Please Support The Ayahuasca Reader’s Indigogo Campaign

ayahuascareadercoverGet your copy of the book and contribute to the Indigogo Ayahuasca Reader Global Launch Campaign!

The Ayahuasca Reader shines a bright light on the ayahuasca phenomenon and the cultures who have used it and other healing plants in the rainforest for thousands of years.

Our publishing mission with this book is to inform people across all
sectors – from environmentalists to psychologists, from entertainers to philanthropists, from anthropologists to corporate leaders – about the healing benefits of the “vine of the soul,” its transformative powers and potential to promote well-being for people and planet.

 

“An invaluable resource and a must-read for anyone interested in ayahuasca.”     –Jeremy Narby, PhD, Amazonian Project Director, Nouvelle Planete

Come to the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference in Vancouver

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This conference, now in its sixth year, presents a provocative line-up of visionaries, healers, herbalists and scientists to share their knowledge and experience in the resurging field of entheogens/psychedelics, including such substances ayahuasca, psilocybe mushrooms, iboga, peyote, cannabis, San Pedro, as well as synthetic entheogens, such as LSD and MDMA.

Presenters include ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison, Chris Kilham (“Medicine Hunter”), psychotherapist Ralph Metzner (via Skype), Dr. Bruce Damer, Martin A. Lee (author of Smoke Signals and founder of Project CBD), Erica Wohldman, Ph.D., Mark Haden, Leanna Standish, ND, Ph.D., Robyn Briggs Lawrence, Cvita Mamic, Thomas Hatsis, Galen Brandt and others.

For information and registration, please go to: https://spiritplantmedicine.com.

Entheogenic experience: Finding the pathways of your soul in the world

A six-week live, interactive video course, presented by Evolver Learning Lab,
starting June 29. In each session Ralph will present one of the six pathways and
will describe how to identify the gifts and challenges of each of these pathways;
after the initial presentation, we will have ample time for discussion and
questions. There are written course materials which will help you to explore how
you and the people you know best are functioning on these pathways in the world.

We sense intuitively that as a human soul, we are here on Earth for a purpose.
Spiritual and shamanic traditions have spoken about seeking and finding a vision for
our life in the world. Who am I? Why am I here? Why did my soul choose to be born
into this family, at this time, in this place? These are the basic questions that
we find ourselves confronting – at important choice points in our life, in
entheogenic experiences or on vision quests. What is my destiny? What are the
pathways in which I can express my creative vision and talents? We will consider
the six archetypal pathways that have been identified in all parts of the world and
all historic periods, in order to better understand your life experiences, visions
and challenges.

The pathways are:

  • One – The Explorer, the Scientist, the Seeker, the Pioneer
  • Two – The Healer, the Shaman, the Therapist, the Peacemaker
  • Three – The Artist, the Story Teller, the Poet, the Musician
  • Four – The Teacher, the Historian, the Social Scientist, the Journalist
  • Five – The Warrior, the Guardian, the Reformer, the Activist
  • Six – The Builder, the Organizer, the Producer, the Engineer

Here is the link to sign up for the course and get more detailed description of
each session.

A Benefit for Botanical Dimensions and Green Earth Foundation

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Kathleen Harrison and Ralph Metzner

The Renewal of Nature Awareness and Psychedelics:

A conversation between old friends Ralph Metzner and Kathleen Harrison 

A BENEFIT FOR BOTANICAL DIMENSIONS AND GREEN EARTH FOUNDATION

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The realms of plants and fungi provide us with life-sustaining nourishment, medicines for healing sickness, relief of pain, and delight for our senses with their color and fragrance. Mysteriously, they function as door-openers to the spirit world. They help us cleanse the lenses of perception and to know our place in the great web of life. Nature awareness deepens our experience of being alive, and the need to care of the world in which we live. How has our culture’s discovery of psychedelic experience enhanced our sense of being nature and the responsibility that gift entails? What can we learn from the amazing plant teachers, the vines of visions, the mushrooms of magic? Where do we go from here? 

Kathleen Harrison is an ethnobotanist, who is dedicated to studying and teaching the ways that people relate to plants, fungi, and the wisdom they can offer. She is the president and co-founder of Botanical Dimensions, a non-profit organization that has worked for 30 years to collect knowledge of medicinal and shamanic species. She teaches at BD’s Ethnobotany Library in Occidental, which she curates.

Ralph Metzner, founder and president of the Green Earth Foundation,  is a psychotherapist and former professor at California Institute of Integral Studies  with a life-long interest in visionary plants and medicines.  He is the author of Green Psychologyand editor of The Ayahuasca Experience and Sacred Mushroom of Visions

Friday, June 17, 2016 – 7pm-9pm

Occidental Center for the Arts, 3250 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental CA 95465 (at the intersection of Graton Rd. and Bohemian Hwy.)

$35/person for this benefit event

Tickets from brownpapertickets.com: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2552152

Perspectives On The Current Global Crisis – A conversation with Ralph Metzner

Ralph latestIn this conversation with journalist Will Shonbrun, we first discuss at some length the current global crisis, in light of my writing in the revised edition of The Expansion of Consciousness.

We then discuss the most promising current research and application projects involving psychedelic drugs. The interview has been published on the website of Project Censored, founded by Peter Phillips.

Heart Medicine: A True Love Story – One Couple’s Quest for the Sacred Iboga Medicine & the Cure for Addiction

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By Elizabeth Bast.

Drug addiction is notoriously difficult to cure or even treat. Relapse rates are discouragingly high, as are mortality rates. Since all the addictive drugs are also illegal and possession can result in incarceration – the cards are stacked against addiction therapy. Into this toxic psychosocial mix comes the legendary central African plant root Tabernanthe iboga or its semi-synthetic derivative ibogaine, a powerful entheogen used in healing and initiation ceremonies in the Bwiti  cult. Uniquely among other psychedelic plants or substances, ibogaine has the capacity to actually block addictive cravings for long enough to permit an addict to re-establish a healthy connection with the core of their being – given appropriate guidance and support.  In the past twenty years or so, a number of healing centers offering ibogaine therapy for addiction have been established in  countries outside the US. What a karmic paradox: a potential cure for the addictions plaguing the urban West comes out of former slave colony states in central Africa!

Elizabeth Bast is a yoga teacher, temple dancer ritual performance artist and hierodule. Her partner Chor Boogie is a spray-paint artist whose brilliantly colored murals adorn public spaces in several continents. During their relationship he relapsed into a drug addiction he had left ten years before, coming close to death.  The couple went on a healing quest and found themselves in an iboga addiction treatment center in Costa Rica with a 10th generation Bwiti shaman from Gabon.  Both went through intense cleansing and truth-telling rituals, releasing deep pockets of shame, guilt and self-deception. This book tells their unique and inspiring story – a healing story for our troubled time – a story of courage, vision, truth and deep love. Available on Amazon.

Talk by Eben Alexander, MD On His Six-day Return Journey Beyond Death

This is a link to a one and a half hour lecture by Eben Alexander, MD, called “A Neurosurgeon’s Journey through the Afterlife.”  Dr. Alexander’s book, Proof of Heaven, on which his talk is based, has become an international best-seller.

He describes with great lucidity an out-of-body trip that lasted six days in real time, in which he was essentially brain-dead, having contracted a deadly virus that put him in a coma. However, contrary to medical and familial expectations, he returned to full consciousness, and has been describing, with great lucidity and passion, his journeys into the spiritual realms beyond death.

This book represents a major paradigm breakthrough toward the re-unification of the scientific worldview with ancient recognized truths of life beyond the veils of death.

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