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Offering ceremonies and diets of Tobacco and other teachers plants (MASTER PLANTS) for healing and learning In Urubamba, The Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru.This work is suitable for- -those who wants to embody the values that Tobacco promotes and incorporate them into their initiation process with other Master plants such as San pedro and Ayahuasca,-for those who need grounding, or help with integration of other types of spiritual practices, -for individuals that are feeling the call to create a positive change in their lives and connect with their needs through Shamanic work,-for students of plant medicine who wants to learn, heal and connect with Master plants. The work is held in small groups and individual sessions with attention to the personal needs and goals of each participant. About Tobacco/ Nicotiana RusticaThe tobacco plant is a central plant in the Shamanic traditions of the Americas and in the healing traditions of the Amazon jungle. It is considered a teacher and guide to the spirit world and to the cosmic knowledge. A benefiter and a protector.Tobacco is called with affection ‘The grandfather of all plants’,the plant from which all plants sprang. In the Amazon jungle the Tobacco plant is considered a universal medicine by most indigents groups and it is used by the Shaman or the traditional healer. Indigenous medicine men are using the Tobacco to induce a strong physical and energetic cleanse, to promote prophetic dreaming and to protect and regulate the energetic body.By the world view of the Indigenous people every life form has a spirit, including plants. The plant’s spirit teaches people how to live in peace and harmony with themselves and their environment. These thechiengs helps us recognize the truth of who we are and better understand our relations with the world we live in.What is Tobacco ceremonyA Tobacco ceremony is a powerful physical and energetic cleanse. Participants in Tobacco ceremony are drinking a juice made from the plant’s leaves. (it is not obligatory to smoke) The type of Tobacco is called, Nicotiana Rustica. This is not the same Tobacco that is used in commercial cigarets. Rather it is a wild and potent type of Tobacco with no chemicals or additives that is used by medicine men of the Amazon.The Tobacco is not a psychedelic plant it doesn’t promoting visions. It does works in the dream world inducing lucid dreaming. These dreams are different from the everyday dreams. They may illustrate the way the plant is working in our body and it’s teachings.  During a Tobacco ceremony participants often experience a sense of presence in their body. The Tobacco is a grounding plant. It works to bring us back to our body and connect us to our heart, intuition and our higher self.The Tobacco juice is a strong purgative. It works to collect and clear toxins on all levels from our physical, emotional and mental bodies. The process could be challenging at times as the body is releasing held tension, blocked emotions and physical toxins. It often involves vomiting, defecating, sweating, alternating between feeling hot and cold. Afterwards our body feels clean, light and energized and our mind relaxed and clear. The best way to be in a ceremony is to surrender to the medicine and let it do it’s work. The more we trust in the medicine and in the process and just allow things to be, the deeper the healing and the connection we will experience. When we give up control life happens. This is true in life and the same when coming to the ceremony.It allows us to listen deeper into our hearts, get a better understanding of our needs, be kinder to ourselves, give comfort and care to the aspects inside of us who are hurt and afraid.From this place healing occurs, behavioural patterns can be released, answers to questions becomes clear, wounds heal. If we just allow it.How does Tobacco works in our bodiesOn the physical level the Tobacco cleans the blood, intestines, stomach and sinuses. It cleans from mucus, toxins and parasites.  On the emotional level Tobacco supports clearing held emotions, behavioral patterns and believes that do not save us any longer.On the energetic level Tobacco helps open energetic blockages so energy may flow freely in the body.What is a plant dietWhat is called ‘plant diet’ in Peru is the way of the Shaman or traditional healer to create a bond with the plants spirit and learn from them. These plants are big trees, shrubs, and plants with medicinal qualities which are known to the indigenes people as ‘ Doctors’ and ‘Teachers’.They are also called Master plants.  Each master plant has different healing properties and different knowledge. Every one of them has the ability to help us embody the qualities and values it promotes.  All master plants connects us to the field of healing and to the cosmic knowledge. The plants are teaching what they have mastered in million years of evolution, how to live in harmony, peace and balance with ourselves and our environment. The healing brought by the the plant’s spirit has a central roll in work of the healer. It is usually the healer that administrates the diet that determines which plant will be beneficial to diet, and about the duration time needed. Most of the master plants are served with Tobacco. The tobacco medicine activates other plants that are mixed with it and helps to ground their work and integrate it in our body. Usually the first plant we would diet would be Tobacco. It is considered the pillar of the shamanic house for his cleansing and grounding qualities. It helps as to manifest ourselves in the materialistic world and before we can travel to other dimensions with other master plants Tobacco teaches us to walk the earth. Tobacco gives us the stability and grounding needed in order to work with other plant teachers that the work with them opens a window to travel in other dimensions.Every night during a plant diet plant medicine is served in a ceremonial manner to each participant in their private space. In the daytime participants rest and eat light food consisting of fruit and vegetables. To make the best out of the experience it’s best to avoid others company and to stay in one’s energy. It is also recommended to abstain from any sexual stimulation. These recommendations were made to allow the participants to undergo a deep process of detoxification on all levels, physical, emotional and mental. To help slow and calm their mind’s activity and to open us a spiritual channel.The roll of the healerThe healer’s roll is to hold a safe and loving space where healing can occur for the participants, to guide  them in their process, to be a bridge between the western world view and the plants world. The healer meets with every participant before the beginning of the diet for a diagnosis. Based on the diagnosis the healer determines what plant should be drank and for what duration. During the ceremonies and diet the healer directs the medicine and supports the process of the participants.Merav Artzi. A healer working with medicinal plants from the Amazon jungle specializing in Tobacco plants medicine.I would like to share a little about myself. At an early age i left my home land of Israel in order to study Fine arts in Europe. For 15 years i lived in Amsterdam, in those years I did my Masters in Fine Arts and lived in a squat with a community of artists and political activists.In 2009 while travelling in South america i heard about Shamanism in the Amazon jungle and Ayahuasca and decided to go there.  The work with Ayahuasca was a gate to the magical world of the medicinal plants of the Amazon jungle. It is truly the pharmacy of planet earth.It is over eight years that i have been living in Peru. Out of that time i spent seven years living in Iquitos in the Amazon jungle. In my time in Iquitos i went trough a long initiation to become a healer specializing in working with Tobacco, studying with a local healer and Tabaquero called: Ernesto Garcia Torres.As a healer i work and help patients suffering from, hormonal imbalance, anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma and more. In addition i give diets with master plants and teach students who are interested in learning to heal with Tobacco.Tobacco is the medicine of my heart and i am here to share this medicine with the world.I invite you with a lot of love to ask any questions you may still have and to take part in the upcoming events.

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