Black Smoke: A Woman's Journey of Healing, Wild Love, and Transformation in the Amazon

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When composer and Bard College music professor Margaret De Wys learned she had breast cancer, the diagnosis shattered her comfortable life. Seized by fear, crushed by existential loneliness, she couldn’t respond when her loved ones reached out to her. To everyone’s concern, the illness propelled her away from her family and deep into the Amazon to work with Carlos, a charismatic Shuar master of medicina milenaria, an ancient mystical tradition with a highly sophisticated and precise technology of healing. In ...
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When composer and Bard College music professor Margaret De Wys learned she had breast cancer, the diagnosis shattered her comfortable life. Seized by fear, crushed by existential loneliness, she couldn’t respond when her loved ones reached out to her. To everyone’s concern, the illness propelled her away from her family and deep into the Amazon to work with Carlos, a charismatic Shuar master of medicina milenaria, an ancient mystical tradition with a highly sophisticated and precise technology of healing. In Black Smoke, De Wys writes of her amazing encounter with Carlos as he guided her into a world of potent visionary plants, harrowing initiations, and ritual purification. It was, as Carlos called it, “the path of the warrior.”
At once an adventure story, a romance, and a rich exploration of a little-known culture, Black Smoke is destined to become a classic. It captures one woman’s physical, emotional, and “holy voyage” through a world that differs vastly from our own in its perception of healing and wholeness. And what emerges is a revealing chronicle of spiritual insight and a trenchant exploration of the limits of idealism. Not only does De Wys offer a probing look at how our modern technological culture can learn and benefit from indigenous wisdom, but she also weaves a cautionary tale about how potentially dangerous it is—on both sides—to try to cross those frontiers.
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Composer/music teacher, wife, and mother De Wys met the charismatic Carlos, an Ecuadorian healer and shaman, in Guatemala. "I can see inside your body," he told her. "Black smoke is trapped in your breast." Working with native plants and extracts, purgatives, and cleansing therapies, Carlos healed the indigenous peoples of his native Amazon. De Wys joined him in Ecuador, learning his methods and developing healing skills of her own. Her journey went far beyond breast cancer, depicted here in graphic detail. A fascinating path, but not for everyone. For alternative medicine collections.


—Bette-Lee Fox
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402748837
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 973,557
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted February 19, 2009

    I could not put this book down...

    Margaret,
    I read your book a few weeks ago and could not put it down. My only disappointment was that I did not want it to end....I wanted more. Congratulations! It was a great read and a great story.

    I have been to Peru's Sacred Valley twice and did some healing work for my daughter who has battled Lyme disease issues for 20 years. She has made progress but has more work to do.

    Thanks for sharing your story!
    Betsy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2009

    black smoke

    This is a rare view into the world of shamanic healing from a very intimate personal perspective. It's one of those books you can't put down. When you look up from the pages you realize hours have passed and you are in your living room not the jungle. I have traveled and worked with the people involved in this story, I can attest to it's accuracy. It is a fascinating story. I can't wait for her new book which I understand takes place in Africa and Asia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Black Smoke

    Great story, inspiring, well-written

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