Over the last few years, certain sacred medicine plants have made a strong come back to society. Almost as if the planet is recognising the troubling situation the modern world finds itself in.
Although these plants have a strong traditional heritage that should be respected, we feel that it's important to recognise that we are modern humans living in modern times with a whole new set of modern problems. We must accept the situation we are living in, and not become attached to the ways of the past. We feel that these plants are a gift from Mother Earth to help us clean our own personal inner pollution, reconnect with ourselves and raise our collect vibration and consciousness. After all, all external change starts from within.
At The Lighthouse we have decided to work solely with the San Pedro / Huachuma medicine. This is because it is gifted in abundance by nature and can be grown and harvested ethically and globally.
The Grandfather plant is more commonly known as San Pedro Cactus or Huachuma. These Plants are powerful teachers and have a long history of use as a traditional medicine.
Huachuma is a cactus related to Peyote and contains mescaline which was used by tribes in Mexico and North American. San Pedro can produce visions just similar to ayahuasca. On small doses, it has a light meditive feeling. The experience with these plants is long, patient but also mostly gentle. They can reveal to you personal hidden traumas as well as glimpses of generational ones too. They help you fall in to the heartspace, leaving the ratonial and egoic mind in the distance. From the heartspace we can let the medicine go to work and heal and let go of the things that no longer serve you. These plants are great for giving you clarity, focus and true purpose. They are known for giving you back strength, confidence and a feeling of completion. “Grandfather” San Pedro can give you deep yet practical insights into your daily life.
Psilocybin can be found in abundance in over 200 species of funghi and has been used for over centuries all over the world. The effects of this medicine include euphoria, visuals, spirital experiences and changes in perception. Over the years psilocybin has become more and more known as many researchers have scientifically proven the positive effects on among others depression and anxiety disorders. Combined with cacao, even small amounts of psilocyibin can open up our hearts and meet ourselves with love and compassion.
[We only work with psilocybin in The Netherlands]
Cacao ceremonies have actually been around for thousands of years, originating all the way back to Mayan and Aztec traditions in Central and South America, used for spiritual, medicinal and ceremonial purposes for inner awakening and creative guidance. Pure cacao is used as a heart opening medicine for people to safely experience awakening, revelation and inner healing. Cacao is used in a sacred medicinal ritual, where intentions are set and once consumed, euphoric states are unlocked, negative emotions are released and we are able to connect to ourselves and the loving energy in our body.
Meditating before the ceremony helps to settle the mind, increase focus, and develop awareness and discipline over emotions . Exposure to nature beforehand can help people retain a more calm state. Set clear intentions and goals as to what you want to achieve. Try to let go of any specific expectations you have. Prepare your mind to welcome the insight you will gain during this experience. It’s important to surrender to wherever the journey leads you.
Note: if you book a retreat with us we will send you a confirmation booklet with more information on how to prepare.