Vine of the Soul
Ayahuasca is a sacred medicinal plant growing across the amazon region in South America. Translated from Kichua to English the word literally means “vine of the soul” as “aya” translates to “spirit/soul" and “huasca” is vine. Ayahuasca is used primarily as a shamanistic medicine, traditionally served in a ceremonial session under the guidance of an experienced drinker.
The ayahuasca vine is named Banisteriopsis Caapi, and the secondary ingredient we work with at Novalis is Chacruna (Psychotria Viridis), a plant which contains a high amount of the psychedelic substance DMT, known to induce altered states of consciousness. The finished brew is a trans-dimensional energy portal working for 4-8 hours after ingestion. Under the influence of ayahuasca, most people will purge (vomit) and some may experience diarrhea. The drink is named “la purga” in spanish which translates to “the purge" as the physical release cleanses out anything not serving of an individual. The meaningful psychological experiences, insights, or visions cleanses the mind. After a ceremony, it is common to feel reborn and refreshed.
How the native tribes came across the plant, and how they learned how to prepare the brew remains a mystery. Archeological evidence of comparable native plant use proves as evidence that its use dates back to at least 2,000 years ago. In recent decades the medicine is slowly gaining interest from the West. Academic researchers in the field of psychotherapy and psychonatus are showing an increased interest in confronting themselves with the untouched spaces of the mind, the vastness of the universe, facing their strongest fears. By recognising and honouring shadows from the past, traumas of emotional, mental and physical character, the process of healing and resolution begins and new found awareness/mentality can be gained.
Ayahuasca induces a visionary state, and people drink the brew for various reasons. The shamans and medicine healers drink the brew to connect with nature and spirit, in order to receive information about the cause of an individuals disease on a spiritual level. In Brazil and the Unites States, churches drink ayahuasca for divinatory purposes, where large groups of people come together, drink the medicine and dance together.
The spirit of the plant is here to help us remember the ancient wisdom imbedded in the DNA of our soul, and to bring into balance our connection with nature, humanity, the universe, our ancestors, other spirits and energetic forces. A powerful healer; Ayahuasca is here to help us heal and to learn how to live in harmony within ourselves and in our community here on earth and the universe.
The experiences people have prior to, during, and after meeting with Ayahuasca varies greatly between each individual, as we all have our own unique experiences and need for healing. Some people report having a gently stimulating experience, while others have highly visionary experiences. Spending time in nature does wonders on its own, and deep personal healing often takes place as a result of living in simplicity and harmony with nature here at Novalis. Amongst the magnificent birds and butterflies, the wandering felines, the echoing cicadas, the orchestra of sounds of the nocturnal animals at night…We offer a place to experience a life in contrast to the concrete city.
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