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Can Ayahuasca, the 'sacred plant' of the Amazon, help addiction and depression?

The Conversation Global | Posted 11.13.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation Global

Ayahuasca has been used for spiritual and therapeutic purposes by indigenous healers in Brazil's northwestern Acre state for centuries. Luna Parracho/...

Actual Scientists Found That Ayahuasca Can Help You Think More Creatively

The Huffington Post | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 09.28.2016 | Science

Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew from the Amazon consumed in religious ceremonies for centuries, has been gaining popularity in Europe and North Ameri...

One Thing To Remember In Life's Dark Times

Z Zoccolante | Posted 06.30.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Z Zoccolante

Yea, though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me. - Psalm 23:4 KJV When I was in forth grade we p...

Is Brazil the New Epicenter of Psychedelic Science in the World?

Bia Labate | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Bia Labate

I am part of the scientific committee of the Second World Ayahuasca Conference (*), which will be held in Rio Branco, in the Brazilian Amazon, in October. I'd like to share some of the amazing science involving ayahuasca.

Snake Oil or Miracle Cure?

Melissa Heisler | Posted 05.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Melissa Heisler

Don't be taken by the promises of a quick and easy fix that will magically transform your life. If something seems to be too good to be true or promises a quick and permanent change without you having to lift a finger, someone is just trying to make money off you.

The Inauguration of the UDV Temple in Santa Fe: A Sweet Taste of Justice

Bia Labate | Posted 04.28.2017 | World
Bia Labate

April 24th, 2016: It was beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon in Santa Fe. That day, the unique, typically bitter and awful taste of ayahuasca did not se...

Why This Doctor Believes Addictions Start In Childhood

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.27.2016 | Science

What causes drug addiction? One Canadian physician argues that the problem isn't the drugs themselves. Dr. Gabor Maté believes -- based on research a...

My Experience Drinking Ayahuasca With American War Veterans

Bia Labate | Posted 01.15.2017 | Politics
Bia Labate

At 44, I am re-considering my disdain for the U.S. That is perhaps why I was open to accept an invitation to participate in an "all veterans" ayahuasca Peruvian-vegetalismo style ceremony.

Canadian Man Accused Of Killing Brit In Psychedelic Amazon Ceremony

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 12.18.2015 | World

LIMA, Dec 17 (Reuters) - A Canadian man killed a British man after the two took a hallucinogenic plant brew known as ayahuasca together at a spiritual...

On Finding Ayahuasca and Taking the Psychedelic Drug for the First Time

Inverse | Posted 11.09.2016 | Weird News

This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Colin St. John I grew up with Matt. We went to grade school and high school together -- we've been...

A New 'Turning': Waldman's Jaguar and Alcalay's History

Jay Murphy | Posted 10.29.2016 | Science
Jay Murphy

At a moment of catching her breath, Anne Waldman wrote in the first book of The Iovis Trilogy (2011) that transformation is a matter of altering molecular rhythm.

Shaman Explains How Ayahuasca Can Facilitate A Spiritual Awakening

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion

Ayahuasca has been used in religious ceremonies for centuries. Called the "vine of the soul," ayahuasca is a brew typically made from the Banisteriops...

Ciro Guerra's 'Embrace of the Serpent' at Cannes: A Conversation With the Colombian Director About Shamanism

Karin Badt | Posted 05.23.2016 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

An unusual entry in the Cannes Fortnight, Embrace of the Serpent is a stark black-and-white journey down the Amazon in the 1900s, based on the travel journals of German Koch-Grunberg and the American explorer, Richard Evans Schultes.

"Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics" edited by Allan Badiner: Book Review

Ira Israel | Posted 08.23.2016 | Religion
Ira Israel

Allan Badiner wanted to know what happened to the research with psychedelics by bright, spiritually-minded people so he decided to ask a wide spectrum of seekers what their experiences exploring the relationship between Buddhism and psychedelics was.

ICYMI: The Dubious Appeal Of Cryotherapy And The Limits Of ‘In Sickness And In Health'

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we can't get enough of question-and-answer style interviews with captivating subjec...

Ayahuasca May Be Therapeutic For Depression, Scientists Say

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.14.2015 | Science

For centuries, Amazonian shamans have been brewing ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic plant-based tea, for use in traditional healing ceremonies. Now, th...

Exclusive Interview With Alex Grey - Part 1

Morena Duwe | Posted 05.23.2015 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Deeply permeated in the transformational festival culture, Alex and his wife Allyson have become the voices and artists of a generation. In this interview, we discover, learn and transcend.

The Rocky Road to Self-Awareness

George Heymont | Posted 04.17.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Getting to know yourself better, deeper, and more intimately has fallen under all kinds of labels from meditation to masturbation, from navel gazing to spiritual grazing. The truth is, some people embrace self-examination while others are forced to confront themselves in a mirror.

Is It Working?

Rich Siegel | Posted 02.01.2015 | Comedy
Rich Siegel

Soon, my buddy Paul will be making online site reservations for our July 4th camping trip. That's seven months away, you say. Yes it is, but here in Southern California, the land of too many fucking people, you have to plan ahead. If you don't, you'll be pitching a tent between a bear box and the campground dumpster.

When Shamans Meet

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 10.12.2014 | Weird News
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

For centuries, indigenous people have incorporated shamans as an integral part of their societies. When accepted by their tribes these shamans play multiple roles. One important function is that of healers.

Ira Israel, Licensed Psychotherapist & Licensed Counselor

Ira Israel | Posted 08.21.2016 | Los Angeles
Ira Israel

How does one alter one's perspective to perceive that being obligated to show up someplace for 15-20 hours per week is a tremendous luxury?

10 Things You Should Know Before Your First Ayahuasca Ceremony

Ira Israel | Posted 10.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Hats off to Bob Morris for his ruthlessly whitebread, antiseptic article in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times! Glamorizing ayahuasca with celebrity quotes and citing the LA Weekly in calling it "exceedingly trendy" is irresponsible on so many levels!

Matt Sledge

If You Haven't Heard Of DMT Yet, You Might Soon | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Drug researchers have found evidence that a hallucinogenic compound used in shamanic rituals in the Amazon is growing in popularity. Dimethyltryptamin...

Ken Jordan on Reality Sandwich 2.0 and Conscious Community

Zoe Helene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Zoe Helene

Image (above): Net of Being, by visionary artist Alex Grey Ken Jordan, the cofounder, publisher and editorial director of Reality Sandwich and Evol...

Escape From the Amazon: A Gringo Adventure

Ashley Underwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Ashley Underwood

It was the scariest of times. It was the "please spoon me all night in my tent" scariest of times. Last year, I went to visit my friend Zoe Tryon in the Ecuadorian jungle.