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kambo scarring and body modification

Kambo Scarring and Body Modification

Everyone is born with a body. A body that will—to the best of its abilities—help manifest the conscious human experience. Throughout time and history, human civilizations engaged in body modification practices as a vehicle for cultural, ceremonial and individual expression. Whether through fashion, makeup or personal aesthetic, people’s ability to control their outward presentation not only …

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Hallucinogenic Frogs and Toads

Frogs and toads provide more than just musical ambiance to an evening in the country or cute characters in books for children. These amphibious creatures’ life cycles require specialized survival mechanisms to ensure the proliferation of their wiggly progeny. The poisonous secretions of frogs and toads is of interest to psychedelic researchers and psychonauts alike. …

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How to Make Ayahuasca

No longer an exclusive practice of indigenous South American communities, ayahuasca is now a global sensation with growing research exploring it’s anti-addictive, antidepressant and anti-anxiolytic properties. With citizens all over the world interested in engaging with this psychoactive brew, do-it-yourself ayahuasca making is an attractive alternative to flying to the jungles of the Amazon. Let’s …

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Inner Worlds, Art and Sacred Plants

The worship of nature may unite us more than anything else and allow us to overcome doctrinal discrepancies that are relatively unimportant if considered from the perspective of human culture as a whole.

Machu Picchu Peru

Hitchhiking to Machu Picchu and Arequipa

Most young males have the impulse to push themselves to the limit, to test their capacities. For me, this time of youthful testing was South America. I did not set out on a self-conscious vision quest in going to South America, but I had inadvertently experienced one.

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Shamanic Initiations: Stepping Into My Power

In traditional shamanic societies, healers undergo a rite of passage. Some shamans may experience direct initiation by spirit in forms of intense messages and visions in dreamtime. In 1998, I had a vision that prompted Don José Joaquin Pineda to ask me to become his apprentice.

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