Villaescusa, Manuel. An exploration of psychotherapeutic aspects of Santo Daime ceremonies in the UK. MSc in Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy, Middlesex University, 2002.
This research explores the experience of participants in rituals organized by the Santo Daime, a Brazilian religious organization. These rituals involve the use of Ayahuasca, an Amazonian psychoactive brew traditionally used as a healing medicine in South America. The study used semi-structured interviews to explore the thoughts and attitudes of six participants of Santo Daime rituals in the UK. The findings highlight a number of themes addressed in the discussion as follows:· increased awareness· beneficial and negative effects · modification of values and behaviour· Ayahuasca as a teacher and as a discipline. Recommendations and considerations about the psychotherapeutic potential of Ayahuasca rituals will be offered to support the integration of this traditional healing medicine in Western psychotherapy practice.
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