Posts Tagged ‘ayahuasca’

Women’s Retreat at Mayantuyacu June 9th – 21st, 2017

Women’s Retreat at Mayantuyacu June 9th – 21st, 2017

Women’s Retreat at Mayantuyacu June 9th – 21st, 2017 With Susana Bustos, Ph.D. For over ten years I have been accompanying committed men and women into the heart of the Peruvian rainforest to work with Asháninkan healer and teacher Juan […]

Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth

Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth

When your book appears listed on Amazon, even when you’re still in the final stages of editing, it sends a pleasant chill down the spine. Here is the description of my forthcoming book, Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of […]

So You Want to Converse with the Serpent? A Journey to Mayantuyacu

So You Want to Converse with the Serpent? A Journey to Mayantuyacu

Snakes have played an important role in my inner psycho-spiritual life, from the frequent snake-based nightmares that plagued my sleep as a child to far more interesting visions later on,

Integration of Ayahuasca Experiences

Integration of Ayahuasca Experiences

Not long ago, while hobnobbing one morning at my 5 year old daughter’s school, I overheard a couple of parents talking about their experiences with different ayahuasqueros and how difficult it was to find anyone reliable in the Bay Area […]

“I Am Not in Charge. The Spirits of Ayahuasca Are.” One Pilgrim’s Experience at Mayantuyacu

“I Am Not in Charge. The Spirits of Ayahuasca Are.” One Pilgrim’s Experience at Mayantuyacu

I am not in charge. The spirits of Ayahuasca are – big, powerful, monumental – like a mountain with a Sphinx on top – brown and green and jungle. Sharp edges, lightening-like patterns like native weavings – strong.

Snake Medicine: How Shamanism Heals

Snake Medicine: How Shamanism Heals

Animistic perspectives, which hold the cosmos as “a being to whom prayers and offerings are made, who is endowed with understanding, agency and sentience, and responds to the actions of humans” are often dismissed as primitive, even as “incompatible with […]

The Intensified Trajectory of Consciousness in Odysseus’ Vision in Hades

The Intensified Trajectory of Consciousness in Odysseus’ Vision in Hades

The winding path that led to this essay, just published in Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, began with the traditional lore of an Ashaninkan shaman working in the Peruvian Amazon. It may be the first significant discussion […]

The Siren’s Rapturous Song: A Video on Shamanism and the Healing of Addiction

The Siren’s Rapturous Song: A Video on Shamanism and the Healing of Addiction

Awareness of the remarkable efficacy of psychoactive plant medicines to heal addiction is growing. These presentations by Robert Tindall and Susana Bustos, sponsored by City Lights Books, were inspired in part by the authors’ work at Takiwasi, a center for […]

Can Animistic Perception Change the World?

Can Animistic Perception Change the World?

Taking a sacred medicine out in the jungle of South America appears to give rise to ecological awareness, as a reaction against a cold, materialistic view of the environment that mostly exists in the corporate mind

Subversive Spiritualities: A Review

Subversive Spiritualities: A Review

It is a rare occurrence to encounter an anthropological work that is intellectually rigorous and deeply spiritual, one which both illuminates the mind and touches the deep concerns of the heart. Yet when such a miracle occurs, as we find […]

Is Alcohol a Spirit? Or, My Goodness, My Guinness!

Is Alcohol a Spirit? Or, My Goodness, My Guinness!

The word Spirit, the “animating or vital principle in man and animals,” comes to us via the Latin spiritus, “soul, courage, vigor, breath,” and is related to spirare “to breathe.” Its plural form, spirits, or a “volatile substance,” is an […]

Psychedelic Press UK Literary Review: The Jaguar That Roams the Mind

Psychedelic Press UK Literary Review: The Jaguar That Roams the Mind

“There are an increasing number of psychospiritual drug narratives that centre around ayahuasca and the Amazon, and while they all retain a great number of similar threads, Robert Tindall’s The Jaguar the Roams the Mind stands out from the crowd… […]

Expanding Mind Interview — Shamanic Odyssey

Expanding Mind Interview — Shamanic Odyssey

Robert recently had a conversation with Erik Davis and Maja D’Aoust on the Progressive Radio Network’s program Expanding Mind, exploring indigenous versus modern consciousness, addiction, and the profound relevance of Homer’s Odyssey to unraveling the roots of our current ecological […]

Shamanic Roots of Western Culture: Odyssey & Tolkien

Shamanic Roots of Western Culture: Odyssey & Tolkien

“I love these kind of interviews – makes you feel like you’ve been sitting around the campfire with one of the ‘elders’ – out there in the jungle with the ancestors. You can almost hear their voices echoing in the […]

Breath, Psyche, Life: an Interview with KMO

Breath, Psyche, Life: an Interview with KMO

KMO welcomes Robert Tindall to the C-Realm to discuss the experiences that inform his book, The Jaguar that Roams the Mind: An Amazonian Plant Spirit Odyssey, and the themes of his new book, The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the […]

You Get Told Exactly What You Need to Hear: A Visionary Summons to the Deep Rainforest

You Get Told Exactly What You Need to Hear: A Visionary Summons to the Deep Rainforest

I first encountered the Ashaninkan shaman Juan Flores within the Cinema de Indio, one of the magical* practices of the rainforest facilitated by the psychoactive brew ayahuasca. Even many years after that heady initial immersion in the vegetalista tradition of […]

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Luxurious, well-lit spirit boats plying the night waters? Bath houses for the spirits? The danger of total memory loss? Implanted spells in the shape of little black worms? Bitter medicines that provoke vomiting and purge the system of malign influences? […]

Icaros: Song and Healing in Ayahuasca Ceremonies

Icaros: Song and Healing in Ayahuasca Ceremonies

The healing power of icaros, the magic melodies of Amazonian shamanism, were the focus of Susana’s research in the Peruvian Amazon in 2004, where she participated in numerous ceremonies and conducted extensive interviews with healers and their clients in the […]

Ayahuasca Matters: Interviews with Robert Tindall

Ayahuasca Matters: Interviews with Robert Tindall

“My take is “salvation” or “obtaining liberation,” in the Western sense, is clearly an import into Amazonian culture. Their concern is in how to walk the way of life and death, how to understand their world in greater depth. Juan […]

Shamanic Song in the Treatment of Addiction

Shamanic Song in the Treatment of Addiction

Our society is well aware of the addictive siren song of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and chemically-degraded tobacco, all derived from originally sacred, healing plants. Yet little is known of the power of psychoactive plants to heal addiction, especially […]

Shamanism is the Technology of the Spirit — an Interview with Dr. Mark Plotkin

Shamanism is the Technology of the Spirit — an Interview with Dr. Mark Plotkin

A little known fact is one of the greatest breakthroughs in 20th century medical science came from a preparation used to shoot monkeys down from the tops of trees. Naked “primitives” running around the jungle with blowguns turned out to […]

Assessing a Quest to Heal HIV with Ayahuasca Shamanism

Assessing a Quest to Heal HIV with Ayahuasca Shamanism

During the years that Susana and I have spent studying and training in the Peruvian vegetalismo, a mixed-race healing tradition that combines indigenous shamanism with Western elements such as Catholicism, we have come to appreciate the paradoxes that indigenous medicine […]

Is Ayahuasca Healing a Self-Delusion? And If Not, How Can We Know?

Is Ayahuasca Healing a Self-Delusion? And If Not, How Can We Know?

At a recent panel on ayahuasca at the conference of The Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness at U.C. Berkeley, I was intrigued to hear a social critic question the “inventive ‘religious’ mystifying of ayahuasca today in northern hemisphere circles,” […]

Ayahuasca Pilgrimage?

Ayahuasca Pilgrimage?

As a writer on ayahuasca shamanism, and a leader of small groups down to the rainforest to encounter the practice of traditional medicine, I have watched the rising of the phenomena labeled “ayahuasca tourism” with apprehension. The dark spectre of […]