When Plants Dream

Ayahuasca, Amazonian Shamanism, and the Global Psychedelic Renaissance
Narrated by: Aaron Shedlock, Lauren Ezzo
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
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Ayahuasca is a powerful tool for transformation, that more and more Westerners are flocking to drink in a quest for greater self-knowledge, healing and reconnection with the natural world. This formerly esoteric, little-known brew is now a growth industry. But why?

Ayahuasca is a psychoactive tea that has a long history of ritual use among indigenous groups of the Upper Amazon. Made from the ayahuasca vine and the leaves of a shrub, ayahuasca is associated with healing in collective ceremonies and in more intimate contexts, generally under the direction of specialist - an ayahuasquero. These are experienced practitioners who guide the ceremony and the "drinkers'" experience.

Ayahuasca has gained significant popularity these days in cities around the world. Ceremonies happen nightly and Hollywood stars, Wall Street players and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs now drink the brew. Why? What effect might ayahuasca be having on our culture? Could it be the LSD of our time? Does the brew, which seems to inspire environmental action, simplified lifestyles and more communitarian behaviour, act as an antidote to frenzied consumerist culture?

In When Plants Dream, Pinchbeck and Rokhlin explore the economic, social, political, cultural and environmental impact that ayahuasca is having on society. "Part One" covers the background; what ayahuasca is, where it is found, and its cultural origins. "Part Two" explores the role and practices of the ayahuasquero in both Amazonian and Western cultures. "Part Three" examines the medicinal plants of the Amazon, looking particularly at the ingredients in ayahuasca and their therapeutic qualities, covering the most up-to-date biomedical research, psychedelic science, and psychopharmacology. "Part Four" looks more closely at how ayahuasca is perceived and used today, covering law, the drug wars, media and money. Lastly, in "Part Five", Pinchbeck and Rokhlin question the future of ayahuasca. 

When Plants Dream is the first book of its kind to look at the science and expanding culture of ayahuasca, from its historical use to its appropriation by the West and the impact it is having on cultures beyond the Amazon.

©2019 Daniel Pinchbeck and Sophia Rokhlin (P)2019 Vibrance Press

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Super informative and keeps you very interested . Love how the author discusses the evolution of psychedelics in today’s Modern society. Great easy read !

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the material is very interesting, but the whispering narration style ruins the book. very distracting

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Powerful. Enlightening.

Covers ayahuasca as thoroughly as Terence McKenna covered mushrooms in Food of the Gods. Masterful storytelling. Filled with mind-blowing facts, fun anecdotes, and powerful wisdom.

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Well Rounded Perspective on Ayahuasca

I really enjoyed the content of this book but unfortunately I found the voices of the narrators to be extremely irritating and unnatural - especially the female narrator. I’m glad I powered through it though, because it provided a comprehensive view of what ayahuasca is all about, along with its history and its many ripple effects into our modern world. I was especially interested in the idea that the plant world is sentient, and that it has an agenda of its own. This is an important perspective that I think many people are completely unaware of. Clearly we have a great deal to learn from the plant realm. Anyway great book overall, I think I just would’ve liked to hear the actual authors narrating it themselves.

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Thorough

Very thorough book on the medecine, current culture, risks and benefits. Thank you Daniel and Sophia. Asta las estrellas 💫✨🐆

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educational, enlightening, illuminating

Great book about the effects and experiences of psychedelics - long and quite wordy but an excellent book.