Ayahuasca tradition today.
Shamanism has been practiced for over 80 000 years. From Australia to Peru. Human beings have used Shamanic practices to connect with the sacred realms and, transcend to altered states of perception in order to connect. Connect with everything that is. The rise of Spiritual practices are giving birth to a new era for Ayahuasca. And Ayahuasca is giving herself a new era, through us. In the context of Shamanism, a lot has changed. From tribal ceremonies to a world wide desire for expansion and healing. The tribe has become the world, in need for connection. The meeting of your human consciousness and plant consciousness allows for you to witness what is already happening inside your body.
Shamanic plant ceremonies are an accelerated way for you to find healing. Plant medicine consciousness meets your consciousness, in duality. Helping you to witness what must be removed and what no longer serves you. So you can release it and transmute to a new self.
The nature of this work is called Shadow work. The use of Plant medicine, in a specific set and setting makes it ritualistic. The healers serve as a catalyst in ceremony, using their medicine songs as tools for moving energies within you. So you can come and connect with your own healing abilities, and awaken.
Our center serves as a bridge and support system for the transmutation and transformations you go through during your stay here. Respecting the Shipibo tradition and taking part in their ceremonies does not mean that you need to subscribe to their belief system or truth. This work is about connection with your divine self and your divine truth.
This healing work does not reflect all aspects of Amazonian Shamanic tradition. This is about soul-level healing, and transmutations of patterns within the non-physical. The medicine keepers of Ayahuasca traditions heal illness by looking for the emotional and energetic root cause of your illness. We view illness as a state of dis-ease and disharmony within the person’s life. We believe the disharmony takes place on a Spiritual and Energetic level. When left unresolved, the disharmony becomes physical illness. In this context, healing requires awakening.
In order to awaken, you must make the decision to take 100% responsibility for your healing journey. So that you can liberate yourself from everything that no longer serves you, in ceremony, as to integrate it into your new life.
Your ayahuasca healing experience is highly dependent on the shadow work that you are willing to take on, transmute and integrate. It is important that you understand that the emotions that are triggered during a session won’t ‘stop after ceremony’ they might continue after ceremony if they need to be felt and released. This is an important aspect of this work. The context of this medicine starts once you have decided to drink this medicine, and it ends when you have done the work required for it to end.
You have to be willing to shift, in order to transform your life.
The shaman will address the energetic and spiritual aspects of your disease or mental state through medicine song. They work ”on the other side” into the ”spirit world” or ”astral world” which they perceive as a ‘parallel’ reality. This is where the Maestra meets the plant teachers. The animal teachers, the angelic realms and spirit doctors who are there to serve your healing process by performing healing work on your astral, energetic, emotional body. In essence, the Shaman is master of energy conducting the medicine so you can do your healing work together.
Today the need of working with plant medicine to heal is rising. And so the ways in which tradition is holding ceremony have changed and are evolving. We have great respect for the tradition, the healers and the keepers of this Sacred Medicine. And we have great respect for the people who come and choose to do this work. This is consciousness work for humanity. This work is about you finding insight about yourself and your soul through plant medicine. Shamans are witnessing the change in our guests and seeing how we function is different than what they do. They can not provide the guidance you need back home. They heal you during their sessions, but they don’t bring integration guidance. They don’t understand your culture and values the way that you understand them, and vice versa. It is important that you understand how important it is to find integration guidance for your healing, in order for your experience to have real results, and impact on your life.
The Shipibo’s are one of oldest and most highly-respected lineages of ayahuasca healers in the Amazon. For thousands of years, Shipibo shamans have
served as doctors in their local communities. Their work with the medicine is gentle, straightforward, and humble. They see their work with ayahuasca as
a process of cleaning the body, soul, and mind.
The Shipibos treat working with Ayahuasca with a deep sense of respect and discipline.
Many begin training from childhood, learning from family lineages and traditions that trace back countless generations. Their near-monastic training is
incredibly strict, and they spend many years undergoing rigorous “Dietas” that build an extensive, ‘intuitive knowledge of different medicinal plants. Their
devotion to their healing work is stunning, and the power of their deep connection to their medicine is felt in their “Icaros”, or plant medicine songs.
Ayahuascero is someone who prepares and cooks
Ayahuasca. Ayahuascero can also hold ceremonies. When you have a ceremony with an Ayahuascero, the
insight emerges from the medicine. They don’t work on guests and don’t
manage energies in the same way trained healers do in the Shipibo lineage. If the Ayahuascero sees any ”serious issues” , with their guest, they will send them to a healer for further treatment.
Curandero. A medicine worker can be an Ayahuascero and Curandero.
Curanderos use other tools in combination with Ayahuasca. They use Tobacco, Sing Icaros (medicine
songs), they use ‘Chupar’ which literally means ”sucking out” the pain or energies from the
body. They use Soplar, blowing tobacco and other plans and tools. A Curandero Medico is a Plant healer/doctor. They work mostly with Ayahuasca, although not all of them. Some Curandero’s (Plant healers/doctors) are called ‘Vegetalistas’ and they work
mostly with herbs and perfumes (*Perfumista).
Masters of Energy.
Spirit Plant Doctors, Healers. Shamans stury the divine science. They study this ”Sciencia divina’ or ‘Divine science’ for decades before practicing as a Healer. During their apprenticeship the Healer needs to go through
” shamanic dieta”. A time through which they ingest plants and live in isolation for months at a time. During those ‘diets’, the shaman ”absorbs’ the teachings and strength of this doctor plant and embodies it in order to
use it in ceremony.. After many dietas the shaman has doctors helping him or her in ceremony. Like an energetic database and pharmacy. In Shipibo a Curandero is called an ONAYA. Which means ” one who has knowledge”. In order to become a true healer, you have to train for at least 10 years. During this apprenticeship they learn to face the heaviest situations with people and trauma.
The Shaman is tested, trained and sometimes forced to drink Ayahuasca 30 days straight
and not sleep for weeks at the time in order to learn to manage the space under stressful conditions. Only a small percentage of apprentice healers succeed in becoming true shamans, a lot of them give up on the way. The teacher and plant will push the student beyond their limits and comfort zone. Forcing them to face death, to face their deepest fears in order to heal truly and be able to help others by mastering energy during the ceremony.