Describes the author’s early life and his subsequent attempts to heal it. On his journey he encounters various beliefs and various therapies. In the end he resorts to eboga/ibogaine and undergoes a mind-shattering initiation guided by Bwiti angels. A third of the book is devoted to his understanding of eboga healing and spirituality in what he calls “The Eboga Process” based on 6 years personal experience.
Read book review here: Review.
Author: Lee Albert
Paperback: 416 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 6 x 9
Publisher: AuthorHouse, August 2004
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Heart Medicine: A True Love Story
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Two longtime lovers: spray paint artist, Chor Boogie, and yogini and performance artist, Bast.
The lovers navigate the treacherous labyrinth of addiction and ultimately chose to pursue treatment with an obscure indigenous African sacred plant medicine called iboga, used since ancient times for spiritual healing and proven to have powerful addiction breaking effects. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s seems to be worth the try, considering the alternatives.
Read review here: Book Review by Ralf Metzner.
Bwiti: An Ethnography of the Religious Imagination in Africa.
This book “is a magnificent scholarly study of the Bwiti religion of the Fang people of Gabon. The work is the result of a twenty-six month sojourn by Fernandez and his wife.” Lotsof.
Difficult to obtain.
Read here: Short overview by Howard Lotsof.
Read here: Chapter 18 Equatorial Excursions: The Quest for Revitalizing Dreams & Visions.
Editor: James W. Fernandez
Paperback: 731 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 9.50 x 1.75 x 6.50
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr; (January 1, 1982)
Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey Into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism
From Publishers Weekly: “Pinchbeck travels the earth in search of spiritual awakening through tripping, from Gabon to the Nevada desert. At happenings like the Burning Man festival or a plant conference in the Ecuadorean jungle, Pinchbeck meets “modern shamans” and tells their stories as they intersect with his… Charting his gradual transformation from a cynical New York litterateur to psychedelic acolyte, Pinchbeck uses elements of travelogue, memoir, “entheobotany” (“the study of god-containing plants”) and historical research to ask why these “doorways of the mind” have been unceremoniously sealed.” Describes his experience with the Bwiti and eboga.
Read here about the book & Daniel Pinchbeck: Daniel Pinchbeck.
Author: Daniel Pinchbeck
Paperback: 336 pages (0.73 x 8.00 x 5.22 inches)
Publisher: Broadway Books; (August 1, 2003)
Iboga: The Visionary Root of African Shamanism (Paperback)
Originally published (2004) in French as: Bois Sacre: Initiation a l’iboga.
Authors Description: “Iboga, spiritual ally of African shamans since antiquity, yields ibogaine, a powerful psychotropic substance. It is used mainly in Gabon and Cameroon in a secret, initiatory tradition called bwiti-nganza, in which physical and psychological illnesses can be rooted out and cured. Intense psychological conditioning that includes the rites of confession, contacting and honouring one’s ancestors and construction of an in-depth psychological inventory are all part of the initiate’s encounter with this sacred root. Like many visionary and initiatory plants, iboga is a key that gives access to other modes of being and consciousness. Despite its suppression in the West, researchers have shown that ibogaine provides a powerful adjunct to psychology due to its miraculous ability to break addictions – most notably to heroin. To the followers of the Bwiti religion, ibogaine is the indispensable means by which humans can truly communicate with the deepest reaches of their soul and with the spirits of their ancestors. This book details the traditions and techniques of iboga’s use by African shamans and the essential role it occupies in that community in order both to preserve this knowledge and to show how ibogaine may have an important role to play in our modern world.”
Authors: Vincent Ravalec, Mallendi & Agn’s Paicheler
Paperback: 240 pages (0.73 x 8.00 x 5.22 inches)
Publisher: Park Street Press; (15 Dec 2007)
Flesh of the Gods. The ritual use of hallucinogens.
Contains: Tabernanthe Iboga: Narcotic Ecstasis and the Work of the Ancestors by James W. Fernandez.
“In the traditional cultures described in this collection of ten essays, the hallucinogenic “trip” is a means to an end–a quest for confirmation of traditional values, for unity with the tribal ancestors. In contemporary Western society, by contrast, it tends to be an end in itself and a rejection of the society’s values–perhaps, it has been suggested, because Western drug-users tend to be a-cultural.”
Editor: Peter T. Furst
Paperback: 304 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 9.25 x 1.00 x 6.25
Publisher: Waveland Press; Reprint edition (July 1, 1990)
IBOGAINE: Proceedings from the First International Conference by Kenneth, R. Alper (Editor), Stanley D. Glick (Editor)
Mostly scientific papers. However contains a chapter called: A Contemporary History of Ibogaine in the United States and Europe by KENNETH R. ALPER, DANA BEAL AND CHARLES D. KAPLAN and another called: ‘Returning to the Path’: The use of Iboga[ine] in Equatorial African Ritual Context and the Binding of Time, Space, and Social Relationships JAMES W. FERNANDEZ AND RENATE L. FERNANDEZ
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Academic Press; (September 14, 2001)
The book Index and chapters are now available as PDF files linked to the Table of Contents.
Paroles d’un enfant du Bwiti
French account of life with the Bwiti.
Paperback: 165 pages
Available for purchase here:
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Rite of Passage
“This revealing documentary shows Ibogaine’s traditional use in West-Africa as well as it’s use in addiction therapy in Modern society, including interviews with some of worlds experts on Ibogaine. It is the perfect educational tool to witness from up close the personal experiences people have while going through treatment.”
Read details & watch online here:Rite of Passage Film.
Price: 19.99 euros
Publisher: Lunart Productions
Pub Date: 2005
The Ibogaine Story: Report on the Staten Island Project by Paul DeRienzo, Dana Beal, and Members of the Project.
“An idiosyncratic account of ibogaine development, set within the context of the developing underground scene of latter-day New York, contains many fascinating insights into the drug’s history.”
About the Authors(s): “WBAI reporter Paul De Rienzo, who broke “Mena” (Contra-coke-for-guns in Mena, Ark) is a social historian of New York’s radical Lower East Side as well as the Drug War. Dana Beal, formerly of ACT-UP and the Yippies!, is a science writer, an AIDS activist, and one of the founders of the American Harm Reduction Movement.”
Paperback: 352 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 11.25 x 8.75
Publisher: Autonomedia; (December 1, 1997)
The Secret Chief
“Conversations with a Pioneer of the Underground Psychedelic Therapy Movement Story of a pioneering therapist (now deceased) who used psychedelics (including ibogaine) in his practice. Interesting narrative/interview; early excitement in the 50’s, group and ceremonial uses, therapy techniques, various compounds compared. Stan Grof, Albert Hofmann, Ann Shulgin, and Sasha Shulgin also contribute.” – Mind Books
Read here review & commentary by Ralph Metzner: Review.
Read book online: The Secret Chief.
Pub Date: 1997
Iboga: La Sociedad Secreta del Bueti [Iboga: the Secret Society of the Bueti] by José Manuel Novoa.
“No index; no bibliography; one map; ten page glossary; two b/w photographs; numerous vignettes. More journalistic than scientific, this nicely-made book nevertheless affords a rather detailed glimpse into the secret Bueti Iboga cult of the bandjis [initiates] of Equatorial Guinea, much less studied than the better-known Bwiti cult of its neighbor to the south, Gabon. The book was made parallel to a video documentary by the author of the rites of this “unknown African secret society”.”
Publisher: 1998. Transglobe Films [Calle Bailén, 41; Las Rozas; 28230 Madrid, Spain].
Pub Date: 1998
ISBN 8460571874 (Hardcover)
“Published in 1922, Siddhartha is the most famous and influential novel by Nobel prize-winning (1946) German author Hermann Hesse. Though set in India, the concerns of Siddhartha are universal, expressing Hesse’s general interest in the conflict between mind, body, and spirit. Siddhartha is now read primarily as a beautifully crafted examination of the quest for self-understanding.”
Read a summary and analysis here: Siddhartha Summary & Analysis.
Author: Hermann Hesse
Paperback: 160 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 6.75 x 0.50 x 4.25
Publisher: Bantam Classics; Reissue edition (December 1, 1981)
“Every few decades a book is published that changes the life of its readers forever. Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is such a book which has already achieved the status of a modern classic.”
Read a description & review here: The Alchemist Reviewed.
Author: Paulo Coelho
Paperback: 176 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.49 x 8.16 x 5.30
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco; Reprint edition (May 10, 1995)
Man and His Symbols
“Illustrated throughout with revealing images, this is the first and only work in which the world-famous Swiss psychologist explains to the layperson his enormously influential theory of symbolism as revealed in dreams.”
Read here readers’ reviews: Readers Reviews.
Read here for a beautiful & comprehensive Web site on Carl Jung, his ideas & works: Carl Jung: Myths, Dreams & Symbols.
Author: Carl G. Jung
Paperback: 432 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 1.17 x 6.90 x 4.42
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company; Reissue edition (June 1, 1997)
The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
“As charming performers who skillfully reflect their parents expectations, far too many children grow into adults driven to greater and greater achievements by an underlying sense of worthlessness. Never allowed to express their true feelings, and having lost touch with their true selves, they act out their repressed feelings with episodes of depression and compulsive behavior. They in turn inflict the same legacy of repression on their own children.”
Author: Alice Miller
Paperback: 136 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.38 x 8.10 x 5.32
Publisher: Basic Books; Rev&Updtd edition (December 1, 1996)
The New Primal Scream
“Primal therapy involves helping the patient to discover the traumas that are the root causes of this repression, then to access and FEEL these traumas at the deepest level. In this, Janov intends that the patient actually RE-LIVE the trauma involved – unimaginable pains, from a difficult birth process to cold, unloving parents, to unspeakably damaging experiences such as sexual abuse and incest – and react to them and thus release them from the repression system, freeing vital parts of the mind to address the needs of the patient as they exist in the present.”
Read here one readers review: Reader’s review of Primal Scream.
Author: Arthur Janov
Paperback: Dimensions (in inches): 7.00 x 1.25 x 5.00
Publisher: Trafalgar Square; (May 2000)
The Unidscovered Self
“The Undiscovered Self” (1957) “integrates many of Jung’s lifelong social and psychological concerns and addresses the uneasy relation between the individual and mass society. The survival of civilization, he maintains, depends on individual awareness of both the conscious and unconscious aspects of the human psyche. The exploration of the unconscious, in particular, leads to self-knowledge and with it recognition of the duality of human nature, its potential for evil as well as for good.”
Author: Carl G. Jung
Paperback: 128 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.41 x 6.88 x 4.18
Publisher: Signet Book; Reissue edition (May 1, 1997)
The Awakening of Intelligence
“This comprehensive record of Krishnamurti’s teachings is an excellent, wide-ranging introduction to the great philosopher’s thought. With among others, Jacob Needleman, Alain Naude, and Swami Venkatasananda, Krishnamurti examines such issues as the role of the teacher and tradition; the need for awareness of cosmic consciousness; the problem of good and evil; and traditional Vedanta methods of help for different levels of seekers.”
Read here reviews and comments on this book: Krisnamurti Reviews.
Author: Jiddu Krisnamurti
Paperback: 544 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.29 x 8.01 x 5.34
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco; 1st Harper & Row pbk. ed edition (May 1, 1987)
Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis.
“Spiritual experience can feel like bliss, but it can also feel like hell. It can cause hallucinations, seizures, pain, panic attacks, mania, severe depression — all the symptoms of physical and mental illness.
When people suffer this way, they may feel like they’re going crazy, and their doctors may agree. But the authors of this book think that in many cases, such a diagnosis is mistaken. They urge the adoption of a new category of clinical diagnosis, “spiritual emergency.”
This book contains fourteen papers outlining different types of spiritual emergence, many of them excellent, written by experts in the field.”
More Info on Spiritual Emergence: I.S.E.R.
Author (Editors): by Stanislav Grof & Christina Grof
Paperback: 250 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher; 1st ed edition (September, 1989)
Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crisis.
“This work presents a persuasive case for the existence of “spiritual emergencies”–extreme mental states experienced by some individuals in the process of personal metamorphosis. The Grofs (editors of Spiritual Emergency, Tarcher, 1989) denounce Western psychiatric practices that label persons in such states as mentally ill. They instead distinguish between psychiatric disorders and spiritual emergency, offering alternative modes of therapy for the latter.”
Read review here by John A. Speyrer: Stormy Search for the Self
Author: by Stanislav Grof & Christina Grof
Paperback: 136 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8
Publisher: Tarcher; Reprint edition (June 1, 1992)
Myths to Live By
“Joseph Campbell shares his ideas and speculations on our universal myths, in a fascinating, very personal work which explores the enduring power of the myths that influence our lives and examines the myth-making process from the primitive past to the immediate present.”
Author: Joseph Campbell
Paperback: 288 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.56 x 8.45 x 5.51
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (February 1, 1993)
The Hero With a Thousand Faces
“Originally written by Campbell in the ’40s– in his pre-Bill Moyers days — and famous as George Lucas’ inspiration for “Star Wars,” this book will likewise inspire any writer or reader in its well considered assertion that while all stories have already been told, this is *not* a bad thing, since the *retelling* is still necessary. And while our own life’s journey must always be ended alone, the travel is undertaken in the company not only of immediate loved ones and primal passion, but of the heroes and heroines — and myth-cycles — that have preceded us.”
Read here book description and reviews: Description & Reviews.
Read here for a beautiful & comprehensive Web site on Joseph Campbell, his ideas & works: Joseph Campbell.
Author: Joseph Campbell
Paperback: 464 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.01 x 9.00 x 6.06
Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (March 1, 1972)
The Power of Myth
“Among his many gifts, Joseph Campbell’s most impressive was the unique ability to take a contemporary situation, such as the murder and funeral of President John F. Kennedy, and help us understand its impact in the context of ancient mythology. Herein lies the power of The Power of Myth, showing how humans are apt to create and live out the themes of mythology.”
Author: Joseph Campbell
Paperback: 293 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.68 x 8.02 x 5.20
Publisher: Anchor; Reissue edition (July 1, 1991)