By Margaret De Wys
• Explains in brilliant element De Wys’s event of being healed from melanoma via visionary ayahuasca rituals in Ecuador
• Describes her apprenticeship and dating with the shaman who cured her
• Explores the methods this non secular medication can heal the emotional origins of ailment now plaguing our glossy technological tradition
• selected as one of many “Top 10 Books of the recent area” by way of Jonathan Talat Phillips on The Huffington Post
When composer and Bard university song professor Margaret De Wys realized she had breast melanoma, the prognosis shattered her cozy lifestyles. Seized by means of worry, overwhelmed by way of existential loneliness, she couldn’t reply whilst her household reached out to her. To everyone’s predicament, the ailment propelled her clear of her relatives and deep into the Amazon to paintings with Carlos, a charismatic Shuar shaman and grasp of medicina milenaria, an old mystical culture with a hugely subtle and designated know-how of therapeutic. In Black Smoke, De Wys writes of her awesome come across with Carlos as he guided her right into a international of effective visionary crops, harrowing initiations, ritual purification, and amazing healings, together with the total disappearance of her melanoma. It was once, as Carlos known as it, “the direction of the warrior.”
Sharing a trip not just via melanoma but in addition via self-transformation, De Wys offers an intimate inside of examine the shamanic ceremonies of ayahuasca and the methods this religious medication can heal the emotional origins of ailment now plaguing our sleek technological tradition. taking pictures her actual, emotional, and “holy voyage” via a global that differs significantly from our personal in its notion of therapeutic and wholeness, she deals a revealing chronicle of religious perception and a trenchant exploration of the boundaries of idealism. She not just offers a probing examine how our society can study and make the most of indigenous knowledge but additionally weaves a cautionary story approximately how very likely risky it is--on either sides--to try and go these frontiers.