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Life, Death & The Space Between

Sep 12, 2019

Psychologist Rachel Harris, PhD is the author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD and Anxiety. She was in private practice for thirty-five years working with people interested in psychospiritual development. During a decade working in research, Rachel received a National Institutes of Health New Investigator’s Award and published more than forty scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals. She has also consulted to Fortune 500 companies and the United Nations.

In 2005 Rachel traveled to a retreat center in Costa Rica and serendipitously found herself with the opportunity to drink ayahuasca with Ecuadorian shamans. The morning after her first ceremony, Rachel began asking questions about the therapeutic potential of this medicine. She conducted a three-year research project with Lee Gurel, PhD that resulted in “A Study of Ayahuasca Use in North America,” published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs (Summer, 2012)

In this two part episode we discuss:

What Ayahuasca is and what it means
Who is Grandmother Ayahuasca.
Who should use Ayahuasca and what are the risks associated with it.
What mechanism in the brain allows it to work.
In what type of setting Ayahuasca should be used
The difference between real vs. helpful?
The importance of “integrating spiritual insights into behavioral change”
The default mode networks and how Ayahuasca works on those networks
How these drugs and others similar help with existential distress?


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