Saturday, December 13, 2014

Yagezero Protips

Prepare yourself. Eat well, but avoid meats and stay to fish. Healthfood is in general good for this. Clean your intestines – papaya and pinapple are two excellent choises for the amateur. Stay away from alcohol and drugs. Exersize, meditation, yoga are all good – the better prepared you are physically and mentally the more the medicine will be able to help you.

Avoid  Tyramine-rich food, that is: "Foods containing considerable amounts of tyramine include meats that are potentially spoiled or pickled, aged, smoked, fermented, or marinated (some fish,poultry, and beef); most pork (except cured ham); chocolatealcoholic beverages; and fermented foods, such as most cheeses (except ricottacottagecream and Neufchâtelcheeses), sour creamyogurtshrimp pastesoy saucesoybean condiments, teriyaki saucetempehmiso soupsauerkrautkimchibroad (fava) beansgreen bean pods, Italian flat (Romano) beanssnow peasedamameavocadosbananaspineappleeggplantsfigs, red plumsraspberriespeanutsBrazil nutscoconutsprocessed meatyeast, and an array of cacti."

Eat Lots of tryptophan, that is: "chocolateoats, drieddatesmilkyogurtcottage cheesered meateggsfishpoultrysesamechickpeassunflower seedspumpkin seedsspirulina,bananas, and peanuts.

(Some contrary information, but you cant have your cake and eat it too. Youll figure it out.)

For the Ceremony: Bring warm clothes; even in the amazonas and the dessert it gets cold in the wee hours of the night. You will probably also experience a pressuredrop that just might leave you freezing. Bring a sleeping mat or hammock, you will probably want to lie down. A blanket or sleepingbag, toiletpaper, flashlight. Water. In adition it is seldom wrong to bring tobacco, aguardiente and maybe a snack (for example fruits) for the morning.

Liquer will also help you manage a bad trip if you cant deal with your shit. 

While some drugs mix well with yage, drugs other than alcohol is usually frowned upon. Out of respect for the shaman one does not do such things. The big NO though is cocaine witch have been known to kill in combination with yage. The holy ganja is said to close your vision.

As to alcohol: a few drinks of 'la dama blanca' (aguardiente) after a long night with 'la dama negra' (yage) is a very pleasant experience.

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