I recently published a post about DMT (short for N,N-Dimethyltryptamine or N,N-DMT), which some call “The Spirit Molecule”, and the research Dr. Rick Strassman has done on the subject (click here to read previous post).
Naturally manufactured by the human brain, DMT is apparently found in nearly every living organism, but especially in a plant called ayahuasca. This plant has traditionally been consumed as a brew for divinatory and healing purposes by indigenous Amazonian Amerindian cultures.
Ayahuasca, vine of the soul is a fascinating documentary that follows two Canadians who travel to Peru to experiment the ceremonial consumption of ayahuasca under the supervision of a shaman, Guillermo Arévalo, who operates a center dedicated to that purpose.
An interesting aspect of the documentary is that both participants have very different intentions regarding they journey to Peru, and their experience ends up having a profound effect on both in ways they did not initially consciously seek or even perceive to be possible.
The 52-minute film also explores the possible health and spiritual benefits of using ayahuasca, as well as its possible pitfalls if pursued without adequate preparation or proper guidance.
“Ayahuasca is a means for man to get to know the different realms of existence,” Guillermo continues. “The source of all creation makes us see where man comes from, that he comes from space… where energy comes from, in the form of light. We are all formed through a relationship of nature, energy and light.”
Richard Meech, Director, says that “When I set out to make my documentary Ayahuasca vine of the soul, I had two intentions. Firstly, to awaken viewers to the possibility of a direct experience of the divine through the ceremonial use of ayahuasca, a sacred plant medicine used for this purpose in traditional Amazonian shamanism. And second, I wanted people to see firsthand to what degree the insights and joy that arise from such encounters can be integrated into daily life.”
While ayahuasca may be useful as an help to access spiritual realms, other authors, such as my friend Garry Leblanc, have researched and developed natural means to do so based on other ancestral beliefs – if you feel so inclined, you can find out more on his website, RD-YES.COM.
Ayahuasca, vine of the soul is available on Netflix.
You can find out more on the official website, vineofthesoul.com.