Margaret De Wys is a composer and sound installation artist whose works have been performed at venues including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. She has traveled extensively and worked closely with traditional healers throughout the world. Currently working with John of God (João de Deus) in Brazil and at Omega Institute in New York, she also takes groups to the Ecuadorian Amazon to work with the shaman who healed her of breast cancer. The author of Black Smoke, she divides her time between Upstate New York and Southeast Nigeria.
Diagnosed with breast cancer, Margaret De Wys journeyed deep into the Amazon to work with Carlos, a charismatic Shuar shaman and master of medicina milenaria, an ancient tradition with a precise technology of healing. Carlos guided her into a world of visionary plants, ritual purification, and miraculous healings, including the complete disappearance of her cancer. De Wys's story provides an inside look at the ayahuasca ceremonies and the ways this spiritual medicine can heal the emotional origins of disease.
Margaret De Wys journeys to Brazil to work with John of God (João de Deus), where she witnesses hundreds of miraculous healings. Later, she begins to attend rituals held by Pai Lazaro, an Umbanda priest, and finds she is a natural medium to the African gods. Called through her dreams to work with Credo Mutwa, she ultimately awakens to her own gift as an ecstatic healer.
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