The heart is the seat of intuition and the gateway to an alignment with one’s higher nature. For that reason, while various types of physical and emotional healing are possible, Dawn of Eden’s transformation work focuses on a shamanic opening of the heart. For some, this energetic opening of the heart comes more quickly as they have already achieved substantial milestones in their personal growth. Others have significant blockages in other parts of their being, which must first be cleared.
A mesa is an ancient technology for accessing spiritual realms through a collection of sacred power objects that are imbued with unseen energetic forces. As such, it is a powerful shaman’s tool for creating a portal to the divine. Through this sanctified spiritual conduit, shamans may summon allies or channel healing and transformational energy for the advancement of human consciousness.
Mesas are used extensively by shamans (Huachumeros) who practice Huachuma curanderismo (healing work) along the Northern coast of Peru and throughout the Andean highlands. Ayahuasqueros normally use a simple altar. Dawn of Eden® uses a consecrated mesa in its Ayahuasca ceremonies to optimize the healing and transformational work taking place in our sacred practice of the ancient shamanic arts.
Shamanism has been practiced in one form or another around the globe and throughout history with shamans acting as intermediaries between the natural world and the world of spirit. The term has a broad context and covers many spiritual traditions.
Most shamans are “called” by spirit to apprentice this healing art form. Though, in reality, this calling is more of a divine directive (bad things happen in the lives of would-be shamans who don’t answer the call). A shamanic aspirant must face grueling challenges and many tests before some form of spiritual initiation transforms the initiate and bestows his or her “Don” (spiritual gifts).
Years of disciplined training are usually then required for shamans to develop and master their gifts. Thereafter, shamans function as the spiritual mediators they have trained to become as they pursue their work in the ancient healing arts. It is important to acknowledge the actual power for healing and personal transformation comes from spirit. The role of the shaman is the between-worlds middleman that has been initiated by spirit and bestowed certain gifts such that he or she might be of service to humanity.
It is difficult to gauge what level of gifts or powers a shaman might possess by their age or cultural origin. Shamans are often chosen by spirit precisely because they have lived many lifetimes engaged in the shamanic arts. With proper training, or, on occasion, initiatory ceremonies of the highest order, they are able to resurrect their ancient skill sets in their present incarnation. We specialize in such “resurrection” ceremonies as part of our work in service to humanity during these transformational times.
The phenomenon known as Ayahuasca tourism has changed the landscape when it comes to finding a legitimate shaman. Ayahuasca is a sacred plant imbued with a living spirit. It should be revered, but it is frequently profaned.
Oftentimes brujos (shamans that use dark powers to inflict harm) will entice individuals into ceremony, principally for monetary gain. The threat is greater for women as they also risk sexual molestation. Others use brujeria to keep participants coming back. This abhorrent practice, typically driven by ego or greed, is at cross purposes with spirit. There are serious karmic consequences for this disgraceful violation of free will. Nonetheless, this shameful practice is widespread.
One should be leery of shamanic centers that operate in the shadows (without licenses and permits so they can avoid paying taxes). Some may use legitimate shamans but the integrity of such organization is highly questionable. When it comes to the prospect of finding a shaman you can trust, it is essential you follow your intuition as failing to do so is like ignoring advice from spirit.
Ayahuasca is frequently referred to as “La Purga” for its renowned transcendental purgative effects. Most “first timers” dread the purge but it is largely through this crucial process that Ayahuasca works her magic. It is the cleansing and purification process necessary to rid the mind and body of toxins and the negative, low-frequency energies that are otherwise blocking one’s connection to spirit.
The purge is more than a physical release; it’s an emotional, spiritual and psychological release as well. This life-changing process can result in a jettisoning of excess mental and emotional baggage and the elimination or re-alignment of debilitating belief systems. Diarrhea or profuse sweating can also be part of the purge.
Participants quickly grasp that aspects of their “little self” (their ego) that no longer serve them are being banished to a purge pail. This process of discarding negative or debilitating aspects of one’s little self is precisely what enables one to come into a greater alignment with their true nature, their authentic Higher Self. Chronic depression, addictions, anger issues, and a multitude of fears, anxieties and limiting belief systems can be vanquished in a single ceremony. For some, a few Ayahuasca ceremonies can be the equivalent of ten years of psychotherapy or disciplined meditation.
Purging may be part of every ceremony but the first ceremonies are typically more challenging in regard to this aspect of the work. As the elimination of the dense, low-frequency energies progresses, one gains greater access to a higher-frequency connection with the divine.
An integral part of preparing to work with Ayahuasca is the diet. There are cultural variations, but the most common list of items to avoid includes salt, sugar, oils, fats, caffeine, alcohol, red meat, and hot or spicy foods. Pork should be studiously avoided. Sexual abstinence is also part of the traditional diet (for a few days prior to a ceremony and a few days following). Adhering to the diet allows one to become more sensitive to the energetic nature of the medicine which can enhance visionary experiences and contribute to the cleansing and purification of the purge.
Ayahuasca is about inner-work; work at the level of the soul. For that reason, it is often referred to as the Vine of the Soul. This remarkable brew can enable a connection to the deepest parts of the psyche providing a window into the soul that reveals our true nature, our authentic and Higher Self. Ayahuasca is not a drug. It is a holistic medicine, a divine agent of transformation, that allows us to know the unvarnished truth about who we really are and who we can become.
While the spirit of Ayahuasca is known to have male components, it is primarily considered a feminine spirit. Her work might be summarized as a process of restoring “wholeness” to one’s soul to enable a better integration of one’s physical and spiritual worlds. By way of a computer analogy, it could be said that working with Ayahuasca is like defragging one’s hard drive and upgrading one’s RAM. Of course, it should be said that some people require more defragging than others.
The Ayahuasca experience is highly individual and unique from one ceremony to the next. It involves the purification of the mind, body and spirit which can trigger a profound process of spiritual awakening. For many, Ayahuasca’s greatest gift is the illumination of their life’s purpose.