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Offline OwlMan

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My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« on: January 24, 2011, 12:41:42 PM »
I posted this on the nexus but I was asked to share it with you too. It has been a little more than a month since I came back from Gabon. During my time there I had one of the most incredible experiences in my life, Iboga.

I cannot say that I had any specific reasons for seeking out Iboga beforehand, it was mostly out of curiosity and the only way I can describe it is as if some kind of other force helped me on the way. Before I went to Gabon I was a bit anxious. Since I don’t have any problems and I consider myself to be a very balanced person, I wondered “why fix anything that isn’t broken?” But as I learned from the holy Wood, just wanting to have a fun is probably the best motive there is. Iboga is not just about fixing, it is also about celebrating.

In Gabon I met up with Tatayo at the Ebando organization (http://www.ebando.org/), near Libreville. Tatayo is fantastic; he’s a magician, a poet and the funniest man I’ve ever met. Moving to Gabon from France, about 30 years ago he has been doing Bwiti initiations for at least 15 years. He is like father to me now  :D.

At Ebando, the initiation itself is a weeklong process of catharsis, doing different baths and cleaning the body. You pray, you say your intentions and confess your sins to the spirit. Then it is time for the big day. I was able to try a small amount of Iboga before I did my initiation. It was just a spoonful, about 10-15 ml of powdered bark (roughly 5g), for me that is equivalent to 1-2 g of good cubensis, but much longer in duration. At the initiation day (or night, although I did it in the day) you should eat a lot more than that. I was told to aim for 20-25 spoonfuls (!) but I was only able to get down 13, it tastes horrible, and I didn’t want to puke everything up immediately. I also did an enema with Iboga tea a little later, just to push over the line.

A Bwiti initiation is a feast. The whole tribe gathers around the initiate and plays music and dance. The noise is overwhelming and I really believe it helps you cross over. I was shaking my Soké (a kind of penis-shaped maracas) when I felt the Iboga setting in. As I lay down my mind started to wander. Suddenly a woman appears in front of my eyes, it is a deep purple vision. Extremely strong, almost on par with Ayahuasca, it is one of the strongest visions in terms of color that I get during the initiation. Next I see a strong white light and I follow it (“don’t follow the light in the end of the tunnel, dumbass!”) and it explodes in my head, I mean really explodes – very orgasmic. A deep and soul rattling journey through the bottoms of my mind commence.

For me Iboga is the most powerful teacher I could not even imagine. It tells you anything you ask to know. Big doses are definitely nothing to be afraid of, and according to the shamans in Gabon there’s no toxicity to it. At least for me it does not feel toxic at all, on the contrary. In small doses I believe Iboga is great for astral magic. It can really open the third eye, and let you explore and alter the visions as you like. However, the visuals are not as clourful as with DMT or other tryptamines and much subtler. I know many people don’t even notice the visuals with Iboga. But as some of my visuals were really strong it seems to point to that maybe there is a deeper level at 20-30 spoonfuls away. Another thing with Iboga is that it is so extremely psychedelic and introspective. While tryptamines take you to outer space, Iboga takes you to the inner space.

I had asked the Iboga spirit to show me love, magic and ecstasy. I was given all three. I really understood that I am living my life as I want to and I am the person that I want to be. I felt love for myself as in a way I had forgotten. Iboga can really take me back into that natural state that I once had in my childhood.

As I go deeper into myself I meet a man living in my brain. He is a small dwarf working in a kind of control room with lots of buttons and panels, close to the amygdalae. He is responsible for me forgetting dreams so easily. He locks up my dreams. I throw him out of the control room and destroy the door to it, so that he cannot lock them up anymore. Here is the funny thing, it worked! I really remember my dreams more easily now and I constantly keep remembering dreams that I’ve had a long time ago, even years back.

I met other spirits too, one is a cat. It is a small domestic cat, very cute but a bit unruly. She keeps joking with me and I can’t stop laughing. Afterwards I have felt the presence of a cat animal, but more of a big animal like a tiger. It is not the first time that I pick up spirits in a journey and they can really be helpful, appearing when you need them the most. I a few days after the initiation I also found a small toy in the shape of a tiger on the beach.

One of the most lasting teachings that I was given was the understanding of magic. I am talking about real occult knowledge (magick, sorcery, wood-oo…) I learned that it is all a big mind trick and being a magician is about believing. This is the difficult part though, believing in something that seems so obviously untrue. Rituals and belief systems are there to make you believe, but a powerful magician can choose to believe in anything. I was also told of a way to cast enchantments, by using toys or the hands, playing the scene you will to happen.

The trip itself lasts for about 15 hours? But I felt very odd for a couple of days afterwards and it really took me three days before I was in my normal state again. I must say that I feel really good now though. Iboga stays with you for a long time and this is an ally you want to keep close.

It is like silk.


Hasta el victoria, siempre!
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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2011, 04:36:16 PM »
Hello man, welcome and thanks a lot for doing this, I requested this as I think it's great to have all this Iboga information and these experiences in one place, and reports of genuine Bwiti initiations are very thin on the ground indeed. So thanks for sharing such a positive, life affirming experience...I too hope one day to go to Gabon and go through this myself.

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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2011, 03:18:31 PM »
very awesome! so thats like 65g of rootbark that you ate? how long did it take you to consume all that?

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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2011, 04:35:35 PM »
Amazing read friend! Thank you so much for sharing that...

Iboga being as intense for me as it is alone in a hotel room, I can't imagine the complexities that would arise in my mind if I was surrounded by all the dancing, music, and fire from a true Bwiti initiation.. Perhaps someday I'll have the gusto (and finances) to try it, but for now I'm content to read reports as beautiful as this one.
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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2011, 09:52:37 PM »
Sounds like my kinda party!!  I have gotten a great deal of confidence and teaching from iboga, but it's reports like this that make me excited to go back and glean more.  Thanks for sharing!   I look forward to hearing more about your experience with iboga, and the occult knowledge you mentioned.
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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2011, 04:16:41 PM »
Hello man, welcome and thanks a lot for doing this, I requested this as I think it's great to have all this Iboga information and these experiences in one place, and reports of genuine Bwiti initiations are very thin on the ground indeed. So thanks for sharing such a positive, life affirming experience...I too hope one day to go to Gabon and go through this myself.

Oh, you are so welcome my friend  ;D I'm the one who should be thanking you!

very awesome! so thats like 65g of rootbark that you ate? how long did it take you to consume all that?

Hi Jorkest! Yes, that sounds about right I believe.  I'm not a 100% sure about the time but I'd say it only took about 10 minutes to eat it. I got the first sensations after maybe 15-20 minutes and purged within an hour or so...

Amazing read friend! Thank you so much for sharing that...

Iboga being as intense for me as it is alone in a hotel room, I can't imagine the complexities that would arise in my mind if I was surrounded by all the dancing, music, and fire from a true Bwiti initiation.. Perhaps someday I'll have the gusto (and finances) to try it, but for now I'm content to read reports as beautiful as this one.

Thanks man! For me a lonely hotel room sounds way more frightening, perhaps I'll have the gusto for that someday  ;)

Sounds like my kinda party!!  I have gotten a great deal of confidence and teaching from iboga, but it's reports like this that make me excited to go back and glean more.  Thanks for sharing!   I look forward to hearing more about your experience with iboga, and the occult knowledge you mentioned.

Thank you! I promise I'll keep you updated...

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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2011, 04:20:16 PM »
man o man , i wanna go !!!!

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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2011, 09:26:39 PM »
fantastic! many many thank yous for sharing this experience with us! silk yes!
in one of my experiences, a painful trip thru the battles of human history, i also came to the great control tower, with barack obama in the middle, and a general offering him a gun to kill himself with, pointing out he has no power against 5000 yrs of empire building, dominator culture..
after reading your account i see this as my own control tower, and the state of pure fear (interpersonal and systemic) i was living in at the time of the experience.. this is why the bwiti ask for detailed accounts of ones visions yes? yes!
and yes magic, beliefs, look at the shit we believe in.. money? ha! the bankers must be magicians.
ibogaine probably not as safe as iboga??
also did you notice folks smoking iboga with their brown pot? i heard something of this there.. called the french rail??

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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2011, 05:02:19 AM »
fantastic! many many thank yous for sharing this experience with us! silk yes!
in one of my experiences, a painful trip thru the battles of human history, i also came to the great control tower, with barack obama in the middle, and a general offering him a gun to kill himself with, pointing out he has no power against 5000 yrs of empire building, dominator culture..
after reading your account i see this as my own control tower, and the state of pure fear (interpersonal and systemic) i was living in at the time of the experience.. this is why the bwiti ask for detailed accounts of ones visions yes? yes!
and yes magic, beliefs, look at the shit we believe in.. money? ha! the bankers must be magicians.
ibogaine probably not as safe as iboga??
also did you notice folks smoking iboga with their brown pot? i heard something of this there.. called the french rail??

A "control tower", that's a great description! I wish I had more access to it...

Yeah,  the bankers are definitely black magicians of the meanest kind. We're all magicians it's just that very few of us know that we are, that we can change the world around us by changing our minds.

About the French rail, I never heard of it... is it the leafs or the bark they smoke? However, eating a spoonful of Iboga and smoking a joint is very common.

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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2011, 11:43:34 AM »
Awesome post OwlMan - thanks for sharing, and welcome aboard! It's great to have a Bwiti initiation report in the archives here! Look forward to more  :) be well!
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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2011, 12:50:02 AM »
i have a sneaking suspicion we spent time at a recent reggae show talking of your trips to gabon
whoever it was i talked to spoke of a merry prankster esque vibe in the eboka villages of gabon, ebando as well
it sounds like a trip any of us would absolutely love

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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2015, 09:41:54 AM »
Sounds amazing. I would really want to participate in a Bwiti ceremony, especially since I'm considering using Iboga to help others. Are there any other known places that offer this experience?

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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2015, 10:04:35 AM »
 "according to the shamans in Gabon there’s no toxicity to it"

it is not true, I had my liver and kidneys checked before and after Iboga. All tests were much worse than before the treatment. This is why ibogaine clinics require heart  liver and kindney tests before treatment.

The whole text seems like an advertising to me.
« Last Edit: February 21, 2015, 10:14:38 AM by jarmuvie »

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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2015, 02:26:06 AM »
The whole text seems like an advertising to me.


What do you mean by this?

If you read the date of this report it is quite some time ago, we know a lot more about Iboga than we did then.. hell, I didn't know about it at all in 2011!  I think it is common knowledge that there ca be toxic levels of Iboga but your results with the liver tests may be uncommon.  I have heard several stories that are quite the opposite.  I know of people with hep C who just didn't have it anymore after Iboga.  I personally have a good friend who's crohn's disease was cured miraculously afterwards.. but there is still a hell of a lot we do not know about Iboga since the powers at be ,or the black magicians, do not want the knowledge of Iboga out there. I wish more people would have their liver tested before and after.

 But.. your quote up there about the text seeming like advertising.. It is because of how well it is written or the praise of Iboga?  It is someones trip report from their experience in Gabon..kind of insulting if ya ask me.  I do not know your experience with Iboga but if you had a difficult or bad one, it doesn't mean they all are.  I have glowing reviews of Iboga myself, I am madly in love with it.

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Re: My Bwiti initiation in Gabon
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2018, 10:02:32 PM »
thx! How much did you pay for this?