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Ayahuasca Visions by Pablo Amaringo

Ayahuasca Visions by Pablo Amaringo

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Ayahuasca Visions
by Pablo Amaringo

Every tree, every plant, has a spirit. People may say that the plant has no mind. I tell them that
the plant is alive & conscious. A plant may not talk, but there is a spirit in it that is conscious,
that sees everything, which is the soul of the plant, its essence, what makes it alive. The channels
through which the water & sap move are the veins of the spirit.


Here we see the jungle of the Ucayali with its native trees, bushes, plants, herbs,
and underbrush. There, a peasant type of house, with its roof ofshebon leaves
[Scheelea sp.], its fork-shaped props of inciratree [Chiorophora tinctoria],its

floor of ponas [iriartea exorrhiza, Socratea sp., and a hammock in the centre.
We see a certain riversidev egetalista who for many years has been dedicated to
obtaining knowledge throughayahuasca. He begins by cutting anayahuasca liana
that is climbing up acapirona tree [Calycophyllum spruceanum]. To do just this,
thevegetalista had to follow a required discipline. He has not been with his wife for
three days. He has had no contact with ill-tempered or bad-living people. He has
eaten no salty, sweet, or bitter food. He has not gotten drunk. He is clean, according
to the requirements of this purge.He gets up early in the morning and goes to take
anayahuasca rope or liana. He goes out with his cigarette, taking with him his
tobacco. He puts at the foot of theayahuasca plant an offering of tobacco, matches,
and some dry leaves of the heart of the banana tree in the manner of paper to wrap
the tobacco. Then he says to the grandfather [theayahuasca spirit]: "Here I put
your tobacco for you, your matches, your banana leaf for you to wrap your tobacco.
I ask you, grandfather; to permit me to take your plant for medicine, not to cause
any harm to anybody, but to cure sick people. Then theveg etalista observes the

chicua [Piaya cayana], a bird that is always flying about. We can see it up on the
far left side of the painting, and also in another tree close to thecapirona, at the
right. If this bird says "chis, chis," it is good to take the vine. But if the animal says

"chicua," then it must not be taken. Theve getalista just has to leave it for another
day, because there can be danger, the enemy can attack him, he can be killed, or
something else can happen. If the animal says ~~chis, chis, chicua," it means that at
first things will go well, but afterwards they will go wrong. Perhaps he will not be
able to cure the sick person as desired.After obtaining theayahuasca , the

vegetulista cuts it into pieces, makes it into a roll, and takes it to his house. There he
cuts it into smaller pieces and starts to crush and boil them. After boiling for three
or four hours, he pours the juice into other pots. He continues to crush and to put
new pieces of the vine into the now empty pot, and again boils it. He goes on like
this. He always has three or four pots very full, taking out the juice of the
ayahuasca. Then he adds fresh ayahuasca. The vegetalista puts in the chacrunathat

he has taken in the morning while fasting. First he puts theayahuasca in the pot,
whistles anicaro ~ power song, and blows on the pot. Then he adds thechacruna,
putting the side which has received sun downwards with the "spurs" upwards.Th en
he puts another layer of crushedayahuasca on it, the twelve to fifteen pieces he has
ground. He again takes two handfuls ofchacruna leaves and pours water on them,
filling the pot to the top.
In order for the purge to be effective, the pot must be made of clay, not aluminium
or other material. Thevegetalista adds a handful of tobacco to make the mixture
boil, and any other ingredient he may usually add when he prepares theayahuasca
purge. He can add two leaves of toe [Brugmansia sp.], or also two pieces of ground

motelo huasca [Bauhinia guianensis], or he may try the chicuro [Cyperus sp. with
the shillinto [Mascagnia psilophylla], with the puka-lupuna [Cavanillesia
hylogeiton, C. umbellata], or with the clavohuasca. But it is not always good to mix
in so many things. It's better to make it each time with thechacruna and, if he so
wishes, he may add another plant, always one at a time. He is in a solitary place

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