Ayahuasca, pronounced iowaska is a South American traditional plant medicine used in spiritual ceremonies, historically by indigenous people of the Amazon. So why has it now become so popular around the world in many mainstream circles? Well, perhaps it's from hearing the countless stories pf people claiming that the psychoactive brew is not only an enlightening experience but that it even has positive benefits that are life changing.
In this episode I had the amazing opportunity to go to the source and interview a Chilean medicine man who provides Ayahuasca ceremonies around the world. I had planned on the interview to be an 101 explanation of exactly what the spiritual tonic really is, how to use it, benefits and any potential side effects, but what I got instead was a wonderful story of self exploration and discovery of purpose. And, yes, we still cover ayahuasca, but not in the way I had thought. So sit back and listen to Gerardo's story of following the path to discovering his life purpose, being visited by light beings at the age of 4, and searching for his tribe.
*If you want more actual facts on Ayahuasca, please check out the link below to a great Healthline article. It is important to know the facts before you make any decisions. Ideally, you want to plan in advance so you can detox your system from alcohol, meat, caffeine as well as meditate. And as always, please remember that this podcast is intended for entertainment value and not as medical advice. Always do your own research and consult a physician if you have any questions regarding your health. Even though Ayahuasca is a natural plant medicine with a list of potential brain health benefits, it still has its own potential risks as well, including heart related issues.
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More information on my guest, Gerardo Arrieta:
Gerardo is a Chilean citizen descended from the “Diaguita” tribal clan. His path in traditional medicine begins in 1991 with grandfather Wachuma for 5 years. Then he entered the path of purification and discipline for 4 years guided by his first Mentor Loto Ojeda, Teacher of Walks on Fire from the Mapuche tradition and Teacher of Zen Meditation. Advanced studies in Angeology and in the Mayan Calendar. He is a disciple of Master Vasant Paranjpe and specializes in Vedic Fires and their agricultural applications with Homa Therapy. Daily Sadhana practices, Meditations, Kundalini Yoga and White Tantric Yoga. He traveled to India in 1997 where he was adopted by his Guru Shri Mahant Krishna Giri Maharaj of the order of Swamis, and was initiated as a disciple at the end of Khumb Mela 1998. He graduated as an Instructor in Kundalini Yoga in 2003. Studies Healing and Body Therapies, Yogic Massage, Sacrocranial, Deep Muscle Therapy, Neuropuncture and develops the holistic healing therapy CELLULAR MEMORY RELEASE THERAPY.
He returns to the path of medicine learning with spiritual leaders from Chile, Bolivian, Shipibo and Quechua shamans from Peru, with Shuar, Chachi and other teachers from Ecuador, with Taitas from the Cofán and Siona tradition and other medicine men from Colombia, with indigenous people. Piaroa and Wayuu from Venezuela, with leaders from Guaraní, Pajés Huni Kuin and Yawanawa from Brazil. Thus he is dedicated to studying the path of Ayahuasca with different healers. He was recognized as a healer in Ayahuasca ceremonies in 2009 carrying the Amazonian-Andean altar of the Chakana, an ancient emblem of the Inka empire. He conducts retreats, cleansings, diets, detox baths, traditional ceremonies, and individual consultations. He taught in the Doctrine of Santo Daime in the Church of Chave de São Pedro and participates in different spiritual centers of Umbanda in Brazil.
He thus himself participates in Peyote ceremonies for 20 years, in Chile, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico. After completing his Visón searches in 2006 he is recognized as a member of the council of the Sacred Fire of Itzachilatlán and is given the altar of Chanupa, and in 2007 he receives the altar of the Sweatlodge or Inipi Lakota and the Temazcal Mexica. He is dedicated to sharing Song Circles, as well as supporting different Vision Searches in Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. He made his commitment to the drum of the Dance of the Sun for 4 years and began to be a Dancer in 2009 and was invested as a Man of Medicine and Spiritual Leader in 2010. Share the teachings of the Olowampi (songs of Dance of the Sun) and participates in Lakota Sun Dance in Colombia, Lakota Sun Dance in Amatlán and Nayarit Mexico, Navajo Sun Dance in Tallpine Arizona, Lakota Sun Dance in the Pine Ridge Reservation and Lakota Sun Dance in the Crowdog Paradise Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. In the same way and under the guidance of his Marakame, Eugenio López Carrillo, he participates and organizes traditional Wixarica ceremonies and makes offerings for him in the Viricuta desert and other sacred places.
His services has been extended in South America (Chile 🇨🇱, Brazil 🇧🇷, Argentina 🇦🇷, Ecuador 🇪🇨, Colombia 🇨🇴, Venezuela 🇻🇪) in Europe (Portugal 🇵🇹 Spain 🇪🇸, France 🇫🇷, United Kingdom 🇬🇧, Germany 🇩🇪, Belgium 🇧🇪, Switzerland 🇨🇭, Italy 🇮🇹, Greece 🇬🇷, Turkey 🇹🇷, Netherlands 🇳🇱, Sweden 🇸🇪, Poland 🇵🇱, Austria 🇦🇹, Hungary 🇭🇺 and Czech Republic 🇨🇿) in Mexico 🇲🇽, United States 🇺🇸, Canada 🇨🇦, Russia 🇷🇺, Thailand 🇹🇭, Indonesia 🇮🇩, Nepal 🇳🇵, India 🇮🇳 and Australia 🇦🇺
Gerardo is available to travel to you for private ceremonies on a case by case basis. Contact at : firstname.lastname@example.org
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