In this episode of the Gnostic Warrior Radio Show and Podcast, I have the pleasure of interviewing, Carlos Tanner. Carlos is the founder of the Ayahuasca Foundation and is currently living in Iquitos, Peru where has lived and trained with the Shipibo Curanderos since 2004.

After living and studying with a curandero for over four years, Carlos worked to provide a safe and effective way for people to not only receive treatment in the healing tradition of the Amazon but also to study the tradition, the way he had with his maestro. The idea for the Ayahuasca Foundation was born from a desire to spread the science of plant medicine back into the world. The Foundation supports the preservation of indigenous wisdom and culture, offering healing retreats and educational courses, and conducting research focused on the ayahuasca healing tradition used for millennia by indigenous healers of the Peruvian Amazon.

In this podcast, Carlos tells answers questions such as what is ayahuasca and what is it made out of, why do people take it, the different effects and visions and the Ayahuasca diet or dieta. He also explains why Ayahuasca has become so popular here in the West and how by its use, it can help people get in touch with their spirit and reach a higher state of consciousness and where he sees as the use of ayahuasca in the future.

Carlos Tanner had written, "What is lacking in western culture is the spirit. In a systematic genocide of over 25 million people, western culture persecuted, drowned, imprisoned, executed, and burned at the stake nearly every spiritual healer there was, leaving us ignorant of spiritual knowledge. Spirits became ghosts, and natural healers became witches to be feared.

After several generations of this suppression of spiritual wisdom, the effects are obvious. We have little clue of our true identities, of who we are and of why we are here. We feel spirit yet we do not understand it. We think we are civilized yet we are spiritually primitive. The exact opposite was true of the indigenous peoples of the world, and for some of them it is still true today.

The science of spirit has not been completely lost, and the Ayahuasca Foundation seeks to ensure that it never be lost, rather that it grow healthy and whole again, in the hearts and minds of humankind."

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