Ayahuasca Art: The Nature of Marriage and the Marriage of Nature

Ayahuasca Art: The Nature of Marriage and the Marriage of Nature

  I have been told time and again by countless ayahuasca drinkers that the experience of ayahuasca is ultimately beyond words. These impenetrable descriptions are nonetheless usually followed by long narratives in which drinkers attempt to communicate the complex “inner” events of their ayahuasca experiences. The sentences they use to describe “the indescribable” are often daubed with visual metaphors and visual adjectives. Ayahuasca drinkers in the West … Continue reading

Physicists, alchemists, and ayahuasca shamans: A study of grammar and the body

Physicists, alchemists, and ayahuasca shamans: A study of grammar and the body

Are there any common denominators that may underlie the practices of leading physicists and scientists, Renaissance alchemists, and indigenous Amazonian ayahuasca healers? There are obviously a myriad of things that these practices do not have in common. Yet through an analysis of the body and the senses and styles of grammar and social practice, these seemingly very different modes of existence … Continue reading

Synesthesia and shapeshifting: Amazonian shamanism and transcorporeality

Synesthesia and shapeshifting: Amazonian shamanism and transcorporeality

This blog entry presents ideas on the types of sensory and cognitive effects of the psychoactive substances that enable Amazonian shamans to not only see the spirits of animals, plants, and meteorological phenomena but to see from the perspectives of the spirits, that is, to shapeshift. Exploring recent studies on synesthesia, the paper proposes a theoretical basis to the … Continue reading