Ayahuasca-Induced Interiority Transformation in 3 Middle-Aged Educated Women
rites of passage
Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology
Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Social sciences (General)
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AbstractThis study focuses upon 3 women whose lives had become conflictful, emotionally painful and anomic. The consequences of pain crosses gender and culture lines, especially if one is not aware of their afflictions or knows no way to a fulfilling life. Through the life histories of these 3 women I trace their struggle out of past life experience into an “ayahuasca world” of unlimited possibilities and transformative experience. They came to know themselves more clearly. Many women, usually educated and literate, have the resources and ability to change their lives by cultivating new relationships, assuming new occupations, or adopting more fulfilling social roles. A greater number who are not well-educated or who live by tradition may not find their way to successful adaptation. Many ethnographic studies describe tradition in change, or the effects of globalization on indigenous societies. Some record the use of ayahuasca, but do not study the outcome. We need to nurture the genius that has moved humans into higher levels of consciousness since time immemorial; the gifts of the few who have transcended normal consciousness, nurtured their own spirituality, and who have become leaders and teachers. Rites of passage are universal in human society and suggest the need for identity development and cultural sustenance. They propel the human mind into deeper levels of consciousness and conscience. This study is about 3 women’s spiritual quest for a transformative experience they can share with others. It describes the possibility of a new consciousness through guided shamanic ritual.