Visionary Plant Consciousness: The Shamanic Teachings of the Plant World

J. P. Harpignies (Editor)

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$16.95  $15.59
Park Street Press
Publish Date
March 21, 2007
6.04 X 0.52 X 8.92 inches | 0.67 pounds
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About the Author

J. P. Harpignies is associate producer of the national Bioneers conference ( and coproducer and founder of the Eco-Metropolis conference ( in New York City. He is the author of Political Ecosystems and Double Helix Hubris and the associate editor of Ecological Medicine and Nature's Operating Instructions.


The uniquely knowledgeable and inspiring voices in this book provide an insightful multidisciplinary context for understanding the once and future history of human relationships with sacred plants. As the beneficial applications of psychedelics continue to re-gain credibility in mainstream science and medicine, these voices offer necessary clues about how the states of mind that sacred plants engender can be conscientiously integrated into our selves and society.-- "Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Founder and President, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies"
"Humans have long considered psychoactive plants as teachers. This book seeks to inform Westerners about these powerful plants and about the shamans who know how to use them. Their words are clear and simple and often based on personal experience. The result is an accessible book packed with knowledge."-- "Jeremy Narby, author of The Cosmic Serpent"
This book, which casts a clear light on visionary plants and their proper use, is recommended for those interested in the growing awareness of intelligence within the natural kingdom.-- "Richard D. Wright, New Age Retailer, Trade Show 2007 Issue"
I commend this volume as a thought-provoking examination of the thesis that our planet's well-being could depend upon our respectful, creative use of visionary plants. Based on the evidence that these plants have long served indigenous shamans as effective methods of enhancing intuitive perceptions, engendering healing powers, and stimulating creative thinking, this book also makes a timely case for decriminalizing their responsible use.-- "Timothy White, founding editor of Shaman's Drum, Shaman's Drum No. 74, 2007"
"Twenty-three leading ethnobotanists, anthropologists, medical researchers and cultural and religious figures such as Terence McKenna, Andrew Weil, Wade Davis, Michael Polan, Alex Grey, Jeremy Narby, Katsi Cook, John Mohawk, and Kat Harrison, among others, present their understandings of the nature of teacher plants and their significant connection to humans. What they reveal is that these plants may help us access profound intelligence in nature - the mind of nature - that we must learn to understand in order to survive our ecologically destructive way of life."-- "Odyssey Magazine, October 2013"
. . . a valuable tool in understanding the historical use, and misuse, of hallucinogenic plants. . . . offers a wealth of information that is fascinating and made me want to explore deeper.-- "Smokey Trudeau, Pan Gaia, Jan 2008"