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2 years ago
Rachel Harris
As we've expanded this conversation to spontaneous mystical/spiritual experiences beyond psychedelics, I want to share a recent conversation I had with a friend. She went to a Native American retreat in North Dakota and during that week she had a visionary experience - no drugs. She had climbed up to a plateau where historically the Native Americans had held the Sun Dance ritual. All of a sudden
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2 years ago
Rachel Harris
Hi Ray, Thank you for more information about your work. I think you will find references in my book that are relevant. Richard Davidson has looked at how we work with our experiences in meditation, another technology.Other research is looking at ego dissolution - this allows an experience outside what our ego constricts us to. And opens up a new perspective even when we return from that transc
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2 years ago
Rachel Harris
Dear Ray, Thank you for sharing your experience and process - one of those amazing stories that I have to tell you most therapists never hear. So these kinds of experiences remain outside the realm of traditional therapy and psychological theory. Only a few people have written about such phenomenon - William James on discontinuous transformation, Miller and C'de Baca on quantum change. And a f
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2 years ago
Rachel Harris
Hi Susan Doris, I don't have the scientific or philosophical expertise to argue about your statement, "all these experiences are in the brain." However scientists do not all agree on this issue. In the book I review brain research on psychedelics that can apply to ayahuasca as well. I rely mostly on Robin Carhart-Harris who has both psychoanalytic and neurological training. He's
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2 years ago
Rachel Harris
Hi Poster Boy, "not guaranteed" are the key words" and even if an experience is transformative in the moment, does it then translate into changed behavior? certainly some people wake up the next morning and say, "I'm never touching alcohol again." Some follow through with this conviction and some don't. What makes the difference? At this point, we don't know. The
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2 years ago
Rachel Harris
Psilocybin and LSD have been used in research studies with terminal cancer patients and found to reduce pain and end of life anxiety, allowing for more meaningful final days with loved ones.
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2 years ago
Rachel Harris
Hi Ray, Let's expand this conversation beyond just ayahuasca or even psychedelics for that matter. For me, one of the mysteries in life is that we are capable of mystical experiences - kundalini arising, unusual dreams, spontaneous religious experiences, near-death experiences, out of body, the list goes on. There are lots of websites that collect these stories, even one specializing in childh
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2 years ago
Rachel Harris
Hi Poster Boy, Thank you for your suggestion. The pitfalls regarding ayahuasca are mostly around the same set and setting as with any psychedelic. People with a history of mania, psychosis, schizophrenia, bi-polar, or other psychiatric concerns should NOT risk their stability. People using SSRI anti-depressants should not take ayahuasca. People need to be very selective about what ceremony the
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2 years ago
Rachel Harris
My intention in writing Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety was for the book to be helpful to people both before and after ceremonies. I also hope therapists will learn more about how to work with psychological material that surfaces from ayahuasca ceremonies or other psychedelic use. I must admit to being enthusiastic about the therapeutic potential
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2 years ago
Rachel Harris
Thank you for the warm welcome. I'm very pleased to be Author of the Month for the Graham Hancock website. My intention in writing Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety was for the book to be helpful to people both before and after ceremonies. I also hope therapists will learn more about how to work with psychological material that surfaces from ayahuasc
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