Do you remember the war paint of the indigenous people? Red stripes on the face and body. That's a natural dye - the seeds of the Annatto plant (Latin: Bíxa orellána), or Achiote, as it's called in Peru.
Magical Properties of Annatto
The tribes in Central and South America didn't use Annatto just for beauty. This plant has very strong magical properties. Protective magic is just one of many.
Ayahuasca Myth 1: Ayahuasca is DMT.Why do we believe this? The worldwide popularization of ayahuasca has been actively promoted by the Brazilian churches, which traditionally use ayahuasca, which consists of a decoction of two plants - the ayahuasca vine and the chakruna plant, which contains DMT. This composition has been the subject of numerous scientific studies. Since standardization of the composition was necessary for reliable scientific data, scientists took the above substance as a guide.
It is currently trendy to be enthusiastic about “holistic” medicine. However, a single “unfortunate” substance is increasingly being blamed for all of human problems. Although nothing in the body works in isolation, all by itself.
The body is a living and constantly changing system. There are no stable and lasting connections “for life”.
Is there such a thing as an ayahuasca "bad trip"?The concept of a "bad trip" is rooted in psychedelic and LSD culture, where people may experience disturbing or negative psychological effects during their travels, or "trips". However, applying this terminology to the realm of Ayahuasca requires a more detailed approach. The work done by plants such as Ayahuasca is fundamentally different from what is commonly referred to as a "trip".
What is Cat's Claw?
Cat's Claw, or Una de Gato (Latin: Uncaria tomentosa), is known as the "Amazon Wonder of Phytotherapy" and is among the most sought-after healing plants globally due to its curative effects. It serves as the most potent natural immune stimulant known to humans.
Native to the rainforests of Peru, Cat's Claw is also found in other South American countries like Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela. This incredible vine can reach heights of up to 20 meters and is named "Cat's Claw" due to its stem's hooked thorns, some of which can be up to 2 centimeters long.
Part 3: Ayahuasca brings the brain closer to Einstein's genius through the thickening of the corpus callosum
You've probably heard about "left-brained" individuals who lean towards analysis and logic, and "right-brained" people who are more creative, emotional, and imaginative.
It might seem like some people's left hemisphere works better, while others excel with their right hemisphere. Some enterprising individuals even suggest deliberately training and strengthening the weaker side, like engaging in right-brained drawing or delving deep into mathematics. Don't believe that!
Part 2: Ayahuasca Enhances Long-Term Logical Thinking Abilities and Attention through "Ego Dissolution"
In a study that demonstrated the strengthening of divergent (creative) thinking during the acute phase of Ayahuasca's effects, the researchers wrote, "It would be interesting and important, in terms of the potential clinical application of Ayahuasca, to investigate whether the effects are stable or change over time. It would also be interesting to examine whether convergent (logical) thinking is restored 24 hours after Ayahuasca ingestion."
Such a study was conducted two years later (Uthaug et al., 2018).
Part 1: Ayahuasca Enhances Creative Thinking: Scientific Basis for Accessing the "Ocean of New Ideas"
Creative thinking is referred to as divergent thinking. It is the state of imaginative trajectory or flow where one can "see" and extract the right solutions for the problem the brain is working on from the infinite ocean.
The solutions can be overwhelming—not a compilation of past experiences but something completely new and impressive. And one can capture a multitude of them in various forms and content.
Often, it is said that one must switch off the mind to access the ocean where these solutions reside, meaning to switch off logic and analysis. This is also suggested by studies on the acute phase of Ayahuasca's effects (Kuypers et al., 2016).
For experienced retreat participants seeking profound spiritual and personal transformation, Home of Ayahuasca organizes extended customized long-term plant medicine retreats.
Expanded retreats are suitable for individuals who:
For lovers of evidence-based medicine, meta-analyses, neural connections, and so on...
With kind regards and strict adherence to the rules of primary attention.
Through mistakes, humans learn, but who doesn't want everything to work immediately?!
Our brain has precisely the tools for us to live easily and find joy in every activity.
For this purpose, we have two types of
thinking: creative thinking and logical thinking.
- Give up on any practices related to awareness, ALL of them.
- Stay true to yourself in your everyday life, don't engage in games (stalking according to Carlos Castaneda), denying your own history, etc.
- Make it your principle - when you dedicate yourself to a task, do it with full commitment.
- That's all.
Scientific Studies on Ayahuasca and Addiction: Findings and Insights
There is an opinion that ayahuasca is a drug, since this traditional drink made of plants containing the chemical DMT, which is included in the list of narcotic substances.
On the other hand, ayahuasca is widely used to cure narcotic and alcoholic addictions, as well as smaller everyday habits. In this article we provide a brief overview of the results of scientific research to clarify the effects of ayahuasca related to addictions.
Mapacho is a plant-Teacher of the Amazon.
The last decade of scientific research on brain activity has brought a number of amazing discoveries.
Actually, science has been studying Ayahuasca and its healing abilities not so long ago.
Sananga is a plant from the genus Tabernaemontana (T. undulata, T. sananho) with a centuries-old tradition of use in the healing of South America. This plant has extensive medical and shamanic properties, but the most famous is its unique ability to clear the eyes and areas of the brain associated with the eyes at a subtle energy level.
We have been working with Ayahuasca for many years in the form of individual retreats, not ceremonies. What is the difference, and why did we choose retreats?
1. "A plant for the elite".
Although humanity has a long experience of communicating with the Ayahuasca (dating back to the times before the Inca civilization), in most tribes practicing communication with the Ayahuasca in the Amazon basin, such an experience was initially open mainly to a select circle of people and was not widely spread. The culture of life of the modern inhabitants of the Amazonian selva, inhabiting remote regions of this area, is based on the worship of the plant. Aborigines claim that the Ayahuasca rite should not be available to those who are not "in prayer with medicine."
Chiric sanango (Chiricaspi, Brunfelsia grandiflora) contains a group of compounds called alkaloids, which are believed to be responsible for its medicinal properties.
The most studied of them is ibogaine, contained in the bark of the root of the iboga plant (Tabernanthe iboga), native to West Africa, as well as in the sananga plant from the Amazon. Iboga has been used for centuries in traditional African medicine for personal transformation, and in 2000 it was declared a national treasure of the Republic of Gabon.
Chiric Sanango is one of the strongest shamanic herbs of the American continent. It is less known to Europeans than Ayahuasca, since it does not give visions and revelations from the first days of intake, but requires a thorough approach and a strict retreat of 2 weeks or more. While the retreat with Chiric Sanango, changes in the body and psychic occur gradually, but its are deep and stable. The Sanango retreat is well suited for those who are set up for results and are ready for serious work with the body, mind, and subconscious. People who have gone through a retreat with Chiric Sanango say that it allows you to achieve greater mental stability than several years of psychotherapy.