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Book details
  • Genre:BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
  • SubGenre:Spirituality / Shamanism
  • Language:English
  • Pages:198
  • eBook ISBN:9781623090548

Shedding the Layers

How Ayahuasca Saved More Than My Skin

by Mark Flaherty

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Overview
“As the power of fear and hatred threatens to drive me back over the edge, I desperately try to focus on the positive. The harder I try, the faster my head vibrates, about to explode…Something suddenly cracks, followed by a rushing sound… I vomit again and again. The stench of death fills the air. Seconds later, the purest peace I’ve ever felt fills my body. I open my eyes and see the world for the first time, as it really is: pristine, beautiful and perfect…” Thirty-year-old computer programmer Mark Flaherty’s world is turned upside down when he is diagnosed with an incurable illness, and a voice within insists the answer lies with ayahuasca—a sacred, visionary plant medicine. Flaherty leaves his native England to live among the shamans of the Peruvian Amazon where he participates in hundreds of ayahuasca ceremonies. What he discovers about himself and the nature of existence is as shocking as it is inspiring. This captivating true story of a man’s fight to heal himself demonstrates that anything really is possible and everything does happen for a reason.
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“As the power of fear and hatred threatens to drive me back over the edge, I desperately try to focus on the positive. The harder I try, the faster my head vibrates, about to explode…Something suddenly cracks, followed by a rushing sound… I vomit again and again. The stench of death fills the air. Seconds later, the purest peace I’ve ever felt fills my body. I open my eyes and see the world for the first time, as it really is: pristine, beautiful and perfect…” Thirty-year-old computer programmer Mark Flaherty’s world is turned upside down when he is diagnosed with an incurable illness, and a voice within insists the answer lies with ayahuasca—a sacred, visionary plant medicine. Flaherty leaves his native England to live among the shamans of the Peruvian Amazon where he participates in hundreds of ayahuasca ceremonies. What he discovers about himself and the nature of existence is as shocking as it is inspiring. This captivating true story of a man’s fight to heal himself demonstrates that anything really is possible and everything does happen for a reason.
About the author
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to solve life’s greatest mysteries. When I was a little boy, I used to look up at the sky and wonder what was behind it. I decided “a brick wall” was the answer, which satisfied me for all of a few minutes until I thought of another question, “What’s behind the brick wall?” At that age, I didn’t realise that asking such questions would lead to a long search for answers. As it turns out, I had to develop a life-changing illness before I could discover life beyond the brick wall. In 2004, I was diagnosed with severe eczema. My body oozing and covered in sores, my skin falling off in chunks, Western doctors could do nothing to stop the progression of the disease. Alternative therapies also failed to bring me any relief. As a last resort, I moved to the Peruvian Amazon to live among ayahuasca shamans. Shedding the Layers tells the story of my time there, my search for healing and how I found the answers to my questions about life. I now work as an astrologer with an international client base. You can find out more about this and schedule a reading with me.
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