An ayahuasca tale, working with a curandero.
A guest post by Sharie Parsipoor
The Amazon, rain forest and ayahuasca!
That’s what I saw in a vision 3 years back. I was in the middle of an ayahuasca ceremony near Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
The white and brightly lit church started to change shape and before I knew it the whole place had turned into a tropical jungle.
I had to come here!
So when the first opportunity presented itself my partner and I booked our trip to Peru. First destination: Iquitos (through Lima). We arrived with terrible diarrhea contacted in Lima, complete with fever and a bad headache. We stumbled into the first agency we encountered and the next morning we were off to the jungle. Along with a guide and our very own shaman to conduct 3 ayahuasca drinking sessions for us. Little I knew then about the man, the so called “shaman” and his abilities. Jose, a small and friendly looking Indian, was introduced to us as a “curandero”; a healer and medicinal plants doctor, who comes from a lineage of “curanderos” of many generations.
In the Netherlands I had been enchanted by the magic and the healing properties of ayahuasca. I had drunk in the presence of many “shamans”, Dutch, Brazilian and Ecuadorian maestros. None of them were “curanderos”. The difference I must say is huge. A “curandero” uses ayahuasca and other medicinal plants to help his clients cure from their specific problems.
While in trance Jose would perform a healing ceremony on me and my partner (one by one).
He started by patting our whole body with his staff of dried leafs. It was a pleasant experience, and I could clearly feel my energy body become energized and awakened. At one point I saw the light it emitted and the information contained in it. Jose then put his hands on the painful body and searched the area, felt, massaged and absorbed the pain and disease with his hands before removing it. During this process I would feel, hear and see all the related memories, behavioral patterns and negative thoughts. And each time Jose would pull them out of my whole system. I felt relieved. Then he started a ritual to restore the balance and fill the holes with love as I was showered in gratitude.
During the ceremony I never saw him as Jose. Many forms, including a beautiful eagle passed the scene, and it was very clear that it were the great spirits working through him. What was also striking was the communication between us. Once I felt a dark cold energy in the room that frightened me. Without asking it out loud, I requested Jose to clear the room. Immediately he stood up and started clearing the space with smoke and prayers. Another time (the first evening) I heard a clear voice in my head: “Are you ready to be healed?” I found myself hesitating. Parts of me were scared of the results. I didn’t know better than to live in pain and with my health problems. It took me a while, but just when I said “Yes!” Jose stood up and told me to lie down, and started his healing. This was on the first night when I had no clue that this is how he works and that we would get personal treatment. After each session, Jose would tell our guide and translator, what he had seen as the cause of our issues. He was stunningly correct. I had only told him about the pain in my back and my stomach. He told me that my tailbone had an incorrect shape. It bent inwards. An unhealthy situation, which indeed makes it difficult and painful for me to sit. He told me it was related to an accident I’d had with my back. Of course I hadn’t told him anything about how I’d made a free fall in the mountains in India some years back. I had been in the hospital for spine treatment afterward and I was warned about the lasting damage that was done to my back.
While Jose was energetically softening my spine I “saw” how the tailbone started to stretch into a more flexible and straight position! The pain has been gone since, although Jose recommended me to regularly massage my spine to help it maintain a healthy position.
About my stomach he said different things, which were all correct. He described to me that my stomach acid was not working properly and couldn’t fully digest food. Needles to say that he did not know anything about my severe food allergies. There is hardly anything I can eat which my body can digest. Years of clinical research and visiting many different specialists later, I had only recently accumulated the same information Jose got in only 1 session! And then my other stomach ache, headache and diarrhea, he took them out of me without hesitation and they’ve been gone since.
I’m so impressed by this humble man. You should see with how much dedication, love and care he works! Besides the ayahuasca ceremonies he treated my partner for his wounds and a bad infection, with plants he collected in the jungle. His treatment worked fast and he was able to cure a severe herpes infection for which our modern medicine man in the west have not found cure or medicine yet…
I came here for ayahuasca and I leave with the knowledge that there are jems like Jose, hidden in the crowds. His ancient knowledge of medicinal plants and direct ad effective ways of healing are of much value to all humanity, yet I wonder if we know how to honor that. How to use it to it’s full potential.
My dream would be for Jose and his likes to have their own centers where they treat and teach people. Where they would be easily accessible to both local and international visitor’s. I feel awkward about the the way he and his colleagues are “utilized” and exploited by travel agencies for touristic/commercial purposes. How many of us ayahuasca tourists know the difference between the so called ayahuasca shamans’s (which anyone can be) and the real curandero’s?
I for one at least can say that my perspective has changed drastically and I leave Iquitos a healthier and happier person.
An ayahuasca tale, working with a curandero
Jose Marin Jarama
With thanks to Alex @ Ecological Jungle Trips for introducing Jose to us!
A guest post by Sharie Parsipoor
Sharie (31 years) is a DJ & spiritual coach/therapist from Amsterdam with a masters in sociology of Religion