Reading Recommendations on Shamanism, Psychedelics, and Alternative Medicine
We would like to share some insightful reading recommendations that delve into the fascinating and complex topics of shamanism, psychedelics, and alternative medicine. These books provide a comprehensive and diverse perspective on traditional folk medicine, shamanic rituals, hallucinogenic plants, and the cultural history of these practices in different regions of the world.
“Medicine Women, Curanderas and Women Doctors”
“Medicine Women, Curanderas, and Women Doctors” is a fascinating book that explores the history of women’s healing practices and the challenges they faced in a male-dominated medical profession. The author, Bobette Perrone, focuses on the experiences of Latinas in the United States and Mexico, tracing their roles as healers and doctors from pre-Columbian times to the present day.
Perrone, Krueger and Stockel examine the ways in which women have used various healing traditions, including herbal medicine, #midwifery , and spiritual practices, to help their communities. She also explores the barriers that women faced in accessing formal medical education and gaining acceptance in the medical profession, and the ways in which they overcame these obstacles. It’s a #mustread for anyone interested in the intersection of #gender, health, and culture.
“The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge” by Jeremy Narby
“The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge” by Jeremy Narby is a book that explores the relationship between shamanism, science, and indigenous knowledge. The author shares his personal experiences with indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest and their use of ayahuasca, a powerful hallucinogenic plant. Narby suggests that the indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants is rooted in a deep understanding of the natural world, which may be linked to the double helix structure of DNA.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part describes Narby’s experiences with the indigenous people and his attempts to understand their knowledge of medicinal plants. The second part delves into the scientific research on DNA and the possibility that it may hold the key to unlocking a deeper understanding of the natural world. Overall, “The Cosmic Serpent” is a thought-provoking exploration of the intersection between science and spirituality, offering insights into the nature of knowledge and consciousness that may be transformative.
“MITOS, TRADICIONES Y PLANTAS ALUCINANTES” by Plutarco Naranjo
MITOS, TRADICIONES Y PLANTAS ALUCINANTES by Plutarco Naranjo is a Spanish-language book covering hallucinogenic plants, shamanic rituals, and myths associated with a variety of visionary substances in Latin American culture. The book explores the use of ayahuasca, peyote, mushrooms, and other psychedelics by shamans and in religious rituals. It includes accounts of the author’s own experiences with these plants for spiritual exploration and healing. Naranjo discusses the rich cultural history and beliefs surrounding each plant teacher. This book provides a deep look into the world of shamanism and psychedelics in Latin America.
“Microdosing with Amanita Muscaria” by Baba Masha, M.D
Microdosing with Amanita Muscaria by Baba Masha, M.D. provides an in-depth guide to the ceremonial use of fly #agaric mushrooms based on traditional Siberian practices. It recommends low doses of this psychedelic mushroom to access its nootropic and spiritual benefits. While fly agaric has been used for centuries in shamanic rituals, it can also be quite dangerous if not used properly. Baba Masha offers advice for safe and responsible micro dosing but I would advise researching this topic thoroughly before attempting it. This book explores an area of psychedelics that is lesser known but holds a fascinating place in cultural history.
Historia de las Drogas, 1 by Antonio Escohortado
Historia de las Drogas, 1 by Antonio Escohortado is a Spanish language history of drugs and their role in society, religion, culture, and politics. It covers a wide range of psychoactive plants and substances from ancient to modern times. Volume 1 focuses on cannabis, opium, and hallucinogens like mushrooms, peyote, and ayahuasca. Escohortado discusses how these substances have been used in shamanic rituals, medical practices, and for recreation throughout the world. He provides a cultural context for understanding both the benefits and perils of each plant or drug. This book offers a deep look at the complex relationship between humans and psychoactive substances throughout history.
Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy by Stanislav Grof
Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy by Stanislav Grof explores the potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness for healing, transcendence, and gaining insights into the nature of reality. Grof developed holotropic breathwork and has extensive experience with LSD in therapeutic settings. This book provides an overview of his psychedelic psychotherapy techniques, including their ability to induce transcendental experiences and release traumatic imprints. Grof also discusses how non-ordinary states of consciousness can provide a deeper understanding of birth, death, and humanity’s place in the cosmos. His psychedelic psychotherapy has influenced generations of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychonauts.
DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman, M.D.
DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman, M.D. chronicles the first government-approved clinical study of DMT, a potent psychedelic compound that naturally occurs in the body and plants life. Strassman administered high doses of DMT to volunteers intravenously and documented their experiences. The book provides a fascinating glimpse into the nature of consciousness and reality through the lens of DMT. Strassman’s study offers scientific insights into the mechanisms of action for psychedelics and their ability to induce mystical experiences. DMT: The Spirit Molecule has become a classic in psychedelic literature.
It’s important to note that shamanism, psychedelics, and alternative medicine come with inherent risks if not approached carefully and with proper preparation. Therefore, we highly recommend doing extensive research on any psychoactive plants or substances before attempting to use them. It’s also wise to seek guidance from those with hands-on experience whenever possible, including experienced practitioners and researchers, and approach these topics with an open mind and a healthy dose of skepticism.
In conclusion, the books listed above provide a diverse and thought-provoking exploration of shamanism, psychedelics, and alternative medicine. However, it’s important to approach these topics with caution and a thorough understanding of their cultural and historical context, as well as their potential risks and benefits. With the right guidance and preparation, these practices and substances can offer powerful opportunities for healing, growth, and spiritual exploration.
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