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

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

by Margaret De Wys
 
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

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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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Library Journal

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402748837
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
01/06/2009
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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