Rachel Harris, PhD, a psychologist, is author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addictions, PTSD, and Anxiety.
Here she discusses some of the potential hazards and dangers associated with the ritual use of ayahuasca. She also discusses what is known about the biochemistry and physiological processes associated with psychedelics. In addition, she is forthcoming about a “bad trip” that she, herself, experienced on ayahuasca. She distinguishes between negative experiences related to one’s personal psychological history and those that are archetypal in nature, such as shamanistic death and rebirth.
New Thinking Allowed host Jeffrey Mishlove is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002, he hosted the original Thinking Allowed series on public television.
(Recorded on April 12, 2017)