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My first meeting with Iboga
« on: January 19, 2011, 08:14:51 AM »
Hi y'all,

This experience happened a while ago now, a few summers back, but I thought it may be of interest or use to some people here. It still remains an important and profound life experience for me.

Apologies on the length of this, but t’was necessary.

A little background…this isn’t the first time I’ve met Iboga. I took it once quite a few years ago now, and it went very wrong indeed.

This was because I was complete reckless idiot that didn’t approach the Iboga with the respect it deserves. I made four critical mistakes;

i) I took Iboga whole root as oppose to root bark

ii) I had the experience on my own

iii) I took it all at once, in gelcaps

iv) I mixed it with MAOI’s, Syrian Rue and caapi 10x extract.

Yes what a monkey idiot I was! The experience was dark and very unpleasant…a poisoning. I was fighting to remain conscious, suffering waves of unpleasant feelings; I focussed on not passing out. At one point I fell into a dream/vision/OBE, but thought I was awake. I was downstairs, in my house at night on my own, looking out the back door, and there was a very ominous dark figure approaching the door…this made me scream, and woke me up. I couldn’t walk for 3 days. Back then I thought that this might have been the spirit or essence of the Iboga plant approaching, and that I wasn't worthy. Having experienced Iboga since then, I feel strongly that this isn't the case. It felt more like death. Probably nothing more than the misfiring of a poisoned brain, but very vivid and very menacing all the same. Luckily I ate powdered whole root (much weaker) instead of root bark, or I doubt I would be here to tell the tale. I’ve actually taken it twice apart from then, at low doses, and it just produced some nasty physical side effects for a while.

Anyway, skip forward a few years. One thing I have learnt from my previous harrowing experience is that Iboga is some serious stuff worthy of respect…not something to be trifled with.

I had been in email contact with a healer for a while, who uses Iboga and ayahuasca to treat people with drug addictions. We had been exchanging info for ages, and he really knows his stuff on the plants. Well the cost of an Iboga initiation with him is only a few hundred pounds, as oppose to a few thousand elsewhere, and being a once in a lifetime experience, I leapt on the chance. I’m not addicted to anything; I just want to experience what the Iboga root has to offer. It is the psychedelic sacrament of central Africa, from the forest, the place where we as a species first evolved.

So, fast-forward to this Friday, and the healer arrives, and we chat about stuff. He is a plant alchemist, and very much into Voodoo. While this path has got some negative press, he said in its true form, it is really a positive, nature-orientated religion, aimed towards harnessing and exploring the powers of the imagination. He is certainly a character, and unlike anyone I’ve ever met before. He can see my aura, and remarks on its size. He also knows exactly what’s on my mind regarding university somehow.

Before the ceremony I’m asked to get two feathers, a black, oval stone and a shoelace. A rock and a coconut, and a bucket for vomiting are also required.

The key with Iboga is to take it gradually, to let your system adjust to it. I ingest my first gelcap of 7x Iboga extract. The extract is good in that it has 12 other alkaloids as well as the Ibogaine…the whole root alkaloids seem to provide a richer, fuller and smoother experience than pure Ibogaine according to the healer, who first experience was with pure Ibogaine.

I take another capsule every 45 minutes or so, I’m not sure. I begin to feel a shift…I feel chilled and calm. The healer can see it in me to. He remarks that my eyes are glazed, dreamy, and some lines have smoothed out in my face, and apparently won’t return…he has seen this many times.

Then my vision starts to shift. If I move my eyes or blinks, there is a flash of light, very similar to drinking too much Syrian Rue tea if anyone else has done that. I begin to feel a little dizzy with a slight stomach awareness, so lie down on my bed. I can feel the ibogaine flooding my brain, I notice my centre of gravity and balance is being affected…it feels like waves of energy are lapping at my sides, gently pushing me around.

This state lasts for a while. It is important not to move much now. Getting up suddenly will result in extreme dizziness and vomiting. The healer says Iboga takes you on a trip through the invisible, and when you’re travelling there, you can’t move in the real world, or you will get BAD motion sickness. There is some visual activity behind closed eyes, a shimmering of pixels, but no solid forms, but it is still early days in the experience. Visions could be expected to begin by around 6 hours in.

The healer tells if I see any tunnels, to try and go down them, as they made lead to dream vision sequences, so I do this, with visual activity and colour taking on more form with time.

And then…very suddenly…I’m there. A large eye materialises very suddenly in the centre of my vision. According to the healer, this is my third eye/crown chakra/pineal gland, which the Iboga has activated. I have the strong feeling that this is not some hallucination, and that I’m actually witnessing a layer of awareness usually hidden to me. The eye has a roving pupil that spins around. It remains with me now for two days, in the top centre of my mind screen with eyes closed. There is a vortex of energy that connects the eye to my head, like a small tornado, and this is always in motion. If I close my eyes now, I can still see a beam emitting from the centre of my vision. The healer says this will be with me forever, and meditation can harness its power.

The healer tells me to keep an eye out for a tunnel, which will lead me to the Iboga realm. Not long at all after meeting the eye, a serpentine like tunnel of energy appears from very far off in my vision behind closed eyelids. It opens in the bottom half of my vision, opposite the eye at the top. So down the tunnel I go, down into the Iboga realm. At this point the healer smashes a coconut with a rock, to symbolise the breaking open the head ritual.

A quick note on the physical experience of Iboga…it is no pleasure trip. And yet I never experienced any anxiety or fear. Your body is numbed, dead to the world, glued to the ground, unable to move. It is in the mind where the Iboga’s energy is focussed, a definite cerebral orientation. It is with eyes closed that the visions unfold. With open eyes, there are tracers, and a few lights, but nothing compared to the scenes unfolding in the darkness behind closed eyelids. I will note though, that Iboga is both incredibly powerful, and yet also gentle; ‘powerful like a gorilla, yet soft in wielding like a nerf dart’ to quote Homer Simpson.

Now things start to get more intense. The healer puts on a cd of Bwiti mouth harp music on repeat. Now my brain started to undergo a powerful defrag, with the left and right hemispheres exchanging information, balancing. This is going on as dream visions are unfolding.

I start flashing back through past childhood memories. I find it very hard; nigh on impossible to keep any train of thought…Iboga has the reigns now. I’m told the Bwiti music, which is very repetitive, yet not intrusive or boring in the slightest, is altering my brain waves, facilitating information between my brains two hemispheres.

Information, in the form of images and lots of DNA helixes, move around the outer field of my vision, between hemispheres, in an anticlockwise motion. I have many images of old filing cabinets and cupboards in my brain being emptied and cleaned out…the healer tells me Iboga like to spring clean, and get rid of excess not needed. I do some spring cleaning in my brain, assisted by the Bwiti music.

I seem to enter the realm of the ancestors, but not for long. I get images of people collapsing, and then see four African women huddled together. I see a few heads and skulls. I’m only in this realm for a very short while. In total I’ve ingested around 20g worth of Iboga root bark, equivalent to a gram and a quarter of Ibogaine, quite a high dose, so I shoot through the ancestor realm, into deeper realms beyond.

The visions can be quite dark at times. The healer says if the visions become too intense, opening one’s eyes will interrupt them. I never feel the need to do this though.

Somewhere around this point I had one of my most profound experiences of all. Throughout the experience, in my room in the dark, I’ve been wearing a Mindfold. Very suddenly, firstly the walls, and then my entire room comes into focus.
Let me please make this clear. I COULD SEE THE LAYOUT OF MY ROOM WITH MY EYES CLOSED. This was no illusion or hallucination. When I held up my arm in front of me, I could see my arm clearly through the mindfold! The room was lit in a silvery gray light.

I know this will be very hard to believe, but I swear on my life this is what I experienced. I was amazed and shared this with the healer…he was less surprised than I. From his Iboga use he could see rooms in the dark while sober now. Apparently hunters in Africa sometimes hunt at night on a little Iboga, it giving superior night vision.

This wasn’t an isolated occurrence. My being able to see the layout of the room lasted for the next 24 hours at least. I could will this power into being just by thinking about it. If I wished to be aware of the my walls and floor, and I would will my awareness to that area. This was an experience I will never forget. I have ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT that I was seeing with my eyes closed. This, I thought was impossible. But clearly I must have been seeing with my mind’s eye. I don’t know…but I know the experience was real.

The visions were very powerful at some points. Solid and massive objects in my closed eye visions would levitate, and then fly out of the room, or the scope of my vision on their own accord. I did purge at some point, which was a pleasant release.
While it was very hard to maintain a train of thought, in other ways you could direct Iboga. My healer warned me not to think negatively of anyone during the Iboga, as in that state, it could be more risky for causing them harm, and any negativity you project will only be reflected back, we being mirrors of the universe. So when any nasty visions unfolded, all is required is to ‘track the love’ and negative visions would be enveloped in good lovin’ vibes.

An incredible experience of Iboga that I had later on in the vision phase is that any thought I would have, would be projected into a 3D image behind closed eyelids. So anything in the universe you could think of, an image would be summoned before you, to examine 3Dimensionally! This was an incredible state of mind to experience, and I believe it is something akin to what the genius scientist-inventor Nikola Tesla experienced constantly throughout his life.

I continued to clean away files, and empty cabinets. Later on in the experience, I checked these cabinets, and they were all empty and clean, having all ready being cleared out. An interesting experience with the Iboga was that once you had dealt with a vision, you could push it outside your scope of vision, where it would dissolve from whence it came.
At one point, something appeared in the left hand side of the vision, some nebulae of matter, and I watched it with my left eye, which it lined up with, before turning around and turning into an exact mirror image of my left eyeball! The healer thought this was funny, and said this was the nature of Iboga.

In the Iboga state, you are effectively in a waking dream. Your brain is in deep REM, and so you don’t require sleep. I didn’t get a any sleep (or eat any food) for two days. And yet I never felt tired or hungry. Despite being confined to bed for nearly two days, I was NEVER bored, not even for a second. It rained later in the night when the healer went to get some rest, and the sound of the rainfall sounded exactly like the Bwiti mouth harp music, as my brain had been entrained, listening to it on repeat for 20+ hours!

Some friends came over to drink ayahuasca the following evening, and it was really good to have them around. I felt calm and centred, but was unable to walk without feeling sick and dizzy, so chilled a bit more. At one point I drank too much water and vomited lots of green bile, which made me feel better though.

I felt at peace, yet also blank in my mind. The healer explained that my slate had been wiped clean, and that it would be around day 5 or 6 after Iboga that I would be a new man. The main visual and introspective experience lasted 36 hours. On waking up on Sunday, I encountered the most incredible liquid tracers I have ever seen. The norIbogaine had taken over the Ibogaine, and my brain was saturated in dopamine, which was giving rise to the incredible tracers.

Around Sunday lunch time I went for a walk, it being nice and sunny after a rainy start. My friends left, and I did some uni work until 3AM on Sunday night before handing it in on Monday morning. I did really well at this work, and this turned out to be a turning point with my degree. I felt amazing back at uni on Monday.

I felt really good afterwards. I feel strong, energised, euphoric and positive. Ibogaine gets converted to norIbogaine by the liver. This hangs around in the body fat for weeks and months, and acts as an SSRI antidepressant.

I found this experience really hard to put into words, but gave it a shot anyway. This experience I would say is one of the most important life experiences of my 26 years being alive on this planet. The power of Iboga is something else…there is NOTHING else ever remotely like it. How nature has come up with such an incredible tool and medicine is itself amazing. Remember that Iboga achieves what ayahuasca does in a single plant, with an MAOI built into its molecular structure.

I think here in the West, Iboga is a plant more of us could do with listening to. To any seekers and dreamers out there, I would encourage you to open your mind to the possibility of working with this plant…it seems like very few people out there have fully experienced it, which is a shame. It is absolutely imperative you experience this plant with a healer however that has experience and knowledge and experience working with it.
In retrospect I can say the afterglow for me lasted months, and was augmented by exercise, fresh air, nature, water and good food.i felt at peace, both slightly energised, yet calm. Iboga taught me to pursue and cultivate life experiences and opportunities, rather than letting them come to me. It also changed aspects of me I believe on subtle levels like my orientation to socialising, depression and materialistic orientation, all for the better. Iboga seems to have installed a psychological springboard in me, in that when I get down (and we all get down sometimes, it’s a part of life) I am unable to stay down for long. Being depressed or in despair is a really dull mindset to be in.

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Re: My first meeting with Iboga
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2011, 10:10:25 AM »
Bancopuma ,
This is a fantastical read  !!!
new and exciting stuff .
i know very little of experiences involving whole root .
thanks again  for sharing .
- harvey pleX
« Last Edit: January 19, 2011, 04:24:28 PM by harveyplex »

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Re: My first meeting with Iboga
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2011, 11:29:33 AM »
Thanks dude!  :) Well I would never mess with whole root ever again...it was a definite poisoning. Apparently you can use in small doses as an anti-addiction tonic, much like root bark micro-dosing, and apparently in central Africa it is used as an anti diarrhoea medication. Based on experience I think that there is definitely a lot more nasties in the whole root, and few active alkaloids, relative to the root bark (and the second inner layer of root bark in particular I believe).

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Re: My first meeting with Iboga
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2011, 02:09:30 PM »
Thanks for the awesome post. Being from Africa means I am biased, but still good post. :)

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Re: My first meeting with Iboga
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2011, 04:39:59 PM »
Big thanks for your kind words man! And welcome!  :)

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Re: My first meeting with Iboga
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2011, 03:02:38 PM »
Great report Bancopuma, thanks for sharing it. Is the healer you worked with based in the UK?

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Re: My first meeting with Iboga
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2011, 08:40:37 PM »
Thanks for sharing, awesome report puma! You're a most welcome addition to the family my friend!
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Re: My first meeting with Iboga
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2011, 09:03:03 AM »
Thanks guys!  :) And yes Cernlion my 'healer' is based in the UK. Worryingly he considers himself a nganga and has never been initiated into Bwiti or trained in Gabon. We had a BIG fall out over money and the way he conducts himself during the Iboga sessions, and I definitely can't recommend him, and would stay steer clear. Still though it is thanks to him I got to experience Iboga for that first time, and that was a truly amazing experience I am very grateful for.

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Re: My first meeting with Iboga
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2011, 07:36:31 PM »
Ah ok, thanks for the heads up.