In July of 2003, as the evening sun descended towards the Andalusian hillside, my companion told me about an Amazon shamanic plant medicine, which is said to be the doorway into the Spirit World. This was my first time hearing the name Ayahuasca, and I immediately felt myself being pulled towards the jungle. Two months later, I flew with a one-way ticket to South America. If Ayahuasca was this doorway, I felt called to pass through it with the hopes of finding something on the other side that would awaken my consciousness to the existence of my soul. I hoped to experience something that would finally plant the seeds of faith into my very being.
is my first published work, describing the events of 2005, in the Peruvian Upper Amazon. This marked the beginning of an ongoing apprenticeship in this infinitely abstract and complex field of medicine.
I celebrated my first Ayahuasca ceremonies in Santa Teresita - a peaceful Shipibo community on Lake Cashibococha. These traditional ceremonies were guided by Don Antonio Muñoz of the Shipibo tribe and his Californian apprentice, Michael.
After a series of profound experiences with the Medicine, I decided to explore further into this new world.
Maestro Antonio and I traveled by boat to a remote Shipibo community on the Upper Ucayali River where he introduced me to a shaman colleague of his, Don Carlos Perez. After traversing deeper into the world of Ayahuasca with these native shamans, I crossed over the Ucayali River with Don Carlos to live on his isolated property surrounded by the raw jungle.
I entered into my first traditional Amazon shamanic plant medicine Dieta with Ajo Sacha, one of the many Master Plants found in the jungle. The effects of this month-long Diet were truly remarkable as it presented me with a series of incredible, luminous gifts. These gifts, combined with my profound experiences with Ayahuasca, finally began to open my mind and heart to the existence of a magical, unseen facet of reality, the Spirit World. And I began to believe, that I too am undoubtedly a part of this world.
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