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Entheogenic Indigenous Traditions in Times of Medicalization

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Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

102 Kroeber Hall, University of California, Berkeley

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Francoise Bourzat discusses the risk of ignoring holistic indigenous traditions in the use of mind-altering substances as their use broadens

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As current psychedelic research gains broader acceptance and usage in this country and abroad, one common risk is to ignore the sources of these substances and the indigenous traditions and people that have kept these practices alive for millennia. The cultural medicalization of these substances creates the danger of possibly de-sacralizing these entheogens, or mind-altering substances, by focusing on specific symptom relief, rather than embracing a deeper healing modality drawn from a holistic and spiritual expansion of consciousness.

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Francoise Bourzat is a consciousness guide, author, and counselor trained in Somatic psychology who has been mentored in the Mexican Mazatec tradition of the Sacred mushrooms and has been sharing her approach internationally for 30 years. Bourzat holds a BA in Psychology (Pairs, 1976) and an MA in Somatic Psychology from New College of California (San Francisco, 1996). She holds a degree from the San Francisco Hakomi Institute (1991) and is Adjunct Faculty in the East West Psychology program at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, CA. Her most recent book, published with North Atlantic Press, is entitled Consciousness Medicine.

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