“Inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed Roots-Reg­gae artist Natty announces the release of ‘Release The Fear: Sac­red Jour­ney’, a vivid and power­ful docu-jour­ney fol­low­ing a group of accom­plished act­iv­ists and cre­at­ives as they trek deep with­in the Amazon rain­forest in search of a spir­itu­al awaken­ing.

Guided by Natty, ‘Release the Fear: The Sac­red Jour­ney’ intim­ately chron­icles the evol­u­tion of spoken word artist Shareefa Energy, DJ Snuff, and Filmmaker/Emcee Apex Zero as they are phys­ic­ally and men­tally pushed to their lim­its by the harsh ter­rain of the Amazon. They par­ti­cip­ate in ancient heal­ing tra­di­tions of the indi­gen­ous Piraoa people, embra­cing the tra­di­tion­al Yopo cere­mony, travel to sac­red ances­tral sites and jour­ney through a stun­ning land­scape of pink beaches, red water­falls and sac­red moun­tains.”


Above is the descrip­tion of the doc­u­ment­ary which can be found here, but let me just say the descrip­tion barely touches the sur­face of this amaz­ing jour­ney. With so many views on Plant Spir­it Heal­ing Medi­cines and their Psy­cho­trop­ic prop­er­ties it is hard to get any answers. Funny thing is most Plant Spir­it Heal­ing Medi­cines are illeg­al in most parts of the world. How­ever, phar­ma­ceut­ic­al medi­cines that cause adverse effects to our bod­ies, minds or both are leg­al. In a lot cases of “pre­scribed” medi­cines they are more of a plaster than a cure. Why? This is my per­son­al view, if you cure your patient then why do they need to come back? For instance, psy­che­delics were used and being sci­en­tific­ally explored just after the mid 1900’s in the field of psy­cho­ther­apy. How­ever, before they could get off the ground, they were banned in the 1970’s. I will not go fur­ther into it here as it isn’t the time or place how­ever research it your­self as it goes deep. But I digress. Des­pite the PSHM’s [Plant Spir­it Heal­ing Medi­cines] being mostly illeg­al in many coun­tries some­how, they didn’t want to stay hid­den. Espe­cially with pion­eers like Ter­ence Mck­enna who trav­elled the world and exper­i­enced the power of PSHM’s. Mck­enna bought back this know­ledge, find­ings and his interoperations…which can be a bit over­whelm­ing and out there. How­ever, what is very clear is that PSHM’s have the power and poten­tial to actu­ally heal [no pun inten­ded] the mind, body & soul.

Over the last dec­ade there has been a big boom in PSHM’s for instance Ayahuasca Ther­apy. This has now become increas­ingly pop­u­lar so much so that Ayahuasca is becom­ing extinct. Not just from over­con­sump­tion but also because the Rain­forest where they are indi­gen­ous are being decim­ated. I myself haven’t had a chance to try Ayahuasca and now will most likely nev­er will. Also, there is the danger of “fake” Sham­ans or “Spir­itu­al Retreats” where people have repor­ted on hav­ing hor­rif­ic exper­i­ences, psy­che­del­ic­ally and in extreme cases phys­ic­ally abused so they nev­er try it again. This is because these PSHM’s Cere­mon­ies come from a long line of ances­try. Only the chosen/not-chosen Sham­ans [this is very complex…but long story short you can’t choose to be Sham­an it chooses you] are taught the power of the PSHM’s and how to admin­is­ter them. Sham­ans respect where the PSHM’s come from and that they leave the body vul­ner­able. That is why ‘Release the Fear: The Sac­red Jour­ney’ is essen­tial as it shows one of the Plant Spir­it Heal­ing Medi­cine Cere­mony in its ori­gin­al form.

This Docu-Jour­ney as they call it high­lights the pil­grim­age to the site of the cere­mony. What their exper­i­ence with Yopo was and how it awakened their minds, bod­ies and souls. This pil­grim­age takes them across the jungle which is one cru­cial part of the whole experience/journey. By embark­ing on the pil­grim­age it pushes your mind, body, & soul, it feels almost as if the PSHM’s want you to want them. Apex does an amaz­ing job doc­u­ment­ing as much as he can with lim­ited power outlets…he is in the jungle at the end of the day. Cap­tur­ing the won­ders of the Jungle, passing amaz­ing land­scapes, sac­red sites, loc­al cuisine, and the group’s over­all jour­ney. Walk­ing for hours at a time through the Jungle, tak­ing rest stops in lakes and rivers. All the while their guide Miguel edu­cated them on won­ders of the Jungle as well as the dam­age being done out of greed and over con­sump­tion. Which in turn impacts the life of those that have lived in har­mony with the Jungle for many, many gen­er­a­tions. When they do have the Cere­mony, it is not recor­ded as no PSHM Cere­mony should be. This is some­thing ancient and very sac­red and calls for the respect of Moth­er Gaia/Nature and the PSHM itself. Once the Cere­mony was com­plete the par­ti­cipants elab­or­ate on what they had exper­i­enced, which in all fair­ness they did they best they can. As going through some­thing like this espe­cially if it is the first time is very intense and takes time to really pro­cess it all. Each exper­i­ence for the indi­vidu­al is dif­fer­ent from the next, which is so amaz­ing as it proves just how unique we truly are. What is very clear this jour­ney changed their lives in mul­tiple of ways for the bet­ter.

After the screen­ing we had the pleas­ure and hon­our to speak with Miguel and Sham­an Rufino with a Q&A ses­sion. I have nev­er been apart of a Q&A per­son­ally that gave me so much insight. It was also so amaz­ing to speak with a true Sham­an, and the insights he provides are price­less. For instance, Sham­an Rufino expresses the reas­on why things like Cov­id-19 can exist. What he touches on is how we in cur­rent soci­ety live off death [some­thing that I have been stat­ing for a while with­in my circles] and we do not give the Plan­et time to heal but still take and in a dis­pro­por­tion­ate amount and nev­er con­sume.

If your inter­ested to know more about this side of the life this is the watch for you. Or if you are already on your Jour­ney then I highly recom­mend the Live Screen­ing with the Q&A. I had my own ques­tions that I wanted to ask and Sham­an Rufino was more than happy to answer. Did I find what I was look­ing for? Simple answer is…Yes!

Below you will find the links for the Docu-Jour­ney, the Live Screen­ing with the full Q&A & oth­er rel­at­ive links.

To watch just the Docu-Jour­ney click here.

To watch the Docu-Jour­ney and Q&A [starts from 50:47] click here.

For more details on Orinoco Aven­tur­as click here.

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Jay St Paul

Jay St Paul

Jay St Paul AKA JuJu Man Dee Jay / Graph­ic Design­er / Pod­caster / Radio Presenter James is a West Lon­don based Dee Jay, self taught Graph­ic Design­er, Radio Host, Pod­caster and Writer. Avid fan of animé, manga, com­ics, music (Hip-Hop, RnB, Soul – new and old, Funk, Jazz, House, Chill­hop, Soca, Chill Out & Liquid D&B), gam­ing & movies. A long term Spir­itu­al­ist and people sci­ent­ist, with a pas­sion to help people con­nect to a deep­er part with­in them­selves.

About Jay St Paul

Jay St Paul
Jay St Paul AKA JuJu Man Dee Jay / Graphic Designer / Podcaster / Radio Presenter James is a West London based Dee Jay, self taught Graphic Designer, Radio Host, Podcaster and Writer. Avid fan of anime, manga, comics, music (Hip-Hop, RnB, Soul – new and old, Funk, Jazz, House, Chillhop, Soca, Chill Out & Liquid D&B), gaming & movies. A long term Spiritualist and people scientist, with a passion to help people connect to a deeper part within themselves.