WHY AYAHUASCA & THE SHIPIBO MEDICINE TRADITION?
AYAHUASCA HEALING FOR DEPRESSION, PTSD & OTHER AILMENTS & TRAUMAS
- An Integrated Healing -
Despite great achievements in technology and the treatment of disease, modern Western medicine has yet to develop an integrated approach that heals all aspects of the life of a human being. The treatment of these essential aspects - what we call body, soul or spirit, and mind - has become separated. Thus, today the doctor attends to the body, the therapist to the mind, the priest guides the spirit, and at best there is a minimal relationship or collaboration among them.
But when we speak of a human being... What do we see…? Every human being is a universe in itself, a unique private world with a single non-repeatable history. When this human being is exposed to disease, trauma, physical or emotional violence... etc, the whole being is affected.
Indigenous peoples hold an integrated perspective on what it means to be human. “Culture is tightly interconnected with territory, kinship, community, ceremony, government, personality, and cosmic order… [Indigenous Peeoples] embrace nature, live within nature, and do not try to transcend nature, but honor nature’s rules and ways of supporting life on earth as part of the cosmic order.”
Traditional indigenous healing involves the use of medicinal plants, ceremonies and other direct treatments to improve the integrated mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing of a person. There is a growing worldwide respect for such holistic approaches.
Psychoactive plants in particular have held a sacred place in many indigenous healing traditions since ancient times. In the Amazon region, the potent plant brew Ayahuasca PTSD (Capii Baniosteriopsis and Psychotria viridis) has been ingested by tribal peoples in sacred healing rituals for thousands of years. Ayahuasca’s powerful psychoactive action induces a dream-like state, and opens the perception to new sensory information, and thus provide cure as in Ayahuasca Depression. It can help to recover forgotten memories and produce a strong sense of inner learning, insight and depth of meaning.
When we drink Ayahuasca PTSD we experience a deep relationship with all our essential states - spirit, mind and body - and of their relationship as an inseparable totality. And we come to an understanding of the connections between these aspects and how they are affected by positive and negative experiences.
For this reason Ayahuasca is capturing the world's attention and gaining a reputation as a compelling catalyst for personal growth and as a medicine of Ayahuasca Depression that can deliver healing at all levels of a person’s being.
While scientists and health professionals continue to research its medical efficacy, a growing number of people each year are trying Ayahuasca in search of a greater understanding of themselves, or simply to have a powerful experience of the extraordinary. And more and more sufferers are seeking Ayahuasca Depression therapy as a treatment for Addiction, Depression, PTSD and a variety of other ailments.
With such endeavours we advise that it is critically important to find a safe setting with experienced practitioners who are administering Ayahuasca PTSD appropriately and in accordance with tried and tested practices, such as here at Caya Shobo with our highly experienced Shipibo Maestro Onáya healers and facilitators.
We believe the Shipibo Medicine Tradition to be the most effective healing tradition in all of modern human history - a tradition that incorporates vast ancestral knowledge of powerful Amazonian medicinal plants, and thousands of years of learning of the human body, psyche, and spirit - in deep connection with the advanced intelligence in nature and the universe.
A great achievement that has produced amazing transformational healings for thousands of people today, and it is a learning that has no end.
We invite you to experience the remarkable healing benefits of Ayahuasca and Shipibo Master Plant Dieta with our expert Maestro Onáya healers in their home environment - the heart of the western Amazonian basin - Iquitos, Peru.
Ayahuasca stimulates the body’s entire neural system, including in the brain the cerebral cortex, thalamus, hippocampus, amygdala and olfactory bulb, as well as the GI tract, immune system and heart.
Through its strong serotonergic effects, Ayahuasca has also been shown to act against chronic inflammation and oxidative stress which may indicate its use for widespread therapeutic purposes.
A number of recent studies concluded that “in the right therapeutic or ritual setting with proper preparation and mindset…Ayahuasca has proven effective in the treatment of substance dependence” and may be a remarkably effective treatment for Depression. And other studies are underway to explore Ayahuasca’s potential to heal PTSD.
- Shipibo Therapeutic Healing -
The Treatment of Ailments and Traumas
When the Shaman is connected with the energy or the spirit of the medicine of Ayahuasca, he acquires what we call "A Medicine Vision”. In this state of mind, he is able to "see" the energies in the body, spirit and mind of the patient.
Ayahuasca and Shipibo Master Plant Dieta have proven to be extremely effective and successful in treating a wide range of health concerns including:
Depression, Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Addictions, including of Alcohol and Drugs
Eating Disorders such as Bulimia
Certain types of Cancer
Problems with Pregnancy and Fertility
Other medical situations of high complexity
With his Medicine Vision, and with additional information provided by the patient (often supplemented with medical reports), the Curandero will initiate an appropriate treatment including, if necessary, the prescription of plant medicine treatments as required.
Prescribed treatments may include Master Plant Dieta with medicinal plants, dietary restrictions, purgatives, sinus flush, flower and steam baths with different plants and other various forms of therapy.
During Ayahuasca Ceremony the Maestro or Curandero will also administer important healing treatments, through the singing or chanting of 'Icaros'.
Icaros are songs or chants that embody the spiritual energy and healing knowledge of the shaman, as passed down by his ancestors and enhanced through his own dream vision learning while in Dieta with the Master Plants.
The Shipibo Tradition is also unique in that the Icaros are spontaneously crafted according to the Maestro healer's Medicine Vision showing him the unique healing needs of the patient in that moment. In comparison with other traditions based more around learned melodies, the more expert (and demanding) approach of the Shipibo Tradition allows the healer to work more deeply and precisely in the healing needs of each patient.
The Icaro is used as a tool to transmit the Meastro Shaman's energy and knowledge to the patient for various healing purposes such as:
clearing of impure energies;
calling in of medicine plant and animal spirits;
initiating, aligning, repairing and closing plant dietas for healing and learning;
re-ordering, clarifying and opening the systems of the body and mind; and
bringing love into the heart and strengthening and liberating the Spirit.
The efficacy of an Icaro depends largely on the level of dietary experience, discipline and ancestral learning of the Curandero.
At this point we must offer a cautionary comment - not all Shaman possess the same level of Medicine Vision. Even amongst the Shipibo Maestro Onáya shaman, renowned for their advanced healing knowledge, there exist wide differences in level of knowledge and spiritual attainment.
At Caya Shobo we work with Shipibo Maestro and Maestra Onayas who have progressed to a high level of Medicine Vision and knowledge, and who hold an exemplary ethic for healing and teaching in the way of the light.
For this reason, a prolonged stay in the Caya Shobo Centre after treatment is always recommended, where our experienced facilitators are available to provide expert knowledge and counsel to support your healing journey and to facilitate your gradual adaptation to normal life outside the jungle. Read here for more information on Preparing for and Integrating Ayahuasca Healing at Caya Shobo.
Psychological support is also an integral part of the healing process. The guidance to help you interpret and integrate such powerful healing experiences as Ayahuasca can deliver, holds similar importance as the actual process of healing. How we see, feel and think about such profoundly transformative experiences is critical to our ability to integrate their benefits into our day-to-day lives.
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A Note on the Pursuit of Shamanic Knowledge
We wish to offer an observation. Many people nowadays feel attracted to follow the path of apprenticeship in the Shipibo Medicine Tradition, and that is good. The world needs Healers. But much of the time those who wish to follow the call of the plants carry some confusion. For that is the culture of the West - an essential confusion with respect to this path.
The fundamental notion of learning or advancement as introduced by the modern consumer market in the Western world is far from the reality of the discipline of Shipibo Shamanism. Part of this confusion is the idea that any benefit or accomplishment must be gained in a quick and easy way. Like, for example intensive Yoga or Meditation Courses, Lessons to Develop your Intellect in a Single Day, or How to Become a Spiritual Guide online with a 90-day course… etc.
This is not the case with Shamanism. On the path of learning the medicine of Ayahuasca, the initial step, as is always recommended by a good Maestro, is to “Heal Yourself First”.
This is not just a suggestion. Rather it is an essential condition in the initiation of an apprenticeship, as confirmed by thousands of years of practice, transmitted from Maestro to Maestro along ancient lineages, and carefully maintained and refined so that we today can enjoy the benefits of this knowledge for all of humanity today.
In practice this means rigorous discipline and purification of the body and the mind with years of Master Plant Dietas, first with medicinal plants and then with teacher plants that will guide the way of the apprentice.
For every student one of the more difficult challenges is the fight against the Ego. To recognize the presence of the Ego at each moment implies a permanent state of alertness and self awareness. Ambition can lead the Apprentice along a very dark path. This being a problem more generally widespread in Western students of Shamanism, but not so in the native students who have a culture more naturally attached to the community rather than to individuality.
There is a fundamental difference between what we want and what we really need.
At Caya Shobo we encourage you to remain open and, with humility, allow the medicine, the plants and the true Maestros to show us what it is that we truly need.