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 Amazon Jungle Spirit 

Amazon Jungle Spirit

Book in Progress

Amazon Jungle Spirit - The Other Side - is my first written book of memoirs, describing my initiation into the world of Amazon shamanism and Ayahuasca, the Amazon Vine of Souls, Spirit Vine or Ancestral Vine... These events, from the summer of 2005, in the Peruvian Upper Amazon mark the beginning of a twelve year, and ongoing apprenticeship, in this infinitely abstract and complex field of medicine.

In 2005, I celebrated my first Ayahuasca ceremonies at a peaceful Shipibo community on Lake Cashibococha, guided by a native Shipibo shaman Antonio Muñoz, and his Californian apprentice, Michael, who I later name, Doctor Telepathy. I found myself profoundly moved by a number of seemingly miraculous experiences with The Medicine, and the shamanic tradition it belongs to, and decided to  explore further into this new world.

Maestro Antonio and I traveled by boat, to a remote Shipibo community on the Upper Ucayali River, where he introduced me to a shaman colleague of his, Don Carlos... And after a number of impressionable ceremonies, traversing considerably deeper into the world of Ayahuasca, I crossed over to the other side of the Ucayali River with Don Carlos, to live on his isolated property surrounded by the raw jungle. Here, I entered into my first traditional Amazon shamanic plant medicine Dieta (the ancient Diet), with Ajo Sacha, one of the many Master Plants found in the jungle, for a period of one month. The effects of the Dieta were truly remarkable, as it gifted me with a number of successive nights with incredibly beautiful, vivid waking visions. These gifts of the Dieta, combined with my profound experiences with Ayahuasca, began to open my mind and heart, and I started to believe in something which I had always been previously closed off to: the existence of a magical, unseen facet of reality, The Spirit World... And finally, I began to believe, that I am undoubtedly a part of this world.

          Thank you, sincerely, for joining me on this life changing  journey. - Jay R. Narayan -

July of 2003, Spain. As the evening sun descended towards the Andalusian hills, my companion told me about an Amazon shamanic plant medicine, infused with dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which was said to be The Doorway Into The Spirit World. This was my first time ever hearing the name Ayahuasca, and I immediately felt myself being pulled towards the jungle... If Ayahuasca was in fact this Doorway, I somehow felt called to pass through it, with the hopes of finding something on The Other Side, which would ultimately awaken my consciousness to the existence of my Soul... I hoped to experience something, which would finally plant the seeds of faith, into my very being.