Recent research into the healing potential of psychedelic substances has sparked a resurgence of interest in LSD, mushrooms, and other mind-expanding psychotropic substances. Yet without adequate preparation and counseling during and after the use of psychedelics, much of the transformative potential of these experiences is lost. This book provides clear guidance for people using psychedelics and other transformational processes for healing or for their spiritual development, as well as for the therapists who are guiding them along the journey.
FRAN OISE BOURZAT was raised in Paris and lived in Mexico as a young woman, training with a Mazatec healer. She has a masters degree in Somatic Psychology from New College of California and is also a certified Hakomi Mind/Body Therapist. She now bridges Western and indigenous modalities, teaching at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and regularly taking groups of therapists to Mexico and Bolivia to learn from healers there. She is a faculty member of the CIIS Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research. KRISTINA HUNTER is a somatic healer and student of Fran oise Bourzat. She is currently in a masters program in counseling psychology.
"Consciousness Medicine is an insightful and inspiring
introduction to expanded states of consciousness. Francoise Bourzat
combines an intimate personal account with the most comprehensive
and practical guide I have seen to transpersonal experience and
shamanic work, emphasizing the three cornerstones of preparation,
journeying and--of essential importance--integration."
--Gabor Mate MD, author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
"A lovely reading experience and immensely informative, this book should be on the bookshelf of everyone interested in the subject of consciousness change and spiritual growth."
--Ann Shulgin, coauthor of PiHKAL and TiHKAL
"It is a pleasure to recommend Francoise Bourzat's
Consciousness Medicine. Ms. Bourzat has an extensive
background as a teacher and facilitator of altered states of
consciousness, utilizing a variety of techniques including
meditation, vision quests, sweat lodges, and entheogens. Regarding
entheogens, also known as psychedelics and hallucinogens, Ms.
Bourzat has done considerable fieldwork among the indigenous
Mazatec people of Mexico, who have a vast history and knowledge of
the spiritual and healing properties of psilocybin mushrooms and
other psychotropic plants. Having worked closely for many years
with these native healers, Ms. Bourzat has acquired considerable
insight into these ancient practices that she has transmitted to
the many contemporary students and seekers whom she has worked with
over the past thirty-five years. Given the increasing interest in
the range of effects and applications of psychedelic plants in the
modern era, Ms. Bourzat's knowledge holds great relevance to
today's world. As such, this book will make a valuable contribution
to our growing knowledge base and appreciation of the salutary
potential these compounds possess."
--Charles S. Grob, MD, professor of psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine "Francoise is uniquely qualified to write this book. She not only has the multicultural training and a deep and real connection with indigenous traditional healing techniques, but she has for decades applied, tested, and extended these techniques, specifically for the training of Western therapists. Her own Western training was first class, and perhaps because of that, she is not caught up in idolizing or fantasizing the value of either Western psychodynamic therapies and research or these older systems of indigenous healing. Her work blends both in a blend appropriate for this time and this culture. She has no ideological ax to grind, but only to press for effective practice for the healer and for their clients."
--James Fadiman, PhD, author of The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic and Sacred Journeys "Francoise Bouzat is courageously and profoundly dedicated to helping others grow and heal to their full potential using the most effective tools of which she is aware. Her commitment to her clients has been forged in the context of the global drug war, which has criminalized psychedelics and has tempered her like steel as she has continued to explore the healing potential of these substances revered in most cultures but demonized in ours. Fortunately for us all, there's a global renaissance in psychedelic research and the therapeutic and spiritual use of psychedelics. Francoise is a visionary pioneer whose life's work is making a major contribution to the process of transforming psychedelics into legal tools for healing and spirituality."
--Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) "Francoise has been a student and friend of mine for over thirty years.... When I met Francoise, she was soft-spoken, alert, respectful, and very observant. She was at home. Our Native American way of life is not a religion, it is a "Way of Life." When I met Francoise, she was living this way of life, living in the mountains, living in nature and teaching her students they are one with nature. Francoise was already connected to our Mother Earth and our Way of Life was not a mystery or difficult for her to connect to."
--Marilyn Youngbird, Chief Woman among Chiefs, Arikara Nation