A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
One of the most significant difficulties for the western mind is to understand the Amazonian spiritual practices because there is not a doctrine to follow, but just a path to walk through. To develop a doctrine around the medicines has been difficult for several factors such as lacking intellectual education, most old shamans nowadays barely know how to read and to write. Please do not misunderstand me, mental training (learn how to transmit messages in words in a logical language) and knowledge are entirely different. Amazonian shamans indeed carry expertise and wisdom that most of us can just dream about. Shamans and their role have been changing; therefore it is essential nowadays that the shaman can find ways to deliver the message better to preserve the tradition, to protect this knowledge and to bring awareness, so these medicines do not become a current wave, but an essential tool for the future of humanity.
During my path, I understood how important it is to develop our being in all the senses, the spirit, the mind, and the body are equally important and is in all these levels that Amazon medicines are working. To help the mind to manifest all the knowledge and teachings of this plant we need to know its language. Many good teachers in the Ayahuasca circles find themselves limited by the intellectual mind; in others words, their vocabulary is limited to explain all the richness they carry to western cultures, and this has opened doors for people to misinterpret the knowledge that these medicines are bringing to us.
As deep as you go in AYAHUASCA you will also REALISE that there is no need for a doctrine, the doctrines have been made to transmit and preserve knowledge, so some people are able to understand how people did it before or as a manual for the ones looking for the same answers. As deep as you go in AYAHUASCA, you find a place where words are not needed, where everything is just happening just how it is supposed to happen. As deep as you go in Ayahuasca you know that the ones really seeking the truth through this path will understand this process without much explanation BUT to reach that point of awareness we need to follow specific steps
I have had the fortune to have had access to a university education, but I would not say that i am an intellectual person, I have always FOLLOWED my INTUITION and my HEART before the sense of my mind, I guess this has helped me a lot on my path. There are several universal truths, the infinite truth if you want, each one shows us according to the experience we are having. When we take a look globally we note that almost all spiritual practices are done for helping us to reach the same point: BALANCE, WISDOM, FORGIVENESS, ACCEPTANCE, TRUTH, DETACHMENT… all can be found in one simple point: LOVE.
THE PATH OF ENLIGHTENED
All spiritual practices are based on living with LOVE and bringing LIGHT. In Ayahuasca practices to see DARK and LIGHT it becomes more apparent, Ayahuasca is the KEY that helps us to see beyond this reality. To see even beyond our physical body and when we have not passed through all the phases that we need to move through to understand this the process that Ayahuasca is us allowing us to experience. We can get lost, confused, disappointed and even more afraid than in the beginning, this is why it is important to have respect and understand why every practice has masters or teachers that help you and guide you.
Remember a real master will not do the work for you but will create the space for you to feel safe to explore, that will take time to answer your doubts when they arise, to make you aware when you are losing focus.A master has had a similar process I am not saying your process will be the same but alike, we need to pass through some phases, some are more comfortable others difficult but remember the paths are many.
In my perception of these times I can say we all have the opportunity to go through the path of enlightenment. The path of enlightenment is the path of “freeing the heart from entanglement in all the conditions of the world, ” and many teachers have been sharing their knowledge based on their own enlightenment experiences of how to do it. This knowledge has become a doctrine nowadays, and I find so many similarities in the path of enlightenment of the Buddha and the process during the Ayahuasca ceremonies.
In Amazonian cultures and most precisely in the Shipibo culture we find the enlighten Ayahuasca masters called MURAYA. The MURAYA is that master that has transcended all physical limitations, and his spirit is able to travel between worlds and in this world as they want. Lately, we do not know more about these teachers, I believe they still exist, and I think that is the final state of an enlightened Ayahuasca Shaman, but now more shamans are not even close to it, many ayahuasqueros have lost their ways in the path of enlightenment. Every evil sorcerer has started seeking truth and light but, they got lost in the games of ego and others …
In eastern cultures, BUDDHA means that one that has awoken!
Before we will continue talking about the connection between AYAHUASCA, DARKNESS, LIGHT AND ENLIGHTENMENT PATH. Let’s discuss: What is light, What is dark?, what is right?, What is evil?. Let me start with this story:
Does evil exist?
The university professor challenged his students with this question. Did God create everything that exists? A student bravely replied, “Yes, he did!”
“God created everything? The professor asked.
“Yes sir”, the student replied.
The professor answered, “If God created everything, then God created evil since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are then God is evil”. The student became quiet before such an answer. The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.
Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a question professor?”
“Of course,”, replied the professor.
The student stood up and asked, “Professor, does cold exist?”
“What kind of question is this? Of course, it exists. Have you never been cold?” The students snickered at the young man’s question.
The young man replied, “In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is the absence of heat. Everybody or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat.”
The student continued, “Professor, does darkness exist?”
The professor responded, “Of course it does.”
The student replied, “Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is the absence of light. Light, we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colours and study the various wavelengths of each colour. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.”
Finally, the young man asked the professor, “Sir, does evil exist?”
Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”
To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is not like faith, or love that exist just as does light and heat. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”
The professor sat down.
The young man’s name — Albert Einstein.
(This tale may not be truth but what is touch is in it , it is)
Some questions and some answers arise after reading this text if darkness and evil really do not exist, then what is the dark energy sometimes we experience during Ayahuasca ceremonies?
In work with Ayahuasca and different participants all over the world, I had understood that what we experience as darkness or evil is precisely what Einstein describes is the absence of light in the people that are coming to our ceremonies, in ourselves and in the collective.
Sometimes we can feel darkness has an awareness of intelligence or just a parasite but how darkness can develop knowledge if it does not really exist? Light has a consciousness, and as darkness belongs to the light in a way then it becomes a part of the consciousness that has been disconnected, and that becomes an unconscious part of the light, the light that has fallen asleep or has forgotten. In this context, the Darkness becomes a virus and viruses by themselves are not alive, or they cannot exist. As a virus darkness cannot grow or multiply on their own. It needs to enter a human or animal cell and take over the cell to help them increase, and this is what happens to humans when they had disconnected themselves from the light they become a host of this viruses, and the work of the shaman is to clear them.
The virus takes over its host to carry out its own life processes of multiplication and growth. It needs an environment that allows it to grow or to maintain in that energy of its own darkness, without a host it cannot harm us. It uses fear as a way to get a response or entrance into our system. When we answer to fear we are answering an invitation, and that is how darkness can infect a person or a ceremony. That is why the shaman needs to know how to work with these energies and has his/her energy upgraded for when these viruses appear when the consciousness and energy of darkness are more significant than the light of the shaman then things can get messy. The shaman has learned how to raise his/her energy and light so darkness will become the light again. It is vital not to fight darkness because as a virus if we struggle it without being prepared we will just make the energy worse or stronger only like when we use the wrong medication when we are ill the virus will manage to mutate and make itself stronger. If but if we would just let our own body immune system to upgrade it will not only erase the virus but will make ourselves stronger and not the virus, remember aggression is a lower vibration a game where nobody wins.
Let me put you an easy example to understand; imagine a group of computers that are all interconnected, to be connected all these computers will need a SERVER and of course internet, In a ceremony the SERVER will be the SHAMAN and the internet will be AYAHUASCA. As a VIRUS darkness can enter through the INTERNET, I am not saying AYAHUASCA is the doorway to darkness but like WHEN WE SURF on the internet SOMETIMES we can OPEN FILES, VISIT PAGES, RECEIVE EMAILS, DOWNLOAD PROGRAMS that can contain VIRUSES and here is where the ROLE AND TRAINING OF THE SHAMANS COMES! The shaman then not only works as the SERVER but also the FIREWALL that is checking how all the computers connected to it are doing. Also takes the role of a Computer Engineer whose mission will be to ERADICATE THE VIRUSES that are creating problems on the INTERNET and COMPUTERS. As well as a computer engineer the shaman is a PROGRAMMER/HACKER and knows how to help people to updated the programs they have such as LOVE, COMPASSION FORGIVENESS and to ERASE others that are no longer useful such HATE, BETRAYAL and so on. This is very important because the shaman is also UPGRADING HIS PROGRAMS AND SOFTWARE CONSTANTLY so he can eradicate the VIRUS. These programs are programs that are connected to light and energy. Darkness is a VIRUS that we can eradicate from our system not through fighting but by upgrading our own LIGHT PROGRAMS.
Masters or shamans that have learned how ENERGIES WORK. HOW THE LIGHT WORKS and how they are able to reach different points between the light, the lowest and the highest points depending on the intentions he/she knows what to do under these circumstances because our mission is to heal the unconscious part that is sleeping in our light and bring it to where it belongs. This is basically what we are doing during the ceremonies, bringing light because where is light there is a balance, health, abundance, connection, answers, awareness, creativity, construction …
Dark shamans really exist?
We are all going through the path of enlightenment shamans and participants, some of us understand it, some of us get lost in that path …
Dark shamans exist. They are what I call a consequence of the corruption of the energy. A shaman can become a dark shaman if they are not regularly working on their own evolution and especially when they have not gone through the healing process that clears us and brings the light inside of us again, and this process is not an easy one. Many have had the call to walk this path, but few manage to maintain it or to reach the level of understanding and awareness to continue working. As we help more to clear these energies and as our journey gets more intense shamans are going to continually receive tests. We will find resistance sometimes as if the collective consciousness in a way would like to continue sleeping sometimes but we need to keep going and evolving, on the other hand, we can always choose to no more extended continue, it is up to us. In the bible, Satan was known before as God’s favorites angel, but he became corrupted by being jealous of humans because the creator loves us so much and so the ego fell into the abyss.
The temptations in the path of the Buddha
Spiritual workers are not the only ones that want or have had experience or experience darkness while walking this path, several teachers have shared their experience with us. When darkness comes, it is to test us, to stop us on our way to the light, it is the unconscious part that refuses to go to the light again and for us to be committed with our search, we must!
“Almost all the biographies of the Buddha relate that Mara the Evil-one, attempted in vain to disturb the Buddha, either before or after he obtained enlightenment. The ways in which Mara tries to influence Buddha are manifold. He fights him with his army of demons or send him daughters to seduce him. He offers him his kingdom and his rand, or tells him that he could prevent a horrible war by becoming king and ruling wisely and justly. He brings bad news from Kapilavastu and ask the Buddha to return to his hometown and set matters right or he tells him to enjoy life and its pleasures”.
In the text, it is also mentioned that help came to Buddha in the form of nature spirits to protect Buddha from the attacks of Mara and it is the same for the Ayahuasca shaman the spirits of the plants that the shaman is DIETING will defend him or her during his or her journey.
Can you see how Mara with his first attempt at trying to stop Buddha from his path made to makes him fearful by bringing his army, but the Buddha does not react? Then he will try to use his human weakness as man and bring his daughter to seduce him, there again one more test. Many Ayahuasca shamans and healers in general have fallen for it, not being aware that is other energies using their clients, so they lose focus in their work that is why discipline is needed to also to do this work. The third attempt of Mara is to give Buddha power to make him believe others needed him because he is better. He is essential, and like this, many shamans have lost focus as well when they let themselves climb and set the clouds and pedestal that some people are trying to make for them, not knowing is it just a cage, a game, a trap! That is why we must work with HUMBLENESS. The last test is about the RELATIONSHIPS of Buddha, to do this work we must completely DETACH, we need to know that we all can pass through this journey that nobody can save us, we are not heroes, but we are in service of the light…
In the path of the master, one needs to be clear about what the intentions are that are making us walk this path if we want just to bring healing, but what kind of healing? Healing with light? Healing with dark? It is not the same at the end of the day? It is, and it is not because even though darkness does not exist, it is just the absence of light, then we need to make sure that LIGHT is ALWAYS PRESENT when performing healing rituals ESPECIALLY INSIDE US, so we do not get contaminated.
For thousands of years’ humanity has been living in the absence of light, but now the times are turning and changing. Currently, we are receiving waves and waves of awareness, and it is bringing us to a realization of where we are standing and where we want to go.
How you can stand in your light constantly?
Through THE PATH OF ENLIGHTENED. In the context of Ayahuasca, it is through the DIETAS! This process is also a very similar process that many other enlightened masters had had to pass through such Jesus Christ when he went for 40 days and 40 nights to the desert and where he was tested.
As a species we have been sleeping for many generations, so we have had many programs to eradicate and fix to go through, a DIETA, this process is like going through a DEPROGRAMMING, RESET AND UPDATE of all our BEING.
If you decide to RECONNECT with the light, then let’s observe how the most known enlightened people have done it and the process they have had to pass through. What I have found interesting is that here are so many similarities with what I have been experiencing personally in the Ayahuasca ceremonies and what I see in the participants that attend ceremonies in general terms as you can read through this article.
Through Ayahuasca you can access different realities, dimensions, awareness, beings, spirits and levels of energy BETWEEN THE LIGHT, LOW AND HIGH LEVELS and you can choose in which point of this energy you want to stand. It is as light and heat both have a point zero and that it is where most of the human population is standing now and from where it is fluctuating in the energy from dark to light and the other way around? Enlightened teachers have demonstrated to us that it is possible to reach a high point in the LIGHT. A state that we call ENLIGHTENED and since we all are looking for POSITIVE things in our lives, most of the time it is essential to know that this is a process that sometimes it is not easy, especially when we are not clear with our intentions in life. If you still believe life needs darkness for it to be beautiful, then that is the energy where you will stand, and that is the reality that you will be creating, manifesting and calling. Really being in a middle way in the POINT ZERO is very frustrating and painful place and path, it really looks like during all your life you are living a BIPOLAR LIFE that is continually going up and down. It is like sometimes you can taste the CANDY and then the next day the CANDY is not there anymore, but you can choose to have the CANDY all the time or not to have it, it is entirely up to you. Either of these times you decided to go out of the zero point and raise in the light or the opposite your decision needs to bring you completely fulfillment. I always said if you will be EVIL OR GOOD, just do it, but do it right and BE HAPPY with your decision that is how you will not have to complain anymore about the difficulties in your life. Of course, LIFE will be continually testing us, but these tests are based on the direction we want to go and will relate to OUR GOAL IN LIFE, and we won’t see them as a test anymore, but as part of our GROWING.
It is time to WAKE UP AND DO THE WORK! You can attend as many ceremonies as you want to be maintained in the same point, to apply what you have learned during the ceremonies is VITAL, to CHANGE what it is needed to be changed, to commit and overall to DECIDE WHERE YOU WANT TO STAND!
-Love and gratitude-
Naysha Silva 2017®