Tobacco is a sacred plant to nearly all indigenous peoples and for good reason. In the cosmovision of the Andes it is the most sacred of plants. Grandfather tobacco is often misused and abused in "modern" societies and is thought of as something negative. However this plant is a great teacher and helps to connect us humans with Creator and the spiritual world. The smoke of tobacco goes up to the sky carrying our prayers and intentions. It can also be blown on people and objects to ward off bad spirits and give blessings. We can communicate with spirits through the smoke of Tobacco. When ingested through the nose or drank with water it can help us feel our emotions and state of health more accurately. It is a powerful purgative and helps us to release bad energies as well- in doing this we can speak our thoughts more clearly. In Tobacco ceremonies we utilize several different modes of ingestion-- rapé, which is powdered tobacco as a snuff blown up the nose, tobacco water which we drink, and smoked tobacco. It is a powerful ceremony which helps to cleanse the person and release bad energies.
Ayahuasca is a teacher plant with a feminine spirit, known as Grandmother Ayahuasca. Sometimes we can experience the vision of a young or old woman depending on the age of the plant that has been prepared. The spirit is in direct relationship with the wisdom of the snake. Visions of the jaguar or anaconda are common as these are the sacred spirits of the jungle, known to the natives as the Arutam. Ayahuasca is like big snake that carries the memories of life. It is known as the vine of the souls and has been used for thousands of years by the people of the Amazon to cure physical, mental, and emotional illness by taking the participants on a journey to altered states of consiousness for healing. Ayahuasca helps to open us up energetically to allow other spirits to enter and heal as well. Like all power plants, the healing depends on the willingness of the participants to make the changes shown by the medicine, commitment to healing, and the severity of the disease.
Huachuma is a masculine spirit plant, also known as Ahuacoya or San Pedro. Some people say that the name San Pedro is related to the Apostle Peter, because he holds the keys to the kingdom of heaven. This plant has been used by the Indians of the Andes of South America for millenia. The active ingredient is mescaline. The spirit of the Grandfather Huachuma is very generous. Like all power plants the journey very much depends on the current life style and state of mind of the people participating. San Pedro helps to open the heart and connect us with the nature, spirits and energies in our environment.
Huilka (also spelled Wilka, Vilca) is considered to be the most sacred of all power plants in South America. During the times of the Incas, Huilka was used as their sacred medicine. It was used only by the privileged class of the Incas and was not accessible to all people. This female spirit presents herself as a young mother and has the vitues of curing terminal disease and very strong addictions. The journey with Huilka offers the chance of rebirth by showing changes that are necessary in the life to become a better person. During a journey with Huilka, it is very common to see geometric patterns typical of a mathematics lesson, reason being, the spirit of the plant is very precise and strict. Mama Huilka proposes a commitment to improve all aspects of our lives and this we can experience when we know the essence of the true love.