(ON DIETING WITH TOBACCO & STONES)
I have been here for a 1 month now and I am enjoying my dieta. In regards to drinking tobacco before I came here, I didn’t smoke cigarettes. Mapacho was foreign to me.
In this month I did the tobacco diet for 3 days. Given a small amount for those 3 days. By the third day it was an eye opening experience. The first one since I came here. I am very happy with the information I received. I chose the tobacco and stone ‘dieta’ because I wish to to learn how to read smoke and the get the energy from the stones.
Everybody here at the centre is very kind, sweet and caring. If you need something they are there to help you.
Clever is my interpreter. He does an amazing job from explaining in detail about the plants and the medicine. He also is concerned how are you doing. He is an asset to this center. He makes you feel comfortable and safe.
When you come to a center open minded you get so much more. Even if you are not if you let them help you then you can proceed on your dieta or treatment, knowing that the Shaman knows better than you do. They are all here to help you on your treatment or on your dieta.
Being open and honest you can learn a lot. I believe in being honest and open minded and open hearted. I also feel that if you are on a treatment plan or a dieta, if you don’t follow the plan, or break your dieta a couple of times, or are not following the suggestion made for you, there is no way this center can help you. I believe I am getting what I need when I get it.
With regard to the tobacco diet I would probably do it again given the chance but there are so many other wonderful things to do and learn [from].
Susan Brown, USA