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Today we take a deep dive into the plant medicine Ayahuasca! Plus, what’s it like to recover from the Coronavirus.
Matt Moremello is an ayahuasquero at New Life Ayahuasca. He tells us about his agonizing battle with opioids and how ayahuasca saved his life. He also talks about how ayahuasca for recovery from addiction works, what to expect from an ayahuasca experience, and what kind of people will benefit from this fascinating alternate therapy.
Don’t miss this wild episode!
In an era where the word ‘shaman’ gets overused, authenticity and true intention are hard to find. At New Life Ayahuasca, you’re in good hands. Since 2014 Matthew has been traveling to Iquitos, Peru to learn the Peruvian traditions and completing plant dietas. Our intimate ceremonies are performed with respect to the traditions that have surrounded the use of the sacred medicine ayahuasca for centuries. Matthew is our resident ayahuasquero. While he would never refer to himself as a shaman, Matthew’s intentions and passion in his work are unparalleled. There is no question of his integrity or his sincerity in his mission to help others. His presence during each ceremony is strong and grounding. Matthew sings Icaros, plays the gong, guitar and drum to help guide the participants’ experience. He is supported by his wife, Jeanae, who plays the flute and acts as sitter for the experience.
Ayahuasca for Recovery
Ayahuasca is a sacred psychedelic brew that has been used through out the Amazon for centuries. No one knows for certain just how long its use has been practiced, but there have been artifacts discovered that suggest its use dating back to 2000 B.C. Ayahuasca was discovered by the Western world in the mid 19th century and has captivated ethnographers, chemists, botanist and pharmacologists because of its unique properties. Ayahuasca is made by combining two plants, usually the vine (B Cappi) and a DMT containing plant (Charcruna or Choliponga) and boiling them over low heat for many hours. If each plant were to be consumed individually there would be no effect on the user but the specific combination of pants allows the body to absorb and process the brew to induce a visionary state. Because of the immense biodiversity in the Amazon with thousands upon thousands of species of plants, it is still unclear how the indigenous people knew which two to use. Many claim they were given the knowledge by the plants themselves. This mystery only adds to the awe and wonder of ayahuasca.
Traditionally, ayahuasca is used under the guidance of an ayahuasquero (or shaman) in a ceremonial setting to cure spiritual and physical disease. In the Western world, it has been building a name for itself as an increasingly popular tool for treating depression, anxiety, addictions and PTSD. It has been featured on many prominent television and news programs such as BBC, CNN, HBO’s VICE and Newsweek and the message is clear: Ayahuasca has incredible potential.
The visionary state of ayahuasca is different for everyone, although many common themes are reported such as interaction/communication with nature, animals, deities and spirits. It is said that the spirit of ayahuasca is feminine, divine, motherly and comforting. An ayahuasca experience can be beautiful and euphoric but it can also be dark and difficult. Ayahuasca shows us the truth in all ways, in the world and the deepest corners of our soul. Facing truth and honest reflection can often be difficult and uncomfortable, but it is through suffering that we grow.
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I have had many humbling experiences with ayahuasca, but nothing has frightened me, nor taught me as much, as my experience with COVID 19. I’m young, fit and healthy. Nevertheless, I got very sick and several times feared for my life. The worst symptoms took 5 weeks to clear. Even after the initial ‘flu-like’ symptoms disappeared (after a week), I experienced several waves of significant inflammation and breathing difficulty. 2 months later, I continue to deal with severe post-viral fatigue. My body aches, no amount of sleep will replenish my energy. My mind is foggy and I struggle to work. I fear for the future. This illness effects people in so many different ways. I’m glad that your guest managed to get through a relatively mild illness. I hope he continues to do well. But I think it wildly irresponsible for anyone to dismiss COVID 19 as ‘just the flu’. We see far too much idle, ill-informed commentary on this crisis. I despair at the sight of people marching in the streets against the wearing of masks. It is an insanity of denial that will cost countless lives. I implore your listeners to take the risks seriously. Take the easy, sensible precautions. If not for yourselves, for your loved ones. No amount of pride, bravado or faith with protect you from the genetic truth of your vulnerability to this virus. Take pride in being serious and informed. Listen to the consensus advice of medical professionals and scientistic institutions. We can all disagree about how best to respond politically, economically. But facts are facts. This virus kills and maims many more and much younger than does the flu. That is a fact. Stay well.xx
Thanks Mil!! Stay safe, and thank you for sharing your Covid story with us!! So much love for you!!