One thing that never fails to take me by surprise is when Ayahuasca receives some positive coverage  in the mainstream media.

I understand how controlled the mainstream media is, and I also understand how the global elite (who own the media) don’t want a highly conscious, spiritual aware population (or it’s game over for them!). Therefore, it’s not to their advantage to feature news stories that promote the positive healing and consciousness altering effects of Ayahuasca.

But thankfully, for one reason or another, a few somewhat positive news stories keep slipping through the net, and end up being published.

Here are a few mostly positive articles that have cropped up in recent years. Some take a slightly cynical view, but none try to demonize the subject as the mainstream media usually does when it covers anything that sounds like a drug.

Washington Post

Peruvian hallucinogen ayahuasca draws tourists seeking transforming experience

IQUITOS, PERU — Kevin Simmons, a 28-year-old Chicago native, said he “was stuck” — depressed, locked away in his home and taking more than a year to even open his e-mail. The road to recovery, he said, came deep in the Peruvian jungle, in the form of a sludgelike concoction the Indians call “the sacred vine of the soul.”

The potion is ayahuasca, and increasingly, it is becoming an elixir for foreigners grappling with everything from depression to childhood trauma. Coming from the United States and as far away as Australia, they arrive in a jungle city of faded glory to participate in ayahuasca rituals offered by a range of healing centers.

New York Times

Amazon Awakening

“You will start to feel a reaction in about half an hour,” the shaman, Tsumpa, said, as my guide translated. “When the effects come, you must concentrate on what the medicine is trying to communicate.”

The open air of the hut, animated with night sounds, grew still with expectation. Tsumpa grimaced as he drank the brew. After pouring a bowl for me, he cupped the gourd in his hands and for several minutes whistled a sweet melody into it — the high key of a tin whistle or courting bird, seducing the plant spirits to aid me.

FOX News (website)

Ayahuasca: A Plant for Healing the Soul

There are many thousands of cases in which people have been healed of physical, mental and emotional disorders, and many curious cases of recovery from grave and even fatal disorders. There is much to investigate about the healing properties of ayahuasca. A large number of people have been cured of addictions through ayahuasca ceremonies, and the cases of post-ayahuasca cancer remission are too numerous to ignore. Researchers from all over the world are interested in ayahuasca, attempting to understand its healing properties.

Time Magazine

Down the Amazon in Search of Ayahuasca

Word of ayahuasca’s healing properties has brought a growing number of New Age tourists from the U.S. and Europe, some of whom pay thousands of dollars to stay at jungle lodges where Indian medicine men guide them through all-night ayahuasca rituals. Sting and Tori Amos have admitted sampling it in Latin America, where it is legal, as has Paul Simon, who chronicled the experience in his song “Spirit Voices.” “It heals the body and the spirit,” says Eustacio Payaguaje, 51, a Cofán Indian shaman who regularly treks to Bogotá to lead weekend ayahuasca ceremonies in the city. “It is medicine for the soul.”

The Times (UK)

Jungle Fever

Deep immersion in a faraway jungle is the latest fix for those stuck in the cultural, spiritual or personal malaise that besets many in the 21st century. Having an extreme psychological experience such as ayahuasca at the same time makes it all the more desirable. The Brighton-based writer and therapist Ross Heaven, author of Plant Spirit Shamanism, has been leading trips into the Amazon for 10 years. “In the 1990s, only real new-age devotees had heard of ayahuasca, but the sort of person going on retreats has changed dramatically,” she says. “I’m taking a trip in October that will include account managers, business professionals, a media figure, a conventional doctor and a nurse. People are getting turned on to the fact that in the Amazon we can learn something about the wisdom of native culture and the psychological healing aspects of the plants there, while also gaining from personal exploration and creativity.”

The Guardian (UK)

Ayahuasca: indie’s new drug of choice

Paul Butler of the Bees told the NME of his experiences last month, but was a little disappointed to find they wrote it up as a crazed drug story. “Ayahuasca is most definitely not a drug, it’s plant medicine,” he says. “Taking it without an experienced shaman is dangerous.”

Butler was introduced to the experience after producing What Will We Be by Devandra Banhart, himself an ayahuasca convert. He embarked on a “10-day dieta” in Peru, in which ayahuasca brews were concocted from, among other things, chacruna leaves, following the traditional methods of the Shipibo tribe.