The Cultivation, Preparation, and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants
By Jim DeKorne
(North Atlantic Books, Paperback, 9781556439995, 247pp.)
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
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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.