The Sacred Tobacco - Our life in Costa Rica
We have always had an interest in indigenous cultures. Wherever we travel, we make it a point to search out those indigenous areas and connect with the local people. We have learned a lot!
Recently Lavanson contacted an Ayurvedic healer/practitioner in our area and made an appointment for a treatment. He learned of this healing treatment called Rapé (which is also gaining popularity in the US) but little did he know what was in store for him.
Remembering our connection with all creation, nature and our spirit
The two healers that performed the ceremony.
What is Rapé (pronounced “Ha-peh”)
The indigenous peoples who have long used rapé see the ceremonial use of rapé as a form of prayer that “calls upon the forces of Nature, the blessing of the animals of the forest, and power of medicinal plants to heal us and give us strength.” It is, therefore, important that you use this in a respectful environment focused on healing.
Tobacco snuff is a sacred shamanic medicine or tool, that has been used by tribes of the Amazon basin 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 indigenous 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 particularly pleasant. It can be rather shocking. Source
The Ceremonial Uses of Tobacco
One of the most common uses of tobacco in a ceremonial setting is to cleanse a person’s energetic field—to essentially clear the spiritual air so intentions can be set
But with power always comes risk, and it’s important to treat tobacco with caution. If you’re interested in exploring the medicinal uses of tobacco, doing it in a ceremonial setting with a shaman, healer, or other experienced practitioner is an ideal way to introduce yourself to its long-standing sacred use. Source
Ayahuasca - called the mother of all plants (Not used in this ceremony)
Eunice Flores Stulzer
Ayurvedic Health Educator and Professional & Holsitic and Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher
Project Director: Sattvic Life Ayurveda Healing your Life
"In 2010, Eunice who is originally from Lima Peru, became acquainted with Ayurveda Medicine, and this was her starting point to begin the arduous journey of rediscovering her health. This is how she discovered her passion for this wonderful ancient science. She graduated from the University of California as an Ayurveda Health Educator in 2013. In 2014 she received training in various body therapies (Abhyanga Massage, Shirodhara, Svedana and Marma Therapy)."
If you are interested in classes or info - you can contact Eunice in Costa Rica - More info here
Did it work?
The Healers - were one native Costa Rican and one Peruvian
I was not allowed to film the actual ceremony but here is a video with some scenes from the prep. Love these 2 ladies!! We had such a strong connection that they have invited us to join them in an upcoming healing circle.
More info if you are in the US Chakra Openings