"The authentic ayahuasca healer has esoteric knowledge not widely shared in our own society. Personal power--acess to the world of spirit forces--is important to him, and the healers use their presumed power to treat illness, to bewitch others and to manage situations in their favor. Ayahuasca healers spend a good deal of time involved in issues of personal aggrandizement. The spiritual quest of New Age upscale tourists are about as foreign to them as belief in animal spirits is to the average American. . . ."
Excerpt by Marlene Dobkin De Rios
Book titled 'Shamans Through Time: 500 Years on The Path To Knowledge'
Edited by Jeremy Narby and Francis Huxley