During the San Pedro Ceremony in Cusco, Peru, I would see visions of intense paradise. It made me wonder why I don’t see like this everyday.
"Have I lived a certain lifestyle to perceive reality in a certain light by way of my actions and attitude?"
The effects of San Pedro generally lasts eight hours. But the more you prepare, the more the effects it will have on you. It’s often recommended to start fasting 12-24 hours before your experience. The longer you fast, the deeper your experience will go. A diet similar to an ayahuasca diet is preferred. It’s tough but the experience is worth it.
The effects of San Pedro is softer than ayahuasca and other psychedelics. It comes on slowly. Often making you question whether anything will happen at all. The San Pedro Ceremony hosted by Travel and Healing took a group of people into a beautiful valley. It was about a half hour walk from the Temple of the Moon in Cusco. It was led by Maestro Jesus Merelo, an experienced Shipibo from Pucallpa who combines Qero mysticism in his ceremonies.
We arrive at a clearing where we won’t be bothered by anybody. Setup tent and the maestro prepares items such as a Shipibo and Andean tapestry. This is similar to creating a personal sacred altar. A lot of Maestros have altars consisting of items which are special to them. Each item contains an energy which is unique to the maestro.
After the flower cleansing, a despacho is created by the maestro. This is an intricate design filled with items placed in a specific arrangement that has special meaning. Each item represents certain elements in our life or earth.
After the despacho is created, it’s wrapped and placed on my head to send my gratitude and wishes towards it. It’s then burned outside as an offering to Pachamama, Mother Earth. The burning contents of the despacho is given to the earth. And the smoke fills the mountains, sky and the universe.