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Suggestions & Comments / Why is Eboka Dying?
« on: June 30, 2017, 12:28:30 AM »
Why has activity on this site screeched to a halt?

Facebook?

Has the demand for anonymous iboga discussion totally dropped?

Does it matter? Do we care?

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The Muse / Dream-Like Iboga-Related Video
« on: January 06, 2017, 08:03:04 PM »

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Eboka Talk / Synthesizing Nor-ibogaine to give to people is a BAD IDEA!!!
« on: October 23, 2016, 03:52:21 PM »
At the risk of sounding like a tin-foil hat-wearing alarmist, I will say that I believe that there are significant dangers, psychologically and socially, with experiencing the benefits of nor-ibogaine without having the lessons and experiences brought about by ibogaine.

For clarification: Nor-ibogaine is not present in Tabernanthe iboga. Ibogaine is, it and it is what gives the life lessons and life-affirming experiences that iboga has to offer. Ibogaine, when ingested, is converted by the liver into noribogaine, which is then stored in the body (mostly in the liver and fat cells) for weeks, if not months afterwards, giving people the "glow" normally associated with the post-iboga(ine) flood period.

The problem with giving people the metabolite nor-ibogaine is that people will be experiencing a kind of "glow" or confidence or strength without knowing *why*. They will not know where in their life to direct it. The glow of the after-iboga period is so closely tied to the insights and changes the person has made that to separate the two would be to invite what is, in my opinion, a metaphysical bind.

I hope this makes sense.

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Micro-Dosing / Microdosing for Chronic Illnesses, Inflammation
« on: September 27, 2016, 06:39:10 PM »
Does anybody have any stories, experiences, or anecdotes regarding the use of iboga microdosing (or even flooding) to treat a chronic illness such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, lupus, Crohn's disease, Lyme disease, or any other disease that fits the category of "chronic"?

Please share!

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Compost Pile / Re: Iboga for removing demons
« on: August 26, 2016, 11:20:32 AM »
1) Once you've done iboga, in my opinion, no other medicine will "cut it" for your problems. Using ayahuasca to treat a someone who's been awakened with iboga seems like underkill. Why not consult the iboga and foster a continued relationship with the root?

2) There's a lot of information about your life we don't know about that probably factor into what went wrong. And that's okay.

3) I'm someone who's struggled with numbness for a long time, so I can't exactly help you there, other than to sympathize and understand what it's like.

Some things "dark entities" don't like:

Real love
Music infused with intention
Dance
Iboga
Reishi
Fasting
Jesus
Sage
Truth

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Eboka Talk / Yo
« on: July 01, 2016, 11:20:07 AM »
yo.

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Micro-Dosing / Microdosing when a Flood is needed
« on: June 06, 2016, 09:41:58 PM »
Forgive me if this question has been asked before, but

If one wants to make *major* change(s) to one's life, and is therefore looking forward to a full flood session (or more), is it harmful to microdose beforehand? My reasoning for if it were to be harmful is that it would give more power to the existing thought-structures, perhaps make them more efficient, but not get to the root problems. In this case, we would be moving further away from the ultimate goal--strengthening the life we have versus the life we want.

Thoughts?

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Eboka Talk / Help People Find Sitters
« on: June 04, 2016, 05:48:16 PM »
Hi,
I wonder if we can start up some kind of program that pairs people together: One person who has flooded before and has extensive knowledge and experience of Iboga, and one person who is a newbie wanting to do a flood and is having a hard time finding the right set and setting in which to do it. There are a lot of people out there who want to do it but for whatever reason, their social, financial, and/or familial resources prohibit them from having an ideal Iboga experience, and so they need help navigating the logistical problems through recovery and/or spiritual development.

I'd say I fall into both categories of people: I've done a flood and a half and I know a butt-ton about Iboga, but I am also looking for a proper set, setting, and sitter to do another Flood or two in, as my resources pretty slim.

What do you think? Is it too much to ask?

~RS

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Compost Pile / Re: Hello Ebokans!
« on: April 28, 2016, 06:23:11 PM »
Yo

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Eboka Talk / Eboka = Music/Dance
« on: February 09, 2016, 08:41:58 PM »
The following is written to me by a relatively well-known Pygmy music enthusiast. Names are withheld.

"Hi _____, thank you for writing me. I haven't come across any Bwiti rituals because that is mainly in Gabon, where I have not been. I have, however, been aware of Bwiti for a long time and even had some music from an all-night Bwiti ritual. The music is extraordinarily beautiful. One interesting point is that in Gabon iboga is called eboka, and where I live the word eboka in the Ba'aka language means music/dance. However, the Ba'aka claim not to know about iboga."

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Eboka Talk / Movengo - the barf-inducing drink
« on: August 24, 2015, 08:01:51 PM »
I'm currently reading "Iboga - The Visionary Root of African Shamanism" by Vincent Ravalec, Mallendi, and Agnes Paicheler.

Agnes, in describing the traditional Bwiti ceremony, writes: "the banzi [initiates] are seated on the ground and the nganga gives them a first dose of iboga, a small spoonful. Sometimes he has them swallow movango, the special drink that he has prepared to make them vomit more easily."

I am curious as to what exactly is this Movengo drink. I am curious because I have had difficulty vomiting on Iboga before. It feels like the Iboga brings up stuff internally, but much of it stays in my chest. On day two or three, this feeling becomes almost unbearable. It feels like I am holding poison (of my own making, of course) inside, and I shiver uncontrollably, and my heart feels like it's going out of control. I would really like to vomit.

But, I would like to vomit naturally, and according to the Bwiti tradition, which is why I ask about the movengo drink. However, if you have other suggestions, I am open to them.

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Eboka Talk / Noribogaine & Ibogaine Interaction
« on: August 04, 2015, 11:27:09 AM »
I took some Iboga TA a couple weeks ago (totalling about 300mg), and now I'm feeling a swell of the noribogaine effects: antidepressant, need less sleep, feel stronger, increased libido, etc.

What would happen if I chose to ingest more Iboga, to have a flood? I ask because it seems that ibogaine's effects are largely opposite of those of noribogaine--confronted with personal issues, feel drowsy, weak, decreased libido, etc.

I'm worried that the two will interact in a negative way. Noribogaine is, after all, an SSRI.

Thanks,
RS

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Eboka Talk / Full Moon vs. New Moon Flood Dose
« on: July 14, 2015, 05:56:21 PM »
Are there customs or traditions among the Bwiti or any of you on this forum regarding timing the flood dose in relation to the phase of the moon? I think it's best for me to do Iboga on the New Moon--more introspective time. I feel more unsettled during the full moon.

Anyone have any ideas or experiences?

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Compost Pile / Re: ?? ???????? ?????? ????? ??????? ???????
« on: July 05, 2015, 12:39:32 PM »
You seem confused.

Could you rephrase the question?

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Flooding / What do you think of this Flood Plan?
« on: June 21, 2015, 09:48:13 PM »
I flooded back in January 2011, and then like a half-flood in December 2012. The first was pretty darn intense, the second was intense, too. The second one I was alone.

Here's my plan for this coming flood:
Ease into a fast with cooked kale and cucumber. I will not have eaten for about 24 hours before ingestion.
During ingestion, I will have someone with me. I will take the Iboga incrementally this time, easing into a sweet spot, dosage wise. I'll probably start taking 300mg TA pills, one by one. I have some 100mg and 50mg TA pills for smaller increments, as well.
When dosage is done, and I am sufficiently in an Iboga-induced stupor, and visibly stable, I will be left alone. I will have someone check up on me in like 8 hours.
Then, the next day, I'll have someone again, possibly a different person, come and visit me, and drive me to a stream to bathe in. Bathing complete, I'll be driven back to my home, and left alone (I live alone, save for my landlord and landlady living in the other part of the house).
On day 3, I'll have someone check up on me again. Each time someone comes, they are committed to staying for an hour or two.

I'll have a bucket, a comfortable couch, some Bwiti and other West African music lined up to play on my computer in the other room. I will be letting my landlord know that I'll be doing this visionary herb that lasts for three days. No, mister Landlord, it's not Jimson weed. Yes, there is evidence of its therapeutic effects. My landlord is super cool. He's done his fair share of psychedelics in his hey day, and now he's an accepting person. He's seen me on mushrooms before, and I've given him weed butter. Though sometimes we're shy around each other, I feel comfortable telling him that I'm going to be in an altered state for 3 days. Well, not 100% comfortable, but of all the options out there, this one seems good enough.

So, besides my landlord being in the other part of the house (almost always out of earshot--it's a big house), I'll be alone for most of the trip. I believe I can call upon 2 or 3 local responsible men, older than me, but friends, to visit me from time to time to make sure I'm okay.

Does this seem like an okay plan?

My other option is to drive 3 hours to a friend I met only once and haven't seen in about 8 years, but I feel spiritually comfortable around him. He says he would be willing to be my "guard dog" for the three days. I am just hesitant to do this because it would be unfamiliar surroundings, I haven't seen him in a long time, and I might not have access to things like a good sound system to play music from, and a comfortable place to lie down. On the other hand, he lives by a stream (though surrounded by fallen trees, hard to get through), which is a plus. I am predicting that experiencing cool water will be key to the latter part of my trip. Also, the stress of the long drive and settling in, and reacquainting with him might distract/detract from my overall mission and concentration on connecting with the plant and myself and the Iboga spirit.

Any input would be gladly considered. :)

Thank you for reading.

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