I have pictures but no easy way to upload them yet
This may be my last chance in a while to send out something so I will
see what I can manage in the time I have.
Peru is beautiful in places and ugly in others, like all developing
countries I guess.. litter is common in the most scenic locations.
Its expensive for tourists and the old sites are increasingly being shut
down by the authorities under the excuse of conservation. Those that are
open are crazy expensive by local prices. Gringos pay heavily for
everything here. Theft and violence are common, but I have had no
problems so far and have enjoyed my time here.
I am based on an old farm with extensive gardens and orchards, and its
still a beautiful place despite years of neglect. It may be that I will
work on the land as I continue with my journey with the medicinal plants
of the region.
Last week I was given San Pedro, a cactus that most associate with
hallucinogenic trips from the mescaline it contains. However mine was
prepared in a secret way, which essentially removes the psycho-active
mescaline. Im my terminology the mescaline is a very male energy, lots
of pretty visions and a high wow factor but essentially just a circus
show. What remains is a very feminine spiritual energy within the plant
and I had the most wonderful and deep connection with the earth and my
environment and the people around me. It was almost like re-remembering
what it is to be part of this planet. I had one ceremony with my guide, and another with her and 2 others. Both very special occasions.
Some of those present had good healing from the work, it brings up
issues in a nice way and allows a gentle dealing with those issues..I
seem to be quite sorted in my head these days.
Then we headed for the amazonian jungle to meet with the ayahauscero Don
Ignacio, a gentle and wise octogenarian and my host's mentor and maestro.
We arrived in tropical heat to find the water supply to the village had
been turned off... reasons unknown, maybe genuine mechanical, maybe more
sinister from the petroleum companies increased efforts to rid the
jungle of the native tribes and peoples. On arrival there was news of
the death of Don Innacios sister, so the planned ayahausca ceremonies
didnt happen, but we arranged for the making of more medicine and
brought it back with us on our return. I will work with the medicine
back here in Urubamba in the mountains for the next few weeks and then
see where i end up. Don Ignacio has suggested up to 6 months work may be
required, and if so I will go back to the jungle to work (after the
rainy season). Mosquitoes were not the problem I expected but the biting
midges there can drive you insane, I am covered in bites and lumps after
only a week in the jungle. A week in tropical heat with no showers or
chance to wash clothes was an interesting experience, the situation
saved by a packet of baby wipes :)
I am now back in the mountains and have 2 days off my work, I got to eat
a real meal yesterday and i drank coffee today, what a treat! But maybe
I start again in earnest on sunday. Next week might be a complete week
of fasting with 3 ayahausca ceremonies.I have been mostly fasting, I
have lost a lot of weight and am feeling all the better for it. I am in
a great place in my head and very much enjoying my time here.
We did have a ayahusca ceremony with Don Ignacio on my last day in the
jungle. The vine was very gentle with me, unlike others present, who
were thrown about quite badly and suffered vomiting and diarrhea, but
they were young kids looking for a good high, and they got what they
merited with their lack of preparation and lack of respect for the
vine.... she is real, and sentient, and she can be a
mean lady when she wants to be. I had few visions and I didnt enter
spirt world, but it was a nice gentle cleaning process, and will put me
in good stead for the strong brew we brought back with us, Im expecting
to undertake some much deeper work with the vine this week, and I am in
a good and safe and relaxing environment in which to do it. The sort of
plan is to spend a month in retreat and mostly fasting with the vine and
see where I end up, but as Sun Tzu reminds us, no plan survives contact
with the enemy, so I will take it all as it comes.
Hope you are all well and enjoying life. Funny about clif eh?