“We come to Pu’uloa because we want what’s best for our keiki (children). Pu’uloa holds two on my children’s piko. Their kupuna (elders) brought them here and created puka (hole) where their piko (cord) would rest, sealed under a stone. These two keiki, now adults care for me, their own ‘ohana (families), as well as our entire ‘ohana.” – Minnie Kaawaloa, Hawaiian Elder.
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Bali speaks to me with water, rain, flow and a strong sensation of purification and acceptance. And like a river pushes me forward with its current into something new. I have recently visited Pura Tirta Empul (Holy Spring in Balinese), a Hindu Balinese water temple located near the town of Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia, founded around a large water spring in 962 A.D. Continue reading “Postcards from Gaia: Pura Tirta Empul”
This recently published article on NewRepublic got me really reflecting on the subject of spiritual tools, magical gadgets and all sort of shamanistic accessories. I suggest reading the main article first before continuing with my entry.
Can “healing crystals” really heal anyone, if they are soaked with the energy of corruption and exploitation, sourced from the poor countries where economic and physical exploitation of whole families of miners, often children as young as six or seven years old, and environmental corruption is often squared by the lack of humane labour regulations? What energy will such crystal bring to your powerful shamanistic “altar “? Continue reading “Know Your Tools”
Sacred Tobacco (bot. Nicotiana Rustica), wild tobacco, known as Mapacho is one of the most important plants in the indigenous shamanistic practices. Shamans from the jungle consider it a Master Plant and the main tool in every shamanistic ritual. Continue reading “The Spirit of Mapacho”
Indigenous shamanism is full of intriguing beliefs and fascinating stories. Those of you who have had worked with indigenous healers can probably see them spitting, clearing their throats or coughing a lot throughout various ceremonies. As much as it may just look as just a simple physical reaction there is a deeper and more metaphysical meaning to this. Continue reading “Yachay and Mariri”
¿Que hora es? – asks our Maestra Juana, as the day slowly changes into the night.
– Son las ocho. – somebody replies and, as with the touch of a magic wand, the rainforest starts its cacophonic concert of buzzes, pings, and rustles of hundreds of insects, birds, reptiles, and mammals. The jungle never sleeps.
Nature opens its portal. Permission to enter is given.
The night is about to unfold.
Samá in Shipibo language or ‘dieta’ is a therapeutic and spiritual practice of isolation and working and integrating with plant medicine. A huge part of this deep traditional experience is to create a direct interaction with plant spirits and their energy and ignite a deep, conscious and complex healing process. It can be seen as a traditional support foundation upon which the structure of deeper and extended, time-wise, work with plant medicine is built. Continue reading “Samá – The Soul Diet”
Noya Rao is almost a mythical tree that grows in the Amazonian forest. Little to no information is to be found on this majestic tree, and it’s all for a very valid reason, that needs to be underlined in the first paragraph – to protect it. Within the Shipibo-Conibo tribe’s traditions, who are widely considered to have the most symbiotic and very conscious approach to plant-based medicine, Noya Rao is generally seen as the great-great-grand Mother of all the other plants. Little information is to be found about this sacred plant online, so here is what I have learnt from the local communities, my Maestra and from my own research, narrowing it down to only what is allowed to be shared by its guardians. Continue reading “Noya Rao – The Path of Truth”