Are these medicines safe?

Absolutely. IF administered by knowledgable people.

There are two types of potential dangers that can arise: 1) physical harm from additives to the medicine & 2) An energetic danger.

All these medicines are physically safe as long as people follow the required diet, are not taking anti-depressants, and are not pregnant.

What has happened with these medicines’ recent growth in popularity is that more people have come seeking them with unreal expectations. Some people assume these always cause visions because they heard others had them. The reality is that there is an infinite amount of possibility as to what one experiences, ranging from very mild feelings, to purging, to intense visions. Some people take upwards of 8 ceremonies before they have a connection, some people achieve it on the first try.

1) When people don’t get what they wanted or expected they complain and demand their money back. To avoid this, some people started adding ingredients to the medicine to increase chances of hallucination (since that’s what tourists want). The problem is that if the facilitator adds ingredients like “toé”, a powerful but dangerous flower from the jungle, and they don’t know how much to add, it can cause permanent brain damage or death. ALWAYS ask the facilitator where the medicine comes from and what is in it.           NOTE: Toé is a very respected plant and there are cultures that developed around it, but you must be absolutely certain how to administer it.

The energetic is more difficult to explain, but feel free to use your own terminology (spirits, demons, energies, etc.) or ignore this if you don’t believe any of this.

Normally, whether you know it or not, humans have an energetic field that protects us from incoming energies looking for a home (these energies are essentially anything that is not you; greed, jealousy, anger, depression, sadness, etc.). Normally these can only enter us with permission. When we partake in these substances, this field weakens making it much easier for these energies to enter, but also to exit. A lot of the healing done during a ceremony is these energies being forced out b/c the individual has a breakthrough or revelation and willed it out consciously.

2) When people who have no experience or knowledge of how this works, and they begin facilitating ceremonies, they put themselves and their patients in danger. Part of being a facilitator is knowing how to protect yourself and how to offer protection for your patients. It may not happen often, but there are people who carry some very dark and strong energy they’ve let fester over time. If the facilitator isn’t prepared others may pick up this energy, including the facilitator, and instead of healing in the ceremony, people leave sicker than when they arrived. ALWAYS ask how a facilitator was trained and be weary of ceremonies that have a lot of people at once (20+).

Please do not let these scare you. If the medicine is prepared correctly (most teachers brew it themselves), if you follow the diet, and if the facilitator is reputable or well trained, then THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR.

The diet ranges depending on who you talk to. We will offer what we’ve been taught. No meat, no alcohol, no drugs (pure tobacco is ok), avoid processed sugars, avoid salts (it retains water), and no sexual acts (yet to be proven). Essentially drink lots of water, eat fruits and vegetables as naturally as you can get them. Rice and breads are ok.

Duration depends on the person. If you know you eat unhealthy (lots of meat, junk food, soda, smoke cigarettes, etc.), and you really want to heal, you should shoot for a week of diet. If you’re a vegan/vegetarian, you don’t eat junk food, and don’t smoke cigarettes, you really only need 2-3 days of good diet.

Mate de Luz: Our mission and vision

Mate de Luz translates to Tea or infusion of light. The four of us all were initiated with Wachuma (San Pedro Cactus) and Ayahuasca, both of which are essentially very concentrated teas. And we have all seen the powerful benefit people can receive from ingesting these teas, not only because of the psychological and emotional benefits, but they can also be powerful purgatives to detox the body and have beneficial alkaloids. Thus, we see this as a gift of light.

Our mission is to spread awareness of these plants and practices and provide a safe and sustainable environment where people of all beliefs and backgrounds can come and openly experience their magic.

Each one of us having undergone apprenticeships with teachers, found serious contradictions in the way these teachers carried themselves and administered these medicines. Whether the medicine was from unknown sources with unknown ingredients, whether it was infidelity or unsafe environments for women, or whether they were so ego driven they stopped caring about people and were more worried about making a profit. We knew this was not what nature intended. We were tired of hearing of people’s bad experiences, and we decided to do something about it starting directly from the source; the jungle.

Now, we’re not saying there aren’t good teachers and medicine people, because that’s absolutely false. There are some amazing and magical people out there, but there are also countless people who will buy medicine from unknown sources, who will put on a poncho, put on a show, and try to make a quick dollar. Sometimes it’ll come out right, many times it won’t. That is neither safe nor sustainable. (please see the next post on why this is problematic)

Any money donated is going directly to make our mission a reality.

Rapé: Shamanic Snuff

“Traditionally, during Yawanawa, Kaxinawa-Huni Kuin and Katukina (Brazilian Indigenous tribes) ceremonies, they normally use Rapé and Sananga eye medicine during Ayahuasca (aka- Uni or Nixi pae) ceremonies to help with purging, releasing sickness, moving any stuck energies, opening-up the visions and for clear sight.”

– http://shamanicsnuff.com/what-is-snuff-rape/

Temazcal: A N. American tradition that has found its way South

The following is a wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temazcal

“A temazcal [temasˈkal] is a type of sweat lodge which originated with pre-Hispanic Indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica. The word temazcal comes from the Nahuatl word temāzcalli /temaːsˈkalːi/ (“house of heat”)[citation needed], or possibly from the Aztec teme (to bathe) and calli (house).[1] Temazcal in Englishis also written as temezcal, temascal, or temescal.

In ancient Mesoamerica it was used as part of a curative ceremony thought to purify the body after exertion such as after a battle or a ceremonial ball game. It was also used for healing the sick, improving health, and for women to give birth. It continues to be used today in Indigenous cultures of Mexico and Central America that were part of the ancient Mesoamerican region for spiritual and health reasons. It is currently being recovered by all sectors of society in Mexico and Central America and is used as a cleansing of mind, body and spirit.

The temazcal is usually a permanent structure, unlike sweat lodges in other regions. It is usually constructed from volcanic rock andcement and is usually a circular dome, although rectangular ones have been found at certain archeological sites and this shape is also used. To produce the heat, volcanic stones are heated. Volcanic stones are safe because they do not explode from the temperature. They are then placed in a pit located in the center or near a wall of the temazcal.”

Fairly Comprehensive Website on Ayahuasca

http://www.ayahuasca-info.com/

“Although not unique to ayahuasca, there are many fascinating reports about people who have been healed from comprehensive problems, like addiction or depression, during one or more sessions. This, however, can also be achieved using LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, iboga, other psychedelics or various breathing and meditation techniques, and always involves heavy psychological work.”