Ancestral use of Mapacho
For tribes that have used Mapacho since ancient times, before making smoked use of Mapacho, it is imperative to start consuming it first in its other forms, since this is the natural universal order.
For the relationship with the Mapacho to be sacred and beneficial, instead of the other way around, it is essential to pay attention to this order of things and events.
Every human being is born of a woman, immersed in the feminine elements that are flesh or solid matter (earth element) and amniotic fluid (water element).
Only at birth does she leave the mother’s body to become accessible to the father and be able to breathe (air element) and see (light-sun fire element): The mother “gives birth.”
That is why the Mapacho will always be consumed first in the form of a raw aqueous extract (matter and water), then a cooked extract (the fire begins to be integrated) and finally smoked (fire and air).
In the Amazon, these stages occur in this strict and irreplaceable order, and only after an adequate INITIATION (Rite of passage, new birth), is there access to the smoked form of the Mapacho. The energy of the Mapacho must initially be integrated into the body in its densest dimensions (matter and water), to be able to later be incorporated into the most tenuous and ethereal dimension of the human energy body (air and fire).
Thus, the type of Western consumerism where one goes straight to smoking cigarettes is equivalent to a transgression of the laws of life. It is equivalent to trying to access spiritual knowledge without taking the time to previously integrate the power of tobacco into its material dimension.
This error has a certain reversibility, and detoxification of smoked tobacco cigarettes can be carried out through the use of Mapacho “juice” purges, reversing the transgressive process. Vomiting expresses a “giving back” of what the patient improperly consumed, as well as the purgation of “toxic” thoughts and feelings that result from this same procedure of illicit hoarding that stores resentments, nostalgia, anger, envy, revenge…
These purges of Mapacho “juice” prove to be effective against any agency where the same mechanism of misappropriation is revealed.
Mapacho Drunk: The Purge of Mapacho
It is the most powerful way to take Mapacho; A tea-like concoction is made and drunk. This is the way it has more power as a medicine to cure disease and as a master plant. This drink is a powerful and effective purgative in cleansing the intestine, blood and body, killing parasites, viruses, and bacteria.
On a mental and emotional level, tobacco has a clarifying and centralizing effect. When people drink they often speak very clearly. Unlike other powerful plants, such as Ayahuasca, which transport the person to other states of consciousness, Mapacho, in this case drunk, leaves a state of presence and connection to the earth, with great clarity and understanding of the nature of life and oneself. Participating in a Mapacho ceremony is considered by many indigenous peoples to be the most powerful way to learn about the plant world.
Drunk Mapacho ceremonies can be very intense and difficult to endure, since nicotine has a very strong effect. Great caution should be taken and only work with someone with experience and knowledge, because the effects can be potentially dangerous if not administered correctly, with fatal cases having been reported.
If you are pregnant, you should also be careful since drunk tobacco can have abortifacient properties. People with cardiovascular dysfunctions or severe hypotension should also abstain.
In Western culture, vomiting has a negative connotation, and is associated with states of discomfort and breakdown. On the other hand, in traditional medicines from the Amazon and the East such as Ayurveda, it is considered extremely important to purge regularly in order to detoxify the body at its different levels, on the different planes and dimensions. In all cases, vomiting is accompanied by a significant expulsion of phlegm, mucus and a subsequent feeling of relief.
The general feeling in the immediate days after the purge is of greater energy, vitality, and mental clarity. It also gives a notable activation of the dream capacity and greater ease in remembering dreams.
It promotes better control over automatisms and compulsive behaviors that were projected into the consumption of food, alcohol, cigarettes and cannabis, reducing their consumption.
Liquid Mapacho Inhaled
Liquid Mapacho can also be inhaled through the nostrils, as a snuff, from the palm of the hand or with the help of a sacred shell. In addition to the usual properties of tobacco, both physical and spiritual, this way of consuming it helps remove mucus from colds and is also effective against sinusitis.
Mapacho in Ambil
Ambil is a concentrate of mapacho and mineral salts, of ancestral use and taken orally, it symbolizes feminine energy (within the essentially masculine properties of the Mapacho).
Composed of Mapacho, ambil is a means of healing for the mind and spirit, it connects us with Mother Earth, raises awareness, gives clarity, is a source of energy, teaches us to listen and connect with our interior.
One of the uses of ambil is to combat and cure addiction, especially to cigarettes and cocaine, helping people with withdrawal symptoms.
The traditional preparation of medicine is carried out based on detailed knowledge that is transmitted from generation to generation. In the Amazon communities it is consumed from childhood, from the age of five, even by pregnant women.
“Among a group of hunters from a tribe there was a man who could never shoot any of his prey with his arrow. On a hunt he met the tree-dwelling monkey people and told them that he wanted to become a hunter. Then the monkey people told the man that they were going to give him a taste of a concoction called ambil…
They took a good amount of Mapacho leaves and boiled them for a long time until all that was left was a sticky paste. Then the monkey people sang healing songs for the hunter and offered him the ambil on a stick. The man was seized by many visions…
They explained to him that in his next hunts he would be successful. As it was told to him, so it happened. The people of the tribe were very amazed at the change in the man… Years later the hunter, who had become a great shaman, taught the members of his tribe how to use the ambil.”
Rapé is an air medicine, used for thousands of years in the Amazon as a powerful tool that allows, among many other properties, to empty the mind of internal dialogue and connect with the essence of the universe and the present moment.
The so-called “best rapé in the world” is made by Brazilian tribes, thanks to the deep connection and ancestral tradition they have with the Mapacho plant, and other master plants.