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Icaros—the Enchanting Magic Melodies

13 (Copiar)Icaros are the shamanic songs sung or whistled during ceremony. They are often referred to as magic melodies, and sometimes they are sung in an ancient dialect. Icaros are frequently taught to an apprentice by their maestro. Alternatively, they may be learned directly from the spirit of Ayahuasca or the spirits of the various plants the student chooses to diet during their apprenticeship. However, direct-teaching of this sort usually takes place once the apprentice has achieved a certain level of mastery in their work.

Icaros truly are a magical art form, and they play a fundamental role in the Ayahuasca ceremony. Some icaros are used for protection. These are known as arcanas. Other icaros may be used to ratchet up the intensity of a ceremony or tone things down. There’s an endless variety of healing icaros. And, there are specialty-icaros to include those intended to provoke the purge and assist participants with the release of their emotional, psychological and spiritual blockages.

We often have indigenous Shipibo women sing icaros during Dawn of Eden® ceremonies. The Shipibo have a deep connection with Mother Ayahuasca and an illustrious tradition of singing icaros in Quechua, an ancient dialect. Their enchanting melodies provide energetic support for our work. Moreover, their feminine energy is a delightful contribution to our ceremonies. The Shipibo women are a treasure.

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Medications and Health Concerns

Those suffering with schizophrenia or other mental or psychotic disorders should not consume Ayahuasca.

If you have high blood pressure or a heart condition, or if you are receiving treatment for any health condition, it is advisable to consult your doctor before drinking Ayahuasca. It is also recommended you consult your physician if you are taking prescription medications (including antibiotics).

Medical consultation is essential if you are taking Prozac or another antidepressant that affects serotonin levels. SSRIs (serotonin selective re-uptake inhibitors) such as found in certain antidepressant drugs block the re-uptake of serotonin in the brain. MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) such as found in Ayahuasca inhibit the breakdown of serotonin. The combination can lead to excessive levels of serotonin in the brain. Seek the advice of a medical professional but be aware that SSRI medications typically need to be reduced gradually and can take up to six weeks to clear the body.

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About Mapacho

09 (Copiar)The spirit of Mapacho is an extraordinary shamanic ally. This sacred tobacco is totally organic. It is grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides and does not contain any of the toxic additives used in commercial cigarettes. Mapacho is used extensively in Peruvian shamanism (in both Ayahuasca and Huachuma ceremonies). It is used to provide protection for individual participants and for the ceremonial space. It is used to open participants to receive positive energies and seal participants from negative energies. Mapacho is also a powerful means to convey intention.

While acknowledging that many people have an aversion to tobacco smoke, we respectively request those participating in shamanic ceremonies at Dawn of Eden®, embrace Mapacho as a sacred ally during the course of their ceremonial work.

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Sequencing the Sacred Medicines

07 (Copiar)As previously observed, working with Ayahuasca and Huachuma is like discovering the “Holy Grail” of spiritual transformation—the proverbial “fast track.” Each of these plant-teachers can play a vital role in one’s personal growth. Properly sequenced, these divine agents of transformation can have synergistic and complementary results.

Among those who have worked with both plants, some might feel initiates should begin with Huachuma since ceremonies with this master-teacher tend to be less challenging. Dawn of Eden® prefers that participants begin ceremonial work with Ayahuasca to obtain the cleansing and purification of the body, mind and spirit that it provides. Such purification is highly desirable before a person endeavors to enter the state of divine communion facilitated by Huachuma.

Moreover, the reader may recall, Ayahuasca helps to restore “wholeness” to one’s soul enabling a better integration of one’s physical and spiritual worlds. This process allows participants an opportunity to regain much of their personal power. Accordingly, working first with Ayahuasca is the ideal preparation for those who plan to engage the grand maestro, Huachuma.

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Finding Home — the Chavín Renaissance

08 (Copiar)As previously noted, as humans we possess an innate evolutionary impulse to evolve—a mysterious spiritual urge to become one with our authentic self. This manifests as the human desire for self-realization and spiritual transcendence but the essence of this evolutionary impulse is that humanity is endeavoring to find its way Home.

The Chavín Renaissance is for those who aspire to be guided Home. Maestro Dan Reynolds leads a privileged few on the spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime to the “Holy of Holies” of sacred sites, Chavín de Huántar. Here, in the cradle of Andean civilization, Don Dan, El Huachumero, facilitates Huachuma ceremonies of the highest order to bring those in attendance into a state of grace and divine communion.

For most, the Chavín Renaissance is the pinnacle of their spiritual lives. It is a sacred pilgrimage to a spiritual crossroad that separates one’s life into before and after Chavín. This line of spiritual demarcation exists because communing with the divine at one’s full potential for expanded awareness can change a person to the core. Once you experience the sacredness of everything, “sacred” is no longer just another word, and you will never be the same—you will have found Home.

Initiates of the Chavín Renaissance gain the spiritual apprehension of knowledge and truths beyond the human intellect. This often includes a preview (an experiential foretelling), of where humanity is headed in these transformational times. One knows, without question, that humankind is at the Dawn of Eden.

Some shamans will take any candidate who pays the tab to Chavín thus exposing this Holy site to the negative energy many individuals are carrying. Additionally, the temple grounds are exposed to the negative energy of a fair number of tourists. In short, the sacredness of this site is being compromised and is in need of healing. For that reason, Dawn of Eden® has a commitment with our jaguar allies to only take candidates they have screened and deemed to be “properly prepared”. At a minimum, this typically means “cleansed and purified” by first working with Ayahuasca but our jaguar allies are also able to tell if a prospective candidate is compatible with our work with Huachuma. This “screening” is of great value because one person with bad energy or one person who is not compatible with the plant-teacher, Huachuma can ruin the experience for everyone.

At present, while we are engaged in the process of healing the energy of Chavín, our jaguar allies have restricted our trips to Chavin to include only members of the Jaguar Brotherhood or members of our newly founded, Dawn of Eden® church. Dawn of Eden® is the only church in Peru specifically sanctioned to work with the sacred plants, Ayahuasca and Huachuma).

To learn more about the Chavín Renaissance and our transformational pilgrimages to Chavín, visit The Chavín de Huántar Gallery.

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Huachuma (San Pedro Cactus)

san_pedroThe sacred cactus, Huachuma (Trichocereus Pachanoi), is known as the Cactus of the Four Winds. The modern or post-colonial name for this cactus is San Pedro, but the spirit of this master-teacher prefers the ancient name, Huachuma.

Like Ayahuasca, Huachuma is a sacred visionary plant teacher widely used by curanderos (healers). However, while the spirit of Ayahuasca is feminine in nature, the Grandfatherly spirit of Huachuma is masculine. And, while Ayahuasca is focused on inner-work, Huachuma evolves one’s potential for a conscious connection to nature and spirit while one is interfacing with the outer world. Huachuma opens the sixth-sense and awakens the divine within. The result is a sacred state of consciousness—an extraordinary state of expanded awareness and divine communion.

The grand maestro, personified in the spirit of Huachuma, teaches us what it is like to experience this sanctified state of being. Initiates are given an awe-inspiring demonstration, through direct personal experience, that humans have the potential to live in communion with the divine. Humanity is being afforded the opportunity to evolve into conscious co-creators with the divine. Even so, it is up to each of us, individually, to find our own path.

 

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