July 09, 2008

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Peru declares Ayahuasca part of cultural heritage This is a very welcome decision by the Peruvian legislature, as it makes it less likely that those treating illness using Ayahuasca will be charged for practicing medicine without a license, and will confer more legitimacy upon Ayahuasca as a medicine in other legislatures throughout the world. ... As I say, the issue of Ayahausca tourism is a pressing one, and I have personally frequently attended to the needs of "occidentals" here and in Australia, who have partaken of Ayahuasca in circumstances less than ideal, or where the intentions of the facilitator have been unfocussed or actively malicious. ... Whilst I enter ceremonies with the utmost respect for the traditions of those who hold them, I believe that Ayahuasca has clearly moved beyond a construct of indigenous, jungle usage, and that the manner in which new cultures of Ayahuasca usage develop should not be limited by the limited world views of a particular patriarchy. I feel that Ayahuasca herself will determine how and when these new modes of working unfold, but any attempts to control the usage of Sacred Medicines should be diligently examined by all who care for the freedom and evolution of human consciousness. <img src="http://quantumlifebodyworks.typepad.com/weblog/Google Image Result for http___bp3.blogger.com__C9VtB3kTbzM_RxlBj9hlgsI_AAAAAAAAAQY_KzTbuSfsVKc_s320_banisteriopsis_summary1.jpg-2.jpg" width="225" height="136" alt="Google Image Result for http___bp3.blogger.com__C9VtB3kTbzM_RxlBj9hlgsI_AAAAAAAAAQY_KzTbuSfsVKc_s320_banisteriopsis_summary1.jpg-2.jpg" />

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