Thursday, November 13, 2008

Initiation Course

Since I began the Ayahuasca Foundation last spring, I have begun working with several different curanderos. The two with whom I work the most are doña Othelia and don Lucho. They are simply amazing people and it is such an honor to be their friend and student. Both one hundred percent indigenous to the Amazon Rainforest, their styles are very different and they present two interesting perspectives on healing.
Doña Othelia is a true vegetalista, working with countless medicinal plants, including several that have never been properly documented. Few have been investigated by western science either. Her icaros in ceremony further enhance her psychic connection to these plants. She has healed nearly every affliction, including the healing of a late stage cancer patient this year, as well as a patient with herpes in just two weeks. She is such a wonderful person, and her ceremonies are filled with joy and love.
Don Lucho is a man on a mission. He has his own non-profit organization where he educates local indigenous communities on acheiving sulf-sustainability through the cultivation and preparation of organic plantations and medicinal plant gardens. He is an impeccable example of what we should all aspire to be, and his family plays an important role in the project, with his wife and mother helping to prepare the medicinal plants and meals, his children studying business and botany, and his other relatives helping with the work in the fields, construction, and travelling to the remote communities to help others set up similar autonomous communities. It is a true pleasure to include him as well as doña Othelia in the Ayahuasca Foundation´s Curandero Initiation Course.
I am about to finish this year´s fall course, and it has been a wonderful adventure. I feel I have learned as much as our students and feel so good that at least one of them will be returning to do a formal apprenticeship. During the course, I have had such beautiful visions, and soon after will begin the formation and execution of the first Indigenous Culture museum here in Iquitos. It is a project I believe in strongly so it fills me with great happiness to see it coming to fruition. This will lead to the Ayahuasca Museum, and hopefully pave the way for the Ayahuasca clinic. I have been filming ceremonies with infrared technology, as well as recording them and interviews with the curanderos and students.
It looks like 2009 will be a very important year for me.

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