IQUITOS - Portal to the Amazon by Cliff Tulpa, Author

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Shamans and Healing

Ayahuasca Ceremonies Contribution by David ‘Slocum’ Hewson of Amaru Spirit Ayahuasca comes from a native Quechua word “aja-waska’ meaning literally “spirit vine” or “vine of the soul”. Ayahuasca ceremonies have been used for thousands of years by indigenous groups in the Amazon regions spanning Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil for healing, insight and spiritual cleansing. Ayahuasca is an extraordinary healing force, perhaps the most powerful in the world. Ayahuasca, the highly hallucinogenic, psychedelic concoction brewed from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine with other plants containing DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) such as Chacruna, is producing tremendous tourism to the Peruvian Amazon. People of all ages and backgrounds are taking a journey to Iquitos and nearby specialized healing centers deep in the jungle to experience the magical healing powers of the Ayahuasca, vine of the soul. Ayahuasca claims include the ability to cleanse the body physically and make it stronger, healthier and more resistant to disease. Ayahuasca can also make us aware of our addictions and unhealthy emotional patterns so we gain insight and the ability to choose differently in how we do our life and relationships. For many people, the use of Ayahuasca is a deeply spiritual experience.