Icaros, Shaman Songs & Plant Music | Susana Bustos – EN21

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Susana Bustos, PhD, is a transpersonal counselor, professor of psychology, and independent researcher on the entheogenic shamanic traditions of the Americas.

Her main body of research and clinical work has focused on Peruvian Amazonian Vegetalismo practices, particularly on the effects of song (icaros) and plant diets on healing processes, as well as on the integration of experiences with plant medicines in ordinary life.

She teaches courses on entheogenic shamanism and research at the California Institute of Integral Studies, co-leads groups into the Amazon rainforest, and holds a private practice in Berkeley, CA.

In this episode, Susana will share with us:

  • [16:05] What Icaros mean and what they are truly about.
  • [24:25] The phenomena of centers in Peru that incorporate Hindu, Buddhist and African music in their songs.
  • [30:25] The function of Icaros and Arcana in Ayahuasca ceremonies and other plant medicine rituals.
  • [35:53] How to make a person fall in love with you using a magical Icaro from Peru
  • [40:00] How people learn Icaros and the experience of receiving a song from a plant.
  • and much, much more!

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About the author, Lorna

Lorna Liana is a new media strategist and lifestyle business coach to visionary entrepreneurs. She travels the world while running her business as a digital nomad. Lorna's boutique agency provides “done for you” web design, development and online marketing services for social ventures, sustainable brands, transformational coaches and new paradigm thought leaders. She is also a personal development junkie, and 20 year practitioner of shamanism, with extensive training in Tibetan Bon Shamanism and the ayahuasca traditions of the Amazon Basin.

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