Shedding the Layers: How Ayahuasca Saved More Than My Skinby Mark Flaherty
Seconds later, the purest peace I’ve
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“As the power of fear and hatred threatens to drive me back over the edge, I desperately try to focus on the positive. The harder I try, the faster my head vibrates, about to explode…Something suddenly cracks, followed by a rushing sound… I vomit again and again. The stench of death fills the air.
Seconds later, the purest peace I’ve ever felt fills my body. I open my eyes and see the world for the first time, as it really is: pristine, beautiful and perfect…”
Thirty-year-old computer programmer Mark Flaherty’s world is turned upside down when he is diagnosed with an incurable illness, and a voice within insists the answer lies with ayahuasca—a sacred, visionary plant medicine.
Flaherty leaves his native England to live among the shamans of the Peruvian Amazon where he participates in hundreds of ayahuasca ceremonies. What he discovers about himself and the nature of existence is as shocking as it is inspiring.
This captivating true story of a man’s fight to heal himself demonstrates that anything really is possible and everything does happen for a reason.
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An incredible story of transformation and healing. Flaherty's physical healing journey and associated spiritual transformation is captivating and engrossing from the very first page. You will find it hard not to read the whole thing in one sitting. For those interested in ayahuasca and shamanism this book gives great insights into the ceremonial experience. But, frankly, Shedding the Layers is much more than that - anybody interested in the bigger questions of what life is all about, anybody who has been on their own physical, emotional, spiritual or mental healing journey, or anybody simply interested in the human condition will find much inspiration in this archetypical human story that is told with unflinching honesty.