The Visionary & Healing Powers of the Vine of the Soul
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Park Street Press
FROM THE EROWID REVIEW #
- Review by Annette, 2005 Jul 11
In Ayahuasca: The Visionary and Healing Powers of the Vine of the Soul, Joan Parisi Wilcox delivers a highly descriptive narrative of her fascination with ayahuasca’s visionary experiences. Her account offers an insider’s view of the traditional ayahuasca ritual, in which a shaman administers the drug and guides the experience of the initiate. Wilcox’s interest in the ceremonial use of . . . (more)
BACK COVER #A comprehensive autobiographical account of the transforming experiences possible with ayahuasca.
- Reveals the protocols of a traditional ayahuasca retreat and the importance of its ritual diet, isolation, and sacred songs
- Relates an extensive personal account of the traditional indigenous use of ayahuasca for healing and revelation
This book reveals the ritual protocols that must be followed prior to partaking of ayahausca, including the traditional preparatory "diet"--which requires enduring austere conditions, isolation, and only small amounts of bland food before receiving the powers of the plant spirit from an ayahuasquero, a healing master--and the sacred songs, icaros, that are sung when imbibing the substance. Although the use of ayahuasca is growing among "underground" spiritual seekers and through the burgeoning ayahuasca tourism trade in South America, few of its seekers wunderstand how it is used traditionally and the importance of the rituals the indigenous people follow. With this book, the author hopes to restore the importance of these indigenous practices so that we many truly understand all the gifts of ayahuasca.