Ayahuasca in My Blood: 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming

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Johan Fremin, May 26, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 247 pages
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Finally, after 25 years of incubation, Peter Gorman's book is out. Ayahuasca in My Blood - 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming concerns his longstanding relationship with the Amazonian visionary medicine. Here's what people have said about it: "Unlike many writing about ayahuasca, Peter Gorman knows this plant and these forests long and well. Explorer, ethnobotanist, writer and raconteur - Gorman is uniquely qualified to tell this incredible tale. A wild mixture of adventure, horror, spirituality, tenderness, and insight, Ayahuasca in My Blood is most highly recommended!" -- Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D, President, Amazon Conservation Team and author of Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice. "Long before ayahuasca tourism became a pastime for rich gringos, Peter Gorman was knocking around Iquitos and the Amazon. He's traveled the rivers and quaffed the brew with the best (and the worst) of them and been way, way beyond the chrysanthemum on many a dark jungle night. This is the intensely personal story of an old-school jungle rat for whom ayahuasca is not just a hobby, but a life-long quest." -- Dennis McKenna, Ph.D, noted ethnopharmacologist, co-author of The Invisible Landscape, co-founder of the Institute of Natural Products Research and founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute. "I have known and traveled with Peter for almost a decade and was present for a number of the events he included in this book as well as many others. Don Julio was the most powerful man I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Further, as a trained scientist I believe the plant medicine truly offers a doorway to a rich world that needs to be understood in our postmodern lives. This is destined to become a must read for anyone who is serious about understanding the world of the shaman." -- Lynn Chilson - CEO Chilson Enterprises, Inc.
 

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In my continued search for ways to improve people's health, I have read a number of books on traditional tribal shamanism. Ayahuasca is one of the plants that has been widely used by tribal shamans for many generations in order to access spirit guides to aid the shaman in his (or occasionally her) goal to help heal a tribal member or other ill person seeking their help. Peter Gorman’s book is a fascinating account of his experiences over more than two decades of using this plant. Regardless of whether writers liberties were or were not taken in the accuracy of recounting all these many experiences, this book is a fascinating journey. It would be just as interesting as a novel, as it is as the factual documentation for which it was written. I enjoyed it very much and feel that it has given me a great deal of insight into what these tribal shamans experience when using this sacred vine. 

Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Prologue
14
Night of Visions
25
Meeting Julio
33
Do You Believe in Magic?
42
Magic Darts and the World of the Dead
50
Rebirth and Dissolution
58
PART II
73
The Man Who Tells Me Things arrives and Chepa Disappears
150
The River the Boats the Work Before Ceremony
158
A Guest Learns the Power of the Medicine
171
A Lie A Theft A Lucky Save
179
Julio SaysGrab Your Balls
189
Marvelous Healings A Wretched Attack
203
Splitting into Pieces
209
Brujeria
216

Airport Juan and Alans Mom
81
Into the Heat of Battle
93
PART III
103
Julios Bicycle and the Wind of the World
109
The Doctors Say its Time to Work
123
The Doctors as a Nurse
139
Working on Julio
222
ASadGoodbye
228
Jairo at the Helm
234
EPILoGuE
244
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About the author (2010)

Peter Gorman has been medicine dreaming with ayahuasca for 25 years. He is also an award-winning investigative journalist who has covered stories from the streets of Manhattan and the slums of New Delhi to Peru's Amazon.

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