I first want to thank you Heberto for most amazing two months of amazing shamanic training, total care and giving your 1,000,000 percent of your heart, your knowledge and your time to let me become who I am now.
I also want to thank Ercilia for her beautiful baths, healing and ceremonies and her beautiful heart and devotion.
My two months shamanic training and dieta were most fruitful. All plants selected for the diet were selected together with Heberto – but at all times were my own choice.
I dieted first on the Níwe Ráo – the “Wind tree” – which helped me to dream, came in my ceremonies in my visions and gave me messages. During the two months stay I also made my own baths with that tree sometimes accompanied by other plants.
Later in the first month I dieted on Tobacco [Nicotiana tabacum] and stones. The Tobacco was a very powerful experience as I have never smoked, but always had deep respect for that medicine.
Drinking the essence of the Tobacco three times made me very strong on all levels – also opened my vision and helped me to connect with all the different plants and trees. I finally felt I was united with the Spirit of the Tobacco. During my stay at Ashi Meraya I also learnt how to use the Tobacco for ceremonies, for cleansing and purification, and it became an integral part of my days in the jungle.
On the second month I dieted on the Toé [Brugmansia suaveolens]. I drank the Toé, dreamt and have had many experiences with it. I also smoked the Toé cigarette, every second night which brought so many dreams to my consciousness, it also brought a lot of cleansing from the unconscious mind.
I was very blessed to see how the Toé healed two people who shared the same problems – in the jungle language is called brujeria – in the Western World – probably very traumatic experiences, at least for one of those two which has affected all their lives. After the Toé they were released and a total transformation was taking place which I witnessed with awe.
I was in awe to see that Heberto, my shaman and mentor, prepared so many different healing programmes for each of the participants and made sure that when their time was over, they were healed.
Heberto taught me and another dietera, Susan, how to make remedies, how to prepare flower baths, perform our spiritual purification ceremonies and other ceremonies and how to lead an Ayahuasca ceremony. All was done with a lot of dedication and very very methodically.
I also wish to say that all the stuff at Ashi Meraya – the boys – Isaac and Alex, who take care of our casitas [bungalows] and of the water, the kitchen people, Lucy, Anna and Nympha were always so loving and caring for all our needs – always with a smile and good heart.
If anybody is interested in a comprehensive diet experience, if their hearts and mind and soul are open, then Ashi Meraya is the place to do it. I have dieted in the last three years in other centres in the Amazon but never had such a comprehensive diet and an excellent shaman like Heberto.
I thank you Francesco also for coordinating everything.
With love and gratitude
Noga Meir (Nogita), PERU