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Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca

The Visionary and Healing Powers of the Vine of the Soul

A comprehensive autobiographical account of the transforming experiences possible with ayahuasca

• Reveals the protocols of a traditional ayahuasca retreat and the importance of its ritual diet, isolation, and sacred songs

• Relates an extensive personal account of the traditional indigenous use of ayahuasca for healing and revelation

Ayahuasca: The Visionary and Healing Powers of the Vine of the Soul is an autobiographical account of the author’s work with ayahuasca, a potent and sacred plant brew of the Amazon  region that is known for its extraordinary visionary and healing powers. As she learned from her experience, with the help of ayahuasca we are able to grasp our paradoxical nature, the first step to acceptance of ourselves in both our glorious and dark aspects. Ayahuasca teaches us how to release the illusions we hold about ourselves and makes it possible to integrate our many diverse aspects to acquire our true power.

This book reveals the ritual protocols that must be followed prior to partaking of ayahuasca, including the traditional preparatory “diet”--which requires enduring austere conditions, isolation, and only small amounts of bland food before receiving the powers of the plant spirit from an ayahuasquero, a healing master--and the sacred songs, icaros, that are sung when imbibing the substance. Although the use of ayahuasca is growing among “underground” spiritual seekers and through the burgeoning ayahuasca tourism trade in South America, few of its seekers understand how it is used traditionally and the importance of the rituals the indigenous people follow. With this book, the author hopes to restore the importance of these indigenous practices so that we may truly understand all the gifts of ayahuasca.
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  • Park Street Press | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780892811311 | 
  • October 2003
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A Description of the Ayahuasca Diet


The diet, as was explained to the group by Jack weeks before our departure for Peru, is used to cleanse the system, and it should be started at least a week before the retreat. It includes abstaining from red meat and pork, and cutting back on or also eliminating chicken and fish; cutting out all salt, pepper, and most other spices, especially hot spices and chili-type peppers; sugar, including most desserts and pastries; fats and oils; yeast products; fermented foods such as soy and tofu, and pickled foods; acidic foods; citrus, and dairy products. In... see more

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About the Author

Joan Parisi Wilcox

Joan Parisi Wilcox has been studying the spiritual arts of Peru since 1993 and has received the rites of the Q’ero and other Andean masters. She is the author of Ayahuasca: The Visionary and Healing Powers of the Vine of the Soul and has published articles in Shaman’s Drum and Magical Blend. She lives in North Carolina.

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