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When Plants Dream

By: Daniel Pinchbeck,Sophia Rokhlin
Narrated by: Aaron Shedlock,Lauren Ezzo
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Publisher's Summary

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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Excellent

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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distracted

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

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Great Book!!!!!

This books it's a jewel for experienced medicine people and newcomers as well. Those looking to learn about the plant medicines will get what they want and some more.

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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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Wow, love this. Of the best ones I’ve read about Ayahuasca

I enjoyed the tone of the voice of the reader. It was very pleasant. The content was very thorough and well explained. I like the sections in which the book was divided. Learned so much about the medicine. Thank you!

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The book is amazing !!!

The readers are so bad. It’s so hard to listen to both of them. The content is great though.

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fantastic and insightful read

Duncan Trussel you madman, you've given me yet another fantastic book recommendation and I'm incredibly glad about it

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A beautiful showcase to the power, nuances, and development of plant medicine

This book was incredibly enlightening. Not only does it shed light on the history and cultural implications of plant medicines, it also goes in depth into how the western world’s interactions with the cultures who have held these medicines sacred can be harmful but don’t necessarily need to be. I would recommend this book to anyone whether they are new to plant medicine or have had many experiences. Thanks to Daniel and Sophia.

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Informative

Great substance with an overly dramatic narrator at times but great information to keep in mind.

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A good first Ayahuasca book

It almost feels like I have been all over this information already, it lacks having a good story. The explanatory part almost feels like I am back in primary school. Overall an excellent book don’t get me wrong but this book can’t say much to someone who has been drinking the medicine for decades. Still enjoyable and useful for this you may have forgotten, intrinsic parts of the Ayahuasca experience.

I find Apa Shanko books much more interesting and adventurous.

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  • 10-29-21

Great book. Informative guide to aya. Would recomm

A journey with the grandmother vine before I prepare for my first ceremony. Really enjoyed this book.

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  • 10-05-19

educational, enlightening, illuminating

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

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  • 06-27-22

Great read

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doesn't drag on, keeps you hooked the entire read.
thanks guys!

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  • 11-05-21

Ep3 a new hope

great incites. consciousness. realities far from mainstream. teaching. a new breath. which way to learning the plant songs via deep meditation and open hearted connection via honesty and joy. does everything have to be a psychedelic? the value is infinite regarding these plant teachings via altered states and im for this option with the plant consumption yet...could this connection be one about patience not shocking the consciousness out of bad habbits but rather practicing self restraint for the good of the Earth and its beings via stepping away from anthropocentric actions and following commonsense. As Mr S H Buhner states its the spirit of the plant that heals the dis...ease the the plant chemical merely gives it a form to travel. Masanobu Fukuoka achieved this connection along with many others and i have not read that they need the "medicine" to get there. this is a very important book and the great issue is do we want a world of nature or industrial pollutants as the cleptocrats prepare to planet jump and leave the majority to heal the Earth. the dream as the book states is a weeving of our very souls toward a reality of health and joy not slavery and servitude which many indigenous peoples of the Amazon are living due to Western hypocrisy consumerism and narcissism and isolationist capitalism. thanks to the authors for this truly important book they are in my reciprocity consciousness.

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  • 02-08-21

fantastic

I loved listening to this book, I thoroughly enjoyed how it was written, the information covered was fantastic a great book for someone who knows nothing and wants to get an understanding. I am glad the inclusion of the impact of colonialism not only in the past but in the present through tourism is addressed, super important and we'll delivered touching on points which one might forget. great book would recommend!

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  • 12-22-20

Absorbing

Informative, with depth and bredth, covering; science research, culture, history teamed with wonderful anecdotal experiences