For centuries, Amazonian shamans have used ayahuasca as a window into the soul. The sacrament, they claim, can cure any illness. The author joins in this ancient ritual and finds the worlds within more terrifying—and enlightening—than ever imagined. I will never forget what it was like. The overwhelming misery. The certainty of never-ending suffering. No one to help you, no way to escape. Everywhere I looked: darkness so thick that the ideaof light seemed inconceivable. Suddenly, I swirled down a tunnel of fire, wailing figures calling out to me in agony, begging me to save them.
Others tried to terrorize me. "You will never leave here," they said. "Never. Never." I found myself laughing at them. "I'm not scared of you," I said. But the darkness became even thicker; the emotional charge of suffering nearly unbearable. I felt as if I would burst from heartbreak—everywhere, I felt the agony of humankind, its tragedies, its hatreds, its sorrows.
the bottom of the tunnel and saw three thrones in a black chamber.
Three shadowy figures sat in the chairs; in the middle was what I took
to be the devil himself.
"The darkness will never end," he said. "It will never end. Youcan never escape this place."
"I can," I replied.
All at once, I willed
myself to rise. I sailed up through the tunnel of fire, higher and
higher until I broke through to a white light. All darkness immediately
vanished. My body felt light, at peace. I floated among a beautiful
spread of colors and patterns. Slowly my ayahuasca vision faded. I
returned to my body, to where I lay in the hut, insects calling from
"Welcome back," the shaman said.
The next morning, I
discovered the impossible: The severe depression that had ruled my life
since childhood had miraculously vanished.
Giant blue butterflies
flutter clumsily past our canoe. Parrots flee higher into treetops. The
deeper we go into the Amazon jungle, the more I realize I can't turn
back. It hasb......
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