Ross Heaven is the author of "Plant Spirit Shamanism", "Vodou Shamanism", and many other books on the subject. A psychologist, healer, and founder of the Four Gates Foundation he is an expert on the teachings and healing practices of indigenous wisdom. I was particularly interested in this book not because of my my previous knowledge of his work, but that there are very few books in the market on the plant teacher cactus called San Pedro, or Wachuma.
Heaven gives a nice, easy-to-read account of the history, use, and healing philosophy behind San Pedro. What makes the book engaging is his expressive opinions on certain ritualistic practices, though he is quick to encourage everyone to discover what is right for them: traditional or non-traditional practices, wherever San Pedro guides you. He also includes a very interesting chapter on psychosomatic illness. Excellent stuff!
I usually like to pick a quote out of the book I am reviewing that best encapsulates the overall atmosphere of the work: "San Pedro is another route to opening the door behind which our true capabilities have been locked away by our culture." Heaven eloquently examines the conflicts arising from the Western perspective of the natural world and how San Pedro's teachings are applied. A very relevant discussion to be had in this day and age.