IBOGA THE VISIONARY ROOT OF AFRICAN SHAMANISM

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Iboga

Author : Vincent Ravalec
ISBN : 1594771766
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Shows how African shamans have used ibogaine for hundreds of years to communicate with ancestral spirits • Includes an interview with shaman Mallendi, initiation-master of the sacred root • Shows that the iboga plant, and its derivative ibogaine, is an anti-addictive agent, especially for heroin • Reveals how ibogaine has been suppressed by the DEA, the FDA, and Christian ministries Iboga, spiritual ally of African shamans since antiquity, yields ibogaine, a powerful psychotropic substance. It is used mainly in Gabon and Cameroon in a secret, initiatory tradition called bwiti-nganza, in which physical and psychological illnesses can be rooted out and cured. Intense psychological conditioning that includes the rites of confession, contacting and honoring one’s ancestors, and construction of an in-depth psychological inventory are all part of the initiate’s encounter with this sacred root. Like many visionary and initiatory plants, iboga is a key that gives access to other modes of being and consciousness. Despite its suppression by the FDA since the 1960s, and more recently by the DEA, researchers have shown that ibogaine provides a powerful adjunct to psychology due to its miraculous ability to break addictions--most notably to heroin. To the followers of the Bwiti religion, ibogaine is the indispensable means by which humans can truly communicate with the deepest reaches of their soul and with the spirits of their ancestors. This book details the traditions and techniques of iboga’s use by African shamans and the essential role it occupies in that community in order both to preserve this knowledge and to show how ibogaine may have an important role to play in our modern world.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Breaking Open The Head

Author : Daniel Pinchbeck
ISBN : 9780767911528
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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A dazzling work of personal travelogue and cultural criticism that ranges from the primitive to the postmodern in a quest for the promise and meaning of the psychedelic experience. While psychedelics of all sorts are demonized in America today, the visionary compounds found in plants are the spiritual sacraments of tribal cultures around the world. From the iboga of the Bwiti in Gabon, to the Mazatecs of Mexico, these plants are sacred because they awaken the mind to other levels of awareness--to a holographic vision of the universe. Breaking Open the Head is a passionate, multilayered, and sometimes rashly personal inquiry into this deep division. On one level, Daniel Pinchbeck tells the story of the encounters between the modern consciousness of the West and these sacramental substances, including such thinkers as Allen Ginsberg, Antonin Artaud, Walter Benjamin, and Terence McKenna, and a new underground of present-day ethnobotanists, chemists, psychonauts, and philosophers. It is also a scrupulous recording of the author's wide-ranging investigation with these outlaw compounds, including a thirty-hour tribal initiation in West Africa; an all-night encounter with the master shamans of the South American rain forest; and a report from a psychedelic utopia in the Black Rock Desert that is the Burning Man Festival. Breaking Open the Head is brave participatory journalism at its best, a vivid account of psychic and intellectual experiences that opened doors in the wall of Western rationalism and completed Daniel Pinchbeck's personal transformation from a jaded Manhattan journalist to shamanic initiate and grateful citizen of the cosmos. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Called To Heal

Author : Susan Schuster Campbell
ISBN : 9780914955917
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Focuses on the master healers of Southern Africa, the individuals chosen by the ancestors to receive a spiritual calling.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Returning To Sacred World

Author : Stephen Gray
ISBN : 9781846943904
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Explains our spiritual predicament in this time of crisis and transformation and offers extensively field tested teachings and tools for awakening including meditation, prayer and sacred plant medicines.
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Bwiti

Author : James W. Fernandez
ISBN : 0691093903
Genre : Bwiti sect
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Presents a the background of the religion, including European contacts, missionary efforts and effects, and the evolving nature of Fang cultural elements.
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Time To Stand Up

Author : Thanissara
ISBN : 9781583949177
Genre : Religion
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Time to Stand Up retells the story of the historical Buddha, one of the greatest sacred activists of all time, as a practical human being whose teachings of freedom from suffering are more relevant than ever in this time of global peril. Evolving onward from the patriarchal template of spiritual warriors and their quests, former nun Thanissara explores awakening from within a feminine view where the archetypes of lover and nurturer are placed as central and essential for a sustainable world. Vital is an investigation into the pinnacle of Buddhist practice, the realization of the "liberated heart." Thanissara questions the narrative of "transcendence" and invites us into the lived reality of our deepest heart as it guides our journey of healing, reclamation, and redemption. As the book unfolds, the author examines traditional Buddhism--often fraught with gender discrimination--and asks the important question, "Can Buddhist schools, overly attached to hierarchal power structures, and often divorced from the radical and free inquiry exemplified by the Buddha, truly offer the ground for maturing awakening without undertaking a fundamental review of their own shadows?" Chapter by chapter, the book relates Siddhartha Gautama's awakening to the sea-change occurring on Earth in present time as we as a civilization become aware of the ethical bankruptcy of the nuclear and fossil fuel industry and the psychopathic corporate and military abuse of power currently terrorizing our planet. Thanissara relates the Buddha's story to real-life individuals who are living through these transitional times, such as Iraq war veterans, First Nation People, and the Dalai Lama. Time to Stand Up gives examples of the Buddha's activism, such as challenging a racist caste system and violence against animals, stopping war, transforming a serial killer, and laying down a nonhierarchical structure of community governance, actions that would seem radical even today. Thanissara explores ways forward, deepening our understanding of meditation and mindfulness, probing its use to pacify ourselves as the cogs in the corporate world by helping people be more functional in a dysfunctional systems--and shows how these core Buddhist practices can inspire a wake-up call for action for our sick and suffering planet Earth. About the Sacred Activism series When the joy of compassionate service is combined with the pragmatic drive to transform all existing economic, social, and political institutions, a radical divine force is born: Sacred Activism. The Sacred Activism Series, published by North Atlantic Books, presents leading voices that embody the tenets of Sacred Activism--compassion, service, and sacred consciousness--while addressing the crucial issues of our time and inspiring radical action.
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Equatorial Guinean Literature In Its National And Transnational Contexts

Author : Marvin A. Lewis
ISBN : 9780826273871
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This is the first book to interpret the African dimension of contemporary Hispanic literature. Equatorial Guinea, a former Spanish colony, is the only African country in which Spanish is an official language and which has a tradition of literature in Spanish. This is a study of the literature produced by the nation’s writers from 2007 to 2013. Since its independence in 1968, Equatorial Guinea has been ruled by dictators under whom ethnic differences have been exacerbated, poverty and violence have increased, and critical voices have been silenced. The result has been an exodus of intellectuals—including writers who express their national and exile experiences in their poems, plays, short stories, and novels. The writers discussed include Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo, and Guillermina Mekuy, among others.
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The Religion Of Ayahuasca

Author : Alex Polari de Alverga
ISBN : 9781620551257
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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An insider’s experience and personal transformation with ayahuasca and the religious philosophy surrounding it • An intimate account of the genesis of the Santo Daime tradition • Edited and introduced by Stephen Larsen, author of The Shaman’s Doorway In search of something to restore his spiritual connection to life after his release from captivity as a political prisoner in Brazil, Alex Polari de Alverga had a transformative encounter with Padrinho Sebastiao Mota de Mela, one of the two revered founders of Santo Daime. A potent synthesis of Christianity and indigenous Amazonian practices of entheogen use, mediumship, and healing, the Santo Daime church provided Alverga with an alternative to his disillusionment with modern society. His quest for spiritual initiation eventually led him deep into the heart of the rain forest to Mapiá, one of the spiritual centers of Santo Daime, where he became a teacher and leader of the Daime community. The Religion of Ayahuasca is a story of a classic spiritual encounter comparable to the Tibetan Saint Milarepa’s search for his teacher Marpa. It is also an intimate account of the genesis of an important religious tradition from its modest beginnings in Brazil to its growth throughout the world, offering an inside look at the spiritually centered village of Mapiá--a model for communities in the 21st century--and at the religious leader who helped create it. Providing insight into the spiritual path the Daime offers, Alverga’s tale reveals the new depths of Being made available through the sacred use of ayahuasca.
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Heart Medicine

Author : E. Bast
ISBN : 0997121319
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Two lovers: artist Chor Boogie and yogini Bast. One serious drug relapse. The lovers navigate the labyrinth of addiction and ultimately pursue treatment with an obscure indigenous African sacred plant medicine, iboga, used since ancient times for spiritual healing and proven to have powerful addiction breaking effects.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Rehab Doesn T Work Ibogaine Does

Author : Willers T. Darenvogt
ISBN : 0615826423
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Rehab doesn't work. Ibogaine does. The broken promise of traditional rehab fails millions of alcoholics and addicts every year. Sadly, most of them don't even know that there is a natural medicine called ibogaine that ends addiction - without withdrawal - and then eliminates the cravings for drink or drugs that guarantee relapse. One ibogaine treatment accomplishes overnight what no rehab has ever been able to do. It's not easy, however. In America, the land of The War on Drugs, ibogaine is illegal. To obtain it and be treated successfully, alcoholics and addicts must embark on a quest that can be intimidating, difficult and dangerous. It can also be the most rewarding of their lives. This book explains everything you need to know about ibogaine and how to find it in a confusing and often unscrupulous market. It will help you understand the medicine and how to find good providers, while avoiding the scammers preying on people desperate to get clean or sober. It will prepare you for every aspect of your ibogaine treatment and the promise of freedom from addiction. Rehab Doesn't Work - Ibogaine Does will equip you to end your addiction to alcohol, painkillers, heroin, crystal meth, methadone and nicotine. It's time to get your life back.
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