“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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