Sometimes you witness someone overcome endless obstacles, defy odds, swim strongly against the current, and succeed where others have predicted failure. Estela Pangoza is doing exactly that.
After decades of plying his finely-honed shamanic craft in the general Iquitos area of Peru, maestro shaman Rolando Tangoa has had enough of leaving his family for months at a time, and has opened Noya Rao, a shamanic healing center outside of Pucallpa.
It is exactly a consideration of the immense, incomparable spirit landscape that will shape Visionary Convergence in Los Angeles, this September 25 – 27, at the appropriately named Big Art Church in Hollywood.
As ayahuasca ceremonies go, it is one of the stranger ones, a night of ferocity, shrieking, madness, gallons of water splashed all over the place, exhausted helpers having performed yeoman’s duty, the rest of us relieved when Yuri’s screams have subsided and the storm around him has died down.
Ayahuasca is both a medicine and a visionary aid. You can employ ayahuasca for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual repair, and you can engage with the power of ayahuasca for deeper insight and realization. If you consider attainment of knowledge in the broadest perspective, you can say that at all times, ayahuasca heals.
If you are going to journey
with the aid of psychoactive substances, you must learn to see the
difference between manna from the gods and mental cole slaw. One
may set you on a new, luminous life path. The other may send you down a
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is bringing together presenters from all over
the globe, April 18-23 in Oakland, California. The
conference will focus to a great extent on clinical research into the
use of psychedelic drugs for a wide variety of health needs.
Through many years of yoga practice, I had developed an easy talent for accessing unusual
realms of consciousness. Yet I was aware that another set of tools existed for such attainment. Could eating hashish enable me to — as the song by the Doors put it — break on through
to the other side?