Intensive Forest Therapy in the Peruvian Amazon
Minimal experimentation in my teen years, and drinking wine and beer socially.
“Physical health and surgeries?”
Reasonably fit, four cesareans.
Yes, one when I was nineteen.
“How is it now?”
“Is there anything else?”
Yes, my twenty-two-year-old daughter hadn’t really spoken to me in six years.
“Why was I there?”
To deepen my connection to nature, to clear any family-related challenges, and to be whole.
Ben asked me to return later to meet and share my details with Ricardo Amaringo, the Maestro Shaman who now fully owns Nihue Rao. When I returned, Ricardo listened intently to Ben’s translation. Then, he instructed a plant diet of Pinon Blanco, which provides clarity and brings light to the heart and mind. The individual Icaro (traditional healing song) sung during the ceremony would focus on releasing the relationship trauma and clearing family lineage. Ben continued, “Report to the Medicine house every day but Sunday to take the Pinon Blanco at 3pm and at 10am tomorrow morning to take your vomitive.”
Having experienced with the power of the plant, I went into the second ceremony with reverence and humility bordering on fear. Sensing that, the plant was gentle and loving, providing a deep cleansing, yet light filled experience. As I listened to the stories of others, I learned that no one ceremony is ever like another. The sheer awe for the power of Mother Ayahuasca by Pasajeros only grows with time. As you learn and evolve, so do the lessons she teaches. You only receive that for which you are prepared. There is no way to know what she will reveal.
Mother Ayahuasca appeared, instructing me that my daughter had dark spirits restraining her and to get my bucket, I had to purge. Deep into the experience, I reached my hand out, searching for the bucket, piercing the geometric veil of what seemed another world. Sitting up, I put the bucket between my legs and vomited until the dry heaves ceased. Then, placing the bucket next to my mattress, I lay back down and experienced a euphoria like none other. The landscape was now light, beautiful and angelic as you might imagine Heaven. My daughter was free, standing joyfully with her arms around me, smiling and looking as pure as love. We were one, equal souls. Her strength, power and unharnessed possibility unimaginable. Immersed in the awe of her, love, pride and joy swept over me like a warm wave. In my exhaustion and euphoria, I just lay in the enormity and other worldliness of the experience for the remainder of the evening.
When I awoke the next morning, I sent a text to my daughter: I had a monumental event last night with you. A story to be shared in person. Missing and loving you. No response, which had been the norm, but I had to trust the experience. Six more days passed and three more powerful ceremonies. The following Wednesday, I departed with tremendous learning around my personal power, my true unblemished soul, my life’s purpose and my connection to every living thing on this beautiful planet. I returned home, and after a day’s rest reached out to my daughter to connect. For the first time in years, she responded affirmatively. We met and I shared the experience. She heard me and something just seemed to shift. I invited her to spend Christmas night with me and my sister. She accepted. It all seemed to flow as if an enormous black cloud had lifted. Then, more time together. Now, four months later, it is almost as if our dark period never occurred.
The intensive forest therapy in the Peruvian Amazon is not for everyone. Ayahuasca is a powerful teacher and natural medicine. The experience of unearthing and releasing of wounds requires an open-mind, courage, and self-love. It is best approached with a system of personal development tools already in place as the medicine continues to work within you for several months afterward. A highly respected Shaman and a controlled setting, like Nihue Rao, is paramount. Know that the awareness and healing available through this form of forest therapy is transformative in the truest sense of the word. Should you choose this therapeutic path, Godspeed.