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Ayahuasca Medicine: The Shamanic World of Amazonian Sacred Plant Healing by [Shoemaker, Alan]
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Ayahuasca Medicine is a highly readable collection of incredible stories about miraculous healings and life with indigenous healers sure to entice anyone with an interest in ayahuasca and other psychoactive plants used in Latin America. Cautionary advice admixes with infectious enthusiasm for the topic, and provides a valuable contribution to the literature on practical applications of psychedelic plants’ effects.” (Rick Strassman, M.D., author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule and coauthor of Inner Paths to Outer Space)

“Alan Shoemaker has seen it all, and done it all. In this book he narrates his life story with humor and passion. A read sure to be of interest!” (Dennis McKenna, Ph.D., ethnopharmacologist and author of Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss and coau)

Ayahuasca Medicine is a revealing journey on the Western shamanic path with one of the most preeminent gringos on the Iquitos frontier. Alan Shoemaker’s apprenticeship with the medicine ayahuasca is rich in wonder, frank in detail, and embodies the cultural metamorphosis those of us who connect with the power plants must undergo. And as a new generation of Western seekers comes to the jungle in search of the mystery, Alan’s greatest wisdom may be his understanding that true healing comes from within. As well as the plants and the curanderos, Westerners are being groomed to be their own teachers, and Alan Shoemaker stands foremost among them.” (Rak Razam, author of Aya Awakening: A Shamanic Odyssey)

“Alan Shoemaker has had more adventures than most people can even dream of, and he has written a fascinating book of both stories and ideas. The stories are brash, revelatory, and filled with self-deprecating humor; the ideas come from an immense knowledge of ayahuasca shamanism. This is a memoir of twenty years of experience with shamans and seekers and rogues of all kinds--an honest and deeply personal take on Amazonian shamanic practices and beliefs.” (Stephan V. Beyer, author of Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon)

About the Author

Alan Shoemaker is a formally trained ayahuasquero, curandero, and writer. He is the host of the annual International Amazonian Shamanism conference, administrator of the “Vine of the Soul Intensives,” and founder and director of the Soga Del Alma church of ayahuasca. He lives with his two children in Iquitos, Peru.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press (1 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7V1A6M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Having decided to plan a visit to Peru some time in 2014 i decided to do my research into the world of Ayahuasca before my trip. I had many doubts and worries about this as I had heard different tales of good and bad Curenderos.
The book gives a good insight into this world and answered many of the questions I had in my mind about what to expect.
I found the whole story of how the writer through many synchronicities ended up in Iquitos in Peru but before this he trained first in Equador with San Perdro plant before continuing his journey into Peru.
A recent experience with a plant, left me wondering how the mind can be used for the healing our own body and his story answered part of the question.
This book has made me more eager to discover more about Ayahuasca and the traditions of the Curenderos.
I highly recommend this book to those who have an interest in this subject.
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This is not a bad book, but it's nothing more than a series of anecdotes about how the author became a curandero, along with his general thoughts on the subject. This book is short enough it could have been a pamphlet. I expected more substance and more eloquence. Having drunk ayahuasca myself, I found Alan's anecdotes entertaining but ultimately unsatisfying. Interesting themes were barely touched.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and informative read. 25 Feb. 2014
By William Belmont - Published on Amazon.com
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This is probably the best book I've read about Ayahuasca & the plant medicines. Over two decades ago I started reading the works of Terence McKenna. His works formulated many questions in my mind. Alan Shoemaker's book answered those questions. If I had any criticism of this book, it would be that it was too short.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 10 Mar. 2014
By Ishmael - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good read for anyone considering a trip to Iquitos, and/or a relationship with ayahuasca. It is somewhat autobiographical and full of interesting anecdotes sprinkled with insightful safety tips and other advice based on hard lessons learned through personal experience. With a Foreword by Peter Gorman, this book is complete.

An easy read and a real page turner. It has a beginning, middle, and an end. No fluff. No fill. No droning on and on about things we don't care about. It's just right.
Alan Shoemaker is candid in his approach and speaks with authority. Clearly, he has walked the walk and there is much we can learn from his experiences.

A few lines that caught my eye...
pg12. "A quick glance through the book showed that his roots were also firmly entrenched in Krishna consciousness, of which he was a devotee."

pg13. "You can feel the psychotropic medicine moving through your body, lingering in areas that need attention, activating the immune system to rectify the problem, he explained."

pg23. " For example, I refuse to mention the name of...the _____, and I hesitate to say it here for you now, just to underscore my point, because I believe to do so feeds that energy, it gives it live." (thanks Alan, me too)

pg77. " The languages that come with an icaro can be incredibly complicated and can contain more than one tongue"

pg81. "The only other accoutrement was a white towel that he placed around his shoulders. Before he began the ceremony he placed it over his head with only his face exposed, which gave him a saintlike appearance."

pg97. (on spirits) "Some may also desire to use your body."

pg97. "This is why you shouldn't fall asleep during any ritual."

pg100. "A spirit that will perform something for you that is unethical or immoral, is evil."

Pg102 " ...you must diet for a minimum of a week, following the same prescription of no salt, oil, sugar, o sex."

Thanks again Alan for taking the time to write out your story and share it with the rest of us. I am sure this was no easy task. Writing books is hard work. I liked this book and rank it among the best aya books right up there with "Aya in my Blood", Gorman, and Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss",D. McKenna.
5.0 out of 5 stars D.M.T. ( DON'T MISS THIS ) IMPORTANT READING FOR THE SPIRIT !!!! 12 Oct. 2015
By jorma - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a bluntly honest, and some would say controversial book with a touch of irony. It is the tale of a man and his search for the truth, and his journeys,(physical and Shamanic). Along the way there are many miraculous tales of healing, including the author's mother, and accounts of ceremonies and communing with the Spirits, but this volume is more than that. The author also includes some hints, and tips if you feel the need to travel to the Peruvian Amazon, and included with the caveats, there are even a couple of Icaros (Sacred Shaman plant Spirit songs). The controversy, and irony, is in the fact that the true, or older Sacred ways of the Shamans are dying out, and it seems that outsiders, or "gringos" are the ones interested in preserving these ancient sacred ways. So... the irony being that the culture that threatens these ways is also, maybe....its last hope in preserving a truly sacred path!! Hats off to Mr. Shoemaker, in documenting these accounts, providing some knowledge, and sharing his experiences, and above all, his work in preserving a way that the world would surely miss if it were to vanish !! a truly delightful read !!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar 4 Feb. 2014
By Passin' Through - Published on Amazon.com
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This journey of this book for me began in 1999 in Iquitos when I bought Alan Shoemaker’s laptop computer. After paying a fair amount, I opened the window and there sat a single large word document titled Grace and Madness. Alan had said, ‘The computer comes loaded,’ but I didn’t expect this, the first version of his wonderful autobiography that has expanded to become Ayahuasca Medicine.

The autobiography was well-written and, more importantly, from an insider’s view. Really the text could be called Autobiography of Ayahuasca, as if the ‘medicine’, as shamans claim, has a personality.

Two Caucasians figure prominently into the history of ayahuasca tourism with its Iquitos roots. One is Peter Gorman (Ayahuasca in My Blood) who is ‘ground zero’ for the medicine, and the second is his amigo Alan Shoemaker. Where Peter ‘discovered’ and brought ayahuasca to the Western world, Alan seeded it around the world and eight years ago initiated the first ongoing International Shaman Conferences each July in Iquitos.

I dubbed the pair Grace and Madness after the account I had read on the laptop, and you will find out why, and which is witch, after reading the Five Star account of Ayahuasca Medicine.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lotus Guide Review 16 April 2014
By Rahasya Poe - Published on Amazon.com
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Ayahuasca Medicine: The Shamanic World of Amazonian Sacred Plant Healing
By Alan Shoemaker
ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-193-6 (Park Street Press, 2014)

Reading what Alan had to say about his journey through the shamanic world of Ayahuasca brought me back to my last journey, which interestingly enough was last month. Ayahuasca is a teacher and will teach only what you are ready for and this book really brings this out. If you are thinking of taking this journey, I advise you to read this book to see the amazing opportunity that’s waiting for you. This plant has been communicating with humans for at least 40,000 years to cultures that have not made it illegal, but don’t get me started on that.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide
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