A compilation of writings on the chemical, biological, psychological,
and experiential dimensions of Ayahuasca
· Includes 24 firsthand accounts of Ayahuasca experiences
and resulting life changes, including contributions from J. C.
Callaway, Charles S. Grob, and Dennis J. McKenna
· Discusses the medical and psychological applications
Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic Amazonian plant mixture that has
been used for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years by native
Indian and mestizo shamans in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador for
healing and divination. Many Western-trained physicians and 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, and experiential dimensions of ayahuasca. He begins
with more than 20 firsthand accounts from Westerners who have
used ayahuasca and then presents the history, psychology, and
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 and psychology, and compares the
worldview revealed by ayahuasca visions to that of Western cultures.
264 pages 6" x 9"
Sacred Vine of Spirits Ayahuasca