My romanticized idea of the legend of the fearless Amazon women served as an impetus to my Amazon jungle adventure. We started in Iquitos, Peru where we got on a canoe and meandered down the river to our lodge which as the pictures show is really rustic with a make-shift shower at the back and a separate structure for the latrine. more
THE AYAHUASCA EXPERIENCE
Much has been written about Ayahuasca, a psychoactive brew used by the shamans in rituals. Many experience spiritual revelations regarding their purpose on Earth, the true nature of the universe as well as deep insight into how to be the best person they possibly can be.
And so it was that I spent a week in Peru in search of my own spiritual awakening. Purging, in the form of nausea and diarrhea, is an essential part of the experience, as it represents the release of negative energy and emotions built up over the course of one's life.
There were about 25 of us, most of whom experienced the psychedelic effects of the brew. Unfortunately, 2 of us had none of the mind blowing experience. However, i can attest to the nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. We had 3 ceremonies spaced every other day. I found the taste quite awful and had difficulty ingesting the brew. Just the thought of the taste makes me gag and stops me dead on the tracks of trying it again.
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THE HUACHUMA EXPERIENCE
Since Ayahuasca didn’t seem to have any effect on me aside from the purging, I decided to try Huachuma. Huachuma is a columnar cactus used as a means for esoteric healing in neo-shamanic rituals. It is used by Andean shamans for guidance, spiritual communion, trance and ecstatic soul flight to access other realms in the world of spirits.
Properly prepared Huachuma medicine is dark brown in color, similar to coca cola. Like ayahuasca, I couldn’t get used to the taste and had great difficulty drinking the concoction. It made me pensive but I didn’t get the experience I was hoping for - the elusive spiritual fireworks. However, I had a weird experience after visiting the witch doctors ceremonial mesa and again later in Lima, my last day in Peru.
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I was in Lima for only a day and I wish I had stayed longer but this was a sort of gateway to my trip to Northern Peru. I found Lima to be a modern, bustling city. We found a good restaurant that was able to accommodate our group but it seems that everybody was eating out.