Spirituality, Healing and Cleansing Preparations for Traditional Shamanic Ayahuasca Ceremony in the classical style of the Peruvian Amazon
Preparation for the Personal Ayahuasca Experience
Spiritual realization is the core element in the Ayahuasca experience. Ayahuasca is a medicine. Holistic purification and cleansing of body, mind, and spirit in shamanic ceremony with Ayahuasca can initiate a lifelong process of rebirth and transformation. To be successful, this process requires long-term personal commitment, integrity, compassion, and courage. It is not an easy path, but it can be highly beneficial for those who undertake it with sincerity, determination, and an open heart. Otorongo Blanco, 1996 in la selva near Iquitos, Perú
A time-honored aspect of seriously focused work with Ayahuasca is a special diet serving to cleanse and prepare the body, mind, and spirit to open widely to the positive healing energy of Mother Ayahuasca. There is considerable variation in details of the diet as practiced in the Peruvian Amazon by many vegetalistas and curanderos. Therefore these comments should be understood to reflect the general commonalities of “la dieta” and not construed to be absolute in all details.
Most maestros recommend that one commence the diet at least three days before the first Ayahuasca ceremony and continue for two or three days after the last. Alcohol and pork should be abstained longer since they may have undesirable consequences when combined with Ayahuasca.
Commonly shared characteristics of most vegetalista diets include abstinence from alcohol, sugar, salt, oils, pork, fat, and spices. These substances may interfere with one’s sensitivity and uptake of Ayahuasca so they are limited or abstained to heighten one’s receptivity to the medicine. Abstinence from sexual orgasm is also an integral part of this diet. This is an important required for two reasons. First sexual abstinence conserves vital energy needed to engage the challenges Ayahuasca sometimes poses. Secondly temporary sexual abstinence from sexual activity and thoughts allows one to focus on the more profoundly spiritual dimensions of one’s being.
It is said in the Amazon that Ayahuasca has a jealous spirit. This is a culture-bound concept which often seems strange to the western mind. How could a plant considered sacred also be jealous? One has to step outside the usual human concept of jealousy to understand what is meant by this. It simply means that the conscious spirit of Ayahuasca desires our undivided attention when in Her presence. Temporary sexual abstinence might also be seen as an offering of one’s higher intention to the Divine. Human sexuality is a dynamic aspect of the human nature and spiritual experience, and it often blossoms beautifully after work with Ayahuasca. This is especially so if this aspect of the diet is respected. Everything in the diet is a choice, and one answers only to themselves and the medicine in whatever decision they make.
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