The ancient ways of Shamans include working with the earth, working in trance states, healing others, working with plant medicines, divination, drumming, dancing, and being leaders in their communities. Different forms of shamanism are practiced around the world and these different forms share many similar traits.
The total absence of fear is complete freedom. Complete freedom is an expression of pure love. Pure love is manifest radiance from The Absolute – from Great Spirit. And with intention and impeccability, we can step into and be blessed by that radiance in ceremony.
"The republic of Buryatia is located in the heart of Siberia in the shadow of the Sayan mountains. Most of its territory is covered with crystal rivers, virgin forests and the verdant shores and limpid waters of Baikal, the world’s deepest freshwater lake. The beautiful landscapes leave visitors dazzled, but the local population, who know no other scenery, find inspiration in local spirits, prayers and rituals."
Integral to any ayahausca ceremony are sacred chants sung by the shamans to call the protective jungle spirits, summon the essence of nature, and to provoke the mareacion or effects of the ayahuasca by making a plea to the spirit of the vine. In the words of Javier Aravelo, quoted in my book, Plant Spirit Shamanism, icaros “render the mind susceptible for visions; then the curtains can open for the start of the theatre”
“The only question is: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then it is a good path. If it doesn’t, then it is of no use.”
"To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other."