Psychedelic Shamanism, Updated Edition: The Cultivation, Preparation, and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants

Psychedelic Shamanism, Updated Edition: The Cultivation, Preparation, and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants

by Jim DeKorne


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Psychedelic Shamanism presents the spiritual and shamanic properties of psychotropic plants and discusses how they can be used to understand the structure of human consciousness. Author Jim DeKorne offers authoritative information about the cultivation, processing, and correct dosages for various psychotropic plant substances including the belladonna alkaloids, d-lysergic acid amide, botanical analogues of LSD, mescaline, ayahuasca, DMT, and psilocybin.
Opening with vivid descriptions of the author’s personal experiences with psychedelic drugs, the book describes the parallels that exist among shamanic states of consciousness, the use of psychedelic catalysts, and the hidden structure of the human psyche. DeKorne suggests that psychedelic drugs allow us to examine the shamanic dimensions of reality. This worldview, he says, is ubiquitous across space, time, and culture, with individuals separated by race, distance, and culture routinely describing the same core reality that provides powerful evidence of the dimensional nature of consciousness itself. The book guides the reader through the imaginal realm underlying our awareness, a world in which spiritual entities exist to reconnect us with ourselves, humanity, and our planet. Accurate drawings of plants, including peyote, Salvia divinorum, and San Pedro, enhance the book’s usefulness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556439995
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,219,394
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jim DeKorne has been a political activist, epidemiologist, and college English teacher, and is the author of several books. The former publisher of The Entheogen Review, he lives in Pahoa, HI.

Table of Contents

About the Cover xi

Preface to 1994 Edition x

Preface to 2011 Edition v

Part 1 The Shamanic Hypothesis 1

Chapter 1 Altered States 3

Chapter 2 Shamanic Dimensions 43

Chapter 3 The Experience of Many Worlds 51

Chapter 4 Living in the One World 63

Chapter 5 The Entities of the Imaginal Realm, Part One 73

Chapter 6 The Entities of the Imaginal Realm, Part Two 89

Part 2 Psychedelic Catalysts 101

Chapter 7 The Belladonna Alkaloids 103

Chapter 8 D-Lysergic Acid Amide: Morning Glory Seeds 119

Chapter 9 Mescaline: Peyote and San Pedro 133

Chapter 10 Ayahuasca and Its Analogues: Harmine and DMT 145

Chapter 11 Smokable Tryptamines from Plants 165

Chapter 12 Psilocybin: "Magic Mushrooms" 173

Chapter 13 Some Other Psychedelic Plants 185

Chapter 14 Extraction Procedures 199

Chapter 15 Some Thoughts on Technique 201

Afterword to 1994 Edition 215

Afterword to 2011 Edition 219

Notes 223

Bibliography 233

Index 239

About the Author 247

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