Indigenous shamanistic practices of South America have gained great attention among Western mystics and spiritual seekers within the last few decades, thanks in large part to interest in the traditional consumption of ayahuasca, psilocybin-containing fungi, and other psychedelic substances for spiritual and physical cleansing. However, these complex healing traditions should not be reduced merely to these consumption rituals; they are only one part of a great variety of diverse Indigenous sacred traditions throughout South America.
Meet a dancer who could barely walk until a series of sessions with Villoldo, a business woman who is freed from headaches and discovers the benefits of an integrated interior life, and a young woman who confronts her past and recovers from crippling depression.
For the shaman-the shaman is a medicine man or woman-they differentiate between information and knowledge. Information is knowing that water is H20; knowledge is being able to make it rain. Information is knowing a diagnosis; knowledge is being able to heal. - Alberto Villoldo
Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Clancy Cavnar offer an in-depth exploration of how Amerindian epistemology and ontology concerning indigenous shamanic rituals of the Amazon have spread to Western societies, and of how indigenous, mestizo, and cosmopolitan cultures have engaged with and transformed these...
Internationally respected Peruvian Shaman Don José Campos illuminates the practices and benefits of Ayahuasca with grace and gentleness and much respect and gratitude for the gifts Ayahuasca has bestowed on him throughout the 25 years he has been a practicing shaman.