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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Pallamary exposes us to his world before and after he finds his truth and the power of spirit. A fascinating memoir that mirrors a life well lived. Nov 03, Steven rated it really liked it.
Mateo Pallamary is crazy This book could open up a brave, new world. I noted several other works I'd like to get ahold of which will show up on goodreads. May 02, Carla rated it it was amazing. Matt Pallamary has written an uncensored memoir of his journey through the violent jungle of his origins to the deep interior of his heart and mind—finally delivering him to the Amazon rainforest of Peru and the person he is today.
Matt is a respected San Diego writer and workshop leader at writing con Matt Pallamary has written an uncensored memoir of his journey through the violent jungle of his origins to the deep interior of his heart and mind—finally delivering him to the Amazon rainforest of Peru and the person he is today.
Matt is a respected San Diego writer and workshop leader at writing conferences. Initially known for his horror stories, he became interested in shamanism and Indigenous cultures, producing a book—Land Without Evil—which was recently adapted to stage. Research led him toward experiential understanding of natural substances used for centuries in religious rituals in South America and elsewhere. Years ago, Matt and I crossed paths in Palenque, Mexico and became friends. I knew he had a rough start; he referred to himself as a Boston street fighter raised in an Irish Catholic ghetto.
The expected path is predictive and short. But Matt had something else operating as well: knowledge that a deeper life was available for him. The honesty in which he describes his internal conflicts, which kept him in a two-steps-forward three-steps-back shuffle for years is poignant and real. In this memoir, he also documents academic research on the use of visionary plants in Indigenous cultures, alluding to their use in early Christianity as well but secreted.
His experiential research drew him to Mexico and then repeatedly to the Peruvian rainforest where he engaged in intensive ayahuasca ceremonies, over several days at a time, with a shaman initiated to lead them, not a spiritual journey for the faint-hearted. Ayahuasca is known to usher the traveler through a threshold to truth. The truth may be an experience of the Divine, or just as easily a slide into the Dark Night of the Soul.
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Either way, an instrument of transformation, as he says below. Ayahuasca had the ability to find and exploit my deepest fears, bringing terror in direct proportion to the depth of the particular fear it tapped into, constituting part of an amazing process of self discovery… This is a beautiful story of one truly intrepid man, a Warrior of the Spirit if I ever knew one, who found his way out of a dark jungle, when so many of his friends and family did not.
Matt Pallamary is someone to be respected for his gritty honesty and intent toward Spirit, aside from his capabilities as a writer. Spirit Matters informs us while providing inspiration. Jul 11, Jedcore rated it really liked it. Dude, if this guys keeps writing, sweet.
This book is awesome, but I think he could have gone more in depth in a lot of places and nobody would mind reading the extra pages. Hell, I've read page bricks of shit by Stephen King more than a few times, but then, I hadn't come to realization of how much his writing sucked and how much better Clive Barker is. Who the hell called that jackass the king of horror anyway? Fuck, son. Anyway, read this damn book, it's good.
Life Affirming! Through Pallamary's spirited life journey the reader is taken. His story is proof that real life is crazier than fiction and so much more thrilling.
Nov 21, Laurie rated it it was amazing. Very powerful book. I will use the author's words, it was ineffable!!! Ayahuasca had the ability to find and exploit my deepest fears, bringing terror in direct proportion to the depth of the particular fear it tapped into, constituting part of an amazing process of self discovery…" This is a beautiful story of one truly intrepid man, a Warrior of the Spirit if I ever knew one, who found his way out of a dark jungle, when so many of his friends and family did not. Available in print, e-book and audiobook through Amazon.
Jun 14, Joseph Pfeffer rated it really liked it. Matthew Pallamary, in this book, comes across as three different people, writing in three different styles. At the books end, he becomes far more than three people as he narrates his experiences taking Ayahuasca under the direction of an experienced Peruvian shaman. In the classic manner of rainforest spiritual cosmology, he becomes one with the universe, obliterating all dualism.
Parts of this experience are riveting, parts seem repetitious, but on the whole Pallamary gives the reader an inside Matthew Pallamary, in this book, comes across as three different people, writing in three different styles. Parts of this experience are riveting, parts seem repetitious, but on the whole Pallamary gives the reader an inside view into the complex, very other world of spirituality through plants. Before that he is something very different.
The first third or so of Spirit Matters deals with Pallamary's rough and tumble boyhood in the gritty Dorchester section of Boston, hard core Irish Catholic white racist, where the only law is survive or be killed, the only morality "honor among theives. Pallamary's father, an accomplished jazz drummer, is nonetheless a loser and small time criminal who steals from his wife and winds up in jail. Matthew pretty much lives in the streets, and conveys this reality with spare, hard-hitting, punchy prose, At some point in his early teens Matthew discovered alcohol and drugs.
He progressed from marijuana to cocaine to LSD and other hallucinogenics.
As he chronicles his chemical adventures he recalls Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, and Carlos Castaneda, who appears to be his primary inspiration in his shamanic journey. The book thus has a kind of nostalgic sixties-seventies feel as Pallamary continues the search for spiritual liberation and enlightenment through controlled drug ingestion. This leads him ultimately to rainforest Peru and Ayahuasca, for which Matthew is an enthusiastic proponent. Streaming and Download help.
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