Ayahuasca tourism is part of a much wider spiritual ecology and political economy. Will the enlightened and the healed help the overwhelming fight against big companies eating up the rainforest and destroying the territorial survival of the very Shipibo communities from whom they are receiving so much benefit?
Engaging with worldviews beyond our own is one way of confronting death in order to transform our fear of it. Other people have faced their fear of death and shifted it to life-affirming values through their direct personal experience, their spiritual beliefs and practices, and their philosophy of life.
There is growing scientific evidence
for seeing the human body as a series of vibrating electromagnetic fields that
can be positively influenced without the invasion of foreign substances such as
chemicals or drugs. New
developments in biology demonstrate the effects of thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors
on cellular messaging and expression of genetic material.
The author moves on to New
York City for the 2004 Republican National Convention, participates in the
largest public demonstrations since the height of the Vietnam War, and
ends up mass-arrested and stuck in a prison camp with 2000 other
Scientists have developed nano particles based on a component of the HIV virus that can infiltrate cells and monitor them for early signs of cancer.