I am back from my journey to the Amazon and my rendezvous with the Maestro - Juan Flores. I am officially done the production phase of my film Nosis: A Cinematic Vision Quest and I will now settle into the post-production phase of editing the film. If you haven't see the trailer yet check it out below.
We expect to have the work done by Spring 2009.
I have so much to process from my trip so it often seems daunting to even try to write about it. So I figure short little blog bursts will suffice rather attempting long posts. The footage we shot is great, but it is HD so it will take time to format and edit in order to share with others as I need to upgrade my software. Instead I thought I would share with you one of the most important teachings and facets of Amazonian shamanism - the Icaro.
An Icaro is a song of gratitude for the plants. It is a song sung in exchange for healing imparted by the spirit of a plant to the patients of the healer. During an Ayahuasca ceremony the Ayahuasquero sings these icaros for most of the ceremony, which is usually up to three ours long. Each icaro has a different power and purpose. As an Ayahuasquero, one over time develops what is called Mariri, which is the essence of the various plants the healer is working with and which builds up in his chest. When the Ayahuasquero sings the icaros they interact with the Mariri and provide the power and vibrations necessary to heal the patients.
The Ayahuasca medicine specifically gives the healer increased energy and power to sing these songs. I like to think of it as sonic surgery. Most of all the icaros are mean't to bring happiness to the heart - the key to all healing.
Here is the Maestro singing one that I recorded on my first visit to Mayantuyacu in 2005.
Different ways to learn Icaros are through mentorship with a Maestro Ayahuasquero like Juan Flores, or through one's own dreams and inspiration.
I have found that my own journey in becoming an Ayahuasquero has led me to discover new melodies and I have attained a few Icaros of my own. Juan has encouraged me to follow this path and to compose English one's that still maintain the essence of what he is teaching me. Up until recently all my Icaros have come from him and have been in Spanish, Quechua and Ashanican.
As soon as I got back to Canada I was inspired to create a new Icaro. I call it Kosmic Wine. I recorded it on my computer and threw some images from trip over it. The pictures are from my Father who I brought with me this time (that's a post in itself!). Its a little rough around the edges, but its straight from the heart and that's what matters in the world of Curanderismo.
I heard it through the Ayahuasca vine peace is coming to earth and all will be fine
I heard it through the Ayahuasca vine the Kingdom is here and now is the time
white dovebright love descend on me
white dovebright love shine through me
white dovebright love help me see
clearly like the water that flows dearly like the Lord that knows
cup at my mouthfull of the cosmic wine love fills my body thank the divine
welcome to the trance that gives you dance Ayahuasca, Chacruna thank all of the plants
rise you souls rejoice as one shine as the stars I know you are