vine of Visions
Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.

1. Ayahuasca: An Ethnopharmacologic History
Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D.

2. The Psychology of Ayahuasca
Charles S. Grob, M.D.

3. Phytochemistry and Neuropharmacology of Ayahuasca
J. C. Callaway, Ph.D.

4. The Experience of Ayahuasca: Teachings of the Amazonian Plant Spirits


Initiation into Ancient Lineage of Visionary Healers

Raoul Adamson

We Are Experiencing the Joyful Phenomenon of Re-creation
Cristina Santos

Having So Recently Experienced My Death, It Felt Miraculous to Be Alive

Stefan C.

Breaking from the Bondage of the Mind
Kate S.

A Vision of Sekhmet
Ganesha

The Pieces of My Life Fell Together in a More Meaningful Pattern
Ava S.

Knowledge Was Graciously Invoked in Me by the Plant Teacher

Oregon T.

Here Began a Series of Teachings about the Nature of the Heart

Joseph S.

A Vision of the Fabric That Is Woven by Us All
Caroline S.

Ethereal Serpents Held Me in Thrall
Shyloh Ravenswood

I Was Exploring Being with Greenness
Pamela C.

Liquid Plum'r for the Soul
I. M. Lovetree

The Plant Spirits Help Me to Heal Myself and Others

Eugenia G.

The Great Serpentine Dance of Life
Raimundo D.

A Most Palpably Buddhist-like Experience
Renata S.

Journey to the Emerald Forest
Richard N.

The Long, Multifaceted Journey of Jewish Experience

Abraham L.

Teaching the Body Its Relationship to the Spirit

Wahtola H.

Ancient Augury of My Resurrection
Barry F.

An Entirely New World of Spirit Beings
Frank Owings

Death and Rebirth in Santo Daime
Madalena Fonseca

Nature Has Embraced Me, Blown the Breath of Life into Me

Stefan C.

The Buddha, the Christ, and the Queen of the Jungle

Ganesha

Agony and Rapture with Santo Daime
Raoul Adamson

5. Conclusions, Reflections, and Speculations

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.

Notes on Contributors

About the Author

Ralph Metzner 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.

Reviews

"The Ayahuasca Experience is a most valuable resource, encompassing the history, psychology, spirituality, scientific understanding, and raw experience of the Amazonian 'vine of the spirits' now entwining itself into the Western psyche. Metzner's work is particularly recommended to those first encountering ayahuasca, who require an authoritative, user-friendly guide to the mysterious terrains opened by this traditional, sacred medicine." * Robert Tindall, author of The Jaguar that Roams the Mind and The Shamanic Odyssey *
"Thought provoking, wide ranging, and well reasoned, Metzner's collection of essays and self-reports contains an extraordinarily wide representation of subjective effects of, and scientific findings regarding, ayahuasca in the modern West. It provides ideas for future research and is essential for beginners and veterans in the field." * Rick Strassman, M.D., author of DM T: The Spirit Molecule and clinical associate professor of psychi *
"Ralph Metzner, world-famous pioneer of psychedelic research and consciousness explorer, brings together a masterful collection of writings exploring the nature of this extraordinary sacred potion, from its chemical and biological properties and psychological effects to its enormous healing and spiritual potential. This book will be an inspiration for lay audiences and a treasure trove of information for scholars studying consciousness and the human psyche." * Stanislov Grof, M.D., author of LSD : Doorway to the Numinous, Healing Our Deepest Wounds, and When *
"The Ayahuasca Experience is a classic in the enthogenic literature genre." * Ruth Parnell, Nexus, June 2014 *

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