From Jungle To "Civilization": How Plant Medicines Can Promote Health in a Toxic Culture
Gabor Maté, M.D.
The infusion of shamanic plant medicines into the materialistic realm of globalized capitalism is a response to a deep loss at the core of our civilization: that of authentic connection to ourselves, to nature, and to creation. It’s an answer to a plea for help. However, for many Westerners turning to these traditional modalities for healing, the entheogenic experience can be not only beautiful and profound, but also bewildering. Modern Western exploration of the psyche and a scientific understanding of the mind/body unity can deepen and help illuminate the plant experience for those brought up and traumatized by the disconnected and alienated culture of the industrialized world.
Gabor Maté, M.D., has worked in family practice, palliative care, and addictions medicine. He has extensive experience and interest in addictions, mind/body health, child development and trauma. The author of four bestselling books published in twenty languages on five continents, he now travels extensively to present lectures and workshops internationally. He has been facilitating retreats with ayahuasca for eight years, helping to pioneer a combination of traditional shamanic work, Western psychotherapy and group work to deepen people’s integration of their plant experience. He has also had experience with other entheogens and psychedelic modalities. www.drgabormate.com.