April 12, 2017
Ayahuasca (Quechua) is a brew prepared with plants (Ayahuasca – Banisteriopsis caapi and Chacruna – Psychotria Viridis).
Meditation is an integral part of the ceremonial process and an essential part of the Ayahuasca ritual when you combine self-awareness and attention, the power of nature with the assistance of plant wisdom can facilitate greater mental and spiritual communication.
The Ayahuasca Ceremony in Cusco Peru takes place during the night. A typical Ayahuasca ceremony is a full night — the trip can last up to five hours. An Ayahuasca ceremony involves drinking the hallucinatory plant/vine tea blend under the guidance of a respected Shaman, for a long night spent in deep connection to a higher intelligence and an understanding of one’s true self. People sit in a semicircle on either side of the Shaman. Once all have settled, it rises, and begins the ceremony creating an energetic circle with the smoke of the Mapacho (green tobacco cigar), to protect the place of negative energetic influences.
Once done, he removes the Ayahuasca and ceremonial utensils and places them on the floor on a rug that will make up the altar. Turn on the Mapacho again (it usually goes out if it is not continued aspiration) and begins to sing an Icarus.
Then, take the bottle of Ayahuasca. He opens it. He takes smoke in his mouth and, pushing the bottle to his chest, repeatedly introduces the smoke of the tobacco while plugging the bottle with his hand so that it does not escape. Close the bottle again and leave it on the floor. Now it is necessary to wait in penumbra and extreme silence for the effects of Ayahuasca to appear. Ayahuasca is always referred to in the feminine, because users have said that the voice of higher intelligence that they’ll hear while during the ceremony is female. She (meaning the plant) speaks to you directly and tells you what you need to work on in your life.
The shaman intervenes timidly during the first minutes of dialing, where visions are still sparse.
As time passes, the shaman guides the energy of the patients through the powerful song of their Icarus. The icaros, sung by a Shaman, are an integral part of the ceremony. It is through these songs that your mareación (the visionary effects of Ayahuasca) is enhanced. It is also quite likely that you will likely gain a greater appreciation of the power of music through the icaros.
Finally the shaman will call the attendees one by one. He will be approached and he will perform the so-called healing. This is to cleanse what is left negative, fill the body with clean energy and seal it so that it does not escape.
The ceremony ends when all the attendees have been cleaned and healed.