The Shipibo-Conibo Tribe   

The profound power of the Shipibo

The Shipibos are one of oldest and most highly-respected lineages of ayahuasca healers in the Amazon. For thousands of years, Shipibo shamans have served as doctors in their local communities. Their work with the medicine is gentle, straightforward, and humble. They see their work with ayahuasca as a simple, clear process of cleaning the body, soul, and mind. The Shipibos treat working with Ayahuasca with a deep sense of respect and discipline.  Many begin training from childhood, learning from family lineages and traditions that trace back countless generations. Their near-monastic training is incredibly strict, and they spend many years undergoing rigorous “dietas” that build an extensive, ‘intuitive knowledge of different medicinal plants. Their devotion to their healing work is stunning, and the power of their deep connection to their medicine is felt in their “icaros”, or plant medicine songs.

The Sound of Healing

Traditionally, prayer in the form of song has been used for healing. In the Indigenous tribes of Peru, Icaros (or plant medicine songs) are an integral part of the healing process. In the Shipibo belief system, every single plant has a spirit, and its own song. When the Maestro or healer is in apprenticeship, those songs are passed on to them directly by the plants, during what is called a “dieta”. 

A dieta is a long period of isolation in which the apprentice shaman will diet with one plant at a time, and will learn the teachings of that specific plant. After long periods of isolation, the apprentice receives the protection and healing abilities of the plant through that plant’s particular “icaro”. Each plant spirit teaches a different song. The song is the pure healing sound of the plant itself. The more diets the apprentice carries with them, the more knowledge, healing abilities and icaros they have access to in their healing work.

Icaros work alongside Ayahuasca. In a traditional ceremony space, the maestro will sing these icaros into your body and will help you to purge all remaining blockages and negativity. The Icaro that the shaman sings to you becomes your healing ally. Because of this, they are often seen as seeds planted into your body. The reason for that is because they keep on blooming and adjusting energies, emotions in the body. Even after ceremony. They lay their roots and keep on blooming and expanding, because they are true spirit plant medicine.

Icaros are the seeds of healing that the Shaman plants into your body for it to realign, open up and transform. Medicine songs, Icaros have been used as a conduit for healing for thousands of years. In the Shipibo tradition, a Shaman spends many years in isolation. During this period of isolation they diet Master Plants, healing plants. When they complete the diet they receive the knowledge, the wisdom and healing properties of the plant in the form of an Icaro. The energetic imprint of every plant is different, so is every Icaro. 

When the Shamans invoke the plants, and sing the Icaros into your body, your body becomes aligned and impregnated with the plant healer. Every Icaro has a different purpose. Some are used to clear your body, others to align energies or release trauma. Once the deep cleaning work is done, the Shaman will use specific Icaros in order to impregnate your body in light, uplift it, plant a seed of love, and reconnect yourself with your heart and soul. 

The Ceremony.

Although every person will have a unique experience with Ayahuasca and ceremony is best approached with as little expectation as possible. Often the journey that Ayahuasca takes us on is hard to decipher at the time, but with the benefit of hindsight the profound wisdom of the plants begins to reveal itself. Ayahuasca Ceremonies will give you what you need however this may not always be what we want in the moment and the path to healing can be a very challenging one for some.

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The Sound of Healing

Traditionally, prayer in the form of song has been used for healing. In the Indigenous tribes of Peru, Icaros (or plant medicine songs) are an integral part of the healing process. In the Shipibo belief system, every single plant has a spirit, and its own song. When the Maestro or healer is in apprenticeship, those songs are passed on to them directly by the plants, during what is called a “dieta”. 

A dieta is a long period of isolation in which the apprentice shaman will diet with one plant at a time, and will learn the teachings of that specific plant. After long periods of isolation, the apprentice receives the protection and healing abilities of the plant through that plant’s particular “icaro”. Each plant spirit teaches a different song. The song is the pure healing sound of the plant itself. The more diets the apprentice carries with them, the more knowledge, healing abilities and icaros they have access to in their healing work.

Icaros work alongside Ayahuasca. In a traditional ceremony space, the maestro will sing these icaros into your body and will help you to purge all remaining blockages and negativity. The Icaro that the shaman sings to you becomes your healing ally. Because of this, they are often seen as seeds planted into your body. The reason for that is because they keep on blooming and adjusting energies, emotions in the body. Even after ceremony. They lay their roots and keep on blooming and expanding, because they are true spirit plant medicine.

Icaros are the seeds of healing that the Shaman plants into your body for it to realign, open up and transform. Medicine songs, Icaros have been used as a conduit for healing for thousands of years. In the Shipibo tradition, a Shaman spends many years in isolation. During this period of isolation they diet Master Plants, healing plants. When they complete the diet they receive the knowledge, the wisdom and healing properties of the plant in the form of an Icaro. The energetic imprint of every plant is different, so is every Icaro. 

When the Shamans invoke the plants, and sing the Icaros into your body, your body becomes aligned and impregnated with the plant healer. Every Icaro has a different purpose. Some are used to clear your body, others to align energies or release trauma. Once the deep cleaning work is done, the Shaman will use specific Icaros in order to impregnate your body in light, uplift it, plant a seed of love, and reconnect yourself with your heart and soul. 

Vine of the Soul.

Ayahuasca is an extremely powerful medicine that demands respect. 

This medicine shows us what we are ready for, and willing to see. It shows us the relationship we have towards ourselves, which reflects to how we create and experience everything that is. It is known to help us achieve the parts of us that reside in the shadow, those we forgot, maybe neglected and sometimes rejected.

When experienced in a traditional shamanic setting, Ayahuasca gives us access to our subconscious self. It reflects every aspect of our being into reality, wether that is through vision or emotional experience. Ayahuasca helps us to access the hidden parts of ourselves.

The goal is to become more aware, or `conscious`. When we become more conscious of our ways, we can transform them. Ayahuasca shines the light, it illuminates us within, so we can see, feel, deeply experience and heal. This does not happen on a mental level, it happens on a level of awareness, heart, body and for those who believe in it, soul. So you can release the past and create the future in a new way.

Even though it would be extremely pretentious to claim that we know how this ancient medicine works, we do our best to give you an idea of how our guests and Shamanic lineage words the vast and endless possibilities of what one’s spiritual Ayahuasca experience may look like.    

Icaro

 

Derived most likely from the jungle Quichua verb ikaray, “to blow smoke” for healing the Spanish word ‘icaros‘ designates the magical lyrics, incantations, either whistled or spoken, learnt by the shaman.