Standing at the base of a giant Boa Renaco vine.

The author, standing at the base a shamanic medicine plant, in the deep jungle. Amazon shamanism.

 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,  which would awaken my consciousness to the existence of my  soul. I hoped to experience something, which would finally plant the seeds of faith into my very being. 

Amazon Jungle Spirit

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.

Amazon Jungle boat trip. The Peruvian Upper Amazon. The Ucayali River. Amazon shamanism. Ayahuasca.

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.

Amazon shamanic plant medicine diet. Grilling green plantains in the jungle. Ayahuasca shamanism.

 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.

ICARO by Diego Sanchez Rojas