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By Lorna Johnson [2]

Ayahuasca and the Release of the Black Demon by Mark Flaherty

This excerpt, by Mark Flaherty, is from his book Shedding the Layers: How Ayahuasca Saved More than my Skin and appeared in the PsypressUK 2013: Anthology of Pharmacography. PsypressUK 2014 is out now and available here. As the sun begins to disappear behind the treetops, the shamans remove the brew from the fire, filtering and...

Ayahuasca and I

Ayahuasca and I: Not your typical trip report – Part 2 – by James W. Jesso

Read part 1 here. “Unexamined cultural values & limitations of language have made us unwitting prisoners of our own assumptions.” – Terence McKenna When it comes to exploring and engaging the psychedelic experience, it has creamed to the top of the research that the three main elements that influence the...

Ayahuasca and I

Ayahuasca and I: Not your typical trip report – Part 1 – By James W. Jesso

As the title suggests, I don’t intend to tell you the same thing you have heard over and over again about “Mother Ayahuasca”, visions of serpents, and purge buckets. I believe focusing on these elements of a psychedelic experience can work to re-enforce belief systems that distract us from understanding...

William Burroughs: Ayahuasca Tourist

William Burroughs: Ayahuasca Tourist

Way back in 1951, three years before Aldous Huxley published The Doors of Perception and awareness of the entheogenic properties of psychedelics in the West was almost non-existent, William Burroughs made his first expedition to Panama and Ecuador in search of ‘yage’, as he called it, or ayahuasca, which he...

Angels in the Incense Altar: Psychoactives in Earth Magic and Early Alchemy

Angels in the Incense Altar: Psychoactives in Earth Magic and Early Alchemy

The following essay has been written by Kevin Murray and is published here with his kind permission. Please find his contact details at the bottom of this page. Through a paradigm of sympathetic magic, ancient alchemists sought to animate statues, turn lead to gold, and perfect their own existence. They...

by Images of Money

Drugs and Denial: Society Soaked in Chemicals

Clever little blighters us human beings, very pushy at getting what we want, and now with the skills of science and chemistry, employed in the pursuit of profit, we can make all manner of ‘stuff’; easily and conveniently Use of chemical ‘stuff’ has quietly crept up on us, especially during...

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