The other day, during an introductory talk, I was asked, “What is the difference between participating in a single ceremony and a dieta?
However, I only have experience in the Shipibo Konibo tradition, so I can only take you a bit from my own experience.
But, let me try to explain.
The Maestro’s and Maestra’s (human teachers) that I have already been privileged to know on my path have explained to me:
Participants who participate in a ceremony with Mother Aya will, so to speak, enter a multi-dimensional hospital, where they are “treated” for anything that is not in alignment. This happens on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level.
In this multidimensional hospital surgeries are performed by the Master Plants (and trees) that we literally diet for long periods of time in the jungle. In addition to Mama Aya, these Master Plants help us heal, give us insights and sacred teachings.
One of the most important Master Plant we are students of is Noya Rao – the Tree of Light, Love and Truth, but also Chullachaqui Caspi (protector/healer), Bobinsana (healer/heart medicine), Marusa (Healer/Balancer), Chiric Sanango (healer), Mapacho/Rume (grounding/protection) and many more. Each Master Plant has its own Spirit (ibo) and ‘characteristics’, and can teach us in different ways about healing, nature, processes etc.
It totally depends with what intention/purpose you are going to participate in a Master Plant Dieta of course. You can probably imagine that as a student of the plants, this path requires quite a bit of time and lifelong dedication.
My team and I walk “the path of the servant” and are always first and foremost the student and servant to work with the plants. This is simply the path one walks when there is a calling to walk this Sacred Plant Path.
Additionally, since 2015, my team and I are facilitating everything in and around ceremonies & retreats. This includes the preparatory part for ceremonies/retreats and most importantly -> the integration part.
So besides being facilitators, Metsa Noma team is first an ongoing apprentice of the Master Plants.
The Master Plants are our allies, with whom we work together within the ceremony space itself and have as guides in our daily lives. As “ceremony leaders,” we sing the icaros (healing songs) of the Master Plants. These songs and melodies are passed on by the Master Plants (and their doctors) themselves during the Dietas, after receiving certain initiations. This allows us to facilitate and lead ceremonies according to the Shipibo Konibo tradition.
Participants who will participate in a Master Plant Dieta are called Dieteros. “Those who diet Master Plants.”
Thus, a dietero may have several reasons for following a dieta. These may be:
- for their own healing and insights for their life
- to learn about the “pharmacy of the jungle” and all its beauty and strength
- to learn to work with the plants and “achieve/”receive”” the initiations (building the power of the plants) in order to give ceremonies / hold space
- becoming allies with the Master Plants
Our Maestro Sany Meny always indicates: “This path is not for everyone because this path is simply not easy. However, it is true that it is not impossible either. It all depends on your own commitment.”
Such a Dieta that we facilitate for all (upcoming) dieteros is a great introduction to these Master Plants and you will learn “how to diet” with them in a safe container.
During the Dieta of 2 weeks you will experience the real power of these Master Plants and how they can assist us in our healing and development process. Besides that it is of course a unique experience to travel to the jungle community (Pahoyan) in Peru.
“The home of Ayahuasca.”
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