Once you have in your heart or spirit decided that you would like to develop a connection with plant medicines, usually a specific medicine or combinations of medicines will Speak to you.
Listen to the suggestions that your Higher Self knows you need. These medicines become powerful allies.
In addition to healthy eating, daily meditation, exercise, and yoga, plant medicines can enhance connection to self, while detoxifying the mind and the body with their substance and the ancient wisdom that they inherently contain.
Panema is an Arawak [Indian] term that has been used by Indigenous peoples and South/Central American tribal groups to give actualization to a person’s Vibe.
Panema describes the veil of energy that surrounds our body. A greyish cloud that, depending on it’s thickness either allows a natural exchange between our intrinsic energetic vibe and the outside world, or can stifle and oppress with it’s weight.
If the panema becomes thick around us, it will lead to anxiety, depression, and illness both of the body and the mind.
Traditional plant medicines were used for several different reasons in Indigenous cultures.
Hunter’s use of the medicines sought to diminish this panema, making their presence more subtle and less perceivable by animals. Wild animals do not carry a thickened panema, they do not get depressed, they do not (generally) have complexes and disorders. They are in a natural symbiosis with their environment. So a human with a dark panema would be sensed long before they may be physically seen.
For the Medicine Makers of the tribe it is incredibly important to become clean in Spirit and carry a light panema when they come to the task of preparing medicines. The task of preparing the medicines involves such a calling of spirits and energies that it would be in spiritual misalignment to have the preparation possibly tainted by any one’s panema.
Panema can be considered a Spiritual disease.
When a medium that I was working with suggested to me that I preface our first Kambo ceremony with sananga eye drops I did not hesitate to say yes.
I trusted her implicity, and the goal of that trip to Costa Rica, was to really expand my knowledge of plant medicines and the associated rituals.
It wasn’t until the first drop was in my eye that I burst out laughing, having forgot to ask whether it could possibly make me go blind!
Sanaga is an eye drop made from the shredded root of the Amazonian shrub Uchu Sanago.
This medicine works on three levels of Being simultaneously.
On the physical level sanaga treats and prevents ocular diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and blindness. It improves vision instantaneously, increases visual perception, enhances colors and sharpens night vision. The eyes, head and nasal passages become detoxified and purged through the resultant watering of the eyes. Often the water that streams down the face can burn or itch because of the depth of this detoxification process, and the release of the toxins that the sanaga facilitates.
On a spiritual level this visual clarity is also improved as one’s Path seems to become more clear, and guiding signs become definitive. If you were struggling with a decision or matter of the heart, the answers seem to become obvious after setting an intention with this revealing medicine. While your physical vision becomes improved, your figurative vision simultaneously becomes clear.
On a vibrational level sanaga breaks down the panema, thinning the grey cloud, and resetting a person’s energetic field. Used in conjunction with meditation, self-work, and other plant medicines, sanaga is professed to help with mental disorders such as addiction, depression, and anxiety.
Some feel that the burning of the drops clears long standing anger, and general feelings of malaise.
The burning sensation depending on the medicine and what needs to be released by the participant, can last inconsistently from between 30 seconds to 5 minutes.
Sanaga is the essential medicine for the eyes.
Plant medicines by their very nature are all-knowing. Once administered they do the work that your body needs, not what You tell it to, or what You think may be your problem. So every ceremony may be slightly different in intensity or duration, based on the ever-changing work that the reeiver needs.
I will only serve Sanaga in a safe-space that I’ve curated such that the vibe is conducive to the invitation of healing spirits, and the removal of negative energies. In my ceremonies I smudge you to begin. The room will be awaft with the scents and music that call to me that particular day for that particular person.
I ask for you to focus on the reason why you have chosen to use the sanaga, or why the sanaga has called to you. Consciously setting your intention for the ceremony.
Most often we will do a card reading from a deck that calls to me based on your intention. I will read the card to you, and ask you to consider the message that you derive from the words.
I will give you a rattle that you can use. In Shamanic healing practices the rattle is used to call in the compassionate helping spirits to assist in healing work or to assist in a sacred healing ceremony. Rattles are used to “shake out” negative energies from a person that may be plaguing them and/or leading to an illness.
I apply the drops to the eyes, and once the burning has begun. I encourage you to use the rattle, shaking it beside the ears, and in front of the forehead, which takes your inner vision into the ritual of the sound, and away from the physical discomfort.
Tears will stream down the face during the application, which is the body facilitating the detoxification. Afterwards a surprising sense of peace will envelope the body and the mind. You will feel revitalized, renewed, refreshed, as though your vibe has been reset. You are Cultivating your own Vibration.
Once the burning has subsided, I recommend taking a laying rest to allow the thoughts and feelings that arise within you to come to the surface, and to the conscious mind, so that they have a permanency greater than the temporary burning feeling. During this time you may also consider the message from the card, as it likely is a key to the knowledge that you were Intended to ascertain in being called to Receive.
This ceremony will generally take about 45 minutes- 1 hour.
PRICE $50- Minimum 3 in group
Potential for 2nd serving if it is called for.
To many indigenous cultures of the Americas, tobacco is a sacred plant, a master plant, known to cleanse both individuals and ceremonial spaces. And in addition to being smoked, rapé (pronounced ha-pay), is a powerful snuff used in medicinal rituals to clear the mind.
The receiving of rapè works in 3 ways simultaneously: In a literal sense, it cleanses the head, and the sinus passages; at the same time cleanses spiritually, in the enhanced connection to one’s pineal gland; and figuratively in the enhancement of one’s connection to higher self and intended path.
Tobacco and the ashes of several other plants (which most Shaman keep relatively secret) are ground down in an incredibly intensive process of smashing and sieving the powder through a t-shirt material repeatedly to create a super-fine powder. The different types of rapé, distinguished by area of origin and the additive ingredients, can have many different purposes and sensations. In addition to adding ashes, some Rapé blends may contain a small amount of Yopo, a seed found in the Caribbean and South America, containing DMT(known for creating visions), 5-MeO-DMT (encourages enlightened thoughts), and Bufotenine (causes perspective shift). Your facilitator or Shaman will know which is of most benefit to you.
The dedication and commitment to the process is in itself a spiritual practice that infuses the rapé with the energies and intention of its maker – for the meticulousness of the process alone, the resultant product should be revered.
Rapé is a cleansing medicine, often used as a preface to an ayahuasca or kambo ceremony, or in combination with sananga. Physically, it detoxes both body, mind, and clears sinuses of mucus and bacteria, thereby helping to combat colds and respiratory ailments. Spiritually it also detoxes the mind, and clears one’s energetic field. The resultant benefit is a calming, grounding effect on the emotions that lasts much longer that the initial sensation.
In ceremony, I will often follow the application of sanaga with the serving of rapé or vice versa.
It is important to sit in stillness for a few meditative moments prior to the rapé. Setting an intention for your process, looking inward for your motivation, and calming the thoughts of the monkey mind will lead to the most insightful rapé journeys.
It is important to convey to your Server how deep you would like to go with the rapé, so that the Server can ‘feel’ the appropriate amount to use. A good facilitator will determine the amount of a medicine that is to be served to you, by feeling out the subtle energetic forces that exist in the ceremony space, and that you are vibrating.
Once you are still and ready I blow it into your nose through a pipe called a Tepi. Rapé illicits the sensation of burning, pulsing or itching deep in the head below the scalp. Often it will burn in the exact spot where the pineal gland is said to reside. After application, it is recommended to maintain that stillness in meditation and wait for any messages that may be conjured.
After application the participant should either continue to sit, continuing the initial meditation, focusing inward both spiritually, and by also physically looking in between closed eyes to induce a drawing inward that is able to give access in the moment to the secrets and knowledge contained in our third eye chakra. If laying leads allows the participant to enter into a deeper meditative state, that is not discouraged. Your inner shaman will guide you to know what is right for you in the moment – I am simply a facilitator of a safe process and a guide to innervate the healing spirits that are already surrounding us.
Because this is a cleansing medicine, there may be short lived side effects like vomiting, diarrhea, sweating or dizziness. It is fantastic to have these side effects, because the strength of the reaction can often indicate the amount of clearing that was needed.
This ceremony will generally take about 45 minutes- 1 hour
PRICE $50- Minimum 3 in group
Potential for 2nd serving if it is called for.
COMBINATION RAPÉ & SANANGA CEREMONY
In the combination Rapé and Sanaga ceremony, the medicines are used in combination to illicit all of the above mentioned benefits, however when done in combination they are able to produce a much greater detoxinfying effect, and can produce residual feelings of bliss that can last for up to days after. The natural high that is achieved by truly tapping into one’s inner and higher self, is a feeling that will become tangible, and knowing that the access to Self is achievable brings feelings on contendeness, and enlightenment that last far longer than the hour spent in ceremony.
In this ceremony I would serve the sananga first. After the sensations I will then serve a mild rapé, and invite the participant into their meditative process. There is then the option for a third serving, which can be of sananga of the sme intensity or greater; or a rapé of the same intensity or greater (the 2nd rapé which I would choose based on your intention for the ceremony).
This ceremony will take about 1.5hr (possibly 2 depending on number of participants), as I like people to absorb fully the process and the messages they receive, as well as have a time to relax in savasana to set in the intention, not closing ceremony in haste.
PRICE $100- Minimum 3 in group
3 servings of medicine
While I have very thoroughly, and personally researched knowledge in the application, and receiving of these plant medicines, I encourage individual research on these subjects prior to receiving, and require that a legal waiver of liability be signed prior to attending any plant medicine ceremony. The information provided is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be healthcare advice or medical diagnosis, treatment or prescribing. None of this information should be considered a promise of benefits, a claim of cures, a legal warranty or a guarantee of results to be achieved. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other healthcare professionals. You should not use this information for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a healthcare professional before altering or discontinuing any current medications, treatment or care, starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
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