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South American Shamanism



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.

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Rain Forest Shaman - National Geographic

A shaman searches the rain forest of Paraguay for medicinal cures.

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A Shaman’s Miraculous Tools for Healing

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.

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Alberto Villoldo – 2012-The Next Step of Evolution?

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

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Dr. Gabor Maté—Ayahuasca Healing at the Temple of the Way of Light

Physician, best-selling author and renowned speaker, Dr. Gabor Maté shares his experience drinking ayahuasca and receiving healing from the Shipibo Onanya at the Temple of the Way of Light in June 2019.

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Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond

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...

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Science, Spirituality and Ayahuasca: Interview with Joe Tafur, MD

In this recent conversation we had with Dr. Tafur, he shares his perspective on what the materialistic West stands to learn from the mystical side of spirituality, emotions, and mental health.

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Ritual Shamanism Human Evolution with Don Oscar Miro-Quesada

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The Shaman & Ayahuasca: Journeys to Sacred Realms

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.

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Dance of the Four Winds: Secrets of the Inca Medicine Wheel

Dance of the Four Winds recounts the adventures of the American psychologist Alberto Villoldo as he journeys to Peru to explore the visionary ceremonies of the native shamans.

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Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life

“Lessons in Courage” is the biography of an extraordinary man, who has awakened to his own purpose in life as a servant to conscious evolution for all humanity.

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