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.
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!
I've often been taught that there is "One mountain... many paths" and I teach that everyone must find the individual tools that work for him or her in correspondence with his or her personal paradigms.
With his new release, "Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work," Lee treks into more challenging terrain as he explores healing journeys with the psychedelically powerful South American shamanic drink ayahuasca, which is becoming increasing popular in the industrialized North.
Connecting through the use of drugs and medicines is like sneaking into Source's backdoor and seeking the answers to questions without having the knowledge and understanding of how the spirit world works.
Two decades after the first DMTS trials, trans-media producer Mitch Schultz created a documentary film based on this unusual material, creating a counterculture sensation that is now available on Netflix, iTunes and Hulu.
The next thing you know, you're off to the Amazon rainforest in South America, drinking a tea made from a psychoactive plant and taking part in an ancient ceremony intended to heal and open the realms of consciousness. That's what happened to filmmaker Michael Wiese.
Spiritual counterculture are harder to define, hosting a multidimensional mix of spiritual awakening, new media activism, visionary art, punk attitude, permaculture principles, Burning Man aesthetic and Occupy ideologies.