Consciousness Medicine: Indigenous Wisdom, Entheogens, and Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing and Growth

Consciousness Medicine: Indigenous Wisdom, Entheogens, and Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing and Growth

Consciousness Medicine: Indigenous Wisdom, Entheogens, and Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing and Growth

Consciousness Medicine: Indigenous Wisdom, Entheogens, and Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing and Growth


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A comprehensive guide to the safe and ethical application of expanded states of consciousness for therapists, healing practitioners, and sincere explorers

Psychedelic medicines also known as entheogens are entering the mainstream. And it’s no wonder: despite having access to the latest wellness trends and advances in technology, we’re no healthier, happier, or more meaningfully connected. Psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, and LSD—as well as other time-tested techniques with the power to shift consciousness such as drumming, meditation, and vision quests—are now being recognized as potent catalysts for change and healing. But how do we ensure that we’re approaching them effectively?
Françoise Bourzat—a counselor and experienced guide with sanctioned training in the Mazatec and other indigenous traditions—and healer Kristina Hunter introduce a holistic model focusing on the threefold process of preparation, journey, and integration. Drawing from more than thirty years of experience, Bourzat’s skillful and heartfelt approach presents the therapeutic application of expanded states, without divorcing them from their traditional contexts. Consciousness Medicine delivers a coherent map for navigating nonordinary states of consciousness, offering an invaluable contribution to the field of healing and transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623173494
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 448,443
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

FRANÇOISE BOURZAT is a consciousness guide and counselor. She has a master’s degree in Somatic Psychology from New College of California and is Hakomi trained. Residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has been weaving the healing potential of expanded states of consciousness and psychology together in her practice for over thirty years. After traveling the world as a young woman, Françoise found her way to San Francisco in the early 1980s. It was there she met her first teacher, a pioneer exploring the intersection of indigenous healing and psychotherapy. She later met her teacher of the last twenty years, an indigenous Mazatec woman leading healing ceremonies with sacred mushrooms in the high mountains of Southern Mexico. Drawing from years of close apprenticeship with her Mazatec teacher, as well as training in other indigenous traditions, Fran.oise has developed a comprehensive approach that bridges Western and indigenous modalities for healing and growth. She trains therapists and facilitators, teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and lectures internationally.

KRISTINA HUNTER is a healing guide, writer, and Certified Hakomi Practitioner living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has spent over ten years traveling the world, studying the transformative potential of expanded states of consciousness. Her work explores the intersection of psychology, plant medicine, and Buddhist meditation. She offers individual counseling and integration support for psychedelic and initiatory experiences. She also offers mentoring and consultation to healing practitioners who wish to integrate expanded states of consciousness into their practice.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ralph Metzner xv

Preface Kristina Hunter xvii

Introduction: Weaving Worlds 1

Chapter 1 Original Rituals: Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing and Growth 21

Chapter 2 Midwifing the Soul: The Role of the Guide 39

Chapter 3 Illuminating the Path: The Holistic Model for a Balanced Life 55

Chapter 4 Leaving Home: The Essentials of Preparation 83

Chapter 5 Flesh and Bones: Physical Preparation 91

Chapter 6 Turning Inward: Mental and Emotional Preparation 99

Chapter 7 Approaching the Altar: Spiritual Preparation 109

Chapter 8 Tending the Web: Community Preparation 119

Chapter 9 Nourishing Our Roots: Environmental Preparation 125

Chapter 10 Entering the Unknown: Journey into an Expanded State 131

Chapter 11 Teachings and Healings: Categories of Transformative Experience 145

Chapter 12 Returning Home: The Art of Integration 177

Chapter 13 Coming to Our Senses: Integrating Body-Centered Experiences 189

Chapter 14 The Truth Within: Integrating Mind-Centered Experiences 201

Chapter 15 The Farthest Shore: Integrating Spirit-Centered Experiences 221

Chapter 16 The Beauty of Interdependence: Integrating Community-Centered Experiences 233

Chapter 17 Nature's Mirror: Integrating Environment-Centered Experiences 245

Chapter 18 Conclusion: Sharing Our Transformation with the World 257

Bibliography 265

Notes 267

Acknowledgments 281

About the Authors 283

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