A meditation workshop using the power of authentic Amazonian tobacco.
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For the indigenous tribes of the Amazon, tobacco is a sacred plant; the most sacred of all the plants. In the west we have abused tobacco and use it in an improper fashion. The indigenous don't smoke tobacco they use it as a snuff. Traditionally it is called "rapé". The rapé snuff is then blown up the nose using a traditional pipe called a "tepi". This way of using tobacco is safe, no smoking is involved and no tobacco will enter the lungs.
The intense blow immediately focuses the mind, stops the chattering, and opens the entire freed mindspace for your intentions. Furthermore, this helps releasing emotional, physical, and spiritual illnesses and eases negativity and confusion, enabling a thorough grounding of the mind.
In this workshop we will invoke the spirit of Grandfather Tobacco through prayer before receiving the rapé medicine. Each application will be followed by a meditation. There will be an opportunity to try many different kinds of rapé. Expect to be able to go very deep with the meditations when using this medicine.
Best to come with an empty stomach so ideally fast from 12pm.
Rapé information -
Tobacco snuff is a sacred shamanic medicine that has been used by tribes of the Amazon for thousands of years and is an essential part of their tribal culture and history. Rapé is the name for one of many of these snuffs, and it's foundation lies by numerous indiginous tribes in Acre, Brazil. Curiously, Rapé is not sniffed, snorted or inhaled. Instead, it is administered (blown) into the nostrils with a special blowpipe called "Kuripe" (self administration) or "Tepi" (another person administers). This "blow" is quite forceful and not specifically pleasant. It can be rather shocking.
Using Tobacco snuff or Rapé has many different purposes for indigenous tribes, whereof female puberty rites, initiation rites, cashiri drinking festivals, social rites, and healing ceremonies. Yet, every tribe has their own routine: some apply it every day after breakfast and dinner, other tribes use it three times during the night.
A typical Rapé ceremony involves a mutual administration by two persons. The Rapé is blown high up into the nostrils with a pipe made from bamboo or bone. The intense blow immediately focuses the mind, stops the chattering, and opens the entire freed mindspace for your intentions. Furthermore, this helps releasing emotional, physical, and spiritual illnesses and eases negativity and confusion, enabling a thorough grounding of the mind.
Likewise, shamans use Rapé to re-align with their energy channels and with their higher self, and to intensify their connection with the world and the universe. In addition, Rapé paves the way for detoxifying the body and cleans out all excess mucus, toxins, and bacteria, thereby, assisting in fighting colds and snuffles. Moreover, Rapé stimulates the mind with its nicotinic content that in turn releases a.o. epinephrine, acetylcholine, and dopamine, supporting an increased focus, presence, and intuition.