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If you understand French, it is excellent.  I learned a lot.

Micro-Dosing / relating to a plant spirit vs. ingesting a molecule
« on: July 02, 2014, 09:44:36 PM »
This is an open question to all practitioners.  Microdosing for me is inseparable from the skill of communicating with the plant -- asking and listening.  I learned this skill from another plant medicine and it serves me well.  I have no idea what it would be like to attempt this deep meditation/therapy/healing process with an isolated molecule like ibogaine.  I have no idea how I would go about it.  Yet I know some people practice it successfully with ibogaine.  I'd like to hear from people about the difference between the two and how it affects their spiritual work. 

General Discussion / Extreme Healing: Working with the Heavy Stuff
« on: January 24, 2014, 01:57:25 PM »
This is my work:

Comments and questions are most welcome.

« on: December 01, 2013, 02:24:45 PM »
This information is provided by Yann Guignon, a Nganga initiate of the Bwiti who has been living in Gabon for many years.  Translation by me.

Causes of this crisis:

1.  The massive evangelization of the Gabonese people (80%), demonizing everything related to ancestral culture, notably the Bwiti and its sacrament, iboga.  Since Bwitists are itsd main planters, for their own consumption, only very few villages are still planting it.

2.  The massive urbanization of Gabonese people.  Everybody piles up in the cities, mainly Libreville, where you can't find a piece of land for less than 30 euros per square meter.  No room to plant, and if you plant, people steal it.

3.  The receding of the forest

4.  The slaughter of the elephants, second natural iboga planters (along with some monkeys, some wild pigs and some birds).

5.  Climate change, with shorter and shorter rainy seasons.

6.  International commercialization of iboga, to deal with nearly 160 million opiate addicts, rushing to iboga following the media frenzy about it.  In 10 years, the price of iboga has been multiplied by 10 because of international demand and an accelerating shortage.  TOO MUCH PUBLICIZING OF IBOGA AND NO SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS IN PLANTING IT.  It takes a long time to grow.  It doesn't just grow anywhere.  Demand is much higher than available supply.  It is estimated that iboga could totally disappear from the public domain by 2015.

7.  The growth of initiatory tourism with self-proclaimed "Nganga" foreigners who "initiate" people all over the world, most often with hidden agendas like money, ego tripping and power…

8.  Gabonese population is very small (1.6 million).  They are traditionally fishermen, hunters and gatherers.  Agriculture is not at all part of the Gabonese mentality.  They actually import everything from abroad, including fruits that could easily grow in the whole country.  West Africans, mainly from Burkina Faso, are the only ones who grow crops on a large scale in Gabon, but not iboga because, as Moslems, they have no interest in it.

9.  Indian people destroy hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest to grow palm oil.

A question for you experienced friends of the iboga.  Does this plant dislike winter and cold temperatures? 

This is something that many people have noticed about ayahuasca.  It does its work best in warm climates or warm environments where the sympathetic nervous system is not aroused to defend the organism against the cold.  You must be relaxed the way you are when it's warm in order to benefit from the medicine.  I have a feeling iboga is similar, but I'd like to hear from people who know it well.

Micro-Dosing / iboga and jetlag
« on: August 07, 2012, 08:42:25 AM »
I had been meaning to experiment with iboga as a remedy for jetlag.  The reasoning was that:

- Iboga is the reset specialist, the master habit eraser

- Jetlag is simply the organism's resistance to adapting to a sudden new night-and-day cycle.  There is no other physical basis for the discomfort we feel after a long flight.

- Our response to the alternance of night and day is held at the deepest level of the psyche -- even bacteria record it and respond to it!

- It really sounded like a job tailor-made for iboga.

After flying from Thailand to Italy -- five time zones -- I set up some quiet time in the apartment, took one gel cap of iboga ground super-fine and one bioperine (courtesy of brother Kambogahuasca).  Then I lay down and rested.  I couldn't sleep but I consciously followed what the plant was doing in my system and tried to support it.  After a couple of hours of this concentrated work, I got up and got on with my life.

To get to the point, it worked.  By the evening of day one, I barely had the vaguest feeling of jetlag, and it didn't come back.  And I am at an age when normally it can disable me for 3 or 4 full days.

Try it and let me know how it works for you.

Eboka Pharmacology, Research and Clinical Findings / eboka and glivec
« on: July 18, 2012, 11:04:14 AM »
For a sister who is considering doing some spiritual work with the bark, I am looking for information on possible interactions with Glivec, aka Imatinib, a selective enzyme inhibitor which is a standard treatment for chronic myeloid leukemia.  Any information, or leads to sources of information, would be gratefully appreciated.  Thanks y'all.

On the suggestion of Kambogahuasca, I am starting this thread about fasting.  (This is about the so-called water fast, not any of the cleansing regimens that are wonderful in their own right but that shouldn't be termed fasts.)  I have found it to have an excellent synergy with inner work with or without entheogens.  It will take any healing process deeper in less time.  The main difficulty with fasting is that, while it is very simple, there are some basic guidelines one has to know or the benefits can be nullified and you could even get into trouble from doing it in poor conditions.  Here is an article I wrote about this basic information and practical rules:

And here is a description of the one-week course I designed to introduce people to this little-known but essential science:

Fasting and iboga work particularly well together because teach one is a different kind of "reset button"  Combining them multiplies the potential for dissolving unwanted patterns, beliefs, recurring emotions, thoughts and events.  The fast is mainly a physiological reset button that clears the way for deep inner work, while iboga works mainly on the level of the spirit or soul, but this is a pretty artificial distinction and there is a big area of overlap.

I do not recommend doing both at the same time, for several reasons.  One, the fast itself is a profound, powerful healing process that should be experienced without interference.  There is a lot to learn from it without adding anything.  Secondly, if you take any "drug" during a fast, yes, you will be more sensitive to the "drug" and its action will go deeper, but you will spend a lot of energy on that work and you will probably get hungry and have to break the fast (you are not hungry beyond the first day if you know how to do it).  It will be experienced as a stress.  What I recommend is fasting in good conditions -- in the country, without commitments or preoccupations, etc. -- then breaking the fast with nice, fresh food, THEN taking your medicine and focusing on that study.  I found that system to be less demanding on the organism and more beneficial in terms of permanent spiritual growth.

Please let me know what you think and what your experiences have been.

Introductions / new
« on: April 24, 2012, 06:37:27 AM »
Hi, I am new.  Kambogahuasca invited me to join.  I have been exploring this wonderful plant teacher for about four months, working with small amounts often in combination with other practices I know about.  I haven't done a flood and I don't feel intensely drawn to doing that.  That's probably because I am not at the stage in life where I would seek initiation in that way.  Maybe one of these days.

I am a student of healing.  The past six years have been a very intense learning process with ayahuasca mainly as facilitator.  A comparison between the personalities and ways of working of these different medicines is interesting.  I am writing a book.  It is a method for working solo with them, in combination with other techniques, to transform our deepest wounds into power, knowledge and gifts to the world.  Later this year, I intend to find the location where I will open my healing center.

Well, here's to good conversation!

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