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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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A Shamanic Opening of the Heart

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.

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The Mesa

mesaA 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.

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The Role of the Shaman

02 (Copiar)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.

Be Wary

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.


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