Amazonia tribes are the living proof that nature provides humankind with plentiful of resources to live and enjoy a perfectly balanced life. Among these means we find a essential and vital element, -water- as well as, generous sources for food, shelter for different types of weather. These settings helped indigenous people to discover healing powers of trees and plants. According to Shuar people, behind an interesting portion of plants natives have found not only wonderful secrets, but also a sacred opportunity to align body, mind and spirit with the past, present and future.
Ayahuasca, also known as Spirit Plant, is a brew of ‘sacred plants’ among native cultures in the Amazon. The Ayahuasca tradition is considered to be a religious ceremony used to explore the spiritual world in order to heal any physical or biological disorder. This divine practice is produced by the ingestion of the plants through a carefully prepared and hallowed liquid, which has psychoactive and vision-inducing agents.
The brew is a combination of the active biochemical substances found in Banisteriopsis Caapi and Psychotria Viridis. The last, also known as Chakruna, contains Dimethyltryptamine, which is a powerful hallucinogen even more intense than LSD. It is orally inactive until it is combined with an MAO inhibitor, the Harmala alkaloids found in Banisteriopsis Caapi or ‘the vine of the Soul’. Then, the chemical compounds react to the great extent of provoking a unique mystical awakening.
The supernatural and enigmatic ‘wine’ has puzzled both, scientists and anthropologists, for centuries. Since the Amazon Rainforest consists of a vast lush garden with at least 80,000 trees with similar leaves, it seems unbelievable that Shamans were able to find the perfect combination of only two plants to prepare a cultural metamorphosis that allows natives to connect with their spirit without inhibitions or veils. Anyhow, if you ask tribes how the magical formula was found, they would definitely tell you the plants revealed their truth by themselves.
The Ayahuasca experience is so intense that many writers and artist have flock from all around the world to open their eyes and mind to this gift of nature. This exciting journey, guided by the Shamans, has been so powerful that has inspired them to write intensive books or to create wonderful masterpieces in order to share some of their revelations with the world.
Whenever you visit the Ecuadorian Amazon aboard of our explorer cruises or on your own, make sure to seize your trip involving nature and local culture for further understanding and a deeper experience.