Ayahuasca in Cusco-Peru Ayahuasca ExperiencieSummary Itinerary
The Ayahuasca is an ancient, sacred plant used by the Incas, and even much time before; they had elaborated rituals to drink the brew which contains the plant, and specialized Shamans who conducted the ceremonies. The Ayahuasca in the Cusco region begins to appear on most historical records around 1.400 a.C., the time when there was a fierce war between two rival kingdoms, the Incas and the Chankas; the latter had defeated the Incas in a major way, taken over Cusco city and made their leaders flee to a mountain now called Huchuy Cusco. On such critical situation, a young noble warrior, Pachacutec, is said to have had an Ayahuasca session, in which he had a vision of fighting and utterly defeating the Chankas; he then organized an army and attacked them, being completely victorious. Pachacutec then became the first Inca emperor, commended the building of major temples and sites, including the Machu Picchu citadel, and organized all society; the tradition of drinking Ayahuasca continued to be complied by all the following Inca emperors and leaders.
Today, we perform ceremonies and retreats of Ayahuasca in the traditional Inca way; In addition, our shamans are direct descendants of the Incas, both the Andes and the Amazon. Ayahuasca ceremonies are performed only by Amazonian shamans, who have grown up drinking the sacred plant and have a long experience with all the complexities of its dynamics.
The effects of the Ayahuasca brew are caused by the chemical compound called DMT (Dimethyltryptamine), a complex molecule which is carried by the bloodstream into the brain, and there produces visions, deep cognitive insights, access to repressed unconscious contents, strong catharses, and mystical experiences. The standard Ayahuasca experience has three stages:
- In the first, the participant will experience the appearance of visions about what is called “hidden content” in Jungian psychology, the elements or features of the human psyche that are instinctive, obscure and opposed to ethical and religious rules; In addition, the participant will experience the appearance of repressed traumas, which will lead to deep cathartic events.
- In the second, the participant enters what is called “the angelic stage”, which is a state of complete radiance, happiness and purity, which can last about three hours. In it, the self begins to be repaired in an important way, full of positive and creative energies after unconscious problems have been cured.
- In the third and final, participants generally experience unity and agreement with the entire cosmos and existence, and are filled with unconditional love for family, friends and humanity. Finally, most of them have connection with the divine, with God or the Spirit itself and paranormal phenomena such as telepathy also occur.