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Why shamanic therapy of ayahuasca?

The taking of ayahuasca varies according to the expectations and intentions of the participants. They may be seemingly balanced persons who come to solve personal problems of a psychological nature or who, in the grip of the spiritual crisis of our societies, are searching for a meaning to their existence.

Others come to solve different types of medical conditions, often because they no longer give credit to western allopathic medicine. In this respect, ayahuasca therapy gives satisfactory results for ailments such as depression, addiction of all kinds (drugs, pornography, gambling, etc.), but also trauma (rape, abuse, emotional lack). Let us mention, however, that the treatment is not miraculous and depends largely on the patient's desire to heal. In this regard, it is very important that the person who decides to undertake this therapy comes with a clear intention of what he or she wants to solve.

A plant based shamanic therapy capable of curing the diseases of our societies

The question that arises from the outset is how shamanic therapy based on medicinal plants, but also hallucinogenic - what the Shipibo call 'power plants' - can cure diseases for which western classic therapies sometimes prove ineffective? This is what we will try to explain as clearly as possible.

According to the shipibo indigenous beliefs, the ills of which the patient suffers are considered as 'bad entities', that is to say of 'bad energies' which would have come 'to contaminate' or 'to infest' the person until taking away his vitality. The patient is then characterized by weakness and loss of vitality. In such a context, from the shipibo point of view, the therapy consists mainly of 'cleaning' the patient and restoring the vitality that he or she needs to make him or her a strong and balanced person within the framework of a harmonious and stable relationship between his or her body, his mind and his or her social and natural environment.

What is the ayahuasca ritual?

The taking of ayahuasca takes place as part of a traditional ritual practiced by shipibo shamans.

The ayahuasca (oni or nishi in shipibo) is defined primarily as a body purge, that is to say that its ingestion causes the body to expel all the elements that contaminate it. The reactions of the persons having ingested the drink can be varied: vomiting in the majority of the cases, crying, diarrhea, spitting or blowing nose. Some people express the need to speak or shout.

The process of purging is carried out very gradually, like a swing that alternates between intense emotional phases and phases of lucidity and introspective distancing. According to the case, it can be experienced as a difficult test and must necessarily be supervised and accompanied by the actions of a shaman, which consist, generally speaking, in healing songs. These songs, generally called icaro in quechua (oni bewa in shipibo), have a very effective action potential, as they combine and guide the purgatory effect of ayahuasca beverage so that purging is done in greater depth. The patient's body can also be subjected to a series of small painless whips by plants that absorb the 'harm' affecting the patient, followed by a spray of perfume intended to drive the polluting elements from its body.

Although not pleasant, purging is essential to move to the next stage of personal introspection. In other words, the body must be 'clean' - that is, rid of the polluting components that made it sick and prevent it from moving forward - so that the participant can have 'visions' and responses to his or her questions. This is why it is necessary to accept the purging process, because it is part of the healing process, and to be aware that the difficult moments will not last and will give way to something much more pleasant and rewarding.

Once the person has vomited, the ritual usually takes another turn. Indeed, the patient is therefore sufficiently 'clean' to be able to carry out his personal introspection. In the form of visions, information or messages, he or she will then be confronted with his or her own problems, anxieties and misunderstandings, of which he himself or herself will become the therapist in some way. Indeed, in an introspective way, he or she will be able to do the analysis himself or herself and understand the origins of his or her problems, thus managing to conceptualize them and give them meaning. Faced with the understanding of one's own difficulties, feelings of guilt that usually accompany suffering may then disappear, thus greatly facilitating the healing process. People will then be able to be very lucid about their personal stories and the issues that arise from them. In other words, it is the patients themselves who perform their own therapy under the influence of ayahuasca and with the precious help of the icaro songs uttered by the shaman.

These songs indeed play a major role in the process of introspection, since they help to guide the person in a path that is both orderly, aligned and harmonious. As such, there is a whole series of icaro each having a specific function depending on the case: they can 'clean' the patient, 'open' if he or she is too introverted, order, harmonize, make him or her cheerful if depressed, compassionate when insensitive, etc. Some songs are used to reduce the effect of ayahuasca if the person cannot control or increase it if the effect is too light. Without singing, people would risk to deviate, which would have nothing to do with a therapy. This is why unaccompanied persons, in other words supervised by shamans who have little or no preparation at all, find themselves in a state of confusion sometimes much worse than before initiating the process. This phenomenon is common today with the commercialization of shamanism.

This presentation does not claim to be exhaustive. Some people do not experience the purge and go directly to the stage of personal introspection without feeling any discomfort whatsoever. On the other hand, people who suffer from physical illness or failing health may have to go through a more substantial purge phase. In the latter case, accompaniment of ayahuasca rituals by the 'diet' therapy is advocated (see section on the 'diet'). Some people experience very strong telepathic experiences with their loved ones, sometimes with dead people they have known. Others may have spiritual or entheogenic experiences, that is, encountering a form of divinity. All of this largely depends on the different expectations of the participants in the ritual.

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