Yagé / Ayahuasca
Yagé (Ayahuasca), as it is called in this tradition in Colombia is used as a purgative
to cleanse the mind, emotions, body and Spirit.
The Taitas say that Yagé (Ayahuasca) comes from God and is a gift for human kind.
Yagé (Ayahuasca) The Grandmother Plant
The reason Yagé (Ayahuasca) is seen as a purgative is because in this tradition they focus on cleansing the person deeply, clearing the past, the emotions, the traumas, the dark energies and just leaving the Light, comprehension, and clarity behind, bringing out the Art of each person through the Yagé (Ayahuasca).
Another very important aspect of Yagé (Ayahuasca) in this tradition is the source of the plant itself, where does it come from? Who harvested it? Who transported it? How healthy is the person emotionally, mentally, physically? Who and how and where is it cooked? How is it handled? Where is it stored? What type of containers are used for storing? Who prays on it? etc. This is just as important as the plant itself.
Yagé (Ayahuasca) in this particular tradition is cooked by the Healers themselves in the jungle in particular clean sites or locations, with high quality plants and for several days in a row.
The Healers are extremely important, because they use Yagé (Ayahuasca) as a means or route to reach the Super Conscious of the person and understand what is going on within the person's and direct the purging in that way to cleanse and then bring understanding, clarity and direction that the person needs in life.
People often ask what an Ayahuasca experience is like. This can only be known by directly having the experience. Even after drinking Ayahuasca there are parts of the journey that cannot be fully translated on a conscious level. No part of the journey is ever lost, but is more like seeds that are planted and continue to grow in your life over time. The effects of Ayahuasca medicine continue months afterwards as this new vibratory state grounds and integrates into your life.
An Ayahuasca ceremony in the traditional sense is a time when the tribe would gather together in an evening to drink the medicine for its healing, visionary and spiritual transformation effects. Each person's experience is highly individual and is a direct communication with the deepest parts of who they are. The heightened sensitivity created by the plant unlocks a state of consciousness where the person is fully awake, yet aware of their inner subconscious mind. The Taitas refer to this state as ‘dreaming while you are awake’.
There is a natural detoxification process or purge that begins when working with Ayahuasca medicine. It is known for its properties of physical cleansing of the digestive system and whole body, removing stored mucus, killing parasites, and other impurities that rob energy from the body. Part of the way Ayahuasca medicine works is by literally purging out of us anything that is imbalanced and not in harmony with who we really are. This purge can come in the form of sweating, crying, laughing, diarrhea and vomiting. This is considered a benefit of the plant as it uses your body's natural responses for cleansing itself.
For some people the heaviness that is felt in their life is the weight of old emotional baggage. These memories can often be brought to the surface, confronted and released during the work with the plants. It is in this clearing process that we allow the space for new creativity and vibrancy to enter back into our life.