10 Reasons You Should Drink Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca has been used for thousands of years by South American tribes for its mental, emotional, physical and above all, spiritual benefits. As the medicine becomes more popular across the world, Westerners are also discovering that it has much to offer. Here are 10 reasons you should drink Ayahuasca. 1) To benefit physical health There are accounts of individuals with …

Fragmented Child: Disorganized Attachment and Dissociation

Dissociation is a phenomenon most people have the capacity to experience. It is a coping mechanism used to manage stressors as minor as over-stimulation or as severe as sexual abuse. As a way of coping, dissociation occurs when the brain compartmentalizes traumatic experiences to keep people from feeling too much pain, be it physical, emotional, or both. When dissociation occurs, …

Science behind improving oral health using oil pulling

Known as “gandusha” to Ayurvedic healers, oil pulling is an ideal oral detoxification procedure done by swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for around 20 minutes. The process – as simple as it seems to be – has been observed to dramatically improve oral health and prevent the formation of plaque between teeth. Oil pulling is now being …

Recommended Videos July 2018

July 2018 Ayahuasca Retreat Review at Spirit Vine Center in Brazil Participants from US, UK, South Africa, Italy, and Romania at our ayahuasca retreat share the most important lessons they learned during the 9 days at the Spirit Vine Center in Brazil. Shame: 3 Tips for Breaking the Cycle In this short video, Dr. Janina Fisher shares 3 interventions on …

Recommended Books July 2018

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love by Amir Levine We already rely on science to tell us what to eat, when to exercise, and how long to sleep. Why not use science to help us improve our relationships? In this revolutionary book, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Amir Levine …

Ayahuasca ingredients, effects and facts

Understanding ayahuasca ingredients and their effects can help you be safe and have an optimal experience during your retreat. The practice of ayahuasca ceremonies has now spread around the world. This means, depending on the cultural background and knowledge of the shaman who made it, the ingredients in your ayahuasca brew may be different. Or be known by different names. …

5 Ways in Which Ayahuasca Can Change Your Life for the Better

The 21st Century has seen a rise in spiritual practices, movements, and techniques such as yoga, transcendental meditation, pilates, Buddhism, you name it. Along with the growth in these movements, there has also been an increase in spiritual retreats. In this article, we are going to focus on one practice which has taken the world by storm in recent years. Said …

Recommended Videos June 2018

Ayahuasca Experiences at Spirit Vine Retreats in Brazil Participants from our May 2018 retreat share their ayahuasca experience and the lessons they learned during the 8 days they were here. They talk about reconnecting with their body, their inner child, and their own power. Why Modern Humans Need To Fast Fasting has been a hot topic around the health community …

What is Developmental Trauma Disorder / ACEs?

In 2009, professionals researching and treating Complex Trauma in children proposed a new diagnosis of Developmental Trauma Disorder be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual to capture the dysfunctions experienced by children and adolescents exposed to chronic traumatic stress. Some of these children did not meet the criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the disorder in the DSM-IV that most closely relates. Others had been diagnosed …

Hypnagogia, The State Between Sleep And Wakefulness, Is Key To Creativity

We all experience the borderlands between sleep and wakefulness. Here’s how to make the most of it. We’re all familiar with the two basic states of consciousness: sleep and wakefulness. But what about what happens in between those states? In the borderlands between wakefulness and rest is a strange and fascinating state of consciousness characterized by dream-like visions and strange …

Recommended Books June 2018

The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James William James’ treatise on religious experiences attempts to cogently explain aspects of psychology related to mystical experiences. James was most interested in the direct experiences of people, which they and sometimes observers would afterwards claim as religious or spiritual in tone. Whether the experience was deemed a …

How To Get The Most Benefit From Your Ayahuasca Experience

Whether you’ve decided to take part in an ayahuasca ceremony as part of your spiritual journey or want to address a specific issue in your life, testimonials and experiences suggest that the people who gain the most benefit from an ayahuasca experience are those who take time to prepare beforehand and integrate what they’ve been shown afterwards. Before Find a …

Recommended Videos May 2018

Participating in an Ayahuasca Retreat with your partner  A couple from South Africa share their experience of attending an ayahuasca retreat together, and how the group sharing and integration sessions help them learn and grow together during the retreat. Going deeper with ayahuasca at Spirit Vine A couple from South Africa talks about going deeper with ayahuasca after participating in …

Symptoms and Differences between Bipolar Disorder I and II

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition defined by periods (better known as episodes) of extreme mood disturbances. Bipolar affects a person’s mood, thoughts, and behavior.  There are two distinct types of bipolar: bipolar I and bipolar II. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, bipolar I disorder involves episodes mania and depression. Bipolar II disorder involves a …

The Mirror Effect of an Empath

We have all experienced it, being around someone who has either taken an instant dislike to us, or a bizarre resentment suddenly appears in those we have known for some time. There may be no clear reason for this change in their behaviour. No matter whether they try to hide their feelings or not, an Empath can sense their loathing and it …

Recommended Books May 2018

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow  by Yuval Noah Harari WAR IS OBSOLETE You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict FAMINE IS DISAPPEARING You are at more risk of obesity than starvation DEATH IS JUST A TECHNICAL PROBLEM Equality is out, but immortality is in WHAT DOES OUR FUTURE HOLD?   The Feeling of …

Recommended Videos April 2018

Ayahuasca Retreat Testimonial by the February 2018 Group at Spirit Vine in Bahia, Brazil How Quantum Biology Might Explain Life’s Biggest Questions A TED talk explaining the extremely strange world of quantum biology… Lifted – Pixar A short animation of an attempted alien abduction…

Recommended Books April 2018

The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief  by Francis Weller Noted psychotherapist Francis Weller provides an essential guide for navigating the deep waters of sorrow and loss in this lyrical yet practical handbook for mastering the art of grieving. Describing how Western patterns of amnesia and anesthesia affect our capacity to cope with …

The Call

What is calling me Birds, mountains, trees Sky, Spirit, sea Who is me What am I What if I could fly I’d travel light My beating heart in flight Radiate from above Unconditional Love To lift others high Out of the “I” The storm Unconscious, forgotten light A dream I hold Asleep Awake While Ego lurks and plots to take …

Can Ayahuasca Help with Anxiety?

Ayahuasca is the name of the ancient shamanic brew prepared by combining two sacred plants – the bark of the Caapi vine and the leaves of the Chacruna plant. It has been used for thousands of years in healing rituals, and an ayahuasca experience in the right setting is profound. Today the ayahuasca plant is being researched scientifically in many …

The Forgotten Art of Squatting is a Revelation for Bodies Ruined by Sitting

Sentences that start with the phrase “A guru once told me…” are, more often than not, eye-roll-inducing. But recently, while resting in malasana, or a deep squat, in an East London yoga class, I was struck by the second half of the instructor’s sentence: “A guru once told me that the problem with the West is they don’t squat.” This is …

Vitamin B3 derivative May Improve Cognitive and Physical Functioning

Vitamin B3 derivative called nicotinamide riboside may protect against neurological damage and enhance both cognitive and physical function, a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) showed. The study focused on the effect of nicotinamide riboside on Alzheimer’s-related brain damage in mouse models. Nicotinamide riboside is naturally found in small amounts of milk and …

Recommended Books March 2018

Scum by Isaac Singer An authentic literary great, Singer was an author whose extraordinary talents won him a worldwide audience. And with this impressive novel, he proved that he was at the height of his creative power until his recent death at age 86. Scum evokes the teeming life of 1906 Warsaw’s backstreets. Max Barabander, distraught over the recent death …

Recommended Videos March 2018

 My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor – TED Sting Talks About His Ayahuasca Experience Above is Sting’s full interview for the documentary Time for Change. Watch the documentary here: http://mangu.tv/film/time-for-change/ Carrie Ann Baade’s Art

To the bereaving of my soul (these days of my abandons)

As far as I can remember my greatest fear has been to be abandoned. When I was younger I was scared to death in the dark. My nights were haunted by strangers that were determined  to take me out, out my bed, out of my home. What if they left? My mum, my dad, my family ? What if they …

How Long Does The Ayahuasca Experience Last?

When researching what to expect after drinking a consciousness-modifying brew, it’s perfectly reasonable to ask how long the experience lasts. Sometimes a simple question doesn’t have a simple answer…. When the specific question is ‘how long does ayahuasca last?, the answer ‘somewhere between 4 hours and a lifetime’, is both totally accurate and far too vague to be useful. It’s …

Is Ayahuasca Good for Mental Health?

Long used by Amazonian shamans as a ‘medicine for the soul’, the ayahuasca plant has now surfaced to global consciousness. People from all over the world are travelling to South American countries like Brazil, Peru, Ecuador to take part in an ayahuasca retreat with experienced facilitators to be in the jungle environment where the plant grows naturally. The use of …

What Is Ayahuasca And Where Does It Come From?

This visionary brew has a chemical nature of active ingredients that makes it unique! The origins of the use of ayahuasca in the Amazon Basin was spread amongst the indigenous tribes as a traditional spiritual medicine with shamans performing healing retreats that claimed to be able to cure mental and physical illness whilst communicating with the spiritual world. So what …

What Is Jackfruit Good For?

Having a distinct musky smell and deliciously sweet taste, jackfruit is a unique tropical fruit that is typically harvested during summer and fall. It can grow to enormous sizes, measuring between 10 and 60 centimeters in length, 25 to 75 centimeters in diameter, and can weigh between 10 and 100 pounds, making it the largest tree-borne fruit in the world. …

Dysphoric Mania: Symptoms, Treatment, and More

Overview Dysphoric mania is an older term for bipolar disorder with mixed features. Some mental health professionals who treat people using psychoanalysis may still refer to the condition by this term.Bipolar disorder is a mental illness. An estimated 2.9 percent of Americans are diagnosed with this condition every year. People with bipolar disorder with mixed features experience episodes of mania, hypomania, and depression …

Recommended Videos February 2018

Angela from Canada shares her ayahuasca retreat experience at Spirit Vine 3 Reasons Why We Are Living in a Simulation The Real Sex Traffic (Sex Trafficking Documentary) – Real Stories

Recommended Books February 2018

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk MD A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times Science bestseller   Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one …

How to prepare for your Ayahuasca trip to Brazil

Making an ayahuasca trip is a big commitment. You’ll be travelling a considerable distance, moving into a culture that’s unfamiliar to you and opening yourself up to emotional and spiritual revelations that are beyond anything you’ve ever imagined. There’s a lot you should do, and a few things you shouldn’t, that will help you get the most benefit from the …

Please Show Me the Way Home, Divine Mother Ayahuasca!

The First Noble Truth in Buddhism is that all life is suffering, pain, and misery. It is impossible to find any humans who haven’t experienced any suffering, pain and misery in their lives. The issue is not about who has a better or worse life than others. The real issue is what we are going to do with our experiences? …

The Deer Hunter

I practice Hatha Yoga at our local gym. As often as possible I have a sauna when I’m finished. The other day I had an unexpected meeting with a young man while I was sitting in the intense heat. He is in his 30s, and we’ve exchanged pleasantries over the months but never actually had a conversation. The other day …

The Opposite Of Addiction is Connection

Do Stronger Human Connections Immunize Us Against Emotional Distress? Right now an exciting new perspective on addiction is emerging. Johann Harri, author of Chasing The Scream, recently captured widespread public interest with his Ted talk Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong, where he concluded with this powerful statement: The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection. – Johann Harri These sentiments are …

Recommended Books January 2018

A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthany A memoir of brutality, heroism and personal discovery from Europe’s dark heart, revealing one of the most extraordinary untold stories of the Second World War In the spring of 1945, at Rechnitz on the Austrian-Hungarian border, not far from the front lines of the advancing Red Army, Countess Margit Batthyany gave a …

Empathy is the Sacred Gateway to Consciousness

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” ~ C.G. Jung The question I regularly confront myself with is how do I raise consciousness when the paradigm of western …

How to? The most profound teachings of Mother Ayahuasca

Four years ago, lying in the hospital bed, I realized that we are living and dying alone. Although I was surrounded by loved ones, I saw their pain in their eyes, avoiding to look each other. Not to show their fears, to breakdown in front of me. Without a friend. They would like to come, but they are just afraid, …

Calling of the Mother

I hear sweetness in the winds you whisper and cleansing rage within in your storms. The boundaries, between sacred waters running through your rivers and blood in the name of joy travelling my veins, vanish. Arisen bliss smelling your roses reminds me of how unity once was celebrated, and unconditional love was shared. My vessel abundantly nourished by the fruits …

Jodi from London at Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreats in Brazil

A shamanic practitioner shares her experience during the ayahuasca retreat in Brazil. “Like many people around the world I expected ayahuasca to be like many other “drugs” and what I have discovered is that it is the opposite from a drug. Ayahuasca breaks individuals of addictive behaviors and repetitive patterns in one’s life…” “This retreat has all the elements I …

Studies Show What Happens To The Human Body When We Walk Barefoot On Earth

The picture above represents Improved facial circulation (right image) after 20 minutes of grounding, as documented by a Speckle Contrast Laser Imager (dark blue=lowest circulation; dark red=highest circulation). Image Source: Scientific Research Publishing Grounding, or ‘earthing,’ as some people call it, involves placing your feet directly on the ground without shoes or socks as a barrier. The logic behind this practice relates …

Recommended Videos December 2017

Jodi from London at Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreats in Brazil A shamanic practitioner shares her experience during the ayahuasca retreat at the Spirit Vine center in Brazil. There is a River Above Us (English subtitles) Antonio Donato Nobre studies the interactions between forests and atmosphere. His research revealed that there are real steam rivers running over the Amazon rainforest and …

Recommended Books December 2017

I Am Not A Spy: An American Jew Goes Deep in the Arab World & Israeli Army by Michael Bassin The true story of an idealistic young American Jew committed to promoting peace and reconciliation in the Middle East. Few American college students who study abroad receive constant accusations of being a spy. But that’s what happens to Michael Bassin, …

Aurora’s Life Dance

We spend the days walking, experiencing, breathing, eating … some of us with moods that goes high and low; others with an inexplicable sadness that seems eternal and endless and many others on autopilot without wanting to know what goes on inside and without understanding things outside. For sure, without question, there should be some others, experiencing some kind of …

What to Expect from your First Ayahuasca Experience

You can read a hundred or more Ayahuasca stories, and you still won’t really know what to expect from your first Ayahuasca experience. “Expect the Unexpected” is a trite, but accurate summation of all the most important aspects. Yet while every journey is unique there are some themes that are common, and it’s helpful to have some solid ground to …

The theory of positive motion in emotion aka Catharsis

“Catharsis is about cleansing and healing at one and the same time – healing memories and attitudes, healing the spirit and the heart.” ~ Desmond Tutu Oxford dictionary defines catharsis as the process of releasing strong emotions through a particular activity or experience, such as writing or theatre, in a way that helps you to understand those emotions. Catharsis (originated in …

Ayahuasca Effects

Ayahuasca is a medicine brewed from a combination of plants originating from the Amazon rainforest that’s associated with spiritual ceremonies and rituals. It’s known for the positive influences it has on the mind, body, and soul, giving the potential to overcome issues such as depression and anxiety, as well as stress and addiction. So what exactly are the ayahuasca effects? Read …

Recommended Videos November 2017

What About Me? A documentary about the plight of human suffering caused by the ego. Artists from around the world perform in harmony with words from such enlightened people such as Ram Das, Eckhart Tolle, Noam Chomsky, Deepak Chopra and many others. Narcissistic vs Borderline Personality Disorder

Depression may be Caused by Inflammation in the Body

Depression is a scary, dark, and seemingly uncontrollable beast many of us have experienced in our lifetimes. Some of us have even found the length and depth of our depression to be so overwhelming we seek medical advice that often leads to prescription pills. Prescription pills have their downfalls, however, including side effects like weight gain, loss of libido, and, …

How Do Children Become Narcissists?

I am often asked “What type of parenting leads children to grow up with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder?”  Or “Are the children of Narcissistic parents at risk of becoming Narcissists themselves?”  I thought that I would use today’s post to shed some light on this issue. How Does Someone “Get” a Narcissistic Personality Disorder? Narcissistic Personality Disorders are a byproduct of certain childhood family environments. All children want their …

Recommended Books November 2017

Present Perfect  A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need for Control by Pavel G Somov While there’s no doubt that setting high standards for yourself is a good thing, you’ve probably already noticed that perfectionism can come at a high price. And when you take steps to try to change, it’s easy to be too hard …

Ayahuasca and the many benefits

After four years of intense healing, activations and spiritual discovery, I am now seeking to experience ayahuasca. I decided to take this journey to ayahuasca because I feel it would be a major upgrade in terms of my consciousness healing and becoming completely one with myself. During my childhood I experienced numerous traumas and spiritual experiences. Like most people I …

Despite what most of us have been lead to believe

Spirituality can be understood as being the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. It can also be understood as the seeking of a connection with something that is bigger than oneself, whether it be God, the Universe, the Higher-Self, Source, or any other name that has been given to …

Your Breath is Your Brain’s Remote Control

We have all heard this simple saying during times of trouble: “Take a deep breath in.” Science being science, however, indicates that we may now have to update this old adage to read “Take a deep breath in it will help you be more emotionally aware but only if you inhale specifically through your nostrils and not your mouth—good luck.” …

Revealing the Secrets of Tibetan Inner Fire Meditation

The title is not click bait, the instructions I am about to share with you are actually considered secret in the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana tradition. I studied the teachings of Inner Fire Meditation or Tummo in depth during my five years living and studying at a Tibetan Buddhist centre and got into a lot of trouble when it became known …

Tiny Shiny Crystals that Detect and Clean Heavy Metals in Water

A team of researchers led by academics at Rutgers University has developed tiny, glowing crystals that are able to detect and then bind heavy-metal toxins in drinking water such as lead and mercury. The discovery, which was detailed in a paperpublished by the journal Applied Materials and Interfaces, may wind up being the latest powerful tool that can be used to find and then …

Study Reveals Severe Back Pain may lead to Mental Health Problems

A recent study involving nearly 200,000 people has shown that back pain – the world’s number one cause of disability – can lead to a variety of mental health issues. Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University examined data from people living in 43 countries, and found that those who suffer from back pain are three times more likely to experience depression and twice …

Scientists Found That Ayahuasca Can Help You Think More Creatively

Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew from the Amazon consumed in religious ceremonies for centuries, has been gaining popularity in Europe and North America as a mind-altering trick to condense years of psychotherapy into a psychedelic trip just a few hours long. Drinking the plant brew, users report, helps gain psychological insight and produce new ideas, among other things. To those users, it’s …

Recommended Books October 2017

  Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death Biocentrism shocked the world with a radical rethinking of the nature of reality. But that was just the beginning. Robert Lanza Read More In Beyond Biocentrism, acclaimed biologist Robert Lanza, one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in 2014,” and leading astronomer Bob Berman, take the reader …

Recommended Videos October 2017

Ayahuasca: Going to the Source to Break Loops Two participants from our retreat explain how the workshops helped them to break repetitive patterns by discovering the source of the issue. The GoldFish Report No. 129 – Special Guest: Scott Werner M.D. w/ Co-host Winston Shrout A medical doctor who ended up in a battle with the ‘medical establishment’ over a …

Melanoma (skin cancer) found to be easily prevented with low-cost Vitamin B-3

Researchers from the University of Sydney, Australia believe that nicotinamide (vitamin B3) can be used to prevent the incidence of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. The study, published in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, demonstrates the efficacy of vitamin B3 in reducing or even reversing DNA damage and inflammation caused by ultraviolet radiation. Authors of the review say that more research into …

Breakthrough Device Heals Organs With A Single Touch

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s College of Engineering have developed a new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient’s own body. This technology may be used to repair injured tissue or restore function of aging tissue, including organs, blood vessels and nerve cells. …

How Does the Vagus Nerve Convey Gut Instincts to the Brain?

What situations make you feel nervous, fearful, or anxious to the point that you get butterflies and feel sick to your stomach? Are there people, places, or situations in your life that evoke a “fear conditioned” response? Scientists in Switzerland recently identified how the vagus nerve conveys threatening “gut feelings” to the brain. The vagus nerve is known as the “wandering …

“Real” Cinnamon Boosts Intelligence

Cinnamon is one of the most potent antioxidants in the world and . regular consumption can lower blood sugar, help digestion, ease arthritis, lower blood pressure and even ward off Alzheimer’s. New research has found the first evidence that cinnamon has the potential to boost human intelligence. When it comes to the highest antioxidant values on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale, cinnamon comes …

These Two Spicy Ingredients Pack A Powerful Punch Against Cancer

Cancer prevention has never been more delicious than this: The zingy combination of ginger and chili can actually protect you from the deadly disease. A recent study by the American Chemical Society (ACS) has found that specific properties in the two spices combined can effectively inhibit tumor growth receptors, the DailyMail.co.uk reported. For the study, the research team from ACS focused on lung cancer-prone mice. The mice were …

Recommended Books September 2017

Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential As a medical intuitive, Myss has found that people often don’t understand their purpose in life, which has led to a spiritual malaise of epidemic proportions. This metaphysical disease in turn leads to depression, anxiety, fatigue, and eventually physical illness. Caroline Myss Read More But our purpose—our individual Sacred Contract—is often difficult to apprehend. …

Recommended Videos September 2017

Peaceful Warrior Peaceful Warrior is drama film (2006) that is based on the novel Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman a former world champion athlete, who journeys into realms of romance and magic, light and darkness, body, mind, and spirit. It is story of Dan Millman played by Scott Mechlowicz, and his struggle to make sense of his …

The Benefits of Living A Holistic Lifestyle

The benefits of living a holistic lifestyle are endless. Some of my favorite ways to stay healthy are a plant-based diet, meditation, yoga, and using non-toxic chemicals on my body.   After waking from a restful sleep, prayer and meditation are important for orienting yourself toward a positive day. What you focus on expands. Prayer and meditation facilitate intense gratitude …

Filling the Endless Void, Finally!

A journey with ayahuasca to the source of all my addictions — a journey that helped overcome the feeling of endless craving and neediness. Shaking helplessly and uncontrollably, I felt a feeling that had been underlying all my life experiences, but never really came to the surface. It was something I was never quite able to put into words, and yet it …

Ayahuasca: Is Freedom More than a Matter of Choice?

Understanding how destiny is sealed the moment we believe that freedom is merely the power of choice. This is a follow up article to: Filling the Endless Void, Finally! – A journey with ayahuasca to the source of all my addictions — a journey that helped overcome the feeling of endless craving and neediness. There are several things that can shock us into questioning the ground on …

Recommended Videos August 2017

Discovering love and kindness with Ayahuasca A participant from Canada shares her experience of discovering how to live in love and kindness through transforming the patterns of behavior within. Dr. Mercola’s Nitric Oxide Release Workout

Dave Nichols is correct about DMT and the Pineal Gland…. Partially

There’s been quite a buzz in the DMT discussion circles regarding a recent presentation made by Dr. Dave Nichols at the Breaking Conventionconference. In this presentation (which we have embedded at the bottom of this piece), Nichols makes the case for DMT and the pineal gland as not being predominant factors as it pertains to mystical experiences with a focus on the near death experience …

6 Plants Other Than Cannabis That are High in Healing Cannabinoids

Cannabis is not the only plant that contains medically beneficial cannabinoids, although it has driven the research to understand the powerful therapeutic properties of these plant compounds. In actuality, there are several plants that are also rich in cannabinoids and benefit the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for helping the body maintain internal balance, or homeostasis, which is needed for attaining …

Is there a difference between fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables?

It was previously believed that frozen fruits and vegetables contain lower nutritional value compared with their fresh counterparts, and that essential vitamins and minerals deplete during the freezing process. However, an article published in The Guardian‘s website stressed that today’s newer techniques involving blanching prior to flash freezing have significantly improved nutrient retention in frozen fruits and vegetables. The article also noted that fresh …

Recommended Books August 2017

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World by  David Deutsch In this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe—and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all successful human endeavor. Taking us on a journey through every fundamental field of science, as well as the history of …

Healing Wounds

I just became a medical doctor. The purpose of my life, as I decided to become a physician, suddenly became to cure people. And to take care of them. There is a difference, even though quite subtle: the cure necessarily implies to solve the problem, while the care taking is more of a way of dealing with it. And it’s …

Ayahuasca: Strong Natural Medicine – A personal story

It was the deepest experience of my life which has liberated me from fear of death. Within a few moments after drinking the “tea”, I fell apart into moving geometric shapes, fitting into each other like wheels in a complex machine, gradually crumbling me into smaller pieces. And a common rhythm dominated this fascinating chain of events. As I gave …

Boil Your Unpeeled Carrots for Maximum Nutrition

There are astonishing arrays of vegetables in the world of every shape and color, each representing an amazing commodity. It’s incredible that you can put seeds in the ground, give them adequate sunlight and water, and in a matter of weeks or a few months, you have instant food, which your body needs to thrive. Vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, nutrients …

What Is Arugula Good For?

If you ever see a salad green referred to as “rocket,” it’s simply another name for arugula, or roquette in French. Yet another brassicaceae along with kale and cauliflower, its delightfully pungent leaves have been cultivated in the Mediterranean since time was recorded. As such, arugula is a perennial favorite in Italian cooking. Rather nondescript in appearance, arugula is often …

Recommended Books July 2017

The Healing Power of Illness: Understanding What Your Symptoms Are Telling You by Ruediger Dahlke M.D. This classic book, long out of print in English, challenges accepted ideas of illness by suggesting it’s not an enemy to be fought. When you see your symptoms as bodily expressions of psychological or spiritual conflicts, you can use them as guides to inner …

Recommended Videos July 2017

Overcoming Depression and Addictions with Ayahuasca Few participants from our May retreat share insights about how they overcame depression and addictions during the ayahuasca retreat at the Spirit Vine Retreat Center in Brazil. Emotional Energetic Wash and the Seventh Way, The Method of Dr. Nader Butto The method developed by the cardiologist Dr. Nader Butto to free the body from energy …

4 Ways to Distinguish Between a Heart Attack and a Panic Attack

A panic attack and a heart attack have similar symptoms, such as a strong pain in the chest, sweating, a prickly feeling, uneven breathing, and nausea. The fact that a heart attack can induce panic only makes it more likely that people confuse the two. But despite the seeming similarity, you can learn to distinguish between them effectively. We at Bright Side are certain that if either you or a member of your family experiences …

Fountain of Youth : An Ayahuasca Experience at Spirit Vine

I am a 30 year old Brazilian living in Switzerland. My first Ayahuasca retreat was in 2015 at the Spirit Vine Center in Brazil. In this retreat I had such a profound and transcendental experience that when I came back to Europe I wanted to continue drinking Ayahuasca. In Switzerland I had the opportunity to join a European organization for …

Purpose

I think of consciousness as a big infinitely  layered  sphere, a big perfect wholeness, with a capacity which is always growing, of which we are a part of. Each fractal, strand or piece of this sphere has a meaning, a purpose within it’s reality, it’s layer. Like a seed which has a purpose to grow and become what it is. …

The Man Who Drank The Universe

This is a 30-minute documentary following TV presenter and meditator, Alistair Appleton as he drinks the shamanic tea, Ayahuasca, for the first time at the Spirit Vine center in Brazil. Made with Brown Eyed Boy in 2004, the film documents the varied experiences of Appleton and several other individuals as they journey with this amazing Amazonian practice. There’s a bit …

Recommended Videos June 2017

Shaun & Heather (3 Parts) Heather from US and Shaun from UK share details about many aspects of their experiences at our 9 day retreat.

Recommended Books June 2017

The Magnetic Effect by Albert Roy Davis and Walter C. Rawls This book introduces the science of applying magnet energies to the living system. This can be used in emergency conditions where medical care is not obtainable. The authors computer-exact and reproducible research findings apply to the treatment of such conditions as arthritis, cancer, glaucoma, sexual problems, aging, etc. While …

Review Finds That Ginger Does Have Positive Effect On Obesity

Do you ever hear things like “drink lemon water to lose weight” and wonder if stuff like that is really true? Ginger’s effects on cancers like leukemia are stoking interest in both the scientific community and with consumers, but what about obesity and metabolic syndrome? You may be tempted to think that ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe, Zingiberaceae) is one of …

New study suggests plants can hear

Plants continue to mystify and amaze scientists around the world. Their hardiness and ability to adapt is a thing of mystery and awe — and that has all but inspired researchers to continue the quest of trying to understand them better. People all over the world have different ideas about plants, what helps them grow and so on. In the …