For sincere and mature people.
Why Do You Need to Drink Huachuma Medicine?
Interview with Sergey Baranov by Davyd Farrell
If seeking truth and meaning in life was the driving force behind your spiritual search, then you may feel a joyous astonishment and long-waited peace upon your first contact with Huachuma. And in the chaos of the world today, this inner peace and centeredness is no longer a luxury – it is vital to maintain our sanity.
In a world lacking certainty, it’s easy to become shattered by global events and lose your center completely. With everything being stripped away, we’re faced with the simple yet not easy choice - to succumb to mass fear or to become empowered in love and truth.
It’s the easiest thing in the world to slip into fear when in the midst of the mass psychosis pervading our collective consciousness today. And on top of that, with real human connection essentially being destroyed, it’s an even more slippery slope into isolation, anxiety, and depression.
However, it’s not the only choice. To swim against the tide of mass panic in the world today by choosing love over fear is the key to your sanity and freedom.
Fear is the real virus paralyzing the planet right now, and your ability to think clearly and live freely. Curing this fear within yourself should be your utmost priority to maintain your mental and physical health.
The world is happening in 2021, and ignoring the current challenges is simply delusional. In fact, our purpose has been strengthened during these times – as the awakening power of this medicine has become more crucial than ever.
Huachuma disconnects you from the fear paradigm and reconnects you to the source of truth and love within. This is the cure for all maladies infecting society, from depression and anxiety to self-destructive behaviors, addictions, toxic relationships, eating disorders, and a general sense of dis-ease in one's life.
Rather than escaping the madness of these times, at Huachuma Wasi we empower you to wake up to your own truth and become the force of love that’s so desperately needed to cure the fear in the world today.
While others may be laying low and waiting for this difficult phase to pass, here we take a more empowering stance on the current global situation. At Huachuma Wasi, we choose to channel the disruptive forces in the world as fuel for self-growth – alchemizing them through the medicine into positive change within yourself. The essence of alchemy has never been about turning lead into gold – it's about transforming raw materials into a heightened state of consciousness.
By actively choosing not to submit to fear, we allow our soul containers to be filled with love.
Those who align with this vision will find a sanctuary of healing and self-empowerment amidst the storm.
What is Huachuma Awakening?
It's one thing to identify with the concept of Oneness as a path to awakening - it's another entirely to actually wake up. Knowing that we are but a drop in the infinite ocean of love is the basic truth that any spiritual teacher will tell you from the first meeting. But if you're honest with yourself, you know that their words alone don't make you feel it.
Why do we seek awakening? Isn't it because we don't feel good enough in our lives, while thinking that "awakening" will make us feel better? And true awakening does - but not for the reason that you think it will.
Hardly any words can be found to describe a real awakening - and it's most likely not what you imagined it would be. Awakening is not visuals you see in the sky. Awakening is clarity. And clarity is healing. When you see clearly, you understand. And understanding is joyous. Once felt, awakening is known - and you are changed by the experience.
When you wake up, you become fully alive and present in your body, perhaps for the first time in your life. And that feeling is the feeling you've always been looking for. It becomes immediately clear that everything you've been chasing in your life was not that thing, and by realizing that, you just stop chasing.
When your own state of being becomes the source of your infinite joy and bliss, you stop blindly consuming cultural products and begin cultivating your own culture within yourself.
When you have a Huachuma experience of awakening, you can't believe how easy and accessible it is, because we are programmed to believe that it's so hard to reach and that you must suffer or sacrifice in order to get there.
Huachuma experience collapses all matrixes into pure beingness. Awakening simply is what remains. And you sit in that unbelievably simple space of wonder, joy, ecstasy, and wisdom - and you can't believe you missed it all along.
Huachuma Awakening is a Healing and Teaching Ecstasy
Ecstasy is not just bodily pleasure. This you can get anywhere. Nor is it the peak of emotional euphoria that you experience from ecstatic dance or the dopamine high you may get from spiritual gatherings. These are transient moments that leave you always chasing more of the same, like a painkiller that temporarily numbs the pain but doesn't cure the cause. And at best, these experiences are but a drop of the ocean of real ecstasy, which is intelligent and healing.
Huachuma experience is that ocean of ecstasy. It is as though you have been a fish flopping on the beach, gasping for life, sustained by mere sprinkles of water droplets. But sprinkling water on a fish is not enough - fish must live in the water. When you enter the ocean of ecstasy for the first time, it is the experience of aliveness and nourishment you were born to have, just like a fish was born to swim.
And once you have this experience of ecstatic aliveness, it stays with you. It is a healing and teaching ecstasy, beyond sensations. It empowers you from within, and becomes a guide in your life. And how this guide will teach you - is something you have to experience.
While being anchored in ecstasy during the ceremony, the residual of this experience serves as immunity to fear and negativity at a later day, which cannot penetrate you and steal your inner peace. You become grounded in a constant state of empowerment.
There are those who want to keep pretending that talking about awakening is the same as feeling it, and there are others who are tired of words. If you are one of those who are ready to step beyond words, concepts, and momentary pleasures, and into the realm of direct experience, Huachuma can show you the path to awakening you seek.
Real self-empowerment never comes through a hypnotic repetition of affirmations. It comes as a result of the experience of being awake. A Huachuma Awakening is an Earth-shattering experience of divine bliss and gratitude for being alive.
What is the Essence of Huachuma Experience?
The point of the Huachuma experience is to awaken the purity of who you were in early childhood and empower you with the directly perceived wisdom that comes from the experience. With Huachuma, a sense of a magical yet familiar world of beauty, wonder, and joy becomes within reach again, allowing you to experience your life and the world in a conscious and joyful way.
Unfortunately, that gentle, pure, beautiful, and vulnerable self is subject to many influences as we grow up, each of which claims part of the Self. By the time we reach maturity, all that remains of that Self is the memory of what it once was. Fortunately, this tragic loss that often leads to confusion and emptiness in adulthood can be restored and even enhanced.
We use the sacred cactus to reconnect with that precious Self and bring it to the surface. By building this bridge we are connecting to the source of our happiness, which so often is cut off as we mature. This is the healing we should be searching for. How can you be happy if you're cut off from the purity of your true Self? After reintegrating and truly experiencing your whole Self, you finally begin to live from a place of inner peace and true happiness. You then realize that to search beyond the point of pure self-awareness is irrelevant, for this is the place of bliss itself. From this place, the Self can only gaze upon the mystery.
If self-realization on an emotional level is the feeling of being you, then on an intellectual level it is the expression of your own unique creativity. This divine expression of our humanity can manifest in many forms, and Huachuma Wasi is the place to discover your own path in life.
However, there is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. Neither self-realization nor finding your path may happen completely in a few weeks, but the first steps can be taken here.
Huachuma is the great connecter, bringing you into a sacred union with yourself and the world on the deepest level.
This life-changing experience has the power to completely shift your perception and worldview for the better. Of course, there is no guarantee that your life will change in a couple of weeks. But if you are able to open your heart and mind and receive what's given with sincerity and trust, this experience can become a new reference point in your life, a new horizon from which you will be able to see clearer and further.
If you go to the market without knowing what you want to buy, you could spend the whole day and leave with empty hands or with bags full of things you don’t even need. Knowing what you want and where to get it can save you valuable time and resources. Huachuma Wasi is a place for sincere and mature spiritual seekers who are tired of words about Awakening and are ready to embrace a direct spiritual experience to actually feel awake.
It is true that you embrace this experience in pursuit of personal goals, but we also believe that the change you want to see in the world starts with changing yourself. If you resonate with this brief description of the work we do, then the question of price should be your last.
Huachuma and Relationships
As time passes in relationships, we often lose the initial spark of love and passion we felt for our partner in the beginning. The routine of daily life can get in the way and dull your connection, leading to apathy or toxicity where there used to be love.
Here in Huachuma, you can reanimate your love and see your partner as you saw them in the beginning before life got in the way. In a relationship, over time, it can be difficult to break through the ice of negative emotions and external disruptions. Love is sacred, and it's vital not only to remember this but to actually BE in love with the person you're with.
Culturally, we believe that falling in love means losing yourself, when in actuality falling in love means finding yourself with another person, and sharing that space of love together. But over time, stress gets in the way of that pure love connection, destroying it from within like cancer. Having a Huachuma experience as a couple can heal relationships, bringing you back to that starting point of purity and excitement with one another.
In addition to healing your relationship, you have the opportunity to know your partner in a new way, and find new things to cherish about one another. When you meet your partner at a soul level, your connection deepens and you find a whole new dimension to your love.
By the same token, Huachuma will reveal your incompatibilities if you have come together for the wrong reasons, and you will see your relationship with greater clarity.
If your love is present, you will connect and bond on a whole new level, able to deal with all the minor frictions in your relationship the same way as you would simply swat a fly away.
And if love isn't truly there, you will see and feel its absence and you will know what to do.
If you are ready to explore your relationship at a deeper level of connection and authenticity, Huachuma medicine can take you there.
How Are Ceremonies Conducted?
Our retreats are a combination of spiritual adventure and deep personal work through self-reflection and contemplation. Shamanism is a method of communing with nature. When we take the medicine in nature, we allow our Self to be readjusted to the natural pulse of life, as opposed to the ever-increasing pace of technological society.
We provide a safe and supportive environment under Sergey’s guidance, which can help you to move through the experience in the most beneficial way. It is important to come with an intention, which serves as a compass throughout the experience.
We do ceremonies in the daylight, usually starting at 10am, until 6pm. We take the medicine and share the day in silence and contemplation, surrounded by the stunning beauty of the magnificent Andes. You can listen to music, which may facilitate a heart opening experience; however, we have found silence and the sounds of nature to be fertile ground for the seeds of self-reflection and understanding to sprout. It may be useful to have an ear plugs on the plane to help you sleep, but plugging your ears from the sounds of nature may prevent you from hearing the music of life. You didn't take a plane to Peru to stay where you are. You took a plane to BE here.
We limit Huachuma ceremonies to a maximum of 15 people (and no minimum) to preserve the personal connection with each participant.
We also use spontaneous, private conversations to facilitate the process of healing and understanding. This is our way of guiding the medicine, the way Icaros are used to guide Ayahuasca. We believe that a mutual communication and exchange of ideas is more effective and helpful than a traditional teacher-student relationship, in which the former always keeps a higher ground while the latter maintains an inferior status.
Charged with beauty, love, and peace, we return to Huachuma Wasi for the closing of the ceremony. Afterward, everyone is free to do whatever they want. Usually, our guests stay together throughout the evening, cooking meals and sitting by the fireplace, sharing and building a connective bond with one another.
We do ceremonies every other day of the week and we are open all year round. The days between the ceremonies are free and can be used as you like. Some people like to stay home, rest, read or write in the garden. Others like to hike or go sightseeing. The days in between the ceremonies are an integration time that allows for any activity to take place.
Photos From Our Ceremonies
We do not require any food restriction for the work with Huachuma medicine. Your diet is your personal choice. Your intention and sincerity that you bring to the medicine is more important than the food in your stomach. However, on ceremony days we do not eat breakfast and take the medicine on an empty stomach. This makes it easier for the body to absorb the medicine and alleviates any unpleasant effects that may occur at the beginning of the ceremony. At night, after the ceremony, you are free to eat whatever you want.
We don't require sexual abstinence before, during or after retreats. Sexuality is a part of our human experience, which should be embraced, not denied.
We also recommend reading both of Sergey's books. This can help you to decide whether or not you are prepared for the work we do. If you resonate with the written content, that means you are ready to take the next step.
We do ask for an honest introduction of yourself from which we would expect to learn about your intention, problems and questions you would like to resolve. Your medical and psychiatric history must be honestly disclosed, along with drug and medication use, if any. This will help us in our evaluation to ensure safety for all. We reserve the right to refuse any inquiry without further explanation.
The focus of our work is to help our guests to reconnect to themselves and nature, the connections which, for most people, have been severed by the modern lifestyle. Reestablishing these links often leads to healing and happiness. Through this work, guests often find clarity and inner peace in their lives.
Our time spent together with the medicine is a valuable interaction that often yields healing and understanding. Take a spiritual vacation from the mundane and profane, to find what is special and sacred. Although even one ceremony can have a positive impact on your life, giving yourself more time and respecting the process is more beneficial. Each new ceremony is a continuation of the previous one and builds towards healing and expansion of consciousness.
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