Ayahuasca ceremonies use traditional songs called icaros. Image Source: Flickr user Paul Hessell. Timothy Leary wrote that set and setting—the physical environment and psycho-emotional state of an individual during a psychedelic experience—are perhaps the most important factors in how beneficial the experience is for a given person. Psychedelic medicines can open the door to self-healing and a deeper understanding of the world, but the potency— and potential pitfalls —of these experiences mean they deserve the proper attention to set and setting. Ayahuasca ceremonies are very structured, staged overnight in a ceremonial space where you lay on the ground in the dark with your eyes closed as a shaman guides the process. There are several elements in an ayahuasca ceremony that pertain to set and setting, but perhaps the most important tool used by shamans is the icaro. Shamans say they were taught icaros by the plants themselves.
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There are different kind of Icaros, and each one has their own power and purpose, Peru Shamans is working in order to rescue and make prevail the better way to use the Icaros during the healing process. The Shipibo Shaman most of the times will start the ceremony with a cleansing Icaro song because most of the people are expose to negativities like, the use of chemical products, pollution, violence, social pressure, etc. Once the treatment is finished it could be from 1, 2 or 3 ceremonies the Shipibo Shaman is in charge to sing the most important Icaro, which is the protection song. The Icaros combine with the medicine Ayahuasca can produce synesthesia perceptions, for example any sound, melody of a song or from an instrument can become visual too, that is a typical effect of the Ayahuasca communication with the spiritual world. When a Shipibo Shaman is a real Shaman and had been completing his diets and has a large education, his Icaros may call in the energy of a stream or sacred waterfall to wash away illness or that of brightly-colored flowers with the power to attract good fortune. The Shaman may also call to the spirits of specific plants to effect healing and cleanse the energies of those in the ceremony. As the shaman sings you might even see these things in your visions ayahuasca was once known by the scientific name telepathies because of its ability to work in this way.
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Quantum physicists will tell you that the reality we experience everyday is made up of different frequencies of vibration. High vibrations and low vibrations, creating the very substance of the universe that we live in. Nothing is static, and everything is always changing. Shamans have a very similar idea, only from a different perspective. Shamans will tell you that the reality we experience is made up of song. High notes and low notes, creating the very substance of the universe that we live in. If everything is made of song, then it would stand to reason that we are made of song as well. What a lovely notion, to imagine the universe as one grand song.
Icaro Quechua : ikaro is a South American indigenous colloquialism for magic song. The word icaro is believed to derive from the Quechua verb ikaray , which means "to blow smoke in order to heal". Icaro is most commonly used to describe the medicine songs used by shamans in healing ceremonies , such as with the psychedelic brew ayahuasca. Traditionally, these songs can be performed by whistling, singing with the voice or vocables , or playing an instrument such as the didgeridoo or flute. Traditionally, icaros may come to a shaman during a ceremony, be passed down from previous lineages of healers, or come to a shaman during a 'dieta' where plant spirits are believed to teach icaros to the shaman directly. The singing or whistling of icaros is sometimes accompanied by a chakapa , a rattle of bundled leaves. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues.