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Shamanism - Margaret de Wys

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Margaret de Wys has written two books: "Black Smoke," and more recently, "Ecstatic Healing: A Journey into the Shamanic World of Spirit Posession and Miraculous Medicine."  The latter book is about her work with John of God in Brazil and Credo Mutwa in Africa. Available on Amazon

Margaret de Wys is a composer and sound installation artist who is on the faculty at Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. Her musical works have premiered with dance groups and orchestras across the country and have been performed at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, Pace Gallery, The Kitchen, and the Knitting Factory. However, one of her most recent works has been literary: the autobiographical account Black Smoke: A Woman’s Journey of Healing, Wild Love, and Transformation in the Amazon.

In 1999, Margaret’s life took an unexpected turn when a diagnosis of breast cancer led her to seek healing, alone, in the jungles of Ecuador. During that journey, she was healed, and the Shuar shaman who successfully healed her introduced her to ayahuasca, a psychoactive Amazonian plant medicine becoming increasingly well known among Americans. Ayahuasca played a major role in Margaret’s healing and opened her to previously unimagined realities. It also shattered what had been an established and comfortable lifestyle.