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What are Sacred Plants?

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On the new Gaia TV, I discussed how plants first “spoke” to me through my camera lens. Since my twenties I took an innumerable amount of images of plant life especially in urban settings… specifically the ones that broke thru concrete. The universe then guided me to Burning Man festivals for over a decade which then was followed by sacred plant medicine gatherings that took me all over the world from Greece to Brazil. Fast forward to today and I can truly state that my relationship with plants have left therapeutic benefits and life-changing effects on my life, leading and guiding me to directly develop Dropping Seeds. 🌿

Check out my guest appearance on Psychedelica S1:E3 of the new Gaia TV discussing the powerful effects of Ayahuasca and its effects on the body, mind and soul with Dennis Mckenna and Graham Hancock. Discover why new findings in science and spirituality point to this sacred medicine as a tool for mental illnesses, offering medicinal benefits and sparking life-changing events.

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The Synchronicity Movie

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Time Is Art is an inspiring documentary film that follows the journey of a writer, compelled to make sense of the mysterious and powerful energy she felt at her aunt’s deathbed. Considering herself a skeptic, a series of strange coincidences leads her on an exploration of synchronicity – the concept that all beings are mystically interconnected.

We were lucky enough to be part of the series of compelling conversations with fellow seekers Toko-Pa Turner, Richard Tarnas, Graham Hancock, Daniel Pinchbeck and biologist Rupert Sheldrake. It inspired the creation of our SYNC blend that supports a states of empathy and lucidity. It increases the synchronicities in your life by enhancing your psychic awareness.

The film will tap you into a way of being that is not ruled by a finite sense of time, but rather by the ability to live in harmony with the true creative nature of our existence.

WATCH IT TODAY w/ 50% off Online Streaming w/ code: 1111

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What is Cacti Medicine?

Kuauhtli Vasquez Cacti: Indigenous Medicine of the Mind Psychedelica GAIA

Throughout the centuries, psychoactive cacti, like peyote and huachuma, guided our ancestors on a sacred path of healing and spiritual transformation. We guess star along Kuauhtli Vasquez (featured above), Chris Long, Max Montrose, Daniel McQueen and Michael Winkelman in discussing the ceremonial use of cacti in the Americas.

Watch Psychedelica | S1:Ep6 | where cacti is described as opening the frontal cortex to help us think clearly and enable us to detect energy patterns in the body which may indicate disease. Those who can connect deeper with the spirit of the cactus have uncovered a prophecy telling of what is to come for humanity.

 Cacti: Indigenous Medicine of the Mind Psychedelica GAIA

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Placebo or Spirit?

The placebo is a concept that fascinates western minds.

A placebo, also known as a sugar pill, is a treatment that is often given to study participants as a control to compare the effects of “nothing” to the effects of an actual treatment. But studies in the past have shown that, inexplicably, placebos can have positive effects. It baffles Western minds to think that with the power of the mind, the body can heal. 

In many indigenous cultures all thru out the world, the respect to invisible forces (be it from one owns essence to something bigger and larger than oneself) has been used for eons. Today, current medical institutions are starting to incorporate these practices from reiki, to Curanderismo, to Aboriginal psychology. In my opinion, the placebo effect is what is happening when you do individual meditation/visualization or when working with shaman/healers.

A very interesting published medical study reported that modern surgical procedures shared certain features with the activities of traditional healers (shamans). They conducted a placebo-controlled double-blind investigation to determine the value of surgical procedures by comparing the results of real operations with fake operations.

The author emphasized the mystical features of a surgeon’s interaction with a patient. It could be argued many modern operations depend on the placebo effect for a favorable outcome just like Shamanic healers  depend on suggestibility. The shaman and surgeon performs many “rituals” that enhance the subject’s sense that something beneficial occurred during the ritual.

They went on to compare:

  • Healing Place (Ceremony space vs Surgical Facility)
  • Fasting (Both part of Shamanism and medical procedures)
  • Ritual Garb (Ceremonial-wear vs Surgical Garments)
  • Ingesting Psychotropic Substances (Psychedelic mushrooms vs Anesthesia)
  • Masked Healer

“in this ritual drama, masked surgeons behave heroically, in a special, secluded ritual space … wearing a distinctive costume that obscures the face and hair . . .”

In both instances, be it in a surgical room or ceremonial space, there is a disorientation that happens to the individual that enhances suggestibility. Researchers have even shown that an injected placebo is more effective than an oral placebo and that a placebo acupuncture using a collapsible needle is more effective that a placebo pill.

In all these cases, the power of the mind (spirit) is strong. And as western medicine keeps devaluing this because they don’t have the measuring sticks  (in my opinion) strong enough to measure this phenomenon. They all settle with calling it the placebo effect or the sugar pill… I call it spirit listening to our intentions. 

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What are the Planets + Elements of a Plant?

Everything on our planet including People, Rocks and Plants are made from the same elements of Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Each Element has a particular quality like heat with Fire or grounded-ness with Earth. Additionally each Planet/celestial body in our galaxy also holds a particular quality like fire with Mars or water with the Moon.

In Ayurveda, Native American, Yorubic and Chinese medicine, the quality of each Plant/Herb is associated with a Planet/Celestial body and Element. When we choose to work with a a plant, we can then create a state of resonance with a planetary or elemental energy of our choice to strengthen our counter-balance our energetic fields.

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How to work with plants?

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Healers Speak is dedicated to research, support and education regarding Nature and indigenous based Healing practices. Via research, interviews, articles, videos, workshops, retreats and all other possible ways of resourcing and sharing material regarding wellness and Healing. Healers Speak gives voice to Healing practitioners worldwide. Check out below our morning convo over tea:

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Sacred Mama Coca

When anyone mentions the word Cocaine, the image of heaps of coke and discos come to mind. But in many cultures, coca is a sacred plant. Although the Catholic Church was commissioned to eradicate the plant by considering it an “ally of the devil” during its conquest of South America, its cultivation is an ancient practice that has been preserved. Coca quenches thirst, hunger, cold, fatigue and other adverse conditions thanks to its many properties when consumed as a tea or simply chewed.

In my travels in Peru, mama coca was there during the moments of low oxygen in the high mountains and in the moments of low strength during our vision quest in the sacred valley.

It created such a new relationship with coca for me which then gives me a whole new meaning to “say hello to my little friend” (lol #jk)