Ayahuasca: The King of Brews
There is a magic intoxicant in
northwesternmost South America which the Indians believe call free the soul from
corporeal confinement, allowing it to wander free and return to the body at
The soul, thus untrammeled, liberates its owner from the realities of everyday
life and retroduces him to wondrous realms of what he considers reality and
permits him to communicate with his ancestors.
The Kechua term for this inebriating drink- Ayahuasca ("vine of the
soul") -refers to this freeing of the spririt. The plants involved are
truly plants of the gods, for their power is laid to supernatural forces
residing in their tissues, and they were divine gifts to the earliest Indians on
- Schultes & Hofman from Food of the
Agony to Ecstasy: The Transformative Spirit of Yage
By Jimmy Weiskopf
"Yaje' is probably best known
among Westerners for its gift of extraordinary, multicolored visions.
According to accounts, yaje' pin tas (visions) can range from vividly
detailed scenes recreated from one's memories to otherworldly
panoramas filled with exotic Plants and animals, mythical creatures,
and spirit beings."
Themes in South American Yage Experiences
By Michael J. Harner
"...when I've taken Ayahuasca I've experienced dizziness, then an
aerial journey in which I recall perceiving the most gorgeous views,
great cities, lofty towers, beautiful parks, and other extremely
attractive objects; then I imagined myself to be alone in a forest and
assaulted by a number of terrible beings from which I defended myself..."
spite of the frequency with which Pablo depicts spaceships, he is
sparse in his commentary about them. Pablo says that these vehicles
may take many shapes, are able to attain infinite speed, and can
travel underwater or under the earth. The beings traveling in them are
like spirits, having bodies more subtle than ours, appearing and
disappearing at will."
By Luis Eduardo Luna &
of the SoulsEvery tree, every plant, has a
spirit. People may say that a plant has no mind. I tell them that a
plant is alive and conscious. A plant may not talk, but there is a
spirit in it that is conscious, that sees everything, which is the
soul of the plant, its essence, what makes it alive.
By Charlie Kidder