The Fellowship of the River

A Medical Doctor's Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine
Narrated by: Joseph Tafur, Luis Robledo
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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Western medicine has not been particularly successful at getting people relief from conditions like depression, chronic pain, migraine headaches, addiction, and PTSD. Dr. Tafur helps us to understand why.

I have watched people spend years in frustration and thousands of dollars consulting an army of specialists, without getting real relief from their problem. Because these and others are diseases deeply connected with the state of our emotional bodies. Too often, the Western medical approach fails to address the emotional dimension of illness. This is where traditional plant medicines, with their ability to alter consciousness and open channels of communication to our emotions, offer so much promise.

The stories shared here demonstrate the astonishing - mystical, colorful, metaphysical - effects of ayahuasca and traditional Amazonian plant medicine. Follow Dr. Tafur through the Amazon jungle as he develops a breakthrough understanding of how psychoactive plants interact with the complex network that connects our minds and hearts to our physical anatomy. What Dr. Tafur presents here is nothing short of a paradigm shift for modern medicine, where sacred plants, used properly in ceremony, take their place as important tools in the doctor’s medicine chest, offering the missing elements of emotional and spiritual healing that have eluded us for so long.

For more information about The Fellowship of the River, please visit drjoetafur.com/the-fellowship-of-the-river.

©2017 Joseph Tafur (P)2017 Joseph Tafur
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Essential knowledge for our times

I have read a few other books and seen a handful of documentaries on Ayahuasca, and this give a clear view of the full tradition of this important longstanding traditional healing modality of which Ayahuasca is a part. This is clear in the title that it is about the healing heritage of the Amazon plant medicine which incorporates dietary practices and many herbs beyond Ayahuasca as an integral part of this healing process, and, from my reading, best not separated from the Ayahuasca ceremonies if a person wants an optimal healing experience. That said, the case studies he depicts in the book range from no incorporation of the master plants or diet to several months using the traditional diet and herbs with ceremony. In all the case studies he accounts, benefits of life changing proportions occur to varying degrees. I have not yet experienced any part of this particular healing modality, and have been give the the best understanding of the Amasonian healing tradition to date, from this book. I will say a big thank you to Dr. Tafur for writing his account.

I am not sure if it was he or Luis Robledo who read the book as they are both cited as readers, but I would suggest a professional reader with more ability to express emotional nuance through their voice as the current reader was rather flat and monotone. I however also think that that reader should definitely have experience with this Amazonian plant medicine tradition to give it the backing of life experience that Tafur has. My feeling is, if readers understand the material they are imparting to others, they will be more effective in imparting the information. However I would not deter anyone from reading this book as it is.

Over all, regardless of the reader, the information is very engaging once you get through the preliminary foundational chapters and describes a powerful means to heal ourselves and our planet one person at a time. I think the plants, which I will call "gates" for now, such as "psyllocibin mushrooms, ayahuasca, sound vibrational healing, and others, and the traditions and healers that respect and utilize their wisdom, are gratefully coming to the forefront in our time of need as a global culture that in many ways is in dis-ease. May many more people open to the possibilities that this and other "gate" modalities have to offer.

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case studies of Ayahuasca healing

Informative text of the diverse benefits of ayahuasca, case by case. NOT amazonian medicine broadly.

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heart felt amazing!

Dr. Tafur brilliantly takes the reader on a heart felt journey to the Amazon jungle and eloquently introduces you to mama ayahuasca.

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Eye opening!

It is a relief to hear a medical doctor support the healing of the emotional body. Very good book!

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Wonderful book about healing

Fantastic listen about healing emotional trauma and it’s connection disease, anxiety, depression, autoimmune conditions, and “mystery” ailments/conditions. What is missing in the healing of disease in western medicine? This book sheds a lot of light on the topic. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in psychology, or of learning more about the healing powers of Ayahuasca from a western-medical-trained doctor’s perspective

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exceptional

A must read for anyone in the healing profession, or anyone interested in their own healing.

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Deep healing is possible!

First hand account of a Western trained physician experiencing deep soul healing with plant spirits of the Amazon is truly inspiring!

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very interesting

loved it. I loved the different stories of various experiences while traveling in Peru and doing ceremony

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Excelente. A true book made with the hearth!!!

It's an i credible book with tons of insightfull ideas.
In it I have found inspiration and confidence to follow my hearth's whispers.

When I realized that the author was the narrator I just felt inspired, hearing the Icaros from his owner, I just couldn't avoid feeling admiration and respect for him and his dedication to the spread the medicine benefits. Thank you Joe

A book trylly made with the hearth.

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Must for those considering Ayahuasca journying.

Being a health care provider I loved the mix of case studies observed in Ayahuasca ceremonies combined with moden day scientific explanations for the resultant outcomes. Though I can't claim specific healing that I feel is necessary, I am anxious to partake of ceremonies myself for spiritual enlightment and a re-sertting of emotional and spiritual self.

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  • 09-11-18

Fascinating story

This was recommended by a friend . Really good if you are interested in Shamanism. Easy to listen too.

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  • 11-06-18

A tipping good yarn

I liked it, and I look forward to my treatment. Peru, here I come... soon.

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  • Nathan M.
  • 09-27-18

Great

A Very good and informative book. Worth the time and money invested. Many thanks Joe.

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  • Alana Rain
  • 08-30-18

Insightful and Enjoyable Read

Dr Tafur's book is an excellent read on this topic. I found the book to be very insightful, especially as someone with little understanding of medical science. It was not too dry, as the information presented was woven through personal narrative. This book helped me to wrap my head around the ways in which body, mind and spirit are linked, especially with regards to the body and physical illness. I would really recommend this for anybody who is suffering from or treating a problematic physical illness, wishing to understand a potential underlying cause. Or for anybody who wants to learn more about Western medical approaches to illness and how it compares alongside traditional methods of spiritual healing. Dr Tafur's narration makes the audiobook a wonderful 'read'.

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  • Tui Curry
  • 04-02-18

MUST READ!!!

This is, without a doubt, THE best book I have read on plant medicine. Right up there with The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby. Extremely well written, Joseph Tafur is engaging and informative. He covers his own personal journey as well as many case studies. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in plant medicine, spiritual and emotional healing, and effective healing of trauma.