The Year of Drinking Magic


I’m very honoured to feature in a wonderful new book by Guy Crittenden.  I feel it is a ‘must-read’ for anyone considering working with ayahuasca and plant medicines in general. The story follows the author’s journey of spiritual transformation, as he undertakes a series of intense shamanic ceremonies in both traditional and contemporary settings. Although ayahuasca is the main focus, San-Pedro cactus, psilocybin mushrooms, cannabis and DMT also feature. All the encounters with the various teacher plants are conducted with the utmost respect and the book is peppered with profound spiritual insights. The eco/spiritual message of the divine-in-nature reverberates throughout the book and the congruency of the author is clearly evidenced, in that all profits are going to the Amazon Rainforest Conservancy. It is not such an easy thing, to share such deeply personal and controversial experiences with the world. Testimonies, like Guy, are invaluable resources in the re-education of attitudes towards the shamanic use of entheogenic plants, as sacred healing modalities. Thank you Guy for taking us along with you, in The Year of Drinking Magic!

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You Are Light


Rainbow – a display of the colours of the spectrum produced by dispersion of light.

Currently, I am studying to qualify as a cognitive-behavioral hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy can trace it’s roots all the way back to shamanism, through to yoga and the sleep-temples of ancient Greece. Recently, I decided to hypnotically regress myself as far back as I could go, I wasn’t looking for a past-life regression, more a ‘just before this life’ one.  I wanted to know what I was, immediately before I was conceived.  I took myself back through adult life to childhood, back to my earliest memories and then, via my imagination into my mother’s womb.  I reversed the growth of my fetal body until I could go no further with my imagination, the information I was looking for was just beyond this point.

Suddenly, a spontaneous vision manifested, it was a special type of vision, an empty form.  Empty form visions can arise from deep non-thought meditation and kundalini awakening but they are most closely associated with the Highest Yoga Tantras of Tibetan Buddhism. They are called empty because they are completely devoid of molecular particles, although they look absolutely real, they are beyond physical materiality.  An empty form vision is to be paid attention to and understood, because it is a direct emanation of pure consciousness without contamination.

The vision was of a beautiful rainbow, arcing in front of me with the full spectrum of colours.  I was startled out of hypnosis by it’s clarity and vividness and all at once, information from previous spiritual experiences that I hadn’t fully grasped seem to coalesce in my mind giving me the answer not only to what I was, but also to what I am and to what you are, also.

So, for your information…(smiley face, this is fun!)

You are Light,

diffused by a crystalline mind into rainbow-like illusion,

entranced by the reflections of Itself,

in mirror-like consciousness.

An image from the Dalai Lamas Secret Temple. The walls are covered with murals depicting the secret spiritual practices and visions of the yogis. The illustration shows light reflecting off water and diffusing through a crystal held by a yogi. It represents the union of form and emptiness, how the One becomes the many.


From The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby. A serpent swims through the center of the brain, towards the externally located crystalline mind.