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The Sacred Science (2011)

| Documentary, Adventure, Drama
Eight people. Eight illnesses. One journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle. They went looking for alternatives to the modern medicines that failed them. What they found would change their lives forever.
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Diabetes. Prostate cancer. Alcoholism. Parkinson's diseases. Just a handful of many common illnesses that Western medicine has been inadequate in curing or treating. Witness the story of eight brave souls as they leave the developed world behind in search of deeper answers. Living in seclusion for one month in the heart of the Amazon jungle, these men and women take part in the powerful healing practices of Peru's indigenous medicine men, working with centuries-old plant remedies and spiritual disciplines. In their most desperate hour, these patients are forced to confront not only their physical ailments, but their own spiritual and psychological barriers in the process. Five will return with real results, two will return disappointed, and one won't come back at all. Written by Anonymous

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Technically decent effort with vast implications.
7 November 2014 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This review will sound somewhat personal because of my sincere interest and involvement in the subject matter: I took part in an Ayahuasca Weekend (3 ceremonies) with shamans trained in Peru by Ricardo Amaringo and I also frequently use my own plant mix in a smokable blend (including a famous tryptamine dubbed "The Spirit Molecule" ;) ) that contains Ayahuasca leaves, mullein and cannabis.

Therefore, although my experiences with actual trained shamans are very few, I claim to know a bit about such Altered States of Consciousness.

With that being said, it becomes obvious that the negative reviews written before this one are akin to people who are virgins discussing the pro's and con's of Sex, if you catch my drift ;-)

To claim that using such psychoactive substances is "to fool yourself"... well... is TO FOOL YOURSELF indeed !

The very point of those psychedelics (check the etymology of that term, btw) is that they dissolve sub-conscious barriers and personality structures to confront your own "Deeper Truths", to see Who and What You truly IS.

There is an increasing body of scientific evidence that explain simply and elegantly HOW and WHY Ayahuasca and other traditional plant remedies WORK (not on ALL cases, but on many !). One only needs to NOT BE close-minded about it (...) and do proper research ;-) It is related to the limbic system, allostatic load, and so on.

So, to talk a bit about the film itself, although it is not perfect, I found that it was apparently a sincere effort with notable qualities.

I recommended it to plant medicine lovers and skeptics alike, even though it is very clear that such topics are very hard to apprehend without a personal experience.

Which explains the obvious polarity in the reviews on different sites...

Overall recommended, especially as it is not excessively long.


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