We put together a short video of the wonderful musicians that performed during the Huachuma / San Pedro celebration held at our Puriscal location in January.
Music is a fundamental and joyful part of both our Ayahuasca and Huachuma experiences. In our Ayahuasca ceremonies they help take us inside and enhance the immersive, contemplative expression of that master plant. During a Huachuma celebration, the music has a more outward, joyful purpose - sharing the common bond of the heart.
On January 14th we held a Huachuma celebration in our Puriscal Retreat location. Twenty family and friends came to celebrate with us. The celebration started in the early morning and lasted until past midnight. Here is a photo album of the event:
As a native plant of the Amazon basin, Ayahuasca is deeply rooted in the cultures of the many native peoples of that region. What might be surprising to us is that the context in which a lot of us westerners experience Ayhuasca is on the most part a fabrication to satisfy Western tastes.
As westerners, we love the mystique of the "Shaman". That word holds great power over us and we asume that the experience of the plant medicine can only be had under the guidance of a "Shaman". The danger in this is that we can easily fall into situations where we unnecessarily give our power away as we are seduced by the trappings and rituals of what are supposedly the "traditional" ways.
Yes there are Shamans that use Ayahuasca as a healing tool, but the way Ayahuasca is used by true indigenous people is that they simply share the medicine together as a group. There is no "ritual" or "shaman" acting as an intermediary, they simply connect in the sacred space that the medicine creates.
There is no doubt that there are westerners who have apprenticed with genuine Shamans and used Ayahuasca and other plant medicines in their learning process. Perhaps they have lived many months or years in the forest accompanying their teachers. As a result they may have arrived at a greater state of awareness and understanding. But is this a realistic option for those of us who cannot break away from our lives and families? Does the absence of a "Shaman" mean that we are not engaging and obtaining all the enormous benefits that Ayahuasca has to offer?
The magic of Ayahuasca lies in the absolute perfection and wisdom in which it engages with each individual WITHOUT the need of human intervention. In a way, all we can do is set the stage and humbly get out of the way so that the medicine can do her work. For this reason, we prefer to use the word "facilitator" or "Plant Medicine Guide" instead of "Shaman" to designate the person responsible for administering the ayahuasca and watching over participants.
So just as in the realm of music Jazz is no longer the "property" of American musicians, Ayahuasca has spread around the world and has no boundaries or home. So if you are looking to experience and benefit from the gifts that Ayahuasca has to offer, don't narrow your focus exclusively on the word "Shaman", but rather look for a facilitator and guide that is humble in their heart and has a genuine connection and reverence for the plant spirits.
We will be holding 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies in December: Saturday December 10th, Monday December 12th, and Wednesday December 14th. Joining us for one or several ceremonies is a wonderful opportunity to end the year and prepare for 2017 with deepened insight and resolve.
There is no doubt that 2016 has been "unnerving" to say the least. The election drama that played out in the United States has left many exhausted and full of uncertainty as to how the future will unfold. The best way to venture into this new chapter in our history is connecting to our center and shedding the emotional debris.
One of Ayahuasca's most beautiful qualities is its remarkable ability to reawaken the love for ourselves and all life that lies at the core of the healing experience. It's so easy to forget that LOVE is the greatest power of the Universe. But when we suddenly remember and have the EXPERIENCE of love as a vibrant energy within, the experience remains with you as a life transforming event.
If you have never experienced Ayahuasca, click here for more information about it's properties.