What is ayahuasca
Mother Ayahuasca, who carries various names in the languages of Amazonian peoples such as Burawehiak (Harakmbut people), Kamarampi (Matsigenka), Oni (Shipibo), Nanten (Shuar) and Nixipae (Cashinahua), is a sacred drink. It is not a "hallucinogen." The mother, doctor and teacher Ayahuasca comes from the Amazon rainforest, is known and used millennially by the indigenous Amazonian peoples, who consider it the spirit of nature. It is the foundation of spirituality, shamanism, traditional medicine and the indigenous worldview. In Brazil it is called Caapi from which its scientific name Banisteriopsis caapi comes from. In Ecuador it is called Natema; Yaje in Colombia; in the Andes and in the Peruvian Amazon it is called Ayahuasca. The word is of Quechua origin and means "rope that links the world of the living with those of the spirits." The literal translation of Quechua would be Aya - Death / Huasca - Noose or drunkenness, due to the dizziness that occurs when taken. According to studies conducted in the Ecuadorian jungle, the use of Ayahuasca dates back approximately 5,000 years; His knowledge survives in the magical - religious therapeutic knowledge of the Amazonian indigenous peoples. Ayahuasca is used to make the connection with the magical worlds, in the "expansion of consciousness", since it has a spirit. To the cooking of the plant is added the leaves of the shrub called Chacruna (Psychotria viridis), also the toe or floripondio, tobacco, coca, among others. On the western slope of the Amazon basin there are 700 different ways of preparing Ayahuasca; Each indigenous culture that inhabits this vast territory has its own way of conceiving Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca, as well as other plants, are given a sacred origin. In some villages the origin is magical, “it is said that the liana was a man from heaven and the chacruna was a beautiful woman from the land who got married and when they died, they took the oath that together they would always teach and cure human beings, of the tomb of man was born the liana of Ayahuasca and the woman was born the chacruna ”. For certain peoples of the Amazon, the liana of Ayahuasca "is what gives strength and chacruna the vision." It is taken in purification, learning and healing ceremonies. It is used to purify and heal the spirit, body, mind and emotions, it leads us to a magical reality and a higher state of consciousness, which show us realities that cannot be observed in an ordinary state. That state of higher consciousness could be defined as the visible of the invisible, the rational of the irrational. From the connection with the magical and spiritual worlds to which Ayahuasca immerses us, awareness of existence in its true meaning is acquired. It is a subliminal mystical experience, in which the conscious human being can modify the essence of his being. From this perception, Ayahuasca is Mother, Doctor and Teacher. In this context the spirit of Ayahuasca heals us, teaches us and guides us to be able to face our difficulties. It allows us to understand the harmonious relationship with Mother Nature, with other beings and with the universe, as well as reconcile with our own existence. Within the indigenous peoples in which Ayahuasca is present, it is said: "with the spirit of Ayahuasca you will see and understand." Ayahuasca allows us to be aware of our spiritual potentialities.