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Love and Spirit Medicine chronicles the author’s mystical journey through the end of her marriage and into a focused, shamanic exploration of entheogenic mushrooms. A love relationship unfolded during that time, sending her into a dark night of the soul.
Shonagh continued her shamanic explorations with the plant medicine, and discovered a well of resources. Using the mushrooms as a portal to the spirit worlds, Shonagh experienced a profound transformation of consciousness. She realized that the ceremonial use of sacred mushrooms offered a powerful path in her spiritual exploration. Each journey brought her into direct connection with the realms of the sacred. Through these journeys, she cultivated relationships with otherworldly beings that nourished her on a soul level. Through her desire to know Spirit and experience deep connection, she ultimately discovered her own divinity and her connection to the All.
“Ultimately, this is the story of my journey into Self. It became necessary for me to fall in love with the mystery of my own being. My experiences with the mushroom medicine have cultivated an intimate relationship with Mother Earth and a coterie of spirit beings. Through the use of sacred mushrooms, I have experienced an expansion of consciousness I never thought possible. It has deepened my sense of belonging within a vast universe of countless realms. This medicine is a potent portal into the world of the spirits,” she writes in the introduction.
Shonagh forms a unique relationship with the spirit world that has been made possible through her mushroom journeys. Like many traditional shamans through the ages, she finds herself to be a conduit for Spirit, thereby bringing through wisdom and guidance for herself and her community. She is eventually led into a very ancient practice as a “medicine oracle,” and her life is forever changed.
Love and Spirit Medicine is an unusual love story; a tale that exemplifies what is possible through the reverent use of plant medicine for healing and transcendence on every level of our being. It’s the story of a woman who ultimately discovers her journey is not about finding a soul mate, but coming to know and love her own soul.
"Love and Spirit Medicine is a poignant and brutally honest memoir about personal empowerment and transformation in a time of rapid global change. Full of humor and heartbreak, one woman's deeply personal journey toward self-discovery becomes a roadmap for individual and collective healing beyond cultural programming. Shonagh Home shows that by trusting inner wisdom and learning from one's shadow, one can see life's fiercest challenges as opportunities for conscious growth. It is a powerful testament for our evolutionary potential." -Nese Devenot, Founder of the Psychedemia Conference and Contributing Editor for Reality Sandwich
"This is an open and honest spiritual memoir that details the author's life and relationships while she grew into her shamanic practice. Most especially does she talk extensively about her experiences with psychedelic mushrooms and how these shaped her spiritual growth. Those interested in shamanism, especially the paths that include the use of consciousness-altering substances, will find this book enlightening and very helpful. Not everyone is called to this path and it is not for everyone as some people are not psychologically healthy enough to be able to handle the results. Reading Love and Spirit Medicine prior to using these substances could make a huge difference in the outcome." --New Spirit Journal
"Love and Spirit Medicine is heartfelt and engaging, a fascinating story of one woman's shamanic path to liberation. It provides hard-won insight for others, particularly women searching for identity and healing, who would find themselves with spirit guides, on shamanic journeys, through the ingestion of sacred (psychoactive) mushrooms. Western doctors would do well to try to find commonalities with the shamanic approach Home uses, viewing shamanism and efforts such as Home's shamanic path as a source of convergent validity, not the rejected "other." Shonagh Home shares her personal journey from a dying marriage, through an array of fascinating shamans and other teachers, as a conduit for spirit, and ultimately to a place of self-knowledge and service. Written with humor and infinite heart, "Love and Spirit Medicine" is an immediate classic of transformative personal and spiritual development." -Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.,Public speaker and author of Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development
"Shonagh Home does a remarkable job putting words to an experience that is almost impossible to describe. Her vulnerability and raw honesty is an inspiration and guidepost for all of us who are either on this journey or desiring to be." -Kathleen Hosner, Ph.D.
"In writing rich in heart, mind, and intuition, Shonagh Home lets us accompany her through her life transformations via relationships with both human teachers and plant teachers. Along the way, her narrative of crises endured and transcended describes her own inner spiritual growth and at the same time helps her readers grow in love and understanding too." --Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D., author of The Psychedelic Future of the Mind
"Shonagh Home's vivid encounters with spirit guides teach her about the shadow side of her psyche. She offers honest accounts of the confusions and misunderstandings that can occur during highly altered states of consciousness and the challenges of finding herself between the worlds. Love and Spirit Medicine is a courageous story of her shamanic initiation and her journey of awakening and empowerment." -Annie Oak, journalist, filmmaker, and founder of The Women's Visionary Congress
"A sweeping hero's journey into the mythic realms and magical healing of mushroom shamanism, Shonagh Home's Love and Spirit Medicine offers a potent message for the illumination of the human spirit and the awakening of the planetary heart." ─Talat Jonathan Phillips, author of The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic, co-founder of Evolver