Recent years have seen the visionary South American plant medicine ayahuasca acquire a growing reputation as a powerful catalyst for healing and transformation.
American shaman Hamilton Souther apprenticed with traditional ayahuasca healers in Peru and has spent many years working in the Amazon with the visionary plant. Back in the States, he discovered that cannabis could be used in a similar way for shamanic healing – and then took the work to a whole other level, using internet streaming technology to conduct global journeying and healing ceremonies with large numbers of people.
This interview by Zoe Helene with Souther explores his meeting with the spirit of the cannabis plant and his way of working with plant medicines using mesas, icaros (medicine songs) and other ‘shamanic technology’
London, circa the turn of the second millennium AD.
A vast, tangled grid of concrete, human lives and economics; a post-industrial metropolis in a state of accelerated flux. London, the original unreal city, capital of Great Britain and grandmother of the Western empire; now affirming a renewed status as the global nexus of finance, influence and culture.
So how to explain what I’m doing, wandering through the streets with an SLR camera, a head full of electricity and a pair of earphones in my bag?
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