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Immerse yourself in the world of the unconscious Amazonian worldview By TCRN STAFF December 10, 2021420 ShareFacebook Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin Email Must read improve Your physical and mental well-being with little money Spiritual TCRN PERSONNEL – December 10, 202111 Things I learned the first time I drank ayahuasca report this ad PERSONNEL TCRN Create a network of conscious alternative information that we think the world needs. Pura Vida!
Ayahuasca is a herbal medicine which is frequently used in rituals and ceremonies of the Amazonian peoples . Due to its psychoactive properties, the concoction has gained some popularity among travelers, who come to communities in the jungle to heal or immerse yourself in the world of energies , the subconscious and the Amazonian worldview.
In 2015, I isolated myself in a cabin on the banks of the Río Mayo, in the Peruvian jungle, to drink, with two other people and our shaman, this drink, also called the “rope of the dead”.
POINT: Receive our latest content in join our newsletter . Do not miss news that matters in Costa Rica. Click here . Here is what I learned from this experience:
1. Ayahuasca does not cause hallucinations, it takes you on a journey into the unconscious.
Due to its chemical composition, ayahuasca is considered an entheogenic and non-hallucinogenic substance, which means that the altered state of consciousness it produces connects us to our most spiritual part. Etymologically, “entheogen” means “to be inspired by the gods”. This is why it is usually taken to connect with dormant or blocked parts of our subconscious or to connect with the sacredness of the world.
2. It is not ayahuasca that produces the “journey”.
The psychoactive substance that alters our state of consciousness is DMT and it is not found in the ayahuasca cord, but in the leaves of a low jungle bush called a chakruna. Our body (which by itself secretes DMT in very small amounts, for example when we are just born) has the ability to neutralize the effect of the psychoactive substance. That is to say: the chakra by itself cannot cause us anything. Ayahuasca is the one that has the ability to block enzymes in our liver in order for DMT to be metabolized successfully.
The funny thing is that ayahuasca is the only plant in the jungle (among millions of species) capable of blocking these enzymes in our body. How did the shamans know this?
3. The shaman is the mediator between the visible world of things and the invisible world of energies and spirits.
My shaman is called Braulio and I met him because my glasses broke and I had to find someone to fix it. And I found it. He was a short, dark man, with gold-plated teeth and watery eyes (that of those who know a lot but don’t need to tell anyone). With him, we agreed to hold a ceremony on his lands by the river.
No matter what you ask a shaman, he will always answer you what he wants in the end. We strangers come with so much desire to know everything, to know what is in this other invisible world that is there but that we can hardly touch, that we keep asking questions like arrows. However, shamans know that everyone has to find their own answers and they perform their role of guide very well.
The mission of the shaman is to lead the ceremony, that is, to call the spirits (especially the spirit of Mother Ayahuasca) to heal us with their wisdom and show us what we have to do.
4. All natural elements have a spirit or an anima.
For our Western mindset, it is very difficult to accept that a tree, a stone, or something even more intangible, like the wind or the ocean or the mountain, has a spirit that inhabits all of its parts. However, the Amazonian worldview considers that each element has its own soul, with which human beings relate on an equal footing (end of Western anthropocentrism according to which humans are the masters of the world). In ayahuasca ceremonies, these souls come to help us “see”. Under the effects of DMT, our sensitivity to the invisible is heightened and we are able to guess or even see these spirits.
We repeatedly recognize the figure of the old Mother Ayahuasca, a little witch with rough skin like the rope itself (her personification on Earth). It is also very common for the boa, the viper and other snakes to appear: they are protective spirits of the jungle. The way the shaman communicates with them is through their icaros or their chants (the language of the Universe).
5. It is absurd to continue to think that the invisible world is a copy of the visible world.
The Ghost Movies have suggested that if we see a spirit we will find a copy of its physical form, but in a semi-transparent version. Nothing could be further from reality. In the same way that the visible and physical world is very complex and consists of millions of particles, from the atom to the mega-star, the invisible world also has hierarchies and forms of its own, which are difficult for us. to understand and accept. . From my experience, I have discovered that my way of perceiving or feeling energies and spirits, especially during feedings and in the diet process, is through the skin: tingling in the hands, feelings of discomfort. physics, air passages, etc.
6. It is very important to follow a diet before and after taking it.
Like a Medication , ayahuasca has its own instructions for use. One of the most important is to follow the process from start to finish. Depending on the area where you are taking ayahuasca, shamans will have a different way of preparing you for it, but there will always be a diet to follow. These are: to give up “harmful” or “strong” products like meat, milk, coffee, alcohol and even sugar for a certain time before taking and also for periods ranging from a week three months after taking.
This happens because in the jungle ayahuasca is taken more as a purge than a connector with invisible worlds, that is, to cure diseases of the body (like gastritis or even cancer). Food therefore prepares our body to arrive as clean as possible when it comes to meeting the plant.
7. The hardest diet is the human diet.
During the rest period after drinking, the shaman will tell you how long you should be without seeing, speaking, touching or, of course, having sex with another person. It’s simple: through physical contact we connect our energies and it is counterproductive, after a ‘purge’ or a cleansing ceremony like this, that other people who haven’t taken (‘who haven’t’ have not cleaned ‘) be near us.
To break up the diet (food and sex), a procedure called “raccoon” is followed. It consists in burying the food or its partner with tobacco from the jungle or “mapacho” in order to clean them and protect themselves. The tobacco soul is protective and is very present in all the ritual ceremonies of the jungle (it is also a powerful emetic).
8. You have a bad time, you have a good time, you have fun, you are afraid, you throw up, you heal.
The experience with ayahuasca is complete and in all probability it will cause very different and conflicting emotions in the same plane. Ayahuasca pulls us away from within and brings to the surface things that we love about ourselves, but also issues or traumas that we have blocked. It is important not to think of this in terms of “good” and “bad”, but as part of a complete recovery. The shaman is always there to guide you and so that you are not afraid. Choose it well: you have to trust it.
9. Ayahuasca is not a tourist attraction.
Anyone who wants to take ayahuasca for fun, abstain and choose another substance. All over the jungle there are scammers selling Ayahuasca in bottles for everyone to consume in their own way. Please don’t. The presence of the shaman is crucial, as well as an attitude of respect towards medicine, the Amazonian culture and ourselves.
10. There are many very interesting testimonies of the research that human beings undertake through this medicine.
For example, the Ayahuasca Letters, a book that collects the correspondence between North American beats William Borroughs and Allan Gingsberg about their journey through the Amazon deepening into taking ayahuasca or yagé (it is also a beautiful travel and research book).
11. The true teaching is only one.
To like. No matter how many questions you have to ask the plant, no matter how many problems you want to solve, no matter how many traumas you want to overcome, the lesson the plant teaches you is the only one: if we live for love (unconditional love) for all that exists, if we feel ourselves to be part of this All), we will live in harmony with the Universe.