Supported by these powerful forces – Mother Earth and Mother Ayahuasca -, the shaman links him- or herself to the divine powers of the ­female and the male and is told which plants are ready to help the ­patient, learns what the patient needs to recover. The ­shaman fights with the demons of the person seeking ­protection, and this facilitates the healing.
These demons are nothing but parts of the soul of that person, which are not integrated and have been split off. They lead their own life in the subconscious. In many cases, these aspects determine our lives and experiences more than the decisions we take consciously.
The person who seeks healing participates in the ceremonies and experiences the healing and cleansing effect of the Mother. Integrated and hold by the magic healing sphere of the jungle, the person can experience her effect in all its power. This experience elevates the ­consciousness and, at the same time, crucifies the Ego, when control is taken away from it and the person is called to capitulate and to surrender to the divine principle. This opens up a ­creative space for artists, scholars and craftsmen who receive inspiration through the mystery.
The shamans ask for protection by making sounds – by whistles or percussion – and singing. They call the elements and the spirits of nature and of the plants to accompany the soul through the ­ceremony. By blowing and puffing tobacco smoke the breath ­becomes a healing instrument.
Rituals are used to focus spiritual energies by symbolic acts. In this process, the energies condense and can ­materialize.