Like Ayahuasca, San Pedro (Wachuma), Peyote, and Psilocybin mushrooms, iboga is considered a sacred plant teacher or “master plant” by indigenous people and has been taken in ceremonies since ancient times for spiritual and physical healing. More recently, iboga has been proven to have powerful addiction-breaking effects in medical studies.
The story begins in early 2014, when Chor Boogie experienced a drug relapse after being clean for over 13 years. Disheartened by the toxic pharmaceutical treatment options for opiate addiction and the low rates of long-term recovery offered by traditional Western treatment programs, Bast began to research iboga. Initially intimidated and skeptical, Chor Boogie finally agrees to try this radical treatment to deal with his addictions.
The couple navigates the treacherous labyrinth of addiction and searches to find the right iboga provider. Their quest leads them to a 10th generation African Bwiti shaman with a healing retreat center in Costa Rica and extensive experience treating addictions with iboga.
This story reveals that iboga is not a “magic bullet.” Rather, success with iboga requires strong intentions and full participation during the rigorous ceremony—as well as aftercare and integration.
The medicine not only helped to heal Chor Boogie’s addiction, it also purified and enriched their relationship. The book is a passionate love story as well as a chronicle of the iboga experience. The reader is privy to a veritable rollercoaster of deepening intimacy: vulnerable confessions, mystical sensual encounters, and courageous emotional breakthroughs.
This story presents a timely topic, as the Governor of Vermont is now considering an addiction treatment trial with ibogaine (the active alkaloid in iboga) for the very first time in the US. This is highly progressive, as iboga and ibogaine are currently illegal in the US, along with all other psychoactive medicines.
Heart Medicine: A True Love Story is due to be publicly released May 15th, 2016 and will be available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and at select retail stores. The book is co-published by Medicinal Media Press and Regent Press, known for the work of Ralph Metzner, an acclaimed scholar of entheogens and a Harvard research associate of Timothy Leary and Ram Dass.
ISBN Complete: 978-0-9971213-1-5 Hardback / $32.95 USD
978-0-9971213-0-8 Paperback / $19.95 USD
978-0-9971213-2-2 E-Book / $9.99 USD
Page Count: 402
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
E. Bast serves as a writer, poet, award-winning yoga teacher, yogic lifestyle coach, visual and performance artist, fusion temple dancer, and musician. She studied at New College of San Francisco with an emphasis on Art and Social Change. Since 2007, she has co-created with notable spray paint artist, Chor Boogie, producing numerous collaborative works of visual and performance art at galleries, museums, and special events. She is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit www.ebast.net.
ABOUT CHOR BOOGIE:
San Francisco-based Chor Boogie, aka Joaquin Lamar Hailey, is an internationally acclaimed spray paint artist. His visionary murals and art exhibitions have graced many countries across the globe. Societe Perrier honored him as number three among their Top Ten U.S. Street Artists of 2014. He painted several series of iboga inspired paintings after his healing ceremonies, and these pieces have since graced the cover of the popular journal for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. His artwork is serving as the official imagery for the 2016 National Harm Reduction Conference in San Diego. For more information, visit www.chorboogie.com.
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